As I said, I first came across EFT or was it TFT whilst having dinner with my friend from Boston, Patrick, in Kona, Hawaii at the end of my second Huna Experience. Remember how he started talking knowledgeably about the Callahan points in kinesiology and I hadn’t got a clue of what he was talking about. However, later the internet came to my rescue. For this world of cyberspace made it relatively easy to stumble across an increasing number of postings concerning something called EFT. I was curious and at once wanted to know more. Then post haste I was guided to Gary Craig’s site and one thing as it invariably does led, to another.
Sometime afterwards my professional organization, the ICHP (Institute of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy) in Ireland was advertising a training in EFT by Dr. Tam Llewellyn-Edwards and his wife Mair. This gave me the opportunity to get my official certification. I had studied a lot of Gary Craig’s stuff beforehand and sent Tam a really cheeky e-mail before the training, asking if he was going to teach me anything I didn’t already know. Tam did not rise to the challenge but sensibly pointed out “there was always more to learn”. And along I went!
However, before that there was the beginning. I wanted to know all about Roger Callahan, the founder of Thought Field Therapy, and therefore the originator of all this stuff.
He seemed to hail from a very orthodox background in mainstream psychology. After all he had been an associate professor of psychology at one of the Universities in Ohio, but this assistant professor had studied kinesiology with one of the founding fathers of the genre, George Goodheart and had sat at the feet the founder of behavioral kinesiology, John Diamond.
George Goodheart was a chiropractor. He died a couple of years ago in his 80s. In 1964 he was working as a chiropractor and his puzzle was postural distortion.
This occurs in cases where the head is tilted to one side or another; there is a high shoulder and high hip. He found through a series of muscle tests that the condition was the result of weak muscles on one side of the body overcompensating and causing a distortion on the other. Moreover he also gleaned that by using the appropriate therapy he could strengthen the muscles and the postural distortion would change. Kinesiology is a form of diagnosis using muscle testing as a primary feedback mechanism. It is used to examine how a person’s body is functioning. One of its mainframes of existence is the triad of health. Health can be compared to an equilateral triangle. To exist there has to be a balance between the chemical, the mental/emotional and the structural. This is exactly what the Chinese have been saying for ages. However, since its inception in 1964 Kinesiology has taken many forms. John Thie gave the world a form of muscle balancing which he called “Touch For Health”, Alan Beardall came up with “Clinical Kinesiology”, the Australian, John Diamond was the founder of a psychological variant that he called “Behavioral Kinesiology” whilst the Dennisons are famous for their variation of Educational Kinesiology known as “Brain Gym”.
This was serious stuff in my book. Chiropractors and alternative therapists study kinesiolgy but left-brain patricians from the hallowed realms of academia do not. Instead they have a tendency of scoffing at things they do not understand and muttering darkly about:
“It’s all unscientific.”
So, I began to take some notice.
Then somebody sent me an audio cassette, and on it was the voice of Roger Callahan telling the story of Mary.
The Mary story has been bandied about so often and in so many different forms that it has become almost apocryphal, but it’s still a good yarn, if not an excellent one to share with clients. Roger tells it himself in: “The International Electronic Journal of Innovations in the Study of the Traumatization Process and Methods of Reducing or Eliminating Related Human Suffering.” Vol.3:1; Article 5.
Mary a forty-two year old woman had been going to see Dr. Callahan for approximately 18 months because of her intense fear of water (hydrophobia). Mary reported that the fear had existed as far back as she could remember and did not think it was associated with a trauma. This fear was so intense that the poor woman was unable to sit and watch a television program that showed a body of water. Having a bath in the minimum measure of water was an agony for her. Even rain storms caused her to panic, as she was sure the water was out “to get her” in some way. There are many ways to treat phobias. The more old-fashioned Freudian type analysts look for a causative repression and the other school, the Behaviorists, set about exposing you to your phobia with the intention of breaking the fear response. The latter is the preferred mainstream treatment for phobias. The Behaviorists believe a phobia is a learned response, and anything that can be learned can be unlearned. So therapists employ techniques that involve gradually exposing the phobic to whatever is feared. The exposure may take place in real life or in the imagination of the client/patient, but it needs to be done gradually.
Callahan styled himself as a pioneer in cognitive and behavior therapies. He had more than thirty years experience in psychotherapy and cognitive and behavior therapies. In his treatment of Mary he used suggestion, placebo, clinical hypnosis, behavioral therapy, rational-emotive techniques, systematic desensitization, distraction, progressive relaxation, client centered therapy and exposure. None of them broke Mary’s phobia. However, the point of this “Eureka” is Roger Callahan was growing more and more disillusioned with the efficacy of all these treatments and was now open to a more effective modality.
Mary drove out to Roger Callahan’s house for her sessions. He would begin in the office where he taught her relaxation techniques, regularly induce hypnosis and challenge her deep-seated beliefs about the threats posed by water. The other half of the session took place on the deck beside the swimming pool. This was the successful part of the therapy. After a year and a half she was able, albeit uncomfortably, to sit beside the pool and dangle her feet in the water. She usually left her sessions with a headache and was still plagued by nightmares about water. But she was determined to overcome the problem and seemed resolute to do anything to conquer this intense phobia that was ruling her life.
As we have said before, Callahan is not a usual man. He had studied knesiology, and kinesiology owes its origins to the acupressure and acupuncture techniques developed by Chinese Medicine. We learn later that Acupressure is possibly over ten thousand years old. I have always reasoned that if these Oriental techniques did not work they would not have lasted for such a very long period of time. Unlike the baby they would have been thrown out with the bath water!
As an interesting aside there is evidence that the Chinese were not the first people to come up with acupuncture. In 1991 a 5,200-year corpse was discovered in the Oetz Valley which lies between Austria and Italy. The well preserved body had been entombed in a glacier. There were 15 markings on the back and legs which matched points used in acupuncture. The marks delineated on the spine were points used to combat back pain according to Dr.Frank Bahr, President of the German Academy of Acupuncture. There was a tattoo on the left ankle and another on the back which would be the points drawn on to treat rheumatism.
Karin Taylor writing for the InfoBeat News Service on 19th October 1998 had this to say:
“The iceman, nicknamed Oetzi by his finders and who is thought to have died of exhaustion at the age of about 45, suffered from acute arthritis, worms and diahorrea.
Ancient Chinese acupuncture is thought to have originated in about 1,000BC and scientists said the iceman’s therapeutic tattoos were applied in 3,200 BC.”
Acupuncture may not have been the invention of the Chinese, but the question remains what led both the Chinese and the pre-historic Europeans to this remarkable discovery?
The Taoists will say these techniques are not of European origin. They have a story that is quite similar to the Hawaiians, which claims that about 12,000 years ago a strange race of people arrived in China. They were very tall and they wore odd clothing that was quite unlike anything the local people were wearing. Their clothes had a metallic texture and it was from this they took their name, which was “Sons of Reflected Light” or “Fankuang Tzu”. No one seemed to know where these people came from, but they certainly came on a mission, because very quickly they assembled as many skilled and intelligent people as they could and began to teach them skills that were quite unknown in the China of that time. Like the Hawaiian story the Chinese people were taught many talents. These included silk weaving, pottery making and an array of healing techniques. It was these giants who introduced the Chinese to acupressure, which incidentally was the forerunner of acupuncture, and not the other way around as some people believe. The Chinese people took these skills all over their vast land and more recently out into the wider world. Curiously and very similarly to the Pleiadian visitors to the lost world of Mu after several centuries as teachers the “Sons of Reflected Light” simply disappeared.
And that takes us back to Dr. Callahan’s discovery, does it not? Kinesiology uses the meridians, or energy channels just as acupuncturists do. However, they don’t use needles to stimulate or sedate the points along those channels. We know he had studied kinesiology and understood when Mary told him that whenever she was faced with water she had an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of the stomach. He knew if you look at the path of the stomach meridian which logically could be linked to an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of the stomach, you will see the stomach meridian begins under the eye. It does a circle up to the forehead and then descends down the face passing between the eye and the nose .It continues down the chin to the neck where it does a little jump out to the edge of the clavicle and then moves down the chest via the nipple. From there it travels inwards towards the lower rib cage and over the stomach and pubic area, running down the legs and finishes up on the outside edge of the second toe (little toe side).
What then is a meridian? This protocol takes its name from the meridians, and it would be helpful to know more.
Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, in his tape series has this to say:
“The ancient Chinese, and many other ancient cultures, believed that we all have an “energy body” and that energy flows through this body along lines called “meridians“. They believed that “blockage” in the meridians caused illness. They identified many different points on the physical body, which, when stimulated, seemed to impact on the energy body and thus influence health. Modern acupuncture and acupressure as well as reflexology and other energy therapies have their genesis in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).”
You may be surprised to hear that Western science has finally caught up with this several-thousand-year-old knowledge.
Dr Kim Bong Han of the University of Pyongyang in North Korea conducted a comprehensive series of experiments that brought him to the conclusion that the meridians were composed of a type of histological tissue which had previously passed un-noticed by other scientists.
“Dr. Kim discovered the structure and function of the meridian system to be totally different from that of the lymphatic, circulatory and nervous systems. He noted the meridians are channels (diameter 20-50 millimicrons) that are symmetrical and bilateral and which exist beneath the surface of the skin. They have a thin membranous wall and are filled with a transparent, colourless fluid. Each of the main meridians intricately develops subsidiary branches some of which supply adjacent areas with energy while others ultimately reach the surface of the skin.”
Dr. Stephen T.Chang
“The Great Tao” (Tao Publishing 1985)
The first record of the system in a western scientific journal appeared in the February 1937 edition of “The British Medical Journal”. The article by Sir Thomas Lewis claimed he had discovered “an unknown nervous system” that was unrelated to either the sensory or autonomic nervous systems. It did not comprise a network of nerves but rather a matrix of thin lines. The report went relatively un-noticed but certainly bore out what the Chinese had been saying for a long time.
German studies point out how we can easily measure changes in electrical resistance at acupuncture points, work which led to the development of the electronic point locator. In the mid-eighties French researchers also proved the existence of the meridian system. Vernejoul set about testing for the existence of a previously “unknown” circulatory system by injecting a radioactive tracer dye into acupuncture points. (Vernejoul P, et al (1985). Etude des méridiens d’acupuncture par les traceurs radioactifs. Bulletin of the Academy of National Medicine (Paris), 169, 1071- 1075.) The resulting pattern of dye clearly showed the traditional meridian lines. When the dye was injected into non-acupuncture points, no lines appeared. The lines were claimed not to correspond with any circulatory system previously known to science, but nevertheless were physical channels through tissue and organs.
These meridians, and there are fourteen of them, conduct Chi (China), Prana (India or Tibet), Yesod (Jewish Kabala), Ki (Japan) or Energy (English) along this circulatory pathway. Chi circulates along these meridian (ching). Twelve of the meridians are bilateral, meaning they have a uniform position on either side of the body. Chi flows along the lines in a specific direction.
In an attempt to ease Mary’s discomfort at the pit of her stomach, Callahan tapped on stomach 1, located on the bony bit under the eye. The reaction was certainly not what he had expected, or perhaps it was. I let Roger Callahan complete the story in his own words:
“A strange look immediately came upon her face and she said, “It’s gone!”
Confused, Roger asked, “What’s gone?”
“The awful feeling in the pit of my stomach—it’s gone! I don’t think I’m afraid of water any more, for the first time in my life I feel fine when I think about water!”
He was skeptical that something as simple as tapping his patient under the eye with the end of a finger should have removed a complex and deep-seated phobia in a matter of seconds, and was anxious to put it to the test.
Then Roger Callahan led Mary from his office to the swimming-pool.
“Instead of her usual reluctance and holding back, she dashed out the door and ran to the pool.”
He was frightened and confused about what was occurring and ran after her as she hastened towards the pool. She was already near the deep end, a territory into which she never ventured before but she stopped when she heard the alarmed cries of her therapist.
“Mary, Look out!”
“Dr. Callahan, don’t worry, I know I don’t know how to swim, I’m not going to jump in the pool.”
A year later he received a postcard from Mary. On it was a picture of a ship; she explained that she and a group of friends had gone off on a cruise with no sign of the phobia.
“The nightmares vanished immediately after the treatment and have not returned. Sixteen years of follow up, support the conclusion that Mary’s cure has endured over time”. Callahan 1993)
Now that’s what I call elegant. What an ecstatically easy way of getting rid of a phobia. Simply tapping at the end of an acupuncture meridian was really compelling as far as I was concerned.
However, like so many things in life, Roger’s experience with Mary was serendipity, and day-to-day reality is a little more complex. Over the next number of months, he went on to develop a number of additional procedures, because merely tapping under the eye did not work in all cases. These procedures allowed him and others to obtain a high degree of success with phobias and other anxiety states. He called these tapping measures, algorithms. These recipes could be quite complex but were designed to address most issues involving negative emotions.
As a result of these findings he came to the conclusion that all negative emotions were the result of a disruption of the body’s energy system. This was deeply reassuring, persuading me that all things I had studied and no longer practiced were after all not a great big waste of time and energy! Everything I had done was a preparation for the next step and anyway how could it not have been?
In the early 1990s an engineer and one time Stanford Football star, Gary Craig, came along and took Roger’s TFT Training. Although he was not a therapist he was mightily impressed by what he learned in Thought Field Therapy. He was so impressed that he determined to take TFT and simplify it. And make it available to the world at a cost all could afford. He asked Roger if he could do this, and perhaps to Callahan’s disadvantage the founder of TFT agreed. The result was EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques. This methodology dispensed with the more complicated algorithms, which by the way also got round the legal quagmire of diagnosis. This is a particular problem in the United States. American Law states that only medically qualified persons are considered competent to diagnose. Who is medically qualified to make these diagnoses is a thorny issue, and in some cases has led to prosecutions of those accused of practicing medicine without a license. Gary Craig was not recognized by the American Psychological Association, to avoid what could be a difficult issue, and he cut out the diagnosis part of the algorithms and made the entire process simpler. He reasoned, it was a quick enough process to tap the end of the meridians, starting with the bladder point located at the inside edge of the eyebrow, then work through all fourteen meridians, ending up at the small intestine point situated on the out side edge of the hand. More recently he has simplified the process still further by tapping the eyebrow (EB), side of the eye (SE), under the eye (UE), under the nose (UN), beneath lower lip (LL), the collar bone (CB), under the arm (UA), and finishing up with the top of the head (TH) which corresponds to Governing Vessel 20. He argues that the hand points can be ignored if there has been a significant reduction in the intensity of the negative emotion being tapped upon when the face and upper body points have been stimulated in this way.
But more importantly it made the process simpler. I have always been fond of the KISS approach. Translated KISS means…
Keep it simple sweetheart!
The real beauty of EFT and many of the other Meridian Therapies is that you can do them yourself, on yourself. In a context this is extremely empowering. In therapy the client sees the therapist and deals with the major issues. It is generally helpful to have the objectivity of a trained outsider who is able to see beyond the trees to the bigger picture of the forest itself.
This poses the question of what is the purpose of therapy?
1) Certainly it is not to derail the client and cause great stabs of pain. The desired outcome is to reduce the Subjective Units of Disturbance level (SUDS) to 0. If we do not achieve a 0 there is the likelihood of the negative emotion states returning.
2) The second purpose of therapy is help with the belief system that keeps re-creating the negative emotion or limiting belief that has already been created.
3) The third purpose is very often to teach coping skills. The energy psychotherapies are a boon, because they can be easily taught and then provide a tool which can be used to alleviate fear or anything else for that matter, that occurs in the big, wide, wonderful world in which most people inhabit, as opposed to the comfortable security of a therapist’s office!
4) The fourth and perhaps most important purpose of therapy are to bring people to cause in their own lives. I explain this phenomenon by using a metaphor about little sailing boats.
Imagine there is a little sailing boat out there on the bay. It doesn’t have a rudder, so what do you suppose happens to it? Yes, it gets blown to wherever the wind decides to take it. Do you think you could successfully and easily sail across to the other side of the bay in that boat? Now that boat, like some people is at effect. However, there is another boat out there on the bay and it has a rudder. If you were in it, you could steer it wherever you like to go, which boat would you prefer to use to sail across the bay? This second boat is said to be at cause, so if you were to choose which would you prefer to be at cause or at effect?
The most important thing anyone can achieve in a therapeutic or Life Coaching situation is to bring the client to cause. This ensures the individual takes responsibility for his/her own life. When someone is truly responsible there can be no more blaming, and when there is no blaming there are no victims.
“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order, to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order, to put the family in order we must first cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.” Confucius
It is important that the practitioner teaches the client the EFT process. This gives him/her the resources to address issues as and when they arise. This is life-changing clout. Remember the Chinese proverb? Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, but teach him how to fish and you feed him for life. This is the goal in EFT and the Meridian Therapies. Therapists are teaching their clients to become their own therapists. Isn’t that deliciously radical?
The process is above all, simple and it’s easily teachable.
The video-CD, entitled, “EFT For Newcomers” which Gary Craig made in the autumn of 2001 describes “Emotional Freedom Techniques” as a form of acupuncture without needles. I have heard it described, also as an oriental form of hypnotherapy.
The first step is to tune into the emotional issue that you wish to resolve. The trick is to describe the issue in a statement, which depicts it in its entirety. Then tap on the points until the emotional sting has completely subsided. You don’t even have to believe in the process for it to work, because what is happening is a physical process not a mental/emotional one.
Gary Craig uses the metaphor of sticking a screwdriver into the wiring at the back of a TV set to explain the phenomenon.
If you stick a screwdriver into the back of a television set, you will cause a short circuit. The picture will be distorted and the sound will crackle because of the static created by the short. He compares tuning into a trauma to the “zzzt” of electrical disorder created by plunging the screwdriver into the wires at the back of the TV. The excess emotion of the trauma is like a short-circuit. Remember; “All negative emotions are a result of a disruption in the body’s energy system.”
When the interference is corrected the “zzzt” disappears. In EFT the interference is corrected by tapping on the end points of the meridians. The result is that once it has been rectified, “You cannot get upset by the problem even if you tried!”
So what are these points then?
There are 14 of them: Ten of them take their names from parts of the body (bladder, gall bladder, kidney etc). The Pericardium is a part of the body, the bit that protects the heart. It is also known as Circulation Sex. The other non-body part is the Triple Warmer, which relates to the thyroid. These twelve meridians are as we have said before bi-lateral. There are two others that serve as overall governors that are not bi-lateral. They are the Governing Vessel and the Central Vessel, sometimes known as the Conception Vessel. The Governing Vessel (GV) looks after all the masculine Yang Meridians and the Conception Vessel is in charge of the seemingly feminine, Yin channels. Each Yin channel is paired with a specific Yang one. Thus there are 6 Yang and 6 Yin Meridians in the body. The Chinese suggest that the function of the Yang organs is connected with tasks and processes lying outside the body and the Ying connection are those that lie inside the body. The energy flows in a specific direction in each of these cases. Thus there are 6 centrifugal meridians where the energy flows down in the direction of the earth and six centripetal meridians where the energy flows up in the direction of the heavens.
Yin is: Yang is:
It might be a surprise to learn then that all Yin meridians are to be found at the front of the body and the Yang meridians run to the back.
“The main difference between Western Medicine and Oriental Medicine is the basic theory of the Chinese that there’s a life force called Ch’i Energy and that this life force flows within us in a harmonious, balanced way. This harmony and balance is health. If this life force is not flowing properly, then there is disharmony and imbalance. This is illness.”
Diane M. Connolly: “Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the 5 Elements
The Centre for Traditional Acupuncture, Columbia Maryland 1975
“If you catch one cold in your lifetime then you are physically sick, and if you lose your temper once in your lifetime than you are mentally sick.”
Ancient Taoist saying taken from the “Taoist Ways of Healing” by Chee Soo.
Ch’i Po said:
“The utmost in the art of healing can be achieved where there is unity.”
The Emperor inquired: “What is meant by unity?”
Ch’i Po answered:
“When the minds of people are closed and wisdom is locked out they remain tied to disease. Yet their feelings and desires should be investigated and made known, their wishes and desires should be followed; and when it becomes apparent that those who have attained spirit and energy are flourishing and prosperous, while those perish who lose their energy.”
A Conversation between Ch’i Po an acupuncture Master and the Yellow Emperor, from the ancient classic Nei Ching circa 3000 BC
So in a very few words, the essence of wellness in Chinese Medicine is “Balance” or “Harmony”. Let’s face it both hot and cold are extremes, and thus are uncomfortable. Warm is comfortable because unlike hot or cold it is not extreme; it is a place of balance.
To understand the meridians we also need to be sure we understand the difference between Yin and Yang. These two contrasting poles are the unifying and opposing forces of the Universe. Yin signifies the negative, that which draws in or back. It is cold, dark, thin and feminine. Yang is quite the opposite. It is positive, expansive, light, hot and masculine. Everything that is Yin can become Yang when taken to its extreme, and vice versa of course. If you throw a ball hard into the air at some point it will stop rising and start falling, thanks to gravity. The rising motion of the ball is Yang, but when it falls back towards the ground it becomes Yin.
The Governing Meridian has the quality of “strength” and it oversees the other six Yang Meridians. The “Conception or Central Vessel” enjoys the quality of “nurturance”, which we might agree is a feminine characteristic. This meridian looks after the six Yin meridians in the body. Unlike the other twelve meridians which are bi-lateral, these two are unilateral.
To understand the important difference between Yin and Yang we need a story.
The Story of the Princess Yin and the Prince Yang:
Once long, long ago there lived in the Imperial City a beautiful princess, the daughter of the King. Her eyes were almond shaped and so gently coloured. Her fair hair swept down her back in cascades. As a lady of the court her demeanour was regal, yet she knew full well to avert her gaze when people other than her immediate family came into her presence. Many looked on her with wonder and whispered about whom the courtiers would choose for her in marriage. It was rumoured than more than one suitor had presented himself but had been soundly rejected by the King. The King, you see, listened to his daughter and not the sea of fawning orderlies who surrounded him from break of day to the last thing at night. Often he would sit in his chambers and secretly observe the fair princess Yin, as she toyed with her food or sat quietly on those nights when he could cross the courtyard to her quarters so they could be alone together, she working at her fine cross stitch and elegant embroidery, and he was free to talk. To him she seemed so sad as she carefully worked with her needle. It was as if she had a secret, a deep, dark secret, as indeed she had.
Her secret lived far away from the Court on the plains that lay in the centre of their country. He was tall and lithe, a real warrior who rode his horse across the flat lands as if he were flying with the wind itself as he galloped off into the east towards where the sun rose. The warm vibrancy of the sun, seemed to give him life. Yes, she loved Prince Yang very much, but he came from a family of soldiers who had once betrayed the Imperial family, and as a result could not be trusted. There was no way her father would ever consent to a marriage between the two of them.
Yin let a small tear trickle down her cheek as she sat at her needlework, remembering their meeting when he had come to the city on a diplomatic mission. She felt a little cold as she remembered his warmth and vibrancy. She recalled with a sigh, their meeting in the Palace orchard on the night of a full moon. How he had come to her, his eyes bright with passion and declared his undying love. She listened enraptured as every word sank in. Yes, she too felt the love. A love that lay deep inside her, and she knew only her Prince could reach that secret place where that love lay. She often lay awake picturing him in her arms. Above all else she wanted to love him and take care of him and be with him. But she knew this was not to be. Not yet, anyway, but each time her father brought her a young man whom he felt would be suitable she was able to persuade him that some fault lay with the suitor and escape from the arranged marriage. She knew she could not tell her father, who loved her very much, about her meeting with the Prince Yang. How light as a feather he had scaled the orchard wall, and easily jumped down on the other side. A meeting such as this would bring dishonour to her, and her father would surely seek to punish her beautiful Prince. His anger would be immense at the insult to his family, and he would without doubt ask for the Prince’s death in revenge. That Prince of hers, he who had ridden away that night to the outer reaches of the kingdom was forbidden to her. He had gone quickly in order to protect her honour, positive in his intent that he would certainly see her once again.
She had heard some of the ladies of the court gossiping about her brave soldier, who it is said, struck four men dead with a single blow of his sword. It was rumoured too, that many other ladies like the Princess Yin had fallen in love with this young man. They too wanted to possess him, marry him and have his children who would be unquestionably beautiful like he. It was said that he had reciprocated to some of these amorous advances. Some said the Princess Zang had been sent away from her family castle high in the hills because of her infatuation with the Prince. But Yin knew this was idle talk, the words of jealous women. Deep inside she had her secret, and nobody could take it away. All she needed was time; time to work out a scheme that would allow the Prince Yang to be hers forever.
So she sent him a message via one of her faithful servants. Many weeks later the weary messenger rode into Yang’s camp, which was situated close to the Mongolian border. He received the Princess’s letter graciously and read it slowly by the light of the campfire. As he read a smile flitted across his face and then he pondered seriously. His soldiers watched his shadow as he walked up and down across his tent all night through. As the dawn broke he summoned his generals to war council and before the sun had reached the mid-heaven his army had broken camp and was marching across the plains in the direction of the Imperial City. It was a long journey to the capital, and soon the King heard that Yang’s army was advancing towards his capital. The King was furious, as this reckless behaviour on the part of the impetuous Yang seemed to confirm his deepest fears.
“You cannot trust that family. They are all traitors, every one of them! Now this Yang has turned against me!”
Daily the ruler received intelligence reports of how the rebel army was moving swiftly towards the city. He knew the capital was impregnable and he was certain his troops would soon overcome the nuisance. But he was a cautious man and a seed of doubt began to worry him.
In the evenings he would go as usual to his daughter’s quarters as she sat stitching and confide in her his doubts and anxieties. Strangely the wily princess did not attempt to comfort her father but gently massaged his worries so they grew greater. Soon Yang’s army was camped outside the Imperial City itself and the two sides prepared for a great battle.
On the eve of the battle old Ming one of the gardeners in the Imperial City was watering the roses close to the Princess’s private quarters when he saw an old stooped woman limping towards him. She looked harmless enough and he took little notice of her. It was unusual to see strangers in the royal gardens, but the gardener had thoughts of his own. He had great fears for the safety of his son, who would be in the battle the next day.
That night there was a terrible storm. Hideous peals of thunder clapped like cannon fire and great sheets of lightening turned darkness into eerie day. It was as if a great battle was being fought in the heavens. The rain lashed against the stout walls of the capital whilst lakes of water appeared from nowhere. These pools were whipped into life by a raging wind; this meant very few of the townspeople slept at all due to terrible clamour of the storm. The King like many of his citizens rose well before dawn. He hurried out onto the battlements so he would be with his advisors as the battle began. However, as the Sun rose they were astonished to see that instead of a great army waiting to begin a fierce battle there was an immense field of wheat situated where the soldiers should have been, and instead of the cacophony of war there was a great silence, an overwhelming peace.
As the King turned away astounded by what he saw, three of Princess Yin’s ladies in waiting came running up to him.
“The princess is nowhere to be found!” They searched the palace and the city, but could not find a trace of her. The story would end here, and remain one of those unsolved mysteries that men would puzzle over as time unfolded. However, shortly afterwards an old man was to be often seen in the city. Some said he was a magician and some proclaimed him to be a great healer whilst others said he was just a simple gardener. He said all he could remember was the night of the great storm before the terrible battle that never was, but might have been. He told those who would listen that on the night in question he was in the Imperial Garden tending the roses, and he went to a forbidden place close to Yin’s summer house and there he saw a beautiful young couple making love. As their passion grew the wind rose in strength, as the young man groaned in ecstasy the thunder pealed across the night, as the young woman panted in delight the lightning flashed across the sky. He said he must have fainted due to the intensity of the experience for when he awoke the couple had gone and the dawn was struggling into the sky. However, in the summerhouse in place of the fervent lovers sat a monk with features like an angel. He beckoned the old gardener to approach and as he did so he handed him two ivory figurines. One was male and the other female. These figures each had seven lined patterns etched on them and along the blueprint there were a series of points.
The monk offered the figures to Ming saying:
“Take these and bring them to the world, for if you understand the harmony that comes from balancing these lines of chi, you will understand the secret of love, peace and good health that you must share with your brothers and sisters.”
Before the old man could thank the monk, he had gone and where the blameless one had been sitting there lay a parchment bound in leather. A paper that explained these lines or meridians, what they did, and how they worked. Strangely underneath the parchment lay another paper, this one appeared to be a letter. It bore the Imperial Crest and it read:
“My Sweetest Yang,
Help me, lest they never know.
The Tapping Points & What They Do:
1) E.B. (Eyebrow) = Bladder 2.Time: 3-5pm. Element: Water. Yang: Centrifugal
Quality = Inner Direction.
Function: The Purification, Storage & Excretion of fluids.
Physical: Bladder/Urethra. Association: Water Metabolism. Maintenance of Bones, teeth, hair, ears. Spine & Autonomic Nervous system (meridian houses all the nerves along the spine). Sympathetic/Parasympathetic dominance. Connects to the pituitary (Master Gland)
Imbalances: Urinary Problems/ Too frequent/ infrequent micturition. Vertigo & some forms of arthritis. Stress & Nervous Tension. Pituitary dysfunction & hormonal imbalances. Problems with the sexual organs, cerebral accidents, constipation, swollen glands, inflammation of the testes (orchitis) & meningitis, hemorrhoids & spine problems.
Mental/Emotional: Fluidity & Courage.
Imbalances: Trauma, Frustration, Restlessness, Fearfulness. Recklessness. Timidity. Inundation or Overwhelm.
2) S.E. (Side/eye) = Gall Bladder 1. Gall Bladder Time: 11 pm-1am. Element: Wood.
Function: Storage, Distribution, Judgment, Bodily Movement, Secretion of bile.
Physical Association: The Gall Bladder. Joints and Muscles. Tendons. Digestion of Fats. Eyes.
Imbalances: Anaemia. Cystitis. Gallstones (Hulda Clark believes they are formed in the liver). Bodily stiffness. Inflexibility. Indigestion. Leucorrhoea & thrush, some forms of arthritis (gnarling of the joints). Migraines. Neuralgia. Tiredness. Eyesight problems, astigmatism, blindness, short/long sight & cataracts. Vertigo. Nails. Bodily co-ordination & certain types of cancer (tumors in the thyroid or armpit areas).
Mental/Emotional Association: Decision Making. Tenacity. Good Humor. Positive use of anger. Creativity!
Imbalances: Anxiety. Shouting. Control/self or others. Rage & extreme anger. Lethargy. Tendency to Overwork. Inability to plan effectively. Lacks determination. Over-perfectionism. Bitterness. Impatience. Irritability. Judgements and Criticism. Self-Righteous Anger. Difficulty in establishing roots (gypsy syndrome). Enuresis.
3) U.E. (Under/eye) =Stomach 1. Time 7-9am. Element = Earth. Yang. Centrifugal
Physical Association: Chewing. Mouth & lips. Appetite. Inflammation of the breasts. Ovaries. Menstruation. Sleep. Connects to pituitary (see bladder.) Endocrine system.
Imbalances. Chills. Excessive sighing and yawning. Photosensitivity. Nosebleeds. Cracked lips. Blue colored lips. Stomach ulcers. Mouth ulcers. Heart palpitations. Difficulty swallowing. Feeling of coldness in stomach area. Gurgling noises from stomach. Hiatus hernia. Indigestion/ Hyperacidity/Hypoacidity. Knee pain. Nausea. Vomiting. Weight Problems. Anorexia/Bulimia. Fibroids. Prolapses. Irregular Body Cycles. Sinus Congestion. Stomach pain. Reproductive problems. Rheumatism/arthritis of foot and knee.
Mental/Emotional Association. The mind. Thinking Processes. Intellect. Harmony with the family/peer group .Home & the Earth. Sympathy. Maternal feelings. Switchboard for all emotions.
Imbalances. Fear. Anxiety. Cravings. Worry. Mental Confusion. Too much in the head. Obsessive and Dogmatic attitudes. Emotional Instability. Self Pity (Poor Me) Fussing. Flightiness.
4) U.N. (Under/nose) = Governing Vessel 27. Yang.
Influences all the Yang Meridians in the body. These are: Large Intestine, (LI) Stomach (S), Small Intestine (SI), Bladder (B) Triple Warmer (TW) & Gall Bladder (GB). Physical Associations. Spine. Brain & Lymph system. Corpus Callosum (bridge between left and right hemispheres of the brain.). Mind and Central Nervous System link.
Imbalances: Disorders in the back, nervous system. Epilepsy. Sexual Disorders (yang in nature i.e. impotence). Lack of vitality. Retention of urine. Forgetfulness. Hysteria. Epilepsy. Painful knees, hips, back and neck. Deafness, dumbness. Diarrhea. Insomnia. Mental and physical irritability with excessive fatigue. Breathlessness. Deep Psychological Reversal (P.R). I consider this to be the most important PR Point. Dr. Peter Mandel the discoverer of “Colourpuncture” found through KIRLIAN photography that it is impossible to control or regulate any disease before first removing the blockage at the Corpus Callosum. If the blockage is situated to the left it is an indication of emotional trauma and if it is located to the right it shows a physical trauma. He maintains that these blockages are almost always in place before the end of puberty.
This is the point to tap for Embarrassment & Shyness.
Balancing Governing Vessel (GV) often increases energy, gives clarity of mind and promotes spiritual upliftment. It is a useful point to tap and treat embarrassment.
5) L.L. (Lower lip) = Central Vessel 24. Yin
Influences all the Yin meridians in the body: Spleen (Sp), Heart (H), Kidney (K), Circulation. Sex (CS), Liver (L) and Lung (Lu).
Association: Abdomen, chest, lung, throat, face, fertility & the reproductive system. Childbirth, menopause. Central Nervous System.
Connection to Chakra system.
Imbalances: Coldness, weak will power, lumps and tumors. Any imbalance in the Yin reproductive cycle. Frequent micturition. Urinary diseases & vaginal discharge. Hypertension (high blood pressure). Bruising. Gastritis. Jaundice. Palpitations. Intestinal abscess. Toothache, Swollen tongue.
This is the point to tap for Shame.
Sensitivity to own and other people’s thoughts. Very responsive to hypnosis and self-hypnosis. Martyn Dawes the author of Mind Over Weight believes this is an important trauma point and tapping it releases past distress.
You can benefit from its inductive power by “zipping up” the Central vessel and repeating an affirmation such as:
“I fully and completely approve and accept myself, just as I am!” Repeat the suggestion three times and then click your fingers to lock it into place in the unconscious mind.
Zipping up the CV also helps prevent colds. Be sure to do it with the onset of the first symptoms. The affirmation needs to be changed to:
“My immune system works well and I resist colds.”
6) C.B. (Collar Bone) = Kidney 27 5-7pm. Element: water. Yin. Centripetal.
Quality: Gentle Spirit.
Function: Progression, will power, sexual & reproductive activity. Controls the flow of chi in the body. The home of the vital essence.
Physical Associations: The endocrine system (hormones). Reproductive and sexual activity. Overall potential & length of lifespan. This is a vital energy centre. Water metabolism. Ears, bones, teeth. The kidney meridian governs the lower back. It’s the home of genetic inheritance (RNA/DNA). Oedema & bloating in legs and feet. Certain blood pressure problems. Hearing difficulties. Hair loss & baldness. Filters toxins from the body . The energy filter. Fuzzy or floating vision.
Imbalances: See any of the above plus copious urination sometimes accompanied by presence of blood. Low sex drive & impotence. Disturbed sleep patterns. Weakness in the legs.
Inherited ancestral energy, genetic inheritance, courage, short-term memory, and movement of emotions, forward progress through life, will power, decision making and ambition.
Kidneys, eyes, ears. Insecurity. Sexual indecision.
Imbalances: Insecurity, Sexual impotence or frigidity, indecision. Irritability accompanied by chest pressure. Important PR point. This is the second most important point for fears and phobias. Restlessness. Forgetfulness. Learning difficulties (dyslexia). Self-destructive behavior, lack of personal drive, homolateralism. Inherited psychological imbalances. Energy flowing backwards. Tap on K.27 located one inch outwards from the knobly bits on the collarbone, this will rectify the problem. Also combats drowsiness and enhances clear thinking. Tapping K enhances will power.
**Important note. Kidney 1 (The Wellspring of Life Points) are located on the underside of the foot between the second and third toes (on the ball of the foot).These are emergency revival points. Press sharply with the index fingers d hold to revive somebody from a faint or other unconsciousness.
7) U.A. (Under Arm) = Spleen/ Pancreas 21. Time: 9-11am. Element: Earth. Yin. Centripetal.
Function: Mothering and
Physical Associations: Spleen, Pancreas & adrenals. Secretions. Digestive enzymes. Digestion. Blood sugar handling. Transformation of energy. Reproductive Cycle. Flesh & Body Fat. Control of immune system (spleen and the lymph).Metabolism, corrects chemical imbalance, and works with thymus, lymph, lymph nodes, tonsils, bone marrow, controls homeostasis, manufacture of white blood cells (antibodies).
Imbalances: Digestive problems. Diabetes. Hypoglycemia. Ravenous hunger or lack of appetite. Sleepiness after eating. Flatulence. Heavy feeling in the limbs. Problematic periods & PMS. Anaemia (Vit B12). Bleeding Disorders. Swallowing difficulties. Allergies. Adrenal Imbalance. Immune disorders. Weight Problems. Exhaustion. Diseases of the genitals, abdominal swelling, excessive menstrual bleeding, influenza, orchitis, breathlessness, infrequent and sometimes painful urination, hemorrhoids, ascities & cardiac pain. Fear of not getting enough sleep.
Mental/Emotional Associations: Nurturing, motherhood. Transformational Imbalances. Sympathy (either too much or too little). Singing sometimes helps regain this balance.
Anxiety, nervousness, cravings. Poor concentration. Indecisiveness. Self-esteem Issues. Eating Disorders. Mood Swings & poor me.
8) U.B. (Under Breast) =Liver 14: Time: 1-3am. Element: Wood. Yin. Centripetal
Quality: Loving Kindness.
Function: Inner Vision, control, The Liver governs the eyes.
Physical Associations: Distribution. Detoxification. Body Movement. Inner Harmony, and Planning
Imbalances: Jaundice (see also spleen).Cirrhosis. Menstrual Flow. Eye Problems, blindness, astigmatism, near/far sight, cataracts, migraines, biliousness, gout, tiredness, painful muscles, joint pain, ligament problems, certain types of arthritis (gnarled joints).Pain in the liver area. Over acidity.
Mental/Emotional: Control of self & others. Planning, pleasant emotions like humour and joy. Anger, industriousness.
Imbalances: Unhappiness, shouting, losing and being out of control. Controlling others, Inflexible thinking. Emotional suppression or anger. Depression. Irrationality. Repression. Frustration. Bad Temper. Lacking Determination. Hanging on in there.
This is a good point to treat depression.
NB.* An overheated liver meridian will take energy from the spleen
9) T.h. (Thumb) = Lung 11. Time: 3-5am. Element: Metal. Yin: Centrifugal
Function: Vitality. Intake of Air. Energy. Taking in and adapting to new influences.
Physical Association: Lungs, Nose, Skin, and Body Hair
Imbalances: Lung Disease/Disorders, Asthma, bronchitis. Emphysema. Coughing. Chest Tightness. Nasal & Sinus Congestion. Skin Problems. Eczema. Mucus Congestion. Dry Skin. Psoriasis. Eczema. Extreme palor. Acne.
Mental/Emotional Associations: Personal Boundaries & structures. Self-Worth. Individuality. Uniqueness of self. Ability to express grief and sorrow. Ability to cry. Imbalances: Disdain, arrogance, intolerance. Excessive grieving & sadness. Melancholy Negativity. Introvertedness. Low Self-Esteem. Weepy. Feelings of loss. Loneliness. Vertigo. Insomnia, extreme sex drive, irrational emotional involvement.
10) I.F. (Index Finger)=Large Intestine 1. Time 5-7am. Element: Metal. Yang. Centripetal
Quality: Letting Go/Forgiveness
Physical Association: Colon, rectum & appendix. Bowels, skin, sinuses.
Imbalances: Constipation, diahorrea, IBS, diverticulitis & diverticulitis. Skin Disorders. Mucous and catarrh & other secretions, tonsillitis, catarrh, lack of a sense of smell. Feelings of cold and exhaustion in the entire body.
Mental/Emotional Associations: Ability to let go. Boundaries between self and others.
Imbalances: Guilt & Forgiveness. Clinging onto things and people (mentally and physically) living in the past. Rigidity. Negative Thinking & outlook (sadness, grief, anxiety.) PR.
Tapping on the index finger is essential to let go guilt and helps to gain forgiveness.
11) M.F. (Mid Finger)= Circulation Sex 9. Time: 7-9pm. Element: Fire. Yin. Centrifugal.
Quality: Love (Conditional Love)
Function: Protects and governs the heart.
Physical Association: Heart organ, arteries, veins, blood pressure regulator. Reproductive system
Imbalances: Angina. Palpitations. Circulation. High blood pressure & red coloring. Arterial and venal problems. Hardening of the arteries. Varicose veins. Hemorrhoids. Strokes. Encephalitis.
Mental/Emotional: Associations: Relationships. Emotional Control. Sleep& dreams.
Imbalances: Jealousy, regret, shaky emotions, discomfort in social situations (shyness). Over Protective of self and others. Sexual Problems.
12) R.F. (Ring Finger) =Triple Warmer 1. Time: 9-11pm. Element: Fire. Yang. Centripetal
Quality: Flight or Fight
Function: Governed by Hypothalamus. Thyroid & Pericardium. Balances and harmonizes the body. Metabolism, the body’s thermostat. Controls openings to body’s waterways. Runs flight and fight mechanism.
Physical Associations: Regulates body temperature. Regulates homeostasis &runs thyroid & pericardium. Controls adrenal function. Ignites fevers to control infection. Segregates and distributes fluids and substances in the body. Deafness
Imbalances: Organic & temperature imbalances within body systems. Stress related allergies. Autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s Disease, Addison’s Disease & MS). Lower back pain. Cold hands and feet.
Mental/Emotional Associations: Social Interaction. Emotional Protection. Flight or Fight, an important pain regulator. (TFT point for pain control)
Imbalances: Depression, Flight or fight, loneliness, pain. Lack of warmth (physically emotionally). Fear. Anger. Violent outbursts. Mood swings. Running Away. Hysteria.
Overprotective/Underprotective of others and self.
13 B.F. (Baby Finger)=Heart 9. Time 11am-1pm. Element: Fire. Yin. Centrifugal
Quality: Unconditional Love.
Function: Awareness. Centre of emotions. Circulation. (Much illness is caused by congestion). Synchronisation.
Physical Association: Heart. CNS. Tongue. Speech. Perspiration (unclogging).
Imbalances: Heart Disease. Circulatory Problems. Palpitations. Disorders (stammering etc). Blood Vessels. High coloring & blood pressure. Chest pains, dull radiating pain in the area of the nipple. Hot flushes
Mental/Emotional: Home of Spirit & Mind (Shen), the place of the Divine Spirit & Spirituality. Home of human consciousness. Awareness. Compassion. Emotional Stability. Joy & laughter. Self-Expression &. Communication. Long term memory.
Imbalances: Anger. Heartlessness. Personality and mental instability. Restlessness. Insomnia. Hysteria. Speech and Communication Problems. Autism.
14) K.C. (Karate Chop) =Small Intestine Time: 1-3pm. Element: Fire. Yang. Centripetal
Function: Assimilation, absorption. Discrimination
Physical Association: Duodenum & Small Intestine. Passage of nutrients from digestive tract to bloodstream.
Imbalances: Flatulence, abdominal pain, anemia (B12). Poor absorption of nutrients. Pain in neck & back of shoulder, bursitis in outer side of arm.
Mental/Emotional Association: Clear decision making. Determination. Coping Skills. particularly for anxiety & shock. The ability to trust.
Imbalances: Sadness & P.R.Anxiety & cloudy judgment. Bad reaction to shock. Indecisiveness. Trust issues either too much or too little. .Tinnitus.
Add ons etc.
14) G.S. (Gamut Spot) =Triple Warmer 3. Thyroid & Pericardium. Depression, Flight or Fight, loneliness, pain. See Triple Warmer Meridian.
15) I.W. (Inside Wrist) = Triple Warmer 4
16) I.K. (Inside Knee) = Spleen 9. Inside & just below knee
Gary Craig outlines a simple five step procedure in his Video-CD, “EFT for Newcomers”.1
First you make a mental movie of a specific event you want to put right. It is recommended if you are working on yourself that this should be very specific.
“I felt hurt and humiliated when my father called me a sissy in front of all my friends at my eighth birthday party.”
Whilst something like:
“My father always put me down whilst I was a child!” will not do because the issue is made up of many, many specific events. It is better to have somebody else work with you on these more complex problems. An outsider has a healthy objectivity which will be lacking in those who were closely involved in the episode.
Secondly you need to give your film a title. Write this down as it will serve as the reminder phrase when you start tapping the points.
Thirdly you just run the movie on the screen of your own mind. As you do that, notice its intensity, and give it a rating between 0 and 10. A 0 rating indicates the concern is completely flat, meaning you are at peace with it. 10 on the other hand shows maximum intensity, and everything else lies in between these two extremes. This rating is known as the S.U.D.S. this translates to Subjective Units of Disturbance. It is important to emphasise the intensity of feeling relates to how you feel about the event “now”, and not how you think it “was” back then in the past!
Fourthly you come up with an affirmation of the problem like this example:
“Even though (title of your movie) I approve and accept myself just as I am.”
The affirmation is known as the “Set-Up Phrase.” It could look something like this:
“Even though (my father called me a sissy at my eighth birthday party) I accept and approve of myself just as I am!”
You need to repeat the set-up phrase three times, whilst tapping the Karate Chop point at the side of the hand, or rubbing the sore spots located between the notch in the collar bone and the first ribs. You can’t miss it. It’s a lymphatic point and if you rub in the area with your thumbs you are sure to find the points in question. Why? They are called the “sore spot” because they are tender. This eliminates PR or Psychological Reversal which I will talk about later.
The fifth step is to tap about 6 or 7 times on the points with the tips of the index fingers. Start with the eyebrow, and as you tap, repeat the reminder phrase to yourself or out loud.
Move to the side of the eye and then under the eye. Don’t forget to repeat the title as you go. From there move to the point under the nose and follow on with the lower lip, and proceed on to and tap the collar bone. This is an important area as the kidney meridian determines whether or not energies are flowing in the correct direction. Next, find spleen 21, located approximately 4 inches below the armpit and give it a good seeing to! This too is a lymphatic point and it might be sore because the lymph tends to congest easily.
The subsequent point is the liver, located under the right breast. Stop and reassess the SUDS. Have they reduced? Are they flat? Is the issue at peace? If the answer is a definitive “Yes”, you’ve finished the job, and well done!
If it is “no” you need to continue onto the finger points. Start by tapping the outside of the thumbnail. As this is the lung meridian, it might be a good idea to take a couple of deep breaths whilst repeating your reminder phrase. Next comes the Index Finger. The point is on the outside, or thumb side. This is the large intestine meridian, which is useful for dissipating guilt and seeking forgiveness for yourself or granting it to others. To forgive does not mean to condone but to let go. If you can do this it will frequently lead to resolution and a swift reduction of SUDS. Then it’s the turn of the middle finger, skip the ring finger and progress to the baby finger which corresponds to the heart channel and finish up by tapping the fleshy side of the hand, or the Karate Chop point. And you’re done! Are the SUDS as flat as a pancake now? If not you need to proceed to the 9 Gamut Sequence.
But first let’s recap.
A treatment involves tapping the points 1-9. Then check for SUDS. If not truly flat continue with 10-14 (Hand points). If still not truly flat continue with 9 Gamut Sequence.
The set-up phrase changes as the SUDS reduce. You have tapped from points 1-9. You stop there and reassess the SUDS. Have they reduced? If the answer is “Yes”, you now want to change the set-up phrase a little. “Even though I am still a bit embarrassed when I remember my father called me a sissy when I was eight, I still approve and accept myself just as I am.”
If the SUDS haven’t reduced at all, either you have the wrong set-up phrase or else there is evidence of a major Psychological Reversal. You need to see the section on Reversals, in that case!
When anything doesn’t work, there is often an amazingly simple solution. It is drink a glass of water!
Both the client and the therapist drink a glass of water. It’s as simple as that! You will be agreeably surprised to discover the number of occasions this simple technique gets you out of a hole. Why is this? Most people are severely dehydrated. As a species we comprise ⅔ water. Many believe they have an adequate water intake because they drink lots of fluids such as tea, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol. It’s true these beverages contain water, but they also contain dehydrating agents, which negate the hydrating benefits of plain, old water.
Dr. Fereydoon Batmanghelidj wrote an interesting book entitled:
“Your Body’s Many Cries For Water.”1 The doctor who originates from Iran reminds us that as a species we originated from water. We moved from being water borne creatures to those that lived on land. The species had to adapt to a new environment. To develop further these living things had to venture beyond the safety of their own environment.
“For the earlier water dwelling species, adventure beyond their known boundaries, constituted great stress in case they dry up. This stress established a dominant physiology for crisis management of water…Since every function of the body is monitored and pegged to the flow of water, “water management” is the only way of making sure that adequate amounts of water and its transported nutrients first reach the more vital organs that have to confront and deal with any new stress. This mechanism becomes more and more established for survival against natural enemies and predators. It is the ultimate operative system for survival in fight or flight situations.”
When we look at Reversal we shall also look at “Triple Warmer in Overwhelm”. It’s interesting to note that the flight or fight mechanism is governed by the Triple Warmer meridian. By drinking water we can often switch the flow of energy and not be surprised when things begin to work, as they should, and not as they shouldn’t. This is not unexpected as water is required as a conductor for the electrical impulses that make so much of the body’s nervous system functional.
However, let’s go back to the tapping recipe! There is an alternative which is a slower tapping routine: As you tap, bring to mind as many thoughts/insights as you can. Once a spot seems to be exhausted move onto the next one. You need to look and listen carefully. This is called sensory acuity. You will be alerted when to move on by a sharp intake of breath, a facial flush, a relaxation in muscle tension or some other seemingly subtle change.
David Fernstein  suggests a method whereby you tap ten times on the meridian point and then take a deep breath and tap a further ten times. This is repeated throughout the sequence.
The entire treatment looks like a giant ?
Starting at the Eyebrow and ending up at the K.C. Spot.
Of course if the Subjective Units of Disturbance decrease to a 0 before the round is complete…..Stop and check. You might well have done the job!
If on the other hand the SUDS have not come down to a nice, peaceful 0, try the:
9 Gamut Point Procedure:
It is a brain balancing exercise, which takes the message into all quadrants of the brain and very often squashes a troublesome subject.
This involves tapping Triple Warmer 3, which lies between the knuckle of the baby finger and the ring finger whilst.
- Closing the Eyes
- Opening the Eyes
- Looking down to the right without moving the head
- Looking down to the left without moving the head
- Circling the eyes clockwise in a complete rotation of 360°, without moving the head.
- Circling eyes anticlockwise in a complete rotation of 360°, without moving the head.
- Humming the first two bars of “Happy Birthday.”
- Counting quickly from 1-5.
- Humming the first two bars of “Happy Birthday.”
The thinking behind the 9 Gamut Process comes from both kinesiology and N.L.P. that states where you place the eyes will influence which part of the brain is in use. Therefore when somebody is looking down to the right, the person is accessing the lower left portion of the brain. The humming sequence could well push credibility to a far frontier as far as the left brained are concerned, but there is a reason and purpose behind it all. Humming engages right brain activity and counting left brain action. Overall, this procedure is a very useful brain balancing exercise. Generally speaking most people have a brain imbalance. Those who spend their time in analytical activities will be left-brain dominant and those with a more creative bent tend to be right brain dominant. We seek balance in all things. If we go around using only half the brain to its full extent, we are limiting full potential. It’s a bit like going through life with one hand tied behind the back. Kinesiologists believe brain imbalance is the prime reason for switching, which is another word for Polarity Reversal. Many people now believe the 9 Gamut Procedure is a little bit passé,admittedly it is not always necessary, but it can be very useful in those cases where the SUDs have come down to a one or two and you want to flatten the remainder swiftly. Conversely you can also use this technique on those occasions when things seem to be sticking.
I hope the SUDS have now bottomed out at a very manageable 0.
If not there is another trick in the book. It’s called “The Floor to ceiling Eye Roll”.
This is a relaxation exercise, too.
Start by tapping Triple Warmer 3, which is the gamut spot and it lies in the gap between the knuckles of the ring finger and the baby finger. The head needs to be held relatively level. Roll the eyes down to the floor spread the gaze to take in as much detail as possible and begin to rotate the eyes upwards slowly in a vertical line as far up as they will go whilst tapping the gamut spot. Take about 10 seconds to complete the exercise.
Now are the SUDS flat? Yes, well that’s marvelous!
No, I think you need to take a look at the section on Psychological Reversal.
Before we move on, let’s sum up, shall we?
“The Cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.”
It’s a three-step process.
- Somebody has a distressing memory.
- There’s a “zzzzzzt”, which causes a fuse to blow which results in a disruption in the body’s energy system.
- Result = Negative emotion.
That means none of this therapy depends on your belief structure to make it work.
The Basic Recipe
- The Set-up….. Repeat X 3:
“Even though I have this_____________________(problem)
I accept and approve of myself just as I am.”
Whilst rubbing the “sore spot” or tapping the karate chop point.
Another alternative procedure is to tap under the nose.
- The Sequence:
- Tap about 7 times on each point whilst repeating the reminder phrase (problem)
The Tapping Points on the Body:
Hand Tapping Points:
Before we leave this section, I’d like to stress that most problems have several aspects to them. An aspect is best described as one of the incidents that go to make up a problem. The more global the problem the more aspects it has. If someone comes up with a set-up phrase like: “My father bullied me when I was a child,” more than likely the bullying comprised several incidents. There would be a first incident and there would be a worst incident. It is possible that the first and the worst are one and the same. Each succeeding incident provides a gestalt of incidents which go to make up and reinforce the issue. These incidents are the aspects. It’s easier to treat something specific rather than global. This illustrated set-up appears to be somewhat global. You will need to question your client carefully to find what precisely in this bullying scenario is the key incident. Tad James in “Time Line Therapy” maintains the key incident is usually the first one. The subsequent occasions merely reinforce the first one.
“The Movie Technique:”
“It has been said that if you were to identify and write down all your beliefs, you would see your life being played out before you”.
The first question to ask is:
If you could make a movie of the problem how long would it last?
This sniffs out globalization. If the answer is three days the problems is far too global, has too many aspects and needs to be broken down into individual aspects or incidents so that it can be dealt with more easily,.
Next…ask that they run the movie and stop whenever “zzzzt” which is a technical word for intensity of emotion comes up. On encountering negative emotional power…
Tap on it until it is flat.
Continue the movie and play it to the end tapping on all emotionally intense aspects until they are all flat.
I’m willing to bet this gets rid of all the aspects!
However, just to make sure:
Once you think you’ve finished, you need to test to ascertain that you have covered all the aspects of the problem.
- Just think of a moving spider, how does it feel? If there is no reaction continue.
- Think of a spider coming towards you in your bedroom? How does it feel, look & sound?
- Imagine finding a spider in the shower, how does it feel, look & sound? Etc. etc.
If you get a fear reaction on any of these questions you will need to go back to the tapping routine and tap until the aspect is flat.
I conclude with a past pace and a future pace.
(This technique comes from NLP and is an excellent way of evaluating your work.)
1) Go back in time to the last time you saw a spider, how is that different, now?
2) Go out to an undetermined time in the future, and imagine you come face to face with a hairy spider, what’s different about this, now?”
Rub on sore spot & then tap UE, CB. & UA.
Get client to drink water, followed by the simplified CollarBone Breathing (See page 62) and recommence.
Water has amazing properties.
It never ceases to amaze me how it can calm an agitated person.
When individuals get upset they frequently forget to breathe that makes the situation worse.
Roger Callahan talks at some length about the “The Apex Effect”. The word “Apex” comes from Arthur Koestler’s novel “The Ghost in the Machine”, which was published in 1967. The book explores belief systems showing how people have a difficulty accepting experiences that are different from their perceived notion of reality. The left brain requires an explanation, but what happens when they can’t explain it, what do they do? They come up with a completely different explanation and pass it off as fact. In other words they go into denial, claiming in this instance although the symptoms have disappeared the “vanishing trick” had nothing to do with one of the Meridian Energy Therapies. To get round the disavowal it is useful to write down the SUDS before and after treatment and discuss the changes with the person who has been treated. He will probably concede your intervention was responsible for the changes. However if you’re tempted to cut out this negotiation you might find: “a man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.”
Therapists find the “Apex Problem” bothersome because they feel the client has not validated the technique and if this has occurred it is unlikely they will speak highly of the therapy or refer their friends and acquaintances. True this will happen from time to time, but far better to concentrate on those that do rather than those that don’t. So move on, there are plenty of people out there in the big, wide wonderful world you want your help. Some will, some won’t, so what! If it bothers you, you could always record your sessions, with the client’s consent of course. Then you will have incontrovertible evidence your intervention did work. Give the client the tape and encourage them to use it if any other aspects of the reporting problem should show up. Still, I think it would be much more useful to teach your person how to tap effectively on themselves, so they have a tool they can use to address any and all of those niggling problems that have a nasty tendency to come into everyone’s life from time to time.