Monday, September 12, 2011

Introduction and History of Meridian Tapping By Nicolas Ortner, Creator of “The Tapping Solution” (formerly “Try It On Everything”

(4) Millions of people are settling for lives filled with poor health and
emotional baggage. Not knowing how to achieve the joyful and
satisfying lives they desire, they're stuck accepting a lifestyle of
emotional trauma, chronic physical pain, compulsions and addictions,
or perhaps just an empty feeling inside. Along with these problems
come pills to kill the pain, sleep at night, and suppress anxiety – but
this "cure" is hardly better than the disease.

If you're like many people, you feel trapped, caught in this cycle.
You're tired of feeling sad, depressed, anxious, discontent, and
You're sick of the expensive and ineffective treatments. You're fed up
with relinquishing the power over your health and happiness to
psychologists and doctors. You'd like to grow, flourish, and thrive,
putting the past in the past. You want to be your best, living a life
that is filled with peacefulness, joy, and fulfillment, from day to day
and moment to moment.

With Meridian Tapping, you can do that. You can discover the vital
secret for emotional wholeness and physical relief. You can take your
physical and emotional well-being into your own hands. It's simple for
anyone to master, and it's free.

Meridian Tapping provides relief from chronic pain, emotional
problems, disorders, addictions, phobias, post-traumatic stress
disorder, and physical diseases. While Tapping is newly set to
revolutionize the field of health and wellness, the healing concepts that
it's based upon have been in practice in Eastern medicine for over
5,000 years. Like acupuncture and acupressure, Meridian Tapping
consists of a set of techniques that utilize the body's energy meridian
points. You can stimulate these meridian points by tapping on them
with your fingertips – literally tapping into your body's own energy and
healing power.

Your body is more powerful than you can imagine… filled with life,
energy, and a compelling ability for self-healing. With Meridian
Tapping, you can take control of that power.

So, How Does It All Work?

“The cause of ALL negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s
energy system.”

-Gary Craig, founder of EFT, a form of Meridian Tapping

This fundamental principle is the basis of Meridian Tapping. All
negative emotions are felt through a disruption of the body's energy.
And physical pain and disease are intricately connected to negative
emotions. Health problems create feedback – physical symptoms
cause emotional distress, and unresolved emotional problems manifest
themselves through physical symptoms. So, the body's health must
be approached as a whole. You cannot treat the symptoms without
addressing the cause, and vice-versa.

The body, like everything in the universe, is composed of energy.
Restore balance to the body's energy, and you will mend the negative
emotions and physical symptoms that stem from the energy
disruption. Meridian Tapping restores the body's energy balance, and
negative emotions are conquered.

The basic technique requires you to focus on the negative emotion at
hand: a fear or anxiety, a bad memory, an unresolved problem, or
anything that's bothering you. While maintaining your mental focus on
this issue, use your fingertips to tap 5-7 times each on 9 of the body's
meridian points. Tapping on these meridian points – while
concentrating on accepting and resolving the negative emotion – will
access your body's energy, restoring it to a balanced state.

You may be wondering about these meridians. Put simply, energy
circulates through your body along a specific network of channels. You
can tap into this energy at any point along the system
This concept comes from the doctrines of traditional Chinese medicine,
which referred to the body's energy as "ch'i." In ancient times, the
Chinese discovered 100 meridian points. They also discovered that by
stimulating these meridian points, they could heal. Call it energy, call
it the Source, call it life force, or call it ch'i… Whatever you want to
call it, it works!

(6)In some ways, Meridian Tapping is similar to acupuncture. Like
Tapping, acupuncture achieves healing through stimulating the body's
meridians and energy flow. However, unlike Meridian Tapping,
acupuncture involves needles! "No needles" is definitely one of the
advantages of Tapping.

Acupuncture also takes years to master. Acupuncture practitioners
must memorize hundreds of meridian points along the body; the
knowledge and training take years to acquire.

Meridian Tapping is simple and painless. It can be learned by anyone.
And you can apply it to yourself, whenever you want, wherever you
are. It's less expensive and less time consuming. It can be used with
specific emotional intent towards your own unique life challenges and
experiences. Most importantly, it gives you the power to heal yourself,
putting control over your destiny back into your own hands.

The History of Meridian Tapping: An Accidental Discovery Leads
to a Healing Revolution

We know that humans have explored the healing potential of rubbing
or pressing on certain points of the body for well over 5,000 years.
Treatment of these points is part of the ancient medical history of
many cultures, particularly Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which
uses needles to stimulate these “acupoints.”

Over the years, those individuals with an interest in bringing relief and
healing to others studied these concepts. They rubbed, they probed,
they tapped, they pinched, and all the while they observed what
restored balance and well-being… and what did not, and they passed
down their discoveries from generation to generation. This is, one can
assume, how acupuncture developed, when someone discovered that
piercing specific points in the body with sharp needles could relieve
certain conditions or diseases.

It was not until the latter part of the XX century, however, that
western scientists began taking a serious look at Chinese medicine and
the benefits of acupuncture. One of these scientists was George
Goodheart, Jr., a chiropractor. Goodheart explored the connectionbetween the meridians associated with certain body parts and
illness in the body, and became aware that the emotional state of a
patient affected the response and strength of muscles. He went on to
develop what is today known as muscle testing or Applied Kinesiology,
a widely used technique.

(7)John Diamond, a psychiatrist, became one of Goodheart’s students in
the early 70’s. He began using muscle testing as part of his practice
and found he could identify core psychological issues more quickly. He
would use affirmations while stimulating certain meridians to help his
patients get emotional relief, and was able to, through testing with
clients, which particular emotional state was associated with each
acupuncture meridian.

The big breakthrough came in 1979, with a psychologist by the name
of Roger Callahan, who had studied Applied Kinesiology with
Goodheart and Diamond, and a patient with an extreme phobia of
water. Mary's fear of water controlled her life and kept her from many
daily activities. She was unable to take her children to the beach or
even drive near the ocean; she grew fearful when it rained, and could
not even withstand the sight of water on TV. She had vivid
nightmares involving water.

Dr. Callahan and Mary had been working on this problem together for
over a year and a half. Though she found ways to cope with the
intense fear and emotional pain, she could not overcome her phobia.
Callahan tried every anxiety reduction technique at his disposal, and
there were many, but without success.

One day Mary complained about feeling stomach pains – a common
"gut reaction" – every time she thought about water. Dr. Callahan
knew that there is an acupuncture point directly beneath the eye, on
the cheekbone, that is linked to the stomach meridian according to
traditional Chinese Medicine. He asked her to tap there, thinking it
might lessen her stomach pains.

Mary tapped her cheekbone as directed, and this little action changed
medicinal history! The response seemed miraculous, to both Mary and
Dr. Callahan. Her stomach pains disappeared. But even more
amazingly, her phobia of water disappeared, too! She ran down to the
pool, kneeled down, and began splashing herself with water, rejoicing
in her newfound freedom from the fear that had imprisoned her all her
life. As strange as it seemed at the time, it turned out that just
tapping on her cheekbone while she was talking about her fear of
water eliminated this fear – permanently!

(8)Callahan further explored the use of tapping on other meridian points
to treat other fears and phobias, and eventually developed a
technique, which became known as “Thought Field Therapy”. He found
that there were certain patterns of tapping points that worked well for
specific problems, and published these tapping procedures, or
algorithms, so that advanced forms of diagnosis would not be required
in all cases.

Several of Callahan’s students expanded the research and developed
techniques that did not require muscle testing or the use of
algorithms. Dr. Patricia Carrington was one of these early pioneers,
developing a tapping technique that deliberately did not use any
diagnostic technique, such as muscle testing was, and instead had the
patients do a round of tapping on all the acupuncture end-points while
thinking of the issue at hand. She later developed her Choices Method
that has had a key role in bringing further acceptance and better
results into the tapping method.

Gary Craig was also a student of Dr. Callahan's, learning the
procedures for TFT. Craig began to observe some problems with TFT,
aspects that he saw were unnecessary complications, and in the mid
1990’s he developed EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) as a
simplified, improved version of the concepts behind Callahan's TFT.
Craig had observed repeated scenarios in which the problem was
incorrectly diagnosed using TFT, or the practitioner tapped out the
meridian points in the wrong order, and yet the patient was still cured.
Based on these observations, he concluded that it did not matter in
which order the meridian points were tapped. EFT has one basic,
simple sequence of points to tap, no matter what the situation. It does
not require complicated muscle testing. It is simple to administer and
easy to master.

While Carrington and Craig continue to be leaders in the field, many
other practitioners have branched off and developed their own
variations, which we now encompass under the generic term of
“Meridian Tapping”.

(9) Because of all this, thousands of people have used Meridian Tapping
for illnesses and to resolve emotional problems. Tapping practitioners
have studied the techniques and trained to take on more complicated
and difficult cases, and these dedicated practitioners report more
successful applications daily. More and more people are discovering
and exploring Meridian Tapping. Many people all over the world are
discovering how Tapping can change their lives.

Meridian Tapping Sequence for Anxiety

As discussed, Meridian Tapping can be used for almost anything – try
it on everything! In this example, we’ll focus on general anxiety. Try it
now with this initial sequence, but feel free to replace “anxiety” with
any other issue you want to work on.
Here's how a basic Meridian Tapping sequence works:
1. Identify the problem you want to focus on. It can be general
anxiety, or it can be a specific situation or issue which causes
you to feel anxious.
2. Consider the problem or situation. How do you feel about it right
now? Rate the intensity level of your anxiety, with zero being
the lowest level of anxiety and ten being the highest.
3. Compose your set-up statement. Your set up statement should
acknowledge the problem you want to deal with, then follow it
with an unconditional affirmation of yourself as a person.

"Even though I feel this anxiety, I deeply and completely accept

"Even though I'm anxious about my interview, I deeply and
completely accept myself and these feelings."

"Even though I'm feeling this anxiety about my financial
situation, I deeply and completely accept and forgive myself."

"Even though I panic when I think about ______, I deeply and
completely love and accept myself. "

"Even though I'm worried about how to approach my boss, I
deeply and completely trust and accept myself."

"Even though I'm having trouble breathing, I deeply and
completely accept myself and everything that is happening to

(10) 4. Perform the set up.
With four fingers on one hand, tap the Karate Chop point on
your other hand. The Karate Chop point is on the outer edge of
the hand, on the opposite side from the thumb.
Repeat the set up statement three times aloud, while
simultaneously tapping the Karate Chop point. Now take a deep
5. Get ready to begin tapping! Here are some tips to help you
achieve the right technique.
• You should use a firm but gentle pressure, as if you were
drumming on the side of your desk or testing a melon for
• You can use all four fingers, or just the first two (the index
and middle fingers). Four fingers are generally used on the
top of the head, the collarbone, under the arm... wider
areas. On sensitive areas, like around the eyes, you can
use just two.
• Tap with your fingertips, not your fingernails. The sound
will be round and mellow.
• The tapping order begins at the top and works down. You
can end by returning to the top of the head, to complete
the loop.
6. Now, tap 5-7 times each on the meridian points in the following
(Note: Some people like to start at the top of the head, some people
like to end at the top of the head, either way is fine! In the film, we
show it starting at the top of the head, my personal preference is to
start with the eyebrow point (after the karate chop, and end at the top
of the head)

Eyebrow (EB)
The inner edges of the eyebrows, closest to the bridge of the
nose. Use two fingers.

Side of eye (SE)
The hard area between the eye and the temple. Use two fingers.
Feel out this area gently so you don't poke yourself in the eye!

Under eye (UE)
The hard area under the eye, that merges with the cheekbone.
Use two fingers, in line beneath the pupil.

Under nose (UN)
The point centered between the bottom of the nose and the
upper lip. Use two fingers.

Chin (CH)
This point follows symmetrically with the previous one, and is
centered between the bottom of the lower lip and the chin.

Collarbone (CB)
Tap just below the hard ridge of your collarbone with four

Underarm (UA)
On your side, about four inches beneath the armpit. Use four

Head (H)
The crown, center and top of the head. Tap with all four fingers
on both hands.

(14)As you tap on each point, repeat a simple reminder phrase,
such as "my anxiety" or "my interview" or "my financial
situation." Tap firmly with the first two fingers on each hand.
Now take another deep breath!
7. Now that you've completed the sequence, focus on your problem
again. How intense is the anxiety now, in comparison to a few
minutes ago? Give it a rating on the same number scale.
8. If your anxiety is still higher than "2", you can do another round
of tapping. Keep tapping until the anxiety is gone. You can
change your set up statement to take into account your efforts
to fix the problem, and your desire for continued progress.
"Even though I have some remaining anxiety, I deeply and
completely accept myself." "Even though I'm still a little worried
about this interview, I deeply and completely accept myself."
And so on.
9. Now that you've focused on dispelling your immediate anxiety,
you can work on installing some positive feelings instead.
Note: This is a different approach than traditional "positive
thinking." You're not being dishonest with yourself. You're not
trying to obscure the stress and anxiety inside yourself with a
veneer of insincere affirmations. Rather, you've confronted and
dealt with the anxiety and negative feelings, offering deep and
complete acceptance to both your feelings and your self. Now,
you're turning your thoughts and vibrations to the powerful and
positive. That's what makes Tapping so much more effective
than the "positive thinking" techniques that many of you have
already tried. It's not just a mental trick; instead, you're using
these positive phrases and tapping to tune into the very real
energy of positivity, affirmation, and joy that is implicit inside
you. You're actually changing your body's energy into a more
positive flow, a more positive vibration.
Here are some example phrases to guide you:
"I have faith in my ability to change."
"I am joyful about these positive changes."
"I am accomplishing so much."
(15) "I enjoy the calm and peace that I have."
"I love the person that I am."
"I am becoming a more relaxed and joyful person."
You can use these positive phrases with the same Meridian
Tapping points and sequences described above.
Congratulations! You've completed your first Meridian Tapping
sequence. Keep reading to find out how to take Tapping to the next

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