Ever had a sore throat when you didn’t feel able to express yourself, got bloated when you ate something you shouldn’t or got ‘butterflies’ when nervous? Our bodies continuously give us feedback about our environment and state of wellbeing but often we don’t think to pay attention. Here are two ways to listen to your body.
Energy testing is a bio-feedback mechanism that uses the body’s energy to provide an in-the-moment response to a stimulus. It’s often used among health practitioners who might use a technique called muscle testing to examine the state of their client before and after treatment. But what do you do if you don’t have someone on-hand to help you test yourself?
It’s useful to know some self-testing techniques so that you can:
- Listen to your body without relying on someone to help you
- Develop the ability to ‘talk’ to your body and learn more about it
- Confirm your intuition about what is happening in your body
Here are two methods you can use:
1. Using your body as a pendulum
What we choose to eat or drink is hugely important to our overall wellbeing. So before consuming something, you can listen to your body to understand whether it will have a positive or negative effect.
Before testing the item in question, it’s important to check that your body will give you an accurate response. A simple way to do this is to test a statement that you know is true, such as ‘My name is [your name]’. Then, test a false statement such as ‘My name is [fictional name]’. It doesn’t matter what the false statement is as long as it’s unambiguously false for you.
While standing, place your hands one on top of the other over your solar plexus (just above your belly button), and bring your elbows in to your sides. Take a breath in and exhale, releasing all thoughts as you do this. Say your ‘true’ statement in your head. Do you notice your body moving in any way? Then, repeat the process but say your ‘false’ statement in your head. Does your body move differently?
Falling forward means there is energetic balance and you’re being attracted towards the item (or the true statement) being tested. Falling backward indicates an energetic imbalance, signalling disharmony between you and the substance (or statement). So for the test, your body should fall forward in response to your name and backward with the false name.
Now, to test the substance, hold it in front of your solar plexus with your hands one on top of the other, and bring your elbows in to your sides. Again, take a breath in and exhale, releasing all thoughts as you do. Which way does your body move in response this time?
Whether you lean forward or backward, the test is designed as an indicator and you can choose to follow or dismiss what your body tells you each time. It’s also worth noting that the body needs different things at different times and so the response can vary accordingly. It’s therefore important to test an item just before you’re preparing to consume it. Something that has tested positively at one time might not do so the next, and vice versa.
2. Using an indicator muscle
Using an indicator muscle is another useful way to listen to your body. This works well sitting down which is helpful if you’re out for a meal and don’t want to pendulum test in the middle of a restaurant!
Sitting with both feet on the floor, lift one leg slightly and extend your foot roughly 30 degrees forward. As above, test true and false statements first to check your body is responding correctly. Then, either hold the substance to your solar plexus again, or you can point to the item on a menu or repeat the name of the dish silently in your head, and push downward on your knee. A ‘strong’ or locked muscle won’t allow you to push your knee down, indicating a positive result. An unlocked or ‘weak’ muscle will make it easy to push your knee down, indicating a negative result.
Here, it’s worth noting that this energy test isn’t testing muscle strength. It provides a measure of how energy is flowing through the muscle rather than the actual strength of the muscle itself.