Meeting Gary Craig

Okay, the truth is that I have never met Gary Craig, the creator of EFT – but I have spent some hours talking to him on Skype and on the phone.

For me this has been an extraordinary experience, because nearly 20 years ago the teaching videos I used had Gary Craig demonstrating it. And although what I saw of EFT encouraged me to learn this amazing therapy it was also Gary’s very pleasant, kind and down-to-earth manner that convinced me that he genuinely wanted to make the world that little bit better.

In those early videos I could see that he built good relationships easily and quickly with those he worked with. As a result, not only did I learn a lot of EFT, I also learned a lot about how to work with those seeking help from me; in fact, even when I was practicing hypnotherapy I was still using some of the phrases and body language that Gary used.

But not everyone wanted to work like that. Over the years many people have taken EFT and adapted it in ways that didn’t necessarily improve it; and many have done so without giving Gary Craig any credit whatsoever for his work. To prevent this from happening he could have created restrictions over the use of the name ‘EFT’ such that no one could use it without his agreement; but instead he willingly allowed people to use the name – even when he gained nothing from this personally. His only concern was that EFT would be practiced correctly. Because this has not always been the case, one of the objectives of the Association is to ensure that EFT is taught well and practiced well so that Gary’s Official EFT continues to help others.

But when we formed the Association the one thing we didn’t expect was to be working with him. So when Anne Yates, Sue Stone and I got the opportunity to discuss EFT with Gary and work closely with him we jumped at the chance. Who better to work with than the creator of this amazing therapy?

This is the best team I’ve ever worked with: Sue, Anne, Natz, Steve, and all the other people involved are making this such a great venture, and to be in touch with Gary Craig too… well, it doesn’t get any better!

We have been getting ideas and suggestions from him about how we can make what we do most effective, and we’re using that help to make changes that will benefit our students and our members, so please keep an eye out for announcements. Exciting times!

EFT for Anger Issues

Anger is a natural and useful emotion. When we look angry we communicate what we’re thinking to others and this can act as a deterrent to their continuing to say things or do things that we feel negative towards. It also has survival value, in that when we believe ourselves to be in danger anger will prepare us to fight back.

On the other hand, it can damage relationships and cause problems in our working life. In addition, feelings of anger are designed to deal with unusual events that don’t occur that frequently, so when someone has anger issues these physical and chemical changes occur within them far too frequently for their health and well-being. Such unnecessary anger can can put a huge strain on the person’s heart and cause stomach problems, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, muscle disorders, etc as well as causing emotional distress.

EFT offers those with anger issues a great way of dealing with the problem. Not only does EFT help people deal with the symptoms, it also can resolve the underlying causes – and do so in a gentle and effective way. The wonderful thing with Emotional Freedom Techniques is that when someone uses it to help themselves they are in control of how they feel – they can deal with the problem at their own pace – even when working with a practitioner.

Thus EFT can equip someone who’s had anger issues to be able to change the way they are quite fundamentally.

We all experience anger at times, but anger issues clearly can be very burdensome to the person and to those around them. The good news is that EFT offers us a way out of this.

Does EFT help weight loss?

Good to see the recent Daily Mail article saying that EFT can help you lose weight.

This may sound like a strange claim if you are not familiar with EFT, but once you realise that most over-eating has emotional roots, and that EFT is about dealing with emotions, then it starts to make sense.

But while it’s great that the mainstream media are starting to acknowledge EFT more and more, it’s important to appreciate that EFT offers a lot more than a quick fix. While people can and do lose weight through such fast techniques, often they work merely on the symptoms, and so just ‘paper over the cracks.’ There is a lot more to EFT than just a few taps!

That is why we offer courses in EFT so that you can learn how to control your weight in a more profound way, by making the deeper changes that will help you long-term.

So please have a read, see what you think, and by all means use brief EFT as an aid. But do be aware that real, permanent change usually requires a more thorough EFT approach, and that we offer courses that will give you the tools to do achieve this.



What can EFT help you with?

One of the most extraordinary things about EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is that it can be applied to so many issues.

This at first can put people off; they are more likely to believe in a treatment that makes more moderate claims. We’re used to treatments that may help with just one or two conditions – this is particularly true of conventional medicines where it’s often said that there’s a ‘pill for every ill’.

Yet once we think about, say, anxiety, it is clear that there are innumerable conditions caused or aggravated by it. It would seem from research that anxiety can play a role in causing’, among others: heart problems, muscle pain, headaches, stomach disorders, and even some types of cancer. Thus if you can remove or reduce tension from your system, you can expect to have less chance of contracting some of these disorders, and may be able to moderate or even completely resolve some existing conditions.

But EFT is not just a great way of dealing with anxiety. Other emotional issues are also a product of the imbalance created by our reactions to life’s problems. And that is why EFT can be so helpful. It can restore that balance, helping us deal with feelings such as:

  • Anger
  • Feelings of betrayal
  • Sadness
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lack of confidence
  • Guilt

… and a number of other emotions.

And just as anxiety can affect us psychologically and physically, so these other emotions can affect us in so many ways. A survey of doctors showed that on average they believed that 75% of the conditions that patients presented to them were caused by psychological disorders. If we were to take those trained in treating psychological problems, the figure would no doubt be higher.

Thus EFT offers people help with a large range of conditions. It has been recorded that Emotional Freedom Techniques has helped with problems including:

  • Asthma
  • Skin disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Stomach problems
  • Irritable Bowel Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Fears
  • Phobias
  • Panic attacks
  • Worry
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Motivation
  • Performance anxiety

… and many other problems.

That does not mean that it can resolve every condition and it is still regarded by its creator, Gary Craig, as a ‘work in progress’. It does, however, offer a wonderful way of helping a lot of people, and because the treatment is fast and safe, many people – including Gary Craig – feel that we should ‘try it on everything’. The only reservation we have is that it should be used competently, and that is why the Sue Stone EFT Association exists. So whether you want to be able to use EFT to help yourself, or whether you want to help others with it, you can learn EFT in a way that will give you the best chance of your resolving issues safely and thoroughly.

Using EFT to feel younger

Anne Marie Yates one of our Master trainers has appeared in Woman’s Own
magazine this week talking about EFT

A video showing the wonderful benefits of EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques

My introduction to EFT by Alan Davidson Master EFT Trainer

Many years ago I leaned over the edge of a bridge. I kept leaning further and further… and at the same time was tapping a point just below my eye. Then I started laughing. I was happy – very happy.

As I sit here, recalling this rather unusual way of acting, it’s as though I’m going back through time, back now to before even that – to when I first heard about EFT.

Okay, this is how it happened. No holds barred.

I’ve been a Hypnotherapist since before dinosaurs ruled the earth. And like every therapist who cares about what he/she does, I wanted to be the best. I wanted to learn as much as I could to help my clients.

Well, one day a brown paper parcel arrived…

I opened it to find a video cassette (yes, it was that long ago). I knew straight away that this video could mean only one thing – a new, revolutionary therapy that would improve the lives of millions… or someone had filmed me in that hotel room…

Fortunately, it was the former – an amazing video that had me riveted watching some a therapy being given. I knew enough about psychology to see that these people were either the most brilliant actors I’d ever seen… or that this was real, and they were getting huge benefits from using this thing called EFT.

What I saw was amazing. There was someone who in a couple of minutes completely lost her desire for the cigarette she was holding; while a chocoholic, who had been craving chocolate, was now saying she didn’t want it. A man who was afraid of swimming very soon was calmly ducking his head in the water; and, most dramatic of all, a lady, emotionally damaged by being sexually abused in childhood, was later talking about it in a stunningly casual way… In fact, nearly everyone on this video got quick and seemingly permanent relief from their problems.

I didn’t understand what this strange process was, or why it helped people. But I certainly wanted to know more. I discovered the cassette was from a colleague of mine, who had been to the US to learn EFT. He was one of the first people in the UK teaching it, and I was one of the first that he taught.

And so that is how it started. In those days EFT techniques were rather different to how they are now. People would be humming ‘Happy Birthday’, making their eyes go round in circles, and one or two other strange things, but all that mattered to me was that it was so effective.

And when it helped me lose my own fear of heights then I knew it was something extraordinary. That’s why I was there, leaning over a bridge that swayed in the wind (something that I would previously have done only when Hell froze over). I had resolved a life-long problem there and then. I didn’t need to be on the bridge to do this, but it proved to me how successful EFT could be. Since then as a therapist I have helped a very large number of people lose their fears, become more confident, and deal with a wide range of other issues.

Things have changed a lot since I first learned EFT – for one thing, people don’t need to receive video cassettes to discover learn about it: they can come here and just book a course on this site. Perhaps you’d like to be one of those? In which case please go ahead – it’ll be great to have you on the course. If you are in the south of England I look forward to meeting you!

Alan Davidson

Master Trainer – Sue Stone EFT Association