Dr. Philip Friedman of www.integrativehelp.com has researched the effects of gratitude and forgiveness and incorporates his findings into tapping. Dr. Friedman claims that every communication is either love or a call for love, nothing else is going on in the world. What an uplifting way to approach life – and tapping!
THOUGHTS TAKE ENERGY
Do you ever feel overwhelmed? The more scattered your thoughts, the more your brain is firing neurons and connecting synapses. It takes energy for all those neurons firing in your brain. The more thoughts you have the more activity is going on in your brain, the more energy your brain is using, and you don’t have the energy you need to focus!
Neuroscientist Mark Waldman notes, “Stress is a form of too much mental activity going on that can cause neurological fatigue and psychological fatigue. And if you do not manage that stress in the right way and it will actually fry the neurons in your brain.”
If you’ve even felt totally overwhelmed by too many thoughts going around in your brain, try the following exercise adapted from Mark Waldman’s C.R.A.P. Board.
I find that incorporating tapping with your C.R.A.P. list will help you
C.R.A.P. stands for Conflicts, Resistances, Anxieties, Procrastination, and any other problem you might have that seems overwhelming.
Success using C.R.A.P. list exercise when feeling overwhelmed by self-doubts, recriminations, negative self-talk about an important event from their past, or find yourself procrastinating in the present, or when you have fears and anxieties about a future event.
Perhaps you can’t get past a specific relationship that ended, whether last week or decades ago? Maybe you believe there are too many obstacles to succeed in your career, or you are just overwhelmed with life? All these issues and more can be targets for your C.R.A.P. list.
C.R.A.P. List instructions:
On a single sheet of paper, write down all your crappy thoughts and feelings.
After you finish writing the list, relax as deeply as you can. Take a couple of deep breaths, relax your neck and shoulders, relax your body. Then just gaze at the paper. Don’t judge anything you see on it, don’t try to analyze it, just look at it as another object in the room.
Next, begin tapping. You do NOT have to use the setup statement where you tap the karate chop.
Simply look at the first line on your list and tap on the Eyebrow Point.
Look at the next line and tap on the Side of Eye Point.
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SAY ANYTHING, or even read what you have written. Shift your gaze to the next line while tapping the next point.
Next line, next point. Keep tapping until you finish looking at every line on your paper.
You may find as you are tapping that more “crappy” thoughts pop up. Just add them to the end of your list, and return to the line you were tapping for, and continue to the end.
What I noticed after I was done tapping for each line on my list was that all the negativity disappeared, all that zapping across my brain, my forebrain, disappeared. I felt clear-headed, I felt focused, and I felt energized.
3 Important Points
Especially for beginners to tapping, this method can help address tapping for things that bring up a lot of “aspects” or CRAP thoughts because you don’t have to get hung up about what to say while tapping, and you don’t have to decide what’s the most important aspect to address with tapping, nor do you have to go through the entire tapping process for each item on your list.
Even for long-time tappers, you don’t have to think, “Where did I get that belief from? Why do I feel this way? What’s the root of this problem?” You simply tap on the points as you go through the list, that’s it.
Of course, if you find one or more items on your list that really speak to you as an important tapping target, you can take the time to go into greater detail with your tapping process.