Clearing limiting beliefs with the Emotional Freedom Technique.

I have a question for you. Do you have something going on in your life that you’d like to manage better or overcome?

Stuck in your business

Anxious about exams

Nervous about giving a speech or presentation

Health and fitness goals.

Food Cravings

Chronic pain

Create a loving/supportive relationship.


Cigarette smoking

If the answer is yes then it’s likely that hidden away in the background is a limiting belief. These little saboteurs hide away in our brains reminding us of how unsafe and hurtful it can be to act in a certain way. Our limiting beliefs tell us something is impossible and so it is. That all the good men are taken, and so we create scenarios where they are! Or that weight loss is too hard and so we sabotage a diet.   Limiting beliefs are those negative thoughts we think over and over again. They can seem very powerful because they are things we have thought for a long time. They come quite naturally to us. They keep us small and safe but often unfulfilled and sometimes long term illness or depression may result. That’s why it’s important to identify limiting beliefs. Once we find them, we can eliminate them. I’d like to tell you about an amazing little tool you can use to help you better manage or overcome these beliefs.

EFT or Tapping Therapy is a branch of energy psychology created by Gary Craig in the 1990’s. It’s a safe and painless therapy that addresses the mind body connection integrating perfectly with other forms of behaviour management or counseling. EFT is a form of psychological acupressure using a combination of the energy system of acupuncture meridians and talk therapy. Simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while you think about your problem. EFT allows you to speak ‘your truth’ and accept yourself anyway.

I’ve been using EFT to support my own emotional health now for about 14 years and as I became more confident using it for myself I was encouraged to share it with friends and family and also apply aspects of it within my paid and volunteering work. Eventually I followed my passion and trained as an AAMET certified EFT practitioner and established my coaching business.

What I love most about EFT is that you can use it anytime, anywhere on anything, you don’t need any equipment or any specialist training to get started all you need is a problem or event in your life thats troubling you and a desire to honestly and openly explore the reason why you are experiencing difficulties or reacting in this way.

 How does EFT work on limiting beliefs.

Most, but not all, limiting beliefs are first created when we are quite young, usually in childhood. Using EFT it’s possible to reduce or remove the emotional memory to enable us to create a new adult perspective. For example, we were scared by a dog as a child. Back then we were at eye level with the dog and it was big and knocked us over. Ever since we have had a fear of dogs of any size. An adult perspective would be that not every dog is going to knock us over and we are now much taller than most dogs and so they are not a threat in that way anymore although we still know that it’s sensible to approach dogs cautiously when off the lead. Whilst working on the belief that ‘all dogs are frightening’ an EFT practitioner may use some humour and encourage positive emotions to enable a client to move forward without experiencing pain or distress when remembering the event that created the belief. Many beliefs are tied up in more complicated stories and a skilled practitioner will gently guide and focus you as you explore your memories.

The truth is our brains love novelty and if you keep finding yourself returning to patterns of unwanted behaviour EFT might be the approach that finally clears that response. You don’t have to believe in EFT for it to work, just be open enough to give it a go and brave enough to say what you’re really thinking.


Diana Rickman OfficialEFT3.v3Diana is a registered EFT practitioner and is available for individual coaching, group sessions and talks.





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