Some people worry that learning some self-help practices — such as emotional freedom techniques (EFT) — will conflict with their religious beliefs or rituals. Others who aren’t affiliated with an organized religion want to make sure that EFT is not a thinly disguised spiritual practice. Still others want a practice that will deepen their spirituality. The good news is that how EFT affects your spiritual life is up to you.
One well-know EFT practitioner explained in an interview with Examiner.com on March 20, 2013 that EFT is a neutral practice that people can use as they see fit.
“EFT is not a belief system,” says Carol Tuttle, an alternative psychotherapist, master energy therapist and EFT coach. Tuttle spoke about tapping and spirituality recently as one of the featured speakers of the 2013 Tapping World Summit. “Think of a how people use a pen. The pen, like EFT, is neutral. People can use it to write a love letter or hate mail.”
EFT, also known as tapping, is a technique that involves acknowledging an uncomfortable issue, feeling or belief while gently tapping on specific acupressure points.
“When we have obsessive negative thoughts and emotional discomfort we don’t feel very spiritual, and we tend to judge ourselves and others,” Tuttle says. “EFT helps us release and rebalance these energies so we feel more heart-centered and open.”
Studies show that EFT can help ease stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, food cravings, phobias and more. It also can help improve sports performance and enhance weight-loss efforts.
“Many people use EFT simply to feel better,” Tuttle says.
Some people who follow specific religious teachings find that EFT strengthens their relationship with their Higher Power. Others see tapping as a tool that fosters their spiritual growth.
“When we’re free of negative feelings and beliefs we love ourselves more and are kinder, nicer people,” Tuttle says.
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