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The Clarity Meter: What is it? Is it still a thing?
I received an e-mail the other day from Altered-states.net advertising the Clarity Meter and it reminded me that we used a similar machine in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s to detect areas of disturbance or trauma in the client; and, when the trauma was treated, checking to see that it has been successfully resolved.
The meter is a skin galvanometer and measures changes in skin conductivity – with what ease or resistance electrical impulses move throughout the body.
The client would sit across from us holding a can in each hand. These cans are connected by wires to the meter which is about the size of a shoe-box. The meter has a dial with a needle. When the needle suddenly moves it means there has been a change in the body’s response to an event or thought – it registers the resistance or agitation in the mind.
Let’s say we’re in session and not talking about anything in particular. The needle is lazily floating around on the meter. Suddenly it twitches.
“What was that thought?” I ask you.
“Oh, a picture of my dog popped into mind. He got underfoot the other day, and I tripped over him and fell and then I got pissed off and pushed him away – (pause) – huh, I didn’t realize it was still bothering me. It’s not like me to do that.”
You smile and a relaxation flows through your body.
“How does that seem to you now?” I ask.
“Oh fine. It was just one of those things.”
And the needle on the meter agrees. It is floating around in a similarly relaxed manner. The perturbation, the disruption and resistance in your nervous system has been discharged and your system is back in balance and harmony.
With a minor disruption it can be that simple to handle it.
Identifying and indicating the specific thing that bothers us is frequently enough to resolve it.
At other times we may need to use something like EFT or Trauma Resolution.
But the main thing is to find out what it is and look at it.
We no longer use a meter now. I think the years of using it has trained us to see the ‘read’ not only on the meter but also to be able to ‘read’ our clients; to see-to hear/listen-to ask the ‘right’ question…all of that and hopefully, nail it!
The next question to ask is what is behind this disruption of homeostasis? What is a trauma? It might be something as mild as being momentarily startled, or as major as a life-threatening accident. The same mechanism is involved, it’s just a matter of degree. But if we can understand what is going on – we can resolve it, be it slight or serious.
But that is a discussion for another post – another day.