Finger-Testing FAQ

Soon we’ll do some more exercises to help you learn Finger-Testing. However, before that, you probably have many questions about it.

In this chapter I answer the most common questions that people have.


Does Finger-Testing always work?


It doesn’t always work. It works most of the time, but not if:

  • You’re too stressed.
  • You’re too tired.
  • The answer is too painful.

Why not?

If the subject you’re thinking about is too stressful, or if the answer to a question is too painful, your body will not respond. Your body may even stop responding for a few minutes until you are calmed down.

This is normal. It often happens during sessions when you’re dealing with something very deep and painful. You’re going along fine and then suddenly — nothing! It’s just like when you get a shock or are frightened. You go all tense and stiff!

When this happens there’s a few things you can do. You can:

  • Take a break.
  • Drink some water.
  • Take a deep breath.
  • Or just stop to think about things before you continue.

Personally I find taking a deep breath and shaking my arms works best for me. Since this is very common, we’ll talk about it again later in this tutorial.


Are the answers always correct?

Yes and no.

What do I mean? The answers correctly show how you feel, ... but what you feel may be based on misinformation.

For example, if you ask your body via Finger-Testing, “Reveal which person I dislike the most..” your answer will accurately show how you feel, but how you feel about that person may be based on:

  • Lies or gossip you’ve heard about them
  • A wrong impression of them
  • A misunderstanding

For example, if your friends were gossiping and falsely accused a girl you know of being a cheat who sleeps around with other people’s boyfriends, how would you feel about that girl?

Finger-Testing would accurately show how you feel, but if the rumour was false, then what you feel is not justified.

It’s important to make this point because some people think that all answers by the body are always correct, as if your body is infallible. Your body is not infallible. You, and your body, can be misled, lied to, and mistaken.

A true feeling, but a wrong viewpoint

I remember in one session how my body accurately described how hurt I felt by someone many years ago. But as I remembered more about what happened, I could see that back at that time I was probably being too sensitive, so my anger was not justified.

So my body was right in saying what I felt, but what I felt wasn’t right.

So are the answers given by Finger-Testing always correct?

  • Yes... in that it will accurately show how you feel.
  • No... in that how you feel may not be justified.

Can you consciously interfere with Finger-Testing?

Yes, you can.

Just as you can suppress a yawn, a sneeze, a laugh, or “put on a brave face” to hide your fear, you can try to suppress the Finger-Testing instinct too.

You could interfere with the testing if:

  • You do not want to accept the answer to a question, or
  • If you really, really, want a certain answer to be ‘correct’, so you force yourself to give that answer.

For example, if I’m thinking back to some situation from childhood, and I tested: “Reveal if I felt bullied: Yes, No, Maybe”, if I really can’t face the fact that I was bullied, I may suppress the true answer, and force my fingers to answer on “No”.

Another way you may deceive yourself is to ignore how your fingers answer.

Once I was watching someone performing a Self-Rewiring session; he asked his body if something was true. He tested, “Reveal if that’s true: Yes, No, Maybe.” and after testing he commented to me, “Okay, it seems that was true”. I had to stop him and point out that his fingers said exactly the opposite! He unconsciously ignored the correct answer. I presume it was because it wasn’t the answer he wanted to see.

So, yes, you can interfere with the testing. We all do this occasionally, but that’s okay. It doesn’t happen very often. And if it does, so what? Maybe you’re just not ready for the real answer yet? After a few more sessions, you may be ready then.


What questions can you ask?

Can you ask yourself, will it rain tomorrow? Or what next week’s lottery numbers will be?

No, of course not! Why not? Your body can only reveal what it feels and what it is willing to believe.

This is a key point, and it’s worth repeating again, in bold text:

Your body can only reveal what it feels and what it is willing to believe.

Your body is not psychic. It cannot know things it has never learned, nor can it predict the future.

So can you use it to diagnose an illness? Or to see if a certain choice will be good for you? Or to ask if you can eat a certain food? Or if a certain medicine will work for you?

Well, we know for sure that Finger-Testing will reveal:

  • How you feel about such things, and
  • What you are willing to believe about such things.

An apple

For example, consider this apple.

If I ask my body to tell me whether this apple will be good for me, I will get an answer. However, the answer will be based on:

  • What I feel about this apple,
  • How I think it looks,
  • What I know about apples,
  • How the last apple I had tasted,
  • How I felt the last time I ate an apple,
  • ...and maybe even my earliest deepest memories about apples.

This is all my body can base it’s decision on. It cannot magically scan the apple like some sort of futuristic scanning device from Star Trek, nor can it foretell the future.

If I asked, “Reveal if this apple will taste good: Yes, No, Maybe”, what I am actually asking is, “Reveal if I believe that this apple will taste good: Yes, No, Maybe”. My body cannot know what will happen. Basically, all I will get is an educated guess.

Sometimes these “educated guesses” can be helpful, but do not think your body is all-knowing. It’s not.

No, your body is not psychic! A funny experience

One lady was using Finger-Testing to try and find out where she could get inspiration for her next novel.

She asked, “Reveal if the inspiration will be found in my house or someone else’s house”, “Reveal whose house...” and she listed the houses of her friends.

She eventually specified it to a particular friend’s house, a particular room (the back room), a particular shelf in that room (the 3rd shelf), a particular book on that shelf (the 2nd book), and a particular page in that book (page 14).

Later, she went to her friend’s house, to find the 14th page, in the 2nd book, on the 3rd shelf, in her friend’s back room, and she was very disappointed to discover that not only were there no shelves in the room, but there were no books in it either.

So please don’t think that Finger-Testing gives you access to magical powers. It does not. It only reveals what you feel and what you are willing to believe.

Your body CAN reveal...

What you feel

What you believe

What you are willing to believe

Your body CANNOT reveal...

The future

Facts you have not learned


Does it have to be this way around?

Some people wonder if it would be better for the testing to be the other way around. In other words, the answer should be shown by the thumb NOT escaping, and non-answers are where the thumb escapes. Can you do it this way?

Yes, you can do it the other way around if you want.

However, the way I’m showing you in this tutorial may be the best way for two reasons.

1. Stress response

If you are identifying stressful answers, the default stress response of your muscles is to weaken, such as what happens when the thumb escapes.

That’s why if you’re frightened you may pee yourself – because your brain loses control of your muscles; yes, stress causes muscles to involuntarily weaken. In animals this is part of the ‘fight or flight’ response; if they pee before fleeing, losing that little bit of weight makes them more likely to get away from a predator.

2. The truth is a release

Also, expressing yourself and saying the truth is generally a relieving experience.

It causes relaxation. In contrast, when people lie, they become tense and their heart rate increases. So the natural instinct of the body while revealing a profound truth is to relax, not to tense up! Relaxing your fingers allows the thumb to escape.

Therefore, the way I’m showing you is probably the easiest to learn as your body already has part of the instinct, and it may actually be the best way.

Is this the only way to do testing?

No. The way I’m teaching you in this tutorial is just one way of doing it. You can train your body’s muscles to react instinctively in pretty much any way you want.

Personally, I have trained my body to give answers on my fingers in two ways (the normal way, plus via a flicking motion). I’ve also trained my body to give answers with both my arm muscles, from flicking my tongue against my teeth, and a few other ways.

Here’s an example of the flicking motion I’ve also learned:

I recommend finishing this tutorial before learning an alternative way – just to keep things simple.

Is Finger-Testing a type of Applied Kinesiology?

No. Applied Kinesiology is an alternative therapy which does use similar methods to Finger-Testing, called “muscle testing”; but how they believe it works, and what they use it for, are very different. It also involves a practitioner doing it upon you, rather than you doing it to yourself.

Indeed, Self-Rewiring and Applied Kinesiology are vastly different. It’s like saying massage therapy is the same as faith healing just because they both involve being touched.

For more information about the differences, please see this page.

What’s next

In the next chapter you can practice along with me again. Remember, if you want it to work, the more practice, the better! We’ll show your body how it should work until it “gets it” and can do it by instinct.

After that I’ll show you how to tell if your body has indeed ‘got it’.

Chapter review

  • Finger-Testing won’t work if the answer is too stressful.
  • It reveals how you truly feel, but what you feel is not always based on what is true.
  • Yes, you can consciously interfere with the Finger-Testing if you really want to.
  • Your body can only reveal what it feels and what it is willing to believe, and nothing more.
  • You can do Finger-Testing in a different way if you really want to, but our way may be best.