Increase the Effectiveness of EFT with a Feelings Wheel!
All feelings, not just the supposedly “positive” ones, are valid and what make us human; to deny our negative feelings is to deny our very nature. Feelings are messengers that communicate our beliefs, limiting or otherwise. So if you experience a negative feeling such as that of being mad, it is letting you know that you are feeling powerless, since the feeling of being powerful is the opposite of feeling mad. At the root of every negative feeling is a childhood trauma or dysfunctional childhood pattern that you learned prior to the age of seven. Listen to the negative feelings, heal their associated trauma or limiting belief, and then you will shift into the positive feeling in that aspect of your life forever.
A feelings wheel (click on the image to the left for a full size version or subscribe to my newsletter) is an amazing tool that can be easily utilized in your EFT sessions, even if you’re a beginner! A feelings wheel displays all of your feelings, both the positive and the negative ones. As human beings, we experience the full spectrum of feelings, not just the positive ones, it is many world religions which shame our anger, inadequacy, and fear. However, these are not to be shamed, but to be fully experienced, to be listened to and understood. The positive and negative feelings work like a yin-yang symbol, each feeling has an opposite feeling. In any given aspect of your life, if you are feeling sadness you are not feeling joy, if you are feeling powerful you are not feeling mad, and if you are feeling peace you are not feeling fear.
To use the feelings wheel in conjunction with EFT, first identify the issue that you are dealing with. Next, drill down to the feeling(s) associated with your issue. Once identified, find each feeling on the Feelings Wheel and notice the two feelings connected to the original. In the picture to the right, we’ll use “Insecure” as an example feeling, and “Scared” would be the core associated feeling. We would then use the feelings of insecure and scared in our setup statement and when tapping through the points.
The next step is to find the converse feelings, the feelings directly opposite of the feeling you originally identified. Insecure would then be two up and on the right inside ring of the wheel, and thus the converse feeling would be two down and on the left inner side. In this case, the converse feelings are “Thoughtful” with a root feeling of “Peaceful”. These are the feelings that you really want to experience in the moment, the ones that you are unable to enjoy because of your embarrassment.
A setup statement would then look like this:
Even though I am insecure when my mother keeps showing my friends pictures of me when I was little, I choose to honor my feelings, and realize that I am just a little scared of what everyone will think of me. Instead, I know that I really desire to feel thoughtful (compassionate), and peaceful, but I’m just not feeling that right now. In spite of that, I choose to love, accept, and forgive myself.
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