There are eight key points used in EFT. They are points where the ending of a meridian is very near to the surface. (In addition—not pictured—there is also the “karate chop” point, between the base of the little finger and the beginning of the wrist, on the side of either hand. The Tapping Points EB Eyebrow SE Side of Eye UE Under Eye UN Under Nose CH Chin CB Collarbone UA Under Arm TH Top of Head Clockwise from top left:
“Hi Everyone, Jennifer Davidson from Switzerland writes this MUST READ, engaging article on how she overcame many hurdles with her inexpressive Parkinson’s client. Note her ongoing creativity. Many lessons to be learned here. Hugs, Gary” This post was first published on EFT Founder Gary Craig’s website, with the above introduction. Dear Gary Of the many clients I’ve worked with in Switzerland, I have particularly enjoyed the challenge presented by “Rene,” a gentle and initially inexpressive 64-year-old gentleman with Parkinson’s Disease. He has been quietly transformed, I believe, by the magic of EFT, and I’d like to share his story (with his permission; at his request, I’ve changed his name). Rene came to me seeking to reverse, or at least contain, the symptoms of Parkinson’s, with which he was diagnosed eight years ago:
Normally when I’m tapping, I like to use all nine key points and proceed in a leisurely manner. Sometimes, however, time or space are tight, and tapping on just one point can feel like a lifesaver. This was the case for me a couple of weeks ago. I had the pleasure, along with my fellow Holistic London practitioners, of manning our booth at the Mind Body Spirit Festival at Olympia. We were offering a free raffle and lots of information, and had a high level of footfall. It wasn’t the easiest time for me, however, as just days before my much-loved mother-in-law Joy had passed away, and my thoughts were with her and on her upcoming funeral, which I was helping my husband organize. (The photo below is me putting a brave face on it…)
Sometimes it feels good to rant, vent, stomp, and let off steam. There’s a risk, though, that it can backfire and leave you feeling worse later. The good news is: you can have your cake and eat it too, provided you practice ranting-while-tapping (as opposed to “just-plain-ranting”). There’s a world of difference between the two. I’ve recently come up with a helpful analogy that I offer—albeit slightly cautiously—to my new clients. It’s a fundamentally un-lovely concept, I’m afraid. No beautiful rainbows and prancing unicorns here! Just a blocked toilet. And three words: “Tap the Crap.”
I love this quote by Wayne Dyer: “With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself, or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow, or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”
Have you ever considered how you talk to yourself? I sometimes do it out loud. It started, innocently enough, with me and my dog. “Hey BearBear,” I’d say brightly (she hiding, sensing what’s coming) “I know it’s pouring, but we do still have to go for a walk!” All too soon, this morphed into actually hearing myself say: “come on Jennifer, stop procrastinating and just do that …” (fill in the blank: nasty chore) Either way — whether our self-talk is aloud or in the privacy of our own head — the key thing is actually what words we use, and what tone of voice, as it were. This is especially important when things go wrong, when we fault or blame ourselves. I have found that playing with the pronouns you and I produces very interesting results. This applies, by the way, both to tapping and to normal self-talk.