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Farrelly, Frances

Category: Healer

Frances Farrelly was born in 1911 in Vermont.  Her paternal grandparents were Irish and her maternal grandfather was of English and Scottish descent.  Her maternal grandmother was of Scottish, English and Native American Indian extraction, so we have quite a heady inherited gene brew here.

[Left: From left to right Frances Farrelly with Christopher Bird and Florence Silbert - seated]

Frances was one of the healers that Dr Shafica Karagulla used in her studies of what she called Higher Sense Perception.  Dr Karagulla was a neuro-psychiatrist who spent eight years researching ordinary people who appeared to have extraordinary abilities.  She started off being a skeptic as most scientists are, but over time the evidence seemed overwhelming and she set up a research project to find out more.  Her research subjects were carefully chosen.  She rejected all those who claimed they had these abilities but instead by a laborious process of enquiry and referral managed to find those who carried on normal professions and who never talked about their abilities but just used them.  Frances was one of those people and the code name ‘Kay’ was used in Dr Karagulla’s books.

Her childhood was replete with psychic experiences, including healing and being able to see "the little people."  Like many young people with these gifts she thought that to develop them required her to be ‘religious’ , accordingly she entered Saint Lawrence University at Canton, New York, an Universalist Church theological school, to study for the ministry.  At the outset, she began to doubt the theology taught, which the dean told her was merely a case of "freshman measles."  Yet the doubt persisted, and in her junior year she "dropped out."

She decided to go for a more practical profession and enrolled in the Northwest Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, and after graduation, with three of her classmates, opened her own school for medical technicians in Utica, New York.  She later moved to Florida's west coast and started another school in Sarasota.  Unmarried, she also adopted two infant boys, Stephen and Peter.

“With only seven dollars in the bank”, Frances took a job as a teacher in a small private school.  But she soon found that work insufficiently demanding, so took up laboratory work again, this time in a new hospital, where she “demonstrated such skill” that she was appointed inspector of Milk and Water by the city of Sarasota, as well as the county, and later appointed State Examiner.

While her laboratory work was expanding, she was invited by a young woman physician to lecture to a local medical society on clinical interpretations of hematology reports.  After the meeting, the two had coffee together and became friends.  A general practitioner, the physician informed Ms. Farrelly that she was interested in "electronic medicine, a peculiar art of diagnosis which had first been developed at the turn of the century by the San Francisco Director of Medical Studies at Stanford University, Albert Abrams, M.D”.

Through her physician friend, she was introduced to Dr. Ruth Drown of Pasadena, California.  Dr. Drown asked Ms. Farrelly to come and work with her.  After several months' work with Dr. Drown, “whose innovative work was later attacked as fraudulent by the medical establishment and the FDA”, she met Arthur Young, the inventor of the Bell Helicopter, who had formed the Foundation for the Study of Consciousness in New York City.  She was employed by Young in investigating the diagnostic techniques of Dr. Abrams, which were flowering in Europe under the name of "radionics."

While investigating radionics in the U.S. and England, Frances became increasingly skeptical about the radionic "box" device used in the diagnostic technique.  She came to the conclusion that the operators were themselves the devices.

Returning to Florida in 1960, she found the demand for her healing and diagnostic work becoming so large that she eventually had to devote all her time to it.  Eventually she became a diagnostician using her unique skills to medical professionals only — physicians, osteopaths, chiropractors throughout the country. 

"I can no longer diagnose on a personal basis," she said at the time "because there is not enough time and because there is always the possibility that it might be construed as being illegal."

Where did her skills come from?  As we have seen she was helped by having the right inherited genes.  But she also had a series of events in her life that I think served to 'top up' those skills and all of them were overload and traumatic. 

The year 1944, for example,  was a traumatic one in her life.  Hardly had she learned that her father, to whom she was deeply devoted, was killed in an automobile accident than her son Peter, age 4, fell out of the car she was driving and died within hours, despite her best efforts to save him.  Two days later, her business went bankrupt.  To add to her troubles she suffered attacks of migraine most of her life and also had malaria, anaemia and pneumonia several times. So quite a heady brew.

I could not find her date of death.

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