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A Key Trait of Visionary Leaders

One of the great privileges of my life has been to spend personal time with some of the most amazing visionary leaders of our time. People like Joe Dispenza, Donna Eden, Tony Robbins, Jean Houston, and Jack Canfield.

I don’t just listen to their advice. I study their lives. What makes them so successful? One of the keys is consistency.

They plan for success, then they consistently take action on what will get them there. They don’t rely on happy accidents or wishful thinking. They take consistent concrete action toward their goals.

Wouldn’t you like that for yourself? Of course!

For that reason, I recommend you take 7 minutes a day for 21 days, and be inspired by their example.

In just 7 minutes each day, you’ll tap and meditate along with me, using a series of brief audio programs. This program is free, and it’s called the 21 Day Tapping Challenge

Challenge yourself to be consistent for just the next 21 days. Don’t skip a day. No matter how busy you are, you can afford 7 minutes. Register here now.

Here’s to celebrating your consistent success!

Ancestral Healing with EFT

Many of us are carrying shame, blame, anger, guilt, resentment and other negative emotions inherited from our ancestors. Research shows that ancestral trauma can even alter the expression of our genes. How do we release these multi-generational patterns?

Emotional Freedom Technique or “EFT” is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma compromises both physical and emotional health. EFT has a whole set of tools that bypass the level of conscious awareness to change brain pathways and body sensations that come from the past.

Join Dr. Dawson Church for the 2-day online program “Ancestral Healing with EFT” on June 14 & 15, 2022 to heal these traumas. Live your life free of the burdens of your ancestry!

Ancestral Healing with EFT
with Dawson Church, PhD
2 Sessions | Tuesday & Wednesday, June 14 & 15, 2022
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm ET

When to Tap with a Practitioner and When to Tap Yourself

The great thing about EFT is that there are many issues you can successfully tackle yourself. For others, you’ll make 10 times the progress in 1/10th of the time when you tap with a practitioner. It’s important to understand which is which.

Watch this helpful video by EFT practitioner Jackie Viramontez as she explains the difference.



Connect with an EFT practitioner today at MyStressSolution.com.

Immunity and EFT

Psoriasis is one of the most widespread autoimmune diseases, affecting millions of sufferers worldwide. It is characterized by inflamed red patches and flaking of the skin. A pilot study by Patti Hodge, and Corinne Jurgens of Stony Point University, assessed 12 psoriasis patients for both physical and psychological symptoms, and followed their progress for three months. After EFT, their psychological health improved by over 50%. Their psoriasis also improved, and on follow-up their symptoms had reduced by 74.95% (p<.001). Click here for the study abstract. To subscribe to the peer-reviewed professional journal Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment, in which the study was published, click here.  

Hands-on Healing with Bill Bengston

At an Energy Medicine conference I spoke at, I met Dr. Bill Bengston, a professor at St. Joseph’s College in New York City.

Dr. Bengston has conducted a number of provocative laboratory experiments on energy healing using mice. With animal subjects, unlike humans, the researcher doesn’t have to control for the placebo effect, which predisposes human beings to recover due to their beliefs.

Dr. Bengston injected mice with a cancer-causing substance which produced a 100% fatality rate within 28 days. Then he gave them hands-on healing. The results were astonishing: The mice recovered. The tumors turned black and imploded, and the mice lived a normal life span.

You can read about the study in his book The Energy Cure.

Yet there’s a lot more to the story. Dr. Bengston was recently interviewed by Dr. Dean Radin, chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which partnered in an EFT study as well.

Click here for a transcript of the interview in which Dr. Bengston shares the origin of these energy healing insights in the pioneering work of Bernard Grad at McGill University in the 1970s, which I describe in my book Soul Medicine (co-authored with Harvard-trained neurosurgeon Norm Shealy, MD, PhD).


dawson-church-phd-headshotDawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression. Mind to Matter showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as “objective reality.” Bliss Brain demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH) to promote groundbreaking new treatments. Dawson shares how to apply these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe.

NIMH Dumps DSM Diagnosis

In a dramatic announcement, Thomas Insel, the director of the US government agency that provides grants for the study of mental illness, the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH), has rejected the “bible” of psychiatric diagnosis, the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual).

In a dramatic announcement Thomas Insel the director of the US government agency that provides grants for the study of mental illness the National Institutes of Mental Health NIMH has rejected the bible of psychiatric diagnosis the DSM Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.

The DSM has been used for decades to define psychological conditions such as PTSD depression and anxiety and has become widely used even in areas for which it was never originally intended such as law and insurance reimbursement.

Insel writes that the NIMH will be reorienting its research away from DSM categories.

The fifth edition of the DSM has been more than a decade in the making and is just weeks away from publication.

Says Insel:

“While DSM has been described as a Bible for the field, it is at best a dictionary creating a set of labels and defining each. The strength of each of the editions of DSM has been reliability — each edition has ensured that clinicians use the same terms in the same ways. The weakness is its lack of validity. Unlike our definitions of ischemic heart disease lymphoma or AIDS, the DSM diagnoses are based on a consensus about clusters of clinical symptoms, not any objective laboratory measure. In the rest of medicine, this would be equivalent to creating diagnostic systems based on the nature of chest pain or the quality of fever. Indeed, symptom-based diagnosis once common in other areas of medicine has been largely replaced in the past half century as we have understood that symptoms alone rarely indicate the best choice of treatment. Patients with mental disorders deserve better.”

Rather than the DSM, Insel writes that the NIMH will use the Research Domain Criteria RDoC which use genetic neurological and cognitive data. According to a statement issued by the board of the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry ISEPP the DSM supports the perpetuation of myths about mental emotional and behavioral disturbances in individuals which favor pseudo-scientific biological explanations and disregard their lived context.

The evolving editions of the DSM have been remarkable in expanding psychiatric labels for alleged mental illnesses with no scientifically substantiated biological etiologies.

Adherents of biopsychiatric explanations and pharmaceutical manufacturers are the primary benefactors of public acceptance of this myth.

ISEPP recommends public scrutiny and skepticism regarding the DSM as well as a constructive dismantling of the psychiatric pharmaceutical complex through which it is continually supported and redeployed. According to another ISEPP member, Insel’s statement is also an implicit admission that there is no real theoretical basis for drug treatments for mental illness.

See also this Scientific American blog post on the issue:


dawson-church-phd-headshotDawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression. Mind to Matter showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as “objective reality.” Bliss Brain demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH) to promote groundbreaking new treatments. Dawson shares how to apply these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe.

EFT Success is Knowing the Right Questions to Ask

Dramatic, life-changing breakthroughs often occur when EFT practitioners ask the right questions.

As an EFT Universe Trainer, I teach my students valuable questions to ask their clients.

In a recent EFT Level 1 workshop, a student released 25 years of back pain in less than 20 minutes by answering one simple question to help find the emotional cause behind the pain.

The question: “What was going on in your life when the pain began?”

In that workshop, Susan and I were paired up to practice techniques for using EFT for physical issues such as pain I was the practitioner and Susan as the client Before we began our work together I noticed that Susan was sitting tentatively on the very edge of her chair.

When I invited her to sit back and get comfortable she explained that she had not been able to sit without low back pain for the past 25 years.

Though it was not the physical issue she was planning for us to work on because it seemed so huge, I suggested we jump in and see what we could do. When we started her pain intensity was a 67 out of 10, just as it is during most waking moments of her life.

Susan described that she had been medically evaluated on many occasions but the doctors were unable to find the cause of the pain or a successful treatment to relieve it. She said her son thought it sounded a lot like sciatica. When I asked her how old her son is, she said 25.

Then I asked if her pain began before or after her son was born. Susan looked puzzled at first and then as if a light went off she realized for the first time the possible link between what went on in her life while pregnant with him and her 25 years of pain.

Then, of course, I asked her: “What was going on in your life when the pain began?”

She explained that when she was three months pregnant she was working in customer service for an airline at the airport. When faced with picking up a very large suitcase she looked around for a coworker to help her but since there was nobody nearby she lifted the heavy bag herself. Susan immediately realized that she should not have done that and the ensuing pain ultimately caused her to lose her job.

While telling the story she immediately began to feel anger at the airlines.

Twenty-five years after her claim for compensation for medical care and lost wages was denied, Susan was still filled with rage. She also felt anger at herself for lifting the suitcase against her better judgment.

Since the intensity of her anger at the airlines at 10 was more intense than the anger at herself at 7 we began using the basic EFT recipe to tap about the anger at the airlines. I used Susan’s exact words as we tapped on the feelings of anger and betrayal at losing all that pay, being unfairly judged, etc.

It took only five minutes to collapse all of her negative feelings about the airlines.

Then Susan became much more aware of her anger at herself, now an intensity level of 9. Again, using her own words, we tapped about the self blame that Susan was still feeling regarding lifting the suitcase. “I was foolish. I brought this on myself,” etc. It took only a few minutes to reach the point of forgiving herself and feeling peace.

Once the intensity was gone for the anger at the airlines and at herself Susan began to notice that her back pain was almost entirely gone. Over the next several hours, the pain totally disappeared and has remained gone for the first time in 25 years.

The most frequent question my students and clients ask me is: “What is the right thing to tap on to get the most effective EFT results?”

Knowing the right questions to ask, like in Susan’s case, is the best advice I can give. Receiving skilled instruction in the EFT foundational concepts, combined with supervised practical experience, is the most powerful way I know to learn those questions and many other valuable tools to becoming highly effective at using EFT.


Dale Paula Teplitz has been an EFT instructor since 2000 and a skilled practitioner for over 20 years. Trained by the EFT Universe founder, Dr. Dawson Church, and a recipient of his official EFT Certification, Dale assisted the Dawson in his workshops for ‘Mastering EFT’ and ‘EFT for Serious Illnesses’ and in the creation of practitioner trainings. She is featured in the documentary Operation Emotional Freedom, which describes the use of EFT with combat veterans for their war traumas.

EFT Improves Sport Confidence

by Dawson Church, PhD

A study recently published in a large peer-reviewed sports journal showed that EFT improves confidence levels in athletes.
Researcher Darlene Downs gathered data from 10 female volleyball players at a university, and I wrote up the results for publication.

We analyzed their levels of PTSD, as it manifested both physically and emotionally. We also measured their confidence levels, and their degree of trauma around a single adverse event.

They then received a single EFT session that lasted only 20 minutes.

Afterwards, their confidence levels improved, while both physical and emotional aspects of PTSD decreased. When followed up 60 days later, their improvements had held.

The improvements in mental health had high statistical significance, meaning that there was only 1 possibility in 1,000 that the results were due to chance.

This study confirms the results of two earlier randomized controlled trials of EFT for athletic performance, and contributes to the growing body of research demonstrating EFT’s effectiveness for a wide range of psychological and physical problems.

You can read the study abstract here, and visit the EFT research bibliography here.


dawson-church-phd-headshotDawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression. Mind to Matter showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as “objective reality.” Bliss Brain demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH) to promote groundbreaking new treatments. Dawson shares how to apply these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe.

The Dark Side of EFT

EFT is a remarkable transformational tool–with a dark and light side. Like the Force in the movie Star Wars, it’s powerful, but can be used for good or ill. In the movie, some Jedi knights master the Force, but are then seduced by the Dark Side. All their power is then harnessed in the service of the Evil Empire. The same phenomenon often occurs in EFT.

Learning and using EFT provides no guarantee that you will remain on the Light Side of the Force. In fact, experiencing EFT’s power makes it likely that you will be tempted by the Dark Side.

There are two sources of this temptation. One comes from the outside, the other from within.

The outer temptation comes in the form of success with clients. Imagine a mildly successful life coach or psychotherapist. Or perhaps even a quite unsuccessful and frustrated life coach or psychotherapist. They learn EFT, and suddenly their clients are obtaining breakthrough results. Their ego says, “Wow, now I’m a super-therapist, a super-coach. Look at me! Look at the power I have to help people.” The ego attributes their newfound results to itself as much as to EFT. Clients are grateful to the newly-successful practitioner, further feeding the ego. It swells up to a gigantic size. Perhaps the practitioner introduces some minor variation of EFT. The ego then says, “Look, I’ve improved EFT. My EFT is even better than the original EFT.” It swells up even bigger.

The second way in which EFT can produce a monster comes from within, as EFT clears emotional trauma. Most people have a large collection of emotional problems cluttering up their psyche. The poet Robert Bly likens it to a big bag, which we drag along behind us. We can’t make fast progress through our lives because we’re impeded by dragging this bag behind us. The bag impairs our effectiveness and happiness.

EFT is very effective at clearing emotional trauma. Research shows that in just a one-day workshop, psychological problems like anxiety and depression are reduced by an average of 45%. Physical pain is reduced by an average of 68%. The results hold over time. EFT makes your bag of sorrows much smaller and lighter. All the space in the mind, body and emotional realm that was previously stuffed with emotional trauma is now open. This creates a vacuum, and that vacuum must be filled.

What rushes into this newly-liberated psychic territory? If an individual has done diligent transformational, ethical, and spiritual work, then those qualities fill the space. If an individual has not done such work, then the ego rushes in to fill the vacuum.

Keeping the ego in check has been one of the primary focuses of transformational and spiritual schools since the days of the ancient shamans. They recognized the lure of the Dark Side of the Force. They recognized that, with increased personal power comes increased responsibility to keep the ego in check. As Voltaire said, “Power corrupts.” The shamans recognized that it takes constant vigilance and committed spiritual practice to keep the psyche clear of the Dark Side. They called this practice of identifying and cleansing the influences of the ego, “cleaning the bone.”

Sometimes people in the EFT community point to the actions of this or that EFT practitioner who is drugged by power, dominated by the ego, and acting outrageously. They ask, “How can he or she do that, it goes against all the values of healing and compassion?” The reason is that such a person has fallen under the spell of the ego, going over to the Dark Side. Such a practitioner is still getting excellent results with clients, and there may be no obvious signal to them that they’ve strayed from the path.

The more power you accumulate, the greater the temptation. Historians studying transformational schools are often dismayed at the behavior of their leaders. The history of transformational movements is littered with examples of leaders who’ve become drunk with power, seduced by the Dark Side, and committed shameful acts. EFT is no exception.

As part of our certification requirements at EFT Universe, we require practitioner candidates to document 15 hours of personal work on their own issues. Why do we do this? The purpose of this requirement is to highlight the importance of “cleaning the bone.” A practitioner who gets in the habit of soul-searching, of comparing their thoughts and behaviors to the highest standards, of ongoing and diligent spiritual practice, is less likely to fall into the trap of the ego.

Fifteen hours of personal growth work is very little. It simply points to the importance of a regular practice. As you move forward on your journey with EFT, it’s important to keep examining your words, thoughts, and actions. Are they consistent with the highest values? The Dark Side will beckon, but as you commit yourself to regular personal reflection, and a strong spiritual practice, you reinforce your allegiance to the Light Side of the Force.

Veterans Administration Fails to Offer Effective PTSD Treatments to Veterans

by Dawson Church, PhD

One of the disturbing aspects of combat trauma is the cost to society when veterans come home. Around some military bases, the number of murders and rapes spikes sharply, according to an article in Slate magazine. These terrible events are more than a tragedy; they are a symbol of our failure as a society to effectively treat veterans with PTSD.

The Veterans Administration (VA) has struggled with the burden of a huge number of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with PTSD. Some 2.4 million Americans have been deployed there, and estimates of the number with PTSD run as high as 30%. Simply diagnosing PTSD has strained VA resources, with a backlog extending about 600 days.

In the face of this challenge, the VA has resolutely refused to implement promising new drug-free treatments that can eliminate PTSD in most cases, preferring to prescribe risky and and often-ineffective drugs instead. Between 2001 and 2011, the VA spent $717 million on a drug called Risperidone, touted as a treatment for PTSD. A 2011 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that Risperidone was no more effective than a placebo.

In that same time period, many practitioners presented case histories to various VA officials showing that EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), a safe, drug-free behavioral treatment, eliminates PTSD symptoms in veterans. EFT combines acupressure (manual stimulation of acupuncture points) with cognitive and exposure therapies.

EFT studies were presented to the VA as early as 2008, when Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wrote a personal letter to then-secretary for Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki enclosing an early outcome study showing veterans recovering from PTSD after EFT treatment. Three other congressmen wrote to Shinseki again in 2010, enclosing more research and further evidence. The VA took no action on this information either.

Therapists frustrated at the lack of progress at official levels set up their own web site to offer EFT and similar therapies to veterans. Called the Veterans Stress Project, it has now offered treatment to over 10,000 veterans. Over 200 therapists and life coaches all over the US offer their services free of charge or a minimal cost.

A randomized controlled trial, published in 2013 but made available to the VA in 2010, showed that 86% of veterans recovered completely and permanently after just 6 EFT sessions. In September of 2013, Congressman Tim Ryan wrote another letter to Secretary Shinseki, this time advocating EFT on the basis of 18 randomized controlled trials.

Like all the other letters, this one was rebuffed, with the VA declining to examine the evidence, perform its own research, refer patients to the Veterans Stress Project, or take any other action to get EFT to suffering veterans. Dozens of studies have shown that EFT is effective for depression, anxiety, phobias, PTSD, and other problems commonly affecting veterans.

Each new act of violence by veterans with mental health problems reminds us of the folly of the VAs approach. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) says that “The VA cannot have this ‘see no evil hear no evil’ attitude” towards EFT. We have the solution sitting on the shelf, unused by the very institution that’s meant to be helping our veterans.

The costs of failure are staggering. Each veteran with PTSD costs an estimated $1.5 million to treat (usually ineffectively), while a course of EFT treatment costs about $500 (and is effective in about 9 out of 10 cases). For what it spent on Risperidone alone, the VA could have offered EFT to every single veteran suffering from PTSD. According to a report in the American-Statesman, in 2012 “the Pentagon spent more on pills, injections and vaccines than it did on Black Hawk helicopters, Abrams tanks, Hercules C-130 cargo planes and Patriot missiles — combined.” According to an outcome study, for the cost of treating one veteran with conventional treatments, the VA could have offered EFT to 2,000 sufferers.

Shinseki was eventually forced to resign over the VAs scandalous neglect of PTSD sufferers, and its attempt to hide its incompetence by falsifying medical records. Yet the institution has yet to offer EFT or any of the other effective treatments to its patients.


dawson-church-phd-headshotDawson Church, PhD, is an award-winning science writer with three best-selling books to his credit. The Genie in Your Genes was the first book to demonstrate that emotions drive gene expression. Mind to Matter showed that the brain creates much of what we think of as “objective reality.” Bliss Brain demonstrates that peak mental states rapidly remodel the brain for happiness. Dawson has conducted dozens of clinical trials, and founded the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (NIIH) to promote groundbreaking new treatments. Dawson shares how to apply these health and performance breakthroughs through EFT Universe.