Words before action
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Mar 27, 2014
By Rosilyn Kinnersley
WORDS BEFORE ACTION!Muscle Check Uncertainties Resolved
Rosilyn Kinnersley - Australia, CBI, BAT, PaRama CBP, AdvCBP
One of the things I hear most often from students monitoring the Fundamentals seminar is that they are still fearful and insecure with their muscle checking. With that in mind, for the past several years I have been carefully observing these students and the way they perform their muscle check.
As a result, I am now one hundred percent certain that the main cause of feeble, insecure or 'maaaaaybe' muscle checking is that the muscle check is being performed at the same time as they are asking the relevant question or saying the relevant statement. They are not finishing the statement (as in "This is a yes/This is a no") or the question (e.g. "Are Permissions a priority?", "Is Section 1 a priority?", "Are Details on ........ a priority?" etc.) before they BEGIN the action of the muscle check. This appears to throw the Innate Wisdom into confusion and results in unreliable muscle checking.
When I have applied this insight to students brand new to the idea of muscle testing/checking, I have been astounded with their almost instant success. Within one minute or less they obtain a secure, strong, and to all appearances reliable, muscle check in their very first experience of applying and using such a technique. What is even more stunning is that once they have chosen their preferred checking style, that check remains very clear and very definite for 'yes' and 'no' responses alike. There is no hesitation, no double checking and certainly no 'maaaaaaaybes' from then on for these students.
During the calibration process, it is vital that students be taught from the onset to say: "This is a Yes" or "This is a No" with confidence, and ONLY THEN should they perform the muscle check calibration actions with secure firmness. Care also needs to be taken during the "Show me a Yes" or "Show me a No" process, to ensure the statement is said first and then the muscle check instigated. Words Before Action. This method works every time to school the Innate Wisdom in the communication procedure with confidence and security.
Many times now I have witnessed new students who follow this procedure getting an excellent yes/no response immediately, and by the time these students have done a few practice sessions in class they no longer seem to be giving their muscle check very much attention at all, concentrating instead on the Protocol and Exploring Procedure and on gaining confidence in conducting sessions.
When the muscle check process is taught in this way, with acute initial awareness, it quickly becomes second nature. At first I was astounded at this phenomenon, then intrigued. Now, I accept it as natural and expected! Teaching the muscle check technique in this way, right from the very start, cuts out all the insecurities and spill-over that can plague students after their initial seminar.
The next time you have a student who is insecure about their muscle checks, observe them closely. You can tell within a split second where the problem lies, and it will almost certainly be because they are performing the check and are asking the question/saying the statement at the same time. Stop them instantly. Explain the process of 'Words Before Action'.
For students/practitioners who consistently have problems with their muscle check and just cannot get the 'Words Before Action' process, I have found it tremendously helpful for them to put their checking hand on their knee until they have finished the statement or question. Then, and only then, do they perform the check. For really 'hard core' insecurities with the check, it may be necessary for them to raise their checking arm up in the air and leave it there until they have finished speaking, this way they cannot 'jump the gun' on the check. Students certainly realise and feel the difference when endeavouring to create a new habit of muscle checking.
For practitioners, if you sometimes get what appears to be 'maybes' or 'hmmmmm, not real sure about that' and you find yourself double checking, stop, think, and observe yourself. If you find yourself speaking and checking at the same time, I suggest you work with the arm in the air for a bit until you feel secure and your awareness of the tendency is acute. Perhaps think about contacting another practitioner so you can practise on them until your awareness has sufficiently evolved so that you can observe yourself when working with clients.
I have been told that one of the most common comments from those who have taken the Fundamentals training is about their fears and insecurities regarding muscle checking. I suspect that this has led a number of students to drop The BodyTalk System, when instead they could have gone on to become skilled practitioners. It is my hope that if this simple knowledge is applied more widely, it will encourage graduates to continue and build on their training, thus growing our numbers. We need more BodyTalk practitioners who are confident in what they deliver – being comfortable and secure with the muscle check is one of the first steps to ensure ongoing skill and success.
Another interesting observation I would like to share is also in relation to security with the muscle check. Whilst my ancestry for many generations past is farming, the families on both sides of my parental line are both extremely musical and all are excellent dancers so I have been most fortunate to have music and dance as everyday activities almost every day of my life.
Not long after I met my husband I discovered, much to my dismay and shock, that he could not clap a beat. I had not realised this was even possible. I had never encountered it before. I could not believe it and I was stunned speechless. Truth be told...I thought he was abnormal! I now know otherwise.
What I have found in relation to the muscle check is that people who cannot hear/feel the beat of music also have the most difficulty in coordinating the muscle check to follow the Words Before Action to confidently perform the muscle check, and these students are the ones who end up frustrated and unable to get a reliable muscle check yes/no response. I have found this one hundred percent of the time.
With close supervision students with this trait can quickly and easily learn to muscle check with security. Well before teaching the muscle check, through the way I teach Fundamentals, I can quickly and easily ascertain which students I will need to supervise more closely (because they cannot feel/hear the rhythm of the flow of the patter) when the time comes to teach it and when students practice on each other.
This information is shared to help all instructors, practitioners and students alike to complement the invaluable information regarding muscle checking as taught in BodyTalk Fundamentals seminars.