How to Tap
Now you know what Tapping is, its time to learn how to do it.
We tap on acupressure points on the head and body using our fingertips. Don’t worry about not being in exactly the right place. It’s like hitting a needle with a hammer, so you’re not going to miss it.
The tapping kinetically removes the block causing the negative emotion or limiting belief & gets the energy flowing. You’re changing the energy rather than removing it.
The Tapping Points
There are a number of places to tap, I start on the Karate Chop point and then work from the head down because I think that’s easier to remember. Tap each point 7-9 times but don’t get hung up on it.
KC - Karate Chop point (side of your hand)
TH - Top of the head
EB – Eyebrow
OE – Outside Eye
UE – Under Eye
UN – Under Nose
UL – Under Lip
CB – Collarbone spot
UA – Under Arm
IW – Inside Wrist
The Set up Statement
I touched on this point briefly in What’s the F in EFT but the set up statement is something you say about yourself that you truly believe. It doesn’t matter how mundane it seems.
The classic set up is:
Even though I have this (Insert fear/anxiety/limiting belief) I deeply and completely love and accept myself
You could amend this to any of the following
Even though I have this (Insert fear/anxiety/limiting belief)
· at least I’m doing something about it
· I’m a good person
· I love and accept myself anyway
· (anything about yourself you fully believe – even “I make a great Lasagne!”)
The Basic Recipe
Step 1: Start tapping on the Karate Chop point and tune into the feeling or belief that you want to release.
Step 2: Rate it out of 10 (0 – its not a problem, 10 – it’s a big problem)
Step 3: Starting on the KC point repeat the set up statement out loud and continue to tap through the points, repeating the phrase. Go round the points twice. Then take hold of your wrist, take a deep breath in and out. That’s one round.
Step 4: Check in with yourself and rate out of 10 where you feel it is now. Does the issue feel the same or different? If it feels different, how?
It’s literally that simple.
I recommend having a little notebook that you keep just for your notes on tapping sessions. You write yourself a one line reminder phrase and rating at the start of the session and then again at the end. You’ll be able to track your progress on a particular issue.
As with all energy work it’s a good idea to keep hydrated, so make sure you drink plenty of water.
You may find that you feel tired after a session if you’ve worked on a big negative belief or issue. Its quite common to yawn during a session and its actually a good sign. You might not initially feel anything and that’s ok too.
Tapping on something universal like anxiety is not going to give you the same results as if you can tap on what is specifically causing you anxiety. If it’s more than one thing write a list and give each one a rating out of 10. Its up to you if you start with the lower numbers or the 10’s! Can you see themes?
You can use EFT on anything and everything, try it and see!