Kirlian Device 1972-1975
"New technology in the area of Kirlian photography could help us
not only in psi research but in other disciplines.
Research on Kirlian photography is an area of psi that interests the
United States government, and recently they have given several
research grants to Mankind Research Unlimited Inc., of
Washington, D.C., for work on the Kirlian effect. MRU, originally
a subsidiary of a large engineering consulting firm, and now an
independent company, considers the contracts ". . . 'firsts' for
government supported 'human engineering' research grants." Former
Naval officer Carl Schleicher, who is president and research and
development director of MRU, told us, "We have found that the
government can and will support research in these areas [psi], if
such research is properly communicated to them, provides a
beneficial use of tax payers' funds and is conducted by responsible
One of Carl's secrets of communicating with the government in
order to obtain psi grants has been translation of occult and
parapsychological terms into "respectable" technical jargon.
Referring to a grant project involving the study of chakras (body
energy centers, according to yoga), Carl told the Washington Post
Potomac Magazine (July 22, 1973), ". . . I can communicate this
information to a government agency that doesn't know what the hell
a chakra is . . . I just call them 'unique psychophysiological tools
and techniques,' and they say, 'Fine, thanks very much.' " By the
same token, Kirlian photography, for purposes of government
grants, was described as "chemiluminescent and
electrophotographic (Tesla effect) techniques," and "certain . . .
psychosomatic evaluatory areas."
With Kirlian photography, as with everything else for which he has
sought funding, Carl looks for pragmatic applications-- techniques
that can be applied to a problem, something to diagnose sickness,
something that might even spot hijackers.
Many people seem surprised at the idea that anything springing
from the occult could prove practical and useful; yet basically, if
there had not been certain practical benefits from the occult
sciences, they would not have survived to modern times.
Says Professor Douglas Dean, former president of the
Parapsychological Association, "We have far to go to bridge the
gap between certain areas of Soviet research and our own . . .
particularly, Kirlian photography. But certainly we have much to
gain by pursuing such research. The great unknown potential of
Kirlian photography may open up areas yet undreamed of, which
can be of great benefit to the whole of mankind."
Dr. Stanley Krippner was one of the first to secure a Kirlian circuit diagram:
"A First-Hand Look at Psychotronic Generators" by Stanley F. Krippner
In 1973, during the First International Conference on Psychotronic Research, I met Robert Pavlita a most enigmatic man. This controversial Czech inventor is the designer of the so-called "psychotronic generator," a device for storing and applying "biological energy."
I don't speak Czech, but with the help of a translator we had a long conversation, after which he demonstrated one of his generators to the people at the conference. His daughter participated by touching her hand to her head in a rhythmic way and then touching her hand to the generator. Within a few minutes the generator started to move. This is very difficult to explain in any conventional way, and I know one physicist who couldn't sleep all night trying to figure out how this happened.
During a more recent visit to Czechoslovakia (January 1974). I was privileged to see ten different demonstrations of psychotronic generators. Dr. Zdenk Rejdak and his staff drove me and my associate, Mark Rejdak, to Lazne Belohrad, a town famous for its spa. As we entered the building in which Mr. and Mrs. Pavlita, their daughter, and their son-in-law have their apartment, we noted a large sign. We asked for a translation and discovered that it read:
'This house was built, with the help of the Lord,
for myself, for my relatives, for beauty, and for the needs of the city.
Franz Chernoch, 1899'
We were given a hospitable greeting by Pavlita and his family. Within a short time he produced several of his devices and told us something of their history. Pavlita had been building psychotronic generators for more than thirty-five years. How did he become interested in generators? He studied alchemy books. (Czechoslovakia has always been a center for the study of alchemy. There is a whole street in Prague where alchemists used to live.)
The shape of the items that the alchemists used was very intriguing to Pavlita. What he did was to put together various materials of different shape by trial and error. From this he found that there were three components of the psychotronic generators similar to those that the alchemists used. One is the shape of the device. Another is the material from which it is made. The third and most important is the biological rhythm - the means for getting the biological energy from the living organisms into the device. He says that there are at least sixty-eight centers of biological energy in the human body, and he has invented a generator for each one. Each of these generators is fueled in a different way, and each of them performs a different task.
Pavlita stated that eventually he discovered that the body's biological energy field acts electromagnetically in some experiments, electrostatically in some experiments, and in still other experiments, it acts in ways that defy either an electromagnetic or electrostatic explanation.
What amazed me about Pavlita is that he has obtained all of his information from alchemy books or from trial-and-error experiments. He is not familiar with acupuncture, bio-energetic therapy, dowsing, structural integration ("rolling"), or any of the other procedures most parapsychologists know about and would naturally correlate with his work. He has gone very deeply into one specific area, and claims to have devised principles and laws by which he has produced these various devices.
According to Pavlita, any person can work with a psychotronic generator because all people possess biological energy fields. However, Pavlita himself was the subject in all but one of the experiments he attempted in our presence, his daughter serving as the subject in the other experiment.
We began to experience the most provocative part of Pavlita's work when we saw the very small and innocuous looking devices he uses. One appears to be a magician's wand - a small rod with a ball on the end. This was a generator that he claimed to be able to take into a distant part of his house to work on for an hour. He then would place the generator in a room where fruit flies were feeding on rotten fruit. He would aim the generator toward the flies and within a few minutes they would start to drop dead, or so he attested.
After hearing this descriptive account, I asked Pavlita about this device: "If fruit flies drop dead when you point this generator at them, what do you think would happen with a large generator?" Pavlita replied: "This is a generator that has very dangerous implications. I'm too soft-hearted to kill anything but flies, but there is no doubt in my mind that one can kill a cat, a dog, even human beings, with a large enough generator."
In the early days of his work, he said, he and his daughter were working on one of these experimental generators when suddenly her arm became paralyzed. They couldn't decide what to do. If they had taken her to a doctor, Pavlita thought, he would have said that it was psychosomatic. What Pavlita did was to work around the clock for three days, inventing another generator that restored natural movement to her arm again.
After relating the story of his daughter's paralysis and recovery, Pavlita made it very clear that the reason he had not yet revealed his secrets is because he does not know if the world is ready for them. I don't know either, but there is one thing that is obvious: the day may come when psychotronic generators are widely available. According to Pavlita, they are simple and inexpensive to make. Once more people use the generators, their true functions and possibilities can be more accurately assessed.
What's New with My Subject?
Richard Alan Miller began his professional career as a physicist, then as a biophysicist and instrumentation specialist. His first foray into Parapsychology, or more accurately Paraphysics, came in Nov-Dec of 1972. He conducted experiments in Kirlian Photography with Karl Elmendorff at the University of Washington. He was aided in this effort by Dr. John Bonica and Dr. Neidemeyer, who had worked on the Manhattan Project.
Miller wrote the field theory for Kirlian photography; these experiments showed the effect to be a secondary emission of electrons ionizing local gases, rather than a bioluminescent phenomenon of extrasensory or spiritual importance. This confirmed the findings of Victor Adamenko.
Victor Adamenko lived next door to the Kirlians, and spent many years in intimate collaboration with them—sees the photographs as demonstrating the “cold emission of electrons” which can furnish pertinent and as yet unknown information about the nature of organic and inorganic materials, in particular, the nature of living organisms.
Many American scientists have translated the phrase “cold emission of electrons” into the more familiar “corona discharge,” and, as such, believe this photography reveals nothing but a commonplace electrical phenomenon. A few critics have taken the trouble to go to libraries in order to find earlier investigators of this radiation field photography. They claim that certain Germans, Czechoslovakians, or Americans were predecessors in the discovery of “electrography,” pointing out that these investigators apparently thought so little of the discovery that the work was not pursued…
People were pre-disposed to see physical demonstrations of so-called auras, and so they attributed the phenomenon to this traditional analog, because it served their belief system. This effect also can occur among researchers where it is known as experimenter-bias.
However, even when Miller's finding was published as "The Physical Mechanisms in Kirlian Photography" in 1975 in The Energies of Consciousness, edited by Stanley Krippner and David Rubin for Gordon & Breach, the superstitious interpretations continued, and continue to this day. Other contributors to this Krippner book included Edgar Mitchell, Victor Adamenko, William A. Tiller, John Pierrakos, Theodore Barber, David Bresler, and James Hurtak.
This work was also published as part of Kirlian Electrophotography, a data package prepared by Mankind Research Unlimited, Inc. headquartered on Wisconsin Avenue in Washington D.C.
Early work with corona discharge photography was done by S. D. Kirlian in the late 1930's. As consequence corona discharge photography is often referred to as Kirlian photography. Much has been written about corona discharge photography or Kirlian photography. Among recent papers on the subject are the following: "Corona Discharge Photography", by David G. Boyers and William A. Tiller, Journal of Applied Physics, Vol. 44, No. 7, pages 3102-3112, July 1973; "Biological Applications of Kirlian Photography", by Stanley Krippner, Journal of the American Society of Psychosomatic Dentistry and Medicine, Vol. 26, No. 4, pages 122-128, 1979; and "Kirlian Photography, Myth, Fact and Applications", Electro/78Conference Record, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. 1978. Each of these papers includes an extensive bibliography, U.S. Pat. No. 4,222,658 concerns a Kirlian photography apparatus. The International Kirlian Research Association, a nonprofit organization founded in December 1974, correlates, standardizes, and promotes research into Kirlian photography.