EFT is tapping – but Tapping may not be EFT.
EFT is a set of techniques for the skilful application of tapping. EFT uses clean language. EFT walks along side. EFT does not push, pull or lead. EFT gives back a person’s exact words. EFT Does not suggest, advise, manipulate or seek to influence to the agenda of the practitioner. The EFT techniques use words to tune in and tapping to clear. EFT is clean.
If EFT is emotional WD40 then the tapping is the lubricant inside the can; the words are the straw that gets the lubricant to the target.
Tapping may not be EFT. “Tapping” the generic, is any way that we combine spoken words with acupressure tapping. Its a great temptation to mix techniques from hypnosis and NLP with tapping. Such “Tapping” techniques can include suggestion (direct or indirect), or conscious manipulation of imagery and may be directive. This may be valid and can be effective – but it is not EFT.
Faster EFT is marketed by a man called Robert Smith. Robert has called his combination of NLP, stage hypnosis and tapping, Faster EFT. Faster EFT is not EFT and should be called something else, Faster Tapping or whatever.
A particular technique of Roberts is to change a memory. For example you have a memory: “Daddy hit me”. His process would change that to “Daddy hugged me” which has a better feeling. This is also done in Matrix Reimprinting. Consciously changing a memory, or being directed to do so, has never sat well with me. In my view when we do skilful EFT, we clear the energy disturbance of the memory such that it is not forgotten but does not have to be remembered in the same way. The memory becomes something of the past and no longer has an effect in the present. We clear that experience from our conditioning. To recondition ourselves by adding back a pleasant experience, that did not happen, feels to me like messing with our own reality and the reality of others. Gary Craig has explained his spiritual perspective on why changing memory is counter productive.
My own process for working with childhood experience is called Self-Compassion EFT. We form a protective attachment between the adult and child stuff. The bad stuff still happens, but it doesn’t stick, doesn’t intrude into the present and doesn’t colour the future.
These are my views and opinions based on my experiences and understanding. Followers of Robert Smith will no doubt disagree and, of course, are free to do so.