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Radionics and T. Galen Hieronymus - an excerpt from The Secret Art
By Duncan Laurie

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We are both delighted and grateful to welcome as July 2010 Author of the Month artist, writer and researcher Duncan Laurie. Duncan’s work is fully explored in his new book The Secret Art - A Brief History of Radionics for the Creative Individual (Anomalist Books, 2009, The Secret Art explores a little known healing technology, Radionics, that employs intent directed through a machine or an object to heal, much as a shaman uses a ceremony or a fetish. The difference between them is that radionics employs mechanical or electronic design to orient and direct the subtle energy of the psyche towards the curative process. In art, architecture, music and design, the artist also uses tools and instruments coupled with intent to focus and channel the subtle energy of creative expression and inspiration. The Secret Art explores the commonality of these two processes and the relationship and role tools coupled with intent play in each instance. The general implication is that science has yet to discover the potential of how powerful a force for transformation human intent linked to nature intelligence can be in day to day life. This research investigating subtle energy and the forces of the unseen, is both groundbreaking and profound in its implications. Please join us in welcoming Duncan to the forum and message boards at

Thomas Galen Hieronymus’ career spanned the era between the beginning of commercial radio and the modern era of radionics. In many ways, his work is a synthesis of the two sides of radionics, the speculative, occult side and the empirical, scientific one. He spoke knowledgeably about applied subtle energy, using the term “eloptic,” meaning energy + light emanations he detected coming from physical materials. He also coined the term “nionic-nerve influencing energy” for emanations from live organisms.

These unusual descriptions of radionic emanations did not prevent him from obtaining the first U.S. Patent for a radionics detector [#2,482,773] in 1949. Nor did he ever run afoul of the authorities or academia; in fact he was made a fellow of both the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American Institute of Electrical Engineers.

The high comfort level with authority rested upon his solid credentials. He served in the Rainbow Division, A.E.F. in WWI and later graduated from officer’s candidate school. For 30 years, he was a professional engineer working for the Kansas City Power and Light Co. He is credited with designing the phase locking system that connects power stations across the country. He was also a licensed radio operator, later becoming a Senior Member in the Institute of Radio Engineers. Generally speaking, such highly influential positions were reserved exclusively for the brightest and best in his profession.

His work in electronics coupled with a lifelong interest in metaphysics led him to the forefront of what came to be called “psionic devices” or “psychotronic technology” in his later years; these appliances were dependent upon the psychic (PK) energy of the mind to operate.

One other reason Hieronymus was held in such high professional esteem and remained un-censured for his radionics work was because he used his skill in radionics to assist regulatory authorities like the FDA and to solve complicated problems for Big Business. This was especially true when it came to the analysis of substances – in the era before the electron microscope. An example of this assistance comes from my personal conversations with a colleague, Bob Beautlich, regarding work Hieronymus performed for the 3M Company.

At that time 3M was in product development for the now famous product “Sticky Tape.” While the glue adhered properly to the tape in laboratory trials, when produced in mass quantities the glue was coming off the celluloid. Hieronymus was asked to use his patented radionics device to analyze the problem. He discovered that a trace element of a solvent previously carried in the container trucks transporting the chemicals was contaminating the adhesive. It had not been detected by normal methods because the trace amounts causing the problem were below what any other methodology could detect. When the containers were changed, the glue stayed on the tape.

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