What is EFT?
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a practical body/mind self-help method – a process of mindful and intentional tapping (gently, with fingertips) on several acupuncture meridian end-points on the face and upper body. An EFT intervention utilizes the same pathways/channels found in traditional Chinese energy medicine, whilst also capitalizing on our ability to think about or “tune-in” to our problem or issue in proactive ways.
EFT is a universal healing tool that can provide impressive results for physical, emotional, and performance issues. EFT operates on the premise that no matter what part of your life needs improvement, there are unresolved emotional issues in the way. Even for physical issues, chronic pain or diagnosed conditions, it is common knowledge that any kind of emotional stress can impede the natural healing potential of the human body.
In many cases, EFT can be applied directly to physical symptoms for relief without exploring any emotional contributors. However, for the most powerful, longest lasting results with EFT, we do expect to identify and target related emotional issues.
The EFT premise also includes the understanding that the more unresolved emotional issues you can clear, the more peace and emotional freedom you will have in your life. Limiting beliefs can vanish, personal performance can soar, relationships can thrive, and vibrant physical health can be yours. If we’re being realistic, everyone on this planet has at least a few emotional issues holding them back from pure, limitless happiness.
With that in mind, EFT can be an ongoing process that we use to clear out the old traumas, and welcome any new challenges with a healthy, productive attitude.
History of EFT?
In the 1970s, Dr. George Goodheart, Dr. John Diamond and Dr. Roger Callahan each discovered that verbally focusing on a problem or issue (emotional or physical) – while manually stimulating acupuncture points – could bring surprising relief in their patients – particularly with regard to fears, phobias and physical responses to stress.
Dr. Callahan was so moved by his discoveries in this area that he patented his emerging “tapping” program TFT or Thought Field Therapy. Eventually, his focus on “tapping” would completely transform his psychology practice, which was unheard of in therapeutic circles at that time.
TFT, while quite effective (and still widely practiced today), was quite involved and complex, and thus it was primarily accessible only to therapists or those willing to make a substantial financial investment in learning the process.
After TFT had been around a while, one of Callahan’s students by the name of Gary Craig was able to synthesize it into a more simplified form – one involving fewer tapping points and far less complexity.
A Stanford trained engineer and Master of NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming), Craig streamlined Callahan’s TFT, added key NLP concepts, and called it EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques.
EFT first appeared in the late 1990s via Craig’s popular website (www.emofree.com) where he made it available to laypeople via low-cost videos. Since that time, it has proliferated steadily beyond traditionally therapeutic circles and taken-on added refinements – many of which were shepherded-in by Craig and his students through experimentation.
Despite some rapid evolution in the early years, original or “classic” EFT has remained largely unchanged. It is this version of EFT, what Gary Craig calls “Gold Standard” EFT, that comprises AAMET’s model of EFT training. Comprehensive EFT research is ongoing.