After seven years of tapping personally and as a practitioner with clients, I've come to see EFT in three ways.
There's brushing and flossing tapping, that we do daily to keep ourselves healthy--similar to affirmations or meditation.
There's first aid tapping, that we do when we have an immediate problem or crisis.
And there's long term healing tapping, that we do to heal old wounds, change unhelpful patterns of behavior, and release old limitations.
I've found tapping to be great for all these uses. And as I got my EFT training and certification, and began to help clients, I thought I'd come to a point where I could use tapping in my personal life in all three ways equally effectively.
I certainly benefit from brushing and flossing tapping, and first aid tapping, all on my own. When I need to do LTH (long term healing) tapping, I need a practitioner's help.
What can another practitioner do for me, that I can't do for myself?
When I'm anxious, exhausted and overwhelmed, they help me find comfort and relaxation. When I need to do deep work, they help reach places I can't reach by myself. When I am blind to the things driving my emotions or behavior, they gently do EFT with me to allow me to see what I need to see.
And they do it in a way that makes me feel safe and supported.
I'm grateful to my colleagues who tap with me when I need to be the client. They escalate and turbocharge my long term healing.
Resources like articles, tapping scripts, and videos are great; I use them for myself, and I make them for others. But for long term healing, nothing I've found beats using a practitioner.
It's wonderful to me that what helps and strengthens us personally also helps and strengthens us professionally--not just our coping style, but our actual skill set.
As practitioners, we have a commitment and a professional obligation to tend to our own healing, and fill our own well so we can continue to help our clients. And at the same time, we can learn and grow in our Art of Delivery by experiencing tapping with other practitioners. And we can be identify with our clients, with a reminder of what it's like to be in the vulnerable position of seeking help.
That's a combination that's hard to beat.
Ange Dickson Finn is an EFT International Accredited Certified EFT Advanced Practitioner. She is based in the Houston, Texas, and works with clients over the phone and via Skype. Ange specializes in anxiety, work-related stress, equestrian sports and relationships. Visit her on the web at www.TapIntoYourself.com or www.RideWithoutFear.com, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/TapIntoYourself.
From the EFTfree Archives, which are now a part of EFT International .
Originally published Apr 6, 2014.