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I've often been asked whether EFT can be used to bring about desirable changes in the world outside of oneself to "manifest" what you want, as this activity is frequently referred to. My answer is both a "yes" and a "no".
By Dr. Patricia Carrington, EFT Master
"I feel better now. It's okay." that person says as they prepare to leave your office (or home) with a word of thanks for your help. They have brought their stress level down from an initial 10 (on the 0 to 10 intensity scale) to a much more desirable number such as a 4, or perhaps a 3, after doing several rounds of EFT. They feel they "don't need any more".
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These researchers studied ninety-six overweight or obese adults, one half of whom were taught EFT right away, while the other half had to wait for four weeks while just doing whatever they ordinarily did to control food cravings. At the end of this time, the "wait list" group was given training in EFT too, but they had already been thoroughly studied by that time. The "wait list" group was the control (comparison) group.
What were the researchers looking for?
Before the research began, they gave the subjects a series of tests to determine the intensity of their food cravings and measure how strong an influence food exerted over them (that is, its "pull" value). The researchers also investigated the degree of f restraint these people could call upon when faced with tempting food, and the number of psychological symptoms of stress they were exhibiting. Finally, everyone in the study was initially measured to determine their BMI (Body Mass Index), an indication of the way the body stores and distributes fat — the lower the BMI, the healthier the fat deposits of the individual.
After that, and this makes the study particularly interesting, these same subjects were studied again at the end of 12 months.
What had happened?
When re-tested at the end of four weeks, those who had learned EFT showed significantly lowered food cravings compared to the wait list controls that had not learned the method. At that time, the EFT’ers also had improved significantly in the degree to which they could exercise restraint when confronted by tempting foods, and the degree to which food could exert a pulling power over them.
What is particularly interesting was that two of the measures, the intensity of food cravings and the pull of the food on them, remained significantly improved at the end of one year in those who had been practicing EFT, demonstrating the holding power of this technique. Also, the Body Mass Index (BMI) the measure of the body's storage of fat was significantly reduced in those practicing EFT at the end of one year: a highly desirable outcome.
The results of this study show that EFT can have an immediate effect on reducing food cravings and also result in maintenance of these reduced cravings over time. In addition it shows that EFT impacts favorably on The Body Mass Index, reducing it in the desired direction. The researchers suggest that EFT may contribute to the ability of weight loss/dieting programs to assist people to achieve reduced food cravings and therefore lose weight.
* Stapleton, Sheldon, Porter
* In Press, Behavior Change journal.
By Dr. Patricia Carrington
The Choices Method is a rapid highly targeted method for getting more precise results with Meridian Tapping. Correct?
Well, most of the time. Certainly the Choices method can cut right through resistance of the kind that may be encountered with the default self acceptance phrase "I deeply and completely accept myself", and go straight to the heart of the matter.
By Dr. Patricia Carrington
So-called "resistance" to the EFT process such as not coming down in your intensity level after several rounds of tapping, not remembering to do EFT when it would serve you particularly well to do or feeling certain that EFT will "do no good" for a certain issue, and the like — is always frustrating.
By Pamela Bruner
A question that I often receive from my Meridian Tapping clients is 'Do I need to go back into the past in order to move forward?' Then they go on to say, often, that they don't want to look at the past, they just want to move ahead.
As a coach, I have a great deal of sympathy for this position. Coaching, as opposed to therapy, is supposed to deal with the present and the future, and not with the past. But the answer to the question 'Do I need to deal with the past?' is more complex than that.
Sadness can be one of the most difficult emotions to use when doing meridian tapping. It really doesn't do it justice to tap on the phrase, "I feel sad."…
From time to time I have written about ways in which EFT can be very helpful when we want to get to sleep and can’t seem to. Recently, I have discovered an additional way to do this which I find extremely useful. You may want to try a variation of it at those moments when you want to get to sleep quickly.
Carol combines cutting edge information from the field of vibrational medicine and advanced applications of EFT throughout these 3 DVDs from her Denver workshop, “A Vibrational Approach to Healing Pain and Illness.” Tap along as Carol works with audience members on issues of pain, illness and complicated diagnoses and watch as she unravels the links between past emotional conflicts and current physical limitations.
4 hours of advanced EFT with EFT Master Carol Look:
- Clearing Ancestral Pain
- The “DOWNSIDE” of Getting Well Again
- Releasing Conflicts Stored in Your Body
- PLUS Special 90 minute “Bonus DVD” with trauma specialist, Dr. Robert Scaer, author of “Your Body Bears the Burden.”
A first of its kind for children, this Album introduces EFT to the child in a heartwarming and playful way. Created by EFT Master, Dr. Patricia Carrington, it gives you a unique opportunity to share the EFT Tapping process with your child and get them started using EFT with excitement and enthusiasm right away.
This Album contains a DVD, a CD, and a full Instruction booklet, that together skillfully:
· Introduces the child to EFT and its concepts
· Explain the process in a fun way.
· Shows the Tapping points to the child with the help of a loveable stuffed bear “role model” named Tappy
· Uses songs and lyrics to get the child to Tap along.
· Provides adults with helpful resources and instructions on using the album for children.
By Ann Adams
Kinney is tall for 13. He has light brown hair and a pair of sad eyes that competed for the saddest I've ever seen. He expressed immediate interest: "Can you teach me?"
"Harvey," a slender, African American nine year old in perpetual motion, was in line behind him: I want to know too.
By Dr. Patricia Carrington
An exciting new use I have discovered for EFT is its application to a "To Do" list.
Why do we need help with a "To Do" list in the first place? The reason is that while "To Do" lists are very useful, they have a quality of "forcing" about them, which can easily cause resistance in all of us. No one likes to be forced to do anything, even by our own selves, and if you will pick up a "To Do" list that you have made and look at it, you will notice something very interesting when you think about putting it into effect.
by Patricia Carrington, Ph.D.
Any truly effective method of treatment needs to expand its horizons as it goes along. EFT is a remarkable stress management technique, and even more than that, it is a way of handling emotional problems that people may have had for their entire lives –– and can often do so quickly and permanently. I have many times spoken about the way in which EFT revolutionized my own practice as a clinical psychologist, and how to this day it continues to do so.
However, a major technique such as EFT must move to the next step in its development, and it can only do this when we note its limitations and seek to correct them…
In summary, the questioner asks how we can use EFT for a suspected core issue involving prenatal trauma. She refers to physical abuse her mother suffered when pregnant with herself (she has been told about this) and her own vague sense that this threatened her in utero. She asks how she can "get specific" about this issue when she has only vague body memories.
Of course EFT can be effective for targeting specific problems. We all know that and many of us use it very well for that purpose.
But what about changing fundamental personality traits such as your lifelong attitudes about your own self that can undermine your functioning? Can EFT affect these continuing problems?
(Formerly entitled "Discover Your Unrecognized Negative Beliefs" #33)
How can you discover what your non-conscious beliefs are so that you can begin eliminating those that do not serve you? Which way of applying EFT/Tapping is the most effective for this purpose? How can you eradicate your unwanted beliefs permanently? Many of our most influential beliefs are unrecognized unless we do what Dr. Carrington calls, "detective work," to find out what they are. When we have discovered them, we need to tap systematically to replace them with appropriate positive beliefs and Choices. This audio shows you step by step how to do this.
As we all know, self esteem is a major issue in many problems. It is often so central that the default self acceptance phrase used in EFT (“I deeply and completely accept myself”) or its equivalents, do great service in helping people overcome this core issue. Since I advocate using a “Choices” affirmation in place of this phrase for many issues (See the Choices Manual). I want to make it clear that I almost invariably use the standard self acceptance phrase where issues of self esteem, self blame, guilt etc. are clearly at stake. Because of the value of this phrase and of the concept behind it, I would like to offer a few suggestions on ways that we can, when that is necessary, perhaps make it even more valuable.