Emotional Freedom Technique: Psychologist Roger Callahan realized that self-sabotage must be removed in a way that includes the unconscious mind and energetic blocks. Gary Craig simplified Callahan’s acupressure tapping and called it Emotional Freedom Technique, as explained in his free manual (available at www.EFTUniverse.com) or in my Essential Energy Tools book. With a coach or by yourself, you tap on a set of meridian points while addressing the problem and the solution. Tapping on acupressure points sends signals to the brain, as does thinking about a problem (for example to the amygdala and other parts of the emotional limbic center of the brain). Brain scans show these signals interact to clear the problem, similar to systematic desensitization used to treat anxiety since the 1950s.
For research on the effectiveness of tapping, see “Research” at the Energy Psychology Association[i] and the EFTUniverse website which reports on studies. Brain mapping showed that stimulation of acupuncture points caused brain wave normalization that became more pronounced in the year following treatment. For example, patients with anxiety disorder experienced an increase in the neurotransmitter serotonin, unlike the traditional treatment group. Tapping on the gallbladder acupressure point 37 on the leg put subjects in deep alpha, which ended immediately after tapping ceased, according to research by authors and psychologists Lambrou and Pratt. When they tested non-acupressure points, they found no such move to a deep alpha brain state, as measured in a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imagery machine at the University of California at Irvine. For more research see the website in the endnote.[ii]
Another clearing technique holds acupressure points while thinking about an issue and a solution, called TAT–Tapas Acupressure Technique. A free TAT instruction bulletin is available, developed by acupuncturist Tapas Fleming. A third technique, EMDR, balances and clears by moving the eyes right and left to balance brain hemispheres. Developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro, it’s often used for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.