BODY MIND PSYCHIC EXPO —
treatment for $35;
Tarot readings $10; Firewalking $60; a copper-tubing pyramid $600; Aura
reading $30. All this and much more was available at the Mind-Body
Psychic Expo on April 13-14 at Adelaide's Morphetville Racecourse.
to the Racecourse
with access to 150 stalls on three floors of the Function Centre cost
$8. There the visitor could try out or find out about computer aided
meditation, Reflexology, Palmistry, Numerology, plus 30 different New
Age methods of healing and be, "Zapped With Energy To Heal Mind Body
at ground level
visitors could buy crystals, gemstones, candles, massage oils, incense,
books, prayer wheels and vegetarian meals. Juggling lessons with three
balls were free and a "Gondwana Sweat Lodge rite of purification" in an
Indian Tee-Pee cost $10.
Sunday firewalk was
cancelled. Stephen Darke, former TAFE computer and accountancy lecturer
turned firewalker, explained: "Anybody could do it. It's about
empowering and going past your fears. I've done it 200 times."
Darke said he uses
hardwood including iron bark which burns at 1200 degrees. "I used to be
a negative person but now I'm happier. Often I don't know where my next
meal will come from but the Universe has never let me down."
told about a lady
partly paralysed from stroke who held on to two other firewalkers but
was so "empowered" she then did the walk again — by herself.
Darke said, "Mother
Earth is in dire straits due to pollution and destruction of forests."
He explained that firewalks and other New Age activities make people
aware, "Eventually everyone will put mother Earth first."
firewalk can be two
metres or four metres. "I tell people to walk normally," Mr Darke said.
"But it can be done running, jumping, dancing or whatever. There is no
limit to the potential length of a firewalk."
Darke is from Grafton,
NSW. "Some of my relatives still think I'm strange," he said.
next two floors up
were stalls, demonstrations, workshops and free pamphlets on everything
from aura photography and Buddhism to Telepathy and vegetarianism.
counted about 30 New
Age methods of healing — Absent Healing, Aromatherapy, Biochemic Tissue
Salts, Bowen Therapeutic Technique, Chiron Healing, Color Healing,
Chromo Therapy, Crystal Therapy, Drum Healing, Essence Therapy,
Expressive Therapy, Bach Flower Remedies, Ghost Healing, Foot
Reflexology, Homeopathetic Meridian Science, Kinetic Energen,
Metabiotics, Multi-Dimensional Healing, Neuroskeletal Dynamics,
Ortho-Bionomy, Past Life Regression, Psychodynamic Bodywork, Quantum
Healing, Reiki, Self Empowerment Healing, Touch Therapy.
1 of The New
Age Guardian was free. One article on Past Life Regression told
about chronic sore throat cured after the person was taken back 200
years and saw himself in a previous life speared in the throat!
on healing" with "hands tuned to convey divine energy" which flows both
healing energy with one demonstrator, Jane, who placed her palms on my
shoulders for ten minutes. "Injuries which my kids used to need a week
to recover from, heal in one day with Reiki," she claimed. "I used to
be very irritable and my husband found it hard to live with me. Then he
saw the change in me and now he too studies Reiki."
said that Reiki made
vaccinations and most other orthodox treatments unnecessary and could
even cure cancer.
Becker, 46, recuperating in the seat next to me joined the
conversation, "I never get sick. I refuse to accept sickness. I will it
away." She said that her sickness-free life will continue as long as
she lives. She added, "I can tell everything about you and I know you
need a consultation. I can help you."
methods at the
Expo included sitting, with eyes closed, in a "Star Tetrahedron" also
called a "Merkaba". This consists of two copper-tubing pyramids with
triangular rather than square bases, and one pyramid inverted over the
to the lady
promoter the Merkaba activates energy fields which can take a person's
mind to other dimensions. Just one pyramid by itself (= a Tetrahedron
Pyramid) can, she claimed, purify polluted water, accelerate healing,
slow the ripening rate of fruit and reduce a person's need for sleep.
anything?" she asked after my 5-minute meditation. I had felt hot,
which she called "One effect", but which I attributed to embarrassment.
"spiritual healer" who claims to channel information for Saint Jerome,
was at the Expo. For $35 she conducted "Healing workshops on cancer and
chronic illnesses." Her Autumn '96 Newsletter offers "intensive
healing for...terminal illness" for $45.
organically-grown foods for sampling at one stall. Vegetarian
substitutes for meat and hamburgers at another. "Green Goodness" from
powdered leaves of wheat and barley at a third. A small container of
leaves costs about $30 and lasts for a month. Said the male attendant,
"To get the equivalent in vitamins from the chemist or supermarket
you'd spend $500."
to the stall for
"Nutri Metrics" — the brand name for a range of skin care products and
food supplements. There was a roulette wheel where spinning a winning
number won a discount. There were 18 winning numbers out of 36 and
losers were urged to try again!
further and an
attractive lass named Lyndall tried to get me to sign up for a
$350-weekend of "Trantric Bodywork" at the "College of Mind, Breath and
Body" where she studies.
chemical-engineering degree holder Mark Harris offered to teach
breathing techniques which release "stored emotional and mental
tensions" from which "all illness originates."
another stall Harrison
Anderson placed a finger of her left hand between the third and fourth
knuckles of my right hand. She appeared to concentrate while motioning
with her right hand. The procedure is part of a system or skill called
she scored my
immune system at six out of ten and my general health also at six. She
told me to drink more plain water and gave me pamphlets on "Kinetic
Energen" a healing system which she said combines Homeopathy,
Acupuncture and Kinesiology. Ms Andersen said it involved round
patches, with a silver optic fibre containing a homeopathic, placed
over acupuncture points. This would, she said, treat the body's
electrical system, and improve my love life and general health and
supplied by Ms Andersen answered a question about cancer with: "Any
disease can be treated by restoring the body's energy to its correct
frequency." The concession rate is $20 per treatment and about six
visits are usual. Two patches each visit cost $3 each and herbs for $12
are also needed.
was palm reading costing $10 for 20 minutes. Mark, a young bearded
gentleman, said he deciphered people's major traits from lines on their
hands. "People often tell me I was spot on. Sometimes I get into a bit
whether he would
tell me which of two women to marry by comparing their hands with mine
he said he wouldn't to that. Nor can he tell how long people will live,
"A short lifeline can mean other things besides a short life."
Expo had plenty for
the spiritually minded.
There were stalls advocating self mastery and mysticism with the
Rosicrucians; the "light of God" with Elkaner; insight from Kryon the
"magnificent channeled magnetic master"; the "Science of Spirituality"
from Indian mystic Sant Rajinder Singh Ji; "The Key of Immediate
Enlightenment" by Master Ching Hai; Tai Chi exercises; etc.
dark-haired, Lisa F., practices Transmission Meditation to transmit and
direct energies which improve the world. Lisa follows Benjamin
Crème — spokesman for Maitreya who is Christ returned. She
expects Maitreya to reveal himself to the whole world via television
within about ten years. She attributes crop circles, UFOs, angel
manifestations, weeping statues and other reports of paranormal events
to Maitreya's gradual "emergence".
is an office
and is currently held by Maitreya," Lisa explained. "He lives in
London. His appearance can change but he travels using a normal
role is to
advertise Maitreya's "emergence" with pamphlets, by word of mouth, and
on this occasion via the stall at the Expo. "Three years ago I was
depressed," she said. "I sat on my bed and prayed to God for guidance.
Later a friend took me to a meditation meeting."
Catholic, has three children aged 9, 13 and 15.
Expo was broad in scope. Collectors could gather 200 different tracts,
pamphlets, leaflets, cards, magazines, books and newspapers.
can be a
springboard to discovering:
The Expo entry
fee of $8
applied to people aged 12 and older. About 7,500 attended — 1% of
Adelaide's over-11 population.
- Past Life
- Sai Baba
- Tea Leaf
events in or near Adelaide include:
an advertising brochure for New Age offers, has a circulation of 15,000
Medieval Festival — Birdwood;
Fair — Netherby;
- May 11-12
Expo — Beverley;
Wholistic Natural Healing Expo & New Age Festival — Hahndorf.
Foley, secretary of
the South Australian skeptics, commented by phone: "Natural health
colleges in South Australia have 110 to 120 students on Austudy.
Taxpayers are paying for these students to learn to be quacks. If Judy
Collins' offer to treat cancer for $35 is valid why does the Government
train oncologists for six years?"
Body-Mind Psychic Expo has continued as an annual event in
Adelaide — Ed]