Congratulations to Nick Ortner for his appearance this week on the TODAY show with Meghan Kelly. If you haven’t seen it – watch it here. All 8 minutes of it!
I struggle a little bit with this interview though. It brings up the age old conundrum about promoting EFT as a ‘one minute wonder’ – faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
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As everyone trained in professional GOLD STANDARD EFT knows, the reality is far different than this. Sometimes it does happen this fast – it appeared to for the woman on this show. Most often, these huge transformations require methodical, consistent, focused attention over time. Most often the symptoms that show up in our bodies and lives are the tip of the iceberg and it takes curious detective work to listen to WHY that iceberg is there. EFT is an amazing technique to take on that journey!
I celebrate this woman’s dedication to trying everything she could find to eliminate her chronic pain. I’m glad that she found EFT/tapping and I hope that she continues to use it to remove her blocks to living her optimal life in every area.
So how do we present EFT in an ethical honest way? The challenge is that EFT can be used in a diverse number of ways. On the one hand it is a revolutionary self help tool that can regulate a nervous system in minutes. On the other hand it is a powerful intervention that can open up buried information that is best dealt with alongside a trained therapist or coach. People being introduced to this modality deserve to understand the difference between these two extremes.
A couple of ways we attempt to communicate this at NeftTI:
We have a framework of BRONZE, SILVER, GOLD Standard EFT.
Bronze level is simple acupressure tapping on the meridian points with no words. This is an emergency intervention when intensity is high. It is also a gentle calming routine to encourage the body to move out of stress mode.
Silver level is working with scripts. Tapping the acupressure points while repeating phrases that someone else has created. Scripts are easy to follow and readily available on the internet. They can be effective on a global level but results aren’t likely to last. Bit of a hit and miss, but low cost.
Gold standard is the professional level. Gold is specific to the individual’s experience. It finds and sits right on top of the energy/emotional disturbance and taps until it is resolved. Powerful but best used with professional training.
Recently I’ve taken to communicating the difference between self help tapping and professional EFT by labelling the self help as ‘tapping’ while the professional is ‘EFT’. I think this distinction allows us to teach caregivers about what they should and shouldn’t do with EFT. Educators, for example, use EFT as a self-regulation tool only. It is appropriate for them to do BRONZE and also some basic SILVER tapping scripts. If they, or their student, need help beyond that, a referral to an EFT trained practitioner is appropriate.
At NeftTI, we are committed to sharing ‘best EFT practices’. How are trained professionals using EFT? To this end, I’m happy to announce the start of our EFTunplugged video series.
May you be safe, satisfied and eager for what life brings,