In this article I explore the principles and practical use of published radionic rates, dowsed rates and ultimately no rates, for health, energy and informational balancing in radionics.
Dowsing Radionic Dial Settings (Rates)
Why do we use published rates? Might we, instead, dowse the dial settings on our radionic instrument each time, to tune into the desired outcome? Are we limited to the rates we find in the book and whatever remedy we place on the input plate?
Before I look more deeply at these questions, I will first say that from my experience dowsing a radionic rate has proven to work. I frequently dowse a rate (i.e. essentially just dial settings) rather than using a rate from a book. This is often more specific to a situation or condition than a fixed rate. Holding the intention in mind when tuning the instrument (using pendulum or stickpad) results in dial settings relating directly to the condition or situation of concern.
Since I usually don’t know the exact problem – and rarely the underlying cause – that I am balancing, instead of going through a process of analysis, I simply dowse the dial settings for that particular situation. I have had very good results from this method.
One thing that might not be immediately obvious is that all radionic rates were originally dowsed. These days rates may be generated by a random number generator and software, but the principle is essentially quite similar to dowsing once you take into account the effect of the human mind on the system. So when you dowse for the appropriate rate (rather than using a rate from a book) you are doing precisely what the earlier radionics practitioners were doing as they compiled the lists we use today.
Dowsing is closely allied to radionics, particularly for analysis. For treatment, however, although in practice a suitable rate may often be selected from a book or list, that rate may not always be ideal. Below, as I explore the holistic potential for radionics, I shall explain why.
Specific Rates Define a Specific Condition
Traditionally, a rate has been used to both evaluate a condition and to treat it. Thus one condition at a time is addressed; in the process the subtle and physical layers of a person’s condition is analysed and rebalanced. This itself can be a laborious task. (Not to mention that I don’t trust my dowsing ability to diagnose so accurately!)
A rate is a static “entity” and essentially represents a condition within time and space. However nothing in the observable world is static; all things are subject to constant change. So the suitable rate for a particular condition may always be changing as the condition evolves. An infinite number of influences on any one situation or condition bring about unceasing change. So a published rate isn’t necessarily a “one size fits all” solution.
A Rate Is A Portion of the Whole
Actually a published rate is only part of the picture. A rate on its own is quite ambiguous. It usually does not define a result. For example, on a radionics instrument you may set a rate specific to a condition, however what you really broadcast is your intention to eliminate it rather than enhance it. The rate itself may do either; it cannot differentiate or determine the outcome. Therefore it is not the rate but the conscious input of the operator attuned to the instrument that focuses and empowers the radionic process. This is why the radionics device may properly be termed an instrument, because it relies on the operator for it to function, just as a musical instrument cannot produce music without the musician who, coincidentally, also interprets the form the music should take.
Just a musical note is not a song, a radionic rate is not an image of the whole person. I am not entirely convinced that we should always be perceiving the parts of the human body or conditions as discrete components to which rates in a database are correlated. That is the reductionist thinking founded in a materialist world view, in which the tendency is to think that when we understand the parts then we can fix the whole. In reality all things exist as a state of totality. I feel, rather, that radionics may treat the whole being when perceived in a state of wholeness and balance. A being or a situation is a dynamic totality as opposed to a collection of fragmentary components hanging in space at a fixed moment of time.
Sri Rama, in the Yoga Vasistha, mused that “If any part of the body is analysed, it will lose its beauty.”
Joel Goldsmith, a 20th century American mystic, saw that the essential reality is that everything arises from, and exists in, a state of perfection (i.e. God). That which is perfect cannot create imperfection, therefore imperfection is a result of our ignorance of reality, a self-imposed separation. Goldsmith was able to heal people, not by observing their illness, but by perceiving only the reality of God’s perfection that is obscured by attention to the condition. If wholeness is not seen, then we are not seeing reality.
“When I see you, that is, when I see your body or when I see the trees or flowers, I am not seeing God’s creation – I am not seeing the spiritual universe – I am seeing only a finite material concept of it. This means that the only universe there is, is the real universe, and the only body there is, is the real body, but what I am seeing is my concept of them. Therefore, the only unreality about them is in my false concept of them.” [Joel Goldsmith, “God, the Substance of All Form”]
Evolution of Rates
When a dowsed rate (or dial setting) is used, it is appropriate to see it as unique to our particular focus at a particular time, similar to how a Yi Jing hexagram is a comment on the flow of change at the precise moment it is cast. What may be relevant in this moment may be no longer relevant at another time as the situation evolves. A rate represents partial information similar to a photograph – a snapshot of a moment.
When we look at radionics from this perspective, then we can see that rates themselves may be considered a remnant of incomplete understanding. Albert Abrams, the founder of radionics in the 1910s and early 1920s, was a highly qualified medical specialist who believed that he was measuring electrical resistance in the physical body. The system of radionics, developed against this background of conventional medical practice, has remained essentially unchanged in its emphasis on analysis and treatment of specific conditions, although the understanding of numerical rates has changed over the years.
Ruth Drown, a student of Dr Abrams, completely changed the understanding of what radionic rates might be. She found correlations between radionic rates and the Kabbalah, essentially introducing an esoteric perspective to radionics. It was mainly through the work of Ruth Drown that radionics became less localised and less tangible. Diagnosis and treatment could be done at a distance.
At this point, radionics was banned in the USA, although continued in a more subdued state in the field of agriculture. But in Britain radionics continued to grow more esoteric, although the practitioners in the mid to late 20th century saw themselves as scientists. Later developments, initially by Malcolm Rae, demonstrated that rates are related to precise geometric patterns, meaning that rates themselves are not necessary. The use of cards with geometric patterns (e.g. MGA cards) may have an advantage in many cases, but the system is not as flexible as a dial-based device that may be quickly and easily tuned to suit a unique situation.
Nevertheless it is now clear that either printed cards or rates are energetic/informational symbols of a specific fixed or discrete situation, and not necessarily of totality. The best we can hope for is that they represent a movement towards a state of wholeness.
Consciousness and Condition
Both rates and diagrams, while being a focus, are essentially a boundary condition, a limitation or constriction on wholeness. It is wholeness (or our perception of it) that we are attempting to restore when we practice radionics.
As radionics evolves and matures from its early beginnings in the medical field, rates may be seen not as literal things but as mental constructs in time and space, a “name and form” (in Sanskrit: namarupa). Rates are tools that the mind uses which represent only a fleeting momentary aspect of reality that is seen to arise in Consciousness. As names and forms (e.g. health conditions) are constantly changing, so too the rates that represent them would be just as fluid. By way of illustration, Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, one of the greatest spiritual masters of the 20th century, stated it this way:
“In nature nothing is at a standstill – everything pulsates, appears and disappears. Heart, breath, digestion, sleeping and waking, birth and death – everything comes and goes in waves. Rhythm, periodicity, harmonious alternation of extremes is the rule. No use rebelling against the very pattern of life… Every experience happens against the background of silence.”
There is one “thing” that embraces wholeness, which – I would posit – is wholeness itself; and that is Consciousness. Everything is within Consciousness, as Consciousness. This is understood from the mental state which Nisargadatta referred to above as silence. Within Consciousness the process of becoming takes place. Consciousness is continuity, the constant state, the changeless in the changing, the ocean to the wave. Consciousness is primary, the condition is secondary.
Finally, Radionics Without Rates
Ruth Drown observed that “Everything in the universe is here now, all we have to do is tune into it.”
In an ideal world (at least in my imagination!) a radionics instrument should need neither predetermined rates nor dowsed rates. It would require the consciousness of the operator whose intention is “crystalised” within, and amplified through, the instrument. This pattern of attuned mind and instrument thus resonates at the informational level with subject via the “witness” sample.
Since reading some years ago of Darrell Butcher’s automatic radionics instruments (in Murray Denning’s book, “My Search for Radionic Truths”) I have been researching and developing similar concepts that incorporate electronics. The feedback method (which is conventionally by pendulum or stickpad, together with manual adjustment) is self-referencing rather than performed by the operator. The instrument itself is the feedback mechanism, and conscious intention determines the “rate” in the same way that intention is observed to bring coherence to a random number generator.
The instrument automatically (and holistically) balances the condition of the subject without the operator needing to know the precise problem or situation. Thus the instrument is dynamic and self-adjusting, balancing the ever-present and dynamic condition of the subject. In essence my approach is more akin to culivating healthy wholeness than to focus on specific dis-ease, a difference exemplified by traditional Ayurveda vs contemporary allopathic medical practices.
I won’t say that this is the future of radionics, but this is the direction I am taking. I am not interested in making predictions. Rates will likely continue to have their place.
Meanwhile, while I continue to explore the interface of consciousness and instrumentation, I continue to use both published rates and rates (which are basically dial positions) dowsed to suit the situation. The latter, as I commented above, produce very good results for me. However I no longer believe that rates should be adhered to as the critical component of radionics. You may read more of my musings on rates and dials here.
I encourage you to join the conversation. As always you are free to agree or disagree, but please comment below and share your experiences and thoughts about radionic rates.