From my inbox: Why doesn’t EFT ALWAYS work? On occasion I can get it to help me calm down, but not always. It doesn’t seem to help with my overeating at all.
I use EFT while driving to work in the morning (1 hour) and then I still eat when I shouldn’t. Yes, it is stressful at work, but I want EFT to help me control it and so far I can’t seem to get it to do so.
There could be many reasons why EFT doesn’t work all the time. Gary has written extensively about this. By the way, I don’t know ANY technique that does what you want it to do 100% of the time. A skilled practitioner is going to have good results most of the time, and it can depend on how often and how effectively you are applying the technique.
Here’s my short list of reasons:
1. You may not be using EFT in the most effective way. For instance, tapping in the car could be interfering with your ability to mentally focus on the issue. While this method could be helpful, it’s probably not as effective as it could be.
2. There may be some aspect that you haven’t discovered yet. As Gary says, it can be hard to to distinguish between the relief already obtained and the stress still remaining. This happens frequently and can fool you into thinking “it doesn’t work.”
3. You aren’t getting to the core issue. That’s like tapping on the symptoms, but ignoring everything that’s causing them. For instance, you tap on food cravings alone, when the real issue is that you hate your job and you are overeating to stuff your feelings. When you only tap on the symptoms, you are not addressing any of the emotional issues that drive the food craving.
Here’s what to do: Try tapping on all the aspects of the stress at work. Tap on your fears, frustrations, stresses, feelings, and negative thoughts related to your job. You can also try tapping at other times besides when you are driving. Write down all the issues and tap daily. It does sound like you are being persistent, (which can be another reason for not getting results), so you may just need to fine tune what you are doing. With all the stress related to work, finances, housing and mortgage loanslately, your response is perfectly understandable. Don’t give up!