Muscle-Testing – or Kinesiology – can enable us to achieve life-transforming results for our health and wellbeing.
But it’s not always quite so successful, leaving us wondering why.
For example, try using it to work out which playing card has been laid down, or which cards your opponent has in a game. Or even to predict the lottery results. It’s probably not going to work.
So why this discrepancy, and what can we safely rely on muscle-testing for? Let’s find out.
1. Impediments to Muscle Testing
First, let’s look at some factors that inhibit muscle-testing.
Starting with the basics, we need to be sure we’re in a reasonable condition – not acutely emotionally triggered or full of judgements or exhausted. If this is the case, it would be better to wait until we’re feeling better We need to be well-hydrated and, as explained in our first article, to have made a strong connection and set a firm intention for the work.
We need to be free of excessive doubt too. If I believe I can’t muscle-test, or that I’m not good at it or will never make it work as well for me as for others, this is self-fulfilling. Everyone knows Henry Ford’s famous statement that “Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right”. There’s no need to invest our self-worth in our ability to muscle-test – that just puts incapacitating pressure on us and promotes failure. People who can’t muscle-test have just as much worth as those who can – and if we don’t believe that of ourselves, how can we believe is for others. If you’re having issues with this, working on it for a while with another practitioner can really help unblock it.
Clearly, predicting the future is another thing muscle-testing can’t help us with – that’s one of the reasons we can’t use it to win the lottery. Unless you believe in an ultra-deterministic universe, the future is not yet fixed or testable.
And for similar reasons, it’s not effective or reliable for making life choices either, like whether I should take a job or move to another town. Much more so than some of our other means of perception, muscle-testing is an abstraction, and the information we receive through it is very limited in its richness and context. It is immensely valuable, but has its place. We have other machinery for making such choices – we have our heart backed up by our head. Introspection and meditation or prayer are much better guides in this area.
One big thing that can really sabotage our muscle testing ability is if we’re particularly invested in an image of ourselves or a general belief system. Food is a good example of this. If we’re checking what sort of diet would be beneficial to someone, but we ourselves adhere to, say, a ketogenic diet, we’re not likely to find that grans or sweet fruit are what they need. If we’re vegan, we’re not going to find that yoghurt is good for someone, and if we feel we really need our meat, we’re not going to find that someone should avoid it.
An example of this principle is that when I first started working on myself, releasing trapped emotions, it was many weeks before I found a single emotion of hatred dating from any point in my life. It’s not that it wasn’t there, but I had an image of myself as someone who was not capable of hatred and I was invested in this image to the extent that it would have been deeply uncomfortable to face the fact that I had felt this, even in my past, so I subconsciously didn’t allow myself to find what I need to find.
In a similar vein, our preconceptions and expectations of what will come up can cloud the accuracy of our results. If I’m working on myself or someone I know well and I think I know what’s behind the issue, then I’m probably going to find what I expect to be there. The expectation blocks my openness to receive the true information. If I suspect that a trapped emotion of shame is nearly always at the heart of a particular issue, then that’s what I’m likely to find. If I believe that a heart wall consists of thousands of emotions, I’ll keep finding unfeasibly large heart-walls. If I don’t believe in entities, I’ll rarely find any, but if I’ve come to think that everyone is riddled with entities and that this is at the root of all their issues, I’ll find them in huge quantities of all sorts and types and will likely become quite specialist at categorising them. Our expectations shape our findings – whether they are correct or not, and the more we can divest ourselves of these preconceptions, the better our muscle-testing results will be.
Body Code creator, Dr. Brad Nelson has shared that his wife once had a dream about a little girl who was waiting to be born to her. Soon after that, she became pregnant, and they decided to use muscle-testing to find out if the dream was true and it was a girl. They both tested consistently that it was, but when the baby came to be delivered, they found that they’d been mistaken and it was actually a boy who was born. They’d both been inspired by the dream and believed that it was true, which had influenced their testing.
2. How Important Is Accuracy
In the whole section on impediments to muscle-testing, we didn’t touch on why we might find it difficult to reliably identify an overturned playing card. It’s not in the future, and we’re not likely to be bogged down in expectation or preferences about it. So what’s the difficulty here?
A well-known British sceptic, in an attempt to disprove the basis of energy medicine, assembled a group of dowsers and challenged them to use their testing to locate something he’d buried. None of them found the right location. The interesting thing was that the dowsers themselves were shocked and confused by their failure.
Of course, the skeptic saw this as evidence that dowsing was useless and the dowsers were all deluding themselves about their abilities. As soon as they were subjected to any sort of objective test of these abilities, the failed.
But this overlooks the fact that they all used these abilities to obvious great effect in their daily lives. Many of them earned a living from using these abilities effectively and successfully for their clients, which wouldn’t be feasible if they didn’t see positive results. Could it be possible that the fact of testing itself affected the outcome?
It sounds far-fetched, but it isn’t. In a famous experiment from the birth of quantum physics, scientists found – to their astonishment – that light behaved differently depending on whether it was observed or not, which became known as the observer effect. Anything based at the subtle-energy level is subject to this principle, and with muscle-testing, this translates to subjecting the process to a test or challenge, even if it’s only we ourselves who are the observers. In this case, the intention behind the experiment was to disprove muscle-testing, which could only have contributed further to the outcome.
It’s true, of course, that without independent objective verification, we can’t be sure that all of the information we get from muscle-testing is factually accurate. If we identify a trapped emotion but the client doesn’t remember it happening, or if we identify a misaligned vertebrae and the client has never felt any issue there, we can think that we’ve probably identified the right thing, but we can’t be totally sure that it’s the exact correct one. But that’s not the purpose of muscle-testing. It’s not there to satisfy our intellectual curiosity about what the mechanics of an ailment are. It exists as a practical tool for healing or other positive activities and it’s the intention and the feeling behind its use that makes it effective. So many people – including me – have had their lives utterly transformed through energy healing using muscle-testing, and many of us have gone on to heal others. But it’s not through demonstrable accuracy of the results.
In fact, 2 practitioners may sometimes get completely different readings of what the issue is with someone, but still have equally effective results. That’s because none of us is a completely clear channel, and the information is received through our individual filter, in the same way as if we were wearing tinted glasses or using a certain camera setting, it would change the flavour of what we see. This is just how the process works.
Much more important than accuracy is our intention for the work and the establishment of a strong feeling of love for the person we’re working on, whether that’s ourselves or someone else. This is the real power engine propelling the work, and with this, we can overcome some of our personal obstacles and achieve accuracy when that’s important.
3. What Can We Safely Rely on Muscle Testing For?
So as long as we make sure we avoid the impediments mentioned earlier, and set a firm connection and a clear loving intention of the result we want, then we can rely on muscle-testing to give us the information we need to bring about fundamental transformation in our own and others’ health.
I see it as a means to direct us to what our body needs in order to heal, so that we can then provide it and bring about fundamental changes, which is what we’re really interested in. There are many other uses too in other fields.
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