Last time I wrote about the 5 reasons people should learn EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Tapping. This is a simple self-help technique that can be easily learned and used by anyone. However, the majority of people who learn about this technique will never try it, let alone use it regularly.
Over the years these are the top 5 things I have heard from people as to why they don’t use this technique:
1. The idea seems too weird
Probably the biggest reason people don’t use EFT is that it seems a bit weird to them. They don’t see the connection between tapping on certain points and feeling better. Maybe the eastern philosophies of energy meridians are just too foreign for some people to embrace, or even if they are willing to believe in the concept, they have a hard time making the connection when they actually do it. Our minds will automatically reject things that fall outside our belief system.
2. It feels too silly
Somewhat like the above answer, but just slightly different is the feeling that this tapping on your face is silly. Going to an acupuncturist, lying on a table and having someone insert tiny needles into our skin feels a little more “clinical” and therefore more acceptable. But sitting in the living room tapping on our face seems silly and pretty foreign to our thinking about healing.
Another aspect of this is the fact that although we can use it on many things, it seems impractical to do in public and makes us feel even more self-conscious. That is why I created the video on Secret Tapping Points showing places you can use in public. These are good practical ways to use tapping while at work or driving, or anywhere that others are present without having to explain what you are doing.
3. It’s hard to remember to use it
Believe it or not this is a common problem. Even I, who have been using this technique clinically for all these years, sometimes forget to use it on myself! It is not a natural reaction to start tapping when something happens. It takes a while to create a habit of using this wonderful tool.
4. They don’t know what to say
When EFT is new for people, they think the words they say have to be perfect in order for EFT to work. In reality, the words are there to connect them to the feelings, so the feelings can be unblocked or cleared. As long as they are concentrating on the feelings they have, they can express them in any way. I often recommend using a conversational tone, like you are talking to a friend, or sometimes even “ranting” to yourself!
5. They expect a one-hit wonder
Some people give up on EFT too soon because they expect a magical instant result. They think EFT is a magic bullet, and it should instantly clear out feelings and old patterns. Although it has done this for people, the truth is that more likely it will be a process and may require consistent effort or even work with a practitioner. I Compare it to taking an aspirin. I’ve never heard someone say about an aspirin, “Oh yes, I tried that once but it didn’t work for me.” Nothing works on everything all the time.
EFT is a wonderful self-help tool that can be used in many situations to help improve people’s performance, attitude, and even physical symptoms. It is worth the time it takes to fully investigate this tool and to spend time with an experienced practitioner to really learn how to use it. Then it is a matter of being patient and creating new habits that will give you a lifelong practical and efficient tool for self-help. When all else fails, you can “tap” on your resistance to using what is right there in front of you.