Today's new video is inspired by a lovely subscriber who asked about a previous post, "Embodying Your Future Self: How To Step Into Tomorrow's Identity Today." The question asked was how do we continue to embody that desired identity when the old ways of thinking and being keep coming up -- are there techniques for overcoming those old ways? In response, I am introducing one of my favorite techniques, EFT tapping, which we will use to voice and move past that negative self talk, the limiting beliefs, and the old self-sabotaging habits that come up. This technique uses light tapping on a sequence of acupressure points, and if you're already tuning out because you're feeling skeptical, give it a try. I'll share my own experience moving from extreme doubt to superfan, and I'll guide you through a tailored session just for you.
Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT, is a quick and effective technique for releasing an undesired emotion or limiting belief. It uses light tapping on a series of acupressure points, and I find it especially helpful when combined with self talk, either out loud or in your head.
What I love about the talking component of EFT is that it allows you (or actually requires you) to say the negative things that you might normally pretend not to feel. By speaking our fears, anxieties, or doubts out loud, we remove some of their power. After all, it is the secrecy which shame requires that feeds them in the first place. The first couple of times that you tap through the sequence of acupressure points, you'll be voicing these negative statements, and then the next couple of rounds through the points will be tapping positive, affirmative language in their place. This will all make a lot more sense when you watch the video below!
The first time I heard about EFT was in a book by Gabby Bernstein. I wasn't seeing someone doing it on a screen, but the words on the page sounded interesting -- though it definitely didn't sound like something that would actually "work." Though I felt incredibly skeptical, I also felt especially anxious on that particular day, so I tapped along with the words on the page, and to my incredible surprise I felt a great sense of relief. Before and after a tapping session, folks are encouraged to rate the intensity of their negative emotion or limiting belief on a scale from 0 to 10. I think that first time I tried EFT, my anxious feeling went from an 8 to a 2, so needless to say, I was hooked!
I've been an avid fan ever since, and it's always something that I recommend to friends (or encourage them to hop on a video call with me and then tap through it with them). In a delightfully full circle moment, I actually got certified as an EFT practitioner this past summer, and I am so thrilled to be able to add this to my bag of tools that I can use with my clients.
While there is a lot more that I could write here, I think this particular topic just works better as a video. Check it out below, as well as the podcast below that -- once you know the sequence of points, you can use that audio recording to tap along any time you'd like.