What is a Tapping Tree? Tapping can be used for almost everything that is causing you a problem. That may be physical pain, an intrusive memory or past trauma, current anxiety, weight loss the list goes on!
We can also tap on the different levels of the issue and the Tapping Tree as explained by Nick Ortner in The Tapping Solution demonstrates the different aspects of an issue.
The Tapping Tree or any other kind of tree is made up of four parts – the leaves, branches, trunk and roots and each of these can correspond to what we can tap upon and I have put together a video to explain each part.
These represent the symptoms that we feel from our issue or problem. It may be physical pain that we are experiencing or symptoms of anxiety such as tension in shoulders, busy thoughts, upset stomach. By tapping on these symptoms we can alleviate them or eliminate them.
The branches are our emotions or feelings. Every issue or problem will bring with it an emotion about the situation whether it is sadness, grief, anger, stress, frustration or fear. This is where tapping can really help to reduce the intensity of these emotions thus making us feel more in control or a sense that we can cope with the situation better.
The trunk is an actual event or situation. It may be a situation that has yet to happen or a current event that we are involved with but by tapping on what is or has happened will help clear the impact that it may be having on us.
The roots hold the tree together and they represent our underlying beliefs about ourselves. We know that beliefs can both be empowering and limiting and can be formed from a very early age and are taken into our adulthood. Beliefs are the fixed rules that we live our lives by and very rarely question whether they are still helpful to us. We have beliefs about ourselves who we are, what we do, what we don’t do and are an integral part of our identity. However these beliefs can keep us stuck and hold us back in our lives. Tapping on these can produce the biggest shift in our progress to change.
We can tap on any of these parts but we know that the tree will continue to grow and live if the leaves are taken away, or the branches are cut off or if it is felled at the trunk. It is only when we take the roots away do we totally clear out the issue for it not to return.
To get right to the underlying cause of the issue we need to tap on the beliefs and you can do this for yourself or have 1:1 sessions with an EFT practitioner.