EFT Beyond Relief – The Other 80% of EFT
Did you know that most people who use EFT often get less than 25% of the potential benefits? People are often so delighted with the relief they gain it’s hard to imagine how much better it can get!
EFT works in many ways and at different levels:
1. Symptom management (feel a bit better so you can cope)
2. Situation resolution (sort out the immediate problem)
3. Exploring the origins of your reaction in the situation (core issues)
4. Releasing unhelpful beliefs
5. Making positive choices for the future
Often I find there is a urge to skip over the middle levels and go straight to step 5, and a resultant disappointment with the outcome, which leads people to conclude tapping doesn’t work for them, at least not for long.
The most common reason people get stuck at level 1 is that they have a tendency to stop tapping when they reach their normal level of discomfort (something they’re used to living with), which for most people is often somewhere around a 4/10. Here you feel you can cope and it feels familiar so you stop short of complete relief – sound familiar? A useful phrase from Gary Craig (founder of EFT) regarding this is “Don’t be a hero, Go for zero” – very sound advice. You can check you’ve got to zero by always asking ourselves not “How do I feel now?” which will often lead to a “I’m ok” kind of answer, but “Is it a complete zero yet?” If not keep on tapping!
Other push on and tap through the layers of their issue. There are a number of different EFT techniques you can use at this point if you get stuck like chasing the pain, the movie or story technique, metaphors etc. With diligence you can manage to resolve the issue you are immediately facing so you can get on with your life more comfortably. What can happen though is that the trigger that set up that problem situation for you is still there, and so it will activate again and again though time.
Here a solution is to use some good questions to delve down to the level 3. Some questions you might ask include
· When did I first have this kind of experience?
· What does it remind me of?
· Who else do I know who has this kind of problem?
The purpose of these questions is to lead you back to where, when and how this trigger began. Be resolving those core events (using the skills from level 2) often we can eliminate the trigger altogether and gain a new perspective on our experiences. We can then use choices and positive tapping to move us into a new way of being.
EFT Advanced Self Help