This week, I found out that the "Miracle in Skopje" (http://www.cecilia-clark-blog.com/2012/04/miracle-in-skopje.html) was in fact the "Fraud in Skopje." When conservation officials took samples of the "reappearing frescos," someone connected with the St. Dimitrija's Church confessed. Apparently, this person or these persons thought the frescos would look better if the golden metal halos were polished. The polishing began with one wall and each night after the church was locked up, continued one wall at a time. Once finished and with the chandelier lights on, the frescos gave the appearance of "reappearing." It was a short-lived miracle.
Tonight I witnessed further "miracles." A Macedonian friend took me to visit Ѓорѓи филев (Dorji). Dorji possesses "bio-energy." Bio-energetic persons are said to have an internal energy that can heal illness, injuries, bad habits. This man also claims to be telepathic and he says he often knows when a person will die. Dorji is rather famous in the Balkans and a google search will yield several articles written in Macedonian about his abilities. Dorji said that these skills first manifest themselves in him when he was about 2-1/2 years. old. At that age, he would point at a person and tell his parents that that person was about to die--and he/she did die. Dorji comes from a family bioenergetic people. He said that the bio-energy trait is in their genes.
According to an online article in Makedon Magazine, "for more than 20 years [Dorji has been] treating inflamed sinuses, abdominal pain, paralysis, multiple sclerosis, benign and malignant diseases, psychiatric disorders, impaired hearing and vision, various addictions, diseases of respiratory organs, inflamed sinuses, infertility and more. [Dorji] operates under a doctor's diagnosis, but says he can telepathically feel sore spot and can treat patients regardless of where they are - in another city or continent ...."
Perhaps to impress me or as a means of proving his skill, Dorji sprinkled the conversation with far-fetched, unbelievable anecdotal tidbits. He told me that four months before September 11, 2001, he told a US General that the Twin Towers would be destroyed. Dorji told me that two Serbians were responsible for the 9-11 disaster. These two Serb men committed the crime to revenge their children who ended up with kidney problems after the US bombed Serbia. He also said that he had an opportunity to meet Princess Diana when he visited the UK but he declined because he knew she was going to be killed. He said the British government initiated Diana's death because the royal family did not want their bloodline sullied by Diana's relationship with a Muslim.
Dorji's apartment, like him, is basic and nondescript. A few orthodox icons sit on tables and there is an embroidered Alexander the Great helmet on the wall. He sees patients while he is in Skopje, but returns to the Strumica area to see his family on the weekends.
When my friend and I arrived at Dorji's apartment, he was treating a young woman. Next he treated her young son. Dorji told me that the woman had multiple sclerosis and before his treatments she was not able to walk up the stairs to his apartment. In the present time, to me she looked quite normal and did not have any difficulties with her movements. Dorji said he as even "helped" patients with multiple sclerosis so advanced that they were bed bound prior to administering his bioenergy. The treatment for the young woman was a light laying on of hands. Dorji placed one hand on the woman's back and with the other hand, he lightly stroked up and down her back. For her son, he lightly flicked his fingers along the child's nose and forehead to treat a sinus problem. During my visit, I watched patients flow like a river into Dorji's apartment. The patient walked in and when or if the chair was free, he/she sat down. Dorji seated himself behind the patient. For one young woman with facial acne, he hovered his hands over her face moving them up and down.
A mother brought in her toddler who was covered with a rash. Dorji looked at the child's arms and face and said his bio-energy could not help her. He advised the mother that the rash was from dust mites/bed bugs and that she should apply rakia (a liquor made from a resin that smells like licorice called mastika) to the child's skin because the biting bugs don't like the smell of mastika.
Another patient, an overweight woman, came in and Dorji began treating her with his hands moving over her back. She had back/shoulder pain. Dorji bluntly told her she need to reduce her tonnage. His treatment was to balance her energy so that she would consume less food and within one month lose 10 kilos.
Throughout these treatments, Dorji continued conversing with my friend who translated on my behalf. There was often an audience of 2, 3, or 4 present during the patient's treatment/consultation. There was no privacy for the patient.
The patient pays whatever amount he/she can afford. Sometimes I saw the patient leave a folded bill on the table and sometimes I saw no money left.
My friend suggested Dorji look at my ankle which is still swollen 6 weeks after I sprained it. Dorji looked at it and said he could help. He lightly moved his fingers up and down and over the swollen areas. I am skeptical. My ankle is in the waning stage of its injury. As I sat there observing the treatments and breathing in cigarette smoke, my head began to ache. My friend was smoking. Dorji said he does not smoke, but tonight he smoked her cigarettes to "neutralize" the effect of her smoking. By the time I left, my eyes were bleary and my head ached quite badly. If Dorji is telepathic and bio-energetic, he should have been able to sense the ache in my eyes and head.