This is Part 1 in an as of yet undetermined multiple part exploration into the life of Dr. Fleet. Here I describe how he was led to develop the book The Rays of the Dawn and how I use it along with the CD set Breathe Love that I developed as a tool for embodying the content of the book. Many people have been experiencing profound change from using the audios alone. This for those who wish to dig deeper into the content, and to understand the context from which it has come.
Dr. Thurman Fleet’s life was saved by chiropractic. As a decorated war veteran he was looking for a solution after being told he only had a year to live, with shrapnel in areas of his brain that could cause a life ending severing to an important area. Instead, he found a chiropractor who told him he could be helped. The shrapnel ended up slowly exiting through his skin. These types of stories aren’t unusual, and, during the time that he experienced it, in the 30’s, there were lines out the doors of chiropractors healing and miracle stories abounded. Around this time chiropractic was being sold as a “will heal anything” panacea. Dr. Fleet, after experiencing such a healing, enrolled in chiropractic school and then also produced such awesome healing results and drew such crowds that he had to move his office because of the traffic it was causing (There is a full story about this in the biography about him entitled “Where There is a Will There is a Way.)”
Along with the “miracle healings” that took place in Dr. Fleet’s office also were the people for whom chiropractic “didn’t work.”. At the time that he was working it was popular for chiropractors to say that they had “found the cause of all disease” with the subluxation (the pattern of disconnection in the spine interfering with proper nervous system communication). Due to the people who failed to get better with care, he found the claim that anything could be cured to be be untrue. This major let down led him to spend most of his lifetime discovering what is the cause, and correction, of disease. His journey led him to correlate philosophies, sciences, religious texts and psychology into something that he called “Concept Therapy” and “Conceptology.” He found that the “cause” of all disease could be found in one of three categories: mental, physical, or chemical stressors. Chiropractors recognize these categories as the “causes” of subluxation. Subluxation is what a chiropractor addresses. Dr. Fleet attempted to create a correlation that could address all 4.
Zone Chiropractic is his chiropractic technique. The way that he addressed the mind and body was through the book that he wrote called “The Rays of the Dawn” and then the ideas in this book were fully explored and taught within his courses on metaphysics, on the spiritual/soul aspects of sickness and health, and on the human relationship to the spiritual in life. The work includes his explanations of how to use the placebo effect or what he calls “positive suggestion” within the realm of healing, as well as visualization.
Thousands of people have studied with this pioneer in the “law of attraction” way of seeing how thoughts affect your life and body. He trained lay persons to apply this knowledge for health and happiness, as well as “healers” to use it when working with patients. I myself have taught his work independently for the Institute that he started, the Concept Therapy Institute. I have now developed my own style and content of teaching related themes yet on occasion still teach classes in order to train chiropractors and massage therapists how to use the understanding of metaphysics, placebo, suggestion and the correlation of mind, body, and spirit within the context of their chosen techniques and practices.
I still have great joy and success in deepening my understanding of life and universal principles by studying his vast textbooks and his primary book for the public entitled “The Rays of the Dawn.” Spending time reading, investigating, and pondering the ideas within it is powerful, and, I recommend it.
The first four chapters of his book are a simple breakdown of “the laws of the body.” These “laws” as he calls them are easy ways to understand basics of nutrition, physical exercise, and rest and recuperation. I still recommend these because, though the writing might be “old”, the truths within them are simple and applicable, and, they can save a person a lot of falling for fad after fad in diet, supplementation, and exercise.
The rest of the book explores the relationship of what he calls “the laws of the mind and soul.” These are presented as polar opposites in emotions. These chapters are worth exploring and studying in detail. Discussion groups have been held for years looking into these themes in depth, and I have hosted and participated in many of them.
In the process of teaching and studying this work however I found that for me there was a gap between what I was learning and studying, and what I was able to apply. Something would make sense, but I did not know how to make the change within myself to experience it as truth. Being love, knowing myself to be “the one life”, knowing that my “thoughts were things”, and living with a total faith in life, these I found hard to do.
I developed the CD set Breathe Love as a bridge for myself to become the ideas, rather than just study and memorize them. The journey of using the tracks daily has led me to a much deeper relationship with my self, and with life, and has increased my feeling of peace, belonging, joy, and play.