What is it?
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) brings Chinese Acupressure and Modern psychology together. EFT is often called emotional acupuncture because it combines gentle tapping on key acupuncture points while focusing your thoughts on physical pain, unhappy memories, uncomfortable emotions, traumas, fears/phobias, or any other problem.
How does it work?
We stimulate certain meridian points by tapping on them, while we consciously tune into specific issues and emotions. Simply thinking about the problem will stir up the energy disruption. Tapping works by creating a spark that zips through the meridian systems.
The emotional factors that contribute to the problem are typically released along with the energy blocks. We still retain the memory, but we discharge the emotion associated with it; we “smooth out” the energetic disruption. EFT also is used for physical problems. When EFT is used this way, the emotional memories associated with the symptom are released. Once those memories aren’t painful anymore, the stress response is reduced, and the body has a chance to heal.
What is the result?
Both the limiting beliefs and the emotions are reduced in their intensity by balancing the “disruptions” in our energy field (meridian system). The practice of EFT draws upon the body’s energy field by tapping with the fingers at specific meridian points. It has been proven to heal a variety of physical and emotional ailments. EFT allows the energy in the body to flow. When our bodies are free from obstructions and the energy can flow, we naturally feel good.
How was EFT developed?
“Thought Field Therapy (TFT) is considered the “father of EFT.” This therapy method was developed by an American psychologist, Roger Callahan. Callahan devoted his life to researching ways to heal people from unreal fears, phobias, traumas, and stress disorders. Callahan believed that when a person contemplated an experience or emotion, this thought turns into a “thought field.” The thought field, in turn, serves as a real structure upon which people develop explanations and beliefs.
He combined the use of tapping for emotional problems while simultaneously focusing on the problem at hand. Callahan had discovered that if a person is focusing on a specific fear of their own at the time they tap; this fear can be removed, often permanently.
Roger Callahan trained Gary Craig. Gary then simplified the process and in the early 90’s developed what is now known as EFT/ Emotional Freedom Techniques. Gary’s devotion to this work began at an early age; committed to learning about personal improvement through psychology. Along with being the originator of Emotional Freedom Techniques, he is a Stanford trained engineer, a Certified Master Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming, and trained in other forms of Energy Psychology.
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