Reema Shamim
21 Jun
Unleashing emotional freedom - My journey with EFT

I always knew there was something holding me back, something lurking beneath the surface of my consciousness that kept me from living fully and fearlessly. 

Little did I know that years of repressed emotions and trauma were weighing me down, subtly shaping my thoughts, behaviours, and overall well-being. 

Then, I discovered the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and it was nothing short of transformative.

What is Emotional Freedom Technique?

Before diving into how EFT changed my life, let’s take a moment to understand what it is. Emotional Freedom Technique, often referred to as “tapping,” is a powerful self-help method that combines the principles of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. 

By tapping on specific meridian points on the body while voicing specific issues, EFT aims to release emotional blockages and restore balance.

My initial struggles

Before EFT, I was stuck in a loop of negative thoughts and behaviours. Years of suppressed emotions had taken a toll on my mental and physical health. 

I felt powerless and unable to break free from the patterns that were holding me back. It was as if I was dragging around an invisible burden, one that grew heavier with each passing day. 

The Beginning of My EFT Journey

The first time I tried EFT, I was skeptical. How could something as simple as tapping on my body make a difference?  But desperation often leads us to try new things, and I was desperate for change.

However, within a few sessions, I began to notice subtle changes. The constant knot in my stomach started to loosen, and my mind felt a bit clearer. Encouraged by these small shifts, I continued practicing EFT daily.

During those initial sessions, I found myself tapping into (pun intended!) emotions I hadn’t fully acknowledged for years. Memories of past traumas surfaced—events I thought I had long forgotten or dealt with.

The EFT process allowed me to confront these memories in a safe and controlled manner. By consistently practicing EFT, I could feel the weight of these repressed emotions lifting. It was as if the fog that had clouded my mind for so long was beginning to clear. 

Each tapping session felt like peeling away layers of an onion, revealing the core of my true self beneath years of accumulated pain and hurt.

Facing my fears

With the emotional release came a newfound courage. I began to feel more confident and empowered to face my fears. EFT didn’t just help me acknowledge my fears; it gave me the tools to dismantle them. 

Tapping on my fears while affirming my strength and resilience created a shift in my mindset.

Recognising & breaking through negative patterns

One of the most enlightening aspects of EFT was how it helped me recognise and break through negative patterns of thought and behaviour. 

Through regular tapping, I became more aware of my self-sabotaging thoughts and limiting beliefs. I realised how often I told myself, “I’m not good enough,” or “I’ll never succeed.” These thoughts had become automatic, but EFT brought them to the forefront, allowing me to challenge and change them.

This shift in thought patterns didn’t happen overnight, but with consistent practice, I noticed a significant improvement in my self-belief and overall outlook on life.

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