Have you been trying – unsuccessfully – to manage your fears and phobias?
Many of us have fears which can be big or small. Sometimes, people develop irrational fears or phobias that they cannot control. People may have a fear of flying, enclosed spaces, crowds, spiders, or speaking in public. These fears or phobias can limit or even cripple their every day life.
There are many ways to conquer your fears and overcome your phobias. Traditionally, people are exposed to their phobia or the thing they are afraid of in order to decondition them to the fear. However, this technique can be uncomfortable and may even prove detrimental when not done the right way.
One technique that is rapidly gaining immense popularity is called EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques. Although there is no scientific explanation for this method, thousands of success stories attest to the effectiveness of EFT.
What is EFT?
Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT is a type of energy therapy. It brings healing by balancing the body’s energy system. EFT works on the same principle as acupuncture, wherein patients are treated by manipulating their energy flow or “chi” using needles in their meridians or acupuncture points.
Your fear, phobia, pain, or disease may be caused by an imbalance or disruption in your chi. EFT uses tapping techniques to restore balance within the body. By tapping on the acupuncture or acupressure points, you can eliminate negative emotions like fear, anxiety, stress and phobia very quickly.
Meridian Tapping: What is it?
Meridian Tapping Techniques or MTT involves tapping on the acupressure points of the body. It uses a variety of techniques, hence the official name is in the plural form. Tapping therapy is a non-invasive, alternative healing method that you can perform on your own. The sequential tapping procedure addresses the causes of your physical pain or psychological challenges, balancing the body’s energy and eliminating negative emotions.
You can use two fingers (index and middle) or all four fingers to tap on specific meridian points. Many Meridian Tapping Techniques also require you to say certain phrases that can help you focus on your problem or ailment so that you can get the most benefit from the therapy.
How Does It Work?
Meridian Tapping is based on the same principles as acupressure and acupuncture. Practitioners of these ancient, alternative methods of healing believe that negative emotions can disrupt the flow of energy in the body leading to chronic pain, migraines, stress, insomnia, panic attacks, fears and phobias.
By tapping on acupressure points with your finger, you can release negative energy and stimulate the smooth flow of your chi or energy. MTT offers the same beneficial results as the needles used in acupuncture.
Meridian Tapping Techniques for Fears and Phobias
Meridian tapping as a healing method was discovered by accident by Dr. Roger Callahan, who was treating a patient with a phobia of water. At the time, the patient was also experiencing stomach pain. Knowing that there is an acupressure point on the cheekbone for the stomach, Dr. Callahan instructed her to tap her cheekbone in order to relieve her stomach pains. Amazingly, her phobia of water also disappeared!
Extreme fears and phobias are rooted in an imbalance in your body energy. EFT using meridian tapping can correct this imbalance or disruption.
Here is an example of the process:
First, identify the fear or phobia that you want to overcome. Compose a statement acknowledging your fear followed by a positive affirmation of yourself as a person such as “Even though I’m terrified of heights, I deeply and completely accept myself anyway.” Repeat the statement 3 times while tapping 7-10 times on the Karate Chop point located on the side of the small finger of your hand.
Next, perform a round of tapping on the meridian points beginning with the top or crown of your head and moving on to the eyebrow, side of the eye, under eye, under nose, chin, collarbone, underarm, and back to the head. Tap each point 7 to 10 times while repeating your phobia such as “my fear of heights” or “my fear of public speaking.”
After one or two rounds assess how you feel. Ideally, your negative emotions will have dissipated or disappeared. Sometimes you may trigger a secondary issue. Repeat the therapy until you have completely tamed your fears.