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Science behind EFT

More and more people today have heard of “this weird tapping thing” that for some reason works. Another name for tapping is EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Its forerunner – TFT (Thought Field Therapy) – has been developed by American psychotherapist Roger Callahan at the end of the 70s. Both forms of tapping therapies have been recognized for achieving amazing results where various conventional means have failed. In the States EFT has been used successfully in restoring to life war veterans suffering from severe Post-traumatic Stress Disorder:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQerP14LgP0.

In Rwanda EFT is being engaged to bring healing and hope to orphaned young people who still bear horrific scars of the genocide of 1994:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymp4vbK8O0g.

On a day-to-day basis, EFT is being used with great success both in therapy and in home settings to help people achieve relief from a wide range of uncomfortable emotions and conditions, including

–          Fear

–          Anger

–          Stress

–          Anxiety

–          Depression

–          Food cravings

–          Childhood trauma

But how exactly does EFT work? Why does the simple act of tapping with your fingers on some acupressure points produce such a shift?

Recent scientific studies have begun to throw light on this mystery. It appears that tapping has a calming effect on the amygdala – a “fear centre” in our brain responsible for the “fight or flight” response. The amygdala gets activated in response to the perceived danger, either real or imaginary. By the prompt from the amygdala, adrenaline and cortisol are released to prepare our body for action (i.e. to fight or to run). The aroused amygdala, in interaction with hippocampus, also facilitates the deeper engraining of the learned information (both emotional and intellectual) in our brain and in our body. Thus, for example, if a person has been in a road accident, the experienced emotion of fear gets recorded in the body and this person may experience anxiety every time she/he has to travel by car.

So how does EFT help?

When doing tapping one has to tune in to an uncomfortable emotion or state that one suffers from. When we do that the amygdala gets reactivated. However, the subsequent series of tapping on acupressure points actually calms the amygdala and thus “persuades” the body that nothing wrong is happening right now, so that it can stop producing stress hormones. In this way the body “unlearns” the trauma and returns to functioning in a more relaxed and optimal mode. Tapping has also been shown to increase the production of endorphins and assist in overcoming chocolate and other ‘comfort-food’ cravings.

For more information about scientific research on EFT you can read an article by David Feinstein:

http://www.eftuniverse.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10571&Itemid=21

To tap on your own, you can download a simple one-page tapping guide from my website: www.Soultap.co.uk.

There is also free manual available on Eftuniverse.com. And if you would like a brief individual consultation you are welcome to book a free meeting with me at Jade Healing Centre.

Happy tapping!

Ludmila Gin

 

 

World Tapping Summit 2012

The 2012 World Tapping Summit will start on 7 May:

http://www.thetappingsolution.com/2012VideoSeries/?p=15

It is a FREE online event going on for ten days and you can listen to the interviews at any time of the day, whenever it is convenient to you.

Great inspirational speakers, personal trainers and therapists will be taking part. They will share their insights on life challenges we all come across and suggest tapping procedures for different issues. The interviews are full of practical tips and also present a wonderful ‘tap-along’ opportunity to clear your own emotional blocks that hold you back in life.

Here are just a handful of the topics that will be covered:

  • Overcoming overwhelm
  • Pain relief with tapping
  • How to create financial success
  • Healing pain from childhood
  • Weight loss (overcoming food addictions and cravings)
  • Procrastination and perfectionism
  • Insomnia

Visit the website to listen to the three preliminary interviews and get a free simple introduction into tapping:

http://www.thetappingsolution.com/2012VideoSeries/?p=15

Feel inspired, liberated and ENJOY!

 

 

Discover Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Workshop

Interactive Workshop at CB2 café in Cambridge on 11 March

Have you ever tried to reason with your emotions?

Have you experienced the frustration when your emotions like rebellious kids run their own way and refuse to listen to the logical arguments of your mind? You may tell them: this is just a small thing not worth worrying about! Still you feel anxious and stressed out.

Have you ever felt despairing using positive affirmations? When you repeat over and over again “I am happy, I enjoy life,” while your senses continue to scream, “This is not true! I am unhappy!”

What if the solution were found at your fingertips?

And actually it IS! Literally as well as metaphorically.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is an amazing tool that enables you to enter into dialogue with your emotions easily and efficiently by lightly tapping with your fingers on certain acupressure points.

Used in therapy it has helped many people to overcome the most severe emotional conflicts and traumas where years of conventional counselling have made no difference.

Do you want to become a therapist for yourself?

Do you want to become a master of your own emotions?

Do you want to discover the freedom of relating to yourself and to others from your strong centre of love and peace?

Then this workshop is for you! Come and learn how to work a little miracle that will change your life. It is very uplifting, inspiring, practical and fun!

Here is some feedback from people who attended my workshops:

I was surprised how powerful it was doing the tapping in a group and even when tapping on someone else’s negative emotion, it made me feel better.”

I have noticed that my craving for chocolate and my craving levels or desires have reduced overall.  Possibly this is about control and self-control and that feels great in itself.

Thank you so much for Friday! You created an incredible atmosphere right from the start; I could really feel everybody relaxing and opening themselves up to the kindness in the room. I had no idea that I was carrying so much anxiety about the children’s schools or that my perception of social inadequacy had become such a barrier…  Your kindness, humour, warmth and perception were just what I needed and it felt amazing to be so open in front of such lovely people. Actually the warmth and encouragement in the room really struck me and I carried it with me into that wretched school playground!! You were right – people do have time and don’t find me boring. It was coming from within and I hope to be able to continue to let go of that.

Come and join us in an amazing experience on Sunday (11 March) 3-5 pm.

We are meeting at a lovely place – the Function Room of CB2 café (Norfolk Street, Cambridge CB1 2LD)

The cost is only £ 15 and you are welcome to stay for a drink, to socialize and network.

Please contact Ludmila Gin in advance to reserve your place by emailing connect@soultap.co.uk or calling 0780 777 12 91.

LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU!

Ludmila 🙂

Recent EFT Workshop in Cambridge

Last week I held another workshop in Cambridge, this time at my home. First of all I want to thank all the participants once more for contributing their lovely energy and enthusiasm into it.

It is interesting how every workshop has its own character and special theme. This time, with the small group of six people and perhaps also due to the informal character of the venue, a very special atmosphere of warm intimacy and confidentiality was established very quickly.

For me, as a person who grew up in Russia and used to travelling long distances on a train, it reminded of the particular atmosphere that develops in a small compartment between the passengers who are bound to spend several days together. Conversations spark off, hearts open, people relay their deep concerns that they wouldn’t share with their best friend. I could never quite figure out what exactly contributes to this feeling of bonding. Probably, the very paradox of being in a company of people who are complete strangers to each other and yet they are united by the same journey and intimately bound in the small space within a rushing train that carries them to an unknown. For the moment their wills and everyday roles are left aside as they submit themselves to the power of here and now.

So, our gathering last Tuesday possessed something of that quality. I served tea to welcome people stepping in from the dark and windy street, and one of the participants who arrived earlier helped me to prepare the badges with the names. In this way by the time we settled down to start our meeting people already had a chance to interact and ‘rub’ against each other’s personality.

The main theme of this workshop turned out to be… procrastination – the topic relevant to most of us! With two volunteers we have explored the underlying causes for our postponing doing something we want to do – be it getting to bed earlier or learning to ride a bike. We have worked on uncovering and eliminating uncomfortable feelings that imperceptibly interfere with our desire as well as on strengthening our motivation to achieve our set goals.

We also had a profound and interesting discussion about the setting up phrase for the tapping sequences (“Even though I have this feeling/issue/challenge… I deeply and completely love and accept myself”). A few participants said that they felt awkward saying these words aloud, and we explored at some length what the concept of ‘self-acceptance’ and love for oneself may mean. This discussion gave me an inspiration for the next post – to come soon!

Tapping on fear

I have heard from my spiritual teachers that there are only two states of being: love and fear. When we are in the state of love, there is no place for fear. In the same way as when we switch on the light in the dark room – it expels the darkness. It may sound like an abstract concept, but when we become conscious of it and start paying attention to the way we behave and feel, then we begin to notice that this is true. Presumably, only truly enlightened people can live constantly in the state of love. But we all can experience it at moments – in our daily life. And we can work to make these moments last longer.

There is also a theory that what we are actually afraid of is our hidden powers. Quoting Marianne Williamson:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a Child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
(A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles,” Harper Collins, 1992. From Chapter 7, Section 3.)

There are various techniques and approaches to dealing with fear. In her book Feel The Fear and Do it Anyway, Susan Jeffers urges us to tackle the fear by facing it and doing the very thing that frightens us. It really works, because when we just imagine the thing, our fear puffs it up into a bloated monster, and augments it beyond all proportion. Once we move to action and our attention shifts to practicalities the monster deflates and the thing that we were so afraid of turns out to be well within our limits and abilities.

What happens sometimes, however, is that our fear may be so big that it prevents us from going into action, paralyses us. Here EFT proves invaluable. If the fear is very big you can start by tapping on it without going into details – to take off the edge. After that you can get more specific. From my experience, even a few rounds of daily tapping can create a significant difference. Safety, of course, comes first, and if your fear is too great so that there might be a risk that you feel overwhelmed, it is better to work with a therapist.