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The basics of EFT


READ THIS  Before continuing and using the EFT technique on yourself or others!

DISCLAIMER: EFT is gentle and easy to use, and has to date yielded remarkable results for relieving emotional and physical distress. While there have been no distressing side effects reported to my knowledge, this does not mean that you will not discover side effects for yourself. IF YOU INTEND TO USE THESE TECHNIQUES, YOU MUST AGREE TO TAKE FULL REPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND OTHERS WHILE APPLYING THESE TECHNIQUES. You may wish to consult a trained EFT practitioner. If you continue reading through this page and apply these techniques, you are agreeing to take full responsibility for yourself and others when applying the EFT technique, and shall neither hold Gary Craig, Claudia Schecter nor anyone else associated with EFT responsible for any adverse side effects or outcomes.

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The Basic Recipe

You can download a free beginners EFT manual on his web site that describes details of how to use and apply EFT. While the technique is simple and effective, I recommend you receive thorough training in its use by visiting Gary’s web site, http://www.emofree.com, to complete his tutorial training through DVDs, sign up to Gary's newsletter and attending classes offered by trained energy therapy clinicians

The basics of EFT are as follows:

STEP 1: Choose a problem to work on.

STEP 2: Rate your anxiety or discomfort. Decide how much it bothers you on a scale of 0-10 (where 0=no distress and 10=highest level of discomfort) when you think about it right now. (How anxious are you? How uncomfortable do you feel?)

STEP 3: Perform the Set-Up as follows:

The Set-Up: While tapping on the Karate Chop Point, name your problem you have chosen to work on, followed by an affirmation of yourself. Below are a number of choices and examples of possible Affirmation Statements:

"Even though I have this anxiety about next week’s audition, I deeply and completely accept myself."
"Even though I’m worried about my speech next week, I deeply and completely accept myself."
"Even though I’m afraid to quit smoking, I deeply and completely accept myself."
"Even though I have this strong craving for chocolate, I completely love and accept myself."

So while you are tapping on this Karate Chop Point, state your affirmation out loud 3 times.

After you have completed this step, choose an easy, short Reminder Phrase that would represent the problem you want to work on, such as “this anxiety problem” or “my chocolate cravings.”

STEP 4: TAP the stress-relief POINTS as shown below. As you tap on each point in sequence, state your Reminder Phrase, such as "my anxiety about my audition" or "my craving for a cigarette."

STEP 5: Rate your anxiety or stress again.
Now think about the same problem again, and rate how uncomfortable you feel about it now on the 0-10 point scale (remember, "10" means you really feel awful about it, while "0" means it doesn’t bother you at all).

STEP 6: Perform the Set-Up again.
Now you are ready to do a few more rounds of tapping on the issue if there is still some discomfort associated with it. For example, suppose you rated your anxiety about your audition next week as a "6" on the 0-10 point scale, and after the first round of EFT, your anxiety dropped to a "3." You can continue tapping until you feel no anxiety whatsoever. Revise your Affirmation Statement to reflect the fact that you have indeed taken care of some of the anxiety, but there is still more to work on.

Examples of your revised Affirmation Statements would be:

"Even though I still have some remaining anxiety about my audition, I deeply and completely accept myself."

"Even though I still have some cravings for chocolate, I deeply and completely accept myself."

"Even though I’m still a little afraid of small spaces, I deeply and completely accept myself."

STEP 7: TAP the meridian POINTS again.
Go back to STEP # 4 and tap on all of the points while using a revised Reminder Phrase such as "remaining cravings" or "remaining anxiety."

STEP 8: Measure your anxiety or stress level on 0-10 scale.

If still intensity repeat Steps #5-#9.