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Spiritual healing is very easy to do - anyone can do it:

http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/spiritual_healing


“There are a number of factors that can influence the effectiveness of spiritual healing:”
· “The amount of healing force the healer is able to conduct.
· The skills of the spirit guides directing the healing force conducted by the healer.
· The karmic needs of the recipient. If an illness is intended to teach something to the recipient, then spiritual healing may help the recipient understand the lesson rather than help with the illness.”

The idea that anyone can do spiritual healing appears to have some conditions that could be viewed as limitations. This quote if from the website suggested by anonymous. We have little knowledge at this time why sometimes such healing methods such as laying on of hands works with one person and often with another person it does not work.

The materialist would say this healing is due to the placebo effect but then what is the placebo effect if not mind over matter. Does mind over matter imply paranormal or supernatural implications?

The placebo effect will remain a scientific mystery until we view all as consciousness including matter.

The spiritual healing paradigm is one of the most successful in parapsychology. For a good account see Daniel Benor's investigations:
http://www.wholistichealingresearch.com/HealingResearchVolume1.html

The placebo effect does not explain results in mice described in the blog post by Michael Prescott (above).

The placebo effect also does not explain why spiritual healing works in some cases when mainstream medicine doesn't or when spiritual healing produces improved results when used in conjunction with mainstream medicine. Any possible placebo effects would be produced by the mainstream medical treatment in the absence of spiritual healing.

Also of interest:

http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/eminent_researchers#researchers_boyle

Sir Robert Boyle (1627-1691) was one of the most brilliant scientists of all time....Boyle was the father of modern chemistry, the founder of the Royal Society of London, and the author of Boyle's Law.

Boyle investigated the spiritual healer Valentine Greatrakes. At first Boyle was skeptical, but his investigations convinced him of the genuineness of Greatrakes abilities. Boyle's lab notebooks from 1666 contain notes on his observations....

'This day a woman came among other Patients to be curd of a great thicknesse of hearing she complaind of, & he haveing put his fingers in her ears, and (as I remember) a litle strookd them, she complaind no more of her deafnesse...'"

A little synchronistic:

http://www.examiner.com/x-27763-Skepticism-Examiner~y2009m10d28-Can-cancer-cures-come-from-healing-hands

“The placebo effect also does not explain why spiritual healing works in some cases when mainstream medicine doesn't or when spiritual healing produces improved results when used in conjunction with mainstream medicine. Any possible placebo effects would be produced by the mainstream medical treatment in the absence of spiritual healing.”

I am not sure this is a valid statement but will reflect upon it in days to come and see if my initial response is in line with my giving this comment more thought. The very application of spiritual healing may or may not be in some instances due to the placebo effect. Do even know at this time the full implications of the placebo effect; how can we state when it has occurred and not occurred.

The placebo effect may be spiritual healing either self-induced or from others. Maybe some form of changing our vibration level using our mind or others using their ability to change our vibration level to a healthy level of vibration. I see in the future technology that may be able to change one’s vibration level to a degree for healing purposes. I.e. back to a level that was the original vibration level in that person when that person was healthy.

I see acupuncture and hands on healing approaches as a form of this returning this vibration level of a person back to a healthy level.

"The placebo effect also does not explain why spiritual healing works in some cases when mainstream medicine doesn't or when spiritual healing produces improved results when used in conjunction with mainstream medicine. Any possible placebo effects would be produced by the mainstream medical treatment in the absence of spiritual healing."

Conceivably, a given patient could be more predisposed to believe in New Age healing than in conventional methods, so he would be more likely to experience a placebo effect in the former case.

Of course, no one really knows what the "placebo effect" is or how it works, so as an explanation, it raises more questions than it answers.

"Conceivably, a given patient could be more predisposed to believe in New Age healing than in conventional methods, so he would be more likely to experience a placebo effect in the former case."

Conceivably. You'd have to look at the participants in any particular study to see if they were selected for belief in spiritual healing beforehand.

However any scientific study (like the one you mentioned above) would have to have controls (which it does) to see if the effects were really due to spiritual healing or a placebo effect.

My experience with spiritual healing at Spiritualist churches is that most recipients are pretty "normal". They expect the doctor to take care of their medical problems and they take spiritual healing like they do vitamins. A health nut might get placebo induced remission from cancer due to faith in the power of vitamins, but an "normal" person probably wouldn't. Most recipients of spiritual healing in my experience have as much or more faith in modern medicine than they do in spiritual healing. No doctor would say, "I won't cure you because you need to learn from being sick", or "because your time on the earth plane is up", but spiritual healing allows for both of those possibilities.

I also don't see how the placebo effect can explain spiritual healing effects on mice, other animals, and infants.

Qigong healers can sense the qualities of the energy field of cell cultures.

http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2009/06/sensing-qualities-of-qi.html

Explain that with the placebo effect!


It's slightly off topic but I updated my page on eminent researchers with 2 more Nobel prize winners: Marie Curie (2 Nobel's, Chemistry and Physics) and Pierre Curie ("just" Physics). They studied Eusapia Palladino. I love this quote from Pierre:

"The only trick possible is that which could result from an extraordinary facility of the medium as a magician. But how do you explain the phenomena when one is holding her hands and feet and when the light is sufficient so that one can see everything that happens?[13]"

http://sites.google.com/site/chs4o8pt/eminent_researchers


One more point. It's one thing to read about studies and fantasize about alternative hypotheses. It's quite another thing to give or receive spiritual healing and experience it for yourself.

If you want to understand the phenomena fully you have to experience it too.

When you receive healing you can sometimes feel an "energy" penetrating your body. There is nothing else like it.

When you give healing sometimes your hands feel unusually hot and you may feel odd tingling around your head. These things don't normally occur during meditation or relaxation exercises.

Odd sensations are not proof or paranormal phenomena, but they are something that need to be explained by controlled experiments not by conjecture and hypothesis.

Placebo effects are actually more than a single phenomenon. Some effects are understood biochemically to some extent but other effects are not understood at all. In some cases the "placebo effect" might not be a rational explanation for a proposed paranormal phenomena but in fact could be a paranormal phenomena in its own right.

I believe that the power of ones mind is the huge factor in their healing. Lynne McTaggart, author of "The Intention Experiment," Featured in Dan Brown's new book- The Lost Symbol has actually conducted mini scientific experiments that actually prove that this is true. In one experiment a patient suffered severe burns to his hands after a gas explosion at work. While his colleague, who had similar burns, opted only for orthodox treatment at the hospital, Daniel decided to also ask for help from the intention group.

Astonishingly, his hands dramatically improved in six days — weeks before that of his work colleague. His doctors wanted to study him as a medical miracle.

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