Emotional Freedom Techniques, known as EFT comes from a Mind-Body Medicine and is a powerful healing method. It combines physical benefits of acupuncture with the cognitive benefits of conventional therapy. EFT does not use needles. In the process of EFT we mentally "tune in" to specific event while stimulating certain meridian points on the body by tapping on them with our fingertips.
The foundation of tapping is the body's energy system which was discovered by the Chinese about 5,000 years ago and is the centrepiece of Eastern health practices. Body`s energy system is complex. It contains meridians through which energy runs and is invisible to the eye. By analogy, we do not see the electric energy flowing through a TV set either.
The EFT operates on the premise which says: “The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in body’s energy system.” Meridian system, are disrupted any time something uncomfortable happens in our life. Those disruptions tend to stay lodged in the system. Patterns of uncomfortable events will lead to the limiting beliefs, negative emotions like fears, insecurities, phobias, physical pain and other issues that get in the way of forward progress. They impact on health, happiness, motivation, creativity and fulfillment in life.
Founder of technique is Gary Craig, who based it, on the Dr. Roger Callahan TFT (Thought filed therapy).
EFT aims to release disruption in body’s energy system caused by disturbing memory. When a distressing memory is vividly reviled, more disruption is induced in the energy system. EFT will produce shifts in your mind and body at the same time. It can be achieved by appropriate tapping with addressing the issues by acknowledging it and accepting yourself in spite of it.
The language that is used in EFT session always aims at the negative, so it can be neutralized. This is essential because it is the negative that creates the energy disruptions in body. This allows our natural positives to bubble up to the top. By contrast, popular self-help books stress positive thinking and avoiding the negative. This sounds good but, it does little more than cover over the negative with pleasant sounding words. By analogy, like putting a perfume without showering.
Important EFT metaphors are Table legs - Specific past Events that are supporting the globally stated issue or the Table top. Addressing the Table Legs with EFT, using various techniques and approaches is always better than addressing the Table top.
To clarify, the Table top or the globally stated issue is for example "I'm afraid of intimacy". We can be sure that people with these issue will have some experience or Specific Events, in their past to back it up. So to be more specific we break Table top down to the Specific Events or Table Legs that caused it.
Although, there are maybe hundreds of events to address, we usually need to address only a certain number of events that carry the strongest emotional charge. Then the rest of the Specific Events will simply fade on their own and the Table top will “fall apart”. Generalization Effect will happen because of the commonality among the events.
Also, the process of EFT includes a lot of testing to make sure that all disruptions are gone.
EFT is used for dealing with emotional, physical and performance issues. It is not a miracle cure. The easier the case, the faster the results, and that is true for most things in this world. So, if you have big traumas or extended periods of trauma in your history, If your physical pain is chronic, you have a diagnosed medical condition, EFT can usually help quite a bit, but it may take some time. Then the EFT process is likely to be more involved, and may cause you to feel worse before you feel better. Expecting quick fix on a chronic or diagnosed condition is not reasonable.