The science of Emotional Freedom Technique or short EFT is new in its approach but, the science behind it is actually the old knowledge of thousands of years. So, how does it work?
Some History about EFT
Gary Craig, a Stanford graduate, and an engineer was also interested in self-development methods. He met Dr. Roger Callahan, a clinical psychologist and the founder of “Thought Field Therapy”, or TFT, which will become later known as “Emotional Freedom Technique”, or EFT.
Craig was soon educated and trained by Dr. Callahan back in ’91. Callahan had dedicated his life for more than 40 years, to find solutions to heal his clients from their “unreal” phobias, fears, trauma and all kinds of stress.
Dr. Callahan had a specific “hard” case he was working on for more than a year. His client had an underlying fear of water and everything in accordance with water. She never learned to swim, she even had a hard time being outside when it was raining.
Callahan used every method he would have known but, the results were slim to none. Whatever he tried, his client couldn’t get rid of the fear of getting killed by water.
After Dr. Callahan had tried everything, he finally one day asked his client to tap on the Stomach Meridian and think of the subject water and the fear it represents for her. His client felt instant relief after tapping for a while on this specific meridian.
Callahan wanted to make sure and asked her to walk down to the client’s swimming pool. So she did, without coming into any distress.
This was the moment of truth and the foundation where Dr. Callahan started to create TFT. He developed different sets of algorithms, tapping on different specific acupuncture points -Meridian Points-.
Each “tapping-set” was for specific ailments and other health problems. This is how Dr. Callahan started, not only by developing and improving TFT, no, he also started by teaching it to others.
Gary Craig was one of his students taking the training of TFT. Craig worked with this method for 5 years and also tried to simplify it. He came finally to the conclusion, that keeping a specific sequence of tapping the points, are actually of low importance.
Back in ’95, Craig released his first training video called “The EFT Course“, and a guide for the public “The EFT Manual“.
Besides Gary Craig, many others too, have taken Dr. Callahan’s training in TFT and since then have released their version of it, like Fred Gallo.
However, Gary Craig is still the “Father” of EFT as we know it today.
Another man by the name of Nick Ortner has, even more, spread the awareness of EFT in recent years. His bestselling book “The Tapping Solution” is a must-have and a must-read for everyone who is interested in getting better health-wise or, wants to progress in certain areas of their life like career, relationships, personal development, money, and finances, just to name a few.
Here is a great website to get a better understanding of The Meridian System
What is the Science behind EFT?
We all do know so far, due to our Biology class in High School, that the Brain does control every bodily function there is to keep up our overall health.
If we do acquire any injury, minor or major, our body, thanks to our Brain, will get into gear and will try anything to get us up and functioning again. In the old days when modern medicine wasn’t around yet, however, our body sometimes has reached a point where nothing could have been done, and we simply would have died.
Thanks to modern medicine, this fatal outcome has diminished and, after surgery and a certain time of recovery, we have made it back and can live our lives once again. Something we couldn’t have done so in the past.
Through EFT, we can literally “rewire” our Brain and will be able to even support conventional medicine and speed up recovery.
The biggest block in any recovery, may it be physical, emotional, or even mental/spiritual, is the belief that nothing won’t really work to get us back where we once have been.
The reason for this so-called “negative self-talk” which also creates “negative thoughts”, is a small almond-shaped structure called the Amygdala.
This structure, there are always two of them on each side of the brain, is responsible for the “Flight/Fight Response”, something our ancestors had to heavily rely on it to survive.
You can read more in detail about the Amygdala on Wikipedia.
The Tapping Sequence
The following picture shows how to get started and where to tap on the body.
Nowadays we don’t usually have to fight off a saber-toothed tiger on a daily basis, but instead, we are still under constant stress otherwise.
I.e., when you get sweaty hands, a dry mouth and, your heart rate is going up when you think of your Boss and the upcoming presentation you have to deliver during a meeting, then the Amygdala has certainly kicked in big time.
This structure doesn’t differentiate between older times and our modern world. The threat is the same and our body is reacting “still” the same.
With the concept and the use of EFT, however, we can calm down the response of the amygdala immediately. Scientific studies have been done which will prove this method.
EFT can help us to not only calm down the amygdala response but, in the long run, will also help us to change the way we think and approach certain situations in life and, who doesn’t want this kind of personal improvement?
What can be achieved by using EFT?
First, every healing modality I am writing about is a complementary healing tool everyone can use. It is safe, secure and won’t interfere in any negative way with any medical treatment prescribed by a licensed physician.
EFT has shown great improvement with the following:
- Any sort of Phobia like:
Claustrophobia, Flight phobia, Height phobia, Water phobia, Germ phobia, Social phobia and much more
- Any sort of Fear like:
Fear of Darkness, Fear of Animals, Fear of the Future, Fear of Death, Fear of becoming Sick, Fear of Failure, Fear of Poverty and other Money-related issues.
- Any Physical issues like:
A headache and Migraine, Hyper-or Hypo-tension, Vision problems, all kind of Allergies, Chronic Disease, all sorts of physical Pain, Asthma, Premenstrual symptoms, Pre-and Menopause issues, and much more.
- Any Personal issues like:
Sexual problems, PTSD, ADD, Dyslexia, Bulimia, Anorexia Nervosa, Cravings, Overeating, Learning problems, Low School Grades, Shyness, Public Speaking, Stage Fright and more.
- Any Personal Improvement to achieve Success like:
Overcome Procrastination, Achieving the Goals once set, improve Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence and Self-Image, better Sport- and Work Performance and much more.
How to use EFT effectively
The following video, done by Nick Ortner, will show you exactly how to use EFT correctly.
EFT, in my opinion, is one of the easiest methods to understand and learn, as well as being one of the fastest too to show amazing results.
I am using EFT for years and I can say, it has helped me overcome many issues I once had to endure.
It is certainly not a one size fits all and yes, there are people they won’t respond to it in the same way as I do, or anyone else. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t see results at all. It just will take a bit longer for some people.
As a holistic energy practitioner, I know what I am talking about. I had once a Reiki client, who was coming to me for almost 2 years. She was giving herself the gift of seeing me, at least, twice a month.
One day we talked about EFT and I showed her how to use it. She was interested, and she also had a specific issue why she also came to me for Reiki. I had to go away for a couple months, and since she didn’t want to see another Reiki practitioner as I had suggested, I thought EFT would be a great tool for her to use until I was back.
When I saw her again, she felt more relaxed, and she said, that she also did it every day for at least 10 minutes. Nevertheless, she would prefer to use Reiki again.
I am honest when I write this. My client, back then, wasn’t against EFT, she even admitted that it helped her with the problem she was facing. However, she was more comfortable in receiving Reiki, and this too is perfectly normal.
We all have certain preferences, and we also should listen carefully to what our intuition has to say to us. Nothing works for everyone at every time 100%.
Again, I would highly suggest that you will, at least, try it out for 30 days. Watch the video, get comfortable with the method. YouTube has even more awesome videos to watch, some are for specific issues, let yourself be guided.
I also highly suggest that you read Nick Ortner’s book “The Tapping Solution“, it is written in layman’s term, easy to understand and to follow.
I hope you enjoyed this article and please leave a comment below. Perhaps you already have some experience to share, if so, I certainly like to hear (read) them.
Wishing you always an outstanding day