What is EFT?
The History of EFT, Tapping and Meridian Therapies
John Diamond, MD, a psychiatrist from Australia, built upon the work of Dr. George Goodheart, his colleague, and close friend. Dr. Diamond developed Acupuncture Emotional System (AES) and continued to evolve his methods over a forty-five-year period. His research of linking the twelve acupuncture meridians with emotional states was published in his best-selling book Life Energy: Using the Meridians to Unlock the Hidden Power of the Emotions. In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Diamond demonstrates the relationship between emotions and meridians, connecting the realms of physical and emotional health in a way that introduced holistic health for the first time to western readers.
Involved at this time was Dr. Roger Callahan, a contemporary psychologist who specialised in working with anxiety. Dr. Callahan’s work provided the basis of the 9-Gamut Tapping sequence still used today. He discovered the value of tapping on acupuncture points or acupoints, particularly if a person focused upon a specific fear or area of concern at the same time as the acupoint was tapped with the index and middle fingers of either hand. He found that a fear could be removed, and in many cases permanently.
Dr. Callahan along with his wife, Joanne Callahan developed this into a tapping sequence model and treatment known as Thought Field TherapyⓇ or TFT, and the Callahan TechniquesⓇ.
Further developments with the tapping sequence model of TFT were made by Gary Craig, a Stanford-trained engineer. Gary was a student of the Callahans and felt that he could simplify the tapping process and make this a “universal healing aid” available to everyone. Gary published his first EFT manual titled Emotional Freedom Techniques The Manual in the early 1990s. He later trademarked Emotional Freedom Techniques and has published several editions since then. He published free email newsletters with case studies and offered for purchase a comprehensive library of instructional EFT videos. He has been the most prolific advocate of EFT and tapping, helping thousands of people worldwide.
Since the days of Dr. George Goodheart, the healing benefits of meridian therapies, EFT and Tapping includes numerous books and training schools, including the work of Dr. John Thie (Touch for Health), Donna Eden (Eden Energy Medicine), Dr. David Feinstein (Energy Psychology), Dr. Bruce Dewe and Joan Dewe (PKP Kinesiology), Nick Ortner (The Tapping Solution), Paul Boulton (Targeted Energy Focused Tapping) as well as many others.
Written by Elaine Gentles on 3 August 2021
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The Key Point of difference with Targeted EFT
In a Positive Change Session with Paul, which uses Targeted EFT, the 'Reminder phrase' and 'Affirmation setting' mentioned in the above diagram, are replaced with Paul's own process that includes specifically worded Targeted EFT Tapping statements, combined with the EFT tapping sequence. The chosen Targeted EFT statements are specific to your issues or a combination of the examples below:
- Relationship stress
- Sexual violation
- Adjustment stress
- Death of a loved one
- Change of job
In Paul's opinion, the quality of your life depends on being able to establish and maintain a healthy mental and emotional balance. This is why Positive Change sessions were created to help prioristise how your health, emotional wellbeing can enhance your ability to feel joy, excitement, love, and success in your life now.
In most cases, people report beneficial changes from just one 2-hour Positive Change session.
LINKS TO EFT SCIENTIFIC STUDIES, ARTICLES AND MORE
- Emotional Freedom Techniques to Treat Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans: Review of the Evidence, Survey of Practitioners, and Proposed Clinical Guidelines
- Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health
- Medicinal News Today: What is EFT Tapping? Evidence and How-to guide
- Bond University: World-first brain scan research shows 'tapping' effective in combating food cravings
- Harvard Medical School: Trauma Update: On the Tipping for Tapping Therapy
- MultiBrief: If you haven’t tried EFT, you’re missing out on a great stress reliever
- Evidence Based EFT: The Science and Evidence Behind EFT