Applied Kinesiology:
Divination of the Body

Applied Kinesiology (AK) is usually listed among divination methods. But human bodies are very effective divination tools, and this technique allows us to access deep wisdom that the mind cannot attain.

Sometimes simply called Kinesiology, this is a system of testing muscle strength to determine what the body needs.

Using Applied Kinesiology

How does it work?

You can test different muscles, but commonly the shoulder is used, especially for beginners.

Holding one arm straight out to the side from your shoulder, it sort of locks in place. Having someone standing in front (or behind) your arm -- not your body -- they test by saying "yes," and then pushing lightly down on your wrist with two fingers. The arm will remain strong and in position.

(If it does not, it indicates that clearing or recalibration are needed. Then try again.)

Then the person tests by saying "no," and again pressing down on your wrist. The arm will fall away from the pressure.

(If not, ditto.)

Now you can use this to test for different foods, or answer questions as you would with other divination tools.

There is a little more to the technique, and also ways that you can test yourself on your fingers, but we won't go into that here.

Self-Testing Method

The previous method works well when learning, and when practicing with other people. What if you want to test yourself? You can hardly maneuver your own arms that way. :-D

There are different self-testing kinesiology methods you could use.

A good place to start is making an "O" or a ring with your left index finger and thumb, just like you would giving the OK signal. (If you're left handed, reverse the hands.)

Then take your right index finger and put it within the "O". In a quick, firm (but not fierce) movement, slide your right finger toward the point where your left thumb and index finger touch... moving right through the break, if possible.

When the connection is strong, your body is "on" and your answer is "yes / true / good."

When the connection is weak, allowing your right finger to break through the ring, your body is answering "no / false / bad."

Start by calibrating, to make sure your body is giving accurate responses. Say out loud: "Testing for yes." And test the strength of the ring. If you're calibrated correctly, the finger shouldn't break out of the ring.

Now say out loud: "Testing for no." And test the strength of the ring. If you're calibrated correctly, the finger should now easily break through the ring.

To use this for divination, phrase your questions as statements, instead of questions. E.g., "This food is healthy for my body" instead of "Is this food healthy for my body?"

Essential Tip

Your body lives in the present moment. This makes it very good at giving answers in the immediate time frame... and not so reliable at predicting things in the future.

How Applied Kinesiology Works

The muscles remain strong in the presence of a "yes" answer, and collapse without strength in the presence of a "no" answer.

The same is true in the presence of something healthful and something not good for the body.

You can use this to as a divination tool to test for yes-or-no answers, just as you would use a pendulum.


There are three major advantages of using muscle testing over other divination methods...
  • Your body is always with you.

  • Unlike pendulums, tarot cards, etc, muscle testing can be as subtle and as quick as a flick of the fingers beneath a table.

  • You can easily determine which foods, supplements, or treatments your body needs... even while standing in the grocery store!

More Information And Resources

George J. Goodheart, a chiropractor, invented Applied Kinesiology and published Muscles: Testing and Function in 1964.

Since then, it has been adapted and used by medical doctors, alternative healers, dentists, nutritionists, spiritual teachers, and many more. By 2003, it was the 10th most common chiropractic technique used in the USA, according to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners.

If you are interested in kinesiology, I really recommend reading Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior, by Dr. David Hawkins. This is, in my opinion, the definitive work on the subject, especially as it applies to spiritual matters.

Plus it gives excellent instructions on how to practice Applied Kinesiology for yourself.

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erin Dragonsong

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