Michael Hetherington earned his Bachelor of Health Sciences degree from Charles Sturt University, in Bathurst, New South Wales. He is a Licensed Acupuncturist, receiving his Advanced level of certification from the Australian Institute of Applied Sciences. Continuing his focus on healing, Hetherington became certified as a Level 2 yoga teacher at the Byron Yoga Centre, also in New South Wales. He has 500+ hours of yoga teaching under his belt, as well as a Diploma in Chinese Remedial Massage (Tui Na).
Besides authoring Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Through The Chakras, the versatile and widely educated naturopath and alternative medicine devotee has written 37 other books, including the following:
- The Art of Self Muscle Testing
- The Art of Self Adjusting
- Cranial Relaxation Technique – a Simple Technique to Calm the Mind, Nourish the Eyes and Balance the Nervous System
- Developing Your Intuition
- How to Do Restorative Yoga
- You Can Ask the Universe Anything
- Getting Grounded
- 15 Sure Signs That You Are on the Right Path
- The Complete Book of Oriental Yoga
- Losing Weight Without Dieting
Suffering from painful migraine headaches in his early 20s, as well as chronic lower back pain, Hetherington was frequently depressed. He had always had an attraction and interest in Eastern philosophy. It was this way of thinking that led him to learn about yoga, Oriental medicine and remedial massage at a young age. By practicing meditation, relaxation and yoga, he eventually overcame his chronic pains and depression. He is a practitioner, believer and teacher in EFT and chakra energy psychology, and enjoys drinking tea, reading, and spending time in nature.
The idea of wheels of energy (chakras, usually 7 in number) located along a vertical line in your body is nothing new. The chakra system is thought to be developed developed between 1,500 and 500 BC in India. It is believed that the chakras are an integral part of your subtle body. They are not physical body parts which can be identified, and are rather meeting points of energy channels. Your life force and vital energy moves through these channels.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a phrase used to identify an alternative healing method that involves tapping at particular points on your body to balance your energy flow. It is based on Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), energy medicine, Thought Field Therapy (TFT) and acupuncture. By lightly and repetitively tapping your fingertips on certain energy meridians, you unblock blocked energy, and the result is health and well-being.
Traditional EFT centers around tapping energy meridians located on your face, the outside of your chest and the top of your head. Your chakras are located and aligned in a vertical line, running up your spine and through the top of your head. The idea behind Hetherington’s Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Through The Chakras is to use EFT tapping techniques along your chakra system to receive a much deeper healing experience than is realized using either of these systems separately.
How the Book Is Laid Out
This book is available in paperback and as an Amazon Kindle digital download. This review covers the 2d Edition of the 66 page Kindle book, which has been expanded and updated.
After a typical Table of Contents you come to an Introduction. It is here that you learn there are 3 basic levels, or dimensions, of the human body – the physical, the mental/emotional, and the spiritual. When your life force energy becomes imbalanced, you suffer from poor health in one or more of your 3 human dimensions. Through an EFT application to your 7 chakras, health is restored.
In the 1st chapter, titled What Is EFT, this relatively New Age alternative healing technique is defined:
“EFT is a simple method that involves tapping and
stimulating acupuncture points around the head and
upper torso with your fingertips, while bringing to mind
and voicing an issue or problem of concern.”
ting these pools of energy you distribute your life force energy properly throughout your body. These acupuncture points are called “meridians” in ancient Chinese medicine, and “nadis” by the yogas of India.
You learn that since modern medicine has not identified the exact, anatomical locations of these energy meridians, many scientists and doctors consider energy healing as ineffective, inconclusive, and some even call the practice “snake oil” medicine. However, significant and respected modern institutions of medicine are turning to EFT and other energy healing methods as complementary therapies.
Chapter 2 is titled How Often Should I Practice. It explains when and why EFT should be performed, and how frequently, for the most benefits. You are also introduced to your 7 chakras, their locations, and the physical, mental and spiritual parts of your body they are related to.
Chapter 3 gets you started with The Method that combines EFT tapping with your chakra system. This includes the setup, where you accept your current state of being. You move to a positive re-framing, where you use affirmations of “being” statements rather than “thinking” statements. You are then taught the exact tapping sequence, and tapping locations on your body, that lead to overall health and wellness.
In chapters 4 through 6 you get a more in-depth review of your chakras, how EFT tapping can balance your energy, tips on the technique, and Other Methods to Support the Chakras (such as yoga).
These chapters include the following information concerning each of your chakras:
- The chakra name and physical location on your body
- The emotions that each chakra support or influence
- The general and specific muscle groups related to each chakra
- Current truths to acknowledge and accept
- A setup statement (that you can customize for your own experience)
- Affirmation statements
- Positive re-framing advice, new empowering truths
The 7 chakras identified by most Ayurvedic and Indian energy healing methods are:
- The Crown Chakra
- Third Eye Chakra
- Throw Chakra
- Heart Chakra
- Solar Plexus Chakra
- Sacral Chakra
- Base Chakra
The book closes with a short Conclusion, followed by a list of other books and resources offered by the author.
Who Benefits from Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Through The Chakras?
Does feeling “out of sorts”, “out of sync”, “out of whack”, “out of touch” or “incomplete” sound familiar? Are you constantly sick? Do you suffer from chronic pain? Do you have a hard time keeping your emotions in check? Is there some physical, emotional, spiritual or mental health problem you have tried and tried to heal, to no avail? If you have answered yes to any of the above questions, then Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Through The Chakras may have what you have been looking for.
The book combines two effective alternative healing techniques. Both of these Complementary Alternative Medicinal (CAM) approaches are sometimes prescribed by traditional doctors and health care providers as part of a treatment program for physical and mental health issues. The author, a knowledgeable practitioner and teacher of alternative healing methods, shows you how to use a simple tapping technique on your chakra system to balance your emotions and energy.
This has been effective for alleviating health problems of the body and mind. It also balances your mind/body/spirit connection, and allows you to become the “you” that you were intended to be. Young and old have benefited from EFT and chakra work. Whether you have mental or physical issues, spiritual or emotional problems, this inexpensive guide to balancing your life force energy teaches simple self-treatment and self-healing.