Using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) to Help With Strong Reactions as a Highly Sensitive Person
Alison Morris talks about the benefits of using EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques, also known as tapping, to help release stress; calm our nervous system; change brain waves, disrupt fear signals from the amygdala, and to change core beliefs. We demonstrate how to tap on the belief of being too sensitive. Alison talks about the importance of acknowledging, allowing, accepting and having awareness of our feelings, and why as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) this is a powerful tool.
Emotional Freedom Techniques Also known as EFT or tapping Use acupressure points It’s like emotional acupuncture, but without needles Utilizes meridians, which are energy systems within the body In traditional Chinese medicine, meridiansare channels that form a network in the body, through which energy flows Rivers of energy At the meridian in the body, there is more electrical conductivity EFT can be used to Release stress Calm the nervous system Change brain waves Disrupt fear signals from the amygdala (fear or worry) Induce epigenetic changes Turn on immune function Turn off inflammation EFT has been comparably compared in effectiveness to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) It works more quickly with fewer sessions You can try EFT on everything and anything It can help with a troubling memory, something in the present, stress or worry and physical pain It can be the most powerful when used on beliefs we hold about ourselves We pick up beliefs before we are six-years-old that become deeply ingrained Who am I? Is the world safe? The 4 As of EFT Acknowledge How we are feeling There are no wrong or bad feelings Feelings of shame, embarrassment, guilt, anger, sadness, etc. Allowing To feel it Focus on the negative Address what is There is a fear the feeling will never go away Feelings are supposed to be felt; then they move on Accepting I deeply and completely accept myself You are ok no matter what you feel How I am is fine I honor myself and the way I feel I honor my sensitivity and the gifts that it brings My sensitivity is a superpower EFT was designed to be a self-help tool You can tap with a partner or with a therapist or coach who is trained in EFT Common struggles I don’t know what to say or what words to use Don’t worry about it. You don’t have to use words if it’s overwhelming or you can’t come up with the words Not being specific enough—you will get better results if you are specific Notice what you are feeling in your body (head, muscles, stomach, jaws) Possible things to say Even thought I haven’t allowed myself to feel for years, and I’m afraid to start feeling… People have been telling me not to be so sensitive for years… I’m so overwhelmed, and I can’t identify what I’m feelings because it’s such a big mess… You get to be you It’s ok to be angry, swear, scream, cry You can tap in the car or the shower It’s just releasing energy You may sigh, yawn, cry Your focus may get brighter, shoulders drop down, sit up straighter Before tapping— Rate your symptom/distress on a scale of 1-10 Try to pick something that’s not too intense—maybe something that’s a 4-6 in distress Notice where you feel it in your body Start with your “set up phrase” and repeat 3x with the karate chop on the side of your hand Even though I …..I deeply love and accept myself Use the reminder phrase when you tap on the following (see attached picture) Top of the head Above the eyebrow Outside the eye—side of your face Under the eye Under the nose Above the chin Collar bone Under the arm (where are bra strap would be if you wear a bra) It’s helpful to have water nearby so you don’t get dehydrated Often if feels like nothing has happened, but changes are happening The original protocol is to stay with the negative statements It’s like working on it to heal the wound If the negative feelings are subsiding, you can switch to reparative statements, but you don’t want to rush into this You can use tapping to feel honored, safer and to build inner strength SCRIPT FOR TAPPING
Even though I really hate being so sensitive, I deeply and completely accept myself.
Even though I have felt like a misfit for years because I am so sensitive I deeply and completely accept myself.
Even though I really wish sometimes that my sensitivity would just go away. I deeply and completely accept myself.
Now we’re going to take fingers again either hand we’re going to go right to the very top of the head. Like where a puppet would come from, you know, string would come up from the top of a puppet’s head, and just tap lightly while we say what’s called a reminder phrase.
I hate being so sensitive.
EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique - is a reasonably brand-new discovery and a fast-evolving therapy within the area of Energy Psychology which is capturing the interest of healers, scientists, spiritualists as well as lay people.
Commonly referred to as "Mental acupressure", the technique works by releasing clogs within the energy system which are the resource of emotional strength and also discomfort. These obstructions in our power system, in enhancement to testing us emotionally, commonly lead to limiting beliefs and also practices as well as a lack of ability to live life harmoniously.
An EFT therapy entails using fingertips rather than needles to touch on the end points of energy meridians that are positioned simply under the surface area of the skin. The treatment is non-invasive and works on the principles of making adjustment as straightforward and also as pain cost-free as feasible.
EFT is a sound judgment approach that draws its power from Eastern discoveries that have actually been around for over 5,000 years. Albert Einstein likewise informed us back in the 1920's that whatever (including our bodies) is made up of power. These suggestions have actually been greatly ignored by Western Recovery Practices and as they are introduced in our current times, human procedure is reopening itself to the forgotten reality that everything is Power as well as the potential that this offers us.
In the short time since it's inception by Gary Craig in the 1990's, EFT has given thousands of individuals with remedy for all type of issues and also conditions, usually in amazingly quick time as well as after long and also excruciating durations of looking for a remedy. The variety of successful treatments have actually ranged from trauma and also misuse, phobias, self screwing up practices patterns, to deep collection emotional problems of anxiety and anxiety, addictions, physical disease, to name however a few.
EFT is upstaging the wide range of healing specialists; from the scientists to the fortune-tellers as well as every person in between. It is at the heart of the rejoining of the old and also brand-new paradigms.
EFT restores understanding and also rely on the natural recovery capabilities of our body and mind, offering ground-breaking possibilities to attaining physical and also emotional wellness in a faster amount of time.
Since the techniques are so basic, they could be made use of successfully as a self-help tool, which empowers people to proactively contribute to their own recovery as well as growth process. This assists in a much faster relief procedure, previously thought impossible by healthcare professionals that advocated extensive (& frequently agonizing) hours in psychotherapeutic or healthcare, often with minimal results. These techniques do not challenge the medical as well as psychotherapeutic occupations, yet rather offer to add to an all natural recovery procedure.
EFT functions to get rid of such disruptions and eliminate the resulting emotional feedback or intensity to recover emotional consistency and also deal relief from physical pain.
This is done by focusing on the details problem whilst tapping with fingers on the end points of power meridians. The combination of sending kinetic energy to our power system, whilst discovering and also concentrating on source, assists in a "straightening out" of the energy system thereby getting rid of the "short circuit" to the body's found out feedback or negative emotion.
It started in 1980, with a psychologist by the name of Roger Callahan, and also a client with an extreme phobia of water. Mary's worry of water managed her life and kept her from day-to-day tasks.
Dr. Callahan and also Mary had actually been working on this problem with each other for over a year. Mary worked up the courage to rest within sight of the swimming pool at Dr. Callahan's residence.
Dr. Callahan had just recently been researching traditional Chinese medicines, and also finding out about meridians. Remembering that there was an acupuncture factor for the belly meridian on the cheekbone, he asked her to touch there, thinking it could treat her stomach discomforts.
Also much more amazingly, her phobia of water went away, also! She ran down to the pool and also began sprinkling herself with water, expressing joy in her newly found freedom from concern.
Based on this discovery, Dr. Callahan began a collection of examinations to create as well as fine-tune this technique, which he described Thought Field Therapy. Gary Craig trained under Dr. Callahan's tutoring in the 1990's, learning the treatments for TFT. As time passed, Craig started to observe some problems with TFT, elements that he saw were unneeded complications.
TFT required specialists to touch on a certain series of meridians (called an algorithm) for each and every various trouble. Identifying the issue required a technique called muscle testing, in which the expert would certainly gauge the relative toughness of a muscle mass, while the client checked out different thoughts or statements.
Craig observed repeated circumstances where the problem was incorrectly detected or the specialist touched out the meridian points in the wrong order, yet the individual was still assisted. Based on these observations, he concluded that it did not matter in which order the meridian points were touched.
Craig developed EFT as a streamlined, enhanced version of the principles behind Callahan's TFT. EFT has one standard, basic sequence of points to tap, whatever the scenario.
Because of this, thousands of individuals have used Touching for health problems and also to solve emotional issues. Touching professionals have examined the techniques as well as trained to take on much more difficult as well as challenging instances, and also these dedicated specialists report even more effective applications daily.