by Stanley Krippner
S. (1977). A first-hand look at psychotronic
generators. In J. White & S. Krippner (Eds.),
Future science: Life energies and
the physics of paranormal phenomena
City, NY: Anchor/Doubleday.
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STANLEY KRIPPNER, Ph.D., is (in 1977 - JPH)
program planning coordinator the Humanistic Psychology
Institute in San Francisco. He also served as president
of the Association for Humanistic psychology, as vice
president for the western hemisphere of International
Association for Psychotronic Research, and director,
from 1964-73, of the Dream Laboratory at Maimonides
In 1972 he
chaired the First West-Hemisphere Conference on
Acupuncture, Kirlian Photography, and the Human Aura.
Subsequently, he co-edited with Daniel Rubin) the
proceedings as Galaxies of Life (later published in
paperback as The Kirlian Aura). He is co-editor (with
Daniel Rubin) of The Energies of Consciousness. He
co-authored (with Montague Uliman) Dream Telepathy and
(with Alberto Villoldo) of The Realms of Healing. His
career in parapsychology is described in his own words
in Song of the Sirens: A Parapsychological Odyssey. He
has written more than three hundred articles appearing
in psychological, psychiatric, educational, and
Krippner visited Robert Pavlita in
Czechoslovakia in the 70's. Pavlita demonstrated his 'psychotronic
In 1973, during the First International
Conference on Psychotronic Research, I met Robert Pavlita a most
enigmatic man. This controversial Czech inventor is the designer of
the so-called "psychotronic generator," a device for storing and
applying "biological energy."
I don't speak Czech, but with the help of a translator we had a long
conversation, after which he demonstrated one of his generators to
the people at the conference. His daughter participated by touching
her hand to her head in a rhythmic way and then touching her hand to
the generator. Within a few minutes the generator started to move.
This is very difficult to explain in any conventional way, and I
know one physicist who couldn't sleep all night trying to figure out
how this happened.
During a more recent visit to Czechoslovakia (January 1974), I was
privileged to see ten different demonstrations of psychotronic
generators. Dr. Zdenk Rejdak and his staff drove me and my
associate, Mark Rejdak, to Lazne Belohrad, a town famous for its
spa. As we entered the building in which Mr. and Mrs. Pavlita, their
daughter, and their son-in-law have their apartment, we noted a
large sign. We asked for a translation and discovered that it read:
'This house was built, with the
help of the Lord,
for myself, for my relatives, for beauty, and for the needs
of the city.
Franz Chernoch, 1899'
We were given a hospitable greeting by
Pavlita and his family. Within a short time he produced several of
his devices and told us something of their history. Pavlita had been
building psychotronic generators for more than thirty-five years.
How did he become interested in generators? He studied alchemy
books. (Czechoslovakia has always been a center for the study of
alchemy. There is a whole street in Prague where alchemists used to
The shape of the items that the alchemists used was very intriguing
to Pavlita. What he did was to put together various materials of
different shape by trial and error. From this he found that there
were three components of the psychotronic generators similar to
those that the alchemists used.
One is the shape of the device.
Another is the material from which it is made.
The third and most
important is the biological rhythm - the means for getting the
biological energy from the living organisms into the device.
that there are at least sixty-eight centers of biological energy in
the human body, and he has invented a generator for each one. Each
of these generators is fueled in a different way, and each of them
performs a different task.
Pavlita stated that eventually he discovered that the body's
biological energy field acts electromagnetically in some
experiments, electrostatically in some experiments, and in still
other experiments, it acts in ways that defy either an
electromagnetic or electrostatic explanation.
What amazed me about Pavlita is that he has obtained all of his
information from alchemy books or from trial-and-error experiments.
He is not familiar with acupuncture, bio-energetic therapy, dowsing,
structural integration ("rolling"), or any of the other procedures
most parapsychologists know about and would naturally correlate with
his work. He has gone very deeply into one specific area, and claims
to have devised principles and laws by which he has produced these
According to Pavlita, any person can work with a psychotronic
generator because all people possess biological energy fields.
However, Pavlita himself was the subject in all but one of the
experiments he attempted in our presence, his daughter serving as
the subject in the other experiment.
We began to experience the most provocative part of Pavlita's work
when we saw the very small and innocuous looking devices he uses.
One appears to be a magician's wand - a small rod with a ball on the
end. This was a generator that he claimed to be able to take into a
distant part of his house to work on for an hour. He then would
place the generator in a room where fruit flies were feeding on
rotten fruit. He would aim the generator toward the flies and within
a few minutes they would start to drop dead, or so he attested.
After hearing this descriptive account, I asked Pavlita about this
"If fruit flies drop dead when you
point this generator at them, what do you think would happen
with a large generator?"
"This is a generator that has very
dangerous implications. I'm too soft-hearted to kill anything
but flies, but there is no doubt in my mind that one can kill a
cat, a dog, even human beings, with a large enough generator."
In the early days of his work, he said,
he and his daughter were working on one of these experimental
generators when suddenly her arm became paralyzed. They couldn't
decide what to do. If they had taken her to a doctor, Pavlita
thought, he would have said that it was psychosomatic. What Pavlita
did was to work around the clock for three days, inventing another
generator that restored natural movement to her arm again.
After relating the story of his daughter's paralysis and recovery,
Pavlita made it very clear that the reason he had not yet revealed
his secrets is because he does not know if the world is ready for
them. I don't know either, but there is one thing that is obvious:
the day may come when psychotronic generators arc widely available.
According to Pavlita, they are simple and inexpensive to make. Once
more people use the generators, their true functions and
possibilities can be more accurately assessed.
Pavlita placed a compass
directly in front of him on a table. He placed a psychotronic
generator between himself and the compass. This generator
consisted of a steel rectangle covered by a cone. After lifting
off the cone and setting it aside, Pavlita passed the
rectangular generator over the compass; the compass needle was
not affected. Pavlita then began to touch the generator to his
right temporal lobe, holding it in his right hand and making the
contact with his head in a rhythmical manner. He explained he
was "completing a circuit of human biological energy," thus
permitting the generator to store the energy.
After about two minutes, Pavlita
held the generator over the compass; the needle moved five
degrees, from south to north. Pavlita then removed three fingers
from the generator, placing them under the palm of his hand. As
the generator approached the compass, the south-to-north
movement of the needle exceeded 15 degrees. By altering the
position of his fingers in the rectangular form in other ways,
Pavlita was able to increase or decrease the effect upon the
The second experiment was
identical to the first experiment except that Pavlita held the
rectangular generator with his left hand and touched it to his
left temporal lobe. The compass needle, when approached by the
generator, moved the same number of degrees as before, except in
a north-to-south direction. Then Pavlita lifted the generator
with his left hand and placed it in his right hand. The compass
needle moved from south-to-north as the generator approached it.
Pavlita moved to the opposite side of the table; trials with the
left hand then were accompanied by a south-to-north movement of
the compass needle and vice versa.
At one point, the movement of the compass needle was minimal.
Pavlita touched the generator to his left temporal lobe several
times; thereafter, the movement of the compass needle increased
upon the next trial. In commenting on these two experiments,
Pavlita said that human biological energy is analogous in some
ways to the Earth's north and south magnetic poles. He also
noted that the human biological energy field completely
surrounded the body and exists within the body as well.
Pavlita placed a metal,
scaffoldlike stand on the table which resembled an inverted
letter "L." A string was tied to the protruding arm of the
scaffold and a flat, lightweight bar magnet was tied to the
string. A steel psychotronic generator was placed between Pavlita and the stand; the generator was cube shaped with a
small protuberance at its top.
Pavlita left the room to demonstrate that he could activate the
cube-shaped form from a distance. After about three minutes, he
returned. He then brought the cube near the north pole of the
bar magnet; the magnet moved toward the cube. However, the
magnet was repelled when the cube approached the south pole of
Pavlita faced south during the first half of this experiment. He
then moved to the other side of the table and faced north. The
experiment was repeated with the opposite results. This time he
did not leave the room but touched the generator to his right
temporal lobe with his right hand, using a different rhythm than
in the earlier experiments. He stared intently at the magnet all
the while. When Pavlita brought the cube near the north pole of
the magnet, it was repelled. However, the magnet was attracted
to the cube when the south pole was approached.
Pavlita commented that the eyes are important in this experiment
and that the results demonstrate a brain "circuit" which is
connected to the hands.
The same bar magnet and
scaffoldlike stand were used for this experiment, but a
different steel generator was utilized. This psychotronic
generator was goblet shaped, but topped by a copper and bronze
cover shaped like a holly leaf. Pavlita (facing south) touched
his right thumb, first to his frontal lobes, then to the cover
of the generator, making a rhythmic movement which lasted about
When he approached the bar magnet's
north pole, it moved toward his thumb; when he approached the
magnet's south pole, it was repelled by his thumb
All the materials were in
the same position as for the fourth experiment. At this point,
Pavlita (facing south) placed a mirror in back of the generator.
Again he approached the magnet's north pole, placing his finger
behind the mirror, but this time the magnet moved away from his
thumb. When he approached the south pole, the magnet was
attracted to his thumb.
Pavlita commented that the
biological energy field exerted these effects by passing through
the mirror. He stated the results were a function of the
relationship formed between an object and its image.
For this experiment, the
mirror was removed, but the stand and goblet-shaped generator
remained. Pavlita placed a narrow steel bar on the table. The
bar was about three inches long and was placed between Pavlita
and the generator so that it touched the base of the generator.
Pavlita (facing south) touched his right thumb knuckle to his
right temporal lobe. He then placed his knuckle on the end of
the bar nearest to him. Immediately, the north pole of the
magnet swung toward the generator. It hovered in the same
position until Pavlita removed his knuckle from the bar. At this
point, the magnet resumed its original position. Pavlita
commented that the magnet resembled the needle of a compass and
was reacting to the human body's biological energy field,
amplified by this procedure.
scaffold-shaped stand was used. However, the bar magnet was
replaced by a narrow, cylindrical-shaped piece of wood, about
two inches in length. Before the wood was suspended from the
stand, it was placed in a wide, cylindrical-shaped psychotronic
generator. Diagonal marks could be seen on the outside of the
generator; Pavlita remarked that a "biologically activated
energy field" had been burned into the generator.
After the wood was placed in the
generator, it protruded slightly; a narrow, rectangular steel
bar was placed against the wood so that one end rested on the
table and the other end rested on the wood itself. Pavlita
called this procedure "closing the circuit." After about three
minutes, the wood was taken from the generator and suspended by
string, from the metal stand.
Pavlita picked up a ferret magnet and brought it toward one end
of the piece of wood. The wood was repelled. He brought the
magnet toward the other end of the wood; it was attracted. In
other words, the piece of wood gave every appearance of having
been magnetized. Some observers would claim that the generators
are "electrets" which create electrostatic fields, but others
would claim that a new energy form is involved.
Once again, the
scaffoldlike stand was used. Again, a narrow, cylindrical-shaped
piece of wood was used that was approximately two inches in
length. Pavlita produced a psychotronic generator shaped
something like a flashlight. There were holes in the bulbous top
of the generator; Pavlita inserted the wood into these holes,
first one end of the wood and then the other.
He then inserted the entire piece of
wood into a long hole on the top of the generator and moved both
hands in front of the generator in a rhythmic up-and-down
movement with fingers outstretched. After about two minutes of
these movements, the wood was suspended to the stand.
As Pavlita held a ferret magnet and
approached the wood, one side of the stick was repelled and one
was attracted. Again, a piece of wood had apparently been
magnetized. Pavlita commented that the hand movements are not
absolutely necessary, but accelerate the speed at which the wood
produced a psychotronic generator shaped something like a
microphone. A point protruded from the top half of the generator
and she touched this to her frontal lobes in a rhythmical manner
for about three minutes. The generator was then placed in front
of a semicircular solid copper screen. A light metal cone was
placed on the top of the generator. She then touched the table
lightly with the fingers of her left hand. It began to revolve
from left to right.
When Pavlita removed her fingers,
the cone stopped its motion; when she again touched the table,
the cone resumed its movement. She called this procedure
"completing the circuit."
After its motion stopped completely, Pavlita's daughter again
touched the generator to her frontal lobes. The cone was again
placed on top of the generator and once more revolved for a
short period of time.
Pavlita commented that this was an "accumulating type"
generator. He said that all his generators were "purpose
specific" and corresponded to various "biocircuits" of the body
of which he claims to have identified sixty-eight.
Again the metal stand was
used and a flat, rectangular piece of wood (resembling the bar
magnet in size and shape) was suspended from it. Pavlita
produced a rectangular psychotronic generator which fit easily
into the palm of his hand. He held the generator with his thumb
on the bottom and the other four fingers on top. As it
approached the stand, the wood turned to the right. Pavlita then
held the generator between his thumb and forefinger. This time
when he approached the wood, it turned to the left.
This phenomenon did not seem to be preceded by any type of body
rhythm which would activate the generator.
Pavlita told us that he
has recorded his experiments in great detail in twenty
handwritten volumes, none of which has been published. When he
first began his research some thirty-five years ago, he worked
by trial and error. Now, however, he knows the basic principles
involved. For example, he is aware of the basic bodily biocircuits and how each can be used in a generator. Once the
biological energy field is brought into a generator, it stays
there permanently. However, a special induction procedure must
be used to activate many of the generators. This induction
utilizes various bodily codes."
Pavlita told us that voltmeters and electrometers
do not pick up
biological energy. During human transmission of this energy,
however, some psychophysiological differences were noted. One's
heartbeat rate slows down and breathing becomes irregular.
No material has been found by Pavlita which can insulate against
the effect of biological energy. Furthermore, it can affect any
type of matter to some extent.
Pavlita says he is too
"soft-hearted" to work with any type of living creature but
insects. When insects are exposed to his lethal generator, their
antennae quiver first. Then their feet and legs shake. Soon they
appear stunned or paralyzed. Then they collapse and die.
However, the effects can be reversed if the insect has not yet
Pavlita has done some
work with plants, having "shaken" or "physically transported"
leaves and flowers at a distance. One type of generator
automatically by absorbing energy from the living organisms
around it; this type stimulates growth of plants and enhances
seed germination in experiments with pea and lentil seeds. The
other type of generator must have biological energy directed
into it; this type stunts the growth of plants.
The first generator has purportedly
been able to purify waste water from a dye factory in small
amounts. For this purpose small pieces of stainless steel were
treated by the generator, then put into the polluted water-
which became clean again. Pavlita has thought of trying to treat
stones instead of steel, then attempting to depollute a lake or
Pavlita sees a number of
practical uses for his generators. These include:
communication (when other communication systems are nonoperable)
medical diagnosis (of the body's biocircuits)
of material (he claims that any material can be magnetized)
testing the contents of unknown material
assessing the healing
rate of an injured or sick person (the stronger the field, the
better one's health)
assessing the deterioration rate of a
determining how long an organism has been
Pavlita told us that the
right-hand side of the body usually attracts, that the left-hand
side usually repels, and that left-handed people are not
observably different than right-handed people. He speaks of
"plus" and "minus" impulses in terms that remind one of the
oriental concepts of yang and yin. From time to time,
must utilize special procedures to produce the desired balance
between "plus" and "minus" impulses; an overabundance of the
latter is not uncommon and is not desirable.
By combining several generators, Pavlita can also combine their
functions. Some experiments have involved as many as seven
generators for a given purpose. The speed at which a function
operates depends upon the conduction of biological energy from
the organism to the generator. The principle that "form follows
function" is basic to the design of the generators, many of
which are built to channel energy from two poles to a narrow
Psychotronic generators have not yet been used in experiments
with the Kirlian photography device, with voltage gradients,
with acupuncture points, with altered states of consciousness,
with hemispheric brain differences, or with "psychic" healing.
However, Pavlita does claim that he can alter a person's
movements with his generators, such as making a person pick up
an object with the left hand instead of the right hand.
Pavlita claims that he has been able to produce generators which
calibrate so well with a person's "biocircuits" that they can be
activated at a distance. Once, a generator in Karisbad was
activated by a person in Bradoc Kralove, a distance of over 150
miles. For this type of experiment to be successful, the
generator must be calibrated with a person's biological energy
field, a process which takes from two to three hours.
Pavlita's current project involves the transfer at a distance of
biological energy itself. He believes he can make this transfer
at a distance of several miles, and may demonstrate it at some
point in the future.
After spending three hours with Pavlita,
and enjoying the hospitality so lavishly offered by him and his
family, I was impressed by his devotion to his work. I am aware that
alternative explanations to his demonstrations exist (hidden
magnets, electrostatic effects, etc.).
It is also possible that Pavlita and his daughter unwittingly have used their own
psychokinetic abilities to create the effects, rather than tapping
sources of "biological energy" common to everyone. Only future
research will indicate whether the psychotronic generators are the
scientific breakthrough that his supporters suspect.