EFT - Interview with Gary Craig, Developer of Present-Day EFT
“A universal healing aid”. That is how Gary Craig describes Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT. I had the pleasure of meeting Gary on June 21 at his lecture in Boulder, Colorado. An unassuming man with a quick smile, Craig, the founder of EFT, is happy to teach EFT to anyone. For 1.5 hours he talked about using EFT in different situations and what happened.
Let's start with Craig's background. As stated on Gary Craig's website (http://www.emofree.com/a/?1787/1), "I was born April 13, 1940 and have been intensely interested in personal improvement via psychology since my age 13. That was when I recognized that the quality of my thoughts was mirrored in the quality of my life. Since then I have been self taught in this field, seeking only those procedures that, in my opinion, produced results. EFT is my latest finding, the core of which I learned from Dr. Roger Callahan. For the average person, Callaghan's stuff was too complex. Since Craig was educated at Stanford University in engineering and what engineers do is take things apart, see how they work and try to make them work simpler, that's was Craig did. And that’s how EFT was born. Craig is also is an ordained minister and a certified Master Practitioner of NLP.
What exactly is EFT? According to Craig, "EFT is based on a new discovery regarding the body's subtle energies. Simply stated, it is an emotional version of acupuncture, except needles aren't necessary. Instead, you stimulate well established energy meridian points on your body by tapping on them with your fingertips. The process is easy to memorize and is portable so you can do it anywhere."
Craig went on to say, "We are conditioned in the U.S. to take a pill or have surgery to take care of problems. If we were raised in China, we would be more conditioned to working with the energy meridians and chakras. It’s all in how we were conditioned. It doesn’t have anything to do with the "woo-woo factor"; it’s just how it is in comparison to something else.
Craig added that humor is important. Humor is therapeutic in and of itself. Humor helps you test how the work is going so far. Craig uses humor because that's his style. However, you don’t have to have a sense of humor to do EFT.
EFT can be applied to many issues. During his Boulder seminar, Craig talked about some of the different situations where he has used EFT. He talked about Becky, a lady deathly afraid of rats. Even the thought of a rat anywhere in the vicinity made her hyperventilate. Craig sent a person out to find a rat and put it in a cage. After a short session of EFT, she was able to put her finger in the cage and pet the rat. Then there was David who had a strong fear of water. After some "tapping" (another name that EFT is called), David was not afraid of water.
Craig stated that he didn't "get" the connection between the emotional self and the physical self until he worked on people with major physical issues. He specifically mentioned MS. He showed quite a few videos and one was about a lady who suffered from MS. She walked with crutches and was severely disabled. Craig worked with her using EFT. The lady ended up not only being able to walk without the crutches, but she did a few jumping jacks, something she said she hadn't been able to do for years.
Probably the most memorable videos were ones taken of military veterans who suffered PTSD. At his own expense, Craig brought these vets together so he could work on them using EFT. Their symptoms ran from depression, suicidal tendencies, hyper-vigilance to night terrors. While he spoke of working on these men, Craig had to do some tapping on himself to release the intense emotions he was feeling at the time. It was a very stirring and memorable experience. He was able to help each one of these men. While many were not 100% better, they each showed remarkable improvement.
People who are persistent and tap frequently obtain dramatic results. If you are interested in finding out more about EFT, please visit Gary Craig's website. A FREE copy of the EFT manual can be downloaded from Gary's website http://www.emofree.com/a/?1787/1. The manual is an introduction to EFT, a good place to start to learn more about EFT.