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Responses to questions on surrogate muscle testing

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by Gary Craig

Hi Everyone,

Bruce Eimer put forward the following problem areas (as he perceives them) regarding surrogate muscle testing. My responses are interspersed within his comments.

BRUCE'S COMMENTS: Now, there are some problems as I see it with establishing VALIDITY and RELIABILITY of surrogate or proxy muscle testing.

(1) For one, would different therapists get similar results?

GC RESPONSE: No, it is not likely that different therapists would get similar results (results meaning the same tapping procedures). This is also true for one-on-one muscle testing. In my experience (extensive), the notion that there is only one proper set of tapping points and procedures for a given client circumstance is incorrect. The synergy of two people working together, with the common intention of healing, allows the therapist to surrogately "tune in" and pick out an appropriate tapping procedure out of the many available ones.

(2) For two, how does the therapist control for his/her own perceptual bias which can contaminate his/her responses as a proxy?

GC RESPONSE: This points to the most important trait the surrogate muscle tester must develop. I spent a substantial amount of time at the seminar on the point that we must "get ourselves out of the way" and thus allow healing to occur "through us and not by us." How is this done? Practice. It doesn't come to very many overnight. I practiced many times before I finally realized that the answers I was "getting" through this process were superior to the ones I was trying to create through my own egoistic logic.

(3) What evidence is there really that the therapist's consciousness, energy, and responses are really representative of the patient's, AND HOW CAN WE BE SURE that the therapist is really PACING and MATCHING the patient's responses?

RESPONSE: Bruce, you sound like an engineer here :-). I always knew there was something I liked about you. However, using surrogate muscle testing requires that we let go of our digital need to prove everything. It's a new paradigm. The proof is in the bottom line. That is, is the process delivered more elegantly and in less time and does the practitioner have a better sense of "where they are" in the process. This was repeatedly demonstrated with the 8 people I worked with at the seminar. I was able to discern whether or not reversals were in place and how severe they were. I don't think I missed assessing PR once (the films will tell me for sure). I used far fewer points per round than the Basic Recipe (even the shortcut version) and only discerned the need for the 9 gamut procedure once. Further, the "thermometer" metaphor I was using in my head gave me a useful sense of how the client was doing. All this under the difficult pressures of doing it on stage.

(4) WE are on dangerous ground in so far as we attempt to establish the "truth value" of our "yes" and "no" responses for the patient. Don't we have to be careful here of being accused of engaging in suggestion? We need to be carefully mindful of the perils associated with becoming targeted by the inquisitors of the "false memory" movement.

GC RESPONSE: Perhaps, although I don't see much in the way of dangerous ground here. Muscle testing of any kind, surrogate or otherwise, is meant as a useful guide to enhance the healing process. It is NOT an absolute science where the "yes" and "no" responses become "truth." For example, I don't know a single muscle tester that would rely on a muscle testing response for an answer to the question, "Should the client have the recently recommended brain surgery." In the hands of the skilled practitioner, however, muscle testing of any kind provides insights (directions) not otherwise easily available.

Hugs to all, Gary


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