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Yesterday I was discussing with EFT colleagues on Facebook the pros and cons of the varying certification systems that have sprung up in the EFT world. This stems from a forthcoming radio show on EFT Radio to help listeners understand the differences between the 3 main bodies that have sprung up internationally to provide training to practitioners.
Some of the questions coming up are practical:
But what I noticed running through the whole conversation was the following question 'Who gives me the authority to offer EFT?'. Logically, the answer to that might be the people who maintain standards for the therapy. This could be the person who created it (e.g. Gary Craig), a governing body, or a state authority. However, that doesn't feel like the whole answer to me.
Bee Hive by Mykl Roventine
When we think of bees in a hive, we appreciate how collectively they worked together to amass nectar and pollen from so many flowers to create wonderful bee products. However, it took each individual bee countless journeys to bring together all these delicious morsels from nature. The real power in this dynamic lies with each bee honouring its worth and enjoying each flower is spends time with.
Something similar happens with EFT and in other businesses. Each person who introduces EFT to a newcomer is on it own bumblebee flight. Each sharer has immense power of helping that client find relief. Occasionally, the EFT experience is mis-managed and the customer doesn't have much of a result. This is a bit like our bumble bee losing its way on its journey. If this happens to too many bees, we get the concerning prospect of colony colapse. I know of no governing that can control this.
If we lose sight of this personal power, we forget that we create our own success (or sometimes failure).
With this in mind, here's what I shared with my colleagues yesterday:
I find when we look solely to a professional body/founder of a therapy/certificate to give us credence for what we can do, then we can forget our own power in creating our success. I guess this follows for somone who subscribes to Law of Attraction thinking.
I'm a big believer in market forces levelling the playing field (whichever certifying body you belong to). If someone is good then customers will find them because they are congruent with their success and they will shine. Equally, if someone is not doing their inner work, it's going to show through in their lack of results.
I think it's telling that there are some incredibly gifted EFT Masters who lead by shining example of how to share EFT, and frankly they don't need their title to do this. Equally, there are non-Masters who've shown you don't need that specific title to be a stellar success in their work. For me, that shows that its experience and an abiliity to communicate that count, rather than a certificate.
Somebody earlier mentioned how businesses might look to a certificate for approval of EFT. All the businesses I've worked with care more about the ability of the trainer in teaching and inspiring change, than a piece of paper. None of the companies I've worked with have once asked me for my qualifications. Instead they judge me on the way I present myeslf and how I communicate the benefits of my work. I'm judged on who I am, rather than what I do.
So what's the benefit of being certified? I'm with the AAMET and for me the best thing about being a member is the sense of solid community within it. We can get isolated if we rely on only a few levels of training to develop our art.
I came away from an EFT Gathering a couple of weekends ago where I spent time with more than 100 colleagues learning and sharing. I came away richer for that interaction. I think this is important for new practitioners AND well established ones. And where there's a strong community, we get to spread the word about EFT regardless of opposition from fearful people.
On that basis, one question I've got coming up is how does each certification program support the creation of an ongoing nurturing EFT community?
The Healthy in Mind viewpoint: we owe our clients a duty of care to maintain high standards, but we create our own outcomes through focus and a desire for excellence in our work. Don't forget your own ability to create your reality.