What does it mean when you 'clear' someone?
The indicator is that the muscle which previously tested weak, for example when the person was thinking about their Top priority Item, now tests strong. What it means we can only conclude from the results people report– they feel better, more resolved, more accepting of what happened. It’s as if you take this terribly subjective trauma– that may well be emotionally sabotaging them in some way– and turn it into a more objective fact– that people are now better equipped to deal with.
How long do the results last when you clear someone? Do you ever have to clear them again?
I have re-tested people, and the strong muscle response after the clearing is still there up to a year or two later. That’s true if the clearing is thoroughly done, which may well include all the support activity.Of course, that doesn’t mean in the intervening time that people once again don’t get depressed. But muscle testing indicates that the incident we’ve cleared is no longer a contributing factor. When I see a depressed client again and ask, both verbally and with muscle testing, whether we have to re-clear anything, the responses are usually “No.” And muscle testing has rarely indicated otherwise. The only exception is where we haven’t uncovered all the pieces to the puzzle.
Isn't muscle testing too subjective?
So are people. That’s the beauty of a system that’s tailored to meet individual needs. If you mean by your statement that it’s difficult to rely always on a strong response meaning yes, and a weak response meaning no, then I agree. That’s why when using e.e.c., you’re always double and triple checking everything, which requires some patience.If you mean by “subjective” also that it’s sometimes unreliable, I would also agree. That’s why also you need to learn the Remedies for Breakdowns in the Signaling System. Now and then the signals will go haywire, so you need to know how to stay on track accurately. I’ve built in the back-up checks for precisely that reason.
How do I know that, when my arm weakens, you're not just pushing harder?
Ultimately, you don’t. And neither do I. We don’t know whether something tells your arm to go weak or that same something tells me to push harder. (But if I am pushing harder, I’m not doing it consciously or noticeably). And it’s also true that it doesn’t matter– as long as that “something” continues to give us accurate information.The best way to convince yourself that this curious and strange phenomenon is in fact legitimate, is to muscle test someone else.
I've been in therapy for years. I've worked on all this stuff before. What makes you think I need your e.e.c.?
Not everyone who works on their “stuff” works through it. The key question is — when we muscle test, does your arm stay strong or go weak.
Why do we have to go back to the earliest trauma?
Because that seems to be the key link that holds everything else in place. Often if you break that link, the whole chain of similar and later experiences just dissolves or melts away. And if not, muscle testing will alert you that there’s something else that needs to be dealt with.
Why do I have to dig up the past if I feel O.K. right now?
You don’t. This technique is for people who don’t feel O.K.
Suppose I don't feel O.K. The past is still dead and gone. Why dredge it up now?
If you test strong on your past, then it is dead and gone. But if you test weak, it is neither dead nor gone. You’re still carrying it around with you as a weakness in your system. Using e.e.c. to turn that weakness into a strength is both efficient and effective.
Is this a substitute for, or better than, traditional psychotherapy?
Not necessarily. There are some things that e.e.c. isn’t appropriate for– like communication problems or existential dilemmas, or even any current issue that’s not related to the past. But it is a superb technique for resolving past pain or trauma that is affecting the present.
Can your technique really heal past sexual abuse that is repeated and severe?
People who experience e.e.c. say that they feel a lot better about what happened in their past, no matter what type of abuse it was. I have read that cortisol, the stress hormone, actually increases with age in girls who have suffered sexual abuse. Apparently, they are getting worse and not better. A great research project would be to determine if e.e.c. with the recommended support activities can produce a decrease in cortisol instead in such clients.
If a guy has been beaten say a thousand times in his life by his father, are you saying that you can just do your clearing and he will magically feel better?
Under the right conditions, (which are outlined in the technique), yes! That’s true because we’re not dealing with those thousand beatings anymore, we’re dealing with the memory of them in his nervous system. All we have to change is the negative energy stuck in the memory, and he will have better feelings. Making the change is evidenced by the muscle response that changes from weak to strong. Keeping the change intact is quite another issue and entirely dependent on the effectiveness of the support activity– both the emotional and especially the energetic. Of course, I’m not saying you’ll accomplish anything if you clear those thousand beatings and then send that guy back to the same environment for a thousand more.
How can you reduce the complexity of the past to a certain number of specific incidents to be cleared?
Yes, but that makes it manageable. Muscle testing takes the complexity of the past and renders it simple. It’s therefore much more economical (both in terms of time and money) to proceed in this systematic fashion.
What you call your 'emotional and energetic support activities' are already very powerful tools to help people. Why bother to do the clearing at all?
e.e.c. seems to uproot the trauma and pull it out of the nervous system. After the clearing, all the other support activities are especially empowered because they have less to overcome. Instead of trying to fight against the trauma that is still stored there, you are merely maintaining the change that has already been made.
Are you saying e.e.c. will work with everyone?
No. The diagnoses that I currently believe will not achieve maximum gains with this work are bipolars, multiples (dissociative identity disorder) and schizophrenics. But it can still be helpful in some of those cases.