Would you believe that you can achieve success in any area of your life simply by getting rid of your self-limiting beliefs via an emotional version of acupuncture?
According to EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) practitioners, it really is as simple as that. EFT is becoming more and more of a mainstream practice every day, including the release of a new documentary entitled Try it on Everything, and I have included a link to the trailer for that movie below.
However, as with any new idea, there is confusion, resistance, and disbelief, so I thought I would do my part to fill in some of the gaps by answering the question:
"What is EFT?"
In essence, the Emotional Freedom Technique is a system whereby you balance out your body's natural energy systems by applying pressure to the Meridian points of your body, just as acupuncture practitioners do – only without the needles!
It is a foregone conclusion that our subconscious minds control over 90% of our lives – some people think that number is closer to 95% or more. That being said, a conscious thought about something only makes up between 5%-10% of our total thoughts about that thing, and that is why many people have difficulty achieving success.
Ask yourself how many times you have said, "This time I'm really going to lose the weight," or "I am so tired of being broke and I am willing to do whatever it takes to have more money".
Almost all of us have used statements like those about various subjects over the years. Yet here it is, all those years later, and many people are still struggling with those same issues.
For a lot of people, the continual struggle is due to the fact that their positive and empowering conscious statements say one thing, but their subconscious mind – which is considerably more powerful – is saying something else entirely, usually based on some sort of self-limiting belief.
When our subconscious mind enters into the mix, it controls 90%-95% of the way that our energy flows, so regardless of how emphatically we make consciously empowering statements, it is still just a drop in the bucket compared to the power that our subconscious mind has over our flow of energy.
EFT is a system that allows you to reprogram your subconscious mind by "tapping" on the Meridian points on your body while first surfacing – then reprogramming – your self-limiting beliefs.
While going through the tapping points on your body, you say a short "set up phrase" that would bring the issue to the surface:
"Even though I feel very overweight and have low self-confidence…"
That is Part I of the phrase. Part II of the phrase is where you release your resistance to whatever your issue is by simply allowing yourself to be okay with it:
"…I deeply and completely love and accept myself."
So, you would go through that phrase and similar phrases, all the while tapping on these Meridian points in the body. Most present EFT practitioners have 9 major Meridian points that they use.
After going through anywhere from 1 to 5 rounds of saying your set up phrase and its corresponding releasing phrase, you then finish your EFT session by going through an entire round of a reprogramming phrase:
"I am slim, healthy, and attractive, and I have a very high level of self-confidence."
"Now that my weight is under control, I enjoy a vigorous and active lifestyle."
"Since I am no longer overweight, I am involved in a passionate and secure relationship."
Again, those are just examples that I put together in order to illustrate the process. In actual EFT sessions, both the set up phrase as well as the reprogramming statements have an extreme amount of flexibility.
There are no "right or wrong" set up phrases or reprogramming statements. Rather, you are encouraged to say whatever comes to your mind during the session, since it is your own self-limiting beliefs that are surfacing, not some canned version of doubt that applies to just anyone.
Does it work?
The short answer is Yes, absolutely. EFT has helped countless people and it is the cornerstone of many different self-help programs. The long answer is that EFT is simply a method for bringing your self-limiting beliefs to the surface, and then dealing with them.
It is important for people to understand that the systems and tools that are available for our use are not the "answer". It is our own consciously applied realization that we can control our lives that is the true power.
EFT, Ho'oponopono, the Law of Attraction – all of these concepts boil down to the same thing: Consistent, conscious control of our thoughts, feelings, and actions1 will create the circumstances that will allow unconscious forces to line up in such a way as to bring us what we want out of life.
The Emotional Freedom Technique is a great system, and I certainly encourage you to check it out if it resonates with you.
If you decide that you want to learn more, Joe Vitale (teacher from The Secret, and pictured below) and Brad Yates, one of the most respected EFT practitioners, have an EFT product that they built together. They called it Money Beyond Belief, although several times they call out the fact that using EFT for financial gain is only one possible use.
Take the time to learn more about EFT, and if the process resonates with you, then FREE YOUR MIND!
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1 – James Arthur Ray