Monday, October 20, 2008


YOUR BODY KNOWS by Karen Ashley

“Pilgrim, how you journey on the road you your heart you wonder…

Which of these is true. Will you find the answer in all you say and do? Will you

find the answer in the road that leads to you?”

from Enya: A Day Without Rain

You are the answer within yourself. The Pilgrim's journey within each one of us searches for the truth, looks for answers, seeks to know how. And in that quest for knowledge, the Pilgrim often desires to be guided and assisted along the path of life's challenges and successes. We are all Pilgrims looking for ways to make our journey through life easier and more accomplished, and yet that exploration can often meet with unconscious hindrances. There are ways to unlock the knowing from within to help release the blocks to our creation and manifestation. Asking for help from a friend, seeking assistance from a professional, listening to spiritual guidance, having personal insights and intuition, can all be ways to access answers that render results. Dowsing and Kinesiology are also tools that can be learned to guide our Pilgrim along the way. This article will focus on Kinesiology.


Kinesiology, often referred to as muscle testing, is a technique which uses the movement of one particular muscle from one position to another to indicate answers from a person's own innate wisdom. The word 'Kinesiology' comes from the Greek word ‘kinesis’ meaning motion, hence the study of muscles and movement in relation to the structure of the body. The medical science use of the term Kinesiology refers to the study of muscle movement which enhances strength or restores a muscle's condition after injury. It is used in sports medicine, physical education and physiotherapy.

The medical term is distinguished from the term 'Applied Kinesiology' used for accessing the body's innate wisdom and subtle energy health. Muscles are not tested for strength, but for quality of subtle energetic muscle response. This is the system that will be discussed in this article.


Applied Kinesiology was the name given in 1964 by Dr. George Goodheart, a Chiropractor, to a system of applying muscle testing to access information from the body's energy system for balancing the body's subtle energy to enhance health. While treating a patient for an atrophied muscle, he discovered a link with the corresponding muscle on the other side in a tense spasm. When he treated the tense spasm in the opposite muscle, the atrophied muscle became strong. This led him to exploring the connections and correlations pairing muscles had with each other as well as with other muscle groups. He found that treating overly strong muscles in the spine would strengthen the weaker muscles in the spine, thus creating a condition where the spinal adjustment would stay in place, so that the patient would not need repeated treatments.

Later, Dr. Goodheart and his colleagues began to explore other connections with other body systems: the lymph system, the cerebral spinal fluid system, and the meridian system. Some time later, his colleague John Thie took their knowledge and created a usable self help system, Touch for Health, which formed another branch of Kinesiology, Specialized Kinesiology. Today Applied Kinesiology refers to what Chiropractors do, while Specialized Kinesiology refers to what other practitioners do, although many of the techniques are the similar there are many variations and applications.


Central to Kinesiology is the belief that all well being comes from a state of inner balance and harmony among and within the subtle energies of the body. Subtle energy is synonymous with the energy referred to as Qi, Chi, Prana and the universal life-force among all living things connected to the high self or spiritual self. The balanced flow of this energy is vital for the maintenance of the health of the body, mind and spirit.

In Kinesiology there are two parts to the practice: muscle testing and energy corrections. With muscle testing, the flow of vital life force energy is assessed and specific information useful in restoring energy flow is gathered. The deficiencies and excesses of this vital force energy are corrected in a number of ways: therapeutically touching or tapping meridian points, massaging the flow of the meridians, therapeutically touching neurovascular or lymphatic points, reprogramming muscles, releasing emotional stress, and nutritional balancing.


The body has stored in each cell, all the way to each DNA fiber, the knowledge of how best to create balance and heal the body/mind /spirit. Gently pressing on muscles and watching and feeling the movement indicates an answer from the body's innate wisdom and knowledge. Muscle testing requires gentleness and a sensitive touch with awareness and attunement from both tester and testee. The gentler the test, the deeper the answer and healing will take place. The stronger a muscle test the more a tester's personal bias can show up, and the testee's own defense system will block accurate answers and healing. Touch between one person and another is a powerful bond that brings an intimacy reaching through the defense systems, contacting a deep healing process innate in everyone. Gentleness is vital to powerful muscle testing. Gentleness quiets the mind and supports the connection to Spirit which is the basis for profound results. .


Kinesiology is a method, a tool. When practiced with precision, it becomes a powerful way to talk to the unconscious intelligence and spirit through the body. Illness and symptoms don't just show up out of nowhere. They are indicators of an accumulation of built up emotional, physical, environmental, and spiritual stresses which show up as symptoms or diseases. Kinesiology is a way to focus, to get healing results going beyond the five senses. Kinesiology's further applications, whether accessing information or correcting energy flow, can balance body energy, integrate brain functioning, correct dyslexia, de-fuse emotional anxiety, resolve deleterious habits & addictions, ameliorate the effects of trauma, locate and correct nutritional deficiencies and intolerances, detect environmental toxicity, and access a relaxed state of mind for inner calm.


A clear mind in a relaxed attuned state can bring about profound results. Trusting the system of Kinesiology is essential for finding accurate answers. Let go and see where the system will take you.

A few years ago, I started having a symptomatic reaction to my cat, Jazper, every time he sat in my lap. My eyes would itch, water and swell, then the sneezing would start. Was I developing an allergy to cats? When my other cat, Cleo, sat in my lap, I did not react in any way. So what was up with Jazper? I found myself avoiding him; less petting and no sitting in my lap. In response, he became very demanding of my attention, and I could sense his disappointment. I decided to find out what was going on with him. A friend of mine, knowledgeable in Kinesiology, started exploring this issue with me. At first she worked on me, but then she discovered she would get better answers if she worked on Jazper with me as a surrogate for him. In a sense, I held in my body's energy Jazper's innate energy.

As she worked on me, she asked many different questions, yielding some very unusual results. Jazper had a reaction to his food causing allergens and toxins to be emitted in his dander. He also had an emotional connection. He was grieving for the loss of my daughter, who had moved away some months before -- he had been very connected to her warmth and attention. This caused him to react to foods. We did meridian balancing and emotional de-fusions and muscle tested for food compatibility. After a few months of addressing the grieving with more energy corrections, and instituting a modified diet, I can now have Jaz sit in my lap without problems. By allowing ourselves to be patient and trusting where the system would take us, we were able to get answers, which led us to a solution.


The Pilgrim’s Journey is the Soul’s Journey. It is a passage often met with challenges, difficulties, bumps, and turns along the way. The tools to help that Journey become clear, open, on track, and creative are found in the trust with Spirit. The language of the body, Kinesiology, can be one of the tools that help focus the Journey and resonate with Spirit. Awareness, trust, consciousness, and exploration can create a direction with solutions.

The Pilgrim’s Journey can have joy, fun, fulfillment, and surprise. Within the self, within the heart, the Pilgrim will find the direction to the choices the Pilgrim makes. Stamina, courage, positive outcomes, reduced anxiety, and freedom from ailments is what the Pilgim wants. Kinesiology bridges the gap between not knowing and knowing the way.

Rely upon Spirit, seek answers, trust the system, be gentle with yourself and let go! And your inner Pilgrim will Journey with singing, crying, laughing, healing and connecting from heart to heart with amazement and wonder.


This article appeared in the Fall 2007 issue of the Journal of the Ozark Research Institute (ORI) and is listed here with their permission

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