EFT – Emotional Freedom Technique – EFT was founded in
1993 by Gary Craig of emofree.com. Gary is now retired.
The information in this glossary of terms has been adapted
from Gary’s 6th Edition Public Use EFT Manual.
Important…please read carefully
Common sense would suggest that you wouldn’t expect much
in the way of negative side effects from EFT.
This is because there are:
No surgical procedures.
No pills or chemicals.
No pushing or pulling on the body.
Instead, there are just a few seemingly harmless procedures
that involve tapping. Once in awhile someone might report
feeling a little nauseous and, on occasion, a few people report
“feeling worse.” Because these reports are so infrequent it is
unknown whether or not EFT actually caused the problem.
EFT is still in its beginning stages and we have much to learn.
Thus it is possible that using EFT could be deleterious to
someone. Accordingly, you should assume that we are still in
the experimental stage and use EFT with appropriate caution.
Along these lines, there are some people who should not use
EFT. I include below an important message that I provided
for the EFT email support list. It should be read carefully.
“Infrequently, there CAN BE negative side effects and
sometimes these are severe. Some people have been so badly
traumatized and/or abused in their lifetimes that they have
developed severe psychological problems such as multiple
personalities, paranoia, schizophrenia and other serious
mental disorders. While EFT has been helpful even in such
severe cases, IN THESE INSTANCES IT SHOULD ONLY BE
APPLIED BY A QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL WITH
EXPERIENCE IN THESE DISORDERS.
On some occasions, people undergoing EFT have normal tears or
other forms of distress that accompany the recalling of
their troublesome memories. On other occasions some
physical pains “get worse”–at least temporarily. The
proficient and experienced professional will greet these
responses as normal and appropriately apply EFT for
their resolution Again, when these responses occur,
common sense must prevail.”
The following common sense statements constitute a
legal agreement between us.
Please read these statements carefully.
**I am not a psychologist or therapists and have no licensing
or formal training in a university setting.
**I am a Life Coach and my mission is to bring these tools to
the attention of others.
**This coaching session takes the form of a thorough
demonstration of a very impressive personal improvement
tool. It is not training in psychology or psychotherapy.
**Subject to the other provisions of this agreement, you may
use EFT on behalf of yourself or others.
**I cannot and will not take responsibility for what you do
with these techniques.
**You are required to take complete responsibility for your
own emotional and/or physical well being both during and
after completing the session.
**You are also required to instruct others whom you help
with EFT, or to whom you teach EFT, to take complete
responsibility for their emotional and/or physical well being.
**You must agree to hold harmless myself and anyone
involved with EFT from any claims made by anyone whom
you seek to help with EFT or to whom you teach EFT.
**You are urged to use these techniques under the
supervision of a qualified therapist or physician.
**Don’t use these techniques to try to solve a problem where
your common sense would tell you it is not appropriate.
If you do not agree with the foregoing or cannot comply,
please do not continue with the coaching session.
Otherwise, we have an agreement and I expect you to live
I am quite aware that the above is common sense and I
apologize if you think I am talking to you like you were a 12
year old. I am only doing so because my lawyer insists on it.
What to Expect From EFT
Adapted from Gary Craig’s 6th Edition Public Use EFT Manual
The main reason for using EFT is to experience freedom from
negative emotions. That is, freedom that allows you to
blossom and rise above whatever hidden hurdles keep you
from performing to your capacity.
There is no long, drawn-out, “tell me your life story” feature
to EFT. There are no pills. There is no painfully reliving past
traumatic events. It doesn’t take months or years. It takes a
fraction of the usual time and is often done in minutes. People
simply get beyond their emotional luggage, usually
permanently, and go about their lives more effectively.
EFT is based on the discovery that imbalances in the body’s
energy system have profound effects on one’s personal
psychology. Correcting these imbalances, which is done by
tapping on certain body locations, often leads to rapid
remedies. This is especially so when you reduce the problems
to specific negative events in your life.