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Tapping My Way to Emotional Freedom Print E-mail
By Georgina Guedes   
Wednesday, 16 July 2008
Tapping My Way to Emotional FreedomI was invited to try out an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) session by Maureen Cram, who writes for Harmonious Living. I’d been hearing about EFT for sometime, from a variety of different sources, and thought that gaining and understanding of this self-healing therapy might help me with some issues that I am working through in my life at the moment.

Maureen herself is a small woman with red hair, and she lives and works in an complex unit full of cats of multitudinous shapes and descriptions. Maureen has a matter-of-fact manner that’s not ungentle, an enthusiasm for everything in general, and EFT in particular, and it’s clear she’s driven by a genuine desire to help people with her craft.

The basics of EFT
First of all, she explained carefully to me what EFT is all about. EFT is based on the theory that negative emotions are caused by disturbances in the body’s energy field and that tapping on those meridians while stating a positive affirmation alters the energy field. The beautiful thing about EFT is that it’s designed for you to be able to use yourself, without the intervention of a practitioner, so while Maureen is keen to show you the way, and guide you through the process, in some ways it’s a handing over of a skill, rather than a therapy session.

Maureen also showed me how to do muscle testing on myself. I have had muscle testing done before by a kinesiologist, who also works with disturbances in the body’s energy field, but I’ve never done it myself. It involves linking the thumb and baby finger of one hand, and then trying to break the circle with the thumb and forefinger of the other. Work out the exact resistance necessary to maintain the circle, and then start trying out negative and positive statements. While making an untrue statement, the circle should be easy to break and while making a true one, the circle should hold.

Then Maureen got on to the business of EFT itself. The meridians to be tapped are the “third eye” between the eyebrows, the eyebrow, the side of the eye, under the eye, under the nose, the chin, the collarbone and the underarm. She warned me that I might feel that I looked funny tapping away like mad, but in truth, the process didn’t really bother me.

Getting down to business
We started with fairly generic affirmations, and tried them out with muscle testing, just to see where they would lead us. Then we moved on to the issue at hand. We discussed different psychological issues and how they affect different parts of the body.

Now, I am a firm believer that people can make themselves ill, and that emotions can be stored in parts of the body and do damage there. But I also believe, and this is where I think I differ from the teachings of Louise Hay, that sometimes bad things happen to perfectly stable and spiritually aligned people, and that, while lessons can be learnt from these things, they did not bring them onto themselves.

Despite my scepticism, we looked up my complaint in Louise Hay’s book. I am trying to conceive, which is being made slightly complicated by the fact that I am not ovulating regularly. In the book, problems with the ovaries were related to issues of blocked creativity, which I did find interesting because although I work in a creative field, I still find it difficult to be creative for its own sake, since by the end of the day, I have produced and tampered with too many words to start writing my own thoughts and ideas.

So we decided to try and tap on the issue of creativity. It was an interesting process, following the meridians, stating the affirmations, and finding new affirmations as we encountered other issues, in the form of ideas that popped into my (or Maureen’s) head along the way.

Speak only the truth
The idea is that somehow EFT will release the negative emotions around the issue. I oscillated between feeling positive and buying into the buzz, and also feeling that nothing had changed – my creativity would be unblocked if I could find the time to express it, not by sitting in a room tapping and stating affirmations.

After the session, Maureen and I had a long discussion about the use of the affirmations. She explained that she would never use an affirmation that is patently untrue. For instance, she wouldn’t tell a person who came to her for help with weight loss to say “I love and accept myself”, when that was not true at all. But where the course of the session might take a person to a certain statement, it’s worth tapping on the statement, and then letting the voices of doubt about the affirmation start a new journey.

So, I could follow the process of, “why is my creativity blocked?”, “why don’t I have the time?”, “why don’t I make the time?”, “What is most important to me in my life right now?”, and so on, identifying the problem areas and tapping out the positives along the way.

EFT is an interesting tool for self analysis. I can say that trying it out at home makes me feel more in tune with myself, and forces me to confront issues and how they’re holding me back. Whether the positive effects are as a result of tapping my meridians, or just having made the time to follow the little nagging voices of doubt in my head, I can’t say for sure. But if EFT helps me to make the time to work things out, like meditation or prayer, then it is an effective tool.

And as for muscle testing, I’ve been driving myself mad playing around with true and false statements, and testing them out with my fingers. Every time I think I’m on the brink of a revelation, I doubt myself and have to practice with lying about my own name to see if it really works again.

Georgina Guedes is the editor of Harmonious Living.

Maureen Cram is available on 083 600 6965 or on email at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also check out her website at www.stuffbusters.co.za.

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