Emotional First Aid

As human beings, our lives revolve around emotions. We tend to just accept this, and not give it much thought. But nothing about our experience of life is as simple as we may perceive it to be. The closer we look, the more there is to it. Thought and emotion both contribute to the formation of our “mind”; as do the physical body and the spirit.  Though this complicates our understanding of our mind, it also provides avenues for self healing.

Physical science studies the tangible physical world, but when it comes to the body, there is always the intangible non-physical consciousness that must be accounted for as well. We artificially separate the tangible and intangible into the “hard” and “soft” sciences to help our minds grasp things, but in reality these are two sides of the same coin.

Dr Candace Pert, author of “Molecules of Emotion” researches emotions, and finds that they are connected to brain chemistry… but a connection doesn’t necessarily define the direction (which came first). Western science perceives everything we experience in life as arising from physical matter, but the whole world is not in agreement. A strong argument can also be made in the exact opposite direction: that everything arises from consciousness.  Regardless of what causes what, of importance to emotional first aid (in times of high stress and trauma), is the fact that matter and consciousness are connected; as this provides a means to address emotions in overwhelm.

Acupuncture meridians: the body’s energetic control panel.

The key info bit required for emotional first aid is understanding that emotions are biochemical energy (molecules) that move through the body, and interact with the various levels of energy exchange that allow us to function; eventually affecting electromagnetic, vibrational, conscious and even mechanical patterns. Energy is like a carrier wave that carries information. A transmitting station sends out a carrier wave of electromagnetic energy that may carry the information of a radio station. In the same way, biochemical energy in the body can carry emotional information.

The human body is designed with an energetic control panel, known as the acupuncture meridians. This series of points of increased electrical conductivity allow us to modify energy flow in the body by stimulating the surface of the skin. By physically tapping these points, we can move congested energy through. When these points are tapped during an intense emotional experience, they can help the emotion to pass.

The EFT First Aid page below shows you where to tap. Just focus on the emotion, and continue to cycle through the points illustrated (rapidly tapping each one about 10-15 times), until the emotion becomes manageable. If you rate the negative feelings (on a scale of 0 [neutral] to 10 [extreme]) before and after tapping, you can experience how EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) works. This technique can be used for any emotional issue, such as phobias, and chronic stressors; and can actually remove emotional triggers forever. While you tap through the series of points on your body, you can focus on a single issue that bothers you, or you can rant on about every and anything. The idea is to activate the emotion while you tap – that’s it. Keep tapping through the points until you can rerate your emotional intensity as a zero. At this point (the point where a negative reaction/emotion no longer arises) you and your body have achieved neutrality or “peace” with the issue.

Tap each point 10 – 15 times, and cycle through the points until the emotional intensity subsides.

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First Aid for Low Back Pain

If your back has gone out, or is on the verge of doing so, and the situation is such that you can’t visit a chiropractor, or an osteopath (who does manual manipulation), then you need to help yourself. In fact it’s a good idea to have this basic understanding of structure & function (and pain) – it helps you to appreciate and be responsible for your body.

The advice below is just the tip of the iceberg – it’s general knowledge. This means the information is NOT all there is to know about back pain. If you do not get relief from these remedies, then you need to visit someone who knows more than you do about it. In fact, it’s a good idea to get yourself to an appropriate type of doctor to treat the structural cause of your pain. Even if you completely feel better (which can happen in 1-3 days), there may still be misalignments in your joints that need professional attention.  Keep in mind when the pain stops, it just means your spastic muscles have found a tension level they can live with – it does not mean all your parts are positioned or functioning correctly.

The body is a metaphor for the mind

Body and the subconscious are always in communication – the goal is to increase awareness by adding your conscious understanding to the mix. The more you understand about how your body works, the more you can mentally help it along by guiding it through its processes. If you are totally ignorant about how your body works, then you may be likely to create counterproductive behaviors and neuromuscular feedback loops which imbalances, that can lead to injury. This means, not only may you have poor biomechanics, but pure stress can also cause your back to go out. The cacophony of stressors, ignorance, misconceptions, assumptions, and wrong beliefs bouncing around inside your mind are the chronic commands you are giving your body to manifest: resulting in unhealthy habits and movement patterns, and a general lack of awareness to what your body is trying to communicate to you.


What the Pain Means:

The explanation of the nerve-muscle-bone-joint-connective tissue system is another story. For now the issue is that an imbalance in your body structure has diminished your ability to channel mechanical forces within the earth’s gravitational field, and something is about to get injured. The body’s response is to “splint” or brace the area by contracting muscles to keep grossly imbalanced joints from moving. You may not have been conscious of the imbalance, but the body’s mind is always monitoring it – and sending you hints that you were ignoring or overlooking. There are usually warnings. If back pain “strikes without warning”, chances are you have not been paying attention.


The Goal:

Muscles contract because nerves tell them to. In order to get a muscle to relax, the nerve needs input (sense stimulation) that tells it that it is safe to do so. Resting over time tells the nerve that you have stopped moving, and eventually the feedback will convince it that motion has stopped, and it will release its hold on the muscle.

Once the muscle relaxes, the joints can reposition themselves; which rearranges all the mechanical forces of the muscles around a joint, to a safer alignment… which allows you to get up and start moving carefully… allowing more-fine tuning of the nerve-muscle-joint complex… until you are back to normal (though your “normal” may require some work…).

The general releases described below create gentle traction in the spine; providing a reason for the muscles to relax (the spasms occur in response to reasons to contract: your mechanical structure is failing in it’s ability to move within gravity; and an injury is imminent). You may hear pops in your joints as they realign (either immediately, or shortly after you get weight-bearing again and start moving around).

The key to doing these things without hurting yourself is to PAY ATTENTION to what you are sensing in your body.  Is what you are doing making it better or worse; is the action causing a problem somewhere else? Your spine may be so dysfunctional at the moment, that any movement (including traction) will only trigger more contraction (spasms). If this is the case, skip down to the hip blocking, and get to the right type of doctor as soon as you can. If you are in serious pain, you can ice (see below), but otherwise I would suggest using heat to relax the spasms. If you can self muscle test, you can ask your body which it prefers.

General Releases of the Low Back

For general low back pain discomfort, or feelings of compression, or that your back is about to go out.

1. Spinal Twist

  1. Lie on your back on the floor or other firm support, with your arms out to your side 90 degrees
  2. Bring one knee across your body …
  3. Grab it with the opposite hand and gently but firmly pull it toward the floor (you may hear pops in your spine, as the joints fall into place)
  4. Once the knee is across your body close to the floor, you may want to try moving your knee into different positions (from straighter, to having it closer to your chest), as this will put leverage in different parts of the spine.

Spinal Twist

Spinal twist in a chair

2. Hanging Traction

This method generates low back traction by using the weight of the lower body. If you cannot hold your weight, have your feet touch the ground, or stand on a chair to support some of the weight. Generally you want the waist down to be free hanging, as this will provide traction in the low back area. Modify the hanging as required, but keep the goal in mind – and be careful.

  1. Hang and relax from waist, down (don’t tense up your whole body)
  2. Gently hike up the left hip then the right
  3. Gently twist left and right (from the hips, then the shoulders)
  4. Gently bring your knees to you chest
  5. Stretch your arm/shoulder/side by hanging more weight from one hand


3. Balance Ball

This method generates low back traction on the front of your spine; relaxing the large muscles (psoas) used to flex your torso allowing you sit. The psoas muscles deep in your abdomen get shortened with chronic sitting.

Many of us spend the day flexed forward (sitting). Regular arching of the spine into extension, helps to relieve back pain, and ensure we don’t grow hunched over forward in our later years.

Many of us spend the day flexed forward at the hip (sitting). Regular arching of the spine into extension, helps to relieve back pain, and ensure we don’t gradually grow hunched over forward in our later years.

4. Inversion Table

Inversion Table

 

Specific Manipulation of the Hips

For acute, debilitating pain, and spasms that don’t respond to the general release methods above, you may need to specifically move a part of your body in a certain direction. It’s best to go to a chiropractor or osteopath for this, but if you can’t, you may want to try to  move a pain-causing joint on your own. Be careful and stay aware, as you are guessing which way to release the pain. If one direction makes it hurt more, try the other direction.

Block Your Hips

Blocking the hips is a chiropractic method from a body of knowledge called Sacro Occipital Technique (SOT). There is much more to blocking your hips than mentioned here.  This is not chiropractic training, it is an appreciation of the importance of pelvic stability in structural balance and pain syndromes. The goal with everything on this site is to increase awareness and empower you to help yourself and learn more.

The pelvis is a major player in spinal health. In terms of mechanical forces, the spine rests upon the foundation of the pelvis. A chronic twist in the pelvis will create compensating bends in the spine; which will result in muscle spasms and potential for injury. This method uses gravity and the weight of your body to reverse a twist in your hips.  Imbalances in the pelvis can create an unstable spine, which may go into spasm to hold itself together, and prevent injury.  Some chiropractors use SOT blocks; you can use shoes, 2 rolled up towels, or even straddle someone on the floor and pull up on their hips in the right areas.

Block Dimensions:

The SOT Blocks pictured above have a footprint of approximately 8″ x 4″, and the height is about 4.5″. Your towel should be rolled tight to about 4″ in diameter. If you need to (larger body or soft towel) you can fold the roll in half for greater height. If you bring one end of the folded roll to the middle of the length of the roll (vs aligning it with the other end), you can create a stepped “wedge”.

IMPORTANT: you have to pay close attention to how you feel with this, because you are actively moving body parts in a specific direction (as opposed to the general shot-gun methods mentioned above). If you know how to self muscle test, this will also indicate if you have the blocking position correct, as well as how long to leave the blocks in place. The goal here is to find a position of relief.

  1. Lie on your back on the floor (or firm surface). Place one wedge under the sitting bone of one side, and the top of the hip on the other, so the two wedges are positioned diagonally from each other.
  2. If it feels like a relief – you are blocked correctly.
  3. If it makes it worse – you need to reverse the blocks (if you positioned the wedges left-high and right-low > switch to left-low and right-high…
  4. If this still does not feel right, position blocks opposite each other, either both high or both low…
  5. Additionally you can also try these procedures while on your stomach.

Note: the view here is the “doctor” looking down on the “patient” lying on their front/prone (left) or back/supine (right). You can block either way. The anterior (front) and posterior (back) positions are NOT blocked the same way in these diagrams. When the patient flips over from lying prone to lying supine, the blocking has to switch sides also. Switching patient sides gives the mental illusion that the blocking needs to be reversed – but it does NOT; since the required switch occurred when the patient flipped over. Remember that the patient’s body weight settles down (toward the bench/floor/etc) where there are NO blocks. If you examine what is happening with the pelvis in both diagrams, you will see that the block positioning, relative to gravity (depending on how the patient is lying) untwists the pelvis in the same direction (notice the markers “A” – for what parts of the pelvis are being shifted to the patient’s anterior). In this example: we want to shift the patient’s right illiac crest anterior (because pain is caused with it being posteriorly twisted). This anterior shift is created by gravity, if the patient is lying prone; or by the block, if the patient is lying supine.

IMPORTANT: Only lie like this for a minute or two (as the torque you are creating in the body will first take out the twist that was causing you pain, then (if you leave it there too long) it will start to twist you further into the opposite pain pattern).


Movement:

“Movement is Life”… so start moving as soon as you can – gentle micro movements are great to help retrain your nerve-muscle mechanism how to move. Read Hanna’s Somatics; the work of Feldenkrais; and Trager’s Mentastics.

Be sure to sit on firm chairs, and in a way that keeps your back vertical, and has both legs/knees parallel/even to each other (to avoid twisting your hips). Do not slouch in a soft couch, as the lack of support will probably makes things worse.

Be careful getting in and out of bed:

IN: Sit on the bed (firm is best) with feet on floor. Keeping your feet and knees together, lower your upper body to the head of the bed, supporting your upper body with your elbow and the opposite hand… while you hold your knees bent at 90 degrees, and allow them to rise up to the level of the bed. Then slide back toward the center of the bed.

OUT: The reverse of getting IN bed…roll to one side, with knees pulled up to “sitting” position, in the direction of the side of the bed you wish to exit. Slide knees to edge of bed. Push up, away from bed with your upper arm and lower elbow… while you lower your legs (feet and knees held together) to the floor. Move your spine gently and slowly in micro movements (stretch vertically, arch/bend, twist, bend left/right), to get it reacquainted with gravity before you stand up.

Sleeping:

Sleep on your side, with a pillow the width of your shoulders (to keep your spine straight), and pillows between your knees (to keep hip aligned), and under your upper arm (to keep shoulders straight). While sleeping on your back, you may want a pillow under your knees. Try sleeping on your back without a pillow under your head (or use a thin one). Thick pillows keep your neck bent forward all night, and if you work with your head in this position all day, your neck rarely gets any vertical time… which means, your neck starts to grow bent forward… an accident waiting to happen.

Sitting and Standing:

Support your upper body weight with your arms, on your knees/thighs as you lower yourself slowly to the seat edge. Then slide back into the seat. Reverse to get up.

Getting In and Out of a Car:

This is the same general idea as getting in and out of bed: keep your spine straight, and your hips from twisting (by keeping feet and knees together). Open the car door and turn away from the car seat. Sit down as you would on a chair, supporting yourself on the door. Swing legs into the car together, supporting as much weight as you can with your arms on the steering wheel or other roof grip. Reverse the procedure to get out of the car.

Ice or Heat:

You may want to put ice or heat on the spastic muscles of your low back – see which feels better. Be careful with ice to avoid frostbite: wrap ice in a washcloth (to keep it off the skin), and only keep it on your body for 15 to 20 minutes at a time (you can ice again in an hour). Ice will block pain, but slow metabolism, and disrupt nerve-muscle  communication. Heat supports metabolism and healing.

Prevention:

Core exercises
Body Weight exercises
Regular spinal adjustments (at least 1x/month)
Proper bio-mechanics
Techniques to clear stress (such as EFT)
Body Awareness
Stretching breaks at work

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The Left and Right Sciences

Science is the study of the nature of our universe. It’s obviously not all “physical” because our physical bodies do non-physical things, like think and feel, and sometimes experience other out-of-the-blue type things we find hard to describe in purely physical terms. These out-of-the-blue experiences are not to be brushed off as “flukes”; rather, they are clues to a greater understanding of how our universe works.

Our scientific community prides itself on its achievements, which are certainly notable; but the more we learn, the more we realize we don’t know; especially where the human being is involved. We figured out that “matter” is really energy, and we proved this with the atomic bomb. Such accomplishments have a tendency to make some left brain enthusiasts think our traditional scientific method is the epitome of objective inquiry. But there is a whole other side to the scientific story – the “right” side. The closer we look into the true nature of the universe, the more we begin to realize how strange it all is (compared to our less-than-accurate world views).

Quantum physics is forcing us to consider that we have actually been subjective pseudoscientists the whole time! We need to re-learn how to see things for what they are, because things are not as they seem. The particle/wave experiment found that photons of light behaved like Larsen’s cows: doing one thing when we watch them, and another when we turn our backs. There is much to learn about our universe, and so it’s best to acknowledge our human tendency for bias, and not jump to conclusions about things we don’t understand without looking at all the angles – even the ones we hope will go away if we ignore them.

The Jekyll and Hyde of Science

The “hard” and “soft” sciences basically are the study of aspects of our existence that are processed by the left and right halves of the brain. Arguments about the superiority of either camp are really futile, and a humorous reminder of how quickly we forget the nature of who we are as human beings with brains, living in a strange and mysterious universe (that we know very little about).

The human brain, like a coin, has two sides. For a balanced perspective – use both!

Using both sides of our brains in all we do is like wearing 3-D glasses: providing us with a wider, deeper and richer perspective. 3-D glasses have red and blue lens that shift light slightly out of phase with each other. When the two images (perspectives) are integrated by the brain into a single perspective, it is one with depth; rather than the flatness of a one-sided perspective.

Hard Science

Hard science involves the objective and repeatable. Nerve physiology is a hard science, but some of its applications are still considered soft or pseudo science; since there is disagreement regarding the nature of certain process and mechanisms that are not fully understood. An example of this is the difference between the hard science of medical (pathological) neurology and the soft science of functional neurology.

The nervous system is involved in every minute morsel of experience we become aware of. Neurologically, “awareness” means some stimulus entered your nervous system; and now it will not only need to be processed in some way, but it will somehow influence everything about you (consciously or subconsciously). Nerve information travels as electrochemical signals through nerves. In order to keep the whole body up to speed and integrated in real-time, nerve signals spread out in networks, rather than going straight from point A to point B:

Sensation (stimulation of the receptor at a nerve ending) > nerve impulse (to brain) > brain (holographic processing) > nerve (to body) > muscle (response) > nerve (feedback)> brain (processing)…

We might say “a nerve signal goes from A to B”, but in reality, we mean: “we are interested only in looking at the small part of the entire signal network, coming from A and ending at B”. Realize the information in a nerve impulse travels in holographic networks everywhere from A to Z.

The value of hard, left-brain science is for the material world at certain levels of interaction. It works great for building a house, but not for building a relationship. So a lesson from the hard science of carpentry: use the right tool for the job (and keep in mind that more than one tool is often required).

Soft Science

Hard (left-brained) science has a lot of gaps in it. One reason for this is because the universe simply can’t be defined in purely linear logical terms. A chicken comes out of an egg, but you can’t stuff a chicken into an egg… life happened to the chicken. Life is about consciousness in matter. Consciousness is a mystery, and matter is really energy – which is another mystery.

Soft, right-brain (“fuzzy”) science involves things like traditional psychology, mind and emotions, intuition (psychic stuff), and spirituality (out-of-the-blue stuff).  It also refers to some hard science issues that are used in therapies, but have not yet been fully integrated into the hard science realm (like chiropractic or the ideomotor action behind muscle testing). Just because we are fuzzy about how something works, doesn’t mean it is of no value to us therapeutically. There are many aspects of healing that we can’t quite put our logical finger on, but we can still get positive results. Fortunately something as important as healing does not rely on left brain understanding for it to work.

Storing information in your nervous system, has a hard science component to it (connecting sensory pathways), but there is also a soft science aspect: the mind adds meaning to the event (“good” or “bad” depending on how it supports or hinders your survival at the moment):

Event > sense stimulation (stored as nerve patterns) + meaning (attached by your sub/conscious mind)

Life Science

These memories and meanings combine to form the quality of your life; and require both left and right brained approaches to make improvements. The body can be seen to have hardware (body) and software (mind)  components, but the closer we look, the more the two blend. Certain aspects of the quality of your life (emotions) simply can not be accessed with a pure hard science method (drugging you into a stupor to avoid deep rooted emotional wounds is not really a solution). Here is where left-right “life” (consciousness) science comes in: modalities like muscle testing can help identify issues (using the neuromuscular system for biofeedback). And various forms of healing can be used to clear negative energy patterns;  freeing up your inner conscious space (which can change the hard science of your biochemistry). Over time an improved hard wiring of your neurons takes place as well (as you begin to create new positive emotional pathways).

Keep in mind that the universe is an amazing and mysterious place, where consciousness works through matter (the definition of “life“). We really don’t understand its fundamental principles, and our minds are full of biases – so who are we to “disagree” and argue about how anything works? Instead of disagreeing, how about checking the ego, expanding the mind, and learning something new?

 

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How Did We Get Here?

Many don’t realize that health care is all about the spectrum of causality: what causes what? If a doctor doesn’t know what is causing a symptom, how will a cure be provided? If drugs aren’t helping, what do you try next? If you have no conception of the nature of the universe (and the subset of your body), there is no “next”.  Understanding that your body operates according to the very same laws of nature that run the universe, will help you to find other options to improve the quality of your life. Medicine is slowly accepting this, and technology is running with it (biotech).

The Spectrum of Causation

The image above represents all sciences, from theology and quantum physics to biology and mechanics. Applied Life Science is all about trying to fill in this spectrum of causality; with spiritually on the left, the material world on the right, and many forms of energy transformations spaning the two ends. The five natures of the human being reflect an audit of our experience at the physical end of the spectrum. This paradigm is a stepping stone to be expanded upon as new discoveries are made. There are many gaps, mysteries, misunderstandings and questions: where did we come from, how were we created, how is matter related to consciousness, how should we care for ourselves, where are we going?

“Imagination is more important than knowledge” 

— Albert Einstein  

It’s not magic, but if you allow your self to imagine … pondering the image can aid in moving your focus out of it’s usual playground in the right or left brain hemisphere to a place beyond the mechanics of the brain. Is your consciousness dependent on your brain or only modified by it?  Is “life” merely the movement of atoms? How does the motion of atoms create “thought“? Have we accounted for everything? Is there something we don’t know that we don’t know?  Is there something inherent in the material of life that is alive?

 

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Change Your Mind

If you are involved in a health crisis, your responsibility to create an inner state conducive to healing is as important as your doctor’s responsibility to support your recovery. The doctor does not heal. You heal. Your body heals. Your mind heals. Doctors support the healing process by assisting your body and mind, and creating an environment conducive to healing. Health professionals are in the environment that surrounds you. The environment can help or hinder you, but you have to be involved as well – you are the center of your universe. If you passively wait for the environment to heal you, you are forfeiting your life force; you are basically stepping out of the equation, and letting the concepts in the minds of  busy health professionals take responsibility for the quality your existence.

If you can make your condition worse, then you can make it better. The easiest way to make it better is to not make it worse. You make it worse by worrying. You make it better by changing your mind to work with your body instead of against it.

Healing requires a certain mindset. Unfortunately it is in opposition to the default mindset of our dysfunctional social programming. This means you will have to reprogram your mind (often in the face of authority working against you). This will take effort, as you will need to generate an overpressure of positive ideas constantly moving through your mind.

Goal: Reprogram the way you perceive the world such that a positive overpressure of thought, biased in the direction of creative happiness is second nature.

1.    First you must contact your deep desire for evolution.

The first step is not action – it is desire. If there is no desire to heal, learn or grow, nothing you do can help you.

2.    Read to fill your mind with wonderment and reverence.

Everything you learn forms a neurological pathway in your brain – this becomes your “mind”. Fill it with paths that shatter your mundane world, and lead you beyond yourself.

3.    Self-heal throughout the day to remake your inner image.

What needs to change for your body to smile? Identify and dissolve negative emotion generators (endless loops in your brain/mind that offer excuses to create negative feelings).  The body is a metaphor for the mind – it is designed to mimic the mind; to form itself in the image of the mind. Respect the design. Be vigilant to negativity viruses seeking to build a nest in your mind.  See yourself as you want to be. Allow the world to pass through you.

4.    Engage in service to others to externalize your creative energy.

If the biggest thing in your life is you, then depression is inevitable.  Identify your reason for being – your purpose. Marshal your life in this direction.

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The Joy of Bias

Bias is essential for healing. Life is biased towards sustaining itself – it is not “objective” about its existence. This is known as the survival instinct. The evening news will not report that we have the ability to heal by tapping into the universal life force – this must come from you. “Objective scientifically proven” concepts regarding healing are often a hindrance to our ability to heal – they restrict our imagination – a tool that can be harnessed for healing.

There are infinite ways to perceive things – each one biased to individual perspectives, and patterns of mind. The paths we walk are paved with biased beliefs that hinder or support us. Here’s a biased perspective: we do not live in an “objective” world – we live a subjective existence.  Attempts to remain objectively detached or “scientific” about life only cause isolation and illness; as the definition of the world includes us.  Trying to tear oneself out of the picture, rips the fabric of life apart. As organisms living in an environment, both are intimately defined by the other. Owning this idea will bias you in a direction that heals. Don’t wait for the news to tell you it’s “true”.

In a world infested with biased, dysfunctional programming, if we wait for approval to believe something that could help us, we are enslaved, and our lives become hijacked in service to another’s agenda. If we wish to live a healthy life of respect and creative expression, then we can’t wait for “unbiased reporting” from the media to tell us it’s ok to think of the world as we wish to.  We have to create the bias ourselves.

There’s an expert for every bias – so your pick your paradigm. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel and fight against the current restrictive ideas of society.  Fortunately our Information Age provides us ample experts who have already cut these paths for us. All we need to do is choose our path, and start learning.

If you are currently involved in a health crisis, make use of all that is available to you to regain your health – do not take sides, or condemn entire bodies of knowledge. Remember that everything works if it’s what you need (if you don’t need a particular therapy, then it won’t work for you – this doesn’t mean the therapy “doesn’t work”). Instead seek to understand your condition, and look for ways to affect it positively.

The more you understand, the more options you create

Regardless of the help you receive from others, your health is ultimately your responsibility by design. Don’t view this as a burden, but rather an opportunity. Your body is a metaphor for your mind. A major aspect of health is your state of mind. If your mind has not decided to be healthy, you will not heal. You may need to change your mind – to reprogram (bias) it with healing software. This may take a great deal of effort, but in the process you may find that your life can flower.

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Muscle Testing for Psychic Assessment

So now we enter into the “hocus pocus” realm. As in all uses of Muscle Response Testing (MRT), the major issue is where you “go” for the information – where do you put the locus of your focus? It needs to be somewhere where there is intelligent life… because the venom ain’t talkin’! Focusing in someone’s joint, liver or emotional body works, but it can be harder to focus with inanimate objects. For purely psychic reading, you need to be in your dispassionate mental center or higher (the higher your vibration the better). Try it out yourself – different people have different strengths and abilities.

For psychic work, as with all of these uses, you have to have some basic skills and understanding.  MRT will not do the psychic thing for you, if you have not developed basic skills in dispassionate reading and interpreting intuitive information. Don’t think this stuff is beyond you – if you can daydream, you can develop these skills… it’s “applied daydreaming”. Once the skills are developed, you can augment your psychic tools with a refined version of MRT.

Warning: if your first experience with MRT is in psychic training, you are in the highest risk category for self delusion regarding interpreting MRT results… but don’t worry, many nutritional testers are close behind you. The point here is to get some experience in the different realms of MRT usage, so that you become a source of clarity instead of adding to the confusions and delusions.

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Muscle Testing for Emotional Assessment

MRT can be very effective, and surprisingly accurate in assessing emotional issues – but only to the degree that the doctor is balanced (not triggered by the patient’s issues) and clearly focused.  The key here is learning how to put one’s emotional bias aside, and to dispassionately tune into another person’s emotional reality. A very opinionated doctor, bent on proving how right they are all the time would be very challenged in this skill (though they would not be aware of their own bias).  You will find that you can just as easily tune into someone sitting next to you, as you can to someone on the phone; so this type of work begins to bring up tangible examples of quantum entanglement.

 

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Muscle Testing for Nutritional Assessment

When you start to move away from strict neuromuscluar issues, you more and more enter the realm of the mind. Even with nutritional testing on the tongue, there is still an idea mixed in with the saliva; from either the doctor or the patient – and they may have different ideas about nutrition.

MRT can be used very effectively with nutrition testing, even if the doctor believes “the body can sense snake venom from salt water“. The doctor must stay focused on the protocol, and be very clear what is being asked of the intelligence of the body being evaluated.  The doctor’s knowledge of biochemistry is the key ingredient in MRT for nutritional needs.

Every nutritional protocol has its own perspective on what things mean.  Generally speaking, MRT for nutritional testing is only as good as the knowledge base of the practitioner who is testing a patient. Some healing systems that use MRT, do not recommend using it to evaluate nutritional needs; since they recognize that there are many variables at play, that can not routinely be controlled. Working with human beings is not as black & white as simple math problems; as we are dealing with consciousness in perpetual flux. Recognizing this, certain systems attempt to minimize randomness in their MRT protocols.

One nutritional evaluation protocol with a built-in knowledge base is Quantum Reflex Analysis (QRA). The focus of this system is on the electromagnetic (EM) nature of MRT (keep in mind that more is at play than just EM energy).  Steps are taken to clear the body’s EM field during the protocol, and then the protocol is aimed at evaluating the EM energy running through the body’s organ meridian system. Nutritional supplementation is then selected specifically for deficiencies identified via individual organ meridians.

Ultimately the value of MRT for nutrition assessment is best evaluated after the results are in (did using MRT to evaluate nutritional needs actually help over time?).

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Muscle Testing for Musculoskeletal Assessment

The easiest and most accurate MRT is that performed to assess musculoskeletal issues (ex: how to apply a physical manipulative therapy to a specific area).  The reason for this is because you are operating within the nature of MRT: ideomotor action is all about the neuromuscular system.  With MRT there is always an idea associated with the test.  Merely touching an area of trauma is not going to make all the muscles go weak – there needs to be a question on the muscle; such as “is there a problem here?”. We often hold an injured area for support as we use it – this supports the area vs making everything go weak.

It does not serve the body’s survival programming to neurologically weaken all the body’s muscles at a time when we may need both injury support and strength.  In fact we are actually programmed to hold an injured area for support.  MRT shows a weakened muscle only when the intent of the therapist is looking for a problem. Once a problem is identified, we can move the tissue of the injured area in different directions to see which way strengthens the MRT. Once again we see that touching an injured area produces a strengthening, not a weakening.  MRT requires a question.

Even with the most basic medical neurological muscle strength testing, the idea shared by doctor and patient is to “hold as strong as you can”, in order to evaluate how well nerve signals are getting to the muscle. A distracted patient can not do this – a focus needs to be held. Everything human beings do requires an intent and focus – this is not a reason to discount MRT, it is just the way things work in our bodies – so we make use of this mechanism as a therapeutic tool.

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