Emotional Freedom Technique vs. Zensight – A Comparison of Energy Healing Approaches

Many people arrive to Zensight energy healing technique after first experiencing Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). Frequently questions arise as to what the differences are, and when to use which approach.

EFT is a technique created by Gary Craig, as a result of his work in streamlining Roger Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy (TFT).

EFT and TFT both involve focusing upon very specific concerns – often fears, phobias, or some other kind of emotional or physical upset – while tapping on different energy meridian points. EFT generally involves tapping upon the same sequence of points regardless of the particular concern being worked upon, while TFT involves tapping upon different sequences or sets of meridian points, depending upon the type of concern being targeted.

EFT and TFT can be considered to be the “grandfathers” of the energy psychology movement. I believe that these were the first targeted energy psychology approaches.

Zensight and EFT share many similarities. Both are excellent, highly targeted healing approaches that can be easily learned and used as a self-help treatment for rapidly healing fears, phobias, traumas, and other issues including many physical concerns. Both of them removed congested energy from the energy meridians, and both of them can be easily incorporated into psychotherapy, if desired.

The most obvious difference between Zensight and EFT is that with Zensight no tapping is involved. Instead, with Zensight, we use a “healing symbol” to assist us in focusing our intent. As we do so, upsets and concerns simply melt away, while at the same time the energy meridians that were affected by the upset become more balanced.

The most common experience during Zensight in addition to feeling better about the targeted concern(s) is a deep and profound feeling of relaxation. Some people may also experience the same type of warmth, tingling and energy “moving” sensations that are frequently experienced with Reiki and other Universal energy approaches.

Secondly, Zensight includes a focus upon the use of visualization as part of the healing process. Although Zensight can be done without the use of visualization, it is strongly recommended that visualization – or, alternatively a focus upon body sensations – is incorporated into your Zensight healing work.

The reason for the emphasis upon use of visualization is twofold:

a.) Working with visual images allows us to access areas of the subconscious mind that we can not readily reach through the use of language alone. Often the visual images that arise during Zensight work are similar in nature to those seen during meditative or dreamlike states – they often include aspects of the situation or concern, that we had not consciously recognized.

The use of the healing symbol to then transform and heal those images, allows us to address even those aspects of the situation that we may otherwise have missed.

b.) The combined use of visualization together with verbal statements activates both hemispheres of the brain. This allows the whole brain to become involved, which often then assists us in linking logic together with emotion. A disconnect between logic and emotion (for example, having a fear of the dark even though one rationally may recognize that they are safe) is often a big part of most personal concerns.

Thirdly, while EFT, TFT and most other energy psychology approaches instruct the user to focus upon very specific aspects of their concerns, with Zensight we begin by targeting our healing approach at the most general level.

For example, rather than focusing upon a specific phobia, we will target our healing work to all of the areas of our lives in which we experience fear, whether we consciously recognize all of those fears or not. We do this through the use of visualization and statement that target fear at the general level, as well as through energy balancing exercises that can be accomplished with Zensight in a matter of minutes.

We do with Zensight also work on the specific level as needed, but even in doing so, we set the intent of healing a wide area.

For example, I will frequently use statements such as:

I now heal any and all beliefs that any parts of me formed in connection with this incident or any other incidents similar to it that don’t serve my highest good now.

I now heal, transform and release any and all roles or identities that any parts of me have taken on from my mother or anyone else who gave me negative messages about myself.

I now heal and dissolve any and all programming that any parts of me have internalized from my family, from society, or from anyone else about my appearance or weight.

It may sometimes – but not always – still be necessary to do more work at the specific level. We test this by checking in with the specific concern and see if any upset is remaining, and then dissolve whatever is left using both general and specifically targeted healing statements, or additional visualizations.

The activation of both hemispheres of the brain, and the included focus upon the general level – as well as an emphasis upon engaging all parts of self in treatment – leads to most people finding that their results with Zensight generalize to more areas of their life, and thus experiencing more rapid and more thorough results than they may have previously in their healing work.

Most people also enjoy the freedom and relief of having less need to identify hidden aspects of concerns.

However, some people who are particularly kinesthetic in nature, may feel as if they are not “doing” enough when using Zensight.

While it is not necessary to do so, those people may feel more engaged in the treatment process if they use their EFT tapping as they process with Zensight. They also may wish to begin by targeting any beliefs or expectations that if no physical action is taken, that healing is not possible.

Just as EFT may initially feel uncomfortable or strange to newcomers – until they experience the incredible benefits it offers – some people may experience an initial uncertainty with Zensight.

Another experience that people occasionally have is that when in a state of overwhelm – or in a state of acute physical pain such as with an ear infection or other illness – it is sometimes easier to simply tap than to stop and focus intent, particularly if you are new to Zensight.

If such a situation arises, I suggest to people that they may wish to begin with a couple of rounds of tapping to decrease the overwhelm and/or pain, and as it lessens, that they then settle in and process the remainder with Zensight.

Whatever technique you experience benefit with, and find easy to use, is the one that is most right for you. The beauty of EFT, Zensight and many other energy healing approaches is that they can be adapted and combined to best meet the needs and comfort level of the individual user.

Think yourself Thin

In this celebrity obsessed world, our quest for perfection has never been greater.  Trying to live up to how we think we should look can govern an enormous part of our everyday lives.  So wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could find a way to enjoy natural weight loss by using an easy and highly effective method that puts an end to fad dieting and constant self-doubt?


The Technique in a Nutshell

It’s called the mind-body technique and has been used for centuries in various forms to cure all types of ailments and to promote a stronger, fitter and healthier body. This particular method also combines some basic Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) exercises that can actually stop cravings and feelings of self-doubt before they take hold and eventually destroy your personal goals for weight loss.  Above all, this incredible method for weight loss requires nothing more than the power of your mind and a willingness to believe that it will work for you.  It has been shown to be extremely effective in procuring a positive attitude towards yourself that can make a big change to both your figure and your self esteem.

The two-part technique is very easy to master and, if adhered to, it’s benefits can be seen within two to three weeks.  Practice this initial visualization exercise every day until you achieve your ideal weight and combine it with the EFT integration method, described later on, for maximum results.  Keep using the technique to maintain your ideal weight once you achieve it.


Visualization Toning

 Find a time in the day when you won’t be disturbed and strip down to your underwear.  Now stand in front of a mirror (full length is best), relax your body and your mind as you take a good look at yourself.  Breath in and out slowly as you focus on your body.

Now take a slow, deep breath in and slowly allow your eyes to close whilst mentally holding onto the image of your body.

Continue holding your breath as you begin to individually visualize those areas of your body that you are unhappy with.  Your stomach perhaps, or maybe your upper arms or thighs.  Now, as you exhale slowly, see those areas start to change,  See them become smaller, tighter, more ton ed and defined.  

Keep your eyes closed as you continue to slowly and deeply breathe in and out now, visualizing your body becoming thinner, more toned and more defined with every breath you take.  

Now take a mental snapshot of your new improved body.  Visualize a dial at the bottom of your image and, in your minds eye, mentally turn it until the image becomes sharper, more colourful and so bright that it glows.   

Open your eyes again and look at your body in the mirror.  You’ll notice how your physical reflection has faded slightly.  Now allow your eyes to close again and feel yourself relaxing more with every breath you take.

With your eyes still closed, visualize your new and improved body again.  Take a very deep breath and turn the dial again to intensify it’s color, sharpness and brightness even more. 

Repeat this process at least ten times during each daily session.


EFT Integration

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) was developed in the mid 1990s by Gary Craig who was inspired by the benefits produced by the earlier Thought Field Therapy (TFT).  The technique focuses quite simply on applying acupressure to certain parts of the body through tapping key points which correspond to the Meridians used in Chinese Medicine.  It’s really a very simple and effective technique and can relieve many physical and psychological conditions.  When used in conjunction with the Think Yourself Thin Visualization Toning exercises, it can be particularly effective in battling against food cravings and addiction.  


EFT Points

Please note that the Think Yourself Thin plan doesn’t use every single EFT point in its exercises.  For simplicity and ease of adoption, we have found that the following eight points, when tapped as shown below, are the most effective in combating cravings when used in conjunction with the visualization toning exercises.

The Sore Spot – This is found on your chest in the area where you would  pin a badge. Gently tap with your fingertips until you locate an area that feels tender.

The Bridge of the Eyebrow – This is the point where the bone of your eyebrow turns into the bridge of your nose.

The Inside Corner of the Eye – On the bone in the inside corner of your eye.

Under The Eye – On the bone just below and in line with the centre of your eye.

Under The Nose – The space between your nose and upper lip

Under The Mouth – In the indentation between your chin and your lower lip

The Karate Chop Point – on the side of your hand, roughly in line with your life line.

When you’ve located each point, try tapping each one ten times and see what kind of feelings it produces.  If you’re feeling stressed, you’ll probably notice that you feel a lot more relaxed afterwards.  Try scoring the feelings you have before and after each tapping session between one and ten (one being the most relaxed and ten being the most stressed).


Controlling those cravings with EFT

So you’re desperately craving that chocolate bar in the cupboard and you know that you really don’t need it as you’ve just enjoyed a nice healthy lunch.  Here’s how to use EFT to rid yourself of the craving and get back on track.

 Tap your EFT points ten times whilst focuses on the object you crave (e.g. chocolate).  Say to yourself (either silently or aloud) “even though I crave this (say whatever it is you crave) I am still a wonderful person and I deserve to lose weight”.  

It may sound terribly corny, but keep repeating this mantra as you tap each point until you start to feel your craving diminish.  Eventually, after several minutes, you’ll feel a lot less like eating that chocolate bar and, hopefully, extremely proud of yourself for not yielding to the temptation. This method is so simple and it really does work. 


Making it Work for You

By integrating the simple EFT methods shown above into your Think Yourself Thin schedule, you will, with the self-belief and confidence that comes from your visualization toning, achieve the body you deserve.  Don’t expect miracles overnight but, day by day, see the difference that a positive and guided mind can make to your body size and self-image and start being the person you’ve always wanted to be.


Weight Loss – Shed Pounds with Emotional Release

Weight loss has been achieved using EFT, Emotional Freedom Techniques.  EFT was coined by Gary Craig as a variant of Thought Field Therapy (TFT).  TFT taught specific protocols for specific problems, such as weight loss.  EFT, however, covered all the target areas figuring that by default you would cover the specific ones needed for the unique problem at hand.EFT is an easy method to learn to eliminate or interrupt blocked emotional and habitual thought patterns.  Overeating, for example, is a habit that is acquired and is connected to both your emotions and your thought processes.  EFT has been shown to be effective in just a few sessions – and, since you are doing it to yourself, you can perform EFT any time you need to in the future.EFT and AcupunctureEFT combines acupuncture without needles with mind-body medicine.  It is essentially an emotional adaptation of acupuncture.  Acupuncture stimulates certain meridian points with needles.  The same result can be achieved by tapping (with you fingers) the same meridian points on your body.  Weight gain, along with a lot of other physical ailments, disease and pain can be traced back to emotional stress.  EFT is a fantastic tool to eliminate or mitigate emotional stress.Ease of UseThere are three things I really like about EFT.  The first is that you do it by yourself – therefore it is free.  The second thing is that there is so much information available to help you begin using the EFT process.  Most of that information is also free.  I suggest using You Tube as your initial search.  The third thing is the rapid results.  EFT TestimonialsTestimonials abound where results have been seen in a few days.  Does that mean you will lose weight in a few days?  No, you can’t lose weight that quickly, but you can change habits and notice a difference almost immediately.  Severe cases of pain – those lasting for decades – have been eliminated so quickly it seems like magic.  Physical problems begin to fade as emotional issues are resolved.EFT ResultsDo you get 100% results every time it is tried?  NO.  But it works much better than any competing option or alternative, and in many cases, the results are astonishing.  A very small percentage of our population suffers from very severe emotional and physical disabilities.  Consult your doctor if you deem your situation to be extreme.EFT is physically done with no pain or discomfort.  Sessions directed specifically at weight loss have found that using EFT for one or two minutes can prevent cravings in 80% of the cases.  In many cases people eat when they are not hungry.  EFT surprises new users to eat when they are really hungry, not when their habit tells them to eat.Some people use food unknowingly as an anesthetic to blunt emotional problems.  EFT calms emotional stressors and leads to more sensible eating habits resulting in weight loss.  Will power is not required when using EFT primarily since you can see your habits changing almost over night.  You look forward to eating, but you eat the right foods in the proper amounts.EFT and Weight LossResearch has found that the real emotional stress issues associated with weight loss are self worth and anxiety.  These two issues are not eliminated, but bought into proper perspective and balance with your other emotions and needs.  Further research has shown the effectiveness of EFT for weight loss is between 50 and 80%.  Do you lose just a few pounds, or is this effective for a large weight loss?  It is reported that it is not uncommon for people to lose over 100 pounds with EFT.  With weight loss and emotional balance, the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems is reduced significantly.  People look better and feel better and begin better programs of exercise and eating – and they see and feel their self-esteem skyrocketing.EFT ProcessSo, how do I use EFT?  The first thing is to choose an issue or problem that you want to correct.  Since this article is focused on weight loss, I will give examples towards that objective.  My objective – I want to lose weight!  Next assess your feeling towards your weight problem.  If it really bothers you, maybe on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the highest discomfort level, you might rate yourself an 8 or a 9.  Here’s the important part – write it down on a piece of paper.Now you can begin the actual physical process of EFT.  Begin tapping the Karate Chop area on your hand – the soft area between your wrist and the knuckle by your little finger on the side of your hand.  As you tap this area you begin saying out loud a phrase to set up your weight loss for emotional release.  “Even though I am overweight, I deeply and completely love and accept myself!”  Say this set up phrase at least three times as you are tapping your Karate Chop area.Now you begin tapping other acupressure points on your body with a reminder phrase to complement your set up phrase.  Begin by saying something like, “I choose to be thin and fit!”  Focus all your thoughts on the phrase you are saying.  Begin tapping with two to four fingers around three or four times on the following areas of your body:  1.) Inside your eyebrows – right on the bone where your eyebrow hair disappears.  2.) On the outside corner of each eye – again on the bone at the edge of your eye socket.  Tap lightly; you do not want to hurt yourself.  3.) Below each eye centered on the bone at the bottom of the eye socket.  4.) Under you nose half-way between the bottom on your nose and the top of your lip.  5.) In the cleft of your chin – the area where your chin makes an indentation.  6.) Now change to tapping using your fist or open hand – tap gently on your collarbone.  Imagine that you are wearing a man’s tie around your neck with a large knot.  Tap on that area on each side of the large knot.  7.) Continue using your fist or open hand to tap gently where your breast muscles join your chest – centered about a fist width apart from the center of your chest.  8.) Tap under your arm pit level with your nipple (for men) and at the bra strap level (for women).  9.) Return to using your fingers and tap on the top center of your head even with your ears.  Once you have completed the entire routine, think about your problem and reassess your concern.  Has it gone down from an 8-9 to a 4-5?  Most people see results on the first of second series of performing EFT.If you watch the various videos on You Tube you will see the exact locations for each of these acupressure points.  You may also see a different sequence being used – some start with the top of your head.The steps listed above are the basics for using EFT to lose weight.  Think about the set up statement and your reminder phrase.  You can change them each time you go through an EFT routine.  Assess your emotional feeling and write it down each time you perform EFT and reassess it afterwards.  This is easier than dieting and can work for a lot of people who want to lose weight.