Could solving all of your money problems be as easy as tapping your forehead?
Tapping—a.k.a. the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)—might just be the most popular alternative therapy you’ve never heard of. It’s used by veterans to help with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), athletes to reduce anxiety—and everyday people to address past traumas and negative emotions.
And according to Margaret M. Lynch, a success coach and leading tapping expert, it can be used to get you out of a money rut—quickly and easily.
We were a bit skeptical, so we got Lynch on the phone to grill her about the technique just as she’s about to release a new book, “Tapping Into Wealth: How Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Can Help You Clear the Path to Making More Money.” Read on and judge for yourself …
LearnVest: So what exactly is tapping?
Margaret M. Lynch: It’s a mind-body technique that’s been around for about 25 years. My book is specifically about using tapping to address money anxieties. Most people feel a level of apprehension that prevents them from dealing with their finances. With this technique, you tap on acupuncture points with your fingertips, and when you do that, it turns off the fight-or-flight response. Within a few minutes, nothing is as scary or stressful—and your brilliant, analytical brain takes over.
O.K., but does it really work?
You can see cortisol levels dropping—they’ve actually shown this in clinical studies. It’s a huge technique for PTSD, which has been used by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs. Whoopi Goldberg has even talked about how she got rid of a flying phobia through tapping.
In terms of money anxiety, I look at traumas that can affect every part of your financial picture—and how you can use tapping to get rid of such lifelong phobias. It looks funny because you’ll be tapping spots on your face when you suddenly feel a wave of emotion come up … and then it’s gone. At that point, you’re ready to sit down and make a plan.
Part of why I wrote this book is to change the conversation about money. When people do this work, they become ready to make a huge change in their finances—especially if they can clear generational wealth programming.