Many people don’t know that the T in EFT stands for “Techniques”, which is plural.
When Gary Craig, the creator of EFT, was studying Thought Field Therapy and teaching EFT, he understood that the process would grow and change with time. Each time a new person learned tapping, they had the opportunity to add a new twist.
I love the fact that tapping is constantly growing and changing. The way I use tapping today is radically different than just five years ago. I have added techniques from hypnosis, NLP, parts mediation, and many other protocols to my work. (Learn how I use these other techniques with tapping.)
One of the drawbacks to all of this innovation is that we end up leaving behind lots of useful tools and techniques. In the last few months I have found myself returning to many of these older, forgotten tools because they work.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Collarbone Eye Roll
I find that the Collarbone Eye Roll is most useful when the intensity of the issue you are working on is at a 2 or less on a scale of 0–10. It is also a great way to seal your work. If it feels like there is a shadow of an issue left after you have worked on it, the Collarbone Eye Roll is a great way to resolve that feeling.
To do the Collarbone Eye Roll focus on the issue you are tapping for, tap on the collarbone point and continue to tap there until you finish this routine.
While tapping keep your head still and your eyes open:
- rotate your eyes 3 times clockwise
- rotate your eyes 3 times counterclockwise
- move your eyes from floor to ceiling 3 times, like you are watching a helium filled balloon rise up
- dart your eyes left to right 3 times, as if you are watching the ball in a tennis match
When you look at most tapping point diagrams you see only the ones that are on the body. Even in my book on using EFT for Anger Management I excluded these points.
There were a few reasons I moved away from teaching the finger points:
- The main reason was that I was having enough success with just the tapping points on the head and body so didn’t feel that I needed them.
- It was easier to use fewer points when teaching beginners.
- When I was working on the phone with clients who didn’t have a headset, I found they were awkward points to reach because they were holding the phone with one hand.
Recently, when tapping for my own issues, I have found myself using the finger points more and more and they have been very effective at clearing issues quickly.
Rubbing The Sore Spot
In the early versions of tapping we were instructed either to tap on the side of the hand or to “rub the sore spot” when we repeated the set-up phrase.
The sore spot is located between the shoulder, collarbone, and pectoral muscle. It is called the sore spot because it can feel tender. This is the place in the body where the by-products of the lymphatic system are dumped.
In addition to adding this to the beginning of my tapping sessions, I find it relaxing to rub the sore spot even when I am not working on a particular issue.
The liver spot is located directly below the nipples on the edge of the rib cage. I think one of the main reasons the liver spot is not often taught is because some people find it embarrassing to explain in mixed company.
Tapping on the liver spot is great for helping to relieve frustration, anger, and rage.
Doing More, Not Less
I can appreciate the move to simplify tapping, but I worry that sometimes in our attempts to make it simpler, we end up losing some of its power.
Please let me know what your experience is of bringing back some of these often forgotten tapping points.