Yes, that’s correct, I am filled with a palpable new excitement. I attended a Level I workshop on EFT this past weekend, in Emeryville California. EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques, and it is a form of energy therapy. My workshop was taught by Steven Kessler, MFT, who is an EFT Expert and Trainer. He taught the class with a boat load of insight, humor, and tenderness. I left the first day feeling inspired and exhausted. I left the second day feeling even more hopeful, inspired, and completely saturated with my new knowledge.
Why am I excited? Because EFT works. I am excited because EFT works in a way that is not easy to explain, but yes, it does work. What does it work for, you might ask. What I know for sure is that EFT works to re-balance the body’s energy, and that helps to shift the emotions. EFT was created (or discovered) in 1997 by Gary Craig. Gary had been a student of Dr. Roger Callahan, a psychologist, who had been teaching a form of energy therapy called Thought Field Therapy. Dr. Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy was a complex method of muscle testing and using tapping on meridians of the body to relieve emotional suffering. While Dr. Callahan’s Thought Field Therapy was effective, it was complex and expensive. Gary Craig simplified Dr. Callahan’s techniques to make them more universally effective and easier to learn.
During the seminar, we fledgling EFT practitioners practiced on each other. We watched demonstrations by our instructor. Even as beginning practitioners, we were able to relieve each other of symptoms and help each other process stuck emotions. I had been studying EFT independently for over a year. Gary Craig initially offered his technique for free…and there are lots of free lessons in EFT available over the internet. But studying independently didn’t give me the depth of knowledge and appreciation for this technique that being in class with a certified expert offered. After the first morning, I was completely happy that I had paid for this seminar. I knew it had been a wise investment. After the final afternoon, I was eager to get back to my life so that I could begin incorporating what I had learned.
I’m excited because the name of this technique “Emotional Freedom Technique” is completely accurate. This simple technique offers everyone the opportunity to have emotional freedom. It gives me hope for so many reasons. I’m excited to use this technique on my own issues. What? It’s a surprise to you that I have my own issues? Well, no one knows this better than a therapist, we all have issues. I’m so excited, and at the same time relieved that there is such a simple solution available to help people live their best life. I’m relieved because I know I can learn to be a better therapist than I have been. I can help people quicker, and I can help empower them to help themselves. I can be a stronger “force for good”.
It is my intention to become a certified EFT Expert. But today, I’m just an excited novice, who is on a new path, and filled with a palpable new excitement.
If you need help with stuck emotions, call me at: 831-214-8087.