(Excerpted from the book ‘Rapid
Recovery’ by Stephen P. King)
“ Whatever the mind dwells on, the
The above statement has a direct connection to Thought Field Therapy,
as it is through the use of Applied Kinesiology (AK) that one can
ascertain whether or not a person is impacted by certain thoughts,
images, beliefs, statements, learning difficulties, or even pollutants,
smells, allergens, or other energy fields.
Like many others, Dr. Callahan credits Dr. George Goodheart as being
the originator of AK and also believes that, without the discovery of
AK, his own work on TFT would not have been possible.
AK had its beginnings in 1964 and is based on the premise that body
language never lies. The ability to read the body language is provided
by a method of testing muscles as indicators, and therefore it seems
appropriate that it was a doctor of chiropractic who made this
The "healer within” can
be approached from without. Man possesses a potential for
recovery through the
innate intelligence or the physiological homeostasis of the
human structure. This
recovery potential with which he is endowed merely waits for
the hand and the heart
and the mind of a trained individual to bring it into manifestation,
allowing health to come
forth: this is man’s natural heritage.
(Goodheart - Introduction, Walther, 1981)
For practitioners of AK the muscles have become monitors of stress and
imbalance within the body. Other chiropractors and naturopaths such as
John Thie (Touch for Health), Donald Lepore (the Lepore Technique),
Paul Dennison (Brain Gym), and James Durlacher (ACU-Power) have
systematized kinesiology and adapted it to complement their own
techniques. Students of psychology such as Dr. Callahan, Dr. David R.
Hawkins (author of Power vs. Force)
and Dr. William Whisenant (author of Psychological
Kinesiology) have recognized its importance in making healthy
cognitive shifts possible for many people who otherwise may have
remained `frozen` with unhealthy, self-sabotaging and oftentimes
debilitating beliefs/fears etc. A number of allopathic doctors
have also integrated AK into their practice, including Dr. John
Diamond, the creator of Behavioral Kinesiology/Life Energy techniques,
who helps individuals cope with environmental and lifestyle factors
that affect stamina. AK is used extensively for muscle balancing, brain
integration, emotional stress release, food sensitivity and learning
disorders. However, for the purpose of this exercise, the emphasis will
be on its use in showing clients the mind/body correlation between what
they think, feel, or have a negative reaction to - and also on how AK
can provide information on reversals and neurological disorganization
(which will be further explained in chapter 11).
For the purpose of introduction to TFT, Dr. Callahan began his UBC
workshop by using AK on volunteers, and then getting the other
attendees to break into dyads and practice what it felt like to test
and be tested for resistance.
The testee was asked to place one hand, palm down on top of the head
and extend the other arm straight out from the shoulder (See
illustration below). The tester
places his hand on the wrist of the testee’s extended arm, his other
hand will rest on the shoulder/collarbone area for stabilization, and
then asks the testee to resist as the tester applies gradually
increased pressure. The intent is not to have a battle of strength, but
to establish whether or not there is resistance to the pressure. The
arm will either remain firm and resistance will be shown by the arm
quivering, or it may collapse and have little or no resistance
whatsoever. If the person is not in a state of "reversal" then they
should have a strong resistance. The testee is then asked to place
their hand palm up on the top of their head and do the same resistance
check. This time if the person is not in reversal the arm should have
little resistance (weaker).
Dr. Whisenant also uses the palm and back of the hand covering the
fontanel procedure, and describes this same procedure in checking for
possible reversals/switching. (p. 300)
Dr. S.W. Tromp, President of the International Society of Biometeorolgy
suggests that electric static charges at skin surfaces may be important
to human biology. In his book Physical
Physics, Dr. Tromp observes that several experiments have
established that some persons, more than others, are sensitive to
electromagnetic currents. This phenomenon is, he says, related to the
electrical existence of the skin, which varies with the individual, and
varies for different parts of the body, the resistance being lowest in
the center of the palm of the hand (`Electrobiodynamics`. Bretforton
Medical Research Trust, p. 9)
Following this exercise the testee was then asked to hold out the
designated (usually the strongest) arm and resistance check while
saying “My name is ____(testee’s real christian name). Then another
resistance check is made as the testee states “My name is ____(a false
christian name). If the testee is not in a state of reversal, then
resistance should be strong for the real name and weak on the false
one. The next example was in checking the difference in resistance when
bringing a pleasant image to mind (should have strong resistance) and
then an unpleasant image is brought to mind, which should result in a
weak resistance check. If the checks show the opposite, then the tester
is aware that the client is in a state of reversal. When suggesting
that someone think of something pleasant, it can be anything that has a
positive connotation to the client, e.g. a person one loves, a hobby,
place, or even a favorite food or color. An unpleasant or negative
image could be a person, a chore, place, food, or color that one
dislikes. This could also be something that one has an allergy to.
A further way of testing can be to do resistance checks (arm test) on
someone as they make the statement "I can do that" (should be strong)
and then again on the statement "I can’t do that" (should be weaker).
From doing this you have helped a client understand how what they say,
think, or image has an immediate impact on their body’s innate energy
system. As well, you have shown that magnetism also has an impact,
which was the purpose behind the one hand on the top of the head, palm
down then palm up exercise. This is because, as just mentioned, there
is a difference in the magnetism on the palm than on the back of the
It also needs to be understood that the body cannot tell the difference
between what is real and what is imagined – the conscious and the
sub-conscious, Marilyn Ferguson (1980, p. 251) speaks of Kenneth
Pelletier’s observations on this, and Michael Talbot (p. 88) makes
similar observations. This also means that one could have a dream and
the energy system has reacted as though the images/action were real. A
negatively impacting dream could have the effect of setting the
self up to be in a waking state of reversal/self-sabotage without
even having a memory of the dream!
Dr. Callahan also demonstrated the
difference in resistance when one
hand is placed over an electrical outlet while an arm resistance check
is done, and then another one without touching anything. The resistance
should test strong when not touching the
outlet and weak when doing so – if the opposite is true then it
suggests the person is in a state of reversal. Callahan then used a
regular battery to demonstrate that, by placing one end against a
person’s stomach and doing an arm resistance check, then turning the
battery around so that the opposite polarity is facing the person’s
stomach, it too resulted in a difference in ability to resist.
It was at a later time that a chiropractor friend of mind demonstrated
how one can experience the state of reversal without having to do any
of the aforementioned, and it has become something that I incorporate
in any orientation to the subject of AK and TFT.
One can take the index and middle fingers of one hand and place them
either side of the belly button, press into the stomach and draw the
fingers upwards as far as the base of the neck. Once at the neck, move
the hand a few inches away from the body and draw the fingers up again
from the belly button to the bottom of the neck. Repeat these upward
strokes about ten times and then do an arm resistance test – it should
test strong. Then reverse this by starting with the two fingers pressed
in to the bottom of the neck and drawing them down to the belly button,
again taking them a few inches away from the body and then repeating
the downward strokes about ten times, then doing an arm resist again.
This time it should test weak. If the
tests show weak on the upward stroke and strong on the downward then
the person is in a state of reversal and possible neurological
disorganization, corrections for which are both detailed in chapter
I also demonstrate that a "state of reversal" can be easily induced by
the tester, without the testeee being touched. This is done by having
the tester place his hand, palm up and horizontal to the subject’s
belly button (one or two inches away from the body), then moving the
hand upwards to the base of the neck, drawing it away, then repeating
these upward strokes about ten times. The arm should then test strong.
Then do the reverse by starting at the base of the neck and drawing the
hand, palm down, to the belly button, again repeat about ten times,
without ever touching the body on either the up or down strokes.
Re-test and it should show weak. This can clearly demonstrate the
subtle manner in which our system can be impacted without our conscious
awareness, such as by other persons, pollutants, poisons, and perfumes!
Scott J. Gregory author of Conquering
AIDS Now, speaks of the benefits of this upward `adrenal
massage` as stimulating proper adrenal function, providing strength and
boosting the immune system. “If the adrenal glands are in a state of
continuous overwork (which most are, since most of us live in
cities with daily stresses), adrenal energy must be built up” (p. 30)
This not only validates the importance of the role of the adrenals, but
also fits into Chinese medicine’s acupuncture theory regarding the chi
energy and its upward movement via the conception vessel, from the
perineum to the crown. A more detailed explanation of the various
acupressure points and their roles in TFT is provided in chapter
Further testing on the ability of the adrenals to provide muscle
strength can be demonstrated by having someone lay down and asking them
which of their legs is the stronger. Then ask them to lift that leg a
couple of feet off the ground and have a tester do a resistance check
by placing their hand around the ankle of the raised leg and applying
enough pressure to move the leg downward. Tell the subject to be aware
of the level of strength they have. Then have the subject place the
index and middle fingers of one hand either side of the belly button,
pressing the fingers firmly in while the tester again tests the leg
resistance, which should be a lot stronger.
The adrenal glands secrete several important hormones, including
epinephrine (adrenaline), which is in response to stimulation of the
"fight or flight" stress
response, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), which has a role in
maintaining normal blood circulation, aldosterone, which regulates the
body’s water and salt balance, cortisone and hydrocortisone, which
regulate fat, carbohydrate and protein metabolism, and ketosteroids
(sex hormones) including the now popular dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
The adrenals release these hormones for stress when the body is being
exercised, fasted, infected, drugged, or is experiencing temperature
Beta endorphin (enkaphaline) creates the feelings of euphoria, mood
stability, decreased pain and reduced stress by having the molecules go
back to the brain via the bloodstream which then effects one’s
We refer to the pleasure of endorphin release, but bearing in mind that
release can be induced by exercise, acupuncture, laughter, pain,
starvation, or childbirth, we can then understand why some means are
far more attractive than others!
It is important however, to recognize the antecedents and roles of the
"fight or flight" response in our individual systems as well as the
means by which healthy shift, i.e. endorphins, can be achieved. This
knowledge fits into the model of genesis for many clients` problems, as
well as being part of the TFT means to resolution or dissipation.
It is recognized by the Beverly Hall Corporation Healing Research
Center that hypoadrenalism (adrenal insufficiency) appears to result in
the paradoxical situation of making many people over-excited when they
should rest/sleep, and tired and weak when they need to function. From
the same research center have come books such as It’s Only Natural,
Adrenal Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Unmasked. Numerous magazine
articles have also been written on stress and various supplements that
can be used to boost the immune system. (`Dealing with stress – Living
in the 90`s`. Health Counsellor
Magazine. Vol. 8, No.4 pps. 16-19)
In Oriental medicine, the kidneys are responsible for storing a vital
essence. This essence is described as our `spark`. An individual can
never have too much kidney energy. The kidney energy is responsible for
the production of marrow that strengthens the bones, enriches the blood
and feeds the brain, (Gregory/Leonardo p. 125) and it should be
remembered that the adrenals are located just above the kidneys.
The chiropractic profession believes there are three basic causes of
health problems and has labeled them as the "Triad of Health" (Walther
p. 17). These three causes are considered to be structural, chemical
and mental. They believe that all problems, functional or pathological,
are involved in at least one part of the triad. It has certainly not
surprised me to note that other problems have seemingly disappeared for
clients when TFT has been successfully used to dissipate a fear,
phobia, anxiety, trauma response, or physical pain.
The Triad of Health therefore could be seen as:
1) Anatomical/mechanical – the restoration of movement and function.
2) Neurological/reflective – manipulations to change neural network
signalling, neurochemical release and physiological function.
3) Mental/emotional – the human role and one-on-one contact which
positively effects the mind
of a client and often provides
commitment and motivation for positive change.
AK’s neuroreflective techniques can help pinpoint and address numerous
medical issues such as ileocecal valve spasm, which can cause the
system to have a major toxic reaction (Gottschalk Olsen p. 124) and
also trapped blood plasma protein, which can cause degenerative
diseases, pain and other disorders.
Chiropractor Dr. Samuel West has written of this problem in his book Seven Golden Discoveries plus one
(`Cymatics in relation to the meridian system`. Bretforton Medical
Research Trust, p. 3) in which he discusses ways of untrapping the
protein, which includes the use of Cymatic energy, an issue that will
be addressed in chapter ten.
Applied Kinesiology is also known by other terms such as Muscle
Response Testing (MRT) and Contact Reflex Analysis (CRA). Dr. Donald
Lepore’s technique (The Ultimate Healing System) utilizes MRT in order
to; pinpoint the 'metabolic antagonist", measure the needed nutritional
antidote, i.e. a vitamin, mineral, amino acid, herb, cell salt or
homeopathic remedy, and to measure the needed support nutrients.
(Lepore p. 1)
In his chapter on `Glandular Therapy` (p. 239) Dr. Lepore uses AK/MRT
to pinpoint the dormant or non-functioning gland and then to determine
the correct amount of corrective nutrient needed for normalization.
This can be with glandular concentrate, herbs, vitamins, minerals and
amino acids. He also does likewise for the body’s various organs. Dr.
Lepore also describes how he is able to test infants, invalids, and
even pets by using a surrogate (ibid. pps. 380-383) It is becoming more
common to hear of horses and other animals being treated by acupuncture
Donna Eden suggests that energy testing (AK) could significantly reduce
the incidence of iatrogenic (induced by medical treatment) illness and
should also be used to determine what foods, vitamins and supplements
you should or should not take. (p. 45)
CRA is practiced by naturopaths and chiropractors, as well as clinical
nutritionists, optometrists, dentists, veterinarians and medical
doctors and, “provides a convenient and accurate method of targeting
these causes (of illness) and to periodically monitor your progress.”
(Eugene Pontius. Alive
Magazine. No. 161, p. 35)
It is only necessary to be able to do the initial AK testing and to
become comfortable in checking for reversals and resistance in order
for you to be able to use TFT in a counseling situation such as my own.
For those in the professions mentioned in the previous paragraph, it
would be very worthwhile to attend AK workshops that could broaden
one’s diagnostic abilities and to learn the correct treatment
locations, which are detailed in books by Goodheart, Walther,
Durlacher, Lepore, and Whisenant.
Therapy Localization, i.e. on a thought, belief, image etc., is also
applicable to the body’s organs, and AK on the correct testing points
will show where the weaknesses are, and these can be corrected by
knowing the correct treatment points for them. (For further reading
Durlacher and Whisenant are recommended, though they are detailed and
illustrated in Chapter 12 of Rapid
I would recommend testing AK on family and friends in order to feel how
easy it is to note the difference between someone testing weak or
strong, remembering it is not a battle of strength. You should not have
a vested interest in pulling someone’s arm down! It is only a
diagnostic tool, and it is a tool that can be of immense help in
clearing hindrances to good health.
There are also ways in which you can self-test and these are detailed
in Durlacher’s Freedom From Fear
Forever. Your own comfort level in using AK will likely
change your practice or direction forever, as it did with Dr. Callahan,
the others that I have mentioned, and of course as it did for myself.
Daniel Goleman has made the term "Emotional Intelligence" popular and
understandable. Likewise we can understand and relate to the concept
of "Physiological Intelligence" meaning that the body knows what
it needs and what it doesn’t. AK can test this concept by having any
substance, e.g. water/coffee, held against the stomach with one hand,
and then having the other arm tested.
There is an interesting added feature to AK in that the testing can be
done on the present mindset and say, how someone was feeling about the
issue 20 minutes earlier. This can be tested by just asking the
One can also test on statements such as, "Is there anything that
(testee’s name) needs to know, understand, or work through from
conception to birth? from birth to 5 years of age?, 5 - 10 years of
age?", etc. up to the person’s present age. If in any of the five-year
age spans the arm goes weak, then ask specifically which age the issue
arose, i.e. "is it at 5 years of age?" "Is it at 6 years of age?" etc.
until it weakens, and then usually a client can relate to what it might
be. Occasionally one may feel the need to pose the question, "Is there
anything that ---- needs to know, understand or work through that
originated prior to conception."
If there is a positive response to this question, or one that indicates
the origin was at a time which was pre-verbal or pre-conscious to the
client’s memory (up to two or three years of age), then for healing
purposes, one could utilize the "Inner Guide" work described in chapter
13 of ‘Rapid Recovery’.
It is in some cases necessary to locate and unfreeze the position the
eyes were locked in (ocular lock) at the time of any given trauma. That
locked position can be identified by having the client "resist" while
being AK tested and focusing on the trauma. Ask the client to follow
your fingers as you slowly weave a horizontal figure eight in front of
their eyes. If at any point, where their eyes are following the figure
eight, their arm loses its resistance, then the client should relax
their arm. Keep your finger(s) in that position of the figure eight
where the client’s arm weakened, with the client continuing to stare at
it for 20-30 seconds. Re-test the arm while they again stare at the
fingers in that same position, and you should find that the arm should
be much more able to resist. This may be of great use when someone was
traumatized or shocked by something or someone from just within the
client’s peripheral vision.
Note - a reminder that AK is purely for diagnostic purposes, and is not
a battle of strength. If one senses that is happening then it may be
prudent to ask the client to "hold" or "be strong" instead of "resist".
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