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EFT – Transformational Healing by Carole Leonhardt

Posted on 13 November 2012 by Jason

Imagine finding a gentle technique to emotional freedom, literally at your fingertips, where fears, anger, guilt, grief and limiting beliefs no longer keep you imprisoned in stuck emotions and negative thinking. What if this tool could actually transform your life?
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), also known as meridian tapping, is a gentle stress relief technique, with roots in the principles and practice of ancient Chinese acupuncture. It is based on the fundamental belief that stuck negative emotions result from a disruption in the body’s energy system and block the body’s natural flowing energy.
Originated by Gary Craig in the 1990s, this self-applied technique involves tapping or touching with your fingertips on the meridian points of the face and body, while focusing your thoughts on an uncomfortable emotion, an unhappy memory or another problem that might be disturbing to you. It helps release excess stress by sending a message to your brain that it is safe to relax.
As members of the human race, we are naturally hardwired to react with a fight or flight response when we sense potential danger. When early man was faced with a saber tooth tiger, he basically had two choices—run for his life or bring it home for dinner. Although we now rarely find ourselves confronted with life-threatening situations, we can still perceive events as frightening through the same lens as did our ancient ancestors. When we encounter a stressful situation, cortisol, the “stress hormone,” is released into our system. We may experience cold, clammy hands, shallow breathing, an increased heart rate, an inability to think clearly or imagining the worst, even though we rationally know there is no real threat to our life. While not all stress is harmful, prolonged exposure raises cortisol levels in our bodies and can begin to take a serious toll on our physical and emotional well-being.
From early childhood, we were exposed to numerous experiences, some of which may have had a negative impact on us at the time causing a disruption in our energy system. Later on as adults, we can be triggered, consciously or unconsciously, when we perceive a similar situation, and we experience the fight or flight reaction. It might be something as simple as getting called into the boss’ office or facing a mid-term final. Our subconscious mind may connect these events to an earlier time in our childhood when we were called into the principal’s office, or if we failed a test in school. We may not be aware of exactly how this reaction was triggered; we just know how uncomfortable it feels. Tapping helps us by releasing stuck emotions about a particular problem so that we can let go of it and provide relief and relaxation to our body enabling it to self-heal. Some people even consider it as a form of “rewiring” the brain because we no longer have an adverse reaction to a memory of a past event that upset us and caused us discomfort.
Although EFT is a relatively new technique, it has yielded remarkable results for relieving emotional and physical distress, and often works when nothing else will. Since it does not involve drugs or other medical interventions, it is different from conventional medical approaches, but it is beginning to gain wider and wider recognition within the mainstream medical community.
In as little as 10-15 minutes, tapping can have a relaxing effect on our bodies and completely change our outlook on life. The basics are easy to learn and use. It’s completely portable so we can take it with us wherever we go and it’s available any time we begin to experience stress in our lives. This simple and effective tool provides us with an avenue for clearing emotional blocks resulting from pain, giving up smoking, weight loss issues, food cravings, insomnia and even the fear of public speaking. It is a gift we can give ourselves on the road to self-discovery where transformational healing is possible, allowing us to become more whole and healthier human beings.

Carole Leonhardt is an EFT practitioner and coach in Beaverton. To learn more, contact her at or 503-704-3511.

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