I really enjoyed having the opportunity to learn more about Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) in my interview with Lauren Fonvielle. I’d like to use this space to share my insights and what I learned about EFT, shedding light on its origins, benefits, and practical applications. I think this is a technique that could be helpful to so many of us and want to consider how this could be helpful in our journey to becoming better communicators.
The Emotional Freedom Technique was developed by Gary Craig in the 1990s who drew inspiration from traditional Chinese medicine, acupressure, and modern psychology. Its fundamental premise lies in the belief that emotional distress is the result of disruptions in the body's energy system. By tapping on specific meridian points, EFT aims to restore balance and harmony, ultimately alleviating emotional and physical distress.
I will have to admit before this interview, I was somewhat of a skeptic. I really didn’t know a whole lot about EFT and truth be told, I thought it was likely some new-age hippie idea that had somehow become the buzzword of the moment. I discovered that EFT is evidence-based and has been studied for some time. I won’t go into the boring details of the research here (let’s face it, you just want the results anyway), but I’ll share what I learned regarding how it works. It turns out EFT triggers the brain's relaxation response and helps regulate the body's stress response by reducing cortisol levels. By stimulating acupressure points, EFT positively impacts the amygdala, the brain's fear center, leading to a state of emotional calmness and improved well-being.
I was surprised to learn about the wide range of benefits reported by individuals who practice EFT. From stress reduction and anxiety management to pain relief and improved performance, the potential applications of EFT seemed vast and promising. There are plenty of stories that share how EFT had transformed people’s lives, allowing them to overcome limiting beliefs, heal from past traumas, and enhance their overall emotional well-being.
Another intriguing aspect of EFT is its accessibility as a self-help tool. Lauren emphasized that anyone can learn and practice EFT on their own. With proper guidance and resources, individuals can tap into their own emotional landscapes, address their challenges, and foster self-empowerment. I know I’m not alone in thinking we could all use a little more self-empowerment.
When I really started to think about it, I realized that this isn’t anything new. Therapists and counselors use it in their practices, educators use it to support student's emotional well-being, and athletes, performers, and public speakers use it to help them manage performance anxiety, overcome stage fright, and optimize their abilities.
I really enjoyed this journey into the world of EFT and discovering its potential to bring about positive change in individuals' lives. Whether you're seeking emotional healing, personal growth, or improved well-being, EFT offers a unique approach worth exploring. I encourage you to embark on your own journey with EFT, and may it lead you to a place of self-discovery, empowerment, and emotional freedom.
If you want to know more about EFT, listen to the full episode here.