We often use an analogy of a table when discussing how EFT can work quickly. The tabletop in the analogy often represents a global issue in life, and the legs of the table represent the times in life that reinforced that issue. Each of the legs and memories will have its own aspects.
Let’s consider a common pattern of behavior: procrastination. Imagine someone who just does this all the time. Even when they try to be organized and efficient, they slip into a pattern of procrastinating.
In this example the tabletop is procrastination. It is the big global issue, and tapping just on “procrastination” may not change the behavior. The legs of the table are the events, memories, and times in that person’s life where they did procrastinate; and some of these will be more significant that others (e.g., if there was a negative consequence from procrastinating, it may have been more impactful).
Tapping on all those specific events with all the aspects will be important. However, you may not have to tap on every single time in your life you ever procrastinated. (You may sigh in relief here!) It only appears important to tap on the really significant memories you recall about the topic. The procrastination table here will collapse when the largest legs are removed. The table will fall over even when several legs remain.
The image here offers a visual example of a tabletop of someone who believes they aren’t good enough. You can see the legs of the table include examples of specific times in their life where they haven’t measured up (and each of these can have its own legs too). The idea is to tap on these individual memories (legs) as you become aware of them, and over time the belief of “I am not good enough” will change, and you will have a different reality. Chances are, you won’t have to tap on every single memory.
So keep this in mind next time you tap, and keep a running list of the legs!