Muscle Testing

Muscle testing has always intrigued me. When I first experienced it in 1973, it was through a chiropractor who, I had been told, worked miracles with his clients. Indeed, with his muscle testing, he quickly ascertained that the constant tiredness and dark circles under my eyes reflected a digestive issue, and found the appropriate supplements to fix the issue. I began my lifelong love affair with Applied Kinesiology.

We owe the art of Applied Kinesiology to Dr. George Goodheart, a brilliant chiropractor who was a talented inventor and scientist. In the 60s, he developed a system whereby he could test the strength of various muscles in the body to find and correct nutritional and structural imbalances.  He strove to make his work pure and scientifically provable. Today, many health practitioners use a bastardized form, and in respect for the good doctor, I will call this newer art simply “muscle testing.”

So how does it work? The practitioner chooses a strong muscle – often an arm muscle (bicep) and then, after asking a question, applies gentle pressure to the muscle. The body wants to talk to us, especially regarding its care. When correctly done, the body will read up the answers needed to solve a problem. The unconscious mind knows far more than our conscious brain.

For example, when your name is Sandra, and you state, “I am Sandra,” your energy fields will resonate with that, and your muscles will be strong. If, instead, Sandra states, “My name is Joe,” the muscles in your body will express a temporary weakness regarding the false statement. As previously noted, the same is true with using the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’. ‘Yes’ strengthens the muscle, whereas ‘no’ weakens the muscle.

It sounds like hocus pocus, I know. However, when a person speaks the truth, the unconscious mind is in accordance with that truth. The electrical and magnetic fields surrounding her/his body, including the muscles, will become stronger. Conversely, when a person speaks a falsehood, his/her body becomes weaker, and the muscles become weaker. The body is a lot smarter than we give it credit and holds information the brain doesn’t know.

Sometimes the body becomes confused and gets the messages wrong. Dr. Goodheart called this ‘switching’. Many in energy psychology call it ‘psychological reversal’, a term which works for emotional and mental issues, but excludes the physical. The bottom line is that, when testing a person who is switched, the practitioner can and will receive wrong answers to the question. Obviously this can create issues for the tester and her client. A skilled practitioner can reverse the situation, sometimes quickly, as there are a number of ways to accomplish that.

“Skilled” is the operative word here. Also, it is imperative that the practitioner use muscle testing with a clear mind, holding no pre-conceived notions. If the practitioner is poorly trained, and/or has already made up her mind as to the outcome, then the answer will read out the preconceived answer, and the testing will be invalid.

Upon observing the work, it would be erroneous to conclude that muscle testing is simple. Actually it is easy once the skill is mastered. Done correctly, it can render amazing information for the practitioner. I use it extensively in Emotion Code and also in other types of energy clearing as a diagnostic tool. I can muscle test myself to get answers for others. Pretty nifty skill to have!

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