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Frank had never really thought about healing. But once he started getting letters of thanks for healing people, he couldn't help but advertise the fact. He would lay claim to some healing instances, but he never really felt comfortable about it. Eventually he would mention it only enough to get his idea across and then keep it low-key.
"I have on record probably as many cases of physical healing as any individual in existence, and yet I have never catered to this healing business at all. In fact, I have repeatedly asked men and women not to telegraph me regarding cases of illness, . . . not that I do not want to help, because I do, but the main theme of my message is not physical healing and I do not want it ever to be physical healing, for the simple reason that if I put physical healing first, as many religious fakers do, the eyes of my patients are taken off the real source of power."
"I have seen enough of it (healing) to know and to know full well that there is in existence, an unseen Power so dynamic that all powers and forces fade into insignificance beside it. And I have seen enough of the remarkable operation of this Power to know that it works with illness. Not in every case mind you, for there are times when I am just too tired ever to think of these cases. Then again there are lots of other things entering in the matter too. So I am not saying that the results are obtained in every case. I believe it to be absolutely possible for the results to be manifested in every case, even to raising the dead, were the operations of the God-Law fully known. But we do not know fully that Law yet. Some of us are learning. But the fullness of the Power of God is not yet known."
The story of how Psychiana got its name is a good example of some of Frank's nonstandard experiences. According to Frank, the day before he had to make the decision on what to call his new movement, he calmly knew that it would be taken care of. That night, knowing that something was going to happen, though he'd never done it before, he put a pad and pencil next to his bed. He did indeed have a dream in which he came into a dark room. There was a dead man on a table and another man was standing beside the dead man gently waving his hands over the body. After a while, Frank asks the man what he is doing, and the reply was, "Why, Dr. Robinson, you ought to know. I'm using Psychiana to bring life back to a spiritually dead world."
Later, after the business was going, Frank walked by a desk at his operation and recognized a picture which looked like the man in his dream. Many students sent in their pictures, and this one was from Egypt. Frank immediately replied to the man, a Mr. Birney, and asked to borrow $40,000 on a hunch. Mr. Birney supplied the money and was a student for quite a while.
The book 'Blood on the Tail of a Pig' (1941) was Frank's best seller. The small format, 62 page book was different than anything he had done before. Instead of his usual blunt statements, this book was about the mysteries of life and Frank's experiences with them.
The title relates to the time Frank was driving to Spokane and had been following a truck carrying pigs. After getting closer to pass, he noticed a pig's tail bleeding profusely, sped ahead and stopped the truck. The farmer said that he had used a nail sticking out of a 2x4 to get the pig into the truck.
The truck continued on its way and Frank stayed for a while, feeling for the pig. After getting back in his car and finally catching up with the truck again he saw that the pig's tail was healed, with no signs of blood. Again, he stopped the truck and both he and the farmer confirmed that the tail showed no signs of abuse. Frank felt his thoughts or prayers had done the trick.
On Christmas Eve, up alone, Frank says, "There is a strange something stealing over me. I sit here at my desk, my hands folded behind my head. What is this strange feeling? What is this thing that is creeping over me? For I experience now a Power, so strange, so beautiful - it cannot come from this earth. A light - strange light is flooding this home. It grows in intensity. It seems to center in me. But this Power - truly I have never known anything like this before."
"I stand up. I walk into the large living-room. Am I awake? I try the burglar alarm and Florence awakens and asks me what that noise was. So I must be awake. This power - what is it? What can I not do with it? The beauty of this experience grows on me. I am carried out of myself, it seems. I go into the kitchen, turn on the water faucet, have a cold drink of water, then I return to my study desk."
"The light still continues to increase in brilliancy. What sort of an experience is this I am going through. Is it God? It must be. For while I have been very close to God many times during my life-time, the exhilarating glory and beauty of this experience cannot be either described or explained. Pen can never write of this experience. Tongue can never tell fluently what I am experiencing now. For God - yes, it is God - is drawing very close to me. Seems like I am surrounded by a happiness and an indescribable peace."
"I lose all sense of physical sensation. Instead, there envelops me an all-consuming flame of infinite love, infinite peace, infinite power. Oh God - if this is really God please never leave me - take me with you. For earth has nothing which can even faintly compare with the brilliance of this experience."
During the evening, Frank will see goldfish instantaneously go from their bowl to his hand and back again. His dog Ching going through two locked doors when summoned by his master. Turning dinnerware to gold. Getting a book he left at his downtown office with just a thought. And finally, spending the rest of the evening talking with his long-dead mother about his purpose, with her giving him encouragement and hope.
Thoughout the book, Frank tried to calm his audience with expressions like, "As I have stated, I try to keep both feet firmly on the ground. I am not the emotional type." And he had water on his palm from the fish after it happened and the next day a snippet of Ching's hair, his book, and a note he left to himself saying, "I saw Mother with God"