Rachel T, Bristol
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The Science of Tapping
The biggest thing that puts people off Tapping is that they see it as a little bit New Age. It's funny to me, as someone who studied science at Cambridge University, I find it perfectly scientific. The formula is precise, and the results are repeatable and reliable.
These people tend to have limiting beliefs like
"I need to see a scientific paper on it before I'll try it",
or "It can't be that easy to sort out my problems"
or "It looks strange, people will think I'm odd".
The truth is simple, there is a basic physical process in your body, that allows you to let go of negative emotions. Tapping is a reliable way to trigger this process. There are many ways to trigger this same process - Psychotherapy, NLP, Hypnotherapy, Meditation, Kinesiology, Reiki, Christian Healing.
Each technique triggers the process in a different way and thus takes more or less time to release the same emotions, depending on how efficient that particular technique is. Tapping is the fastest I have found, by FAR. So the question becomes, how long do you want it to take. Personally, I'm all for getting rid of bad feelings with as little fuss as possible, and getting on with my life.
Some of the principles behind Tapping are also found in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. They call the nerve channels Meridians, and the energy that flows through them, Chi. It doesn't matter what you call it, it's just a way of describing a particular aspect of the human body.
Did you know that acupuncturists train for a minimum of three years? It's very rigorous training and it's a high standard of qualification. Chinese Medicine dates back far longer than Western Medicine, and it tends to look at the body as a whole person, instead of as a machine with different component parts.
The Meridians are a real phenomenon of the body. Some people can sense Acupuncture points and find them just by touch, but they also have a measurably different magnetic resonance to other parts of the skin. They also have a higher conductivity.
This pen is a pretty cool gadget. It's an electro-acupuncture pen, I don't use it for treatment as I tend to find that Tapping is more powerful than Acupuncture. But it's useful for demonstrating that there is actually special about the Tapping points.
The Beeping is to help you find the right point to treat. See how it changes as I run it over my finger. It's beeping higher because there is a lower resistance at the Tapping point on my finger. You can use it to find all the Tapping points this way...
If you Tap, it will work for you. Negative emotions will drop away and you will find yourself happier and more able to do whatever it is you want in life.
If you don't Tap, it won't work. So in that sense, I guess you do have to believe it in for it to work.
If you want to understand more about how Tapping works, the best thing to do is to read what Gary Craig, the original inventor of Emotional Freedom Technique has to say about it. You can get his e-book free from his website, www.emofree.com.
In the meantime, consider that you probably don't know how the Internal Combustion Engine works, but you still turn the key of your car to start it. NO-ONE knows how electricity really works, but you still switch the light on and off.
Seriously, NO-ONE really understands electricity. If you ask someone who *thinks* they understand, ask them the right questions and they will quickly run out of answers. But we still know how to build generators, and batteries, and computers.
In the same way no-one really understands the subtle energies of the body. But we still know how to work them to improve our lives.
That's all for now, Keep Tapping.
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Nothing gets blasted more in the self-improvement industry than 'Positive Thinking'. The cynical among us are quick to point out that just believing in something doesn't make it true, and even the most optimistic optimist will concede that they don't always take Positive Action based on their thinking.
The only reason you procrastinate is that a part of you doesn't want to do whatever it is you are procrastinating. Tapping is one way to permanently kill that part.