Recently I had a discussion with a Thought Field Therapy Practitioner about developing confidence in his muscle testing and energy checking abilities, and he asked me about my confidence level.
Muscle testing, or energy checking as some refer to it, is the essential skill for doing TFT beyond the Algorithm level. Most people in the world will find the basic algorithms sufficient for most purposes. But if you are a professional or need to go to the next level, you will learn this skill for testing yourself or others in Callahan Techniques® Thought Field Therapy approved workshops.
I remember a conversation I once had with Roger Callahan about reliability and being 100% confident, and I was surprised by his clear statement that no one, including himself, could claim a 100% success rate. While he was not shy about having the best success rate of any therapy, his understanding that the complexity of the universe made that kind certainty unattainable.
Muscle testing is not infallible. I can have a bad day or just be off and miss my own response or reading of another’s response. I can be affected by reversals or individual energy toxins that give false readings. My own expectations based on my experience with certain conditions or situations can influence my reading of a strong or weak response in anticipation of an outcome that makes sense to me. Muscle testing, or energy checking, must always be suspect and be considered in light of all the other ways we experience reality. Or, when helping others in their reality.
The felt sense, our clinical observations of other’s physical and behavioral markers, their felt sense, as well as emotional and mental formulations can all help to verify the reliability of muscle testing.
All that said, it is possible to get better and more confident with muscle testing, and one should practice his/her preferred technique a lot. Because energy checking is susceptible to the influences I shared above, you should always have a way to check yourself.
When I am uncertain, I go back to a big muscle and test something I know to be true in my life always. The bigger the muscle and the bigger the motion, the easier it is for me to read mine or another’s response. The stronger the truth being tested the easier to recognize a reversal or toxin at work. So when I’m not getting clear responses with my subtle techniques or the results are not “ringing clear”, making sense, or just not being helpful to me or my client, I use my “go-to test”…
Using my whole arm as taught in Callahan Techniques® Thought Field Therapy, I pull up my feeling of loving my wife and check the statement “I love Diane” and always using the two test approach to checking for reversals I test the second statement “I have no feelings for Diane”. This way I can tell if something is in the way of being accurate in my testing. Once this is sorted out I can return to more subtle testing and the issues I am working on with myself or someone else.
No, I am not 100% sure of my muscle testing all the the time. But the beauty of the Callahan approach is that we do not have to be perfect to find our way to “better” for ourselves or others. Be prepared to be surprised by the responses in muscle testing, energy checking, or any TFT protocol and you will get the information you need.