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EFT Introduction

Welcome to Tapping!

I am so excited to have you here with me, as I take you through this wonderful journey into tapping /  Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

Would you be willing to learn a tool that will make a huge difference to your life?

Do you want to let go of old fears, worries and anxieties?

Are you ready to feel more calm, relaxed and centred as you live with a positive and focused mindset?

Join me for this 6 week programme – and change your life.

You are about to learn all about this transformative technique that will help you to experience calm, clarity and inner peace in all aspects of your life.

What You Will Learn in This Course

In this 6-week online course you will learn the following:

  • An introduction to tapping and its background
  • The science behind tapping/ EFT
  • How it can support you to relieve stress, worry and anxiety
  • How you can use this self-help tool to create inner peace and achieve success in the following areas of life:
  • Overcome anxiety, stress and overwhelm
  • Improving your relationships
  • Achieve financial success and create a money mindset
  • Managing your relationship with food/achieving your goal weight
  • Allow you to let go of physical pain

You will learn through videos, tapping routines and content exactly how you can use this transformative technique as your very own self-help tool, for your use at your very finger tips! I will show you how you can release yourself from the past, to live a life of abundance and success.

Tapping is a unique self-help tool to help you revolutionise the way you live. It gives you the means to let go of old fears, worries and stresses, and a way to live the life you deserve – full of positivity, energy and happiness.

How to use this course?

Find a nice quiet and comfortable space where you won’t be disturbed. This course is self-directed so you can take as much or as little time as you need. It is set in weekly lessons. However on certain topics you may want to spend much longer. There is no rush, and it’s not a race. The key is you enjoy it and complete it at your own pace. You can of course go back and forth to weeks and topics, and you now have LIFETIME ACCESS to this course! The course is a mixture of content telling you all about tapping and how you can make it work for you, and short explainer videos to help guide you.

More about Janine

I am here to support you throughout this course. I have worked with hundreds of people in my many years of practice. I am also at the forefront of leading scientific research, as I have completed published research into tapping. I have a Masters degree in Psychology, enabling me to work at a deeper level with clients.

How Does Tapping Help?

Tapping may look very strange at first.

You may be feeling sceptical. I was!

Eventually, tapping worked wonders in my life.

But when I was first introduced to it, I wondered how tapping on my face and upper body would actually work. It seemed so easy, yet strange at the same time!

I kept asking myself, “Could it work?”

Would tapping really help rid me of my old negative ways of thinking and old beliefs about myself that had been keeping me stuck for years? Self-talk like: ‘I am not confident; I’m not good enough; I don’t deserve it; I’m not successful; I’m not as good as X,Y,Z.”

You get the picture. Does any of this sound familiar?

I went on to create self-empowering change in my own life. Since then, I have witnessed transformative changes with hundreds of clients I have worked with. The difference tapping has made to clients is so life-enriching.

Clients who have for years suffered debilitating anxiety, depression, stress and negative thinking experience huge change. Change often happens much quicker than people think.

When you too experience such great shifts to calm, clarity and focus, you will never look back.

I will show you how. I will walk you through a step by step process to show you how this miracle technique can change your life as it has done mine and millions of others.

The Background of Tapping

Dr Roger Callaghan was a clinical psychologist and worked with clients with a range of issues.

While working with one of his clients, Mary who had a severe phobia of water, he had tried many techniques to support her, but to no avail.

Dr Callaghan had been conducting research to understand meridian points on the body and how they worked. He had a deep interest in the functioning of the mind-body connection.

Meridians are said to flow around the body and are the primary operating systems of acupuncture which are considered to be passageways through which energy flows, connecting acupuncture points.

End points of these meridians are said to be located in various parts of the body whereby energy channels are accessed. You can liken meridian channels to a fibre optic network within the body and they are all connected to different organs.

Rather than use needles, as in acupuncture, these end points can be stimulated by acupressure, a light touch.

While Dr Callaghan was working with Mary, she explained that she would experience feelings of anxiety in her stomach when she thought about her fear of water.

From his studies into energy channels, Dr Callaghan remembered the ‘endpoint’ connected to the stomach meridian was located just below the eye. So, he asked her to tap with her finger on this point while telling her to think of her fear of water at the same time. Very quickly she described that the feeling had completely gone!

Dr Callaghan decided to take this one step closer and took her to a nearby swimming pool. Together he assisted her slowly towards the steps. Still no physical sensation or bad feeling came and she was then able to walk down the stairs into the water! Mary remains free of her phobia to this day.

As a result of this experience with his client, Roger Callaghan developed a sequence of tapping known as ‘algorithms’, which he called Thought Field Therapy (TFT). One of his students, Gary Craig went on to develop a single tapping sequence and this is where Emotional Freedom Techniques, EFT was born.

Gary Craig believed that tapping on a sequence of points allowed for the process by which Callaghan had developed allowed him to simplify and refine the process. EFT was conceived in 1987.

The best way to describe EFT is it is like acupuncture without the needles. It is an ancient Chinese acupressure therapy combined with a modern talking psychology.

There has since been much learned about EFT, how it works and the science behind it. A growing body of evidence continues to develop EFT. There has now been in excess of 130 research papers written in peer reviewed journals that show us the scientific evidence and the success of EFT.

How does tapping actually work?

What EFT does is it works directly with the fight or flight response. This is the way the brain responds to and activates a response to either a real or perceived threat. It is the danger response that keeps us safe, a survival mechanism.

What has this got to do with cavemen!

Imagine the cave man days, we were in danger zone much of the time. Our primary aim would be to stay safe, to stay alive! Think of a caveman who would go out hunting for food. If he came across a bear in the woods, his body would prepare him for the threat, in this case, imminent danger. His entire body would react by going into fight or flight response. He can either fight the bear or run off in the opposite direction at speed.

His body would prepare him to do this automatically and unconsciously within milliseconds. Blood would rush to the extremities, his heart would beat fast, adrenaline would automatically pump through the body at high speed. This is to enable him to be as strong and physically energised as he could as he goes into fight mode. Or to support his body to run very fast, in order to flee the dangerous threat. So in this case, the caveman wouldn’t tell his body to react to this danger, it does so as an automatic response.

The body is preparing him in order to save his life, to keep him safe. It is an automatic safety response. If the bear didn’t see him, the caveman would retreat back to his cave and most likely have a rest or a sleep and return back to homeostasis.

Stress and fight or flight

These days we aren’t generally faced with dangerous situations. However we are living in fight or flight much of the time. We are still living by the hormones of stress. Some stress is good for us. However too much can result in a number of health complaints such as heart conditions, type two diabetes, strokes and fatigue, to name a few.

At an evolutionary level, it is our primary goal to stay alive. So our body and brain continues to keep us safe. This is our primary driver and survival mechanism.

The fight or flight response nowadays isn’t usually triggered by a dangerous, external real threat. Instead, it is triggered by internal perceived threats and conditioned responses, which have usually been around since childhood. So it is more often than not triggered by a subconscious memory from our past, which can be a traumatic experience. The trauma can be real or perceived. However, the body and brain doesn’t know the difference between a real threat or a perceived threat. It goes into automatic response the same way.

The development of the subconscious brain

Before the age of seven, the prefrontal cortex (at the front of the brain) is yet to develop. This part of the brain controls logic, it is the conscious part of the brain. At that age we are living in the subconscious part of the brain. As we have yet to develop or understand anything logical or analytical, we take everything at face value. So we take everything literally. So young children are living in their primitive brain (the subconscious part) the entire time.

Everything we are told at this young age is absorbed like a sponge. We have no filter. We don’t apply logic to anything. We believe everything we are told, literally by parents, caregivers, siblings, peers, and society. We don’t analyse it or question it. We take it at that face value.

At this young age, most of our core beliefs are formed. What we are told, what we see, what information we pick up, we believe to be true. This is because we have yet to develop the conscious part of our mind, where we process information logically.

When young, we can attach feeling or emotion to an event, a situation, or to something we are told. We don’t use our logical part of our brain to process anything, as this isn’t yet formed.

So when we are told something, it goes straight in, without that filter. We could experience negative conditioning or even be told something that appears seemingly insignificant. This can then be internalised into the subconscious part of the mind, creating a negative, limiting belief. We believe it to be true and it keeps us stuck.

For example, a five year old child in a playground shouts at another five year old. This may be something completely innocent, perhaps that child was shouted at earlier that day by a parent. However, to the child who has been shouted at in the playground, they could form a belief in seconds, ‘life is scary’.

This is internalised and can be repressed. Perhaps later in life, they may suffer with anxiety. Based on their perceived belief life is scary. Their subconscious mind will continue to search for evidence to support this belief that now remains firmly embedded there. It is essentially learnt behaviour.

The good news is however, if we learnt something, we can unlearn it.

Beliefs are not real.

We made them up along the way. They felt very real at the time and this can stay with us. By taking away the emotional attachment to the old event, the memory or event is still there, however it no longer holds an emotional ‘charge’.

The brain isn’t believed to be fixed into place. Neuroscientists have taught us a concept called ‘neuroplasticity’, so given the ‘plastic’ nature of the brain, it can be rewired in order to facilitate change.

This is where tapping comes in. EFT very cleverly works directly with the subconscious part of the mind. It bypasses the conscious, critical part of the mind which is always checking in with the subconscious that has access to all these old programmes, patterns, emotions and beliefs. In doing so, it works directly with that old belief (which isn’t true, it is only the persons belief it is true, it is their perspective).

Once the emotional attachment to the old event has gone, this can create transformational changes.

What EFT cleverly does is rewires the brain.

Neural pathways that were once firing and wiring continually to reinforce the old belief stop firing and wiring in the same way.  The brain fires and wires differently. It changes the pattern of behaviour and the old signalling which kept the belief stuck there in the first place. How awesome is that!

The great news is, we don’t need to be a prisoner of our old belief system. The ones keeping us stuck (and are not true in the first place).

The presenting issue – how tapping helps with the problem

This then enables the presenting issue to be addressed (e.g. the behaviour, such as anxiety, lack of confidence, depression, stress, negative thinking, overeating). The root cause is addressed with EFT, the old limiting beliefs that are keeping us stuck and in the same pattens of behaviour. EFT cleverly interrupts this and allows us to think and feel in a new way. Old issues and ways of thinking are eradicated. This is where the person disassociates from the emotional attachment.

For example, a three year old who observes the fear response their mother goes into when they see a spider. They pick this information up as an unconscious representation. In addition, their mother is their primary caregiver, a model they look up to. They can form a belief ‘spiders are scary’. We know as adults, the rational and logical part of the brain that is fully developed that the spider is more scared of us and isn’t going to harm us.

As an adult, we recognise that often phobias are an irrational fear. However, the child who learnt this at the age of three doesn’t know that.

We can form a belief in an instant. Spiders are scary. It isn’t true, as it may not be someone else truth (someone who isn’t scared of spiders) however it can be our truth. It’s the perception of our own truth or our own reality.

This then forms what’s called a subconscious programme. A ‘I’m scared of spiders’ programme. It becomes an automated response every time we see a spider. Of course it is not a real threat, like the bear in the woods, it is a perceived threat, based on a conditioned response. As a result, the moment we see the ‘scary threat’, our body reacts by eliciting the same response, it goes into fight or fight. The same physiological and psychological responses are triggered.

As Nick Ortner describes in ’The Tapping Solution’:

“For many of us the internally generated stress response is triggered by a negative memory or thought that has its roots in past trauma or conditioned learning from childhood. The stress response in the body takes the same form, whether the tiger is the trigger (external) or a negative memory (internal)”

 What EFT does is works directly with the stress response in the brain within the limbic system, a part which is called the amygdala. It is also the most primitive part of the brain which controls the fight or flight response. It is also the part responsible for encoding negative emotions.

An early negative experience programmes the brain, and can be triggered years later, even if the initial memory has laid dormant. It can still be perceived as a threat response. What happens is the body doesn’t distinguish between an actual threat or a perceived threat, it can’t tell the difference, so it still goes into the fight or flight I talked about earlier.

How does tapping rewire the brain?

Tapping sends a calming signal to the amygdala. Rather than a feeling of stress, we experience a feeling of calm.

EFT rewires the brain by removing the negative emotion attached to the old event. If the event is still there in the memory, as though it still happened, the emotion, or rather the emotional response attached to the trauma is no longer there.

The same emotional reaction is not triggered.  Instead it is neutralised. The neural network in the brain has been firing and wiring in a certain way to create the programme and to maintain the same emotional reaction. It can be triggered due to an event, a feeling or an experience that invokes a traumatic response resultant from the original event in which the trauma was created initially.

When we tap, we are working with the subconscious part of the brain. This is the part of the brain where the event and the emotional attachment to the event are stored.

Changes in the limbic system fits in with the concept of neuroplasticity, that the brains pathways are ‘plastic’ therefore not fixed in place, they are not permanent and can be altered.

We need to access this part of the brain to make the change. Tapping cleverly relaxes us, gets us out of the (automatic) stress reactionary response and into a place of calm and clarity where we can then make change.

More about the research

There has been much research conducted about the effects and success of EFT. This has grown in more recent years. One of the first studies was conducted in 2003 by Wells et al. There are now in excess of 130 studies that have been conducted in peer reviewed journals.

Much research has been conducted by Dr Dawson Church and his team. Dawson is one the primary researchers in the field and he has also written several books, including The Genie in Your Genes and Mind to Matter.

Amongst many, a very noteworthy study called a randomised controlled trial (RTC) was conducted by Church and colleagues (2012) which demonstrates the impact and effectiveness of EFT on the stress response. They did so by examining changing in cortisol levels, by taking salvia samples before and after. Participants were randomly assigned to either an EFT group, a psychotherapy group, both receiving an hour’s treatment, or a group which received no treatment at all. The EFT group demonstrated a significant reduction in the level of cortisol (the stress hormone). This study has now also been replicated by Stapleton et al. (2020) which is a gold standard in research and results support the original study’s findings.

Dawson Church has also conducted much research that considered our genetic expression and how EFT can impact this. He and colleagues found in a recent pilot study (Church et al., 2016) that a significant number of genes (72 to be precise!) were all regulated after EFT. Genes responsible for areas of functionality including reducing oxidative stress, strengthening cell membranes, suppression of cancer tumours.

“This and other studies suggest that EFT is an epigenetic intervention, regulating the expression of many genes. Just an hour of EFT is doing you a whole lot of good”

Much more research has been conducted around the world. We are now seeing research that looks at brain scan imagery and MRI scans in order to witness how many direct brain changes are happening with EFT!

There is much more research available (check the link). I’d very proudly like to add that I have also contributed to the research, which is published in the Energy Psychology Journal. My research considers the views of EFT practitioners as to what prevents and facilitates EFT becoming mainstream and it makes recommendations to the relevant governing bodies. There is much being done now to bring EFT into mainstream practice. Peta Stapleton is spearheading research at an academic facility in Australia, as a result, EFT is reaching mainstream there.

More and more people are hearing about EFT and its fantastic benefits.

It is being used in schools, hospitals, mental health facilities, prisons and is also being taught at universities. Many are experiencing and reaping the benefits of EFT for themselves and witnessing it in others.

 

You’ve got to the end of the introduction! Join me for week one so we can see what tapping looks like and you can have a go for yourself!