Learn EFT Tapping – The Official “Gold Standard” Guide
Intro by Smarter Healing
The official guide to Gold Standard EFT is 55 web pages and contains more than 88,000 words of text. That's long enough to be a book all by itself.
I decided to make the official guide easier to digest by shortening it down to the bare bones. I read every page of the guide, and as I finished each section, I took notes of the most important points.
The good news is that because the author, Gary Craig, repeats himself a lot, you don't actually have to read all 88,000 words to understand the core concepts of Gold Standard EFT.
In fact, you don't even have to read the second, "advanced" parts of the guide unless you plan to use EFT on others.
The second half is targeted towards teaching professional EFT practitioners how to use EFT more effectively with their clients. You don't need to read it if you only plan on using self application of EFT for your own issues.
The "Gold Standard" EFT Tapping Guide is over 88,000 words, but the synopsis below is less than 7,000.
Welcome to the Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tapping Tutorial
The EFT founder spent an estimated 30,000 hours and $2 million developing EFT over the years.
There is a basic guide for beginners, and advanced guides for taking it to the next level. The advanced guides are especially useful if you plan to use EFT to treat others, and not just yourself.
Before You Begin
1. About Those EFT Tapping Spin-Offs: A Candid Discussion
When Gary Craig founded EFT, he had no idea it would become super popular.
He mistakenly allowed people to make spin-offs of EFT. He regrets this now.
Most people who developed spin-offs were not EFT experts. Most spin-offs are not as effective as Gold Standard EFT.
2. About the Authors - Gary & Tina Craig
Gary Craig developed EFT starting in the 1990's. His daughter helped him develop it and compile the Gold Standard EFT guide.
Gary Craig is an ordained minister. He also follows the Course in Miracles. Gary has been interested in psychology and personal development since childhood. He also uses NLP.
The core of EFT originated with Dr. Roger Callahan's work.
Tina Craig has followed in her father's footsteps and is also involved in personal development and problem solving.
Tina Craig offers an official certification program located on her website:
Other certifications exist, but they are not official.
4. An Open Letter
This page contains an article written in the 1990's that first appeared in the old Official EFT tutorial book.
In the 1990's, Gary Craig visited the VA (Veteran's Administration) and worked, for free, with veterans who suffered from PTSD.
He viewed this as the ultimate test of EFT's effectiveness. The results were positive. EFT helped relieve severe lifelong PTSD for the veterans.
5. A Priceless Gift
EFT is derived from acupuncture meridian theory.
Dr. George Goodheart with his work in Applied Kinesiology, and Dr. John Diamond, both contributed greatly to knowledge that helped lead to EFT.
Dr. Roger Callahan introduced Gary Craig to tapping techniques. Gary Craig then refined them into EFT.
6. A Note to Researchers
For a scientific summary of EFT research, see this document:
EFT is easy to use, and is standardized in the Gold Standard guide.
Better results are achieved by focusing on specific events, as will be explained later.
You can find a list of recommended Gold Standard EFT practitioners here:
7. A Note On Commercial Uses
You cannot use the Gold Standard tutorial itself for commercial purposes without written consent.
8. $25,000 Reward for True EFT Innovations
Gary Craig offers a cash reward for practitioners who contribute great advancements to EFT.
The requirements to prove an advancement are quite stringent.
Part 1 For Everyone: The EFT Tapping Basics
1. Using EFT Tapping For Yourself
You can learn to do EFT yourself, or hire a practitioner to guide you through it.
The easier your problem is, the faster you will get results. But some problems may take longer.
2. Using EFT Tapping Professionally
Every health practitioner is encouraged to use EFT in their practice.
EFT is effective at treating both physical and emotional issues.
For chronic physical issues, you may need to address emotional issues.
3. What is EFT? - Theory, Science, and Uses
Please watch the EFT intro video:
EFT can be used to solve physical and emotional issues.
The more emotional issues you clear with EFT, the more peaceful your life will become.
The basic procedure of EFT is to mentally focus on a problem, then clear it out by tapping acupuncture points with your fingers. This tapping balances your meridian energy, creating a healing effect.
Everyone can learn EFT. Even children.
We know EFT works because it produces results.
The basis of EFT is summarized by the Discovery Statement: "The cause of all negative emotions is a disruption in the body's energy system."
Other therapies attempt to treat negative traumatic memories. EFT does not treat memories. It treats present day energy disruptions.
In this video Gary Craig talks about the Discovery Statement and the theory of how memories translate into negative emotions via the energy system:
Because negative emotions are caused by energy disruptions, they can be removed by balancing your energy.
Different people have different energy responses to traumatic memories. A person whose energy is not disrupted will not experience pain when recalling a traumatic memory.
Traditional therapy can cause problems by recalling painful traumatic memories but lacks the tools to remove the pain by balancing your energy.
Discovery Statement v2: "EFT can assist physical healing by resolving underlying energetic or emotional issues."
In this video, Gary Craig illustrates how emotions can be the underlying cause of a physical issue:
In this video interview, a doctor gives his opinion of using EFT:
4. How to do the EFT Tapping Basics - The Basic Recipe
The EFT "Basic Recipe" consists of 9 tapping points. You tap these points while saying a specific phrase to focus your body on the specific energy disruption you are trying to fix.
Whilst acupuncture uses 300+ points for specific treatments, EFT tapping is designed to be simple so that anyone can learn it and receive the benefits.
The 9 tapping points are shown in image format here:
The letters are abbreviations for the location of the point. For example, KC = "karate chop" point, UA = "under arm" point, etc.
Tapping is typically done with two fingertips. Each tapping point is symmetrical on the body. You can tap either side of the body and it works.
There are five main steps to the EFT basic recipe:
One, identify a specific issue.
Two, rate the issue's severity on a scale of 1 to 10. This is for measuring progress later. ("On a scale of 1 to 10, how bad is your fear of heights when you think about climbing the ladder to the roof?")
Three, the "setup" routine. While thinking about your issue, say to yourself "Even though I have this (issue), I deeply and completely love and accept myself."
Say this setup phrase at least three times while continuously tapping the karate chop point.
Four, tap the rest of the points 5-7 times each whilst saying a "reminder" phrase. The reminder phrase keeps you focused on your issue. For a fear of heights, this would just be "this fear of heights". A more specific example would be, "this fear that I'll fall from the roof and break my leg".
Five, test the intensity again. On a scale of 1 to 10, how severe is the issue? By comparing this number to the previous number, we can measure our progress.
In this video, Gary Craig demonstrates the EFT basic recipe:
In this video, Gary Craig will help you practice the basic recipe for an issue of yours:
There are also extra points that you can tap. These points used to be included in the EFT recipe, but are now considered unnecessary for most issues.
If the basic recipe is not providing you with relief, try including these points:
There is a secondary procedure called the 9 Gamut Procedure. It was developed by Dr. Roger Callahan. It was once included in the EFT recipe but is no longer used very often by Gary Craig. He only uses it now if the basic recipe fails to produce results.
The 9 Gamut Procedure involves tapping this point continuously:
You do this while taking 9 specific actions, for the purpose of engaging your brain hemispheres:
One, close your eyes.
Two, open your eyes.
Three, orient your eyes down to the right.
Four, orient your eyes down to the left.
Five, roll your eyes in a circle clockwise.
Six, roll your eyes counterclockwise.
Seven, hum a song for two seconds.
Eight, count rapidly from 1 to 5.
Nine, hum a song again for two seconds.
To watch Gary Craig demonstrate the extra tapping points and the 9 Gamut Procedure, see this video:
5. The EFT Constricted Breathing Technique
Stressful emotions often result in constricted breathing. By using EFT while focusing on our breathing, we can work on the underlying emotions behind the constriction even if we don't know what's causing it.
Take a few deep breaths and rate their depth from 0 to 10. Do some tapping and reassess the depth.
By asking, "What could emotion be causing my shallow breathing?" you can discover underlying causes.
Gary Craig demonstrates this method in this video:
6. Are You Satisfied With 20% of EFT's Tapping Possibilities?
By just using the EFT basic tapping recipe, you will get about 20% of the benefits that EFT has to offer.
This 20% is often astounding, but there is much more to gain.
To get better results, you usually have to focus on more specific parts of an issue, called aspects.
7. Strategies for Getting Started: Pain, Personal Peace, Physical Disease and More
The most basic way to use EFT is to tap for pain, discomfort, or other obvious symptoms, instead of trying to discover the underlying emotional causes.
Often, tapping for the symptom alone will provide some relief. It may even solve the issue.
Another way to use EFT is to tap for your performance limitations. If you want to perform better in any area of life, you can use the EFT basic recipe to help overcome underlying emotional constraints that are preventing you from achieving your goals.
Using EFT for removal of fear is one of the most common applications. Just target the specific fear in the setup phrase, then tap.
The EFT basic recipe is also effective at reducing cravings for various substances, e.g. nicotine, sugar, alcohol, etc.
EFT is a great tool for dealing with child behavioral problems. You can use EFT on the child or teach the child to do it himself.
EFT can be used for chronic diseases. However, you will usually have to discover the underlying emotions that are the cause of them in order to heal them fully.
EFT is effective at treating PTSD. It has been used by many veterans.
EFT is useful for treating any everyday emotional issue, including relationship issues, stress at work, etc.
Beware: EFT can occasionally make you feel worse before you feel better. This happens when EFT wipes away a "surface" emotion and uncovers deeper, more severe emotions that need to be healed. Further usage of EFT can resolve these deeper issues.
8. The Pros and Perils of EFT Tapping Scripts
Pre-made tapping scripts (word scripts that you say while tapping) are marginally useful but leave much of the effectiveness of EFT on the table.
Tapping scripts are much less effective than using your own words. This is because EFT becomes more effective at resolving issues the more specific you get. And a pre-made tapping script will never be personally customized to your life and your emotions.
People with severe emotional or physical issues should not use pre-made tapping scripts. This is because EFT can occasionally make issues worse by uncovering deeper issues, before making things better by resolving those emotions. A generalized tapping script will not be able to resolve deep, specific emotions.
Tapping scripts tend to provide only partial results. They rarely get to the core of an issue.
Everyone that is serious about EFT should avoid tapping scripts and use personalized words instead.
9. What can I expect from EFT Tapping?
EFT can produce healing for almost any physical or emotional issue.
There are thousands of success stories for all manner of issues.
However, a small percentage of EFT users receive no benefit. Gary Craig believes this is because EFT was administered incorrectly.
A very small percentage of people (Gary estimates less than 3%) experience a negative reaction to EFT. In Gary's experience, a negative reaction is typically the result of an incomplete usage of EFT, such as using EFT to uncover a deeper emotional trauma but not using EFT to effectively resolve it.
EFT is still being developed and thus could possibly have unknown risks.
Gary Craig includes a letter on this page from someone who experienced ongoing negative results with EFT, as an example of potential risks.
Part 2 For Everyone: Getting to the Roots of Your EFT Issues
1. Intro to Part 2
Sometimes EFT appears to solve a surface issue easily. However, EFT is most effective when digging deep into psychological issues. Dealing with deep issues will produce more profound, lifelong results.
2. Finding Aspects within the EFT Tapping Process
"Aspects" are smaller, more specific parts of a bigger emotional issue.
Resolving one aspect may not provide total relief if another aspect is still causing distress. This can provide a false appearance that EFT is not working.
Example: Gary Craig tells the story of a client traumatized by a car accident. One aspect was the headlights of the car headed right at her. Gary used EFT to clear this but distress remained. Then he discovered the next aspect, the sound of screams in the car during the accident. After tapping for that, he continued to find more aspects such as the driver's guilt over driving too fast, and anger after the accident at the other people involved.
Every aspect had to be cleared individually in order to remove all of the patient's distress.
In this video, Gary Craig works with a patient with a phobia of water that is built upon multiple aspects:
In this video, Gary Craig works with a patient with a height phobia with multiple aspects:
While using EFT, there are several common signs that a new aspect has appeared:
One, the patient focuses on a new detail. For example, they go from anger to sadness. Or they transition descriptions, such as "what he said was hurtful" to "the way he looked at me".
Two, intensity for the overall issue won't go to zero. This happens when the intensity of one aspect is relieved but other aspects continue to cause distress.
Three, the intensity leaves temporarily but returns later.
Four, emotional intensity increases. This happens when a lower intensity aspect is cleared with EFT, revealing a higher intensity aspect that was previously not in focus.
In this video, Tina Craig demonstrates the process of uncovering aspects within a specific memory:
3. Intro to Being Specific With EFT Tapping
A single aspect can often be broken into even smaller aspects.
The more specific you get while addressing aspects, the closer you get to the core problem.
As an example, a single headache could have multiple aspects: a sharp pain behind the eye, a throbbing pain on the temple, a feeling of heaviness in the forehead, etc.
A common example of aspects for physical ailments is that the location of the pain will change.
To keep track of aspects while tapping, be sure to get specific information about a physical symptom: the location, size, shape, sensation, temperature, color, etc. Use as many descriptive words as the patient can provide.
In this video, Tina Craig demonstrates EFT for physical pain:
Emotional trauma requires the same specificity as physical symptoms. You need to eliminate every aspect to create total relief.
4. Testing Your EFT Tapping Work - The Triad
The final piece of the EFT basic recipe is to test your results. Ideally, by putting yourself in the situation that would cause distress (e.g. going swimming if you have a fear of water).
Putting yourself in a distressing situation is the fastest way to find new aspects.
The "EFT triad" is Testing, finding an Aspect, and Being Specific. These are all connected.
It is important to test the 0-10 intensity of specific aspects, to know which aspects are resolved and which need further treatment.
You can also assess the overall issue from 0-10. If it is above 0 then there are more aspects to discover and resolve.
In this video, Gary Craig demonstrates testing in real life situations:
When it is not possible to test in a real situation, the next best thing is vivid visualization of the real situation.
In this video, Gary Craig demonstrates visualization testing:
Testing is also possible via using props to represent the original distress (e.g. a photo of an abuser, a scary scene from a movie, etc).
In this video, Gary Craig demonstrates using props for testing:
5. Uncovering Specific Events - An Essential Concept Within the EFT Tapping Process
Every broad emotional issue can be broken down into specific events that led to its creation. Identifying and resolving these events should be your priority.
In this video, Gary Craig explains specific events:
Events in childhood tend to be more foundational to your overall emotional state. Most people seeking emotional relief should consider specific events in their childhood that have caused distress.
In this video, Gary Craig compares specific events and aspects to a table (general issue) with legs (specific events) that hold it up:
Some EFT users make the mistake of targeting specific emotions instead of specific events. This can work, but it is not ideal.
Failing to be specific is the most common EFT mistake.
6. The EFT Tell the Story Technique - The Workhorse Tapping Method
We can find specific events and aspects of our distress by telling it as a story.
Start at the beginning and tell the story of whatever traumatized you. As you reach any point in the story that causes emotional distress, stop and do EFT tapping for that distress until it is resolved.
Continue this method until the whole story is painless to retell.
The best way to test for remaining distress is with vivid visualization of the story at hand.
If the story is too traumatizing to relive, start off with EFT for general discomfort until you are capable of telling it.
If the same event occurred over and over, such as an abusive relationship with your parents, try to think of the earliest event first.
In this video, Gary Craig and his daughter Tina demonstrate the Tell the Story Technique:
7. What Should I Say During the EFT Tapping Process?
The basic recipe includes the setup phrase, "Even though I have this [problem], I deeply and completely accept myself."
However, it is better to be as specific as possible during this setup.
For example, a phrase like "Even though I have this sharp pain in my shoulder that feels like a hot iron stabbing me, I deeply and completely accept myself" is better than "Even though I have this pain, I deeply and completely accept myself."
Just use whatever words come to mind, and remember to focus on one specific issue.
8. The EFT Generalization Effect - A Big Step Toward Tapping Efficiency
Resolving an emotional issue doesn't always require addressing every single specific event. Usually, after healing a few events, the entire issue will collapse. The healing of a specific event will be "generalized" and heal other similar events.
In this video, Gary Craig talks about the generalization effect:
9. The EFT Personal Peace Procedure
The PPP is a method designed to bring overall emotional peace and happiness into your life.
To do PPP, simply make a list of every single distressing event that has occurred in your past. Then, use EFT to remove the emotional distress from each of those events individually.
Be sure to rate each event from 0-10 before and after EFT, to make sure they get resolved completely.
10. When to Use Global Approaches in the EFT Tapping Process
When a specific event is too traumatic for a patient to think about, you can use global EFT for the general issue to reduce distress until you are comfortable dealing with the specifics.
Use a more general setup phrase rather than a more specific one, such as "that issue in my past" rather than "that time my uncle molested me when my parents weren't home".
When using a global approach we do not expect the rating to reach 0 intensity. Just a lower intensity than it began with.
In this video, Gary Craig uses global approaches before getting specific:
In this video, Gary Craig shows a woman who had a "meltdown" because she became tuned into a major distressing aspect during EFT. He uses global tapping to relieve this:
11. The EFT Tapping Success Strategy
The best overall strategy for achieving success with EFT is to use the Personal Peace Procedure to find specific issues, combined with the Tell the Story Technique to find every aspect of those issues.
Part 3: Advanced: Additional Tapping Tools & Refinements
1. Intro to Part 3
The basics of EFT are great for most users. But for deeply traumatized individuals, more EFT tools may be required.
2. The EFT Movie Technique - A Useful Tapping Tool
The Movie Technique is similar to the Tell the Story Technique, but allows the patient to keep personal details of the story to themselves if they don't want to share them.
To perform the Movie Technique, follow these steps:
One, choose a specific event. Have the patient give it a title for use in the setup phrase.
Two, ask the client to mentally view the movie and rate the intensity 0 to 10.
Three, take the edge off by using global tapping.
Four, have the client mentally view the movie and stop whenever distress appears. Use EFT to remove it.
Five, after clearing all distress the first time through, run the full mental movie again and clear out remaining distress.
Six, test the mental movie a final time with vivid visualization.
The Movie Technique is ideal for preserving patient privacy in a group setting.
In this video, Tina Craig demonstrates the Movie Technique:
3. The EFT Tearless Trauma Technique
This method is intended to minimize distress while dealing with issues that are highly emotionally traumatizing for the patient to even think about. Common examples would be sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe PTSD, etc.
One, choose a specific event.
Two, ask the patient to rate the event 0 to 10. Doing this might normally cause distress to the patient if they think about a highly traumatic memory. So, to avoid pain, use more generalized, hypothetical language, such as "Please take a GUESS as to how high your intensity MIGHT be IF you were to imagine the specific event. Without going through the movie in your head, just take a guess."
Basically, you are "tip toeing" around an issue, and treating it from a distance, instead of going directly into it and treating it directly.
Three, choose a setup phrase and do a round of global tapping for the setup phrase.
Four, ask them to guess again the intensity of the event.
Five, perform more rounds of EFT. Use global tapping rounds until the intensity is low enough to get more specific about the event.
Six, have the patient vividly imagine the incident, and compare the real intensity of the event to the guess of the intensity of the event.
Seven, if the real intensity is still high, perform more global EFT rounds.
Eight, once the intensity is low enough to treat the event directly, proceed with normal EFT.
In this video, Tina Craig demonstrates the Tearless Trauma Technique:
4. Chasing the Pain - Deeper EFT Relief
Emotions and physical discomfort are directly linked within the body. Therefore, we can treat negative emotions by tapping for the physical symptoms.
This method can help us avoid dealing directly with traumatic emotions.
This method is called Chasing the Pain because a common occurrence during EFT is for one physical discomfort to disappear, whilst a new one mysteriously appears. This is typically evidence that one aspect has been cleared but a new one has been revealed and needs to be treated as well.
We "chase" the pain around the body with tapping until it finally disappears for good.
In this video, Gary Craig discusses Chasing the Pain with a patient:
In this video, Tina Craig demonstrates Chasing the Pain:
5. Cognitive Shifts - Belief Changes Within EFT
Changes in perception are common after resolving the distress around a specific event.
In this video, Gary Craig talks about cognitive shifts:
Signs that a cognitive shift has occurred include yawns, sighs, deep breaths, and laughing. Change in breathing is often a sign that the patient's energy has shifted.
In this video, you see EFT patients sighing out of relief after an energy shift:
Occasionally, after an energy shift, the patient will get tired and want to sleep. This is normal and usually a sign that healing has occurred.
6. Common EFT Challenges
One, the non-feeling client. These clients have repressed past trauma so it apparently doesn't generate present intensity, making it difficult to judge on a scale from 0 to 10.
EFT can still be effective by focusing on specific events, even if the person doesn't have present intensity. Ask the patient, "What memory would you rather not have?" This will bring up events that you can tap for, even without an intensity rating.
For increased effectiveness, include the 9 Gamut procedure.
Try asking the patient how they know the event has a negative effect on them. They might respond with a physical discomfort that it produces, or an emotional behavior. You can tap for these issues.
Two, patients can't find a specific event. These clients either can't remember a memory, or have repressed it deeply due to trauma.
Ask the patient to create a fictional memory and populate it with the traumatic people or circumstances in their life. Then, tap on this fictional memory as if it were real.
Three, patients that can't isolate a specific event out of many similar events.
Ask the patient to make up a specific event that represents the overall arch of the recurring events.
Use EFT for this fictional event. The fictional event will represent many specific events that the patient experienced. By tapping on the fictional event, you will relieve distress for many events.
Four, patients that have vague issues. Issues like "I can't sleep" or "I have bad luck in relationships".
The best way to work with these patients is to simply ask questions until you can identify contributing emotions and events.
Five, a patient reports feeling worse.
This is usually a sign that either a new, more severe aspect has arisen, or that a serious foundational issue has come up.
Simply use further EFT to clear the new aspects and new issues that arise.
Six, meltdowns or abreactions. This occurs when EFT brings up a severely traumatic event, or aspect, that was previously repressed.
Meltdowns can typically be calmed down by simply tapping the points continuously. While doing this, use a generalized setup phrase like "this feeling" to guide the patient's mind away from the specific traumatic event.
After the meltdown is calmed, you can treat the issue with the Tearless Trauma Technique.
Seven, patients who are hard to interrupt while they are telling their stories.
This can be avoided by simply telling the patient what to expect in advance, "I am going to stop you and do EFT every time there is distress while telling your story".
Eight, a patient keeps jumping to new issues and events.
To avoid this, have the patient focus on the earliest event related to the issue at hand, and work from there.
Nine, the intensity can't get down to zero.
This usually happens because your issue is too global. Focus on smaller aspects of the issue until they are resolved.
If an aspect won't resolve, it may be connected to other specific events.
7. Emphasizing the Words - More Tapping Power When Needed
Sometimes a patient just won't make further progress on a specific issue. This can be caused by failing to properly tune in to the problem. This can be corrected by having the client yell the setup phrase.
In this video, Gary Craig demonstrates emphasizing the words by yelling the setup phrase:
8. Advanced Testing Techniques
There are many ways to test the intensity of an issue. Here are some extra ways.
One, have the patient say a statement that represents the issue at hand.
In this video, Gary Craig demonstrates the "Say this..." testing technique:
Two, role play to reenact the disturbing event by emulating what happened.
In this video, Gary Craig demonstrates role play testing:
Three, catch the patient off guard.
Do something unexpected to surprise the patient, such as mimicking the actions that disturbed them in the past (essentially role playing by surprise).
In this video, Gary Craig demonstrates catching the patient off guard:
Four, triggering statements.
Surprise the patient with a statement that would affect them negatively, based on what you know about their issues.
Five, knee wobbling questions.
Simply ask a question that brings up a very specific, possibly disturbing detail of the specific event that you have been working on.
Six, use humor.
By making a joke about the patient's issue, you can assess their response. If they laugh along, then the issue may be resolved. If they respond negatively, it is not resolved.
In this video, Gary Craig talks about testing with humor:
9. Testing the Tabletop
While EFT is great at clearing specific events, patients are usually seeking relief for a larger, more global issue.
The Personal Peace Procedure is a good way to discover the specific events underlying broader issues.
To prove to your patient that they've made progress, even if some aspects remain, be sure to test the exact same issue before and after EFT.
If you have trouble testing, try asking the patient "How will you know if we have made progress?"
10. Before You Move On To Deeper EFT Tapping Work
Gary encourages you to practice EFT for many hours before moving on to the next parts of the tutorial.
Part 4: Advanced: Tapping Deeper Into Emotional Issues
1. Intro to Part 4
It's best to find specific events to treat with EFT. But finding the "right" specific event is also important.
Eliminating the biggest events first can shorten the time it takes for EFT to be effective.
2. The Writing on Our Walls - An Important EFT Concept
The "words on our walls" are our inner beliefs that dictate how we behave and what we think is possible.
Most of these self-limiting beliefs are fictions that we were programmed with unconsciously.
In this video, Gary Craig discusses limiting beliefs:
In this video, Gary Craig discusses how our beliefs affect us:
Our thoughts are determined by our beliefs, and our consistent thoughts will shape our reality.
Our experience of life is always an "inside job" - it is determined by our beliefs. Thus, two people with opposing beliefs can have opposite reactions to the same experience.
By changing our consistent thoughts, we can change our reality.
In this video, Gary Craig discusses how our thoughts determine reality:
Trying to implant new positive beliefs, such as via affirmations, will usually run into opposing beliefs that are already inside you.
You can identify limiting beliefs by stating a positive affirmation, then paying attention to the "tail enders" that come after it. Ex: "I'd like to be success, but then... [tail ender]".
These tail enders are reasons why the person, deep down, doesn't actually want to be successful. "But only greedy people are successful. But then my friends would resent my success. But then I'd be expected to take care of my family, even my brother who I hate. But then I might not be happy and I'd realize that I will never be happy." Etc.
These tail enders often point directly to specific events that have affected us in the past. This makes them ideal for identifying events to target with EFT.
3. From the Writing on Our Walls to Table Tops
The "truths" (beliefs) on people's inner walls were put there by specific events.
These "truths" are the "table top" beliefs that we learned about earlier. The specific events are the table legs.
When working with a patient, they will often describe general beliefs to you. It's up to you to ask "why does this exist" and "what caused this belief" and get to the specific events.
If you can't find specific events behind someone's issues, then you need to keep digging.
Tabletop beliefs can be stacked on top of other tabletop beliefs.
Collapsing the core belief will often collapse smaller beliefs that are built upon it.
When dealing with core issues, be cautious. They usually involve more emotional intensity.
4. The Writing on Our Walls in Practice
Emotional issues are often inter-related. An emotional issue in adulthood might be exasperated by an emotional issue from childhood.
Gary Craig calls this "bouncing off of issues" - when one issue bounces off another and becomes more intense.
In this video, Gary demonstrates bouncing off of related issues:
If your patient has an issue that simply won't resolve, or keeps coming back, it likely is bouncing off another deeper issue.
In this video, Gary Craig focuses reminds patients that their emotional reactions come from within, not from without:
One way to help a client identify an emotional response is to ask them, "Is that belief logical?" If a belief is not logical, then it is probably just an emotional response that can be cleared away with EFT.
In this video, Gary Craig demonstrates the "is it logical" line of questioning:
When dealing with big issues, a patient will often have many potential specific events to work on. You can usually find success by just working on the first one that seems feasible.
In this video, Gary Craig talks about the "many doors" to a patient's issues:
It's difficult to install specific new, positive beliefs into a patient. But if we just use EFT to eliminate negative beliefs, the patient will come up with new, more positive beliefs to replace those eliminated beliefs all by themselves.
5. Detective Work Within the EFT Tapping Process
The goal of EFT is to find core emotional issues and heal them.
To find the specific events that created a core issue, you have to become a "detective" because the patient won't always know what specific event caused their emotional problems. It's up to you to find the event in their memories.
The faster you can find specific events, the faster you can heal your patient.
The best way to find specific events is to keep asking questions.
Part 5: Advanced: Polishing the Process & Expanding the Language
1. Intro to Part 5
Some people see Gary Craig perform EFT with elaborate setup phrases and think that the setup phrase language is more important than it really is.
The true important part of the setup phrase is being specific. And elaborate setup phrase language can help you be specific.
"Don't focus on what words to say. Focus on what emotional disruption you are tapping on."
By focusing on the issue at hand, the words to use in the setup phrase become obvious.
2. Customizing Your EFT Setup Phrases During Tapping
The purpose of the setup phrase is to identify the problem and to accept oneself despite the presence of the problem.
The purpose of the reminder phrase is to continue to focus on the problem while tapping.
Using the patient's own words is a good way to create a more specific setup phrase.
It's okay to cover many aspects with a long setup phrase to start with, but be sure to address each one individually as well, especially if intensity remains.
In this video, Gary Craig demonstrates carrying the setup phrase into the reminder phrase while tapping:
Another customization is replacing "I deeply and completely accept myself" with other statements that mean the same thing.
If you use creative language for a patient's setup phrase, be sure to focus on how attuned they are to your language as it represents their problem. Your more elaborate language needs to help them focus on the emotion, not distract from it.
3. Using Positive Phrases With EFT
Trying to use positive statements with EFT is usually a mistake. They will bring up tail ender negatives.
It's better to focus on negatives while tapping, to eliminate energy imbalances connected to the negatives and make room for new positives to naturally emerge.
One of the few official reasons to use positive statements in Gold Standard EFT is to bring up negative tail enders, which can then be resolved.
Some patients prefer to use positive language to avoid bringing up painful emotions. This is unproductive with EFT.
4. EFT Reframing - Another way to See things Through Tapping
A reframe encourages a cognitive shift by presenting a problem from a different angle.
In this video, Gary Craig discusses reframing:
In this video, Gary demonstrates reframing in practice:
Reframes should usually be used after you have already used EFT to lessen the impact of a specific event, which will make the patient more open to a cognitive shift.
If your reframes are too extreme, the patient will reject them. Try using conservative reframes first.
There are several themes that Gary uses when reframing:
One, erode the authority of the person who caused the specific negative event.
Two, help the patient find forgiveness for the person who caused the problem.
Three, helping the patient take personal responsibility for their emotional response.
Four, help the patient connect one painful memory with another, if you suspect that an earlier memory is responsible for part of the pain.
Five, reduce the problem to the ridiculous by helping the patient see how miniscule it is in the grand scheme of things.
Six, inject comedy into the situation by making fun of how the patient's brain created illogical beliefs.
Seven, simply expose their beliefs to them in plain language, so that they can realize in present time that those beliefs no longer make sense to hold on to.
5. Using Intuition in the EFT Tapping Process
In this video, Gary Craig talks about developing intuition to use during EFT with others:
In this video, Gary talks more about intuition:
Intuition takes time and practice to develop. Most people have good intuition but simply don't trust it enough to rely on it.
6. Using Rambling Language Within the EFT Tapping Process
When you "ramble" by introducing reframe language as you tap, the patient might not agree with the reframe. This can be evidence of more aspects that are causing resistance to a cognitive shift.
In this video, a patient has resistance to the reframing language of forgiveness:
In this video, Gary uses a humorous reframe with a patient:
In this video, Gary uses rambling and reframing in "detective work" to find statements that land with the patient:
In this video, Gary demonstrates using rambling for testing intensity:
You can also use custom language during EFT. Use your best judgement in how bold to be with your language. Using bolder language will help you bring up more emotional aspects to work on.
When rambling with custom language, be sure to still test the specific issues at hand to make sure progress has occurred.
7. EFT for Serious Diseases
EFT assumes that energy disruption is a major contributor to chronic disease, just like any other issue.
In this video, Gary Craig talks about EFT for serious illness:
Start out by tapping for symptoms. Then, ask your patient questions to get to the emotional issues that are causing the symptoms.
For chronic illness, using daily tapping is very important. Following the Personal Peace Procedure is a good way to incorporate daily tapping.
Some serious health issues may include causes that cannot be fixed entirely by energetic healing.
EFT Bonus Articles
1. Borrowing Benefits (Easy EFT) - Tapping Along With Live Sessions
Some people get relief from their personal issues by tapping along while watching others perform EFT.
Gary Craig calls this borrowing benefits, because you get benefits even though you didn't work on your own personal issues.
In this video, Gary invites you to tap along while watching others tap:
You can get better results by a picking specific event or emotion in your life that you would like to work on, run through a mental movie of it before and after the borrowing benefits session, and rating its intensity before and after the session.
2. Surrogate EFT
You can tap on yourself to help relieve someone else's distress. This is based on the idea that we are all spiritually connected.
In this video, Gary Craig demonstrates surrogate tapping:
In this video, Gary discusses getting permission before performing surrogate EFT:
In this video, Gary talks about creative uses of surrogate EFT:
3. Evening EFT for Children
Parents can use EFT with their kids to resolve emotional problems.
You can teach them EFT, or tap on their body yourself, or do surrogate EFT for them.
4. Improve Performance With EFT Tapping
EFT can improve performance by removing emotional blocks to success and goals.