Spiritual Healing

What is healing?

Healing is a flow of energy. Some believe it to originate from a Divine Source – from God or some other higher power; others say that the healing energy is part of the natural energy that exists within and around us all, sometimes described as the universal energy field. Others haven’t got a clue where it comes from! It doesn’t matter what you believe – or don’t believe – healing will have an effect. Spiritual healing is not the same as faith healing, in which the success of the treatment depends on the patient’s faith in the healer, or in God, or in a specific religion – no religious faith is required for spiritual healing to work.

What is a healer?

A healer is a person who acts as a channel for the healing energy – imagine the healing energy as water, and the healer as a hosepipe! The healing doesn’t come from the healer but through him or her.

How long has healing been practiced?

Healing has been known and used for thousands of years. It was known to the Chinese as far back as 5000 B.C. and subsequently in virtually every culture. It is now recognised in the West, and in 1955 healing became an organised therapy in Britain when Harry Edwards formed the National Federation of Spiritual Healers.

How does healing work?

The aim of healing is to restore harmony and an inner balance to the body, mind and spirit – seen as one interdependent unit – so that healing can take place. Healing also helps to mobilize the body’s healing capacity and stimulates the internal healing forces that we all possess but may have temporarily lost.

Healing doesn’t usually happen instantaneously and “miracle” cures that may have been reported by the media occur only rarely.

Will healing make me better?

While no healer can, or ever should, guarantee a cure, it is true that almost any physical and emotional condition can be helped to some degree by healing.

Healing is known to be particularly beneficial for reducing anxiety and easing painful symptoms, although it should be remembered that sometimes, pain and difficulties associated with illness of body or mind may have to be tolerated and overcome by a person as part of his or her life’s learning process. There are, too, occasions when a person might be reluctant to ‘let go’ of his or her pain: for example, although someone might desperately want to be free of a chronic pain, that person may have got so used to the pain that in some unfathomable way it has become a part of them – or, perhaps without even realising it, they may have been using it as an excuse to avoid something unpleasant, or even as a way of receiving attention.

In its information about Spiritual healing, the Harry Edwards Spiritual Healing Sanctuary writes: “While there is no known disease that cannot be helped through Spiritual Healing, no Spiritual Healing can be effective until the cause has been removed. Healing can of course, lessen and subdue symptoms, especially pain, but its main purpose is to overcome the cause of the trouble. Healing is about wellness, not just about the relief of symptoms.”

What happens when I receive healing?

You may choose to have contact (hands on) healing, or prefer hands off healing, where the healer will place his or her hands a few inches from your body. Although healing is generally given to the whole body, you may prefer your healer to concentrate on just one or two specific areas – the choice is completely up to you. When you are receiving healing you may feel sensations of either heat or cold; alternatively, you may feel absolutely nothing at all! Most people feel very relaxed during and after a healing session, others feel energised. As you can tell, healing works on each person in a different way, because every one of us is an individual.

Is there anything I can do to help?

All healing is much more effective when you participate fully in your own healing process. You can give you body support by eating good, nourishing food, exercising if possible, and trying to avoid too many toxins, and you can care for the rest of yourself with practices such as meditation and relaxation techniques that will help you become closer to your spiritual self.

Does it matter if I am receiving conventional medicine or any other treatment?

Healing works well as a complement to most other therapies. It should also be regarded as complementary to orthodox medicine and the two can work very happily and successfully alongside one another. Healing does not diagnose or offer any advice on treatment but for those who are receiving medical treatment, it helps them to derive the greatest possible advantage from it.

In different ways and at different times we will all eventually come to recognise that, together with our physical and emotional selves, we are all true spiritual beings. Healing acts on the whole person each of us is, restoring balance, opening our hearts, bringing love and calm.