Also, if you are having a little trouble feeling anything, do your testing with your forearms resting in your lap. This way you won't be using your muscles to hold up your arms while trying to test. Play with negative questions a bit, and then return to positive questions. Get a good feeling for the strength between your circuit fingers when your electrical system is balanced and the weakness when it is short-circuited or imbalanced. You can even ask yourself (your own system) for a positive response and then, after testing, ask for a negative response. ("Give me a positive response." Test. "Give me a negative response." Test.) You will feel the positive strength and the negative weakness. In the beginning, you may feel only a slight difference between the two. With practice, that difference will become more pronounced. For now, it is just a matter of trusting what you have learned-and practicing.
Don't forget the overall concept behind kinesiology. What enhances our body, mind and soul makes us strong. Together, our body, mind and soul create an environment that, when balanced, is strong and solid. If something enters that environment and challenges the balance, the environment is weakened. That strength or weakness first registers in the electrical system, and it can be discerned through the muscle-testing technique-kinesiology.
If you are having trouble feeling a positive and negative response in the circuit fingers, try switching hands-the circuit fingers become the test fingers and vice versa. Most people who are right-handed have this particular electrical circuitry that is used in kinesiology in their left hand. Left-handers generally have the circuitry in their right hand. But sometimes a right-hander has the circuitry in the right hand and a lefthander has it in the left hand. You may be one of those people. If you are ambidextrous, choose the circuit hand that gives you the clearest responses. Before deciding which to use, give yourself a couple of weeks of testing using one hand as the circuit hand to get a good feel for its responses before trying the other hand.
If you have an injury such as a muscle sprain in either hand or arm, don't try to learn kinesiology until you have healed. Kinesiology is muscle testing, and a muscle injury will interfere with the testing-and the testing will interfere with the healing of the muscle injury. Also, when first learning kinesiology, do yourself a favor and set aside some quiet time to go through the instructions and play with the testing. Trying to learn this while riding the New York subway during evening rush hour isn't going to give you the break you need. But once you have learned it, you will be able to test all kinds of things while riding the subway. Sometimes I meet people who are trying to learn kinesiology and are not having much luck. They have gotten frustrated, decided this isn't for them, and have gone on to try to learn another means of testing. Well, I'll listen to them explain what they did, and before they know it, I've verbally tricked them with a couple of suggestions about their testing, which they try, and they begin feeling kinesiology for the first time-a strong "yes" and a clear "no." The problem wasn't kinesiology.
Everyone, as I have said, has an electrical system. The problem was that they wanted to learn it so much that they became overly anxious and tense-they blocked. So, since you won't have me around to trick you, I suggest that if you suspect you're blocking, turn your focus for several days, even a couple of weeks, to something completely different. Then trick yourself. When you care the least about whether or not you learn kinesiology, start playing with it again. Approach it as if it were a game. Then you'll feel the strength and weakness in the fingers. If you're still not getting a satisfactory "yes" and "no" after several weeks of trying, ask nature to help you learn and develop kinesiology. In fact, it can help you unjam the logs around this issue. Simply direct your focus to nature (nature intelligence) and state that you would like it to help you learn to do kinesiology testing. Also state that you would like to feel a clear positive and negative response in your testing. Then walk away from trying to test for the rest of the day and return to it in a day or two. Read the kinesiology steps again and practice the testing. This time, pay attention to any intuitive "hits" you might receive about the testing and play with the information. Now you'll have success with feeling "yes" and "no."
Suppose the testing has been working fine, and then suddenly you can't get a clear result (what I call a "definite maybe") or get no result at all. Check the following:
1. SLOPPY TESTING. You press apart the fingers before applying pressure between the circuit fingers. This happens most often when we have been testing for awhile and become over-confident or do the testing too quickly. I think it happens to all of us from time to time and serves to remind us to keep our attention on the matter at hand. (Excuse the pun.) Especially in the beginning, start a kinesiology session by "warming up"-that is, feel a few positive and negative responses. Ask yourself some of those obvious questions. Or simply say several times, "Let me feel a positive." (Test.) "Let me feel a negative." (Test.) This warm-up will remind you what positive and negative responses feel like before you start.
2. EXTERNAL DISTRACTIONS. Trying to test in a noisy or active area can cause you to lose concentration. The testing will feel unsure or contradict itself if you double-check the results. Often, simply moving to a quiet, calm spot and concentrating on what you are doing will be just what's needed for successful testing.
3. Focus OR CONCENTRATION. Even in a quiet spot, one's mind may wander and the testing will feel fuzzy, weak or contradictory. It is important to concentrate throughout the process. Check how you are feeling. If you're tired, I suggest you not try to test until you have rested a bit. And if you have to go to the bathroom, do it. That little situation is a sure concentration-destroyer.
4. THE QUESTION ISN'T CLEAR. A key to kinesiology is asking a simple yes/no question, not two questions in one, each. Having a possible yes/no answer. If your testing isn't working, first check your hand positions. Next, review your question, and make sure you are asking only one question. And, while you're asking a question, don't think ahead to the next question! Your fingers won't know which to answer.
5. MATCH YOUR INTENT WITH HOW YOU WORD YOUR QUESTION. If you are prone to saying, "Oh, I didn't mean to say that!" when you talk to others, this might be an area you need to work on. A woman at one of our workshops asked me about some strange answers she had gotten about what to feed her cat. She had asked, "What kinds of food would make my cat happy?" She got some pretty weird answers like chocolate catnip, steak .... I pointed out that she probably asked the wrong question. She meant to ask nature what foods would make her cat healthy. She was a little surprised. She thought that this was the question she had originally asked. In short, her question and her intent did not match.
6. You MUST WANT TO ACCEPT THE RESULTS OF THE TEST. If you enter a kinesiology test not wanting to "hear" the answer, for whatever reason, you can override the test with your emotions and your will. This is true for conventional situation~ as well. If you really don't want something to work for you, it won't work. That's our personal power dictating the outcome. Also, if you are trying to do testing during a situation that is especially emotional for you, that deeply stirs your emotions, or if you are trying to ask a question in which you have a strong, personal investment in the answer, I suggest that you not test until you are calmer or get some emotional distance from the situation. During such times, you are walking a very fine line between a clear test and a test that your desires are overriding. Kinesiology as a tool is not the issue here. It is the condition or intent of the tester.
7. CONTRADICTORY RESULTS. If your testing has been going along just fine and you suddenly begin to get contradictory or "mushy" test results, consider that this may not be a good day for you to do this particular work. Or you may need to drink water. If you are dehydrated, your electrical system will feel weak during kinesiology testing.
A NOTE ON CLARITY
If you are having difficulty wording a simple yes/no question, consider this an important issue to be faced and something worth spending time to rectify. You have not simply stumbled upon a glitch in your quest to use kinesiology. You have also stumbled upon a glitch in the communication between you and nature. This is not as serious a situation with non-scientists because they have all the steps and procedures to the processes already set for them and they need only do simple testing with nature. But, even as a non-scientist" working with co-creative science, you will need to know how to ask some questions. However, for the co-creative scientist, this is a critical situation. You must be able to ask clear and concise questions. You must also develop a good flexibility around questions if you wish to work with nature well. If you can't even clearly phrase the question, you can't expect an answer. I have met people who cannot articulate a question.
In a workshop they will attempt to ask me something and I can't figure out what they are asking-nor can anyone else in the workshop. Usually it turns out that they are frustrated because they can't get any clarity in their own life and are trying to ask me what to do about it. For those of you who find yourselves in this boat, you have a terrific opportunity to turn that around and develop internal order by learning how to articulate a simple yes/no question. If you do this, you not only develop the tool of kinesiology, you also develop clarity for communicating with nature and everyone else around you. If you need to develop yourself in this area, I recommend that you initially devote your attention to learning to ask simple questions and not worry about receiving answers. When you need to ask someone a question, take time to consider what you really want to ask and how it can be most clearly and efficiently worded. It helps to write down the question. In this way, you can visually see your words. If they don't convey what you want to express, play with the wording. Keep doing this until you feel those words accurately and concisely communicate what you wish to ask. Then go to that person and ask the question. Notice the difference in the quality of how the person answers you. Your clarity will inspire similar clarity in the response. Quite often, that frustrating inner confusion we experience exists because we have not had an acceptable framework for the development of mental ordering. Learning t6 ask questions gives the mind something tangible to work with and, in the process, you learn mind-word-and-mouth coordination.
You'll find that as you develop the ability to clearly articulate a simple question, your inner fog will begin to lift, which in turn will automatically begin to lift your outer fog. Another point: It also will be helpful to focus on your ability to ask simple questions so that you will know how to troubleshoot a question you have asked nature but for which you can't get a clear answer. You'll know where your weaknesses in this area are and you'll be able to review the question to check for a problem.
As you develop internal order, your intuition will become clearer and stronger. You will see that when you ask a simple yes/no question, you will intuitively sense the answer or begin to "hear" nature answer before testing. This is a normal development. I recommend that you continue with the kinesiology testing as a verification that your intuitive or "over- heard" answer is correct. It is also helpful, especially in the beginning, to literally verbalize your questions out loud and not just think them. When we say something aloud, we tend to articulate it better than when we just think it. And I will ask something out loud if I'm a little tired and I need some extra sensory input (sound) to help me keep my focus.
FINAL COMMENTS ON KINESIOLOGY
Kinesiology is like any tool. The more you practice, the better you become at using it. You need a sense of confidence about using this tool, especially when you get some very strange answers to what you thought were pretty straight questions. It helps you get over the initial "this-is-weird-and-the-damned-testing-isn't-working" stage if you have some confidence in your ability to feel clear positive and negative responses. The only way I know to get over this hump is to practice testing. It is impossible to mentally reason yourself over the hump. Through practice you will develop clarity in your testing, you II learn your personal pitfalls and you will fine-tune your technique.
In teaching kinesiology, I have found that something interesting happens to some people when they are learning it. Every block, doubt, question, concern and personal challenge they have, when faced head-on with something perceived as unconventional, comes right to the surface. It is as if the physical tool of kinesiology itself serves to bring to the surface all those hurdles. So they learn kinesiology right away and are using it well. Then, all of a sudden it is not working for them. Then they tell me about it, I realize that the thing they do differently now that they didn't do at first is double-checking their answers and rechecking, and rechecking, and doing it again, and again .... Each time the answers vary or the fingers get mushy and they get definite maybe's. Well, again the issue is not the kinesiology. The issue is really why they are suddenly doing all this rechecking business. What has surfaced for them are questions around trust in their own ability, belief that such unconventional things really do happen and are happening to them. They have a sudden lack of self-confidence. Again, the only way I know to get over this hurdle is to defy it-keep testing. Keep doing the co-creative processes. They all require testing and you will be able to observe the positive results. The successful results, in turn, give you confidence about your testing ability. The other alternative is to succumb and stop developing kinesiology. But that doesn't really accomplish anything. So in cases like this, I suggest the
person keep testing, stop double-checking and take the plunge to go with the first test result. Eventually, what action is taken based on the first test result will verify the accuracy of the test. As I've said, from this, your confidence builds. I firmly believe that only clear personal experience and evidence can get us through these kinds of blocks and hurdles-and that means just continuing to go on.
As I have worked through the years to refine my ability to use kinesiology, nature has provided many occasions when I have had to follow through on answers that made no sense at all to me. Doing this and looking at the results with a critical eye is the only way I know to learn about ourselves as kinesiology testers and to discover the different nuances and uses of kinesiology itself.
One last piece of information: Give yourself about a year to develop a strong confidence with kinesiology. Now, you'll be able to use it right away. This just takes sticking with your initial efforts until you get those first feelings of positive strength and negative weakness in the circuit fingers. But I have found from my experience and from watching others that it takes about a year of experimentation to fully learn the art of asking accurate yes/no questions and to overcome the hurdles. As one woman said, "You stick with this stuff a year, and boy, what a great thing you end up with!"