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A metaphor for introducing EFT

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Note: This article assumes you have a working knowledge of EFT. Newcomers can still learn from it but are advised to peruse our Free Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tutorial™ for a more complete understanding.

Hi Everyone,

Try this useful idea by Alex Welch of the UK when applying EFT for newcomers. It could prove quite handy.

Hugs, Gary

By Alex Welch

Hi Gary

Here is a way that I explain EFT to newcomers to the therapy. It makes sense to them and is very flexible for adaption to each person.

I begin by describing each person's life as a river flowing downstream. The river can be fast and furious, or slow and steady.  Most people, when they are younger perhaps, have free flowing water in their river, but little by little, as life passes, rocks begin to be added.  The rocks can be any size; the rocks of school or work difficulties, to the bigger rocks of serious illness. These rocks can just be the little pebbles that we accumulate as life goes by.

At first, the river flows over the rocks, but as they accumulate, it begins to struggle and has to change its course. The river can become muddy or cloudy because of the turbulence, and may even become out of control and threaten to burst its banks.

EFT works to remove the rocks.  It may not happen instantly, and sometimes the biggest rocks may take time to be removed, but removed they are, allowing the river to flow as it was meant to be.

Of course, the rock metaphor can be included in the therapy.

Even though these rocks are disturbing the steady flow of my life...

Even though the river of my life is turbulent at the moment...

…These rocks may contain shining quartz or priceless diamonds.

…These rocks can be stepping stones to lead me to safety.

And so on.  Using imagination and creativity can really find the right rocks for the client, and so bring about successful therapy.

Every blessing,

Alex Welch


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