Applying The First Step is something like going bowling. In bowling, there is a machine that sets up the pins by picking them up and arranging them in perfect order at the end of the alley. Once this “setup” is done, all you need to do is roll the ball down the alley to knock over the pins.
Your energy system, of course, is not really a set of bowling pins. It is a set of subtle electric circuits. I present this bowling analogy only to give you a sense for the purpose of The Setup and the need to… make sure your energy system is properly oriented before attempting to remove its disruptions.
Your energy system is subject to a form of electrical interference which can block the balancing effect of these tapping procedures.
When present, this interfering blockage must be removed or The Basic Recipe will not work. Removing it is the job of The Setup. Technically speaking, this interfering blockage takes the form of a polarity reversal within your energy system. This is not the same thing as the energy disruptions which cause your negative emotions.
Another analogy may help us here. Consider a typical hand held electronic device such as a tape recorder. Like all such devices, it needs batteries to work and, equally important, the batteries must be installed properly . You’ve noticed, I’m sure, that batteries have + and – marks on them. Those marks indicate their polarity . If you line up those + and – marks according to the instructions, then the electricity flows normally and your tape recorder works fine.
But what happens if you put the batteries in backwards? Try it sometime. The tape recorder will not work. It acts as if the batteries have been removed. That’s what happens when polarity reversal is present in your energy system. It’s like your batteries are in backwards. I don’t mean you stop working altogether….like turn “toes up” and die….but your progress does become arrested in some areas.
This polarity reversal has an official name. It is called Psychological Reversal and represents a fascinating discovery with wide ranging applications in… all areas of healing and personal performance. It is the reason why some diseases are chronic and respond very poorly to conventional treatments. It is also the reason why some people have such a difficult time losing weight or giving up addictive substances. It is, quite literally, the cause of self sabotage. An entire course could be dedicated to its uses and it is covered in detail in Part II of this course.
For now, however, we need only know some foundational things about Psychological Reversal that apply to EFT and…more importantly…how to correct it.
Psychological Reversal is caused by self defeating, negative thinking which often occurs subconsciously and thus outside of your awareness. On average, it will be present…and thus hinder EFT…about 40% of the time. Some people have very little of it (this is rare) while others are beset by it most of the time (this also is rare). Most people fall somewhere in between these two extremes. It doesn’t create any feelings within you so you won’t know if it is present or not. Even the most positive people are subject to it….including yours truly.
When it is present it will stop any attempt at healing, including EFT, dead in its tracks.
Therefore… It must be corrected if the rest of The Basic Recipe is going to work. Being true to the 100% overhaul concept we correct for Psychological Reversal even though it might not be present . It only takes 8 or 10 seconds to do and, if it isn’t present, no harm is done. If it is present, however, a major impediment to your success will be out of the way.
That being said, here’s how The Setup works. There are two parts to it…
1. You repeat an affirmation 3 times while you…
2. Rub the “Sore Spot” or, alternatively, tap the “Karate Chop” point (these will be explained shortly).
Since the cause of Psychological Reversal involves negative thinking it should be no surprise that the correction for it includes a neutralizing affirmation. Such is the case and here it is.
Even though I have this _____________, I deeply and completely accept myself.
The blank is filled in with a brief description of the problem you want to address. Here are some examples.
**Even though I have this fear of public speaking, I deeply and completely accept myself.
**Even though I have this headache, I deeply and completely accept myself.
**Even though I have this anger towards my father, I deeply and completely accept myself.
**Even though I have this war memory, I deeply and completely accept myself.
**Even though I have this stiffness in my neck, I deeply and completely accept myself.
**Even though I have these nightmares, I deeply and completely accept myself.
**Even though I have this craving for alcohol, I deeply and completely accept myself.
**Even though I have this fear of snakes, I deeply and completely accept myself.
**Even though I have this depression, I deeply and completely accept myself.
This is only a partial list, of course, because the possible issues that are addressable by EFT are endless. You may hear us use affirmations on DVDs like…
**”I accept myself even though I have this_________.” or **”Even though I have this ____________, I deeply and profoundly accept myself.” or **”I love and accept myself even though I have this_______________.”
All of these affirmations are correct because they follow the same general format. That is….they acknowledge the problem and create self acceptance despite the existence of the problem. That is what’s necessary for the affirmation to be effective. You can use any of them but I suggest you use the recommended one because it is easily memorizable and has a good track record at getting the job done.
Now here are some interesting points about the affirmation… **It doesn’t matter whether you believe the affirmation or not….just say it.
**It is better to say it with feeling and emphasis but saying it routinely will usually do the job. **It is best to say it out loud but if you are in a social situation where you prefer to mutter it under your breath….or do it silently….then go ahead. It will probably be effective. To add to the effectiveness of the affirmation, The Setup also includes the simultaneous rubbing of a “Sore Spot”….or….tapping on the “Karate Chop” point. They are described next.
The Sore Spot
There are two Sore Spots and it doesn’t matter which one you use. They are located in the upper left and right portions of the chest and you find them as follows:
Go to the base of the throat about where a man would knot his tie. Poke around in this area and you will find a U shaped notch at the top of your sternum (breastbone). From the top of that notch go down 3 inches toward your navel and over 3 inches to your left (or right). You should now be in the upper left (or right) portion of your chest. If you press vigorously in that area (within a 2 inch radius) you will find a “Sore Spot.” This is the place you will need to rub while saying the affirmation.
This spot is sore when you rub it vigorously because lymphatic congestion occurs there. When you rub it, you are dispersing that congestion. Fortunately, after a few episodes the congestion is all dispersed and the soreness goes away. Then you can rub it with no discomfort whatsoever.
I don’t mean to overplay the soreness you may feel. It’s not like you will have massive, intense pain by rubbing this Sore Spot. It is certainly bearable and should cause no undue discomfort. If it does, then lighten up your pressure a little. Also, if you’ve had some kind of operation in that area of the chest or if there’s any medical reason whatsoever why you shouldn’t be probing around in that specific area then switch to the other side. Both sides are equally effective. In any case, if there is any doubt, consult your health practitioner before proceeding….or….tap the “Karate Chop” point instead.
The Karate Chop Point
The Karate Chop point (abbreviated KC ) is located at the center of the fleshy part of the outside of your hand (either hand) between the top of the wrist and the base of the baby finger or….stated differently….the part of your hand you would use to deliver a karate chop.
Instead of rubbing it as you would the Sore Spot, you vigorously tap the Karate Chop point with the fingertips of the index finger and middle finger of the other hand. While you could use the Karate Chop point of either hand, it is usually most convenient to tap the Karate Chop point of the nondominant hand with the two fingertips of the dominant hand. If you are right handed, for example, you would tap the Karate Chop point on the left hand with the fingertips of the right hand.
Should you use the Sore Spot or the Karate
Chop point? After years of experience with both methods, it has been determined that rubbing the Sore Spot is a bit more effective than tapping the Karate Chop point. It doesn’t have a commanding lead by any means but it is preferred.
Because The Setup is so important in clearing the way for the rest of The Basic Recipe to work, I urge you to use the Sore Spot rather than the Karate Chop point. It puts the odds a little more in your favor. However, the Karate Chop point is perfectly useful and will clear out any interfering blockage in the vast majority of cases. So feel free to use it if the Sore Spot is inappropriate for any reason.
You will notice on the videos that I often instruct people to tap the Karate Chop point instead of rub the Sore Spot. That’s because it is easier to teach when I’m on stage.
Stepping Through It
Now that you understand the parts to The Setup, performing it is easy. You create a word or short phrase to fill in the blank in the affirmation and then… simply repeat the affirmation, with emphasis, 3 times while continuously rubbing the Sore Spot or tapping the Karate Chop point.
That’s it. After a few practice rounds, you should be able to perform The Setup in 8 seconds or so. Now, with The Setup properly performed, you are ready for the next ingredient in The Basic Recipe….The Sequence.