Tapping for Fear

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Tapping is a way to release anything that is holding you back in your story and energetic history.

These mindsets and related emotions can be associated with considerable pain or trauma. The aspect that underpins all these themes is fear. It may show expression as physiological pain, anxiety, sadness, or inability to act.

This blog describes the tapping process and some of its applications for the removal of fear however it is showing up in your life.

Step 1 – Identify Your Topic

Identify your topic. This could be anything that is a cause of contraction, suffering or pain.
Perhaps you have a physical pain such as a headache. You might be dealing with an actual condition such as hypertension, diabetes, or arthritis. It could be a negative emotion or feeling such as anger or sadness.
Maybe there is a specific situation or part of your narrative that impacts your ability to function effectively. There could be a behavior, such as a habit of saying yes too easily or an addiction to alcohol or vaping. It could even be resistance to tapping as a healing modality.

Step 2 – Notice the Intensity

Note the intensity it has for you on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being minimum interference to 10 being maximum disruption.

Step 3 – Tap on the Karate Chop Point

Side of the hand – Karate chop point

Give a setup statement three times as you tap on the karate chop point or side of your hand. This usually takes the form “Even though I …(state point of concern here), I deeply and completely accept myself.”

Step 4 – Tap on the Meridians

Tapping Points

Complete several rounds rotating through the tapping points speaking on the topic you identified. Do not worry about what you say. It is not important whether it is grammatically correct or in complete sentences or even that you find exactly the right words for your meaning. You can even use the repetition of the same few words as you think about the context. The process is extremely adaptable and directs the focus where it needs to go. Just use your unedited stream of consciousness. Whatever words, phrases, or descriptions come to mind to do with the pain point you have identified and all the negative impacts it has for you.

Finish by taking a deep breath. Inhaling through the nose and out through the mouth with a sigh.

Step 5 – Revisit the Intensity

Usually, the intensity of your identified topic drops as you proceed with rounds of tapping. Occasionally, however, the intensity on the 1 to 10 scale can go up. Do not be put off by this but keep doing rounds until it reduces. It simply indicates that you have hit upon a key area.

Step 6 – Repeat or shift

If the intensity is still 5 or above repeat the process. You can begin to add being open to new possibilities to your stream of consciousness.

Gary Craig founded the Emotional Freedom Technique called Tapping and more detail on this topic can be found through his excellent explanation and training of the technique.

One universal mantra or affirmation you can use as your stream of consciousness as you tap is Ho’opononopono. This consists of the phrases, I’m sorry, Please forgive me, Thank you, I love you.

Watch my video demonstration of the process with a script targeted at releasing fear. As you follow along with me mirror the actions and repeat the phrases.

Here are some other excellent video resources where Stefan Gonick demonstrates tapping and explains the mechanism and process. Stefan uses slightly different point order and adds a wrist point, but the idea is the same.

I personally find this to be a powerful practice in the self-coaching toolbox. I hope you will too. Happy Tapping. Let me know below how this technique has made a difference for you.

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