by Sean Rapacki

Miriam Garabrant will be 70 by the time the next millennium rolls around, but that doesn't stop her from teaching swimming classes, playing rock and Dixieland drums, and enjoying the films of John Waters. Nor, for that matter, does her age interfere with her continued efforts in the realm of the paranormal— but please don't call her a psychic! The eternally young at heart Garabrant practices a form of healing which she claims is based in science, despite that fact that her talents would seem nothing short of miraculous if proven to be true.

Born in Yonkers, NY, in a house near the Hudson River, Miriam grew up playing in the water and developing a love of swimming which remains central to her life to this day. Since 1988 she has lived in the Cleveland suburb of Lakewood in order to be closer to her grown children and, of course, an ample supply of public swimming pools. Miriam has developed several swimming strokes of her own, and, in 1977, she and a friend received a patent for a watertight bathing cap that keeps ears and hair dry. While there was a demand for such a product, their working prototype turned out to be to unwieldy to easily manufacture.

"I have a cap now that works," says Miriam, adding that she is looking for someone to help her bring the product to market.

Miriam first discovered her talents in 1970, shortly after receiving some minor corrective surgergy. Touching some scars which hurt, she noticed that her touch alleviated the pain. Soon she was using her healing touch on her children to help with small things like sore throats, colds, headaches and upset stomachs. Nothing remarkable enough to be considered out of the realm of a mother's healing touch, perhaps, but she began to suspect something more powerful was at work.

It wasn't too long before a breakthrough event occurred: looking for a job a a swimming instructor, she went to visit Rose Warsaw, an personnel director for an employment agency. They were unable to discuss much business, however, because Mrs. Warsaw was extremely distressed over the failing health of her sister, Barbara Ferris. Mrs. Ferris had been diagnosed as having a removable brain tumor, but in order for doctors to obtain this information, she had to undergo a series debilitating spinal taps which left her tired and without appetite. Doctors could not proceed with surgery until she regained her strength.

Just as dolphins use sonar to detect predators, Miriam believes her abilities are a form of subsonic power healing latent in all individuals.

Although she had never met Barbara Ferris, while driving home, Miriam attempted to send the woman 'an appetite'. Calling Mrs. Warsaw later, she was astounded to hear that Mrs. Ferris had eaten every bit of her lunch. From this humble beginning, she began to practice remote healing with increased success, reportedly restoring the hearing of seven-year old Aaron Graves and, by 1976, handling 20 cases at a time.

During this period, Miriam made a transition from body healing, which she calls "too time consuming," to relationship healing, using her talents to influence people's behavior, with a special focus on helping women in danger of betrayal from their partners. She also became a frequent fixture in publications dealing with tabloid and paranormal journalism, including the National Examiner, Fate Magazine, Midnight, and the Globe, all of which attempted to document her successes. Few, however, seemed concerned that Miriam herself claimed she was not a psychic, in the traditional sense, but what she called a "brain surfer".

Just as dolphins use sonar to detect predators, Miriam believes her abilities are a form of subsonic power healing, latent in all individuals. This subsonic power begins as a wave of nerve impulses sent from a group of cells in the thalamus called the intralaminar nucleus. The wave is then amplified by bone in the skull, allowing her to cast her net over wide distances.

"I do some of my work in the pool," says Miriam. "I find water is a great conductor."

And what sort of work does she do on relationships? Basically, she attempts to influence straying partners and the person they are having an affair with by implanting strong messages in their subconscious, such as "You will get AIDS if you continue sleeping with this person." While this might seem more than a little politically incorrect, Miriam has no qualms about her methods.

"I have a very finely tuned moral compass," she says, noting that she always refuses the frequent requests she receives to use her abilities to break up relationships or otherwise cause harm.

Because the people she helps are often unable to give her much more than their thanks for her services, Miriam has had to flirt more than she likes with tabloids and the media in order to make a living. Recently, though, she has made a clean break from what she calls the "harmless entertainment" demanded by the tabs and radio call-in shows.

The National Examiner, for instance, listed among her predictions for 1996, that Michael Jackson would undergo a sex change and that Cindy Crawford would develop a thyroid condition which would cause her to gain 100 pounds.

"That's all entertainment," she says. "They didn't even print the things I did predict, and not for the 1995 predictions either." Radio shows demanded similiarly outrageous content, culminating in multiple requests for her to comment entertainingly on the Phil Hartman murder that finally drove her to say goodbye to the airwaves.

"I'd love to have some disciples, but they have to have a certain will to be able to do this..."

Her last major radio appearances occurred during the search for serial murderer Andrew Cunanan, in which she was able to accurately predict several events, including his eventual suicide. As with the Cunanan case, Miriam continues to monitor ongoing cases of serial killing, primarily to subconsciously influence and warn potential victims.

While Miriam enjoys brainsurfing celebrities to discover their attitudes and feelings, she still believes her primary purpose is to heal. She wants to continue to help restore relationships and families, and she has dreams for the future as well.

"I'd love to have some disciples, but they have to have a certain will to be able to do this," she says. She is continually trying to refine her methods, and currently she is interested in attempting to influence groups of people to feel better. She welcomes those who desire her help to write her at P.O. Box 771274, Lakewood, OH 44107.


Sean Rapacki is a freelance writer working from Cleveland, Ohio. When not working on corporate projects to pay the bills, he prefers to write about social issues, murder investigations, the arts, and the paranormal. He lives with his wife and 10 gerbils and never misses an episode of Millennium.

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