I mentioned previously that one of the reasons individuals find it difficult to release negative emotions or limiting beliefs when performing EFT is due to what is know as the effects of Psychological Reversal. The prime reason for the Setup portion of EFT is to overcome some of the effects of Psychological Reversal.
In 70% of all cases (maybe less, maybe more, who cares), Psychological Reversal may be present. Whilst you may have a negative problem or emotion that requires resolving, your subconscious mind may in fact not want to overcome the problem, or negative defeating thinking may be preventing you from overcoming these problems. Of which you may not even be aware of, thus it is out of your conscious control. Fortunately this self sabotage can be overcome during the setup phase of each script.
As in the case of releasing negative beliefs associated with smoking; you may be saying that you want to give up but your subconscious mind is sabotaging your efforts.
Essentially what you need to know is that if Psychological Reversal exists then the Setup Portion of EFT will help to overcome this. It is also obvious to expect that in some cases you may not need to perform the Setup as you may not be Psychologically Reversed. However I don't know when Psychological Reversal is or is not present, and I have been doing EFT for a long time. So if I don't, how do you?
The point to remember is that there is NO way of telling if Psychological Reversal exists, which is why the "Setup" is a critical part of EFT. Without performing the Setup portion of EFT you automatically reduce your success rate in some cases by at least 70%.
The "Setup" phrase is the first part of the tapping process. The setup statement looks something like this:
"Even though I have this headache I love and accept myself"
The setup phrase is always repeated whilst tapping on the Karate Chop point or rubbing the Sore Spot, and is always repeated 3 times.
The Meridian Points used in the Setup:
The images above shows the location of these meridian points
I usually always only use the Karate Chop Point. So for the purpose of this small guide I will only refer to the Karate Chop Point. This point is located on that part of the hand which you would use if you were to Karate Chop someone.
The Karate Chop point is very easy to use and find. If you were going to Karate Chop someone on the head you would use the fleshy part between your wrist and little finger, along the outside edge of your hand.
Using four fingers of the opposite hand, simply tap the Karate Chop point continuously whilst repeating the setup sentence. Using either hand is ok. When you are tapping you don't want to tap as to hurt yourself, but you don't want to be tapping like a feather either, just tap firmly and it will be ok.
If for some reason you cannot use the Karate Chop Point, you can substitute that point for the sore spot.
Finding the "Sore Spot" may take a few moments, but you will know when you have located the spot as it will usually be a little sore to rub. But you DO NOT Tap the sore spot. To stimulate this meridian point you use the fingers on one of your hands to rub in a small circular motion on the meridian point (sore spot), sort of like massaging the one spot over and over. It may take you a little while to find the spot but it never really moves, so once located you should always be able to find it quickly in the future.
You simply continue to rub the sore spot in a circular motion whilst repeating the setup sentences, which are always repeated 3 times.
Just remember that I almost never use the Sore Spot, even on myself. The Karate Chop point is always my preferred method as it is simple and easy to use.
EFT Setup Example
Whilst you are tapping the Karate Chop point or rubbing the sore spot, you repeat the setup sentence 3 times (usually out aloud):
"Even though I am addicted to cigarettes, I love and accept myself"
You can repeat the exact same sentence three times, or you can repeat similar sentences as long as they are aimed towards the same negative belief (you will see clear examples of this a little later)