Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.
- Pema Chodron
~ A Guided Pathway to Self-Healing ~
Tapping is an easily accessible tool for self-healing.
Nearly anyone, at any age, can draw upon the power of tapping. It empowers us to reclaim our health and happiness.
Tapping is holistic in nature. It addresses one’s whole self ~ body, emotion, mind, soul and spirit.
The word holistic is a bit like the word natural. It has yet to be legally defined. However, in my practice, holistic always refers to wholeness. In this way, a holistic therapy must attend to the physical, emotional, psychological, mental, energy, soul and spiritual levels.
Tapping is an energy therapy.
Energy interpenetrates, interconnects and is the “source of all” at every level of Being ~ body, emotion, mind, soul and spirit. More specifically, tapping is considered to be one aspect of the Energy Psychology healing model. As such, tapping creates an opportunity for one to bridge the separation between the unconscious and one’s conscious awareness.
Tapping allows you to address the conscious, and the unconscious, causes of an issue.
Many people, for a variety of reasons, have what is called a “psychological reversal”. This reversal indicates that their energy is actually reversing their healing intention. Psychological reversals are the result of the unconscious actively protecting one from further trauma or harm. The tapping process addresses this contradiction by temporarily correcting the reversal and allowing the healing intention to penetrate thus creating an opportunity for positive change to occur. Tapping invites you to move through the fears, traumas and blocks that are woven into the very fabric of your Being to include the cellular body, your DNA, your emotions, your thoughts, your memories and even your karma.
Tapping changes minds and beliefs.
At the heart of our issues, we hold certain beliefs about our situation. These limiting beliefs can be conscious or unconscious. Limiting beliefs actually block healing and transformation. We can use tapping to release limiting thoughts and beliefs. Once cleared, we then can utilize this process to create a new belief around an issue. For example, when we receive a physical diagnosis, we are brought into an often limiting belief system. Once we receive a diagnosis, the body will reflect the thoughts, fears, feelings and beliefs contained within that diagnosis. If we can change our thoughts, feelings and beliefs around a specific diagnosis, we can then create a more positive belief and potential for that issue.
Tapping interrupts the stress response.
This creates a space for change to occur. When we are under stress, the body releases hormones into the blood stream that put the body into “lockdown” as the fight, flight or freeze mechanism is activated. In the short term, this enables the body to escape genuine dangers. In the long term, this puts a great strain on the body and essentially shuts down its innate ability to heal itself. Research indicates that tapping can actually lower the cortisol levels that are released when the body is stressed.
Tapping affects brain chemistry.
When we tap, we redirect the flow of blood in the brain. Tapping is able to activate the particular areas of the brain that guide our physical, emotional, intellectual or spiritual activities. The increased blood flow into very specific parts of the brain enables us to optimize our ability to handle certain situations and to perform specific functions.
Tapping is effective for pain relief.
This process can generate relief from many types of physical and psychological pain. The latest research indicates that this relief may extend into actual physical healing which has been verified through x-rays and a measurable improvement of professionally diagnosed and documented conditions.
Tapping works best when you “feel it to heal it”.
The more that you are willing to “feel it”; the more you will be able to effect positive change. This process requires you to become very attentive to the experiences of your body and the physical sensations that arise when you tap. You need to attune to your feelings and emotions, any memories that emerge and the thoughts that come up while you are involved in the tapping process. The insights of your body, emotions and thoughts are guides that will lead you into new insights on the cause and effect of your issue. With this awareness, you can tap to release the stuck energy.
Tapping works with the power of words to heal and transform. Words are powerful. It is always important to be conscious of our thoughts and our words. The energy of our words, whether they are silent or spoken, is extraordinarily creative. Tapping utilizes a series of significant and purposeful phrases. These words are not random. They hold specific meaning and are used to actualize our intentions. For example, Dr. Joe Dispenza has found that the brain will reframe itself around the words, “I now choose” and “I am grateful for”. It is also important to note that the most effective language for intentions and affirmations requires that they are positively framed and set in the current tense.
Tapping draws upon a healing formula for success. Many traditions use beliefs, words, intentions and affirmations to create positive change such as Ho’Oponopono, Greg Braden’s book, The God Code and the Mastermind Prayer Process. When we compare several of these traditions, we are able to identify a specific pattern or healing formula. Tapping utilizes this healing formula to bring about healing and transformation.
The Healing Formula
#1 Acknowledge what is true.
#2 Release, Forgive, Surrender what is not working.
#3 Bless and affirm your positive intention.
#4 Be grateful.
Tapping is a process. It is “work” and requires a willingness to “go into the issue”.
For tapping to be successful, you must be willing to do the work. This process, as with many types of therapy, is a bit like peeling an onion. You need to be prepared to go deeper into the layers and levels of an issue in order to get to the root. Often on this journey, as one issue is cleared, you may find that several others are now revealed. You will want to continue your way through an issue in order to can create genuine healing and transformation.
Tapping is a life practice, much like meditation.
This healing modality demonstrates immediate positive results. However, while it is highly effective in addressing emotional and physical issues in the short term, it shows the most promise when we choose to adopt this practice as a way of life. Tapping is like brushing your teeth and flossing. It is a proactive way in which we can better deal with the stresses and challenges of life. Tapping generates the same responses in the body as meditation and when adopted as a daily habit it can be beneficial for body, emotion, mind, energy, soul and spirit.
Tapping can also be used to actualize your greatest good.
Tapping is not just a healing tool. It is widely used by therapists and coaches to remove blocks that may be impeding success. Tapping can empower your dreams, goals and self-actualization. Once an issue is addressed, released and healed, there is “space for grace”. You are now open to the positive possibilities that you intend for your life. With the process, you can essentially clarify and re-design every level of your entire Being and re-design your whole life.
I do not ask to walk smooth paths nor bear an easy load.
I pray for strength and fortitude to climb the rock strewn road.
Give me such courage and I can scale the headiest peaks alone, and transform every stumbling block into a stepping stone.
-Gail Brook Burket
The Tapping Process
Choose your issue and rate its intensity 0 to 10.
Create a setup statement of intent.
"Even though I deeply and completely love, honor and accept myself, I now choose....._________
because I deeply and completely love, honor and accept myself."
Tap on the karate chop point and repeat your setup statement three times.
Tap at least 7x on each of the points as you develop statements for each step of the healing formula.
The Inside Eyebrow Point
The Corner Eye Point (tap on bone at corner of eye
The Under Eye Point (tap under pupil on the bone)
The Nose Point (tap on the indent above your lip)
The Chin Point (tap under the lip at center)
The Collar Bone Point (one inch under “u” shape and one inch to left/right of collarbone)
The Under Arm Point (tap approximately 1 hand length under the arm)
The Liver Point (optional) (tap one inch under nipple or just above the bottom of the bra)
Healing Formula Sequence
Round One: Acknowledge Issue
Round Two: Clear, Release & Forgive Issue
Round Three: Affirm your Positive Intention
Round Four: Gratitude
Tap on the points as you repeat a statement following each step of the Healing Formula.
"I now choose to acknowledge....______."
Repeat this statement as you tap on each point.
After acknowledging your issues, forgive and release what needs to be cleared with,
"I now choose to release / forgive / clear _________."
Continue to clear, until you feel as if you are releasing what is needed. It may take several rounds. You may need to alter your statement as you move through the issue.
When you feel clear, fill this open "space" with
"I now choose to (affirm your positive intention) ________."
Continue until you can feel your intention taking root, completing as many rounds as necessary.
For your final round, tap in
"I am so grateful."
at each point.
To close, tap on the crown, take a deep breath and make your closing summarizing affirmative statement.
"Even though I cleared _____+,
I now choose & I am grateful for _______
because I deeply and completely love, honor and accept myself."