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Clearing Shame and Guilt Using EFT [Forgiveness Series]

How to use Emotional Freedom Technique to clear shame and guilt

How to do EFT tapping to clear feelings of shame and guilt

Starting this week, I’m on a mission to forgive myself for any and every folly I have ever committed. Sounds like a tall order, isn’t it? I’ve realized that any path to attaining a strong self-esteem has to go via self-acceptance and forgiveness. Forgiveness to self and forgiveness to others. So today I’m bringing you my first post in the Forgiveness Series.

There is no point telling yourself that you’re loved and valued if there’s shame and guilt hidden in the dark corners of your psyche. So if you ever did anything that you regret and feel ashamed of, irrespective of how much you were at fault, tapping away that guilt will help you in more than one way. Not only is shame a useless emotion, it constantly works to belittle us, nibbling away at our self-esteem. So let’s tap it away now!


EFT tapping set up

Karate chop

Even though I feel so ashamed of what I did, I am starting to wonder how long I need to keep carrying this burden on my shoulders in order to get anything out of it.

Even though I really shouldn’t have done what I did, and it sure would have kept my life simpler and guilt free, what if I could forgive myself and shut the case, and make my life simpler and guilt free now?

Even though part of me feels this shame is necessary to prevent me from making such mistakes in the future, I’m so ready to let go of this feeling, and set myself free.

EFT tapping round 1

Eyebrow    I feel so ashamed.

Side of the eye    I’m so angry with myself.

Under the eye    For doing what I did.

Under the nose    What was going on in my head at that time?

Chin    Wasn’t I thinking clearly?

Collar bone    I feel guilty just thinking about it.

Under the arm    I feel so ashamed, I hate myself.

Top of the head    What a fool I made of myself!

EFT tapping round 2

Eyebrow    Did I really have to go out

Side of the eye    and take that action?

Under the eye    I feel too ashamed to even tap on this issue.

Under the nose    These feelings of shame

Chin    make me feel as small as a worm.

Collar bone    That incident sure left me

Under the arm    with lessons to learn.

Top of the head    So I want to keep feeling ashamed

EFT tapping round 3

Eyebrow    so that I’ll remember not to do

Side of the eye    something so despicable ever again.

Under the eye    What if I could keep the lessons,

Under the nose    and let the shame go?

Chin    What if I could begin to see the

Collar bone    other side of the story?

Under the arm    What if I could begin to understand

Top of the head    my motivations behind what I did?

EFT tapping round 4

Eyebrow    Maybe I felt the need to take certain

Side of the eye    actions because I felt compelled to.

Under the eye    Maybe that was the best I could do

Under the nose    at the time in order to do justice to

Chin    what was going on around me.

Collar bone    This is not to brush things under the carpet

Under the arm    or downplay what I did,

Top of the head    but part of me is now questioning

EFT tapping round 5

Eyebrow    till what date, day and time

Side of the eye    will I keep shaming myself

Under the eye    for what happened?

Under the nose    Looking back, it is easy to point a finger

Chin    and say, hey, shame on me!

Collar bone    Can I please cut myself some slack here?

Under the arm    I have already punished myself

Top of the head    enough all this time,

EFT tapping round 6

Eyebrow    carrying the burden of guilt and shame.

Side of the eye    Maybe I’m being too hard on myself.

Under the eye    Maybe I would have found it easier

Under the nose    to forgive and forget if it was

Chin    someone else who did something like this.

Collar bone    So why is it so hard to forgive myself?

Under the arm    Maybe this is what I learned early on.

Top of the head    That the only way to evolve

EFT tapping round 7

Eyebrow    into a good human being was to keep

Side of the eye    shaming myself about my wrongs

Under the eye    so that I would keep on the right path,

Under the nose    even if out of fear of shame.

Chin    I shouldn’t have to shame myself

Collar bone    into doing the right thing!

Under the arm    I am a good person

Top of the head    even with all my flaws and shortcomings.

EFT tapping round 8

Eyebrow    And I know that I’m trying to do

Side of the eye    the best I can manage.

Under the eye    Even if it feels like I’m falling way short

Under the nose    of doing THE right thing.

Chin    This self-beating isn’t taking me anywhere.

Collar bone    What if I could say,

Under the arm    “I’m sorry for what I did.”

Top of the head    “Please forgive me.”?

EFT tapping round 9

Eyebrow    I know I’m truly sorry.

Side of the eye    I accept my apology.

Under the eye    I choose to forgive myself unconditionally.

Under the nose    I choose to keep the lessons,

Chin    and let this pain of shame go, right now.

Collar bone    I choose to breathe easy, it’s okay.

Under the arm    It feels good to be free, at last.

Top of the head    I’m now calm and confident.

Repeat tapping through the script if you feel there is still some emotional charge around the issue. Also tap on any specific memories that come up during tapping. Here’s a related tap-along EFT script to help you get over the feelings of regret over how you behaved on a certain occasion.

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2 Responses to Clearing Shame and Guilt Using EFT [Forgiveness Series]

  1. Brynn Andre at 12:43 am #

    This is wonderful, thank you for the script.

  2. suchi at 6:42 pm #

    Thanks sonal fot always helping with such wonderful scipts. Thanks lot.

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