Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is a highly
effective body-mind-spirit tool developed by clinical psychologist Roger
Callahan, Ph.D., for use with trauma and addictive behaviours. Thought
fields are the complex of forces affecting our human behaviour.
According to Callahan, our problems and negative emotions are not
fundamentally in the brain or nervous system, but in the thought field.
Recalling images and memories of events that happened long ago has the
capacity to trigger upset or negative emotions in the present moment.
With traumatic stress, a person often continues to live caught in the
past and in the memories of the trauma. Using acupressure points and eye
movements, "collapses" or changes the "thought
field" so that the thought no longer upsets.
Thought Field Therapy Procedure
Measure the Level of Discomfort
Connected with a Problem
Think of a problem that you currently have and measure on a scale of 1
to 10 how strongly thinking of the problem affects you. 10 means the
worst you can feel; 1 means there is no trace of the problem.
Tapping Acupressure points
You will now tap four sets of acupressure points that are connected with
moving the energy of negative emotions. Tap firmly with your fingers
each set of points 5 to 7 times to stimulate the energy flow, but not to
hurt or bruise yourself. ]
1. At the beginning of the eyebrow
above the bridge of the nose.
2. Under the eye about an inch below the eyeball on the bone of the
orbit high on the cheek.
3. Under the arm, about 4 inches below the armpit. Tap with the knuckles
of the index fingers.
4. Below the throat, about an inch under collar bone on either side of
After tapping the 4 sets of acupressure points, again think about the
problem and measure the level of distress using the scale of 1 to 10 to
see if there is any change.
The Nine Gamut Treatments with
the Gamut Point
Find the "gamut point" on the top back of your non-dominant
hand. Make a fist with this hand. Place your index finger of the
dominant hand in the valley between the knuckles of the little finger
and ring finger. Move your index finger about an inch back toward the
wrist to find the "gamut point". Tap this point about 3 to 5
times per second. Continue tapping while going through the nine
procedures that follow. Tap about 5 to 6 times for each of the steps. It
is crucial to tap the gamut point throughout the nine steps.
1. Open your eyes.
2. Close your eyes.
3. Open your eyes and look down to the left.
4. Look down to the right.
5. Whirl your eyes in a circle in one direction.
6. Whirl your eyes in the opposite direction and then rest your eyes.
7. Hum a few bars of a tune (more than one note).
8. Count from one to five.
9. Hum a few bars again.
Measure again the level of anxiety
on the scale from 1 to 10.
Often at this point the number has decreased to 2 or 3 with a much lower
level of upset. Repeat the entire procedure, Parts 2 and 3, until the
level of disturbance measures 1 or 2.
Floor to Ceiling Eye Roll
The floor to ceiling eye roll is performed at the end of a successful
series of movements. The person usually reports that the level of
disturbance is down to a 1 or 2. This movement solidifies the work. Tap
the gamut point on the back of the hand while the head is held level.
Look down at the floor and slowly raise the eyes all the way toward the
ceiling (taking about 6 or 7 seconds). The gamut point must be tapped
during the moving of the eyes.
Polarity Reversal with the
At times when the disturbance
level does not go down any farther, but stays at a 5 or 6, there appears
to be a psychological reversal or block preventing further
improvement. Roger Callahan believes that this is connected with a
reversal in the polarity of the meridians or energy field. To work with
this block and to change the polarity reversal, tap the PR spot located
on the outside edge of the hand about mid-way between the wrist and the
base of the little finger. While tapping the pr spot say three times:
"I accept myself even though I have this issue." This movement
usually reverses the block. Without the block the entire TFT procedure,
Parts 2 and 3, may then be repeated several times to successfully lower
the level of disturbance to 1.