E.F.T. is based on the following truth:
“The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.”
What is EFT?
A: E.F.T. stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. I will explain from a little bit more of a technical standpoint a little further down this article but think about those words for a moment.
Emotional Freedom…. It even sounds amazing.
To borrow loosely from Gary Craig. The founder and still the gold standard in E.F.T. Our minds are like palaces. They have thousands of rooms. We live comfortably in three or four of those rooms. In those three or four rooms we gather our knowledge. All of our truths our fears our beliefs. You know. The things we “know” are true. The things we “learned” are true. Gary Called it “the writing on our walls.” We consult this “writing” constantly. Both on a conscious and a subconscious level. From something as basic as if someone puts a bowl of soup in front of you. You don’t pick up a fork. You have consulted the writing (your knowledge) and you choose a spoon. Unfortunately some of the writing on our walls can contain “truths” that are harmful or limiting to us. Such as, “I’m not good enough” or “I can’t do that” or “I’m terrified of that” or “I have to be perfect to be loved”. The first question that comes to mind is. How did this harmful writing get there? Well a lot of the negative writing was put there from trauma that we thought we had buried long ago. The content of the writing is as varied as the people that will view this web site. The point is. Everyone has their own writing on their own walls. If you think about it, since all our “truths” all seem to be different. Can they be absolute “truths?” …. Or are they limiting beliefs?
Okay here is the good part.
E.F.T. works as an eraser on the trauma that has erroneously given us these “false truths” or the limiting beliefs that are “written on our walls.” And because our physical pains and diseases are so obviously connected with our emotions the following statement has also proven to be true…“
“Our unresolved negative emotions are major contributors to most physical pains and diseases.”
This common sense approach draws its power from (1) time-honored Eastern discoveries that have been around for over 5,000 years and (2) Albert Einstein, who told us back in the 1920’s that everything (including our bodies) is composed of energy. These ideas have been largely ignored by Western Healing Practices and that is why EFT often works where nothing else will. It’s not that EFT is so stunning (although it may certainly appear that way to you). Rather, it is because conventional healing methods have simply overlooked the obvious. You will see that clearly as you allow EFT to bring freedom into your life where you thought none was possible.
More benefits await you…
- You can make enormous strides much faster than conventional “talk therapy”, EFT often does the job, cleanly and thoroughly in one or two sessions … and sometimes does it in moments. We label these near-instant results as“one minute wonders.” They are marvelous when they happen but to quote Gary Craig. “These types of rapid EFT results are known in EFT Land as “One Minute Wonders” and are complete delights when they happen. However, these are the exception rather than the rule, even though they are often assumed to be typical. There is usually much more behind the scenes and a reliance on these surface results can deny the client the true depth of EFT’s possibilities. Please consult physicians on all medical issues.
- Do EFT properly and you will likely experience them somewhere around 20% of the time.
- Once you have seen how well EFT clears out emotional debris, your next step is to notice how physical ailments start to fade. Headaches, back pains and other discomforts tend to improve or vanish. Your vision may become clearer and everyday stress takes less of a toll on your system. As far as my practice goes, I have an impressive list of both emotional and physical changes.
Accordingly, you can use it for just about everything. That is one of the most astonishing things about it. You use the same basic procedure for releasing addictions as you do for improving your golf score. You can also use it for everything from the common cold to cancer. Further, we have had success with nearly every emotional issue on the books…including fear, trauma, depression, grief and schizophrenia. That is why you can consider it the missing link in your pursuit of health and happiness. Once you truly recognize the Universal nature of EFT you will eagerly join the growing throng of enthusiasts. There is nothing like it, anywhere.
Possible EFT limitations I’m not saying here that EFT is perfect. We don’t get 100%. Nothing gets 100% but it usually works well and the results are sometimes spectacular. It often works where nothing else will and it represents a doorway to your emotional and physical well being. You will find that EFT is usually quite gentle and you can often achieve substantial relief with little or no pain. This is not true for everyone, however. Some people’s issues are so intense that the mere mention of them causes emotional or physical pain. But, given time, even these are often resolved efficiently with EFT. Remember, EFT was originally developed to reduce the therapy process from months/years down to minutes/hours. As emotional problems faded, both physical health and personal performance improved (often dramatically). As a result, EFT is spreading quickly among the holistic community. It is an emotional version of acupressure wherein certain meridian release points are gently stimulated by tapping on them with the fingertips.
What can EFT be used for?
In EFT there is a saying from the founder Gary Craig. “Try it on everything….” What this means is:
o EFT is very safe and easy to use. There are NO negative side effects known at this time with EFT. The beautiful thing is that with EFT, the worst that could happen is that you don’t feel any change in your issue. (If in the unlikely event this happens there is likely to be a deeper reason for this. Such as secondary gain or an energy reversal) That is something to be talked about with your practitioner.
o People are achieving amazing results using energy therapies. Even seemingly incurable conditions may well improve using these techniques. M.S. and fibromyalgia are two examples of this.
o EFT is a complimentary therapy. It is not intended to replace your medical practitioner.
Do I need a therapist?EFT is something that you indeed can and should do on your own. That being said. Quite often we are not able to go into areas that we feel are uncomfortable and a therapist can provide a safe path for this to happen. A lot of the time with emotional issues. You “can’t see your trees” (the specific issues) “because of your forest” Having an emotionally neutral person to help you navigate can be a huge help.
Do you have to believe in EFT in order for it to work?
This is my favorite thing about EFT. It works whether you believe in it or not. Most people (myself included) don’t start off believing in it. Once you start getting results though. Your belief system can’t help but be changed making a positive impact on the natural healing process.
IS EFT SAFE?
EFT is completely safe and there are no known negative side effects. There will be certain situations that a well qualified therapist will be able to handle better then a lay person which includes
o How to deal with a problem that seems too painful to address.
o What to do when the problem seems to get bigger
o What to do when an emotion seems to take over
Will EFT work for children?
EFT works brilliantly on children. A Teddy Bear (affectionately known as Tappy Bear) can be used to bring this incredible technique into your child’s life. Literally cutting off trouble later in life by dealing with the issues right when they are fresh will make a huge difference. If a parent makes tapping a regular part of the night time ritual. The child will be able to clear problems that would possibly cause them serious grief down the road.
What if it’s too painful for me to talk about my problem?
EFT is one of the most gentle modalities there is. If you feel the details of your story are too personal or you don’t think you can “go there” or you are just too uncomfortable saying the words. There is no need for you to talk about your problem if you do not want to. A skilled practitioner knows ways of doing EFT that can be applied in these situations, thus avoiding having to go through the trauma again. Relief is regularly achieved without any details being spoken. In my opinion, one of the greatest benefits of EFT.
What about medical problems?
EFT is considered a Complementary Therapy and as such should not replace seeking qualified medical advice where needed. That being said it is a wonderful tool in adjunct to any treatment your physician prescribes. I know from my own experience that I heal much faster when using EFT regularly. Like I have stated before. EFT has no down side.
Why should I use EFT?
o EFT is safe.
o EFT often works where all else has failed.
o EFT can get to the root of the problem very quickly.
o EFT is a non invasive modality with no negative side effects
o EFT is simple to use and can be used as a self help tool, which people find useful to assist them in times of need or to speed up the process when working with a therapist, by doing “homework” between sessions.
o EFT can be done via the telephone, which means where you are in the world, ceases to be a problem, also a therapist can be available in an emergency situation, such as a panic attack.
o EFT is very, very relaxing. I believe personally, it is the best stress reliever on the planet!
Is EFT simply a placebo or distraction from the problem?
Absolutely not! For the placebo effect to work. You have to have some belief in the process. This is almost never the case for newcomers to EFT. Also, although EFT may seem to be distracting, it will not work if the client is, in fact, distracted. That is why the client continually repeats their reminder phrase which “tunes in” to their problem. One of the most important elements to EFT is to be specific and to focus just on one issue at a time. For example if you were trying to clear a memory of being bullied. Focusing on what was on your calendar tomorrow or what color you wanted to paint the ceiling. Well that would be pointless and render any tapping useless. With EFT you want to be as specific and focused as you can be on your feelings of that particular memory. For example. “The embarrassment I felt when the teacher laughed at me in front of the other children.”
Some final thoughts about EFT:
There seems to be a lot of confusion on the web about EFT. In my mind there is a huge difference between what so many people call “that “tapping” thing” and actual EFT. EFT was “invented” by a Stanford engineer called Gary Craig who was a pupil of the late Roger Callahan. I have seen almost endless versions and various instructions all over the web as in the beginning Gary gave away his passion to anyone who wanted it. It was a very selfless and altruistic act but it seems to have muddied the waters. People have taken the information and as humans will, subtly changed the process so many times it seems to me that the only constant is the tapping motion. I am a disciple of Gary’s teachings and methods. If you are looking for an experienced practitioner then I’m your guy! If you wish to learn the true Emotional Freedom Technique. No matter if you just want to use it for yourself or train as a practitioner. The only place to learn it right is from Gary and his daughter Tina Craig. They call it the Gold Standard and in my opinion is the ONLY choice if you want to learn proper EFT. I consider Gary as my mentor for the last ten years. He is truly an amazing teacher. Along with Tina, they have come up with an incredible program. (that keeping in touch with his altruistic nature) is incredibly low cost for such a bounty of valuable information. The website is www.emofree.com . click on this link to check it out. Peace….