The History of Tapping: An Accidental Discovery Leads to
a Healing Revolution
It began in 1980, with a psychologist by the
name of Roger Callahan, and a patient with an extreme phobia of water. Mary's fear of water controlled her life and
kept her from daily activities. She was unable to take her children to the beach and was unable to 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. Finally, Mary worked up the courage to sit within sight of the pool at Dr.
Callahan's house. Even doing this caused Mary extreme distress, and though she found ways to cope with the intense
fear and emotional pain, she did not overcome her phobia. They discussed her problem, and how to overcome it, but
Her fear of being near the water caused Mary
stomach pains - a common "gut reaction." Dr. Callahan had recently been studying traditional Chinese medicines, and
learning about meridians. Suddenly he had an inspiration. Remembering that there was an acupuncture point for the
stomach meridian on the cheekbone, he asked her to tap there, thinking it might cure her stomach
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 and
began splashing herself with water, rejoicing in her newfound freedom from fear.
Based on this discovery, Dr. Callahan began a
series of investigations to develop and refine this technique, which he termed Thought Field Therapy. Gary Craig
trained under Dr. Callahan's tutelage in the 1990's, learning the procedures for TFT. As time passed, Craig began
to observe some problems with TFT, aspects that he saw were unnecessary complications.
TFT required practitioners to tap on a specific
sequence of meridians (called an algorithm) for each different problem. Diagnosing the problem required a technique
called muscle testing, wherein the practitioner would measure the relative strength of a muscle, while the patient
explored various thoughts or statements.
Craig observed repeated scenarios in which the
problem was incorrectly diagnosed or the practitioner tapped out the meridian points in the wrong order, yet the
patient was still helped.. Based on these observations, he concluded that it did not matter in which order the
meridian points were tapped.
Craig developed EFT as a simplified, improved
version of the concepts behind Callahan's TFT. EFT has one basic, simple sequence of points to tap, no matter what
Because of this, thousands of people have used
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 Tapping. Many are discovering how Tapping
can change their lives.
Basic Tapping Sequence for
As discussed, Tapping can be used for everything
- try it on everything! In this example, weíll focus on general anxiety.
Try it now with this initial sequence. Here's
how a basic Tapping sequence works:
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
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.
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 myself."
"Even though I'm anxious about my interview, I
deeply and completely accept myself."
"Even though I'm feeling this anxiety about my
financial situation, I deeply and completely accept myself."
"Even though I panic when I think about ______,
I deeply and completely accept myself."
"Even though I'm worried about how to approach
my boss, I deeply and completely accept myself."
"Even though I'm having trouble breathing, I
deeply and completely accept myself."