EFT, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, is often referred to as “acupuncture without the needles.” And it is not altogether a bad description. Just like acupuncture, EFT is based on the meridian system on which Traditional Chinese Medicine is built. But unlike acupuncture, EFT is focusing on eliminating electric disruptions in the same meridian system in relation to a specific negative emotion/sensation/memory. And of course, it uses gentle tapping instead of needles to do so.
As Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, puts it:
The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system.
He also says:
Our unresolved negative emotions are major contributors to most physical pains and diseases.*
By tuning into the specific emotional problem (or the emotional cause of a physical problem) while tapping on a meridian ending/beginning point, Roger Callahan (founder of Thought Field Therapy and forefather of EFT) discovered that phobias could be cured in minutes. He developed specific protocols to address a wide variety of issues. Gary Craig built on his work, developing an easy-to-use protocol, and applying EFT to an even wider variety of issues and conditions.
Besides being strikingly effective for phobias, EFT has proved to be close to a universal healing tool. After all “Try it on everything!” is its official motto…
Reduce stress and anger
Shift your triggers
Desensitize traumatic experiences
Reduce and eliminate almost any physical pain
Get rid of allergy-like sensitivities
Eliminate your limiting beliefs
Create the life you want…
And it’s been known to remove the emotional and energetic blocks toward health in many physical issues, helping the body return to health and balance, even – or especially – when nothing else has worked.
It’s important to know that:
You don’t have to believe in EFT for it to work (by opposition to placebos as discussed in the FAQ section)
It’s easy to learn and apply EFT to yourself
There is no wrong way of practicing EFT (except not using it)
EFT empowers you with your own healing, whatever your level of proficiency
Beginners and experts alike have benefited from EFT
EFT can be used alone, with a practitioner, or in a group setting like a tapping circle
If for some reason, it’s too daunting to do EFT by yourself, seek the help of a specialist
If it doesn’t seem to be working, consult with a professional who can help determine what you can do to get better results
And tap, tap, tap as often as you can!