The EFT tapping therapy journey of healing
The chosen title for this post, 'The EFT Journey of Healing', stems from the understanding that the path of healing, whether it is focused on the physical or emotional circumstances of the individual, is by far the most rewarding, enriching and life-affirming process available to us during our lives.
Modern-day science has created and devised many psychotherapeutic methods and techniques based on countless schools of thought and approaches. These all-encompassing theories regarding to the human psyche, the human condition, are part of our sincere effort, as individuals and groups, to better understand our lives, the purpose of it and the events that we both witness and must endure.
As part of this quest towards greater psychological understanding and greater physical well-being Emotional Freedom Techniques and other ‘Energy Psychology’ methods have sought to shift the attention of both the therapist and the client to the other, more elusive, hidden from the Western-scientific eye, aspects of our existence – the energy system.
Ancient Chinese medicinal practices put a great amount of emphasis on energy (chi or qi in Chinese or Prana in Vedantic philosophy) that flows around the body through a system of meridians or in modern Western terms: “an intricate network of connective tissue, known as cytoskeleton, which allows subtle energy to be transmitted throughout it”. EFT makes groundbreaking use of this knowledge and by gently tapping with one’s fingertips on the end points of specific energy meridians (situated just beneath the surface of the skin) those who practice the technique are able to tune in with, engage and thus rectify, safely and simply, any imbalances or blockages in the energy system.
This "energy highway" correlates with physical health as well – the well-being of our immune, digestive and nervous systems are all very much influenced by this energetic distribution network.
EFT is a powerful tool that works by rebalancing the body’s energy system and its practice can be both extremely rejuvenating and extraordinarily profound. I believe strongly that it is the ultimate combination of Eastern and Western approaches to psychoemotional and physical healing and that its potential to transform the lives of those who experience it is vast and far-reaching. It can be applied to a broad spectrum of issues, from day-to-day ‘mundane’ worries and stresses, to distressing and traumatic events such as the loss of a loved one or a relationship breakdown, to long term psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety and past trauma.
EFT contributes to a greater mind-body communication (better known as mindfulness) and by working in accordance to the understanding that “our negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body's energy system” EFT tends to and addresses a wide range of psycho-emotional conditions (negative thought patterns, traumatic memories and phobias to name a few). Furthermore, EFT practitioners around the world, are applying the technique to a broad spectrum of physical conditions (from individuals suffering from chronic pain to those recovering from ME/chronic fatigue syndrome) and are reporting incredibly positive (but not surprising) results.
Since its inception in the 1990s, EFT has caught the attention of psychotherapists and clinical physicians as one and has been subject to countless clinical studies and trials. News agencies and mental health magazines such The Telegraph, Washington Post and Psychology Today, to name a few, have all written about the effectiveness and popularity of the technique.
It is indeed a complementary therapy and should not replace the need to seek the guidance and consultation of a licensed medical physician but within this paradigm of healing, within this real demand for greater quality of emotional well-being, it is a highly effective and result-driven method that may produce long-lasting and positive change in those individuals that encounter it.
Let us remember that “The Sun is New Everyday” Heraclitus (6th-5th Century B.C.E) and that the energy of healing, joy and well-being is always present.
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