The Tapping Cure

by Dennis Bradford

in emotional well-being

The tapping cure is an easy, quick, safe, inexpensive method for letting go of negative emotions such as fear, guilt, loneliness, and anger that is effective for nearly everyone.

It’s easy because you can teach it to yourself in an hour or two. Once you learn how to tap, it only takes a few minutes.

It’s quick because it’s a cure, not merely a therapy. A few minutes of tapping may be all that is required for you permanently to release a negative emotion that has been troubling you for years! (If that emotion ever does return, simply tap again for a couple of minutes to release it again.)

It’s safe in the sense that there’s no downside to it. You tap in private by yourself. It has no side effects. It won’t cause tears or emotional trauma. It’s a perfectly benign therapy.

It’s inexpensive because it is not necessary to hire anyone. You can borrow a book on the tapping cure from a library or simply buy an inexpensive paperback. That’s it! Even if you are among the few for which it doesn’t work (and no therapy works for everyone), you will not have wasted a lot of money trying it.

Objection: If all this is true, why isn’t it prevalent? Why haven’t I heard of it before?

Reply: There are two reasons.

First, most people have closed minds – and that includes those with graduate degrees such as physicians and psychotherapists. Since it’s a new therapy, it requires some outside-the-box thinking and most people stay as attached as possible to the judgments with which they are most comfortable.

Second, nobody understands why it works.

The cure for a closed mind is an open mind. This is the mind of a philosopher, who is always probing, questioning, and testing. The reason not to settle for a closed mind is because, as I have argued before in these posts, no single judgment captures the whole truth. To conceptualize is always to distort.

The cure for staying stuck within the limits of your own understanding is having the courage to go beyond that understanding. What difference does it make whether or not an unintelligible therapy works as long as it is effective?

Suppose you had chronic pain. Pain is your body signaling you to slow down, stop, or change direction. Merely eliminating the pain without eliminating its cause is dangerous. Let’s suppose, though, that there’s no organic reason for the pain and that the drugs prescribed by western physicians have failed to bring you relief.

Would you try acupuncture?

I would. It might not work, but it might. It certainly does help some people some of the time – though nobody really understands how it works. If it relieved my pain, I wouldn’t care at all about the theory.

It’s the same with the tapping cure. It helps most people to separate negative emotions from their thoughts. In other words, they still have their thoughts, but those thoughts are no longer attached to negative emotions.

Negative emotions are one of the great spoilers of life.

We all have them.

Maybe you still regret not standing up to that bully in school. Maybe all your subsequent love affairs have been affected by the hurt caused by your being dumped by the one you took to be the love of your life. Maybe you are guilty for not being more helpful to your mother when she was dying. Maybe you are still angry at your father for something he said about you thirty years ago.

The problem is that we don’t understand how to dissolve these emotions. It’s as if we put them into a sack we carry on our backs into each new experience. We don’t want to spoil our new experiences, but we don’t understand how to empty the sack.

The tapping cure is a way to empty the sack.

Yes, it may seem weird or unscientific or too woo-woo. So?

What matters is getting your sack emptied.

It’s a self-help, risk-free method for emptying your sack.

The purpose of these posts is to encourage you to think better about living well.

I’m personally very excited about this post. I hope that you’ll take it to heart and share your results in the comment section below.

Good luck!

Recommended Reading:  Roberta Temes, Ph.D., The Tapping Cure.

As always, if you know someone who might benefit from reading this, please pass it along.

 

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