Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) was developed by Gary Craig in the early 1990’s. Many people continue to ‘refine’ EFT to this day.
EFT is one of the many forms of METs (Meridian Energy Techniques) now available, and perhaps one of the easiest to learn.
EFT originated from TFT (Thought Field Therapy) which was discovered by Roger Callahan. He is an Acupuncturist and Psychologist . While Roger developed the basic concept and structure, Gary had the vision to refine it and make it accessible to everyone.
The broader possibilities of EFT were realised by Gary (along with many other therapists working in this field).
As a therapeutic technique there is little else to equal its simplicity and effectiveness. Many experienced Therapists now report typical success rates of 80-95% for many conditions.
Yes the immediate history of EFT is short. Its future looks to be much longer…
How Does EFT Work?
To be honest nobody knows exactly how EFT works. However there are a few theories… EFT uses the end points of the 12 major meridian channels and the 2 governing vessels found in Chinese Medicine.
This has lead to the principal that…The Cause Of ALL Negative Emotions Is A Disruption In The Body’s Energy System.
It seems that while focusing on a specific problem (and tapping on the meridians that carry the energy) disruptions are cleared. A release takes place clearing the physical or emotional pain being worked on – thus normal function can resume.
The Apex Effect
When using EFT normal function is restored.
A cognitive shift takes place that can leave you wondering what the problem ever was. You may then find it hard to believe (and in some cases completely forget) you even had the problem in the first place.
This is known as the Apex Effect.
This problem is further heightened by the general disbelief that EFT even works.
For this reason it is important to write down whatever you are treating and its intensity level before starting. This way you will have a written reminder!
Psychological Reversal appears to be when the energy flow becomes reversed – although nobody is exactly sure how it works.
The outcome is however undeniable.
Take for example somebody who wants to quit smoking. Anybody familiar with muscle testing would be able to tell you this person should test positive when saying they want to stop. However most people don’t.
They still have some deeper part of them that wants to carry on smoking.
Finding these different aspects and treating them with the help of the set-up phrase, can correct this problem. The outcome of this: It is possible to help someone to stop when their will power is not strong enough.
When psychological reversal is in place the person will ‘self sabotage’ any attempts to change the problem.
For example someone who is over-weight will find a reason to binge when trying a diet.
Will power (if used for long durations) is another form of stress on the body. It is great to use in emergency situations.
But when will power is used to overcome a craving it is likely that craving will re-surface for something else. This is commonly seen when someone quits smoking and starts eating more instead.
When Do You Need a Qualified EFT Therapist
For some reason a very tiny percentage of the population seem to get little benefit from EFT.
It is important not to blame EFT as a therapy if this is the case for you.
If you don’t seem to be making any progress or you are stuck – an EFT Practitioner can help.
They know of extra tapping points and techniques to help in more difficult cases. Often they can see what you are missing and help you to understand where you are going wrong.
Just having another person tap for you or guide you through the process is enough to make the difference.
When your emotions are overwhelming (such as in cases of severe trauma or abuse) it is advisable to see a qualified EFT Therapist who will help you with soft approach techniques.
While EFT can certainly help a multitude of problems,it is NOT to be used as a replacement to Medical Treatment.