Hugh Harmon, Ph.D. and Pamela Chilton, C.Ht.
Neuro-Muscular Response, or NMR, is a powerful tool that increases
the accuracy of "applied kinesiology" and "muscle
testing". Developed by Dr. Hugh Harmon and refined over two
decades of clinical practice and research by Dr. Harmon and Pamela
Chilton, NMR, when correctly and precisely used, gains access to
the truths of the spirit, the truths of the body/brain and its cells,
and the programmed beliefs of the mind.
"Muscle Testing" began with biofeedback and EEG research.
Biofeedback machines measure responses of the body to directions
from the brain. An electroencephalogram (EEG) measures electrical
impulses created by the brain. With the use of these machines, it
became possible to scientifically observe and record the effect
of thought on the body.
That thought affects the body and specific thoughts affect the
body in specific ways, became accepted fact. Soon, researchers began
to explore the hypothesis that it should then be possible to use
the body to test thought. The hypothesis proved to be correct. It
was also observed that simply isolating a single muscle and manually
testing its strength or weakness was as accurate as using a biofeedback
machine. Thus did "applied kinesiology" through "muscle
Both "applied kinesiolgy" and "muscle testing"
evolved rapidly as health practitioners in all fields quickly realized
their significance. By using a muscle of the body, the connection
between the mind and the body could be demonstrated as well as the
effect of specific thoughts observed and measured. As "muscle
testing" and "applied kinesiology" became more widely
used, they became more widely misused. Seemingly simple techniques
to use, accuracy is greatly affected when important criteria are
not applied. These criteria are:
NMR incorporates the above steps, thus highly increasing the accuracy
- Testing the energy flows of the body to be certain the correct
positive and negative polarities of the body are in place and
balancing them if they are not.
- Establishing a complete connection between tester and person
- Focusing the mind of the one whose muscle is being tested on
the thought being tested as muscle response is to the thought,
not the spoken word, if these vary.
- Clearing the mind of the tester as any thought on the part
of the tester affects the testing.
- Testing for spirit attachment influence.
- The use of precise wording to determine the SOURCE (conscious
mind, subconscious, inner child, past life personality, spirit
attachment, Higher Self, etc.) of the thought affecting the muscle
- The use of simple, not complex, statements, with a single subject
- Using statements instead of questions to increase accuracy.
- Paying attention to the literal meaning of each word in the
statements as the muscle response will be to the literal meaning
of these words.
WHY USE NEURO-MUSCULAR RESPONSE
HEALING & CHANGE
That thought affects the body, as well as mental attitude,
emotions, and behavior, is important to healers in all fields.
Equally important is that thought exists at more than one level
At the conscious level, thought is not fixed, but changes
continually. This is important, as the job of the conscious
mind is to make choices and decisions based upon ever changing
At the subconscious level of mind, thought is fixed in set
patterns, or clusters of linked thoughts. Fixed patterns of
thought ensure both "autonomic" and "automatic"
responses. Such "automatic programming" is important
to the subconscious mind's job of directing and regulating the
body and its energies, which must be kept functioning regardless
of changing circumstances. As circumstances change, a different
pattern of thought is triggered, and a previously programmed
response to that particular pattern is triggered. This is a
time -tested survival mechanism, and as such, is strongly protected
by the subconscious mind.
While brain chemistry does indeed regulate the body and its
energies, thought regulates brain chemistry. More specifically,
subconscious patterns of programmed thought regulate brain chemistry.
Think or say the word fear, without attaching it to a thought
of any thing, place, or person. Brain chemistry is not affected,
body changes do not occur. Now think about something or someone
you fear. As you linger on this thought, patterns of subconscious
thoughts linked to this image are triggered. As these are triggered,
the automatic, as well as autonomic, responses linked to these
patterns are also triggered. The brain chemistry changes. The
body records these changes. You begin to sweat or your hands
become clammy. Your heart beat increases and you may feel dizziness
as adrenaline flows. Your body is responding as though what
or who you fear is present because to your subconscious mind,
what you images inwardly (and thoughts are images at the subconscious
levels) is as real as what you see outwardly.
Thought regulates brain chemistry, which in turn regulates
the body. Thought affects mental attitude, emotions, and behavior.
Subconscious patterns of thought are at the root of physical
dysfunction, stress, addictions, phobias, compulsions, obsessions,
illness, disease, and many other imbalances of the mind, body,
and spirit. With careful and precise use of NMR it is possible
In working with the body, it is important to know all of the effects
of any substance ingested or absorbed into the body. It is important
to note that the thoughts, and in particular programmed patterns
of thought; i.e. subconscious beliefs, of an individual affect
the manner in which that individual's cells process substances.
For while the cells, as well as the subconscious mind that directs
them, know their truths, each must respond to the directives;
i.e. the will, of the spirit that they serve. Thoughts, both conscious
and subconscious, are part of this will.
- Locate the underlying thought patterns causing and contributing
to all illnesses, diseases, injuries and imbalances of the
body, the mind, and the spirit.
- Find the origin of these thought patterns in order to change
- Uncover subconscious blocks or conscious resistance to
- Discover if all aspects of a person embraces the healing
or change being sought.
- Determine the fastest and/or most effective method(s) of
eliminating blocks and resistance, as well as the fastest
and/or most effective method(s) of achieving the healing or
- Know whether a disease or illness is present or is developing
within the body.
- Know precisely what is happening in the body; i.e. the
presence of viruses and germs; the condition of any aspect
or process of the body/brain; the precise effect on all parts
of the body/brain of any substances taken in or absorbed by
- Discover the likelihood of a particular method, means,
tool, technique, process, or substance of helping specific
situations or conditions in a particular individual.
- Know, once the healing or positive change has been achieved,
whether there are remaining patterns of thought that would
To place a substance on the body and test whether the body weakens
is insufficient for determining all of the effects of that substance
on the body.
- Precise and careful use of NMR allow one to know, before
taking them, how a vitamin, herb, mineral, medication, food,
or any substance will affect the body by itself and in combination
with other substances
- NMR is part of ALLERGONE ™, a method developed by
Hugh Harmon, Ph.D. for correcting allergy responses in the
body. (See pages 19-22
Odyssey of the Soul, A Trilogy, Book I, by Chilton, Harmon,
and Light and the HOW TO ENHANCE YOUR
IMMUNE SYSTEM in this FYI section)
The inner mind at both the subconscious and the superconscious
levels keeps track of all of a person's experiences and the
knowledge gathered from them. There can be a difference between
the "truth" of an experience and the "perception"
of the experience. There can also be a difference between the
"truths" in ones knowledge and the "misperceptions"
or "misconceptions" that lead to erroneous beliefs
and programming. NMR is highly accurate, when used correctly
and precisely, in discovering and discerning between the "truths"
and the "myths" of ones knowledge.
With the correct use of NMR it is possible to find:
- Thought patterns; i.e. beliefs and their linked emotions,
that are affecting one negatively as well as thought patterns
negatively affecting the future.
- The source of those thought patterns; i.e. inner age personality
(baby, child, teen, adult); created personality; past life
personality; spirit attachment; programmed belief; or Higher
- The circumstances and details of the experiences that have
created and contributed to those thought patterns.
- The circumstances and details of any experience of the
past. This includes early childhood, birth, gestation, conception,
spirit states, past lives, even lives on other dimensions,
planets and realms.
- The number of past lives can be found as can all the details
of a specific past life, including gender, place of birth
and residence, dates of birth and death, manner of death,
who in this life was in that life, whether a past life is
affecting the present life and in what manner.
- What needs to be done to correct negative thought patterns
and whether, as well as which, aspects of ones being will
resist or block this.
- Whether a conscious recall of a memory is accurate and
what the inaccuracies of that recall, if any, are.
- Whether an event in the past occurred in the mind alone
or whether it happened in the levels of physical being as
- Whether a memory of an experience is a past life, present
life, and in some cases, a future life memory.
- All of the details of abuse, even if that abuse has been
"forgotten" at the conscious levels. One can discover
whether one was abused; how one was abused; whether trauma
and/or "negative" thought patterns and emotions
remain from that abuse; whether that abuse was in the present
life or a past life; whether ones abuser was in or out of
the body during the abuse; whether a spirit attachment to
ones abuser created the abuse; whether ones own spirit was
in or out of the body during the abuse; and so on.
- Whether one has Spirit Guides, how many, and who or what
- Guidance from spirit guides, as well as whether any spirit
calling itself a spirit guide is indeed to ones higher good.
- The source of spirit messages, the identity of channeled
spirits, and whether these are to ones higher good.
- Future probabilities. While the future is not "set"
there are probabilities set in motion by thoughts, beliefs,
and actions. The number of future probable paths, as well
as the likely events on them can be found with NMR.
- Higher Self Guidance.
- How specific sounds, colors, vibrations, thoughts, emotions,
affect a person's energy flows and chakras.
- Whether a particular chakra or energy flow is open, closed,
or blocked and the natural flow of these in a particular individual.
- The messages in dreams and the meanings of dream symbols.
- Whether ones meditations are accomplishing what is desired
by that meditation and how to increase the effectiveness of
- Whether a condition is a challenge presented for the spirit
through Higher Self choice and whether changing that condition
is or is not probable or possible in the present life time.
- Guidance as to ones lessons, mission, higher purpose in
life and/or how to find these as well as the actions most
beneficial to accomplishing these.
- Whether "contracts" or "agreements"
about this life and the relationships in it were made before
entering the body and whether such "contracts" or
"agreements" are still in effect.
- How one truly feels at all levels about a person, place,
The presence of spirit attachments so greatly affects the
accuracy of "muscle testing", "applied kinesiology",
and "NMR" that those who are not open to the possibility
of spirit attachments should refrain from using these techniques.
While it is not necessary for the person being tested to believe
in or even be aware of the presence with him or her of spirit
attachments, it is necessary for the practitioner to be sufficiently
open to the possibility to take precautions to by-pass, as much
as possible, their influence. These precautions are given in
With the correct and precise use of NMR it is possible to
- Whether one has spirit attachments (even if they come and
- The influence a spirit attachment is having on ones thoughts,
emotions, brain chemistry, body, behavior, relationships,
healing, goals, life.
- The identity, gender and age of spirit attachments of human
- Whether a spirit attachment(s) is "alien" and
whether its presence is positive, negative, or neutral to
ones own higher good.
- When, where, and why a spirit attachment was allowed in.
- Whether the presence with one of a spirit attachment is
to ones higher good.
- Whether being a spirit attachment is to the spirit attachment's
- Whether a "spirit attachment" is a past life
personality of ones own.
- Whether a spirit attachment is open to or ready for moving
into the Light or the astral realms where he or she can live
as he or she chooses.
- Whether a spirit attachment has thoughts, beliefs, or emotions
that need to be addressed before it would be willing to move
- Whether an aspect of ones own self (like an inner child)
is holding onto and fearful of or unwilling to let go of a
- Whether Light, Higher Self, or spirit guides, are or are
not able to remove a spirit attachment and whether a spirit
attachment that has agreed to go has or has not gone.
Spirit attachments have will. The people to whom they are
attached have will, at all aspects of their being, including
the inner child and past life personalities. Light and higher
beings of Light, including the Higher Self, will not cross
this will to take any spirit into the light that is not willing
to go, nor will any individual be kept in the Light against
their will. However, any individual can use their will, Higher
Self, Light, or spirit guides to remove a spirit attachment
from them if no part of their own being is blocking this.
Such blocks can be emotional as well as mental intrigue or
curiosity on the part of any aspect (even the inner child)
of ones being. (Read more about spirit attachments in Chapter
7, Book I of Odyssey of the Soul, A Trilogy, by Chilton,
Harmon, and Light.)
NMR is more accurate than psychics in discerning the presence
of spirit attachments if careful and precise wording is used.
THE DANGERS OF NEURO-MUSCULAR RESPONSE
NMR can trigger spontaneous recall as well as emotional states, trauma,
and other altered states of consciousness. While this increases its
value for therapists trained in these areas, it presents a dangerous
situation for non-therapists and therapists not trained or inadequately
trained in these areas. The use of NMR by non-therapists is best limited
to statements not likely to trigger memories or emotions.
Relying on the word of the person being tested as to whether he
or she is ready for or open to information that could trigger memories
or emotions is irresponsible use of NMR, "applied kinesiology",
and "muscle testing". One must always carefully test,
with muscle response, as to whether that person is or is not prepared
for the information. It is extremely dangerous to discover one has
been abused, for instance, if one is not prepared to deal with that
abuse as once the door has been opened to this knowledge is difficult,
and often impossible, to close it again.
The interference of spirit attachments cannot be underestimated.
Precise wording as to the possible interference of such attachments
as well as precise wording to determine the source of the answers
are very important and cannot be ignored.
There ARE ways for the person being tested to block accurate answers
to NMR. Intent is important.
- The intent of the one being tested must be that of discovering
truth, not supporting ones fantasies.
- The intent of the one doing the testing must be to help find
the information within the levels of the mind, the body, and the
spirit of the one being tested.
People with a vested interest in the responses of NMR, "applied
kinesiology" or "muscle testing" with a particular
person should refrain from testing that person. Testing loved ones
or people with whom one associates closely is very tricky in many
areas and should be avoided in these areas.
While it might be argued that health practitioners have a vested
interest in these responses, it can also be argued that such practitioners
are most interested in finding the quickest and most effective way
of helping their patients/clients. Proper use of these techniques
is the most effect tool in accomplishing this.
ALL persons should avoid being tested in these techniques by any
person who is or appears to be a "controller" type personality,
particularly if there is any question that person is unwilling or
unable to set aside their own thoughts, beliefs, or theories while
doing the testing.
NMR should never be used by or with anyone who resists its use
or denies its usefulness and accuracy.
NEURO-MUSCULAR RESPONSE SELF-TESTING
Self-NMR can be used with a finger technique or a pendulum. Self-NMR
is not as accurate even when one is well trained in its use. The
reason is the greater ability to affect smaller muscle response
when there is a strong expectation or desire for a particular response.
Accuracy can be increased with careful wording, however in making
decisions that would greatly affect ones life it is highly recommended
that Self-NMR be followed with NMR by an expert well trained in
its use. (Good wording for Self-NMR is posted at www.odysseyofthesoul.org)
SURROGATE TESTING WITH NEURO-MUSCULAR RESPONSE
NMR can be used on toddlers, infants, animals, and invalids through
the use of surrogate testing.
Dr. Harmon: "In my 40 years of clinical practice and research,
I consider NMR to be the most extraordinary tool developed in modern
times for discovering inner truths. My goal, and the goal of Pamela,
is to increase the accuracy of "muscle testing" and "applied
kinesiology" through the techniques of NMR. We are attending
to this goal by 1) educating the public in what to expect and demand
in such testing and 2) training professionals in the health fields
in the use of NMR."