I was introduced to the elegant, simplicity of the “Emotional Freedom Technique,” also known as “The Tapping Solution,” by my writing partner, Jean Hofve, DVM as we put the finishing chapters together for our book as a writing team, entitled The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care, as up until 2008 I had never even heard of it before. I was amazed at how efficacious it was for both myself and my own companion cats, personally as well as my clients and their animals. It can easily be adapted to dogs or other animals but for now we shall speak directly to using EFT Tapping for our feline companions. Please make note of the photograph of Dr. Hofve that she prepared using herself, as a reference to correspond with the list of the various “Tapping Points” which I have listed below, for a simple way to begin “Tapping” as soon as the spirit moves you.
WHAT IS TAPPING?
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a method of tapping certain points along traditional Chinese acupuncture meridians in order to resolve emotional, behavioral, and physical problems. EFT is one of the new school of meridian energy therapies, and was developed by Gary Craig who discovered that by tapping on these points while keeping a specific problem in mind, negative energy is cleared, even when stored away deeply in the human subconscious mind. Deeply routed issues can often resolve for people in a rapid and dramatic way and the same positive results also holds true for our companion animals as well. There are many renowned doctors and veterinarians and other practitioners incorporating EFT/Tapping into their holistic paradigm. The reason for this is, it really works!
HOW TO PERFORM ANIMAL EFT:
EFT is easily adapted to remote or proxy (surrogate) use. The technique can be learned in a few minutes. First bring to mind the problem. If it is a large or deep-seated problem, such as a phobia, it is best to focus on one specific aspect of the problem at a time. Instead of a general or large (global) issue like “litter box problems,” think of, instead the specific; “Fluffy urinates under the table.” Think of the problem as a forest: To get rid of the forest, you have to remove individual trees one at a time. Minor problems can often be cleared up with one or two rounds of tapping. You will be amazed. However, quite often we need to Tap on ourselves before we begin to work with our companion animals because the particular behavior is probably only a problem for you. This because Fluffy may be perfectly happy having a “wee” under the table. Often we have much work to do on ourselves before we begin surrogate tapping for others be they humans or animals. However, using EFT on cats (and others) is especially easy: You don’t even need to tap on the cat. While animals do have meridians and points, the best way to perform EFT on animals is by surrogate or proxy tapping. This means you tap on yourself to make the changes happen for the cat. It helps to use a bit of positive visualization at the same time but this ability is not a prerequisite.