The Tapping Solution
How to live stress-free.
Published: April 2, 2013
by Nick Ortner
Using EFT to ease your pain.
I looked pretty silly. At least, I thought I did.
It was the spring of 2004. I was sitting alone, staring at a computer screen, talking to myself, and tapping different parts of my body. If you’d glanced through my window and seen me, you might have thought I’d lost it.
In truth, I was going a little crazy. The neck pain I’d woken up with that morning was so bad I wasn’t sure how I’d get through the day. You know the kind of pain I’m talking about. You sleep in the wrong position and wake up with a crick in your neck. You spend a day, sometimes two, sometimes three, moving your head slowly and looking like a robot to the rest of the world.
I was willing to do just about anything to make it go away.
Including trying something as seemingly strange as tapping.
I had been hearing a lot about “tapping,” or EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). Said to be a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology, proponents said it remedied a vast number of issues. I’d been reading one miraculous story after another, so I thought, Why not? Might as well try it and see what happens.
To my astonishment, the pain—which would normally have taken days to go away—vanished within ten minutes. Ah, relief! To be able to turn my head again like a normal person and not feel uncomfortable all day! This tapping thing actually worked.
I was ready to go on with my day, satisfied to be pain-free. But suddenly, it hit me: this was about a lot more than neck pain. If tapping worked on my neck, what else could it help me change? Like many of us, I had one particular worldview—one that did not include instantaneous pain relief. This little experiment opened my mind to an ocean of possibilities that I had never before contemplated.
Let’s face it, many of us have been taught to think that it takes a certain amount of time to “fix” or change a problem—if we believe it can be fixed at all. But what if pain, health concerns, addictions, weight issues, relationship challenges, and financial problems really could be resolved—quickly and easily? What if the impossible was actually possible?
These are the thoughts that started percolating after my first tapping experience. At first, it was no more than a hobby. I used tapping extensively on myself and then began working with friends and family. Soon, I was taking on private clients. Those around me quickly learned that if they shared any issue that was going on in their lives—from a physical challenge to a debilitating emotion—they’d better get ready to tap! No one was spared from my insistence that they try this incredible process.
And again and again, I was blown away by what I saw. Back then, I just threw all these results in the “don’t really know how this works, but it does, and that’s all I care about!” category. But now the latest science and research is shedding light on the principles underlying the tapping process—and why it offers such radical, positive change.
At the time I found it, EFT was already being used by tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people around the world. A thriving community existed, its members exploring these principles together and sharing the results. But there was still a tremendous amount of skepticism about the process. I felt a compelling desire to play a part in helping to spread this tool even farther.
So, without any filmmaking experience—and with a limited budget that consisted of maxed-out credit cards and a few short lines of credit—I decided to make a documentary film that would capture the incredible results EFT was facilitating. Enlisting the help of my younger sister, Jessica, and my best friend, Nick Polizzi (yes, there are two Nicks here!), I set out to document the effects of this technique in a tangible way.
We spent the first six months of the process on a cross-country trip interviewing a slew of experts, doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, personal development speakers, and best-selling authors who were using EFT themselves. But while that footage was compelling and educational, it didn’t tell the whole story. We also had to capture the stories of real people using the technique.
That’s what brought me to the home of Jodi McDonald. Jodi was suffering from fibromyalgia, a painful and often misunderstood condition. Looking at Jodi’s vibrant smile and energetic eyes, you wouldn’t have guessed the severity of her pain. She was frequently reduced to crawling on the floor, and during the course of a typical night, her pain would wake her as many as 15 or 20 times.
After a few minutes talking to Jodi, two things were obvious. First, she’d lived through several traumatic experiences as a young girl, including watching her mother being beaten by her father. Second, in spite of it all, Jodi had dedicated herself to being a positive, productive person who spent most her time helping others.
Jodi did her best to be happy, went to all the right doctors, and tried alternative approaches. She’d done everything she could to overcome the pain and heal, but it just wasn’t working. So what was going on? And could this strange-looking technique help?
Let me tell you what happened for Jodi. Diagnosed with an “incurable” condition that nobody had been able to help her with, Jodi was pain-free by the second day of our four-day event! Years later, she remains pain-free, and her life has been transformed in many other ways. If Jodi had such an extraordinary result with such a difficult condition, what’s possible for you?
Nick Ortner is CEO of The Tapping Solution, LLC, a company with a mission to bring simple, effective, natural healing into the mainstream through Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or “tapping.” Tapping is a healing modality that combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology.
Nick's goal is to empower people to create healthy, financially abundant and stress-free lives through his books, films, CDs, online events and speaking engagements attended by participants from all over the world.