Red Flags About Tapping or (Emotional Freedom Technique) EFT


Involvement in Tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is in essence no different from getting involved with Reiki. Tapping is based on spiritual beliefs and as far as I know not scientific.

Tapping has become more popular these days because of people like Dr. Joseph Mercola (he is known to promote dubious things), who is even popular with some Christians. Another one who has helped to popularize Tapping is Nick Ortner, who is CEO of The Tapping Solution, a company with a mission to bring “natural healing” to the public via EFT. There are YouTube videos of others promoting Tapping with hundreds of thousands of views.

So what exactly is EFT/Tapping? It is a New Age alternative medical practice and “healing” modality. It was originally known as Emotional Field Therapy, a spinoff of TFT, Thought Field Therapy. It claims to relieve “phobias, panic/anxiety attacks, traumatic memories, guilt, grief and physical ailments.” Tapping seems to involve self-soothing techniques and self-hypnosis from the repetitive tapping and repetitive statements one makes while practicing it. TFT is a collection of concepts derived from a variety of sources such as chi, which is believed to be the life force” that flows throughout the body.” But what is really behind chi are demons! TFT burrows techniques from Muscle Testing (or Applied Kinesiology), which has also been exposed for its association with the demonic.

Tapping is even promoted to children. Parents beware.

Perhaps the smoking gun that Tapping comes from the demonic world is that it was created by an energy healer, Gary Craig. If there is a new thing, you go to the root of it and investigate the person who started it. He is an ordained minister in the Universal Church of God (a “church” that embraces all religions), which directly contradicts the very words of Jesus Christ when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). Craig is a student of A Course in Miracles, which was channeled from the demonic realm. His discovery of Tapping came when he found out he could cure people, supposedly by using acupuncture (which one should beware of) without needles. According to Craig, “EFT is an emotional form of acupuncture, except that we don’t use needles.” He supposedly stimulates so-called energy meridian points by them with his fingertips. Craig is not a medical Doctor but is “a Standford engineering graduate and an ordained minister and, although we don’t pound the table for [the Biblical] God here, I do come at this procedure from a decidedly spiritual perspective.” Craig’s mentor was Dr. Roger Callahan, the creator of Thought Field Therapy.

An EFT (Tapping) chart.

What is very concerning is that Craig is open about Tapping being a spiritually-based practice:

“…Please know that there are two levels of EFT. The level you are currently exploring is the Gold Standard (or Tapping) form of EFT that is in the hands of millions worldwide and has been imitated by hundreds of people. It forms a foundation for our more advanced spiritual level known as Optimal EFT.”

Gary Craig extended his original “Gold Standard EFT” to create “Optimal EFT.” Optimal EFT doesn’t involve tapping, but is rather a kind of “prayer” with an “Unseen Therapist.” Optimal EFT is meant to help the “Guard at the Gate” (who keeps us separated) to allow the Unseen Therapist to bring healing. Craig claims the Unseen Therapist goes by the names of God, Jesus, Yahweh, and the Holy Spirit, among other names such as Source, Buddha, Love, and Peace. The Unseen Therapist, “the healer within,” is referred to as a woman. Gary Craig references her quite openly on his website, as do several of his followers in his testimonials.

Craig also stated:

“To do Her work, She needs only your readiness and proper invitation.”

It seems Craig thinks of this entity as a divine being when references to it are capitalized. Also, notice that one needs to invite her to do her “work” on a person. This is a common procedure for inviting contact with a spirit guide. Spirit guides can come unbidden but a lot of times the enemy needs a person to open the “doors” to come in his/her life. In this case, inviting “her” can be even more dangerous, and make the person guiltier for doing it.

There is absolutely no doubt this is a spirit guide, which is an evil spirit, or demon! It doesn’t take much discernment to know this is a deception from satan.

Involvement in Tapping is no different from using Reiki or any other form of so-called energy healing except that one can do Tapping to him/herself which cannot be done normally with Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, or other forms of energy healing.

EFT is in the same category as these practices which are all based on a belief in occult energy or force and a “divine intelligence” or “inner wisdom” of the body. Beware of the following such as:


Therapeutic Touch

CranioSacral Therapy

Applied Kinesiology

Do people really get healed by Tapping? Maybe. We know satan’s kingdom can “heal” people. Satan’s kingdom is notorious for being behind a plethora of healing techniques and many are being ensnared by it.

Born-again Christians don’t rely on any Unseen Therapist for healing. Christians have the Holy Spirit because they believed in the Lord and God Jesus Christ of the Bible. This pseudo-religious, mystical therapy program doesn’t remedy the fundamental problem of each person which is sin. The remedy for sin is to repent and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for He is the only One who can take away our sins. The Bible reads Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19).

It is not God’s will to tap away our negative emotions. The Bible reads we are to give our burdens to Him. Jesus said: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29).

If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can receive Him into your heart, and He can deliver you from darkness and sin and have your name written in His Book of Life.

If you are sincere, you can say this simple prayer to the Father (it doesn’t have to be word for word):

“God, I recognize that I have not lived my life for You up until now. I have been living for myself and that is wrong. Please forgive me of all of my sins just as I forgive others. I need You in my life; I want You in my life. I acknowledge the completed work of Your only begotten Son Jesus Christ in giving His life for me on the cross, I believe in my heart Jesus is Lord and was raised from the dead and I long to receive the forgiveness you have made freely available to me through this sacrifice. Come into my life now, Lord. Take up residence in my heart and be my king, my Lord, and my Savior. From this day forward, I will no longer be controlled by sin, or the desire to please myself, but I will follow You all the days of my life. Those days are in Your hands. I ask this in the Lord and GOD Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.”

20 thoughts on “Red Flags About Tapping or (Emotional Freedom Technique) EFT

  1. Karen S

    On Feb 12, 2020 6:01 PM, “Jesus Truth Deliverance” wrote:

    > J. Williams posted: ” Involvement in Tapping or Emotional Freedom > Technique (EFT) is in essence no different from getting involved with > Reiki. What ought to make one find concerning it is that Tapping is based > on spiritual beliefs and that it is not, as far as I know, scient” >


    1. Axley

      Is Tapping really based on spiritual beliefs? Actually it is not. It is very different from Reiki. There are over 100+ evidence based clinical studies. It is highly effective for Veterans with PTSD. There is a difference between Chinese medicine and Chinese religion. This is not religion. Science is now proving the meridian system exists. It is a tiny tiny micro vascular system. Real photos inside body are available to see it injected with blue stain like dye. ‘Is EFT Safe for Christians?’


  2. Karen S

    Dear Jamal:

    I don’t know if you remember Steven & me. You prayed for us. He passed away on his Birthday 5 8 19.

    I cautiously asked many question.about any New Age practices before going to a Christian counselor. Her name is Melissa Heil and the counseling service is Courageous Kingdom Counseling Bend OR. I did a 1.5 hour intake session with her last Saturday and have another appt this Saturday. I asked her a number of questions about her beliefs, etc as Steven and I came out if the New Age. I asked her to pray before we started and she asked if she could pray before I left. She seemed to check out ok. I also asked her to recommend a couple of doctors and/or naturopathic christian docs. She mentioned one that was into irodology and I said no.

    She uses a technique called edmr. I told her I hadn’t heard of that before and I would check it out. I didn’t find that it was New AGE but I do want to run this past you.

    I know for sure that even Christians can be deceived (and she seems like a wonderful person and Christian -I didn’t decern anything as I have in the past) as Steven & I were about Refexology.

    Thank you,


    On Feb 12, 2020 6:01 PM, “Jesus Truth Deliverance” wrote:

    > J. Williams posted: ” Involvement in Tapping or Emotional Freedom > Technique (EFT) is in essence no different from getting involved with > Reiki. What ought to make one find concerning it is that Tapping is based > on spiritual beliefs and that it is not, as far as I know, scient” >


    1. Hello. I remember you. I am sorry about your loss. I hope everything is going well with you now.

      I know Iridology can be potentially dangerous. I am not so sure about EMDR. I will post about it if I come across information that makes it worthy to be exposed. Thanks and God bless.


    2. B

      Hi! EMDR works by stimulating both sides of your brain at the same time. It can be done by just crossing the arms and tapping your legs. It’s just a way to help your whole brain be engaged. Some dyslexia clinics do something similar when they have kids do activities involving both sides of the brain, strengthening the connection between various parts, because your brain has to have efficient communication to be able to read. With EMDR, you are trying to help all parts of your brain work together. Sometimes the brain will section off a part of itself because of trauma. It’s protective, but if that area of the brain is not fully connected to the rest of the brain, this will obviously cause problems. As Christians we want our frontal lobe, where we communicate with God, in charge of the whole brain. EMDR is just a way to help stimulate both sides of the brain while working through trauma.


  3. Anonymous

    Satan is the “accuser of the brethren” (Rev. 12:10, Job 1:6; Zech. 3:1), as seeking to uphold his influence among men by bringing false charges against Christians, with the view of weakening their influence and injuring the cause with which they are identified. He was regarded by the Jews as the accuser “of men before God, laying to their charge the violations of the law of which they were guilty, and demanding their punishment”. The same Greek word, “accuser,” is found in (John 8:10, Acts 23:30) in all of which places it is used of one who brings a charge against another.


  4. Paula

    Clinical EFT is Now Scientifically Proven.
    Now able to use radioactive dye to see the system that is smaller than the nervous system.
    The EFT tapping has to do with the physiology, not religion nor new age, although new agers do use. Like Christians go to doctors when needed, new agers also go to doctors when needed.
    Guidelines for the Treatment of PTSD Using Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques)
    —Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is an evidence-based method that combines acupressure with elements drawn from cognitive and exposure therapies. …This paper recommends guidelines for the use of EFT in treating PTSD derived from the literature and a det…
    Clinical EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Improves Multiple Physiological Markers of Health
    —Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is an evidence-based self-help therapeutic method and over 100 studies demonstrate its efficacy. …Positive trends were observed for HRV and HC and gains were maintained on follow-up, indicating EFT results in positive health effec …
    Emotional Freedom Techniques for Anxiety: A Systematic Review With Meta-analysis
    —Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) combines elements of exposure and cognitive therapies with acupressure for the treatment of psychological distress. …Emotional freedom technique treatment demonstrated a significant decrease in anxiety scores, even when accounting for th …


  5. Nick Schmidt

    Hi, I was wondering what specifically kinds of problems Christians are having with EFT tapping. A couple Christians said in Youtube comments that they had to quit tapping because it was addictive. But they didn’t explain what that meant.


      1. Nick

        Thanks Axley for responding. I found some info in the BrainTrainer’s Youtube comments about EFT tapping. This woman who is now a Christian used to be into New Age occultism, and she believes tapping is a Satanic gateway into the more extreme aspects of the occult. I don’t know, I don’t think the Christian tappers are being completely honest with us about this so called EFT tapping!


        1. Axley

          Nick. Did you happen to use the link that goes to pubmed? There are over 100+ clinical scientific studies on this.

          And 2nd it is now visually proveable also with blue stain dye. It is micro vascular system in the body. Previous link leads to photos.


        2. controversialchristian1

          The bottom line for those who follow and obey Jesus Christ, is that anything at all which gets in the way of that obedience becomes a problem. Some of this is obvious but some isn’t.

          We are asked to place our faith in Jesus, nothing else.


  6. Anonymous

    We should seek to understand first before we condemn and put labels.
    EFT has scientific evidence.
    Seems our ancestors Knew more about how our Body works than we do.


  7. J

    I think a lot of this is complete nonsense. these things are scientifically proven to help people especially with mental health issues ie: tapping, myofascial, craniosacral. Jesus can heal people yes and he does, but even Luke in the Bible was known as the dear physician. I don’t understand why people are being so crazy about “energy” when it’s just fricken electrons going through your nervous system. That’s how the nervous system works. Isn’t that how God made us? I don’t understand how crazy people are getting over this.


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