Tap, Tap, Tapping

Perhaps it was my deep-seated desire to be a tap dancer, that attracted me to Tapping.  I first stumbled across EFT, Emotional Freedom Technique, also called Tapping, several years ago by way of Charyl Ozkaya. Charyl was my Reiki instructor and I arrived early to her Monday night Reiki circle and ended up tapping along with her class. It was foreign to me, but whatever Charyl did always seemed lovely and perfect.

Since then it has entered my consciousness many times. The one that recently got my attention was an audio presentation on HayHouse.com by Dawson Church. He is the author of The EFT Manual  He offered a print out with basic instructions and a diagram of the acupressure sites on the hands, head and chest. This is how I got started. Then I ordered his book, which explains the origins and application in greater detail.  For a simple procedure, the results can be amazing.

George Goodheart, Roger Callahan and Gary Craig were some of the early developers of this combination of cognitive therapy and acupressure. They began their practices in the second half of the 20th century and experimented with different applications. All of them were experiencing success with anxiety, depression and PTSD. Gary Craig simplified the technique to tapping on 12 acupressure points in any order and called it EFT. The success rate of this healing practice has been so great that it has been expanded to treat any number of conditions such as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, as well as other so-called incurable diseases.

In The EFT ManualDawson Church lists three reasons for its success: 1. Reduces stress. 2. Diminishes the intensity of emotional trauma. 3. Modifies the way the brain processes emotional information.    

The technique is now being applied to any number of emotional or stress induced symptoms. The success rate of this therapy and the speed of obtaining positive results have exploded the practice. Families and children can be easily taught how to use it as well. If you are interested in learning more about EFT:

1. Watch for programs in your library. Bayport/Bluepoint Library just had one last month.

2. Check out InnerHealingArts.com with Charyl Ozkaya.

3. Dawson Church’s book- The EFT Manual

4. Tapping World Summit Video Series, led by Nick Ortner, on thetappingsolution.com. This is a free online presentation from 2/27-3/8/17, with two presentations per night, which are available for free, for 24 hrs after each broadcast. Nick Ortner is also the author of the best-selling book, The Tapping Solution.

Happy Tapping


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