The EFT Setup Statement

The beauty of EFT is how easy it is to find relief from a variety of issues fairly quickly. Part of a successful EFT session, either on your own or with a trained EFT coach, is the development of a good setup statement. After we recognize and narrow down a specific concern or incident that we want to work on, we look at the statements which we used when describing the issue. If you are working on yourself, spend some time thinking about it and you can even write down some sentences about exactly how you feel and what is going on. You could even write yourself a letter describing the issue. Get specific: “this red, hot, shooting pain in my low back,” or “this nauseous sad feeling in the pit of my stomach.

Once you have clearly identified the problem, give it an intensity rating from 0 to 10, with 0 meaning no intensity at all, and 10 being the worst it could be. Make a note of that number. Then use your specific words in the EFT setup statement. As described by Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, your setup statement will have 2 parts:

  1. acknowledgment of the specific problem, and
  2. a statement of your acceptance of yourself in spite of the problem.

Brilliant. For the back pain example, your setup statement might look like this: “Even though I have this constant, red, hot, shooting pain in my low back, I deeply and completely accept myself anyway.

How did that feel? Was it hard to say that last part out loud? If not, awesome! You are on your way with a complete setup statement. Say it out loud three times while tapping on the side of the hand. You can use the exact same statement three times or adjust the words each time to make it more specific for you.

If it was a little hard to say that last part out loud, how about this: “Even though I have this constant, red, hot, shooting pain in my low back, I am open to the idea of completely accepting myself.” Better? Test out some variations on that theme and find one that works for you. Say it three times while tapping on the side of the hand and then you are ready to move on to the rest of the basic recipe!

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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.