What is Highly Calibrated?
The term “highly calibrated” comes from Dr. David R. Hawkins’ ground-breaking work in applied kinesiology and consciousness research.
Dr. Hawkins confirmed that by testing human musculature response to various stimuli, not only was it possible to ascertain whether certain physical substances were harmful or beneficial to biological life, it was also possible to ascertain whether certain non-physical stimuli – such as ideas, thoughts, or images – had concomitant harmful or beneficial effects upon the body.
Just as artificial sweeteners and fluorescent lighting when exposed to the human body made an individual’s muscle-system go weak, so did heavy metal music and a photograph of Hitler. Conversely, just as exposure to spring water or vitamins made a person’s muscles go strong, so did exposure to classical music or a photograph of Winston Churchill.
Hawkins then pointed out that the truth or falsity of anything could also be ascertained using the same muscle-testing technique. By uttering a statement, then quickly pressing down upon an outstretched arm, for example, a person’s deltoid muscle would suddenly weaken when exposed to a lie, allowing the arm to be pushed downward with relative ease. Conversely, the arm would strengthen when exposed to honesty, allowing it to sustain an outstretched position while being pressed down upon.
Muscle-testing was found to operate on an ‘on-off’ principle similar to that of electricity. If something was life-promoting or true the ‘electrical current’ was ‘on’ so to speak, providing the requisite muscle-energy for strength. If something was life-degenerative or false the electrical current was switched ‘off,’ causing muscle weakness.
A significant discovery in this research was that accurate and consistent muscle-testing results were obtained even when test-subjects had no conscious awareness, knowledge or opinion of the stimulus being tested. Accurate responses occurred even if “the test subject was prevented from viewing the stimulus, such as a substance or picture placed in a manila envelope” (David R. Hawkins, Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis and Calibration of the Level of Human Consciousness, Veritas: West Sedona, AZ., p. 39). Testing a concealed photograph of Joseph Stalin, for example, would cause weakness; whereas a photograph of Mother Theresa, similarly concealed from view, would cause strength.
Kinesiologic responses to music also seemed to be independent of the test subject’s personal attitude or opinion (Ibid., 87). A test-subject who likes heavy metal music, for example, would nevertheless go weak while listening to it, while going strong to classical music – a style contrary to his personal taste.
It was also found that “the question being posed did not have to be voiced” and that by merely “thinking” of something “instead of speaking the thought had the same kinesiologic effect” (Ibid., 39). Holding in mind a mental image of a Swastika, for example, would cause weakness; whereas holding in mind a mental image of Jesus Christ would cause strength.
From these preliminary results Hawkins went on to discover that all phenomena had ‘degrees of truth’ – or relative degrees of energetic strength – which correlated to an exponentially rising scale of possible human consciousness levels, ranging from 1–1000: 1 being the lowest; 1000 being the highest. From this scale, Hawkins derived his now world famous Map of Consciousness.
Hawkins found, for example, that fear calibrated low at a numerical level of 100, whereas love calibrated high at level 500. Hawkins then discovered a dividing-line at level 200. Anything above 200 was found to be life-positive, muscle-strengthening, and integrous; whereas anything below 200 was life-degenerative, muscle-weakening, and non-integrous. That which hovered above the integrity line at 200 was found to be more ‘powerful’ due to its inherent energetic superiority.
Things like health, happiness, and material success were found to come more easily to those with integrity, to those demonstrating positive dispositions: courage, willingness, acceptance, reason and love. Integrity or life-positive mindsets – operating on a principle of ‘power’ – attracted like a magnet similar life-positive phenomena.
Non-integrity, on the other hand, operating on a principle of ‘force,’ attracted
its own like phenomena: sickness, unhappiness, and material depravity. Negative mindsets like shame, fear, lust, anger or pride invariably brought forth undesirable ends.
The link between positive mindsets with health and negative mindsets with disease “has been a universal clinical observation over the centuries.” Stress is known to have a direct correlation with “suppression of the immune system.” Presumptively it “disrupts the energy flow in the acupuncture meridians to specific organs,” which according to Hawkins, indicates the likely “psychosomatic link between emotions, attitudes, and physical disease” (Ibid., 41).
Hawkins thus re-confirms in modern, scientific language what the world’s Avatars – Krishna, Zoroaster, Buddha, and Christ – have emphasized for centuries: that the surest way to advance in consciousness, the surest way to health, happiness and success, is by being ‘good’ – by thinking, speaking, and acting truthfully, benevolently and with integrity.
Being ‘bad,’ on the other hand, brings forth bad fruit. In other words, holding negative mindsets, or trying to obtain desired ends ‘by force,’ by cutting corners through non-integrous means – such as lying, cheating, or stealing – attracts its energetically-equivalent negative consequences.
So what does all this have to do with Holistic Medicine?
Knowing that goodness, integrity, and positive mindsets are conducive to good health, holistic practitioners can align themselves with these ‘powerful’ energies to become more dynamic healing agents, to enhance their practices’ effectiveness.
Furthermore, by educating patients on the importance of adopting positive mindsets and behavior, and by pointing out effective ways in doing so, holistic practitioners can help patients heal themselves.
Since Holistic Medicine’s implicit collective goal is to promote health, happiness and spiritual growth, its success or failure in this respect, like everything else, is dependent upon its integrity – the integrity level of its practitioners, methodologies, theories, and the multitudinous means put forth towards obtaining desired ends.
It would therefore be quite valuable to find within the vast field of Holistic Medicine that which is highly calibrated, that which has integrity, truth, legitimacy, and efficacy; that which promotes long-lasting happiness and tangible health through its inherent energetic truthfulness and power.