When in doubt, try asking your body!

This past week, I heard multiple references to Muscle Testing on back-to-back (yet unrelated) Hay House Radio shows and it really sparked my interest.  I’ve heard this technique mentioned before, but never really gave it any further thought.  I’ve even seen it demonstrated as a sales technique for healing magnets, energy bracelets, even Philip Stein Teslar Watches.  In those demonstrations, the sales person would first test your strength by having you hold out your arm and ask you to resist while they pushed down.  Then, they would place the product on you and test your strength again to show that your muscles had just become stronger.  Of course, there’s always some skepticism with this technique.  Is it a trick? Are they using a different amount of force each time in order to sell their product?  It’s hard to tell when there’s another person involved.  What caught my attention a few days ago was the idea that you could muscle test yourself and use the technique as a decision making tool!

I decided I wanted to know more so I turned to the internet to find various resources for self muscle testing.  I started on LaRue Eppler’s website because she was the interviewee on Dr. Fabrizio Mancini’s radio show (the first of the two Hay House Radio shows I was referring to) who was talking about using muscle testing to make decisions.  There is a free audio download on her website that teaches you to muscle test yourself, if you sign up for her newsletter.  (I didn’t sign up right away, but did end up going back and signing up today and am waiting to receive the audio file.)  I really wanted some visuals so I stared Googling “how to muscle test yourself” and “self-muscle testing” … The best resource I found is a great Squidoo lens that describes it well, has pictures, and even has links to some good YouTube videos (some I’d already found through my searching) that demonstrate different self muscle testing techniques.  I’ve been experimenting with a few techniques and my personal favorite is the one-handed technique demonstrated by Karen Kan in her YouTube video.  (The video is 10 minutes long, but you can get the hang of it about halfway through.)  The two-handed methods work well too, but a one-handed method allows you to use the technique to make a decision while driving or on the phone.

So, how does this help with decision making?  Think about this: When you feel good, like when you’re in love, you feel strong and healthy, right? And when you’re really sad or depressed you feel weak, don’t you?  Or think about spending time with someone you really vibe with, how energized you feel… but when you’re around someone you clash with you feel drained.  This is your body reacting to energy.  Quantum physics teaches us that everything is energy, including thoughts!  The idea behind muscle testing is, things that feel good to you on a vibrational/energetic level are good for you and your body knows it and is strengthened by these things/thoughts.  On the other hand, energetic vibrations that are not good for you weaken you.  So, when you’re trying to make a decision and you’re up in your head weighing the pros and cons and potential outcomes and only making yourself more confused… you can use muscle testing to bypass your conscious mind and tap into your intuition, inner knowing or Higher Self.  (LaRue Eppler made a comment on Dr. Fab’s show that I thought was interesting, she said, “muscle testing is beyond the body… you can’t muscle test a corpse.”  So whenever she uses this technique to make a decision, she first sets an intention that she is tapping into the Source of All Things for her answers.  If this resonates with you, try it.)  If that sounds too “woo woo” for you, just think of it as the body’s natural lie detector.

How to muscle test yourself with one hand.
My favorite one-handed technique:
Make an “ok” sign using your ring finger… if the answer is “Yes” it will hold firm, if the answer is “No” your thumb will relax just enough for your ring finger to spring straight.
(Hint: use gentle pressure, not too much, not too little, experiment to find what works for you.)

If you want to try this for yourself, you can click the links I’ve peppered throughout the post so you can learn more but, I’ve at least summed up the common tips/suggestions I encountered in my research:

#1) Drink plenty of water.  You must be well-hydrated for this to work properly because the body’s electrical system depends on water.  (And really, water is important for numerous functions of the human body, so this is just a good idea in general.)

#2) Make some obvious statements to determine your base-line “Yes” and “No” responses.  (Again, think of this like a lie-detector test.)  First, state/think “Yes.” and note your strength.  (Usually, the circle you’re making with your fingers remains tightly locked for a positive response, almost like they’re magnetized together.)  Then, state/think “No.” and see what happens.  (A typical negative response is a weakening of the bond between the fingers.)  After that, try stating “My name is (insert your name here.)”  to re-test the positive response, then state someone else’s name as if it were your own to re-test the negative response.  Keep testing with examples of things you already know to be true or false until you feel you’ve got consistent responses.

#3) If you’re not getting consistent results and you know you’ve been drinking your water, try taking a few deep breaths and tapping on your thymus (sternum) with two or three fingers for 10-15 seconds to center yourself and stimulate your energy systems.  You should also experiment with different versions of the self muscle testing technique to find the one that works best for you and is most comfortable.  (Again, that Squidoo lens shows a few variations using images and YouTube videos.)

#4) After you’ve set your base-line, start with simple decisions.  Like, deciding between ordering soup or salad…  Or between wearing the purple shirt or the green shirt…  Or whether you should go out to that party or stay home instead.  And always phrase your question in the form of a statement, so your body can react to it as if you’d made the decision already.

Play with this technique, have fun with it!  If you feel it works for you, you’ve got a great new tool in your decision making tool box that will reinforce your gut instincts.  If you’re still skeptical, that’s fine, at least it’ll come in handy the next time you have to flip a coin and can’t find a quarter. 😉


Jilienne Rose

4 thoughts on “When in doubt, try asking your body!”

  1. OH! I always love to learn new things! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    It reminds me a lot of pendulum swinging and asking a Yes or NO question, starting with obvious answers (asking if your own name is true, like you mentioned). The results can also be quite amazing.

    1. I’m so glad you liked it, Indre! It reminded me of working with a pendulum, too. But I don’t always have my pendulum with me. 😉 And also, when using a pendulum, I’m asking my angels or spirit guides for answers; when using muscle testing, I’m asking my body or my Higher Self what’s best for me. It’s a subtle difference and I like having both of those decision making tools in my tool box.

  2. Such a cool article. You had me with my hand up asking myself questions to see what my fingers did.

    I have actually done this with my kids and food allergies. I believe in the process and the body’s signals.

    Thanks for the reminder.

    1. Yes! I didn’t even mention the potential use for food allergies but I did come across that when researching muscle testing. That’s another good reason to use the one-handed method, you can hold the food to your chest with one hand and ask your body for its opinion with the other. (I believe one of the videos in the Squidoo link I shared demonstrated this technique.) Our bodies know more than we give them credit for.

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