EFT Overview

I have really been interested in EFT since I first learned about it several years ago. EFT is a very interesting technique that utilizes the principles of acupressure to help clear all kinds of energy blockages in the system.

Overview of EFT

Gary Craig, founder of EFTEFT or Emotional Freedom Technique is an easy to learn system that allows a person to reduce the intensity of traumatic emotions or memories. Based on principles of Chinese medicine, practitioners tap on specific acupuncture points to help release energetic blockages that are ties to the emotions or memories.

Since many physical ailments are tied to emotional trauma, using EFT can also help resolve physical illness. In fact, one of the mottoes of EFT is “Try it on everything.”

History of EFT

EFT was developed by Gary Craig in the 1990’s. In 1991, Gary was trained in Dr Roger Callaghan’s Thought Field Therapy or TFT. Dr Callaghan, a clinical psychologist, created a set of “algorithms” or treatment protocols for specific ailments and dysfunctions. The treatments protocols consist tapping on specific acupuncture points.

Over the next five years, Gary worked with TFT teachings and found that the specific order of tapping wasn’t important. So he created a simplified system that didn’t require learning hundreds of different tapping routines. In 1995, Gary released the first video training course and manual to the public. One of the truly innovative things about this course is that when customers bought it, they were given the right to give away a certain number of copies of it. This helped EFT to spread.

EFT Process

The basic EFT recipe consists of a series of steps, at the heart of which is the tapping sequence. The tapping sequence involves lightly tapping on specific points 5-7 times while saying a trigger phrase. The points are

  • Karate Chop
  • Eyebrow (EB)
  • Side of the eye (SE)
  • Under the eye (UE)
  • Under the nose (UN)
  • Chin (CH)
  • Collarbone (CB)
  • Under the arm (UA)
  • Top of the head (TH)

EFT Tapping Points


Next week

Next week, I will cover the Basic Recipe in a bit of detail.

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