Well, actually I found the diagram in the Kindle version of the book to be a little bit small, so I simply googled the technique and watched the first video I saw, which taught me how to do it very quickly.
It’s really a remarkably simple thing to do, and can be mastered in mere minutes.
Here it is, if you’d like to watch it yourself. Who knows, it might change your life!
And if you want more information, there are plenty more videos out there. Just have a look around.
The method supposedly works for practically any problem, but right now I’m mainly tapping to calm down my naturally high-strung central nervous system, which I suspect is at the root of a number of physical issues, including my extreme food intolerances.
When I eat foods that digest too quickly (like any type of grain or sugar), my body tends to wildly overreact, resulting in a fast heartbeat, stuffy nose, sleepiness, and a host of symptoms that tend to follow in a kind of “food hangover” over the next day (or several).
I’ve had an unusually active nervous system and startle reflex since birth, so it is a matter of physiology more than any kind of neurosis – though I’m aware of a fair number of past-life issues that may also contribute.
Most people who know me consider me to be quite Zen and mellow, in fact, so it’s not even anything that is evident from my behavior, but mostly expresses itself physically.
Interestingly, from the very first time I tried the tapping, I noticed that by the end of each sequence (which looks a bit ridiculous, so keep it to the privacy of your own home if you don’t want to do it in the privacy of a padded cell), I was yawning really widely.
And this has happened every single time since, even when I only do a partial sequence.
Better yet, the yawning causes my eyes to water, which relieves my dry-eye problem.
For me this indicates a definite release of tension, of the sort that usually only happens when I exercise, stretch, etc.
It means that the parasympathetic (or calming) side of the nervous system is being activated, and the amygdala (center of the fight-or-flight reaction in the brain) is being deactivated.
This is exactly what tapping is supposed to do, not to mention specifically what I’m tapping FOR.
I feel deeply relaxed after each little session, which only takes a minute or two, and parts of it could be done absolutely anywhere, with nobody the wiser.
Even just doing the initial “karate chop” tap sequence (see the video above) causes the yawning and relaxation response, so this may be my new quickie “go-to” relaxation method.
Best of all, the very first night I ate something that would normally cause me a huge amount of trouble – Chinese food, including rice, wheat, and sugar, and I barely reacted to it at all.
I continued tapping on the problem periodically after I ate, and it seemed to further minimize the consequences. This morning when I got up I felt fine – no “hangover” to speak of, and even better after a couple of rounds of tapping to start the day off in a mode of relaxation.
I’ll continue monitoring my progress in the Auraboratory, and give you updates as I go along.
Please let me know in the comments if it works for your issues too. I can’t see why it wouldn’t.
Hey – if you can’t beat ‘em, tap ‘em!