Tapping on specific acupuncture points while stating or thinking an affirmation (TFT, EFT, etc.) can beneficially alter the physiology of the body. Tapping was originally used as a specific treatment for an identifiable pain or emotional issue and has evolved as a valuable tool for disconnecting old traumas and getting one’s body congruent with new beliefs. The amazing growth of these techniques is based on the fact that they work. Tapping Techniques are now well established and used by hundreds of thousands of people.
The tapping of acupuncture points to alter physiology was first used by the great Chiropractic Physician, George Goodheart, in the mid 1970′s when he developed powerful “pain-control” procedures. John Diamond M.D. used tapping in the 1970′s, connecting specific emotions with the acupuncture meridians. In 1980, a psychologist Roger Callahan named the “psychological reversal” and went on to develop specific protocols that became the Callahan Techniques and then TFT (Thought Field Therapy) used by thousands of psychologists. Much of it evolved into Energy Psychology and an offshoot that is used by thousands of lay people, known as EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).
If you have not encountered tapping techniques, there is an introduction in my book, Your Inner Pharmacy, including a way for you to get started yourself. These procedures can have powerful effects at getting your physiology and behavior congruent with your belief system and connecting your physiology to new beliefs, as you grow. Many people use tapping to erase “old tapes” and to create new ones that support new positive habits and behaviors…..such as managing weight, being healthy, exercising regularly, attracting healthy relationships, just to name a few.
From a “mind-body” point of view, many people who struggle with their health are not emotionally aligned or congruent with being healthy and totally free of pain. Manual muscle testing, as performed in Applied Kinesiology, or the “forward-bending test”, that I describe in Your Inner Pharmacy, can usually reveal this “disconnect” between what someone thinks they believe and the contrary message their body may be receiving about that belief.
The beauty and effectiveness is that tapping specific points while stating the belief will connect or re-connect the body with that belief. In The Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton elegantly describes how our beliefs control our biology, and he acknowledges the value of tapping techniques for synchronizing our biology with positive beliefs. My observation, from using these techniques for over 30 years, with sick people as well as high-level athletes and performers who unknowingly sabotage their progress, is that all too often, biology is compromised by psychological reversals and circuitry glitches, which are so often correctible. In these situations, our biology is literally controlling our beliefs, thus creating physical and psychological limitations.
I highly recommend using these techniques. If you want a professional to help you, many applied kinesiologists use TFT procedures and NET (Neuro-Emotional Technique) with phenomenal results.
Stay tuned for my next blog, which looks at a “new dimension in tapping”.