EFT, also known as tapping, stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques, and it is a simple but highly-effective process that works by tapping on acupressure points on the body to eliminate blockages in the energy system. These blockages, which can be caused by various kinds of trauma, are the underlying cause of all illness. When you eliminate these blockages the body naturally heals. This includes mental, emotional, physical, and even spiritual healing.
EFT is easy to use, highly effective, and painless. It works anywhere, anytime for anyone and has no negative side effects. You can use it to help others or to help yourself. It works for “almost everything” and is among the most effective and versatile healing techniques on the planet.
Benefits of EFT
Use EFT to:
- Improve your health through inner balance and harmony
- Effectively eliminate subliminal roadblocks to success in all areas of your life, including relationships, career, and abundance
- Help others both personally and professionally
History of EFT
In 1991, Stanford-trained engineer and personal performance coach Gary Craig took a class that changed the world. The class, “Thought Field Therapy” was taught by Dr. Roger Callahan and was an offshoot of a training he had taken in “Touch for Health” which was devised by John Thie and George Goodheart. Each man learned from the other and built one upon the other. As Gary himself said, “I’m standing on the shoulders of giants.” Together they created the backbone of what would later be considered “Energy Healing or Energy Psychology.”
The story goes like this: Dr. Roger Callahan, a clinical psychologist having practiced for over 40 years, devoted his life to finding ways to heal people from unreasonable fears, phobias, trauma, stress disorders, etc. He probably had a strong motive to do this as he had been suffering himself from problems like these since his childhood. Legend goes that Dr. Callahan had a patient named Mary, who suffered from a severe water phobia, a water phobia so severe she couldn’t even bathe or go out in rainy conditions without experiencing distress. Like many practitioners before him, Callahan was having very little success in helping Mary even though he had used every trick in the proverbial book. After all of that, she continued having nightmares and being afraid that the water might kill her.
Upon returning from a training in Touch for Health, Dr. Callahan decided to try something new. Because Mary indicated that her distress was in her stomach, he guided her to tap on a meridian point under her eye which was related to the stomach meridian. Almost instantly, Mary experienced relief. Within minutes she was able to get into his swimming pool without any symptoms whatsoever. And thus Thought Field Therapy was born.
Over the course of the next decade, Callahan developed a set of “algorithms” for tapping on specific acupuncture points, with each specific algorithm being appropriate for specific ailments and dysfunctions. Even the same points could be used in a different order, thus creating many different algorithms which became the heart of TFT.
After completing the training himself in 1991, Gary did as so many others have done before and since, he began to examine, deconstruct, and reconstruct the process until he came up with a streamlined version which was soon to be called The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Through his research he found that the essence of Callahan’s work, the algorithms, was simply more complicated than it needed to be. Instead, Gary streamlined the process into a single algorithm that was used on every ailment. Ultimately results turned out to be essentially equal.
So in 1995, Gary assembled and released his first training. Over the course of the next 30 years, EFT spread across the planet like wildfire, largely due to its amazing efficacy. The obvious results in areas generally considered to be “incurable” was noted by many; especially considering the low cost, the lack of negative side effects, and the sheer speed and simplicity of the technique.
In March of 2010, Gary shocked the world by announcing his retirement. The stress of managing this fast-growing technique had taken its toll and his doctor announced that he had, quite surprisingly even to him, experienced a “small heart attack.” That in combination with his growing frustrations over events going on in the community that he could no longer manage or contain, and his desire to experiment with new ideas, led to his retirement. In an act as classy as the man himself, he “gifted EFT to the world.” It was a courageous act that trusted that somehow his precious EFT would be in the hands of a community who cared for it and would nurture it as much as he did. He will always be the heart and soul of EFT and we are infinitely grateful.
Dates Back to Acupuncture
Examining the history of EFT can only be done with any authenticity by acknowledging the role of acupuncture at its foundation. Many seem to forget that the Chinese have been practicing and testing acupuncture for thousands of years. Its efficacy can not be denied as the sheer reams of proof would fill the library of congress.
How does EFT Work?
For many people it is hard to comprehend that EFT can be used on “just about everything.” To them it is suspect and one can see why. We have been trained that all illnesses have a different biology or underlying condition and so we have grown to believe that you have to change the treatment for each condition.
EFT Works Differently
While EFT AFFECTS biochemistry, biochemistry is the AFTER EFFECT of the healing not the trigger. Instead we focus on the underlying CAUSE of the misalignment that has caused or contributed to the misalignment in the biology and thus the body can heal.
The Body Runs on Energy
In the Online EFT Certification course at the Center for EFT Studies, students learn how the energy body works as understood by ancient acupuncturists for thousands of years. These very basic understandings have been lost in modern allopathic medicine and therefore the focus is exclusively physical. But did you know that modern allopathic medicine as we know it has only been around since 1910 while acupuncture has been around for literally thousands of years?
In the Eastern traditions it is understood that your body is an intricate web of electrical impulses that rule the way your body works. We call this the energy system. It is as real and as complex as the nervous system or the cardiovascular system. But it is less easily understood because it is electrical, not physical. So you can’t SEE it, you can only see the affect of it. I guess it’s like a TV remote. We can’t actually SEE the signal go from the remote to the TV but we know if we push the button the electrical signal turns on and so we learn to trust that the signal is there, even if we can’t see it.
Energy Has Authority in the Body
This energy, which is ruled by “the higher self”, has ultimate authority in the body. If it is blocked, the regular biological functions stop working and you will experience symptoms. Its really that simple – if there is a break in the electrical or energy system of the body, you will get sick or worse.
EFT Corrects the Disruptions
The Emotional Freedom Technique is used to correct these disruptions. It is, in essence, a very elegant and painless type of acupressure.
So we start by choosing an issue, and in essence “pulling it up” in much the same way that you would pull up a specific file on your computer. Once you bring it up, you can make changes to it by tapping on the associated acupressure points. This fixes the disruptions and the problem just sort of goes away.
So in this way, it is possible to correct everything! Because all symptoms are based on a disruption in the energy system, all symptoms can be corrected by correcting the imbalance.
Partial List of Symptoms EFT Can Help
It’s almost impossible to make a comprehensive list of everything EFT can help because it would be a list of all things. However, this is a list of the more common uses.
- Money Issues
- Getting over the death of a loved one
- Removing blocks to success
- Removing blocks to abundance
- Physical pain
- Autoimmune disease
- Divorce or love trauma
- Abandonment issues
- Adoption issues
- All emotional disorders
- Lack of forgiveness
- Anger including chronic or hair trigger anger
- Sexual abuse
- Rape or other sexual trauma
- Self-esteem issues
- Poor grades in school
- Erroneous Beliefs