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Using EFT

Using EFT to easily learn another language

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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,

Study this article by Dawson Church and imagine the possibilities it points to in the education field. As Dawson says about his own experience, "But I am now convinced that something about EFT relaxes the body, and makes the mind receptive. The frustration usually associated with learning new skills can then dissolve, and you can make quick progress."

Hugs, Gary

By Dawson Church

HI Gary,

Here's one that surprised even me.

I've been "trying to learn Spanish" for many years, less than half-heartedly. I bought a cassette tape language course (remember cassette tapes, steam locomotives, and other ancient technologies?) many years back, but it just melted in the sun on the dashboard of my car, never used. I've also always thought of myself as "one of those people who can't learn other languages easily," in contrast to some people who are effortlessly multilingual. I tried taking a Japanese course when I was in graduate school, and dropped the class because I found it too hard. I also tried a German class as an undergrad, with equal humiliating failure.

A year ago, several years into applying EFT in every facet of my life, and writing my best-seller The Genie in Your Genes about the science behind EFT, I decided to try learning Spanish so I could speak to people in Mexico where I occasionally vacation. I bought some Conversational Spanish CDs, and began playing them in the car. I spend only about an hour a week in the car, in the form of three trips a week to and from the gym ten minutes away, so I made slow, fragmented, and painful progress on the language CDs. It seemed like a waste of time.

Then one day, I thought "I wonder if I would learn faster using EFT?" I tapped while repeating the phrases, and though t could feel no difference in my body after tapping, my Spanish came along rapidly. Three months later, I spent 2 weeks in Mexico and spoke only Spanish the whole time.

I then decided to challenge my belief that "I'm not a natural at learning languages." I was due to deliver the keynote speech at the first Netherlands EFT conference, so I decided to learn Dutch while learning Spanish at the same time. This is quite a hard trick to pull off, but with the help of EFT, I have fun challenging myself. It is quite difficult to not mix up "Por Favor" with "As't U Bleeft" when you're learning both together!

I found Dutch utterly baffling, but tapped away my frustration as I learned the phrases. Then, one day, the frustration just melted during EFT, and I began to "get" the language and enjoyed mastering the challenges.

To my amazement, I flew through the Dutch course in a month, and the advanced Dutch CDs in a few hours, all while driving and tapping. Learning the new language required zero net time, since I was driving anyway. In the time I'd hoped to struggle through the first Introductory Dutch course, I was onto the second Intermediate Dutch series, all in just one hour per week, on average. Just tapping occasionally, while speaking, seemed to help me "get" the sense of these two very different languages, one in the Romance family of languages, the other in the Germanic family. I didn't use any setup or reminder phrases; I simply tapped the hand, torso and face points while I said the required words.

Nowadays I can't wait to get in the car and turn on the language lessons. I've decided to learn at least one new language a year from now on, starting with Chinese. Since I have virtually no free time as I travel constantly researching and teaching EFT, my hour a week in the car is my only opportunity. But I am now convinced that something about EFT relaxes the body, and makes the mind receptive. The frustration usually associated with learning new skills can then dissolve, and you can make quick progress.

I hope that more people try this, and it results in a research project that gives us some empirical data on the value of EFT in the learning process. I hypothesize that EFT helps learning in 2 ways: 1, that it works psychologically by removing the uneasiness and emotional resistance that sometimes accompany novel experiences, and 2, that it works physically by facilitating the acquisition of new neural pathways in the brain, a process known as neurogenesis.

Dawson Church, Ph.D.


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