While in Toronto last month I visited Pierre-Francois Ouellette Art Contemporain on George St. and viewed a series of photos of leaves which radiated fields of rays of different intensity from their surfaces and edges. Returning home, I did a Wikipedia search and discovered these kinds of pictures were first published in the 1930s by Eastern European scientists S.Pratt and J.Schlemmer and also Semyon Kirlian and his wife, Valentina. They observed a patient's skin glowing while he was receiving medical treatment using a high-frequency electrical generator. After further experimentation the Kirlians found when a conductor was connected to a leaf or a hand which was placed on top of a photographic film and energised, a detailed image of the object appeared surrounded by an aura of light.
A discovery unknown to western scientists until 1970, Thelma Moss and Kendall Johnson conducted unsupported research at the Centre for Health Sciences at the UCLA. Moss believed that these auras were natural occurrences but the scientific community rejected any paranormal claims or energy fields, life forces, or emotional states used to diagnose illnesses using Kirlian photography. Moss's Parapsychology Laboratory was later shut down in 1979 by the university.
For example, it was thought that the decline of the strength of the aura corresponded to the gradual withering of a leaf. After an experimenter removed a leaf section, a faint image remained when taking the second photograph. However, after they cleaned contaminants and moisture from the surface, no image appeared. No evidence of energy fields was evident in Kirlian experiments other than coronal discharges resulting from "stochastic electric ionization processes." Complex as it seems, the phenomenon is affected by many factors including, voltage and frequency of stimulus, hand pressure on the imaging surface, local humidity, the extent of the grounding of person or object, conductivity, oils, sweat, bacteria and other contaminants.
The idea of a "human biofield" or "qi" claimed by scientists such as Konstantin Kortkov's GDV device to produce images as their sort of field has been disregarded by the scientific community. However, energy treatment practitioners adopted Kirlian's claims as well as fictional book writers, film authors, television and media. ©