22
Nov

Tapping for Earthquake Trauma Relief

Tapping Instructions for helping to release and calm your own earthquake trauma

1. Identify the feelings which are bothering you.

2. Identify where in your body you feel the strongest physical sensation.

3. Identify the specific event during which you felt this same physical sensation.

4. How strong is the feeling? Rate it from 0 – 10, with 0 being no intensity, and 10 being the maximum possible intensity.

5. Write down your number and a name for the event (in the example below, the event is called ‘The earthquake’).

6. Using the EFT points shown in the diagram below, tap along with the following script.

7. At the end of each round, tune into the same place in your body and the name of your event, and write down your new intensity number, any new feelings in your body & any thoughts which came up.

8. If your number is not below 2, keep going over the tapping points again, using the script as a guide and insert your own words as well if you can and want to, to be even more specific – the more detailed and specific we can be the greater the results.

Tapping Points to use for this script:

This is where the fun begins. Are you ready to learn how to tap?

For starters, let’s go over the meridian points that we use in EFT. There are several hundred meridian points all over your body, but when tapping on your own, we generally focus on nine. They are:

Karate-Chop Point (KC) This lies on the outer edge of your palm, on the opposite side from your thumb. Either hand is fine. Tap on this meridian point using two fingers.

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

Side of eye (SE) Use two fingers to tap on the hard ridge between the corner of your eye and your temple. Be careful and gentle!

Under eye (UE) Staying in line with your pupil, use two fingers to tap on the hard bone under the eye that merges with the cheekbone.

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

Chin (CP) This point is in line 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 fingers.

Underarm (UA) Use four fingers to tap on your side, just about four inches beneath the armpit/where a ladies bra strap generally is.

Top of Head (TH) Use four fingers to tap on the crown of your head.

 

Here’s where the actual tapping begins with a few quick tips:

You’re basically going to be tapping in a loop, starting at your eyebrow, working down through your face to your chest, under your arm and back up to the top of your head. You begin again at your eyebrow.

Be sure to tap with your fingertips, not your fingernails. You want your taps to be firm but gentle, as if you were drumming your desk or tapping on a friend’s shoulder to get their attention.

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.

Now, starting at the karate chop point, tap 5-7 times on each of the meridian points as you follow the script below, repeating each phrase at its designated point:

Karate chop point: Even though I experienced the earthquake, I deeply and completely accept myself. Even though I experienced the earthquake, I deeply and completely accept myself. Even though I experienced the earthquake, I deeply and completely accept myself.

And then tap on the following points, while saying the phrase:

Eyebrow: The earthquake

Side of Eye: The earthquake

Under Eye: The earthquake

Under Nose: The earthquake

Chin: The earthquake

Collarbone: The earthquake

Under Arm: The earthquake

Top of Head: The earthquake

Take a deep breath in through your nose & gently release it through your mouth. Check in with yourself, as described above in point 7. Write down any new number and sensations. Continue with the script as necessary, until your intensity number has come down to a 2 or less with the following script, or your own words which resonate more with you.

Karate Chop Point: Even though I experienced the earthquake, I deeply and completely accept myself.

EB: The earthquake

SE: I experienced the earthquake

UE: The earthquake

UN: I experienced the earthquake

CP: The earthquake

CB: I experienced the earthquake

UA: The earthquake

TH: I experienced the earthquake

Take a deep breath in through your nose & gently release through your mouth. Check in again with your intensity number & if the physical sensation has changed. Note these down. Continue with the following.

EB: The earthquake

SE: It’s really stressed me a lot

UE: The earthquake

UN: I can’t take it any more

CP: The earthquake

CB: It’s just too much for me to handle

UA: The earthquake

TH: I want it all to stop.

 

EB: The earthquake.

SE: Everything seems such a mess.

UE: The earthquake

UN: I’m finding it hard to focus on anything

CP: The earthquake

CB: I’m so tired and anxious

UA: The earthquake

TH: Why is this happening to us?

 

EB: The earthquake

SE: I just want this stress to go away

UE: The earthquake

UN: I just want to relax & feel safe again

CP: The earthquake

CB: I feel like I can’t cope any more

UA: The earthquake

TH: I want things to settle down.

Take a slow deep breath in…and gently release it through your mouth. Check in with yourself & note down any changes you may notice, in the intensity and how you’re feeling, both emotionally and physically. Continue with the following:

EB: The earthquake

SE: I can’t spend every day this stressed out

UE: The earthquake

UN: It’s too much for me to deal with

CP: The earthquake

CB: I can’t handle the stress

UA: The earthquake

TH: The earthquake

Check in again with your intensity number & if the physical sensation has changed. Also, repeat the name of your event e.g. ‘the earthquake’ and see how you feel when you say this out loud to yourself. Note any changes down and if you need to continue, repeat the above as necessary.

At this stage, some people will be feeling a sense of calm & peace again. If this is not the case for you, repeat the above script as needs be, using your own words & feelings as much as possible, to describe how you’re feeling. You are working towards feeling a sense of calm & peace within yourself, so that when you tune into the thought of the earthquakes, you are less triggered with emotions which feel intensely overwhelming. The intensity number should be a 2 or less, ideally 0. So continue with the above or insert your own words until you’re feeling this sense of calm.

Once you’ve lowered the stressful feelings, you’re going to want to replace those unpleasant feelings with some positive, uplifting ones that will help you move forward and keep future stresses at bay. You may have heard about positive thinking before and just how effective it can be, but it’s exceptionally powerful when you use it in conjunction with tapping.

So often, people try to think non-stop positive thoughts without first dealing with their unpleasant emotions or limiting beliefs. By doing this, they set their mind at odds with itself, and it’s often exhausting and can lead to further problems. With tapping, you’re first dispelling the unpleasant thoughts which have been weighing you down so that you have space for your positive affirmations to take root. This is a far more effective way of putting a positive focus to work in your life.

Karate Chop: Even though I experienced the earthquake, I am feeling a lot calmer now and deeply and completely accept myself. Even though I understand there could be more earthquakes, I feel more empowered to look after how I feel and I’m really proud of myself. Even though I have been stressed out, I feel much more in control and at peace and accept myself and how I feel.

Return to your eyebrow:

EB: The stress is slipping away

SE: I’m beginning to feel free again.

UE: I feel so much lighter.

UN: I can breathe so much easier.

CP: I’m OK.

CB: I don’t have to worry so much.

UA: Who am I kidding, this is just temporary.

TH: No it’s not, I know how to deal with my stress now.

 

EB: I am safe.

SE: There may be more earthquakes.

UE: But that doesn’t mean I have to get stressed out.

UN: I can remain calm.

CP: I know how to calm myself now.

CB: I know how to manage if this happens again. I can tap.

UA: I feel so liberated!

TH: Things are going to be different now.

 

EB: Everything is going to be OK.

SE: I can handle what comes into my experience.

UE: I can prevent it from becoming so intense.

UN: I’m not as stressed out anymore.

CP: I’m so much more relaxed.

CB: I can take each day one at a time as they come.

UA: Everything is going to be alright.

TH: I can handle things. I am safe.

And take a slow deep breath in through your nose…and gently release it through your mouth. Check in one more time to see how you’re feeling and whether there is any intensity left. Repeat the above routine in its entirely as needed. And relax ❤

For further more personal help, please contact me directly, where we can work through more specific thoughts and feelings which may be coming up for you. Most of all, do not go through this or any traumatic event alone. Contact someone you trust & get some help as soon as possible. ❤

~ Mary Jane Newman ~ EFT & Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner ~

~ maryjane@maryjanenewman.com ~ 022 626 8832 ~

 

Mary Jane Newman

Mary Jane Newman

BA Hons, LIII Cert. EFT, Dip. Coaching

Mary Jane is a qualified Life Coach and a Level III Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) practitioner with a background as an educator, teacher and facilitator.
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