It is important to recognize the changes after EFT application. I will explain with an example.
Suppose you are experiencing stress in your workplace. It could be your stressful interactions with your boss involving non-recognition of your efforts, frustration for not getting promotion, stress due to the immense workload, office politics… etc.
The following are some of the after-effects of tapping on the above-mentioned factors.
After EFT application on the stress-causing events, you will feel calmer. You will notice that the the number of times you get angry or stressed will be less. What is important to recognize here is that if you are in an ongoing stressful situation in your office, there could be many stress-provoking instances. However, there will be a higher threshold for taking stress which means that your ability to handle stress calmly will increase manifold.
Positive side effects
EFT application on stress will have positive side effects even for the issues that you have not tapped on. Your ability to stay calm in other situations will increase. Your blood pressure may go down. Your skin problems may gradually fade out. In fact, in some cases, there have been improvements in the vision as well.
If you have tapped on any event from your past and you recall it later on, your reaction to that event would be much less. For example, if you tapped on your anger with your boss and the event revolving around "this feeling of anger," and if you recall it later on, then that memory may appear hazy. You may even have difficulty in remembering it. In fact you may think that you are having a sort of long-term memory loss, but the fact is that since you have tapped away the anger or any other feelings related to it, that event now remains only as a memory. It has no impact on you, therefore it appears hazy. Some people think that they have repressed it with EFT. This is not true as EFT helps in diminishing the negative feelings associated with the memory, not in repressing it.
One important thing to remember is that if you have another stressful incident with your boss, you may experience anger again. You may mistakenly feel that – “Oh! I tapped on anger, why is it coming back?” But this anger is for this new event and not for the old one. You have to apply EFT on this new event and tap it away.
I have seen in the EFT sessions that when clients are feeling positive after EFT, they feel that it may be temporary and the feelings of negativity may return. Yes, the feeling of negativity will come but the same negativity for the same event will not return — as these feelings of negativity are due to new occurrences in your life and not due to the old ones. (This applies only if the old events have been resolved properly. If not, then the negative emotions could be for another aspect of the same old event which is unresolved). Change is constant and new negative events will bother you but you can tap on them too, by yourself.
Recognizing that the positive effects of tapping on the issues are due to EFT and not due to external factors, is very tough at times. In one of my sessions, my client was feeling much calmer about a certain past issue that she had tapped on. The intensity of that particular issue had been very high when we were tapping on it in an earlier session. In the next session, I asked her, how did she feel about that issue? She replied that it was not important as she had resolved it many months back by herself and it no longer bothered her! EFT results can be so miraculous at times that it is very difficult to accept that EFT has brought about the changes.
Recognizing the changes will make the road to emotional freedom less cumbersome!
Puja Kanth Alfred
From the EFTfree Archives, which are now a part of AAMET International.
Originally published on May 5, 2010.