I was asked, by someone at my church, to read ‘The Physics of Heaven’ by Judy Franklin and Ellyn Davis. Judy Franklin is on staff at Bethel Church in Redding and Ellyn Davis is a published home school author and researcher of quantum mysticism. According to the Senior Associate Leader at Bethel Church, Kris Vallotton, “This book is a foretaste of things to come.”
I found it disturbing on multiple levels. It embraces New Age mysticism and encourages Christians to explore the truths of other religions and New Age beliefs. To quote Johathan Welton, “I have found throughout Scripture at least 75 examples of things that the New Age has counterfeited, such as having a spirit guide, trances, meditation, auras, power objects, clairvoyances, clairaudience, and more.” Johathan Welton, one of the contributors to this book, is a teacher, author, and seer (quoting his web site) with his own supernatural Bible school.
As I read The ‘Physics of Heaven’ I encountered logical fallacies that would frustrate Spock, leaps of reason that looked more like a startled gazelle, and stretches of truth that would make a giraffe envious. I could not read more than a page or two without noting something I found questionable and wanted to investigate. I am a copious note taker when I read a book and when I come across something questionable, I research it for validity. I had so many notes in the first few chapters that it would have taken me weeks to research it. I noted that Franklin and Davis do not have a single citation in their book The Physics of Heaven; that in itself should be a red flag to anyone reading this book.
I noted over 50 details or questionable references, within this book, I wanted to look up and research for truth. All of them were examples that were intended to support their New Age views, insights, and prophetic visions. But due to my personal time constraints and desire to spend my energy elsewhere, I will just share three examples out of this book and what I found.
One example is the authors sharing the invention of Dr. Royal Rife, which came after a chapter by Beni Johnson where she explores and discusses sounds (Pentecost wind) and vibrations that can bring us to new realms.
Dr. Royal Rife invented a machine, in the 1930’s, which used currents and frequencies to cure a wide range of diseases, including cancer. Franklin and Davis wrote, “The total recovery rate using Rife’s technology was 100%.” 1 When I hear or read about claims like this I can’t help but ask myself, why are we not using this cure today if it was so successful? Well, the truth is, Dr. Rife’s claims could not be duplicated and he was discredited by the medical profession in the 1950’s. 2 So his use of vibrations, sounds, and frequencies to cure cancer was discredited and unsubstantiated. Why the authors would use an example so easily refuted raises a host of other questions.
I also came across an article in the Seattle Times, “Rife machines are named after inventor Royal Rife, who in the 1930s created a device that purportedly destroyed disease with radio frequencies. There is no credible scientific evidence to substantiate that Rife devices work, according to the National Institutes of Health.” 3 The Times went on to report these supposed miracle machines are popular in the underground market where individuals without any kind of medical license sell to unsuspecting individual’s who are desperate for healing.
Now, you may be a Bethel fan or supporter. I’ve know several over the years who have attended the church or the classes they offer in supernatural ministry and worship, who have nothing but good to say about Bethel Redding. These are people I trust, respect and admire. I myself have never attended any of their services, nor have I even listened to a single sermon from Bill Johnson. I have viewed some worship services and some guest speakers of Bethel on You Tube, and read some blogs or online columns about the church, but that is the extent of my Bethel exposure. Maybe I was asked to read this book because I had no opinion of Bethel, other than being somewhat skeptical.
I have to say after reading this book, and the message it represents, I do have some concerns when Bill Johnson, Beni Johnson, and other Bethel staff contribute to or endorse this book.
Another example is their mention of spontaneous healings in the presence of dolphins. They then mention the Upledger Foundation and their study to “…investigate the effects of providing CranioSacral Therapy to patients while in the presence of dolphins.” So I first looked up the Upledger Foundation and then CranioSacral Therapy.
The Upledger Foundation mission statement is to “…perpetuate the therapeutic treatment and education of CranioSacral Therapy.” 4 They offer online courses with over 100 certified instructors in CranioSacral Therapy, and have clinics all over the United States. Dr. John E. Upledger passed away recently, but his son, John M. has picked up the banner and is now heading the institution.
So, the Upledger Foundation promotes CranioSacral Therapy, no surprise since that is how they make their income. The next question, what is CranioSacral Therapy? The Upledger Foundation says, “CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.” 5 When they say gentle they are talking about the weight of a nickel, only a few grams of pressure.
CranioSacral therapy is simply a holistic treatment or alternative medicine, as some of the supporting articles call it. It involves manipulation of the skull bones and the sacrum, (I had to look that one up too) which is a triangular bone at the base of the spine consisting of several vertebrae, which become fused after the age of 18.
Craniosacral therapists say they can detect a certain rhythm in the cranium and sacrum spinal fluid which is required for good health. If this rhythm is out of balance a trained CST therapist can alter the flow to the desired rhythm and improve over all health and well being of the patients being treated. “The rhythm is measured by the therapist’s hands. Any needed or effected changes in rhythm are also detected only by the therapist’s hands. No instrument is used to measure the rhythm or its changes, hence no systematic objective measurement of healthy versus unhealthy rhythms exists.” 6 Without any viable scientific measurement, I would be very wary of this alternative medicine.
Another disturbing find was what Upledger, in his own book, ‘CranioSacral Therapy:Touchstone of natural Healing, wrote, “By connecting deeply with a patient while doing CranioSacral Therapy, it was possible in most cases to solicit contact with the patient’s Inner Physician. It also became clear that the Inner Physician could take any form the patient could imagine —an image, a voice or a feeling. Usually once the image of the Inner Physician appeared, it was ready to dialog with me and answer questions about the underlying causes of the patient’s health problems and what can be done to resolve them. It also became clear that when the conversation with the Inner Physician was authentic, the craniosacral system went into a holding pattern.” 7
Every step is subjectively based. The need for the treatment is determined by the CST, the changes in the rhythms are determined by the CST, and the subsequent improvement of the rhythm is determined by the CST. Hard to believe that Judy Franklin and Ellyn Davis reference this to support their views on healing energy and vibrational frequencies.
Throughout The Physics of Heaven are examples of legitimate, medically, and scientific proven examples of corrective treatments, surgery, and care for the health and well being of individuals. Inserted among them are other more dubious examples that have as much to do with proven science as crop circles prove the existence of aliens. Oh yes, they do mention crop circles in The Physics of Heaven.
My last example is their reference of magnets and tuning forks to promote healing. “There are many well established uses of energy fields in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Some of these include: magnetic resonance imaging, laser eye correction surgery, cardiac pacemakers, radiation therapy, and UV light therapies for psoriasis and seasonal affective disorder. There are also a few less-researched therapies that use energy fields such as music therapy, using magnets to increase blood flow, and the use of tuning forks to produce healing sound frequencies.” 8
Less-researched? That’s an interesting way to put it. How about, just researched enough for those in the medical field with any credibility to realize it’s snake oil.
Concerning the use of magnets in the medical profession, Steven Novella from Science Based medicine puts it this way, “The history of health claims for magnets goes back as far as knowledge of magnetism itself. In the last decade there appears to have been an upsurge in this old scam – a plethora of products promising to treat arthritis, improve healing, or just give extra energy by placing a magnet over the target area. The magnets used are typically very weak and have a field that barely penetrates the skin, let alone reaching down to the joints or the area of pain.” 9
Over the years magnets and magnet devices such as bands, bracelets, necklaces, etc have been promoted and sold as pain reducing and cancer curing gimicks. “The FDA has prosecuted a number of cases involving magnetic devices promoted for the relief of pain. Devices involved in these cases include a tiny, permanent magnet on an adhesive bandages called Acu-Dot, the Inductoscope; magnetic bracelets alleged to provide a longer and more active life, relieve arthritis, and inhibit bacterial growth; and the Magnetic Ray Belt. There is no scientific evidence that permanent magnets have a beneficial effect upon any form of cancer or that they will relive pain beyond a placebo effect.” 10
The use of tuning forks was another “less-researched” therapy. According to Michele Averard and Nestor Kornblum, “The stem of the activated fork can be placed on the bones and articulations to restore movement and flexibility, and aid the development of connective tissue. They stimulate the flow of lymph and blood to the area of application thereby speeding up the healing process, and promote deep relaxation and the elimination of built up stress and toxins from the joints.” 11
There are no scientific studies that show, “Unhealthy vibrations in the body of a living thing can be brought into a healthy vibratory state by being influenced by objects emanating healthy vibrations. (Again, there is no scientific evidence for this belief; it is pure metaphysical fantasy).” 12 In reality the tuning forks use this non-existant, universal life force within us all that can become out of balance or off frequency. So alternative healers or holistic therapists use tuning forks to correct the organ or chakra (energy points or channels of life force) that is out of balance or harmony with the earth’s frequency.
Tristin Hopper from How Stuff Works puts it this way, “a patient lies motionless on a table while a healer passes vibrating tuning forks over their body — the idea being that the vibrations improve mental clarity and physical energy. There’s no scientific evidence for this, but hanging out in a room filled with gently-humming tuning forks could put anyone in a good mood.” 13 Swimming with dolphins while my wife very gently massages my craniosacral would also put me in a good mood.
I have only scratched the surface here. There is so much more questionable material in this book that I have not even mentioned. If anyone reads this, put on your thinking cap, your skeptic cape, and don’t hesitate to ask, ‘How did you come to that conclusion?’
I will end this with another quote from Helen Davis who was responding to one of her many duped fans on her blog. This woman was commenting on UFO’s, Extra Terrestrials, and the fallen ones of Genesis 6 and how both God and Satan are concerned with DNA. Helen replied, “Yes, I have also studied the Nephalim and the different beliefs that many of the human bloodlines are now “infected” with non-human DNA and that has caused a genetic modification and that these non-human influences have an agenda to control humankind and all of earth’s resources. Scripture doesn’t clearly speak of such thing, but extraBiblical texts like the Book of Enoch do.” 14
If this book is a foretaste of things to come and Christian belief, I can understand why scripture says in Matthew 24:24 “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”
1. Franklin, Judy. Davis Ellyn. “The Physics of Heaven” Crossville: Double Portion Publishing, 2012 Print.
2. (1994), Questionable methods of cancer management: Electronic devices. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 44: 115–127. doi: 10.3322/canjclin.44.2.115
3. Willmsen, Christine. Berens, Michael J. “Pair indicted on fraud charges in medical-device probe.” The Seattle Times [Seattle] Dec. 2007, nwsource.com Web. 22 Dec. 2014.
4. Upledger, John “Who We Are.” Upledger Foundation. Upledger.com, 2011. Web. 22 Dec. 2014.
6. Carroll, Robert T. “Craniosacral Therapy” Skeptic’s Dictionary. Skepdic.com, 21 Jan. 2014. Web. 23 Dec. 2014
7. Upledger, John E. “CranoSacral Therapy: Touchstone of Natural Healing” Berkely: North Atlantic Books, 1999. Print.
8. Franklin, Judy. Davis Ellyn. “The Physics of Heaven” Crossville: Double Portion Publishing, 2012 Print.
9. Novella, Steven. “Magnetic Healing Through the Ages” Neurologica Blog. Theness.com, 14 June 2010. Web. 23 Dec. 2014
10. “Questionable Methods of Cancer Management: Electronic Devices” Cancer Journal for Clinicians Volume 44. Issue 2 1994:44:115-127 Wiley Online Library Web. 21 Dec. 2014
11. Averard, Michele. Kornblum,Nestor. “Tuning Forks and Harmonics for Health” Harmonic Sounds. Globalsoundhealing.net, 2012. Web. 22 Dec. 2014
12. Carroll, Robert T. “Vibrational medicine” Skeptic’s Dictionary. Skepdic.com, 21 Jan. 2014. Web. 23 Dec. 2014
13. Hopper, Tristin, “Non-musical Uses for Tuning Forks” How Stuff Works, howstuffworks.com, 1 March 2011. Web. 23 Dec. 2014
14. Davis, Ellyn. “Chapter 2: Extracting the Precious From the Worthless” Heaven’s Physics, heavenssphysics.com 2012. Web. 19 Dec. 2014
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