The use of words with EFT is perhaps the most important part of the process.
In some cases you can obtain almost instant relief from a fear or limiting belief on the first or second round of EFT.
When you continue to apply EFT aimed at a specific topic and you are receiving very little or no relief then a change of words may be required. Use similar words or twist the sentence around so you have a different perspective. This is exactly what I do when I am tapping on myself or with a client.
The only way you can tell how you are going is by estimating your level of resistance on the suds measurement, both at the start and after one or two rounds of EFT.
If you forget to check your measurement at the start, who cares, don't worry about it, just ask yourself where you are now, and then ask yourself if you think you were higher at the beginning (let your intuition guide you)
Let's have a look at some examples of the use of words so you get a feel for what I am talking about. What if I you were frightened of dogs and had already completed the Setup part of the EFT Routine and your are performing the Sequence:
You might be repeating: "I am afraid of dogs" at the 8 meridian points of the Sequence.
You might change a word replacing afraid with scared: "I am scared of Dogs"
If after another round of EFT you have not reached the goal of zero (this is always my goal), then you simply try another round using a different set of words. You could then change or add another word and repeat this at every meridian point, plus at the same time you can change the meaning of the phrase a little to come in from a different angle, such as:
"I have always been scared of Dogs"
"I am scared and afraid of Dogs"
"Dogs make me nervous"
"Dogs are so scary to look at"
"Sometimes I imagine that they are going to run up and bite me"
You can be as creative with this process as you like, yet the main point is this:
Words ARE one of the MOST Important parts of the process, and are at the centre of you being able to successfully receive relief with EFT. If you are not finding the relief you are looking for then change the wording of your setup and sequence....
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A long time ago I also put together a small program in creating the perfect script with my friend Joe. We created this method of scripting which allows individuals with no prior EFT Experience to begin releasing in as little as 5 minutes. Our method of scripting is now being used around the globe by EFT Practitioners. You can check out Joe's whole program here, or grab the 5 min guide on its own here.