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I Asked, “Is EFT Hypnosis?” Years Ago and I’m Still Making People Angry!

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Is EFT Hypnosis?I just got another email about an article I published in the National Guild of Hypnotists, Journal of Hypnotism years ago. For some reason it gets devotees of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) all stirred up.

I ask, "Is EFT Hypnosis?" and this really upsets come people. I even got a call from Gary Craig himself, the creator of the technique. He was very upset with me and it turned out to be a very interesting conversation. But the question was still left unanswered. (Well, he said it is definitely not hypnosis, but then he admitted to not knowing much about hypnosis, and therefore see his opinion in that regard pretty useless.)

The President of the NGH, Dwight Damon called me to, and said that he had received a whole bunch of calls and email messages complaining about the article! I didn’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings. I just asked a logical question. What do you think? Did I cross the line?

So, with all that in mind, I thought I’d republish it here for you all to look at. But please, no more hate mail! I think EFT is cool. I just wonder if it works because of the reason Gary Craig says it does. Have a look…

"Is EFT Hypnosis?"

I have come to believe that EFT (the Emotional Freedom Technique developed by Gary H. Craig) is hypnosis. I first learned about the technique at the National Guild of Hypnotists Convention four years ago where it was presented as a form of meridian therapy. I did not care for it then, but I came across it again at the next NGH convention when it was presented by Marilyn Gordon. She did a number of very impressive demonstrations using the technique and I was sold.

After the convention I went back to my office and set about "EFTing" everything and everyone in my office with some impressive results. I became convinced of the power of EFT and began introducing it to my clients who came in to work on all kinds of fears, anxieties and some other issues such as cravings. This is where a problem came up. The name of our office is the Banyan Hypnosis Center for Training & Services, Inc. and as a result we get clients who are interested in using hypnosis to overcome problems and for general self-improvement. When I introduced them to EFT "a meridian therapy" my clients often didn’t know what to think. Some were in fact disappointed and would even ask directly, "Aren’t we going to do hypnosis?"

Go to the EFT article in my hypnosis article archive to read the rest… You will also learn how to do EFT if you don’t already know how.

5 Reader Comments to I Asked, “Is EFT Hypnosis?” Years Ago and I’m Still Making People Angry!

  1. Joel July 9, 2009 at 9:00 PM


    First off I want to thank you for creating 5 PATH. It has helped me tremendously in my practice. I now feel that I can get consistent, powerful, and long lasting change every single time.

    Your approach to hypnosis as a science, art, and buisness is a real inpiration to me. My dream is to work with your methods as you have done with Gerry Keins….. studying them, poring over them, and creating something new and different so we can have more powerful ways of healing people! I think that you really “got it” when it comes to hypnosis and therapy, and I look forward to taking your course one day in person!

    Thank you also for the tremendous amount of useful and free information that you put out there on a consistent basis. Simply reading your blog is a continuing hypnosis education in its own right!

    I read your article about EFT and tapping and it sounds like something that makes sense to incorporate into my sessions. I have 2 questions.

    1 At what point in the 5 path process do you use tapping? How specifically do you apply it when you use it?

    2 If indeed it is simply a waking suggestion then why would we need to tap? Why cant we simply give a suggestion? Why the diagram with the specific places and methods of tapping?

    Thanks for taking the time to read and answer!

    Your student,

    Joel K

  2. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, FNGH July 10, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Hi Joel – Thanks for the wonderful feedback about how my 5-PATH system has helped your clients and your practice. For me, it is all about getting results that last.

    5-PATH® was developed as a result of thousands of hours of work with hypnosis and hypnotherapy clients and the integration of techniques taught by some of the master teachers in the profession of hypnotism, including but not limited to Harry Arons, Charles Tebbetts, Gerald F. Kein, Gil Boyne and others. In addition, the field of psychology and some of its greats influenced the development of the 5-PATH® process, including Franz Anton Mesmer’s Animal Magnetism, Dr. Ivan Petrovich Pavlov’s Classical Conditioning, Dr. Fritz Perls’ Gestalt Therapy, Aaron Beck’s Cognitive Therapy and others. This systematic process has been used by the many hypnosis professionals who have worked at the Banyan Hypnosis Center, as well as other 5-PATH® certified professionals around the world. 5-PATH® continues to evolve as a system with the continued experience and input of these hypnosis professionals around the world.

    Regarding your questions about EFT…

    First off, I don’t use EFT much anymore. Generally, I will only resort to EFT when I only have one shot at working with a client, and am unable to use 5-PATH. If you decide to use EFT with your clients, and intend to do affect bridge age regression, do not do EFT on the emotion or symptom that you intend to use as a bridge in the age regression. This can reduce the energy of the emotion or symptom enough to cause you problems, which could result in an inability to regress your client.

    In answer to your other question, I think that EFT works so nicely because there are several things going on, only one of which may be some kind of meridian energy work (which I doubt). Some of the other things that I believe are going on are an NLP pattern interrupt, some cathartic release of emotion, and waking suggestion, among some other things. This is why you can’t simply give a verbal waking suggestion and get results that are as good as when EFT is applied, including the tapping.

    Glad to help out.

    PS To everyone else you can read more of my articles at

  3. Alicia D Vincent September 5, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    Hi Cal
    I am a bilingual hypnotherapist in France and have been wondering about how to integrate EFT in my practice. I am not a huge fan of it for a lot of different reasons (like you I think it’s some form of hypnosis that may or may not have an effect on the meridians)…but one thing I really wonder about is: does the fact that you repeat “The Problem” while tapping on the meridian points–how does that not create a sort of kinaesthetic anchor for the “Problem”? I do use it occasionally for very resistant clients or overly mental ones…but I still think it’s hypnosis. Thanks for your comments.

  4. Cal Banyan, MA, BCH, CI, DNGH September 6, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    Hello Alicia – Thanks for your comment and question.

    Each hypnotist has to figure out if and how she will integrate other methodologies such as EFT into a hypnosis practice. I haven’t used for years in my practice and I’m not a big proponent of teaching it to hypnotists any more.

    Having said that I have not noticed any problem, back when I was using EFT, with stating the problem over and over while doing the EFT process. So I am concerned about it.

    Let’s do GREAT things together,

  5. Alicia February 12, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Hello Cal
    I so much appreciated your answer about EFT. Strangely enough, I did not discover it until recently. My next question is why you do not use it anymore or not much?

    My personal experience has been that hypnosis is so much more powerful and flexible. I mean, EFT is not a bad technique…it’s just that hypnosis allows for so many more possibilities via positive visualisations, future pacing, suggestions, etc… So much more flexible.

    Your opinion would be much appreciated.

    Thank you!


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