A Healing Art. [Film]
Walsh, P.F.(Producer & Director)
& Boyd, D.(Associate producer).
New York, N.Y.: New World Media Alliance, 1992.
Watching this film is a deeply satisfying experience for all with
an interest in human energy system, and their function in healing
and restoration. This is an important film, a first in looking in
depth at bioenergy in healing, from a treatment perspective, from
the perspective of students and clients, and also from the scientific
perspectives of brain mapping and measurement of electrostatic and
electromagnetic fields generated by the healing process.
Bioenergy healing is recognized and practiced in many countries,
from the physician-healer network in Great Britain to practitioners
in every continent of the world. The healer featured in this film,
Mietek Wirkus, worked professionally in hospitals hand in with physicians
in his native Poland before coming to this country (U.S.A.). New
scientific understanding is giving this work greater acceptance,
which will not only expand medical practice, but also give a greater
understanding of our human capacities and ourselves.
Walsh has done a masterful job of weaving together the examples
of healing with the laboratory studies and scientific commentary.
Clients include both children and adults, representing a range of
problems: a child with a seizure disorder, an infant with a congenital
vision disorder who was expected never to see, an infant treated
while undergoing multiple heart surgeries; and a women with complications
of pregnancy. In addition, two laboratory studies were conducted.
Elmer Green measured the energy field on Mietek Wirkus while he
was working with a young woman with post-traumatic dizziness, and
Steven Fahrion measured brain rhythm synchrony between the practitioner
and a client with post-surgical abdominal pain. Interviews are conducted
with Mietek's students who are learning and applying the bioenergy
techniques, and with Robert Becker and Elmer Green who provide medical
and psychophysical rationales, and philosophical and conceptual
background for understanding the phenomena.
The production is thoughtful, beautifully filmed, gentle and loving,
and at the same time is high impact, dramatic, exciting, expansive,
mind-stretching. Perhaps quoting Mietek Wirkus from the film can
make the best synopsis. Describing his use of bioenergy in healing,
he says: "It is like jump-starting a battery,,." The film
is like a jump-start for the viewer -- a jump- start to integrating
existential experience with scientific understanding.
Patricia A. Norris, PhD.
Biofeedback and Psychophysiology Center
The Menninger Clinic