Silver and Gold Magazine Fall 2016 - Page 24 WELL-BEING TAPPING INTO YOUR EMOTIONAL FREEDOM – By Jacklyn Fernandez, with Dr. Mercola T he Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is a psychological ‘acupressure’ technique most highly recommend to optimize your emotional health. Although it is still often overlooked, emotional health is absolutely essential to your physical health and healing - no matter how devoted you are to the proper diet and lifestyle, you will not achieve your body’s ideal healing and preventative powers if emotional barriers stand in your way. EFT is based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years, but without the invasiveness of needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your specific problem – whether it is a traumatic event, an addiction, pain, etc. – and by using vocal positive affirmations. This combination of tapping and voicing positive affirmation works to clear the “short-circuit” (the emotional block) from your body’s bioenergy system, thus restoring your mind and body’s balance, which is essential for optimal health and the healing of physical disease. Some people are initially wary of these principles that EFT is based on – the electromagnetic energy that flows through the body and regulates our health is only recently becoming recognized in the West. Others are initially taken aback by (and sometimes amused by) the EFT tapping and affirmation methodology. But keep in mind that, more than any traditional or alternative method, EFT works. Indeed, because of its very high rate of success, the use of EFT has spread rapidly, and Top of the head 24 Eyebrow medical practitioners employing EFT can now be found in every corner of the country and world. Tapping locations & technique The first thing to understand is that you will be tapping with your fingers. There are a number of acupuncture meridians on your fingertips, and when you tap with your fingertips you are also likely using not only the meridians you are tapping on, but also the ones on your fingers. Ideally, you will want to use your fingertips, not your finger pads – unless you have long fingernails. You should also remove your watch and bracelets, glasses and watch, as they will interfere with the tapping. Traditionally, you will use a phrase structured like this: “Even though I have this ____(issue/problem)____, I deeply and completely accept myself.” It doesn’t matter whether you believe the affirmation or not... just say it. It is better to say it with feeling and emphasis, but saying it routinely will usually do the job. Tuning in to a problem can be done by simply thinking about it. Without tuning in to the problem, thereby creating those energy disruptions, EFT does nothing. EFT is very easy to learn, and will help you remove negative emotions, reduce food cravings, reduce or eliminate pain, and implement positive goals. • Side of the eye More articles, recipes & events online: Under the eye Under the nose Chin