Writing a biography on the somewhat elusive L. E. Eeman is a challenge, one because very little information has survived about him, and secondly since I am not a competent writer.
So I choose the easy way, to simply have Eeman tell his own story as found in his writings, and myself state the facts about his person that I have researched on my own.

L. E. Eeman was born the 18th of May 1889, in Gent, Belgium, and his full name was Leo Eugenius Albertus Maria Eeman which he later changed to Leon Ernest Eeman.
It is unknown at what point he moved to England but it is from the London area where he would have his professional practice and spend his adult life.
He married his wife, Maude Regina Ohlmann in 1912, and they had two children together. A son Peter, who tragically passed away in a car accident in 1950 at 32 years of age, and a daughter Beryl Pauline Eeman.
Beryl Pauline was born 5th of June 1916, and passed away in 1992, and was the last remaining link to the Eeman family. To my knowledge she never married or had any children of her own.

Eeman served in the First World War as a pilot in the Royal Fusiliers from 1915 to 1918.
During that time he fell ill from dysentery and malaria and also suffered injuries from a plane crash. This lead to a complete breakdown of his system resulting in hospitalization for almost two years. It was during this time that he gained an insight into the self healing mechanisms of the human body and developed a technique that healed him physically, nervously and mentally (see excerpt from the introduction of Technique of Conscious Evolution below).
After this breakthrough he spent most of his effort into understanding the hidden mechanisms of the human body, researching it until the end of his life. (Text continues below Eeman's own words).

Picture of L. E. Eeman from 1915
for his Royal Airforce Pilots Certificate
.
 

Excerpts from Technique of Conscious Evolution, Incorporating Self and Superman, 1956:

Confession is good for the soul.

In the first world war, after some months as an infantry officer, I had joined the Royal Flying Corps and seen service with them in Egypt, Darfur, Salonika and France. In Salonika I had contracted dysentery and malaria which, amongst other things, had affected my heart (functionally, as I later discovered) so that, as a pilot, I could no longer be entrusted with the lives of my brother officers. But I loved flying, and since it was the only job for which I was still physically fit, whatever might be happening to my nervous system, I gave up a temporary post at the Air Ministry to fly single-seaters at night in the London Defence. This was not a wise course from a health point of view, but, no doubt, "it had to be" and its consequences were not all regrettable. My heart and nerves got progressively worse, which I accepted in a dull fatalistic mood significant of nervous exhaustion, and, finally, my misfortunes, which included a night crash in the fog, sent me to hospital on the 22nd March 1918, a hopeless physical and nervous wreck. When I was eventually discharged on the 4th of August 1919, my papers were marked: "100 per cent disability, permanently unfit for any duty", and I was granted a 100 per cent PERMANENT pension. Yet, although this official assessment of my condition meant that I had broken down completely, and incurably, not only physically and nervously, but also mentally, my "permanent" PENSION WAS CANCELLED WITHIN TWO YEARS of my discharge from hospital. What had happened between March 1918 and July 1921 to cause this 100 per cent reversal of official medical opinion?
   One cannot believe that the "Northcliffe Economy Commmittee´" had persuaded honourable specialists to deprive helpless war victims of pensions which were justified, and I agree both that I had been 100 per cent, that is physically nervously and mentally, disabled (and in the eyes of official medicine, icurably so) and that within two years I had recovered 100 per cent, physically, nervously and mentally, and this, not only in the eyes of official medicine, but in fact also.
   However, I underline that my recovery had taken place between my discharge from hospital on the 4th August 191, and the summer of 1921, that is, whilst I was no longer receiving any official medical treatment but was, instead, using techniques, which I had begun to evolve whilst still in the hospital, and which to-day, that is in 1956, are even more effective than they were in 1919, because of thirty-seven years of constant practice and development.

   One of these techniques, that of conscious relaxation of muscles, nerves and mind, was born as a result of what I can only call a providential accident which I cannot date accurately but which must have happened between December 1918 and March 1919. I was then in my third hospital and the effects of dysentery, malaria, war flying, a head injury, disorderly action of the heart, more or less constant and intense pain in the spine and back, and persistent insomnia, were upon me. I was so depressed that I made three attempts at suicide, one of which all but succeeded. It was then that a panel of eminent physicians, known as "Lord Knutsford's Committee" visited our hospital. The two leading neurologists of the day, Sir Maurice Craig and Sir Percy Smith, approached my bed and Sir Maurice held and pressed my left forearm and Sir Percy my right. Whilst I was too weary to care whether I lived or died, they stood there wrapped in thought. Suddenly they spoke, absolutely together, and Sir Maurice said: "Very high tension, don't you think?" I said nothing, but thought: "Ah, that's my left shoulder!" It had been damaged in an air crash following engine failure as far back as December 1915. The two great specialists changed places; then once again, and then they agreed that my tension "was LOW on BOTH sides". But Sir Maurice was sure "it HAD been high the first time, although there was no doubt that it was low now".
Before they left I was certain that both gentlemen had been right on every occasion, and that my tension in my left arm had not only fallen unconsciously, and in a flash, but that it had fallen only because the two great neurologists had, unseeing, enlightened me. They had unconsciously MADE ME conscious of the fact that I had lived for three years in unconscious high neuro-muscular tension in my left arm and low in my right, in subconscious memory of a conscious forgotten physical injury. More, the mere consciousness of this imbalance of tension had not only brought back to conscious memory the accident of December 1915 which had caused it, but it had at the same time triggered off the healing of the subconscious complex associated with it. More important still, it had reminded me that psycho-analysts had used "free association" with me in the hope of making me aware of my complexes so that the nervous, muscular and organic inhibitions caused by them might be removed. But free association had not only been slow, indirect and haphazard, it had not even made me realize. let alone overcome, the unconscious neuro-muscular "escapism" from pain which, for over three years, had prevented the healing of my shoulder. And now, out of the blue, comes a "blind" diagnosis which by accident, firstly, makes me aware of my unconscious neuro-muscular tensions; secondly, removes them; thirdly, makes me aware of their causative complex; and fourthly, releases my inhibited healing forces. All this, in one move, simple, instantaneous, direct, specific, and as years of practice has since shown, this same simple technique still produces the same specific results whether a complex has originated in a physical trauma or a neuro-muscular inhibition in a complex.

   The process is psycho-analysis in reverse, as it were, and it is so specific that it warrants the use of the term "Specific association" in contrast to the haphazard and erratic "Free association" of psycho-analysis, and it is so direct that it achieves its results in a fraction of the time taken by analysis, as has been frequently commented on by patients who had experience of both methods. Those readers who are interested in a technique which I have labeled "Myognosis" should read Co-Operative Healing, and in particular Chapters 7 "Relaxation and Analysis, 8 "Myognosis", and 9 "Emergence".
   Naturally, I not only used the new understanding I had received, but I also endeavoured constantly to deepen my insight into my disability and to advance my overcoming of it by every means which I could understand. In May 1919 my efforts were rewarded by a number of new observations and discoveries, which I need not retail here, but which I immediately put to good use. The effect was that my wife, who because of my acute depression had been asked not to visit me more than once a forthnight, received from my fifth hospital, early in June 1919, a letter which told her that I had recently improved so much that she could now call as often as she was able to come to London. On arrival at the hospital she was taken to the Commanding Officer, who reminded her that from March 1918 to May 1919 my depression had hardly shown any improvement at all, but that now, for some entirely unknown reason, I had suddenly shot up from the depths of depression right through the normal line to a point dangerously above it. When she asked that I might be allowed to come home to the country since I was so much better, she was told that they "wished to keep me under observation for some two or three months more because I was suffering from an unnatural sense of well-being". When this diagnosis was repeated to me I found that it rested on the evidence that Matron and nurses frequently heard me sing and whistle. However, I felt it might have caused trouble if I had suggested that if anyone who had suffered from uncontrollable depression for fourteen months had, entirely unaided, discovered a technique. however unorthodox, for the easy control of his gloom, he might have been excused for feeling somewhat relieved and even elated. So, I merely toned down my musical endavours and on occasions considerately hummed Chopin's Funeral March, though I never found out whether or not it was that which induced the hospital authorities to send me home after two months!

   Once free, I pursued one purpose only: to make myself absolutely fit in body, nerve and mind in order to put the validity of my theories and techniques beyond doubt and so induce official medicine to investigate and, in time, adopt them. But I had to make a living and keep my wife and two children. I weighed up everything and decided that getting fit must come first and that with a little capital, my R.F.C. gratuity and my pension, I could afford to lead an athletic open-air life for a year, and when fit, say in the autumn of 1920, look for work. I had played club tennis before the war, and although I was then 30, and age at which tennis players are usually past their best, even when they have not been gravely ill, i decided to take up the game, seriously, to practice for hours every day, to build up my wind, stamina, and self-control, after which I would compete in tournaments. When I felt ready, I entered for all events, open and handicap, week after week, but although this was excellent training my handicap remained as low as "plus 30 second class" for a long time. However I persevered, and before I was 35 I had worked up to "scratch first class" and reached Wimbledon qualifying standard. I had done so after having spent sixteen moths in hospital, mostly on my back, and done it by using the same methods to build up my tennis as I had used before to regain my health, and which are described in this book.

   My excursion into competitive tennis did not convince my medical boards that I had evolved a therapeutic technique worthy of investigation, as I had hoped it would, but in no time at all it did something which, though unpremeditated, proved decisive for my work and the spread of my ideas. At tournaments and championships it often happens that players sprain their ankles, strain muscles, rick backs or otherwise incapacitate themselves, and then have to scratch. This kind of thing happened at every tournament I joined, and, diffidently at first, I would approach the unfortunate player and ask him to give me an hour before finally deciding to scratch. Frequently, those who did so were normal again inside the hour, and when they were Davis Cup or other international players, these cures had a snowball effect and soon I was being consulted by increasing number of injured players. Then, several letters a week began to reach me from people who, having heard of some cure, wanted to consult me, and so, the question of me looking for work never arose, for in a few moths tennis had spontaneously produced a practice for me. Within two years I was so busy that a suburban house became inadequate, and in 1922 I took the consulting rooms where I still practice.

   After a time a demand developed for written instructions, and in 1926 I published The Sub-Conscious Made Conscious, a short manual which describes a technique for the promotion of efficient rest and sleep, and is still in use. Early in 1927 I began the present book, and finished it in the spring of 1928. It opened with an outline of the philosophy which I had evolved whilst still in hospital, for my own peace of mind and re-orientation; it then described therapeutic theories and techniques which have since been further developed and continue to give gratifying results.

(end of excerpt).

   From 1919 and until his death Eeman discovered and experimented with the bi-polar nature of man and developed a system for healing through relaxation.
   He found that one could produce either tension or relaxation from the linking of polarities of the body, and created a simple device that would cancel out external influences.

This device was refered to as relaxation screens/circuits and has later been given the somewhat commercial name "Biocircuits".
Eeman wrote about his discoveries in great detail in what is considered his Magnum Opus: Co-Operative Healing.
The book was published in 1947 and contains a detailed introduction from J. C. Maby, an independent researcher that was introduced to Eeman by J.B. Rhine. (See archive section for link to the book).

It is clear from Co-Operative Healing that Eeman saw the great potential for a deeper understanding of the functioning of the human body and it's benefits for therapeutic applications. He went out of his way to establish contact with the medical community to share his findings and collaborate with them for the benefit of his fellow men. Sadly he was largely ignored, despite his great effort to gain a wider understanding of how we function and developing more effective ways of treatment through that understanding.
The opening of the book starts with a quote from Herbert Spencer that reflects Eeman's spirit:

There is a principle which is a bar against all information,
which is proof against all argument,
and which cannot fail to keep man in everlasting ignorance.
That principle is condemnation before investigation.


It is clear from Eemans writings that he was a man of high intelligence, with a profound sense of humour, and an almost otherworldy discipline.
He mastered several languages, one being French, which he translated the work "Prediction of the Future" by Pierre-Emile Cornillier into English from.
He was a founding member of The British Society of Dowsers in 1946, and was elevated to vice president in 1953, a position he held until 1957.
His final publication was to be his revised edition of Self and Superman, now titled The Technique of Conscious Evolution, incorporating Self and Superman, it was published in 1956.
The book opens up with the following words:

TO
MY MISTAKES
AND MY MISDEEDS
THIS BOOK IS
DEDICATED

It is Eeman's most personal work and it embodies his spirit and genius. We all might benefit from it's wisdom.

Eeman passed away in 1958 after a fall, at the age of sixty-nine.
May we all remember and honour him with gratitude in our hearts.

Cordially and respectfully.

Cesco Soggiu.


Eeman's Polarity Chart of the
Human Body, showing Positive
and Negative points
.