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EFT using teddy bears

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

Note: This article assumes you have a working knowledge of EFT. Newcomers can still learn from it but are advised to peruse our Free Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tutorial™ for a more complete understanding.

Hi Everyone,

Karen Stock from Canada likes to do surrogate tapping using teddy bears and gives several thoughts on this method. I've heard many good reports on this idea.

Hugs, Gary

By Karen Stock

Dear Gary and EFT Friends,

I would like to bring attention again to the following since a lot of people are not aware of this way of doing EFT even though it has been with the EFT community for a while. I will revisit this way of doing EFT and expand with my own insights.

  • Doing EFT with a teddy bear or a doll is greatly helpful for many reasons. Till Schilling's daughters created Tappy Bear. To learn more or buy Tappy Bear, just enter Tappy Bear into Google.
  • It is a great way to make use of your teddy bears and dolls that one might still have from childhood. This is a great way to get them out of the closet and corners and give them a job, new life and meaning. This might bring up all kinds of hidden issues that one might not have been aware of.
  • I find that working with a teddy bear adds greatly to the EFT practice since the bear is always happy.
  • It helps people with disabilities that have limited arm movements but are very capable of moving their hands. One can then tap one's own fingers separately.
  • It is also easier to work with just one spot on the teddy bear instead of trying to do this on yourself.
  • I found that using four legged stuffed animals does not work as well as the teddy bear does. There is some kind of magic with working with a teddy bear. However, four legged stuffed animals might work well for doing EFT on animals. I have not tried this yet.
  • Working with a teddy bear or a doll is particularly useful for teaching EFT to children.
  • For men with big hands I recommend larger teddy bears. It is much easier to work on larger bears with larger hands.
  • For travelling, small bears work nicely since they are easy to carry and to be able to put them into your carry-on luggage in airplanes. In this way it is easy to do some rounds of EFT while in an airplane, a bus or on a train.
  • One can cover a small bear with a jacket or a blanket if you don't want your neighbors to see what you are doing. But perhaps we can start a movement and have adults holding teddy bears again.
  • While sitting in confined spaces and having to deal with anxiety, for example, while taking off in an airplane, one can comfortably tap on the lower rib spots on a small teddy bear. These are spots that bring peace and relaxation. Try it, it works like magic.
  • For women with larger breasts who have trouble reaching under them for tapping on the rib lower rib spots or also under the arms, the teddy bear or a doll works much better for doing EFT on themselves or teaching it to others.

I find that my teddy bears are a great addition to my EFT practices. Happy Teddy Bear EFT Days to everybody.


Karen Stock


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