What is EFT?
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a simple tapping technique that is used widely as both a self-help tool and therapeutic treatment option to help reduce and often totally eliminate emotional and physical discomfort.
EFT is one of the new Power Therapies, also known as ‘Energy Psychology’ which are developed from the ancient Chinese meridian energy system – it is a form of emotional acupuncture without the needles, and is based on the premise that all negative emotions are the result of a disruption in the body’s energy system.
EFT is a method for safely releasing unwanted negative or painful, emotions, thoughts and feelings such as sadness, fear, anxiety, anger, guilt, shame, hurt, grief, bitterness etc. EFT relieves the emotional intensity associated with anxiety, fears, phobias and is used to “neutralize” unpleasant or traumatic memories.
How Does EFT Work?
EFT works by clearing the blockage or disruption by tapping on the end points of the body’s energy meridians (while thinking of a specific issue), which sends pulses of energy to rebalance the body’s energy system in relation to that thought/specific issue. Shifting energy changes the way the brain processes information about a particular issue, and so tapping while tuned in to the issue is like rewiring or rerouting the brain’s conditioned negative response.
EFT Theory & Principles
EFT is based on the discovery that imbalances in the body’s energy system have profound effects on one’s personal psychology. According to EFT Founder Gary Craig,
“The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system…”
“Tuning in” to the negative emotion, thought or feeling whilst tapping or rubbing a sequence of body energy points, clears the disruption restoring balance to the body’s flow of energy..
Where there is a block or disruption in the flow of the body’s energy system, there is a corresponding physiological charge. Tapping serves to release the blocks that are accessed when a person thinks about or is “tuned into a problem” or emotionally disturbing circumstance. It is this simple combination of tapping on or stimulating the points, whilst being focused on the issue/problem that brings about relief.
When this block is released, emotions come into balance and are neutralized. When this occurs it becomes virtually impossible to get upset about the circumstance no matter how hard you try. The memory of the event remains but the negative emotional “charge” is gone.
“People simply get beyond their emotional luggage, usually permanently, and go about their lives more effectively.” EFT Founder Gary Craig
Typically, the result is lasting and a person’s awareness (cognition) usually changes and new perceptual insights (cognitive shifts) into the problem become apparent as a natural result of the application. It is therefore an ideal personal healing tool for letting go of unwanted and/or repressed feelings and emotions. This has enormous implications for bringing about profound and lasting personal changes.
What Can EFT Be Used For?
EFT is regarded as a “universal healing aid” which means it is a personal healing tool that can be applied to improve any human condition, both physical and emotional. The process is completely natural, painless, versatile and simple to learn and apply. Extensive application of EFT has shown impressive improvements in a wide variety of issues, including those listed below.
- Weight Loss
- Business and Career Goals
- Children’s Behavior/issues
- Relationship Issues
- Anger Management
- Stress Management
- Severe Trauma (PTSD)
- Sexual Abuse
- Pain Management
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Parkinsons Disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
EFT was developed in the early 1990s by Gary Craig whose academic training includes a Stanford Engineering Degree. While personal healing has been his passion for over 30 years, Gary is neither a licensed therapist nor a trained psychologist.
Many of the concepts underlying EFT came from Gary’s training in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Thought Field Therapy (TFT) under the tutorship of Dr. Roger Callahan. TFT involves the use of 10 or 15 individualized tapping routines (algorithms). EFT differs in that it employs only ONE comprehensive tapping routine, basic recipe, which is used for ALL emotional and physical problems. Because of this, it is easy enough to be mastered by most people, including children making EFT far more accessible and immediate.