"All We are is Vibration"
Kenneth Klee, Esq.
Ken Klee is a well-known lawyer and professor of law who, beginning in 1997, has studied and practiced meditation, prayer, and energy healing techniques and modalities including but not limited to Seven Yoga™, Norri® healing, Reference Point Therapy, The Radiance Technique®, Pulsors®, Beyonder, Tree of Life Healing, Sedona Method, N.E.T., and Crystal layouts.
The theory of most of these modalities is that the human has energy fields that can be affected by subtle energies or through meditation and prayer.
Klee Ministry is a California non-profit religious corporation that holds meetings and services at which some or all of these modalities are studied, taught, or administered to people of their own free will. The meditation, prayer, or energy treatments you will receive are not licensed by the State and are alternative or complementary to healing arts services licensed by California.
Wall Street Journal
LOS ANGELES—Kenneth Klee's longtime law partner had spent weeks in the summer of 2010 typing up a voluminous report on the Tribune Co. bankruptcy, and his hands ached.The 64-year-old Mr. Klee, who is described by peers as one of the most respected bankruptcy lawyers in the U.S., closed his eyes, peered through his "third eye" and waved his "energy hand" above his colleague's outstretched arms. Almost immediately, the hurt was gone. By day, Mr. Klee inhabits the world of high-stakes bankruptcy cases, charging clients such as Jefferson County, Ala., about $1,000 an hour for legal advice. At night, Mr. Klee holds energy healings in a small room of his elegant, one-story home in the leafy Brentwood section of Los Angeles.
Mr. Klee said he can talk to spirits, mend broken bodies and wounded souls and, if necessary, perform exorcisms. The suggested donation for a two-hour session is $300.
Alternative medicine and other New Age practices and philosophies have many followers in the corporate world, particularly in Southern California. But it is unusual to find a white-shoe lawyer like Mr. Klee who so publicly embraces his connections to the metaphysical.
"I am just a vessel," said Mr. Klee, sitting in his office on the top floor of a 39-story skyscraper with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. "I just bring through this energy.
Mr. Klee said he heals some people by removing bad energy and infusing them with better vibrations. To do this, he uses a combination of oils, crystals, a tuning fork and other objects, such as a fish fossil. He infused his law partner, who was the principal author of the bankruptcy examiner's report on Tribune in 2010, with "liquid living crystal."
At a recent healing, Mr. Klee told an electrical contractor that the man's sorrow came from his past life as a woman who had lost a baby in childbirth. Mr. Klee placed a tray of crystals on the floor to cut off the dark energy flowing up through the man's bare feet and then hurried them out to his backyard so as to not contaminate the room.
Healing clients said Mr. Klee has helped them overcome the direst of illnesses. But medical professionals say while these kinds of alternative procedures might make people feel better temporarily, there is no proof that they provide cures.
"There is a difference between anecdotes and evidence,'' said Richard Sloan, a professor of behavioral medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York. "The real issue is whether there is any evidence of therapeutic efficacy. As far as I can tell the answer to that is no."
A principal draftsman of the U.S. bankruptcy code in the 1970s, who is described as a "dean of the bar" in a recent international ranking of restructuring lawyers, Mr. Klee said he tries to separate his healing and law practices. But sometimes his metaphysical and legal skills overlap. During Texaco Inc.'s bankruptcy case in the late-1980s, Mr. Klee said he had the ability to predict what was going to happen.
His client, Pennzoil Co., agreed to a $3 billion settlement. As a show of gratitude, his legal colleagues gave him a letter opener engraved with the words "The Oracle."
In the corner of a conference room at his law firm, Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP, sits a white crystal that is meant to help harmonize opposing sides in a negotiation.
Another large crystal on a window sill of a young lawyer assigned to the Jefferson County case protects the office from bad vibes. Mr. Klee believes they emanate from a nearby condominium building. He declined to elaborate.
"How are you feeling today, Marisela?" asked Mr. Klee, as he passed the firm's office services manager one recent morning.
Marisela Atrian mentioned how her shoulder still hurt after a fall from her bike. Mr. Klee waved his hand above her shoulder and then flicked his fingers toward the floor as if he were shaking off water.
"I know her energy,'' said Mr. Klee, who has worked on Ms. Atrian before, mostly over the phone. "I can do it remotely."
Mr. Klee became interested in healing in 1997 when he signed up for a massage at a law-firm retreat and experienced The Radiance Technique®, in which he said a therapist "activated" energy within him. Since then, he has studied various forms of alternative healing from teachers in the Philippines and St. Petersburg, Fla.
Even his wife, Doreen, used to be skeptical at times about whether his healings had any real effect.
But he overcame her doubts when, he said, she was "possessed by an earthbound spirit and I did an exorcism to get it out of her."
After a bad car accident in late 2004, Mrs. Klee developed a rash. She agreed to lie on Mr. Klee's table in his healing room, while he placed discs called "pulsors" on her. After a while, she went limp and had to be helped into bed. The next day, she said, the rash was gone. The spirit was gone, too, Mr. Klee said.
"There are these spirits, and they look for warm bodies,'' Mr. Klee explained over dinner with his wife. "Some of them want to go to the light…This one went to the Astral plane. It was a really lowlife type of spirit."
"It still freaks me out,'' said Mrs. Klee.
Mr. Klee doesn't attempt to hide his healing work from legal clients. In Jefferson County, which filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2011, a local newspaper and a blogger picked up on Mr. Klee's healing hobby, but the writers praised Mr. Klee's legal work as Tribune bankruptcy examiner and the county's lead bankruptcy lawyer. Earlier this year, Mr. Klee helped strike a deal with creditors that could help the county exit bankruptcy.
"Say what you will. This guy has his finger on the pulse—or waving somewhere above the pulse—of what ails this county,'' wrote Birmingham News columnist John Archibald.
Still, some clients tell Mr. Klee that rival lawyers vying for business have tried to use his healing work against him.
"I've never had a client turn us down,'' because of the healing work, said Mr. Klee, whose firm vied unsuccessfully to represent the city of Detroit in its bankruptcy case.
When he retires from his legal practice, Mr. Klee says, he wants to help develop an apparatus that could measure the energy contained in people and objects. That device, he says, would convince skeptics that the energy he feels through his hands is real. "It would change the world,'' he said.
Taimie Bryant doesn't need to be won over. A law professor at University of California, Los Angeles, Ms. Bryant recalls losing her patience at some students for arriving late to class. Mr. Klee, who also teaches at the law school, agreed to harmonize the class and their professor.
"The next day, there was so much ease in the classroom,'' said Ms. Bryant. "It was eerie."
LA Business Journal
Ken Klee lets me into his Brentwood home, where the front gate doesn’t always shut properly – “The guy who made it didn’t do a very good job,” he says – and apologizes that the water he’s offering in a glass is a little cooler than he’d like. The house isn’t far from UCLA Law School, where he’s a professor teaching bankruptcy law, or from the Century City office of Klee Tuchin Bogdanoff and Stern LLP, where he’s a founding partner. Klee is a respected name in bankruptcy law. He was a principal draftsman of a 1978 overhaul of the U.S. bankruptcy code, and this summer was appointed as the independent examiner of the Tribune Co.’s $12 billion bankruptcy. His August report suggested that two former Tribune executives fraudulently misrepresented whether the company could refinance its debt in order to push through Sam Zell’s 2007 purchase of the company. The findings caused creditors to torpedo the company’s reorganization plan. When he talks about these things, Klee is all business. But ask him about the Acu-Pulsor® Spin Tester he keeps in his shirt pocket, the one that he uses as an energy healer to reverse energetic blockages, and his eyes suddenly light up like the microcrystals it purportedly contains. It turns out that Klee has more than a minor interest in energy healing and other New Age medicine – what he calls his “metaphysical hobbies” – that few would expect of a prominent attorney. And he’s not afraid to let the world know.
Question: You are very busy with your teaching and practice. How involved are you in energy healing?
Answer: I set up a 501(c)(3) non-profit healing ministry, Klee Ministry, to do this work. I’ve not taken a penny out of it by the way of compensation for what I do. It is my hobby.
Your patients don’t have to pay?
They make donations if they choose to. I’ve had some choose not to donate anything. Most people donate in the neighborhood of $200. What I do with the money is I buy healing tools.
What kind of tools?
(Moves to healing room.) These Pulsors® over here in the corner are very expensive. They look like kids’ toys but this little one is $575.
You also have drawers full of crystals. How many would you say you have?
Over a thousand for sure. I also work with oils, candles and incenses.
So how does it work?
The human being is a multidimensional being. The human body is the end result of a series of other layers of energy that become colder, slower and grosser, and finally take form in the form of the human body. So if you consider a series of Russian dolls, the human body’s the innermost doll. If you access these dimensions, clean them, energize them and fortify them, the human body can subsist on this energy.
You supposedly healed a woman who couldn’t walk, according to a 2004 L.A. Times article.
These subtle bodies that are outside of the body can develop holes. They can leak energy, just like the ooze in “Ghostbusters.” All that was wrong was there was a huge hole in the etheric body above her knee. All I did was go in, clean it up a little bit, put in an energetic bandage, suture it in there, energize it and she could walk. So, from her perspective it was a miracle. From my perspective it was simply detecting and patching a hole in the etheric body. It all depends on your frame of reference.
Don’t you think there’s just some kind of placebo effect at work here?
I would say that it is unfortunate that science hasn’t developed the apparatus to measure the energies that I and others know exist. The question isn’t whether there is a placebo effect, the question is why does it work, and science hasn’t answered that.
How did you get involved in this?
Well, I could tell you this: It’s nothing I ever thought I had a knack for or an interest in. I would have dismissed it as quackery when I was younger. In 1997, at my former firm’s partner retreat, I signed up for something called "reiki massage". This woman came to my room, I was on the couch fully clothed, and she put her hands around my head and body for an hour and never touched me. At the end of the hour I was just in a blissful state, and I couldn’t explain this. This small part of me was curious. So I started studying something called The Radiance Technique®. Then in 1999 I started studying many different things.
Did you settle on one discipline?
No. There are differing amounts of truth in all of them. When it comes, for example, to exorcism, I will draw on many different traditions. I just want to get what works.
Wait. You exorcise people?
Yes. It’s very common for people to have strong negative thought forms that are called demons that can cause them to do things that their rational minds wouldn’t otherwise do. They’re not that difficult to get out. There’s another form of possession, though, that’s more troublesome. That is when people are actually possessed by another spirit or another soul and that can happen to people who have alcohol or drug problems. It can happen to people in accidents and it actually happened to my wife. She doesn’t believe in any of this stuff, but she had a car accident and something came into her body, and after several weeks she finally came to me and I took it out.
Some would consider that kind of wacky.
There are exorcism traditions in many mystical and religious traditions, and if it works, why not use it?
That includes Catholicism?
Of course it does, yes.
Do most of your co-workers, colleagues or students know this side of you?
I would say most of the people don’t. I don’t hide it. Of those who do know, some believe it, some don’t believe it, and I think most probably aren’t too sure.
Have you ever lost a job or an assignment because of this?
People who hire me as an attorney don’t do so with any attention to this, with one exception. (Laughs.) Years ago there was somebody who asked me to stand by to be an expert on alternative healing in a trial. It never went to trial and I don’t remember if I was retained or not.
So no one’s learned about it and said “I don’t want to work with this energy healing guy”?
No one’s ever said that to me or any of my partners.
Has this changed the way you think about the law?
In the area of settlement and reconciling different positions, I’ve gotten a much deeper understanding of harmony and resolving conflict and bringing people together than I did before I started this. Before I started, I was pretty adversarial.
What kind of deeper understanding?
I look at the relationships of the parties and I look at the energy of the relationship and I see the blockages that might be preventing the parties from coming together.
What kind of blockages?
There are circumstances where the parties aren’t primarily looking for monetary compensation in order to vindicate their position. They might want to save face, they might want an apology or they might want to take credit for something. There are nonmonetary ways of providing value that can be important and I think I have an increased capacity and facility to identify those now than I did before I started down this other side.
Did you apply any of this to the Tribune bankruptcy?
I try to spend somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 to 12 hours a week doing energetic healing, and maybe another hour every other week teaching a mental yoga class. It doesn’t leave a lot of room for sleep, but that’s OK. That way when I have to take on an assignment like the Tribune and work 18- to 20-plus-hour days, seven days a week for 12 straight weeks, I can do it. These energetic healing techniques actually helped sustain me and some of the others on my team to be able to perform what normally would be at a level most people couldn’t.
You performed healing on your team during the Tribune examination?
I did to those who were willing.
Anything else you can tell us about the case?
It was probably one of the most exciting assignments in my legal career. It was certainly the most intense in terms of time pressure.
Why was that?
The assignment called for a very short investigation. The debtor had a plan that was scheduled for confirmation in August and so I think they were hoping for an examiner’s investigation that would be able to be used by them to ratify and support the settlement.
Instead, your report was seen as a setback for Tribune.
From my perspective, the report is a fair and accurate representation of what happened in 2007.
What was the most surprising thing you found?
When we started this investigation, I think the people on my team thought these were big, sophisticated companies represented by big, sophisticated attorneys and financial officers, and that chances were that this transaction was done with the dotting of the I’s and the crossing of the T’s, and we weren’t going to find anything that was unusual or outside the ordinary. The biggest surprise was to find materially conflicting testimony between senior financial officers of the company on the one hand and representatives of Morgan Stanley on the other.
What did you learn about Sam Zell?
Sam Zell’s a very colorful individual. He uses a lot of euphemisms and idioms in his speech, and at the end of the interview I said to him, “You really ought to think about putting together a book called ‘The Sayings of Chairman Sam.’” He smiled, went out of the room and I’ll show you what he came back with. (Leaves room and comes back with a small book.) He already had this little red book called “Quotations From the Chairman.” He gave me a copy.
Which one’s your favorite?
“If you’re not moving forward, you’re falling behind.” See, I think this is a very profound statement. It recognizes that the universe is in a perpetual state of change and unless you’re adapting to it and anticipating it, you’re actually falling behind. I thought from an energetic level and philosophical level that this was a very deep observation.
Why do you identify with it?
In lawyering, it’s not enough simply to react to what the other side does. The good lawyers are those who anticipate the moves the other side can make and have countermoves already prepared in advance. As the pace of technology has changed, the time available to react has compressed and so the time to think is really a premium.
Is anticipation particularly necessary in bankruptcy law?
Most lawyers are involved with simple A vs. B lawsuits. They might have complex issues in the case, but it’s a bilateral conflict. The bankruptcy world in which I live is a multilateral relationship world where the coalitions can change during the course of the case. Rather than looking backwards at trying to decide who shot John, although that’s what I did in this investigation, most bankruptcy is about looking forward and determining the shape of the reorganized company – how you can capitalize it, who the officers are going to be, what you keep, what you sell.
Do you have an example of a case like that that you have handled?
I was one of the lawyers who represented Pennzoil in the Texaco bankruptcy in 1987 and 1988. It was one of the few times in my legal career that I had not only time to devote exclusive attention to a case, but also ample resources to be able to anticipate anything the other side would do. I had responses fully briefed and ready to go on the shelf.
That doesn’t sound very unusual.
There was a lot at stake. Pennzoil had a $7.35 billion judgment and the lawyers’ fees that were going to be spent paled in comparison to what was at stake in sustaining the judgment. The company was prepared to devote whatever legal resources they needed to prevail. At the end of the case, my law firm gave me a little cube that I have on my desk called “The Oracle” because I was anticipating things that were going to unfold. In those days I had no idea I had any energetic healing or psychic abilities. I just thought that was being smart.
How do you split time between teaching and practicing law?
I’m at UCLA Monday through Thursday and at the law firm on Friday, except in the summer when I’m able to do things like I did this summer (such as the Tribune bankruptcy).
Considering your split schedule and what you call your “metaphysical hobbies,” do you have time for anything else?
My reading has suffered as a result of this. Certainly I don’t go to many movies and I don’t get to sail anymore. I don’t play much bridge, haven’t for years. So I would say that my life is so full that the other hobbies have sort of fallen by the wayside.
And you said your schedule doesn’t leave much time for sleeping.
Actually, I typically get six hours of sleep at night. But sometimes I will work in my sleep. I’ll even solve legal problems or I will get inspiration for healing modalities. Sometimes my hair will stand up, so when I wake up in the morning I’ll have sculptures in my hair. I’m not doing it with my hands, it’s like there’s something working on me from the soul star above.
You solve legal problems in your dreams?
I used to keep a pad by my bed before I knew about any of this. If I had a legal issue I wasn’t sure about or didn’t know the answer to, I would write it down and in the middle of the night, I’d wake up with the answer, write it down on the pad and go back to sleep. If we were in my UCLA office you would see a pillowcase in a frame that five mentors in the bankruptcy field gave me. They couldn’t get over the fact that I was solving problems in my sleep. I didn’t bill for it either.
TITLE: Founding Partner
COMPANY: Klee Tuchin Bogdanoff & Stern LLP
BORN: Los Angeles; 1949
EDUCATION: B.A., Stanford; J.D., Harvard Law School
CAREER TURNING POINT: Role as a principal draftsmen of 1978 overhaul of the U.S. bankruptcy code.
MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON: Vern Countryman, a former Harvard Law professor who nurtured his interest in bankruptcy.
PERSONAL: Lives in Brentwood with wife Doreen; has two grown sons.
HOBBIES: Yoga, energy healing, wine tasting.
September 27, 2010 ~ Alfred Lee
LA Times Article
With ancient concepts of a life force going mainstream, research is catching up.
Brentwood real estate broker Joan Gardner was suffering such excruciating pain with a swollen knee, months after a fall, that she was homebound, depressed and unable to work. Her doctor and orthopedic physical therapist encouraged her to have surgery, but Gardner declined because, "I'm stubborn and vain." Instead, she decided to try something different.
Digging up a number her grocery clerk had given her, Gardner dialed Ken Klee, a UCLA law professor and prominent corporate bankruptcy lawyer who practices energy healing on the side. A seven-year student of more than half a dozen healing methods including [The Radiance Technique™], pranic healing and Theta Healing, Klee practices eight hours a week out of his Brentwood home office, stacked high with stones and crystals, massage table at the center.
Without touching her body or charging her a fee, Klee waved his hands over Gardner for three hours last December, channeling divine healing energy and helping her clear out anger and other blocks. The next day the swelling in Gardner's knee was gone.
"I was in shock. It sounds probably crazy, but it's the truth," she said. "I feel like a million dollars, and I have since that day."
Stories like Gardner's raise eyebrows among those in the medical establishment and Klee's academic colleagues. Once the provenance of faith healers, shamans, ancient and New Age mystics, however, energy healing is increasingly going mainstream.
Hospitals throughout Los Angeles and around the country are using energy healers in integrative medical centers as a complement to Western medicine. Many doctors and nurses are getting trained, and the National Institutes of Health is funding clinical trials and academic centers to study energy medicine in cancer and cardiac patients.
UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital employs two energy healers in its pediatric pain program. "We get kids nobody else is able to treat," said director Lonnie Zeltzer, who has trained in reiki herself. "Some of these kids do really well with energy healers."
Although energy healing has been around for thousands of years, results of the first government-funded scientific studies are just beginning to emerge. In February, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine became the first scientific journal to dedicate an entire issue to energy healing. The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine recently had its first conference in Colorado to discuss the latest scientific findings.
The research is too new to be conclusive, but findings suggest that energy healing produces results in certain cases. Scientists don't know why or how.
What exactly is energy healing? Methods vary, but principles generally stem from ancient concepts of a life force -- called chi or qi in traditional Chinese medicine (prana in Indian medicine) -- that moves through pathways called meridians. Acupuncture, qigong, tai chi, yoga and shiatsu massage are all based on the idea that free-flowing energy throughout the body leads to optimal health.
Energy healers contend that people have an etheric, or energy, body, often called an aura, surrounding and penetrating the physical body, and energy fuel centers inside the body called chakras.
Because bodies are made up of subatomic particles in constant motion, many physical ailments manifest first in this energy body, like a blueprint, healers say. Stress and painful emotions, for instance, can cause energy to get stuck or depleted, inhibiting the body's natural healing processes.
Healers claim to be able to detect and repair these problems with or without touching the body, sometimes from great distances. "All we are at our essence is vibration, and all disease is dissonance in vibration," Klee says. "If we alter the vibration through crystals, color, sound, prayer or bringing energy through the hands, it all has to do with vibration."
By harnessing the power of the mind-body connection, many energy healers say they are simply promoting the innate ability to heal oneself, meaning receptivity can affect whether it works, as can the intent and state of mind of the healer.
The line between energy healing and faith healing can get blurry. Some practitioners invoke a higher power, while others align cosmic healing symbols or gather and project healing energy from nature. Some tout extraordinary gifts; others say they are simply conduits, and anyone can learn to heal themselves and others with a little practice.
Words such as auras and chakras might lead many people to scoff, but researchers are starting to take these concepts seriously, translating them into scientific terms by measuring the body's bioelectromagnetic fields and the effects of healing energy on plants, animals and people. To detect these fields and subtle changes, researchers are turning to high-tech instruments, some that are normally used to detect distant galaxies.
Gary Schwartz, a professor of psychology, surgery, medicine and neurology at the University of Arizona, is the principal investigator at the $1.8-million NIH-funded Center for Frontier Medicine in Biofield Science. The center is a collaboration of the university's departments of psychology and surgery, the integrative medical program and the Institute for Frontier Science in Oakland. It was created in 2002 to study energy medicine and spiritual healing.
"The body is generating a huge symphony of frequencies," Schwartz said. "We can use state-of-the-art biodetectors to study how a healer emits these frequencies."
Schwartz recently published the results of several experiments, including one that tested the ability of 27 healthcare providers to detect human biofields after receiving five days of training from prominent energy healer Rosalyn L. Bruyere. Before and after the training, participants guessed whether an experimenter was holding a hand over their left or right hand.
After 24 trials, the study found an increase in accuracy from 50.8% (50% is chance) to 55.5% after the training. Notably, those who were more open and absorbed in learning the task scored 58.3% accuracy, compared with 52.7% for people who scored low on an absorption scale.
Another study looked at the effects of music and energy healing on the germination of 4,600 seeds, finding significantly more sprouted when exposed to music and healing energy compared with control groups.
At a research symposium in June, Schwartz presented a paper showing a possible correlation between the emotional well-being of reiki healers and their ability to make E. coli bacteria grow in a petri dish.
"The emotional state of the healer potentially has an effect in terms of the magnitude of the healing response," Schwartz said.
Schwartz is also establishing the Extraordinary Healing Research Program at the Center for Frontier Medicine to study "superstars" of healing who sometimes produce "supercures" that many call miracles.
He said he witnessed one such case in his own clinic of a woman sending healing energy long-distance to a paraplegic. The man recently regained bladder control, took his first steps, and his MRI showed nerves had regenerated, something that Schwartz had considered "virtually impossible."
By studying these rare "supercures," Schwartz hopes to demystify them by discovering the mechanisms at work. Depending on your point of view, this research is either cutting-edge science that could revolutionize our understanding of human healing, sheer quackery and a waste of tax dollars -- or simply inconclusive.
Joan Fox, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, which is starting an NIH-funded clinical trial on energy healing and prostate cancer, recently experimented with qigong and reiki practitioners who projected energy into cultured cancer cells.
"We gave that exercise up," she said. "We just really couldn't see anything. There's a real problem in this field of literature being un-reproducible. We need to step back and look at why."
In pilot studies, energy healing has been shown to reduce biological stress markers such as cortisone in volunteers. But Fox said, "We don't know if it's due to an energy exchange or lying on a table for an hour or the expectation of change."
As a control for the placebo effect, the clinic is conducting a study using sham reiki practitioners who employ hand movements identical to real practitioners but count backward from 1,000 rather than focusing on the intent to heal. The clinic is also looking at stress markers in animals that receive energy healing.
"There is no good evidence there is an energetic exchange through these healers, but I will keep an open mind," Fox said. "It is possible. That's why we're doing these experiments."
Stephen Barrett, a retired psychiatrist and founder of the health fraud guide Quackwatch, holds the "sheer quackery" point of view. He dismisses such research, saying, "There is nothing there."
Barrett is coauthor of an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. in 1998 debunking the effectiveness of Therapeutic Touch, an energy healing method often used by nurses.
"They claim they can, by concentrating, feel a person's energy field and go through certain maneuvers to modify it and create a healing force," he said. "We feel that's preposterous. It's a figment of their imagination."
Barrett's JAMA article publicized the results of a science fair project of a 9-year-old girl named Emily who tested Therapeutic Touch practitioners' ability to detect her energy field. The experiment was similar to Schwartz's, but the practitioners correctly guessed which of their hands the girl's hand was hovering over only 44% of the time, less than chance would suggest.
Barrett, one of the nation's most outspoken critics of alternative medicine, says energy healers and those who bolster them through studies are delusional or dishonest.
But, says Schwartz: "That's what they said about Copernicus, Newton and Galileo." He adds that he would never risk his reputation by lying, and the team of psychologists working at his center routinely verify his sanity. "When you look at the totality of the data with an open mind, you come to the conclusion that something real is going on. What is that something? We don't know."
With or without conclusive data, people who turn to energy healers say they don't need proof to know they feel better. Shelley Adler, 68, recently had an attack of diverticulitis as she was recovering from breast cancer surgery and preparing to begin radiation and chemotherapy at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica.
"Because I was in such bad shape, I felt I needed to do more," Adler said. "Things were not looking good."
Adler began seeing a reiki master and acupuncturist through an integrative health program affiliated with the hospital while undergoing standard cancer treatment. Lying on a massage table with soothing music playing, the reiki master would place her hand above Adler's forehead and then move to other parts of her body. Adler could feel intense heat coming from the healer's hand, and the experience relaxed her deeply.
"I was really surprised by what happened to me and the sensations I got," Adler said. "I would get a virtual light show under my eyelids."
Even more important were the feelings she didn't have during chemo. "I wasn't feeling nauseous, and I wasn't feeling ill," she said. "Considering what I experienced, I was feeling remarkably well."
South Bay urologist Eric Robins, who co-wrote the book "Your Hands Can Heal You" with pranic healing master Stephen Co, uses energy healing in his clinic to treat people with "functional" problems, such as colitis and chronic pain, that create symptoms without any detectable physiological cause.
Robins became a believer after his first attempt at pranic healing on a patient near death after several months in the hospital for gall bladder surgery, yeast sepsis, a blood clot in his lung, leaking intestinal fluids, a 104-degree fever and vomiting.
Defying odds, the patient recovered right after Robins began pranic healing.
Soon thereafter, 130 doctors and nurses at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Harbor City took Co's course, learning how to scan the energy body, cleanse dirty energy from the aura and send healthy energy to depleted areas of the body.
An engineer by trade, Co emphasizes that people should keep their Western doctors and use energy healing as an adjunct. He says to avoid a practitioner who tries to diagnose, prescribe, guarantee a cure or charge an outrageous amount. Most energy healers charge $50 to a few hundred dollars a session, although many practice for free or for donations.
People should ask for credentials and references, and integrative medical centers affiliated with hospitals are a good place to get the names of reputable practitioners. Most states have no standards for energy healers, and while some schools require rigorous training and study, others certify new healers after a weekend course.
The idea that someone can learn healing so quickly makes grandmaster Tenzan Hirakawa, founder of the martial art Tenshin-Kai, based in Marina del Rey, shake his head. Hirakawa often heals his students and loved ones by projecting his energy into their bodies. "His chi works faster than Pepto-Bismol," said student Akemi Mayeda, who has relied on him to relieve stomachaches.
Although some people have a "special gift" for healing, Hirakawa believes it takes a trained eye to spot the real thing, and most people need "at least 30 years" of study and practice with a master to correctly use chi for healing.
But UCLA's Klee says, "If I can do it, anybody can do it. I'm a conservative guy, a lawyer, a skeptic. I believe in verifying things. Seven years ago, I would have thought this was completely nuts. Now I'm convinced science is going to validate this. It's going to happen in my lifetime."
Barrett, one of the nation's most outspoken critics of alternative medicine, says energy healers and those who bolster them through studies are delusional or dishonest.
July 05,2004 ~ Jenny Hontz ~ Reprinted With Permission
"Based on an interview of Kenneth Klee by Dr. Nancy Irwin"
MY FORMER LAW FIRM had a policy of sabbaticals for lawyers; for every six years of service, we received three months off. In 1983, I took a sabbatical and traveled to Europe with my wife. As we drove through France, Italy and Western Europe, I reflected on my life: " I'm really blessed. I work for a great law firm, I love practicing law and I have a wonderful wife and two great kids." My only complaint was the constant pain in my upper back and neck I'd had since I attended Harvard Law School. I promised myself that once we got back to the States, I would address it.
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I'm a really conservative guy, so it was a bold step for me when I started getting massages. The massages provided temporary relief, but the pain would come back. A few years later, I took the big plunge and went to a chiropractor. Again, the relief lasted for a short time, and the pain returned. And then I actually tried acupuncture. It didn't permanently alleviate the pain either, but it did get rid of some allergies.
Then in 1997, at a retreat at the San Ysidro Ranch, I signed up for something called Reiki massage, which is a Japanese form of alternative healing. Now, I'm what you'd call a healthy skeptic. I want to see things work and understand how they work; I want to know the theory behind a function or claim and be able to test it. But I'm also not afraid to try things, so I thought I would give it a shot. What I got was not a massage but a hands-on session of The Radiance Technique®, Authentic Reiki®. The woman never touched me physically. She put her hands around my head and on the front side of my body, and then the back of my body, And at the end of the "massage," I felt like I was floating. I asked her what she did and she said, "I patterned cosmic symbols to activate whole light universal energy in each of your atoms and as the goodness expanded, the darkness dissipated, and that's why you're feeling better."
Whatever it was, it worked.
Since I was feeling so much better, I asked her, "How can I learn how to do this?" Well, there's this teacher in Los Angeles I can send you to," she answered. So, at age 48, I went to LA in December 1997 and learned how to do The Radiance Technique® - and discovered that Reiki energy has several basic effects. It brings about deep relaxation, destroys energy blockages, detoxifies the system, provides new vitality in the form of healing, provides universal life energy and increases the vibrational frequency of the body. I took the first, second and third degrees of The Radiance Technique® from a local teacher; I took the teacher training from an instructor who flew in from Florida; and I took the fourth and fifth degrees from Dr. Barbara Ray, who holds the intact keys of The Radiance Technique®. And it was the very first energetic healing modality I ever learned.
Ok, I can hear you saying under your breath, "Huh?" Believe me, I was skeptical, too. I mean, I started off life as an agnostic, but developed belief in God as a young man, not by any great awe-inspiring experience but by looking at the order of the universe and thinking this couldn't be random happenstance, there has to be an organizing principle.
Eastern medicine, past lives and karma and all that stuff was just a lot of crap to me, and I didn't buy into it at all. I grew up thinking chiropractors were quacks.
And like I said, I'm a conservative skeptic. If you looked at my resume, it would look something like this:
Graduated from Harvard Law School in 1974
Practiced as a lawyer for Congress in Washington, D.C., for three years
Became a member of the California bar in 1975
Went into private corporate bankruptcy law practice in 1977 Started teaching bankruptcy law an as adjunct at UCLA in 1979 Became a full-time professor at UCLA Law School in
1997 Started my own law firm in 1999 handling large Chapter 11 cases.
So I'm your regular guy in a suit. I can see how some people don't understand it-if your frame of reference is your five senses and Western medicine and you only believe there's a physical body and that when you die, that's it ..
- to come to grips with things like
energy bodies, souls and more than one life really challenges people at very deep levels.
And it's understandable that a great percentage of those people would be resistant as opposed to being open-minded and intrigued the way I was.
It's important to honor people's judgments and self-will and not to be judgmental about what people do. I've come across people who have had anger but didn't want to release it because they viewed it as a motivator and didn't want to let it go.
There are billions of people living in Asia who have used these methods of healing for thousands of years, and if they seem to be doing all right, it's rather arrogant of us Westerners to think that our way is the only way.
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I'm so left~ brained, so analytical-and it's not quackery or witchcraft, it's very real. And as I began to experience more and more of this and saw the healing properties of all these healing modalities and had physical experiences with these energies, it changed my whole worldview.
After my "Reiki massage" experience, I was determined to know more. Starting in December 1997 and over the course of 14 months, I learned the first and second degrees of The Radiance Technique®. Then, in January 1999, I was attracted to pranic healing after a visiting professor from Australia demonstrated it to me. This treatment clears and balances the body/mind/spirit's energy connection. In various cultures, this energy is referred to as ki, chi or prana and represents the life force that exists in all things.
Of course, I wanted to learn more about that, too, so I attended classes taught by the American Institute of Asian Studies in Southern California. I became a voracious student of pranic healing, and after successfully completing eight to 10 courses and working on numerous case studies became a certified pranic healer. Now I'm trained in and use about 10 other healing techniques as well: Pulsor® Healing, Beyonder, Neuro Emotional Technique, Crystal Layouts, Tree of Life Healing, DNA/Theta Healing, the Sedona Method, Norri Healing, Xiang Gong, Invocative Healing, and by the time this book is published, I'm sure there'll be more!
Five years ago, it became clear to me that this was something that was becoming not just a hobby but a serious hobby. I formed a 501(c)(3) California non~profit public benefit religious corporation called the Klee Ministry, where I conduct healing sessions and also teach classes such as feng shui, Pulsors®, The Radiance Technique® and Theta healing. I think my calling is to do some occasional teaching but mostly healing.
I sat next to a reporter from the Los Angeles Times one day at a seminar and I told her what I did and invited her over for a healing. She was so impressed, she wrote an article about energy healing, and as a result of that article I got more than 200 calls to perform healings on people.
But this is not my business; it's a hobby. I don't charge for my healing services, but I do accept donations to Klee Ministry. I do all of the Klee Ministry work by donation. People usually donate by cash or check, some a little and some a lot. For those who ask, the
"recommended" donation is $200 for a two-hour session. So far, I have not taken anything out of the Ministry in the form of compensation. I use the donations to pay for healing classes and materials and to buy healing items like pulsors, crystals, candles, etc.
That may change down the line if the energetic healing work becomes a full time profession. And if they can't donate, I suggest to them to say a prayer or at least have some energetic exchange. But if they do make a donation, I bless it to increase the good karma that resides in them. I don't give out supplements or herbs because I'm not a licensed herbologist. I let my clients know that I'm not a physician or licensed by the state as a doctor, I'm not going to diagnose their illness and I don't discourage anyone from seeing a physician. By law, energy healers in California have to have their clients sign a consent form stating as much.
Several years ago, I became a minister of the Universal Life Church so I. could officiate at weddings. I am not recognized in all states, but being a minister helps support my healing ministry. I also became admitted to the Rabbinic program at the Academy for Jewish Religion, with plans to take classes including Hebrew. I wanted to learn Hebrew so I could study Kabbalah and actually read the original Aramaic and Hebrew commentary and have my own interpretation of it, because the Kabbalistic work that I've done is extremely powerful.
I found-and still find.-it fascinating that a whole world can exist that is different than the world most people know. I keep telling my wife, "We don't have to watch The X/Files, we live it." I think science is going to establish the credibility of all this someday. The apparatus that can measure this energy just hasn't been invented yet, but when it is, it's going to turn the world upside down.
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Other energy healers have asked me to work in their centers and share space, but-and here/s where the left part of my brain takes over-I'm writing a book on bankruptcy and the Supreme Court. Naturally, I am calling it 'Bankruptcy and the Supreme Court, and it will be published by Matthew Bender & Co., probably in 2009. I'm not going anywhere until that book's written.I find that working as a healer increases my energy. I do a limited amount of self-healing, go to a very gifted acupuncturist, see a massage therapist once a month and have sessions with a wonderful energy healer chiropractor four times a year. Occasionally I do self-healing, but not obsessively, I'm more involved with healing others than myself. Many times when I'm healing someone, I feel myself being healed.
As for obstacles, I've encountered a few problems between my law practice and my teaching where I wanted to take various courses and wasn't able. But I think things work out in God's time, not necessarily my time, and when I'm ready for things they seem to happen. (Even when I'm not ready for them they seem to happen!)
Some of my partners think I'm crazy, and who knows what this will do to my expert witness work. But I'll tell you, as a result of the LA Times article, I got contacted by a group of lawyers who wanted me for one of their cases. They had a client who was an acupuncturist on trial and they asked me to be an expert witness about the nature of the acupuncture business and the energy movement.
My advice for people stuck on the crossroads of life is that we all have procedures that allow us to make choices-even if it's from the analytical side, writing a list of pluses and minuses and then prioritizing it. Or you can go inside yourself and look at your life now and consider your options. Alternate between feeling what it would be like to do one thing and what it would be like not to do it; you'll get a good indication from your subconscious and super-conscious about the direction in which you should move. Just imagine what it would feel like to leave your profession and do something else-really feel it.
I was one of the last guys, I thought, who'd ever get involved in this realm.
January 13, 2010 ~ Dr. Nancy Irwin ~ Reprinted With Permission