History of Energy Therapies

Welcome to the section featuring many gifted physicians, practitioners of energy medicine, and masters of reiki and the the laying on of hands, including: Avicenna Ibn Sina, Paracelus, Jean Baptiste van Helmont, Giuseppe Balsamo, Franz Mesmer, Philippe de Lyon, Gérard Encausse, Edgar Cayce, Semyon Kirlian, Wilhelm Reich, Bjorn Nordenstrom, and David Bohm.

Avicenna Ibn Sina

Overview: In the year 980 AD, there lived a wise man named Avicenna Ibn Sina. He left two great legacies: The Canon of Medicine and The Book of Healing. In the latter book, book he detailed the power of healing with magnets.

Persian philosopher Ibn Sina or Avicenna (c.980-1037) was born in the village of Afshana near the present-day Bukhara (in Uzbekistan) then a leading city in Persia (Iran.) His mother Setareh was from the same village, while his father Abdullah was Ismaili, who was a respected local governor, under the Samanid dynasty was from the ancient city of Balkh (today Afghanistan). His real name is Abu Ali al-Husayn Ibn Abd Allan Ibn Sina, however, he is commonly referred to under his Latinized name Avicenna. In the Muslim world, he is known simply as Ibn Sina.

At an early age, his family moved to Bukhara where he studied Hanafi jurisprudence with Isma‘il Zahid and at about 13 years of age he studied medicine with a number of teachers. At the age of 16, he established himself as a respected physician. Besides studying medicine, he also dedicated much of his time to the study of physics, natural sciences and metaphysics.

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Theophrastus von Hohenheim, aka, Paracelus.

Overview: Paracelus took advantage of his knowledge as a doctor and alchemist, to re-shape the idea that was explained by Avicenna. He developed a theory that referred to the magnetic influence of the stars or cosmos, in relation to wounds and the different parts of the human body. He was a famous physician, alchemist, and astrologer of the German Renaissance.

Early Life

Paracelsus was born Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim (1493-1541), in the village of Einsiedeln, Switzerland. His name referred to Aurus Cornelius Celsus, the celebrated Roman encyclopaedist, one of the greatest medical writers of his time. Paracelsus’ father, Wilhelm Bombast von Hohenheim, was a Swabian (German) chemist and physician, and his mother was Swiss, presumed to have died when Paracelsus was a child.

Major Accomplishments

Paracelsus was a German-Swiss alchemist and Renaissance physician, whose main interest included alchemy, botany, physiology, astrology, science, and the occult. His personality was seen as stubborn and independent, an embattled reformer, and a revolutionary who insisted in using observations of nature rather than looking to ancient texts, a radical defiance of the medical practice at the time. He preferred experience and experimentation over knowledge.

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Jean Baptiste van Helmont

Overview: Paracelus had a student (a disciple of Paracelus), named Jean Baptiste. He established the difference between animal magnetism and internal or spiritual magnetism in the 16th century. He was a brilliant chemist, physiologist, and physician, from the Spanish Netherlands. Lived 1580 – 1644.

Jan Baptist von Helmont was one of the early brilliant minds in the modern period of Flemish chemistry, physiology, and medicine. Sometimes, he is considered as the “founder of pneumatic chemistry” and today he is remembered by modern generations in the field of medicine for his thoughts on spontaneous generation, how he introduced the word “gas” to the scientific vocabulary, and his famous 5-year tree experiment.

Early Years and Background

Born on the 12th day of January in 1580, Brussels, Belgium, Jan Baptist von Helmont was a member of one of the noble families. He was the youngest of the five children of Christiaen van Helmont, a public prosecutor, and Maria van Stassaert. He obtained his education at the Catholic University of Louvain and gained his philosophy degree in 1594. There, he also explored the many different fields of science. However, he found no satisfaction in them and in the end he focused his works on medicine. He obtained his medical degree in 1609 after ten years of travels and studies.

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Alessandro Cagliostro, alias Giuseppe Balsamo

Overview: A contemporary of Frans Mesmer, Alessandro Cagliostro was an Italian wealthy man who went around the world imposing the energy from his hands in treating hundreds of patients, leading them back to good health. He only had one request for them, and that was that they believe in him. Cagliostro, after giving the best of himself to healing, died as a victim of the Spanish Inquisition. A great mind who pursued various occult arts, including psychic healing, alchemy and scrying.

Count Cagliostro (pronounced “kally-o-stro”) was an 18th century occult mystic/conman/faith healer who ranged throughout Europe, claiming a noble, exotic, and mysterious origin. A political loose cannon in an age of revolution, he was implicated in the famous French “Affair of the Diamond Necklace”, and was ultimately condemned to death by the Roman Inquisition for practising freemasonry.

People (including prosecutors and particularly jail guards) wanted to know if Cagliostro was a real sorcerer. They also wondered if he really could extend life, and if he was really the head of an Egyptian Masonic cult. Some speculated that he was really a Jesuit spy, others suspected that he was really an agent for an international revolutionary conspiracy. They were curious to know where he came from, and especially, what he was capable of. It is a question that has intrigued researchers for centuries.

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Franz Anton Mesmer

Overview: In 1775, a German doctor called Frans Mesmer, presented his theory of the use of animal magnetism. He developed a series of mechanisms, and treatments that utilized magnets and his own hands. He redirected the energy of many patients, alleviating their maladies and conducting them to a state of recovery and good health. “The human body emanates radiant heat and other living effluents, especially through their the tips of the fingers, their eyesight, breath, and their thoughts.” His hands became his primary instrument of healing.

Mesmer set in train a branch of fringe medicine which proved to be the motive force for later dynamic psychology. “I named the property of the animal body that renders it liable to the action of heavenly bodies and of the earth animal magnetism.” Material magnetism, first elucidated by William Gilbert (1544-1603), was also considered to cast its subtle influence on the nervous system. Mesmer wrote of animal magnetism “that all bodies were, like the magnet, capable of communicating this magnetic principle; that this fluid penetrated everything and could be stored up and concentrated, like the electric fluid; that it acted at a distance”. Moreover, harnessing its forces could “cure nervous disorders directly and other disorders indirectly”. Mesmer, a Viennese physician, was attempting to provide a scientific explanation for some remarkable cures he had affected by requiring patients to grasp magnetized iron bars. He considered that this procedure resulted in restoring equilibrium between the patient’s state of animal magnetism and that prevailing in the environment.

Mesmer used a type of hypnotism on his patients, but attributed his powers to a hitherto unknown physical/psychic force, ‘animal magnetism’. He described this force or fluid as permeating the universe and suggested that the human nervous system was somehow attuned to it. But an imbalance in animal magnetism inside the body could bring on nervous illness. Mesmer treated his patients directly by channeling animal magnetism through his own body to the affected part of the patient with a kind of laying-on of hands, and indirectly by ‘magnetizing’ iron bars or other objects, by touching them himself and the patient then used these objects to ‘magnetize’ themselves. In pre-revolutionary Paris, Mesmer’s treatment was highly fashionable, particularly with women. Patients were treated in groups, sitting around a large barrel full of water and magnetized iron filings, from which protruded iron rods, which each patient grasped.’ The Energy of Life, Guy Brown (2000)

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Philippe de Lyon

Overview: Philippe de Lyon was not afraid of the Spanish Inquisition. Since the middle of the 15th century, he practiced medicine through the use of the energy that surged from his hands, re-establishing and restoring patients with disabilities, and saving people suffering from congenital illnesses. He had a very special student, named Gerard Encausse.

Philippe Anthelme Nizier was born in 1849. From a very young age, he was known for his “strange powers” and some even pondered whether he might not be the returned Jesus. After his death in 1905, he would be seen as a master – “Maître Philippe”. Mastering his powers came naturally, and from a young age; there is no evidence that he ever studied with or under anyone to refine or control them: “I was not even six years old and already the village priest was worried about certain manifestations, about which I was not yet aware. At the age of thirteen, I acquired the powers to heal, even though I was still incapable of taking account of the strange things that went on inside of me.” But despite no total understanding of what he was, it meant that “Master Philippe” had begun his life as a healer.

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Gérard Encausse

Overview: Gerard Encausse was a special student of Philippe de Lyon. He was known as Papus – a doctor and occultist. He founded the School of Mystery, which was more important in Europe. He divided illness in 3 types: Physical disease (fever, trauma, fractures) treated with allopathic medicine; Astral (tuberculosis, cancer, nervous conditions) that he would cure through the use of homeopathy and magnetism; and Spiritual maladies (hysteria, epilepsy) that he alleviated through prayer.

As a young man, Gerard Encausse spent a great deal of time at the Bibliotheque Nationale studying the Kabbalah, occult tarot, magic, and alchemy. He joined the French Theosophical Society, but resigned soon after joining because he disliked the Society’s emphasis on Eastern occultism.

Encausse was also a member of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn temple in Paris, as well as Memphis-Misraim and probably other esoteric or paramasonic organizations, as well as being an author of several occult books. Outside of his paramasonic and Martinist activities he was also a spiritual student of the French spiritualist healer, Anthelme Nizier Philippe.

Gérard Encausse, usually known by his pseudonym “Papus,” was a Spanish-born French physician, hypnotist, and popularizer of occultism.

Encausse’s pseudonym “Papus” was taken from Lévi’s “Nuctemeron of Apollonius of Tyana”  and means “physician.” Papus is primarily remembered as an author of books on magic, Qabalah and the Tarot, and as a prominent figure in the various occultist organizations and Parisian spiritualist and literary circles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Edgar Cayce

Overview: In the last 3rd of the 14th century, Edgar Cayce became famous on the world stage. He was a North American citizen. Since his childhood, he showed an innate gift to utilize paranormal powers and carry out paranormal activities. He used that power on thousands of people, following one law that is common among healers: “Be loyal to yourself. Help the poor and afflicted. Never profit from your capacity to assist with the suffering of others.”

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Edgar Cayce (/ˈkeɪsiː/; March 18, 1877 – January 3, 1945) was an American self-professed clairvoyant who answered questions on subjects as varied as healing, reincarnation, wars, Atlantis, and future events while allegedly asleep. A biographer gave him the nickname, The Sleeping Prophet. A nonprofit organization, the Association for Research and Enlightenment,[1] was founded to facilitate the study of Cayce’s work.

Some consider him the true founder and a principal source of the most characteristic beliefs of the New Age movement. Cayce is also notable for his contributions to the notions of diet and health, particularly the issues of food combining, acid/alkaline diet, and the therapeutic use of food.

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Semyon Kirlian

Overview: A very significant Russian citizen, was Semyon Kirlian, who developed a special camera to capture the magnetic fields that circulate within, surround, and encapsulate the human body.

Semyon Davidovich Kirlian (1898 – 1978) a Soviet inventor and researcher of Armenian descent, who along with his wife Valentina Khrisanfovna Kirlian (1904—1971), was a teacher and journalist, discovered and developed Kirlian photography.

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Wilhelm Reich

Orgone energy (as described by Wilhelm Reich) is cosmic life energy, the fundamental creative force long known to people in touch with nature, and speculated about by natural scientists, but now physically objectified and demonstrated.

The orgone was discovered by Dr. Wilhelm Reich, who identified many of its basic properties. For instance, the orgone energy charges and radiates from all living and nonliving substance. It also can readily penetrate all forms of matter, though with varying rates of speed. All materials affect the orgone energy, by attracting and absorbing it, or by repelling or reflecting it. The orgone can be seen, felt, measured and photographed. It is a real, physical energy, and not just some metaphorical, hypothetical force.

The orgone also exists in a free form in the atmosphere, and in the vacuum of space.

The orgone charge within a given environment, or within a given substance, will vary with time, usually in a cyclical manner.

It (orgone energy) is a ubiquitous medium, a cosmic ocean of dynamic, moving energy, which interconnects the whole physical universe; all living creatures, weather systems, and planets respond to its pulsations and movements.

The orgone is related to, but quite different from other forms of energy.

The orgone is also the medium through which electromagnetic disturbances are transmitted, mush in the manner of the older concept of cosmic ether (or aether) though it is not itself electromagnetic in nature.

Still, the mass-free orgone energy is not any one of these physico-mechanical factors, or even the sum of them. The properties of the orgone energy derive more from life itself, much in the manner of the older concept of a vital force, or elan vital; unlike those older concepts, however, the orgone also has been found to exist in a mass-free form, in the atmosphere and in space. It is primary, primordial cosmic life energy, while all other forms of energy are secondary in nature. The scientist detects the orgone energy as ether or plasma-energy, describing it mechanically as something dead, while the ordinary person feels the life-energy as love…

In the living world, orgone energy functions underlie major life processes; pulsations, streaming, and charge of the biological orgone determines the movements, actions, and behavior of protoplasm and tissues, as well as the strength of “bioelectrical” phenomena. Emotion is the ebb and flow, the charge and discharge of the orgone within the membrane of an organism, just as weather is the ebb and flow, the charge and discharge of the orgone in the atmosphere. Both organism and weather respond to the prevailing character and state of the life energy. Orgone energy functions appear across the whole of creation, in microbes, animals, storm-clouds, hurricanes, and galaxies.  \orgone energy not only charges and animates the natural world, much like a cosmic protoplasm; we are immersed in a sea of it, much as a fish is immersed in water.More, it is the medium which communicates emotion and perception, through which we are connected to the cosmos, and made kin to all that is living.

The free, uninhibited expression of emotion, and natural sexual excitation and gratification during orgasm were identified by Reich as expressions of unimpeded energetic movement in the body.

Reich’s early observations regarding human behavior, emotions, the orgasm, and vegetative streaming sensations strongly suggested a real, tangible nature to the emotional ebergy. He later used sensitive millivoltmeters to confirm this point of view, and to quantify bioelectrical energy currents, and their emotional correlates.

Pleasure, he observed, was identified by an increasing bioelectrical charge at the skin surface, while anxiety was accompanied by a loss of this same peripheral bioelectrical charge.

Reich noted that the ameba had no “nervous system”, “brain”, as with the higher animal, yet it expended towards or contracted away from its environment in a manner similar to the higher animals. He believed that many of the functions attributed to the brain were really functions of whole-body processes, involving the participation of the autonomic nervous system, but primarily being the result of the energetic forces he had documented in a clinical and laboratory setting. These currents of biological energy, he argued, functioned the same in all living creatures, and he sought to test the idea by making millivoltmeters measurements of ameba during states of expansion and contraction.

Reich made the moss and grass infusions, but also made careful microscopic observation of the process whereby ameba developed. He did not see spores on the grass blades, swelling up to become new ameba. Instead, he observed that the moss and grass itself would disintegrate and break down into blue-green vesicles. The tiny vesicles would, over a period of several days, develop and clump together, after which a new membrane would form around the clump; the clump of vesicles would roll and pulsate inside the membrane for a period, and eventually the whole thing would move away on its own, having turned into a new ameba. Moreover, Reich observed that a number of materials, both organic and inorganic, would, when allowed to disintegrate and swell in a sterile nutrient solution, form the tiny blue-green vesicles.

Reich gave a new name to the unusual microscopic vesicle he had discovered: the bion… The bions exhibited a bluish coloration, and radiant energy effects were otherwise observed. It was during these microscopic observations of the bions that Reich first discovered the orgone radiation, and later, the principle of the orgone energy accumulator.

His findings on the bions also resolved two parallel riddles, the origins of protozoa from disintegrated dead plant tissue in the natural environment, and the origins of  protozoan cancer cells from the energetically (emotionally) deadened tissues of the human body. Reich observed similar processes at work in both dead grass and deadened animal tissue: disintegration into bions, followed by a spontaneous reorganization of bions into protozoan forms. In both cases, of soil or tissues, Reich argued that the process was initiated by a loss of life energy charge of the tissues, followed by putrefaction and disintegration.

One special bion preparation, made from pulverized beach sand heated to incandescence and immersed into a sterile nutrient broth, yielded a powerful radiant energy phenomena.

Reich also noted that the air in rooms containing the special bion cultures would feel “heavy” or charged. When observed at night, in full darkness, the air would visibly scintillate and glow with a pulsating energy.

Reich eventually became convinced that the special enclosures were capturing a free atmospheric form of the same energy that he also observed coming from living organisms. He called the newly discovered energy the orgone, and he developed ways to amplify the energy accumulating effects of the enclosure, mainly through multiple layering of the metallic and organic materials. No electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism, or nuclear radiations were employed in these accumulating structures, which were entirely passive in design. The special enclosures were thereafter called orgone energy accumulators

Reich and his co-workers published a host of research articles on the orgone energy accumulator, its unusual physical properties, and its life-positive biomedical effects. These effects have been repeatedly confirmed, and a research tradition in orgone biophysics continues to this day.

Properties of the Orgone Energy: A) Ubiquitous, fills all space. B) Mass-free; cosmic, primordial in nature. C) Penetrates all matter, but at different rates of speed. D) Spontaneously pulsates, expands and contracts, and flows with a spinning wave. E) Directly observable and measureable. F) Negatively entropic. G) Strong mutual affinity and attraction to/by water. H) Accumulated naturally by living organisms through foods, water, breath, and through the skin. I) Mutual excitation and attraction of separate orgone energy streams, or of separate systems charged with orgone (cosmic superimposition). J) Excitability via secondary energies (nuclear, electromagnetism, electrical sparking, friction) to the point of glowing lumination.

From: The Orgone Accumulator Handbook, by Wilhelm Reich & James De Meo

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Bjorn Nordenstrom

Overview: It was during the period of the birth of radiology in the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, when Bjorn Nordenstrom utilized the electric fields in cancerous tumours. He discovered that white blood cells transport an electric negative charge, allowing them to be attracted to the tumor by a platinum electrode. The platinum with a positive charge, was implanted in the affected area. A chemical and electrical process was produced, and that robbed the cancer cells of oxygen, draining water and causing the tumor to dehydrate. That process is still in the developmental phase now.  

During the 1950’s, a brilliant, inquisitive and highly innovative Swedish  radiologist and surgeon, Dr. Björn E.W. Nordenström became interested in streaks, spikes and coronas that he saw in X-ray images of lung tumors. When Dr. Nordenström discussed his observations with other physicians, many of his colleagues saw nothing. Others attributed the phenomena to artifacts in the image.

Dr. Nordenström was quite familiar with negative reactions from his colleagues. As his accomplishments grew, he became Head of Diagnostic Radiology at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. He also authored or co-authored more than 150 publications in radiology, electrobiology and pharmacology.  He was a member of the Nobel Assembly from 1967 through 1986, and served as President of the Assembly in 1985.  Even with these credentials, many of his ideas, such as needle biopsy and balloon catheterization were initially met with significant amounts of opposition by his peers.

In 1965, Dr. Nordenström began a scientific investigation into the subtle anomalies that he observed in lung tumor X-ray images. After years of very careful experimentation and analysis, he came to the conclusion that the streaks, spikes and coronas that could be seen in X-ray radiographs of lung tumors were the result of water movement, movement of ions and restructuring of certain tissues due to the influence of various electrical and electrochemical phenomena.

As his research activities progressed, Dr. Nordenström proposed a closed loop, circulatory, self regulating model for healing that was much more detailed and complete than conventional wound healing models.  Dr. Nordenström’s model involves various Biologically Closed Electric Circuits (BCEC), capable of utilizing a number of physiological pathways and influencing structure and function for a variety of tissues and organs.  In essence, he described another circulatory system where continuous energy circulation and circulating electrical currents support healing, metabolism, growth, regulation, immune response, etc.

Using his BCEC theory, Dr. Nordenström developed electrochemical therapy (EChT), a minimally invasive electrotherapeutic technique for the treatment of cancer and hemangioma tumors.  EChT assists the body’s normal BCEC electrochemical healing processes by complementing and assisting the naturally occurring endogenous electric fields and currents that support the process of healing.

EChT povides a low-cost, patient friendly and highly effective technique for the treatment of localized tumors.  EChT is highly complementary and can be administered with other therapeutic modalities.  EChT does not have the serious side effects associated with conventional therapies, and experience has shown that EChT does not exhibit a significant therapeutic resistance with repeated applications, as is often the case with conventional therapies.

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David Bohm

David Bohm was brilliant, innovative quantum physicist and philosopher. Please standby for more detailed information.

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