Your hearts know in silence the
secrets of the days and nights;
But your ears thirst for the sound of your hearts knowledge.
- Kahlil Gibran
EFT is a life and health changing process.
It is important that you read the whole of this page to understand why I just said that.
Remember to follow the links so that you
can make changes to our life with confidence in the process.
EFT is the off shoot of the work of Dr. Roger Callahan MD. This work was further developed by
Gary Craig who has web site http://www.emofree.com/ The basic method is written at http://www.emofree.com/eft/recipe.html and is worth reading if you are going to have a go at helping yourself with emotional glitches that are having a detrimental effect on your life.
Gary Craig is an engineer by profession and NOT a health practitioner of any sort. He is a
registered minister of religion, making it possible for him to do this work without formal medical training. He is devoted to spreading the word about the usefulness of EFT for making lives better.
EFT is NOT a chiropractic technique. It is NOT a method of psychologists and psychiatrists,
though some of their ranks do attest to its usefulness. It is freely taught to anyone who wants to
learn. Many health care professionals use the method, from psychiatrists and psychologists to
medical and chiropractic practitioners as well as people without any health care training. This is
a starting place for you to help yourself. I highly recommend the manual to everyone wanting to
help themselves and their families.
"Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an emotional, needle free version of acupuncture that is based on new discoveries regarding the connection between your body's subtle energies, your emotions, and your health."
I find EFT more user friendly than
NET but I integrate both methods into my work.
I have found EFT to be of use in all ages from about 7 years to 80+.
For its uses, I can only repeat Gary Craig's words. "Try it for everything."
EFT can look strange. But when done with specificity and accuracy, it can
change lives and make life more comfortable and functional.
EFT is on of those methods that if you try it, it may help and very profoundly. If it seemingly
doesn't have dramatic results for you, it doesn't mean that nothing has changed, it just means
you haven't been working on the "key" issue that helps resolve the problem.
There are some situations where the emotions are the key to resolving health problems and
structural instabilities. These can usually be rapidly resolved. It does require patient
participation to a greater extent than with the other things I do.
With EFT, patients need to be full participants otherwise the whole effort
can be just a waste of time and money.
EFT works with integrating the body's acupuncture (meridian) system with the Limbic portion of
the Nervous System to resolve the stuck emotional patterns using somatic stimuli - tapping on
acupuncture points while maintaining intense thoughts, memories, feelings of the causative
incident. (See diagram at left). The effectiveness of each "round" of tapping is patient evaluated
and scored on a 0 to 10 scale for intensity. If it is not a 0 then another angle on the issue is
explored either verbally, from memory to recall of feelings that the patient feels are related.
Do you think all this stuff about emotions is just all in your head?
"Dr. Bruce Lipton, a forerunner in the field of epigenetics and The New Biology, has carefully documented how emotions are one of the most important factors in your health. According to his research, the controlling factor in deciding what your genes express -- in deciding how your future health will play out -- is not your genes, your family history or even the strength of your immune system. It is YOUR MIND."4
Lipton's work is life changing with profound implications for our health and your life. I suggest you don't ignore him!
For a related topic see NET
Simple Energy Techniques (SET) is an offshoot of the EFT process. It is the work of Steve Wells and Dr. David Lake - www.eftdownunder.com . The basics of this method id the stimulation of at least 3 to 4 or the meridians while you experience or recall the emotion, problem or even just the feeling of the problem you wish to change. It is much less complicated and works just as well as EFT and NET.
For further reading on this method, see:
Here are some articles that show evidence that there is a meridian energy system
that we can influence our physiology through.
(Compiled by Fred Gallo, PhD)
1 Sources of Chinese Tradition –Vol. 1 WM Theodore DeBary, Irene Bloom
Columbia University Press NY, NY 1999
2 Scientific Basis of Acupuncture – B. Pomeranz Acupuncture textbook and Atlas,
NY, NY 1987
3 Vibrational Medicine for the 21 Century- Richard Gerber M.D. Eagle Brook, NY,
NY 2000 – "Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine"
4. "Can Western Science Provide A Foundation For Acupuncture"- Beverly Rubik,
PhD.Alternative Therapies Magazine September 1995,Vol. 1 Number 4
5 Vibrational Medicine for the 21 Century- Richard Gerber M.D. Eagle Brook,
NY, NY 2000 "Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine"
6 What is 'Healing Energy'?The Scientific Basis Oschman, James L. (Oct. 1996-
Jan. 1998) . J of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.(Series of articles.)
Part 1-6 . Kreisand Boesch, 1994
7 Giraud-Guille, M.M. (1988) " Twisted plywood architecture of collagen fibrils
in human compact bone osteons" Calcif.Tissue Int., 42:167-180.
8 Knight,D. and Feng, D. (1993). Collagens as liquid crystals, British Association for
the Advancement of Science, Chemistry Session: Molecular Self-Assembly in
Science and Life, Sept. 1, Keele.
EFT is an emerging science and has some scientific examination of the results that EFT practitioners see on a daily basis. It is nice to see the validation of this wonderful method of changing lives.5
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