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Tapping the finger points and the value of a hug

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

by Gary Craig

Hi Everyone,

Stephanie Rothman asked me about the value of tapping on the finger points. She noted that some people are doing it and wondered if I had any comment on it.


As you know, the shortcut version of EFT completely ignores the finger points. I have made little or no use of them for many years and continue to have very high percentage success rates without them. More recently, I spent 3 days with inmates in the prison system and 2 days in Maine with more than 30 therapists. Altogether I addressed at least 60 different problems ranging from war memories to breathing problems to physical pain to the fear of public speaking. While I didn't get everyone to zero (there is only so much time when you are doing things in group settings) there was obvious progress in 90% of the cases AND I didn't tap on the fingers even once. Does this mean they are useless? Not necessarily. Rather, I suspect that tapping on the EFT shortcut points sends balancing energy down ALL those intertwined and interconnected meridians and that is why it is not necessary to tap the finger points directly. Also, when you tap you are doing so with two of your fingertips thereby sending energy down those meridians as well as the meridians on which you are tapping.

The bottom line, though, is to do what works. If you achieve results tapping on the finger points, by all means do it. I have chosen to ignore them, however, and get results anyway.

Shifting topics for a moment, here's a true story from the Hug Department. I recently had the privilege to assist a man (call him Chuck) with EFT who had sought me out by listening in on our email forum. By his own description, he has severe emotional issues, and has been looking for relief for many, many years. We spent an hour or two together working on many issues (but just a beginning in his case) and one of those issues was that he was intimidated by being hugged. We worked on that, of course, with some success. I just received a letter from Chuck which included the following touching paragraph.

"I would like to let you know how powerful and therapeutic a genuine hug is. You hugged me twice, both times very genuinely, and with great intent. I really can't express how well that feeling resonates within me. I think when done with the proper timing for the individual, it lets the person know and feel that they are loveable. Mere words cannot compete with this. I'm sorry I was not able to stay longer with you, it's amazing how my defense barriers came down after this."

Isn't this a great profession?

God bless, Gary


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