Spiritual healing has gained popularity in recent years, although it has been around for thousands of years in the East. The concept of spiritual healing revolves around the idea that we are all composed of the same cosmic energy and we can use this energy to cure diseases. Although it cannot be substituted for modern medicine, it can complement western medicine and accelerate recovery. With these methods, you can not only heal others but yourselves too! Here are some interesting facts about spiritual healing.
What Is Spiritual Healing?
Spiritual healers are people who use their minds, their prayers, and their intentions to influence other people located at a distance. Spiritual healers include Chi Gong masters, Johrei practitioners, Reiki practitioners, Carmelite nuns, Buddhist monks, and Christian groups.1
Globalization has led to diverse techniques healers use and are derived from various spiritual and religious practices. Healers do not usually concentrate on a specific disease or a range of symptoms, but give attention to the individual as a whole. Hence their success may rather be attributed to spiritual and personal development than to the disappearance of specific symptoms. Healers see themselves as channels through which a superior force can act and strengthen the belief in the healing potential for both healer and the healed.2
How Does It Work?
Spiritual healers make use of techniques such as directing healing energy toward the distant person. They may use some kind of focusing tool, such as a photograph, to focus their attention on the distant person, or make use of petitionary prayer to call on divine help from supernatural forces.3
The National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) study shows that a high percentage of the population use prayer to heal other people. Over 180 studies have been done on this subject, with more than half of them producing significant results. Religion has the power to heal, and we have an obligation to value that power alongside medicine.4
Can It Heal All Health Conditions?
All conditions can be treated by spiritual healing, but not all people. Some people are more receptive than others to this treatment, owing to certain factors such as karma and mental outlook. Hence, the results of healing can differ from person to person. The patient’s faith in the healing technique and the healer will definitely improve the healing process.5
Can Spiritual Healing Replace Modern Medicine?
Spiritual healing is complementary to orthodox medicine and must not be treated as an alternative. It is meant to be used in addition to appropriate conventional medical help, not instead of it. People who are unwell must get assistance from the doctor. Receiving spiritual healing will complement the medical treatment and the two will work together to assist the recovery. Spiritual healing is administered to babies, young children and even animals.6
Does My Faith Matter?
Not really. Spiritual healers need not know about the faith of the patient. Yet the patient can benefit from the healing. Nothing is expected from the patient, except perhaps openness to what may happen, and a degree of trust in the spiritualist healing method. An acceptance of the need for change and the willingness to do so will also help. Surprisingly, the patient has a great influence on the level of recovery because it is the patient’s positive attitude in recovering that works with both medical treatment and spiritual healing.7
What Is Reiki?
Reiki is an energy healing treatment that works holistically on the whole body, mind, and spirit. Reiki is simply a relaxing treatment whereas natural healing vibrations are transmitted through the hands of a Reiki practitioner to the body of the recipient. The purpose of a Reiki treatment is to relieve stress and pain, induce relaxation, release emotional blockages, accelerate natural healing, balance subtle bodies energies and support other medical modalities including traditional therapies.
The effectiveness of Reiki, a spiritual healing method, is gaining new respect within the medical community. Highly reputable medical facilities throughout the US are offering patients alternative healing programs such as Reiki. The benefits of Reiki are analyzed and the results are nothing short of remarkable. Today, Reiki education is offered free of charge in more than 800 American Hospitals as a means to accelerate the healing process and to alleviate pain.8
What Is Contact Healing And Self-Healing?
Contact healing and self-healing are simple and straightforward methods of healing that can be acquired from a workshop in a single day. The techniques involve cleansing the patient’s aura and sending spiritual energy into some of their major chakras (energy centers) and the area of discomfort by visualization and physical contact. Each treatment takes about half-an-hour. Self-healing technique is also based on similar principles to contact healing.9
Note: Spiritual healing is a complementary therapy, not an alternative therapy. This means that patients who approach spiritual healers should always first consult their physician and understand that this form of healing does not guarantee a cure.
|↑1, ↑3, ↑4||Schlitz, Marilyn. “Meditation, prayer and spiritual healing: The evidence.” The Permanente Journal 9, no. 3 (2005): 63.|
|↑2||Teut, Michael, Barbara Stöckigt, Florian Besch, Florian Jeserich, Christine Holmberg, and Claudia M. Witt. “Perceived outcomes of spiritual healing and explanations–A qualitative study on the perspectives of German healers and their clients.” European Journal of Integrative Medicine 7 (2015): 24-25.|
|↑5, ↑9||Healing yourself and others. The Aetherius Society. 2017|
|↑6, ↑7||What is Spiritual Healing. The Spiritualists’ National Union. 2011.|
|↑8||Reiki Really Works: A Groundbreaking Scientific Study. Green Lotus. 2011.|