It's hard for me to analyze or do critical thinking on the energy therapy revolution, the most creative new ways of helping to relieve emotional distress I've seen yet. Creative sometimes means pretty strange, especially for someone like myself who mainly does quite conventional, if sometimes also innovative, relationship counseling. The new energy techniques take a leap of faith for me. Yet I've ceased to believe that they are hocus pocus and superstition. I've become a true believer because I've observed again and again how energy techniques creatively zap with immediate access into the specific early memories that are creating current life problems, then rapidly heal the trapped emotions that have caused the emotional, and often also physical, distress.
Let's start with muscle kinesiology.
Do you find it difficult to believe that your subconscious can talk via your muscles? I do. I have taken the leap of faith because I have been seeing time and time again that a skillful energy therapist can enable clients' sub-conscious self-knowledge to be expressed through yes-no answers spoken via arm muscles.
I myself have therefore come to believe that everyone's subconscious brain has capacities for guiding healing that go way beyond what we normally give the brain, or the muscles that speak for it, credit for.
How can a client's subconscious mind show its extraordinary powers?
We each, every one of us, do have subconscious creative knowledge of what we need to heal. To access that knowledge, that "sixth sense," though we need a way to enable the subconscious to speak.
The kinesiology techniques described below enable an energy therapist to pose questions to the subconscious of a person. For example, to a person with severe anxiety the therapist might ask "Which technique shall we use at this time?" By phrasing possible answers like a multiple choice queston, "Shall we use TFT? Emotion code techniques to release traped memories? etc, the client's subconscious directs the therapist what to do. Within minutes the result is likely to be either partial or full alleviation of the anxiety.
The same is true if the person's psychic pain is manifest in emotional symptoms such as depression, anger, or anxiety. Or if the emotional difficulties are being expressed somatically, with stomach aches, a chronically sore shoulder, neck or back pain, or. as in the second video below, throat pain.
Miracle one is that the subconscious can have a voice.
Seeing is believing, so here is a video by Dr. Bradley Nelson, a key innovator of these techniques. Dr. Nelson demostrates how a combination of muscle kinesiology and a therapist who asks good yes/no quesions can yield understanding of the sources of a problem and then alleviation of the problematic pain.
In the video a woman from the audience volunteers to have Nelson demonstrate his techniques. She would like him to alleviate her long-standing full-body pain.
Dr. Nelson asks the woman to hold one arm out, parallel to the floor. Anyone's arm normally can easily hold a lock in this position when someone presses on it lightly, with about two pounds of pressure. Bradley Nelson applies this light pressure, almost imperceptibly, and the woman's arm stays extended parallel to the floor.
When a person's body is experiencing emotional stress, by contrast, this same slight pressure causes the arm to drop, presumably because of a momentary break in energy flow. This is the basic technique of muscle kinesiology that gives the subconscious a yes/no voice. The slight physiological change produced by stress works somewhat like the way a lie detector indicates skin response shifts from stress.
Miracle two involves what Dr. Nelson calls universal intelligence.
We are so used to cyberspace that we think nothing of googling a word or phrase, say, marriage therapist in Denver, and having a list of just the information we want pop up on the computer screen. The computer seems to access universal knowledge, all kinds of information that a silver box on top of a desk should not be able to know.
How does the internet work? I have no idea. My impression is that there are people who do understand this quite astounding phenomenon. All I know is that it does work.
That attitude is the same I bring to the concept of the subconscious mind's access to universal knowledge. Somehow each of us has the capacity within our subconscious minds to access and, via muscle kinesiology, to express a phenomenal degree of knowing what will heal us. Probably we know lots more as well, but for my purposes as a therapist it's mind-boggling enough to grasp the idea that we have within ourselves the ability to discern what we need to know and do in order to heal.
In the video Dr. Nelson demonstrates how universal knowledge can enable clients to track down the early memories with trapped emotions causing current difficulties, and then release them?
Dr. Nelson holds a chart, a page he calls The Emotion Code, that lists about 60 emotions. The chart is divide into two columns; there are six rows per column; and within each of the resulting 12 boxes is a list of five emotions.
Even though the woman has not read the chart, her subconscious is assumed to have the ability to tune into universal knowledge which in this case means knowledge of what is on the chart.
Dr. Nelson asks the woman, "Is there a trapped emotion involved in the pain (emotional or physical) that you are experiencing?"
Her answer is "Yes" (i.e., the arm stays strongly extended outward), so he then asks "Is the emotion listed in column A?"
Dr. Nelson continues asking yes/no questions until by process of elimination he has identified the column, the row, and lastly the specific emotion within that box which is at the root of the woman's specified difficulty.
Before releasing the emotion, Dr. Nelson finds out from the subconscious mind the age of the person at the time the negative emotion first occurred and the specific incident which evoked it. Then by releasing this trapped emotion, the body pain the woman has been experiencing is significantly reduced.
That releasing trapped emotions reduces emotional and/or physical pain fits relatively comfortably with conventional therapy assumptios. Freud, when he wrote "where id was, let ego be," posited that bringing subconscious concerns into conscious awareness dissipates their toxic power.
The amazing phenomenon that trumps conventional therapy techniques is the access to universal knowledge displayed in the woman's ability to identify an emotion from a chart she has not even read. Her subconscious or some other extraordinary mental ability knows the location on the chart and the feeling itself that has been the source of her longstanding pain. That kind of sixth sense is incomprehensible to me and at the same time dramatically exciting.
Are muscle kinesiology and universal knowledge sixth-sense phenomena that are real?
I have come to believe that these forms of "6th sense" knowledge genuinely do exist. I know from personal experience with Dale Petterson, the energy therapist who works in my office suite, that they exist within me. I have seen them work with my clients when I bring Dale into our sessions to augment my more traditional therapy techniques with his.
And I truly do believe that these extraordinary mental powers exist in you, this posting's readers, as well.
Although I myself was curious, I can understand those who say "Bunk. Scam. Foolishness" to these ideas on first hearing about them. Now however, having been watching the techniques work so impressively again and again for over a year, with client after client and also with my own self, I've passed from skepticism to marveling. The outcome of Dale's treatment interventions using with these techniques has consistently been relief of physical and emotional discomforts. Better to explore what's going on than to argue with these kinds of results.
Have these 6th sense abilities been rigorously tested?
That, I hope, will be a next step. I would love to hear from academic psychologists or psychiatrists who might want to study these phenomena. I would especially love to hear from researchers who want to study them not to debunk them but to understand their potency.
Meanwhile I rely on outcome efficacy data from clients. Most find these techniques surprisingly enlightening as well as relieving of the problem they wanted to address. A few gain little or no insights or changes.
I also have experimented by using these techniques on myself. The following video for instance shows the successful use of these techniques to end a long-standing sore throat.
The phenomenon of muscle kinesiology and the subconscious mind's capacity to access universal knowledge pose similar dilemmas to those posed by hypnosis some years ago.
It's unclear to me if, even now, anyone knows why or how hypnosis works, though probably, like cyberspace, there are folks who do understand it. By now, however, pretty much everyone, including physicians, believe that hypnosis is real.
I've written in several prior postings about how Dale Petterson uses these techniques. I have seen Dale use them effectively to release ptsd, to reduce emotional pain like anger, anxiety, depression. I've watched him reduce urges to return to addictive habits. I've seen him use the techniques to flip to positive crippling negative beliefs such as "I am not lovable" or "People who love me leave me," or with athletes, "I don't think I'll be able to perform my best."
Seeing is believing.
I myself am an innovative but still quite conventional psychologist who specializes in marriage counseling. I have seen however that harnessing the innate extraordinary healing capabilities of the brain helps people to regain a sense of personal well-being faster than any other treatment techniques I have seen.
This posting is actually the fourth in a series of postings on energy psychology that I have been making on my PsychologyToday.com bolg. Others have included Bad Luck, or Psychological Reversal?, another on use of energy therapies with autistic children and other children who have been bulied, nd a third on energy psychology's new options for treating negative emotions like anxiety, anger or depression. In addition in more recent postings I have written about using energy therapy techniques to augment couples therapy and to relieve physical pains.
I do hope that this explanation plus the video illustrations help to convey at least a glimpse into the extraordinary untapped creativity and self-knowledge that appear to lie within each of us.
At the same time, feeling like you have to leave your critical thinking behind? For sure there's some things that I so far sure don't understand....
Susan Heitler, PhD., a Harvard and NYU graduate and Denver clinical psychologist, is author of multiple publications including The Power of Two on the keys to marriage success and From Conflict to Resolution which clarifies the process of successful psychotherapy. Her current project is PowerOfTwoMarriage.com, an interactive website that teaches essentials of successful relationships including collaborative communication, anger management and conflict resolution.