Building Confidence in Muscle Testing

Learning to Muscle-Test can open up a gateway to being able to offer powerful healing to others.  But many people struggle with the learning it, and in particular, with having confidence to trust the answers they get from it.

We’re going to look at some ways we can overcome this lack of confidence and start to access our true potential as healers.


To begin with, many people use a method called the “Sway” test, which is said to be the easiest and surest muscle-testing method.  Longer term, it’s not the most practical, as it takes more time than other methods and requires you to be standing, but it’s a great way to gain your first experience of muscle-testing.

This is the method I learnt first.  Muscle testing wasn’t something I ever thought I could do, but when I read Dr. Brad Nelson’s Emotion Code book, it made the whole process simple enough for me to try it out and learn.  His Discover Healing Youtube channel also includes a playlist of short and simple videos to introduce the sway test and other various muscle-testing methods.

The sway test is easy to use and tends to give pretty clear results, and is more than good enough for us to begin to work on ourselves and our families.

But many people are stopped from getting to this first stage by doubts about their ability to muscle-test or about the answers they’re getting.


Doubt is one of the most undermining things that can happen to our muscle-testing.  There’s not much that can confuse and complicate our muscle-testing answers more than doubt. But, if we are in doubt about something, just being told to stop doubting and have faith is not going to be enough to overcome it.  So here are some suggestions on dealing with our doubts.

It’s so easy to think that when we move forward or backward on the sway test, or when our fingers hold together or come apart using other methods, we’re just imagining it, or somehow influencing the answer without realising.  Or to lose heart when we get things wrong.  For example, we might be testing something ridiculous – like that there are 2 of me in the room – something we know to be completely false, but getting a positive answer with our muscle-testing.

This most often happens because more of our attention – and anxiety – is focused on the muscle-testing itself rather than on the question.  It’s important to remember that it’s not the words that we use for testing that count, but the underlying intention and focus of the mind.  If I muscle-test the statement “My name is Guy”, but most of my attention is on worrying whether the testing is working or whether I’m able to get it right, I’m likely to actually be testing the statement “I’m able to muscle-test”, which is likely to come out as a no – not because I can’t actually muscle-test, but because I don’t believe I can.

So, take some deep breaths, remember that muscle-testing may take a while to get right or feel comfortable with, remind yourself that whether you can muscle-test or not is in no sense a reflection on your inherent worth, have some patience and be kind to yourself.  Once you can get yourself to a neutral condition, then muscle-testing should come much quicker.  And if it doesn’t, that’s okay – it’s not going to make you anxious as you haven’t lost anything – it will just take a little more time and practice.

Even better, stop testing things you already know the answers to and which are likely to be encouraging you to be evaluating yourself and your muscle-testing, and instead, move straight to using it to do some basic healing.  Again, the Emotion Code is ideal for this, as it’s such a simple and easy step-by-step system to go through.  As we explain in another video on muscle-testing, it doesn’t work to satisfy our intellectual curiosity.  It’s a tool not to access secret knowledge for our own interest, but for the healing of ourselves and others. 

By switching to actually doing healing work rather than just practicing muscle-testing, you’ll also be encouraging a move from your head, which tends to overcomplicate things, to your heart, which cuts through the noise and makes things simple.

So, use it practically for healing, and see if you can notice some small results to start with.  If you or someone you know is in pain from, say an injury, that’s an ideal thing to work on, as it tends to respond most quickly and noticeably to healing.  In my experience, you’ll see an appreciable reduction of the pain in a single session in 60-80% of cases, depending on your confidence.

If you work on a few people and there aren’t any results, or they’re very small, don’t worry about it.  Our healing becomes more powerful with time, and may take some time to begin to take effect.  Each person is different.

The key is to stay calm and remind yourself that not having quick results is quite normal.  Muscle-testing takes patience and a balanced state of mind.  Worrying about things that are not problematic is probably the biggest impediment to achieving success in muscle-testing.


Once we’re reasonably comfortable with the Sway Test, we’ll probably want to slowly move on to learning some methods of muscle-testing with our fingers.

But this is tricky, because it’s a big jump to make to switch to using the fingers, which we’re far less confident in, when we have the sway test available.

The way I made the transition was to start muscle-testing with the fingers, and then test those results against asking the same question using the sway test.  At first, I was right about half the time – the same as pure chance – but with patience and not giving up, I was able to bring them much closer together.

I was forced to find a better solution, though, to finish the job.  When I first launched Heartful Healing and had my first clients booked in, I realised 2 days before the first session that I could only reliably work with the sway test, which wasn’t practical for a session as it was slow and clumsy.  So, in panic, I did a big session on myself using the sway test to improve my muscle testing ability with my fingers.

The following morning, I was sat on a train and able to do remote sessions on 5 people without standing up.


The key thing is to avoid doubt or self-recrimination.  Don’t let patterns of low self-confidence come into play with this.  You might have thoughts coming up that you can’t do this, but there’s no reason you can’t, and there’s no need for urgency or to pressure yourself.  We’ve made several more videos that go into more depth about this, which you can find either on our  Youtube Channel, or in the Articles section of our website –  If you still need help, then take a session or a few sessions if necessary with a Body Code practitioner,  ideally one who’s also trained in the Belief Code, to help you cut through the issue and give you access to the healing power that you know is there within you.

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