I am in one of the EFT LinkedIn Groups and there is a question in there highlighting a new post by Gary Craig outlining his current thoughts on how EFT is being carried out.
Gary Craig Founder Of EFT
Gary, the founder of this wonderful tool, EFT makes a range of points about how it’s being used in a number of ways, worldwide, by a range of EFT Practitioners and Trainers, that he feels is watering down his original trainings.
I do agree with all of what he says, with regards to practitioners making videos that take people through a variety of issues, or giving out EFT Tapping Scripts.
The problem with these is that they are too generic and the whole point of EFT is that it’s specific by digging into the subject’s (client’s) issue, with relevant questioning, in order to bring out ALL the negative aspects that hold a limiting core belief in place.
Gary Craig’s List Of Concerns
Read Gary’s post here, as he lists each point that concerns him here:
- Tap Along Videos – His concern with regards to online videos is that they are too global and do not take the edge off of an individual issue or event.
- Doing EFT Faster And Simpler – He feels these terms are misleading in terms of people having Five Minute Wonders, which although he doesn’t mention that phrase (originated by Gary himself) but that it gives people unrealistic expectations. This is a very fair concern, because EFT is phenomenal and I’ve rarely found that even one session doesn’t make a shift. But it’s important that people are supported in helping them remember how they felt before, as they often suffer 🙂 what is known as The Apex Effect, where people need reminding because what happens is they feel better and what’s . Gary’s concern is around aspects still needing work on because they were missed in the faster approach, meaning that even faster EFT is not as thorough, which he feels results in a longer process in the end.
- Tapping Scripts – He feels that these fail from the get-go because the set-up statement has to be specific to the person. Therefore the phrases won’t really apply, because although lots of people may have the same issue, i.e. an unhelpful relationship with food, their particular issues will have developed quite uniquely, which makes a general script null and void, because it won’t be specific enough.
- Bundling Issues Together – Once again bundling issues together is less effective because it’s too general, or as we say in EFT, too global.
- Positive Phrases – Here refers to Patricia Carrington’s Choices Method (without mentioning her by name) where she starts the set-up with a negative (the usual point with EFT) followed by the preferred behaviour (stated as a positive phrase) which is considered counter-productive in EFT in order to dig out all the negative aspects of an issue.
- Written Case Histories – On Gary’s original website which EFT Universe’s Dawson Church bought, so that site now sadly has all Gary’s original information and case studies, upon his retirement. He had around 2,000 case histories written by EFT practitioners, but Gary’s concern is that people use them as a how-to apply EFT without taking proper training.
The EFT Mini-Manual – Gary states he released this booklet in the early days, that includes a chapter on How To Do EFT which is offered free on some websites as an enticement for people to sign up for a newsletter and subsequently do business with that website. I’ve tagged to the full EFT Manual you can buy on Amazon, and Gary Craig will get the benefit of that too. He fears that the chapter is again inadequate as a stand-alone piece of information, whereas the full manual is thorough enough to start your journey with EFT.
Finally Gary Craig concludes with a disclaimer thus:
Since 1995 I have been reviewing these creations and found some of them to be quite clever. But I didn’t find any of them to consistently improve on our prolific video demonstrations or to be “new levels” or anything like that. If I had, I would have used them myself and readily added them to the EFT process. Rather, I found many of them to be useful options for delivering EFT. Students may find them helpful and I encourage such investigation after you have learned Official EFT properly. Otherwise, you will be going at it backwards … something like studying a book’s appendix without first reading the book.
Note to those promoting variations: In the future, it is my hope (request) that the EFT’ers who created these options will promote them with the pride they believe they deserve and will separate them from the Official EFT described herein. Thus please avoid confusing the public by not mixing your creation with either EFT or Official EFT. Instead, apply or promote Official EFT as described in this Tutorial but, as a courtesy to the EFT Community, consider portraying your option independently and calling it by some name other than EFT. This is an ethical request (not a legal one) so to be clear, please avoid using EFT anywhere in the name of your option, e.g. do not use XXXXEFT or EFTXXXX. Instead call it something like JET (John’s Energy Therapy) or LUH (Larry’s Unique Healing) or Pro ER (Pro Emotional Release) or Clinical EP (Clinical Energy Psychology).
This will maintain the integrity of EFT and portray you as someone who respects the EFT Community. It will also allow Official EFT to stand alone, without distortion, while leaving all other possibilities open to you and others. Finally, people who call themselves EFT Experts, EFT Masters, EFT Advisor’s and the like are urged to upgrade their skills to reflect this Tutorial. Otherwise, these EFT standards will be diluted for everyone.
In conclusion to this article I wholly agree with Gary Craig, because I love EFT I too feel it’s important to preserve his original teachings. At Kick The Dieting Habit I offer a How To STOP Food Cravings free report and at ABC Simple As I offer a free report on A Guide To EFT Tapping On Your Own, where I emphasise the examples are just that due to the importance of finding your own words.
If you’re familiar with EFT I’d like to hear your thoughts …