This has been sitting in my drafts since November of 2009! Obviously a much pondered subject.
I’m sure most of you have probably heard about EFT one place or another; the most high profile advocate is Gala Darling, who says that it fixed her eating disorder, among other things. Sarah Von of Yes & Yes also experimented with it.
I myself first read of it on Gala’s blog, and I was totally skeptic. I’m pretty skeptical of most things unless I’ve experienced them myself or someone can tell me exactly how and why it works. I can appreciate the irony of this, given some of my beliefs – but everything I believe is for a reason, one way or another!
Anyways. After hearing so many great things about it, I decided to try it for myself. Not with anything physical, but anxieties, negative emotions, things like that. It feels abso-freaking-lutely ridiculous. I mean, I feel like an idiot suggesting yoga and meditation to people, let alone saying touchy-feely-lovey things while tapping on “meridian points”.
However, it does seem to work to some degree. I’m not big on acupuncture or acupressure and thus know nothing about any of the terms involved in it, or whether it actually works. My opinion is that EFT works almost like a more active form of meditation – you’re doing a calming & repetitive motion while saying a phrase that gives your subconscious something to work on.
I didn’t experience any magical breakthroughs of epic proportions. I did find that I generally felt calmer and overall better after an EFT session. It’s relatively easy to tap off a few rounds in the shower (wow, now that sounds bad out of context!) and guzzle some water afterwards. I consider EFT a fairly useful tool to have in my arsenal of helpful things to get myself out of a funk. I personally seem to have better luck with yoga and meditation, but obviously some people find EFT more useful than I do, and I don’t really feel like I can discount their experiences just because mine weren’t the same.
And of course, with any medical issue, I’m going to tell you to go to a doctor first instead of tapping on pressure points or whatever. I don’t think Western medicine has all of the answers, but I think it’s a good idea to work with the tools that are proven to have some chance of working than something that’s not.
Have you tried EFT? (or acupuncture, for that matter?) Any experiences you’d like to share?