EFT Tapping Protocol

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Protocol


Attune to the specific issue, event, belief, or pattern. What is the feeling, belief, memory, craving or physical sensation you want to release?

Actually try to feel it, or to remember yourself in a situation in which you felt this. Time travel yourself back there…really! (I think this is what we actually do, but that’s a whole other topic!) Getting to the feeling is the most powerful way to clear the issue; thinking about it, trying to figure it out won’t do it. Trust me!

Summarize this in a few words: this [emotion] about [blank], this sharp pain in my hip, this pounding headache,

Rate how upsetting it is to you:
Scale is 0 – 10, where 0 = no disturbance, completely calm and 10 = the most disturbed you can imagine being.

Clear the Objections to healing. Repeat a releasing affirmation similar to this, 3 times:
“Even though I have this _____[your summary]_________, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.” (while tapping on the Sore Spot or the KC point, side of hand, which some EFT‘ers use)

Tap on the points: lightly and rapidly, at least 7 times at your own pace, on each of the following meridian points, repeat the reminder phrase once and breathe deeply at each point.
CR, here, focus on bringing in Spirit to flow throughout your being, remembering we are the ones who block ourselves from this ever present powerful love and light!


Repeat the point sequence –CR, EB, SE, UE, UN, CH, CB, UA, W, repeating: “releasing this. . . .”

Check in:  Close eyes and take a deep, releasing breath. Attune yourself to the issue again, what comes up for you now (this may be body process, images, emotions, or thoughts). Assess SUDS level.

Repeat the process: If there has been a shift from one emotion to another, or to another image, change the affirmation phrase accordingly.

Continue the process until the upsetness level reaches 0. Really! You can completely release all upsetness to almost every situation you have faced in your life! It’s quite remarkable, and life after releasing all of that increases in the amount of amazement you can experience!

The Points:

Sore Spot: Neurolymphatic reflex 2 inches under collarbone and 2 inches inside shoulder on either right or left, but left (heart) seems more powerful, usually.
CR : Crown of head

EB : Eyebrow at bridge of nose

SE : Side of eyes at base of temple

UE : Under eyes on orbital bone

UN : Under nose

CH : Chin indentation

CB : Under collarbone just outside sternum

UA : Under arm (about 4 – 6 inches or at bra strap for women)

W : Wrists, soft parts touching

©Holly Timberlake, Ph.D., revised, 4.20.2015.