By Irene Pizzie
When EFT practitioners are using EFT when working with clients, sometimes something extra is required to get to the core issue. I suggest using the mnemonic TAPPING to remind practitioners how to use EFT and I have 7 ways for you to remember what to use.
1. T—Try EFT on all issues
Some of my clients ask me questions such as:
"OK, it was great for the shoulder pain, but what about my leg?"
"Yes, I see how it helped with my public speaking. But now I have to write an article, and I don't know where to start."
"I'm exercising three times a week now, after tapping for it. But what could I do about my bad nights?"
And of course my answer is "Tap for it!" Part of my mission as an EFT practitioner is share EFT. (Always ensure your client checks with a medical practitioner.)
2. A—Aspects - be specific
We have all had sessions with clients where everything is going pretty well, and then, without warning, the client's level of intensity rating on a scale of 0 to 10 will stay the same, or even go up. If this happens to you, stop and congratulate yourself and your client.
You have just come across a different aspect of the same problem.
Lizzy, a client of mine, hated snakes. She tapped for this while focusing on the image of a fanged, open-mouth snake. Her level of intensity while looking at a picture that represented this was a 1 out of 10, when something moved out of the corner of her eye.
Her level of intensity shot up to a 9 out of 10. The movement had reminded her of the way in which a snake moves, and that had not cleared. Same issue, different aspect.
Sometimes EFT produces wonderful results in minutes. These are great to witness, and almost magical for our clients to experience. Not all of our sessions will be like this. Often, persistence is the key to long-term success.
If a client taps for their issue on a regular basis, refining the words and emotions to hone in on the issue, there will be energy shifts.
Encourage clients to keep tapping between sessions. I love it when a client tells me that they have taught a family member how to tap—this implies that they are doing it regularly. These clients will have great results.
4. P—Palace of Possibilities
We all live in potential, a Palace of Possibilities. Our unique Palace has many rooms, and we tend to live in those ones that feel comfortable for us.
We can use EFT with our clients such that they can open up some of these other rooms: maybe the rooms of success, mastery, or fulfillment. This is a rewarding journey to take, for ourselves and for our clients.
5. I—Intuition and the mind-body connection
It is fantastic when a client comes to us with an issue that is clear-cut and ready to go. What happens more frequently is that a client will present with one thing and, after a bit of digging, we find a link to something else. This is where our intuition helps us out.
David tapped on this over a few weeks, returning for two further sessions. His body noticeably relaxed; he felt calmer generally, not just at work; and he started to visit his father more than before. What David was experiencing was the mind-body connection.
Imagine a triangle, with feelings (emotions), thoughts and behavior at the vertices. If just one of these is disrupted, we feel dis-ease, and we can experience problems that manifest in physical symptoms, as well as in changes to our emotional and mental health.
When you are working intuitively with your client, and you are listening to the mind-body connection, you will see amazing results.
6. N—Notice what's going on.
In addition to working intuitively, we need to be extremely aware of what language our client is using. Do they describe their pain as sharp, spiky, or intense—whatever they use will mean something to them. Use this exact language back.
Client: I have a pain in my arm. It is a shooting pain, all the way down to my wrist.
Practitioner: And when you feel this shooting pain all the way down to your wrist, what intensity is it on a scale of 0 to 10?
C: It's a 7. It's very quick.
P: So, it's a quick, shooting pain that's a 7, and it is all the way down to your wrist?
Just noticing and repeating what your client is saying will get them to focus on their issue. Listen for clues too.
C: This pain in my arm is holding me back at work.
P: What else is holding you back?
C: My boss holds me back, and I don't know why.
P: This could be worth exploring as well as the pain. (Listen - notice - repeat - use your intuition.)
7. G—Get testing
At the end of a session, we use the level of intensity scale to assess the outcome. This is a great way of letting the client know that a shift has occurred.
A true test is even better.
For example, Tony had a specific fear of heights. After we did a lot of work on the subject, I asked him if he had an opportunity to test his level of intensity rating, which was 0 when we finished in my office.
He said that his brother had invited him on holiday and that there would be a way to test his EFT success.
Later that month I received an email with an attachment of a picture of Tony on a mountain ridge. He was straddling what looked like a knife edge with drops on both sides, and he was smiling and waving. This was a great test. Although he had a level of intensity rating of 0 on a scale of 0 to 10, he admitted later that he did not really believe that the fear had vanished until he climbed onto the ridge.
In summary, remember that EFT is an art rather than a process.
You can use the acronym TAPPING to remind yourself of the 7 Ways to Improve EFT Tapping Sessions:
1. Try using EFT on every issue that arises
2. Aspects - be specific
4. Palace of Possibilities
5. Intuition and the mind-body connection
6. Notice what's going on
7. Get testing