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10 Ways to Ensure Success with EFT

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

Hi Everyone,

In this well written 10 part series, Lindsay Kenny expands on her use of EFT and gives many useful tips for enhancing your skills.

Hugs, Gary

Suggestion 1: Consider virtually every issue you deal with as a “symptom.”
Suggestion 2: Tap on both sides of the body
Suggestion 3: Tap on all 14 Meridian Points
Suggestion 4: Deal head-on with reversals
Suggestion 5: Give Your Issues a Voice
Suggestion 6: Be Specific
Suggestion #7: Deal with Shifting Aspects
Suggestion 8 – Improve your knowledge and skill of EFT
Suggestion 9: Find and Deal with the Core Issue
Suggestion 10: Expand Your EFT Toolbox

By Lindsay Kenny

Suggestion 1: Consider virtually every issue you deal with as a “symptom.”

Previously, I wrote an article titled the “9 Stumbling Blocks of EFT”. The article below, on 12 Ways to Ensure Success with EFT, is a revised version of the 9 Stumbling Blocks series. First, “12 Ways” reframes everything in the positive as “ideas for improvement” as opposed to “what to avoid” And second, I’ve added several new suggestions to improve the results of your EFT sessions.

EFT is more of an art than a science, and we’re still learning the enormous possibilities of this incredible tool.  We do know, however, these things for sure:

  • In the right hands EFT can produce miraculous results.
  • Many simple issues such as fears, stress, anger, pain, frustration and hundreds of other non-complex problems can often be eradicated in a few minutes with EFT. 
  • Even someone new to EFT can often get amazing results 70% of the time--that’s an extraordinary percentage that the medical profession would love to have.
  • Multifaceted or complex issues, such as trauma, chronic anxiety, abuse, serious illnesses, and depression usually require the skill of an experienced EFT practitioner. 
  • EFT often works when everything else has failed.
  • In skilled hands EFT can work over 95% of the time.

 And here’s the most important thing we’ve learned:

  • There are many techniques, habits and concepts that can make EFT even more effective, which is the basis of this article.

Becoming aware of and implementing these simple steps can increase EFT’s effectiveness significantly, even for a beginner.  I will detail these items in this multi-part series.

Suggestion 1: Consider virtually every issue you deal with as a “symptom.” Then rather than treating the symptom, look for the cause and eliminate it. Traditional medicine typically treats symptoms, while EFT eradicates the cause of the problem.  For instance, if you have a pain in your finger you could just take a pain pill or a typical painkiller and hope to deaden the pain. Or you might look closer at your finger and discover a tiny splinter is causing the problem. Remove the splinter, the source of the pain, and the finger immediately feels better.

This same principle works as well on emotional issues as physical ailments.  As an example, ,“Joey”, a woman of about 45, was having trouble remembering simple things, like what had just been discussed in a business meeting she was in. She also had trouble remembering the childhoods of her children and many other things.  We could have simply tapped on “this memory problem” and might have eventually gotten results.  Instead I did some detective work and discovered what I believed to be the source of her memory problem.

When she was 18 Joey had an abortion and was very ashamed of it. Whenever she would see children playing together, or mothers snuggling their babies, she would get very upset. Children and babies, and several other things, caused her to think about the abortion, prompting more shame and guilt. This in turn caused more remorse and depression. It seemed apparent to me that Joey had basically “taught” herself not to be very aware of what was happening around her and more importantly taught herself not-to-remember. 

After this discovery we tapped on her letting go of the shame, remorse, and guilt from the abortion, using a formula I use with most issues. For Joey the set-up statement went something like this; “Even though I feel guilty and ashamed about having the abortion, I want to love and accept myself.” We used the reminder statements of “this shame, guilt and remorse, or abortion regret.” On the second and third rounds I helped Joey “vent” by saying phrases on each tapping point that gave voice to what she’s been saying to herself for years. For instance; “I shouldn’t have let it happen. I should have raised that child. I’m so ashamed! Why did I do it?  I must be a horrible person!”

After a round or two of that I then gradually shifted to a more forgiving tone saying phrase such as these on each tapping point “I’ve been beating myself up for years about this.” “But I didn’t know any better.” “I was just a kid myself.” “How much longer do I have to punish myself for this?” “I want to let this go.” “I want to forgive myself.” “I’m a good mother and wife now”, etc.  “I want to get over this pain.”

It did the trick. Within seconds after getting the intensity down to a zero Joey starting remembering things about her children’s lives. She was thrilled and so relieved to let go of the guilt she’d carried for all those years.  When I followed up a few days later, Joey said she was remembering all of the things she had been having difficulties with before.

This whole process took less than an hour and was lasting. Going for the cause right away, I feel is a faster, more direct way to deal with most problems.

Lindsay Kenny

Suggestion 2: Tap on both sides of the body

Just about anyone who has done EFT, including me, has had good results tapping on just one side of the body. However, I learned EFT from an acupuncturist who taught me a lot about the meridian system. And with EFT, of course, we’re using the body’s meridian system to release blocked energy.  The meridian system is made up of 14 meridians, branching out into hundreds of tiny energy pathways.

These pathways are bilateral, so when you tap on one side of the body you’re sending tiny little shock waves, or vibrations down through your meridians and up and around to the other side of your body.  By tapping you’re opening the blocked meridian associated with your particular issue, wherever it may be.  With that in mind, if you are tapping on the right side of the body only, and the blockage is behind your left knee, the vibrations have to travel down the right side of your body to the left side of your knee. By then the vibration will have lost some of it’s “muscle.”

The thing is, we never know where the blockage is, and we don’t have to. That’s the brilliance of Gary’s EFT.  Just tap on all the points and you’re bound to hit the one that’s associated with your issue. If you tap on both sides of the body you’ll be sending the maximum amount of energy down through your body on both sides to reach wherever the blockages are. 

So what difference does that make? Well if you can increase your efficiency by 15%, with very little extra effort, or cut your tapping time down on an issue to 30 minutes instead of 45, why not do it?  I’m telling you this because over the years I’ve repeatedly tried it both ways. And I believe there is a noted reduction in the time it takes to resolve an issue.

Just to be clear EFT works either way, unilaterally or bilateral tapping, but in my opinion this small change can make a significant difference over time. Try it. I think you’ll experience it yourself.


Suggestion 3: Tap on all 14 Meridian Points

As with my tip on tapping on both sides of the body, this suggestion is a little controversial. I, and just about everyone else who has tried EFT, has gotten good and even great results just using the shortcut tapping points taught in Gary’s wonderful DVDs. The points normally used are the; eyebrow (EB,) side of the eye (SE,) under the eye (UE,) under the nose (UN,) chin (CH,) collarbone (CB,) and under the arm (UA), and they work just great.  So why add more points?  Well, I learned EFT from a great acupuncturist and superb EFT practitioner, Zoe Walton. And she taught me the benefits of using five more meridians, by tapping on just three more points.

I’m an experimenter, just like Gary. So I tried it both ways; the shortcut of stopping under the arms which I used hundreds of times and the slightly longer version of adding the three additional points. I would even try the two techniques with the same client to see if I could tell a distinction. And by golly I did notice a big difference. Not just a slight one, a significant improvement. More on the results in a moment. First let me tell you about these additional points that I feel make sessions more efficient and effective.

1) The Liver Point: (LP) – Liver 14 in acupuncture terms, can be found on the mammilary line, under the nipple, 2 ribs below the nipple, about where a woman's bra wire would be. For a man it’s about 3 inches under his nipples. Because of it’s “inconvenient positioning” it began to be eliminated in public forums. However, the Liver Point is an important meridian for stress, depression, cravings and anger.

2) Wrist - (WR) - The line at the base of the hand has 3 major meridians (find these points on the inside of the wrist, on the line where the hand bends to meet the arm). These 3 points are: Heart 7, Pericardium 7, and Lung 9. The heart and pericardium points are great for stress and anxiety and the lung point is good for grief, heartache and sadness.

3) Crown of the Head - (CRH) or Du20 - This meridian is the meeting point of all Yang meridians in the body. The crown of the head is a powerful contact point for every issue. You’ll sometimes even see Gary use this point in more recent videos.

Just look at the emotions you’re addressing with those three additional points; stress, anxiety, grief, heartache, sadness, depression, cravings and anger.  Those are among the most common negative emotions we practitioners deal with daily. 

When I would use just the 7 tapping points, as we were all initially taught, a typical reduction in the intensity would be 10, then 9, then 7, 5, 3, 2, 1, then zero.  The average would be between 7 and 9 rounds. That’s not bad. Traditional therapists would kill for quick results like that.  But what I found by tapping on all 14 meridians was that issues were getting resolved in even fewer rounds, and seldom got stuck at any number.  

By adding 3 more points (and 5 additional meridians) the quicker drop in intensity was dramatic. The progression then would typically be; 10, 6, 3, zero. The average being between 3 and 5 rounds.  And here’s why: By adding these additional points, you now are tapping on all 14 of our meridians instead of a few. More “bang for the buck!” So by investing the additional 30 seconds for the three extra points, I was saving 10, 20 or even 30 minutes on each issue, and with complex issues, much more.

With one issue that may not seem like a big deal, but if you are dealing with multiple challenges or complicated issues the time savings adds up. If you’re a practitioner dealing with several clients a day it means resolving more of their issues during each session. That’s a great benefit for you and the client! Try it yourself and see if you notice a difference.



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