The Life-Changing Power of Negative Thinking: How Focusing on the Bad Reveals the Good

 

In my many years as an EFT practitioner, there's one question my clients and students have asked me more than any other:

Isn't it bad to focus on negativity?

While I certainly understand where people are coming from with this question, my answer is always no. Here's why:

 

EFT is a release technique. It works by focusing on an issue (or belief) while tapping. Therefore, in my work with my clients, students, and myself, I rarely tap on positive statements, because the positive doesn't need to be released. Likewise, it doesn't need to be "tapped in," because it's already there as your natural state, and tapping away the negative reveals it. I think of it as like tapping away clouds that are blocking the sun. 

That's because we, as human beings, are, by our very nature, filled with joy,

peace, gratitude, wonder, and love. By tapping on the negative, we both heal it, and simultaneously reveal all of this wonderful stuff that's been there beneath it all along. 

 

I would also add that in my experience, tapping on positive statements can be effective because they actually bring to mind the negative (often unconsciously), which then gets tapped away.

 

For example, if you tap on, "I will heal from this pain," the mind may automatically go to, "I'll never heal from this pain--it's too great. The loss is too big. The grief is too overwhelming," etc., and the tapping then releases that. However, it's nearly always more efficient to focus on the negative specifically, rather than approach it indirectly, by using positive statements.

 

 


"BUT I'M A POSITIVE PERSON--I DON'T LIKE TO THINK  IN NEGATIVE TERMS."

People often say this, not realizing that regardless of how positive they choose to be, negative thoughts and feelings show up inside of them. It's not a choice, it just happens. Thoughts and feelings like "I'm really sad about my boyfriend," and "I'm afraid I'll never attain the level of success I'm striving for," and "I hate the signs of aging I see when I look in the mirror." You get the picture.

The wonderful thing is that when we meet ourselves exactly where we are and tap on what's actually showing up inside is, rather than tapping on what we think we should be thinking and feeling, it releases the negativity and pain, leaving peace (and often joy, gratitude, love, inspiration, and motivation) in its place.

So if you want to tap on positive statements, by all means, do. Just keep in mind that when you're tapping on the positive, you're simply releasing the negative that focusing on the positive brings up for you.

Here are some more examples of what I mean by that:

A statement like: "My goal is to earn $200,000 this year," will often bring up, either consciously or unconsciously, beliefs like:

I'll never be able to do it.

I don't deserve that kind of prosperity.

I'm greedy and shallow for wanting to make that much money.

 

Where the real money is (pun intended), is tapping directly on those negative statements until you don't believe them at all, and they have no emotional charge.

In my experience, simply unpacking and tapping out the world inside a statement like "I don't deserve that kind of prosperity," can take an entire tapping session, and sometimes more than one. It all depends on why a person has that belief.

Usually a belief like that springs from traumatic experiences, and in order to release the belief, you have to release the imprints the trauma created. Which brings us back to the life-changing power of negative thinking: You have to focus on the negative experiences in order to heal them.

So, with the intention of being the most positive, life-affirming version of yourself that you can possibly be, give yourself permission to be as negative as you actually feel about whatever it is you're working to release with EFT. The more honest and authentic you are about your experiences, feelings, thoughts, and beliefs, the more effective and efficient your tapping will be. 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE

 

When doing EFT/tapping on your own, if you get stuck, aren't getting the results you want, or would simply like to have the support and guidance of an experienced professional, I recommend working with an EFT practitioner. To schedule a session with me, click here. If you feel that another EFT practitioner would be a better fit for you, click here to access a directory of practitioners.  

 

 

 

 

 

BY HEATHER AMBLER

Heather Ambler is a San Francisco Bay Area mindset coach and EFT expert. Through her private practice and online programs, she's helped over 10,000 people from 77 countries achieve their goals by identifying and releasing the fears, limiting beliefs, self-doubt, and money blocks that were holding them back. Click here to schedule a free consultation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please reload

Cover of 30 Limiting Beliefs that Preven
Please reload

MORE FROM THE BLOG

How to use Margaret Lynch's fantastic book, Tapping into Wealth, to heal financial trauma, remove inner obstacles to prosperity, and live your best life.

All entrepreneurs experience fear. And while there are certain fears which a lot of entrepreneurs have in common, there are others which are totally specific to the individual. For this reason, there are literally countless fears that an entrepreneur could have. In this post, we’ll look at some of the more common entrepreneurial fears, and why it's so important to...

I recently had the opportunity to talk about EFT tapping with Jen Riday on her fantastic podcast, Vibrant Happy Women. From using EFT to recover from grief and trauma, to tapping away money blocks, to using it for weight loss, we covered it all! If you’re brand new to tapping or have been doing it for years, this episode will give you new insights into this remarkably powerful transforma...

It probably goes without saying that the more confident you are, the more successful your business will be. But why is that exactly? To gain a fuller understanding of it, let’s look at some specific business scenarios in which confidence, or the lack of it, plays a role in your ability to make the income and impact that you’re truly capable of.

Regardless of what your goals are for your business, limiting beliefs are nearly always going to be a part of the picture. Let’s look at some of the effects that limiting beliefs can have on your business....

I had a great conversation with Dr. Cortney Baker on her podcast, Women in Business. We talked about how to achieve your goals by removing your inner obstacles to success, like fears, limiting beliefs, self-doubt, and money blocks. During the interview, we covered a lot of ground, including what causes these blocks, how to identify them, and how to make sure they don't come back.

Though EFT tapping is incredibly effective for grief recovery, most people don’t fully recover from losing a loved one. Throughout the past 10 years as an EFT practitioner, I’ve observed 5 main reasons for this. In today’s post, I’ll go over each one, including examples of how these inner obstacles to healing tend to present.

As with all of my tapping scripts, these statements can be used as is, or modified in any way that makes them resonate more fully with your experience. You may notice that when you start tapping on these statements, thoughts and feelings will arise that you can use as new tapping statements. I call this following the thread, and it's a very efficient way to heal and release a lot of...

Want to make more money? Taking 2 minutes to identify the limiting beliefs in this article which apply to you is a powerful first step. Because the truth is, no matter how hard you work, or how talented you are, these beliefs can stunt your earning potential. After over 10 years as an EFT practitioner and mindset coach, I’ve seen it more times than I can count. Smart, talented, creative,...

Generally speaking, low self-esteem does not happen in a vacuum. There are some common childhood experiences which pretty much always lead to low self-esteem, even in children who, prior to these experiences, had healthy levels of confidence and self-worth. 

I see this day in and day out in my work with clients. Sadly, the effects of these early wounds to self-esteem can be far-...

In my over 10 years as an EFT practitioner and teacher of EFT, countless people have emailed me, messaged me on Facebook, and commented on my social media posts that they're not getting the results they had hoped for with tapping. Thankfully, if you know what to look for, this is relatively easy to troubleshoot. Here are the most common reasons people don't get good results with...

I can't think of a single person I've ever known, worked with, or heard of who doesn't have traumatic events from their past which are keeping them from achieving at least one of their goals. And yes, that includes.....

Please reload

© 2018 HEATHER AMBLER. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CONTENT MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED IN ANY FORM.

TERMS OF USE  |  PRIVACY POLICY