History of the Emotional Freedom Technique

History of the Emotional Freedom Technique

According to the Energy Therapy Centre, EFT is a common sense approach that draws its power from Eastern discoveries that have been around for over 5,000 years. In fact Albert Einstein also told us back in the 1920’s that everything (including our bodies) is composed of energy. These ideas have been largely ignored by Western Healing Practices and as they are unveiled in our current times, human process is reopening itself to the forgotten truth that everything is Energy and the potential that this offers us.

In the short time since its inception by Gary Craig in the 1990’s, EFT has provided thousands of people with relief from all manner of problems and conditions, often in startlingly quick time and after long and painful periods of searching for a cure. The diversity of successful treatments have ranged from trauma and abuse, phobias, self-sabotaging behaviour patterns, to deep set emotional conditions of anxiety and depression, addictions, physical illness, to name but a few.

About thirty years ago, Dr. Roger Callahan, a clinical psychologist practicing in southern California had been working with a client who suffered from a severe phobia of water, so much so taking a shower gave her a headache. At the same time Callahan had been reading about the subtle energy flows in the body described in Chinese acupressure.

One day in a session she complained of a knot in her stomach when she thought of water. Frustrated by the lack of any real progress with helping this client relieve the phobia through conventional therapy, Callahan had the intuition to tap lightly with his fingers on the acupressure point for the stomach meridian. After a couple of minutes of tapping, the client got a surprised look on her face and said, “it’s gone” and went racing out to the swimming pool that was part of the office complex and Callahan went after her asking, “the knot in your stomach is gone?” No the client replied, the fear of water is gone as she bent down to splash water on her face much to Callahan’s amazement.

That experience gave rise to Thought Field Therapy (TFT) which works to provide information in the form of a healing code that balances the body’s energy system allowing the quick release of negative emotions and promotes the body’s own healing ability.

Gary Craig, who trained as an engineer and had a passion for personal development, studied with Dr. Callahan and greatly simplified the process. He realized that you didn’t need to figure out the exact meridian to tap on. Tapping on the twelve main acupressure meridians for stress relief while focusing on the feeling of the problem in your body would provide the relief. He called his process EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques).

Craig trained a number of EFT Masters and was very generously provided free and low cost training materials that really helped spread the word about this simple yet powerful technique. The free access combined with the ease with which you can learn EFT has led to a tremendous amount to anecdotal evidence from thousands of people around the world about its effectiveness in a wide range of concerns from phobias to physical health to finances to sports performance. Craig’s motto was “try it on everything” and he considered EFT to be more an art than a science in that the use of intuition really helps its effectiveness.

More recently there have been over 20 clinical trials published in peer-reviewed medical and psychology journals have demonstrated that EFT is effective for phobias, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, pain, and other problems. There is evidence to suggest that use of EFT actually rewires our brain to allow fast and lasting relief.