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EFT in schools: When was the last time you said thank you to a hero?

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated.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

by Gary Craig

Hi Everyone,

Our schools need us--and we need them. In fact, schools may be the entryway by which EFT's public recognition will escalate.

A big thank you to Sandy Sperry, Director of Prevention Services for the Peoria Unified School District (Arizona) for sowing an EFT seed that will likely sprout into a bountiful garden for our youth. It takes someone with Sandy's dedication to plant this "strange but wondrous thing" within the politics and diverse opinions of academic soil.

She recently brought together 60 school personnel for a 4 day EFT workshop that I was privileged to conduct. Two days were spent in a thorough explanation of EFT and two days were spent in actual school settings where I assisted counselors in applying EFT to some of their most challenging students. Some had been doing EFT for over a year, but most were beginners. When we were done, just about everyone was enthusiastic. We appear to have nudged a snowball down the academic hill.

From all outward appearances, I was the teacher during this event. After all, I was the founder--the guy with all the answers. But I soon realized that I was also the student. I learned great lessons from these dedicated and caring professionals. I saw compassion and talent. I saw the power of patience. I saw flexibility, love and a willingness to learn. I was, without question, walking among the true heroes in our society--the molders and shapers of our youth. When was the last time you said thank you to one of them?

These heroes put up with modest pay while doing a balancing act between administrative rules and concerned parents. They deal with student angers, fears and frustrations and, in the process, they must be friends, mentors and authorities to emotionally challenged children. Sometimes they get thank you's and sometimes they get criticism. Whatever the response, they are building foundations for our youth. What could be more important? Yet we give more applause to a basketball player than we do to our school counselors, teachers and administrative personnel. Sometimes we wave our flags in the wrong direction.

I repeat. They are our heroes.

And, even though most of them were beginners, I watched them put EFT to quality use. One example was a 6 year old ADD child who had been undergoing the persistent use of EFT for several weeks. According to his teacher, he had made great progress in paying attention and making "better choices." I saw no sign of ADD behavior during the time I was with him.

More examples: I watched one school counselor use EFT to rapidly reduce the emotional angst of two boys--one whose father was murdered and one whose father had left the home and wasn't coming back. Further, one young girl had just fallen and severely cracked her toes on the concrete. Two brief rounds of EFT and the pain subsided. I also watched other children calm down within minutes over anger at recent playground events. Another girl gained relief from two intense bad memories in 15 minutes. And on it went. Not every application of EFT met with immediate results, of course. Just like with adults, some children have major issues that have many aspects and require both time and artistry for proper relief. But that will happen in time.

What better time to introduce EFT to someone than when they are young? If we can relieve a learning disability, a fear or an ever present anger and thus change the direction of a child's life by a mere 5 degrees, that shift in direction can mean the difference for some children between graduating from high school or dropping out. It can mean the difference between going to college or menial jobs. It can give some children the self confidence to say no to drugs and THAT, of course, is life changing.

With EFT, however, we don't have to be satisfied with a 5 degree shift. We can use it to address a wide variety of problems and make shifts ranging from 30 to 180 degrees. We can shift test scores for a whole school from mediocrity towards academic excellence. We can turn those headed for drugs and prisons into productive citizens. We can return safety to our schools and inject more enthusiasm and acceptance into our classrooms. It's an "everyone wins" proposition.

Are you a parent? Do you have children in schools? What about grandchildren? Can you introduce EFT into your school system? Can you plant a seed like Sandy Sperry has done? It starts with someone knocking on the door. If a few parents get together and ask for it, the school system must listen. If more parents demand it, even the most resistant school system must open their minds to it. Parents, after all, are among the most influential political forces in our schools.

Hugs, Gary

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