EFT - Emotional Freedom Technique   updated: 10. March. 08
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Introduction
About two years ago, when I searched desperately to help my horse who was very ill and getting worse every day, I was told to try EFT. I searched the Internet and found some little basic information, for more I would have needed to buy videos. But for this there was no time left. With the little information I had, in the same night at 3 o'clock in the morning I did EFT for my horse. But it was too late, he was laying down and could not get up anymore... The same day in the afternoon he died. 
The vet who came in the morning said that the best would be to put him to sleep, what means to kill him. I did not agree and wanted that he died without this kind of help. I did EFT the whole day with him, not to heal him, but to help him to leave his body. It helped and he could go without too much strain. 
The death of my horse was a strong emotional shock for me, as he has been my best friend for more than thirty years. 
I had just recovered from Fibromyalgia after several years of suffering, but now it got worse again. There was no doubt that this was caused due to the emotional stress. So then I continued to do the EFT every day and this time just for myself. Now my EFT was effective and I used it in several occasions, for example with my teeth problems (I will report about this later on my 'Teeth Page'.) 
What attracted me especially about this healing method is that one can do it alone, not depending on another person or 'professionals'. To do one's self treatment it needs only a few minutes and one can do it anywhere in all kind of situations, only needing one's owns hands and knowing the points where to touch. This is probably one of the most gentle ways to heal oneself which exist, one can do no harm to oneself or others, it is similar to meditation or Reiki or the very effective 'Stress Release Exercise'
Update: I came to the conclusion, that EFT is not similar to meditation or SRE, because doing the EFT, tapping certain points and repeating a phrase, is mostly done automatically and one's awareness and utmost feeling is not necessarily involved. With this the self treatment is the same as when treating the usual way, what means treating the symptoms with medication or some mechanical advises. The root cause is not seen and not touched. Looking at it now after some time has passed, I see that EFT is a manipulation of the mental and emotional system, without engaging oneself and taking self responsibility. Yes it works, but still lets the root cause untouched. As a first aid to overcome ones emotional and mental blocks it might serve, but if then one doesn't go beyond ones identification games, ones inbuilt 'growing force' will cause other severe symptoms of imbalance...


What is EFT?
It is said that EFT is a version of acupuncture except one doesn't use needles, so it is a kind of 'emotional acupuncture'. One is stimulating the known  energy meridian points on one's body by tapping them with the fingertips. And the same time saying or thinking the 'EFT Statement' which in its essence says, but is expressed due to one's individual conditions: "The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system."

Remark:  I do not agree in this. It might as well be that the disruption of the energy is caused by negative emotions and the cause of this emotions can be found in the attitude of this person and the belief system, the self-image and the established concepts of this person. So if manipulation is done on the energy system then the cause is not treated just the symptoms, not so much different as when eliminating symptoms with chemicals. Indeed, it needs some more investigation to be done...

This is known since several thousand years especially in the East. One can not really find the realization of this statement in our established medical system... These ideas have been mostly ignored by the established healing practices and this might be a reason why EFT often works so surprisingly when nothing else does. (Because all what is tried stays on the same limited level!) That's because conventional healing methods have simply overlooked the obvious and that is to treat the root cause. With this one will enter into a kind of 'Freedom' where things are getting cleared up due to the EFT practice, where before one couldn't even see that possibility, being the slaves of our habits and conditionings... 

Update: Talking bout 'energy' sounds impressive, but knowing that this expression still comes out of a world view which is basically materialistic, then one should be very critical. One can say that the cause of all negative emotions is NOT the disruption in the body's energy system, but probably more correct is that the disruption in the body's energy system is caused by negative emotions, which are nothing else then reactions  provoked by daily reality because of the established concepts of each individual, forming the so called 'personality'. With EFT those established programs can be manipulated without touching the identification games of the personality and without being involved very much, not using one's awareness or reflecting about one's conditions...

How did EFT give help to me?
As I told before: When my horse died, this was a strong emotional shock to me and the symptoms of Fibromyalgia came back. With meditation I could recover pretty fast from this shock and then also the symptoms like energy lack and pain disappeared when I continued with my ozone saunas until I was completely healed. During my healing process it became clear to me that my physical illness was caused mainly by emotional reasons. I am using EFT often to help me with my energy and my mood, so I do the tapping and say: 'Affirmation:  I am in perfect health, full of energy and in a good mood!' . This needs only two minutes and it helps.
I had several occasions to find out that EFT helps. Not only with my mood and energy level, my teeth and other pain issues, but also when I had heart problems due to too much stress. When I broke my leg and had unbearable pain, then I could manage not to use any pain killer just doing EFT. The broken bone healed within four weeks instead of six weeks and I'm convinced this could happen because I did EFT several times a day, as laying in bed I had nothing else to do... 
I did EFT parallel with the 'Stress Release Exercise' and I am convinced that this makes the EFT effective, much more than doing it without meditation or SRE.
BeiYin


Update: I had written on this page that EFT treats the 'root cause', but meanwhile after several years of practice I have doubts about this. Yes, it helps. What means that the symptoms disappear, but probably the root cause stays untouched. The same as when treating a disease with medication, although EFT is not just covering the symptoms, but stimulating positive energies, even on the same level and not touching directly the root cause. I see now that EFT is a manipulation using suggestions in a kind of self hypnosis, programming one's brain. Similar as what a witch doctor or magician is doing. The root cause will stay untouched if not the individual is deeply engaged in one's healing process. This is a work with oneself: clearing up one's unconscious background and very few individuals are willing to do this. It is much easier to use some formulas and repeat these in an automatic way. It works with the symptoms, that's all what is ask for. So no wonder that the EFT has success as a healing method... 
Is there an alternative way? Yes, I'm convinced that one can go further and beyond this 'emotional technique' and indeed do self healing which includes one's body, mind and feelings and even further and so then also healing the root cause. 
It should be clear that emotions are reactions caused by one's program running in the background, which includes one's self image and all established concepts... Becoming clear about this probably is more important and will have the most effective healing result. With this we can leave behind any manipulation and tricks used by one's personality and become aware of ourselves and work with this in the first place. 
I think it is possible to use EFT as a kind of crutch to be able to start to walk, but if one is clinging too long on this, then one's healing process might get stuck. To avoid to depend on any 'healing technique' one will need to listen to oneself, being very critical as a result of knowing 'human nature' and those 'personality games' connected with it and then learning to distinguish and out of this making decisions... 
But the most important is, that one comes to the understanding through one's realization, that 'personality' is an illusion, created by identification with images and concepts... But about all this I have written enough in other places. - But at least you might have gotten the taste that tapping on certain points is not enough and one needs to be engaged much more to get out of one's cage to be healed.
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