What is Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)?
Simply stated, EFT is an emotional version of acupuncture. It is derived from Thought Field Therapy by Dr. Roger Callahan, and shares concepts with Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
So, EFT is a unique form of 'psychological acupuncture' that uses the ancient Chinese meridian system to relieve psychological stress and physiological pain. EFT balances the energy system with a tapping procedure which stimulates designated meridian endpoints on the face and body. Restoring the balance of the energy system neutralizes emotional conflicts at their source, which then allows the body and mind to resume their natural healing abilities. EFT is safe, easy to apply, and is non-invasive.
Instead of using needles, however, you stimulate well established energy meridian points on your body by tapping them with your fingertips, whilst at the same time keeping the thought of the problem in mind.
The process is easy for you to memorize and is portable so you can do it anywhere. It launches off the EFT Discovery Statement which says...
"The cause of all your negative emotions is a disruption in your body's energy system"
Although this is a somewhat unusual process, most people are willing to 'try it' to see if they can achieve a positive effect. Many (in fact, most) clients achieve some immediate relief and some people achieve considerable and complete relief in a very short time.
EFT belongs to a new class of treatments referred to as Energy Psychology. It is one of the most effective, efficient, gentle treatment techniques I have come across since joining the mental health field nearly eighteen years ago.
Because EFT addresses imbalances in the body's energy system it often deals with beliefs, emotions and physical manifestations of those emotions simultaneously. For example, a migrane headache or backache, blurred vision, skin conditions and many other physical ailments are often released when the underlying emotion is neutralised. Frequently we have dealt with pain and other physical problems directly using EFT and they have been eliminated within minutes.
This innovative (and encouraging) approach draws its power from
- time-honored Eastern discoveries that have been around for over 5,000 years and are gradually making inroads into western medicine because many people now return to their doctors praising the healing power of acupuncture, and
- Albert Einstein, who told us back in the 1920's that everything (including our bodies) is composed of energy. This was captured in his famous Theory of Relativity which states E=MC². If we view the human body as an energy configuration rather than separate organs, parts and equations of chemicals, we will understand why and how EFT works.
These ideas have been largely ignored by Western Healing Practices and that is why EFT often works where nothing else will.
It's not that EFT is so stunning. Rather, it is because conventional healing methods have simply overlooked the obvious.
You will see that clearly as you allow EFT to bring freedom into your life where you thought none was possible.
EFT can be used on anything. Try it on anything! It can eliminate phobic anxiety in minutes, it can lift you out of depression, it can calm your anger, and it can lighten your whole day.