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I'm used to affirmations being stated in the positive. Why does the EFT Setup language focus on the negative? What if I used positive statements instead?

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I'm used to affirmations being stated in the positive. Why does the EFT Setup language focus on the negative? What if I used positive statements instead?

I know this is confusing. Affirmations, in the classical sense, are designed to take you in positive directions. Thus their wording is always of an uplifting, "go for it, you can do anything" nature. [For a unique discussion on affirmations see The Palace of Possibilities series on this web site].

EFT, on the other hand, is NOT designed to take you in positive directions. Instead, it's purpose is to eliminate the negative and thus pave the way for the positive. That is a MUCH different goal. One of the critical elements in EFT's effectiveness is that one must "tune in" to the problem. Otherwise, the energy balancing effect of the tapping for that problem will be of little use. It would be of limited value, for example, to try to alleviate a war memory with EFT while the client focuses on Disneyland, sex or the inner workings of a computer. The energy disruptions wouldn't be there and so the problem could not be addressed.

The EFT Setup language (called affirmations--poor choice) necessarily focuses on what is wrong. This "Sets up" the problem like it was a bowling pin so that the EFT bowling ball (the rest of the process) can knock it over.

Interestingly, some practitioners have reported good results by stating The Setup in the positive. They might have the spider phobic say something like, "Even though I love spiders....." However, even though the language is positively stated, someone with a true spider phobia is likely to have self talk that focuses on those "nasty, crawly things." In this case, the client is STILL focusing on the problem, despite their language to the contrary.

Hope this helps,

Gary

 

 

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