He suggests I look into the research on EFT that he links to and comments on at his www.emofree.com website, and I will do so in coming posts.
However he also has this to say…
“… your explanation of how EFT works in Part 2 of your EFT Bunkum series falls seriously short. If you are interested in discussing this, please correspond with me directly and not publicly.”
Following this I spoke with Gary, and he confirmed he didn’t want to discuss this publicly but gave me his thoughts for my own use.
With those ideas in mind I’ve wanted to complete this series and include the extra information about EFT, but I am happy to let Gary speak for himself and not put words in his mouth.
So what I say here is based on what is already publicly available online.
First let me agree with Gary Craig.
My assessment of EFT is indeed “seriously short”.
That is because EFT is no longer limited by Chinese medicine and concept of Chi energy flow.
EFT is now into the realms of quantum healing, which has much more diverse and wonderful qualities.
This has brought up a new technique of “surrogate” or “intentional” EFT.
What is “surrogate” or “intentional” EFT? Well here is one simple example from Gary Craig’s emofree.com website:
I stood in the kitchen and could hear [my 3-year old and 5-year old children in their bedrooms] coughing. I focused on each one individually and tapped myself while focusing on each one, calling them by name. Within fifteen minutes I was headed for bed and it was very quiet in their rooms. I just smiled. Of course I have no way of knowing if what I did caused them to quiet so quickly, but I do enjoy believing so.
GARY CRAIG COMMENT: I, too, have no way of knowing if your “intentional EFT” did the trick here. It could have been coincidence. What I don’t think is coincidence, however, are the numerous reports of success using these “way out there” intentional procedures. I have done it myself on several occasions.
What Gary is saying is that you can tap with the intention to help someone else, and the other person will improve.
Even more “way out there” are the claims that you can tap on yourself without the person even being there, or you can simply IMAGINE tapping without doing any physical action, and the results will happen for that person too.
This makes EFT closer to the idea of “prayer” which does have a history of being researched as a healing tool.
Most importantly this quantum version of EFT goes way beyond the claims of Chinese medicine at least the way I understand it. It also goes far beyond the theory I proposed for how EFT works.
There is no published research on “surrogate” or “intentional” EFT, but there are lots and lots of impressive case studies, so how do I explain these?
I suggest a combination of 3 things:
- Coincidence:- as Gary Craig mentions above,
- Non-verbal/unconscious communication:- the mother being calmer from the tapping was “noticed” by her children, perhaps in the noises they could hear from their rooms, and
- Selection-bias:- if the tapping hadn’t worked the mother would have forgotten the incident, but it worked so she made special note of it and even wrote to Gary about it.
Perhaps it would be simpler if quantum energy was the sole explanation, but all the above 3 effects are enough to explain it for me.
So my original explanation was indeed too short. The current work in quantum EFT requires me to add 3 more explanations to cover it all.
-Dr Martin Russell