What is Muscle Testing?
Muscle testing is used by many, if not most, energy healers to diagnose underlying issues in the mental and physical body. Dr. Nelson saw many Chiropractors during his time practicing use muscle testing in their clinics to treat their patients. It is a form of testing that has been used since the very origins of holistic healers, themselves. There are many ways in which muscle testing is performed.
Muscle testing is based on principles of biomagnetic energy. While our conscious mind is mostly oblivious to these energies, we believe our subconscious minds are profoundly affected by them.
We believe that the subconscious mind can lead the body to respond to or reinforce positive energy, and to avoid or refuse negative energy. These natural and instinctual responses are what make muscle testing possible.
We can tap into this relationship between the subconscious mind and energy by asking “true/false” questions, and then checking the body’s response. Response can be checked a number of ways, but is often done with methods like the Arm Test, where the subject simply holds one arm outstretched in front of them, parallel to the floor.
The tester then places two fingers on the subject’s wrist, and asks a question, placing a small amount of pressure on the wrist. If the subject’s arm resists, that is a “strong response,” and it equates to a “yes” answer. If the arm gives way under the pressure, that’s a “weak response,” and equals a “no” answer. This strong response/weak response is the basis of muscle testing.
The Most Common Methods Of Muscle Testing
The Sway Test
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 is where the body might respond by swaying either 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
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.
The Ring-in-Ring Test
Make a closed ring or circle shape with the thumb and middle finger on one hand. Make the same shape with the thumb and middle finger of the other hand. Join the rings together like two links in a chain. You can do this in two different ways:
1. Choose one hand to be the resistance ring and one hand to be the pressure ring. The pressure ring will remain locked closed, while the resistance ring will break for a “no” answer and remain closed for a “yes” answer.
2. Or you can instead intend for both rings to remain locked on a “yes” answer, and both to break on a “no” answer.
Just like in the previous methods, try varying the amount of resistance in the rings, while saying something negative or incongruent. As you make the statement, try to pull the rings apart. Remember that you are simply attempting to find the strength setting that allows the rings to pull apart on a negative or incongruent statement, and remain linked on a positive or congruent statement.