Is EFT or Energy Therapy a New Age Thing?

by Gina Parris

When I first encountered the tapping technique known as Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, it seemed to be way too “New Aged” for me. I did not like any of the weird energy modalities out there.

The results I  got however certainly changed my life – in a matter of moments, so I had to explore more.  When I wrote Flow On Demand – the Athlete’s Edge, I had seen dramatic results in all the athletes I had worked with, but I still couldn’t stand to use the words, “energy meridians” so I think I only used them once in my whole book. I come from a Christian worldview and all this energy language seemed to come from  camp that did not share my faith in God.

It wasn’t until I studied martial arts that I realized that these energy pathways in the body were commonly understood, not just in a “woo-woo” sort of crowd. The more I learned about quantum mechanics and the sub atomic world from my friend David VanKoevering and other scientists, the less concerned I became personally about embracing something contrary to the heart of God.

Also I had immediately prayed about the results I got, to see if I had stepped into witchcraft or something, but my heart was quickly put at ease.

There was a time in 17th Century Christianity (and later) that if you went to a medical doctor at all, you were accused of embracing “the devil’s medicine.” Western medicine was awfully wacky back then, but today believers happily truck off to the doctor and follow prescriptions, and  procedures, recognizing that medical advancements may often help them overcome earthly maladies. They often see this working in conjunction with their faith.

I know that many of my friends who love energy therapy don’t share my faith in God, but neither do plenty of my friends who are medical doctors, dentists, nutritionists, personal trainers, or engineers. This doesn’t negate the results behind what they do. Then again many of the pioneers in all of the fields above, including “energy work” do attribute their success to God. Traditional Chinese medicine, with its 3,000 years of empirical evidence may indeed have some merit that we can glean.

Though I’ll probably never feel quite at home at some New Age fair, or big Energy-medicine Convention, here are some conclusions that I have made regarding the work that I do. You may or may not agree with any of it, but at least it explains where I am standing.

1. The Bible is my foundation for all the decisions I make and I happen to believe it is even the inspired Word of God. The goal of the book is to facilitate an intimate relationship with the author of it.

2. The Bible is NOT a Western book written by Pilgrims in England. In many ways, it could be considered more Eastern than Western.

3. If Jesus’ disciple Luke was indeed a Doctor, chances are his methods were more aligned with Eastern methods of energy than modern methods of western science. So I am open to knowing about them.

4. Cellular biology does not conflict with energy therapy, but rather supports it when clients are scientifically monitored.

5. Quantum physics, which looks at sub-atomic particles (or waves – depending on how they’re observed) proves that all matter, seen and unseen, is composed of the same material.  This modern science supports the mind/body connection, and does not conflict with the tenants that explain why energy psychology and therapy work.

6. As John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement once said, ‘We have something that looks like faith and sounds like faith, but is not really faith. This thing is mental assent.”  In my experience, tapping is one way to clear the internal conflicts regarding our faith, so that we can enjoy thoughts, beliefs and emotions that move us from “mental assent” to a true faith and peace in every cell of our being. How exactly this happens is a bit of a mystery to me and every one else who practices it, but it changed my life.

7. Energy therapies are not designed to bring healing, (that was done on the cross) but to eliminate the destructive emotional cellular memories that stand in the way of the healing that is available.  Our bodies are designed to heal themselves. Since up to 90% of sickness is attributed to stress, changing the root of the stress opens the door for healing or peak performance to happen.

8. In my work I do three things regarding any emotional distress: 1. Acknowledge the distressing emotion instead of running away from it. 2. Offer acceptance and forgiveness of myself and anyone who contributed to my distress 3. Create an empowering choice that lines up with Truth instead of anxiety. Somehow, we get where the empowered choice becomes automatic and healthy so we can live without anxiety.

9. My clients have never failed to get the results they wanted emotionally when we worked together.

10. My life and marriage is richer (actually transformed) from the results I’ve gained through this technique, and that’s why I share it with people whenever I feel it’s appropriate.

So ultimately practicing EFT, Healing Codes, or just creative visualization is a way that I eliminate the energy that stands against God’s truth in my life. I have not found anything that works faster.

If you wonder what the heck I’m even talking about regarding this EFT thing, than you might like the article right here: What is EFT?


Gina Parris is an international speaker, performance coach, wife, mother of four, and a champion for the Sexy Marriage. She is dedicated to helping people heal their sexual and relational issues. Throughout the past 28 years, Gina has served on staff of several large churches and encouraged thousands of people -privately, in groups, through television, radio and other media. She also speaks to organizations on topics dealing with home and work balance. Gina combines the best of Sports Psychology, Energy Therapy and Biblical promises to help people enjoy a Love Life marked by victory.

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