Emotions are Chemicals

Have you ever stopped to wonder what your emotions are?

I think and speak about Emotional Freedom Techniques (also known as EFT or tapping) in a completely different way than most other EFT practitioners. It isn’t right or wrong, it’s just different.

When I started to think about EFT in this new way in 2004, it completely changed my approach to EFT and my tapping protocols. As a result, the results for my clients definitely improved!

I want to share with you how I think and talk about tapping to lay the groundwork for some future posts, so that when I talk about “emotional chemicals,” you’ll understand to what I’m referring.

In order to explain this, I have to first start with some information about our physiology.

We have 50 to 100 trillion cells in our bodies!

EVERY CELL in our body has up to one million cell receptor sites. It is the job of these cell receptors to take in nutrients, proteins, vitamins, and minerals to nourish each cell and keep it in balance.


That event can be thoughts we have; something that happens to us; something we witness happening to someone else; an injury; a trauma; etc.

The hypothalamus releases a cascade of chemicals that are called peptides

These peptides are short chain amino acids that we experience as an emotion or sensation; all 32 emotions are simply chemical combinations

These peptides dock onto cell receptor sites throughout the body

Now nutrients, proteins, vitamins and minerals can’t enter those receptor sites

If the chemical/emotion isn’t naturally processed out of receptor sites it remains there

Eventually these receptor sites shrink up and die and the cell divides

The body then makes more receptor sites for that same chemical/emotion and less for nutrients, proteins, vitamins, and minerals

We then spend our time trying to deal with the event and these unprocessed chemicals/emotions on a mental level rather than the physiological level that it happened on!

That’s also why it feels like your problem is getting worse. That’s not your imagination. It’s an accumulation of these chemicals in your cell receptors; it’s a biochemical response your body is having.

The things that happen to us happen on a physiological level.

They literally bypass our conscious mind and happen biochemically and physiologically to us, but we end up spending our time trying to deal with them mentally.

It’s like using a hammer to do the job when instead we really need to use a screwdriver…wrong tool for the job!

What does tapping do?

EFT (or tapping) speaks directly to your body, bypassing the conscious mind, and completes the processing of these chemicals out of the cell receptors, returning your body to a state of balance.

These emotional chemicals dump into your waste system and are eliminated.

(In case you’re new to tapping: this is accomplished through a series of taps on end acupuncture points on your face and hands, using your fingertips. There are no needles involved and it is a do-it-yourself technique. Once learned, you will literally have this tool at your fingertips for the rest of your life!)

And unlike other techniques, since we’re speaking directly to your body and not your mind, you don’t have to believe it will work in order for it to work.

In my next post, I’ll tell you about how negative and positive emotional chemicals affect your body and your overall health.

Click below to read the post entitled “Keep Your Cells Healthy with Tapping”:

Stacey Vornbrock, M.S.


Stacey Vornbrock, M.S. is a Sports Performance Pioneer who gets RESULTS. Stacey’s innovative and proprietary techniques have resulted in dramatic performance improvements for elite and amateur athletes in virtually any sport.