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Thoughts on EFT and Intention

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Dr. David Lake, MD from Australia provides some useful thoughts about the role of intention with EFT (and other forms of healing). Much has been written about this interesting idea and, indeed, many EFT'ers have had great success with "intentional tapping". Intention, of course, has been present in healing sessions for centuries. However, it hasn't been until it was combined with EFT and other energy related therapies that it has produced reasonably consistent results. As Dr. Lake says, "These energies seem to mediate and facilitate intention."

By Dr. David Lake

We hear a lot about intention-when we use the power of the mind to affect a change in matter. There is well-documented research on the power of prayer to influence healing by Larry Dossey. There are also countless examples of healing that do not conform to medical expectations, and William Tiller has written a fascinating book, "Science & Human Transformation", on the way some mind-body-matter interactions-'psychoenergetics'-do work. When Marla Brucker introduced us to spoon-bending in the first International Energy Conference in 1997, it was merely a warm-up for Gary Craig's introduction to intentional tapping.

First we were instructed to tap the Basic Recipe as usual but without actually touching the point; then we kept our hands in our laps and vividly imagined the tapping. After 2 rounds the group reported shifts in intensity, as you would expect from standard EFT. It was a relief to tap intentionally since then we didn't have to focus on touching the point locations exactly! But having spent two days being precise I suppose it didn't matter, because by then we 'knew'. And it was soon clear that we could tap 'on others' in this way, as a parent would do for a child perhaps, although the issue of informed consent loomed up in our minds.

Clinically you can do EFT on a mother holding a distressed baby and the baby will settle. Sometimes just watching EFT is soothing. Certainly thinking about EFT will commence part of the process if you have some experience. It is as if the EFT training lays down a template for healing. I have used intentional EFT in this way personally for years with good effect.

Why should it be surprising that EFT can work in this way? Or that the meridian system can be affected at a distance and that our Energy system is 'available' to us in this way? It follows that our thoughts and words and habitual behaviours all must influence this system too; this was the message of Dr. John Diamond, the Australian psychiatrist, in the early years of Energy psychology exploration. He said (in this context) that words have real power to affect the meridian system, and that they should be chosen carefully.

It is also possible that intention is a completely separate "world" that is interlinked and interwoven with the energy system-in all its manifestations.

I have carefully observed practitioners such as Tapas Fleming, Larry Nims, Gary Craig, Nahoma Clinton and Mo Wheeler while they worked with clients. Much of the real healing comes about because of their pure intention for the well being of that person, in my opinion. I felt that in my own healing with Gary during my session with him.

This use of intention is the way of the future, as long as we find a way in to the representative Energy system as well. I say this because I had good intention for years for clients, but no really gratifying results until the Energy therapies found me. These energies seem to mediate and facilitate intention. In the work that Steve Wells and I are doing at the moment I think that our intention for the benefit of who we are working with is by far the most important factor in the good results we are getting-regardless of humor, paradox, and philosophy or Energy technique itself.

If life is vibrational energy, according to Donna Eden (author of Energy Medicine) then living life with a higher vibration would represent both expansion and expression. I consider that this affirmation is brought about by intentional healing via the Energy system. It is a higher level on the 'healing high-rise'. Sandor Ferenczi, a colleague of Sigmund Freud, said: "It is the love of the physician that heals the patient". He was ahead of his time.

Dr. David Lake


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