Our subconscious mind is like a computer with many files in it.
As a child it’s difficult to handle traumatic or upsetting situations, but our unconscious mind files these events so we can cope. As we get older those files often open up to us. We might have anxiety which seems to come out of nowhere. It’s our unconscious mind pulling up old files, linking current events to memories, and creating a problem.
FasterEFT is a technique that addresses the unconscious mind to find what’s there, it locates the source of the problem, and then we change how we hold a memory. We can rewire the brain in such a way that when the subconscious mind picks up that old negative file, now that file is happy. So it’s all about releasing the emotional pain associated with that memory.
The major difference between FasterEFT and other techniques, is actually changing how we hold a memory. The memory is the data in your unconscious mind. If you don’t change it the unconscious mind will continue to play those old files and create your life from it. You will be triggered by what you hold within.
Our memories are imprints of the past and that’s what drives us and creates our current problems. When we rewrite the story, it changes our world.
To be able to move forward we have to clean up the past first, the emotional baggage that we are holding within. To change behaviours, beliefs and perceptions, we need to change those original memories.
Life continues and we have new problems, new challenges, but now we have a tool where we can release and let go of any emotional baggage. We don’t have to hold onto it and accumulate it.
The Technique is very simple
Step 1: Aim
Go to what is bothering you and notice what you notice. What do you feel or see? Notice how you know you have a problem. Is it an image or picture in your mind, is it a feeling or sensation in your body. Do you remember sounds, tastes or smells? How do you know it’s a problem? Give it a SUDS rating (Standard Units of Distress) from 0 – 10. (this is so you can assess the progress you make)
Step 2: Balloon Metaphor – Imagine you are holding a handful of balloons. Release them and watch them float up. What happens to them?………. they disappear out of sight. (this is setting your mind up to let go of the problem)
Step 3: Tap
Now, change your focus. Concentrate on your fingertips and where you are tapping. Using two fingers, tap the following points while focusing on the feelings of your fingers on your skin:
- Between your eyebrows
- Beside your eye
- Under your eye
- Just below your collarbone
While you are tapping, say “Let it go” or “It’s safe to let it go”. It doesn’t matter which side you tap. You can use either hand or both.
Step 4: Peace and Happy Place
After each round of tapping, hold your wrist, take a deep breath, blow it out, and say “peace” – in your mind go to a happy place or happy memory.
Step 5: Check
Go back to your problem and notice how it’s changed. Is it different? Is the intensity of the feeling different? Does the memory look or sound different? Rate it again from 0-10. ( it may go up, this is proof that it is your emotions).
Step 6: Repeat
Repeat steps 2-5 until the feeling or
memory has changed to a positive, or until you get the rating down to 0.
Step 7: Flip the memory
Then revisit the memory and change how you hold it within. “Flip” it which means to replace it with a positive memory.
Step 8: Peace and Happy Place – Finish on a positive thought and stay here for a few moments.
Persistence is the key. Don’t stop until it’s changed – even if it doesn’t feel like it’s going to change – it will, as long as you keep doing the work.