MAP

I've been working with MAP for two years and I never hear or see anything and only once in a while feel some sort of energy moving through my body. How do I know if my MAP team is really there doing something? How can I get them to talk to me?
Machaelle addresses these concerns in MAP, second edition, pages 65-66:

Many people don't get any kind of communication in a session. You don't need to hear or feel anything to participate in MAP. Your verification that something is really happening will be in the changes you feel around issues you've brought up in the sessions. Your whole focus will be on how you are responding.
   I know everyone would prefer to hear and see their teams. But whether one does depends on the range of function of the sensory system. It's as simple as that. Desire, deep concentration, worry, and wishes won't make a difference. As I said, hearing and seeing the teams depends on our range of sensory function. When I am in a MAP session, I can hear my team clearly, but I can't see them. From talking about this issue in the workshops, I find out that a handful of people in the class can both hear and see. A larger number can experience one or the other, but not both. Equal in number to this second group are those who can neither hear, see, nor sense their team. These people are always surprised to learn how many people are in the same boat as they are. Many of these people say they feel their team communicates with them by giving them intuitive insights as they go about their normal daily schedule.
    What has been made clear is that most people who start out sensing nothing gradually expand their sensory systems to where, six months to a year down the road, they can indeed hear and/or see their teams.
    Kinesiology is the bridge to your team if you can't hear them. As long as you know how to use kinesiology you will be able to get answers to any of the questions you might have about your health and health practices. All you need to do is formulate the questions in a simple yes/no format.


Why is it important to talk to my MAP team? Don't they already know what's wrong with me?
Machaelle addresses this question in a number of places in MAP, second edition.

In MAP, you control your timing and development by what you say to your team. It is important to tell them everything that comes to mind that is bothering you on any of your PEMS levels (physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual). You aren't going through this exercise because your team is stupid and can't see you are in trouble. The troubles or situations you can articulate to your team tell them what you are ready to work on. And the extent to which you can describe the situation tells them the extent to which you are ready to change what is bothering you. You are your own barometer. They will not work in areas beyond those you recognize and describe. Consequently, your team will never put you in a position of facing and dealing with something for which you are unprepared. In the MAP sessions, you are your own master, and your team assists you in achieving your goals of health and balance in ways that are beyond belief. (MAP: pages 23-24)

Symptoms are the communication between you and your body. By accurately describing them to your team, they become the communication between you and your team, as well. The symptoms you are able to perceive and how accurately you are able to describe them tells your team precisely what you are ready to work on.
    As I've said, your team isn't stupid. They know what your imbalances are. By describing how you are feeling to your team, you are telling them which of the imbalances you are ready to work on.
    CAUTION: Some people have tried to get around this issue of talking to their team about symptoms by just giving the team a blanket invitation to work on everything — now. This is foolhardy, and your team will not accept the invitation. It would be risky to your health and well-being if you were moved from an imbalanced state to one of balance all at one time. (MAP: page 44)

MAP doesn't accept that kind of blanket surrendering. You are creating a partnership with them and not surrendering yourself as a child to a parent. Plus, when we say "take it all and do everything" we don't necessarily realize what this implies. MAP requires that you consciously and knowingly request their assistance in specific areas. If there are areas in need of assistance that you don't understand or know about, the team will gently help bring these areas into your consciousness so that you can make appropriate decisions. How you proceed tells your team in what directions you'd like to go. Try to remember that your MAP team is extraordinarily expansive in what it knows and can do. Therefore, you must indicate to them your directions and pace so that they work with you specifically within the framework that you define. (MAP: page 70)