Category:Muscle Testing and Spiritual Kinesiology

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Muscle Testing, also known as applied kinesiology , spiritual kinesiology, or applied kinesthesiology, is a form of divination in which the hands or body provide information to the querent

Divination by means of one's body has been around as a folk practice for generations and goes under many names, including muscle testing, manual muscle testing, self muscle testing, kinesiology, applied kinesiology, kinesthesiology, applied kinesthesiology, and neuro-emotional technique. The word "kinesiology" derives from two Greek words and means "the study of movement." To avoid confusion with certain medical physical therapy techniques centered on range-of-motion bodywork, which are also known as kinesiology, the author Catherine Yronwode has suggested a new name for these body-centered divinatory and healing techniques: spiritual kinesiology.


Guidance Arising From Your Own Body

The scissors gesture
The finger-thumb rub or smooth-and-sticky gesture
The weighing gesture with two hands for a comparison test
Swaying forward from the hips or the heels signifies attraction, agreement, or a "yes" answer to a question
Holding the hand gesture, used to read the muscles of a client or for Hellstromism
Another hand-holding gesture; this one can only be used by a reader on a seated in-person client

Spiritual kinesiology consists of reading your own body, reading a client's body, or instructing a client to read his or her own body for answers to questions. The answers generally take the form of binary "Yes" or "No" replies, and by a series of questions, complex questions can lead to finely nuanced answers.

As a form of divination, muscle testing is classified broadly under the form of divination known as automatism, which also includes automatic writing with a planchette, use of the spirit board, dowsing by hand or with tools, such as rods held in the hand, and pendulum divination. However, in muscle testing, the only tool used is the body. In this regard, it is most closely related to hand dowsing, in which autonomic or ideomotor movements of the reader's hand are used as the indicator that conveys information to the reader's own eye and mind.

Spiritual kinesiology is different than body reading via phrenology, aura reading, face reading, foot reading, mole reading, vulvamancy, palmistry, psychometry, graphology, or other forms of visual or tactile scanning of the client, and the difference is that it is not the result of information gathering about the client by the practitioner, but arises internally within the neuro-muscular body of the practitioner or the client. It is also different than hypnotism in that no instructions or suggestions are given to the client, nor is the client put into a trance.

Where Does the Information Come From?

Among those who use muscle testing to answer questions, several theories have arisen as to the source of the body movements. You will hear some say that the source is God or the Universe or the Divine, while others will state that the source is the practitioner's subconscious or unconscious mind, an otherwise unaccessed memory, or mental telepathy.

How Do You Do It?

Muscle testing may be induced by asking a question or performing a routinized or ritual set of self-instructions or movement patterns to bring about the state of receptivity.

Choose a comfortable position

Start by sitting or standing, legs and arms uncrossed. Take a few easy breaths to relax. The position need not be formal; simply sitting in a chair or standing up is sufficient.

Bless the work of your hands

Because muscle testing is often conducted through hand gestures, it is a common practice among folk practitioners who come from a Christian or Jewish background to begin by asking God to start with a hand blessing.

The blessing of the hands in Psalms 90:17 is traditional:

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it.

Test Your Yes and No

Using any of the methods outlined below, test your "Yes" and your "No" with your name and another name. Ask if you are your name. The response you get to your own name is "Yes," the affirmative truth. Now ask if you are another name. The response you get to the other name is "No," an untruth.

Hand and Body Gestures

Here are some of the most common hand and body gestures used in kinesiology, and a few of the names by which they are known.

Circle, Circuit, or Finger Lock

Make a circle with one finger and your thumb. Which finger you use to make the circuit or lock with your thumb can vary by the individual. Position your finger or thumb against the joint between finger and thumb and push outward with the finger or thumb to try to break the circle. Your "Yes" is an unbroken circle; your "No" allows the circle to break apart.

Double Circles or The O-Rings

The first finger and thumb of one hand link through the first finger and thumb of the other hand. Some people use this method with the little finger and thumb of each hand. Pull the hands apart and see if one or both of the circles break apart. Your "Yes" is an unbroken circle; your "No" allows one or both of the circles to break apart.

Finger Lift or The Little Animal

In a relaxed seated position, place your hand on your thigh, close to the kneecap, and raise your middle finger. You may bring your four fingers close together to make a little animal with four legs and a long proboscis, like an elephant or an anteater. The testing is done with three or four fingers of the other hand trying to press down the middle finger. Your "Yes" cannot press the little animal's head down; your "No" causes the little animal to bow its head in submission.

Scissors or Scissor-Fingers

With your thumb, hold down your bent little and ring fingers, and stick up your first and middle fingers, like a blessing sign, and spread your index finger and middle finger apart into a V. Now rotate your wrist so that your palm faces inward, toward your chest and the V is horizontal, like a pair of scissors about to make a cut. Then with the thumb and first finger of your other hand, create a pair of pincers and try to close the scissors. Your "Yes" stands firm; your "No" alows the scissors to be closed.

Finger-Thumb Rub, Smooth-and-Rough, or Smooth-and-Sticky

Lightly rest your index finger on your thumb and move it back and forth or around in a small circle or oval. The movement should be smooth and easy. Now test your "Yes" and your "No." If you are like most people, during your "Yes" the movement is slow and gliding, but on your "No," the finger and thumb will stick or move jerkily.

Holding Your Own Hand

Use your non-dominant hand to lightly hold the arm, wrist, or fingers of your dominant hand. The hand being held functions as a pendulum or pointer. It may relax and go limp or it may spontaneously point the way to a certain physical direction. Do not force it; simply interpret the movements.

Hands Up or Weighing

This method can be used to spiritually weigh one object against another, if a choice is to be made between them. You may close your eyes when weighing, and many people do so. It is customary to put a witness sample into each hand if choosing between two objects. If weighing and counting one object -- how many copies of the object to buy or how much money to pay -- you need only one object and may use just the one hand.

Stand and Sway, Swing and Sway, or Sway With Me

With this method you become a human pendulum. Stand up and sway forward and back a few times to loosen yourself up and get a sense of your range of motion while remaining balanced. Then test yourself and you will probably find that you sway forward with attraction for "Yes" and backward with aversion for "No."

Distance Reading by Applied Kinesiology

While the various finger gestures and the full body sway are designed for self-use, a trained psychic reader can easily use these methods to answer questions for a client at long distance.

Muscle Reading, Hellstromism, Contact Mind Reading

Among psychic readers who use muscle testing in person for clients, there is one gestural position that has found almost universal favour. It is similar to the "Holding Your Own Hand" position, but in this case it is the reader who touches or holds the fingers, hand, wrist, arm, or shoulder of the client and perceives the subtle, unconscious movements of the client's hand or arm to gain information about the client's concerns or subconscious knowledge. This is called muscle reading, Hellstromism, or contact mind reading.

Learn How It is Done

One of the great things about spiritual kinesiology is that you can learn and do it for yourself. The simple descriptions on this page should get you started on your own path to answering questions through bodywork. If you want to learn more about the various techniques and how they are applied in differing life situations, you may take a course or receive personal lessons in spiritual kinesiology from a magical coach or spiritual advisor proficient in the subject.


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  • Divination and Fortune Telling by Muscle Testing and Spiritual Kinesiology

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