EFT Cheat Sheet: Metaphor Tapping For Physical Symptoms
Written by Amy B. Scher
In my energy therapy practice, I hear the same concern over and over from clients: “I don’t know what to say like you do while using EFT.” I will admit that I’m the “metaphor queen!” and for me, it happens to come very naturally. Finding metaphors and interpreting them so often reveals the hidden roots of physical symptoms. I truly believe metaphor work is one of the most efficient tools we have for figuring ourselves out – and then clearing what no longer serves us.
I realize finding metaphors is a combination of skill and listening to your intuition – and I think all of you EFT tappers can master it. However, I’m excited to give you a cheat sheet so you can get the most out of your EFT if you haven’t quite gotten there yet.
Steps For Metaphor Tapping with EFT
1. Look at the condition or issue you are trying to clear using EFT. This can be a physical issue like headaches.
2. Look at the list below and see if any of the metaphors resonate for you, specifically around the time period when the symptoms started.
3. When you choose the one that resonates for you most, integrate that phrase or idea into your tapping.
Common Metaphors For Physical Issues
While each person will be individual, here is a starting point for using metaphors in your EFT. There are countless metaphors that can be used with EFT, but these are some I commonly see in clients. When integrated into tapping work, they can often help to clear a physical issue faster and deeper than you otherwise would.
Remember, it’s not enough to just identify the metaphor; you have to still clear the issue under it. This is a great start though!
Example of Metaphor Tapping Script
For the EFT example below, I’ll use someone being angry at something a friend did.
Step 1: First, rate the intensity of your headache (if it’s current) from 1-10, 10 being the most intense pain. Write it down. If it’s a chronic issue, but not present at the moment, just tap anyway.
Step 2: Second, rate the intensity of whatever event you’ve linked the metaphor to. Write it down.
Step 3: Now, it’s time to start tapping!
Karate chop point:
Remainder of points:
*It doesn’t matter which order or what you say at each. Just keep tapping and talking.
Continue to tap and describe the situation using effective EFT tapping techniques and include as many metaphors as you can. Once you’ve done a few rounds of metaphor tapping, take a few deep breaths and then check in with your body. See how you are feeling about the event you were tapping on. Also check in and notice if your headache has shifted at all.
You’ll likely need to do more rounds and be consistent with your tapping if it’s a chronic issue, but working these metaphors in will really help.
In no time at all, you’ll be coming up with your own to use in your EFT, making it even more effective than before. Happy metaphor tapping!
Have you created any metaphors that help your tapping? If so, how did you come up with them? let us know below!