Week 7: EFT for Fears About the Future

By now, having used EFT for six weeks, you’re probably experiencing some positive changes in how you’re feeling. Your symptoms may be abating. You may be feeling better than you have in a long time. At the same time, you’re probably worrying that the results won’t last. You may have experienced improvement in the past, only to have your hopes dashed by a return of the same old pain and fatigue. In addition to worrying that the improvements you’re experiencing won’t last, you may also be afraid of a healthy future. You may have been ill for so long, you can’t imagine what it will be like to be healthy and you’re not sure you’re up to the challenge of reengaging with life again.

Fear can prevent you from seeing a positive future, and actually impede your recovery. In order to envision the best that you can be, you will need to tap away your fear. Then the images of what you really want and all the possibilities awaiting you can emerge.

A common statement by people with a long-term debilitating illness is “I have no choice.” Having been ill for so long, they do not see their options, notes Gunilla Brattberg, MD. In reality, we all have choices, she says. She urges those with such illnesses to “dare and be willing to choose,” asking: “Do you dare to be healthy? Do you dare to feel good?” With EFT, you can program yourself to make good choices. You can choose to envision a healthy future.

A good start to the “dare and choose” path is to ask yourself: What do I really want? Another step forward may be to identify the choices you made in the past that had a negative impact on your life. “A good first choice,” says Dr. Brattberg, “is to choose to accept what has happened and that it cannot be undone. Once you’ve done that, it’s easier to move forward in life.”

How EFT Can Help with Fears about the Future


EFT has excellent, often amazing results with phobias. Fear about the future is no different. Tap on your fear every time you feel it and you will likely begin to feel more positive about what the future holds for you. As with all problems you address with EFT, the more specific you can be about your fears, the better. So rather than simply saying “I’m afraid of what will happen to me in the future,” state your worst fear, as in “I’m afraid that I will be sick for the rest of my life,” tap on it until the intensity is reduced, then go on to your next fear.

In addition to addressing your fears about the future, EFT can help you envision what your life will look like in the most positive future possible. You can tap on “I choose to be open to all possibilities for my future,” “I choose to entertain the possibility that I can be well,” or any variation that programs you for positive choices.

This Week’s EFT Success Story


In this week’s story, Paula Supley tells of her highly successful results as well as a phenomenon that occurs for many people in using EFT:

I have suffered from fibromyalgia for six years. It changed my life drastically. Not only was I in constant pain, I became depressed over my situation. I could no longer work or participate in my usual activities. Through the years, I pursued countless therapies hoping for a cure. Unfortunately, I had to learn to live with it.

Any stress can make fibromyalgia worse, so I decided to take a class taught by EFT practitioner Clay LaPorte entitled “Stress and EFT.” I was intrigued by the energy therapy he described, so I made an appointment with him.

He felt an unresolved emotional issue might be at the root of my fibromyalgia. In one session, I immediately felt a sense of calm. It was a very emotional session that left me exhausted. I awoke the next day feeling totally relaxed and in the next few days my pain began to lift and then disappeared altogether. I was stunned, to say the least. I had more energy, I was sleeping better, and my mind was clearer. At the end of one week, I was a new person. I contacted Clay and he wasn’t surprised at all. He said these are the type of results EFT is getting. Not only do I have my life back, I am more relaxed than ever. Since I was little, I’ve always been anxious. How different life is when you are at peace.

Here is something very important that I want to share with you. After a couple of weeks, some of the fibromyalgia symptoms started to reappear. I started to get worried, so I contacted Clay. He wanted me to know that just because some symptoms started to return, it didn’t mean that EFT hadn’t worked for me. It was simply that more issues from my past needed to be addressed. So, over the next few months, I resolved these issues. Once again, my symptoms disappeared. Since then, I have been able to get off two medications and resume activities I haven’t done in years.

This is a good heads-up not to add to your fears about the future by worrying if your symptoms begin to return after initially disappearing with EFT. Keep tapping!

Using EFT for Fears about the Future


Think back over the past week to a time or an incident when you felt fearful about your future.

What was your memory? Write it (be brief) down on paper.

Before you start tapping, take a moment to assess your feelings as you remember this event. Use the 0 to 10 (0 = no discomfort and 10 = extreme discomfort) SUD scale. How strong is your emotional reaction to the memory right now? Give it a number, and write that number down.

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 or 10

Also, identify a place in your body where you feel that emotion most strongly. It might be your forehead, your shoulders, or your heart. Write down the location in your body of this strong emotion:

So Far, So Good! Here’s your Setup Statement:


“Even though (name the problem you wrote down), I deeply and completely accept myself.”

Say this three times while tapping on the Karate Chop point on the side of your hand.


Now look at the illustration showing EFT’s 12 acupoints, and tap lightly 7 to 10 times with two fingertips on each point. While tapping, focus on the problem.



A Second Helping of EFT


Now let’s do EFT again, but with a slightly different Setup Statement. Most people experience a reduction in the intensity of the problem, so we’ll modify the Setup Statement accordingly.

“Even though I still have some strong feelings about (name the problem), I deeply and completely accept myself.”

Say this three times while tapping on the side of your hand.


Now tap lightly 7 to 10 times with two fingertips on each point. While tapping, stay focused on your problem.




A Final Round of EFT


You might still have some remaining SUD intensity, so for good measure, let’s try EFT again.

“Even though I still have some remaining feelings about (name the problem), I deeply and completely accept myself.”

Say this three times while tapping on the side of your hand.


Now tap lightly 7 to 10 times with two fingertips on each point. While tapping, stay focused on your problem.




Measuring Your Results


Think about the problem again, and tune in to your the body part you wrote down. Using the same scale from 0 to 10 (with 0 being no emotional intensity, and 10 being the highest possible) write down your second SUD:

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 or 10

Congratulations! Your level of emotional intensity just went down by ___percent. (Divide your second number by your first number, then multiply your answer x 100.)

Tap on Your Fears about the Future as They Arise


You now have a tool that you can use every time you feel fearful about your future. This week, use EFT whenever a fear arises.

Each evening, before you go to sleep, think about any upsetting incidents that occurred during the day, and tap them away. When you wake up, tap through the points three or four times before you even start your day. This will help balance your energy, and give you more resilience to face the day ahead.


  • Anxiety About Making a Living


  • Neck Pain
  • Starting a Practice
  • Clueless in 7th Grade


Exercise Punishment

Every time Mav exercises, she feels exhausted 48 hours later. So we deliberately scheduled this session for 2 days after a yoga class. Her exhaustion was 8 out of 10. The weight on her shoulders was a 7.

Breakthrough: She imagined a guide from a benevolent universe coming to her to heal and protect her. “The dusty pebbles of pain in my body become sparkling diamonds.” The weight on her shoulders went to a 2, then dissipated. At the end of the session she’s surprised that it’s vanished. Her fatigue disappears and she feels bright and makes plans for self-care over the course of the coming weekend.

Exercise Punishment

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This Week’s Assignments



  • Do EFT whenever you feel fearful about the future, using the instructions above.
  • Take at least one concrete positive step forward this week. Make the step small and achievable.
  • Write a list of 12 things you would do if you were completely free of Fibromyalgia/CFS.
  • Do EFT for 10 minutes when you wake up, and before you go to sleep.
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