we have come upon a fascinating discovery using EFT and brain waves. Throughout our experience of over 20 years of study in the scientific realms of neurofeedback and biofeedback,we have found that EFT has resulted in specific brain wave changes while the client is being treated.
Biofeedback is based on the practice of brain wave monitoring, heart rate measuring, and the monitoring of other biological functions for the purpose of boosting performance and assisting in improvement of mental and physical health. We have recently encountered some amazing observations that could assist in making EFT, and the benefits that the person is receiving, instantly visible during an actual tapping session.
There are four main frequencies of brain waves, they are named- Beta, Alpha, Theta and Delta, each denoting a function of the brain that we all use. The equipment that measures brain waves shows all four frequencies flashing in different colors on a monitor in real time. We can observe these changes as the session is happening. We can additionally watch another monitor measuring heart rate variability at the same time, as the heart also responds instantly to emotionally charged information.
Over the last year we have had the opportunity to observe these brain wave changes in people while they are receiving EFT sessions. These recordings are done live as the person is receiving, or self treating, with EFT. We are seeing some very rapid and significant changes in the overall brain wave patterns that mirror the release of emotional issues during the sessions. The heart monitoring has also shown instant, healthier responses to the resolution of emotions.
While these are initial field studies, and more controlled studies should be done, there are some important shifts that suggest an accelerated movement towards improved brain function using EFT. Initially, during the course of a session as personal issues are being resolved, we see a decrease in overall brain wave energy. This reduction in energy occurs more rapidly than in just a simple relaxation period, often within a single round of tapping. There are many in the field who feel that as the brain works more efficiently, the amount of energy in the cortex, or surface of the brain, decreases. This is exactly what we observe.
Along with this was an increase in brain symmetry, that is both sides of the brain, the hemispheres, begin to work together in a more balanced manner. People often have the mistaken assumption that they are either right brained or left brained, in truth we are both, and the two sides of the brain need to work together for optimal health and performance. This is what we see happening over the course of a session, people have increased hemispheric integration or balance.
Next we observed a general decrease of energy in the highest frequencies, sometimes called beta one and two. This band of energy is often associated with emotional intensity, anxiety, stress, negative ruminating and possible history of addictions. This energy band shows a decrease as emotional issues of the moment are released during tapping. As another layer of the story unfolds, beta can flare again as the new issue emerges, followed by more tapping, until it again is reduced to a new healthy level. This makes it possible to determine whether or not the person has another layer of issues to access for further tapping.
As people tune into their issues we also see an increase of energy flares in the slower frequencies called alpha and theta. These frequencies show an internal focus and the emergence of memories often associated with the symptoms at hand. Without an alpha bridge emotional memories in the theta range are often lost, or remain unconscious. So it is important that we can see an increase of this alpha bridging occurring with the EFT. This allows people to more readily connect with the issues that need to be resolved. We can visibly see the theta brain wave spikes, even when the person may not be conscious of the emotional connection to what they are saying.
Finally as core issues begin to be resolved we are able to see, in some people, the development of what we call the high performance mind, also called the “Awakened Mind” pattern. This pattern occurs in moments of emotional, personal, creative, and spiritual insight. It is the pattern we see in long time meditators. It is the pattern of a brain that is humming along at optimal performance, like a well tuned engine. It would appear that as EFT quickly aids in resolving long term emotional issues it also can tune the brain to its highest levels of performance. Other measurements of the stress response, such as heart rate coherence, show reductions of stress, and an increase of healthy functioning on all levels.
Gary Groesbeck BCIAC Fellow
Donna Bach ND
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