OK. You’ve chosen your simple, specific issue. Now it’s time to measure your level of intensity. If it’s a feeling or event you’re tapping on, measure how strong your emotions are. If it’s a physical issue like pain or tightness, measure the intensity of the sensation. If it’s an unwanted belief, you measure the strength of it – how true it feels.
You’ll measure on a scale from 0 to 10, with 0 as no problem and 10 being the most intense. To get this number, just close your eyes and ask yourself what it is. And go with the answer that comes up – whether it makes logical sense to you or not. This is a gut feeling number. Not an intellectual assessment.
If it’s hard to come up with a number, just say, “I don’t know what the number is, but if I had to guess I’d say it was a _____,” and then go with that.
So you’ll know if you’re making progress. It gives you a guideline to see whether the tapping is effective. AND it lets you know when you’re done. Otherwise, you’re just “feeling better.” Which is great. But completely clearing an issue is so awesome! If you start at a level 10 intensity, a 3 is a huge improvement. If you’re not measuring, that may be as low as you go, thinking you’re done.
But in reality, getting down to a zero could completely change your world. If you’re not measuring, you’ll quit before you get there. Measuring will let you know exactly where you are.
The more you do this, the easier it becomes. You may see a number, hear a number, or just sense it. The important thing is to trust the process. The more you can trust it, the faster the number will come to you.
Be sure to write your number down. It can be very easy to forget what it was after you’ve tapped a few rounds. So write it down.
Now you have chosen our issue, created your reminder phrase, and measured your intensity. It’s time to move on to Step 3 – Do The Setup Statement.
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