Personal Peace

The name just sounds relaxing, right? Personal Peace. What a great goal. With Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), or Tapping, personal peace is available to you, using simple yet profoundly powerful methods.

EFT Founder Gary Craig created the Personal Peace Procedure to help us clear out years and years of small and not so small negative issues that have built up. Maybe we weren’t able to deal with them at the time so they are still in there. Together, all these issues are collecting dust and creating a disturbance in our body’s energy system. Time for some cleaning and clearing!

To start our Personal Peace journey, we are going to get very specific! Each little event in our past counts, and because they each contribute to our current issues in many different ways, we want to address them all. We’ll do it in a systematic way. Make a list!

I like to use a special notebook dedicated to this Personal Peace Procedure! Start a list of every annoying or bothersome event from the past. The list might have fifty, one hundred, even two hundred events. That’s okay. Just think, even if we tap on only one event each day, we will have cleared so many items on our list within just a few months. How exciting to think that we will be rid of the negative emotions associated with so many annoying reminders from the past!

This list is not going to be created, nor cleared, in a day! 🙂 We can add to it anytime something else comes to mind. And as we tap, that will happen! Start with listing childhood events. Remember that each event needs to be rather short and very specific. If it’s too big or too general, we’ll miss clearing all the subtle details or aspects. So keep them short, maybe a 1-3 minute episode which had at least one emotional apex, a beginning, an end and specific characters. Give each event a name, like “that time when I was 6 and my Mom said I couldn’t have a peppermint.” Or “the time my boss wrote me up for no reason.”

As you list each event, put a number next to it from 0 to 10 to indicate the intensity of emotion around that event. You may want to prioritize and tackle some of the more intense events first, or maybe tap on one very intense event and one less intense event at a time. It might be a good idea to set a goal of tapping each day on a specific number of events. Follow your instincts to find a method that works best for you.

After we clear some highly-charged events, or maybe after we clear a certain number of events, we can go back through our list and note if the intensities need to be updated. Thanks to the generalization effect in EFT, as we tap through and resolve issues, other issues become less intense. I love that about EFT tapping! But just because we can make great progress quickly, we should continue adding to and clearing events on our list as a daily habit. It can be tempting to stop when we start feeling a little better, but keep going. It is SO worth it!

As we clear out our old energy disruptions, we will begin to notice subtle (and sometimes not so subtle!) positive changes in our lives. We may start sleeping better, eating better, feeling more confident, noticing less stress, experiencing less frustration at home and work, maybe we are even smiling and feeling thankful more often! EFT can help us in so many ways if we just do the easy work to tap every single day.

That was a bunch of information, so here’s a quick summary to get you started on your Personal Peace Procedure:

  1. Start of list of specific bothersome events from your past.
  2. Rank the intensity of each event from 0-10.
  3. Tap on one or more events each day.
  4. Review the list of events and their intensities periodically as you progress.
  5. Watch for positive changes in your life!
  6. Be thankful!

Keep Calm and Tap On!

Please remember: It's important to contact a professional if things feel too big for you, whether it be a physician, psychologist, psychiatrist, or certified EFT practitioner. Never discontinue your current medications without first consulting your doctor.