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Debunking the EFT Therapy Scam

I’m a firm believer in alternative therapies. In fact, the more alternative the better because the farther afield from traditional medicine we go, the closer we get to the mind which is actually in charge of the healing. This is why A Course in Miracles describes everything – from an aspirin to chemotherapy – as magic. What heals us is the mind. If the aspirin seems to work, it’s only because the mind believed that it would and projected its healing powers accordingly.

One of the great therapies in my life has been emotional freedom technique – or EFT. EFT blends affirmations (or other language-based statements) with meridian tapping. It’s like a modified acupuncture, with finger tips instead of needles, and an element of chat built in. I’ve used it over the years on everything from biting my nails to headaches to fear of certain people and situations. I’ve shared it with friends and family members and they’ve reported good results, too.

Based on my experience, I don’t believe that there is any EFT therapy scam. After all, the basic information is given away for free. There’s no commitment at all save the willingness to try something new. And Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, as well as the subsequent practitioners have always cautioned that it should be a substitute for other therapies or healing modalities. But since it’s free and noninvasive, why not give it a try?

Craig, by the way, is a student of A Course in Miracles. I think in many respects his great success with EFT is owed in large part to ideas of healing articulated by Jesus in the ACIM text and workbook. There, we learn that healing is not something that we do so much as something that we get out of the way for – Jesus does it and we are, if you will, mere channels.

If you believe in EFT, then it’s going to produce results for you. But I should add that not all practitioners are ACIM teachers and students. Therefore, there is a lot of work being done right now to validate tapping therapy. There is a long history of the body’s energy fields – Asian medicine in particular has made use of this model in acupuncture. We know through contemporary physics (especially quantum physics) that the mind is more powerful – and its effects more broad-reaching – than we originally understood.

In other words, there are plenty of sound reasons why EFT is a useful and results-oriented method. Indeed, even a cursory review of the success stories over at EFT Universe should convince a skeptic that it’s worth a download and a few tapping sessions.

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  • Vicki Duncan July 30, 2012, 6:44 pm

    Once again, in an internet search I have found Sean Reagan. I guess we think alike. Thank you for your writing about the things that interest me.

    • Sean Reagan August 10, 2012, 1:31 am

      Yes we do think alike! I am a big fan of EFT – I think the tapping community is getting a little bigger and more organized now. There are pros and cons to that. But it is still a resource that we can utilize. I was tapping pretty intensely around the time I discovered ACIM and really feel like it cleared some internal space so that I could be clearer about what I needed. I don’t use eft as often as I once did but I am very grateful for it. My kids loved it – I really felt like it was just a gentle and creative way to get close to what was causing physical/emotional pain and lessen its impact.

      Thanks for visiting and reading, Vicki. I hope all is well with you –

      Sean

  • Richard Bridgman May 10, 2013, 9:12 pm

    I have tried EFT off and on over 20 years as well as TFT and I have found both to be absolutely worthless as well as several other people I know who tried it. If it works for you fine but that’s only because you believe it will work. The tapping is not at all “Acupuncture as I have had many Acupuncture treatments” and EFT tapping is nothing near true Acupuncture at all. True healing, I have found, comes from Sedona Method, NLP and the teachings of Claire Weekes. Lastly, you only hear or talk to the people who had results from EFT, you have no idea how many people, such as myself got absolutely nothing from EFT.

    • Sean Reagan May 11, 2013, 6:26 am

      Hi Richard. I’m glad that you found some effective healing techniques! Thank you for reading & writing.

      Sean

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