EFT Tapping for Forgiveness

The word FORGIVE written in vintage letterpress type

When we hold resentment toward another, we are bound to that person or condition by an emotional link that is stronger than steel. Forgiveness is the only way to dissolve that link and get free.
Catherine Ponder

Forgive. “For” is defined as: 1. With the purpose. 2. In favor of. “For” “give“ would then be “in favor of giving.”

There are hurts and betrayals that totally blind-side us. There are hurts and betrayals in which the individual is no longer a part of our life and an interchange is not possible. There are some hurts that tear at our soul and we think forgiveness will never be possible.

We could be the one inflicting the pain or the one the pain hurts. When we are the ones inflicting the pain, when we realize the harm we have done to another, we have to come to terms with this act. We have to forgive ourselves for the harm we have caused another.

Some say forgiveness is really for ourselves. At times, we refuse to acknowledge or pay heed to red flags waving in front of our face that this person may not be trustworthy. Yet we trusted them anyway only to find out they were not trustworthy. We might want to consider forgiving ourselves for creating some of our own pain by ignoring the warnings.

No matter the circumstances, our healing is our responsibility. Part of healing may be to discover a lesson learned, a strength discovered, or the blessings and grace we received. This is not about the other person. Healing is about ourselves, something we do for ourselves, something we give ourselves.

Do you think it is weak to forgive? Are you willing to forgive those that hurt you? Do you relive the event over and over and over? Are you waiting for them to forgive you to begin your healing? EFT tapping can help. EFT which stands for Emotional Freedom Technique is a process that can desensitize painful emotions and memories.

The following statements can be for the one that has been betrayed or the betrayer. A statement can be altered to fit the individual. Example: “I’m addicted to telling my story” could also be “They are addicted to telling their story.” Also, in place of “them” and “they,” a name can be substituted and stated.

EFT Tapping statements for Forgiveness:

  • I’m not over it yet.
  • An eye for an eye.
  • It is weak to forgive.
  • I pretend to forgive.
  • I refuse to apologize.
  • I don’t want to forgive.
  • They are the bad guys.
  • I can’t believe I did that.
  • I brought this on myself.
  • I’m the cause of my pain.
  • I still think it is their fault.
  • I keep beating myself up.
  • I don’t want to let this go.
  • I harbor grudges forever.
  • I am not willing to forgive.
  • I am the victim if I forgive.
  • I have not forgiven myself.
  • I can heal without forgiving.
  • I don’t know how to forgive.
  • Punishing them will heal me.
  • I should have seen it coming.
  • Forgiveness will not help me.
  • I don’t believe in forgiveness.
  • I will not forgive until they do.
  • I blame others for my mistakes.
  • I’m addicted to telling my story.
  • It’s not important that I forgive.
  • I build walls to keep people out.
  • I allow my hurt to hold me back.
  • I refuse to accept their apology.
  • I am having difficulty moving on.
  • I will never be able to let this go.
  • It’s too difficult to say “I’m sorry.”
  • I’m suppose to forgive and forget.
  • I would rather punish than forgive.
  • Living well is not the best revenge.
  • I won’t forgive until they apologize.
  • I’m not willing to make things right.
  • I get satisfaction from hating them.
  • I blame my failures on my past hurt.
  • I will be victimized again if I forgive.
  • Forgiving makes me too vulnerable.
  • Forgiveness does not right a wrong.
  • I would rather get even than forgive.

@ Tessa Cason, 2022.

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