I've had many defining moments along life's journey, but I suppose my first real eye-opener occurred in the late 1970s when, at the encouragement of my mother, I visited a well-established psychic in Chicago, IL. "You drive a blue car," I recall her saying to me, "and there is some confusion around this car." My car was parked in another state and I had made no mention of it. Yet she knew its color and accurately sensed the "confusion" around my indecision to sell the vehicle or not. It wasn't anything I didn't already know, nor was it an earth-shattering prediction, but that wasn't the point. How could she know these things? Had my life already been lived and she was merely accessing some sort of cosmic videotape and reporting back to me? If so, could my "video" be edited and if not, why worry about anything?
In search of a rational explanation, I got into the spiritual "buffet line" and sampled the offerings of many fine teachers and disciplines. I became fascinated with numerology, the art and science of numbers and the effect that numeric vibrations have on our life. I studied the meaning of the numbers, developed my intuition, balanced my chakras, and learned how to meditate. I figured enlightenment was just around the corner.
But which corner? Turns out there's no express lane to nirvana and the roads can get pretty bumpy along the way. Without the benefit of clearly-marked exit signs, it's easy to get sidetracked along dead-end streets. Fortunately for me, I came across what would become my primary spiritual path - A Course in Miracles, a self-study system of spiritual psychotherapy. Often referred to as "one of the most important spiritual documents known to humanity," the Course teaches us how to release our fear-based thinking and to embrace instead a thought system based on love. Difficulties in life may still arise, but seen through the eyes of love and truth, peace of mind is always available to us. A long-time student of the Course, I have taught an overview of this thought system since 1994 and use its principles as the foundation of my healing practice.
One day, a student in my Miracles class asked if I would meet with her on a regular basis to address some issues in her life from a Course perspective. Similar requests soon followed and I left the Fortune 500 company where I managed internal publishing and communications for 15 years, to begin what I call spiritual growth consulting. While I had thoroughly enjoyed my corporate experience, I suspected I had a higher calling and so I stepped out in faith, determined to live my highest plan.
In time, I was introduced to a revolutionary healing tool called the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). I briefly researched EFT and found that it was a gentle tapping technique similar to acupuncture, only without the discomfort of needles. By bringing the body's energy system into alignment, relief can be obtained from a host of issues: physical pain, stress, anxiety, fear, phobias, grief, trauma, anger, depression, addictive cravings, self-sabotage, personal and sports performance limitations, and the list goes on. Naturally, I concluded the technique was too good to be true and forgot about it.
Fortunately, like any other revolutionary idea whose time has come, EFT wouldn't go away. I decided to learn the "almost perfect technique" and try it out on myself. I was impressed with its elegant simplicity and effectiveness. Eventually, I received The Certified EFT Practitioner (EFTCert-I) certificate as well as the Basic and Advanced certificates of completion for EFT. I was also certified as an EFT trainer by AAMET. I gradually introduced EFT to my clients who asked if I would teach them how to tap. I have taught EFT workshops since 2002 and in 2016, EFT founder Gary Craig appointed me Director of The Gary Craig Official EFT Training Center - English.
Ironically, having spent more than 25 years acquiring knowledge and experience in the art of spiritual healing, I find my greatest insight is to set aside all that I think I know and simply allow Source to work through me. Honed through many years of personal reflection and healing, I consider my ability to "get out of the way" to be my most significant contribution to both the healing and teaching processes. Simply put, it creates a space for miracles to happen.