The easiest method of self muscle testing to learn is called The Sway Test. This is the first method that we teach in The Emotion Code because most people are able to make it work for themselves with only a little practice, so it might be a good backup method to know, even if it does take a little longer to run this type of test.
The Sway Test works by revealing the answer as the body responds by either swaying forward or backward. The idea is that your body sways forward toward truth, positivity, or congruency, and that it sways backward, away from negativity, falsehood, or incongruency. This goes back to the intelligence of your subconscious mind, knowing what’s true and what’s false.
Even plants have been shown to automatically grow toward light, soothing music or positive energy, and growing away from negative inputs, such as hard rock music. We believe our bodies have a similar mechanism built in!
Before attempting the Sway Test it’s a good idea to turn off any music or TV as they can interfere with the testing, especially when you are first learning. Stand relaxed, with your feet shoulder-width apart. Place your hands down by your sides. Close your eyes and focus on the instructions. The first thing you might notice while you’re standing there is that there could be a little bit of movement going on all the time. The body tends to sway a little bit forward and a little bit backward and sometimes it might sway a little to the side, left to right. That is simply the oscillation that takes place when the body is trying to maintain a perfect upright posture. The postural muscles are just working to keep the body standing upright, and that’s normal.
Now, think about war. Hold that thought in your mind while you’re standing there. If you think about all the people who have died, all the families that have been torn apart, all the tragedy, all the people who have been hurt, all the destruction. You should notice that your body may try to recoil away from this thought that you’ve put out in front of you. You’ll likely find yourself swaying backwards, away from the thought of war, because that thought is so negative. This backward movement usually happens within 3 to 10 seconds, but maybe sooner.
Once you have that response, clear your mind and instead think about love. Imagine that you are a being of unconditional love, that your heart is a generator of unconditional love. That beautiful energy flows out of your heart and fills the immensity of space. Imagine that you love everyone unconditionally no matter who they are. Imagine what it would be like to be loved and accepted unconditionally by others in return. As you hold the thought of unconditional love in your mind, you’ll likely find your body wanting to sway forward, toward the positivity, the congruency and the beauty of that thought of unconditional love. Again, this forward movement usually begins within 3 to 10 seconds, but maybe sooner.
Once you can get a clear and accurate answer for each of these exercises, you have likely achieved a proper baseline test. This means you should be testable, and can go forward to use the Sway Test for other questions or statements. For example, if you are using The Emotion Code, you might ask, “Do I have a Trapped Emotion?” The Sway Test can be used for any of the questions that you want to ask the subconscious.
The Elbow Test is a favorite method of self-testing because most people say it can be used for long periods of time without creating fatigue. To begin, bring either elbow into your side, locking your upper arm against your body or braced against the back of a chair. Your elbow should be bent at a 90 degree angle, so your forearm is parallel to the floor. Your hand can be placed palm up or rotated to face palm down.
Now place two fingers from your other hand on the wrist. Say the word “yes,” and gently press down on the arm. The forearm should remain strong. Now say the word “no,” and once again gently press down on the arm. You should be able to detect slight weakening, and the forearm should give way to your pressure.
Remember, with any of these tests you are simply trying to pick up the slight change that has taken place in the body. You aren’t looking for a dramatic difference, but with practice, you should be able to pick up on the subtle difference between “yes” and “no” answers. If you can master the Elbow Test, it should be a great tool to have.