I went away; I learned things; I came back.

Posted on May 28, 2008. Filed under: EFT, Health, Philosophy, Science, Travel |

Here are some notes about the annual Energy Psychology conference I attended recently. That title is a bit of a misnomer. The organization which sponsored the conference is called The Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology, or ACEP. “Energy Psychology” is term coined by Dr. Fred Gallo, one of the conference presenters. But, equally, it was about Energy Medicine (from Donna Eden and David Feinstein, another of the conference presenters). The emphasis of the practice of Energy Psychology is often on psychological issues such as stress (it’s had great success with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, for instance); phobias; and things like stage fright and performance issues. But, it is equally effective for physical trauma, disease and chronic conditions. In fact, Gary Craig, the founder of my favorite system did a series of studies on “EFT for Serious Diseases”, and he reported on some of those developments at the conference.

Ah, Gary Craig, developer of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) the method I most often practice! The man is a walking, breathing, living legend, but is so down-to-earth and real, one feels one is just talking to a neighbor. For those of us who’ve taken extensive video-based training with him, it’s like meeting an old friend—who may never have met us. He’s spent hundreds of hours in my home (on video) and he is exactly the same person whether being filmed for a documentary, presenting to a room full of psychologists and doctors, or wandering around the conference center chatting with us casually. Very fun and inspiring.

There were morning and evening lectures for the whole conference of more than 400 participants; and many breakout sessions to choose from, which went into more detail about specific methods. It was inspiring to be with so many fellow energy practitioners from all over the world, particularly as this is a new and emerging field of treatment. At lunch I shared at table with a student from Norway and a tribal chief from Nigeria. This man had been fully trained in several of the methods and was eager to take them back to his country. One presenter from Korea demonstrated how energy methods could be integrated with the traditional medicine of that country.

A couple of questions always come up when I discuss this sort of work. The first is: “If this energy stuff is so great, how come everyone isn’t using it?” —More and more people are using it. It seems to me that since the discovery of germs and penicillin in the West, not to mention the large pharmaceutical investment in healing technologies, that we have not been open to the more natural methods. Also, the concept of having an “energy body” doesn’t really fly with a lot of Western societies, as evidence had, for so long been anecdotal. Many of our grandparents had their favorite folk remedies, but we didn’t really give much attention to why things get “stuck” in our bodies to begin with. I’m here to tell you that there is more and more research and results of research emerging. It’s an exciting time to be in this field.

The basic premise of the energy methods is that trauma, or residue from illness, becomes “coded” into our cellular structure. A strong emotion or physical trauma can put it there. Once there, it can cause all sorts of problems from mild anxiety to life-threatening illness. Drugs and surgery can treat the symptoms, but do not address how the condition got there to begin with.

Surprisingly, Energy Medicine doesn’t necessarily “care” how the condition first got stuck in the cells. It believes, to use Gary Craig’s phrase: “The cause of all negative emotion is a disruption in the body’s energy system.” (“Negative Emotion” includes “Unwanted Physical Conditions.”) The key to relief is getting the energy to flow past and through these blocks, and in addition to talking about and getting clear on which issues need to be addressed, most techniques use some method of redirecting energy flow through the meridian system of the body.

In the course of writing this post I discovered that I’d like to talk about the specifics of Energy Medicine, how I use it, and why I think it works. All of that would make this really long, so I’ll post about those things tomorrow. In the meantime I’ll say that the most exciting part of the conference for me was learning that more and more scientific research is being done in these fields, and that results of the research show consisitency and demonstaratable clinical effects. Devices can now locate meridian points in the body, register when flows are blocked, and again when energy is flowing again. Brain scans show differences before and after treatment. Statistical measurement tools gather data. All of this is tremendously helpful in establishing credibitly with the scientific community, and verifies what many of us have experienced.

A couple of personal disclaimers: I don’t need empirical science to prove things. I know when I feel better, and clients tell me when they do—that’s good enough for me. On the other hand, I’m not a “true believer” in these or any other methods. I use them because I enjoy them, I get results, and that brings me and others more joy. I’m not about to be an cheerleader or evangelist for anything, as I have a predominant belief that we attract to us the tools that fit our experience of the moment. I don’t so much say that “it” works, whatever the “it” of the moment may be; rather that “we” work, and, amazing humans that we are, we find new and amazing aids to improve our adventures. Peace, health and happiness to you!

Tomorrow: My two favorite new tools I got to take home, and why I “think” they work.


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14 Responses to “I went away; I learned things; I came back.”

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Fred Gallo? The HIV researcher?

energy psychology sounds interesting, i’m looking forward to your next posts about it. πŸ™‚ your conference sounded great too!

Makes a lot of sense to me…..they told me at the pain clinic that nerves have a memory and that even if there was a robot skilled enough to operate on my spine….I would always feel the nerve pain…so should think its similar with cells. Is the meridian accessed by acupuncture or other methods?

Hi rain. I think you may mean Robert Gallo, who is mentioned, for instance, in this article along with Frederick Richards, a researcher from Yale. While Energy Therapy has been used to help alleviate the symptoms of HIV and other auto-immune conditions, the Fred Gallo I mean is a psychologist with large body of research behind him, and who’s authored a number of books about Energy Psychology. πŸ™‚

Well, I find it extremely interesting, sulz, and quite effective. Thanks! There is much more forthcoming. πŸ˜‰ And yes, the conference was very fun. I didn’t get ’round to mentioning the party on Saturday night! πŸ˜€

Magik, interesting about nerves having a memory, too. I’ll be talking more about the fascia, or connective tissue, and how that both holds memory and transmits release. I wouldn’t want to argue with your pain clinic, as I’m not a medical professional, but, in answer to your last question, stay tuned—all will be revealed in the next post, coming soon to a blog near you. πŸ˜‰ (OK, I will say here that one of the nicknames for EFT is “emotional acupuncture”—without the needles. The points are still physically accessed, though, but in a gentle, non-invasive manner. πŸ™‚ )

Muse, it sounds like it was a great experience. And to meet all those different types of people in one place. I’d have been in my glory. A Tribal chief from Nigeria!!! How cool is that?

I have a few problems. And when I look up why I have them, it’s a no-brainer. But I find it hard to change certain thoughts. Habits die hard.

You can practice on me! πŸ™‚

I can’t wait to hear more about this.
Thanks for sharing.

Oh I meant that cells too have a memory not that they can’t be healed!!!! Think I saw something about this on of all things Fox News Channel…..

They certainly think in a similar way at pain clinics about injuries….they try to get to them quickly so that the memory or whatever it is does not become affected. Something about pain being transmitted via the spinal cord or nerves to the brain and those nerves having a memory…they said something like 18 months into an injury and if not addressed its encoded into memory. Obviously the fascia then is affected ….this was over 5 years ago so they may have gone in a different direction now in their research.

Lucky I started blogging as they want me to do some writing on their website on creativity and pain. They said creativity creates [no pun intended!] new pathways in the brain which help with pain relief. They seem quite amazed and pleased by my work….the Director actually bought one of my quilts!

wow too much for my brain πŸ˜‰

btw do you live here in arizona? what part of arizona???? I might have to come visit you when i am better πŸ™‚

[…] here, but so far, I’m impressed. Today’s post is a continuation of one I began yesterday about the Energy Psychology conference I attended recently. That one started to get very long, and […]

Thanks, bead, it was indeed great. There’s another conference coming up in Toronto in October if you’re interested. πŸ™‚ I’d love to attend that one, but I don’t know about two in one year…It was way cool to meet people from all over; kind of like blogging but in person! I lead a monthly group in EFT—come on over and check it out! Seriously, read the next post and you can learn to do this yourself. Cheers.

Oh, I’m sorry I misunderstood, Magik! Actually, your clinic sounds very creative in its approach. I believe you have medical training, so I wasn’t sure how you’d react to all this. It’s just splendid you are writing about creativity and pain!—what a fascinating topic, and I’m quite interested in the information about the new pathways created in the brain by creativity. The brain is still so little understood. Amazed and pleased by your work? As well they should be. πŸ˜€

kaylee, it is mind-boggling, isn’t it? It’s ok to not take it all in at once! I live in southern Arizona in the Sonoran desert near Tucson. It’s a great state, isn’t it, since we have Spring Training? Not for your beloved Red Sox, as they go to Florida, but I know you love Baseball and you might be persuaded to watch some other teams. πŸ˜‰ Keep getting better, and we’ll work on that. πŸ™‚

Oh wow you live down there? My dad was planning to go to some Diamondbacks spring training games next spring πŸ™‚

Alright, kaylee, so you may be in the area! I get to different parts of the state sometimes, too. Just get better, and we’ll take Arizona by storm! πŸ˜‰

This conference sounds great! I can see Husband and I attending something like this. We have the complete DVD training series for EFT, but have only just begun. I can say from personal experience, both my own and Husband’s, that this works! As an example, using the tapping techniques of EFT we “cured” Husband of his fear of ladders. In a few minutes he went from being totally freaked out by the fear of climbing a ladder to being simply cautious. We were both pretty amazed.

I didn’t know you were a fellow EFT’er, joyful! That’s a great testimonial you’ve added to this post, thank you! And it really does work that way a lot of the time. There’s another Energy Psych. conference coming up in Toronto later this year, and the one I’ve just attended will be held in Orlando next May. Maybe if hub is well enough, you two can go! πŸ™‚

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