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What is Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)?
EFT stands for ‘Emotional Freedom Techniques’ and is sometimes also referred to as ‘tapping’. It was developed by Gary Craig in 1995, but its roots actually come from TFT – which is ‘thought field therapy’ which was originally put forward by Dr. Roger Callahan. It is also worth noting that the term ‘energy psychology’ is sometimes used to as an umbrella term to describe EFT, amongst other energy modalities.
EFT is a psychological acupressure technique that involves tapping on certain points around the body. It is based on ancient healing principles from around 5,000 ago. According to Adams & Davidson (2011), although the concept of EFT was developed from the realisation that our minds affect our bodies, the mechanics of EFT evolved from the same concepts of acupuncture, which uses needles to stimulate the body along lines or pathways called “meridians”. EFT combines stimulating these EFT points (with pressure or tapping rather than needles) while focussing on specific issues or problem. The Infinity Healing Centre of Wisconsin explains acupuncture in the following way: “The ancient Chinese believed that there is a universal energy called chi or qi present in every living creature. This energy is said to circulate throughout the body along specific pathways that are called meridians. As long as the energy flows freely throughout the meridian, health is maintained, but once the flow of energy is blocked, the system is disrupted and pain and illness occurs. Acupuncture therefore works to reprogram and restore normal functions by stimulating certain points on meridians in order to free up the chi energy.” EFT unblocks these energy disruptions along the meridians allowing the energy to flow freely. This will bring emotional and physical benefits.
EFT is a very gentle and it works to swiftly release traumatic events that are frozen in the mind-body system –so a person is able to reduce the negative impact of memories and past events, hence reducing the physical and emotional pain. EFT is also safe, painless, usually quick, gentle and can be learned by anyone. And you don’t have to believe in EFT to work!
EFT can be used for a large number of issues which include anxiety, phobias, depression, addictions, post-traumatic stress disorder, self-image issues, pain-management, grief and loss, to name a few. Form a personal perspective, I have worked with hundreds of people now in a traditional talking-therapy setting, and very early on I realized we needed more than just talking therapy. The fact of the matter is that it is our subconscious programming and trauma experiences that give rise to strong emotions and feelings, and quite often using the conscious mind techniques alone (for example techniques such as CBT), just aren’t enough. They’re useful but in many cases they are not enough. It’s not until we begin to have an understanding of our subconscious mind and energy bodies, do we start to look at healing from a different perspective; and EFT is one part of the puzzle which deals very effectively with the strong emotions that come up as a result of unresolved trauma. (please note that there are videos and podcasts about the subconscious mind and trauma that can be found on my website, so you might want to check them out.)
I can honestly say, that for many of my clients, EFT alongside matrix re-imprinting techniques have been absolutely brilliant for resolving trauma in a much shorter period of time. To achieve the same trauma release through talking therapy would have taken a lot more time.
So, one of the common questions that people ask is whether this is a real technique – has it been researched? Although there are many research questions that still need to be answered regarding EFT, there has already been some good research conducted. Research. Research has taken place in 7 countries and by more than 50 investigators. The results have been published in more than 15 peer-reviewed journals, including the journal of clinical psychology.
What is Matrix Reimprinting?
Matrix Reimprinting (using EFT) was developed by Karl Dawson and is based on the theory of Quantum Physics. The techniques involves re-writing a memory so that you no longer find it traumatic.
When we experience a trauma, the negative memory is held as a picture or a hologram in the body’s field. These memories place stress on both your mind and body and hence continue to affect you on a physical, mental and emotional level until they are resolved. The Matrix Reimprinting technique allows you to transform the memory. Changing the pictures creates both physical and emotional healing, and enables you to attract more positive experiences into your life. And by tapping on the meridians of the body at the same time, the process is accelerated.
This process is not about denying what happened, but rather is about tapping into a different possibility that helps us to resolve the memory, whilst releasing the stress and trauma that we hold in our mind and body. It enables people to forgive and gain learning wisdom from past events.
Matrix Reimprinting can be used for a number of issues including:
- Negative core-beliefs
- Birth traumas
- Relationships issues
- And many more. You can even work with past-lives and future selves too.