Emotional Freedom Techniques™
Emotional Freedom Techniques™ (EFT) is an emotional healing technique and meridian energy therapy. It is highly effective for resolving negative emotions eg anger, guilt, fears, phobias, stress, jealousy and depression as well as pain which arise from disruptions in the body’s energy system. This self-help technique provides a rapid means to liberate people from debilitating and inhibiting emotions.
Introduction To The Emotional Freedom Techniques™
I incorporated the Emotional Freedom Techniques™ (EFT) into my work over ten years ago and over the last four years I have also included FasterEFT (Emotionally Focused Transformations).
EFT is a meridian energy therapy and it is considered to be a combination of both Eastern and Western medicine.
The premise, on which EFT is based, is that…. “The cause of all negative emotions is a
disruption in the body’s energy system.” This can give rise to emotional as well as physical symptoms. EFT balances the disrupted meridians by tapping into the system through specific acupuncture points. This assists in releasing stress from both the body and mind (conscious and unconscious), as the meridian system communicates with every organ and physiological system in the body. Hence, EFT has been described as “an emotional form of acupuncture without the needles.”
Through correcting this disruption in the energy system, I have found that EFT can provide rapid relief from emotional problems, including trauma, abuse, stress, anxiety, fears, phobias, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, grief, guilt, jealousy and addictive cravings and a very wide range of physical symptoms including headaches, body pains and breathing difficulties. I have also applied EFT to clients who were “feeling stuck” with energy and motivation and/or attracting abundance, as well as for enhancing performance in work and creative pursuits.
I believe that the potential of EFT is unlimited and that everybody can explore it creatively. This drug-free, easy to learn therapy offers results that are usually rapid, long lasting and gentle. It combines well with other modalities in a treatment and it can also be self-applied. Children can even learn to do it. My youngest client was 3 years old when I first saw her.
History Of EFT
The basis of meridian energy therapies originated in Ayurveda, which is regarded as the oldest and most comprehensive medical science. Chinese acupuncture and its understanding of the meridians are believed to be a direct descendant of this system.
The current EFT has its foundations in the work of Dr Roger Callahan. Dr Callahan is a leader in Clinical Research Psychology with over 40 years experience in this discipline. In 1980 he was working with a client who had a severe phobia of water which seemed related to headaches and intense nightmares. She had not responded to eighteen months of conventional treatment. Dr Callahan discovered a connection between this fear and her stomach meridian when, during a session, he intuitively tapped under her eye (end point of the stomach meridian) because she had reported stomach discomfort. She immediately reported that she no longer felt afraid of water, and the fear, headaches, nightmares and stomach discomfort left her and never returned in connection with the fear of water.
Dr Callahan developed Thought Field Therapy (TFT) which is a series of related routines (specific sequences of tapping points for the relief of specific problems) based on his earlier findings and work. These cover almost every area of emotional improvement including depression, guilt, anger, grief, phobias, extreme anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, sports performance and also address physical complaints and addictions.
It used to be considered by psychotherapy that a negative emotion was caused directly by a negative or traumatic memory or event in a simple cause and effect process. Dr Callahan “discovered that there was a step in between the memory and/or thought and the negative emotion, and this was a disruption in the smooth flowing of the energy through the meridian system.” Therefore, according to this theory, a negative emotion is not caused directly by the memory of a past traumatic event but it arises if a disruption occurs within the energetic meridian flow from the memory or thought. Hence the discovery statement for the premise referred to previously, that “the cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system”.
Gary Craig and his associate Adrienne Fowlie are Certified Masters of The Callahan Techniques and they developed Dr Callahan’s work into what they call the Emotional Freedom Techniques™. Instead of tapping certain sequences of points for given conditions Gary began tapping all points for everything. Gary’s EFT manuals plus much more information is located on his website at www.emofree.com Gary is a trained engineer and he refers to himself and Adrienne as Personal Performance coaches. Before discovering Dr Callahan’s work Gary had explored Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) for personal development.
Instead of trying to undo the memories or thoughts, a process that has met with varying degrees of success, EFT directly intervenes in the middle step. I have found that when the disruption of the energy system is calmed and relieved a person no longer experiences further pain and/or negative emotions from the original memory or thought, as the associated feeling has apparently been “disconnected”. That memory or thought will no longer have power over their behaviour and their beliefs, thus EFT enables them to change limiting beliefs to empowering ones.
While Dr Callahan’s discovery appears to explain the efficacy of EFT, I was curious to know if there could be more to the vibrational impact of EFT on the body than we realise. For instance, I wondered how the tapping could impact on the body outside the energy system. As an adult body is more than 70% water it seemed to be appropriate to begin my research on this. This focus led me to the fascinating work with water by internationally renowned Japanese scientist Dr Masaru Emoto and the correlation between his principles and those of EFT. My findings on this are outlined in my paper “Good Vibrations, EFT Water and Energy” which can be found at http://www.emofree.com/articles2/emoto-and-eft.htm
I prefer my reference material to be presented in a clear, concise and structured format. Therefore, I have designed and printed an EFT chart. This shows the location of the tapping points on the body and explains their meaning for EFT in terms of Kinesiology and Chinese Medicine. Click here to view and purchase the chart.
EFT and Other Modalities
EFT combines extremely well with reflexology because both are holistic, meridian-focussed, touch therapies which recognise the mind/body connection. I don’t believe that any healing modality is superior to another, but I work with those with which I feel most comfortable. I feel very fortunate to have found an excellent combination with reflexology, EFT and FasterEFT supported by muscle testing techniques from Kinesiology. Meantime, I am having F.U.N. (Freeing Unwanted Negativity), while I continue to explore the wonderful synergies that exist between these modalities.
EFT has produced remarkable clinical results, however it is still considered to be in the experimental stage. Therefore, each person must take responsibility for their use of it. It is not a substitute for medical and/or mental health treatment.