In this 7 part series we continue to explore the major differences between the system known as Faster EFT (aka FasterEFT or FEFT) and EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques (aka tapping). Part one and part two of the Examiner series may be found on those links.
Difference III: A closed belief system (FasterEFT) and an open one (EFT).
A former practitioner told relaying her experience with FasterEFT said, “I knew something was wrong when I would tell my friends about some of the aspects of Faster and they would look at me as if I were crazy” In the Faster worldview there are certain areas of human experience that are deemed invalid. Another former FasterEFT practitioner said, “I remember talking to a client in one of my groups, telling her that her memories were not real, but made up in her head. I could see (she was talking about sexual assault) the shadow pass over her eyes and knew instinctively that she had shut down” These examples point to a lack of compassion and empathy. They all demonstrate a belief system within Faster that is rigid. The Faster belief system tells practitioners to dismiss their own feelings such as grief and loss. The belief system does not allow for personal interpretation from the clients. This has led to some calling Faster a cult in that when questioning the system practitioners are told to, “Go tap on” as if to disagree with the system is unacceptable.
Contrast this to EFT tapping. EFT tapping practitioners are told to always enter into the client’s belief system and not to contradict it. By following the client worldview, EFTers are compassionate and understanding. The system allows for people of all faiths and beliefs to use EFT effectively. There is an expansion that occurs with EFT where the practitioner adapts to the client. One EFT practitioner put it this way, “I have seen my mind open beyond my belief with EFT. Gary Craig, the EFT founder, has never dismissed any question I ever had about the system and never told me that it was my problem or that I needed to go and tap on it. The system has allowed me to draw my own conclusions about how the world works and have elevated my daily spiritual practice. I’ve assisted people from those that don’t believe in anything to evangelical Christians to pagans I feel honored that I get to observe how rapidly they dissolve negative thinking that kept them sick, broke, and in bad relationships, and they still believe what they believe about how the world operates.”