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82531259 Mind in Radionics

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The Radionic Principle: Mind over Matter
Tony Scoeld
Explanations for how radionics works involve both a physical, scientic approach
and more esoteric approaches involving the mind and consciousness. In this paper I review some of the latest explanations proposed in the light of advances in quantummechanics as well as the increasing recognition that commentators place on the roleof mind. As the practice of radionics has evolved so has the central role of the mindin radionic healing become ever more apparent
It is 24 years since David Tansley, in
Radionics—Science or Magic?,
lighted the inconsistencies between radionic practice and the physical modelthat many adopted as a means of explaining what they did. He believed thatradionics did not have a place within the belief system of orthodox sciencebut was ‘an interface with higher dimensions of reality and consciousness.’He considered radionics to be ‘a form of mental healing in which instru
ments are not needed to detect or measure those energies which providea picture of the patient. They are simply a link or key-factor in a process ofenergy exchanges which take place at a level beyond the physical. Instru
ments may have their part to play but only in so far as they function as a linkand a focus for the healing power of the practitioner.’
Tansley was forthright in his view that for at least 50 years radionic reac
tions and ndings had been mistakenly interpreted in clinical terms takenstraight from orthodox medicine when they should have been seen as indi
ces of energy reception, distribution and ow, or the lack thereof in thehuman personality. He introduced to radionics the concept of two dimen
sions of activity. In Dimension I, the left brain dominated and was the area oflogic and of our everyday activities, the level of physical reality. In Dimen
sion II the right brain dominated and intuition held sway, the dimension oftranscendent holistic reality, of consciousness.
In this latter dimension timeand distance did not exist and healing occurred instantly as the elds ofthe patient and practitioner became intertwined as soon as the practitionerbrought the patient to mind.His suggestions, although not novel as they had been hinted at by earlierworkers, rmly suggested that radionics could only be explained using anesoteric model and it was Tansley who introduced concepts from easternmysticism to provide a model with which to work.
The idea of introducing the concepts of theosophy into radionics had been discussed in the RadionicAssociation before Tansley published his books but it was Tansley who provided an accessible guide forpractitioners and students. (Enid Eden, personal communication 2006)
Many today believe that it is the energy of the mind that is the fundamen
tal operating principle in radionics
and a key gure in bringing this notionto the attention of radionic practitioners was George de la Warr. De la Warrinvestigated the phenomenon experimentally. For example, he conductedtests on growing plants in vermiculite. He told his assistants which vermicu
lite had been treated radionically to increase growth rate and which had not.In fact none of the pots had been treated but nevertheless, the plants in thosepots that the assistants thought had been treated grew better. Similar tri
als have been conducted by others.
Indeed, Tansley believed de la Warr’sgreatest contribution to radionics was to call our attention time and again tothe role of the mind in radionics.
The mind can be considered to be the vehicle of human consciousnesswhich would include both conscious and unconscious processes that inu
ence behaviour. A universal mind, as suggested by Alice Bailey, would beassociated with universal consciousness, if such indeed exists. But this hasto be taken on trust. However, such concepts, which are widely espoused bynon-scientists, often provide a basis for understanding radionics.Both Westlake
and Tansley
expressed the view that understandingof radionics and radiesthesia was badly hampered by the desire to explainthe phenomena in terms of orthodox science. However, concepts in physicshave changed a great deal since Tansley’s book was written although we stillsee the same tensions between those that support a physical explanation ofradionics and those that adopt a more esoteric explanation.The purpose of this paper is to re-examine whether radionics is bestexplained by the concepts of modern science or, as Tansley suggests, by theinvolvement of the mind and human consciousness.
Some early views on how radionics works
Since the beginnings of radionics and radiesthesia there has existed a ten
sion between the conicting physical and esoteric theories.
Sir James Barr,Abrams’ most inuential supporter in Britain, realised that radiations pur
porting to come from blood and the oscilloclast, Abrams’ treatment instru
ment, had not been satisfactorily established and neither had the idea thata blood spot could be used for diagnosis, although he had plenty of rsthand experience that radionics worked.
Most modern day practitioners nolonger believe that radionics can be explained primarily by the principles ofelectronics as Abrams had postulated. This concept gradually disappearedas the practitioner became ever more separated from the patient with thereplacement of the test subject with a stick pad and then a pendulum and,eventually, the use of blood spots and other witnesses in place of the patientwho may be thousands of miles from the practitioner. Finally, although
many instruments have plugs on them, many practitioners never plug theminto an electricity supply.
32, 43
Barr was concerned, however, that if a psychic inuence was involvedthrough the medium of the oscilloclast then the whole mechanistic rationaleof drug therapy – the backbone of orthodox medicine – would collapse inchaos and uncertainty. And this could not be allowed to happen! Never
theless he believed that the ‘human subject is the instrument
 par excellence
which does the work and not the ‘rheostat’ or ‘emanometer’ ( a diagnosticinstrument designed by W.E. Boyd, the homeopath
) by his side’.
In discussing Abrams’ methods Frederick Strong suggested that thoughtsmay be a great creative power with humans merely acting as ‘step-downtransformers’ for the ’great vibratory “broadcasting station”.’
Abramscertainly found that thoughts could inhibit the disease reexes in the sub
 ject and he believed Strong’s ideas were a plausible hypothesis but he wasdetermined to ‘de-occult the occult’ and stick ‘with almost morbid intensityto the canons of modern science and the methods of the laboratory’. He cer
tainly believed that the energy from the oscilloclast was ‘a physical vibrationof a denite nature, and has
in itself 
nothing to do with mental suggestion(although the latter may help or retard its action).’
Although Abrams rec
ognised occult phenomena he believed they were merely manifestations of‘human energy’.
Drown, too, preferred to involve science in explaining how her RadioTherapy worked. She involved radio waves and the ‘Life Force’, which wasexplained in atomic terms which, even in her day, would have appearedbizarre!
She considered the use of ESP, or psychic powers ‘at this stage ofevolution’ to be ‘a cumbrous and unwelcome humbug’ in the Drown system,and the physicians trained in its use aimed to avoid this.
In 924
Scientic American
had concluded that Abrams’ techniques, whenthey worked, were psychic in nature.
Indeed, Abrams had recognised thatthe ‘will to believe was a prerequisite in this work’.
wentfurther and suggested radionics to be a form of ceremonial magic
, thetuner being solidied thought form with the rates representing agreementswith the subtle nature spirits. He observed that most practitioners agree thatthe more people using a particular system, the better it works for everyone.David Tansley certainly believed radionics to be magic.
History suggeststhat yesterday’s magic often becomes tomorrow’s scientic breakthrough.
– the art of producing marvellous results by compelling the aid of spirits, or by using the secretforces of nature, such as the power supposed to reside in certain objects as ‘givers of life’. Brookes, I. ed.(200)
The Chambers Dictionary
, 9th edn. Chambers Harrap, Edinburgh.

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