How EFT Works
EFT is based on the concept that the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system. With remarkable consistency, EFT relieves symptoms by an unusual (but scientific) routine of tapping with the fingertips on a short series of points on the body that correspond to acupuncture points on the energy meridians. Where there is an imbalance, there is a corresponding blockage in the flow of energy through the meridian system.
The tapping serves to release the blockages that are created when a person thinks about or becomes involved in an emotionally disturbing circumstance. When this blockage is released, the emotions come into balance. Once balanced, the person cannot get upset about the circumstance no matter how hard they try. The memory remains but the charge is released.
Most energetic imbalances can be partially or completely relieved within a short time using this process. Others may be relieved through repetition of the process. Some examples of energetic patterns, emotional and physical issues that have been completely cleared using EFT:
- Fears related to performance like public speaking, concentration, sports, etc.
- Phobias like the fear of heights, flying, enclosed spaces, driving, etc.
- Emotional trauma from war experiences, physical abuse, etc.
- Disturbing emotions like depression and anger.
- Emotions related to addictive patterns like eating and smoking.
- Emotions related to physical conditions.
EFT was developed earlier in the 1990’s 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 Thought Field Therapy (TFT) under the tutorship of Dr. Roger Callahan. TFT involves the use of 10 or 15 individualized tapping routines. EFT differs in that it employs only one comprehensive tapping routine which is used for all emotional and physical problems. Because of this, it is easy enough to be mastered by most people.
Compared to other techniques, EFT is usually quite gentle and substantial relief is often achieved with little or no pain – this is not true for everyone however – serious instances of trauma must be handled by qualified practitioners to avoid abreactions – a re-living of a trauma.
EFT treatment involves tapping areas of the body with our fingertips to stimulate certain meridian points while the client is “tuned in” to the problem. The theory behind it is that the “cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.” The tapping stimulates the problem area and helps the bodies energy system to function properly.