Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a couple of days already since I have found out that Robin Williams ended his life. I remember when he first appeared on Happy Days and then Mork and Mindy started from there.
So many of us enjoyed his comedic genius throughout his career.
His death is so sad, in so many ways. And so many people think and feel that it could have been prevented. I too, am one of those people.
I wish Robin Williams had known about this technique called, Tapping – Emotional Freedom Technique/EFT. It’s a simple, easy procedure that most likely could have saved his life (and countless others). I feel the need to share this and hopefully someone else’s life can be saved.
What is EFT? Tapping is a process of using your fingers to “tap” on acupressure points along the meridian pathways in your body. EFT can be used with words or it can be done silently where you are tapping on the emotion that you are feeling while you tap on the specific points.
EFT helps us change the patterns of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors, make new connections or shift perspectives — this is literally true on the physical level with regard to how the brain is processing the issue at hand. EFT allows us to literally create cognitive shifts which exist observably as new neural pathways in the brain.
When we change our beliefs and our emotions, this literally produces biological changes — on the cellular level. Dr. Bruce Lipton, a pioneer in the field of epigenetics and author of The Biology of Belief, says that we have an immense power to influence our health and well-being on the biological and physical levels by consciously turning our energy towards more positive thoughts and feelings. And what can do this better than EFT? Dr. Lipton himself is a proponent of EFT.
How does this technique actually work? Recent research has begun to explain what happens in the brain when we tap. When we are feeling stressed, it is because at some level we feel threatened. When we feel threatened or in danger, the part of the brain called the amygdala begins to fire off and we go into what’s called Fight or Flight Mode. In an instant our body reacts to a threat by increasing our heart rate, pumping adrenaline through our body, our muscles tense up; basically it goes into overdrive to be ready for a fight. This is powerful if we need to fight off danger but incredibly taxing on the body.
The problem that we face is that in this modern day, our amygdala cannot tell the difference between a real threat or a perceived one. So getting that bad phone call from your boss can create the same physical response our ancestors had when faced with a lion. Tapping on these end points of the meridian sends a calming response to the body and the amygdala recognizes that it’s safe. What’s especially interesting is that doing the tapping while imaging or discussing a stressful event counteracts that stress and reprograms the response to it. Nick Ortner and The Tapping Solution
Because tapping calms the amygdala (the fear center of the brain) it’s great for reducing the power of negative emotions. It also reduces the strength of limiting beliefs, and allows creative, new, empowering beliefs to surface.
According to Neuroscience, every memory you have is encoded in your brain with an emotional charge. This charge then creates a neural pathway to signal an appropriate physiological response every time you’re reminded of an experience relevant to that memory. For instance, you might start trembling every time you’re faced with the possibility of public speaking. Tapping helps you rewire these neural pathways, so you can eliminate both the subconscious and conscious fears that cause negative reactions in you.
Gary Craig, originator of EFT as we know it today, brought this information out in the early 1990s. If Robin Williams and others had been given this information any time after that, his death, and others, may not have occurred.
The tapping points can be started any where and in any sequence. I like to say there is no wrong way to tap except not to do so. There are many different styles to tapping. Tap what feels good to you. I will mention too, that sometimes just tapping on the side of hand, karate chop point or on the collar bone point area can help decrease anxiety or anger in a short period of time – 90 seconds. Sometimes you may not have a lot of time to tap and 90 seconds can start to bring you relief.
The tapping points are EB-eye brow, SE-side of eye, UE-under eye, UN-under nose, C-chin (area-it’s between your bottom lip and your actual chin area), CB-collar bone area (it’s actually a little bit below there, there is a tender spot on either side), UA-under arm (4″ below the actual axilla, where the top of a bra line would be), TOH-top of head, and the KC-karate chop point or side of hand are the typical areas. There are more, but these are the most common.
Starting off with the KC, one makes a set up statement and says this statement three or more times, then goes through the points starting at the EB or TOH.
KC-Even though I feel so depressed, I completely accept myself. (Even if you do not feel like you accept yourself, it is recommended to say that here.)
KC-Even though I feel like I can’t handle my life any more, I accept how I feel.
KC-Even though I feel like I can’t go on, I completely accept myself and how I feel.
EB-Oh, I am so depressed.
UN-No energy to do anything.
C-I don’t have any energy at all.
TOH-No energy at all.
EB-I don’t feel like doing anything.
SE-I have no interest in anything.
UE-No interest what so ever.
CB-I am so depressed.
EB-No one understands.
SE-I can’t talk to anyone about this.
UE-I am too tired to talk to someone about this.
CB-Can’t explain it.
UA-No one would understand.
TOH-This depression physically hurts.
EB-No where to turn.
SE-I can’t handle it any more.
UE-I don’t see any way out.
UN-I just don’t know what to do.
C-It’s so overwhelming.
CB-I am so tired of this.
TOH-What am I going to do?
EB-Maybe if I keep tapping a little bit more,
SE-Something inside will start to shift.
UE-Even though I don’t have a lot of energy,
UN-I might be able to do this for a few minutes.
C-Maybe, just maybe I can do this tapping thing for a few minutes.
CB-I can even stay in bed while I tap.
UA-I can just lie in bed and tap.
TOH-I can tap on my feelings.
EB-I can tap on my thoughts.
SE-I can say whatever I want.
UE-And as I am tapping, I am starting to feel a little bit better.
UN-I’m not talking about running a marathon or anything like that.
C-I am still feeling depressed.
CB-But I am feeling a little bit hopeful,
UA-That using this tapping,
TOH-Can help me out.
EB-If I keep on tapping,
SE-I can feel a little more energized.
UE-If I keep on tapping,
UN-I just may be able to feel better,
C-And more hopeful,
CB-That I have something easy and simple
UA-To help me with depression.
TOH-I am open to that.
Now this is just a small tapping scenario, but it’s a start. There is a lot more that can be done with a tapping “script.”
Let me know what you think.
If I can help you with more tapping on depression, please let me know – really and truly. There is a solution. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
neurobollocks.wordpress.com, eftfree.net, Jack Canfield & Pamela Bruner – Tapping into Ultimate Success, Nick Ortner and The Tapping Solution