“Tapping the Healer Within” by Roger Callahan
I’ve heard a lot of success stories from friends of mine that are either practitioners of different types of “tapping” therapies or EMDR or that have gone through it to treat some sort of issue. I’ve never done it myself, and have always been a bit skeptical of it, thinking that if it did work, that it was more mind over matter than anything that was founded in science.
I decided to read this book because I wanted to know more, and I found the concept of “Thought Field Therapy” (TFT) to be very interesting. I especially like that it is something that a person can do at home, that it doesn’t interfere with other therapies a person is doing, and that the effects can be immediate. I still struggle with depression, anxiety, and my weight, and plan on trying TFT to see if that can help get me into better energetic alignment. Why not try, right? I’ll keep you guys posted as I do it and let you know what kind of results I experience.
Have you ever tried TFT or any other type of tapping therapy? If so, what were your results, and what did you think of it?
Notes on “Tapping the Healer Within” by Roger Callahan (this is an affiliate link to Amazon).
Thought Field Therapy (more commonly known as the “tapping” therapy or TFT) is a system that accesses and resolves the essence and the root cause of a problem—whether it is a phobia, anger, a bad habit, trauma, anxiety, guilt, or grief.
These negative emotions are condensed information in energy form, bound in what Callahan calls a “Thought Field.” The active information in this “Thought Field” creates distress in our life by disrupting the body’s internal energy flow, causing psychological upheaval that sabotages your emotional well-being. A key to the treatment is influencing the body’s bioenergy field by tapping with our fingers on specific points on the body located along energy meridians.
The process (which is more detailed at the end of my notes) goes that first you think about the particular psychological concern that is troubling you, and then quantify the intensity of the emotional upset you’re feeling (on a scale from 1-10). Next, you will tap on specific points on the body in a particular sequence. As that happens, you will eliminate imbalances in the body’s energy system, and in the process, weaken and even eradicate negative emotions and the symptoms of psychological distress. There are different “patterns” for people to tap based on different types of psychological distress. And if the scale isn’t able to go below a 7, then a pattern called “psychological reversal” is implemented, and/or the possibility of food/environmental allergies are considered.
Callahan reports to have experienced significant success with these “tapping” techniques—many of his patients have been able to release much (if not all) of their trauma, phobias, depression, anxiety, or even physical ailments such as inflammation or pain in as little as five minutes.
The premise being Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is that everything is energy—including our thoughts, and points to Einstein’s theory (E=mc2) to back up this claim. Callahan states that energy produced in the brain can be detected and measured with sophisticated tools such as an EEG. A thought field is much like a magnetic or gravitational field—you can’t see it, but you can experience its effects.
He goes on to say that our negative emotions are not in our “hardware” (amygdala) but in our “software”(the “perturbations” in our energy field). These “perturbation” cause disturbing emotions—it’s not the event itself. These perturbations can be collapsed and eliminated with Thought Field Therapy in a relatively short amount of time.
Callahan claims that TFT helps with both emotional and physical healing, and that it works even in the face of skepticism on the part of both the patient and the therapist. The treatment is so powerful that it is capable of overriding whatever negative influence the skepticism may carry.
He goes on to state that he believes that traditional psychology has a poor track record because it’s been addressing the wrong things—that the problem is not fundamentally in the cognitive system, in a person’s past experience, or in the brain or nervous system—it is in the thought field.
Callahan backs up his work by pointing to different scientific studies that have shown the validity of energy meridians and electromagnetic fields. He states that there have been tests done where electromagnetic fields have been used to stimulate the natural healing of broken bones and regenerate amputated limbs on frogs. And mentions an experiment done in 1995, by Pierre de Vernejoul, that provided concrete evidence that the meridian network does exist. Vernejoul and his team injected nonharmful radioactive technetium 99m into the arms and legs of human volunteers at the sites of commonly used acupuncture points along the meridian system. Then they tracked the injected material with gamma-camera imaging. They found that the radioactive isotope traveled specifically along the meridian pathways that the Chinese had identified thousands of years ago. By contrast, when the substance was injected randomly elsewhere in the body, it did not move along any specific internal pathway.
Callahan also asserts that Heart Rate Variability experts have said that TFT causes changes in the body more effectively than most other approaches—better than biofeedback and even many meds—and no approach is better at rebalancing the autonomic nervous system.
Because words can be tricky and lead to confusion, a simple 10 point scale is used that asks a person to write down how they feel about the emotional problem in their life at that moment. (It’s important that they write it down, because it’s really easy to forget after the treatment how intense your pain was.)
Subjective Unit of Distress (SUD) rating: of 1-10 as to how bothersome this is for you.
The process (in the book he has pictures—which helps to better illustrate where to tap):
Tapping. Use 2 fingers of one hand (either hand is fine) to tap a spot at the beginning of the eyebrow, just above the bridge of the nose. Tap 5 times, firmly and gently, not nearly hard enough for it to hurt or bruise, but solidly enough to stimulate the energy flow in the system.
Tap 5 times under the eye, about an inch below the bottom of the eyeball, at the bottom of the center of the bony orbit, high on the cheek. Tap firmly, but not hard enough to cause pain.
Tap solidly several times under the arm, about 4 inches directly below the armpit, using rigid fingers. In men this spot is under the arm about even with the nipple. Women can locate this spot by tapping at about the center of the bra strap under the arm.
Tap the collarbone point. To locate it, take two fingers of either hand and run them down the center of the throat to the top of the center collarbone notch. This is even with the spot where a man would knot his tie. From there, move straight down an additional inch. Then move to the right one inch. Tap this point five times.
Tap the “little finger spot.” It is located on the inside tip of the finger, adjacent to the nail, and on the side of the finger next to the ring finger. Tap this point five times.
Tap the “index finger spot.” It is located on the tip of the index finger, on the side of that finger next to the thumb. Tap this point five times.
The Gamut Series. Is a group of nine rapid treatments performed while tapping the “gamut spot” on the back of the hand. To locate this point, make a fist with your nondominant hand and note the knuckles standing out on the back of the hand. Place the index finder of your dominant hand in the valley between the knuckles of the ring finger and the little finger. Now open your hand. Then move the index finger about one inch down toward the wrist. This is the gamut point. (which is named this because of the wide range of steps/things that need to be done while tapping this spot).
When instructed to do so in chapter 5, you should tap the gamut point continuously with two fingers of the opposite hand, tapping firmly but gently about 3-5 times per second. Continue this tapping while proceeding through all nine of the gamut treatments, tapping about 5-6 times for each of the 9 treatments. Six of these treatments involve particular eye movements and eye positions. The remaining three involve humming and counting.
- Open the eyes.
- Close the eyes.
- Open the eyes and point them down and to the left.
- Point the eyes down and to the right.
- Whirl the eyes around in a circle in one direction.
- Whirl the eyes around in the opposite direction.
- Rest the eyes.
- Hum a few bars of any tune aloud (more than a single note).
- Count aloud from one to five.
- Hum the tune again.
*If you can’t perform these movements for any reason, perhaps if you are in a public place, or are blind, you can imagine humming, counting, or moving your eyes in a certain direction.
Floor to ceiling eye roll. The eyes are an extension of the brain. Hold your head level and move your eyes down. Then begin tapping the gamut point as you move your eyes upward. This process should only take 6-7 seconds.
If you’re not getting maximum results from TFT, it could be caused by psychological reversal (PR). This is the most common reason that healing does not take place, keeping an otherwise effective therapy from working. The cause of PR is associated with a reversal of polarity in the meridian system. In other words, your internal energy flow has actually become reversed or, in some cases, blocked. If you have a negative, self-critical attitude or self-sabotaging behavior, this could be a sign that PR is present. This is not a therapy for the underlying psychological problem itself, but rather for the obstacles that are preventing the primary TFT treatment from being effective. This PR correction can work within seconds, thus contributing significantly to the chances for success with TFT.
Here’s how to correct a PR:
- Find the “PR spot.” It is located on the outside edge of the hand, about midway between the wrist and the base of the little finger. This is the point where you might make contact when delivering a “karate chop.”
- Tap this point 5 times with 2 fingers of the opposite hand.
- Once this treatment is completed, you’ll be instructed to repeat the tapping motions and SUD rating. Remember, the correction for PR does not treat the original problem you’re trying to resolve, but rather eliminates the barriers to that treatment. So once the reversal is resolved, the primary treatment needs to be repeated.
Mini PR correction can be used when you decreased your SUD to a 3 or 4 but can’t seem to get it any lower.
- Find the PR spot mentioned above, located on the outside edge of the hand, between the wrist and the base of the little finger.
- Tap about 15 times with 2 fingers of the opposite hand.
- As long as PR persists, TFT or any other treatment won’t be able to get the SUD to a 1.
There are many different patterns of tapping to help process the emotions from a wide variety of issues including: addiction, anger, rage, complex trauma, over-eating, anxiety, phobias, obsessions, guilt, shame, embarrassment, depression, physical pain, fatigue, etc.
Some people have “layers” of pain. He used the example of a man with a tooth ache who is wearing tight shoes and sitting on a lumpy couch. The man only notices the tooth ache. Once that pain is addressed, he notices the tight shoes. He takes them off. Then he notices the lumpy couch, and moves to a comfy chair.
Psychological Reversal. Is when energy/perceptions get reversed. A person may reverse numbers, colors, directional orientation, have strange emotional responses to situations. It’s the feeling that life is an obstacle course and you are the biggest obstacle.
The Apex Problem: not attributing the cure to the treatment. Most people assume that change has to take months or years and be difficult. When treatment is so fast and so complete, many people wonder if they were even depressed/anxious/traumatized at all—even if they reported a SUD score of 8 or higher, and they attribute their healing to either placebo or other medications or therapy that they are doing. Callahan says that it’s not uncommon for people to get upset about how fast the therapy works, because they’ve been struggling for so long with medication, feeling this way, or in more traditional types of therapy.
He encourages people to stay open minded to the idea of Thought Field Therapy, and to try it for themselves—that they can do this at home, and that it doesn’t interfere with any other treatments or therapies a person may be doing.
I’ve had quite a few people message me about this type of therapy, and I’ll be curious to know if you try it (or have tried it) and what your results have been–so please comment down below and let me know.
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