The energy body, the body’s energy fields and the emotional healing: The E.F.T.
In the paradigm of holistic healing, and based on the idea of the energy fields created by the nerve impulses of living organisms, the so-called “energetic body”, there is the following explanation of how trauma occurs and what is the most effective and fastest way to treat it:
It is said that throughout the body there is a lattice, a network of energy circuits in which there are thousands of small points of condensation of this energy, called, in Chinese medicine, meridians. In addition, there are 7 “great meridians” located in a straight line from the perineum to the crown of the head, called chakras. In reality, those who speak of chakras do not speak of meridians and vice versa. That is, Chinese medicine does not speak of the 7 chakras but of those many small points of condensation of energy throughout the body; the meridians.
First problem from the scientific point of view:
In physics, the concept of energy is well defined. If one speaks of energy, it is some kind of energy in particular: electrical, thermal, mechanical, chemical… In holistic medicine, one speaks of energy without being able to define exactly what energy it is. It is simply called “vital energy” and could be constituted by the set of energetic manifestations that occur in the organism.
The explanation of trauma from cognitive-behavioral psychology (broadly speaking):
It is said in psychology, that an experience does not in itself cause suffering, but rather, the interpretation that is made of it.
From the paradigm in which we are, we consider that this is true, but that, once the emotional pain has been felt as a consequence of the interpretation of the facts, a blockage is produced in the energetic system of the body that, in turn, “records”, in the subconscious, the memory of the experience; catalogued as a “situation of vital danger (for the energetic field)”. From Chinese/Oriental medicine, the total loss of the energetic field implies death and, its deterioration, illness.
Reiki and E.F.T. work, the first one, the blockages in the chakras (those great energy centers), and the second one, the blockages also, but in the meridians.
The E.F.T. technique consists of repeating a phrase that describes, as precisely as possible, the problem to be treated while tapping, lightly, with the fingertips of two fingers, certain meridians or very specific points of the body, which are always the same. This form of stimulation is known in English as tapping and replaces the traditional needle stimulation of oriental medicine.
The idea is that, by describing with a phrase the emotional disorder to be treated, we are connecting with the subconscious information that keeps the client clinging to his trauma. That is: their unhealthy way of reacting to a certain situation, or their unobjective perception of a particular aspect of reality or their experience. According to the explanation at the beginning, when the energetic blockage is released, the client ends up connecting with the memory of his childhood where the problem started, and his subconscious “decides” to release the trauma. At that moment, the client manages to feel at peace with that particular experience from his past and can even observe it from compassion. The release of the trauma occurs because, by resolving the energetic blockage, the subconscious mind understands that the danger to the energetic field no longer exists and, therefore, storing that information intended for the protection of our vital energy is no longer necessary. The client is freed from his or her trauma and, therefore, from the behaviors, perceptions or beliefs associated with it.
This description of the ultimate healing experience, consisting of the ability to forgive that past event that has been conditioning us ever since, has also been expressed by those who use meditation as therapy.
E.F.T. was created by the electronic engineer Gary Craig as a technique perfected from the original one, called T.F.T.; created in turn by the clinical psychologist, Roger Callagan who, fond of Chinese medicine, discovered, by chance, how the stimulation of a meridian of a patient who was not able to free herself from a very specific phobia, reacted through this stimulation and solved that problem. What Dr. Callagan wanted, in principle, was to calm the stomach ache that the patient always felt when she began to talk about her phobia, and that, at that moment, had begun to emerge. The stimulation of a certain meridian, at that moment of the therapy, was only aimed at relieving the stomach pain. The surprise was that, along with the relief of the discomfort in the stomach, the phobia began to reduce until it almost disappeared. And since then, Dr. Callagan decided to investigate the relationship between the stimulation of, according to which points of the organism (meridians, from the point of view of Chinese medicine), and psychological problems.
Dr. Callagan created a series of specific combinations for an infinite number of psychological problems to be treated that made it difficult for people without knowledge of Chinese medicine to apply. Gary Craig’s contribution was to create a universal “recipe” that would simplify the original T.F.T. method as much as possible, without losing effectiveness. E.F.T. was born.
T.F.T. can also be done at a distance, in what is called “T.F.T. in substitution”. It basically consists of connecting with the client’s subconscious by manifesting that intention, and applying the technique to oneself when, in reality, the effect is for the other person. This is something that I have experimented quite a lot with my closest ones.