The Hidden Benefits of Self-Testing
"I was very skeptical about self-testing. Was I doing it right? Is it really going to make that much of a difference?
But, I never imagined that practicing self-testing would create a space for me to step into my personal power.
Now, by listening to what my body needs, I have rebuilt trust within myself. This has allowed me to reconnect with my intuition, I feel more grounded, and I am more in sync with the flow of the Universe."
I’ve been teaching self-testing to my clients for years so that they can create a reliable biofeedback system for understanding what their body needs. With this skill, they’re able to ask their body specific questions like what they should eat, which supplements to take, which beverages to consume (especially alcoholic beverages - an often overlooked but very important category), which stones or oils to use… and a whole lot more.
I’ve also used self-testing myself for the past few years on just about everything under the sun - I regularly test on everything listed above and all of the skin care and personal hygiene products I use, items on restaurant menus, products I purchase online, incense and space clearing items, and generally anything that I use in my environment like cleaning supplies, etc.
I test my stones to determine if they need cleaning, and which cleaning method is best for each one. I test before I put on jewelry to see what my body chooses for that day, or if it prefers nothing. I also test on the clothes I wear, specifically to find out which colors and combinations are best.
I use self-testing with healing techniques to determine which energy healing protocols my body needs, and what order to do them in. I use testing to choose the topic of healing sessions, especially when using Energy Psychology techniques. I also use testing to tune into my higher self when I’m not sure about a choice I’m making, this is a sensitivity that comes with practice and experience. Finally, I use my self-tests when I work with clients remotely, once I have tuned into their energy I can test as if I were testing directly on them.
This may seem excessive to most people, and you certainly don’t need to do as much testing as I do to significantly change the way you approach your health choices and other everyday purchasing choices, but I will say that testing to this extent has revealed so much of my inner workings and innate knowing that it has completely changed how I live.
For example, I’ve stopped paying attention to the media reports on different therapies and techniques, different diets and supplements that are trending, because I prefer to ask my body what it wants. When I go to a crystal store, I don’t spend any time reading descriptions of stones and their purported qualities (which often don’t align with my intuitive guidance - who knows where those descriptions come from), instead I ask my body which stones it wants, if any. I no longer feel the need to read extensively about chemical ingredients in the different products on the market, to figure out which is the least harmful option - I just ask my body.
Ultimately, the huge life change that is available to anyone who chooses to take the time to learn to work with self-testing is the end of searching for answers to all manner of questions about your own needs from outside yourself - from the experts, or the latest studies, or the latest trending healing technique, or from someone else’s experience. And instead, to start referencing the wisdom of your body, what I also refer to as your higher consciousness/higher self, for all the answers you need. You can trust that this answer is not a general recommendation or a guideline meant for the overall population, but one that is customized to the very specific needs of your very unique system.
Hidden Benefits Discovered
I’ve been having fun spreading the word about self-testing and experimenting with different things. I recently started asking some of my clients what kinds of things they were doing with self-testing and what they love about it, and one thing in particular really stood out to me. They all mentioned feeling more connected to their intuition, and more specifically, that the practice of self-testing had enhanced their intuitive sense as well as the trust that they have in it.
When I look back to 2011 when I started using self-testing in my Energy Medicine studies, I realize that this was also a huge ‘aha’ for me - no more wondering what I needed, or trying to decipher what underlying issues I was having, I could simply test and find out. You find out very quickly if your hunches are actually correct!
This develops into a new sensitivity around your intuitive knowing, which can be an area of much confusion and frustration for people - “is it really intuition or am I just imagining it?” is one of the most common questions I hear from my clients around this topic. “How will I know?”...
Well, now you have an easy way to test those intuitive inclinations, which will lead you to a greater awareness of the subtle messages you may have been missing, or when you may be reading too much into something or discarding your true intuition out of self-doubt (a common problem). That’s a topic for another post, but suffice it to say that self-testing has turned out to be a valuable tool for enhancing the connection to intuition.
Another thing I’ve noticed for myself is something that has developed over time: a strong, visceral reaction to certain foods, pushing me towards some, and away from others. Let me give you a few examples to illustrate this. I have found myself in the aisles of a grocery store browsing the shelves, and felt the urge to reach for one particular type of vegetable or fruit, or one type of cereal over another. Or, while scanning a menu for dinner at a restaurant, I’ll feel a subtle pull towards one dish, and often a distinctive push - a subtle aversion, even - away from another. This is particularly strong when I’m choosing alcoholic beverages, which I’ve found my system is not particularly fond of, except for the occasional beer.
What causes this sometimes subtle, sometimes not-so-subtle reaction that I now experience? I believe it’s something like this: By eliminating substances that had an adverse effect on my system, the vibrational resonance within my system has been enhanced and greatly clarified, and it’s easier for me to hear the messages my body is actually sending all the time.
I’ll explain a little more what I mean by that. We each have our own unique vibration - our energetic signature. This signature becomes infused with the vibrations of whatever we ingest. Sometimes this combination of vibrations aligns well, and sometimes it doesn’t. Energetic toxins, which can come from the foods we ingest, can cloud the resonance of our energetic signature.
For example, ingesting any type of meat will infuse your system with the energy of that animal, including any fear or stress that it might have experienced in the dying process. I don’t share this as an animal activist who is against the consumption of meats, but as an Energy Healer who is very aware of the energy that is passed from one being to another, and the energies that I find clogging my client’s systems.
Testing on your foods allows your body to choose what will most benefit it nutritionally, but also to reject anything that might cloud the system with unwanted energy.
When we remove these energetic toxins from the biofield, not only is our native vibration more clear, but our energy flows more freely as well. Consider for a moment what that would look like for you: You’ve settled into a vibration that vibrates more fully, at a consistent frequency, and at a frequency that is your own. This can only benefit your system.
The stronger your unique frequency becomes, the stronger all of the different energy systems will be, areas of weakness in your system will be strengthened as a result, which means your physical body will be stronger, your emotional health will be better, and the better you will feel. In fact, this is a foundational premise of Energy Healing work.
So it naturally follows that the feedback system you have created with your body will carry a more clear signal, thus making it more apparent to you. In other words, your intuitive sense will be heightened and your gut feelings will be stronger, because the communication isn’t muddled with energetic toxins. Pretty cool, right?
Now I don’t want to scare you with my extensive testing habits, obviously you can choose what you want to test on, and if you want to override the recommendations of your body you can do that! You can learn this technique, but it doesn’t mean that you have to follow the direction your body is giving you. It’s just another tool in the kit for you to draw from when making a decision. As you try it out more and more and begin to follow what your body suggests, you might find that letting it take the lead is not such a bad idea!
Even with my years of experience with self-testing, I’m constantly discovering again and again what an incredible service we do for ourselves when we create this new relationship with our body, and honor the wisdom that is shared through that connection.
Feel free to reach out to me with questions as you move forward in your own journey of discovery with self-testing!
Paige Apgar is an Energy Medicine Practitioner, Channel, and Transformational Life Coach.
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