Gary Craig is the Founder and Developer of Emotional Freedom Techniques. This is his “personal peace procedure.”
” If you are ultimately going to do something important that will make a real difference… do it now.”- Howard Wight
1. Make a list of every bothersome specific event you can remember. If you can’t find at least 50 you’re probably not trying. Many people find hundreds.
2. While making your list, you may find that some events don’t seem to cause you current discomfort. List them anyway. The fact that you remembered them suggests they need to be more fully resolved.
3. Give each specific event a title–as though it were a mini-movie. Again, be specific. Examples: I stole Joe’s sandwich. I nearly slipped and fell into the Grand Canyon. Mrs. Smith told me was stupid. Mom locked me in a closet for two days. My third grade class laughed at my science speech.
4. When the list is complete, pick out the most bothersome specific movies. Apply EFT to each one until you either laugh about the incident or just can’t think about it anymore. Be sure to keep after each event until its intensity is at a zero. Then apply EFT to the next worst movie, and so on.
5. Do at least one movie (specific event) per day–preferably three. It only takes minutes per day. If you keep at it for three months, you will have resolved 90 to 270 specific events. You will notice how your body feels better. Maybe your blood pressure is decreased and your breathing is easier. Note how your “threshold for getting upset” is much lower. And how your relationships are better and your “therapy issues” don’t seem to be there anymore. Revisit some of those specific events and notice how previously intense movies have faded into nothingness.
Gary asks you to consciously notice these things because, unless you do, the quality healing you will have undergone will seem so subtle that you may not notice it. You may even dismiss it saying, “Oh, well, it was never much of a problem anyway.” This happens repeatedly with EFT and thus he brings it to your awareness.
6. If you are taking medications, you may feel the need to discontinue them. Please do so ONLY under a qualified physician’s advice.
A few minutes a day will make a monumental difference in your work performance, relationships, health and your quality of life. But only if you put the idea into practice. Again, as Gary’s good friend Howard Wight said, “If you are ultimately going to do something important that will make a real difference… do it now.”