EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique. EFT was originated by Gary Craig, a Stanford engineering graduate. He is neither a psychologist nor a licensed therapist. Gary has engaged in a lifelong pursuit of personal improvement through the study of psychology. He is self taught in the field of psychology since the age of 13, focusing only on procedures that, in his opinion, produced results. EFT, the core of which he learned from Dr. Roger Callahan, has become his passion. Gary is also Certified Master Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) .
EFT is a form of psychological acupressure, based on the same energy meridians used in traditional acupuncture to treat physical and emotional ailments for over five thousand years,
but without the invasiveness of needles. Instead, simple tapping with the fingertips is used to input kinetic energy onto specific meridians on the head and chest while focusing on a specific emotional or physical problem. The combination of tapping the energy meridians and voicing positive affirmations works to clear the “short-circuit”, the emotional block from
the bodies bioenergy system, thus restoring the mind and body’s balance, an essential component of optimal health and in the healing of physical disease.
Some people are initially wary of the principles that EFT is based on, and the electromagnetic energy that flows through the body and regulates our health is only recently becoming recognized in the West. Others are initially taken aback by (and sometimes amused by) the EFT tapping and affirmation methodology.
Often in our lives we will continue to endure situations and problems which are overwhelming and incredibly stressful. We will continue to deal with those issues with the same coping mechanisms we have learned, turning to them over and over again, even though they are not providing us with lasting relief or long term change. We often engage in behaviors that “get us through the night”, like getting drunk, only to face two problems in the morning, the original problem and a hangover.
We continue with these behaviors, ad infinitum, until we reach a breaking point, hit the wall or find ourselves in the midst of a crisis where our old ways are exposed as wholly inadequate or even downright harmful and self destructive. We are, we human beings, creatures of habit. We seem to naturally resist change; we tend to seek homeostasis, that “don’t rock the boat” place, even to our own detriment. Most of us will not seek help, whether it is medical, psychological or spiritual, until our backs are against the wall. This is the place many people find themselves when they reach the office door of a mental health therapist. Walking through that door is also no guarantee of a “cure” and certainly is not a quick fix. Perhaps our culture, with our unquestioned belief in “the instant fix”, sets us up with the expectation that a life long habit or problem will be resolved by swallowing a pain pill or with some other “miraculous” remedy. For us to find a true change in our lives, we first must avail ourselves to the possibilities, we must be willing to be open to new ideas, and new ways of thinking. With the practice of EFT, the biggest roadblock to success can indeed be our own skepticism. Whether we are aware of it or not, we are all deeply affected by our cultural beliefs. Having been raised in a western culture, where the practice of medicine focuses on the use of chemicals (medications), we often forget that the origins of these medications are plant
compounds that have been used by ancient cultures throughout the course of human history. We often believe that the pills we take from the bottle are so distant from and so much more advanced than the teas and tinctures our forebears used before they were copied in the chemistry lab, packaged and sold by pharmaceutical companies. We so faithfully believe in our medications, that we see a consistent placebo effect of at least 30%, no matter what medication we are taking. Our beliefs are that powerful.
We are fortunate to live at such a time, where the tremendous advances in medication and in modern medicine have saved lives as never before. Alternative therapeutic techniques can indeed support and complement, rather than contradict how we practice medicine and healing in the West.
With the advent of internet technology, the possibilities of connection between the world communities exist and continues to expand. As the opportunity for communication opens, we find ourselves at a crossroads of possibility. What if we dare to open ourselves to new ideas about healing? What if cultures that have practiced energy based healing techniques for an estimated five to seven thousand years holds some possibility for us? EFT is but one option that exists, which can support ones journey through healing and recovery. The hardest part for us is often finding ourselves stuck in our beliefs about our options. Opening ourselves to new possibilities may be the biggest step of all we take for our healing and well being.
By Maria Jacober, M.D.