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New Research Supports EFT’s Effective Use for Insomnia in an Elderly Population

by Craig Weiner, DC, EFT TRN-3

The ability to sleep and sleep well has been shown to have a profound effect on health and well-being. However, statistics have shown that one out of three people have insomnia at some point in their lives, and that 20 to 40% of all adults have insomnia in the course of any given year. Over 70 million Americans suffer from disorders of sleep and wakefulness.

This problem is exacerbated in older adults, with over one half of adults age 60 or older reporting difficulty initiating or sleeping through the night. Loss of sleep in the elderly has been tied to loss of memory, decreased concentration and functional performance in daily activities. The study authors discussed the limited effectiveness and problems associated with sleep medications and side effects.  For non-pharmaceutical interventions, several are named as well-established with the “sleep hygeine education” being listed as the first line of therapies. This important study, conducted in association with the department of Oriental Psychiatry in the university setting in Seoul, Korea, specifically explored the effect of EFT on reducing insomnia for an elderly population. (This study expanded on a small 2011 pilot study of a similar nature).

This study, A Comparison of Emotional Freedom Techniques–Insomnia (EFT-I) and Sleep Hygiene Education (SHE) in a Geriatric Population: A Randomized Controlled Trial,  was a randomized, controlled study (RCT) and it directly compared EFT against a well-respected and utilized treatment method for insomnia — what is referred to as Sleep Hygiene Education (SHE). In addition to the education delivered both by presentation, video and with self-administered exercises, and in order to mimic a physical-somatic component (such as EFT), researchers included movement and relaxation techniques to mimic the physical elements of the EFT-I. The authors utilized the term EFT-I (EFT-Insomnia) as they utilized a slight adaptation of the classic EFT Basic Recipe (including set-up, reminder phrases, tapping and 9-Gamut procedure) for the geriatric population. Authors indicate but do not specify exactly how they simplified the reminder phrases for simpler recall. Also assessed beside sleep quality (using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index and the 15 question Sleep Scale), a Geriatric Depression Scale and Senile Life Satisfaction Scale to measure Life-Satisfaction, Depression and Anxiety in addition to sleep quality. All 20 participants were women (average age of 78 years old) who were not using a multitude of sleep medications. All were examined and given a diagnosis of insomnia by a neuropsychiatrist.

Both groups received “group sessions” at the senior welfare center for one hour, two times per week for four weeks by a trained professional. They were also instructed to use self-treatment and repetitive learning via use of a cassette tape and recorder and asked to listen and follow instructions at least once per day. Measurements were taken at five weeks and nine weeks post baseline measurements.

The authors summarized “that when EFT is offered to seniors in a group format, as a self-help tool. They can effectively learn to alleviate insomnia and improve their mental health and quality of life…EFT-I was more effective than SHE. The study however found neither intervention resulted in a significant improvement in anxiety or life satisfaction. The authors summarize their conclusions with Despite limitations (primarily that the interventions were performed in only a single setting and in an open public/non-private setting), the robust design of this study, the positive results, and its congruence with published literature suggest that EFT should be considered by clinicians an effective treatment for insomnia.”  The study authors also indicate the cost-effectiveness of such delivery in a group format.

This is but one more published peer-reviewed randomized controlled trial study showing the effectiveness of EFT with a short time of application to be effective in another important physical condition.

To view the research citation, abstract and commentary in its entirety, Click Here.


Craig Weiner, D.C. is an international trainer in mind-body healing techniques. He has maintained a thriving chiropractic practice for nearly 30 years and now trains and certifies practitioners around the world in techniques such as EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) and Matrix Reimprinting.

 

Can You Predict the Success of Your Relationship?

by Dawson Church, PhD

Imagine if you could predict how happy you are going to be as a couple. What characteristics would you look for in your perfect partner?

New research has shown that emotional intelligence is strongly associated with relationship success and long-term satisfaction. It’s a trait well worth looking for in potential partners. If you’re in a relationship, whether a new one or a long-term one, it’s worth cultivating.

Emotional intelligence is a measure of how well you understand and relate to your own and another person’s emotions.

There are 4 elements of emotional intelligence:

    1. Emotional Awareness: You’re aware of, and understand your emotions, and are able to examine them objectively.
    2. Regulating Emotions: You don’t become overwhelmed by your emotions, and can effectively manage them.
    3. Harnessing Emotions: You can use your emotions in a positive way to meet your goals and solve your problems.
    4. Perceptiveness of the Emotions of Others: You can empathize with others and understand their feelings.

Luckily, emotional intelligence is something that you can learn and improve upon. One way to do this is to practice emotional mindfulness — becoming aware of your own emotions at times of heightened emotion, and considering why you feel that way.

This is also known as emotional labeling.

To learn these skills, couples can attend coaching sessions and develop their skills together. Many certified Clinical EFT practitioners work with couples. I’ve also seen many couples experience breakthroughs in the Tapping Deep Intimacy online program. It teaches 12 essential skills for cultivating emotional intelligence, as well as showing couples how to apply EFT effectively to love relationships.

Being able to understand and manage emotions effectively is important for a happy love life, and research shows that having a high emotional intelligence level will allow you to model good skills to your partner, helping both of you.

You can assess the emotional intelligence levels of potential partners to determine if they’re a good fit for you.

Couples just starting their relationship journey, as well as those in trouble, can improve their relationships, and increase their chances of long-term happiness, by increasing their degree of emotional intelligence.

EFT is one of the best tools I’ve discovered for raising your emotional intelligence level, and though it takes commitment and hard work, the payoff in the form of a happy long-term relationship, is more than worth it!

Research shows that you can improve your chances of a loving long-term relationship by increasing your level of emotional intelligence. Why not increase the odds by cultivating emotional intelligence with EFT?


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.

Cultivating Healthy Habits? Involve Your Partner!

Many of us are focused on cultivating healthy habits. Like starting an exercise program. Or losing weight. Or quitting smoking.

When our partner is on the same track, our chances of success rise dramatically. That’s the message from a new study using data from ELSA, the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.1 ELSA aggregates data from 3,722 couples 50 years old or older.

For example, 50% of women trying to quit smoking were successful if their smoker husbands were quitting at the same time. But if they were married to a non-smoker, the figure dropped to 17%.

When the husband wasn’t trying to quit, and continued smoking, the success rate dropped to 8%. Similar differentials were found for other lifestyle changes. The chances of success were greater for men, too, if their partners were simultaneously making changes.

There are many stories on EFT Universe of couples changing together. And there are many other accounts in which one person in the relationship was committed to change, while the other wasn’t interested. This situation is so common that in our couple skills program, Tapping Deep Intimacy, we devote an entire module to the problem.

Whether you’re in a marriage or partnership in which the other person is an enthusiastic collaborator, or whether you’re going it alone, EFT will help you shift. Check out the Tapping Deep Intimacy 12-week online program for the skills to create a fantastic partnership or marriage using tapping and 11 other proven relationship techniques!


Source

1. Jackson, S. E., Steptoe, A., & Wardle, J. (2015). The influence of partner’s behavior on health behavior change: The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. JAMA Intern Med, 175(3), 385-392.

The Success Triad for a Thriving EFT Practice

by Craig Weiner, DC, EFT TRN-3

I have yet to meet a single person who became an EFT practitioner to get rich. It simply is not the reason that we do this work. What I see is passion and a commitment to share a process that transforms people’s lives. This vocational choice is often sparked by having overcome a personal challenge using EFT, which resolved a problem when other methods failed.

Driven by a desire to help others, EFT practitioners act from their heart and typically attend to finances and income as an afterthought. This is a real problem for those who want a vocation they love and for which they are well paid. Unfortunately, a survey we conducted in 2014 revealed that over 80% of EFT coaches make under $20,000 per year.

That is not a livable income and is a problem that needs to be addressed.

When an EFT practitioner gets started in practice, they need to understand that they are actually launching a business. Many begin with minimal entrepreneurial experience, often lacking the critical skills for successfully running a small business. There are important marketing skills that, once learned, significantly enhance financial growth. Practitioners who master these skills are more likely to be successful. Clinical and business skills are two pillars of a successful practice.

There is a third pillar for the thriving triad.

EFT Universe provides a strong path for clinical excellence in its mentoring and certification process. There are avenues for learning the business and marketing skills of an EFT practice, such as our EFT MBA program. But the third critical skill involves the practitioner having the self-confidence, inner strength, and resilience to put himself or herself out there. Personal challenges in this arena abound and often cripple otherwise masterful practitioners.

The same emotions that thwart our clients limit and hold back EFT practitioners from thriving. The predominant reasons I have had to address in EFT practitioners that limit their practice success are: the fear of putting themselves out there, the fear of being seen, the fear of failing, and, more important, the fear of succeeding.

Some of the ways these show up are:

  • The fear of being overwhelmed by clients and work if they get too successful
  • The fear of making a mistake with a client
  • The fear that they are not experienced enough and won’t be able to help a client
  • The fear that personal life/work balance will be lost
  • The fear that if they teach a class, no one will show up
  • The fear that people will criticize them
  • The fear that they will be seen as not “walking their talk”
  • The fear of putting themselves out there because it means being physically seen

All of these create a sense of vulnerability and a hesitancy that run contrary to the ability to grow a flourishing business. In EFT, the concept of secondary gain shows us how, despite wanting a great flourishing income, there is some part of ourselves that is frightened of its coming to fruition. The desire for a successful practice is therefore tempered by the often whisper-like or subconscious concerns about what will happen if I really put myself out there.

Let me give you an example. Meredith is an EFT coach who had just finished her certification. She was thrilled at getting certified and being ready for paying clients. She had an idea of the steps she needed to take in order to promote her new business, but 3 months later, she found herself not having followed through on any of those steps. She realized that she was procrastinating and that her life had suddenly been filled with other obligations. She came to Alina Frank and me to help her uncover the reason for what was stopping her.

During the first session, Meredith reported that part of her marketing plan was to include a monthly blog. When she was asked to imagine writing her first blog post, she seemed to be fine with that. When asked to imagine hitting the publish key, that’s when she froze. We worked on her fear about putting herself out there in this way, which in turn led to a memory of her writing an English paper in fifth grade that her teacher had made fun of.

Before fifth grade, Meredith had loved writing and, secretly throughout her life, she had envisioned herself as a writer. When we discovered and collapsed that fifth-grade memory, she once again connected to that part of herself. Today, Meredith pens a popular blog, which has been instrumental for her in building a successful coaching practice.

The path and work that is required to create a successful, thriving EFT practice is both an internal and external journey. The triad of clinical excellence, business/marketing mastery, and personal emotional freedom are the pillars that will help create a business of your dreams.


Craig Weiner and Alina Frank are EFT Universe trainers and directors of the EFT Marketing and Business Academy, an EFT practitioner’s business acceleration program. EFTMBA.com

Why Developing Your EFT Niche Is So Critical for Success

by Craig Weiner, DC, EFT TRN-3

As EFT Universe trainers, Alina Frank and I have instructed and mentored hundreds of EFT students as they progressed through the certification process. The curriculum is thorough, the practical experience is rigorous, and the exams test knowledge. All this is as it should be, so the result is quality EFT practitioners who have gained the skills needed and can feel confident in their abilities.

That being said, a skillful practitioner is not necessarily a skillful businessperson. Individuals are exposed to tapping through a variety of experiences, often witnessing profound transformation and healings. Those events can be so powerful that they make the choice to devote their lives to EFT and begin a new career, brimming with excitement and passion. If, however, they have no entrepreneurial skills or have never run a business or a private practice before, they can easily become overwhelmed by the need to wear multiple job description hats.

New practitioners may be novices in the technology and marketing skills that are so helpful in growing an EFT practice. There is an endless learning curve for understanding website creation and search engine optimization (SEO), blogging skills, social media marketing, and creating tele-classes or online products. Emotional challenges often emerge ranging from anxiety related to charging clients for the first time for services to the fear of public speaking or even the tongue-tying process of describing what you do when someone asks.

When someone asks what you do, what do you say? Do you offer something like “EFT is emotional acupuncture without needles,” which leaves them with that quizzical look? Do you do your best to describe acupoint stimulation as reducing amygdala hijacking only to have them say, “That’s great,” and then change the conversation topic?

I will offer a secret that makes this big question far easier to answer and much more likely to create new clients. It is what we tell our EFT business students from day 1 of their training. When you develop your business niche, your response will become simple and engaging.

Try this experiment: Ask the next 100 strangers you meet: “Do you know what EFT is?” Of course, the response will vary with the demographics of your community. While the recognition is growing by leaps and bounds, my experience is still that under 10% say ‘yes.’ So when someone asks my friend Jean what he does and he says he is a plumber, 100% nod their head in recognition. I would estimate that there are far fewer taxidermists than there are EFT practitioners, yet many more people will understand the former over the latter. So what is there to do?

Within the polite 20 seconds you get to respond to the question regarding what you do, you can try to explain or EFT or you can develop your practice niche and respond like this: “What do I do? I help women who have been recently divorced find their confidence and self-worth to create the relationship of their dreams!” Or “I help first-time authors who are stuck move quickly through their writer’s block to complete their dream book project!” Or “I’m a coach who works with individuals with dental fears get over their worry so they can feel excited about having healthy teeth again!”

You may notice a few things about this. First, there is no need to explain from the get-go “the EFT tool.” If the person is a good client fit, then he or she will truly be interested in a deeper conversation in which you can offer a more in-depth explanation as to how you would help achieve that goal. Even if the individual is not an ideal client fit, he or she will more than likely immediately think of a distinct person who would be. When you respond to the question by saying that you do EFT, it is unlikely that your listener will think of someone who needs you.

Now you might think, “Oh goodness, why would I want to limit my clients to a limited number of interested potential clients when I am just starting out? Shouldn’t I keep my practice open to everyone?” The irony is that by being a generalist to everyone you are a specialist to no one, and that is likely to have your client calendar awfully quiet. Dental fears affect nearly 20% of the population, and in the United States that’s 68 million people. With divorce running around 50% in America…well, you do the math. As heartbreaking as it is, people take action when they are suffering. People will pay for services when they are hurting; that is when they search and ask for help.

That’s where you come in. Developing your niche is the single most important skill I can teach a practitioner to implement in order to have a successful EFT practice.

You might think, “Do I really only want to work with people with dental fears?” The reality is that the issue that someone complains of is usually only the starting point and you may find yourself working with any number of different issues. In sessions, a client may clear a long-standing fear of dogs after being bitten as a child. That client works at an animal shelter and refers all her coworkers, none of whom have dental fears.

Finally, as the number of EFT practitioners grows and they are out there marketing themselves, you are going to need to stand out. Being an authority in a particular arena makes you the expert, and people want to find the expert to help them with what they are suffering from. Shouldn’t that be you?


Craig Weiner and Alina Frank are EFT Universe trainers and directors of the EFT Marketing and Business Academy, an EFT practitioner’s business acceleration program. EFTMBA.com

10 Top Misconceptions about EFT

By Craig Weiner, DC, EFT TRN-3, and Alina Frank, EFT TRN-3

Over the last decade we have witnessed the spread of EFT to millions of people around the world. With this rapid expansion, however, we have seen false expectations offered, misconceptions generated, and potentially harmful ideas put forward about EFT. This article addresses what we consider to be the 10 most common myths about EFT, which we feel any newcomer to EFT should be aware of.

The 10 Misconceptions About EFT Tapping are:

Myth #1: EFT is just a self-help tool.

One of the things we love about EFT is that anyone can learn the tool and self-apply it. There aren’t many healing modalities that even offer such an option. If, however, you have used EFT and it appears to have failed, it may simply be because you were only utilizing it as a self-help tool. Though there are millions of issues you can work on by yourself, there isn’t a single person who wouldn’t benefit from being guided in the tapping process by a skilled expert.

Think of it this way: A dentist can brush his teeth and may even be able to use some of the hygienist’s tools to clean them thoroughly, but he can’t perform a root canal on himself no matter how good he is. If you haven’t received sufficient progress on your issue(s), then please consider working with a certified EFT coach with experience in the challenges you want to resolve. This is especially true when significant traumatic experiences are at the heart of the issue you are working on.

Myth #2: EFT is better than Western medicine.

Yes, recent studies show that medical mistakes happen and that medications are frequently offered when safer alternatives could be explored. It is also true that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. That being said, lives are saved every minute by the appropriate use of medication and properly offered medical attention. Too often we have seen alternative care practitioners or advocates of complementary care eschew Western medicine to a fault to the point of not obtaining a proper diagnosis or treatment.

We’ve seen a number of times when just the right dosage of a psychotropic medication given for a short period of time by a skilled and ethical psychiatrist made all the difference in the world in terms of EFT actually being able to work. Just like going to get a cast for a broken bone, getting medication for mental health challenges has its place. Luckily, more than ever, doctors, therapists, and psychiatrists are either learning about EFT or are at least open-minded enough to work in conjunction with EFT.

When this happens, everyone wins. Research has only begun to compare EFT to more traditional and accepted techniques such as CBT and EMDR. To claim EFT’s superiority without evidence is fallacy and potentially harmful. The first question that any qualified EFT professional should be asking regarding a client’s physical condition is whether that client has seen a doctor and been properly examined.

Myth #3: All certified practitioners have resolved all their issues.

Just because an EFT practitioner has been in private practice for several or more years does not mean that they have healed all their own wounds. There are chain-smoking tappers, alcoholic tappers, coaches with unresolved physical and emotional issues, and others who have difficulty setting appropriate boundaries, as a result of unfinished personal work.

The best practitioners are ones who continue to do their own personal work for a lifetime. Just because practitioners have not completely resolved their own issues does not make them incapable of helping you with yours. Looking into their references, their certifications, their experience in the area you wish to work in, along with having a consultation before you commit to working with them is our best advice.

Make sure that when you decide to work with someone it’s a good fit. This is a very special relationship you will be building and can be a significant investment of time, energy, and expense, so double-check to make sure you are in good hands. The best practitioners are the ones that know and accept that their own healing work is never done. An EFT coach who doesn’t do this takes the risk of working with an inflated ego, crossing a line, or suffering from vicarious trauma.

Myth #4: All EFT training is created equal.

There is absolutely no substitute for live workshop training delivered by a highly experienced trainer. During a live training, a good trainer will provide you with many opportunities to practice and offer invaluable individual feedback. There are nuances that even a streaming broadcast cannot capture.

The best EFT training programs will then require that you spend time with a mentor reviewing your work with clients as you go through certification. In our opinion, this results in a much better practitioner than those who feel they learned enough through videos courses. If I needed electrical work done in my home, I wouldn’t trust a person who called him/herself an electrician after training in just an online or mail-order course.

I would trust the electrician that went to school, was a supervised apprentice under someone who had been in the profession for years, and passed his/her requirements for licensure. Because EFT is an unlicensed profession, you will find many EFT practitioners that haven’t taken the necessary steps for mastery and think they are prepared to work with bigger issues that are likely to arise during tapping.

Myth #5: Practitioners should always ask, “Tell me about the first or worst time this happened to you.”

Some people who do EFT feel that asking these questions early in an EFT session will get you to your “core” issue faster. After all, such a high percentage of core issues are formed during early childhood. As EFT and trauma educators, we have rather strong opinions about this based upon the most advanced trauma therapies being researched and discussed in the trauma field. There are multiple problems when this query is asked too soon.

As a client, you may not be prepared for this question, you may well not have recall available in that moment, and then you may feel the pressure to figure it out immediately, which can feel very stressful. Even more important, as a practitioner, you may rip open in the client what we call a “trauma capsule,” without the benefit of having established sufficient connection, rapport, and safety. We have seen that if we ask clients to remember more recent events, they have better access to those memories and we can start unraveling the layers of the onion easily without force, coercion, or manipulation.

The apparent failure to remember early events in your life is quite common and may occur because your psyche/subconscious mind is doing a good job of protecting you from painful memories that you may not be ready, have the resources, or feel safe enough to recall. Recently, a student, after hearing us teach about this, said, “No wonder no one wants to come to me after the first session. I was taught to always go for the earliest and worst memories first.”

This student works with a highly vulnerable and frequently traumatized population. It is especially important to be working more slowly when this is the case. The more you educate yourself on trauma the more you will find that the organic pace of a session, when guided by a skillful practitioner, feels safer, more gentle, and will get the results you want in a relatively short period of time without requiring an early questioning about the “first and worst.”

Myth #6: No lifestyle changes are necessary when doing EFT.

There are some issues that are resolved completely by tapping; it’s truly remarkable and amazing. There are other habits or patterns that require supportive lifestyle changes. We have had a few clients who had Type 2 diabetes who were able to wean off their insulin. While EFT was used on emotionally relevant underlying aspects to the condition, it was also critically important to deal with their challenges to get on and stick to an all-raw diet.

It would be nice to be able to tap and wake up one morning and weigh 60 pounds less, but the reality is that most will not achieve that miracle response from tapping alone. EFT can help you get off the couch, motivate you to move your body, and curb your cravings enough to help you stick with a program that will lead to reaching your goal.

Myth #7: Issues get collapsed in a single session.

Some presenting issues are resolved amazingly fast with EFT, but the truth is that many take dedication and persistence. Though we have seen food cravings resolve in a single session, there is much more to losing weight than eliminating a single food craving. Many a time, we have witnessed a physical pain disappear in minutes, but the underlying emotional issues, triggers, and stress responses frequently require several sessions to resolve. A commitment to resolution, to tapping regularly, is an important aspect of getting the results you want.

Do not be disappointed if, after a single session, you do not meet your soul mate or resolve completely your fear of intimacy or suddenly find your net worth increase dramatically!

Myth #8: The newest variations of EFT must mean they are both new and improved.

There are techniques that use the initials EFT that actually aren’t EFT at all. Some tapping systems may not only be less effective, but also be used in such a way as to be traumatizing. Other variations may include those that always use positive statements and do not focus on releasing the negative emotions.

Those systems or variations are not EFT, despite using those three letters in their name. EFT is based on the notion that “What you resist, persists” and the positive spinning should not be utilized until you have reached a state where enough of the problem is gone. People who do not address the problem sufficiently in tapping may blame EFT for not working, when, in fact, the problem is they didn’t do EFT correctly.

Ask your practitioner about their training and style before hiring them.

Myth #9: EFT views people as broken.

We actually don’t know where this myth came from, but we’ve seen it around the Internet in a few places and we felt that we should address it. EFT teachings have never said anything remotely resembling this. EFT has brilliantly created the statement that there’s a disruption caused by traumas (big and small) that interferes in one’s ability to be in one’s natural state of wellness, prosperity, joy, and happiness. Imagine that you cut yourself with a piece of glass and it’s still in your hand.

You don’t need to say things like “You are healed” or “The tissue around the glass is in perfect harmony with the Universe” or anything else. All you need to do is focus on taking that piece of glass out of your hand and the body can heal itself in short order. That is exactly what EFT does: remove the interference and allow the inherent and innate ability of the body to heal itself.

Myth #10: Tapping scripts or tap-along videos must work well or they wouldn’t be used so often.

When Alina discovered EFT online after 12 years of trying to find a way to heal from a debilitating, autoimmune health condition, she knew exactly what to do because back then there were only a few resources on the Web. She made the connection between the grief and loss of her stillborn child and her illness that started several months later…and, bingo, it worked and her condition resolved.

There will never be a tap-along video or a tapping script that will say, “Let’s tap on the trauma of your stillborn because that’s the connection and was the psychoemotional trigger for the onset of your autoimmune disease.”

There will never be a tap-along video or script that will tap on your fear of speaking in front of an audience that has you tap on that time your priest molested you in the rectory when you were 8. (This was an actual case.) For more experienced tappers, scripts can offer possible ideas and connections that they had not previously considered, and they can then use that information to connect it to specific events in their own lives. That is a skill, however, that we don’t often see used sufficiently.

The proliferation of tapping resources online has been a mixed blessing. On one hand, more people know about tapping than ever before. One the other, the vast majority of tapping resources online are “tapping lite” and don’t stress the importance of drilling down on your specific gloriously unique connections and associations (mostly subconscious) that have kept you stuck and with the same problems.

We are saddened to hear people say, “Tapping may work for other people but not for me” because we know that 9 times out of 10 their only exposure was a weak practitioner or a tap-along exercise, video, or script. We’ve made it our mission to provide a very high level of training and mentoring to ensure that everyone walks away with the ability to help heal the world with the most remarkable tool we’ve ever come across.


Craig Weiner and Alina Frank are EFT Universe trainers and directors of the EFT Marketing and Business Academy, an EFT practitioner’s business acceleration program. EFTMBA.com

Legal Considerations in Marketing Your EFT Practice

By Craig Weiner, DC, EFT TRN-3, and Alina Frank, EFT TRN-3

The consideration of legal issues is a critically important subject for EFT practitioners and one that is often ignored or dismissed. It can be confronting and feel overwhelming. But let’s proceed, knowing that tapping is an excellent resource for calming anxious feelings.

From the outset, let us say that we are not attorneys and we rely on the legal advice of counsel when it comes to such matters, as that is their arena of expertise, just as EFT is ours. So the purpose of this article is not to offer legal advice but to offer insights that we have gained from mentoring and coaching EFT practitioners on how to market their EFT business ethically, with legal considerations in mind and with integrity.

Though there are many important issues surrounding the ethics of an EFT practice, including informed consent, proper referral, scope of practice, and more, this article focuses purely on marketing considerations.

We will be honest with you.

When we look around the Internet at EFT practitioner websites, we often find ourselves cringing. We don’t mean that the graphics or look of the website is unappealing; it frightens us as to how legally vulnerable they make themselves. A high majority of websites have significant factors that are problems from a legal risk management perspective. We see “guarantees results” and we find diagnoses listed that the practitioner treats, an absence of disclaimers, improper/illegal use of copyright images, and more.

The illusion that “if other people are doing it, so can I” seems to run rampant. Just because you have not been contacted by an attorney, professional board, or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yet does not mean that it cannot or will not happen.

A while back we learned that lesson when Getty Images contacted us about our use of one of their images we had found on a Google search and had used on a blog years ago. Getty Images told me they had the right to fine us hundreds of dollars for every month that the image had been on our website. Fortunately, we were able to settle for only a fraction of that amount.

EFT, Energy Healing, and other alternative health practitioners often act as if they live outside the scope of advertising laws. Given the fact that many of them (including most tapping practitioners) receive minimal information education about ethical marketing, this lack of knowledge is reflected blatantly on many a website. Inappropriate marketing and advertising is a huge problem in the EFT world, as it can include the misrepresentation of qualifications of the practitioner, misleading use of EFT research in the passionate attempt to excite potential clients about EFT and its effectiveness, and false claims, all of which have the potential to create harm to both client and practitioner.

Midge Murphy is our “go to” professional in this arena. She was the first attorney to receive her PhD in Energy Medicine and, as such, understands both the law and the healing arts. She has created risk management programs that we think are so important that we have included her program within our EFT Marketing and Business Academy coaching training. She has been a great mentor to us. She is also the author of the book Practice Energy Healing in Integrity: The Joy of Offering Your Gifts Legally and Ethically. Some of the material in this article is drawn from her book.

Many who will be reading this article live outside of the United States.

While many will consider the U.S. to be extremely litigious and perhaps overly extreme with legal considerations, each nation has their own licensing and advertising laws and practice regulations that should be explored by each practitioner. In the U.S., considerations can vary from state to state and profession by profession. Our advice is to implement strategies that adhere to the strongest of considerations, especially if you offer sessions in distant locations where clients reside in different state or national domains. Ultimately, the location of the client is where legal jurisdiction rules.

An important distinction needs to be made as to whether an EFT practitioner is a licensed provider or not, such as a licensed social worker, counselor, acupuncturist, and so on. Professional practice boards usually offer clear guidelines as to what is allowed in marketing a practice. Unlicensed EFT practitioners do not have a licensing board, but there are still lines that, if crossed, can get them into big trouble.

As Midge states in her book, “Both likened and non-licensed practitioners are subject to legal liability for fraud and misrepresentation in their practices…misrepresentation claims can arise from the practitioner committing false, misleading and/or deceptive statement or actions.”

Whether you are aware of it or not, there are state practice laws, consumer protection laws, and FTC regulations that are in place to keep consumers safe and free from misleading statements and practitioners. There is a task force in place in the FTC that actively reviews websites, especially regarding health claims and specifically targeting newly discovered therapies, such as EFT. And since EFT is not yet part of any established standards of care, EFT practitioners will be looked at with suspicious eyes if attention is drawn to us in any way.

We have personally known EFT practitioners who came under such scrutiny and all we can say is that they went through emotional, financial, and vocational hell for simple transgressions in how they worded the text on their website. You don’t want to be put in that position by being careless in the ways you market your business.

Here are 5 legal considerations:

  1. Unless you are appropriately licensed, never use words like “treat” or “examine,” or state that you work with conditions that are diagnoses such as PTSD, depression, arthritis, etc. Even the use of the word “pain” as something you can help could potentially trigger an investigation.
  2. Depending on where you live, the use of the title “therapist” can be risky and even illegal.
  3. You must have a clear disclaimer on your website.
  4. Never offer a promised or guaranteed result of your services.
  5. Be careful in the use and wording of testimonials. Testimonials are viewed as implied health claims and, without proof to back up such claims, you could be at risk for investigations and fines.

There are, of course, more considerations, but this is a start. This may cause enough concern for many practitioners to start tapping as they read this! But it is far better to know and prepare yourself than to be at the other end of a complaint or investigation.

Now you see why it is important to have an EFT business coach who has walked the path ahead of you and learned by trial, error, omission, and success! Having an attorney who understands your business is an obviously important team member to help you maintain your growing practice.

If you are looking to establish an EFT practice with ethical and legal considerations in mind, feel free to contact us at www.EFTMBA.com to find out more.

Landmark Study: Evidence That EFT Alters Genetic Expression

By Craig Weiner, DC, EFT TRN-3

What would you say if I told you that research is showing EFT is affecting what your genes are directing your brain and body to do as you are tapping and even after you stop tapping? That would be incredibly exciting, wouldn’t it? Well guess what…

A new study recently performed by Maharaj at Akamai University and published in the peer-reviewed journal Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment documented altered gene expression immediately after an EFT session.

In a nutshell, four individuals were given a 50-minute session of EFT. Their full mRNA genome was measured by a new method of saliva testing and performed immediately before, immediately after, four hours after, and 24 hours after the tapping. Results showed 72 genes to be expressing differently immediately after EFT and 25 continued to be showing altered expression 24 hours later. Here is just a sampling of the epigenetically altered gene functions:

  • – Inflammation and immune response (i.e., anti-viral activity)
  • – Regulation of stress response
  • – Tumor suppression
  • – Enhancement of synaptic connectivity
  • – Male fertility
  • – UV damage prevention
  • – Insulin regulation

 

While it would be inappropriate to state categorically that EFT affects and improves all these functions, this study is a first step in that direction.

To simplify the idea of epigenetics, here is an accurate but easy to digest explanation. Every person has a set of genes acquired from one’s birth parents. These genes and our entire genome (our full genetic library) are like a set of blueprints that determine everything from the color of our eyes and hair to the day-to-day creation of proteins involved in every aspect of our physiology, from hormones and digestive enzymes to our immune cells and much more. But as anyone that has every designed or remodeled a home knows, the blueprints and the final outcome can differ significantly depending on the perception that occurs during the building (or life) process.

The expression of many of our genes is continually in flux depending on what is needed by us (or perceived to be needed) at any moment. If it is determined that our genes need to make more proteins, then they are turned up (upregulated) or they may be dialed down (downregulated).

For example, inflammation genes or immune support or stress hormone (i.e., adrenaline or cortisol) genes may be upregulated when the body feels it is under attack. When the body goes into fight or flight, it turns on its stress response, signaling the HPA axis to go into high gear, which increases production of stress hormones to ready the body to prepare for survival mode against some external threat.

What is important to understand is that when we say that our genes our affected by our environment, the environment lies both outside our bodies (i.e., outside forces such as air, water, electromagnetic fields around our homes) and within our bodies, that which is external to the genes in our cells (i.e., the hormones coursing through our bodies, which are affected by the thoughts and emotions we experience).

The fields of neuroscience and psychology have demonstrated that when we have lived through adverse or traumatic experiences, our physiology is more likely to be triggered by events that evoke similar thoughts and feelings associated with that event. These triggering circumstances, which can be evoked by VAKOGS (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, gustatory, and “self-talk” stimuli), are more likely to set off a fight-or-flight stress response (HPA axis), kicking our genetic protein production lines into gear.

So if EFT is shown to reduce our ability to get emotionally hijacked AND induce epigenetic changes that stimulate neural repair, increase immune response, and improve memory and learning, well then we have an impressive explanation for why EFT is such a powerful healing methodology, with objective science to support its effects.

For more specific details, including both possibilities for further study and study weaknesses, click here to read the study abstract and “Craig’s Comments.”

EFT for Childhood Neglect and Adverse Childhood Experiences

By Craig Weiner, DC, EFT TRN-3, and Alina Frank, EFT TRN-3

When we are born, we are hard-wired to connect with our caregivers. Human beings mature slowly, our brains learn through social interaction, and we are dependent upon our parents for our survival longer than any other mammal.

When those connections, also known as attachment styles, are strong, the result is a more emotionally, psychological, and physically healthy adult complete with a strong sense of self. However, when that fails to be the case, it commonly leads to poor health, fragile egos, and beliefs of not being enough or that the world is unsafe.

Science continues to find evidence to validate the vital link between our environment and our health. Research exploring the role that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) play on the outcome of adult lives now shows that the result of neglect and abuse in childhood may be a measurable reduction in the size of the hippocampus in the brain.

When the hippocampus is smaller than normal, one becomes less able to deal effectively with the effects of stressful experiences.

Chronically elevated levels of stress hormones such as cortisol can literally kill off cells in the area of the brain that help to regulate stress. This then leads our nervous and hormonal systems to be perpetually on high alert, which then creates a positive feedback loop. Brain scans of children from abusive households can look similar to those of combat soldiers. These children are vigilant at detecting threats in their environments in the same way a soldier is trained to look for enemy combatants (McCrory, E. J., De Brito, S. A., Sebastian, C. L., Mechelli, A., Bird, G., Kelly, P. A., & Viding, E. [2011]. Current Biology, 21(23), R947—948).

There are certain ways in which the most important part of our bodies, the brain, continues to exhibit childhood wounds long into adulthood. This makes the statement “Our biographies affect our biology” crystal clear.

Here are some examples:

– Maltreatment that happens in the first 2 to 3 years of life affects the hippocampus (an area that is crucial to emotional reactions and long-term memory).

– Neglect during infancy and sexual abuse that occurs in elementary school—aged children can affect the corpus collosum (the area of the brain that helps process social cues).

– Emotional abuse between the ages of 7 and 9 often affects the superior temporal gyrus (the area facilitating spoken language).

– High levels of the stress hormone cortisol before puberty affect the cerebellar vermis (an area assisting in proprioception, which controls your awareness of your body in space).

– Trauma in the first 7 years, i.e., witnessing domestic violence between ages 5 and puberty, and sexual abuse in adolescence, affect the cerebral cortex (area responsible for judgment and executive function).

One of the most comprehensive and ongoing scientific explorations exploring the correlation between childhood trauma and adult health and lifestyle choices is referred to as the ACE study. This refers to the often replicated Kaiser Permanente study on adverse childhood experiences that included 17,000 people. The original study asked the participants to complete questionnaires about their childhood and adult health and relevant environmental factors. Mind you, these people were part of the Kaiser Permanente health care system, which meant that they carried private health insurance.

In other words, they were not on the lowest rung of the socioeconomic ladder, within which demographic these adverse factors would likely loom even larger. The study concluded that the higher the incidence of these adverse experiences, the more likely the individuals were to die younger than their peers. A score of 6 or higher ACEs led them to die, on average, 20 years earlier.

What constitutes an adverse childhood experience?

The categories used for the ACE study included abuse (physical, emotional, or sexual), neglect (physical or emotional), witnessing domestic violence, household substance abuse, and a household member that had been either incarcerated or suffered from mental illness or experienced parental separation or divorce.

The high ACE scorers were more likely to be obese, to abuse substances, to initiate early sexual activity, and to smoke earlier in life, all of which are high risk factors for a number of health conditions. The researchers found these individuals to be more prone to depression, pulmonary disease, liver disease, sexually transmitted diseases, and cardiac disease to a statistically significant degree. Follow-up studies have tied ACEs to physical conditions including migraines and a state of chronic inflammation, with findings that even one ACE made the likelihood of migraines higher.

Reviewing this research, you might be tempted to conclude that only in these extreme cases of adversity would you be at risk for health problems related to the environment in which you were raised.

Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. Big “T” traumas (accidents, abuse, rape, etc.) are indeed physically and emotionally painful, but significant damage to one’s ability to live a healthy life (emotionally or otherwise) can also be due to small “t” traumas, such as a critical father, an overprotective mother, a teacher who made you feel stupid, and so on. Those experiences form the foundation for belief systems and worldviews that create major limitations and dysfunctional patterns of behavior.

The most important time in life in terms of building and formulating beliefs occurs from ages 0 to 6.

The brain emits four different types of brain waves, each with a distinct frequency: beta (13-30 cycles per second), alpha (8-12 cycles per second), theta (4-8 cycles per second), and delta (.05-4 cycles per second). Theta brain waves occur when we are in a state of deep meditation or dreaming. Delta brain waves occur during dreamless sleep. Until the age of 6, children spend the vast majority of their waking lives in theta and delta states, which are primarily hypnogogic or hypnotized-like mental states. They constantly receive impressions and form perceptions about the world. The raw materials for these beliefs come primarily from the family of origin.

When we are in these deeply receptive states of mind, we take in our surroundings in order to learn rapidly about how the world operates, without the benefit or addition of critical thinking skills. We learn to hold onto our mother’s hand when we cross a busy street or the result is disaster.

If we weren’t in this receptive state, we might question Mom’s authority, want to see if we could walk across alone, or start analyzing different strategies regarding where to cross. Being in this state saves us time and energy from having to relearn these lessons. Those sorts of associations (busy street requires attention) work to our benefit, but other lessons learned may not be so useful.

Using the previous example, let’s imagine that you wanted to dance and sing across the street while holding Mom’s hand. Your mother just noticed that one of her more pretentious and judgmental acquaintances was standing on the same corner. In an effort to not look like a mother with an out-of-control child, she grabs you roughly by the hand, scares you, looks meanly at you, and says, “Why can’t you behave like a good girl?”

This message might go directly into programming your subconscious mind with all sorts of limiting beliefs, such as: a good girl isn’t expressive, you have to be “normal” or in control at all times or you’re a bad person, you don’t deserve your mother’s (therefore anyone else’s) love, and/or that you need to always be concerned with how others see you.

That event is a perfect example of a small “t” trauma.

Our sense of who we are, whether the world is a safe or scary place, or whether we deserve to have our dreams fulfilled are primarily determined by these early experiences in our critical years. Fortunately, EFT can easily diminish the profound impact that these seemingly insignificant events have on your psyche.

In using EFT, it’s important to note that no one but you can determine what was traumatic for you.

If your parents were so called “helicopter parents” and they constantly hovered and came to your rescue at the slightest perturbation, then these small “t” traumas could have left you with the impression that you aren’t capable of surviving on your own. Perhaps you decided that you can’t make it without a romantic partner, or you are frozen by the thought of taking even the smallest risks in business. If your parents were on the opposite end of the spectrum (and not present for you), then these small “t” traumas could have created the feeling for you that no one can ever meet your needs in a romantic relationship, or maybe you engage in extremely risky social behaviors in an attempt to finally get noticed.

Following are a few case studies that illustrate these points.

Casey grew up in a family where substance abuse was present until she was 9. That’s when her parents got divorced and her mother joined Alcoholics Anonymous. Casey’s core issue was a sense of being easily abandoned. This manifested itself as an inability to attract a romantic partner. She also had a subconscious fear that she would be abandoned, even if she did find the right guy.

Through EFT, these beliefs became conscious to her, which led to her tapping on specific instances where one or both of her parents were too drunk to make dinner for her. Within a few months of the sessions, Casey met Larry, and they remain happily married.

Here’s another example.

Trisha’s father was demanding and controlling, always insisting that all the children in the family needed to be perfect. Trisha learned early in her life that if she wanted his love and approval she needed to dismiss her own needs in favor of her father’s. This led to a lifelong pattern of always placing others’ needs before her own–the stereotypical people-pleaser. She became a nurse and worked intensely for the care of her patients. This pattern continued for many years and she took less and less care of her own needs, especially when she started her own family. In her 30s, Trisha contracted fibromyalgia.

With EFT, Trisha discovered that she was very uncomfortable setting limits with others and that some part of her used having the chronic pain to point to a physical reason why she couldn’t help others (secondary gain). It was as if her body created boundaries for her, since she felt she couldn’t do this herself by just saying no. Using EFT to clear her fears around setting clear boundaries, and finding out what she really wanted to be doing with her life, Trisha was able to overcome all her symptoms of fibromyalgia.

She is now a raw food caterer and is completely pain free.

Then there was Jerry, whose mother was emotionally violent and unpredictable. At an early age, he knew that his situation was volatile. In his words, “The sh_t could hit the fan at any moment.” Jerry learned to be hyper-aware of how his mother was feeling, of her moods, trying as much as possible to avoid her. Jerry ended up marrying a woman who was exactly like his mother.

In his 40s, Jerry developed allergies that left him debilitated much of the time. Jerry’s EFT coach zeroed in on key events in his childhood involving his mother. Most were very brief small “t” memories, such as a look she gave him or the tone of voice she used with him in specific memories. After a few months of EFT sessions, Jerry’s allergic reactions are mostly gone and he has since filed for divorce.

Jason’s father controlled his mother in every imaginable way. She wasn’t allowed to drive a car, to work outside the home, or even to visit her own family during holidays. Whenever she did ask for something, his father’s reaction made the house shake. Jason came to EFT at the insistence of his boss. Jason had been having angry outbursts and had left several people in his firm in tears during staff meetings. Jason had learned from his family from a very early age that you had to be strong and that no one should ever be able to exert power over you or you’d risk being squashed.

After four sessions, Jason resolved his anger management issue and was no longer at risk of losing his job.

The above types of disruptions to a healthy connection between a child and parents/caregivers and the resultant lack of inner peace are imprinted in the mind at the deepest levels. These traumatic incidences that the nervous and energy systems hold on to have an innate desire to be understood, processed, and integrated into the whole of who we are through the lessons we learn from them. This occurs through a phenomenon known as recapitulation, reenactment, or repetition compulsion. We recreate similar experiences in our lives on a subconscious level in an attempt to integrate these old experiences and, we hope, resolve and heal what went awry so many years earlier.

Reenactment (as illustrated in the previous examples) can be choosing the wrong romantic partners (with behavior similar to that of our parents) or attracting employers or employment that are less than ideal, yet they recreate feelings and scenarios that are familiar to us.

When we use EFT to remove the charge from those childhood traumas, we leave behind the need for these reenactments to occur. Another way of viewing this is that we are no longer in vibrational alignment with those events and therefore do not need to attract similar events to limit who we can ultimately become–fully actualized human beings.

Research shows that EFT lowers the stress hormone cortisol in the body. When we consistently use EFT to neutralize the stress-inducing effects generated by negatively impacting events from our past, we are given the opportunity to see that many of those events helped to shape us in positive ways as well.

Then we can begin to see that we learned valuable lessons from those experiences and that they did indeed benefit us in some ways. When this happens, we really can say, “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.”

 

Body Wise: Your Body’s Intelligence and How to Tune In to It

Rachel Abrams, MD, in conversation with host Dawson Church, PhD, on High Energy Health Radio, Recorded on April 13, 2017

The author of Body Wise: Discovering Your Body’s Intelligence for Lifelong Health and Healing, Rachel Abrams, MD, shares her insights on integrative medicine. Combining the best of alternative and conventional medicine, integrative medicine can treat many conditions using a range of natural tools. Among the topics covered in this interview are:

  • – How most Westerners are out of touch with their bodies
  • – The large role emotional well-being plays in health
  • – Most doctors get only 10 minutes per patient and it isn’t enough
  • – The 5 signs of chronic body depletion
  • – How a sense of purpose can trigger healing
  • – Why strong communities promote resilience and how relationships heal
  • – Self-talk that gets in the way of healing
  • – How small lifestyle changes can spark major turnarounds
  • – Why self-love is critical to wellness
  • – The 28-day plan to feel good
  • – Tuning into your own unique body intelligence

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