EFT is a Meridian Therapy. This means that it recognizes that there
is an energetic component responsible for optimum health and well-being.
The treatment is focused at the energetic level and by releasing disturbances
within the energy system, physical and emotional inbalances can be corrected.
Gary Craig in America developed EFT. He stated “The cause
of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body’s energy system”.
So when our energies are flowing smoothly we feel calm and peaceful.
When the energy system is disturbed we become out of balance and emotional.
Balances within the body’s energy can lead to all manner of negative
reactions and experiences. Energetic disturbances can limit functioning,
creativity and potential.
These disturbances can be likened to boulders in a stream creating blockages
so the water is prevented from its usual free flow and has to struggle
around the boulders. Removing these boulders allows the balance
and equilibrium of the body to return.
Energetic disruption, or disturbances, can be caused by a variety of
stimuli that trigger a painful or upsetting memory or thought. For
instance: various sounds, smells, sights, objects, animals and even trigger
words. These may then lead to anxiety, phobias and disruption of
sleep as well as many other forms of “dis - ease” in the body.
Thus the body is no longer in harmony and balance.
The History of EFT
An American Engineer, Gary Graig, who had a life long interest in helping
people to overcome their limiting emotions, developed EFT. He investigated
many different psychological treatments and came across a revolutionary
technique developed by a clinical psychologist Dr Roger Callahan Ph D.
Roger Callahan had devised a complete system of psychological healing
based on the meridians and called it Thought Field Therapy (TFT). The
inspiration for this method came from Acupuncture combined with the modern
day practice of Kinesiology. Callahan had been treating a
client, Mary, who had suffered from an intense water phobia since childhood,
which included rain, puddles and even seeing water n television! In an
attempt to alleviate her suffering Callahan had tried every form of psychotherapy
he knew including hypnotherapy. A little progress had been made
so she could sit by his swimming pool during sessions, as long as she
did not look at the water.
Then at a session Mary described, “an awful feeling in her stomach”
whenever she thought about water. Callahan knew about the meridians
of the body and so suggested that she tap under the eye, which is the
stomach meridian. No one could have predicted what happened next.
Not only did Mary lose that awful feeling in her stomach, but also her
fear of water completely vanished and within an instant her life-long
phobia had disappeared. Mary immediately rushed over to the swimming
pool ad started splashing her face with water. Mary’s phobia
and nightmares never returned.
Over a couple of decades Callahan refined the method to incorporate tapping
points on the body relating to all the major meridians. This enabled
many psychological problems to be addressed. Callahan tended to
use the specific meridians associated with the given problem.
Gary Craig trained under Callahan and became proficient at using TFT.
He went on to develop a system of his own – The Emotional Freedom
Technique – which he felt simplified the process and made it easily
accessible to everyone to use and apply. As each meridian is linked
to many others in a continuing energy loop this means that by removing
a blockage from one meridian, then the entire circuit would automatically
clear. Craig felt that there was no need to locate specific meridians
so as there were 14 points in total he suggested that if they were all
used the same results could be produced as well as giving the entire energy
system a complete overhaul at the same time. Thus he produced a
revised treatment plan that could be used for all problems – physical,
emotional and psychological.
His work was put to the test when treating traumatized Vietnam Veterans.
Gary Craig’s own account of this work shows the power of EFT.
They had Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is among the most
severe form of emotional disorders known. Every day these men relive
the catastrophes of war ... like being forced to shoot innocent civilians
(including young children) ... burying people in trenches ... and watching
their own dear friends die or be dismembered. The sounds of gunfire,
bombs and screams ricochet in their heads day and night. Sometimes
only drugs ease the ever-present aches of war.
“They sweat. They cry. They have headaches and anxiety attacks.
They are depressed and in pain. They have fears and phobias and
are afraid to go to sleep at night because of their nightmares.
Many have been in therapy for 20 years ... with very little relief.
“I still remember how thrilled I was when the Veterans Administration
invited Adrienne Fowlie (she helped Craig develop EFT) and me to bring
EFT to our soldiers. They gave us free rein to counsel with these
men in any way we wanted. This would be the ultimate test regarding
the power of EFT. I f all it did was make a modest, but noticeable, difference
in the lives of these severely disabled men, most people would have considered
it successful. In fact, it did much more. One of the video cases
was about Rich, who had been in therapy for 17 years for his PTSD. He
||Over 100 haunting war memories, many of which he relived daily.
||A major height phobia, aggravated by having made over 50 parachute
||Insomnia - it took him three or four hours to get to sleep every
night, even under quite strong medication.
“After using EFT with him, every trace of those problems vanished.
Like most people, Rich had a hard time believing that those rather strange-seeming
procedures would work. But he was willing to give them a try.
We started with his height phobia and after about 15 minutes with EFT
it had gone. He tested it by going several storeys up in a building
and looking down over a fire escape. To his amazement, he had no
phobic reaction whatsoever. We then applied EFT to several of his
most intense war memories and neutralized all of them within an hour.
He still remembers them, of course, but they no longer have any emotional
charge. We taught the techniques to Rich so he could work on the
rest of his war memories by himself. Within a few days they were all neutralized.
They no longer bothered him. As a result, his insomnia went away.
Two months later I spoke with Rich on the phone. He was still free of
the problems. That's real emotional freedom. It's the end of years
of torment. It's like walking out of a prison. And I had the privilege
of handing him the keys! This is the promise of EFT.”
How can EFT help me?
People use EFT to:
||Relax and be calm
||Cope with any stressful situation
||Reduce anxiety and fatigue
||Be a non-smoker
||Promote recovery and healing
||Gain freedom from life-long limitations
EFT can be used on its own or in conjunction with Hypnotherapy as they
compliment each other, and reinforce the desired outcome, extremely well.
What happens during an EFT Session?
EFT is a type of acupuncture that uses tapping, instead of needles, on
many meridian points. The wonderful thing is that you can do it
You will be taught the EFT Formula which is made up of four distinct
1. The Set Up
2. The Sequence
3. The Gamut
4. The Sequence again
It is very easy to learn and it only takes a few minutes.
You are given information sheets so the procedure can be practiced at
home. It needs to be constantly repeated in order to ensure that
the energy of the body continues to flow freely.
By having learnt the procedure there is no limit to what it may be used
for and so you now have an incredible tool to use for the rest of your
life, whenever you feel that the flow of energy in your body can be improved.
A metaphor to illustrate the frequent use of EFT
The cause of a poor self-image is an accumulation of negative emotions
about one’s self. Our image is the centerpiece of our emotional
strength and the quality of our lives often depends on it.
Consider that each negative emotion, or specific event, is like a tree
in a negative self-image forest. They might be reflective of your
past like rejections, abuse, failures, fears, guilt, etc. There
may be hundreds of them and they may be so thick as to resemble a jungle.
There could be 100 diseased trees in this self-image forest. If
you cut down one of them (by neutralizing it with EFT) you still have
99 left. While you will get some noticeable emotional relief from
removing that one tree, you may not have made much of a dent in the self-image
So if you methodically cut down one tree every day then the forest would
gradually thin out. You would be able to move within the forest
and it would be a freer place in which to live.
Eventually, with persistent use of EFT, all the trees disappear and in
their place is a much more emotionally free you, feeling, and being, confident
and with a good self esteem. The world looks so different when the
forest (or jungle) is gone and a new self-image emerges.
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