If you are having trouble feeling a positive and negative response in the circuit fingers, try switching hands — the circuit fingers become the test fingers and vice versa. Most people who are right-handed have the particular electric circuitry that is used in PKTT in their left hand. Left-handers generally have the circuitry in their right hand. But sometimes a right-hander has the circuitry in the right hand and a left-hander has it in the left hand. You may be one of those people. If you are ambidextrous, choose the circuit hand that gives you the clearest responses. Before deciding which to use, give yourself a couple of weeks of testing using one hand as the circuit hand to get a good feel for its responses before trying the other hand.

If you have an injury such as a muscle sprain in either hand or arm, don’t try to use PKTT until you have healed. PKTT involves your muscles, and a muscle injury will interfere with the testing — and the testing will interfere with the healing of the muscle injury.

If your hands are sore from all the PKTT testing, consider two things:

(1) You may have equal pressure among your four fingers and you are getting good results but you are working too hard. Dial back the amount of pressure you are using for pressing your circuit fingers together and for working your testing fingers. You may need to calibrate your four fingers until you get used to the feel of the new equalized pressure level.

(2) Your hands and fingers are not used to being in the PKTT position. For most people the PKTT position will feel awkward in the beginning because they don’t normally hold their hands and fingers like this and their muscles don’t quite know what to do. If you are feeling strain and soreness, you may need to work with PKTT a little more gradually in order to give your hand and finger muscles time to “train” and adjust to the new position and movement. It doesn’t take long for the muscles to train properly and for the soreness to disappear. The important thing is to keep working with PKTT so that your muscles will get used to the testing.

Also, when first learning PKTT, do yourself a favor and set aside some quiet time to go through the instructions and play with the testing in order to build confidence in your testing. Trying to learn this while riding the New York subway during evening rush hour isn’t going to give you the break you need. But once you have learned it, you will be able to test all kinds of things while riding the subway.

Sometimes I meet people who are trying to learn PKTT and are not having much luck. They have gotten frustrated, decided this isn't for them, and have gone on to try to learn another means of testing. Well, I'll listen to them explain what they did, and before they know it, I've verbally tricked them with a couple of suggestions about their testing, which they try, and they begin feeling PKTT for the first time — a strong "yes" and a clear "no." The problem wasn't PKTT. Everyone, as I have said, has an electric system. The problem was that they wanted to learn it so much that they became overly anxious and tense — they blocked.

So, since you won't have me around to trick you, I suggest that if you suspect you're blocking, turn your focus for several days, even a couple of weeks, to something completely different. Then trick yourself. When you care the least about whether or not you learn PKTT, start playing with it again. Approach it as if it were a game. Then you'll feel the strength and weakness in the fingers.

HELP: If you’re confused or still not getting a satisfactory “yes” and “no” after several weeks of trying, don’t feel shy about calling our Question Hot Line for help. (1-540-937-3679 — Answered Wednesdays from 10 A.M. to 8 P.M., Eastern Time.)

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This information is an excerpt from the book Co-Creative Science by Machaelle Small Wright.