Spiritual Healing Facts: Healing Energy and Theory
Some of us know about spiritual healing from documentaries about charismatic Christian leaders whose exhortations to sick members of the congregation are said to effect miraculous cures - returning mobility to stroke victims, for instance. Most spiritual healing, however, is done by ordinary people born with the healing touch, using their gift to relieve physical, mental or spiritual ailments.
Positive Healing Energy
Many practitioners discover their healing power accidentally, often as children. Obviously it helps them to develop their gift if parents and other family members have psychic interests or training, but some simply feel drawn to touch the weak or sick, perhaps from an innate desire to pass on to them some of their strength or well-being. If you consider the comfort of a loving arm around your shoulders, or even your hand held tightly, in moments of grief and distress, it is not hard to progress a stage to envisage the power of positive healing working in a similar way.
Intrinsically holistic because of their view that harmony between body, mind and spirit is essential for good health; spiritual healers tend to recognize the "life forces" either as a personal "God" or as the "creative intelligence" giving life and existence to all things. They revere its infinite healing capacity, and seek to reestablish its free-flow throughout their patient by linking the person with the "God" or the intelligence, however this is conceived. The resultant triangle between healer, patient and "God" liberates the healing energies from the divine source to flow into the sick person.
Interestingly, religious belief or faith on behalf of the patient is not essential for healing to occur. Although spiritual healing has occurred since time immemorial and is becoming increasingly accepted once more in the Western world, it is still misunderstood by many as a lot of meaningless ritual, or even as a trick to try to convert non-believers. For these reasons, spiritual healing is very often a last resort grasped in desperation by seriously ill people who seem to have tried everything else.
This is a pity, because although some maintain that miracles do occur, less energy channeling is required to correct bodily, mental or spiritual dysfunction in the early rather than the terminal stages of development. In addition, regardless of whether or not the hoped-for aim is achieved, nearly all sufferers can expect to experience greater calmness and tranquility, and a lifting of the mood and spirits.
Healers do not necessarily touch the body of the afflicted person. They work, instead, through the patient's "aura" - the invisible but scientifically detectable electromagnetic field surrounding all living organisms rather like a biblical halo.
Clairvoyants and psychics generally perceive the aura clearly, noting the jagged edges, discoloration and patchiness typical of a person or animal in distress. The aura extends around the body for up to 10 to 12 inches, and it is within this layer that most healers place their hands - perhaps over the part of the body stricken with illness - focusing their prayer, belief and healing energy where these are most needed.
The majority of spiritual healers refuse to charge for their services, although some permit donations to be given to cover their traveling costs, for example, or a simple meal if traveling long distances. The philosophy common to most is that the harmonious, simple life uncluttered by excessive materialistic striving is the most conducive to health. They advocate simplicity and a natural approach to all things, from a whole food, often vegetarian, diet to a lifestyle that respects the significance of all things - plants, animals and inanimate objects included - in the grand scheme of things. Patients may be gently reminded that, to receive, it is necessary first to give; and that hatred, resentment and rage inevitably cause pain, disorder and instability to the person nurturing them.
It should also be added that spiritual healers do not necessarily see success solely in terms of symptom removal. They strive also for the restoration of harmony and peace, and the granting of sufficient strength to face whatever the future may hold.
Types of Healing
- Faith healing: This requires the patient to have faith in the healer's or the deity's powers.
- Spiritual healing: Healers acts as channels for a healing force. Different types include: prayer healing; aura healing, psychic healing, shamanistic healing; and spiritualist healing.
Healing is not a substitute for medical treatment. Consult a doctor if you are suffering from a medical condition before visiting a healer particularly if your disorder is emotional or psychiatric.