Since 2009, I have benefited from regular peer to peer monthly or weekly mentoring, depending on the need, with Martine Moorby (that is approximately 12 years now). I have also enjoyed the support of many other EFT International Mentors over the years - I have been practicing EFT since 1999 – so I have more EFT mentors than fingers and that is a fabulous thing!!
At present, I am reading "Cultural Perspectives on Mental Well Being" by Dr. Natalie Tobert, thanks to Martine. This in turn inspired me to write this article.
Basically, this article is more of a personal take on the IMPORTANCE (purposely in caps) of MENTORING.
Mentors provide agenda-free CARE for your personal, professional and spiritual development.
C – Clarity that can challenge your perceptions
A – Assistance and Suggestions
R – Reflection
E – Encouragement
There are times when we need someone to challenge our paradigm, challenge our worldview so that we can get clear. Having someone who can call you out with kindness, help you notice when you start taking things for granted. Or notice when you have got into a rut which can make a difference. A mentor will notice if you are being opinionated or thoughtful. There are times when you get caught in a story, especially if there is some hidden trauma feeding it, you then decide what should and shouldn't happen, limiting what is possible. A mentor can be there to…
Assist, Support and make Suggestions
They provide you with pointers and signposts. References and experiential wisdom. For example, when Christine Sutton pointed me the direction of Carolyn Spring and her trauma training courses or when Jade Barbee pointed me in the direction of “Ethics for Energy Psychology Practitioners” by David Feinstein. Mentors point you in the direction of resources. They also hold space for you while you…
Reflection is vital for growth and development. A mentor will invite you to reflect (contemplate) and reflect (reveal by being a mirror). This is an art that takes years to master, but is effortless when applied by an experienced mentor. At the same time, the mentor will provide you with nourishing…
Encouragement that arises from empathy and enthusiasm is a powerful motivator. It is like having someone who understands you and has your back. It can help you direct your energy to manifest your best self.
On that note, I conclude this short article to cheer all the EFTInternational Mentors and mentees, it’s great to CARE.