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EFT Level One Online


Based on impressive new discoveries regarding the

body's subtle energies, the Emotional Freedom
Techniques (EFT) has been proven successful in
thousands of clinical cases. It applies to just about
every emotional and physical issue you can name,
the Emotional Freedom Techniques often works
"where nothing else will".

The Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is a simple tool for emotional

healing and was developed in the early nineties by Gary Craig, a
personal performance coach with a fascination for the human potential.
EFT is a powerful therapeutic tool that uses words to tune into an
emotional disturbance which is then balanced and cleared using
acupressure tapping. The process is easy for you to memorize and is
portable so you can do it anywhere.

When witnessing the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) for the first
time I was very sceptical, it looked too weird, too implausible and I
almost walked away from it. Fortunately I gave EFT a chance to grow on
me, because now, some years later, I wouldn't be without the Emotional
Freedom Techniques both for myself and for my clients. The reason I
am so passionate about the use of EFT is that I've seen headaches
disappear, nightmares vanish and even seen the Emotional Freedom
Techniques take care of several cases of trauma in less than 3

Give yourself the freedom to experience this amazing technique and just
like me you will be glad you did. You will, within a few minutes of
receiving the treatment, feel a greater sense of calm and, often for the
first time in a long while, a fresh perspective and renewed optimism
about your life. What's more, because EFT is a technique that can easily
be learned and applied by anyone, it will give you back control of your
life and fill you with a new sense of confidence.


The Emotional Freedom Techniques are based on sound scientific

principles and the process launches off the EFT Discovery Statement
which says... "The cause of all your negative emotions is a
disruption in your body's energy system" Albert Einstein told us back
in the 1920's that everything (including our bodies) is composed of
energy and Eastern medical experts have know this for over 5,000

These ideas have been largely ignored by Western Healing Practices
and that is why EFT often works where nothing else will.

It's not that EFT is so stunning. Rather, it is because conventional

healing methods have simply overlooked the obvious.

So or though the emotional Freedom Techniques are an ultra-modern

complementary therapy EFT still has its origins in ancient Chinese

This is why we say that the Emotional Freedom Techniques are an

emotional version of acupuncture, but instead of using needles, we
stimulate the well established energy meridian points on the energy
body by tapping them with the fingertips. It is an incredibly gentle
technique and you remain relaxed and fully clothed at all times.

Electrical messages are constantly sent through your body to keep it

informed of what's going on. Without this energy flow you would not be
able to see, hear, taste, smell or touch. It has been proven that
disruptions or blockages in these electrical pathways can cause limiting
thoughts and emotions and lead to ill-health.


Gary is not the only one to get excited by this new technique,
psychologists, therapists and medical doctors from all over the world
have found EFT to be rapid and profoundly powerful. Creating positive
results for all kinds of emotional problems.

EFT has helped my clients deal successfully with addictions, grief, fears,
phobias, sexual abuse, performance issues, self-image and stress. Dr.
Catherine Saltzman


For those of you who have spent weeks, months, or even years trying
various drugs, counselling and alternative therapies in a desperate
search for relief from your emotional problems, EFT may come as a
welcome change. It's only natural to view new innovations with
scepticism, particularly those that relate to our health and which promise
rapid results.

Tapping often gets results "when nothing else works".

EFT can be easily learned by anyone and can be used over the
telephone. You can work with EFT on emotional problems and EFT can
also alleviate persistent physical problems.

A round of EFT takes less than 30 seconds to complete and once you
have learned how to do it you can use it daily! Whenever you realise you
are falling into some bad habits, or you have a recurring thought or
emotion or anxiety you would prefer not to feel, doing a quick round of
EFT will work to either eliminate the problem, or at least significantly
reduce it.


The results are fast and generally lasting. Strong emotions such as fear,
anger, shame and sadness dissolve into clear thinking, enabling a fresh
perspective and you may find yourself achieving relief within minutes or
you may require a few sessions to really benefit.

It is particularly effective for conditions such as anxiety where clients are

often unable to pinpoint the exact reason for their unease. My
experience of using EFT is now with several hundred people and over
90% get some sort of result. Because there are no drugs or invasive
procedures involved in the application of EFT, it is perfectly safe to use it
alongside other forms of medication and complementary therapies.
However, EFT offers such quick and effective results that you may not
feel the need to use additional therapies. EFT is now used worldwide by
therapists, health care professionals, teachers, parents and individuals.

[However, in the case of serious psychological problems, EFT should

not be seen as a substitute for qualified medical advice from your GP.
You should always consult your GP or existing care provider prior to
engaging in complementary therapies.]

If you are reading these pages having already had an EFT experience
then what you read will not seem weird or far-fetched and you'll know
that emotions and tensions can dissolve in seconds. If you have not yet
experienced EFT for yourself then I hope you'll understand that EFT has
to be experienced to be accepted and no words I could say or write can
be a substitute for that convincing experience.


You can trace EFT's origins way back over 4000 years when the
Chinese started to explore points on the body that later became what we
understand as acupuncture.

More recently the forerunner of EFT was a therapy called Thought Field
Therapy (or TFT). This was formulated by a psychologist, Dr Roger
Callahan in the late 70s.

Dr Callahan was working with a client, who we'll call

Mary, who had an intense phobia about water. He had
been working with her for about 18 months and she was
managing her fear, and could approach water, but the
fear was still there. Her improvement was minimal.
One day she came to see him with a stomach ache.

He had been learning about Traditional Chinese

Medicine, and acupuncture, and wondered what would happen if he
tapped on the end point of the Stomach meridian.

A brief intro to meridians

Meridians are central to Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been the
primary form of medicine in China for more than 5000 years. They are
pathways in the body, which energy flows along. Meridian are usually
associated with an organ, so there are meridians for Stomach, Spleen,
Gall Bladder, Liver and others. Traditional Chinese Medicine is about
achieving balance in what's called the 5 element system, and between the
yin & the yang.

The Five Elements each include two meridians, one Yin, one Yang
(except Fire, which has two pairs) and are associated with certain
emotions. There are also two extra meridians called Central and
Governing, which like overseers of the whole system. If either of these is
out of balance, the whole system will be. You don't need to know anything
about Chinese Medicine to use EFT.

Suddenly Mary said "It's gone" and jumped up. Dr Callahan thought she
meant the stomach ache, so was surprised and horrified when she ran
out of the room and down towards his pool. He ran after her, and she
called back "Don't worry, Dr, I know I can't swim". Her fear of water was
gone, never to return. But notice that her common sense didn't
disappear with it!

So Dr Callahan started working with the meridians, and developed

tapping protocols for many emotional conditions. His system required a
therapist to diagnose the nature of the emotional problem and apply an
exact sequence of tapping points, which was different for each problem.

Along came Gary Craig, a Stanford trained engineer
and personal coach. He learnt the TFT system and
was impressed by it's capabilities. But he felt it
should be available to everybody, without having to
see a therapist every time. So he surmised that if
you repeatedly went through all of the tapping
points that were used in TFT, regardless of the
problem, it would still work.

So he developed the EFT algorithm, which uses the same points for
everything. His original "recipe" involved:

A setup sequence
A tapping sequence
A "gamut" sequence for integrating right and left brain function
A repeat of the tapping sequence

Then you reassess the problem and repeat.

Gary Craig's system became phenomenally successful, and has been

in use since the early 1990's. Over time, a shortcut tapping sequence
has been introduced, some extra tapping points are sometimes added,
and one round is more likely to include:

The set up
• One round of the shortcut

This is effective in most cases, and if the shortcut isn't effective, nothing
has been lost, and you can still do the whole recipe.

(Taken from Gary Craig's website

Looking back at Mary's water phobia, we could see that she was
experiencing her fear and this caused the energy (or chi) going through
her stomach meridian (under the eye) to become disrupted. This is the
most important point, and the one thing about EFT you must remember,
is that the energy imbalance was what was causing her emotional
intensity. Tapping under the eyes sent pulses through the meridian and
fixed the disruption. It balanced it out. Once the energy meridian was
balanced, the emotional intensity…the fear…went away.

This is the most powerful thing you are ever going to learn about your
unwanted emotions. They are caused by energy disruptions in the
meridians. Notice what the statement does not say.

It does not say that a negative emotion is caused by the memory of a
past traumatic experience. This is important to recognise, because that
presumed connection of traumatic memories to negative emotions is a
mainstay in conventional psychotherapy. In some circles, it is the
accepted practice to "treat the memory" and, in the process, ask the
client to repeatedly relive some emotional, painful event. EFT, by
contrast, respects the memory but addresses the true cause.


So you can see that it is the

disruption that is the direct cause of
the emotional upset. If the memory
does not cause a disruption in the
body's energy system then the
negative emotion cannot occur. That
is why some people are bothered by
their memories and others are not.

Compare the energy flow in your

body to that of a TV set. As long as the electricity flows through your TV
normally, the sound and picture are both clear. But what would happen
if you took off the back of the TV set and poked a screwdriver amongst
all that electronic spaghetti? You would quite obviously disrupt or
reroute the flow of electricity and an electric "zzzzzt" would occur inside.
The picture and sound would become erratic and the TV would exhibit
its version of a "negative emotion".

In the same manner, when our energy systems become imbalanced, we

have an electrical "zzzzzt!" effect going on inside. Straighten out this
"zzzzzt!" and the negative emotion goes away. It's that simple. I am well
aware of how strange this may sound and difficult it can be to believe…
at least at first. I wouldn't believe it myself if I hadn't seen so many
marvellous changes after applying these techniques to myself and

The Missing Piece…

It is widely assumed, for example, that a past traumatic memory is the

direct cause of emotional upset in someone. It is not.

There is an intermediate step between the memory and the emotional

upset. That step is a "disruption in the body's energy system". It is that
disruption, that "zzzzzt", that is the direct cause of the emotional upset.

And, let me add, emotional upset is most often the root cause of
physical ailments. EFT, by balancing the body's energy system,
collapses the emotional upset and heals the body.

(Taken from Gary Craig's website

Psychological reversal is a reversal in

your energy flow, it is as though you have
your batteries fitted in backwards. This
causes self-defeating behaviour; it often
occurs subconsciously and is normally
outside of our awareness. Roger Callahan
found, that if you muscle tested people
about their commitment to their goal, they
would inevitably test "weak" on it. For example the dieter's test muscle
would go weak when they made the statement "I want to lose weight".
The salesperson would test weak on "I want to increase my sales to
£xx,000.00 a year."

He called this problem Psychological Reversal (PR). This does not

mean they have a conscious desire to fail. But for some reason, their
energy system is locked in a pattern of resisting their goal.

Psychological reversal exists almost 100% of the time in people who

have chronic illness, auto-immune disorders or addictions. About 40% of
the time any person may be psychologically reversed on a given issue.
The good news is that Callahan found that by rubbing certain spots on
the body or tapping the Karate chop point while saying an affirmation
about the issue, one could temporarily get the reversal to right itself and
the person would test strong for their goal. Then, by tapping on specific
acupuncture points while thinking about the issue and the emotional
energy around the problem, the emotional charge would literally

Dr. Callahan developed an elaborate system for diagnosing and treating

various problems using what he called "algorithms" a detailed sequence
of tapping on specific energy meridian end points. On average
psychological reversal will only be present and hinder the Emotional
Freedom Techniques about 40% of the time. When it is present it will
stop any attempt at healing, including EFT. Tapping the karate spot
normally corrects psychological reversal unless the reversal is
considered to be what we term "massive reversal".

This is dealt with using collar bone breathing and other methods which
are explained later.


If your friend is suffering from a trauma, it is advised that they seek out a
qualified EFT practitioner. If you work with someone, pay close
attention to how they express their emotion.

Look at:
• Body posture
• Facial expressions
• Movement (i.e. head, neck, eyes, hands, feet, shoulders)
• Skin colour, temperature
• Tone of voice
Breathing problems as well as the tone of your friend's voice may
indicate some kind of change. All of these changes can indicate a
resonance emerging in the energy system. We need to recognise this
resonance and work with it using the EFT process and something called
the SUDS level. When using SUDS we can put a number on how they


The technical term is taking a SUDS level or SUDS scale reading. It

stands for Subjective Units of Disturbance. What you do is ask yourself
on a scale of zero to 10, (10 being the highest imaginable
pain/fear/sadness/discomfort, and zero being completely calm, pain
free, tranquil, relaxed and happy) how would you rate what you are
experiencing in this moment?

You may use the SUDS scale on yourself and others. The aim is to get
a feeling for the level of the resonance of the issue in hand. This works
for emotions as well as for physical sensations and even for beliefs
which might be the problem.


On a scale of zero to 10…

• How depressed are you right now?
• How painful is your leg?
• How bad is your fear of heights?
• How distressing is this memory?



There are two parts to the set-up.

Repeat a set-up statement three times while…
Continuously rubbing the sore spot or tapping the karate chop


To find the sore spot point,

place two fingertips in the
hollow of your neck. Then go
straight down the chest about
an inch, then over to either side
about an inch. This spot may
be a little sore. If it is really sore,
rub the other side of the chest
or tap the karate chop point.


The karate chop point (small intestine) is

the fleshy part of the hand below the outside
of the little finger, the area that is contacted
when you make a karate chop motion on the
side of a table.

Tap on that spot with two fingers of your

dominant hand, while repeating the set-up statement three times. Roger
Callahan was the first to discover what is now called psychological
reversal (PR), and that by either tapping the karate chop point or
rubbing the sore spot whilst saying the set-up statement you can
disperse this problem.


To start the process we have what we call the set-up statement and it
follows the format of acknowledging that you have a problem and then
affirming self-acceptance.

The default set-up statement is formatted like this:

"Even though I have this anger, I deeply and completely love and accept

"Even though I have this sadness, I deeply and completely love and
accept myself."

"Even though I have this grief, I deeply and completely love and accept

"Even though I have this pain, I deeply and completely love and accept

It doesn't matter whether you believe the affirmation or not, just say it. It
is more effective if you emphasize the words "deeply and completely


Before you begin tapping for any subject or problem, take the time to
take a SUDS rating and make a mental note of it. Then, when you have
completed an EFT sequence, ask the question again to find how much it
has changed. It is a good way to be able to assess how well the
treatment has worked and if you need to repeat the treatment.

Sometimes, the problem can go from as high as 10 to as low as zero in

a single treatment. More often though, you start with eight or nine, and
after a round of tapping, the severity is reduced to a four or a five. This
means that the treatment is beginning to work but there is more to be

Perform the tapping sequence by tapping with the index and middle
fingers of your dominant hand about five or seven times on each of the
following points listed (see chart on page 14) while repeating a
reminder phrase such as "this anger" and focusing on the problem.
The best reminder phrase is a short description about the emotion or
problem named in the set-up statement. We create the set-up
statement by using the words that make us feel uncomfortable.

What I mean by this is that if you are talking about a time when you
were attacked in some way, the word you would use may be the word
"attacked" or you may even say "hurt feeling" etc. So you would have a
set-up statement that looks like this:

"Even though I was hurt when I was four, I deeply and completely love
and accept myself".

The PR point is located in the middle of the fleshy part on the outside of
the hand between the top of the wrist bone and the base of the baby
finger. It is also called the karate chop point and you tap on this spot
or rub the sore spot for psychological reversal (PR).

Remember to start tapping the karate chop or rub the sore spot as you
say the set-up statement that you have created, something like:

"Even though I have this hurt feeling, I deeply and completely love and
accept myself" and then shorten it to a reminder phrase such as "this
hurt feeling", as you tap the rest of the points on the head, body and

1) At the beginning of the eyebrow, just above and to one side of the
2) On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye
3) On the bone under an eye about one inch below your pupil
4) On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top
of your upper lip
5) Midway between the point of your chin and the bottom of your
lower lip
6) The junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and first
rib meet. To locate it, first place your forefinger on the U-shaped
notch at the top of the breastbone (about where a man would
knot his tie). From the bottom of the U, move your forefinger
down towards the navel one inch and then go to the left (or right)
one inch.

7) On the side of the body, at
a point even with the
nipple (for men) or in the
middle of the bra strap (for
women). It is about four
inches below the armpit.
8) On the right hand side of
the nail as it joins the skin
on your thumb, index,
middle and lastly little
9) On the back of either hand half an inch behind the midpoint
between the knuckles at the base of the ring finger and the little
finger. If you draw an imaginary line between the knuckles at the
base of the ring finger and little finger and consider that line to be
the base of an equilateral triangle whose other sides converge to
a point (apex) in the direction of the wrist, then the point would be
located at the apex of the triangle.

The liver point is just under the breast and is not generally used due to
social awkwardness. As we tap we are tapping with two fingers: the
index and middle fingers. The index finger is on the large intestine
meridian - when blocked this may lead to someone dwelling on the past
or having guilt feelings. The middle finger is on the circulation/sex
meridian, and is connected with low self-esteem, jealousy, regret, sexual
problems and unhappiness.

You can tap on points on either side of the body. You can even change
sides during the sequence. Tap just enough to stimulate the energy, but
not hard enough to hurt yourself. Once a full round of EFT is complete,
take a deep breath and focus on the emotion or physical problem you
are addressing.

The type of EFT process that we use in this manual is the original or
traditional way of doing EFT. You will find that, as you progress, some
aspects may be discarded to aid efficiency. So, this is not the only way
to do it, but one way to do it. I have described the traditional EFT so
that you have an in-depth knowledge. In our level three training we use
a short-cut version which reduces the number of tapping points and
particularly omits the nine gamut process.
This makes the method more efficient and short cuts the process, but I
would like to encourage you to learn the long form of EFT as this can be
used to fall back on when and if the method seems to falter.


The gamut point is used in the middle of two sets of tapping; if you think
of a sandwich, the top part of the bread would be the first part of the
tapping, the filling would be the gamut procedure, and then another
round of tapping without the set-up (but just starting with the eyebrow
again and working your way down the points on the fingers) would make
the other slice of bread.

So we put the gamut or the meat into the sandwich between two rounds
of tapping. The gamut point is on the back of the hand (see 9 above):
you can find it by making a fist and drawing a triangle back from the
knuckles at the base of the baby finger and ring finger. The depression
in the middle of this triangle is known as the gamut point. The 9 gamut
point covers the start of the thyroid triple warmer meridian. The
procedure is a brain-balancing exercise that involves eye movements,
humming and counting.

Always follow the 9 gamut with another round of tapping as this adds
efficiency to EFT and hastens progress. As a rule you use the 9 gamut
once only in the process, so in other words, as you do the next lot of
tapping you are taking out the meat from the sandwich, as two lots of
tapping back to back should be enough to do the job. However, if you
do not get relief, then you may try placing the 9 gamut back into the


This describes how to do the 9 gamut procedure. Keep your mind tuned
in to the problem, tap on the gamut point continuously, and look straight
ahead and then:

1) Close eyes
2) Open eyes
3) Look down to the floor to the right keeping head steady
4) Look down to the floor to the left keeping head steady
5) Roll you eyes around in a circle
6) Roll eyes in the opposite direction
7) Hum five seconds of a song such as happy birthday
8) Count from one to five
9) Hum five seconds of a song again
After you have done the 'sandwich' sequence, rate the intensity of the
original problem or issue on the scale of zero to 10. Compare this
number with the original rating before you began tapping. You would
expect to find either complete relief, partial relief or no relief.

If you have complete relief, you have experienced, in a few moments,
the power of EFT! On the conservative side, a few more rounds of
tapping may help the effectiveness of the process and ensure that the
original problem won't return. In the subsequent rounds, it is important
to adjust the set-up statement and the reminder phrase to address the
rest of the emotion or feeling. Use wording similar to:

"Even though I still have some of this problem, I deeply and completely
love and accept myself" during the set-up statement. Then repeat:
"This remaining problem," during the tapping sequence.

Do as many rounds of EFT as necessary until the intensity of your

problem is at a zero. If you are working on others and you get down to a
two or a one, you can finish neatly the process by tapping the gamut
point and having them watch your index finger as you point it to the floor
in front of them, and slowly raise it to the ceiling as they tap and watch
the finger.

This normally clears out the remainder of the issue. You may also try
this for yourself by raising your eyes from the floor to the ceiling in about
six seconds, whilst tapping the gamut point. If you get down to a zero,
check this out by asking them how much out of ten they believe the
statement - 10 being "I do" and one being "I'm not sure". If you
experience no relief after a few rounds of tapping, you may not be doing
it correctly. The basic recipe of EFT is a powerful device, about 80%
effective, but a higher success rate is possible when you know how to
handle impediments. When EFT doesn't work, it is usually not that it
isn't working; rather the real reason for not seeing results is because
EFT has not been correctly applied.



(Taken from Gary Craig's website

This tutorial should be read several times. It is that important. Why?

Because it addresses one of the most common errors made by
newcomers to EFT. Once this is corrected, your results will have much
greater consistency and many of your difficult cases will melt away quite
easily. The problem is that most clients tend to see their issues through
"global glasses". That is, they describe their issues using broad labels,
which to them seem very specific. Examples might be…

"I just don't feel very good about myself."

"My father always abused me."

"My mother never gave me the love I should have had."
"I don't do very well with relationships."
"I'm easily rejected."

Each of these, and countless more like them, is like emotional forests
made up of specific trees (negative events) which contribute to the
overall problem. Using EFT on the globally stated problem is like trying
to chop down an entire forest with one swing of the axe. If you try to
address the global problem in this way, you will probably make some
progress each time you swing. However, compared to the enormity of
the forest, the progress is not likely to be noticed and thus the client will
probably claim "no result". You might erroneously conclude that they are
beset with energy toxins, or you might give up and think EFT "doesn't

Instead of using EFT on an issue like, "Even though I'm easily

rejected…" it is best to break down the globally stated problem into
specific events such as:

"Even though my high school teacher embarrassed me in front of the


"Even though my high school sweetheart said, 'I've grown tired of


"Even though I was sent to my room for the whole day at Christmas at
age 8…"

"Even though Mom told me 'you'll never get married unless you are thin
like your sister'…"

These are the true contributors to the "I'm easily rejected" issue. They
represent the foundation of the problem. The feeling of rejection is but
the symptom of these underlying specific causes, how could we possibly
feel rejection? The answer is 'we couldn't' because there would be no
prior experience by which to measure a current "rejection". So, we need
to neutralize these causes by using EFT on individual trees. When we
do, several benefits occur.

1) The client can easily recognise whenever EFT has eliminated a

negative tree from their forest. They may start with an intensity of
seven to 10 for a given event and end with an intensity of zero.
This is clearly noticeable and thus substantially improves the
client's (and your) confidence in the method.

2) Each tree that is removed thins out the forest. This allows the
client to walk through the forest with more ease instead of
consistently bumping in to yet another "rejection tree". The sting
of rejection becomes less and less.

3) An important generalisation effect occurs. The various "rejection

trees" tend to have some common themes among them so that
removing one tree has an effect o the remaining ones. So after
you address a few related problems with EFT, the process starts
to generalise over all those problems. For example, someone
who has 100 traumatic memories of being abused usually finds
that after using EFT, they all vanish after neutralizing only five or
10 of them and then watch the whole forest fall.

I cannot overemphasize the importance of being specific. It often spells

the difference between dramatic success and apparent failure.
Sometimes we tend to lump together a number of specific problems
under a larger heading. This can handicap our progress with EFT. For
example, most people would like to have a better "self image" but don't
realise that the term is a general label which serves as a catch all
phrase for numerous specific problems (i.e. memories of abuse,
refection, failure, fears of all kinds).

Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, uses a metaphor that likens the general
problem to a diseased forest in which each of the underlying specific
issues is a negative tree. The forest may be so densely populated with
trees that it may seem impossible to find our way out. As we neutralise
each specific negative event with EFT we are, effectively, cutting down a
negative tree. Continue cutting down these trees and, after a while, the
forest will have thinned out so we can walk out of it rather easily. It is
very important to be specific when working with EFT.

(Taken form Gary Craig's website

On many occasions, you need only apply one or two rounds of EFT to a
specific event in order for its emotional intensity to vanish forever.
These are our "one minute wonders" and, fortunately, they occur with
delightful frequency.

Many lives have been instantly shifted in positive directions because of

this feature.

Sometimes, however, even after you have made professional efforts to
tap on specific events, the client still reports the problem as "no better."
Why would this be? Why does the process work so easily in most cases
but appear to get bogged down in others? There are a few possibilities
here (the others will be covered later) but one of the most common
causes is that the client is "shifting to different aspects."

Some issues, it turns out, have many pieces, or aspects, to them.

These are actually separate issues. However, clients don't usually
make this distinction unless you point it out to them. Suppose, for
example, a client wants help with their frightful memories regarding an
automobile accident.

You can apply EFT, of course, to "this accident" and you are likely to
make good progress. If you don't, however, you can ask for more
specifics (aspects) with a question like:

"What about the accident bothers you the most?"

Let us suppose the client says, "Oh, the headlights, the headlights, I can
still see them coming at me!" You can then tap on "the headlights" or
"my fear of the headlights" or any other words that seem to fit. After the
client's reaction to the headlights has been EFT'd to zero, you can then

"What else about the accident bothers you?"

At this point the client may bring up other aspects such as, "The
screams in the car" or "My anger at the other driver" or "My anger at the
doctors," etc. The list can be quite long. Usually, though, it contains
only one or two aspects. Tap on these other aspects until the client can
no longer find anything bothersome about the accident.

As a test, ask them to "run the movie" of the accident in their mind in
vivid detail. This will bring up any trailing aspects for tapping.
Eventually, the client should have no charge on the accident. It will just
be an unfortunate event in their life, and that is all.

One mistake that is often made along the way, however, is to tap on "the
headlights" and then ask too much of a global question such as, "How
do you feel about the accident now?" That question doesn't ask for any
new aspects. It just asks for an overall feeling.

In fact, if there are any other aspects (such as "the screams in the car")
the client will report "no progress" because they still have intensity.

Remember, the client doesn't distinguish between the aspects. To them,
it is all one big problem. You have to make the distinction by first
recognizing that aspects exist (that is just simply experience) and,
second, asking the right questions to bring them to the surface.

Aspects can happen with almost any emotional issue. Examples might

A war trauma can have aspects such as: the sight of blood, the
look in a comrade's eyes before they die, the sound of a hand
grenade, etc.

A rape experience can have aspects such as the smell of the

assailant's breath, the impact of a fist, the penetration, etc.

A fear of public speaking can have aspects such as the sight of

microphone, the on-looking eyes of the audience, a memory of
being ridiculed as a child, etc.

Another thing to recognise is that an aspect can also be an emotion.

Thus, some clients report that the anger they had regarding a given
event has shifted to sadness. Pick up on these clues. These different
emotional aspects are taking you deeper into the problem. They are
opportunities for greater healing and present you with great possibilities
for mastering your craft.

Our tape sets are loaded with live examples of aspects which you can
replay over and over again. I don't think you will find better examples
anywhere of how to address this important subject. Pay particular
attention to Dave and his fear of water at the end of the first tape in the
EFT Course. This hour-long very thorough session, is a classic example
of aspects and how to address them.
Hugs, Gary

(Taken from Gary Craig's website

When working with a specific aspect or with a general issue, persistence

is sometimes the key to success. Although you may see instant
success with EFT with some issues, many times creativity and patience
are the difference between failure and success. The key to real success
is to get the issue to a zero, not just stop at a two or a three. Be flexible;
follow emotions or pains as they change during a session as this is often
symbolic of new aspects or issues needing treatment during a session.

Asking such questions as:
"What does this remind you of?"
"When was the first time you felt like this?"
"What in your life is a pain in your neck?"

when treating neck pain, often brings up aspects that are contributing to
the problem. It might seem very freeing to have an intense problem that
we previously experienced as a 10 to drop to a two, but, a little bondage
can be just as troublesome in the long term as a lot of bondage. Once
we have achieved a low level, let us not limit what we can achieve. Let
us settle for nothing less than complete transformation.

Test the changes out in the real world. Ensure that you have tested all
possible provocations for the problem returning and when you have
learned EFT, often you will find you have other issues in your life to
which you could apply it, but you may not think to do so.


As you are using EFT you may feel that you are drawn to a particular
point on your body it may be the collar bone or karate chop or some
other point. If you are tuned in to this and your intuition is pointing the
way then you must go with it. Some people have had one minute
wonders by using EFT in this way. It is also useful to use just the karate
chop if working on the telephone with a client who finds it hard to take in
your description of the points and the areas of the body that they may be

(Taken from Gary Craig's website

Some of our beliefs need help, especially if we are to truly understand

and effectively use the wide-reaching versatility of EFT. We have been
conditioned to believe that each of our ailments requires a specific
remedy. Thus we take aspirin for headaches and antihistamines for
allergies. We also see specialists such as podiatrists, psychiatrists,
urologists and gynaecologists. Further, in emotional healing we consider
fear, guilt, grief and trauma to be separate problems requiring separate
techniques. The list goes on.

These aren't "bad beliefs" by the way. To the contrary, some of these
specific remedies have been quite useful in our quest to obtain healing
relief. However our belief systems now have a new challenge. That is,
there has never before been such a …"one approach addresses
everything technique."

To most, it is a completely foreign idea to use the same technique for a
headache that you use for a height phobia. Yet, that is precisely what
we do with EFT. As you know from our various training tapes we try it on
everything - and we usually get results.

We use the same approach for trauma of every description. We use it

for the fear of public speaking and for grief over the loss of a loved one.
We use it for stress, anxiety, addictive cravings, stuttering and
depression. We've had success with almost every physical ailment
including pain, lactose intolerance, allergies, and everything from TMJ
and infertility to PMS. We use it to enhance sports and music
performance as well as relationships.

We use it to give educational freedom to those with learning disabilities,

to relieve nightmares and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and to help
victims of rape, accidents, abuse and war. Again, the list goes on.

Unfortunately, many people use EFT to relive just one ailment and
completely miss its use for all the others. Why limit EFT to 1% of its
capabilities? There is, of course, an "art of delivery" that separates the
beginning EFTer from the master. However, even the novice can apply
the basics and achieve high percentage results. Mastery, fortunately, is
a choice and is achievable by anyone. You need only pursue it.

Try it on everything also assumes common sense. It would be

inappropriate, for example, to drink a gallon of gasoline to see if you can
"tap it away". Similarly, untrained people should not go where they don't
belong and thus should not try EFT on truly emotionally disturbed


(Taken from Gary Craig's website

When using EFT it is so important to test your work and challenge your
results. One way to do this is to ask the client out of ten, how much they
believe the statement that they just gave about being at zero intensity. If
they pause you know that some intensity is still available to work on.
Also if they say that around three is left, ask them what that three may
be made up of.

Also ask pointed questions, re-enact a bothersome memory, have the

client vividly imagine the event, etc. Never just be satisfied with a zero;
challenge your results in the real world.

You are also watching form immediate physical non-verbal signs of
relaxation and resolution. Facial muscles, yawns, sighs etc could show
the person has gained some relief on the problem.

You only start serious checking of the results if you think your person
has largely collapsed the problem. You want to see if there are other
aspects. There are multiple ways to do this but they usually fall into one
of these three categories.

One of the best tests is to re-enact the scene. This is not always
possible but you want to work with them to role play the situation as
much as you can. E.g. re-create the tone of voice or look on the face or
physical placement. You want to assess if all the aspects to the issue
are resolved. Stop immediately at the least sign of upset and tap again.

If you can't re-enact it, help the person vividly imagine the situation. It is
helpful to go through the five senses: see, hear, feel, smell, taste and
help them make it bigger, larger, and brighter, etc. As always stop and
tap if you find any sign of upset. On Gary's tapes, you will see him at
times ask very pointed questions designed, as he says, to make the
person's emotional knees buckle. However, EFT is designed to be as
gentle as possible and you would not use this method to check for
aspects unless you believed the person had not resolved most if not all
of the problem.

Ask pointed questions

Re-enact a bothersome memory
Vividly imagine the event


(Taken from Gary Craig's website

Despite the usually gentle nature of EFT, some people bring with them
some very intense issues and, as they tune into them, they may exhibit
extreme intensity. Handling this requires skill and experience. In the
past, it has been found quite effective to simply tap the EFT sequence
repeatedly until they calm down. This may take several minutes and 20
or more rounds. NO guarantees of success, of course, but this method
has been effective in a high percentage of cases. Also take a look at
out section on abreactions.

It should be noted that if you are not trained in certain areas of work,
and the work you are considering is usually undertaken by medical
professionals, say in mental health, then you should not attempt to do
the work. Don't go where you do not belong.

People's issues can be intense
Tuning in may bring up intense emotions
Tap over and over until they calm down
Don't go where you don't belong!


Start by identifying the problem. Take your intensity level and then
create a set-up and reminder phrase. Do the sequence followed by the 9
point gamut finished off with another sequence. Once you have done a
round or two stop, close your eyes and re-evaluate the problem. If there
is still some feeling, do another round. This time though change the set-
up phrase to start with "even though I have this remaining ………. '. So
for the example of the headache it would become:

"Even though I have this remaining headache, I deeply and completely

accept myself"

The reminder phrase should also be changed to "this remaining

Keep checking and repeating rounds until the problem has reached a

If after several rounds you are getting stuck, repeat the set-up phrase
while tapping KC, finish by forgiving/letting go

Do the 9 gamut procedure, remember to keep tapping GP

Repeat the sequence

Check intensity level

Repeat if necessary with 'this remaining ………..'

Make sure all feeling has gone and intensity is rated at zero


Doing a complete round may seem simple enough, but you can make it
shorter still. Many therapists are now leaving out the 9 gamut procedure,
using it only when a client is getting stuck. This usually makes no
difference to the treatment other than to make it quicker.

Leaving out the points on the fingers also seems to work. In most cases
going straight to the karate chop point after doing the face and body
works just as well as the full sequence; another 20 seconds saved.
Some practitioners prefer to keep these points in as they believe it
makes the treatment more effective, and it takes so little time. My advice
is experiment and see what works for you. Trust your intuition with each

Using the karate chop point instead of the sore point for the set-up
phrase at the beginning of each round works most of the time. This is
easier for group and telephone work.

When a client is experiencing the pain intensely in the present moment,

often the set-up and reminder phrases can be dropped. The client's
attention is already focused on the problem. This is good to calm them
down so you can start a full treatment. If things are really bad, using just
the karate chop point will help to start with.

(Taken from Gary Craig's website

Newcomers to EFT soon awaken to the vast possibilities for elevating

the emotional joy in our lives. And why not? Why be satisfied with
routinely taking care of most headaches, phobias, traumas, angers, etc.
when you can get underneath them and resolve years of underlying
issues? Why let self-doubt dominate when it can be replaced with an
enhanced sense of peace and freedom? In short, why be an average
practitioner when mastery can provide so much more?

I have great respect for beginners who have become "mechanical

tappers" because they provide a valuable service for themselves and
those they come in contact with. However, there is so much more to
learn and a rich experience awaits those who choose to graduate from
the mechanics to mastery.

Along these lines, EFT already provides many tools for mastery and
among them are:

(1) The Tearless Trauma Technique

(2) The Movie Technique
(3) Borrowing Benefits and
(4) Choices

All of the above are covered in detail on our level one and two
workshops and these are all pre-designed processes by which even the

beginner can deliver impressively thorough healing. If they are not
already familiar to you, please study them with dedication and apply
them to yourself and others. With a little experience, they will soon move
you toward mastery.

There is another tool for mastery that I call the "tell the story"
technique. I've been using it for years and you can see live examples of
it on the "six days at the VA" video available from our website:

The idea is very simple. Just have the client narrate a specific event
(about a trauma, grief, anger, etc.) and stop to tap whenever they get to
emotionally intense parts of it.

Each of the stopping points represents another aspect of the issue that,
on occasion, will take you to even deeper issues. Conceptually, this is
about as easy as it gets and it has a tendency to bring up important
aspects that would otherwise take sophisticated detective work to
locate. There are a few guidelines to enhance the process and I list
them below.

1. After describing the "tell the story technique" to the client, ask
them how they feel now about the mere thought of telling the
story. Often you will get some substantial intensity at this stage
and, if so, it is worthwhile to do a few global type rounds of EFT
to take the edge off.

"Even though I'm nervous about telling the story....."

"Even though I'm afraid what might happen when I tell this story...."
"Even though I don't like this whole thing....."
"Even though just starting the story gives me the jitters...."

2. When the client feels comfortable about starting the story (perhaps an
intensity level of zero - 2), ask them to begin at a time when there is
nothing to be concerned about. An example might be having lunch with
a friend just before having a car accident. This tends to ease the client
into the experience.

3. Instruct the client to stop the moment they feel any intensity
whatsoever. This is critical to the success of this procedure. Most
clients are conditioned by conventional techniques to "be courageous"
and to "feel the feelings" and to "be brave and get through it." Thus, they
are likely to go right by an important tapping point without telling you.

The client needs to understand that if they don't stop, they have
missed a healing opportunity. Hit this one hard. Emphasize it. Raise
your voice a bit to punctuate it. Insist on it. Remind them that we are
looking for minimal pain here and that they get no points for bravery.

4. Have the client repeat the story while doing EFT until they can tell it
nonchalantly--like it was a shopping trip.

5. Then ask the client to close their eyes and vividly imagine the whole
event and ask them to try to get themselves upset by exaggerating
the sights, sounds and feelings. Chances are they will get through it fine
but, if they don't, then you will have uncovered an important aspect or
underlying cause.

Use EFT for whatever comes up until they cannot get upset about the
issue by either imagining it or talking about it.

6. The ultimate test, of course, will be to physically visit the

scene/person again and see if anything else arises. If there are any
remnants left, they will show up during the "real deal."

This "tell the story technique" has several benefits....

1. It is easy to perform and, because the client talks a lot during the
process, it often parallels what clients consider "real therapy." Thus the
perception of EFT's "weirdness" is minimized.

2. The "story" provides a built - in procedure for finding aspects.

3. It can be used either as a primary technique or as a way to test your


4. It allows the issue to unfold as gently as possible.

5. The client gives you solid information along the way that allows you to
know how you are progressing.


(Taken from Gary Craig's website

"If you are ultimately going to do something important that will

make a real difference, do it now" Howard Wight

The personal peace procedure that I am about to unfold for you is not
just a way to "feel a little more peaceful."

Properly understood, this technique should be the healing centre piece
for every person on earth. Every physician, therapist, spiritual
counsellor and personal performance coach in the world should be
using it as a leading edge tool for helping others and themselves.

In essence, the personal peace procedure involves making a list of

every bothersome specific event in one's life and systematically EFTing
their impacts out of existence. By diligently doing this we can pull out
every negative tree from our emotional forests and thus eliminate major
causes of our emotional and physical ailments. This, of course, propels
each individual toward personal peace which, in turn, contributes
mightily toward world peace.

Here are some uses.

1) As homework between sessions with a physician or therapist, this

is certain to accelerate and deepen the healing process
2) As a daily procedure to clear out a lifetime of accumulated
emotional debris, this will enhance self-image, reduce self-doubt
and provide a profound sense of freedom
3) As a means to eliminate a major contributor (if not sole cause) of
a serious disease. Somewhere within one's specific events are
those angers, fears and traumas that are manifesting as disease.
By addressing them all, you will likely cover those responsible for
the disease
4) As a useful substitute for finding core issues. If you neutralize all
the specific issues you will have automatically included core
5) As a means for consistent relaxation
6) To become an example to others as to what is possible

This simple concept should shift the entire healing field. I can state it in a

Most of our emotional and physical problems are caused (or

contributed to) by our unresolved, specific events, the vast
majority of which can be easily handled by EFT.

Not bad for a mere engineer, eh? That sentence, if adopted by every
healing practitioner and patient, would likely

1) Dramatically increase our healing rates while

2) Precipitously dropping our costs

Please note that this idea completely ignores chemical causes such as
those propounded by the medical model. That is because I have
repeatedly seen improvements in clients where drugs and other
chemical solutions have failed miserably. This is not to say, however,
that drugs, proper nutrition and the like don't have their place. Indeed
they do. They can often be vital. In my experience, however, our
unresolved specific events are nearer the foundational cause for illness
than anything else. Thus they deserve our primary attention.

How obvious! Experienced EFTers are well aware of EFT's ability to

cleanly wipe the negative specific events off our mental walls. This is
the area wherein our highest success ratios appear. To date, however,
we have focused our efforts on those negative specific events that
underlie a given ailment such as a phobia, headache or traumatic
incident. This is good, very good, and we should continue doing so. On
the other hand, why not use EFT on all the other specific events that are
behind our more generalized, but very important, issues such as:

self image
persistent insomnia
feelings of abandonment

As you eliminate the emotional baggage from your specific events you
will, of course, have less and less internal conflict for your system to
deal with. Less internal conflict translates into a higher level of personal
peace and less emotional and physical suffering. For many, this
procedure will likely result in the complete cessation of lifelong issues
that other methods have not touched. How is that for peace in a

The same applies to physical ailments as well. I am talking here about

everything from headaches, breathing difficulties and digestive disorders
to AIDS, MS and cancer. It is becoming more widely accepted that our
physical maladies are caused (or contributed to) by unresolved angers,
traumas, guilt, grief and the like.

Many physicians in recent years are coming to the conclusion that

emotional strife is a major cause of serious disease. Until now,
however, there hasn't been an effective way to eliminate these health
bandits. We can mask them with drugs, of course, but true cures have

been hard to find. Fortunately, EFT and its many cousins now provide
easy and elegant tools that will aid the serious health practitioner in
killing the root causes of disease, instead of the patient! What I share
here is not a substitute for quality EFT training nor is it a substitute for
quality help from a masterful EFT practitioner. Rather, it is a tool that
properly applied, is capable of wide ranging relief; quality training or
quality assistance will add to its effectiveness.

1) Make a list of every bothersome specific event you can

If you don't find at least 50 you are either going at this half-
heartedly or you have been living on some other planet. Many
people will find hundreds.

2) While making your list you may find that some events don't seem
to cause you any current discomfort. That is OK. List them
anyway. The mere fact that you remember them suggests a
need for resolution.

3) Give each specific event a title, as though it was a mini movie.

E.g. "Dad hit me in the kitchen"

1) _________________ 26) __________________

2) _________________ 27) __________________
3) _________________ 28) __________________
4) _________________ 29) __________________
5) _________________ 30) __________________
6) _________________ 31) __________________
7) _________________ 32) __________________
8) _________________ 33) __________________
9) _________________ 34) __________________
10) _________________ 35) __________________
11) _________________ 36) __________________
12) _________________ 37) __________________
13) _________________ 38) __________________
14) _________________ 39) __________________
15) _________________ 40) __________________
16) _________________ 41) __________________
17) _________________ 42) __________________
18) _________________ 43) __________________
19) _________________ 44) __________________
20) _________________ 45) __________________
21) _________________ 46) __________________
22) _________________ 47) __________________
23) _________________ 48) __________________
24) _________________ 49) __________________
25) _________________ 50) __________________

4) When the list is complete, pick out the biggest redwoods in your
negative forest and apply EFT to each of them until you either laugh
about it or can't think about it any more. Be sure to notice any aspects
that may come up and consider them separate trees in your negative
forest. Apply EFT to them accordingly. Be sure to keep after each
event until it is resolved.
1) __________________________________________

2) __________________________________________

3) __________________________________________

4) __________________________________________

5) __________________________________________

6) __________________________________________

7) __________________________________________

8) __________________________________________

9) __________________________________________


If you cannot get a zero to 10 intensity level on a particular movie then

assume you are repressing it and apply 10 full rounds of EFT on it from
every angle you can think of. This gives you a high possibility for
resolving it. After the big redwoods have been removed, go to the next
biggest trees.

5) Do at least one movie (specific event) per day, preferably three, for
three months. It only takes minutes per day. At this rate you will have
resolved 90 to 270 specific events I three months. Then notice how our
body feels better. Note too how your threshold for getting upset is much
lower. Note how your relationships are better and how many of your
therapy type issues just don't seem to be there any more. Revisit some
of those specific events and notice how those previously intense
incidences have faded into nothingness. Note any improvements in your
blood pressure, pulse and breathing ability.

I ask you to consciously notice these things because, unless you do, the
quality healing you will have undergone will seem so subtle that you
may not notice it. You may even dismiss it saying, "Oh well, it was never
much of a problem anyway". This happens repeatedly with EFT and
thus I bring it to your awareness.

6) If you are taking medications, you may feel the need to discontinue
them. Please do so only under the advice of a qualified physician.


My mini movie for today is…

Intensity level now zero - 10 ______________

Say three times "Even though I have this ________________________

movie, I accept myself as I am"

Reminder phrase "_________________________movie"

Intensity level now zero - 10_______________

(Work on what comes up for you or move on to the next section)

Say three times "Even though I have this fear or anxiety about
______________________I deeply and completely love and accept

Reminder phrase "Anxiety/fear/insecurity about

_____________________" (whatever issue causes the fear etc)

Intensity level now zero - 10 ______________

(Work on what comes up for you or move on to the next section)

Say three times "Even though until now I have had this
anxiety/fear/insecurity about _____________________________
(whatever issue causes the fear etc), I now let go and feel totally secure
and capable of dealing with this".

Reminder phrase "Anxiety/fear/insecurity about ________________"

(whatever issue causes your fear)

Intensity level now zero - 10 ______________ (Work on what comes up

for you)

Alternative Quick Method
This works well for depression, feelings of hopelessness and guilt. Tap
above your upper lip and say, "I completely accept myself with all my
problems and limitations" three times. Using your intuition, tap any other
points. See what comes up for you after tapping in this way and then get
creative and make some of your own phrases. The more tapping that
you do the more you will become a master in the art of the Emotional
Freedom Techniques.
(Taken from Gary Craig's website

Remember that most issues are like an onion: as you peel off one layer,
there is another and another until finally all layers are gone. Each time a
new layer appears, you are a little closer to your goal.
If you have difficulty focusing on the problem, try one of the following:

1) Create an image of the problem in your mind and notice how you
feel about the problem. As you think about the problem, locate
any place in your body where you feel discomfort or tension and
focus your attention on that physical sensation. Continue using
the technique, following that physical sensation and any sense of
physical discomfort that arises until you feel physically neutral.
Focus your attention on the problem and pay attention to any
negative thoughts that come up. Say them aloud, with feeling.
Continue using the techniques following any new thoughts until
you feel complete.
3) Drink lots of water! Energy flows easier when you are well
hydrated. Avoid all dehydrating foods and beverages such as
chocolate, coffee and alcohol if you can.

4) Balance your energy. Use whatever technique is most effective

for you, including Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, Brain Gym, any form
of exercise not forgetting walking outside in nature.

5) Consciously connect to spirit. Allow yourself to feel your

connection in whatever way is most effective for you.

6) Eliminate toxins. Many common household products can block or

interfere with your energy. A prime example is the detergent Tide.

7) If all else fails call me! We can work together on the phone.

It is my hope that the Personal Peace Procedure becomes a worldwide

routine. A few minutes a day will make a monumental difference in your
quality of life.

But these are meaningless words unless you put the idea into practice.

"If you are ultimately going to do something important that will make a
real difference…do it now"

You can learn The Basic Recipe from reading the manual and watching
the first EFT videotape. From there, many people go out into the world
and apply it to clients, friends and family, often with superb results
(including some "one minute wonders").

However, if they don't study the rest of the EFT Course (in proper
order), these practitioners are certain to scratch their heads in some
instances and say "it doesn't work."


(Taken from Gary Craig's website

Introduction to this extensive answer: When progress with EFT seems

stopped, or it seems like "it doesn't work" EFT is usually not the
problem. Rather, the reason for the lack of progress can most often be
traced to the inexperience of the user. Why do I say this? Because
those who master EFT don't miss very often. They not only get their
share of "one minute wonders" but, compared to conventional
techniques, impressive progress is also made for just about any problem
with an emotional cause, including many physical ailments. In those
cases where the masters are stumped, however, they don't point the
finger at EFT for "not working."

Rather, the masters ask themselves questions like:

"What's in the way here?"

"What have I not seen yet?"
"What core issue have I been unable to find?"

I'm not saying here that EFT is a panacea for everything. It won't paint
your toenails, for example, nor will it allow you to drink gasoline. But just
about anything that has an emotional cause, including many physical
ailments, is a clear candidate for EFT.

It often works beautifully, even in the hands of a beginner. But that
doesn't mean we have perfection here. We are still learning and should
give thanks for those "tough cases" that challenge us to perfect our

Those who want to achieve mastery of EFT will be interested in the

following reasons why it sometimes appears that EFT "doesn't work."
The EFT course was not completed properly

I know it is tempting to skip through all those video tapes and audio
tapes to get to "your topics." Many people do this despite the
instructions given on the first page of the EFT Manual. This often results
in taking the EFT Course out of order or, even worse, ignoring parts of
the course altogether. When this happens, the importance of certain
topics (e.g. aspects, psychological reversal, being specific, persistence,
etc.) go unappreciated and are ineffectively used.

You can learn the basic recipe from reading the manual and watching
the first EFT videotapes. From there, many people go out into the world
and apply it to clients, friends and family, often with superb results
(including some "one minute wonders"). However, if they don't study the
rest of the EFT course (in proper order), these practitioners are certain
to scratch their heads in some instances and say "it doesn't work."
Maybe psychological reversal needs to be done more emphatically.
Maybe the client is actually making progress but is shifting aspects
behind the scenes. Maybe the core issue hasn't been discovered yet.
Maybe the problem is being approached too globally. Maybe, maybe,

These topics, as well as many of the other topics in this Question and
Answer section, are covered in the EFT course. The EFT course not
only teaches the basic recipe in great detail but it also goes on to
display the art of delivery with over 80 people in live sessions. You see
and hear how people respond.

You are taught ways to get at core issues and how to deal with aspects,
psychological reversal etc. And because it's all on videotape you can
watch it repeatedly to pick up more fine points. The more fine points you
pick up the more masterful you will be and the less you will say, "it
doesn't work."

I can't emphasize this "take-the-EFT-course-properly" suggestion too

strongly. Therein lies the foundational problem beneath almost every "it
doesn't work" claim I've ever heard. In the hands of an artist, EFT can
restore clients' lives into the living masterpieces they were meant to be.

For a practitioner to fall short of that is to miss the real "juice" in this

The problem is being approached too globally

The EFT course stresses the value of being specific where you can.
Some people tap on generalized anxiety (a very global problem) and
wonder why their results are either temporary or non-existent. The
reason is because global items such as generalized anxiety, self image
problems, persistent anger, childhood abuse, etc. are comprised of
numerous specific past events. The sum total of all of one's specific
fears, rejections, traumas, guilt, etc. evolve into such global problems as
generalized anxiety and self image problems. Approaching the problem
too globally is a fairly common error by newcomers. To illustrate, here's
a letter I just received along these lines:

"I cannot successfully treat my own generalized anxiety disorder. I

have used EFT while focusing on "my anxiety problem" or the binge
eating, or generalized mental paralysis that sometimes ensues, and I
feel slightly better following, but there is no lasting effect."

Usually we need to break a global issue down into its specific parts and
neutralize each of them independently. This is clearly illustrated on "six
days at the VA," a videotape in our EFT course wherein EFT is applied
to our Vietnam veterans.

Rich, the first vet on the tape, had "over 100 war memories that were
10's." These contributed to his more general ailment known as post
traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We used EFT with a couple of
specific events on film and Rich worked with three or four other specific
events on his own. As a result, all 100 of the memories faded and
ceased to bother him. You can tap on a global issue, of course, and still
make headway. However, the progress will usually seem gradual as the
process will tend to chip away at the various aspects of the larger

One advantage of working with specific events is that we can usually

provide relief for them rather rapidly, thereby allowing the client to
recognize the result immediately. Another advantage is that, after
knocking down a few of those negative trees in that negative forest, the
whole forest tends to fall. It's as though each of the individual specific
trees have items in common with all the rest of the trees. A
generalization effect tends to occur and the whole problem becomes
cleared. I have seen this many, many times.

The set-up was not performed completely enough

The set-up is that procedure within the basic recipe that corrects for
psychological reversal (PR). When PR is present it blocks the whole
process from working. So, if you aren't getting anywhere, you would be
well advised to "start from the top" and perform the set-up more

By this I mean to tap the karate chop point harder or rub the sore spot
more vigorously while emphatically saying (even yelling) the affirmation.
On many occasions I have been stuck and, after having the client rub
that sore spot with great vigour and literally yelling the affirmation, we
broke through the PR barrier and proceeded to get our normal results.

One example of this is on our steps toward becoming the ultimate

therapist tapes where one participant, Richard, was having difficulty
getting EFT to "hold" on a stomach distress that he had suffered from for
years. A few moments of an emphatic set-up (including yelling) and the
problem lifted. Richard wrote me months later that his stomach ailment
went away and stayed away except for rare occasions when he had
unusual emotional stresses. All previous efforts with tapping (of any
form) produced only temporary results at best.

Also, let me extend a thank you to Dr. Fred Gallo for introducing what he
calls criteria related reversals. In his experience, people who are stuck
in reversal may find it useful to focus the affirmation more specifically.
Examples might be…

"Even though I don't deserve to get over this _________"

"Even though it isn't safe for me to get over this _________"

I have used this myself with good success and recommend it as a useful

Another way to approach PR is as evidence of a major secondary gain

or loss, that is, a much larger issue hiding beneath the presenting
This is the presumption I make when I am making no progress. I start
looking for core issues. Once found, the reversal problem seems to fade
and the client reports relief. We are still learning here and I'm not sure if
this theory is correct. It works well in practice, however.

The client is switching aspects

Often, the client makes good progress but doesn't report it because s/he
keeps switching to new aspects of the problem. The original aspects are
actually relieved but the remaining aspects still cause distress. The
client is not at fault here because s/he is often unable to distinguish
between the relief already obtained and the stress still remaining. This
happens frequently and serves to fool both the client and the EFT
practitioner into thinking "it doesn't work."

Here's an example. Suppose a client still exhibits trauma symptoms

from an auto accident of 20 years ago. When asked what bothers them
about the accident the client says, "The headlights!! The headlights!!
I can still see them coming at me." EFT is then applied to the
headlight emotion and the client is then asked if the accident still bothers
them. The client says, "Yes."

Unless one investigates further here, it would appear that the client is
making no progress and that EFT "didn't work." If, instead, the client is
asked, "Do the headlights still bother you?", the typical response will be
something like, "No, but I can still hear the screams in the car." Do
you hear another aspect? Sure. Now it is the screams in the car. Once
that is relieved you may run into other aspects such as guilt for going too
fast, anger at the other driver, etc.

Many emotional issues are single-aspected and it only takes one or two
rounds of EFT to give them relief. They are among our "one minute
wonders." Others, of course, have many aspects and require more

How do you find these aspects? The process is usually simple. Just ask
the client to describe the problem after each round of EFT and notice
how their language changes. They may start out, for example, talking
about the problem in terms of fear and, after one round of EFT, discuss
the problem in terms of guilt. Also, the events they focus on may change
(e.g. from headlights to screams). Further, the physical sensations in
their body may change from, perhaps, a "tightness in the stomach" to
a "constriction in the throat."

The alert student might notice here that this "aspect switching"
problem, while appearing to give evidence that EFT "doesn't work,"
actually gives resounding evidence of the opposite. The reason the
client switches aspects is because the original aspect was given relief.
The headlights are no longer a problem (EFT success) so now the client
focuses on the screams (the next aspect in line).

A core issue is interfering
This was covered above under the section on the set-up but bears
elaboration here. When an important core issue is "hiding" behind a
lesser presenting issue, the whole process seems to falter. This is
because the real issue is not being addressed. Finding the core issue is
what therapists are trained to do, of course. It is the centre piece of the
therapeutic art.

One way to find the core issue is to listen to how the client describes the
problem. The keen ear will pick up the clues leading to "the bottom line."
Another way is to develop the intuitional ability to hone right in on the
real issue. This is demonstrated in great detail in our steps toward
becoming the ultimate therapist tapes. Before I began to develop
(trust) my intuitional skills, I would just simply ask the client questions
like, "If there was a larger emotional issue here, what might it be?" I
know that question seems elementary but I found it to be quite
successful. I would ask them the question and often they would say, "I
don't know."

Then I would gently prod them to give me an answer. I might just ask
them to guess or I might use my favourite NLP question and say, "If
you did know, what would it be?" Eventually, they give an answer
and it almost always takes us in a useful direction.
Sometimes all that's missing is the human touch

There is something about the "connection" between two people that

sometimes allows the process to work more efficiently. I know this is an
intangible item that doesn't lend itself well to scientific scrutiny.
Nonetheless, I have seen plenty of anecdotal evidence for it.

Sometimes, I find, the process will appear not to work until the
practitioner physically taps on the client. Then, almost magically, the
problem fades away. This is fairly rare but it does happen.

Some other procedure (e.g. 9 gamut, collarbone breathing) is called

for or some other points need to be tapped As you recall, a short cut to
the basic recipe was introduced in the EFT course wherein (1) only
half of the points needed to be tapped and (2) it was suggested that the
9 gamut and collarbone breathing procedures could be put "on the
shelf" until needed. So, if you aren't progressing, these previously
omitted points and procedures could be reinstated. The need for this is
infrequent, however. I would pursue the above avenues first.


You can start with either hand, but this explanation assumes you will
start with your right hand. During the whole exercise keep you elbows
and arms away from your body, so that you only touch your body with
your fingertips and knuckles as described.

Place two fingers of your right hand on your right collarbone point and
with two fingers of your left hand tap your right gamut point continuously
while performing the following breathing exercises.

Breathe halfway in and hold for around 7 taps

Breathe all the way in and hold for around 7 taps
Breathe halfway out and hold for around 7 taps
Breathe all the way out and hold for around 7 taps
Breathe normally for around 7 taps

Now place two fingers of your right and on your left collarbone point and,
while continuously tapping your gamut point, do the breathing exercise
Next bend the fingers of the right hand so that the knuckles are
prominent, and place them on the right collarbone point. Again tap the
gamut point while completing the breathing exercise again.

Now do the same using the right hand on the left collarbone point. You
have now completed half the collarbone breathing procedure. To
complete the other half of the procedure do the same routines again but
use the left hand to touch the collarbone points.


(Taken from Gary Craig's website

One of the nice things about EFT is that its results are often very rapid
(minutes instead of hours) and insights, or cognition, changes at the
same time. Clients discuss the issue differently after EFT. You may
have missed that.

Watch Robert again on the veterans' video. He is the one who had to
shoot the young boy that was walking towards him with a hand grenade.
At first his insight about it contained major guilt as he said tearfully,
"You don't shoot little kids!" On our follow-up the next day he
discusses it in a completely different light (insight). He calmly says, "I'm
more rational about it now. It was him or me." I hope you see the
shift in insight/cognition there.

He did it within himself while experiencing EFT. I didn't have to plant or
reframe anything. It's still not his favourite subject, of course, and he
wishes the event never happened.

Nonetheless, the charge on this problem has clearly dissipated and it no

longer has the tug on his heart that was the centrepiece of constant
intrusive thoughts. Those vets don't complain about not having insights.

That is because the insights have indeed changed in a manner that is so

subtle, so normal, that they don't think to articulate them. You as a
therapist, however, can prove the changes to yourself by proper
questioning. It is a good way to test the power of your work.

There is a lot we don't know about EFT, TFT and all the other "power
therapies" and your question brings up one of these unknowns. I have
not kept statistics on the above matter so I don't know for sure whether
or not EFT is unlocking the previous work of one or more therapists. I
rather doubt it; however, as I can think of a number of cases where
cognitive change occurred in EFT clients who had never seen a
therapist before. For example, many public speaking phobics don't seek
formal therapy for their problem. They just don't speak in public. After
EFT, however, the typical client shifts their view of an audience from
"intimidating" to "friendly".

I think what goes on here is similar to my views on self-image

improvement. To me, our basic nature is positive, but, as our life
unfolds, it becomes forested with negative trees. Life does have a way
of planting them, it seems. Once these trees are removed, our naturally
occurring positive attitudes are allowed to blossom. I see much
evidence of this. What appears to be a cognitive shift may actually be
the removal of a negative barrier so that the healthier cognition (which
was always there) reappears. Some may disagree with me on this. So
be it. Like I said, we have so much to learn.


By contrast to almost any other process, EFT is quite gentle and rarely
has any serious side effects. It is often used instead of other
procedures, because of its gentle nature. In 1997, an informal
questionnaire was put out to 250 therapists asking for descriptions of
significant abreactions with EFT or TFT. Out of an estimated 10 000
applications of these energy tapping procedures, only 20 such cases
were reported. This is
approximates 0.2%.

Please find a copy of the Level One exam paper below. A 70% pass
rate is required if you wish to obtain certification.

Level One Exam Paper

Please keep your answers a short as possible.

Question One
What fear did Mary Lose?

Question Two
When looking for resonance, what should we be looking for?

Question Three
Explain Psychological Reversal?

Question Four
How many times does the set-up statement need to be repeated?

Question Five
Name the founders of both TFT and EFT?

Question Six
What is the cause of all negative emotions?

Question Seven
How will you know if your client has had a cognitive shift?

Question Eight
What are SUDS?

Question Nine
Why is the liver point not used in EFT?

Question Ten
Explain the Gamut process?

Question Eleven
What are aspects?

Question Twelve
How do we deal with a client who is stuck?

Question Thirteen
Name three questions you could use when EFT appears not to be

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1. Principles from the Palace of Possibilities
Identification of client's belief structures and the origins of their
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limit their effectiveness.
2. Extra Tapping Points
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3. Methods to inject more gentleness into EFT
Some client issues carry a lot of emotion. EFT can be utilised in several
ways that allows the therapist to minimise or eliminate any discomfort.
These methods include:
* Tearless Trauma Technique
* Chasing the Pain
* Sneaking up on the problem
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Utilising the chasing the pain approach and becoming more specific. As
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have been no harmful side effects reported to my knowledge, this does not mean that
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WHILE APPLYING IT. You may wish to consult a trained Emotional Freedom
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Warm regards

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