Farrelly, Frances - Diagnosing diabetes and blood clot
Type of Spiritual Experience
BackgroundFrom an interview in 1957
A description of the experience
CBird: What did you do in England?
FARRELLY: While there, I spoke to a group of prominent physicians at the office of Michael Ash, an orthodox doctor who was experimenting with healing by the laying-on-of-hands. I did some healing with him. Ash had a theory about the radionics devices which corresponded with that of Arthur Young. To test it, he brought a deaf-dumb-and-blind patient to this office and introduced me by writing my name with his foreigner in her hand. He told me to step up to her and lay my hands on her and tell him what was ailing here. When I stepped towards her, I got a sudden severe pain across my middle and a searing flash of heat on the right side of my head affecting an area about the size of a quarter dollar. I immediately stepped back and both pains disappeared. When I approached her again, they returned. I looked at Dr. Ash and, knowing the patient couldn't hear me, I asked what was wrong with her across her middle. He chided me to be more anatomically specific.
I began surveying various organs of the body in my head. Diaphragm. Stomach. Liver. I got no reaction to any of these and others until I thought "pancreas." Then the pain in my middle instantly returned. I asked myself if it was the head of the pancreas. The pain disappeared again. Same for the tail of the pancreas. I thought: "the Isles of Langerhann, which make insulin." I immediately got a sharp pain back again in what was obviously my own pancreas.
I told Dr. Ash it was the Isles of Langerhann. He nodded affirmatively and asked if I felt anything else. I decided to plunge ahead and felt a hot spot on my head. I ran a few possibilities through my head: "tumor?" "growth?" Finally "blood clot" occurred to me and when it did, I felt the hot pain in my head.
When I gave this diagnosis to Dr. Ash, he beamed. "See, you are the instrument, not those devices you've been working with. This woman got this way from a diabetic coma and indeed has a blood clot in the very area you've pinpointed."
CBird: Did you make other diagnoses for Dr. Ash?
FARRELLY: I spent two more weeks with him and sat next to him at his desk writing down my impressions about all his patients. That gave me much more confidence to go ahead and work without the instrument. I would just hold a blood sample in my hand and either directly feel what the patient was afflicted with or determine it by rubbing, not on the plate of a radionics device, but right on the top of the desk or table in front of me.
CBird: Today you just do the rubbing when necessary don't you?
FARRELLY: Yes. It was when I was about to leave the Young's in 1960 that I began working with the California psychiatrist Shafica Karagulla, M.D. I gave up tuning into people directly and getting a pain because my senses were becoming so acute that if I were, say, just sitting in a train, I would begin unconsciously to pick up pains from the people in the same car I was in. My back, my shoulders, my stomach would ache. My bunions would hurt. And the emotions of various people would assail me to the point that I hardly knew how I was feeling myself. I'd feel sad and mad and glad, all at the same time. I could pick out the person associated with each pain or emotion but I had to learn how to shut this out because it was becoming overpowering.
CBird: What use is a radionics device, do you think, if people like yourself can diagnose without it?
FARRELLY: I believe it acts something like a dowsing device. A dowser uses a divining rod or a pendulum to get answers. The rod or pendulum acts to signal a yes or no answer to the questions. In my case, the rubbing provided the answer. The technique I employ may be ages old. There is a passage in a book, Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande by the celebrated English anthropologist, Edward Evans-Prichard relating how a witchdoctor made a little round disk with a tail on it and another disk with a handle on it. He'd sit down and put his foot on the tail to hold it steady and then he'd rub the other disk over it and then ask, for example, if his neighbor's pigs had cholera. If it stuck, they had the disease. If it slid smoothly, they did not. The technique hardly differs from my own.