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Technique (EFT)


The Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, has become one of my favorite techniques in Emotional Healing. Let’s talk about what it is, how it works and how you can start using it for yourself.

EFT is the number one method that I recommend for self-help when it comes to Emotional Healing. And it's usually one of the first tools that I use when something comes up in my own life. I was also very surprised to find how well EFT worked on physical pain, including headaches.


Gary Craig

The creator of EFT, Gary Craig, is an amazing individual. As an educational background he's an Engineering graduate from Stanford University. He quickly abandoned the Engineering path and went into business selling insurance.

Gary was also a student of Personal Improvement Psychology. He applied the teachings of self-improvement and eventually became a financial success in the Finance Industry.

Along the way, he studied with Dr. Roger Callahan. Dr. Callahan’s theories of Energy Meridians became the core of his Emotional Freedom Technique.

Energy Tapping

EFT is based on the theory that emotions stay within the body as stuck energy (see also The Energy Body). By gently tapping on specific points on the body we're able to stimulate and release these stuck energy pockets.

The Energy points used in the Emotional Freedom Technique were modified and streamlined from Dr. Callahan’s original methods. These points follow the same Energy lines (known as Meridians) as are used by the Chinese Acupuncture healing methods.

By lightly tapping with two fingers on these points while allowing yourself to feel the emotions of a situation, you’ll find that the emotion will begin to dissipate, often after only one round of tapping.

Using EFT for Emotional Release

I've found that the secret to using EFT successfully is to first allow yourself to feel the emotion that you want to be rid of. By feeling the emotion, and then tapping through the sequence of points it's easy to monitor if it's working or not.

As an example, if someone is experiencing anxiety I'll first ask him to allow himself to feel the emotion of anxiety. I'll then ask, on a scale of 1-10 how intense are the feelings.

I'm usually hoping that the feelings are at a level 8 or higher. This helps us to know if the technique is successful or not when we're done. We'll then use the tapping sequence to release the emotion of anxiety until it gets down to Zero.

What frequently happens is that one emotion will release but another will come up. Anxiety might be covering feelings of anger, which is covering sadness, etc. When this happens each emotion is worked through and released in succession until we're down to a level Zero in all emotional intensities.

This is where I find EFT to be the most valuable is in digging out the hidden issues and underlying emotions. But this isn’t always possible to do alone by yourself, especially when it’s time to go into those dark and scary places inside.That’s why I offer one-on-one personal sessions. Together we go into the places where it’s too much to do alone. We may use the Emotional Freedom Technique, or other methods, all with the intent of releasing the hidden intensity.

If you’re ready to start releasing emotions and begin to live a life free of emotional pain and suffering I invite you to visit my Personal Sessions page. I even offer a free trial session so you can find out if working together will be right for you.

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Recommended Self-Healing Books:

The EFT Manual by Gary Craig is the official manual for Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).  This is the method that I most recommend for people looking for self-help methods that really work.

EFT is a simple method that can be used by anyone to relieve a wide variety of issues.  I've personally founded it particularly useful as a tool for removing the emotional intensity of many past traumatic memories and life events.


The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson lays out in more detail the concepts discussed here about how emotional experiences can stay trapped within the physical body.  He then outlines how to release the emotions for well-being.

What I love about The Healing Code by Alexander Loyd is that this program outlines a step-by-step approach to self-acceptance, and thus healing the soul.

Dr. Loyd offers very easy to follow directions that consist of using hand positions, energy and self-acceptance by healing the emotional wounds of the past.  I highly recommend this book.




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