Full disclosure. I went to college in Boulder, Colorado in the early 70’s. At that time it was a mecca for New Age religion and what was called “holistic” or “alternative” medicine. The word “organic” was very popular and its use was not limited to labeling produce. No Sir, it was used to describe everything from business dynamics to architecture. Seriously. The word “vibes” was another catch all term, which could be co-opted to whatever the groovy, mellow, New Age conversationalist decided it should be allowed to describe. Alice in Wonderland comes to mind, “the words mean what you want them to mean.”
I offer this to let you know that I was exposed to every cult and con job that came into being in that era, Reiki, Primal Scream therapy, you name it, starting with acupuncture and running through chakra balancing, EFT tapping, polarity balancing, aura cleansing, crystal healing, magnetic healing, the list goes on. If it was weird it was in Boulder in the 70’s. The umbrella term “woo woo medicine” was coined to describe this phenomenon.
A woman who lived downstairs from me my third year of college came up one day and told me “how lucky” I was “to have been born poor,” because she was experiencing “poverty” — defined as not getting something that she wanted — for the “first time” because her parents wouldn’t pay for her to go to Maharishi University and learn how to levitate. More about that later. I knew plenty of people who talked this crazy talk but I never, ever expected to hear it come from a medical doctor, let alone the surgeon general of a state. But here it is.
Desantis’s Surgeon General has a book coming out later this month, and went on Bannon to promote it. He explains that he was molested as a child by his babysitter, and nothing he did in therapy helped until he was treated by a former Navy SEAL with Chinese healing techniques. pic.twitter.com/DYf8KL31t6
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) August 1, 2022
It sounds a lot like Reiki. Reiki was supposed to be very painful and people undergoing it screamed out loud in pain, which was encouraged. The benefit of this was said to be releasing pent up anxieties and emotional demons. Reiki was also controversial because of “the Qi of sex.” Here, this is straight off of Google.
The sexual act generates Qi through the friction of touch. Locations on the genitals correlate to different organs, so one can manipulate or build Qi in individual organs with different positions and stimulations. The resulting Qi can be directed or stored, used to heal illness or enhance stamina and longevity.
They locked Wilhelm Reich up for talking about orgon energy and the function of the orgasm, but that was forty years earlier.
In my last year of college I had a woman named Roshanna stay in a bedroom which was temporarily empty, while she was in Boulder for a Reiki seminar, and she sounded just like “Doctor” Ladapo. She told of how she screamed at first and sobbed but then it was all warm and wonderful and good. She spoke to me of sexual inhibitions that had been released.
She also ran off with her Reiki instructor (who evidently was manipulating her Qi to great effect) and I found out about that because there was an unexpected knock on the door one overcast afternoon and a haggard looking man told me he was Roshanna’s husband and had flown all the way from Chicago and asked where was she? Not one of my fondest memories, let us say. The last thing I needed was a messy divorce between total strangers taking place in my living room. I told him I assumed she would be back to pick up her stuff. He did a stake out in his car, in the snow. I felt so sorry for the man I brought him a thermos of coffee when it got dark.
If Ladapo got some help, good for him. I merely share my predisposition towards fringe medicine due to my own experience. I think Ladapo is full of $hit. I’ve known people who were molested as children and no massage is going to magically heal the trauma. This is grossly irresponsible of him to be putting this out over the airwaves.
I promised something about levitation at Maharisha University.
You and I laugh but my neighbor from downstairs was literally weeping because she so badly wanted to go do this. She even tried to sell stocks she had inherited and was horrified to learn that they were only worth $1,500 and Maharishi wanted a lot more coin than that to let you hop across a mat and wreck your knee cartilage.
I’m going to give you my take on all of this: people who are empty inside seek to find something magical that will make it all better. That is my observation based on experience.