The Science of Kinesiology

Date:  Tue, 21 May 2002
From:  frank hartman (Practitioner)  —
Subject: Re:  Kinesiology

My wife and I wrote the kinesiology description. The article is from Science and Sanity. Amazon still lists the book but the author has been dead a number of years.   frank

Accessing Inner Knowing Through Kinesiology

"From the Simple to the Sublime"
by Suzanne and Frank Hartman

Kinesiology is the science of movement and is commonly called muscle testing. Our bodies respond to negative information with a "weakening" of muscles. Likewise, our bodies respond to positive information (or truth) with a "strengthening" of muscles. This natural body response provides a mechanism by which we can obtain information and answers that apply to the individual self. The potential of this process has fascinated us, and after seven years of research and testing we wish to share with you what we believe today about this process.


Basic or Elementary Kinesiology

In elementary kinesiology the person being tested is asked to "resist" when a firm pressure (or sometimes pulling motion) is applied to the whole arm. A weakening response to the pressure means a "No" answer to a question. If the person can easily "resist" or hold strong against the pressure, this indicates a "Yes" or positive response. Great care must be taken not to consciously manipulate this process, and as the arms get tired, the responses will become more inaccurate.


Secondary Kinesiology

The second level of kinesiology is a more precise method, with a light, gentle pressure being applied to the wrist area. It is a gentler, less tiring and more accurate method. However, it is still possible for the tester or the testee to manipulate the responses particularly when the questions involve emotional stress and we have an investment in the outcome.


Subtle Precision Testing — Advanced Kinesiology

At the third level, the tester is no longer measuring major muscle response, but rather skin tension. Finger pressure is applied to the soft skin above the wrist. The response comes from thin fascia muscle beneath the skin. It will either feel firm or soft. Although these responses are very subtle, with enough practice we can all learn to feel them. The person being tested is unable to consciously manipulate the response. This is a very accurate method of testing. Any manipulation is subconscious and a proficient tester can recognize this.


Spiritual Kinesiology — Level 4

At the fourth level, we are tapping into what we can only describe as the "sublime". The major difference in the testing at the spiritual level is that the responses come through the tester. It may be recognized by a tightness in a muscle, a goosebump feeling, a sound or a color. When we are clear and "unattached" to any outcome, we all have the ability to feel this "signal" within us. At this level, information is coming from a Greater Knowing within us. We have been working at this spiritual level for about a year now.

Do you remember those reassuring words Jesus spoke so long ago?... "Where two or more are gathered in My Name, I AM right there in their midst." We have been experiencing this truth and the effect of this reality is almost beyond our comprehension. This is simply all about surrendering to God's Knowing. We call it Holy Spirit Guidance. To get in communication with this guidance, we say a prayer and invite Holy Spirit presence to gently guide us to truth and back to wholeness. This is a letting go process, which greatly reduces the stress on outcome. Also, by simply looking at the person you will be working with and focusing on just "loving" him or her for a minute, you will quickly be in Holy Spirit presence; for Love resonates with Spirit.

The examples of how Spiritual Kinesiology has proven itself in its accuracy are countless. For example while visually scanning a table full of about 300 homeopathic remedies, you can test for the appropriate one for a disorder and the one selected will be EXACTLY RIGHT. If you then choose to look up the properties of that remedy it will exactly fit the profile of the particular person being tested. We are able to do this long distance just as easily, and can confidently do surrogate testing for other people. The key to doing this is, again, Holy Spirit presence.

The only training you need when working at Level 4, in addition to confident testing skills, is in further fine-tuning your questions. The quality of the questions you ask are extremely important. Also important are the lists you refer to when asking the body to identify a specific answer, cause, cure or healing method. A question asking a yes or no response is not as accurate as a response to numbered list with a series of choices. The act of framing the question engages the conscious mind in a search for the answer. The list must always have an additional category entitled OTHER. Any list lacking the OTHER category assumes that we believe we KNOW what all possible answers could be. We do not, but Holy Spirit guidance will lead you to what OTHER might include. We must always be open and receptive to what lies outside our belief systems.

We firmly believe that Spiritual Kinesiology is an accurate method to identify and heal imbalances within us. We have only begun to "touch" on where it may be leading. Our culture has "categorized" our disorders, diseases and imbalances and has developed across-the-board medicines, drugs and therapies designed to treat our symptoms rather than heal the cause. So often it is impossible to even find the cause. We are NOT all alike internally. We are all elegantly unique in our biochemistry and human experience. A cure for one person could mean death to another. That is why it is so important that we begin to understand and accept the concept of personalized healing. The real answers to our individual perfect health lie within each of us. Spiritual Kinesiology is a method by which we can achieve this.

Suzanne and Frank Hartman

One Brain

(a method to defuse stressful issues and regain control of your life)

Questions & Answers

What is ONE BRAIN?

The ONE BRAIN system is a new and unique approach to stress management and emotional wellness. It combines elements of holistic health, neuroscience, body energy work, and original research. It has been in development since 1972, and has been taught and practiced around the world since 1982.

What does "ONE BRAIN" mean?

The name comes from the left-hemisphere / right-hemisphere theory of brain function. when a person is experiencing emotional stress, the full capacity of the brain is not utilized, and the left-brain hemisphere goes into the "panic mode", also known as the "fight-or-flight" response. When the emotional stress is relieved, we're able to perceive and function in a calm, effective manner, with more access to our left-brain logic and right-brain creativity. The two brain hemispheres cooperate as an integrated unit, hence the name "ONE BRAIN".

How does it work?

The ONE BRAIN approach consists of identification, correction, and follow-up. The first step is to identify the unresolved emotional stress and negative beliefs that keep us from functioning at full potential. The corrections are then selected from a broad spectrum of defusing techniques, always with the goal of gentle release of negativity from the mind and body. Then, if appropriate, follow-up exercises are assigned for the client to do at home. How do you identify the source of the problem?

We use a unique method of obtaining biofeedback from a person's own subconscious level. It's known as Kinesiology, or muscle-testing.

Why do you use muscle-testing?

Modern psychology uses a variety of methods to determine what is happening with a person beneath their level of conscious awareness. These methods include dream analysis, hypnosis, word associations, and written tests. The reason we use muscle-testing is because it is a quick and highly reliable means of getting the information, and it provides clear-cut answers which are not prone to guesswork and interpretation.

How does muscle-testing work?

It works because negative emotional charge makes a muscle go weak. For example, if you were about to tell someone some bad news, you might ask them to sit down first. The reaction to the bad news creates that "weak-in -the-knees" effect that can cause someone to literally collapse.

Does muscle-testing involve some kind of external equipment?

No, it is a very simple procedure. The ONE BRAIN facilitator applies very light pressure to the client's outstretched arms. The arms will either "hold strong" or "go weak" in response to words, images, or physical stress tests. It provides a very accurate indication of the type and amount of stress that the client is experiencing.

How does muscle-testing provide information from the subconscious level? This is the most amazing an intriguing aspect of the system. Using muscle testing, the facilitator can ask direct questions to a person's own "inner knowing", and get direct, "Yes or No" responses. It works very much like a lie detector.

I'm skeptical. How can that possibly work?

Who wouldn't be skeptical? We don't yet know all the mechanisms involved. But we do know that it really does work, and it never ceases to be amazing that it can be so accurate. What it comes down to is this: you just have to see it in action for yourself.

Is ONE BRAIN an officially recognized approach to wellness?

The ONE BRAIN training seminars have been approved for continuing education credits by the Texas State Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors. Many psychotherapists, counselors, and educators throughout the U.S. have taken the training and are incorporating One BRAIN techniques into their work. In Europe, ONE BRAIN has been introduced into the school system. In Brazil, medical doctors, physical therapists, and psychologists are using the technique.

Will ONE BRAIN be effective for my particular situation?

That's the question most people ask. ONE BRAIN has proven remarkably effective for a wide variety of stress-related issues, including: Self-Esteem, Depression, Anxiety, Addictions, Phobias, Weight Loss, and Dyslexia. Any "problem" based on negative emotional stress can potentially be resolved with this approach.

Can ONE BRAIN cure physical illness or symptoms?

We don't treat physical symptoms or cure anything. We do find that many apparently physical symptoms improve significantly or disappear altogether when the underlying stress-related cause is successfully resolved.

How long will it take to see benefits?

That depends on a number of factors, including your willingness to take responsibility for improving the situation. We like to see our clients improve as quickly as possible ... but that can happen only at their own pace. We do know that change can come quickly when a person is ready and willing to change. We only Facilitate our client's knowing and understanding.

Science and Sanity
An Introduction to Non-Aristotelean Systems and General Semantics
by Flemming Funch, 30 Dec 94.

Alfred Korzybski, with his subject General Semantics, introduced a bunch of principles that are conducive to the whole systems view.

Korzybski wrote a book in 1933 called "Science and Sanity — an introduction to non-aristotelean systems and general semantics", which was his main work. It is an 800 page tome that is today almost unreadable for non-academics, so I'll present just a few simple ideas from it.

"Non-Aristotelean" puts these principles in contrast to the logic of Aristotle, the Greek philosopher. In this context, Aristotle represents the black and white look. The idea that things just ARE a certain way and you can describe them in some finite and satisfactory way. And the concept that ideas are either right or wrong.

The physics of Newton follows similar models. The world is considered a collection of finite, separate phenomena that can be studied in isolation from anything else. Therefore Newton also represents Aristotelean logic. In the beginning of the 20th century the old science started to fall apart, thanks in part to relativity theory and quantum physics. You could no longer regard physical objects and phenomena as unchangeable, finite constructs that could be studied in isolation. Things were found to be much more interdependent and fluid than earlier assumed.

General Semantics, as a Non-Aristotelean system, provides a system of logic and of studying man's relation to his world, to accompany the new, more holistic and fluid, models of science.

If one has to draw out the single most important statement of General Semantics, it would invariably be:


The world is what it is. We can make all kinds of maps and models of how the world works, and some of them can be very useful, and we can talk about them with great benefit. But the models and maps and any words one can put together can never do more than approximate the actual world or the actual phenomena being examined. The actual territory is beyond verbal description. As humans we make abstractions all the time. An "abstraction", as used here, is that one simplifies, condenses, or symbolizes what is going on in order to better talk about it or think about it.

For example, if I walk down the street, I might experience an event taking place. My perceptions in themselves constitute an abstraction. Different people will experience the event differently, depending on where they perceive it from and how their perceptions work, and it will never be more than a portion of what went on, passed through certain filters of perception. So, I will record certain sights, sounds, feelings and so forth, which will form my representation of the event. I might then start describing what I experienced and that will abstract it further. I could say "I saw two cars, a blue Ford going west and a green Honda going east, and the blue car was going to turn left, but then the green car swerved out of its way and hit it". My description might give somebody else an idea of what went on, but really it is a very imprecise approximation of what I actually perceived, which is again an imprecise approximation of what actually went on.

The next day I might create a further abstraction by simply saying that I saw "an accident".

If somebody took my verbal description of an accident as WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED, then all kinds of mistakes might come out of that. But if one always realizes that it is only a map, and that different maps might be drawn for the same territory, then it becomes much easier to reconcile differences. Whatever one can say about something isn't it. Whatever you can say about a pencil is NOT a pencil. The pencil is what it is, something fundamentally unspeakable. If that is recognized then language and models are of course very useful in daily life.

Another key contribution by Korzybski is:


Aristotelean logic was two-valued logic. That means that any proposition is either "right" or "wrong". This goes together with "elementalism" which is the placing of sharp divisions between things. For example, to talk about "emotion" and "intellect" as being fundamentally different and separate things.

Korzybski's logic is infinite-valued and non-elementalistic. The "non-elementalistic" means that he does not believe in finite identifications of what things ARE, or sharp divisions between what different things ARE. Infinite-valued means that any proposition is best examined in degrees of qualities or probabilities.

For example, if I want to choose between going to the movies or staying home, I can add up the different factors involved. If I go to the movies I might experience something new, and looking in the paper I might add up the probability for seeing a good movie. But also I have to go out in the traffic, which is a bit of a drag, and I have to spend some money, which I have a limited amount of. If I stay home, I save time and money, and there is a probability that I can relax more, but I might also get bored. Adding up all these factors as to how probable it is that they are pleasurable, easy, economical, new, or whatever my criteria are, would add up to a decision taken based on infinity-valued logic.

No answer, model, action, or person is simply "right" or "wrong". There are always many factors involved. Some pull in one direction, some pull in another. One would look at all those factors, look at their relationships, and add up the maximum probability for whatever one is looking for, and make one's choice based on that.

This infinity-valued principle applies in many different areas. For example, Korzybski talks about the "multi-ordinality" of terms. That means that words don't just have one right meaning. Words and symbols have different meanings to different people, and different meanings in different contexts. A word or sentence in itself doesn't necessarily say anything finite, unless you find out what it is linked up with.

Korzybski also talks about infinity-valued causality. That is, we can't just finitely say that one specific thing is causing another. Any event has many "causes" and many "effects." We have to take it all into consideration if we will claim to examine the whole situation.

What Korzybski envisioned with General Semantics was that people could be trained in relating to the world in more fluid infinity-valued ways so that we can avoid all the human aberrations and misunderstandings that come out of taking limited maps too seriously.

Most disagreements, arguments, fights, and wars come out of the failure to recognize all factors, all views, and from relying on maps of reality that don't correspond to what is actually going on. People argue based on their own maps and fail to realize that others use different maps. When that gets cleared up and together we look at reality, then most conflicts evaporate.



The human mind includes mechanisms that are part of the problem. Korzybski talks about 'semantic reactions', which is when one reacts based on the consciously or sub-consciously perceived "meaning" of an event, rather than based on the event itself.

For example, Joe comes home from work and gives his wife flowers and she gets angry with him. She might assume that he gives her flowers because he has something to hide and it really means that he is having an affair, and she gets mad because of that. Maybe Joe just wanted to be nice, or there was a sale on flowers.

Semantic reactions sometimes make it difficult to have rational and constructive interactions between people.

Training oneself to recognize and overcome semantic reactions in oneself and others, could form the basis of more sane interactions and activities between people.

— Flemming Funch —

Alfred Korzybski:
"Science and Sanity – an introduction to non-aristotelean systems and general semantics".
International Society for General Semantics,
Box 2469,  San Francisco, CA,  94126.   (415) 543–1747.

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