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What Is EFT The Basic Recipe?

What Is EFT's Basic Recipe?

by Dawson Church, PhD

Diagram of EFT Tapping Basic Recipe

Emotional freedom techniques most fundamental procedure is called, the “Basic Recipe.”

While the Basic Recipe can be very short, it borrows elements from earlier therapies such as CBT and exposure therapy.

The Basic Recipe consists of 4 basic ingredients:

The Setup, The Sequence, The 9 Gamut Procedure, and the Sequence.

The Basic Recipe:

1. The Setup

Even though I have this _____________, I deeply and completely accept myself.

While reciting the Setup Statement, either tap on the Karate Chop point or massage your Sore Spot.

2. The Sequence

The Sequence involves tapping on the Eyebrow, Side of Eye, Under Eye, Under Nose, Chin, Collarbone (Sore Spot), and Under Arm.

3. The 9 Gamut Procedure

The 9 Gamut Procedure is designed to engage parts of the brain involved in the resolution of trauma. It involves eye movements, humming and counting. It’s designed to engage both the left and right sides of the brain. The 9 gamut Procedure is a 10-second process in which 9 “brain stimulating” actions are performed while you tap continuously on one of the body’s energy points–the Gamut Point.

The Gamut Point is located on the back of the hand a half inch behind the midpoint between the knuckles at the base of the ring finger and the little finger.

You perform these 9 steps while tapping the Gamut point continuously, they are:

1. Eyes closed

2. Eyes open

3. Eyes down hard right while holding the head steady

4. Eyes down hard left while holding the head steady

5. Roll the eyes in a circle as though your nose is at the center of a clock and you are trying to see all of the numbers in order

6. Roll the eyes in a circle in the reverse direction

7. Hum 2 seconds of a song (Happy Birthday is an easy one if it isn’t traumatic for you)

8. Count rapidly from 1 to 5

9. Hum 2 seconds of a song again

Use these steps in the exact order they have been given.

4. The Sequence

The final ingredient to The Basic Recipe is repeating the sequence, including the finger points.  Check for any remaining discomfort, in which you will perform another round of EFT Tapping using a modified Setup Statement:

Even though I still have some of this ____________, I deeply and completely accept myself.

You will ass “remaining” to the Reminder Phrases as you tap through the Sequence.

EFT Tapping Sequence


Excerpted from The EFT Manual
By Dawson Church, PhD