Esoteric science provides a model for understanding how radionics
and homoeopathy work in transmitting specific energy frequencies to
We analyze the normal so that we may know the difference between it
and the abnormal.
- Dr Ruth Drown
A VERY BRIEF HISTORY OF RADIONICS
In the past few issues of The Homoeopath, there have been a number
of references to dowsing.
Nicholas Biggins’s article, "Off with the
Fairies" (issue 73, spring 1999), is an excellent description of how
he has learned to use the pendulum to give him significantly
improved results. Previous to this, the readership may have been
surprised to discover that no less a person than Edward Whitmont
would test his remedy selection by stroking a glass rod across the
abdomen of his patient, looking for the reaction which would confirm
its suitability (see tribute from Dana Ullman, issue 72, winter
Since its beginnings about 100 years ago, the relatively obscure
science of Radionics has utilized various dowsing techniques,2 not
only to detect disease states but also to identify and apply
appropriate therapies. Homoeopathic remedies are widely used in
radionics, and some seminal personalities (such as John Damonte) in
the present development of homoeopathy in Britain were also
radionics practitioners. In this essay, I will give a brief overview
of radionics and how radionic techniques may be of assistance in
homoeopathic prescribing and also to our understanding of what
remedies are and how they work.
Radionics was founded by Dr Albert Abrams (1863-1924), a native of
San Francisco, under the original name of ERA - Electronic Reactions
of Abrams. A highly qualified conventional practitioner with an
illustrious career and also the advantage of a substantial private
fortune, Abrams was able to pursue his researches without reliance
on outside funding.
Like Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, he
was a master of observation and a tireless experimenter and
truth-seeker - attributes which eventually led him to make
discoveries which brought considerable opprobrium from the medical
establishment of the day. Like so many of these outstanding figures,
he was also capable of making inspired leaps of judgment.
Abrams’s fundamental discovery was that under certain conditions the
human nervous system will react to the energy field of external
elements such as persons with disease conditions, samples of
diseased tissue and so forth. This reaction would manifest by means
of a muscle reflex which could be detected by percussing the
Alternatively, Abrams found that drawing a glass rod
across the abdomen could also be used to localize the point of
response. Different diseases produced reactions in different parts
of the abdomen, and, as Abrams noted, "drugs in homoeopathic
dilutions can be detected and identified by the stomach reflex",
which suggested a unique diagnostic method.
He then proceeded to develop a technique which placed a person
(known as "the Subject"), with abdomen bared, in series with a
patient, i.e., linked by a wire which terminated on the subject’s
forehead. He could then diagnose by testing on the healthy subject
for response to disease conditions in the patient.
discovered that certain diseases produced reactions in the same
muscle groups, which neatly threw his method off the rails until he
hit upon the idea of placing a variable potentiometer (i.e., a
rotary control such as might be used to adjust the volume on a
hi-fi) in the middle of the cable linking the subject to the
patient. Settings of the potentiometer would be found which were
unique to each disease, thus making it possible to diagnose a wide
range of conditions.
Eventually Abrams discovered that he could diagnose just as
accurately using a blood sample from the patient, and he later found
out that he could work at a distance with the patient’s sample
placed next to the telephone line; such tests were performed over
distances of more than 500 miles. He finally discovered that he
could work without any form of linking wire between himself and the
sample, but not over a distance of more than a mile.
From these basic elements - the reflex muscle reaction to the
stimulus of an external energy field, the substitution of a sample
from the patient for the patient himself, the creation of a unique
value representing a disease or other energy factor, and the
possibility of working at a distance - is formed radionics as we
know it today.3
Dr Ruth Drown (1892-1963), a chiropractor based in Hollywood, USA,
had apparently worked in Abrams’s clinic as a young woman and
decided to develop his methods.
From the accounts I have read, she
was clearly another remarkable figure. Probably as a consequence of
her successes and unwillingness to toe the line, the establishment
persecuted her to the point of trial and eventual brief
imprisonment. In fact, as a result of the Drown trial in 1951, it
remains basically illegal, I believe, to practice radionics in the
Drown redesigned the diagnostic instrument into a compact system
which gave greater flexibility and extended range. The patient’s
blood sample was relocated into a small container in the instrument.
She replaced the subject’s abdomen with a small rubber membrane
(known as the "stick pad"); the index finger was stroked along the
pad while the potentiometers were adjusted, and when the appropriate
setting was found - i.e., the circuitry came into balance,
indicating a resonance or response in the practitioner - the finger
would "stick" on the membrane.4
Her new designs, incorporating a
number of potentiometers in series, also allowed longer sequences of
numerical values to be created, which enabled her to assemble an
atlas of rates covering most of the structures in the human body,
many disease types, poisons and toxins, and a range of other factors
including emotional states.
Drown sought to define perfect structures, to measure the degree of
deviation from perfection and then to rectify any imbalances or
deficiencies. Thus, very simply, her rate for the liver is 48; this
would be set on the instrument and the deviation from zero tested.5
Any significant reading would indicate a problem either in the liver
or elsewhere in the body which was affecting the liver.
principal treatment method was to feed the "perfect"
rate back to
the respective diseased location in the patient, either by wires or
remotely - the idea being that as new cells were created, they would
be healthy and would replace the diseased structures. According to
the information available, she claimed many successes. She also
placed a priority on treating the endocrine system, and, as
radionics emerges as a system of treatment on the dynamic plane, I
will show how this ties in with the analysis of the subtle anatomy
which has come to dominate present-day radionics, at least in the
What is also of significance is Drown’s use of the technique of treating at a distance - any distance, anywhere in the world - in
the process known as "radionic broadcasting". It was no longer
necessary for the patient to be present. Incidentally, the term
"broadcasting" is descriptive but probably inaccurate, as no radio
or television technology is involved.
Whatever the mechanism, there
is no doubt in my mind that treatment-at-a-distance works, whether
one is broadcasting homoeopathic remedies, radionic (i.e.,
Drown-type) rates or any other energy factor or vibrational pattern
which can be represented as a radionic signature and is appropriate
to the patient. Substance itself cannot be broadcast - at least not
yet, as far as I know; otherwise we would be in the realm of the
matter transporters which form such an integral part of Star Trek
It would seem from the present-day position that virtually anything
can be represented by a radionic rate, and this of course includes the entire Materia Medica. It is even possible, in principle, to
find rates for remedies which we do not yet have or which are too
dangerous to handle, such as radioactive materials.
ever-expanding system has around 24,000 rates which are presented in
the form of ratio cards and include the whole acupuncture system of
meridians and a vast range of chemicals, drugs, human organ
functions, ayurvedic and I Ching concepts and so forth.
DEMATERIALIZATION OF RADIONICS
Drown was also very involved in esoteric studies, notably of the Kabbala - which amongst other things attempts to explain the
underlying structure of reality through the relationships between
numbers - and she thus sought to find meaning in the radionic rates through kabbalistic interpretation.
Whatever the result of this, she
also thought that energy flowed from the universe into the human
system via the brain, and that proper distribution of this energy
was essential to healthy functioning; in other words, this was a
move away from a purely physical conception of health and disease.
Just as Kent, influenced by Swedenborg, switched the focus of
homoeopathic diagnosis to the mental and emotional planes and the
realms of high-potency prescribing - and thus dematerialized
homoeopathy - so Drown’s esoteric line of thought was taken a huge
step further by the work of David Tansley and Malcolm Rae (both men
regrettably dying quite young).6 Most of their work was done in the
UK between approximately 1965 and 1985.
Tansley, a chiropractor, had spent many years studying the writings
Alice Bailey (1880-1949) and drew heavily on her concepts of
esoteric anatomy and psychology in introducing a new diagnostic
system which reoriented the focus of radionic analysis away from the
material plane of organ functions and pathology and towards
causation within the human energy (or subtle) body.
Bailey’s work,7 drawn from various Eastern traditions and integrated
into a new form, is far too vast even to begin to attempt describing
here, and I will simply create a thumbnail sketch of some of what
has been appropriated into
radionics. I might add that, as the years
have gone by, various of these concepts have become commonplace, but
during the period the books were written, 1919-1949, they must have
seemed like the last word in arcane obscurity.
Bailey proposed a model of (ultimate) reality as being comprised of
seven planes of energy, each with its concomitant forms of
consciousness. Each plane is comprised of seven sub-planes of
increasing quality and fineness, the whole blending into a
continuum. Each of these planes also manifests in us as a
corresponding energy body, e.g., the etheric body,
astral body and
Briefly, the 7th plane is the Physical, which is subdivided into the
solid physical, then liquids, then gases, then four superior levels
of etheric matter. It is the energy (prana) of the Etheric plane
which vitalizes the physical form.
Tansley states that the "miasms"
reside in the etheric body, and that when activated by an
appropriate (morbific) stimulus they will taint the energy reaching
the physical body, with results that Hahnemann described at length.
(Hahnemann spent 12 years trying to understand why chronic disease
exists, and concluded there must be some underlying disturbance
which interferes with the vital force, producing chronic disease
symptoms. Such miasms can be inherited or acquired.)
I should also
note that energy is also distributed through the etheric body via a
system of pathways known as nadis, and it may be considered that
these in turn externalize as the nervous system.8
The 6th plane is the Astral (or Emotional) - the seat of emotions,
desire and illusion, and also, with the Etheric, the place of origin
of the greater number of diseases. The 5th plane is the Manasic (or
Mental), the plane of mind, which ranges from concrete rational
knowledge on its lower subplanes through to spiritual knowledge on
its higher levels.
For the purposes of this article, it is not necessary to deal with
the four higher planes - Buddhic (Intuitional), Atmic (Spiritual),
Monadic and Logoic
9 - as they are not involved with the disease
process. Tansley refers to them as the "transpersonal self" (or
perhaps "soul"), and I suppose you could consider them as the
essential being of a person, whereas the lower vehicles are the
becoming of a person - the deeper objective of life being to align
the soul’s purpose with that of the personality.
The link point between the transpersonal self and the personality is
the higher ego or causal body. This is the vehicle found on the
Mental plane, through which the individual manifests his or her
purpose in existence. It is primarily friction
10 resulting from
conflict between the different objectives of the higher and lower
selves which creates illness and hence most
11 of the illnesses of
Compare this concept with §9 of Hahnemann’s Organon:
"In the healthy
human state, the spirit-like life force (autocracy) that enlivens
the material organism as dynamis, governs without restriction....so
that our indwelling, rational spirit can freely avail itself of this
living, healthy instrument for the higher purposes of our
Without arguing the finer points, it could be proposed that
radionics and homoeopathy share a broadly similar central concept of
the nature of human health.
Embedded in the subtle bodies are a number of energy transmission
and circulation centers known as chakras, which have their
counterpart on each plane.12 As the individual develops and
consciousness reaches a higher level, so the chakras "open" and
become receptive to energy flowing from higher and higher sources.
Radionic analysis is principally concerned with the seven major
chakras - the Base, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Brow and
Crown - although certain minor chakras, such as the Spleen, are
often taken into consideration. Each of these chakras, in turn,
externalizes as one of the endocrine glands, e.g., the
corresponds with the thyroid gland, and the state of the
considered to condition the functioning of the associated gland and
Seen in this context, the physical human is a precipitation of
higher energies into form, and, as such, the quality of each
structure, physical or subtle, will reflect the quality of the
energy which has reached it. To put it another way, each structure
will condition the energy flowing through it; hence, for example,
the miasm in the etheric body taints the energy to produce some form
of illness in the physical.
Energy must flow freely through all of
these systems into the physical body to make for the healthy human,
and any disturbances of the subtle body will tend to interrupt the
flow at some point and will be reflected in mental, emotional or
physical symptoms of some nature.
Thus, the objective of radionic diagnosis is to find the energy
disturbance at its source, if possible, and treat it
Again, this can be compared with §3 of
"...a physician must...clearly
realize what is to be cured...in each
single case of disease..."14
In other words, we have to
rectify the causation; we will not deal with a polluted river (as it
were) simply by cleaning it up downstream, if the source of the
toxic material is in the higher reaches.
RADIONIC AND HOMOEOPATHIC ANALYSIS
As I have noted, virtually anything can be represented by a radionic
rate, and radionics is truly an open-ended system which enables a
vast range of energy qualities and relationships to be studied.
The first step in radionic medical analysis is to discover the
location, type and, if possible, reason for any deviation from
proper function. The second step is to establish the nature of the
relationship between the patient and an energy factor - for
instance, the homoeopathic remedy - which may be used to correct the
The practitioner uses the instrument to create an overall picture of
the patient’s health and vitality by working through various levels
physical systems as:
The influence or presence of
miasms and the effects of:
The findings are marked onto a chart, and this
enables a rapid assessment of the patient’s general state to be
made; any areas of difficulty should immediately be apparent.
type and source of the problem can be worked out either by mentally
posing questions and watching the pendulum’s response or by the use
of additional charts. Again, each practitioner will tend to vary the
basics according to his or her knowledge and experience. Radionics
is not simply a "dumb" process of watching a pendulum move, as the
key factor lies in knowing which questions to ask and how to
interpret the responses. It should be apparent that both diagnosis
and treatment are highly individualized, as in homoeopathy.
I suggest that the system of subtle bodies and chakras constitutes a
model of the dynamis, or perhaps a model of what the life force must
flow through (as, by analogy, electricity flows through a circuit)
in order to result in a state of health in the individual; and that
radionic methods can give the practitioner additional information to
help the diagnosis and prescription and can even detect diseases
before they manifest in the form of symptoms.16
Homoeopaths use the word "stuck" when talking about cases, and
another way of looking at the problem is to find out where the
energy is stuck. In case-taking, we have the verbal description by
the patient to guide us. In radionic analysis, we use a structured
method of dowsing to locate the points where the energy is blocked.
The description of the symptom by the patient, I have to suppose, is
how he verbalizes the symptoms he experiences as a result of the
blocks in his subtle anatomy.
A counterpart idea to this is that the provings, rubrics and remedy
pictures are records of the effect of the energy of a potentised
substance on a healthy person, and the prescription is reached by a
transposition of the patient’s comments into the special diagnostic
language of homoeopathy via a weighting system, through which the
practitioner attaches greater or lesser significance to the
patient’s symptoms and then compares them with the rubrics in the
repertory until the best possible remedy match is found.
Using radionic methods, which work via a certain human sensibility which
has not yet been properly explained, we have the possibility of
finding the name of the energy (remedy) by dowsing.
The problem with working from symptoms can be that the patient may
not give you all of them, or may not remember certain things which
happened, or may not consider certain things as being relevant or
important enough to tell you, or perhaps the practitioner may
misinterpret them. Consequently, you may never find the key to the
case or you may give any number of what you think are well-selected
remedies without useful results because you are missing a vital part
of the picture.
Clearly, many successful homoeopathic prescriptions are made which
bring about fantastic results, but just as clearly there are many
failed prescriptions where cases are not resolved because a suitable
remedy is not identified. Although some cases will indeed not be
curable - for example, because of excessive medical drugging or
gross pathology which has gone too far to be repaired - in general,
these failures cannot be a failure of the principles of homoeopathy
because, given such circumstances, the "law of similars" could not
be a law but a guideline.
This is not good, because we deeply desire
homoeopathy to be, and to be shown to be, successful on its own
terms, e.g., through the law of similars, and not reliant on any
alien methodology for an assessment of its viability.17
radionics diagnosis of the subtle energies, and
selection of the remedy and potency by dowsing, can help us resolve
the matter, particularly when the remedy cannot be discerned from
the patient’s stated symptoms. Whichever method is used to find the
most similar remedy, however, is secondary to the fact that the
therapeutic result does not abrogate Hahnemann’s fundamental law,
and thus, when applied in this way, the radionic method supports
There is a further test which is possible with radionic techniques,
which is that the effect of the selected remedy can be checked
before it is administered to the patient. Abrams discovered that "a
sample of quinine gave exactly the same reactions on the subject as
malaria"; if he tested the blood of a malarial patient with a few
grains of quinine, he could obtain no reaction at all.18
various easy ways in which this test can be done with radionics
instruments, and using the analysis in tandem with the remedy you
can check against all detected problems to see how much action the
remedy is likely to have.
To put it another way, a hair sample
provides a link with the energy field of the patient; when you
introduce the radionic rate or ratio card or sample of the remedy
itself into that field, you are mixing the two together in some way.
I presume that the remedy cancels out some distortion in the
patient’s field and thus rectifies it, and this is later reflected
in the removal of the symptoms.19
NEW CHALLENGES FOR HOMOEOPATHY
As I have stated, analysis and treatment in radionics are often
performed when the patient is elsewhere, possibly even on the other
side of the planet.
Although I found these ideas fantastical at
first, practical application has shown that diagnosing and treating
at a distance does work. You can give someone a remedy by setting up
the instrument appropriately, and they will receive it as if they
had taken it by mouth.
I have even had patients call me up and ask
if I’d switched the machine on at such-and-such a time (which of
course I had done) without first telling them. I can see that this
will be a very disturbing idea to some readers, but I would like to
look at it from another angle.
Since its beginnings, homoeopathy has been attacked by the medical
establishment and even now is not really accepted in many quarters.
It should also be noted that remedy manufacture is a very small
industry when compared with the turnover of the major drug companies
and is therefore no real threat to share prices and can be ignored.
This sword, however, cuts two ways: one way is that homoeopathy is
not validated by mainstream science and therefore lacks a certain
cachet, but the other is that to a considerable degree it is left
alone, at least in the UK.
From reading The Homoeopath (issue 72), I know that Rolland Conte
has made this claim:
"There is now known to be a detectable
difference between potentised and unpotentised material, and that
difference has been confirmed by independently replicated scientific
While on the one hand this could be seen as good news
and a validation of homoeopathy, it is actually only a validation of potentisation and not the law of similars, and is in a way (even
though the science as described by Elwyn Rees is very esoteric) an
attempt to rematerialize homoeopathy and treat potentised substances
just like other drugs - which you will see if you visit Rolland
In short, it seems that
Conte wants to treat
remedies as if they were regular drugs and apply them to named
diseases on a drug-per-disease basis.
If Conte is correct and can demonstrate a statistically significant
success rate using a simple biomechanistic relationship between the
remedy and the illness,22 the present situation of
change quite radically, and I think it is necessary to consider the
situation from a number of angles in case the classical position
needs to be defended.
Contrary to Conte’s claims, I would contend that homoeopathy
a material science, even though it produces effects and results on
the material plane. Using radionic techniques, we can demonstrate
not only that remedies can be simulated, i.e., artificially
manufactured, but also that they do not need to be manufactured at
all in order to be administered to a patient; i.e., they can be
administered by radionic broadcasting.23
To me, this is something
which is quite different from what is considered normal by
mainstream science, and is prima facie evidence of why we must treat
attempts to normalize homoeopathy along these lines with the utmost
From Alice Bailey’s viewpoint, physical reality is the result of the
precipitation of energy into form via force - force being the vector
or idea, as it were, which organizes energy. Thus the immaterial is
first and the material comes afterwards. When Hahnemann invented
higher-potency remedies, it’s possible that he abstracted the energy
and the vector from the physical substance.
Thus it could be that
the remedy is the energized form field of the substance it
represents, the degree of potentisation being the amount of energy
available; or, to put it another way, the remedy is the
archetype of the substance.24 That archetype provides something
which will correct the "mistuned" energy field of the sick person
and produce a cure.
All of this leads me to think that Hahnemann, apart from having
provided us with a superb healing system, gave us one of the few
actual proofs we have at present of the existence of supra-physical
dimensions, and that the methods used in
be used to validate this view of Hahnemann’s work (and solve
prescribing problems). I personally consider the need to show the
existence of higher orders of reality as important, since the
alternative is that the mechanistic, materialistic model of science
will continue to hold its dominant position, with all the problems
it has created for humanity and the planet.
In closing, I would like to reproduce part of a quote from a lecture
by the late Aubrey Westlake, given to the British Society of Dowsers
at Malvern in 1972:
God hath chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the
wise, and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound
the things that are mighty... God hath chosen... things which are
not, to bring to naught things that are...
In the eyes of the world, radiesthesia is a thing of no account compared with, say,
astrophysics or atomic research, and yet... it can, when properly
understood, open to us the mysteries both in this world and the
world invisible. It can reveal to us the Truth in so far as our
finite minds can comprehend it.25
1. The best history of radionics is Report on Radionics, by Edward
Russell (C.W. Daniel & Co, 1973, ISBN 85435-002-0). This is
essential reading and includes fascinating material on agricultural
radionics and the general techniques of weed and pest control
without chemicals (suppressed in the USA in the 1950s by the
chemical companies, according to Russell). Those of you who are
against genetically modified (GM) foods and chemical agriculture,
read it and weep.
Dowsing, sometimes known as radiesthesia, is a vast field of
study predicated on the idea that everything has a unique energy
signature which can be detected by a human sensitive using a means
such as the divining rod or pendulum. The technique used merely
serves to amplify the dowser’s subconscious reaction which is
transmitted to his or her arm muscles. Although the pendulum is
considered to have no intrinsic power, I have noticed that some
pendulums seem to work better than others. I put this down to the
fact that the material from which these are made may be incompatible
with me in some way. I have also noticed that pendulums get "tired"
and do not react as efficiently after continual use; which suggests
that if a crystal gets overloaded, you will too - so in other words,
be careful not to fatigue yourself. One recently published book
recommended for beginners is Anyone Can Dowse for Better Health, by
Arthur Bailey (1999, ISBN 0-572-02461-4).
Abrams also developed electronically based treatment procedures,
but this promising line of work has, for the present, fallen into
neglect and is outside the scope of this article. Nevertheless, it
may bear some relation to what Dr Jacques Benveniste is currently
researching; see his website,
4. Present-day practitioners tend to use a hair sample, and I think
that the pendulum is now more widely used than the stick pad; it
certainly gives a far greater range of responses.
The Drown Homa-Vibra Ray and Radio-Vision Instruments and
Their Uses - Radionic Rate Book. This and seminal works by Abrams
and others have been republished by Borderland Sciences Research
Foundation (BSRF) in California; see website
6. For the sake of brevity, I am obliged to omit comment on
important researchers such as George De La Warr (UK), T. Galen Hieronymous (USA) and
Dr W. Guyon Richards (UK), to name but three.
The trend of their work, however, does not materially affect what I
Bailey’s work covers 24 volumes and is not a religion, system or
dogma. The introduction to each volume basically says "Take it or
leave it", or even "Take what you want and leave the rest". A
starting point for those interested might be
Esoteric Healing (Lucis
Press, 1953, ISBN 85330-121-2). Note that I have deliberately left
out any mention of her system of Ray psychology because of space
8. There is considerable debate about the exact nature of the
relationship between the nadis and the nervous system. As a
therapeutic note, I am beginning to suspect that severe dysfunction
of the nadis is a key factor in so-called chronic fatigue syndrome,
or ME. Shock, overwork, excessive emotional strain, etc. causes the
nadis to "crash", and thus energy does not reach the nervous system
and you have a kind of nervous collapse. This may be why, for
example, Kali Phos, a so-called nerve remedy, may be indicated in
9. The Logoic plane is the plane of God (or however we try to
understand this concept). We do not have a Logoic body, although the
Monad (or Spirit) is a "chip off the old block", so to speak.
10. Perhaps this friction is what we could consider, from a
philosophical point of view, to be the root of psora as a general
human phenomenon, i.e., the basic delusion of existence, which has
been written about in most of the great spiritual writings.
Presumably an individual who has overcome his lower self would be
free of psora, or "enlightened" as it is also called.
11. But not all. For instance, there is a class of diseases produced
by conditions inherent in the structure of the planet itself -
conditions such as geopathic stress. For example, see chapter 9 of
The Origin of Life by Georges Lakhovsky (1935; later republished by
BSRF), in which the author examines the statistical distribution of
cancer in France against the underlying geology.
12. Which is to say, you don’t have a separate chakra for each
plane, but the planes are present in the chakras like layers in a
13. Chronic diseases are defined in homoeopathy as non-self-limiting
conditions which generally have a slow onset and an increasing
degree of action (often spotted with acute episodes), ending in
death. If it is correct that the miasms reside in the
should they be activated by a problem at an energy level higher on
the scale (e.g., astral body impinged by shock) then it may be that
you have to identify this and treat it, otherwise the maintaining
cause, as it were, is still there.
Organon of the Medical Art by Samuel Hahnemann (Wenda
Brewster O’Reilly edition, 1996).
15. To indicate how broad this is, I would imagine that anyone who
understood acupuncture and related concepts could use the
appropriate Rae cards to perform a radionic diagnosis and treatment
within the terms of traditional Chinese medicine. I do not know for
sure, but I suspect that homoeopathic remedies which corrected any
problems identified in Chinese terminology could also be dowsed out.
16. In a footnote in §6 of
The Organon, Hahnemann states: "The
medical-art practitioner can never see the... life force that creates
disease, and he never needs to see it." In fact, the dynamis is
something which is only detectable in terms of the symptoms it
produces. Other lines of thought, such as that employed by radionics,
suggest this is not so. There are grounds to believe that, in time,
we will be able to see the dynamis and the subtle bodies. Drown and
De La Warr developed radionic cameras which purported to be able to
photograph the etheric fields of whatever the camera was tuned into,
and this includes homoeopathic remedies; for instance, see De La
Warr’s radionic photograph of Aconitum napellus in New Worlds Beyond
The Atom by George De La Warr and Langston Day (EP Publishing Ltd,
1956, now out of print). There are also various so-called aura
cameras around which appear to depict the aura quite accurately,
although whether they show the other subtle bodies is not clear to
me yet. I can imagine that interesting experiments could be done
where people are photographed before and after taking a remedy, and
17. Such as the type of drug testing carried out by pharmaceutical
companies. Except in the case of acute miasms, homoeopathy seeks to
individualize its prescriptions and does not seek medicines for
named diseases, as in "What’ve you got for ulcers?". The problem
with pharmaceutical drugs is that most of the information on drug
action is thrown into a big dustbin called "Side Effects", so that
your ulcers are cured but you end up with high blood pressure, or
whatever, and this is treated as a sort of unfortunate problem
rather than an undesirable consequence. All this was clearly
recognized by Hahnemann when he described the biphasic action of
drugs. The best way to advance homoeopathy is through success with
patients, and not through attempting to struggle with mainstream
science, because by and large the mechanistic mindset has not yet
caught up to what homoeopathy is. On the other hand, if we
homoeopathically treat a person who has symptoms which involve
laboratory-identifiable micro-organisms and we claim to have cured
the problem, I don’t think it unreasonable for a lab test to be
administered which establishes the presence or absence of the
18. Quoted from Report on Radionics, p. 28. I think most readers
will recognise that this is where Hahnemann started out.
19. In electronic terms, this appears to me to be akin to the
phenomenon known as "phase cancellation". If two identical waveforms
in inverse relationship are added together, they will cancel each
other out. I do not yet know if this idea throws any light on what
actually happens in homoeopathy.
20. Quoted in the article "Conte and Context", by Elwyn Rees,
published in The Homoeopath, issue 73, spring 1999 (The Society of
Homoeopaths, 2 Artizan Road, Northampton, NN1 4HU, United Kingdom,
tel +44 (0)1604 621400, e-mail
Medicine Quantale, the company formed to put Conte’s ideas into
practice, is at
www.mql.com. Read through the website. Here are a
"Although homoeopathic medicine does not constitute the entire scope
and vision of MQL, the initial direction and efforts of the company
are focused on the industrialization of this field of science."
"At present, world pharmaceutical consumption is valued at
approximately US$400 billion per annum, with only 1% currently
related to the use of non-molecular or low-concentration-molecule
remedies, mainly used in ’homoeopathic’ applications. However, in
view of the current interest in ’alternative medicine’, the
prescription of homoeopathic medicine is growing at a rate of around
20% per annum in the United States of America."
"In July 1997, MQL... entered into a research and co-operation
agreement to conduct a study on the effects of high-level dilutions
on the growth and behavior of undifferentiated neuroectodermal
primary tumors (medulloblastoma)... to assess the effects of certain
prepared dilutions on cell growth..."
Conte’s methods may of course prove to be correct, even though they
appear to be against the spirit and the letter of classical
homoeopathy. But if so, watch out. It is not inconceivable that you
may end up paying royalties and licensing fees to Conte if
appropriate patents are granted. You only have to look at the
(successful) efforts of medical companies to patent certain human
gene structures to realize that this could be so.
22. Even though we know from the historical example of
Hughes (1836-1902) that this approach was not generally successful,
apparently the biggest-selling ’flu remedy in France is
Oscillococcinum 200C - one of the few remedies (maybe the only
remedy) allowed in high potency by law in France!
23. I personally use pharmacy-manufactured, simulated and
radionically broadcast remedies as seems appropriate. I am
definitely not suggesting practitioners should give up on the
pharmacies; we should use what we are comfortable with. On the other
hand, I’d be very interested to run some radionically simulated
remedies through Conte’s testing process to see if there is a
detectable change in the material. If the remedy works but there is
no detectable change in the water, then what? If there is a
detectable change, but it is produced by an exposure of the water to
a radionic rate (as opposed to dilution-succussion), then what?
24. Ideas about "form fields" have been expounded at length by
Rupert Sheldrake, who has proposed the concept of "morphogenetic"
(roughly, "structure-creating") fields in his theory of formative
causation. Morphogenetic fields exist in a dimension beyond time and
space, as it is currently understood, but they are nevertheless
inextricably entwined with "normal" reality. (See The Presence of
The Past, Fontana, 1988, ISBN 0-00-637466-2). One of the reasons I
was originally attracted to Sheldrake’s work was that Sir John
Maddox, former editor of the prestigious scientific journal Nature,
apparently called The Presence a "book for burning" in his review of
it. I definitely considered such a level of disapproval to be a
recommendation. In July 1988, Sir John Maddox published Dr Jacques Benveniste’s paper on homoeopathy, and soon afterwards went
personally to Benveniste’s laboratory in France to examine his
experiments, with a technical support crew which included the famous
magician and star of stage and screen, James Randi. As I understand
it, the result of this was that Benveniste was rubbished by Maddox,
ostracised by the French scientific community, and lost his
laboratory and his funding - even though other French scientists
later repeated his experiments and validated his findings.
25. Quoted in Dimensions of Radionics, by Tansley, Rae and Westlake,
There are a number of useful books on radionic techniques, but I
suggest these as being especially useful:
Radionics and the Subtle Anatomy of Man, by David Tansley, published
by C.W. Daniel & Co., 1972, ISBN 0-85032-089-5.
Chakras, Rays and Radionics, by David Tansley, published by C.W.
Daniel & Co., 1984, ISBN 0-85207-161-2. This also contains a chapter
by John Damonte on the miasms.
Dimensions of Radionics, by David Tansley, Malcolm Rae and Aubrey
Westlake, published by Brotherhood of Light, 1977, ISBN
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