Are you a smoker? Have you decided that it’s time to quit but just haven’t been able to do it? You’ve tried the nicotine patches and gum, you’ve tried medications, maybe you’ve even tried hypnosis and yet none of it seems to work. So now you’ve spent hundreds on trying to quit while still emptying your pockets for another pack. What if I were to tell you that you have the ability to quit smoking, to remove the craving for a cigarette, by simply tapping on your body? Would you believe me?
Luckily, there’s no need to take my word for it because you can begin the process, right now, without getting out of your chair or spending a dime. All it takes is a few minutes of your time and a little bit of tapping. The process that will take you from a coughing, broke smoker to a healthy, smoke-free person is called EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique.
As you may know, the reasons you smoke are varied and strong. Perhaps you feel it relaxes you. Perhaps you are afraid you will put on weight if you quit. The theory behind EFT is that it is these emotions which produce negative energies within your body leading to the desire to smoke. And it is these feelings that EFT removes by tapping on energy spots, or meridians, on your body to stabilize that negative energy.
The process entails two parts which are called the setup phase and the sequence phase. The first step is to gauge the intensity of your craving for a cigarette on a scale of 1 to 10. This is important so that you are able to know whether you should repeat the processes more than once. Then it is time to start:
The Setup Phase
In this phase you will be rubbing two spots on your chest while repeating an affirmation of your choosing. Since EFT can be used to help you stop cravings of any kind, it can be anything that you are craving at that moment. We will use the affirmation, “Even though I really want a cigarette, I deeply and completely accept myself.”
While you are repeating this phrase three times, you will be rubbing what is called a “sore spot” with your two fists. This spot is located three inches down and three inches to the left of the U shape made by your sternum, underneath your throat. If it is difficult for you to find this spot you may use the “Karate Chop” spot instead. This is the fatty portion of the outside of your palm. Rather than using your fists in this spot, you will tap it using the index and middle fingers of your hand. The replacement of the nicotine is available in the form of electronic cigarettes. Aqua Vape Juice is known for their fruity blends because there will be fruits taste for the smokers. The use of the middle fingers can be done for the drinking of the vape juice by the person.
You will want to rub or tap these spots using a vigorous motion. You want to be able to feel the pressure of your hands on chest or your fingers on your hand. While you repeat the affirmation three times you will be rubbing or tapping approximately 7-9 times. Once you have completed this you will move onto the next phase:
The Sequence Phase
In the sequence phase you will be tapping on thirteen individual spots of your body. You start from the top of your body and move in a downward motion, tapping each spot vigorously about 7-9 times. While you are tapping these spots you will repeat, for each part you tap, a reminder phrase. In this case your reminder phrase will be, “I really want a cigarette.” The parts of the body you will tap, in this order, are:
- The base of your eyebrow, near the bridge of your nose
- The side of your eye, on the bony portion
- Under your eye, on the cheekbone
- Under your nose
- The center of your chin, beneath your mouth
- The beginning of your collarbone (you can use two loose fists for this portion)
- Under your arm, about four inches down from your armpit
- Under you nipple (if you’re a man) or breast (if you’re a woman)
- The outside of your thumb, at the bottom of the nail
- The side of your index finger closer to your thumb, again at the base of the nail
- The side of your middle finger, closer to the thumb, at the base of the nail
- The inside of your pinky finger, near the base of the nail
- The Karate Chop point on the fatty part of the outside of your palm
Remember to repeat your reminder phase at each point that you tap. Now take a moment to reassess the intensity of your craving. Have you gone from a 7 to a 2? Then you can probably stop here. But if you feel the craving hasn’t dropped sufficiently, then repeat the processes as many times as needed to reduce the craving to a manageable point.
You have now begun done your path to a smoke-free life and it hasn’t cost you a thing. If you would like to learn more about the Emotional Freedom Technique, and it’s founder Gary Craig, visit the EFT website at www.emofree.com to download a free manual explaining the theories and the processes behind EFT.