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Measuring Levels of Consciousness

with Kinesiology

Levels of Consciousness can be measured in several different ways. Here we will discuss how it’s done, and how it works.

Applied Kinesiology, also known as “muscle testing” or “biomechanics”, is a well known and well documented method of diagnosing anything from illness to food intolerances. It was chiropractor George J. Goodheart who first invented Applied Kinesiology (AK) back in 1964 when he realized that beneficial stimuli increased the strength of certain indicator muscles, while harmful stimulation caused the same muscles to suddenly weaken. The method has since spread all over the world and is used by medical doctors as well as alternative practitioners.

Dr. John Diamond took the research to a new level when he started to test the muscle response to both intellectual and emotional stimuli. He tested everything from music to speeches and images and got consistent universal results indicating that certain intellectual and/or emotional stimuli made the indicator muscle go weak or strong. His findings are described in detail in his classic book The Body Doesn’t Lie.

Dr. David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. (1927 – 2012) was the first to use Applied Kinesiology to measure levels of consciousness. As a high level teacher he saw the potential that muscle testing brought into the realm of spiritual growth and development of consciousness. He used muscle testing to calibrate the first original scale of consciousness, and he published many books and did many lectures on the subjects of consciousness calibration and development. Hawkins also performed hundreds of calibrations on camera where he demonstrated how to calibrate people, books, movies, food items and more according to his scale from 1 to 1000.

How Does Applied Kinesiology aka Muscle Testing Work?

Just like Hypnosis can bypass the conscious mind and get answers and information directly from the the sub-conscious, so the method of Muscle Testing is a way of bypassing logic/reasoning and get the answers directly from the body’s connection to Source Intelligence. Muscle testing is simply using the body’s innate connectedness to the Source Intelligence to give you a “yes or no” signal about something that your conscious mind does not know.

In practice, it is most common to perform muscle testing in pairs. The subject being used as an instrument will stand up with his/her arm stretched out to the side. The tester will make an affirmative statement like  “Person X calibrates higher than LOC Positivity” and press the subject’s arm down at the wrist. The subject is instructed beforehand to resist the push, and if the arm goes weak it indicates a “no” response, while a strong arm indicates a “yes” response”.

how does kinesiology work

Other methods of Consciousness Calibration

While muscle testing is a great way to calibrate, the downside is that it takes two people to do it. Fortunately, there are alternative ways that are just as accurate that you can do on your own. Below I will briefly discuss the methods we use here at mapofspirituality in addition to Muscle Testing:

Dowsing can be done by pendulum or dowsing rods, and it works based on the same principle as regular Muscle Testing. By practice and attunement you allow the “yes or no” response to come through via the movement of the pendulum or the crossing or no-crossing of the dowsing rods as indicated by the picture.

Intuition is not as accurate as muscle testing or dowsing, but for high level teachers and people with a lot of experience in calibrating it can be used to roughly estimate a person’s Level of Consciousness.

how to use dowsing rods

Accuracy – Can anyone do it?

Muscle testing or dowsing is something anyone can play with, but just like with anything else, it takes practice and experience to truly master it. We have found that accuracy increases in proportion with the performer’s Level of Consciousness. Ideally, you should be at least in the LOC's Inner Light or Love to be able to get truly accurate results. That being said, a high Level of Consciousness alone is not quite enough to ensure accurate results. You also need to have the ability to “put yourself aside” and be totally neutral to the results you get. This allows the signal to work through you without interfering with it.

To calibrate a person’s Level of Consciousness you only need to know enough to pinpoint that exact person. As long as you have enough info to do that (like a picture for example), you are good to go. Calibrating yourself is also possible, but remaining neutral to the results becomes more challenging the more personal you allow it to be.


Power vs. Force by David R. Hawkins, M.D., PhD. 2002, Hay House

Truth vs. Falsehood by David R. Hawkins, M.D., PhD. 2005, Axial Publishing Company


Your Body Doesn’t Lie by John Diamond, M.D. 1979, Warner Books Inc

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