Guest Author - Sharon Michaels
Does Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) really work? How can “tapping” clear out limiting beliefs? That’s exactly what I wanted to know so I posed these questions to Janet Hilts, a well-respected EFT practitioner. I think you’ll find my interview with Ms. Hilts interesting and informative.
Note from Sharon: Let me begin by saying that I’ve tried EFT in the past. I wouldn’t say I was skeptical of EFT but I wasn’t a full-blown believer either. After this interview I realized two things: 1. I hadn’t really given EFT a chance; and 2. You have to choose a practitioner with whom you can develop trust and rapport.
I sat down with Janet Hilts a Level 3 EFT Practitioner and here is a part of that interview:
Sharon Michaels: Janet, thank you for this interview. I’m a little familiar with EFT but I have questions. What exactly is the theory behind Emotional Freedom Technique and how does it work?
Janet Hilts: That’s a good question. EFT is based on stimulating energy pressure points or meridians. Think of it as acupuncture but there are no needles, you’re using your fingertips to tap on the meridians.
EFT clears emotional disruptions in your energy system, thereby clearing away negative emotions. I’m content to say that I don’t know exactly HOW it works, but I’m certain that it DOES work.
Sharon: Is EFT like regular/conventional therapy techniques?
Janet: Compared to regular therapy, EFT is faster and it lasts. I especially appreciate EFT because it can be done without traumatizing the person doing the EFT work. I found EFT to be most effective when a person is on the verge of going forward and can’t get over a block that seems to be stopping them. EFT is painless! Basically a practitioner’s role is to assist in showing you how to clear your own energy system.
Sharon: What’s an EFT session like?
Janet: I like to begin by spending the first fifteen to twenty minutes talking and establishing rapport. I listen very carefully to what the person is and isn’t saying. Then, we give the issue or energy block a name and a voice. When we do that, it alerts your energy system to the location of the energy disruption so it can be cleared. We’re bringing the energy to the surface so it can be addressed and healed. The goal of a session is to focus on one specific issue at a time.
We then begin “tapping” on the meridians/energy channels. I tap on myself as the other person taps on their own meridians. The entire time we’re tapping on the fourteen different meridians, we’re verbally addressing the issue/energy block.
I also think it’s important to use humor. Usually we’re working on some pretty heavy emotional issues and it’s a relief to be able to laugh.
I close the session using NeuroLinguistic Programming to further eliminate any residue energy blocks. All and all a session lasts about 75 minutes.
Sharon: Do I have to be face to face with a practitioner or can EFT be done over the telephone?
Janet: Most practitioners offer telephone sessions and face-to-face sessions. I believe with proper instruction you should be able to work with a practitioner over the telephone even if you live across the country from him/her. That’s the beauty of EFT; you can apply it anywhere at anytime.
Sharon: Any final thoughts?
Janet: I don’t make any claims that it cures diseases and I’m not a psychologist. I’ve used EFT myself and I know it works if you’re willing to put in the effort. This is a very positive and painless way to eliminate limiting beliefs. I’ve seen lives change for the better!
Sharon: Thank you Janet and I learned some new things about EFT.
To learn more about EFT and/or Janet Hilts you can check out her Clearing Pathways website: Speak Up and Shine (offsite link)
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