Each of us has a subconscious “intelligence” that keeps a record of our life. It knows everything that has ever happened to us. From the moment of conception, the intelligence records information acquired from the thoughts and feelings of our parents. Subsequent experiences of our lives, positive and negative, are permanently stored by the intelligence.
The intelligence also runs the body. It maintains the material of our bodies in active organization and directs every aspect of the development and function of our bodies from conception to death. It knows how to run a perfectly healthy body — it holds the very blueprint.
Graf Stress Management operates by gaining access to the intelligence through muscle response testing (also known as applied kinesiology). It uses the intelligence as a source of valuable information for identifying and resolving stresses that interfere with peace of mind and well-being. The stresses that surface this way are often surprising, such as those involving old events we thought were long behind us yet whose effects linger on decades later as negative energy.
In addition to identifying hard to find stresses, the intelligence provides useful insights as to how we really feel. Often, what we think about something with our logic-driven minds is totally different from what we feel about it in our hearts. The Graf technique demonstrates that between the two, what we feel is more important to our health and well-being than what we think.
For instance, I once did a Stress Evaluation with an extremely overweight man. As we questioned his intelligence,he was surprised to learn that he was using fat as a defense against receiving affection, which he subconsciously felt was immoral. This surprised him. Of course he didn’t think affection was immoral, but subconsciously he felt so. Why? He’d grown up in a loving family where appropriate affection was shown. He had affectionate relationships with his children. The finding didn’t make sense to him.
But as we continued to question his intelligence, the reason emerged. He was carrying guilt feelings from an episode years earlier in which he, a married man, had acted in a manner beneath his value standards with a woman who was not his wife. Their behavior had involved physical affection, among other things, and as a result he’d unwittingly developed have negative feelings about affection. Moreover, inasmuch as the woman had initiated the activity because she’d found him attractive (and likely also wanted to escape facing her own marital problems), he subconsciously tried to escape future temptation by using excess weight to make himself less attractive, given that he no longer trusted himself to do the right thing when tempted otherwise.
Now it made sense to him. Once he took care of his stress, he no longer felt that affection was immoral or distrusted himself to live up to his standards. With no more need for the excess weight, his intelligence directed his metabolism to get rid of it. I’m not suggesting that this is the reason all people become overweight, but it was for this man, demonstrating the precision possible with this tool.
Questioning the intelligence is an invaluable key to discovering what’s troubling us. It gives us information we might not otherwise obtain which we can use to unload yesterday’s negative energy as well as prevent today’s stress from diminishing our peace, health, and productivity.