- VANCOUVER -- Adam doesn't
seem extraordinary. Tall and handsome, with short, brown hair and a trace
of dark fluff on his upper lip, he looks like a typical 16-year-old.
- He's a sporty guy who plays basketball and snowboards.
In his spare time, he lifts weights, listens to alternative rock music
and hangs out with his girlfriend.
- If you met Adam in a mall, you would never in a million
years guess that this is the kid who claims to possess an extrasensory
X-ray vision that helped him to cure rock 'n' roll legend Ronnie Hawkins
of terminal pancreatic cancer.
- "The most important thing for us is to protect his
anonymity so he can enjoy life as a normal teenager," Adam's mom says
when I meet him and his parents this week at a secret location in the suburbs
- Normal might be an odd adjective to use to describe a
young man who says he can see a heart beating within a chest, or pop cancer
cells inside people on the other side of the planet as effortlessly as
most kids squeeze a pimple.
- But other than his girlfriend, none of Adam's friends
are aware of his supposed abilities. "I'd like to keep it that way
for as long as possible," says Adam, attacking a bowl of vanilla ice
cream with a fork. "I'll come out when I finish high school."
- He says he has healed more than 300 people from ailments
that range from breast cancer to genital herpes during the past two years.
He charges $75 per treatment, but he says he has never turned anyone away
because of an inability to pay.
- Most of his clients have heard of him by word of mouth.
All contacts are made through his Web site (http://www.distanthealing.com)
and he no longer heals anyone in person. Because of an overwhelming response,
he has recently decided to focus his efforts on people with terminal cancer
that has not spread, and in situations when chemotherapy, radiation and
surgery are not recommended.
- The mysterious, self-professed distance healer has become
a minor sensation this week, after Mr. Hawkins issued a press release to
announce his recovery and sing Adam's praises. Adam's father, who administers
the Web site, says he has had to turn down more than 100 requests in the
past few days alone.
- "I wish I could treat everyone, but I am only one
person," says Adam, who is currently offering help to four cancer
patients, and has a waiting list of 10.
- Adam and his family are well aware that this interview
will only draw more seekers to his site. But they have agreed to sit down
and share their story because Adam has just written a book that he hopes
will help people heal themselves. Hot off the press this week, DreamHealer
was self-published with the revenues that Adam has earned from his treatments.
The book costs $23 (plus shipping and handling), and is offered for sale
at http://www.dreamhealer.com and http://www.ronniehawkins.com.
- The book includes a chapter about Mr. Hawkins's miraculous
recovery. Adam says he read about the rocker's terminal illness in the
paper. Although he had not treated anyone with cancer, he thought that
he might be able to help and contacted the singer's manager in October.
The doctors had predicted that Mr. Hawkins would be dead by Christmas.
- As long as he doesn't have to throw a dead black cat
over his back in a hurricane, he'll try anything, Mr. Hawkins's manager
- Apparently, Mr. Hawkins was the perfect case study. The
doctors couldn't operate because the tumour was wrapped around an artery.
The cancer hadn't spread. And the Hawk had refused drugs and chemotherapy.
- The treatments began almost immediately. Each evening,
Mr. Hawkins would sit at home in Peterborough, Ont., with his feet firmly
planted on the floor. (The feet aren't essential, says Adam, adding that
he has treated a woman mid-flight from China to Canada before. "But
it grounds the energy and makes the treatment more effective.")
- Meanwhile, somewhere in British Columbia, Adam would
sit in his bedroom and concentrate on a colour photograph of Mr. Hawkins.
("I could do black-and-white, but colour provides more of a vivid
- Within a few minutes, Adam would experience a jolt, Mr.
Hawkins would experience a slight tingling sensation, and the connection
was made: Adam could visualize the tumour.
- "What I see when I go into someone is a 3-D holographic
image," Adam says. "I can see energy blockages, the problems,
whatever. It looks like a 3-D image of the body, with different layers.
- "I can see a physical layer: the heart beating,
guts moving, that sort of stuff. Then there's a layer that's just like
a hollow image of the person and there are green dots where there are problems
-- or green bulges, depending on the problem."
- He manipulates the bad dots to heal people. "Just
like a computer. I take it out, or whatever," he says, waving his
hands to demonstrate, as a conductor might wave a baton. "I move my
hands around, because I can see the image in front of me. It's just easier
to visualize myself splitting it in half if I use my hands."
- Adam says he has developed several different methods
for healing. With Mr. Hawkins, he tried to bombard the tumour with energy.
"You just vibrate it until it pops. It pops quite easily. It doesn't
disperse. It just floats around and eventually your body eats it away.
- "With Ronnie, it was dead after a few treatments.
But I kept treating him until it was all gone, just to make sure. We did
a treatment every day for three weeks, and every other day for another
- Mr. Hawkins had a CT scan and MRI last month. The cancer
is apparently gone.
- "I've come to believe that the Big Rocker works
in mysterious ways," Hawkins writes in a testimonial reprinted in
- "For whatever it is that Adam does, whatever he
did for me, I don't understand it and I don't criticize what I don't understand.
I know Adam can't help everyone on the planet, but I hope people will believe
that there is more to our world than we see and understand."
- Adam says he discovered his "gift" two years
ago. His mother, who has multiple sclerosis, was lying in bed, suffering
from a throbbing headache. "I don't know exactly why I did it, but
I put my hand over her head and the pain was gone," he says.
- His mother interjects: "But the problem was?"
- "The problem was, I was just learning how to do
this, and when I put my hand over her head, I took the pain. It felt like
someone stabbing me inside the head."
- His mother nods emphatically. "That's exactly what
it felt like."
- They were quite scared at first, but not entirely surprised.
Ever since Adam was a toddler, his parents have believed that he could
see energy fields, more commonly known as auras. They were open to the
idea, they say -- Adam's maternal great-grandmother had a similar ability,
and there were native shamans on his father's side.
- As he got older, he began picking up random images from
- "I've sort of become used to it, and I've learned
to dim it down. I've got increasing intuitiveness now. I just know things.
Which is much better than seeing it all, because when I used to walk through
crowded places, it was blinding. I had to walk with my head down."
- The family's research into the phenomenon led them to
Dr. Effie Poy Yew Chow, a practitioner of quigong (Chinese energy-flow
massage) and a member of the White House Commission on Complementary and
Alternative Medicine Policy, who helped Adam develop his approach to healing.
- "I have observed innumerable international healers,"
Dr. Chow writes in the foreword to DreamHealer. "Adam is amongst the
most gifted ones in his field of healing."
- Adam and his parents understand that many people might
- "I was skeptical too," says Adam's dad, a kindly,
olive-skinned man, with a salt-and-pepper mustache, who is dressed in a
conservative, button-down shirt. He has taken time off work to attend the
- "But I've felt it. He's worked on my tennis elbow.
He'd start working on it in the car, right after a match, and by the time
we got home, there was no problem."
- Adam says he has chosen to do distance healing because
it's just as effective as healing in person. "And I don't really have
the time to do it in person. When you do it in person, they want to talk
a lot and discuss what's happening. I'm still in high school and I've got
a lot of homework. And basketball."
- Speaking of which, his gift offers a few side benefits,
he says. "In basketball, when someone's going to pass the ball, there's
a spike in their aura. It only happens a split second before they pass,
but that's enough to give you a bit of an advantage. I get a lot of interceptions
- And then, like any other normal teenager who has been
given parental permission to skip an afternoon of school, he looks at his
watch and smiles at his parents. "I guess I'm missing my last class."
- Alexandra Gill is a member of the The Globe and Mail's
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