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Asking the Body Questions

Q. Dear Donna: I am a nutritionist, and while I’ve known of energy testing for years, I have looked with great skepticism at practitioners who ask the body "Do you need more carbohydrates in your diet?" or "Does this cough require a visit to the doctor?" It was through your book that I came to understand that there are less flaky ways to energy test and began to experiment. Now I would say that using the spleen indicator test to determine whether particular foods, vitamins, and supplements are needed, and in what amounts, is the most useful single tool I have found in the past decade, and I thank you profusely for opening me to it. However, the question still comes up for me, what are the constraints of energy testing? Surely you cannot rely on an energy test of "Is this lump malignant?" How much can you ask the body?

A. This is a very difficult question for me. Many respected colleagues regularly pose verbal questions to the body. I rarely do. Introducing verbal questions into an energy test brings in a whole other realm beyond the body’s wisdom. I, instead, use energy testing to tune into the language of the body, which I’ve come to profoundly trust. Energy testing the body, without an overlay of words, is generally quite reliable when the procedure is followed correctly. Energy testing verbal questions, regardless of how it is done, brings in many more variables.

I have felt uneasy about this issue for over twenty years. Some practitioners have learned to use verbal questions followed by an energy test as a way of tuning into a higher source of information, so it becomes for them a way of channeling, a bridge to the truth of the situation. For people who have developed this to a refined art, it’s usually quite trustworthy. But it is also an embarrassment to the field how many practitioners casually use energy testing to answer all sorts of bizarre questions. I have seen more nonsense emerge from this than I like to think about.

But since it is a valid method for some people, I’ve never taken a public position on it. I simply went about teaching energy testing in the contexts in which I use it, which are much more traditional—checking, under specific conditions, the relative strength of indicator muscles to determine the energetic state of a meridian or chakra or other system.

Efforts to ask the body questions about the future seem particularly ludicrous to me: "How long before I will be cured of this illness?" While I may have a lot of information to make an educated guess about such a question, an energy test is not a source I rely on for that information. I believe there is fate, there is free will, and there is circumstance. An energy test of the future assumes it is all fated. But free will, unpredictable circumstances, even relationships with other people, all converge with whatever may be fated. This is why readings from even the most talented psychics are only a percentage game. Many factors influence the single question being asked.

But even questions about treatment are very tricky. "Should this problem be treated with the meridians or the chakras?" Energy tests can be influenced by so many forces, even for people of the highest integrity who do everything they can to get out of the way. It is challenge enough not to exert an influence based on your beliefs, desires, or unconscious expectations. This is true for any energy test, but so much more so when it is based on a verbal question rather than letting the body respond in its own language.

Beyond this, I believe that the body often does not have a clear yes or no.  The seven layers on each chakra can contradict one another.   Triple warmer and spleen often contradict one another.  It is quite a complex drama to reduce down to “Yes” or “No.”

As I write this, I am having images of colleagues who ask questions before an intervention such as "Is this for the body’s highest good?" or "Do I have permission to proceed?" I ask these questions intuitively, but I do not energy test for them. However, practitioners I really admire do ask these questions and test for the answers so respectfully, almost as a prayer, that the questions themselves set an energy field of respect and equality. So the energy test itself serves a very powerful purpose of setting a morphogenic field for healing. There are many truths and many ways to get at them. Asking the body questions is one of the trickier of the bunch.