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Optimal EFT -- Essential Intro

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A New Psychology & A New Medicine

"Teach only Love, for that is what you are."
A Course In Miracles (T-6.I.13:1)
Note: Optimal EFT assumes a familiarity
with this article and the Foundational Concepts that follow.

Venturing way outside the box

We are venturing way outside the box here.
And before we finish we will develop A New Psychology and a New Medicine that I
think will cause the conventional books on these topics to be re-written. Beyond that, we
will question virtually every belief on the planet including the belief that there is a
When we are done you will have mountainous evidence that our bodies are mere fictions.
They are mirages whose needs and limits are imaginary. We have always been alive and
always will be. Birth, death and disease do not really exist and neither does time nor
space. War, poverty and politics are also illusions as are medicine, mortgages and
Further, there is only one of us. We think we are separated but, despite how real our
separateness may seem, we are not divided into several billion bodies struggling for
survival on a little sphere spinning through space.
Our reality is Love nothing more and nothing less. Everything else is a dream.

This is the literal Truth and, although it may seem like an empty religious rant at first,
you will soon be exposed to its solid underpinnings. The clear evidence is before us. We
no longer need raw faith. To back us up we now have (1) our own "unusual experiences,"
(2) the latest in scientific discoveries, including quantum physics and (3) a stunning new
literary masterpiece (A Course in Miracles). We will explore them all.

We are climbing
A Stairway to Miracles
We are finding the true Source of Miracles here, not magic. We are climbing A Stairway
to Miracles that gently leads us toward the glorious existence that is our birthright. With
each step, our expanding inner peace will produce richer relationships and our lives will
become easier and more fulfilling. You will notice how resentments fade while laughter
takes center stage and how your health improves as the anxieties of the world shift in
meaning. Heres a description of one level of this state from A Course In Miracles.
"There is a way of living in the world that is not here, although it seems to be. You do not
change appearance, though you smile more frequently. Your forehead is serene; your
eyes are quiet. And the ones who walk the world as you do recognize their own. Yet those
who have not yet perceived the way will recognize you also, and believe that you are like
them, as you were before." (W-pI.155.1:1-5)
We are entering an extraordinary experience. I know, because I have been on this
stairway for years. It has allowed me to reach millions of people through EFT (a therapy
procedure I founded and spread throughout the world). It has multiplied my friendships,
enhanced the real rewards from my business pursuits and deepened my love on many
fronts. But Im not done yet. I still have much more to learn and, by sharing it with you,
our joint efforts will bring growth to us all. This is what is meant by the spiritual term
giving is receiving.

THE EVIDENCE: 1. Unusual

So, let's look at the evidence. We will first explore our "Unusual Experiences" category,
starting with my spiritual awakening in 1988. A Course In Miracles calls it a Revelation
and I am by no means the only one to have it. Others have shared their similar
experiences with me but few discuss them much in public. Why? Because the general
public finds them difficult to understand. Those we tell have nothing in their belief
systems to make sense of these stories and so they tend to politely roll their eyes and do
little or nothing with the startling message they just heard. But that's about to change. I
want to create an impressive list of Revelations on this website that will lend clear
credibility to this astonishing experience. So, if you've had such an event, please send me
the details.
After delving into the evidence from our Unusual Experiences we will then look at the
Compelling Science involved. This will be followed by an in-depth look at A Course In

Gary's Revelation
Upon awakening one morning in 1988 I suddenly found myself in the glorious presence
of our Creator. I was an unlikely recipient of this gift because, at the time, you would not
have called me religious or spiritual. Further, there was no dramatic cause of this event,
like being struck by lightning or praying endlessly for an audience with God. Instead, I
managed to let go of this world out of an ongoing frustration and, as a result, the
experience magically appeared.
Heres how it happened.
I was lying in bed mentally complaining about the massive list of things to do that I had
piled upon myself and then emphatically thought
These werent just idle words. I genuinely meant them. Their underlying meaning was
more like, What a messed up, useless, overwhelming world this is. Let me outta here!
And with that I let go of this world and spontaneously flipped over to the other side.
Please understand that this breathtaking state didnt just show up out of nowhere. Rather,
it was as though it had always been there and was just waiting for me to shove the debris
of my existing beliefs aside and allow its presence to appear. I had, at least temporarily,
achieved the central goal of A Course In Miracles, namely....
"to remove the blocks to the awareness of Love's presence."

I was instantly in a state of wonderment awe bliss. It wasnt a hallucination or

vision wherein I saw the ghostly figures of God, Jesus, Buddha or the like. Rather, it was
a knowing a mental state wherein bodies and the trinkets of this world are
meaningless. My poor engineers left brain was rendered useless and every belief I
thought was true was turned upside down.
Quantum Physics points to this experience with terms such as A Field of Infinite
Intelligence while A Course In Miracles calls it a Revelation. I call it God.
Two obvious truths emerged from this episode, both of which violate everything we
believe. To me, they form the foundation of a new level of healing and, until we accept
them, we are destined to vacillate between diseases and disasters (with islands of pleasure
in between) until our fictional bodies finally deteriorate and die. Here are these truths:
(1) The state I reached is our true reality; it is lovingly waiting in the wings whenever we
let go of this world AND
(2) The notion of being in a separated body is an illusion a dream a fiction that we
have created.
I know this violates all our senses and every belief we have. But stay with me. We are just
In this spiritual state there is neither birth nor death. Nor is there hunger, poverty, war,
disease, or any of the other limitations of life that show up in our Land of Separate
Bodies. In fact, in this splendid space, these things are impossible. Instead, there is only a
deep awareness of intense Love that is far beyond anything experienced on earth. Thats
because it is not of this earth. Here is how A Course in Miracles describes this state...

"Can you imagine what a state of mind without illusions is? How it would feel? Try to
remember when there was a time, - perhaps a minute, maybe even less - when nothing
came to interrupt your peace; when you were certain you were loved and safe. Then try
to picture what it would be like to have that moment be extended to the end of time and to
eternity. Then let the sense of quiet that you felt be multiplied a hundred times, and then
be multiplied another hundred more. And now you have a hint, not more than just the
faintest intimation of the state your mind will rest in when the truth has come." (WpI.107.2:1-4.3:1)
This state creates an invulnerability because no weapon or calamity of any kind can touch
it. This also means we live forever, although forever is a strange term because time does
not exist in this condition. There is only an ecstatic NOW. Neither yesterday nor
tomorrow exist. Neither do debts nor old age. Further, you do not need to worry about
what other individuals think of you because there are no other individuals. There is only a
spiritual Oneness within which we are all joined and belong in an elegant ethos of
While in this experience, my fondest desire was to stay there. But, alas, I soon came
back into this nonsensical mirage that we call The World. But it has colored my life ever
since. Like others having the privilege of this enlightenment, I have rarely discussed it
publicly because it seems too woo-woo for most people. What few dialogues I had were
usually polite and interesting, but went nowhere. But it is ridiculous to leave our true
reality in the closet simply because it violates the erroneous beliefs we have about
ourselves. As you will see, these beliefs are easily challengeable.
Now skeptics might ask, How do you know your experience wasnt just a delusion?
To which I would respond, How do you know that your experience of life in a separated
body isnt just a delusion?
Therein lie the seeds of a great debate between those who have experienced this exquisite
phenomenon and those who have not. Although you have every right to be skeptical,
these writings will show the existence of this state and how it can be achieved, or at least
approached, by all of us. Indeed, we MUST enter such a path because it is our answer to
war, disease, poverty and the like.
Please know that these arent the mere musings of an energetic engineer who has become
lost in his own mental meanderings. Indeed, I am not alone in this pursuit and am but one
of a growing number of enthusiasts pounding the table for these truths.

We have an ambitious job before us and we can best do it as a team. After all, in our true
state of spiritual Oneness, we ARE a team already. My job includes moving back towards
my Revelation and sharing the process with you. Your mission, if you choose to accept it,
is to team up with this worldwide effort, share your experience with others and, like me,
get as far along the spiritual path as you can. Eventually, we can solve the worlds many
ailments and conflicts. We can do this, not by actually solving them, but by recognizing
that they are illusions and cannot exist once we have adopted our true reality. The
problems will simply fade for lack of interest.
We are radically thinking outside the box here. We are saying that our senses are
deceiving us and that our true reality has nothing to do with bodies that deteriorate and
die. I respect that this may be too far outside the box for you and take no offense if you
choose to pass on it. But if you stay with me, I will eventually prove it to you and our
joint rewards will be immense. Better stated, they will be out of this world.

THE EVIDENCE: 2. Simple Science (our

senses deceive us) & Quantum Physics

The compelling evidence that our senses deceive us reaches as far back as the beginning
science that we learned in school around age 16 or 17.
For starters, we learned that our eyes and other senses perceive only a tiny fraction of our
physical existence. If, for example, the entire electromagnetic spectrum stretched for
3,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York, our eyes would only detect an amount equal
to the length of one of our arms (the visible spectrum). All the rest of it (99.99999%) is

lost from our everyday awareness. Similarly, our ears hear only a tiny portion of the
entire sound spectrum and, in the same way, our feelings, tastes and smells are severely
Yet we think our miniscule senses are giving us reality. We even have phrases that echo
our firm beliefs in these illusions. We say things like...

Seeing is believing,
I saw it with my own eyes and
I heard it with my own ears.

Our lives, our belief systems, our politics, science and relationships are all based on the
0.00001% that our senses perceive. The rest is ignored. Wheres the intelligence in that?
In addition, our scientists have identified 11 dimensions to our existence and yet we are
only aware of 4 of them (length, width, depth and time). The wonderments of the other 7
are hidden from us, buried beneath our awareness.
Further still, the minimal amounts that we do perceive are often distorted through our
individual interpretations. For example, we might all agree that a dog is a four legged
animal. However, depending on our experiences, some of us perceive it as a loving pet (a
best friend) while others consider it a snarling, barking, dangerous pest. Same dog,
different interpretations.
This is a form of insanity because we can't all be right. Yet we are each convinced of our
own version of "reality" and often engage in fights, even war, over it.

Stated differently, if our entire reality was equivalent to a sea of possibilities, we spend
our lives floating on the surface of that sea in dinky little bathtubs, completely unaware of
the vast grandeur that surrounds us (e.g. my Revelation). Our senses shut almost
everything out leaving us with the false impression that the infinitesimal bits we perceive
within our individual bathtubs is all there is. To us, this microscopic view appears to be
everything, even though it falls dramatically short of complete reality. To borrow from a
well known nursery rhyme:

We are all in our tubs.

Accordingly, we are captives within our own senses. We dont know anything else and,
unless we find a way out, we have no choice but to stay in our bathtubs, forever bobbing
ignorantly on the surface of the wonders that are rightfully ours.
Fortunately, the way out is given us through both Quantum Physics and A Course in
Miracles. Lets start with Quantum Physics.

Quantum Physics
Quantum Physics whisks us away on a journey beyond our senses. It is a magic carpet
ride into a reality we never expected. This is enthralling. Science has found my
Revelation and opened the door to a massive Palace of Possibilities. Let me unfold it for
First, Albert Einstein told us about a century ago that everything, including our bodies, is
made of energy. That was an outside our senses discovery because we appear to be
solid forms not vibrating energy packets.
Later, a new science known as Quantum Physics emerged. It is the study of very small
things (quanta) on the atomic scale and, as such, explores fascinating phenomena that are
well beyond our senses. And because we are made of atoms, it is also the study of our
physical reality.
This is a Godsend (literally) because these studies have become our scientific eyes and
ears into the mysteries underlying our existence. They point the way out of our bathtubs
so we can swim in that sea of possibilities.
As you may appreciate, however, it takes people with Einsteins intelligence and
background to properly explore the extraordinary messages of Quantum Physics. The
endless experiments that have been performed over several decades require a grounding
in science and mathematics that few possess.
Fortunately, the findings from this highly complex science were summarized and
beautifully portrayed in the 2004 DVD Production known as What the Bleep!? Down
the Rabbit Hole (highly recommended). It included statements from some of the most
prominent scientists of our time, such as Candace Pert, William Tiller, Joe Dispenza,
Lynne McTaggart, John Hagelin, David Alpert, Amit Goswami, Dean Radin and Fred
Alan Wolf. Your may recognize some of their photos to the right.

Candace Pert

William Tiller

Joe Dispenza

Lynne McTaggart

John Hagelin

David Alpert

Amit Goswami

Dean Radin

Fred Alan Wolf

Here are some of their conclusions. Note the common theme that we are NOT separate:

At the most fundamental level of our being, we are all One and that Oneness is
Love. It is God. We are not separate from each other or from anything else in the
universe. Our senses tell us otherwise, of course, but that is an illusion.

All of our worldly problems can be reduced to the perceptual error that we think
we are separate.
The world, as we see it, is a projection of our own beliefs in separateness. We are
conditioned to believe this because our limited senses deceive us. There is nothing
outside of ourselves and everything our eyes see is an illusion. We have
projected our own beliefs onto the worlds screen and are acting according to our
own erroneous projections. There is no out there, out there.
Time and space do not exist. They are merely creations of our own minds to help
us make sense of our erroneous belief in separateness.

And here are some direct quotes from these devoted scientists in the DVD. Note, once
again, the theme that we are NOT separate. Rather, we are connected in a glorious

"We are now realizing that this erroneous view of ourselves as separate is most
destructive ... its the thing that creates all the problems in the world. We are now
realizing that that notion is all wrong we are all One. We are all together. At the
very essence of our being we are connected."

"The deepest level of truth uncovered by science and by philosophy is the

fundamental truth of unity. At the deepest subnuclear level of our reality you and I
are literally One."


"This interconnectednessthis timelessness I think of as the beginning of a

scientific understanding of spirituality."
"There is one God self that is all of us. We grow from that. The whole Universe
grew from it and each of the separate personalities that appeared have grown from
it with the illusion that each one is a separate individual."
"When people have a mystical experience, how they describe it is that they begin
to lose the usual sense of material reality around them. In fact if they go far
enough and achieve a sense of absolute unitary experience, then all of the material
world as we typically know it basically goes away. What we are talking about
there is just an experience of pure being, pure awareness, pure consciousness."
[Note from Gary: this beautifully describes my Revelation]
"There is no real separation between us. So that, what we do to another, we do to
an aspect of ourselves."
"There is no place where we end and everything else begins. We are all
"The most fundamental thing is that we are all connected by an energy field. We
swim in a sea of light basically. You have to get away from the whole idea of
separateness because separateness is the biggest problem in the world now."
"One then begins to see others as part of themselves. One begins to see that its
best just to love others and not judge them, that what you do to build another
actually builds yourself. You begin to see that you are connected, you are part of a
large family."

We owe endless gratitude to these dedicated scientists because they have revealed to us a
world of vast possibilities that is rightfully ours. Properly understood, their gifts are
unparalleled in history.
But their findings lack one thing. They show us WHAT is possible but they do not show
us HOW to get there. That gap is beautifully filled by A Course In Miracles.

THE EVIDENCE: 3. A Course in

Miracles (ACIM).
An astonishing spiritual document that
mirrors Quantum Physics
The timing of this is fascinating!
Quantum Physics and A Course In Miracles have appeared at approximately the same
time in history. Both point clearly to the illusion of separateness but choose different
methods to bring this idea to the world. Quantum Physics does so through hard science


and mathematics while A Course In Miracles takes the softer, more spiritual route.
Neither approach relies on the other but both come to identical conclusions. In addition,
A Course In Miracles offers a path for bringing into reality the infinite promises that are
outside our awareness bathtubs.

A Course In Miracles or The Course, as it is often called by its growing swell of

enthusiastic students, began in the mid 1960s when Helen Schucman, a psychologist
affiliated with Columbia University in New York, began hearing a persistent sort of
inner dictation that said
This is a Course in Miracles. Please take notes.
This outside-the-box beginning causes many people to dismiss this astounding work
until, of course, they get below the surface and truly study its magnificent message. I
mean, come on inner dictation, a channeled work? how woo-woo or New Age-ish
can you get?
I only began reading it at the urging of my friend, Bob Skutch, who actually knew Helen
Schucman before she passed away in 1981. In fact, Bob wrote one of the most highly
regarded books that introduced this compelling literature to the public (Journey Without
Distance). He detailed her arduous task and her resistance to writing down this 1200 page
document (in which, by the way, she had no personal belief). To make the task even
stranger, Helen was Jewish by ethnic background while the voice behind the Course
was that of Jesus.
At first I found the Course obtuse and hard to read. Later I came to realize that its
message was quite clear and was not obtuse at all. My resistance, as it turns out, was
because I didnt want to hear what it was telling me. I didnt want to hear that the world,
as I saw it, was an illusion that I didnt have a body and neither did anyone else.
I didnt want to hear that I was insane and was walking around within a dream where all
my beliefs were fictions. I didnt want to hear that I was in the arms of God and that


things like business, medicine and baseball were fantasies that I made up to distract me
from my true reality.
But it was written in such loving and compelling terms that I kept reading it anyway. To
me, it was a beautiful melody whose lyrics didnt make sense (yet).
Eventually, I completely discarded the skeptics objection that this channeled work was
the result of someones delusion. Why? Because the symphonic organization the
spectacular prose ... the message itself could not have come from this world. My
engineers left brain easily concluded that it was clearly a message from the other side
letting us know that our senses were deceiving us and that the reality we hold so dear is
imaginary. It is the same message given to us by Quantum Physics but from a much
different angle.

Further, I dismissed the skeptics' protest that this stunning work was motivated by the
author's need for fame and fortune. There is no evidence for this whatsoever. In fact, the
opposite is true. Helen Schucman's name does not appear as author of the book and she
never received any royalties or remuneration whatsoever. It was given as a gift to the
world and she shied away from publicity.
Here are some highlights regarding the Course and its role in my writings.

The Course is non-denominational. Although it uses a Christian setting, the

principles involved often transcend those of most formal religions, including

The Course is not the only path to spiritual awareness. But it is clearly my path
and, of course, will influence my writings. You may have a different path and that
is as it should be. But I suggest you study my articles because the principles
contained therein tend to be universal and are likely to assist you along your path.
I will be quoting from the Course on many occasions and will be expanding upon
its principles to provide many exciting outside-the-box ideas. You are not required
to believe any of it. I only ask that you ponder the ideas with an open mind and
see where they take you.

I do not claim to replace the Courses message with anything I write. That is far beyond
my abilities. You are referred to the Course itself for your own detailed study. I will,
however, refer to the Course's principles with some frequency as my many outside-thebox articles evolve.


Using EFT
We turn now to EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), a therapy process that I developed
in the mid 1990s. It is profusely illustrated in the free Gold Standard EFT Tutorial found
on this website and integrates beautifully as a tool to rid ourselves of the emotional debris
that is in our way of achieving spiritual awareness. It is consistently upgraded and
Optimal EFT reflects the newer ideas contained therein. Accordingly, to maximize your
use of Optimal EFT, I urge you to keep current with the Tutorial.

For perspective, those readers familiar with EFT know how efficiently it can neutralize
the emotional drains of anger, fear, guilt, trauma and the like. Properly applied, EFT can
pave the way for inner peace like nothing else before it. As it reduces our emotional
baggage, it frees us up for forgiveness and thus provides important stepping stones
toward our spiritual reality. But is this enough to evaporate all the barriers we may have
to discarding the dream of separateness?
I dont think so.
Even the best EFTers find it challenging to uncover the individual core issues that lie
beneath the most stubborn ailments of their clients. But, despite their skills, they tend to
leave the most fundamental core issue on the table, namely, the belief that their clients are
separate from their Creator and everyone else.
Its easy to walk by this one because even skilled EFTers are typically stuck in the same
belief. They may read this article and be persuaded otherwise, at least academically, but
until they have truly done their own work in this regard, their effectiveness will lag. How
can a therapist truly lead a client to a place where neither have been?
But as more people do their own work, they will recognize the errors of separateness and
the growing inadequacies of the conventional therapeutic process. As these new concepts
take hold, they will change the face of EFT, not to mention that of the entire healing


Where to from here?

So, does all this mean that we should just flip a spiritual switch and quit our jobs, stop
eating and give up movies, sex and all the other trappings of this world? No indeed! The
world of separate bodies, although an illusion, appears very real and it will take time to
fully discard our entrenched beliefs. Our bodies appear to experience pain, pleasure,
disease and death. They demand education, protection from the weather and the
appreciation of others. We have decisions to make while we are here and we must make
them appropriately. Otherwise, we are headed for disaster within this dream.
But one of those decisions is to learn how to see beyond the dream to use vision
instead of eyesight and gradually get out of our individual bathtubs and swim in that
sea of bliss that is our true reality.
As time unfolds, these writings will explore ways to ease into the wonderment of our
Creator and eventually giggle at the fears, angers, traumas and predicaments we have
made up within the dream. It promises to be a magical experience. This will take time
and diligence, of course. Merely reading about it wont get the job done. I will provide
practices and examples and the journey will provide countless benefits along the way.
Your results will depend on your efforts.
e-hugs, Gary
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