Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) are completely different types of therapies and both are incredibly effective in their own right. Many people these days have come to realize that together, EFT and NLP provide greater transformational results.
NLP, which started in the 1970s, is a powerful tool for personal change that uses subjective experience to shape and create a desired reality. NLP practitioners use the processes of thought and language to help change negative or unhelpful behavior and improve existing skills. The therapy provides focus and direction to enhance states of well-being. Thus, you feel good not by chance, but by choice.
NLP is based on the principle that your reality is the result of how you imagine yourself to be. If you think of yourself as miserable loser, your life will become miserable. By providing a brighter self-image, you can improve your self-esteem and become happier and more successful. NLP works by interrupting unhealthy or unhelpful behavior and thinking, and replacing them with positive thoughts and actions to help you get ahead in life.
Purposeful use of language – usually in a conversational manner – helps anchor positive feelings so you can easily access them and create positive changes in the way you think and act.
EFT is a type of energy therapy that involves tapping on acupressure or meridian points in the body while you talk, or think about issues and problems you want to resolve. EFT has its roots in acupuncture, the ancient Chinese healing method. Acupuncture is based on the belief that energy flows throughout the body in meridians or “streams.” Blockages or disruptions in energy flow cause illness or negative feelings.
In EFT, tapping on specific points while talking restores balance and free flow of energy. This releases negative feelings and physical tensions often within minutes.
EFT and NLP for Healing
Combining EFT and NFT techniques is extremely effective in resolving many issues such as phobias, post traumatic stress disorders, migraines, and overweight problems. NLP has been used for decades to treat trauma and phobias. More recently, EFT was added to the arsenal of treatment methods for mental, physical and emotional issues.
EFT harnesses body and mind (tapping combined with purposeful use of language) to release energy blocks and emotions that may be holding you back. Language is used in a specific way in doing so practitioners and EFT coaches recommend a “formula” or “pattern” of phrases or sentences to say while you tap. When done the right way, healing often takes place very quickly.
NLP language patterns can be used with EFT techniques to enhance the healing process. NLP also helps uncover underlying issues responsible for emotional and mental problems. It’s a very powerful tool that uses thought and language process to help you recognize and identify the behaviors and beliefs that can lead to healing and success.
While many issues can be resolved using one technique or the other, a growing number of people now believe that using EFT with NLP is more effective and provides quicker results. Traumas and phobias respond well to both techniques.
EFT is particularly good at separating the negative emotions from the stimulus or memory thereby making it effective for the treatment of fears and phobias. NLP is also good at identifying specific issues. The reason why both work well together is because NLP helps the person peel off the layers of issues responsible for the problem, stress, or phobia while EFT helps neutralize and eliminate the unwanted emotional response.
NLP techniques can be used to expedite the EFT session and EFT can be used to enhance NLP techniques. Using NLP in conjunction with EFT resolves negative issues more quickly and reinforces general health and well-being.