1.  DECIDE WHAT YOU'D LIKE TO WORK ON

Identify a current issue you wish to work on.  The more specific you can be, the better.  Instead of working
on, "Everybody hurts my feelings," for example, choose one time that someone hurt your feelings.  It can
be the first time it ever happened, or the time that hurt the most, or it can be the most recent time you got
your feelings hurt.  It's often helpful to use the first thing that pops into your head when you think about
choosing an incident to work with.  There is no need to vividly remember the episode.  Pain is not required
for healing with EFT, so
there is no benefit to reliving painful or traumatic incidents!  We just want to have
a specific event to work with.

If it's a physical issue you're working with, it may help to describe the pain, discomfort or symptom.  
"Pounding right-sided headache," for example.  Or "raw, burning sting in the back of my throat."

2.  GAUGE YOUR INTENSITY

How much does the issue bother you, or how painful is it?  Rate it on a scale of 0 to 10, with zero being not
at all, and 10 being the worst possible. If you would become too upset if you thought about your issue
intently, DON'T.  Just guess-- if you let yourself think about it and focus on it, what might your number be?

3.  PICK A SET-UP PHRASE

The tapping procedure begins with a set-up phrase, which you repeat while tapping on a special point.  
The standard EFT set-up phrase is:

"Even though I have this (problem), I deeply and completely accept myself."

4.  TAP ON THE KC POINT WHILE SAYING THE SET-UP PHRASE

How many times have you wanted to get over something, or do something better, or STOP doing
something... and you're really excited about it... but then you never quite follow through?  This step can
help you! The KC or "Karate Chop" point is the fleshy area on the side of your hand, right beneath your
little finger (see
Tapping Points page).  Tap on this area while repeating the set-up phrase 3 times, to help
clear any energetic blocks that might contribute to self-sabotage.  

5.  TAPPING SEQUENCE WITH REMINDER PHRASE

Now you tap through the series of tapping points.  You can use either hand to tap with, or you can even
use both hands.  There is one sequence of tapping points with EFT.  This same series of points is effective
for both physical and emotional issues, making it easier to remember and use.  

To help maintain focus on the issue you're working on, you repeat a
reminder phrase as you tap on each
point.  This helps your energetic system to shift and realign the disruption.  You can use something as
simple as, "This problem."

6.  CHECK YOUR INTENSITY AGAIN

Has your 0-10 number gone down?

7.  REPEAT UNTIL INTENSITY IS ZERO

If this initial tapping round results in a significant change-- and it often does-- you can simply repeat the
process until the symptom or issue is relieved.  Remember to change your set-up phrase and reminder
phrase for subsequent rounds.  This helps your brain to continue to work on the issue, instead of quitting
on you because it's already done
some work on it!

"Even though I
STILL have some of this (problem), I deeply and completely accept myself."

And for the reminder phrase, "
Remaining (problem)."

WHAT IF MY INTENSITY STAYS THE SAME?  

If your intensity level doesn't go down and you were working on a physical issue, has the pain changed
location? Has the quality of the pain changed? These signs may indicate that a shift is happening, even if
the intensity stays the same. Change your phrasing to reflect the new pain location or characteristic, and
continue.

If you were working on an emotional issue and your intensity stays the same, you may not have located the
core issue yet. Or it may be that you have reduced or released one emotion or part of an event, only to
shift to another.  For instance, perhaps the event made you angry initially, but now, after tapping has
cleared some of the anger, you're feeling more sad or hurt. If your intensity level has not decreased,
notice if perhaps you have shifted your attention to some new emotion or part of the event on which you're
tapping. You can change your phrasing to reflect the new focus of your attention and continue, or you can
deliberately return your attention to the first emotion or part of the event and continue. Both paths have
merit and you can always try one way, then the other, to see what is most effective.

If the symptom or issue stays the same, or if it returns after improving, there is almost always a deeper
emotional factor at work. Or it may be that the issue is an ongoing one, which may benefit from persistence
and consistency in tapping until the situation changes.  

Advanced EFT application can enhance your results significantly in these instances.  A skilled EFT
practitioner can help you tap through multiple aspects or pieces of events.  An experienced practitioner
can also assist you to find and address core issues with minimal emotional pain.  

CAN I USE EFT TO TREAT MY SERIOUS AND/OR CHRONIC ILLNESS?

In a word, yes.  Even beginners have had wonderful successes using EFT for challenging and
multi-aspected illnesses.  I would always encourage you to tap and to monitor yourself carefully, then
respond accordingly.  You are your own health authority, and I recognize and respect this.  

Applying EFT to serious diseases and chronic illnesses may sometimes require advanced experience.  
Please consult a qualified health practitioner before discontinuing any treatment or medications for
serious or chronic conditions.  If you choose to do otherwise, as is your right, please take responsibility for
your decisions regarding your health and your healthcare.
EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUES:
HOW DO I DO BASIC EFT?
Einstein discovered decades ago
that physical matter (including the
human body) is made of energy.  
Thus, even though the human body
may appear to be solid, its foundation
is energetic at its core.  This simple
fact is one of the most universally
agreed upon findings in the scientific
world but, to date, it has not been
well integrated into Western healing
procedures.
 Gary Craig, Founder of EFT
EILEEN SULLIVAN, CERTIFIED EFT PRACTITIONER (EFTCERT-I)                                                                  EMAIL: AREYOUTAPPING (AT) YAHOO (DOT) COM                                                                                            (704) 905-4665
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your use of EFT. Eileen Sullivan is not a licensed health professional. She offers EFT as a certified EFT practitioner, ordained interfaith minister, and certified holistic doula. Where appropriate, please consult your healthcare practitioners regarding your
use of EFT. It is VITAL to note that you should not stop taking any prescribed medications, nor alter your dosage, without the advice of the prescribing physician.
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