|NEURO EMOTIONAL TECHNIQUE
|These 3 "beginner" articles cover a system known as Neuro-Emotional Technique developed by Scott
Walker, D.C. and were written by the N.E.T. foundation. The astounding changes listed at the end of the
article I inserted and are just a few of the things seen in my practice over the last several years.
Basic emotions — Fear, Anger, Grief, Disgust, and many others — can negatively influence our health
when they don’t resolve normally. When our body fails to “let go” of what was originally a healthy
response, it can short-circuit our nervous system, affecting our beliefs, our behaviors, and even our
Meet Pavlov’s Dog
Does your mouth water when you hear a doorbell or telephone ring? Probably not. Most of us know the
story of the famous experiment Pavlov conducted with his dog, where he rang a bell each time before
he fed his dog. Soon, the dog linked the sound of the bell with eating and would salivate simply at the
sound of a bell — even when no food was present!
conditioned from just one life experience, especially if it was a traumatic event.
Similar But Different
Pavlov discovered something else. If a dog is conditioned to salivate at the sound of a bell, the bell
can be changed to another bell that sounds slightly different and the dog will still salivate. The same
thing can happen with our conditioned emotional responses.
For example. A little boy is simultaneously scolded and spanked by his father. This incident not only
causes physical pain, but also great fear. He gets an upset stomach and cries himself to sleep. This
is considered a natural response. However, due to an imbalance in his body that does not allow him
to fully return to normal, he can now be triggered in the future by a similar event. Today, as an adult, he
finds himself becoming overly tense and gets upset whenever an older man criticizes him. He doesn’t
consciously connect the two incidents, and can’t figure out why he feels ill. In another case, a young
woman feels upset and angry every time she comes to work. What she doesn’t realize is that every
morning she passes the same red-haired receptionist in the front office. This woman subconsciously
reminds her of her aunt who she couldn’t stand when she was a little girl. She has long forgotten
about this aunt, who has been dead for many years.
Scientists recognize the connection between the nervous system, emotions, and health. Historically,
emotions were thought to reside entirely in the brain. Now we know other parts of the body hold
emotions too. If you’ve ever felt butterflies in your stomach, or referred to something as a “pain in the
neck,” or encountered someone who was “heartbroken” or who “vented their spleen,” then you’re
familiar with how parts of the body can be linked to our emotions. A Nobel Prize nominee by the name
of Candace Pert, Ph.D. rocked the scientific community (and perhaps the world) when she published
her research on emotions and well as publish a book called ‘Molecules of Emotion’. We now know
that emotions are biological.
Dreaming Without Sleeping
Even imagined events can stimulate a response and have a dramatic effect on how our body works.
Have you ever awakened in the middle of the night in a pool of sweat with your heart racing after a
disturbing dream? Fortunately, the attacker wasn’t real, but your body thought he was! Of course, we’re
more conscious of this process when we have to give a speech, ask the boss for a raise, suffer the
loss of a loved one, or experience other negatively-charged emotional events. Psychology impacts our
Finding the Emotional Short Circuit
The “emotional baggage” associated with past events in our lives (remember Pavlov’s dog?) can
sometimes haunt us for years. Like a computer “bug,” unresolved negative associations are stored in
our bodies, often short-circuiting our true desires; even our health.
NET practitioners can help you identify and “let go” of a stuck emotional event (real or imagined) that is
locked in a particular part of your body. The wonderful result can be a new level of health and
A Simple Test
Just as static electricity can make your hair stand on end, certain parts of your body can become
“charged” with an emotional memory. Finding and balancing these stuck memory loops can be a lot of
fun. By testing your muscle response, usually using your arm, or, using the leg-length response, your
practitioner can identify which nervous system “circuit” in your body is holding the particular
emotionally charged memory.
Your Emotional Reality
Research has proven that muscle or leg-length testing can be used to determine whether or not your
body is “in harmony” with a particular concept or idea. When doing NET, it is important to note that the
muscle response is not confirming whether something is really “true” or “false,” nor is it producing a
“yes” or “no” answer. In fact, there are times when muscle testing will reveal that your body is not “in
harmony” with a fact you know to be true!
In NET, all memory events are considered “EMOTIONAL REALITY,” because they may or may not
correspond with actual or historic reality. NET is never used to make claims as to what may have
happened in the past. Likewise, NET is never used to predict the future or make a recommendation of
action for the future.
Your Memory and Your Body
To assist your NET practitioner in the correction, you’ll be asked to form a mental picture, or
“snapshot,” of the original triggering event. Science has proven that when you actively recall a
remembered past event, your body chemistry will respond in a way that is similar to how it responded
Visualize a lemon . . . go ahead . . . try it. Now, think about cutting into the lemon. See the juice
squirting out. Now, take a bite of the lemon. Is your mouth watering? If you’re like most people, it is,
and what you’re experiencing is a body response to the memory of a lemon. Our emotions work the
Making the Correction
When you recall the mental picture of the triggering event, your body will respond in a way that is
similar to way it originally responded. Your practitioner will contact, or ask you to contact, a specific
body point, which will help your body “let go” of the stuck emotional event. It’s really that simple.
You’re Always in Control
After the correction many patients report feeling that a burden has been lifted from their shoulders.
Normally the procedure is a very simple and comfortable. If it becomes too personal or uncomfortable,
simply tell your practitioner. A different approach may be suggested or, if you prefer, the session can
safely end. Patients enjoy the fact that they are always in control.
Some personal examples from Dr. Kersey….
A young lady has had trouble attracting her ‘soul mate’. She is very tired of being single.
She has been looking for a number of years. After Emotional Clearing, the very next man she meets is
the one. She says “I’ve never met anybody like him before”.
A woman limps in with severe knee pain. No physical cause can be found. After one Emotional
Clearing, she walks out with no limp….pain free.
Another woman has a very painful neck spasm that pulls her head over to one side. She is unable to
straighten up. After one Emotional Clearing, her head instantly becomes erect and pain free.
A young attorney has trouble boosting his income. After one session he says, “I can’t explain it, money
is just pouring in!”
An athletic young man can no longer jump rope at the gym without severe neck pain. Emotional
Release Therapy cleared this problem in one session.
A young woman visiting here from Germany arrives with severe pain in her gallbladder, causing her to
bend over almost double from the pain. After one clearing, the pain subsides by 90%. The
ElectroDermal screening values for the gallbladder meridian which were at a 90 (very imbalanced)
now tests at around 50……normal!
A women with severe lower back pain has “tried everything”, according to her walks out pain-free after
only ONE clearing.
A woman visiting from England discovers through N.E.T. why she has had a life-long weight problem.
A middle-aged woman lost her father and now the grief is still over bearing even after 2 years. After
one session she goes home and watches a family gathering on an old video tape and not only does
she not cry, but laughs and enjoys the tape.
N.E.T. and Emotional Release Therapy is vast
Unresolved emotional patterns (anti-patterns) in our past can be responsible for how much money we
make, what our health is like, who we’re married to (or not married to), how well we get along with
other people, and how we relate and love those around us such as family and friends. They are like
little paint brushes constantly painting every minute of our lives with the wrong colors.
It’s difficult to be who we were created to be when we give away our power and constantly waste our
precious life force on keeping alive past hurts and misunderstandings in our past. Many religions
teach the importance of forgiveness, but many times the tools needed to accomplish the forgiveness
are not forthcoming.
We’ve all seen the analogy of the motor boat that is running full throttle but going no where because it'’
still tied securely to the dock. Did you know that in Aramaic, the ancient language of the shepherds in
the Bible, the word forgiveness actually means “to untie”? When we untie our selves from the past
only then can we move ahead in life….just like that motor boat. It doesn’t need more gas or a bigger
motor….it just needs to be untied!
(Thought Field Therapy), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) have become
popular in the last ten years. These therapies seem to work quicker than traditional talk therapies.
This appears to be due in part because they target the more primitive parts of the brain. These would
include the Limbic system, the Medulla Oblongata, and the Enkelphin system, which is in every cell of
Dr. Scott Walker developed NET in the early 1980s. Dr. Walker is a chiropractor by training, who uses
Applied Kinesiology or AK. AK is based on Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, and the Meridian System.
Chinese medicine is concerned with the body's need for balance or homeostasis. If the Chi or energy
of the body is in balance then it is assumed that the body will be able to cure itself and run at top
Practitioners do this by testing acupressure or acupuncture points in the body, which are divided up
into 12 main Meridian Systems. These Meridian Systems are named for the main organs of the body
such as the Lung Meridian or the Liver Meridian. Each of these systems is correlated with particular
emotions. The lung meridian is associated with grief and sorrow and the liver meridian with anger
Applied Kinesiology tests the Chi or energy by taking a strong indicator muscle, any strong muscle,
and asking the client or patient to lock their muscle as the practitioner tries to challenge the strength of
that muscle by pushing or pulling the area to see if it will hold. The practitioner might ask a client to
hold their arm straight out in front of them and lock it while the clinician with an open hand firmly
pushes down on the arm right above the wrist. This checks to see if the arm will hold. Almost any
major muscle will work for muscle testing.
The body consists of water and electricity. It is believed that muscle testing checks to see if the muscle
has enough electricity in it to hold. It appears that Chi is essentially the same as this electricity. Dr.
Goodheart, the father of Applied Kinesiology, first demonstrated therapy localization. Therapy
localization occurs when you test a strong muscle alone or in the clear and then touch another part of
the patients’ body to test if a change of muscle strength occurs. If it does then dysfunction is assumed
to be present in the localized area.
Chiropractors who practice AK routinely test or challenge a vertebra in the neck or the back, and if the
muscle goes weak then they can assume that the vertebra is misaligned or out of position in the
spine. They then put the vertebra back in and retest. When the muscle is strong it is assumed the
vertebra is back in alignment. The client routinely reports feeling much better.
Dr. Walker adapted and built on Dr. Goodhearts' work by applying AK to the emotions. Emotions are
energy. Emotions can be tested through the electrical system of the body. Therefore, if a muscle tests
strong in the clear and then the NET recipient thinks of some issue that is upsetting, that previously
strong muscle will become weak. Dr. Walker believes that what he is testing is the "emotional reality"
of the body. This means that theoretically if a person believes an untruth his muscle testing will be
consistent with that belief.
However, the emotional belief of a client, at least when they are not psychotic, is usually consistent
with reality. Therefore, if a person says "My name is Sam" and his name is Sam, a muscle test of that
statement will be congruent and will hold strong. The reverse is equally true. A clinician can now test
how a person is feeling even if they do not consciously know how they are feeling. A therapist can now
trace present feelings and problems a person is suffering from, and discover if there is an original
trauma or feeling that the present problem or feeling is reactivating.
This essentially means that Dr. Walker has found the royal road to the subconscious. The
ramifications of this discovery cannot be overstated. There has never been a better diagnostic
indicator for subconscious reality. In my experience working with trauma survivors and children who
have grown up in these environments, this technique is essential for a full recovery.
These populations usually show a tremendous amount of dissociation. This essentially means that
consciously they often do not know how they feel. NET accurately diagnoses the feelings that a client
is having and the client then often reports congruence with that previously dissociated set of feelings.
Then it releases it from the body by tapping on a few vertebrae that are related to the particular
Meridian System that is associated with the emotion.
· It diagnoses problems and feelings.
· It accesses the subconscious.
· It discovers early traumas and how those traumas relate to present problems.
· It acts as a biofeedback loop, which teaches people what they are feeling.
· It increases congruence between the Human Brain composed of the Cerebral Cortex and the
Pre Frontal Cortex, the Limbic system or Mammalian Brain, the Medulla Oblongata or Reptilian
Brain, and the Endorphin System, which is an even more primitive brain located in each cell of
the body and
This congruence thereby increases overall mental, emotional and physical health. The
possibilities for the spiritual side of man are also immense.
While all of these are good reasons to become proficient in NET, with trauma work and Post
Traumatic Stress Disorder this technique is a must. PTSD is so pervasive and the symptoms
are attached so securely to the body, that unless some relief to the physical part of the trauma
is attained the client will remain in great distress. Neuro-Emotional Technique is a welcome
addition to a clinician specializing in this section of the field.
Neuro Emotional Technique
emotional. Each side of the triangle directly influences the other sides. We are healthy when all our
aspects are harmoniously balanced. Neuro Emotional Technique (NET) and its associated Neuro
Emotional Anti-Sabotage Technique (NEAT) addresses the third, emotional component in a safe,
effective, physiological way.
For more than 100 years, Chiropractors have corrected subluxations of the spine. Subluxations cause
diminished nerve and organ function, and spinal adjustments correct this structural side of the
triangle. In recent decades, clinical research has greatly advanced our understanding of body
chemistry and how it is affected by the foods we eat, exposure to toxic pollution and allergens.
Healthcare professionals greatly support the biochemical side of the triangle.
Some healthcare practitioners use a procedure called Neuro Emotional Technique (NET), to address
the third, emotional component in a safe, effective, physiological way with a spinal adjustment. It is
human nature to have an emotional response to significant events in our lives and then return to our
"normal" state of being. Sometimes, however, our bodies hold onto a response and "lock it" in our
sympathetic nervous system as a neuro-emotional complex (NEC). Eventually, negative emotions –
conscious or unconscious – may manifest as a spinal subluxation and a specific imbalance in a
muscle or acupuncture meridian. The result is ill health.
Normally, a person can have an emotional trauma, experience the emotion and release the event.
However, if this same person has a neuro-physiological deficit, the same emotional trauma can lodge
in the body as an NEC. NET is a methodology of finding and removing vertebral subluxations
associated with NECs which are preventing abnormal emotional responses from returning to their
normal physiology. The NET doctor uses muscle testing, body reflex points and semantic reactions –
physiological responses to memories or words – to assist and guide you to recall a specific negative
emotion and when it occurred.
NET seeks to normalize a neurological imbalance using a structural correction, allowing a change in
The spinal adjustment stabilizes the subluxation and resolves muscle and meridian imbalances. The
underlying negative emotion loses its impact and is less likely to be restimulated. When an NEC is
eliminated, the nervous system works better, and a person with a strong nervous system usually
deals with life's problems more effectively.
The accumulated layers of structural, biochemical and emotional factors cause ill health. The doctor
observes and corrects each of these factors – including NECs – as they surface. Thus, your return to
health is actually a "peeling" process, in harmony with the timing of the body's own healing wisdom.
Neuro Emotional Anti-Sabotage Technique (NEAT)
NEAT is a branch of NET used by Chiropractors and Psychotherapists. It is a technique that has been
under constant refinement since 1988. It has been introduced to over 3,000 health professionals from
countries all over the world. NEAT is a practical, immediate and subjectively-felt application of the ever-
emerging mind-body paradigm.
The purpose of NEAT is to make certain that the client is congruent with whatever is desirable. Simply,
the practitioner requests a client say something that he or she holds to be true or wants to be true.
It is very helpful for a client wanting to make a change to be congruent on the personal declarative "I'm
OK with my present situation" – weight, job, relationship – before going on to "I want to change the
situation." This will uncover the underlying issue.
NECs can be discovered by analyzing that which is not OK. Adjusting the corresponding subluxation –
using a certified practitioner – moves the client toward OKness.