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"Do people ever make up stories in hypnosis?"
"Yes, though they are far less likely to do so
if the hypnotist is well-trained and non-leading. If knowing whether a
story was ´made up´ is important to a client, we use a tool
that can tell us that."
"What tool is that?" Clarissa asked eagerly.
"It´s called neuro-muscular response, or
NMR, and it will enable us to know, Clarissa, whether your grandfather
did or did not molest you."
"How does it work?" she asked.
"Let me demonstrate it to you," Dr. Harmon
answered. He got up from behind his desk and moved around to sit on a
stool beside Clarissa´s chair.
"Will this hurt?" she asked, eyeing him warily.
Dr. Harmon feigned shock. "Now, would I hurt you,
She smiled and relaxed visibly. "No."
Dr. Harmon shook his head. "Really, what a question.
All I want you to do, Clarissa, is to lift your arm." Clarissa lifted
her left arm straight out in front of her. "Good, now move it about
15 degrees back toward the left shoulder. You can lower it about 15 degrees,
too, so it doesn´t take so much muscle strength to hold it up. Good.
Now, does that hurt?"
"Of course not. Nor will this; I´m placing
my two fingers just above your wrist. Now I´m also going to push
down slightly with my two fingers while I stabilize your shoulder with
my other hand, like this." Clarissa´s arm lowered as Dr. Harmon
pushed down lightly. "Does that hurt?"
"No, not at all."
"What I´m testing, Clarissa, is the strength
of your deltoid muscle, here in your arm." Dr. Harmon showed Clarissa
the location of the deltoid in the upper top of her arm, and she nodded
her understanding. "That´s why the angle in which you hold your
arm is important. We want to test only the deltoid. Now this time, think
´yes´ and say ´yes´ aloud. When you do, I will
say ´hold´ and push down with my fingers again. All right,
Clarissa said, "Yes."
Dr. Harmon said ´hold´ and then pushed
down on Clarissa´s arm. This time Clarissa´s arm remained
strong and resisted the pressure of Dr. Harmon´s fingers pushing
down on it.
"Excellent. Now, think ´no´ and say
´no´," Dr. Harmon instructed her. As Clarissa followed
these instructions, Dr. Harmon repeated the process. After saying ´hold´,
so Clarissa could resist, he pushed down with the same degree of pressure.
This time the arm lowered easily.
"Wow! What was that?" Clarissa exclaimed. "Did
you push harder?"
"Let´s do it again and you tell me,"
Dr. Harmon answered, and they repeated the process. "Did I push harder
for the no?" He asked when they´d finished.
"You sure didn´t seem to," Clarissa acknowledged
"What do you call this again?"
"NMR which stands for Neuro-Muscular Response.
It´s a refined process of muscle testing which is also called applied
kinesiology. Muscle testing began with bio-feedback research, which made
it clear that what the mind is thinking affects the muscles of the body.
I´ve refined the process to accurately access various levels of
the mind and spirit."
"I have heard of muscle testing," Clarissa
observed. "My friend´s herbalist uses it."
"Many people in the health field use it. Unfortunately,
many of them are not using it correctly because they don´t fully
understand how the mind affects it. That´s why I´m taking
care to explain it to you, Clarissa. It is not as simple as it looks.
It requires training to use it properly. Precise and careful wording must
be used, or the answers will be misleading. It´s important to know
WHICH level of the mind the answer is coming from, and whether any other
mind - including my own - is interfering with the answers. I have to keep
my mind blank when I test you so as not to interfere with your answers."
"It sounds almost dangerous," Clarissa commented.
"It´s not a tool I would want anyone to use
on me if they were not well trained and didn´t keep their own thoughts
and expectations out of it," Dr. Harmon agreed. "Like a surgeon´s
scalpel, it can be precise and accurate when used in skilled hands, but
very clumsy, even dangerous, when used in unskilled hands."
"Are pendulums a form of muscle testing?" Clarissa
"Yes, they are. The pendulum is responding to a
pulse response, triggered by the mind. The response moves from the brain
to the fingers that hold the string or chord which moves the pendulum.
Used properly, pendulums can be a good self-help tool, but they are not,
unfortunately, as reliable as NMR."
"Again, the mind interferes. If part of your mind
wants a particular answer it can manipulate the pulse that moves the pendulum."
"Can´t the same thing happen with the NMR?"
"Yes," Dr. Harmon answered truthfully, "but
it takes more concentrated conscious effort to do so. For one thing, we
are working with larger muscle fulcrums with NMR. The deltoid in your
arm or the gluteus medius at the side of your hip are harder to manipulate
mentally than your fingers. We also use the large muscles for testing
so clients can see and feel the responses themselves. I could tell you
what your response is simply by feeling the muscle response with my fingers,
but it doesn´t do you any good to take my word for it."
"I like seeing it happen. In fact, I wouldn´t
believe it if I couldn´t. It´s a weird feeling though,"
Clarissa remarked, "to have your arm strong when you say one thing
and weak when you say another!"
"I agree with you. Even after all these years,
it still amazes me."
"Shall we use it to find out now if my grandfather
molested me?" Clarissa asked.
"Yes, we will also want to know whether any memories
of molest are accurate or the result of mistaken perceptions."
"What to you mean, inaccurate," Clarissa demanded,
"You mean whether I made them up?"
"No. The subconscious records memories subjectively;
meaning according to what it thinks it sees or perceives. It can be mistaken
in what it perceives. There is another level of the mind, however, that
records what happens accurately. We can access both levels of the mind
"How can that be, Dr. Harmon?" Clarissa asked.
"It´s a lot like electricity, Clarissa. No
one knows, yet, what electricity is really all about; for instance, where
does it come from and why does it work? No one knows, nevertheless, people
have learned a great deal about how to use it Pamela and I use NMR a great
deal. While we aren´t sure exactly why or how it works, we´ve
learned to use it in a way that brings accurate results. The more our
skills in using it evolve, the more accurate we see it become."
"All right," Clarissa said, "on with the
"Very good, Clarissa. Now we need to test your
"The flow of energy in your body. The Chinese have
studied energy flows, called meridians, for centuries. Acupuncture and
acupressure work with specific points along these meridians. It´s
important to be in the correct polarity balance while working with any
kind of muscle testing, such as the NMR."
"Okay," Clarissa agreed. "How do we do
"Very easily. Place your open hand, palm down,
on top of your head. Now ´hold´ just like before, only don´t
think or say anything.." Clarissa did so, and her arm remained strong.
"Now turn that same hand palm up on top of your
head and resist my same pressure on your arm when I say ´hold´
The arm weakened and lowered.
"Amazing," Clarissa commented. "Am I in
"If you weren´t, there would have been an
opposite response. The palm down would have weakened the muscle and the
palm up would have made it stronger. In that case, I would have had you
tap around your thymus gland to balance the polarity."
"How would I do that?" Clarissa asked.
"Place one, two, or three fingers about two and
a half inches below the hollow in your clavicles. That is about where
your thymus gland is. Now go back up about an inch and starting toward
the right shoulder, tap a circle of about a three inch diameter around
the thymus. You´ll be tapping counter-clock wise. Your body is the
clock. Yes, that´s right," Dr. Harmon nodded as Clarissa tapped
a circle around the area of the thymus. "That tapping helps the immune
system, as well as establishes a greater differential between the weak
and strong muscle response."
"Why don´t you just start with it then?"
"It´s important to know the polarity flow
of a client. For one thing, it establishes whether other influences are
affecting the energy balance."
"What other influences?" Clarissa asked curiously.
"We´ll talk about that another time. Right
now, let´s continue with the NMR. With your permission, I´d
like to work with your gluteus medius muscle. That´s the large muscle,
on the side of the hip, that controls the leg. The legs are much stronger
than the arm and don´t tire as easily. I touch just above the ankles,
instead of the wrist, if that is okay with you."
"Okay. Now, remember, this is not a muscle contest.
Nor is it fool-proof. Since we have at least one fool here - me - we have
to work with this very carefully to be sure we are using it correctly."
Clarissa laughed. "I don´t believe for one
moment you are a fool, Dr. Harmon."
"Well, we´ll be careful anyway, you never
know," Dr. Harmon answered, grinning. "Okay, just put your legs
straight out on the foot rest in front of you, about 12 inches apart.
Good. I´ll touch both legs, just above the ankles, like this. Now
when I say ´hold´, resist my pulling your far leg to the leg
nearest me." Clarissa did so. "Good, now just like before, let´s
test the ´yes´ and the ´no´ response."
Dr. Harmon had Clarissa say and think ´yes´.
He then said ´hold´ and applied the same pressure. The leg
did not move. They repeated the process for ´no´ and the leg
moved across the foot rest of the chair easily.
"Boy, it hardly felt like you put any pressure
on that leg at all," Clarissa exclaimed, "but I can see that you
did! I really tried to resist, but I just couldn´t hold my legs
"Then it´s working perfectly. One more thing,
you know how I touched your shoulder with my other hand when we were working
with your arm?" Clarissa nodded. "Well, I was anchoring your shoulder,
but I was also being careful to put both of my hands on your body. It´s
important to have an enclosed energy connection between us. When I´m
touching both of your ankles, or just above your ankles to be more precise,
we have that complete energy connection. Now, are you ready to begin our
"For twenty minutes already," Clarissa replied.
"Why Clarissa, you aren´t trying to tell
me I talk too much are you?" Dr. Harmon teased.
"Not really. I´m glad you´re taking
the time to explain it to me. Otherwise, I´d be pretty confused
by now. I´d think you were using magic or something."
"That has been my experience," Dr. Harmon agreed.
"I believe people should know how their own minds and bodies work
so they can take responsibility for them. Now, Clarissa, state your name
and you´ll see how this works."
"My name is Clarissa."
Dr. Harmon pulled on Clarissa´s right leg. It
came half-way to the left leg. "Hmmmm, sort of, or maybe," Dr.
"What does that mean? That´s my name,"
"Well, let´s see. Did you keep your thoughts
on your statement?" Clarissa nodded. "Good, because the muscle
responds to the thought. If you think one thing, and say another, it will
respond to the thought, not the statement. Do you have more than one name?"
"No. Well, yes," Clarissa corrected herself.
"I have a middle and a last name."
"Try those." This time the leg response was
strong; the legs did not move together at all. "See?" said Dr.
Harmon. "Your subconscious mind believes your whole name to be your
name. Clarissa is just part of your name."
"Sort of my name in other words. I understand,"
Clarissa said, nodding. "So we are talking to the subconscious mind
with this NMR, right?"
"At this moment, yes, because we haven´t
specified which level of mind it is to access, so it just accesses itself.
It´s own programming, in other words."
"But you can access other levels?" Clarissa
"Yes. I´ll demonstrate. Tell me, do you think
you are a worthy human being?"
"Yes, I think so. I have my faults, but every one
"Consciously you believe yourself to be worthy.
Let´s check on that," Dr. Harmon suggested. Make the statement,
´My conscious mind accepts I am a worthy human being.´"
Clarissa did so, and the response was positive.
"Good, now state, ´My subconscious
belief is that I am a worthy human being.´" Again the muscle
response was positive.
"Your subconscious agrees with that," Dr. Harmon
noted, as Clarissa´s legs remained strong. Now say, ´I believe
I am as worthy as any human being living or dead.´" Clarissa
repeated the statement and this time the muscle response was weak. "No,"
observed Dr. Harmon, "your subconscious does not agree. Now say, ´My
Higher Self knows I am as worthy as any human being, living or dead.´"
This time the response was strong.
"What happened, Clarissa?" Dr. Harmon asked.
"I don´t know, you tell me." she challenged.
"Well, I would observe that it seems your subconscious
has been programmed to believe there are others - either in history or
alive today - that are more worthy than you. Would you agree with that?"
"Oh sure. Jesus, Ghandi, Madame Curie - lots of
"But the Higher Self, the level of truth beyond
the programming, says ´The subconscious belief is wrong. You ARE
as worthy as Jesus, Ghandi, Madame Curie, the President, or anyone else.
Maybe especially some Presidents." Clarissa and Dr. Harmon both laughed.
"The point of soul work, such as what we are doing here, is to bring
the subconscious beliefs into line with the Higher Self knowledge and
truths. That allows us to be powerful. Of course, we often have to change
the old subconscious programming before it will accept that truth."
"So we can test whether I was sexually abused by
my Grandfather with both my subconscious and my Higher Self, right?"
"Yes, that´s right. Each will give us valuable
information," Dr. Harmon replied. "But before we test this, Clarissa,
I want you to be very certain you are ready for this information. Once
the door to sexual abuse is opened, it becomes very difficult to close
it again. Working with sexual abuse can be emotionally disruptive as you
work to complete your healing. Will your husband be supportive of this?
It can be difficult on a relationship unless both mates are very committed
to the relationship and the healing process. Are there any other factors
in your life that are already so taxing that your healing work would put
you on overload? Are you willing to commit to working with it, should
we find that sexual molest is present? These are very important questions
to consider before we proceed."
"If I was molested and I don´t heal that
experience, will I ever be able to enjoy sex fully?" Clarissa asked.
"I don´t know, Clarissa. It has been my considerable
experience, and that of my colleagues, that sexual abuse and molest, however
brief, does affect many things in life, including sexual enjoyment. We
can ask your Higher Self, with the NMR, if the thought you were molested
sexually by your grandfather has created blocks to your enjoying sex.
The reason we ask the Higher Self is because it is not influenced by belief
or subject to incorrect perceptions. Would you like to begin with that?"
"Yes. How do I do that?"
" First tell me, would you rather use the term
sexual abuse or sexual molest?"
"Is there a difference," Clarissa asked.
"Not in my mind. The question is whether there
is a difference in your mind."
"Well, I guess I am more comfortable, now that
you´ve mentioned it, with the term sexual molest."
"Then we will use that. Now, we are ready for you
to make a statement. The reason we have you make statements, rather than
questions, is it seems to elicit more accurate responses. Perhaps a statement
such as, ´The thought I was sexually molested blocks me from responding
positively to sexual stimulation with my husband.´"
"Okay," Clarissa said, then stated, "I
was sexually molested by my Grandfather, and this thought blocks my ability
to enjoy sex."
"If you will notice, Clarissa," Dr. Harmon
interjected gently, "that is a compound statement. One part may be
true, and the other part not true. So the mind will be unclear to which
it should respond, and we will get a wishy-washy response."
"Oh," Clarissa replied, nodding. "Then
how about this one: The thought I was sexually molested by my grandfather
blocks my enjoyment of sex."
"Hold," Dr. Harmon said. As he watched her
eyes to be certain she was keeping her mind on her statement, he tested
her muscle response. The legs and the eyes remained steady.
"That answer is ´yes´, Clarissa. Now,"
Dr. Harmon continued, "have you had sufficient time to decide whether
you are prepared to know if you were sexually molested, and are you ready
to commit to the therapy necessary for healing it, if you were? If you
are, I´m prepared to help you every step of the way. But the emotional
work is yours to do. If you are not ready, then it is best to wait until
you are. Shall we stop now, while you think this over?"
"No." Clarissa´s voice was firm. "This
is what I came in to do. Let´s do it."
"Okay. Then let us proceed. Make a statement to
the effect that your grandfather sexually molested you in this life."
"In THIS life?" Clarissa protested.
"It may be that the soul you know as your grandfather,
today, was with you in a previous life. It may be that he sexually molested
you in that life, not this one. Even if you don´t believe in past
lives, your subconscious mind undoubtedly does. We´ve found that
to be true with everyone we´ve tested. It is important to know whether
this molest occurred, if it did occur, in this life or another. A lot
of damage has been done by therapists who don´t know how to recognize
whether an abuse memory is from a past life experience."
"Would it bother me in this life if he abused me
way back in another life time?" Clarissa protested.
"Yes, it could. Especially since he is in your
"Okay, let´s ask." Dr. Harmon held both
of Clarissa´s legs, just above the ankles, and she stated clearly,
"My Higher Self knows my grandfather sexually molested me in this
The muscle response was weak, allowing Dr. Harmon to
pull Clarissa´s legs together.
"That was a ´no´, wasn´t it,"
"It was a no," Dr. Harmon confirmed.
"Whew, that´s it then." Clarissa was
smiling with relief.
"Except," Dr. Harmon cautioned her, "you
have a thought in your subconscious mind that your grandfather sexually
molested you. That belief, even though it is incorrect, affects you, Clarissa.
It is necessary to change that belief."
"But we know now it didn´t happen," Clarissa
protested. "Doesn´t that clear it?"
"Let´s see," Dr. Harmon suggested. "Make
this statement: ´I no longer believe my grandfather sexually molested
Clarissa did so, and the muscle response was weak,
indicating a ´no´ response.
"Now state this, Clarissa, ´My subconscious
mind believes my grandfather sexually molested me in this life.´"
The response was a ´yes´ response.
"You see, Clarissa," Dr. Harmon explained,
"your subconscious mind still believes you were sexually molested,
despite the knowledge of the Higher Self. We will need to change that
belief if you are to be free of your symptoms of sexual abuse. Let´s
see how old you were when the thought you were sexually molested by your
grandfather began, as well as the number of times your subconscious believes
you to have been molested by him."
NMR testing indicated one incident of sexual molest
at three years old.
"Only one?" Clarissa questioned. "Would
that be enough to affect my sexual responses with my husband?"
"Yes," Dr. Harmon responded. "Especially
when it is exacerbated by subsequent negative sexual experiences. At three
years old you had an experience with your grandfather that made you very
uncomfortable with sexual energy. Your later experiences with sexual energy
made you even more uncomfortable. When your husband and you have sexual
relations that discomfort is triggered. Now negative expectations for
future relations are added and failure to enjoy and respond happens once
again. The pattern is reinforced each time."
"Gosh, what about people who were abused or molested
a lot!" Clarissa exclaimed.
"They often have a lot of healing work to do,"
Dr. Harmon acknowledged. "Fortunately, hypnosis speeds that up considerably."
"How long will mine take?" Clarissa asked anxiously.
"I don´t know," Dr. Harmon answered.
"It takes as long as it takes. It has been my experience that the
subconscious beliefs can be readily changed when the level of the mind
that programmed the belief - in this case your three year old mind - changes
its mind because of new evidence and understanding. What we need to do
is find out what really happened. Since you´ve booked a second hour,
we can do that now if you´d like."
"More NMR testing?" Clarissa asked.
"No, right now we need to work with the three year
old who believes she was molested. We will need to speak with her."
"Really?" Clarissa sounded dubious.
"Really," Dr. Harmon replied firmly. "Just
because you grew up doesn´t mean the three year old that you were
doesn´t exist. Her thoughts, feelings, and beliefs remain with you,
as a kind of inward spirit presence. We will need to go to the inner levels
of the mind to find her."
"How do we do that?"
"By guiding you inward, through hypnosis, your
subconscious mind will bring her forward. That way, I can speak to the
three year old you without the adult you interfering." Dr. Harmon
had been watching Clarissa carefully as he´d explained this to her.
Now he observed, "You aren´t comfortable with hypnosis, are
"Well, my minister thinks it´s mind control
"I see, what do you think?"
"I asked my minister if he´d ever read anything
about it and he hadn´t. So I did. Everything I´ve read says
all hypnosis is self-hypnosis. I´ve also read that the subject is
in control, really, and can come out of the trance whenever he or she
"That´s absolutely true," Dr. Harmon
agreed. "But you´re still uncomfortable, why?"
"I went to a hypnosis show once," Clarissa
admitted. "It´s hard to believe those people weren´t under
the hypnotist´s control - they did such silly and stupid things.
I don´t think some of them would have done what they did if they
hadn´t been hypnotized."
"Possibly not," Dr. Harmon agreed. "Tell
me, Clarissa, did the hypnotist ask for volunteers?"
"Yes, and she did a bunch of tests of some kind.
To see who would be best, I guess."
"Those were suggestibility tests," said Dr.
Harmon. "She used them to determine who would respond most readily
to both her and the hypnosis. Half the skill of the stage hypnotist is
picking the best subjects. Did you notice the hypnotist not using anyone
who did well on the testing?"
"Yes, come to think of it. A boy who seemed quite
shy. I wondered why he went up in the first place. But he looked like
he was hypnotized immediately, so I was surprised when she had him go
back into the audience."
Dr. Harmon laughed. "The hypnotist probably hated
to do it, because the boy was obviously a good subject. But for a stage
show, subjects willing to go along with the show are important. She probably
decided the boy´s shyness was just too strong, or that he would
be too upset afterwards. A stage show is more fun when the hypnotist chooses
people who have fun letting themselves go."
"You mean people who might do silly things when
tipsy or drunk?" Clarissa asked.