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How to Sway Test Effectively & Get Results

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There are three common types of self-muscle testing.  The easiest one to learn is the sway test.  This is the one I use predominantly.   

Like any other skill in life, it requires a willingness to learn.  It is a skill.  Some may try it and then say, ‘See, it doesn’t work.’  Well, I say are you doing it properly?

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

How I Sway Tested?

In the beginning, when I was first learning how to do this, I would start off by standing or sitting facing north.  I would then ask ‘the question’  that I wanted my subconscious mind to tell my conscious mind the answer to.

For example, ‘Am I allergic to this food?’

If the answer was ‘yes’, my body would gently sway forward. 

If it was a ‘no’, then my body would push me back on my heels, or my chair if I was sitting.

In the beginning, I could not feel a difference very easily when I was sitting.  It was easier for me to notice a difference when I was standing. 

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Sway forward...Yes.
Sway backwards...No.

The actual sway may vary for each person.  I know someone who’s head just bobs forward regardless of it being yes, or no, but she can ‘tell the difference’ between the answers.  

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Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Standard Protocol

My homeopath recommended that I clear my mind and think about nothing else.  I did as she suggested in the beginning. 

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Try not to think about anything...

How to Sway Test

  • Be hydrated
  • Be facing north
  • Sitting or standing is fine
  • Clear your mind
  • Relax
  • Ask the question
  • Usually a sway forward meant yes, and backwards meant no.  (But everyone is unique in this.)
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My Protocol

However, for me, it seemed like my conscious mind would always try to be in charge when I did it this way.  Through trial and error, I found that by following a slightly different protocol, the answers were more pronounced for me.

What worked better for me...

  1. Take a drink of water.  Leave the water next to me.
  2. Decide on the question I wanted to ask.
  3. Deliberately make my conscious mind do something else. It could be something that required little thought.  For example, brushing my teeth or peeling carrots, etc.   But it had to be focused on something other than the answer I wanted. 
  4. Then in the middle of the activity, ask the question. Somehow this helped my subconscious mind to speak up.  It kept my conscious mind from overriding the answer by what I wanted the answer to be.  (When there is a struggle between the conscious and subconscious mind, the sway can be very subtle.)  The more ‘side-tracked’ my conscious mind was, the more pronounced the answer seemed to be.
  5. Over time, this became no longer necessary. In fact, when I started thinking about what questions to ask, my  body would already be swaying the answer. (I had taught my subconscious mind to speak up.)

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

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It is a Learned Skill.

If you live in our house and you are caught saying, ‘I can’t do that,’ whoever is in the room with you will then ask you, Have you tried it sixty times yet?  If you haven’t, you aren’t allowed to say that.  (I can’t remember when or what started that, but the kids even pulled that on me when I said, ‘I can’t learn the bass guitar.’) 

Let me share a few tips on ‘How to Practice,’ ‘Troubleshooting,’ and ‘Sway Testing While Bedridden.’

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How to Practice

1. Prepare

  • Take a sip of water and leave it next to me. 
  • Find out which direction is north.
  • Make my entire body face north. 
  • If I don’t know which way is north, use a compass.
    • On a curious side note, after doing the sway test for about a year, we were on a camping trip.  I didn’t know which way was north. (My husband did, but he was on a hike.)
    • I was actually able to find north by asking, ‘Is this north?’
    • No. I turned about 30 degrees to the right, ‘Is this north?’
    • If a no, I did it again, until I had a yes.  I found north!  (My husband confirmed I was correct when he returned.)
    • I learned that I no longer needed to face north.

2. Recognizing a ‘yes’ answer tends to be easier.

To begin with, I looked around the room and made true statements about what I saw. I felt for the sway.  When I  had felt it several times, then I tried for the no answer.  It may not always be a sway.  It may be very subtle.  This is why it is important to get good at feeling what a yes feels like before moving on to a no answer.

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Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

3. Start with What You Do Know

This can be complicated sometimes, depending on how you think. More specifically how much of a literalist you are.  For me, my dad was career military, so we lived in many places.  It seemed like every geographic location had it’s own words for things. I could not point at a couch and say that is a couch. Why? Because it depended.  Based on where we lived, it could either be a couch, sofa, or davenport. Do you get the picture?  I had to stick with the chair.  Make sure there is only one clearly correct answer to your question. 

I wouldn’t choose colors or names of people.  For example, if I looked at an object and said, ‘that is red.’ Is it? Or is it crimson, cherry, or garnet, etc.? 

If the person has a nickname, it may confuse the subconscious mind as well. 

Stick with looking at a cup or a glass, and saying what they are. 

There needs to be...
ONLY one clear answer.
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4. Be Patient

Ask predominantly yes questions.  Have a ratio of at least 10 yes answers to every no answer.  It is good to do this training frequently in the beginning to get a good feel for what the yes movement feels like

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Trouble-shooting

1. Dehydrated

If I was dehydrated, the process would be hindered. Sometimes drinking some water with some minerals in it was helpful.  Orange juice, if not an allergen, also worked. I think it takes about 90 minutes for a glass of water to actually hydrate a body so, I try to stay hydrated throughout the day.

2. Get on Your Knees

Getting on my knees, changes the fulcrum location to make the answer more pronounced.  I found this one to help incredibly in the beginning when I couldn’t really tell if I was swaying.  (And yes, sometimes I was so exhausted already that I would be swaying back in forth just to try to stay standing up.  I know some of you know what I mean.  If you don’t, you are blessed.)

3. Be More Specific in Your Question

I know this seems strange, but the wording really matters. It is important to have a clear single understanding of each word being used. Also make sure to not use any negatives.  (Oops, like what I did just now.  I should have said, ‘Avoid all negatives.’)  It is petty, but it makes a difference.  What can I say other than work on the skill.  Trial and error and lots of practice.

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Bed Ridden

If you are unable to get out of bed, you can still do the sway test.  It just takes a little more practice.  Lie flat on your back with no pillows.  Instead of practicing with yes answers, you will want to practice with no answers.  It is easier to feel a ‘no’ than a ‘yes.’  You will be pushed into the bed.  The yes answer, may just be no push at all if you are very weak.  Eventually, it may become a head nod then a shoulder raise as your strength returns.

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When it Still Doesn’t Seem to Be Working.

Sometimes the body will not sway at all.  Other times it might sway both ways.  I have learned that these are neither yes’s nor no’s but they are usually a ‘it depends.’

As I said, it does take some practice.  It is kind of like an old car that needs to have everything tweaked just-right in order for the engine to turn over.

How You Say It Matters.

My mom was an amazing woman.  She was also very smart.  She was ‘received an A in college calculus – after being out of school for over a decade’ – type of smart.  She unfortunately also had several strokes when she was only 42.  She never recovered completely from them.  It took her two years before she could eat, and another two from that before she could talk.  She never regained use of her right side or clear diction. 

BUT, she was totally mentally there.  She had clarity of thought. 

HOWEVER, something interesting happened.  She could not subtract anymore.  Period.  We would ask her, ‘Mom, what is 2 + 3?’  She would say five.  We would then immediately ask her, okay, then what is 5 – 3?  She could not tell us.  No matter how many times we told her the answer, she could not remember it when it was subtracting. 

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With this experience in my background, it got me to wondering when I would have trouble ‘getting’ a clear answer when I was sway testing.

The wording mattered that much!

  • My body did not understand the word not.
  • My body did not understand the work detox.
  • My body did not understand the word bad. (So I could not ask if this particular item was bad for me.)

Those were the main ones. 

What was interesting was that I could ask my body if it knew what a word meant. I guess it shouldn’t have been a surprise when that question was answered. But, heck, I was still surprised at the whole idea of sway testing working as well as it did.

My body needed to understand what was being asked.  

  • Instead of saying, ‘Is this bad for me?’ it needed to be the question of, ‘Do I need to avoid this?’  
  • Instead of saying is this good for me?’ it needed to be the question of, ‘Is this beneficial for me?’
The wording mattered.
ALOT!

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Maybe You Need to Do Something Else ALSO.

When I would get a yes-no or no answer at all, I found that if I said, the question again and included the word ‘with’, I would get a clear answer.

As I progressed, I also noticed that there was a difference between the words ‘with’ and ‘and’.

With: Involved taking more than one supplement at the same time.  Taking just the one supplement would ‘trigger’ the body to ‘do something.’ It would need other supplements to help the body to do the job that was triggered.        

And: Required that something else needed to be done before, during, or after taking the supplement.

4 Guidelines​

  1. Only ask questions with one clear interpretation of the question.
  2. Avoid negatives: It gets confusing. Remeber, two negatives make a positive. 
  3. Remember the magic words:

With: Needs combined with something.

And: Something else also needed to be done either before, during, or afterwards.

4.  And if all else fails, ask: Can I get a ‘yes’ right now?  If no, wait and try again later or have someone else ask for you.

Examples:

  • Hold this jar and then I would be able to take this supplement.
  • Yes, you can eat this, but first take this vitamin and wait ten minutes.
  • No, the body is over-burdened and you need to wait, then it will be safe.
  • Yes, but not right now.  Something else has to happen first.
  • Yes, but away from all electricity.
  • Take this supplement, and then take the next one.
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In a way, it is like dealing with a newborn. The baby is crying because she is trying to communicate something to you. This same type of intuition process of understanding and communicating to get to the source of the need is what I was working to achieve with my body.

My body was screaming for help, but I just didn’t understand what it was trying to tell me.  I NEEDED TO FIGURE IT OUT.

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

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Ask if You Can Sway Test at This Time.

Sometimes I would consistently get a no, over and over, even though I was clearly having an allergic reaction to something.  When I would hit a wall of no’s like this when something was clearly wrong, I actually resort to this question.  ‘Can I get a ‘yes’ right now?’  If it is a no, I will ask a family member to ask for me or try again later.  

If I’ve had a string of no’s from five or more questions, I would usually ask if I can get a yes.  Sometimes it will be a no.  Other times, it is a yes.  When it is a yes, it just means I’m just looking for answers in the wrong place.  I just needed to think some more. (Batches: But that is a different article.  When it gets written, I’ll link it here.)

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Conclusion:

For me, when I knew my health was slipping away and there was no known answers to fix it, this was the only tool I had. It helped me to try to understand what my body was trying to tell me.  I had no choice but to figure out how to use it AND how to use it well.

Be Brave Enough to Take One More Try

I know it sometimes hurts when hoping for something to finally work when struggling with health challenges.  But I want to give you hope anyway.  

Cyndi Whatif
Cyndi Whatif

I am a patient turned author and guide. I share my hypothesis of an overlooked complementary body system which I believe determines whether or not a person has the opportunity to be well.

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