|By: Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon; ©2006|
|Like much new age medicine, iridology makes use of the concept of mystical energy. In fact, the pupil of the eye is held to be a repository of sorts for the body’s “energy,” according to many iridologists. But how does one possibly diagnose the “energy” condition of the body based on the “energy” condition of the pupil? Clearly one way is through psychic or “intuitive” methods.|
Like much new age medicine, iridology makes use of the concept of mystical energy. In fact, the pupil of the eye is held to be a repository of sorts for the body’s “energy,” according to many iridologists. “Most iridologists agree that the integrity of the body’s energy is reflected by the quality of energy in this [pupil] hub, or core.”
But how does one possibly diagnose the “energy” condition of the body based on the “energy” condition of the pupil? Clearly one way is through psychic or “intuitive” methods. Thus, one does not study iridology long before one uncovers iridologists who claim to diagnose the iris on the basis of psychic powers or even on the basis of spirit guides.
Iridologist Brint observes, “Some of the skills involved [in learning iridology] are mechanical, but others are definitely intuitive.”
When asked whether or not a psychic ability was involved in iris diagnosis Dr. Carter responded:
In other words, for Carter, psychic powers are merely normal human “intuition.” Nevertheless, presumably because of the energy connections, Carter has incorporated the principles of Oriental medicine and philosophy with iridology practice.
One of the leading authorities in the area of the occult, Dr. Kurt Koch, observes:
The occult and spiritistic potential of iridology can also be illustrated by noting its historic ties to the occult, in particular astrology. Iridology can ultimately be traced to Chinese astrology practiced four thousand years ago.
The occult concept of “as above, so below” is an ancient hermetic formula expressing a magical occult principle. The very term “hermetic” is derived from Hermes Trismegistus, the Greek name for the Egyptian god Thoth, the alleged inventor of the occult sciences. It refers to a universal principle of correspondences said to exist between the heavens and the earth.
Just as ancient and modern astrologers believe that the destiny of the individual below on earth is dependent on the heavens above, so the ancient Chinese astrologers taught that the organs of the big world (macrocosm) of man were reflected in the small world of the eye (microcosm).
The famous occultist, astrologer, and medieval father of modern new age medicine, Paracelsus, also regarded the eye as the microcosm and man as the macrocosm. A modern astrologer observes, “The eye reflects the cosmos of the human body from the point of its birth and it registers all changes that have happened since.”
The supposed interrelatedness of the macrocosm and the microcosm forms not only the basis of astrology but a great deal of additional occultism and significant portions of new age medicine, including general magic, palmistry, acupuncture, anthroposophical medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and other practices.
Iridologist Brint notes this hermetic application of iridology and how it can allegedly become a means to detect levels of individual consciousness in a new age sense:
This connection between iridology and astrology supplies one avenue for spiritistic influences in iris diagnosis. Why? Because astrology is often a spiritistic practice, as the authors have documented in detail elsewhere. Since many iridologists employ astrology, spiritistic contacts are therefore possible.
How do we know many iridologists employ astrology? For one reason, Dr. Jensen himself does, and we have already noted his influence in American iridology. He has even named the spiritistic, astrologically oriented sect of the Rosicrucians as his “spiritual abode.” In an interview conducted in the Rosicrucian magazine Rays from the Rose Cross, he explains how astrology and iridology may be blended:
Perhaps the potentially occultic nature of iridology is one reason why evenJensen occasionally confesses that iridology is, after all, not really a true science. He calls it a science that cannot be proven through scientific testing—in other words, an occult science:
This is quite a confession: Iridology only works for true believers and can be properly evaluated by them only. In essence, to practice iridology “effectively” requires faith on the part of the iridologist, who must not only know and believe iridology but have intuitive or psychic abilities as well, and perhaps knowledge of other occult sciences such as astrology. The iridologist who is properly trusting and “sensitive” will have favorable results. The critic and unbeliever will not, and are excluded from commenting on the practice by definition.
Thus, we find the peculiar hallmark of new age medicine—a failure to justify one’s practices:
Therefore, iridology is worthless as a diagnostic technique, and it may involve a person in the occult. Whether considered from the perspective of logic, scientific tests, or iridology theory itself, iridology is a pseudoscience of no value. The practice has deceived both practitioner and patient alike.