You are writing. You want to be shaken to your core, inspired beyond belief, get your thoughts flowing but the words won’t come. Today is one of those days, you tell yourself, brows furrowed, while trying to figure out what it is you are supposed to do now. How do you get to the zone?
If the experts are to be believed, there is no zone. There is only you. And that you are blocking you.
Or you are blocking your chakra. And It could be stress, fear, insecurity or worry that are the culprits – negative emotions that are of your own making but ones you think you cannot heal or overcome – at least at that point in time when you are calling upon your inner genius.
But there is something you can do. You can tap.
When I first heard the word “tapping” from Joe Vitale of The Secret fame, I did not know what to think. Does he mean the dance? Does he mean something like guitar-tapping? In the video I watched, he said that he taps before he speaks publicly (and that he always gets a standing ovation) and mentioned something about the “karate chop” (karate chop????), but he did not explain further. He said I had to buy Mind Movies to get the full information.
Turns out I did not have to buy Mind Movies to know tapping. Google yielded 68 million results (most of which, maybe, were irrelevant). And I learned that tapping is EFT or “emotional freedom technique”. It is also known as “emotional acupuncture” or the touching of special pulse points to dissolve the pool of condensed negative energy so that positive energy can flow. And that it is good for me.
I said a silent “wow” and hungrily watched the available videos on tapping.
Here is a short course / intro:
1. Before you start to tap, listen to your body. Where do you feel the stress or the discomfort? How painful is it from 0 to 10? You need to know because this is how you will gauge if tapping is working for you.
2. Think about an “acceptance and healing” statement. This statement is an acknowledgment of how you feel (be specific) and how you would like to feel. You can also make a statement of self-acceptance (this is what I do). It can sound something like this: “Even though ____________ (I have this knot of worry in my stomach), I deeply and completely love and accept myself.”
3. Here are the points you need to tap while saying your statement three times:
- Karate chop point (here’s a picture of where it is)
- Top of head
- Side of eye
- Under the eye
- Under the nose
- Under the arm
- Back to the top of the head
4. Take a deep breath.
5. Be conscious about how you feel after tapping. Repeat, as necessary.
They say you should do it before you sleep and after waking up, before starting something or when you feel stumped. They say it could heal headaches and frustrations and get you to commune with yourself more powerfully and effectively, and that it could change you and your life for the better.
I have been doing it on and off for a few weeks now and I could already feel its positive effects (Bob Proctor recommends doing it regularly for 90 days).
A little something: I inserted love in the affirmation “I completely and deeply love and accept myself.” You see, most tapping information and video sites (at least the ones I saw) did not include the word “love”. I improvised after reading Rhonda Byrne’s The Power where she channeled Sophocles who said, “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love.”
Try tapping. And while you’re at it, try love. It might free you.
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