What is Tapping?
Tapping is a great tool that allows us to clear or release emotional blockages in the body for relief. It operates behind a similar principle as acupressure or acupuncture. Essentially there are energy meridians in the body and we can release or reduce emotional triggers or patterns by tapping key points on the body. It sounds quite simple but I have found it to be quite profound in its impact and one of the amazing aspects of it is that it happens fast!
Identity the Issue
The first step is to identify the issue. This could be an unhealthy belief pattern or habit or even a physical pain. Because many physical pains have an emotional block at their root, it can work for physical problems too. The issue could be feeling blocked financially or frustration from lack of opportunities. It could be not feeling supported emotionally or anger at a particular person. It might also be related to dissatisfaction related to some aspect of your physical health or an addiction. Often when we release the blockage, it gives us more ease in dealing with the practical aspects of the issue as well as releases the negative emotion which increases our vibration and allows us to manifest bigger and better things and experiences. I’ve included some sample tapping phrases to get you started and of course feel free to create your own.
· I do not feel supported (optional to include specifics in terms of individuals or life areas such as health, finances, at work, by partner, children, etc.)
· I want to be in better shape.
· I do not have the financial freedom I desire.
· I am overwhelmed with stress.
· I am having a hard time of letting go of my addiction.
Again, choose one issue at a time and run through all the points tapping on the same phrase. Whichever phrase is the most triggering for you is a good one to start on.
Rate the Issue
The next step is to rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 on that particular issue. In others words, how bad is it with 10 being the worst and 1 being the best? You can do this just by checking in with yourself and see what number pops up in your mind.
Drink a Glass of Water
This might seem like an extraneous step but water helps to flush out your system of toxins and unhealthy or blocked emotions are toxic to our bodies and must be cleared through our bodies’ detoxifying system as well. Water supports that through its natural cleansing properties.
Identify the Tapping Points
The tapping points include points on the hand (karate chop points) as well as several points on the face and head, and several on the torso. I have included an image below for you to help identify the tapping points. I recommend tapping with either the first two or the send two fingers ensuring you are covering the tapping points each time you tap. If this feels uncomfortable, tap with just your pointer finger.
Use the diagrams to reference the points below. You can tap on just one side or both sides of the face or body.
Tap the Phrase You Have Chosen to the Tapping Points
I recommend choosing one phrase at a time to focus on. Once you have determined your rating, let’s say it’s a 3, then start tapping in the phrase using the following format.
I typically tap the karate chop point followed by the eyebrow, corner of eye, under eye, under nose, chin, collarbone, underarm, and sore spot with the top of head point last. Say the phrase through at least one time per point.
“Event though, (insert issue), I completely love and accept myself.”
Here are a few examples:
“Even though I do not feel supported, I completely love and accept myself.”
“Even though I am angry at ______ for doing _________, I completely love and accept myself.”
“Even though, I wish I was in better shape, I completely love an accept myself.”
“Even though I am afraid of failure, I completely love and accept myself.”
“Even though I am afraid of success, I completely love and accept myself.”
“Even though, I am addicted to _______, I completely love and accept myself.”
Rate Yourself and Reassess
After one or two rounds of tapping, stop and pause to rate yourself. Has it gone down? If it has but has not gone down very far, keep going. Stop either when you rate zero or when you feel the need to stop. Sometimes we need some time to integrate the energy shifts and may feel overwhelmed if we try to clear too much at a time. That said, it is possible to clear blocks very quickly and relatively easily using this technique!
Keep Going and Tap Related Issues
This work is very effective however it can be like the layers of the onion. Once you work on one phrase, there may be a related phrase or topic which pops up to clear. Keep working on them but be assured that you can make big progress with just a little bit of time and focus on this work.