EFT is short for "Emotional Freedom Technique". It is a simple-to-apply technique that can clear long-standing emotional issues, including Math anxiety (phobia). EFT is an energy medicine technique related to acupuncture without the needles. EFT was founded by Gary Craig and you can download enough information to learn and practice EFT for free at Gary Craig's web-site, http://www.emofree.com. EFT is endorsed by Deepak Chopra, Candace Pert (author of Molecules of Emotion), and other leaders of the complementary healing movement.
If you're someone who doesn't believe in the value of anything outside of mainstream western medicine I invite you to have an open mind and to explore EFT. It is free to learn, safe and gentle to use, and has helped a large number of people. I personally don't experience Math phobia very much but I have used EFT for treating other emotional issues and have experienced positive results. Plus, I personally know of others who have benefited from EFT as well.
What is EFT? Gary Craig describes it in his newcomer page:
EFT is based on a new discovery that has provided thousands with relief from pain, diseases and emotional issues. Simply stated, it is an emotional version of acupuncture except needles aren't necessary. Instead, you stimulate well established energy meridian points on your body by tapping on them with your fingertips. The process is easy to memorize and is portable so you can do it anywhere. It launches off the EFT Discovery Statement which says...
"The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system."
And because our physical pains and diseases are so obviously connected with our emotions the following statement has also proven to be true...
"Our unresolved negative emotions are major contributors to most physical pains and diseases."
Practicing EFT mainly involves lightly tapping or massaging meridian points on your head and upper body while focusing on a stressful emotion. The are several other components of EFT as well. You can learn the whole procedure, which takes just a few minutes to apply, from the free EFT manual and other resources at Gary Craig's web-site. You can easily teach a child to use EFT for themselves in stressful situations.
How does EFT help Math phobia? Here is a good example of EFT in action from emofree.com: EFT clears deep rooted negative beliefs about math. This articles tells how a 16-year old girl gets relief from "Math sadness." Note that the EFT session is being facilitated. I'll discuss more about facilitation later in this article. Another example of benefit, also from emofree.com, is in this article: Math test anxiety subsides after being traced to a specific event.
A Google search for the following expression yields 49 references to math phobia in Gary Craig's web-site alone:
Performing a web-wide google search for the expression below yields 51,900 relevant web pages.
Does EFT for Math phobia (or anything else) sound too good to be true? Here's the caveat:
You have to use EFT consistently and be willing and able to go deep to get lasting results.
Often, when people say EFT doesn't work the failure can be traced to a one of a few major causes. Perhaps the person practicing it is giving up too easily. Maybe the person stops using EFT even after initial success. This happens remarkably often because EFT sounds too easy and too good to be true so the person assumes the relief must be coming from something else and gives up on EFT. Perhaps the greatest cause of skepticism about EFT is that the person didn't see lasting results because he or she was only able to address superficial issues and was not able to dive into underlying and more deeply-seated anxieties.
The way EFT works is that it clears, often in only one or two sessions, the issue that the person practicing it is able to focus on but there are usually a number of issues to address. A child with Math phobia might apply EFT to the statement:
"I don't enjoy Math."
The child might clear the feeling of not enjoying Math but experience only temporary relief because underneath that feeling is another one:
"I'm not comfortable in school."
The next layer might be:
"I feel shame about being bright."
Even deeper might be:
"Ever since I was bullied for being 'too smart' I've been nervous about applying myself in school."
Until all the painful emotions are cleared lasting relief won't occur.
Going deep can be a challenge for many of us. That's why it can be very helpful to hire an EFT practitioner to help us to feel comfortable as we dive, to serve as a guide in the mechanics of EFT, and to intuit what the deeper issues might be. Emofree.com provides a practitioner referral list. EFT can be facilitated quite well over the phone so fit is a more important consideration than location unless meeting in person with the practitioner is important. A parent, of course, may be an outstanding facilitator for the work.
I hope you experience EFT and its benefits and that you're open to the idea that Math phobia might not having anything to do with Math even though it can affect Math performance. Regardless of whether Math is the problem or just the tip of the iceberg EFT can help if you use it consistently and deeply enough. Even if you don't use it quite right EFT can help tremendously. It really is that remarkable.