Is your life exactly what you want it to be? Probably not! Do you feel that you repeat the same old patterns year after year in your relationships, your finances and your career? Are you held back by feelings of insecurity or inadequacy? If the answer is yes, then very likely your subconscious programming is undermining you and sabotaging your life.

The way you experience life is coloured by the conditioning deep within your mind. The problem is that your subconscious holds programmes and beliefs of which you are completely unaware, and these can be extremely negative and self-defeating. When something happens in your life, even if you are consciously positive, the underlying negativity can rear its ugly head, destroying your confidence, undermining your trust in others or blocking opportunities for you.

You can find out exactly what is in your subconscious mind by learning to muscle test yourself. Muscle testing works because your mind cannot cope with too much stress at once. When you are holding a muscle tense, this requires a certain degree of mental focus. If you then make a statement that your subconscious agrees with, it will be happy and you will be able to keep tensing the muscle. However, if you make a statement which your subconscious thinks is untrue, it panics, stress goes up, and the muscle will relax.

The following standing test method is the easiest muscle test to perform on yourself.

How to Muscle Test Yourself

  1. Have a drink of water to hydrate your system.
  2. Stand upright with your feet slightly apart.
  3. Move one hand upwards, a few inches in front of your body, as if you were zipping up an imaginary jacket, from your abdomen to the top of your head. This strengthens your energy field ready for the muscle testing.
  4. Now close your eyes, relax and say aloud "Yes, yes, yes". You should find that your body spontaneously leans forwards.
  5. Then, with your eyes still closed say aloud "No, no, no". You should find that your body spontaneously leans backwards.

Now, if you make a statement which your subconscious thinks is true, you will move forwards, and similarly if you make a statement which your subconscious thinks is false, you will move backwards. It is very important when doing this to relax, put yourself in 'neutral' and do not try to predict the result. If you feel yourself anticipating the result, or feel your anxiety rising as you make the statement, you must stop, have some water, and start again.

Now, check yourself with a few questions to which you know the answer, for example 'My name is Henry', 'Today is Tuesday', 'I am wearing a red shirt'. You will move forwards or backwards depending upon whether you are telling the truth or not. If the testing is not working correctly, drink some more water, then tap your fingers at the top of your breastbone for a few seconds, and try again. Make sure the testing is working properly before you continue.

You are now ready to access your subconscious.

Here are some very common limiting programmes, which, if you have them, will undermine your daily life in all kinds of ways. In each case if you move forwards then that belief is held by your mind. If you move backwards, you do not have that belief. One word of caution; the subconscious does not understand the word 'not', so if you use this in your test statements you are likely to get a false result. Instead, say 'unable to', 'fail to' or 'without', as these will give you much more accurate results.

Typical Sabotaging Programmes

  • I am worthless.
  • Money is evil.
  • I have to separate myself from God.
  • I have to be punished.
  • I need to be ill.
  • I am unable to heal.
  • I have to die to be free/loved/with God.
  • I am unworthy of love.
  • I have to suffer.
  • I have to be perfect to be loved.
  • I have to cease to exist.
  • It is impossible to have money and be spiritual.
  • I have to be abused to learn something.
  • I have to be betrayed to learn something.
  • I am nothing.

There are, of course, many different sabotaging programmes. This list should give you the general idea.

Once you have found the negative roots within your subconscious, you can take steps to change that programming and change your life. Remember, understanding is power. Even before you have done this work, you will become more aware of how you sabotage yourself, and can choose not to repeat the same patterns.

You have now taken the first step towards clearing the roots of your self-sabotage. Once cleared, the old patterns, fears and limitations will simply fall away. You will be well on the way towards making your life everything you want it to be.

Author's Bio: 

Dr Anne Whitehouse studied at Cambridge University and had a scientific career before ME forced her to re-evaluate her life and change direction. During her return to health, she came to realise that disease is invariably linked with stress, and that stress is caused by negative mental programming. Clearing the deep-seated mental roots of stress is key for long-term health and well-being. She believes that everyone has the strength and ability to turn around any aspect of their life by changing their subconscious programmes and motivations. Anne is now a healer, speaker, transformational therapist and author of 'You Are The Alchemist - Transform Your Life'. For more information on stress management and clearing your negative subconscious beliefs, go to