Exerpts from the publication:
"Mietek Wirkus Brings Bio-Energy Healing to America"
By Milton Friedman
A prominent U.S. congressman recently stepped from behind his desk
to welcome an examination of his aura and to open himself to an unconventional
healing. But this event did not signal a shift in the preoccupation
of official Washington from politics to prana. It was only another
incident in the story of an exceptional healer from Communist Poland
— an episode in which he was invited to the U.S. Capitol building
to share his extraordinary gifts with yet another American in need
of his healing.
The congressman prefers anonymity. The gifted Pole is Mietek Wirkus.
He is a master of a new wave of paranormal healing emerging in Eastern
Europe and the first to bring the art to the United States.
At a time when Soviet leader Gorbachev has embarked on a new policy
of so called glasnost, translated as "openness," Washington,
D.C., is displaying an openness of its own toward Mietek Wirkus. The
Pole is not an advocate of Communism in any form but of consciousness
in every manifestation that can lead to the healing of the human body
and, perhaps, of the global body politic.
Some medical circles here have conceded that the Soviet bloc leads
the West in seeking functional applications of "bioenergy,"
the category of healing in which newcomer Mietek Wirkus is an expert.
That is why he is being welcomed in the U.S. by physicians as well
as politicians and other patients, who see in him a valuable resource
for health care. "Bio-energy" is the name given to the new
therapeutic discipline by Professor Zdenek Rejdak of Charles University
in Prague, Czechoslovakia. It is not to be confused with the "Bioenergetics"
of Reich and Lowen. Based upon Asian concepts of prana (vital energy),
bio-energy involves the transmission of subtle vibrations from one
person to another to facilitate healing. Ancient healers in Tibet
and India long ago discovered that prana could be directed and manipulated
and its flow transferred to those with a deficiency of such energy.
It takes unusual personalities to persuade the medical establishment
to consider new modalities to augment the science of healing. Such
a personality is Mietek Wirkus. His humility and gentle appeal motivate
people to call him by his first name. So he has become known in the
United States simply as Mietek.
Mietek arrived here from Warsaw in September 1985, along with his
wife, Margaret, a prominent Polish television journalist and linguist.
She now assists in his work. He also brought with him the ability
to demonstrate the powers of prana. Washington is a city of words;
it has heard endless theoretical discussions of various approaches
to healing. With the arrival of the shy Mietek, Washington has witnessed
actual demonstrations of bio-energy therapy — often with dramatic
Historically, American medicine started with a preference for hands-on
treatment that valued improvisation and practical experience over
the traditional adherence to a dogmatic discipline. When Benjamin
Franklin supported the creation, at the University of Pennsylvania,
of the first American school of medicine, he went to England to study
the training of physicians. Franklin re-rejected Oxford University's
adherence to the rigidity of the past. He preferred the Edinburgh
model of personal involvement of medical students with patients —
an approach that encouraged the questioning of time-honored precepts
and openness to new discoveries.
Today, a growing number of American physicians and psychotherapists
have overcome the belief system inherent in mechanistic medicine by
asking Mietek to see their patients. They perceive his work as "complementary"
or "supplemental." From the Wirkus files come the following
case histories of bio-energy therapy:
• A Harvard-trained internist sent a 62-year-old patient to
Mietek. The man complained of chronic fatigue, indigestion, insomnia,
and depression. After a session with Mietek, the man went home, experienced
12 hours of deep sleep, and then the disappearance of all symptoms.
The internist was delighted.
• A registered nurse, age 35, suffered asthma and back pain
that conventional medicine had failed to heal. She reported dramatic
improvement. After three sessions she felt "like a new person."
• A 57-year-old man suffering from cancer had exhausted the
standard remedies. His physician noted what appeared to be a strengthening
of his immune system and lessening of pain following the bio-energy
• A 60-year-old woman suffering the anguish of arthritis told
her doctor that her pain was relieved.
• A 53-year-old woman had difficulty practicing her profession
as a psychotherapist because of migraine attacks and severe back pain.
She reported relief.
• A 10-year-old boy, the victim of hearing impairment and unrelenting
headaches, showed significant improvement verified by an audiogram.
His headaches stopped.
• An 8-year-old girl from El Salvador was sent to Mietek. A
psychiatrist was considering hospitalizing the child in a mental institution.
The child was so traumatized that she was terrified of the dark, unable
to sleep, and so fearful that she could not go to the bathroom alone.
The child and her parents could not speak English, but bio-energy
appears to transcend international language barriers. Three sessions
brought the phobic state under control. The girl became calm and could
smile again. But Mietek does not make extravagant claims. In some
instances, clients report no discernible benefit. Most require at
least three visits. Physicians and psychologists who make referrals
urge a detailed record keeping system for research.
Technically defined, bio-energy therapy involves the replenishment
of human "bio-currents" and the elimination of energy disturbances
and blocks. Bio-currents are manifested in the biofield surrounding
the body — the so-called "aura." This radiant energy field,
encompassing all living beings, has been recorded by Kirlian photography,
a process in which a high-frequency electrical field is directed at
an object and the object's pattern of resulting luminescence is captured
on film. The aura emits energy vibrations that can be detected and
A group of scientists with the Soviet Bio-Information Institute, headed
by A. S. Popow, years ago announced the discovery that living organisms
emit these vibrations at a frequency between 300 and 2000 manometers.
They also established — which is what the yogis knew long ago — that
persons able to perform bio-energy healing have a much stronger and
more extensive bio-field. These findings were later confirmed at the
Medical Science Academy in Moscow.
Yet neither Soviet claims nor technical data explain the impact of
Mietek on Washington. Physicians and psychotherapists who know his
work observe that he is so uniquely attuned and sensitive that his
body itself is a precise instrument. He can often transmit frequencies
to produce healing in a demonstration that speaks for itself. Mietek's
work has expanded by word-of-mouth, from one doctor to another. Nevertheless,
he seeks no publicity and has turned down invitations to appear on
TV talk shows.
Mietek does not treat or heal in the conventional medical sense. After
a careful evaluation, he restores depleted energy flow to achieve
the balance that makes healing possible. He does not offer himself
as a practitioner of medicine nor as a substitute for professional
or psychological care. Rather, he insists that people follow the advice
of the professionals who referred them. Bio-energy therapy is an unconventional
experiment that seems to work in a significant number of cases.
Following the client's silhouette with his graceful hands, Mietek's
scan senses the energy flow with anomalies in the emanations. His
palm indicates the imbalance, registering heat or cold, when he senses
blockage or disruption. Since his pranic resources surpass those of
the subject, Mietek is able to saturate the trouble zone with his
own energy. The subject being treated may feel heat, tingling, vibrations
— or nothing at all. Bio-energy transfer facilitates self-healing
by the client. It is a catalyst for the healing process and lifestyle
changes indicated. Mietek insists that he is neither a faith healer
nor a miracle worker. He also admits that he is unable to help in
some instances; in an estimated ten percent of cases the person does
not notice improvement. Nor is the subject's belief in Mietek required
for a successful healing intervention.
Confirmation of this was indicated when Dr. Tod Mikuriya, a California
psychiatrist skilled in the use of biofeedback monitoring devices,
evaluated Mietek in the process of healing. Mietek's energy projections
were seen to connect with the alpha and beta fields, the biomagnetic
domain of the subject. Neither the placebo effect nor power of suggestion
functioned here. An energy flow clearly registered on the instruments
— a reading far more discernible, said Dr. Mikuriya, than in the testing
of other healers studied. As Mietek's powers have come to the attention
of national foundations and research hospitals, other trained researchers
are seeking a credible scientific protocol for testing him and evaluating
the results. In fact, Mietek himself welcomes further testing under
well-recognized scientific protocols. The prestigious Menninger Hospital
in Topeka, Kansas, would be ideal for such a study.
Mietek has worked with one physician who noted that it is unusual
for a healer to invite laboratory study because most self-proclaimed
"psychics" avoid clinical observation. The doctor said that
the, excuse generally used was that critical examination inhibited
their function. He pointed out that "the quacks exploit the gullible
and make it difficult for the truly gifted, like Mietek, to be taken
seriously." According to Mietek, however, "if you can heal,
you can heal... under observation and monitoring or not." In
the short time that he has been in this country, Mietek has also conducted
workshops sponsored by the Institute of Noetic Sciences, the A.R.E.
Clinic of Pheonix, Arizona, and other institutions concerned with
paranormal healing, and has demonstrated his art to many physicians
and other health professionals.
There is a quiet spiritual quality to all that Mietek undertakes.
After one workshop, Mietek was asked to see a 14-year-old boy who
suffered visible impairment in the development of one arm. An appointment
was made for a Sunday morning,. Mietek, a Roman Catholic, had hoped
to go with his wife to early Mass in a nearby church, but they awakened
too late, and it was time for Mietek to work with the youth. When
the boy left, Mietek expressed regret at missing church. A friend
responded, "Mietek, the church — and the Christ — are not in
a certain building at a certain time. God was where you were channeling
His energy to heal. So you were at the real service." Mietek
smiled and said nothing.
Mietek lives in the Washington, D.C., area. With his wife, he now
conducts classes for over 150 physicians, nurses, medical technicians,
psychotherapists, and other professionals in the healing arts. Others
are sometimes admitted, like the senior airline pilot who applied
with a desire to enhance his sensitivity to healing energies after
a stressful career of flying. Of all those in his classes, Mietek
believes that only four or five possess a highly developed healing
gift. "But almost everyone can learn to some degree… at
least to raise the level of sensitivity and to learn how to love and
Mietek was born in Warsaw in' 1939, shortly before the German invasion
of Poland. Following the war, physicians were scarce in devastated
Warsaw. It was then that Mietek's parents noticed that he possessed
an unusual capacity to heal. His sister suffered from severe asthma.
By putting his hands on her shoulders, he was able to calm even the
Fascinated with healing from childhood, Mietek read everything he
could find about Polish, Russian, and other European healers as well
as Renaissance savants like Paracelsus. He learned of the ancient
record of man's natural ability to heal, recorded in the early rock
carvings of Egypt and Chaldea and inscribed throughout the Old and
New Testaments of the Bible. The yogic ability to transmit "shakti"
He also studied the many accounts of the laying-on of hands in the
medieval church, and knew of Mesmer's "projection of animal magnetism"
in nineteenth century Europe and how the process underlying magnetic
healing had been discarded in the following century, when medicine
became a structured science. He was even able to study with Yoga teachers
and a Tibetan monk. As a result, the chakra system and other aspects
of yogic healing became familiar.
A basic aspect of the concept of energy in Asia, Mietek learned, was
prana. It is seen as the function that underlies the life process
— involving the dynamics of the personalized interaction upon which
the laying-on of hands is based. The word prana derives from the Sanskrit
pra ("forth") and an ("to breathe" or "to
live"). The Yogic tradition gives prana two meanings: in its
more subtle sense, prana refers to the life breath sent out from the
spiritual plane to the physical level of existence; the other definition
refers to purely physical inhalation and exhalation through breathing.
Prana is said to be solar in origin and linked with what Western medicine
terms the oxygen molecule. Conductors of prana are the breath, blood
flow, and the nervous system. Projected prana follows a biological
path sensitive to oxygen absorption.
A patient's hemoglobin provides a physiological index to bio-energy
healing. Hemoglobin, a component of the red blood cells, is a sensitive
indicator of oxygen uptake and is readily accessible for study. Along
with biofeedback, measurements of thermal currents, and other indices,
the study of hemoglobin combined with a variety of factors could provide
laboratory data on bio-energy therapy.
Rather than leaving his art to the vague generalizations of the "new
age," Mietek is committed to constant questioning and growth
as he seeks to learn from everyone — including the medical establishment.
He favors an integrative approach to healing rather than the "alternative"
system that some are trying to develop. A talented student who showed
great potential, Mietek pursued pre-medical studies and sought to
become a physician in Poland. But the Communist bureaucracy turned
down his application for medical school because of his spiritual interests
and the fact that his mother was an American. He did not meet the
profile required by the power structure in a Communist state. Nevertheless,
he found work as a healer in a paramedical capacity under the supervision
of physicians in Warsaw hospitals, clinics, and factory dispensaries.
Upon learning of his gift, some priests asked him to heal in Roman
In 1982 Poland officially designated bio-energy therapy as an approved
medically supervised modality to facilitate the work of physicians,
and Mietek became one of the first healers licensed by the government.
It is also ironic that Mietek, in his youth, followed the same profession
as the great American psychic diagnostician, Edgar Cayce: they both
started as photographers. Perhaps they progressed from photographed
images to the aura. But Mietek is the first to say that he is no "Polish
Mietek does not promise any result in his sessions. He tells some,
from the start, that he does not know if he can help them. Mietek is
still not certain how bio-energy therapy works and would like studies
that utilize the latest in high technology. In line with the prevailing
prana theory, it is suggested that illness occurs when an energy imbalance
exists at the cellular level. Through Mietek's intervention, the energy
balance may be restored and normal body process resumed. The relief
of severe pain, sometimes with quick and profound relief, has been
observed. Yet there is much in this process that is believed in theory
but not established under the rules of science. Mietek is aware of
the placebo effect in which the power of suggestion sometimes heals.
But he has seen many instances in which subjects did not actively
participate in healing sessions, nor even know what was happening.
He has effectively aided infants, the mentally retarded, comatose
patients — even animals. In his own words, Mietek tells how
he restores the energy balance in sick people. When a person comes
to me, "said Mietek," I first check for bioenergy disturbances.
I used to feel pain in the same part of my body as the patient. Now,
with much more experience, I am able to pick up energy data through
the palm of my hand. "When I find a diseased organ, I feel cold
or excess heat emanating from it… sometimes a prickly sensation
or stabbing pains. At times it feels as though an invisible force
were tearing pieces of flesh from my palm. It took years to learn
how to prevent negative currents from invading my body.
"Most recently I find it less necessary to bring my hands near
the patient. I am now developing an ability to perceive precise pictures,
as exact as those in anatomy books. When I approached one person,
for instance, I caught a clear glimpse of his diseased gland as I
felt a pain in my kidney. Medical tests proved this reading."
"Another time a woman was examined and I saw a needle pointing
into her body. I knew it was not a real needle and asked her if she
had pain in that area. She answered in the affirmative. It turned
out to be a disorder in her ovaries." "I do not diagnose
illness. That is for the qualified physician. I refer people to their
physicians when I see diseased areas and malfunctioning organs. I
also do what I can to restore a sick person's energy balance. I begin
transmitting energy. This is usually done by placing my palms on his
head as near as possible to the spot where the brain center regulating
the function of the diseased organ is located. In this way, through
the channel of the nervous system, I seek to balance the energy level
in the affected organ and the surrounding area."
"In some instances I am very pleased to achieve particularly
good results. This is especially true in female disorders such as
infertility. My wife, Margaret, says that people should see me before
they go to surrogates." "Nearly everyone tells me they feel
better after a session. All seem more calm and relaxed. Chronic pain
is sometimes relieved. Some people are able to absorb energy better
than others." "I really prefer not to speak of disease and
sickness but of energy disturbance in the bio-field. A person does
not have illness; he lacks health. His energy source is disturbed."
"People tell me about the laying-on of hands in their family
or church, and how they are healers. It is possible for anyone to
help others if there is a positive and caring attitude — provided that
there is genuine love for others and no trace of rancor, malice, or
prejudice in the healer. Arrogance, pride, and egoism frustrate healing.
Love and genuine kindness raise the energy level; love is the source
of healing power."
"It's a great joy to help people. You have heard of volunteer
blood donors. I am a volunteer energy donor. Humans once had the natural
ability to use bioenergy in healing. Our so-called civilization has
destroyed these abilities. The time has come to reclaim these inherent
gifts." "Research on bio-energy has progressed in Poland,
Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union, and elsewhere. I love America and
hope that even deeper research will be done here in this land of technological
genius and democratic openness." just as there can be no national
or political boundaries to the human spirit, so the bio-energy flow
manifested by Mietek can unite all humanity in a universal energy."
Milton Friedman, a New Realities contributing editor, formerly
worked at the White House and also served on the U.S. Senate staff.
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