As I held out my arm, he said, “Conception to 10?” and pressed on my arm. “I don’t remember,” I replied. “You don’t need to answer,” he said. “I’m asking your body. It knows.” I translated that to mean he was talking to my subconscious and parts of my brain that stored memory, and we continued.
My muscles weakened upon hearing “conception to 10,” which indicated that was the correct age range. Continuing to use muscle testing and talking to my body, he pinpointed when the original event occurred and the circumstances. I don’t remember now what the original event was, but an example would be: Age 4, happened in kindergarten during nap time, involved the teacher yelling at me because I kept getting up from my mat.
For illustration, let’s say that my presenting physical complaint was pain on my right side, and that muscle testing had indicated that the organ and emotion involved were liver and anger. Let’s also say that I became aware of the present-day trigger: My boss had been yelling at me because I kept getting up from my desk.
The next step was to “clear” this emotionally-charged body memory (called a neuro emotional complex). As I held my hand over my forehead and breathed deeply, the doctor used his fingers to tap on areas of my spine that are correlated with the liver. Somehow my mind-body got the message to resolve the memory and return to homeostasis. (For a better explanation of the technique from Dr. Walker himself, see http://www.netmindbody.com/what_is_net.html.)
I was astounded — by how one could communicate with the mind-body this way, by how accurate the communication was (I verified that the original event had happened by asking my mom), and by the sudden disappearance of the physical pain.
I thought NET was the best thing since pita pockets, and I wanted to know how it worked. My recollection is that Dr. Walker didn’t know exactly how it worked, but suspected it involved biological feedback mechanisms and neurotransmitters. He gave me reprints of articles written by Candace Pert, a research scientist at National Institutes of Health who had recently discovered opiate receptors in the body. Her ground-breaking research on neuropeptides seemed to support the contention that specific emotions affect specific organs.
I went on to experience incredible results from NET treatments and eventually worked for Dr. Walker’s training business. I wanted the whole world to know about NET! Years later I learned of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) and rejoiced that mental health professionals were using techniques similar to NET, such as Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). For example, EFT involves tapping on particular body points while attuned to a disturbing emotion or event.
I joined ACEP and served as its communications director. I want the world to know about NET, EFT, plus all the other energy-based methodologies that are healing people and changing lives, even though they haven’t been scientifically validated to everyone’s satisfaction.
I look forward to the day when we truly understand the nature of reality and how things actually work. I’m sure that by then energy medicine as practiced today will be seen as quite crude, but it is cutting-edge now and it is effective. I don’t know where I’d be without it!