Disciplinary Studies

Emotional Freedom Techniques vs. Ancient Keys

Learn How Energy Psychology Healing Modalities Validate Each other Throughout Time

New School, Emotional Freedom Techniques versus Old School, Chakra and Energy Meridian Knowledge proves that there are numerous ways to unlock the healing potential of the human psyche. Table of Contents:

  1. New School versus Old School,..
  2. How are energy meridians related to Us?
  3. What is an example of Ancient Keys to the Human Psyche?
    • 9 Keys to Unlocking the Psyche…
  4. How does EFT Tapping compare to QiGong Methods?..
  5. How does EFT Chanting compare to Ancient Mantra Chanting?
  6. What is an example of Ancient Persuasion Techniques?
  7. How does EFT compare to Kuji Kiri Breath Control?
  8. References
  9. Comment on this Article

New School, Emotional Freedom (Shotgun) Techniques versus Old School, Chakra and Energy Meridian (Scholarly) Knowledge

The new thought healing modality dubbed “Emotional Freedom Techniques” (EFT) as developed by Gary Craig is no exception. EFT is a simple, Western-Mind Set friendly energy psychology which compares to ancient scholarly meditation techniques that have been around for a number of millenia. For example, EFT has been around for a few decades as opposed to similar chi kung (qigong) meditation forms which has been around for at least five millenia.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m an advocate of EFT and the work from health professionals all over the world that goes into it. EFT has helped people overcome physical and emotional maladies where mainstream medicine fails. We have to understand that EFT is yet another healing modality or another set of “keys” to unlocking the healing mind.

For example, those of you familiar with Wild Goose Patting Qigong (AKA, Chi Kung), may find EFT seems like a cousin of sorts. In contrast, EFT does not tap along all 12 meridians (of Chinese Medical Theory), but it stimulates key “shotgun” points along the meridians in tandem with healing intentions which makes it a close relative.

How are the energy meridians of TCM related to our Life Patterns?

I’ve already expounded upon the phenomenon of the spoken thoughts, ideas, feelings and intentions in relation to DNA structure in the article, Collective DNA Consciousness1; this treatise explains how DNA is structured according to the same rules as word language and is, therefore, influenced and programmed by intention expressed through word language ideas and song. Russian and American scientists (including the U.S. Military) proved this concept is real through scientific experiments. The foundation of EFT is built upon this concept as well as meditation and prayer modalities which utilize the spoken idea.

To solidify this foundation, EFT taps into the energy meridians of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) where our most powerful emotions originate to flow in health or stagnate in sickness.

According to Dr. William A. Tiller, professor emeritus of Stanford University, in essence, the system of meridian channels taps into our original untainted physical/spiritual life patterns within subtle energy layers of space time (“higher gauge symmetry”). This means we are able to literally tap into our perfect life patterns (“original blue prints for the human frame work”) through psychic keys such as the energy meridians to heal any malady on our physical plane.

Dr. Tiller’s work in psychoenergetics is central to the foundation of EFT. There are twenty citations of Dr. Tiller’s work at the EFT site. One article, Touch And Breathe–TAB Paper, by John H. Diepold, Jr., Ph.D. provides excellent background on the autonomic nervous and meridian systems as complex antenna circuits in reference to Dr. Tiller’s discoveries. This revelation leads to the physical ability to “transceive” feelings and impressions as a form of telepathy.

The ancient keys to psychic ability can be referred to as ancient psychoenergetics, the study of the disciplined, coherent infrastructure of the human mind, the effects of its coherent energy and the interactions thereof with bioresonant energy fields, but using basic psychic keys as used by ancient mind control adepts.

EFT and ancient psychoenergetics both tap into DNA ability to be programmed as it relates to the flow of Chi or life force. For example, although Kuji Kiri martial arts meditation is far more refined than EFT, both modalities demonstrate the amazing abilities of the human mind opened through the spoken idea. Beyond healing chronic ailments, the human mind can be keyed to manipulate the physical reality as in the Law of Attraction2.

Tiller’s research has proven that the universe is a living extension of ourselves which is also keyed to reverberations of sympathetic thought patterns; Resonating thoughts through spoken word is a regular ritual occultist practice of religious sects such as Buddism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, Kabbalah, Taoism, among others.

What is an example of Ancient Keys to the Human Psyche?

For example, Kuji Kiri Meditation is a derivation of ancient disciplines two of which are: The Healing Mudras of Ha-Tha (Sun-Moon) Yoga and Shii Soei Ching (Marrow/Brain Washing) Chi Kung.

The Healing Mudras utilize specific hand gestures in relation to chakras; their specific colours and breathing patterns, along with mentally/physically spoken mantras serve as keys to the human mind.

By this token, Healing Mudras also comes extremely close to the EFT modality except it focuses on specific hand gestures, the chakra system, and colours in relation to each chakrum instead of spoken ideas.

From my studies in the Healing Mudras, they also tap into the Law of Attraction through intense visualization; this is also the intention of EFT with its shotgun stimulation of energy meridians and spoken ideas.

Shii Soei Ching is an advanced form of chi kung usually translated as “Marrow/Brain Washing Classic;” this training specialises in leading Chi to the bone marrow to cleanse and strengthen them. This particular form of chi kung is quite scholarly being taught only to adepts. Its complexity encompasses study as well as the energetic manipulation thereof manifold connections between meridians and extraordinary vessels. Here the adepts used physical and etheric keys to each of eight vessels since they control our organ functions, therefore, our overall health.

Kuji Kiri practitioners enter a slightly different trance that literally floods the senses with psychic keys according to each of these eight extraordinary vessels and the three main vessels of Ha-Tha Yoga. These keys encompass all the senses in terms of visual, auditory, kinesthetic, gustatory, and emotion including symbols known as Kuji Kuri Kanji.

Since Kuji Kiri Meditation floods the senses, there is very little, if any room for discursive thought, thereby, allowing room only for the psychic keys. This takes an intense amount of focus which allows the mind and body to resonate with key elements in the universe.

Although, we do not have such scholarly approaches in EFT, we still prove that we can induce healing through psychic intervention through a shotgun approach.

I’ve been through the EFT site enough to tell you that there are some paranormal events happening in people’s lives which are a direct result of using EFT. The reports of these paranormal events and psychic phenomena are direct parallels to ancient psychoenergetic phenomena. For example, we can look at the Nine Levels of Power obtained through the Kuji Kiri. Here’s an extract from Ashida Kim’s Secrets of the Ninja:

“Here they are presented as taught in the Japanese system, as one complete set of movements, flowing from first to last rhythmically, in conjunction with breath control. They are derived from the Tibetan lama chanting practice, whereby one may attain enlightenment. These are the oldest exercises of this type, and have survived from prehistoric times.

The Nine Levels of Power/9 Keys to Unlocking the Psyche are as follows:

1. Rin – “Strength” of mind and body; in Chinese, chu;

2. Kyo – “Direction of energy”; in Chinese, shen;

3. Toh – “Harmony” with the universe; in Chinese, tai;

4. Sha – “Healing” of self and others; in Chinese, sha;

5. Kai – “Premonition” of danger; in Chinese, kai;

6. Jin – “Knowing the thoughts of others”; in Chinese, jen;

7. Retsu – “Mastery of time and space”; in Chinese, tung;

8. Zai – “Control” of the elements of nature; in Chinese, hua;

9. Zen – “Enlightenment”; in Chinese, tao.

The Kuji-Kiri positions that embody the nine levels of power are used as a mnemonic device to train the Ninja both mentally and physically. The progression of movements from one to another symbolizes the movements of the chi within the body.

The Nine Levels of Power are extreme in comparison since EFT focuses on healing. This does not mean that EFT cannot also accomplish the above feats. EFT may be a watered down version of the of the ancient, yet refined psychoenergetic techniques, but intention and sympathetic resonance is central to all of these modalities.

How does EFT Tapping compare to QiGong Methods of “Tapping” into Energy Meridians?

EFT activates chi flow at specific “shotgun” areas of the body through tapping. They’re shotgun areas because these areas are saturated with acupuncture points along the meridians. One shotgun area is around the collar bone and pectoral region where stomach, small intestine, spleen, kidney, and gall bladder channels have trigger points.

My personal favourite “shotgun” point is just between the nose and upper lip on the maxilla. In Chinese Medical Theory, this point is called “Yinjiao;” this is an intersection point of yin conception and yang governing vessels. After a hard workout, I touch my tongue to my pallet, then tap this point while redirecting my intensified respiration to these vessels and I calm down my heart beat in ten to twenty seconds as a result. Learn more about this method at the Heart Rate QiGong Paper.

You can see how this “shotgun” area is utilized in the EFT Manual. The living body is the most complex computer of all with “circuits” that can heal and augment the body’s performance at will when we push the right buttons with proper intentions.

There are a specific set of sensations and feelings attached to the meridians (AKA channels), more specifically, to the eight extraordinary vessels which is the focus of Kuji Kiri. One example is the governing vessel (AKA, “sea of yang meridians”) which relates to the feelings of worry or revelation, sensations of moisture, sweetness, polyphony or chorus and the color yellow (according to the Kuji Kiri) to its flow of chi.

You can think of it this way: Chi Kung on the extraordinary vessels guides the actions of the meridian energy flow like a giant, complex integrated circuit that can change its state of operation, conductivity, receptivity and more through disciplined intention of the operator. In doing so, we adjust our thought patterns or neural pathways to serve our higher consciousness – which is healing and altruistic in nature as long as we maintain these intentions.

Kuji Kiri activates chi flow first through specific manipulation of the meridians at the termination points of the fingers or “finger knitting,” then by visualizing the chi flow through a specific vessel, then by attaching the specific feelings and sensations to the chi flow for that vessel, and so forth. The main objective is to build a powerful life energy force then control the direction and intent of that force.

Although EFT focuses on healing, there are also examples at the EFT site that demonstrate the successful flexibility of this modality. For me, this does not speak of the power of EFT, but the power of the human mind even when provided with a “shotgun” approach.

From what we’ve examined so far, EFT is almost an occult ritual in itself as it uses intuitive “incantations.” Now, let’s examine the carrier wave for the living word: Chanting

How does EFT Chanting compare to Ancient Mantra Chanting?

I’ve noticed that EFT practitioners prefer to use their intuition when choosing their words. Indeed, many of them claim to be psychic, so they use their intuitive insight to perform surrogate and remote tapping on others from a distance. They must be right because it works. EFT is based within our inherent psychic abilities. Examples of “surrogate” tapping are provided in the EFT for Action Manual.

You see from their example (on fertilization, p. 18) how the practitioner first “tunes” into the problems by acknowledging them, then by methodically “tapping” towards the healing with spoken ideas that empower that person. (See how “tuning” relates to radionic phenomena discussed at Mind in Science Blog.) This is a form of chanting that takes place in every culture – from meditations to prayers to song lyrics – which makes them highly accessable to everyone.

Mantras are cultural enigmas. For example, “om mani padme aum;” literally translates from sanskrit as “I pray to the jewel in the lotus flower.” The “lotus flower” is a metaphor for the brain (which happens to resemble a lotus flower in full bloom) or the higher mind.

Christian Mantras employ God’s Names3 which are also enigmas. The power of spoken words are enigmas until we study them and the context wherein they occur.

The creative power of the voice is clearly expressed in Sanskrit, where vac (=voice) is often regarded as a synonym for shakti, which is the creative energy, the power of manifestation. In various trends of ancient Greek Philosophy, one finds a similar concept in the logos, whose primary meaning is word, but also means creative principle.

Later, in the gospel of John (originally written in Greek), it is also the word, logos, that is used to characterize the creative principle at the beginning of creation: “In the beginning was the logos (word), and the logos was with God, and the logos was God…” [John 1:1].

Note that the first book of the old testament also presents a picture in which, at various stages of the genesis of the world, God uses the power of the Word to create: “And God said, ‘Let there be light:’ and there was light…” [Genesis 1:4, then 1:6, 1:25, etc.]

One finds in Rudolf Steiner’s works many indications related to the power of the voice. For example, Steiner describes that, in late Atlantis, men had the power of influencing each other, or even the elements by manifesting forces through their voice

The magik of power words is legend in every culture. This is true of the mantras in the Kuji Kiri. A mantra or chant applies to each of the nine levels of power, the study of which obtains a deep spiritual meaning for those who use the mantra. This deep spiritual focus was necessary to the lifestyle of the ninja.

Ninjas were warrior adepts; they were hired for missions of espionage and reconaissance by a royal family to learn the weaknesses of their enemy or even make their enemy’s kingdom implode from within. Let’s examine how stealth warriors may have used power persuasion techniques on their unsuspecting prey and how their ancient techniques can possibly be applied to EFT.

What is an example of Ancient Persuasion Techniques?

Ninjas use methods for learning about the personality of their targets, so they can employ methods of persuasion to convince their victims to do things they wouldn’t otherwise do. They would go a step further than neurolinguistic programming (NLP) by learning the personality dimensions of their victims, then perform a hypnotic combination of NLP with Kuji Kiri like a spider weaving a web around his unwitting captive; this art form was known as Mumai Mugai (no name, no art) no-jitsu.

Like any martial art, Mumai Mugai Ninjitsu molds and shapes itself to the particular situation being a form of NLP. Instead of a physical battle this persuasion technique reaches into the mind – much like the intuitive reactions of EFT.

EFT practitioners realize that they have this power which is why I’m surprised that more of them don’t employ NLP Power Persuasion techniques in their healing rituals. Perhaps, they do, but they don’t want to talk about it.

Nevertheless, we can learn about the personality dimensions by listening to answers from these simple questions:

For example, if the topic of the conversation is UFOs:

  • How do you feel about UFOs?
  • What about UFOs is important to you?
  • How would you describe UFOs?
  • How do you know if a UFO is good?..

I write further about persuasion methods at Way of the Mind Gate Group4}

Upon learning the type of person with whom they were dealing, the ninja would employ the correct phraseology and personal “power words” in combination with remote stimulation of their targets’ Qi flow.

This method is not that different at all from Remote/Surrogate EFT which is also telepathic in nature. Both methods enable the human mind to affect a subject at a distance.

How does EFT Breath Control compare to Kuji Kiri Breath Control?

Kuji Kiri is far more refined than any shotgun energy psychology method when it comes to breath control. Kuji Kiri practitioners actually change the pH of the blood through breath control to induce altered states of consciousness.

EFT practitioners may ask their patients to circulate their respiration once at each given trigger point. But I have yet to read any where in EFT about the intense breath control that is practiced in Kuji Kiri.

In fact, the kind of breath control required in Kuji Kiri is only for people in good health and already self disciplined. EFT succeeds in cases where people are in bad health with chronic ailments. An afflicted person who chooses to treat him/herself usually finds EFT simple and accessable, especially to those without discipline.

I also have yet to read about touching the tip of the tongue to the pallet in EFT. Doing this connects yin conception and yang governing vessels to complete the grand circulation circuit of chi within the body. I’m a little dissappointed that EFT practitioners fail to mention this area since they stress the idea that they work with Qi (life energy) circulation in the meridians, but they don’t completely follow all the principles of QiGong.

I’m also dissappointed that Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming, a world-reknowned expert in internal martial arts and QiGong is mentioned no where at the EFT site. To me this is strange since Gary Craig, William Tiller, and Yang Jwing-Ming are all engineering graduates. I figured they should be the three musketeers of psychoenergetics, but that’s just my opinion.

Since I’m airing out my grievances against the EFT site, I might as well mention that Kiatsu is mentioned no where at the EFT site; this is a healing modality of Aikido practitioners, an internal martial art similar to Taijiquan.

I still remember years ago (before EFT existed) when I was scouting the dojos in my area. There was an aikido dojo where I asked a student how they work with the energy meridians. Quite simply, the aikido practitioner kneels in a still position, then utilizing one or two fingers he goes down the path of the meridian “inducing energy flow” at key points along the meridian to guide healthy Qi (“ki” in Japanese) circulation while dwelling on the “one point,” the central ki (Qi) resevoir just below the navel. There was more to it than the student had time to explain, but this is called “Kiatsu;” it’s similar to shiatsu except there is no physical pressure applied, BUT there may be tapping or other rhythmic stimulation depending on the injury being treated. Yes, this is what the aikido student told me.

Guess what? This article, Touch And Breathe, at the EFT site almost describes, to the letter, how Kiatsu works. But the PhD who wrote it wants to call it “Touch and Breathe.” The method at this article lacks refinement in comparison to the actual Kiatsu, but, in essence, it’s still the same healing modality with the addition of healing intention through the spoken word. And, yes, the ancient ninjas were also aikido experts, therefore, the attached healing art of Kiatsu; tapping and chanting are familiar to the Kiatsu Healer.

This is the same difference between EFT and Kuji Kiri. I guess I’m one of the few willing to recognize the parallels between these arts. To me, I don’t mind that these solutions repeat themselves even though they are augmentations and variations upon themselves because the universe is built upon robust and self repeating fractals.

We are part of that universe, so we are also bound to be repetitions of people from the past. Once gaining this perspective, we can see that all healing is old school. Individual healing modalities are a matter of individual perspectives and healing perspectives we are willing to accept.

For those of you who believe this article is over your head, I want to console you: There was a time when I had a closed mind.

When I say that I had a closed mind, I mean that my conventional education and belief system came from a neat little box.

Whenever I encountered information outside of this box, I would scoff, call it a bunch of “woot” and negate it like everyone else who also saw the universe from the perspective of the same neat little box.

Scoffing and negating the reality outside of our neat little box is what we’re taught to do as a denizens of the neat little box, in order to perpetuate the neat little box.

Fortunately, my first hand experiences and my interest in science had me latching onto clues. Since I was a child was always getting clues that there is a much bigger reality outside of this neat little box. Fortunately, I am not the only one with first hand experiences and an interest in scientific clues. Although we are few and far between, we’ve always been here.

To help you with your continuous improvement, I hope to provide you with a simple understanding: We are all a special variation of the universe. What makes us special? We are the part of the universe that has become self aware. The entire universe is made of fantastic order and life energy – which only looks chaotic from the perspective of a neat little box. We are all part of the same order and life energy. We are all pieces of the same hologram. We are blessed with minds that allow us to resonate with any part of the universe – including each other – throughout time.


1Collective DNA Consciousness: DNA forms an intelligent network which is influenced and programmed by intention expressed through word language and ideas. Includes relevant facts on psychic phenomena.

2Law of Attraction: Based on Genevieve Gehrand’s book, Your Invisible Power, is explored from a spiritual trance state. See the HealingMindN Meditation Video to gain the necessary consciousness.

3God’s Names: When we fill our minds and hearts with His Word in understanding and evoking His Names, we take on His Image.

4Way of the Mind Gate Group: Way of the Mind Gate Group allows us to share ideas and perspectives on mind control, self improvement, spiritual growth, and related topics.