How to Overcome Fears with the help of EFT Tapping?

Have you ever felt terribly scared of something even when you know that your fear has no logical basis? It’s called phobia.

Phobias are irrational fears. They mostly originate from a past incident or trauma that the brain relates with a particular object or situation. So every time that you face that situation or object, images of past horror conjure up in your head, making you feel dead scared. 

When the fear itself is so overwhelming, trying to face it can feel like a very daunting task. And this is where EFT Tapping can help you. EFT Tapping allows you to clear all emotional baggage and mental blocks, to be able to feel and face the fear. 

Here’s the story of Elsa Bulo, now a trainer, and her phobia of balloons. 


Elsa Bulo

Elsa Bulo grew up in East Timor, a very violent area. Her father was in the military. Even though they were mostly protected and kept safe by her father’s staff, she could hear blasts and gunshots. She experienced violent attacks first hand. On one particular occasion, her dog was shot dead. The incident shook her to the core. Another time, a friend of hers was killed and another got raped in front of her father. These traumas left their mark on her brain in the form of fear. As the sound of a gunshot closely resembled that of a balloon being popped, she developed a phobia of balloons. Seeing one made her feel like she was going to die.

EFT Tapping helped her overcome her fear. She could now understand that the incidents which caused her fear were now over and the people she lost rested peacefully in heaven. After developing this acceptance, she was able to let go of her fear. It made her feel lighter and liberated. 

"You face the problems time to time but if you don't meet anyone to heal, probably it's going to stay."

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Explore the physical sensations in the body associated with the fear and use the physical tension tapping process to reduce the sensations.

Then use the EFT Tapping Points Process taught in detail during EFT Practitioner Training Online.

1. To get started, begin by investigating the physical nature of the anxiety.

Connect with the anxiety and notice where do you feel it in the body. Then use the Physical Tension taught in detail during EFT Practitioner Training to clear the surface feelings and feel calmer.

Briefly, you can begin by asking the following questions to explore further:

Where in the body do you experience the anxiety?
What is the colour, texture, size, shape of the anxiety in the body?
What are the sensations like? For example rough or smooth
Anxiety can sometimes be felt in a specific location like the heart and/or chest. The symptoms can involve the heart racing, general restlessness, shaking legs and hands.

The important thing is to use your specific words to describe the anxiety.

2. Then measure the level of anxiety by asking:

"What number is the anxiety at, where 10 is really high and 1 is not high at all." Just go with whatever comes up spontaneously, without thinking too much about it.

3. Begin by Tapping on the Karate Chop or Side of the Hand EFT Tapping Points:

Even though I feel anxious, and I feel it in my chest and its at a number 6, and it's red, and it feels rough, I deeply and completely love and accept myself (Repeat 3 times).

4. Then tap on the facial and upper body EFT Tapping Points for Anxiety using the phrases:

  • Eyebrow: This anxiety...
  • Side of the eye: So anxious...
  • Under the eye: Anxious in my chest.
  • Under the nose: It's a red colour...
  • Chin: At a number 6...
  • Collarbone: So rough...
  • Under the arm: This anxiety...
  • Thumb: I feel it in my chest...
  • Index Finger: So anxious...
  • Middle Finger: Really anxious...
  • Little Finger: The colour red...

5. Close the sequence by coming back the EFT Karate Chop Tapping Points and repeat once:

Even though I feel anxious, and I feel it in my chest, and it's at a number 6, and it's red and it feels rough, I deeply and completely love and accept myself.

6. Relax: Take a gentle breath in and out and take a sip of water.

7. Test: At the end of the EFT Tapping for Anxiety Relief Process, you can ask yourself the following questions:

  • What number is the anxiety at now?
  • What happened?
  • How does it make you feel?

You can repeat this process by going back to Step 1 if you feel like the number could come down a little more.


Explore past memories related to the physical tension and use the Tell the Story & the Movie Technique to clear it. 

To uncover the past memories linked to the symptoms of anxiety, you can ask questions like:

  • When have you felt these sensations before?
  • What do these sensations remind you of?
  • When did the sensations start? What happened?
  • Was there ever a time when you did not experience these symptoms?
  • What can trigger and bring on the symptoms?


Identify past events linked to the feeling of fears and resolve it with the help of tapping therapy.

You can ask the following questions:

  • When have you felt anxious before?
  • What happens to trigger the anxiety?
  • Who or what triggers the anxiety?

These questions will identify your past experiences associated with anxiety.


Now, past experiences are most likely to be the root cause of your anxiety; in many cases traumatic and hurtful situations as well. For example:

Being scolded by a parent, guardian or teacher - For a child, this is deeply traumatic, since someone they love is yelling at them. It can trigger the nervous system to go into being overwhelmed and release the stress hormone - cortisol.
A car or motor bike accident - With an accident what can happen is every time you see a car or a motor bike it can trigger the stress response and cause anxiety. In my case I had an accident when i was crossing the road and after that accident every time I had to cross the road I would hesitate and pause and get anxious and ask myself, "Is it safe to cross the road?"
Losing a loved one - Loss is never easy for anyone and losing someone close to us, is devastating. It can cause intense emotional pain. What can happen is, there can be fear of feeling the emotional pain and to avoid or deny feeling the emotions anxiety can arise.
Physical, verbal or sexual abuse - Any form of abuse is traumatic; whether it's teacher saying shut up, or a loved one shouting. I recall working with adults to relieve their anxiety. In many cases they had been abused as a child, for example, locked in a cupboard or told to shut up and not speak. These terrifying and unacceptable experiences lead to the child feeling like, "The world is not safe" or "It's not safe." Anxiety then becomes a surface symptom when the thought, "It's not safe", is triggered, since it's like warning the person to remain vigilant as there could be danger ahead. Anxiety creates a state of hyperarousal. Being "on" all the time as a means of protection and survival.
These types of memories can trigger Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), where the anxiety is a surface symptom of a deeper root cause.

When working with any form of trauma it is better to use the gentler methods of trauma release taught during Inner Child Matrix Training or during EFT Practitioner Training in the form of Tearless Trauma.


Limiting beliefs are thoughts that limit health, relationships, wealth, career or finances. These thoughts can be conscious or unconscious and can end up becoming responsible for self sabotage, procrastination and low self-esteem, in an individual.

With anxiety, first uncover the limiting beliefs which can either be at the surface level or associated with the deeper root memories; then shift them from stressful to empowering. For example,

“Something bad is going to happen” to “Everything is going to be OK"
"It not safe" to "I am safe now"


Identify positive tapping sequences to close the EFT Tapping Therapy for fear relief.

An example of positive tapping is "Even though I was anxious, that was then and this is now, I choose to be calm now."

Then hold the thumb to calm the body and mind and release any residual anxiety. You can also use the Jin Shin Jyutsu finger hold process to gain relief from anxiety.

Emotional Freedom Techniques, EFT, is now used worldwide by millions and clears emotional stress and upsets. The technique is clinically proven to lower stress, anxiety, tension, fears, depression and past negativity to enable health, happiness and vitality.

We have now trained over 4000 people in EFT in UK, Europe, USA & India. We have people who come because they want to learn the technique for themselves to feel more vibrant, healthy and fulfilled, or to become a Practitioner and share it with others.

New to EFT? Learn how EFT Tapping heals

Emotional Freedom Techniques (tapping) is clinically proven to lower stress, tension, anxiety, past-trauma to enable health, happiness and vitality.

To conclude, however difficult it may seem, it is possible to overcome fears. They do not exist anywhere but in the mind, and by solving this mental/emotional root cause, one can be free from fears. EFT Tapping is an effective tool which can prove to be extremely helpful throughout this process, like it did for Elsa.

So, go ahead, begin your journey to be fearless with EFT. 

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