A short guide to Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for performers

I am a  level 2 AAMET EFT practitioner and, earlier this year, I wrote a blog about Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) - a meridian energy technique that I’ve been using successfully for many years now.

If you’re new to EFT the best thing to do - if you haven’t already done so - is to read up a bit about the subject.  A good starting point for a quick overview of the basics is my EFT blog.

Here’s a quick overview of some basic theory.

To put it at it’s simplest EFT works on 2 levels –

Thinking about the issue
Tapping with focus on the meridians

So here’s the thinking bit.

Just for the purposes of this article let’s say that you have some pre-audition/performance anxiety. Firstly, think about the emotion and then - on a score of 1-10 -  give it a rating. Let’s say in this case it’s 9.

Now, you can move onto what to do next - the EFT process.

The basic recipe for the EFT process consists of 2 stages -

The set up
The sequence (and here we’ll just deal with the short cut sequence.)

In the set up you have to devise an affirmation statement that briefly describes the problem that you want to address. How you word it can vary. However, most teachers in the UK would use a format like – “even though I have this anxiety about my audition/performance, I accept myself and how I feel”. Then, whilst saying the affirmation statement, tap 3 times on what’s referred to as the karate chop point on the side of the hand.

Here comes the tapping on the meridians bit.

In the short cut  sequence you use your index and middle finger to tap 7 times on the end point of the major meridians in the face and upper body whilst, at the time, saying  the reminder phrase. (The reminder phrase is a shortened version of the affirmation.) So, in this case the reminder phrase might be -  “Anxiety about the performance.”

Listed here are the meridian points -

1st point – at the beginning of the eyebrow, just above and to one side of the nose.
2nd point – On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye.
3rd point – On the bone under the eye about an inch below the pupil
4th point – On the small area between the bottom of the nose and the top of the upper lip
5th point  - Midway between the point of the chin and the bottom of your lower lip
6th point – The junction where the breastbone, collarbone and first rib meet
7th point – On the side of the body about 4 inches under the armpit. Finishing at the top of the head.

Then repeat and review after each round of tapping. Assess progress as you go on and finish once the intensity of the anxiety has either been eliminated or reduced to a score of 2 or less.

That, my friends, is the basic recipe which can be applied to an almost endless list of emotional and physical problems to provide relief and enable you to get on with the business of living.

Happy tapping!

EFT is a particularly good first aid tool. I’m particularly keen to hear from performing artists - like singers or actors -  who have used EFT successfully. (I'm thinking dealing with  stage fright here.) Also, if you have emotional issues  - like pre-performance or other performance related anxiety issues - and you want help, I can take you through the EFT process; it really can make all the difference. I'm also available for talks. Or, if you are running a course,  I can lead workshops on the issues. If you're interested in knowing more I can be contacted on - [email protected]

To read all my Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) articles go to www.danutashelpinghands.com/eft

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