“Lose your mind and come to your senses”
– Fritz Perls, founder of Gestalt Therapy
Everyone lives in a sensory world.
Our experience is what we see, hear, feel, smell, taste, think, imagine, remember and do (thinking, imagining and remembering are seeing and hearing in our inner world).
When we tap we are tapping on our internal sensory experience and how that makes us feel.
If you know about EFT you will know one of the foundations of successful EFT / Tapping is to be specific about what you are tapping on.
When we talk about being specific we are focusing on the sensory parts of our experience. The unpleasant feelings, the scary images, critical voices and painful memories that distress us, all happen at the level of sensory experience.
If we spent all our time in our sensory experience our tapping would be very simple, but because we are able to think and imagine we can take ourselves out of our sensory world into the realm of abstraction.
Thinking About Our Problems Can Cause Problems
Our capacity to think gives us ways to create abstractions and theories about why we are suffering. These theories, concepts, names, abstractions about our experience take us away from our sensory experience.
In one way it may be less distressing to spend our time thinking about the problem, in another way it can get in the way of resolving the problem.
We talk about low self-esteem, co-dependency, procrastination, borderline personality disorder and all the other conditions and syndromes that can appear on social media or in our Google searches.
While it might be useful to discuss diagnoses amongst ourselves or with professionals such abstractions are not directly amenable to tapping.
You can’t show your therapist low self-esteem, co-dependency etc because they are abstractions. They are labels for experience not the experience themselves.
The further away from sensory experience we get the more vague and un-tappable the problem gets.
Some things are just so vague that it is like wrestling with (or tapping on) fog.
So, how exactly do you tap on low self-esteem, procrastination, indecisiveness or all those other abstractions? These problems are very real to the people experiencing them, but they are hard to tap on directly.