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The Radio-Active Appliance: Attunement for Body, Mind, & Spirit

by Scott Grady, CHt
Research & Education, A.R.E. Clinic


You may have heard of the Radio-Active Appliance (RAA). It is one of the most intriguing health aids developed in the course of the Cayce readings. Somehow, with its simple circuitry, it empowers its user with healing and regenerative energies for the body, mind, and spirit. It is a truly unique holistic healing device.

How can it do this? The key is attunement. As I understand it, the RAA filters out the weakening signals produced by confusion and stress, thereby reinforcing the signals of the Creative Forces or divine influences within us. So, within minutes of use, people typically report an increase in physical relaxation, mental clarity, and an increased sense of higher spiritual vibration. Cayce even said that as a person's vibrations are raised and made more harmonious, the days on which the device is used may seem like “lucky” days.

The RAA was used in many readings for the healing of illness, mostly as a means of reducing tension, balancing glandular function, and improving circulation. Cayce recommended this device for the relief of arthritis, epilepsy, memory loss, and more. He even said that the RAA could, in time, bring about complete regeneration of the entire body, including the brain.

Of course, you don't have to be ill to use the Radio-Active Appliance. You just have to possess the desire to improve your life.

Instructions for Using the Radio-Active Appliance

In its 75 year history, the Radio-Active Appliance has gone by many names. It has been known variously as the Radial-Active Appliance, the Impedance Device, the Ice Appliance, and more. These different names all refer to the same simple design given in the Cayce readings.

The Radio-Active Appliance is easy to use. Set it in a bucket of ice water and let it cool. Then attach the two electrodes to your body - one to your wrist, the other to the opposite ankle. As you take the treatment, spend about 30 minutes gently focusing your thoughts upon things that are spiritually uplifting. You can meditate, listen to relaxing music, read scripture, or say healing affirmations. Then detach the electrodes, dump out the ice water, and you are done!

One final, important note about this exceptional healing tool is that each device can only be used by a single person. This is because the carbon steel rods of each device attune themselves to the vibrations of the first user. Because of this characteristic, we regret to say that once our Radio-Active Appliances are sold they cannot be returned.



    According to the Cayce readings, the Radial Appliance is not a battery.  It works by balancing the body's natural energies, and generates no current itself.  Although it was originally called the "Radio-Active" Appliance, it contains no radioactivity.  It is constructed of steel, glass, carbon and charcoal in a brass container.  It contains no chemicals or toxic materials.  It should last for many years, but if you should ever need to dispose of it, no special arrangements are necessary.

    These are the directions for using your Radial Appliance at home.    They describe how to chill the Radial Appliance to activate it, how to attach it to your body, and how to store it.  In most instances, the supplier of your appliance will provide such instructions with the appliance.  Thus, the directions which follow are simple supplementary materials to aid you in its use.

    The appliance seems to work best if used for at least 4 days a week.    It can be used every day.  After each month of use, the readings recommend that you take a break from it for about a week.  The attachments for the appliance are rotated in a 4-day pattern (described below).  This doesn't require that you use the appliance 4 days in a row; simply pick up the next day in the sequence whenever you use the appliance next.


    The Appliance should be placed in the plastic tub and surrounded with cracked ice (ice cubes are fine) to the top of the tub.  Add water until it reaches a level of about 2" from the top of the Appliance.  Do not allow the water to come over the top of the Appliance.  Let it stand in this manner for 20 minutes before attaching to the body, leaving it in the ice water during the time it is attached to the body.


    While the Appliance is cooling, use the emery paper (sandpaper) to clean the electrode surface that will touch your body.  You must also sand the electrodes after you use the Appliance.

    When the Appliance is ready for use, insert the tips of the wires in the holes on top of the Appliance (Red to Red and Black to Black).  DO NOT LET THE METAL DISCS (ELECTRODES) TOUCH EACH OTHER AFTER THE WIRES HAVE BEEN FASTENED TO THE APPLIANCE!


Always attach the Red wire to your body first.  The general pattern is as follows:

  • lst day: The plate coming from the red pole would be attached FIRST, to the RIGHT WRIST; while the other plate coming from the black pole would be attached LAST, to the LEFT ANKLE.
  • 2nd day: FIRST attachment (from the red pole) would be to the LEFT WRIST; LAST attachment (from the black pole) to the RIGHT ANKLE,
  • 3rd day: Attach FIRST to the LEFT ANKLE; LAST to the RIGHT WRIST.
  • 4th day: FIRST to the RIGHT ANKLE, LAST to the LEFT WRIST.

    Thus a circle of the body will have been made in the attachments.    The first attachment becomes the positive, the last the negative.  Thus always be sure to attach FIRST the plate coming from the RED pole, LAST the one coming from the BLACK pole.

    The electrodes are attached to the inside of the wrist, as near the pulse as possible, and to the inside of the ankle in the hollow just between the ankle joint and the tendon which runs down the back of the leg to the heel.  Adjust the bands so that the discs are held securely in place against the skin.


    Remain attached to the Appliance for about an hour each session.    It is OK to use it a little longer.  It is preferable to remain quiet, in a prayerful, meditative and constructive attitude during the hour the Appliance is attached; while resting, or just before retiring at night.  Choose a relaxing setting such as a bedroom or meditation area.  A recliner chair that adjusts to a horizontal position can be very relaxing.  Place the container and appliance on the floor next to the bed or recliner.

    Many people prefer to play some relaxing music during the session.    A 60 minute cassette tape or CD also helps to define the length of the session.   When the music stops, the session is over.  Many music stores now contain one or more sections featuring music for meditation, relaxation (stress reduction), "night music" and so forth.  After the session, remove the Appliance from the ice water and dispose of the ice water.


    When not using the Appliance, disconnect the wires and store the Appliance on a wooden shelf or table, NEVER ON METAL or near an electrical appliance such as a TV set.  If convenient place the unit in the sun for 20 to 30 minutes occasionally.  DO NOT attempt to attach the Appliance or electrodes to any source of electrical current - this will damage the subtle energies of the Appliance.

    Before and after each attachment, be sure the electrodes are cleaned or polished with the emery cloth (sandpaper) which is provided.  Special care should be taken not to let them become corroded by the acids and oils from the body.  Store the electrodes in their separate plastic bags when not in use.


    Edgar Cayce insisted that anything that can be helpful or healing can also be detrimental if misused.  Remember that the Radial Appliance merely utilizes the body's own energy - physically, mentally and spiritually.  If there is negativity in the system, the Appliance will only redistribute the negative effects throughout the whole body.  Keep a positive, constructive attitude while using the Appliance.

    Edgar Cayce frequently recommended that the person using the appliance meditate during the session.  Using positive affirmations and visualization is helpful.  If you are in a negative frame of mind and can't consciously transition to a more positive consciousness, look for reading material or other resources that you find inspiring and uplifting.  Cayce often suggested certain inspirational passages from the Bible, particularly the 30th chapter of Deuteronomy and the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th chapters of John.


    The readings cautioned against using any form of electrotherapy while alcohol is in the system.  So if you drink, don't drive; and don't use the appliance either.


    Because the Radial Appliance uses the body's own energies, it is a personal device.  Individuals should each have their own appliance.  The Cayce readings emphasize that the Appliance should NOT BE SHARED with anyone else.


    Further information on the Radial Appliance is contained in the book: The Radial Appliance and the Wet Cell Battery, by David McMillin and Douglas G. Richards (Virginia Beach: Lifeline Press, 1994).

    A.R.E. Press sells a video presentation on the Radial Appliance which provides a demonstration of how to use the appliance.  Consider purchasing the video if you are using the Radial Appliance in the treatment of an illness.


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