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Self Testing is a life-long skill which is well worth the time and trouble it may take to develop it. You can save money, and know if any of your supplements will help you to resolve a problem you are having, long after our last appointment. There are many ways to self test but certain aspects of self-testing need to be appreciated. A general discussion of muscle testing is in that document.
1. Things that we do see are often affected by what we do not see. You cannot see the field around a magnet, yet you can see its effects on metallic objects. You cannot see the electromagnetic fields around you but you can hear your cell phone ring when these fields activate it. And, of course, Jesus, when talking about the spirit, gave the example of the wind, which we can hear (and feel its effects) but cannot see where it came from or is going. Unseen things (electromagnetic fields, intuition) play more of a role in our life than we realize.
2. Self testing is a way to get a physical or sensory reading (what you can see or feel) on what you cannot see (or what your intuition already knows (1 John 2:20)) Intuition is the way we ‘perceive in our spirit’ without our physical senses. Our bodies respond in many subtle ways to our perceptions (sweating, muscle response, ‘gut feelings’). Lie detectors, the iTovi scanner and many medical sensors are based on these responses.
3. Self testing is subjective. You must clarify your thought in a yes-or-no format. “Is this herb good for me?” may give a different response than “Do I need this herb now?”, or, “Do I need this herb now for this particular problem?” The subjectivity of these tests is explained here.
4. If we are sick and run-down, self testing is much more difficult. That is because the neuro-physical response is affected by the illness or weakness. This is common.
5. Fear and other strong emotions almost always scramble the body’s response or communication, so calm down and be neutral regarding the response the body gives. Our biofield is greatly affected by our thoughts.
6. Practice with things you already know are ‘good’ or ‘not good’ for you to get a measure of the response your body gives (like bleach, ‘not good’, herb, ‘good’)
The body has an invisible energetic field around it, which can exert a subtle attracting or repelling force – just like a magnet. To utilize this property of the body, practice the following:
- Stand straight and feel the muscles that keep you from falling by leaning forward or backwards slightly. Notice the muscles in your legs, feet, thighs and sometimes buttocks that the brain tenses to prevent you from falling. Do this swaying forward and backward a few times. Take your time to just feel what your body is doing to keep you upright. These muscles are mostly below the navel.
- To determine if a supplement or food is ‘good’ or ‘not good’ for you, hold it up to your chest or abdomen with both hands. Make sure you are balanced. In your mind should be the question, “Is this good for me?”
- Now consciously relax the muscles below the navel and see which way your body leans. If it leans into the herb (i.e. forward) then your body is attracted to the herb and wants it. If it moves backward, pushing you away from the herb, your body doesn’t want it.
- Sometimes looking at your movement in a mirror helps, sometimes not. Some people have a hyper response which means that as their body feels the forward movement, it immediately pulls you back and you notice the backward movement. Patient calmness and persistence will pay off.
The Muscle Technique
In addition to exerting a subtle attracting or repelling force, the energetic field around us affects the current in us that runs through our muscles. All our muscles respond to the current flowing through them. This subtle current changes with what is brought into our energetic field, and with our thoughts. Much like our cell phone antenna responds to the unseen aspects of our environment when it starts ringing, our body’s current is affected in the same way. We can observe the response of any muscle in the body with this method. Let’s consider the Quadriceps, the muscle in the front of our thigh.
- Sit on the edge of a chair, with feet flat on the floor.
- Contract the quadricep muscle by raising your right knee (bringing your right foot off the floor about 5-6 inches). With your right hand, feel how much force it requires to push your knee back down while your quadricep resists (or attempts to keep it in place). Do this several times feeling where the quadricep strains as it resists being pushed down (usually near the groin).
- Now, place your left hand on the center top of your head palm down and repeat this. Again feel the amount of resistance the quadricep offers. It should feel as strong or stronger. This is the ‘yes’.
- Now, turn your left hand palm up on your head. Press the knee again. See if you can detect a change in the resistance, that is, if it feels easier to push the knee down. If the knee feels easier to push down, this is your muscle’s weak or sliding response. This is the ‘no’.
- As in the leaning technique, an herb may be placed on the lap with the same question and then test the quad resistance by pressing on the knee. If this muscle gives this sliding response with an herb on your lap, your body doesn’t want it. Other muscles can be used for this technique.
The Moisture Technique
The amount of perspiration that your body emits can be reflective of an intuitive or survival response. When your physical senses or intuition registers an unfriendly or unsupportive environment, your body tenses or closes up, and the pores on the fingertips close, supplying little or no moisture to the skin. The converse is also true. A relaxing supportive environment allows circulation down to the hands, and the pores on the fingers are relaxed and open, allowing moisture to come to the skin surface. This phenomena has long been understood and utilized in lie-detector technology and others diagnostic instrumentation. However you can also feel this for yourself.
As you rub your thumb against the pads of your fingers feel the amount of friction there. Adjust the amount of pressure between the fingers and thumb and observe what it feels like. I like to characterize the feeling as either slick-and-smooth, or, as grabbing-like-a-washboard. The slick-and-smooth feeling results from the pores closing down emitting little or no moisture giving the finger pads the slick feel of paper (like when your fingers fail to be able to turn the pages of a book due to loss of moisture). This closing down indicates that the body feels unsafe and thus withdraws. The grabbing-like-a-washboard feeling results from the open relaxed pores allowing moisture to the skin and increasing the amount of friction. Open pores mean the body is open to receiving its environment. To determine if an herb or supplement is ‘good’ or ‘not good’ for you, place it in your lap and see how the friction on your finger pads changes. Grabbing-like-a-washboard means the herb is ‘good’, slick-and-smooth means to … well…try again later.
Other Things to Consider
You can use more than one of these techniques to gather data on the supplement (or food) that you are testing. All of these techniques get easier with practice, and you will become more sensitive with practice. Practice all of them, and use one method to back up or confirm the results of another. This skill will be valuable all your life.
Because you do not want an herb (using any of the above measures), does not mean it is bad, or that you will never need it. As your body changes, the set of herbs you like or don’t like may change too. Sometimes we tend to take too much of a supplement and this is often the reason for a ‘no’ response.
Consider this…..I have learned more from very sick people than I have from double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over studies. My sick clients taught me how to get them well - things that even my teachers didn't know. I have such smart clients.
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