by Kay Distel with collaboration with Val Wallington
The experience of having a PiP photo is simple. Just stand in a well lit place while the operator points a video camera attached to a computer at you and click, photo done. Simple, safe, no problems with artefacts other than ensuring a good consistent light source. Looking at the image captured on the computer monitor you will see patterns on the skin areas which look like a land contour map and fascinating patterns surrounding the person. Technically, what is happening is the system quantifies the different intensities of light being reflected off an object and then allocates different colours through a computer program.
Where did this work come from? What have we captured? Is it the Aura or the Energy field? How can we interpret the images? Can it be a useful way of seeing health ?
These questions and more were what drove us to explore the little known work of Harry Oldfield. Although his book (Dark Side of the Brain, Elements ) came out in 1988 and is in its second reprint, his research is little known in Australia. Kay had seen the results of the Electrocrystal Therapy treatment in her body psychotherapy practice in London in 1989 and was impressed at how fast difficult cases were healing.
PiP (Polycontrast Interface Photography) was presented to us in our initial training with Harry(1989-90) It was impressive seeing the patterns of chronic conditions like Cancer, MS Chronic Fatigue and seeing before and after treatment results. Pictures taken over time showed the energy field captured would return to a more systematic pattern as health returned.
Harry started researching Kirlian photography fifteen years ago and all his treatment processes and his earlier electroscanning method described below (ESM) and now PiP are developments from that initial base. However, PiP is well beyond Kirlian as it is generally known. For one thing no input of electromagnetic energy is given to create the images and there is no artefact problem which has been a major issue in ‘proving’ Kirlian work. On the other hand , PiP appears to have the same or better accuracy for capturing the pattern of energy on and off the body.
In the normal practice of gathering information about the energy field, six pictures are taken of the whole body. However, at our first Australian showing of PiP this was not practical. So we decided to just do hands, but with a difference. We would do a control or ‘ normal’ picture and then ask participants to ‘give intention’ to the hand we were photographing.
We had some extremely interesting revelations, some dramatic changes and some with no change at all. What we found was it was often possible to pick up potential problem areas just by looking at the contour patterns in the hands. Where there was an obvious change in the energy pattern, by feeling that point on the hand to see if it was sore, we found that indeed this was usually the case.
We noticed wearing a watch in some cases causes a problem to the pattern flow. In one case, the watch worn on the right hand showed the energy flowing into the hand distinctly stopped at the wrist. A second picture taken within minutes showed a return of energy flowing into the hands. The watch was a wind-up watch . This result is in sharp contrast to what is generally thought by exponents of electromagnetic pollution who point to wind-up watches as generally being safe compared to battery watches from electromagnetic pollution. Another interesting aspect to this case was that the energy flow was not disturbed when the watch was turned upside down. Our thought about this phenomena was that as the watch was worn on the right arm it had somehow had been polarised for wearing on the left arm? It seems strange but that was the result. We did a number of other pictures of wearers of watches but found no such marked effect occurring.
The most interesting finding was that it is definitely possible for the mind to influence the pattern of energy in the hands. In the most dramatic set of pictures, the energy round a doctor’s hands changed significantly when his intention was to visualise healing energy flowing through them. He had not moved his hand, the camera hand not moved, nor was the lighting any different between the two pictures, and yet the colours both in the hand itself and in the area surrounding the hand were dramatically different. What is more, the energy “coming out of the fingers” could be observed to grow in the period immediately before the picture was taken.
Another case was of a women with a ganglion cyst. The cyst showed up on the picture as a series of greenish ‘islands”. Although the colour may not be totally significant, the difference at the site of the ganglion from the surrounding areas was quite marked, and looked like less energy was reaching the site. In her second picture, her intention was to visualise healing energy in her hand, and we saw that these “islands” were greatly reduced. It would appear that by doing this kind of visualisation, she may be able to help ‘smooth out’ the energy flow to the area and thus help the healing process. Other pictures included a man who’s intention was thinking about holding a snake which produced a jagged effect in the field. However, quite a number of pictures we took showed very little change.
So what is the significance of all this? At this stage it is too early to say. Our purpose at present is to gather as many pictures of these ‘ unseen’ flows of energy coming from the body. We can use PiP in conjunction with any type of complimentary and orthodox treatment and we would like to hear from practitioners as well as clients to participate in our research. In our own clinical practices we are using PiP along side other assessment processes and in many cases using Oldfield’s Electrocrystal therapy as the treatment.