While both EFT and FasterEFT use meridian point tapping, there are key differences between the two modalities. The most important difference is the belief system behind each technique. In addition to this, the procedure is significantly different. Although Robert G. Smith, the creator of FasterEFT started out training in and using regular EFT, he gradually added his own variations to the process, eventually developing an entirely new system. The result is a faster process that is easier to remember and execute.
The Difference between the Belief Systems of EFT and FasterEFT
EFT is an Energy Healing Modality.
The foundation belief in EFT is that all negative emotions are caused by a disruption in the body’s energy system. The tapping in EFT is used to balance the energy using the energy meridians.
FasterEFT is based on Neurology and Biology.
The foundation belief in FasterEFT is that there is no disruption, in fact everything is functioning as it should – according to the way the brain has developed in order to survive in the environment. In FasterEFT, the tapping is used to disrupt the signal between the brain and the major organs of the body that trigger the fight or flight response while changing neural pathways in the neocortex of the brain.
Whereas FasterEFT recognizes that experiences are recorded in the subconscious for future reference (which is how we learn to walk, drive, respond to stimuli etc. without needing to consciously concentrate on every movement and decision) and that the subconscious prompts the body and conscious mind to act according to those memories, regular EFT specifically believes that negative emotions have nothing to do with memories and are caused only by a disruption in the body’s energy system.
These key differences in approach and belief mean that regular EFT works on balancing the energy system while FasterEFT works on changing subconscious programing through neurological and biological processes.
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The Difference in Process
In regular EFT the basic tapping is done on 9 acupuncture points (including the set-up point) and the process includes a set-up phrase with tapping, and then rounds of tapping on the other eight points while repeating a “reminder phrase” that keeps your focus on the specific problem you’re addressing. This process is repeated until the issue or feeling feels like it is gone. This is the basic tapping in regular EFT; there are additional points that are used for more challenging problems.
The process in Faster EFT starts with noticing how you know you have a problem (noticing feelings, memories etc.) – this is the aiming process since it focuses the subconscious on the problem. Then, the tapping is done on four meridian points that are connected to the major organs that produce the chemicals that cause the sensations of emotions.
While tapping, you focus on the feeling of your fingers on your skin and repeat the phrase “Let it go” or “It’s safe to let it go”. You then grab your wrist (which addresses the meridians of several other major organs) take a deep breath, blow it out, and say “Peace” – going to a peaceful memory.
Switching between feeling the problem and then focusing on your fingertips, followed by a peaceful memory causes a disruption in the programmed biological and neurological response.
This process is repeated until the feeling or memory “flips” – meaning it changes to something that feels good instead of bad. The neuroplasticity of the brain allows it to “rewire” that connection, and the result is a change in the automatic responses to that particular issue or trigger.
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