following is an excerpt from Dr. Drewry's article " What’s
All the Jazz About Emotional Freedom Techniques™?"
in the April/May issue of Arizona Choices Journal.
You can find the Journal in many
locations around Tucson, and you can also read
it on line as an Adobe Reader pdf file.
EFT you become your own therapist, and your EFT practitioner
is your guide. Practitioners of basic EFT show you how
to use the techniques so you can manage emotional distress
and resolve your own problems and issues. Highly skilled
practitioners help you resolve more complex issues.
add several body-mind principles together to explain how
EFT works (in the author’s opinion):
Did you ever notice that you’re not emotional about
a past event unless you think about it? This is the window
of opportunity for using EFT or other energy psychology modalities
because, as Neurobiologist Candace Pert says, remembering
a trauma or event triggers emotions that activate specific
neural pathways and neural nets in the brain, releasing neuropeptides
(chemical messengers) in the brain that instantaneously communicate
new information to every cell in the body. This is a moment
where true transformation can happen! How? Tiny electric
signals go from your fingers through your acupuncture meridians
straight to the area of the brain where the memory is stored,
changes the chemical structure of the memory, and you immediately
feel differently about a past event. Dr. Pert endorses EFT
as being “at the forefront of the new healing movement.”
only way to change a neural pathway is to interrupt the electrical
process in the brain that created it in the first place – and
recreates it every time we think about the same event!
now you’re saying, “what the heck is a neural
net?” A neural net is a web of neural pathways that “fire” together
and “wire” together from a habitual way of thinking
about a past event. That’s taken from the “Bleep” movie,
but it comes from Hebb’s Law: if one neuron stimulates
another neuron, the intensity of the connection between the
two is strengthened. Example: let’s say a parent hits
or belittles a child. The child will associate her love for
the parent with disappointment, fear of repeated hurts, and
feelings of low self-esteem: all four of those emotions create
a web of neural pathways = a neural net. Then, whenever the
child thinks about love, all of the other emotions ride along
with it creating future relationship problems until the pattern
is broken. This is a complex core issue but can be reframed
in 2 or 3 sessions!
Core Beliefs: are basic assumptions upon which our everyday
thoughts and actions are based. Our thoughts create reality:
physics and metaphysics are now seamlessly and scientifically
joined together by quantum theory: shamans, secret societies
and Einstein know that all there is in the universe is energy
and matter is NOT solid at the atomic level, our bodies ARE
vibrating energy patterns, and what we focus on causes possibilities
to ‘collapse’ from energy patterns into matter
and experience. So, if your basic assumptions (even if unconscious)
about yourself are negative, experiences and events you draw
into your life will be negative too.
are great, but if you do them while you are tapping you will
get much better results!
EFT makes you responsible for your well-being: the way you
see and talk to yourself, consciously and unconsciously,
can make you sick or make you well; so when you are speaking
during EFT, you speak words in the present tense and you
emphasize self-acceptance. You cannot change anything about
yourself until you first accept yourself the way you are.
isn’t a thing that victimizes you, it’s a way
of acting out your life. You may not want to recognize yourself
as the source of your ailments, but until you do you are
not in the ‘driver’s seat’ of your own
vehicle. Remember: your body believes every word you say,
positive or negative!