The Lark Letter, March 2006 Volume 13, Number 3

Dear Friend,
In last month’s Miracle Corner, I shared with you the story of Ian Purse’s dramatic recovery from 12 years of debilitating chronic fatigue. His recovery came through the use of BodyTalk—an innovative new healing system that uses applied kinesiology, or muscle testing, to query the wisdom of the body and create a pathway for healing even the most difficult health problems.
I first found out about BodyTalk last year when my friend Brooke Baggett, a Reiki Master healer and acupuncturist, started to study this system. She wanted to use it with her other therapies to help heal her patients. I was quite intrigued by her description of BodyTalk, since I began to study and work with muscle testing many years ago and found that it did, indeed, provide a way of tapping into the body’s innate wisdom.


Brooke has since integrated BodyTalk into her practice and, like Ian, has had great success with its use. She has found BodyTalk to be very helpful for a variety of health issues—including asthma, reproductive disorders, allergies, chronic fatigue, infections, digestive disorders, Parkinson’s disease, anxiety, depression, learning disorders, back pain, and arthritis. She recently shared with me an interesting case history of one of her clients. For me, it reinforced the wonderful healing potential of BodyTalk, and I asked Brooke to share it with you in her own words:

Helping Marguerite “When Marguerite first came to me, she appeared to be the picture of health. She was a young 42-year-old who exercised daily, ate healthfully, and seemed quite emotionally balanced. So, I was surprised to hear that her chief complaint was daily migraines, with pain so severe that she required prescription medication. I have been able to completely relieve the pain of migraines for many people with the use of acupuncture, so I thought I would have no trouble at all helping her.


“We started with a regimen of weekly acupuncture treatments, in the hopes of opening her energy flow and thus alleviating her migraine pain. The pain subsided a bit at first and she was able to take less medication. However, she reached a point where there was no more relief, and she was still suffering from migraine pain and still taking her medication a few times a week. For me, this was by no means a satisfactory result.


“I asked Marguerite if she would be willing to try BodyTalk. I explained that BodyTalk is able to determine on what level—physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual— the stresses of daily life have interrupted the body’s communication system. A BodyTalk practitioner can reconnect the lines of communication, thus encouraging the body/mind to do its own healing. She said she would be willing to try this method.


“When Marguerite came for her session, what we discovered changed the pattern of her migraines dramatically. Upon doing muscle testing, I picked up imbalances relating to the following information: 12 years old, grief, home and family, and maple and pine trees. Marguerite knew exactly what her body was trying to communicate. After shedding some tears, she told me she had lost her mother when she was 12 years old. This was something she had never verbally shared with me before, but her body knew it was a key to solving her migraines. Her mother had died from brain cancer, which at the time the doctors were treating as migraines. During her grieving process, she spent much time among the maples and pines near her home.


“I checked in with Marguerite several days later, and was thrilled to hear that she hadn’t experienced any migraine pain. The same was true a few weeks later. The wonderful news is that this is only one of many cases that show the amazing healing capacity of BodyTalk. I believe it will profoundly change the way we look at health care.”


The BodyTalk Healing System
BodyTalk is based on the fact that every living thing is made of energy. When that energy is properly tuned and there are no blockages to its flow, then direct and efficient communication runs freely within your body—between one organ system and another, and between your body, mind, and spirit. It’s only when all the lines of communication are fully open that everything can function together for optimal health.


BodyTalk is a means of tapping into the body’s communication system to assess whether any of the lines are down—which can hinder healing from an illness or an injury. Through BodyTalk, it’s possible to figure out which lines are down, and then help the body reestablish communication and begin to heal.


What Is BodyTalk? BodyTalk is noninvasive, simple, and effective—and there are no harmful side effects. Practitioners communicate with the body to locate the specific areas that need repair. This is done using neuromuscular biofeedback, or muscle testing, that allows the practitioner to have a dialogue with the innate wisdom of each individual’s body. Communication is reestablished between the various parts of the body by tapping specific points over the head and heart to recreate the healthy energetic linkages.


The main premise of BodyTalk is that the body can heal itself. With many healing techniques—both conventional and alternative—practitioners use their knowledge to try to figure out what’s wrong and fix it. But none of us will ever know the body as well as it knows itself. BodyTalk sees the body as being wise and brilliantly engineered, equipped with built-in analytic and therapeutic systems of its own. BodyTalk practitioners help channel this wisdom to promote optimal healing.


The Body’s Wisdom The key to the BodyTalk system is order. Every cell within our bodies, every spark of emotion, every belief system, every one of our thought processes—all these things must be able to communicate together in an orderly fashion, so the body can coordinate the billions of bioelectrical, chemical, and energetic events that support life.


When something goes wrong, this rapid-fire internal dialogue allows the body’s own wisdom to determine the order in which repairs should be made, and then directs the body’s energy to heal the trouble spots in the most efficient manner. For example, your body may not want to detoxify its overly burdened liver until the digestive problem in the small intestine is healed—otherwise, toxins liberated from the liver can flood into the small intestine and be rapidly absorbed by the body through its raw, unhealed lining.


This cart-before-the-horse type of treatment is typical of many medical approaches, and it can create what is often referred to as a “healing crisis.” This isn’t to say that healing crises should never occur. But when treatment is done without consideration for priorities, the healing crisis can be much more intense than is necessary.


How BodyTalk Works When an illness, injury, or trauma is too severe, the lines of communication in our bodies get jammed as a result. The BodyTalk system taps into our inner wisdom to find out where the problem is and which lines need to be re- linked—helping our bodies heal themselves, quickly, efficiently, and completely. Here’s how a typical session might go:
• Phase One: Gaining Permission. You begin the session by lying face up, fully clothed, on a massage table with your arms at your sides. The practitioner stands beside you and asks your four centers of awareness—your physical body, your conscious mind, your unconscious mind, and your higher, spiritual self—for permission to treat you. Each awareness center is given the opportunity to withhold permission. Responses are gauged through muscle testing. The BodyTalk system maximizes accuracy by isolating the test to a small but strong muscle in your arm.
• Phase Two: Locating the Problem. Once permission has been secured, the practitioner locates the energy circuits in the body that need balancing by asking the body yes/ no questions: “Are organs a priority?” (YES) “Lungs?” (NO) “Liver?” (YES)…and so forth. Once again, the body’s answers are determined through muscle testing. The practitioner follows the flow of answers until the precise location of the problem(s) has been mapped out.
• Phase Three: Reestablishing the Linkages. Next, the practitioner focuses on each of the identified problem areas, usually placing the patient’s hand over the area. The practitioner then places his or her hand on each major body system in turn, asking where the linkage needs to be reestablished: “Link to heart?” (NO) “Lungs?” (NO) “Pancreas?” (YES)…For each linkage requested, the patient’s hand remains on the problem area while the practitioner touches the proper reflex point on the body that will link the system. The practitioner then lightly taps the patient’s head and heart, as described below.
• Phase Four: Tapping and Breathing. Tapping the patient is done lightly on two areas of the body—on the top of the head, and on the sternum over the heart. Tapping the head alerts the brain to that particular linkage, and asks it to reactivate that line of communication.

Tapping the heart alerts the heart to the repaired link, and asks it to make the link permanent. (In traditional Chinese medicine, the heart is the central coordinator and energy organizer of the body.) While the practitioner is tapping, the patient takes two cycles of deep, exaggerated breath to acknowledge and incorporate the corrections into the body’s awareness.


I find the BodyTalk System to be exciting because not only is it completely safe, but some people see dramatic results in as little as one session. It can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or to enhance the effectiveness of other therapies. In addition to its ability to affect physical, emotional, and spiritual healing, I particularly like the fact that this healing modality is respectful of the body’s wisdom. It reminds us, in essence, to listen. Our bodies will tell us what we need. They always have.


If you’re interested in trying BodyTalk and would like to find a qualified practitioner near you, go to www.bodytalksystem.com. If you live in northern California and want to contact BodyTalk practitioner Brooke Baggett directly, call 408-202-3444 www.brookebaggett.com.


Partial List of Conditions Resolved Through BodyTalk Allergies Anxiety and depression Asthma Chronic fatigue Digestive disorders Emotional, self-esteem, and body image issues Endocrine imbalances (thyroid, pineal, spleen, adrenals, etc.) Fears, phobias Female-related health problems (menopause, PMS, menstrual cramps) Food intolerances Headaches Joint and back pain Learning disorders Reproductive disorders Sexuality and relationship issues Viruses and infections