By Nick Ortner
passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently
opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
Schopenhauer, German philosopher
I looked pretty silly. At least, I thought I did.
It was the spring of 2004. I was sitting alone, staring at a
computer screen, talking to myself, and tapping different parts of my body. If
you’d glanced through my window and seen me, you might have thought I’d lost
In truth, I was going a little crazy. The neck pain I’d woken
up with that morning was so bad I wasn’t sure how I’d get through the day. You
know the kind of pain I’m talking about. You sleep in the wrong position and
wake up with a crick in your neck. You spend a day, sometimes two, or sometimes
three, moving your head slowly and looking like a robot to the rest of the
world. I was willing to do just about anything to make it go away. Including
trying something as seemingly strange as tapping.
I had been hearing a lot about “tapping,” or EFT (Emotional
Freedom Techniques). Said to be a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure
and modern psychology, proponents said it remedied a vast number of issues.
[Tapping is a method of acknowledging issues or concerns within yourself, and
using positive visualizations and affirmations while making concentrated
tapping pressure on the body at specific checkpoints to alleviate the stress or
concern about those issues or problems.]
I had been reading one miraculous story after another, so I
thought, Why not? Might as well try it and see what happens. To my
astonishment, the pain — which would normally have taken days to go away —
vanished within ten minutes. Ah, relief! To be able to turn my head again like
a normal per-son and not feel uncomfortable all day! This tapping thing
I was ready to go on with my day, satisfied to be pain-free.
But suddenly, it hit me: this was about a lot more than neck
pain. If tapping worked on my neck, what else could it help me change? Like
many of us, I had one particular worldview — one that did not include
instantaneous pain relief. This little experiment opened my mind to an ocean of
possibilities that I had never before contemplated.
Let’s face it, many of us have been taught to think it takes
a certain amount of time to “fix” or change a problem — if we believe it can be
fixed. But what if pain, health concerns, addictions, weight issues,
relationship challenges, and financial problems really could be resolved —
quickly and easily? What if the impossible was actually possible?
These are the thoughts that started percolating after my
first tapping experience. Heck, maybe the neck pain had been inhibiting blood
flow to my brain — and only now was I able to think more clearly! I started to
see — to imagine — what else I might be able to change in my life and how I
might be able to help those I loved.
Do you have any issues or circumstances in your life that
you would like to change? anxiety,
Childhood trauma, physical conditions, weight problems, financial difficulties,
relationship challenges? Whatever your situation, EFT has proven to be
I don’t have to be psychic to know that you have been
running the same patterns, sometimes with little change, your whole life. I
don’t have to even meet you to guess that you are frustrated with doing the
same things over and over again — and, as can be expected, getting the same
You may have said to yourself countless times, “Oh, I can’t
believe I did that again!”
“Why did I say that to him... again?”
“Why did I eat that food... again?”
“Why did I skip exercising... again?”
“Why am I short on money... again?”
“Why am I frustrated (or angry, lost, overwhelmed, anxious,
tired, or whatever your “thing” is)... again?”
In the past, the challenge was that we could identify these
patterns — but not a way to move them, to actually do something about them, and
quickly. Finally, there’s a way to interrupt, disengage, dissolve, and vanquish
them. Tapping gets to the root of what is going on, balancing the mind and
body, and changing what we do, how we feel, and how we experience the world.
Tapping can be used for everything.
We are not magically changing the situation — if I find
something that does that, I’ll be sure to let you know! — but we’re changing
our perspective and reaction to it. One of the amazing things I’ve found in
doing this work for the past ten years is that when you change your
perspective, often your feelings, reactions, and the situation itself naturally
change too — most of the time for the better.
Use tapping to bring down the noise in your head and in your
life to find a clearer perspective and begin telling a new story. It’s possible
to move through our busy lives, in a busy world, with grace, joy, and peace.
EFT can make this a reality.
This is an excerpt from “The Tapping Solution: A
Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living” by Nick Ortner. It is published by
Hay House and available at bookstores or online at www.hayhouse.com