This is energy psychology

According to traditional chinese medicine (TCM), each side of your body has twelve energy channels, called meridians, running through it, as well as two “extraordinary” channels running down the center of it. The energy that flows through the channels is the pure life energy of the universe, called qi (pronounced chi) in China, ki in Japan, and prana in India. This energy may also be considered to be the manifestation of the tao or the flow of the holy spirit referred to in Christianity. TCM posits that an unbalanced or blocked flow of qi leads to various forms of ill health and that a free and balanced flow is necessary for health and wellbeing, both physically and psychologically. The core treatment in TCM is acupuncture, in which fine needles are inserted into various points, called acupoints, along the meridians.

Towards the end of the 20th century, people in the realm of psychology and self-help in the West, including Roger Callahan and Gary Crag, developed mental health treatments that combined concepts from TCM with concepts from clinical psychology. These treatments, Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), respectively, are centered around the percussive stimulation of acupuncture points. Typically, a troubling thought is held in mind while a specific set of acupoints is stimulated in a given order, releasing the associated energy blockages and leading to an increased sense of wellbeing. Whereas in TFT the sequence of points is often determined by a skilled practitioner, in EFT the same set of points is stimulated every time the treatment is applied. This means that it can be easily used by people on themselves without the help of a skilled practitioner.

TFT and EFT are “meridian therapies” and are part of the field of energy psychology. To try EFT, see my article on the EFT basic recipe.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Basic Recipe

I have been using Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for the past six years, for myself, for my friends, and for my clients. It is one of the most powerful tools I know of for desensitizing emotionally charged thoughts and memories and increasing the amount of time spent in a state of empowered contentment. The video below shows how I use the EFT “basic recipe” to progressively desensitize each aspect of a problem.

The points tapped, one on each of the 14 acupuncture meridians, are:

  1. the side of one hand;
  2. the middle end of one eybrow;
  3. the outside of one eye socket;
  4. the bone directly beneath one eye;
  5. the philtrum between the nose and the top lip;
  6. the indent below the bottom lip and above the chin;
  7. the middle end of one collar bone;
  8. one inch directly beneath one nipple, on the torso;
  9. four inches beneath the armpit on one side of the torso;
  10. the up-thumb corner of one thumb nail, on the side closest to the middle when the hands are joined in prayer;
  11. the up-finger corner of one index finger nail, on the side closest to the middle when the hands are stretch out palms down;
  12. the up-finger corner of one middle finger nail, on the side closest to the middle when the hands are stretched out palms down;
  13. the up-finger corner of one little finger nail, on the side closest to the middle when the hands are stretched out palms down; and
  14. the indent on the back of one hand between the tendons of the little finger and the ring finger.

To learn more about EFT, visit EFT Universe.