I wanted to post my evolving thoughts on EFT. Not everyone will like this. Perhaps this is because it may conflict with your belief systems. If you find yourself in this group then tap on it! I am not asking you to agree, just to think…
EFT is said to work on the meridian channels, but I am not so sure. The tapping procedure has been proved to me time and time again to be effective, yet not needed. So many people I see are doing it ‘wrong’ and getting results.
Even through EFT’s own evolution we have seen the dropping of some points and a simplifying of the procedure. First is was the ‘under the breast’ point. Then the 9 gamut. Now many people leave out the fingers. Each time something is dropped an explanation is given as to why it works.
Over the past few years we have seen the development of visualized EFT (no physical tapping) and of distant treatments (working on someone who is not even there) all with great results. Even these can be explained using the EFT philosophical model. However how about the many other Energy Psychology Techniques that have developed, all with similar success rates?
Experiment. Get someone who is unfamiliar with EFT and get them to tap random points (maybe just 4 or 5, anywhere on the body) that are not EFT points. For myself and others who I know have done, this the results are virtually the same.
You can even not tap at all and use a pendulum for them to focus upon instead, while the keep their awareness on the problem. Simply tell them to hold the pendulum (start it rotating) and it will stop moving once their problem has gone. And it does!
Let me be clear. I am not knocking EFT, its value or its effectiveness. It remains one of the best tools I have to use. I simply believe we need to broaden, or recreate, the model on which it has been based. This gives practitioners the confidence they can not ‘do it wrong’ and the ability to be flexible in the way they apply the technique.
My final word (for now at least) is the caution of the ‘latest technique‘ syndrome. I meet so many people who run from technique to technique (in the past this included myself). Have you tried BSFF, TAT, EFT, TFT, REMAP, EMDR, EMO Trance etc.
Why not save yourself much time and money? Realize you can create your own therapy and call it what you like. Once you understand this broader perspective principle you will find ‘your therapy’ has the same effectiveness .
You see each has great value. But they all (in my experienc), share similar success rates. Some approaches may suit some clients more than others – but I believe they all have a core essence that is the same. There will continue to be an evolution of new therapies in this field, as people create new ways to tap the same principles. (I even heard of one guy using a tea towel as a therapeutic tool with great success.)
I continue to use EFT as it is effective and works. I just think we are still scratching our understanding of what is truly happening. Instead of defending our beliefs about how things work, I think we need to question our beliefs.
They are after all just a model. Until a better model emerges then we continue to use what works. However unless we question the model it can not grow.