EFT Level One and Two
EFT Level One and Two CONTENTS: WHAT IS EFT? WHAT ARE THE RESULTS? EFT HISTORY ENERGY DISRUPTION LOOKING FOR RESONANCE SUDS AND ENERGY DISRUPTION PSYCHOLOGICAL REVERSAL THE SET-UP THE SORE SPOT THE KARATE CHOP SET-UP STATEMENT THE TAPPING SEQUENCE 9 GAMUT THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SPECIFIC ASPECTS BEING PERSISTENT YOUR POINT TRY IT ON EVERYTHING THE IMPORTANCE OF TESTING YOUR WORK A SESSION HANDLING EXCESSIVEINTENSITY EFT SHORTCUT STORY APPROACH PEACE PROCEDURE DAILY TAPPING IF YOU GET STUCK WHEN EFT DOESN'T WORK COGNITIVE BELIEF SHIFTS WHAT IS AN ABREACTION? THE PALACE OF POSSIBILITIES – A NEW WAY FORWARD MAKING POSITIVE CHANGES BE VERY CAREFUL WITH YOUR LANGUAGE ADDICTIONS WHAT IS PTSD THE GENTLE TECHNIQUE SNEAKING UP ON THE PROBLEM WAYS TO FIND CORE ISSUES WORKING WITH EFT ON THE TELEPHONE BORROWING BENEFITS MOVIE TECHNIQUE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS CONFIDENTIALITY
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EFT Level One and Two Message from Gary Williams Give yourself the freedom to experience this amazing technique and just like me you will be glad you did. I have interviewed many experienced EFT Masters and experts in the field of EFT tapping and many agree with me that the way EFT is promoted as a one minute wonder, like a magic tapping wand, can be detrimental and misleading to the public at large. This can put a lot of people off after they find that EFT stops working for them, and they do not have the necessary experience to work out why. Yes, you could give this procedure to a 12 year old and they would use EFT mechanically and get some kind of success with certain people, and we do as practitioners get one minute wonders sometimes, but that is only part of a much larger story. When working with EFT it is the refinements that really are the difference that makes the difference and the following will go some way to help you develop refinement and artistry in the subject. Once you have studied this material and worked with it, you will discover the true potential of EFT Tapping. EFT is a technique that can easily be learned and applied by anyone and this EFT Training will go a long way in helping you to gain a deeper understanding of the basic principles. EFT Tapping will give you back control of your life and fill you with a new sense of confidence. Based on impressive new discoveries regarding the body's subtle energies, the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) has been proven successful in thousands of clinical cases. It applies to just about every emotional and physical issue you can name, the Emotional Freedom Technique often works "where nothing else will" and is a simple tool for emotional healing that was developed in the early nineties by Gary Craig, a personal performance coach with a fascination for the human potential. EFT is a powerful therapeutic tool that uses words to tune into an emotional disturbance which is then balanced and cleared using acupressure tapping. The process is easy for you to memorize and is portable so you can do it anywhere. WHAT IS EFT? It is only natural to view new innovations with skepticism, particularly those that relate to our health and which promise rapid results. The Emotional Freedom Technique is based on sound scientific principles and the process launches off the EFT Discovery Statement which says... "The cause of all your negative emotions is a disruption in your body's energy system" Albert Einstein told us back in the 1920's that everything (including our bodies) is composed of energy and Eastern medical experts have known this for over 5,000 years. These ideas have been largely ignored by Western Healing Practices and that is why EFT often works "where nothing else will". As the founder of the process, Gary Craig says, "it's not that EFT is so stunning, rather, it is because conventional healing methods have simply overlooked the obvious". So although the Emotional Freedom Techniques are an ultra-modern complementary therapy, EFT still has its origins in ancient Chinese medicine. This is why we say that the Emotional Freedom Techniques are an emotional version of acupuncture, but instead of using needles, we stimulate the well established energy meridian points on the energy body by tapping them with the fingertips. It is an incredibly gentle technique and you remain relaxed and fully clothed at all times. Electrical messages are constantly sent through your body to keep it informed of what's going on. Without this energy flow you would not be able to see, hear, taste, smell or touch. It has been proven that disruptions or blockages in these electrical pathways can cause limiting thoughts and emotions and lead to ill-health.
EFT Level One and Two For those of you who have spent weeks, months, or even years trying various drugs, counselling and alternative therapies in a desperate search for relief from your emotional problems, EFT may come as a welcome change. Tapping often gets results "when nothing else works". Psychologists, therapists and medical doctors from all over the world have found EFT to be rapid and profoundly powerful. Deepak Chopra, MD has been quoted in saying "EFT offers great healing benefits." EFT Tapping helps to create an environment that encourages positive results for all kinds of emotional problems. WHAT ARE THE RESULTS? The results are fast and generally lasting. Strong emotions such as fear, anger, shame and sadness dissolve into clear thinking, enabling a fresh perspective and you may find yourself achieving relief within minutes or you may require a few sessions to really benefit. It is particularly effective for conditions such as anxiety where clients are often unable to pinpoint the exact reason for their unease. My experience of using EFT is now with several hundred people and over 90% get some sort of result. Because there are no drugs or invasive procedures involved in the application of EFT, it is perfectly safe to use it alongside other forms of medication and complementary therapies. However, EFT offers such quick and effective results that you may not feel the need to use additional therapies. EFT is now used worldwide by therapists, health care professionals, teachers, parents and individuals. [However, in the case of serious psychological problems, EFT should not be seen as a substitute for qualified medical advice from your GP. You should always consult your GP or existing care provider prior to engaging in complementary therapies.] If you are reading these pages having already had an EFT experience then what you read will not seem weird or far-fetched and you'll know that emotions and tensions can dissolve in seconds. If you have not yet experienced EFT for yourself then I hope you'll understand that EFT has to be experienced to be accepted and no words I could say or write can be a substitute for that convincing experience. EFT HISTORY The founder of EFT Gary Craig studied first a therapy called Thought Field Therapy (or TFT). The method was a creation of psychologist, Dr Roger Callahan around 1980. The discovery of the therapy was made when Dr Callahan was working with a client, who we'll call Mary. Mary had an intense phobia around water and one day as Roger was working with Mary on a stomach ache Roger wondered what would happen if he tapped on the end point of the Stomach meridian. He had been learning about Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture so thought that he would try this approach. Suddenly Mary said "It's gone" and jumped up. Dr Callahan thought she meant the stomach ache, so was surprised and horrified when she ran out of the room and down towards his pool. He ran after her, and she called back "Don't worry, Dr, I know I can't swim". Her fear of water was gone, never to return. But notice that her common sense didn't disappear with it! This is how Dr Callahan started to work with the meridians, and develop his tapping protocols for many emotional conditions. His system required a therapist to diagnose the nature of the emotional problem and apply an exact sequence of tapping points, which was different for each problem. Gary Craig, a Stanford trained engineer and personal coach, studied with Roger but he felt that this method could be available to everybody, without having to see a therapist every time. So he surmised that if you repeatedly went through all of the tapping points that were used in TFT, regardless of the problem, it would still work. EFT has now become phenomenally successful and has been in use since the early 1990's. Over time, a shortcut tapping sequence has been introduced and some extra tapping points are sometimes added.
EFT Level One and Two ENERGY DISRUPTION (Taken from Gary Craig's former website emofree.com) Looking back at Mary's water phobia, we could see that she was experiencing her fear and this caused the energy (or chi) going through her stomach meridian (under the eye) to become disrupted. This is the most important point, and the one thing about EFT you must remember, is that the energy imbalance was what was causing her emotional intensity. Tapping under the eyes sent pulses through the meridian and fixed the disruption. It balanced it out. Once the energy meridian was balanced, the emotional intensity or the fear went away. This is the most powerful thing you are ever going to learn about your unwanted emotions. They are caused by energy disruptions in the meridians. Notice what the statement does not say. It does not say that a negative emotion is caused by the memory of a past traumatic experience. This is important to recognize, because that presumed connection of traumatic memories to negative emotions is a mainstay in conventional psychotherapy. In some circles, it is the accepted practice to treat the memory and, in the process, ask the client to repeatedly relive some emotional, painful event. EFT, by contrast, respects the memory but addresses the true cause. A DISRUPTION IN THE BODY'S ENERGY SYSTEM So you can see that it is the disruption that is the direct cause of the emotional upset. If the memory does not cause a disruption in the body's energy system then the negative emotion cannot occur. That is why some people are bothered by their memories and others are not. Compare the energy flow in your body to that of a TV set. As long as the electricity flows through your TV normally, the sound and picture are both clear. But what would happen if you took off the back of the TV set and poked a screwdriver amongst all that electronic spaghetti? You would quite obviously disrupt or reroute the flow of electricity and an electric "zzzzzt" would occur inside. The picture and sound would become erratic and the TV would exhibit its version of a negative human emotion. In the same manner, when our energy systems become imbalanced, we have an electrical "zzzzzt" effect going on inside. Straighten out this "zzzzzt"_ and the negative emotion goes away. It's that simple. I am well aware of how strange this may sound and difficult it can be to believe, at least at first. I wouldn't believe it myself if I hadn't seen so many marvelous changes after applying these techniques to myself and others. The Missing Piece It is widely assumed, for example, that a past traumatic memory is the direct cause of emotional upset in someone. It is not. There is an intermediate step between the memory and the emotional upset. That step is a "disruption in the body's energy system". It is that disruption, that "zzzzzt", that is the direct cause of the emotional upset. And, let me add, emotional upset is most often the root cause of physical ailments. EFT, by balancing the body's energy system, collapses the emotional upset and heals the body. LOOKING FOR RESONANCE If your friend is suffering from a trauma, it is advised that they seek out a qualified EFT practitioner. If you work with someone, pay close attention to how they express their emotion. * Look at: * Body posture * Facial expressions * Movement (i.e. head, neck, eyes, hands, feet, shoulders) * Skin colour, temperature * Tone of voice
EFT Level One and Two Breathing problems as well as the tone of your friend's voice may indicate some kind of change. All of these changes can indicate a resonance emerging in the energy system. We need to recognize this resonance and work with it using the EFT process and something called the SUDS level. When using SUDS we can put a number on how they feel. SUDS AND ENERGY DISRUPTION The technical term is taking a SUDS level or SUDS scale reading. It stands for Subjective Units of Disturbance. What you do is ask yourself on a scale of zero to 10, (10 being the highest imaginable pain/fear/sadness/discomfort, and zero being completely calm, pain free, tranquil, relaxed and happy) how would you rate what you are experiencing in this moment? You may use the SUDS scale on yourself and others. The aim is to get a feeling for the level of the resonance of the issue in hand. This works for emotions as well as for physical sensations and even for beliefs which might be the problem. EXAMPLES On a scale of zero to 10: • How depressed are you right now? • How painful is your leg? • How bad is your fear of heights? • How distressing is this memory? • How much do you hate this person? PSYCHOLOGICAL REVERSAL (Taken from Gary Craig's former website emofree.com) Psychological reversal is a reversal in your energy flow, it is as though you have your batteries fitted in backwards. This causes self-defeating behaviour; it often occurs subconsciously and is normally outside of our awareness. Roger Callahan found, that if you muscle tested people about their commitment to their goal, they would inevitably test "weak" on it. For example the dieter's test muscle would go weak when they made the statement "I want to lose weight". The salesperson would test weak on "I want to increase my sales to Â£xx,000.00 a year." He called this problem Psychological Reversal (PR). This does not mean they have a conscious desire to fail. But for some reason, their energy system is locked in a pattern of resisting their goal. Psychological reversal exists almost 100% of the time in people who have chronic illness, auto-immune disorders or addictions. About 40% of the time any person may be psychologically reversed on a given issue. The good news is that Callahan found that by rubbing certain spots on the body or tapping the Karate chop point while saying an affirmation about the issue, one could temporarily get the reversal to right itself and the person would test strong for their goal. Then, by tapping on specific acupuncture points while thinking about the issue and the emotional energy around the problem, the emotional charge would literally "vanish". Dr. Callahan developed an elaborate system for diagnosing and treating various problems using what he called "algorithms" a detailed sequence of tapping on specific energy meridian end points. On average psychological reversal will only be present and hinder the Emotional Freedom Techniques about 40% of the time. When it is present it will stop any attempt at healing, including EFT. Tapping the karate spot normally corrects psychological reversal unless the reversal is considered to be what we term "massive reversal".
EFT Level One and Two THE SET-UP There are two parts to the set-up. Repeat a set-up statement three times while: Continuously rubbing the sore spot or tapping the karate chop point. THE SORE SPOT To find the sore spot point, place two fingertips in the hollow of your neck. Then go straight down the chest about an inch, then over to either side about an inch. This spot may be a little sore. If it is really sore, rub the other side of the chest or tap the karate chop point. THE KARATE CHOP The karate chop point (small intestine) is the fleshy part of the hand below the outside of the little finger, the area that is contacted when you make a karate chop motion on the side of a table. Tap on that spot with two fingers of your dominant hand, while repeating the set-up statement three times. Roger Callahan was the first to discover what is now called psychological reversal (PR), and that by either tapping the karate chop point or rubbing the sore spot whilst saying the set-up statement you can disperse this problem. SET-UP STATEMENT To start the process we have what we call the set-up statement and it follows the format of acknowledging that you have a problem and then affirming self acceptance. The default set-up statement is formatted like this: "Even though I have this anger, I deeply and completely love and accept myself." "Even though I have this sadness, I deeply and completely love and accept myself." "Even though I have this grief, I deeply and completely love and accept myself." "Even though I have this pain, I deeply and completely love and accept myself." It doesn't matter whether you believe the affirmation or not, just say it. It is more effective if you emphasize the words "deeply and completely love."
EFT Level One and Two THE TAPPING SEQUENCE Before you begin tapping for any subject or problem, take the time to take a SUDS rating and make a mental note of it. Then, when you have completed an EFT sequence, ask the question again to find how much it has changed. It is a good way to be able to assess how well the treatment has worked and if you need to repeat the treatment. Sometimes, the problem can go from as high as 10 to as low as zero in a single treatment. More often though, you start with eight or nine, and after a round of tapping, the severity is reduced to a four or a five. This means that the treatment is beginning to work but there is more to be done. Perform the tapping sequence by tapping with the index and middle fingers of your dominant hand about five or seven times on each of the following points listed (see chart on page 14) while repeating a reminder phrase such as "this anger" and focusing on the problem. The best reminder phrase is a short description about the emotion or problem named in the set-up statement. We create the set-up statement by using the words that make us feel uncomfortable. What I mean by this is that if you are talking about a time when you were attacked in some way, the word you would use may be the word "attacked" or you may even say "hurt feeling" etc. So you would have a set-up statement that looks like this: "Even though I was hurt when I was four, I deeply and completely love and accept myself". The PR point is located in the middle of the fleshy part on the outside of the hand between the top of the wrist bone and the base of the baby finger. It is also called the karate chop point and you tap on this spot or rub the sore spot for psychological reversal (PR). Remember to start tapping the karate chop or rub the sore spot as you say the setup statement that you have created, something like: "Even though I have this hurt feeling, I deeply and completely love and accept myself" and then shorten it to a reminder phrase such as "this hurt feeling", as you tap the rest of the points on the head, body and fingers. 1) Top of the head in the centre 2) At the beginning of the eyebrow, just above and to one side of the nose 3) On the bone bordering the outside corner of the eye 4) On the bone under an eye about one inch below your pupil 5) On the small area between the bottom of your nose and the top of your upper lip 6) Midway between the point of your chin and the bottom of your lower lip 7) The junction where the sternum (breastbone), collarbone and first rib meet.
EFT Level One and Two To locate it, first place your forefinger on the U-shaped notch at the top of the breastbone (about where a man would knot his tie). From the bottom of the U, move your forefinger down towards the navel one inch and then go to the left (or right) one inch. 8) On the side of the body, at a point even with the nipple (for men) or in the middle of the bra strap (for women). It is about four inches below the armpit. On the right hand side of the nail as it joins the skin on your thumb, index, middle and lastly little finger. 9) On the back of either hand half an inch behind the midpoint between the knuckles at the base of the ring finger and the little finger. If you draw an imaginary line between the knuckles at the base of the ring finger and little finger and consider that line to be the base of an equilateral triangle whose other sides converge to a point (apex) in the direction of the wrist, then the point would be located at the apex of the triangle. The liver point is just under the breast and is not generally used due to social awkwardness. As we tap we are tapping with two fingers: the index and middle fingers. The index finger is on the large intestine meridian, when blocked this may lead to someone dwelling on the past or having guilt feelings. The middle finger is on the circulation/sex meridian, and is connected with low self esteem, jealousy, regret, sexual problems and unhappiness. You can tap on points on either side of the body. You can even change sides during the sequence. Tap just enough to stimulate the energy, but not hard enough to hurt yourself. Once a full round of EFT is complete, take a deep breath and focus on the emotion or physical problem you are addressing. The type of EFT process that we use here is the original or traditional way of doing EFT. You will find that, as you progress, some aspects may be discarded to aid efficiency. So, this is not the only way to do it, but one way to do it. I have described the traditional EFT so that you have an in-depth knowledge. In our level three training we use a short-cut version which reduces the number of tapping points and particularly omits the nine gamut process. This makes the method more efficient and short cuts the process, but I would like to encourage you to learn the long form of EFT as this can be used to fall back on when and if the method seems to falter. 9 GAMUT The gamut point is used in the middle of two sets of tapping; if you think of a sandwich, the top part of the bread would be the first part of the tapping, the filling would be the gamut procedure, and then another round of tapping without the set-up (but just starting with the eyebrow again and working your way down the points on the fingers) would make the other slice of bread. So we put the gamut or the meat into the sandwich between two rounds of tapping. The gamut point is on the back of the hand (see 9 above): you can find it by making a fist and drawing a triangle back from the knuckles at the base of the baby finger and ring finger
EFT Level One and Two The depression in the middle of this triangle is known as the gamut point. The 9 gamut point covers the start of the thyroid triple warmer meridian. The procedure is a brain-balancing exercise that involves eye movements, humming and counting. Always follow the 9 gamut with another round of tapping as this adds efficiency to EFT and hastens progress. As a rule you use the 9 gamut once only in the process, so in other words, as you do the next lot of tapping you are taking out the meat from the sandwich, as two lots of tapping back to back should be enough to do the job. However, if you do not get relief, then you may try placing the 9 gamut back into the tapping. 9 GAMUT PROCEDURE This describes how to do the 9 gamut procedure. Keep your mind tuned in to the problem, tap on the gamut point continuously, and look straight ahead and then: 1. Close eyes 2. Open eyes 3. Look down to the floor to the right keeping head steady 4. Look down to the floor to the left keeping head steady 5. Roll you eyes around in a circle 6. Roll eyes in the opposite direction 7. Hum five seconds of a song such as happy birthday 8. Count from one to five 9. Hum five seconds of a song again After you have done the "sandwich" sequence, rate the intensity of the original problem or issue on the scale of zero to 10. Compare this number with the original rating before you began tapping. You would expect to find either complete relief, partial relief or no relief. If you have complete relief, you have experienced, in a few moments, the power of EFT! On the conservative side, a few more rounds of tapping may help the effectiveness of the process and ensure that the original problem won't return. In the subsequent rounds, it is important to adjust the set-up statement and the reminder phrase to address the rest of the emotion or feeling. Use wording similar to: "Even though I still have some of this problem, I deeply and completely love and accept myself" during the set-up statement. Then repeat: "This remaining problem," during the tapping sequence. Do as many rounds of EFT as necessary until the intensity of your problem is at a zero. If you are working on others and you get down to a two or a one, you can finish neatly the process by tapping the gamut point and having them watch your index finger as you point it to the floor in front of them, and slowly raise it to the ceiling as they tap and watch the finger. This normally clears out the remainder of the issue. You may also try this for yourself by raising your eyes from the floor to the ceiling in about six seconds, whilst tapping the gamut point. If you get down to a zero, check this out by asking them how much out of ten they believe the statement 10 being I do and one being I'm not sure. If you experience no relief after a few rounds of tapping, you may not be doing it correctly. The basic recipe of EFT is a powerful device, about 80% effective, but a higher success rate is possible when you know how to handle impediments. When EFT doesn't work, it is usually not that it isn't working; rather the real reason for not seeing results is because EFT has not been correctly applied.
EFT Level One and Two FOR RESULTS THAT ARE TERRIFIC IT IS BEST TO BE SPECIFIC THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING SPECIFIC (Taken from Gary Craig's former website emofree.com) This tutorial should be read several times. It is that important. Why? Because it addresses one of the most common errors made by newcomers to EFT. Once this is corrected, your results will have much greater consistency and many of your difficult cases will melt away quite easily. The problem is that most clients tend to see their issues through "global glasses"_. That is, they describe their issues using broad labels, which to them seem very specific. Examples might be: "I just don't feel very good about myself." "My father always abused me." "My mother never gave me the love I should have had." "I don't do very well with relationships." "I'm easily rejected." Each of these, and countless more like them, is like emotional forests made up of specific trees (negative events) which contribute to the overall problem. Using EFT on the globally stated problem is like trying to chop down an entire forest with one swing of the axe. If you try to address the global problem in this way, you will probably make some progress each time you swing. However, compared to the enormity of the forest, the progress is not likely to be noticed and thus the client will probably claim "no result". You might erroneously conclude that they are beset with energy toxins, or you might give up and think EFT "doesn't work". Instead of using EFT on an issue like, "Even though I'm easily rejected" it is best to break down then globally stated problem into specific events such as: "Even though my high school teacher embarrassed me in front of the class" "Even though my high school sweetheart said, Iâ€™ve grown tired of you" "Even though I was sent to my room for the whole day at Christmas at age 8" "Even though Mom told me you'll never get married unless you are thin like your sister" These are the true contributors to the "I'm easily rejected" issue. They represent the foundation of the problem. The feeling of rejection is but the symptom of these underlying specific causes, how could we possibly feel rejection? The answer is "we couldn't because there would be no prior experience by which to measure a current "rejection". So, we need to neutralize these causes by using EFT on individual trees. When we do, several benefits occur. 1) The client can easily recognise whenever EFT has eliminated a negative tree from their forest. They may start with an intensity of seven to 10 for a given event and end with an intensity of zero. This is clearly noticeable and thus substantially improves the client's (and your) confidence in the method. 2) Each tree that is removed thins out the forest. This allows the client to walk through the forest with more ease instead of consistently bumping in to yet another "rejection tree". The sting of rejection becomes less and less.
EFT Level One and Two 3) An important generalisation effect occurs. The various "rejection trees" tend to have some common themes among them so that removing one tree has an effect o the remaining ones. So after you address a few related problems with EFT, the process starts to generalise over all those problems. For example, someone who has 100 traumatic memories of being abused usually finds that after using EFT, they all vanish after neutralizing only five or 10 of them and then watch the whole forest fall. I cannot overemphasize the importance of being specific. It often spells the difference between dramatic success and apparent failure. Sometimes we tend to lump together a number of specific problems under a larger heading. This can handicap our progress with EFT. For example, most people would like to have a better "self image" but don't realise that the term is a general label which serves as a catch all phrase for numerous specific problems (i.e. memories of abuse, refection, failure, fears of all kinds). Gary Craig, the founder of EFT, uses a metaphor that likens the general problem to a diseased forest in which each of the underlying specific issues is a negative tree. The forest may be so densely populated with trees that it may seem impossible to find our way out. As we neutralise each specific negative event with EFT we are, effectively, cutting down a negative tree. Continue cutting down these trees and, after a while, the forest will have thinned out so we can walk out of it rather easily. It is very important to be specific when working with EFT. ASPECTS (Taken from Gary Craig's former website emofree.com) On many occasions, you need only apply one or two rounds of EFT to a specific event in order for its emotional intensity to vanish forever. These are our "one minute wonders" _and, fortunately, they occur with delightful frequency. Many lives have been instantly shifted in positive directions because of this feature. Sometimes, however, even after you have made professional efforts to tap on specific events, the client still reports the problem as "no better." _Why would this be? Why does the process work so easily in most cases but appear to get bogged down in others? There are a few possibilities here (the others will be covered later) but one of the most common causes is that the client is "shifting to different aspects." Some issues, it turns out, have many pieces, or aspects, to them. These are actually separate issues. However, clients don't usually make this distinction unless you point it out to them. Suppose, for example, a client wants help with their frightful memories regarding an automobile accident. You can apply EFT, of course, to "this accident" and you are likely to make good progress. If you don't, however, you can ask for more specifics (aspects) with a question like: "What about the accident bothers you the most?" Let us suppose the client says, "Oh, the headlights, the headlights, I can still see them coming at me!" You can then tap on "the headlights" or "my fear of the headlights" or any other words that seem to fit. After the client's reaction to the headlights has been EFT'd to zero, you can then ask: "____________What else about the accident bothers you?" At this point the client may bring up other aspects such as, "The screams in the car" or "My anger at the other driver" or "My anger at the doctors," etc. The list can be quite long. Usually, though, it contains only one or two aspects. Tap on these other aspects until the client can no longer find anything bothersome about the accident. As a test, ask them to "run the movie" of the accident in their mind in vivid detail. This will bring up any trailing aspects for tapping. Eventually, the client should have no charge on the accident. It will just be an unfortunate event in their life, and that is all.
EFT Level One and Two One mistake that is often made along the way, however, is to tap on "the headlights" and then ask too much of a global question such as, "How do you feel about the accident now?" That question doesn't ask for any new aspects. It just asks for an overall feeling. In fact, if there are any other aspects (such as the screams in the car) the client will report "no progress" because they still have intensity. Remember, the client doesn't distinguish between the aspects. To them, it is all one big problem. You have to make the distinction by first recognizing that aspects exist (that is just simply experience) and, second, asking the right questions to bring them to the surface. Aspects can happen with almost any emotional issue. Examples might be: A war trauma can have aspects such as: the sight of blood, the look in a comradeâ€™s eyes before they die, the sound of a hand grenade, etc. A rape experience can have aspects such as the smell of the assailant's breath, the impact of a fist, the penetration, etc. A fear of public speaking can have aspects such as the sight of microphone, the on-looking eyes of the audience, a memory of being ridiculed as a child, etc. Another thing to recognise is that an aspect can also be an emotion. Thus, some clients report that the anger they had regarding a given event has shifted to sadness. Pick up on these clues. These different emotional aspects are taking you deeper into the problem. They are opportunities for greater healing and present you with great possibilities for mastering your craft. Gary Craigâ€™s tape sets are loaded with live examples of aspects which you can replay over and over again. I don't think you will find better examples anywhere of how to address this important subject. Pay particular attention to Dave and his fear of water at the end of the first tape in the EFT Course. This hour-long very thorough session, is a classic example of aspects and how to address them. BEING PERSISTENT (Taken from Gary Craig's former website emofree.com) When working with a specific aspect or with a general issue, persistence is sometimes the key to success. Although you may see instant success with EFT with some issues, many times creativity and patience are the difference between failure and success. The key to real success is to get the issue to a zero, not just stop at a two or a three. Be flexible; follow emotions or pains as they change during a session as this is often symbolic of new aspects or issues needing treatment during a session. Asking such questions as: What does this remind you of? When was the first time you felt like this? What in your life is a pain in your neck? When treating neck pain, often brings up aspects that are contributing to the problem. It might seem very freeing to have an intense problem that we previously experienced as a 10 to drop to a two, but, a little bondage can be just as troublesome in the long term as a lot of bondage. Once we have achieved a low level, let us not limit what we can achieve. Let us settle for nothing less than complete transformation. Test the changes out in the real world. Ensure that you have tested all possible provocations for the problem returning and when you have learned EFT, often you will find you have other issues in your life to which you could apply it, but you may not think to do so. YOUR POINT As you are using EFT you may feel that you are drawn to a particular point on your body it may be the collar bone or karate chop or some other point. If you are tuned in to this and your intuition is pointing the way then you must go with it. Some people have had one minute wonders by using EFT in this way. It is also useful to use just the karate chop if working on the telephone with a client who finds it hard to take in your description of the points and the areas of the body that they may be found.
EFT Level One and Two TRY IT ON EVERYTHING (Taken from Gary Craig's former website emofree.com) Some of our beliefs need help, especially if we are to truly understand and effectively use the wide reaching versatility of EFT. We have been conditioned to believe that each of our ailments requires a specific remedy. Thus we take aspirin for headaches and antihistamines for allergies. We also see specialists such as podiatrists, psychiatrists, urologists and gynaecologists. Further, in emotional healing we consider fear, guilt, grief and trauma to be separate problems requiring separate techniques. The list goes on. These aren't "bad beliefs" by the way. To the contrary, some of these specific remedies have been quite useful in our quest to obtain healing relief. However our belief systems now have a new challenge. That is, there has never before been such a "one approach addresses everything technique." To most, it is a completely foreign idea to use the same technique for a headache that you use for a height phobia. Yet, that is precisely what we do with EFT. As you know from our various training tapes we "try it on everything" and we usually get results. We use the same approach for trauma of every description. We use it for the fear of public speaking and for grief over the loss of a loved one. We use it for stress, anxiety, addictive cravings, stuttering and depression. We've had success with almost every physical ailment including pain, lactose intolerance, allergies, and everything from TMJ and infertility to PMS. We use it to enhance sports and music performance as well as relationships. We use it to give educational freedom to those with learning disabilities, to relieve nightmares and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and to help victims of rape, accidents, abuse and war. Again, the list goes on. Unfortunately, many people use EFT to relive just one ailment and completely miss its use for all the others. Why limit EFT to 1% of its capabilities? There is, of course, an "art of delivery" _that separates the beginning EFT'er from the master. However, even the novice can apply the basics and achieve high percentage results. Mastery, fortunately, is a choice and is achievable by anyone. You need only pursue it. Try it on everything also assumes common sense. It would be inappropriate, for example, to drink a gallon of gasoline to see if you can "tap it away". Similarly, untrained people should not go where they don't belong and thus should not try EFT on truly emotionally disturbed people. THE IMPORTANCE OF TESTING YOUR WORK (Taken from Gary Craig's former website emofree.com) When using EFT it is so important to test your work and challenge your results. One way to do this is to ask the client out of ten, how much they believe the statement that they just gave about being at zero intensity. If they pause you know that some intensity is still available to work on. Also if they say that around three is left, ask them what that three may be made up of. Also ask pointed questions, re-enact a bothersome memory, have the client vividly imagine the event, etc. Never just be satisfied with a zero; challenge your results in the real world. You are also watching form immediate physical non-verbal signs of relaxation and resolution. Facial muscles, yawns, sighs etc could show the person has gained some relief on the problem. You only start serious checking of the results if you think your person has largely collapsed the problem. You want to see if there are other aspects. There are multiple ways to do this but they usually fall into one of these three categories. One of the best tests is to re-enact the scene. This is not always possible but you want to work with them to role play the situation as much as you can. E.g. re-create the tone of voice or look on the face or physical placement. You want to assess if all the aspects to the issue are resolved. Stop immediately at the least sign of upset and tap again.
EFT Level One and Two If you can't re-enact it, help the person vividly imagine the situation. It is helpful to go through the five senses: see, hear, feel, smell, taste and help them make it bigger, larger, and brighter, etc. As always stop and tap if you find any sign of upset. On Gary's tapes, you will see him at times ask very pointed questions designed, as he says, to make the person's emotional knees buckle. However, EFT is designed to be as gentle as possible and you would not use this method to check for aspects unless you believed the person had not resolved most if not all of the problem. • • •
Ask pointed questions Re-enact a bothersome memory Vividly imagine the event
HANDLING EXCESSIVE INTENSITY (Taken from Gary Craig's former website emofree.com) Despite the usually gentle nature of EFT, some people bring with them some very intense issues and, as they tune into them, they may exhibit extreme intensity. Handling this requires skill and experience. In the past, it has been found quite effective to simply tap the EFT sequence repeatedly until they calm down. This may take several minutes and 20 or more rounds. NO guarantees of success, of course, but this method has been effective in a high percentage of cases. Also take a look at out section on abreactions. It should be noted that if you are not trained in certain areas of work, and the work you are considering is usually undertaken by medical professionals, say in mental health, then you should not attempt to do the work. Don't go where you do not belong. • • • •
People's issues can be intense Tuning in may bring up intense emotions Tap over and over until they calm down Don't go where you don't belong!
A SESSION Start by identifying the problem. Take your intensity level and then create a set-up and reminder phrase. Do the sequence followed by the 9 point gamut finished off with another sequence. Once you have done a round or two stop, close your eyes and re-evaluate the problem. If there is still some feeling, do another round. This time though change the set-up phrase to start with "even though I have this remaining". So for the example of the headache it would become: "Even though I have this remaining headache, I deeply and completely accept myself". The reminder phrase should also be changed to "this remaining". Keep checking and repeating rounds until the problem has reached a zero. If after several rounds you are getting stuck, repeat the set-up phrase while tapping KC, finish by forgiving/letting go do the 9 gamut procedure, remember to keep tapping GP. • • • •
Repeat the sequence Check intensity level Repeat if necessary with "this remaining". Make sure all feeling has gone and intensity is rated at zero
EFT Level One and Two SHORT CUT Doing a complete round may seem simple enough, but you can make it shorter still. Many therapists are now leaving out the 9 gamut procedure, using it only when a client is getting stuck. This usually makes no difference to the treatment other than to make it quicker. Leaving out the points on the fingers also seems to work. In most cases going straight to the karate chop point after doing the face and body works just as well as the full sequence; another 20 seconds saved. Some practitioners prefer to keep these points in as they believe it makes the treatment more effective, and it takes so little time. My advice is experiment and see what works for you. Trust your intuition with each case. Using the karate chop point instead of the sore point for the set-up phrase at the beginning of each round works most of the time. This is easier for group and telephone work. When a client is experiencing the pain intensely in the present moment, often the set-up and reminder phrases can be dropped. The client's attention is already focused on the problem. This is good to calm them down so you can start a full treatment. If things are really bad, using just the karate chop point will help to start with. STORY APPROACH (Taken from Gary Craig's former website emofree.com) Newcomers to EFT soon awaken to the vast possibilities for elevating the emotional joy in our lives. And why not? Why be satisfied with routinely taking care of most headaches, phobias, traumas, angers, etc. when you can get underneath them and resolve years of underlying issues? Why let self-doubt dominate when it can be replaced with an enhanced sense of peace and freedom? In short, why be an average practitioner when mastery can provide so much more? I have great respect for beginners who have become "mechanical tappers" because they provide a valuable service for themselves and those they come in contact with. However, there is so much more to learn and a rich experience awaits those who choose to graduate from the mechanics to mastery. Along these lines, EFT already provides many tools for mastery and among them are: 1. The Tearless Trauma Technique 2. The Movie Technique 3. Borrowing Benefits and 4. Choices All of the above are all pre-designed processes by which even the beginner can deliver impressively thorough healing. If they are not already familiar to you, please study them with dedication and apply them to yourself and others. With a little experience, they will soon move you toward mastery. There is another tool for mastery that I call the "tell the story technique. I've been using it for years. The idea is very simple. Just have the client narrate a specific event (about a trauma, grief, anger, etc.) and stop to tap whenever they get to emotionally intense parts of it. Each of the stopping points represents another aspect of the issue that, on occasion, will take you to even deeper issues. Conceptually, this is about as easy as it gets and it has a tendency to bring up important aspects that would otherwise take sophisticated detective work to locate. There are a few guidelines to enhance the process and I list them below. 1. After describing the "tell the story technique" to the client, ask them how they feel now about the mere thought of telling the story.
EFT Level One and Two Often you will get some substantial intensity at this stage and, if so, it is worthwhile to do a few global type rounds of EFT to take the edge off. "Even though I'm nervous about telling the story....." "Even though I'm afraid what might happen when I tell this story...." "Even though I don't like this whole thing....." "Even though just starting the story gives me the jitters...." 2. When the client feels comfortable about starting the story (perhaps an intensity level of zero to a 2), ask them to begin at a time when there is nothing to be concerned about. An example might be having lunch with a friend just before having a car accident. This tends to ease the client into the experience. 3. Instruct the client to stop the moment they feel any intensity whatsoever. This is critical to the success of this procedure. Most clients are conditioned by conventional techniques to "be courageous" and to "feel the feelings" and to "be brave and get through it." Thus, they are likely to go right by an important tapping point without telling you. The client needs to understand that if they don't stop, they have missed a healing opportunity. Hit this one hard. Emphasize it. Raise your voice a bit to punctuate it. Insist on it. Remind them that we are looking for minimal pain here and that they get no points for bravery. 4. Have the client repeat the story while doing EFT until they can tell it nonchalantly-- like it was a shopping trip. 5. Then ask the client to close their eyes and vividly imagine the whole event and ask them to try to get themselves upset by exaggerating the sights, sounds and feelings. Chances are they will get through it fine but, if they don't, then you will have uncovered an important aspect or underlying cause. Use EFT for whatever comes up until they cannot get upset about the issue by either imagining it or talking about it. 6. The ultimate test, of course, will be to physically visit the scene/person again and see if anything else arises. If there are any remnants left, they will show up during the "real deal. This "tell the story technique" has several benefits.... 1. It is easy to perform and, because the client talks a lot during the process, it often parallels what clients consider "real therapy." Thus the perception of EFT's "weirdness" is minimized. 2. The "story" provides a built - in procedure for finding aspects. 3. It can be used either as a primary technique or as a way to test your results. 4. It allows the issue to unfold as gently as possible. 5. The client gives you solid information along the way that allows you to know how you are progressing.
EFT Level One and Two PERSONAL PEACE PROCEDURE (Taken from Gary Craig's former website emofree.com) The personal peace procedure that I am about to unfold for you is not just a way to feel a little more peaceful. Properly understood, this technique should be the healing centre piece for every person on earth. Every physician, therapist, spiritual counsellor and personal performance coach in the world should be using it as a leading edge tool for helping others and themselves. In essence, the personal peace procedure involves making a list of every bothersome specific event in one's life and systematically EFTing their impacts out of existence. By diligently doing this we can pull out every negative tree from our emotional forests and thus eliminate major causes of our emotional and physical ailments. This, of course, propels each individual toward personal peace which, in turn, contributes mightily toward world peace Here are some uses. 1) As homework between sessions with a physician or therapist, this is certain to accelerate and deepen the healing process 2) As a daily procedure to clear out a lifetime of accumulated emotional debris, this will enhance selfimage, reduce self-doubt and provide a profound sense of freedom 3) As a means to eliminate a major contributor (if not sole cause) of a serious disease. Somewhere within one's specific events are those angers, fears and traumas that are manifesting as disease. By addressing them all, you will likely cover those responsible for the disease 4) As a useful substitute for finding core issues. If you neutralize all the specific issues you will have automatically included core issues. 5) As a means for consistent relaxation. 6) To become an example to others as to what is possible This simple concept should shift the entire healing field. I can state it in a sentence: Most of our emotional and physical problems are caused (or contributed to) by our unresolved, specific events, the vast majority of which can be easily handled by EFT. Not bad for a mere engineer, eh? That sentence, if adopted by every healing practitioner and patient, would likely: 1) Dramatically increase our healing rates while 2) Precipitously dropping our costs Please note that this idea completely ignores chemical causes such as those propounded by the medical model. That is because I have repeatedly seen improvements in clients where drugs and other chemical solutions have failed miserably. This is not to say, however, that drugs, proper nutrition and the like don't have their place. Indeed they do. They can often be vital. In my experience, however, our unresolved specific events are nearer the foundational cause for illness than anything else. Thus they deserve our primary attention. How obvious! Experienced EFT'ers are well aware of EFT's ability to cleanly wipe the negative specific events off our mental walls. This is the area wherein our highest success ratios appear.
EFT Level One and Two To date, however, we have focused our efforts on those negative specific events that underlie a given ailment such as a phobia, headache or traumatic incident. This is good, very good, and we should continue doing so. On the other hand, why not use EFT on all the other specific events that are behind our more generalized, but very important, issues such as: • • • • • • •
Self image Anxiety Depression Persistent insomnia Addictions Compulsions Feelings of abandonment
As you eliminate the emotional baggage from your specific events you will, of course, have less and less internal conflict for your system to deal with. Less internal conflict translates into a higher level of personal peace and less emotional and physical suffering. For many, this procedure will likely result in the complete cessation of lifelong issues that other methods have not touched. How is that for peace in a paragraph? The same applies to physical ailments as well. I am talking here about everything from headaches, breathing difficulties and digestive disorders to AIDS, MS and cancer. It is becoming more widely accepted that our physical maladies are caused (or contributed to) by unresolved angers, traumas, guilt, grief and the like. Many physicians in recent years are coming to the conclusion that emotional strife is a major cause of serious disease. Until now, however, there hasn't been an effective way to eliminate these health bandits. We can mask them with drugs, of course, but true cures have been hard to find. Fortunately, EFT and its many cousins now provide easy and elegant tools that will aid the serious health practitioner in killing the root causes of disease, instead of the patient! What I share here is not a substitute for quality EFT training nor is it a substitute for quality help from a masterful EFT practitioner. Rather, it is a tool that properly applied, is capable of wide ranging relief; quality training or quality assistance will add to its effectiveness. 1) Make a list of every bothersome specific event you can remember. If you don't find at least 50 you are either going at this half-heartedly or you have been living on some other planet. Many people will find hundreds. 2) While making your list you may find that some events don't seem to cause you any current discomfort. That is OK. List them anyway. The mere fact that you remember them suggests a need for resolution. 3) Give each specific event a title, as though it was a mini movie. e.g. "Dad hit me in the kitchen" 4) When the list is complete, pick out the biggest redwoods in your negative forest and apply EFT to each of them until you either laugh about it or can't think about it any more. Be sure to notice any aspects that may come up and consider them separate trees in your negative forest. Apply EFT to them accordingly. Be sure to keep after each event until it is resolved. If you cannot get a zero to 10 intensity level on a particular movie then assume you are repressing it and apply 10 full rounds of EFT on it from every angle you can think of. This gives you a high possibility for resolving it. After the big redwoods have been removed, go to the next biggest trees. 5) Do at least one movie (specific event) per day, preferably three, for three months. It only takes minutes per day. At this rate you will have resolved 90 to 270 specific events I three months.
EFT Level One and Two Then notice how our body feels better. Note too how your threshold for getting upset is much lower. Note how your relationships are better and how many of your therapy type issues just don't seem to be there any more. Revisit some of those specific events and notice how those previously intense incidences have faded into nothingness. Note any improvements in your blood pressure, pulse and breathing ability. I ask you to consciously notice these things because, unless you do, the quality healing you will have undergone will seem so subtle that you may not notice it. You may even dismiss it saying, "Oh well, it was never much of a problem anyway". This happens repeatedly with EFT and thus I bring it to your awareness. 6) If you are taking medications, you may feel the need to discontinue them. Please do so only under the advice of a qualified physician. DAILY TAPPING My mini movie for today is: Intensity level now zero to 10 ______________ Say three times "Even though I have this ________________________ movie, I accept myself as I am" Reminder phrase "_________________________movie" Intensity level now zero to 10_______________ (Work on what comes up for you or move on to the next section) Say three times "Even though I have this fear or anxiety about ______________________I deeply and completely love and accept myself" Reminder phrase "Anxiety/fear/insecurity about _____________________" (whatever issue causes the fear etc) Intensity level now zero to 10 ______________ (Work on what comes up for you or move on to the next section) Say three times "Even though until now I have had this anxiety/fear/insecurity about ____________________ (whatever issue causes the fear etc), I now let go and feel totally secure and capable of dealing with this". Reminder phrase "Anxiety/fear/insecurity about ________________"(whatever issue causes your fear) Intensity level now zero to 10 ______________ (Work on what comes up for you) Alternative Quick Method This works well for depression, feelings of hopelessness and guilt. Tap above your upper lip and say, "I completely accept myself with all my problems and limitations" three times. Using your intuition, tap any other points. See what comes up for you after tapping in this way and then get creative and make some of your own phrases. The more tapping that you do the more you will become a master in the art of the Emotional Freedom Techniques.
EFT Level One and Two IF YOU GET STUCK (Taken from Gary Craig's former website emofree.com) Remember that most issues are like an onion: as you peel off one layer, there is another and another until finally all layers are gone. Each time a new layer appears, you are a little closer to your goal. If you have difficulty focusing on the problem, try one of the following: 1) Create an image of the problem in your mind and notice how you feel about the problem. As you think about the problem, locate any place in your body where you feel discomfort or tension and focus your attention on that physical sensation. Continue using the technique, following that physical sensation and any sense of physical discomfort that arises until you feel physically neutral. 2) Focus your attention on the problem and pay attention to any negative thoughts that come up. Say them aloud, with feeling. Continue using the techniques following any new thoughts until you feel complete. 3) BREATHE 4) Drink lots of water! Energy flows easier when you are well hydrated. Avoid all dehydrating foods and beverages such as chocolate, coffee and alcohol if you can. 5) Balance your energy. Use whatever technique is most effective for you, including Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi, Brain Gym, any form of exercise not forgetting walking outside in nature. 6) Consciously connect to spirit. Allow yourself to feel your connection in whatever way is most effective for you. 7) Eliminate toxins. Many common household products can block or interfere with your energy. A prime example is the detergent Tide. 8) If all else fails call me! We can work together on the phone. It is my hope that the Personal Peace Procedure becomes a worldwide routine. A few minutes a day will make a monumental difference in your quality of life. But these are meaningless words unless you put the idea into practice. "If you are ultimately going to do something important that will make a real difference, do it now" You can learn The Basic Recipe from reading the manual and watching the first EFT videotape. From there, many people go out into the world and apply it to clients, friends and family, often with superb results (including some "one minute wonders"). However, if they don't study the rest of the EFT Course (in proper order), these practitioners are certain to scratch their heads in some instances and say "it doesn't work." WHEN EFT DOESN'T WORK (Taken from Gary Craig's former website emofree.com) Introduction to this extensive answer: When progress with EFT seems stopped, or it seems like "it doesn't work" EFT is usually not the problem. Rather, the reason for the lack of progress can most often be traced to the inexperience of the user. Why do I say this? Because those who master EFT don't miss very often. They not only get their share of "one minute wonders" but, compared to conventional techniques, impressive progress is also made for just about any problem with an emotional cause, including many physical ailments. In those cases where the masters are stumped, however, they don't point the finger at EFT for "not working."
EFT Level One and Two Rather, the masters ask themselves questions like: â€˘ â€˘ â€˘
What's in the way here? What have I not seen yet? What core issue have I been unable to find?
I'm not saying here that EFT is a panacea for everything. It won't paint your toenails, for example, nor will it allow you to drink gasoline. But just about anything that has an emotional cause, including many physical ailments, is a clear candidate for EFT. It often works beautifully, even in the hands of a beginner. But that doesn't mean we have perfection here. We are still learning and should give thanks for those "tough cases" that challenge us to perfect our skills. Those who want to achieve mastery of EFT will be interested in the following reasons why it sometimes appears that EFT "doesn't work." The EFT course was not completed properly I know it is tempting to skip through all those video tapes and audio tapes to get to "your topics." Many people do this despite the instructions given on the first page of the EFT Manual. This often results in taking the EFT Course out of order or, even worse, ignoring parts of the course altogether. When this happens, the importance of certain topics (e.g. aspects, psychological reversal, being specific, persistence, etc.) go unappreciated and are ineffectively used. You can learn the basic recipe from reading the manual and watching the first EFT videotapes. From there, many people go out into the world and apply it to clients, friends and family, often with superb results (including some "one minute wonders"). However, if they don't study the rest of the EFT course (in proper order), these practitioners are certain to scratch their heads in some instances and say "it doesn't work". Maybe psychological reversal needs to be done more emphatically. Maybe the client is actually making progress but is shifting aspects behind the scenes. Maybe the core issue hasn't been discovered yet. Maybe the problem is being approached too globally. Maybe, maybe, maybe. These topics, as well as many of the other topics in this Question and Answer section, are covered in the EFT course. The EFT course not only teaches the basic recipe in great detail but it also goes on to display the art of delivery with over 80 people in live sessions. You see and hear how people respond. You are taught ways to get at core issues and how to deal with aspects, psychological reversal etc. And because it's all on videotape you can watch it repeatedly to pick up more fine points. The more fine points you pick up the more masterful you will be and the less you will say, "it doesn't work." I can't emphasize this "take-the-EFT-course-properly" suggestion too strongly. Therein lies the foundational problem beneath almost every "it doesn't work" claim I've ever heard. In the hands of an artist, EFT can restore clients' lives into the living masterpieces they were meant to be. For a practitioner to fall short of that is to miss the real "juice" in this procedure. The problem is being approached too globally The EFT course stresses the value of being specific where you can. Some people tap on generalized anxiety (a very global problem) and wonder why their results are either temporary or non-existent. The reason is because global items such as generalized anxiety, self image problems, persistent anger, childhood abuse, etc. are comprised of numerous specific past events. The sum total of all of one's specific fears, rejections, traumas, guilt, etc. evolve into such global problems as generalized anxiety and self image problems. Approaching the problem too globally is a fairly common error by newcomers. To illustrate, here's a letter I just received along these lines: "I cannot successfully treat my own generalized anxiety disorder. I have used EFT while focusing on "my anxiety problem" or the binge eating, or generalized mental paralysis that sometimes ensues, and I feel slightly better following, but there is no lasting effect."
EFT Level One and Two Usually we need to break a global issue down into its specific parts and neutralize each of them independently. This is clearly illustrated on "six days at the VA," a videotape in our EFT course wherein EFT is applied to our Vietnam veterans. Rich, the first vet on the tape, had "over 100 war memories that were 10". These contributed to his more general ailment known as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). We used EFT with a couple of specific events on film and Rich worked with three or four other specific events on his own. As a result, all 100 of the memories faded and ceased to bother him. You can tap on a global issue, of course, and still make headway. However, the progress will usually seem gradual as the process will tend to chip away at the various aspects of the larger problem. One advantage of working with specific events is that we can usually provide relief for them rather rapidly, thereby allowing the client to recognize the result immediately. Another advantage is that, after knocking down a few of those negative trees in that negative forest, the whole forest tends to fall. It's as though each of the individual specific trees have items in common with all the rest of the trees. A generalization effect tends to occur and the whole problem becomes cleared. I have seen this many, many times. The set-up was not performed completely enough The set-up is that procedure within the basic recipe that corrects for psychological reversal (PR). When PR is present it blocks the whole process from working. So, if you aren't getting anywhere, you would be well advised to "start from the top" and perform the set-up more thoroughly. By this I mean to tap the karate chop point harder or rub the sore spot more vigorously while emphatically saying (even yelling) the affirmation. On many occasions I have been stuck and, after having the client rub that sore spot with great vigour and literally yelling the affirmation, we broke through the PR barrier and proceeded to get our normal results. One example of this is on our steps toward becoming the ultimate therapist tapes where one participant, Richard, was having difficulty getting EFT to "hold" on a stomach distress that he had suffered from for years. A few moments of an emphatic set-up (including yelling) and the problem lifted. Richard wrote me months later that his stomach ailment went away and stayed away except for rare occasions when he had unusual emotional stresses. All previous efforts with tapping (of any form) produced only temporary results at best. Also, let me extend a thank you to Dr. Fred Gallo for introducing what he calls criteria related reversals. In his experience, people who are stuck in reversal may find it useful to focus the affirmation more specifically. Examples might be: "Even though I don't deserve to get over this _________" "Even though it isn't safe for me to get over this _________" I have used this myself with good success and recommend it as a useful tool. Another way to approach PR is as evidence of a major secondary gain or loss, that is, a much larger issue hiding beneath the presenting problem. This is the presumption I make when I am making no progress. I start looking for core issues. Once found, the reversal problem seems to fade and the client reports relief. We are still learning here and I'm not sure if this theory is correct. It works well in practice, however. The client is switching aspects Often; the client makes good progress but doesn't report it because s/he keeps switching to new aspects of the problem. The original aspects are actually relieved but the remaining aspects still cause distress. The client is not at fault here because s/he is often unable to distinguish between the relief already obtained and the stress still remaining. This happens frequently and serves to fool both the client and the EFT practitioner into thinking "it doesn't work." Here's an example. Suppose a client still exhibits trauma symptoms from an auto accident of 20 years ago. When asked what bothers them about the accident the client says, "The headlights!! The headlights!! I can still see them coming at me." EFT is then applied to the headlight emotion and the client is then asked if the accident still bothers them.
EFT Level One and Two The client says, "Yes." Unless one investigates further here, it would appear that the client is making no progress and that EFT didn't work. If, instead, the client is asked, the headlights still bother you?, the typical response will be something like, No, but I can still hear the screams in the car. Do you hear another aspect? Sure. Now it is the screams in the car. Once that is relieved you may run into other aspects such as guilt for going too fast, anger at the other driver, etc. Many emotional issues are singleaspected and it only takes one or two rounds of EFT to give them relief. They are among our one minute wonders. Others, of course, have many aspects and require more diligence. How do you find these aspects? The process is usually simple. Just ask the client to describe the problem after each round of EFT and notice how their language changes. They may start out, for example, talking about the problem in terms of fear and, after one round of EFT, discuss the problem in terms of guilt. Also, the events they focus on may change (e.g. from headlights to screams). Further, the physical sensations in their body may change from, perhaps, a "tightness in the stomach" to a "constriction in the throat." The alert student might notice here that this "aspect switching" problem, while appearing to give evidence that EFT "doesn't work," actually gives resounding evidence of the opposite. The reason the client switches aspects is because the original aspect was given relief. The headlights are no longer a problem (EFT success) so now the client focuses on the screams (the next aspect in line). A core issue is interfering This was covered above under the section on the set-up but bears elaboration here. When an important core issue is "hiding" behind a lesser presenting issue, the whole process seems to falter. This is because the real issue is not being addressed. Finding the core issue is what therapists are trained to do, of course. It is the centre piece of the therapeutic art. One way to find the core issue is to listen to how the client describes the problem. The keen ear will pick up the clues leading to "the bottom line." Another way is to develop the intuitional ability to hone right in on the real issue. This is demonstrated in great detail in our steps toward becoming the ultimate therapist tapes. Before I began to develop (trust) my intuitional skills, I would just simply ask the client questions like, "If there was a larger emotional issue here, what might it be?" I know that question seems elementary but I found it to be quite successful. I would ask them the question and often they would say, "I don't know." Then I would gently prod them to give me an answer. I might just ask them to guess or I might use my favourite NLP question and say, "if you did know, what would it be?" Eventually, they give an answer and it almost always takes us in a useful direction. Sometimes all that's missing is the human touch There is something about the "connection" between two people that sometimes allows the process to work more efficiently. I know this is an intangible item that doesn't lend itself well to scientific scrutiny. Nonetheless, I have seen plenty of anecdotal evidence for it. Sometimes, I find, the process will appear not to work until the practitioner physically taps on the client. Then, almost magically, the problem fades away. This is fairly rare but it does happen. Some other procedure (e.g. 9 gamut, collarbone breathing) is called for or some other points need to be tapped As you recall, a short cut to the basic recipe was introduced in the EFT course wherein (1) only half of the points needed to be tapped and (2) it was suggested that the 9 gamut and collarbone breathing procedures could be put "on the shelf" until needed. So, if you aren't progressing, these previously omitted points and procedures could be reinstated. The need for this is infrequent, however. I would pursue the above avenues first. COGNITIVE BELIEF SHIFTS (Taken from Gary Craig's former website emofree.com) One of the nice things about EFT is that its results are often very rapid (minutes instead of hours) and insights, or cognition, changes at the same time. Clients discuss the issue differently after EFT.
EFT Level One and Two You may have missed that. Watch Robert again on the veterans' video. He is the one who had to shoot the young boy that was walking towards him with a hand grenade. At first his insight about it contained major guilt as he said tearfully, "You don't shoot little kids!" On our follow-up the next day he discusses it in a completely different light (insight). He calmly says, I'm more rational about it now. It was him or me. I hope you see the shift in insight/cognition there. He did it within himself while experiencing EFT. I didn't have to plant or reframe anything. It's still not his favorite subject, of course, and he wishes the event never happened. Nonetheless, the charge on this problem has clearly dissipated and it no longer has the tug on his heart that was the centerpiece of constant intrusive thoughts. Those vets don't complain about not having insights. That is because the insights have indeed changed in a manner that is so subtle, so normal, that they don't think to articulate them. You as a therapist, however, can prove the changes to yourself by proper questioning. It is a good way to test the power of your work. There is a lot we don't know about EFT, TFT and all the other "power therapies"_ and your question brings up one of these unknowns. I have not kept statistics on the above matter so I don't know for sure whether or not EFT is unlocking the previous work of one or more therapists. I rather doubt it; however, as I can think of a number of cases where cognitive change occurred in EFT clients who had never seen a therapist before. For example, many public speaking phobics don't seek formal therapy for their problem. They just don’t speak in public. After EFT, however, the typical client shifts their view of an audience from "intimidating" to "friendly". I think what goes on here is similar to my views on self-image improvement. To me, our basic nature is positive, but, as our life unfolds, it becomes forested with negative trees. Life does have a way of planting them, it seems. Once these trees are removed, our naturally occurring positive attitudes are allowed to blossom. I see much evidence of this. What appears to be a cognitive shift may actually be the removal of a negative barrier so that the healthier cognition (which was always there) reappears. Some may disagree with me on this. So be it. Like I said, we have so much to learn. WHAT IS AN ABREACTION? By contrast to almost any other process, EFT is quite gentle and rarely has any serious side effects. It is often used instead of other procedures, because of its gentle nature. In 1997, an informal questionnaire was put out to 250 therapists asking for descriptions of significant abreactions with EFT or TFT. Out of an estimated 10 000 applications of these energy tapping procedures, only 20 such cases were reported. This is approximates 0.2%. THE PALACE OF POSSIBILITIES – A NEW WAY FORWARD "You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses." Ziggy Gary Craig introduces this concept in the “Palace of Possibilities” on a video series that you may or may not have seen. In addition, Gary Craig has a section on his website called the “Palace of Possibilities”. Within this, he introduces the writing on our walls. It is a wonderful analogy of how we keep the attitudes, opinions and beliefs that make up our values, judgments, behaviours, etc that then affect our perceptions, and how we view the world. The idea is that authority figures in our lives write on our walls and we keep reading these value statements repeatedly, giving them energy. Whenever we disagree with others, it is that the writing on our walls does not match the writing on theirs. This is a helpful concept to use to be able to step back and look at the situation more objectively. Appreciating the concept that people view the world and make decisions only after consulting the writing on their individual walls is helpful in accepting people where they are; it is a key counseling concept. A concept that is often hard to take on board because we are too busy consulting the writing on our own walls. The writing placed on our walls by others, and by our earlier experiences, is not written in stone; it can be erased.
EFT Level One and Two Many people choose to stay in their own prison cell of beliefs. All that it takes to escape from a mentally created prison is the decision to change, or as Gary put it, to erase and replace the writing on our walls. It is essential that we understand the writing on our walls, how it was placed there, how it has helped to form our current beliefs, and the impact this has had in our lives. Understanding this ensures that we perform at our best, and elicit the best performances from ourselves and our clients. Without this knowledge, you can waste precious time when working on areas that are controlled by the client’s fundamental beliefs. If I were to say the word “dog” to you, you might react differently to me. This might depend on whether you have had good experiences with dogs, or have been attacked by a dog at some point. Beliefs are formed from the moment we arrive in the world. They are written on our walls by what I would call the “big people”. People who either smiled or shouted at us when we were small. These, and all your subsequent interactions with people, helped to form the person that you are today. You have created, and may continue to create, an image of yourself that is based on the attitudes of other people or those “big people”. The image you have of yourself can either help or hinder your development and your potential, and it might change with circumstances and situations. Now that you are grown up, you may be able to evaluate whether these well-meaning “big people”, parents, teachers and elders, really were experts concerning your abilities. You can decide whether they added to, or limited your development. They may have done both. What the “big people” have said to you may have become real and comfortable. Sometimes you may feel safe, secure and protected just by staying where you are now with that, and not having to deal with change. A comfort zone can be a negative place, as in the cell with writing on its walls, the walls to which you refer in times of making decisions, and crisis. Some of this information may serve you, and keep you from harm, but as you explore you may find a lot of it is unnecessary, negative information. It can feel safe and secure in a prison but do you want to stay there forever? MAKING POSITIVE CHANGES What would happen if you decided to flow with change, let go and erase the writing on your walls? How would life be? Erasing or letting go of the past will allow you to enjoy empowering beliefs and behaviours and open the doors to greater freedom. EFT can help you to achieve this. Remaining within an imagined prison, or retaining beliefs and repeating behaviours while expecting a different outcome, can be likened to a being trapped wasp. The wasp will continue to fly into the windowpane, time and time again until it eventually dies. It never looks for alternate escape routes. It just keeps flying at the glass. Performing the same actions and expecting different results is one definition of madness. If you are totally honest with yourself, you may admit that you have done something in your life, just like the wasp, and you are still getting the same results. So what is it that you have been told about yourself since birth? What needs to change for your life to turn around? How are you perpetuating and reinforcing this process of writing on your walls? Here are the most important areas that you need to consider: • How you behave • Your self-talk • Your self-image Your self-image is simply what you believe to be true about yourself. You build and nourish these beliefs and feel comfortable with them. You become who you believe you are. You know and trust the beliefs because you can prove that they are right and, therefore, they must be true. As you move from one belief to the next, you simply reinforce and strengthen each belief in a never-ending cycle. With repetition, your subconscious forms a picture of your self-image. This forms who you believe you are, it determines how you respond in life, and what you believe you are capable of doing. This is your comfort zone.
EFT Level One and Two This comfort zone could even be full of pain, poverty and drudgery, but the writing on your walls, selfimage and belief systems help you to remain in the same place. You feel secure and comfortable in the knowledge that this is what you have come to believe you deserve. Think about some of the writing you may have on your walls, how it was placed there and the difficulty around removing it. How will you work to remove such writing from the past? It is interesting just how many people have old clothes in their wardrobe, and no matter how hard they try, they just can’t throw the clothes away. Think of a set of beliefs as an empty wardrobe,that you can fill with new clothes. Everything that has been said to you, about you, is like an item of clothing. A reference for you to put into your wardrobe of beliefs. All the references that you can find in your life become the clothes you put into this wardrobe. Soon, you have a very packed wardrobe. The more clothes (references) that you cram into the wardrobe (belief), the more certain you become about your set of beliefs (life). More references equal stronger beliefs, which you continue to nurture, because they make you sure about who you are. So what is holding you back from being who you were created to be? The following exercise will help you to deal with your beliefs. First, identify your own limiting beliefs. These might be some of them. "You have to work hard for your money" "It’s not spiritual to be rich" "I am too old" "I am too young" "I don’t have a university degree" "I am too fat" Listen for the things that you think you believe about yourself. Think of these in the context of memories or situations that make you feel helpless, unsure, inadequate, or lacking in confidence. Select just one of these limiting beliefs. Find a memory from the past that supports it. Can you picture yourself in that situation? Can you create a title for it, like a title for a movie? Create this title to use in an EFT phrase. It could be that you have this picture about yourself, because of a dominant person from your past. So, it would be very useful to discover if that person still exists within your energy in some way. How do we do that? First we need to establish who the dominant person is or was. 1) Write down the names of five people in your life, past or present, who have had a dominant effect over you. You may wish to start with ten, but if you find it hard to think of ten, you can bring it down to five. 2) Slowly tick off one at a time, the people who have had the least effect on you, until you end up with three names. 3) Tick two more from the last three until you end up with the last one - the most dominant person over you. 4) Start to work on this person, and discover the issues that you need to look at. What did this dominant person tell you about life and you? Can you hear the words or phrases that were used around you, and about you? Consider the opposite view of the situation or the opinion. For example, if you had the limiting belief, “I am bad at singing”, the opposite belief would be “I choose to be good at singing”. Once you have created an EFT phrase that states the negative belief and your new positive belief you can repeat it using the EFT process.
EFT Level One and Two “Even though I am bad at singing, I choose to be good at singing”. This constant repetition will enhance your self-image and will break into the closed loop of your belief systems. It may have taken you all your life to acquire your old, limiting beliefs, so be prepared for it to take a little time for the new liberating beliefs to take their place. The good news is that EFT helps to speed up this process, so you will not become old and grey before you see results. You may also choose to repeat the positive side of the phrase frequently as an affirmation. Write it on a card put it on your desk at work, or on the dashboard in the car or on a bathroom mirror. Whenever you find yourself thinking of your old belief, repeat your new positive belief to yourself. Your positive sentences must contain three essential components: use the word “I”. Use a “choice statement” as it helps your subconscious to hear that you have a choice. Include a positive description such as, “good at singing”. Here are a few more examples. “I choose to be a person who says what needs to be said” “I choose to be happy” ”I choose to feel terrific” ”I choose to be slim” ”I choose to be a great writer” ”I choose to be a good cook” “I choose to be a great football player” ”I choose to be a calm person” ”I choose to be a wealthy person” The last step in this exercise is to write down three positive statements about you. They do not need to be true yet. They are statements that you would like to be true about you, and that could become true. Use these statements to replace the equivalent, limiting belief. Support these positive and empowering beliefs by reading them and saying them as much as you can. “I am beautiful.” ”I earn £xxx,ooo” ”My abs look great” Create a mental image of yourself actually being and enjoying this new you. You will gradually create a new self-image. This is the new vision of how you really are. The next time that you find yourself behaving in the old (limiting) way, or thinking in that way, try to stop that voice in your head and replace it immediately with your new belief, even if it is not yet true. What you are doing here is recognizing the old pattern, interrupting and breaking it, and then replacing it with your empowering belief. This is known as the “self-talk interrupt” process. You must stop the old voice immediately replace it with your new phrase see, feel and experience the rewards of your new belief as if they are already there. Enjoy these rewards as it you already have them. You really do have a choice. You can give up, and carry on reinforcing your old limiting beliefs, or you can express your new, empowering belief and work on changing your self-image. Tail Enders Also covered in the “Palace of Possibilities” video set is the subject of tail enders. This is another concept that is helpful to keep in mind as you are helping your client. These are the “yes, buts”. The little statements at the end of a sentence that show you, pretty clearly, what exactly is the writing on the wall of this client. A two hundred pound woman states a goal as an affirmation, “My normal weight is 130 pounds and that’s what I weigh”. But the self talk doesn’t stop there; the self talk or the writing on our walls says, “But if I lose weight, men will hit on me or men won’t hit on me or I will have to give up my favourite foods.” There are many variations of these tail enders.
EFT Level One and Two If you are familiar with EMDR these negative beliefs hooked on to our supposed affirmations are also known as tailgates. Affirmations often need help to succeed. Fortunately EFT can help resolve the tail enders. EFT combined with affirmations is indeed a powerful tool for creating positive change in our lives. If your affirmations are not working it is because there are tail enders to discover. Gary outlines a four-step process for using affirmations with EFT. 1. Develop the affirmation towards a goal 2. When it is not working, identify the tail enders 3. Break the tail enders down into their aspects, and tap them down to zero Beliefs are formed from the moment we connect with others and our limiting beliefs can restrict our performance when working with others and in our daily lives. We must listen to our negative self-talk and interrupt its pattern. EFT is ideal at working with our thoughts in this way. The motivational speaker Anthony Robbins of Research International says "It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped." One of your key moments of decision is when you decide not to give energy to old and limiting beliefs; then you can help your clients to do the same. Forgiveness This is one of the key to being successful with EFT and forgiving others is every bit as important as forgiving ourselves. Not forgiving them does not harm them in the slightest, but it plays havoc with us. Because the issues are not theirs, they are ours. People who have problems loving themselves always seem to have problems learning to forgive others. Non-forgiveness shuts that door. When you forgive and when you let go, not only does a huge weight drop from you but also the doorway to your own selflove opens up. When you will not forgive, when you will not let go, what you are really doing is binding yourself to the past and when you are stuck in the past, you cannot live in the present. If you cannot live in present, how are you going to create a healthy and exciting future? That is the absolutely wonderful and powerful feature of EFT: it allows you to forgive someone. I have used EFT for hundreds of people to help them forgive at the deep subconscious level. Not just in your head, but in your heart, where it really counts. BE VERY CAREFUL WITH YOUR LANGUAGE I certainly have noticed this with many people I have worked with. It all starts with our self-talk. Our selftalk, or the way we talk to ourselves, becomes important because it becomes the basis of our spoken word. It sets up the mental atmosphere that we operate in. This will attract to us experiences. You see your subconscious is really an electromagnetic transmitter and receiver. It broadcasts emotions in space and whatever we broadcast; we tend to receive from our environment. You see much of your power is in your words. The thoughts you think and the words you say are constantly creating your future. Your beliefs shape your life. The things you say are extension of your thoughts. This is why it is so important to never, ever berate yourself. Always tell yourself you are doing the best you can. If all you do is tell yourself you are fat and ugly and you hate yourself this way, then you stay stuck. You need loving support and then you can make changes. You need to forgive yourself for not being perfect. Too many of us think we have to be bad or wrong before we can be changed but we really do not have to do that. When you come from love and acceptance, the changes can become much easier. You make a change because you want to improve the quality of our life, not because you are a bad person that wants to become better. In addition, when you know more you will do things differently, so never, ever berate yourself for where you were. Just tap in "I'm doing the best I can; I'm doing the best I can." Remember, you need to forgive yourself for not being perfect.
EFT Level One and Two ADDICTIONS EFT's results for ‘Addiction and Substance Abuse’ problems are often extraordinary. The benefits are two fold: First, EFT brings down the immediate craving within minutes so that one can easily walk away from food, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, etc. In a few case, this simple procedure also collapses the overall addiction. Second, EFT's long term successes are due to its ability to address the true cause of most addictions, namely, the need to tranquilize the anxiety caused by one's underlying anger, fear, guilt, trauma, etc. Until these issues are dissipated, the addictive behaviour will remain. That is why people who successfully give up one form of addiction, simply switch to another such as from alcohol to coffee, or cigarettes to sweets. EFT is ideally designed to collapse these underlying emotional issues: that is what it does best. Properly applied, the need to tranquilize disappears. It should be evident that addictions, compulsions, eating disorders and weight issues have similar emotional causes. For smokers or those trying to lose weight it is usually best to ensure that you are ready to quit or commit to really wanting to do something about your smoking or weight challenge. (Women should note that the best time to quit smoking is in the first two weeks after their period has ended). During the session, we clear any negative feelings that are identified and we need to investigate and address any underlying emotions that cause you to reach for cigarettes or food etc. EFT can be used to resolve feelings of loneliness, emptiness, rejection, anger, fear, etc. Once these underlying emotions are detected and treated a person’s cravings to eat or smoke and numb these feelings is reduced or eliminated. Withdrawal Symptoms In relation to smoking one of the biggest fears clients tell me about before we begin the treatment is their fear of painful or uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. I interpret withdrawal symptoms as the body’s way of expressing anxiety, physically or emotionally, about giving up the drugs and chemicals in cigarettes. The body literally craves the drugs and nicotine, and war stories from friends who have gone "cold turkey" abound. EFT can be used for each specific symptom as well as the fear of the future and what withdrawal may feel like. Using EFT will gives more control, empowerment, and an active tool that can be used at any time. Also by the end of around six sessions the client will have a greater understanding of why they smoked or had the need to eat and why it had been such a struggle to stop. Addiction and Addictive Urges Sedating: Between Breasts Collarbone Under Breast Karate Chop 9 Gamut Between Breasts Stimulating: Under Eye Eye Brow Under Arm Third Eye Crown of Head WHAT IS PTSD? Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience of or witnessing of life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults like rape.
EFT Level One and Two People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to impair significantly the person's daily life. PTSD is marked by clear biological changes as well as psychological symptoms. PTSD is complicated by the fact that it frequently occurs in conjunction with related disorders such as depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition, and other problems of physical and mental health. The disorder is also associated with impairment of the person's ability to function in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems and divorces, family discord, and difficulties in parenting. Understanding PTSD PTSD is not a new disorder. There are written accounts of similar symptoms that go back to ancient times, and there is clear documentation in the historical medical literature starting with the Civil War, when a PTSD-like disorder was known as "Da Costa's Syndrome." There are particularly good descriptions of posttraumatic stress symptoms in the medical literature on combat veterans of World War II and on Holocaust survivors. Careful research and documentation of PTSD began in earnest after the Vietnam War. The â€˜National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Studyâ€™ estimated in 1988 that the prevalence of PTSD in that group was 15.2% at that time and that 30% had experienced the disorder at some point since returning from Vietnam. Most people who are exposed to a traumatic, stressful event experience some of the symptoms of PTSD in the days and weeks following exposure. Available data suggest that about 8% of men and 20% of women go on to develop PTSD, and roughly 30% of these individuals develop a chronic form that persists throughout their lifetimes. PTSD is associated with a number of distinctive neurobiological and physiological changes. PTSD may be associated with stable neurobiological alterations in both the central and autonomic nervous systems, such as altered brainwave activity, decreased volume of the hippocampus, and abnormal activation of the amygdala. Both the hippocampus and the amygdala are involved in the processing and integration of memory. The amygdala is also involved in coordinating the body's fear response. Psychophysiological alterations associated with PTSD include hyper-arousal of the sympathetic nervous system, increased sensitivity of the startle reflex, and sleep abnormalities. People with PTSD tend to have abnormal levels of key hormones involved in the body's response to stress. Thyroid function also seems to be enhanced in people with PTSD. Some studies have shown that cortisol levels in those with PTSD are lower than normal and epinephrine and nor epinephrine levels are higher than normal. People with PTSD also continue to produce higher than normal levels of natural opiates after the trauma has passed. An important finding is that the neurohormonal changes seen in PTSD are distinct from, and actually opposite to, those seen in major depression. The distinctive profile associated with PTSD is also seen in individuals who have both PTSD and depression. PTSD is associated with the increased likelihood of co-occurring psychiatric disorders. In a large-scale study, 88 percent of men and 79 percent of women with PTSD met criteria for another psychiatric disorder. The co-occurring disorders most prevalent for men with PTSD were alcohol abuse or dependence (51.9 percent), major depressive episodes (47.9 percent), conduct disorders (43.3 percent), and drug abuse and dependence (34.5 percent). The disorders most frequently co-morbid with PTSD among women were major depressive disorders (48.5 percent), simple phobias (29 percent), social phobias (28.4 percent), and alcohol abuse/dependence (27.9 percent). PTSD also significantly affects psychosocial functioning, independent of comorbid conditions. For instance, Vietnam veterans with PTSD were found to have profound and pervasive problems in their daily lives. These included problems in family and other interpersonal relationships, problems with employment, and involvement with the criminal justice system.
EFT Level One and Two Headaches, gastrointestinal complaints, immune system problems, dizziness, chest pain, and discomfort in other parts of the body are common in people with PTSD. Often, medical doctors treat the symptoms without being aware that they stem from PTSD. THE GENTLE TECHNIQUE The tearless trauma technique is designed to reduce emotional pain in the client as much as possible. If you know that the person has an issue that would upset them very much, you would be advised to do some general tapping around the problem before having them run their movie of the event. However, the name tearless trauma technique is not always very accurate. At times, the person does get upset, but it is still less painful than going straight to the problem. Let us review the steps. You do not always want the person to get specific. If you already know they are, or will get, emotional about their issue, just have them tap in a general way. In some cases, the person is obviously upset, or has been about this issue in the past. You may want to help the person release this emotion. You must remember, EFT is not an exposure therapy. In using these techniques, it is not necessary for the person to re-experience there issue at the same level of intensity in order to release it. You want the process to be as pain free as possible. This is a useful technique to help prevent your client from re-experiencing strong emotions. Bringing up strong emotions is not necessary to resolve an issue. The person does not have to re-live it to resolve it. When you have tapped several times and noticed the person has relaxed somewhat, you can then ask them to start being more specific. Whenever the person begins to get upset, stop again and tap until they are calmer. Frequently you do not even need to know what issue they are working on to help them to resolve it. The subconscious tends to bring up what needs to be worked on now. It is like peeling an onion; as one layer is taken off, it exposes the layer underneath. Often a physical pain will seem to move from one place to another. This is generally because as one pain is resolved you may become aware of another pain. This is like the story of the man going to the dentist’s office with a severe toothache. He is in such pain he does not even notice he has put his shoes on the wrong feet. When he gets to the office, he sits in a chair right on a child’s toy truck. The dentist comes out and gives him a shot. Only after it takes effect and the pain decreases does he notice he has his shoes on the wrong feet. Only after he swaps his shoes does he notice the sharp object he is sitting on. Tapping on physical issues is used, like the tearless trauma technique, to reduce the possibility of severe emotional reactions. If you know that the person will become upset about their issue, you can start with any physical discomfort and tap for that. You are creating body awareness in the process. So, try focusing on physical issues before dealing with a painful emotional issue. Sometimes pain relief equals emotional relief. Often pain appears to move and/or changes nature. This may indicate evidence of changing emotional issues, or shifting aspects. A reminder phrase could be, “Even though I have this ‘discomfort’, I deeply and completely accept myself and forgive myself for anything I have done to contribute to this pain and forgive anyone else who may have contributed to this pain.” SNEAKING UP ON THE PROBLEM (Based on information taken from Gary Craig’s former website emofree.com) Sometimes a client has an issue that is so overwhelming that, to them, it is beyond help: it is the big one, which they do not want to touch. It may be a major form of guilt that they do not want to face, or it may be a trauma they do not want to revisit. Whatever it is, they do not want to go there and often will not even mention it to their therapist, for fear the therapist will try to drag them through it. Often they learn to dull the pain or sweep it under the rug. However, it seethes under the surface anyway, influencing their thoughts, their responses and their everyday lives. It is a form of pain. It is like walking on thorns. They would rather retain their less-than-truly-functional lives than come face to face with this issue.
EFT Level One and Two Their lives would be better, they hope, if they just addressed life's minor irritations and left the big one alone. Sneaking up on the problem may be useful in other cases, not simply where we have limited time. It may also be applied to anyone whose emotional issue is so intense that it is advisable to sneak up on it by taking the edge off first. You do not have to go for the bull’s eye right away. It is also very useful when dealing with group trauma such as occurs during hurricanes, earthquakes, civil disruptions, shootings and the like. This ability to apply EFT with minimal pain is one of the many features that set it apart from conventional techniques. Why would one use "flooding" or other exposure techniques, when true relief is so readily accessible, and on such a relatively gentle basis. EFT can tip toe up to the issue, circle around it, take the edge off and gradually spiral in closer with minimal pain. The concept is simple but it may take some practice to achieve a level of mastery. So, start with a very general approach. Have your client say the big one and rank the intensity with the mere mention of it. I will probably be high. Ask about physical symptoms (pounding heart, sweating, constricted throat) and use EFT in a general way to help take the edge off it. A reminder phrase might be: “Even though I have discomfort about this issue…” "Even though this thing seems too big for me…” "Even though just thinking about it bothers me…” "Even though my heart is pounding…” "Even though (other physical symptoms)...." Ignore the details initially; the purpose is to take the edge off by intentionally sneaking up on the problem with gentleness as a goal. Do several rounds of EFT until you see signs of relaxation in your client. The telltale "sigh" is a good clue. Now, ask your client to repeat the big one and re-rank the intensity. At this stage, emotional responses are likely to be lower and physical symptoms also. Keep repeating this procedure until it feels appropriate to ask, "Is there any part of this issue that you could talk about comfortably?" If you can discuss at least a part of the issue then get more and more detailed. Then you repeatedly take some of the edge off, then get more detailed until you are satisfied you have done what you can. There may still be some emotional discomfort; remember they are working on their big one, but the emotional discomfort is usually much less than might have been and this is probably the last time they will have this discomfort if they have left. They can now walk on velvet instead of thorns. There are other procedures you can use to ease into the big one. For example, the "Six Days at the VA" tape contained within Gary Craig’s original EFT Course displays what I call the movie technique wherein the client tells the story as though it were a movie and stops at any point of intensity to apply EFT. Sometimes a "presenting problem" is nothing more than a symptom of a core issue, a much deeper, much more important underlying problem. Once the core issue is uncovered, it can usually be broken down into specific events and handled routinely. Finding Core Issues is an art and it requires experience. Fortunately, there are some common sense questions that can help you get to core issues quickly. Here are some of them. "What does this issue remind you of?" "When was the first time you can remember feeling the same kind of feeling?" "If there was a deeper emotion underlying this problem, what might it be?" "If you could live your life over again, what person or event would you prefer to skip?" Please be aware, however, that a common answer clients give to these questions is, "I don't know". When you hear this, be persistent. You can say, "Well, just guess for me." Their guesses are usually just right. Sometimes we have to keep coming after a problem from different approaches until we achieve some success. You will find that most ailments are manifestations of unresolved emotional issues. This includes cancer and most other degenerative diseases.
EFT Level One and Two This is not a medical view. It comes from watching physical symptoms subside as we resolve the guilt’s, fears, angers, traumas, etc. that build up over a lifetime. There can be other causes, of course, but going down the emotional avenue has produced results so often that healing practitioners may think about placing it on top of their ‘cause pile.’ Your client may be repressing something or just so used to living with certain emotional states that he/she thinks they are normal (thus not worthy of resolving). Unless these things are explored, they will continue to limit the client's quality of life. Examples of this may include: A feeling of inadequacy because he never matched up to what he thinks his parents or society expected of him. This can be a big one and the client is often unaware of it. A forgotten fear established in childhood and carried over to the adult belief system. This could be something as simple as a monster movie seen on television. Dracula or Frankenstein, for example, could generalize to, "You never know who people really are. No one can be trusted." I know that is not logical but people tend not to respond according to logic. They usually respond emotionally, however irrational that may be. This category can also include a long list of emotional issues that the client has put on the back burner because of his belief that “nothing can be done about that anyway”. Other possibilities are: A deep-set guilt for something he/she has or has not done and he/she simply doesn’t want to discuss it or look at it. A feeling of having ‘sinned’ and thus, according to his religious persuasion, God may be out to get him. These can be difficult to uncover because it seems so normal to the client. This ‘God thing’ underlies more issues than we might think. It is, often, an important core issue. Getting to these hidden issues requires a level of experience and the use of creative approaches. In addition to relying on my intuition, I find the following questions quite useful in uncovering hidden or core issues: "If you could live life over again, what person or event would you prefer to skip?" "When was the last time you cried and why?" "Who/what makes you angry and why?" "What is your biggest sadness or regret?" "What is missing to make your life perfect?" "Name three fears you would rather not have." "Will you be going to heaven?" "What do you wish you had never done?" With EFT we can unlock the doors to our innermost hidden problems. To do this we use a set of emotional keys. The good news is that we have found that two keys are all that is needed. The keys open doors to dominant personalities or traumas of any kind. You may have a combination of both these elements. WAYS TO FIND CORE ISSUES Sometimes finding the core issue behind the problem is like wandering around in a maze. However, there are good questions for finding the core issues quickly. Sometimes you need to sneak up on the core issue, as it is something the client has block out or is too afraid to ‘go’ there. Finding the core issues is part of the real artistry and mastery of EFT. Sometimes the process will lead in all directions. Going from one issue to the other can mask what really needs healing. An example taken from a write up on Gary’s web site is Nate’s fear of heights – I was not making much headway until I discovered a core issue was the sense of ridicule felt when he was teased or prodded to make a parachute jump from a helicopter. When that issue was resolved the fear of heights vanished.
EFT Level One and Two Questions are powerful tools to get to the core issues. You could discuss these and add your own examples of how you have used these questions. These are common questions used in Gary Craig’s demonstrations. The Miracle Question If you woke up in the morning and this problem wasn’t there what would be different? The answer will give you opportunities for many set ups. Questions are powerful tools to shift thoughts, to reframe situations and to focus on the correct issue. What would happen if this problem wasn’t there anymore? What makes it impossible to release this problem? What do you do/have that makes this happen? What needs to happen to end this situation? Addressing Physical Issues Most people have some level of physical pain, some level of physical discomfort. What is yours? Pay attention to your body and identify a physical issue. Exactly where does it hurt? How would you describe the pain? If you know the name of the exact part of your body, then use the name. For example, trapezius muscle. Be specific as to location of the pain. • Be specific as to the type of pain. • Be specific as to the degree of the pain. “Even though I have this burning, tight feeling just over my shoulder…” The shinbone is connected to the thigh bone… goes the old children’s rhyme. In our bodies, everything is connected to everything else. Physical pain is no exception. EFT is usually very successful in dealing with the emotional aspects around pain and thereby reduces the pain. In the September 2003 issue of the NASW news, is an article about social workers, and the psychosocial aspects of pain management. They quote Terry Altilio, social work coordinator in the Department of Pain Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City. He says, “…when you talk to somebody about pain, you realize that only 15% is physical. The other 85% of suffering is psychosocial, spiritual and existential…” It is no longer just the responsibility of the doctors and nurses. There are many examples of the successful uses of EFT on Gary Craig’s website. If the pain responded to EFT at all it can respond some more. In pain management, at times, the effect is delayed. It is great to tap for all sorts of feelings and emotions about the pain. Additionally, it can be very successful to calm the person and relieve much of the stress around the pain. Decreased stress can lead to decreased pain. I personally have about a 50% success rate in relieving pain. Many reduce their pain by 50% or more, but even that percentage is significant. If someone is hurting, and rates it as an eight or a 10 and you relieve it to even a four or five that is a noticeable improvement in the quality of their life. Other EFT practitioners claim a much higher success rate when working with pain. Focus on how the client feels about having the pain. If they do not know ask how they think someone else might feel about the pain if they had it. Focus on the emotions, not the pain itself. This approach uses the concept of the reptilian brain (body consciousness) and the mammalian brain (emotional brain). Regress them, not to the moment they had the pain, but to the moment they had emotion around the pain. Chronic problems require repetitive tapping. Often as you are chasing the pain, some emotional issue is being resolved. Actually, you can’t have an emotion without a corresponding physical feeling as how else do you know you have an emotion? The physical feeling may not be pain; it may be a sensation such as tightness in the throat, pressure on my chest, upset stomach. With my severely disturbed population, I often get further with fewer objections by asking an upset child: Where do you feel the upset in your body? When they tell me, I ask how bad the body feeling is and we then use EFT on the body feeling. As they tell me, the body feeling is relieved; I also note they are no longer upset. People do not always know exactly what is bothering them or where the negative emotion in always coming from. Most can tell you how their body feels.
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Where exactly is the pain? How would you describe it? Is the pain moving around? Give the pain a number …
An example of this with stroke survivors is that many harbour emotions of anger, frustration, hopelessness, shame and self-blame. These emotions appear to have origins at childhood and a lifetime of multiple negative experiences. In such cases, using intensity or SUDS readings are at best erratic. Feedback from caretakers and family members is a better gauge. Quoting Loretta Sparks: “I find that people with migraines [or other chronic pain] often feel or felt at one time in their lives, stuck in an intolerable and impossible situation.” WORKING WITH EFT ON THE TELEPHONE This conversation about working by telephone is particularly useful with counsellors. If you do not have any counsellors in your group you would naturally focus your discussion about the benefits and the pitfalls of helping people over the telephone with EFT. I have conducted many sessions, paid and unpaid, over the telephone and have had great success. You have to decide whether this is a benefit that you want to offer your clients. EFT can be used easily over the telephone once the person you are dealing with learns the points. There are many web sites that you can send a client to learn to use the EFT points and sequence. Encourage them to download Gary Craig’s manual, Carol Look’s website has a cute way of teaching EFT to the public. You can find her at www.CarolLook.com. Also, check out www.bradyates.net. The any-time feature is convenient for the client who is having a panic attack. You have to decide and set your own policies as to your availability. Break the participants into groups of two and sit back to back in chairs. The video “Steps to Becoming the Ultimate Therapist” has an example of this exercise. Whether they call from a mobile phone or phone booth in the UK or the USA, be aware that there may be professional guidelines or even state laws that affect telephone counselling. BORROWING BENEFITS By Gary Craig founder of EFT What is Borrowing Benefits? It is a feature of EFT whereby members of an audience choose bothersome specific events from their own pasts and obtain relief by tapping along with another person. That other person can be either on stage, or on a video and can have an entirely different issue than the audience members. Nonetheless, the audience members use the same words and tap on the same points as the person on stage or on the video. While this phenomenon is still in the experimental stage, it is believed that the audience members draw their own parallels from the on-stage person’s issue and thus obtain similar relief as if they were tapping directly on their own issue. Advantages of Borrowing Benefits 1. Entire audiences can achieve quality relief during one EFT session. There appears to be no limit to the audience size. It can be hundreds, thousands, or millions. Take care with large groups for the small percentage that are so emotionally frail that they should not attempt any healing procedure without the presence of a skilled professional. 2. An in-depth, high quality session on stage will benefit most members of the audience more than doing EFT on themselves or being treated by an inexperienced EFT practitioner.
EFT Level One and Two 3. Many audience members will experience relief in a relatively painless way because they are ostensibly tapping for someone else’s issue ‘out there’ instead of dwelling directly on their own difficult circumstances. 4. Many times the entire issue for an audience member is completely resolved. When there are pieces left over, a qualified EFT practitioner can finish it with one-on-one sessions. 5. EFT practitioners can speed up complex cases by giving the clients videos to take home so they may practice borrowing benefits between sessions. 6. Some audience members may tune into otherwise buried emotional issues during borrowing benefits. When this happens, a great deal of time is saved in finding a core issue. Disadvantages of Borrowing Benefits 1. In some cases borrowing benefits may not be as thorough as one-on-one sessions. A qualified EFT practitioner can fill the gap. 2. A small percentage of audience members may tune into some unexpected intensity and become uncomfortable. This is usually because they did not follow directions, and strayed from their specific event. In any event, it is appropriate to advise audience members of this possibility in advance and advise them to bring professional help where merited. If you are doing borrowing benefits before a live group, you should have experienced EFT’ers in the room to help, just in case. Specific Events Specific events are the most important thing to remember about borrowing benefits. The audience members must select a specific event to work on. Unfortunately, most clients describe their issues too globally and your audience members are no exception. Here are some typical examples: “My mother doesn’t love me.” “I’m an angry person.” “Sometimes I feel very intense or anxious.” “I don’t want to put myself forward.” These issues are made up of underlying specific events. These specific events form the foundation of our global issues. For example, a specific event underlying, “My mother doesn’t love me” might be, “The time mother left me in the shopping centre at age 8 and I had to find my way home.” These specific events are the building blocks of the larger problems. Without them, the larger problems have no foundations. It is vitally important that audience members select, and borrowing benefits for, a specific event otherwise, they will be tapping on some global issues, and are likely to shift within them from aspect to aspect or event to event. This is begging some audience members to have unnecessary emotional intensity. However, if they start with, and stay on, a specific event during the borrowing benefits session the following benefits usually occur: 1. They are much more likely to resolve that specific event and notice the relief. 2. They are much less likely to experience uncomfortable emotional intensity. 3. After one resolves a few specific events underlying a more global issue, a generalization effect takes place that serves to collapse the global issue.
EFT Level One and Two How to conduct a Borrowing Benefits session 1. Before you start, preframe the audience with some important features. a. Explain the mechanics of the process as well as the items above under specific events are the most important thing to remember about borrowing benefits. b. Emphasize and re-emphasize the importance of using a specific event. Without this table pounding emphasis, people will tend to pick out a globally stated issue. c. Emphasize the tendency for people to have some resolution of their specific event and then shift to another event or another aspect of the same event. Without this emphasis, many people will get resolution but will not notice it. They may say, “It didn’t work” when, in fact, it worked beautifully d. Describe the possibility that some audience members will come up with intense issues (perhaps unexpected) during the borrowing benefits procedure. Since the audience member is “tuned in” to the problem this is often a good time to temporarily forego borrowing benefits and begin repeatedly tapping the EFT points up and down the body. Often resolution will occur, perhaps of a major core issue. 2. Have each audience member pick out a specific events to work on and give it a title as though it were a short movie. This title should be written down and glanced at frequently (as a reminder) throughout the borrowing benefits session. 3. Before starting your on-stage session, quiz members of the audience as to the specific events they have chosen. You may be surprised at what people consider specific events. By guiding some audience members in finding their specific events, other audience members are more likely to be more accurate in their selection. 4. Ask the audience members to write down their intensity, on a zero to10 scale, regarding the specific events (some may be very intense about their issues and, in such cases, it is helpful to just have them guess at their zero to10 number as this is usually accurate enough). This intensity must be what they feel now as they tune into it and not what it was when it was happening. If they cannot bring up a zero to10 intensity (because they have repressed the event or “swept it under the rug”), then use the movie details method described below. MOVIE TECHNIQUE This comes from Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and centres on a technical term known as submodalities. Despite the technical language, the concept is both simple and useful. Typically, an intense memory shows up in your “mental movie” as being in vivid colour, close to you and in sharp focus. You may also find yourself in the movie rather than watching it. Further, the sounds tend to be dramatic and loud while the feelings might be described in intense terms such as sharp, pounding, etc. Interestingly, after successful rounds of EFT these movie details shift to less intense levels. The images tend to be fuzzy, black and white and in the distance. In addition, you tend to be watching the movie rather than being in it. The sounds and feelings also tend to fade. Thus, a client (or audience member) can evaluate the intensity of the movie details both before and after EFT and, by this exercise, get a good sense of their progress with EFT. 5. Then do a thorough and complete session with the person on stage. It is best to assume that one or more audience members are emotionally frail and thus start off with some globally stated Set-ups to “take the edge off.” e.g., “Even though I have some problems…” It is important that you remind the audience to glance at their movie titles from time to time. This tends to keep them tuned into their specific events. Also, insist that the audience say their EFT statements aloud and with emphasis. They will tend to mumble and this can detract from the ultimate result.
EFT Level One and Two 6. Instruct audience members that they may tune into an unexpected and/or intense memory during this process. Since they are attuned to the issue, they may choose to temporarily discard participation in the borrowing benefits session, and begin tapping the points up and down the body repeatedly until they ‘come down’. Experienced EFT’ers will recognize this as an ideal time to tap because it will often collapse or substantially relieve the issue. 7. When the on-stage session is completed, ask everyone that believes they have had resolution to vividly imagine their specific events and write down their current zero to10 intensity or the change in their movie details. If you have people in the audience that have exhibited unusual intensity, you may need to handle them individually. Often I will ask them to guess at their intensity and then try to imagine it if comfortable doing so. 8. Finally, go around the audience and have people relate their experience. This is good for the whole group. Almost invariably, those that have seemingly made little or no progress have shifted off to another movie or another aspect. When this occurs, point it out tactfully for everyone’s benefit. Here are some of the presuppositions and beliefs that underlie my own delivery of EFT: 1. Everyone does their best, given their beliefs, experiences and background. 2. We are living in a worldly dream and our ultimate goal is to get out of it and enter the Peace of Eternity and God. 3. The client’s goal is to have a better version of the dream. 4. Our emotional issues do not come from what happens to us from the outside world. Rather they come from our response to what happens to us from the outside world. They are all an ‘inside job’. 5. Taken from the Palace of Possibilities. a. The writing on our walls is our version of the truth and it is very important to us, even if it is wrong. b. We constantly consult the writing on our walls. c. All arguments are between the writing on our respective walls. d. Dreams may not necessarily come true but they always take you in directions. Questions I like to ask…. 1. How do you know that? 2. If there was another emotional issue causing this problem, what might it be? 3. What does that remind you of? 4. If you had life to live over again, what person or event would you just as soon skip? Borrowing benefits for many represents a big step toward speed and efficiency in the delivery of these procedures. Simply stated, the process allows someone with little or no experience in EFT to tap along while someone else is undergoing EFT (e.g. in a session, seminar, group or video) and often experience profound benefits. This is true even though the issues being tapped on appear to be widely different. This does not suggest that professional help should be avoided. Rather, it proposes a tool that could substantially aid the therapeutic process. Here are some further thoughts/benefits regarding this idea. 1. For many people, the process allows an additional measure of emotional safety. As you know, EFT is normally quite gentle, but a few people tune in to some very intense issues and it takes a while to bring them down. With the borrowing benefits feature, however, the client merely identifies his or her issue and then taps along with someone else on an issue that is seemingly quite different. Thus, a sort of detachment is injected into the process while the client's original issue is being addressed in the background.
EFT Level One and Two This, in my experience, helps to minimize any unwanted intensity while still getting the job done. The process may or may not give complete resolution to an issue but, properly done, at the least it is likely to take the edge off (probably much more). It is very efficient, very useful, and very humane. 2. This can be a superb way to get at core issues so that truly deep work can be done. This ability depends, of course, on how thoroughly and creatively you apply EFT. If the person undergoing the direct treatment is fortunate enough to be in the hands of an EFT Master, then the odds for true deep work increase for all parties involved. The Masters of this process have learned to search for and relieve those annoying aspects, core issues and bothersome remnants that show up with complicated issues. 3. An easy way to tap along with creative EFT sessions is to pick certain sessions out of EFT training videos. As you know, these videos are filled with actual sessions and many of them are quite involved. You can identify your own issue and then tap along with the video while in your living room. Interestingly, the subject matter of these sessions does not seem to matter because your system tends to draw its own parallels. If you want, though, you can tap along with several of them. 4. Finally, there is a superb benefit awaiting therapists delivering these procedures to their clients. Therapists need only identify, privately, an issue of their own and then tap along with the client. Dr. Jane Holmes brought this idea to my attention. Here is how she put it: "It occurred to me that this could be a wonderful method not only for therapists to teach their clients and to use in groups, but it could also provide personal benefits for therapists, as they tap along with their clients (as many of us do already)”. I usually tap on my own meridian points as I lead the client through the tapping procedure. However, I have never thought of taking the preliminary step of tuning into one of my own issues as background before tapping along with the client on the client's issue. I am eagerly looking forward to trying this in my next session. It would certainly eliminate the excuse of never having the time to stop and work on my own issues! Thanks! Hope this helps. Love, Gary Craig EFT founder. As always, I must caution that some people should not attempt any form of healing technique without the presence of a skilled professional. Thus, you must take responsibility for any use you make of EFT. LEGAL REQUIREMENTS Regarding Clients with Medical Conditions 1 It is the responsibility of Members to be acquainted with and to comply with the Laws of the United Kingdom, as they apply to the practice of EFT. Overseas Members must abide by the laws of the country in which they practice. 2 Members must not claim to cure cancer or venereal diseases. 3 In general, the Law of the United Kingdom is permissive. That is one can do any thing not prescribed by Law. There are a few areas were the Law would prevent an EFT therapist from taking certain actions and these include: a) Where patients’ symptoms indicate that they may have a notifiable disease, they must refer the patients to their GPs. By the nature of EFT, few patients will exhibit symptoms of notifiable disease, but for Members’ convenience, they are listed below. b) Attendance at childbirth must only be with the informed consent of the patient and the hospital. c) Where patients’ records, including names and addresses are stored on a computer Members are legally obliged to register under the Data Protection Act 1984. 4 In general, no member may use the title “Doctor” or “Physician”, unless registered as such by the General medical Council. If a member is entitled to use these titles, it can be used only with a qualifying addition, which makes it clear that the Member is not a medically qualified doctor.
EFT Level One and Two 5 Members must comply with Local Council Regulations and the advice of the Environmental Health Officer regarding the provision of adequate facilities, such as heating, lighting, ventilation. Toilets, electrical installations, smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. 6 Working conditions must be arranged to protect the safety of the public and those people working on the premises. 7 Membersâ€™ premises must comply with the requirements of the Shops and Offices Act 1963 (which require, amongst other things, that a First Aid Kit be available at all times). 8 A regular review of the facilities and working practices should be carried out to ensure that they comply with current standards. Members should be aware of their responsibilities under Health and Safely legislation (Health and Safety at Work Act 1974) whether as employer, employee or self employed. Notifiable Diseases as at October 1st 1988 Under the Public Health (Control of Diseases) Act 1984 Cholera, Plague, Relapsing Fever, Smallpox, Typhus Under the Public Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulation 1988 Acute encephalitis, acute poliomyelitis, anthrax, diphtheria, dysentery (amoebic or bacillary, leprosy, leptospirosis, malaria, measles, meningitis, meningococcal septicaemia (without meningitis), mumps, ophthalmic, meonatorum, paratyphoid fever, rabies, rubella, scarlet fever, tetanus, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, viral haemorrhagic fever, viral hepatitis, whooping cough, yellow fever. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) The AIDS is not a statutorily notifiable disease. Instead, doctors are urged to participate in a voluntary confidential reporting scheme. AIDS cases should be reported on a special AIDS clinical report form in strict medical confidence to the Director, PHLS Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, 61 Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5EQ. Advice about the reporting of cases may be obtained from CDSC 01 - 200 6868 or locally from physicians in genito-utinary medicine and infectious diseases physicians. There is no legal requirement on a private practitioner to report cases of child abuse, although a therapist would be justified in doing so the publics interest. This may not be so in the case of a practitioner who is working within a Statutory Setting, as their contracts of employment may be such as to make this a requirement. When working with a child the matter of confidentiality is difficult. A therapist in private practice can work directly with a child and maintain confidentiality. However, the parent/guardian of the child usually makes payment for the therapeutic work and as such, there is an assumed contract between the parent/guardian and the therapist, which could demand the breach of that confidentiality. CONFIDENTIALITY There is no protection in Law for the therapist who claims the details of the therapist-client interaction are confidential. Consequently, the therapist should not offer the client a promise of absolute confidentiality. There are a number of places in the Law where disclosure can be demanded and therapists who refuse disclosure will render themselves liable to prosecution. ___________________________________________________________________________________ Treatments If you or someone you know is in need of a private treatment or mentoring session, contact Gary Williams for more details. Email: email@example.com Thank you and please get in touch if you would like to take your learning further. We would be happy to discuss any questions or queries you may have. I look forward to working with you in the future. Warm regards Gary Williams
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