DISTANT HEALING: A BRIDGE OF INTENTION AND COMPASSION
Possibly the most intriguing area of healing is that of the distance between the healer and healee (or patient). Over the past decades some scientists have referred to this as the “nonlocal gap”, a spatial separation that can seemingly be bridged by the intentions, empathetic wishes, and compassionate thoughts or prayers of a healer. It remains an area of great mystery.
A growing body of empirical evidence now suggests that human consciousness is nonlocal - it is not confined to specific points in space, such as brains or bodies, or specific moments in time, such as the present. Throughout history, what are commonly called spiritual experiences involve a similar motif of experience: the felt transcendence of space and time and a sense of unity with all there is. Evidence for nonlocal consciousness can be found in distant cell-to-cell, organ-to-organ, and person-to-person interactions.
Many of the scientific experiments in which I participated were designed to test my ability to influence distant biological targets such as blood cells and cancer cells. Interestingly the results were sometimes better at a distance than when the ‘target’ in close proximity.
In other tests I influenced the brainwaves of someone sitting in another room. During one of these experiments at the University of California, I was asked to interact with Professor Fred Lorenz. He was in a different part of the building but reported that, “the correspondences between Matthew’s EEG and my own were most dramatic. It was not limited to short-term displays - such correspondences could be seen throughout the record.”
The results of these tests offer a scientific validation to my ability to influence biological or living targets at a distance - even if the mechanics are not understood - and when I now practice distant healing it is no different to what I did in a laboratory. It is a conscious act during which my intent is to benefit the physical and/or emotional well-being of another person wherever they may be.
With eyes closed, I fall into my breathing and become aware of the beat of my heart. I feel that I am floating or hovering - words I have sometimes use in my global healing meditations. My body slows down as I find a resting place and my awareness of the external environment recedes.
I familiarise myself with the names of people on my distant healing list before starting and whilst I may know some of these people, most of them I don’t. Sensations of light, care, concern, compassion, quickly arise as I gently focus on a healing intent.
I become aware of their energies “out in the ethers” - as if we are joining in that nonlocal space. I see faces that are probably of those to whom I’m sending healing. Often one face fades away only for another to come to my attention - sometimes I see groups of people and faces. I have a strong sense of holding space for healing beyond our understanding of time and space.
My hands feel hot and tingling as I float in this transcendent space of peace, love, healing and compassion for all those in need. The external environment in which I’m physically seated has melted away and time cannot be measured.
Many of those to whom I have been sending distant healing report that they have experienced almost exactly the same sensations. I believe that in some way I am channelling and directing a universal, unconditional love during this time of distant healing.
Science states that it can only accept that which can be measured and quantified yet it has never succeeded in doing this with love. But we don’t deny love simply because science is unable to compute it. Each day we see it’s influence and impact in our lives. And so it is with healing.
I receive daily requests for distant healing which is available from the subscription pages of this website for just £5 per month. (You also then have access to all my meditations and videos and Global Healing Events.) Some people add their own name to my distant healing list whilst others ask for healing on behalf of a friend or loved one.
It’s always wonderful to receive feedback and there are numerous success stories on my Distant Healing page. Recently someone added their cousin’s name, explaining that “she has terminal cancer”.
“Thank you so very much for adding her to the list for healing”, she wrote last week. “I have just spoken to her and her consultant was amazed at the results of her blood tests which seem to be normal!!! She is still to have a scan but this is very encouraging news. Also she didn’t complain of pain. Thank you so much”.
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Brain Response Seen In Scans Of People Receiving Distant Healing
Mind-body researcher Jeanne Achterberg was a respected researcher of indigenous healing methods in healthcare. These interests led her to Hawaii where she spent two years observing the culture and healing methods of indigenous healers.
She was interested to discover whether healers can exert a positive influence on individuals at a distance. She and her colleagues at North Hawaii Community Hospital in Waimea recruited 11 healers to participate in an experiment (published in the 2005 Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine).
Each of them was asked to select a person they knew, with whom they had previously worked professionally, and with whom they felt an empathetic, compassionate, bonded connection, to serve as the recipient of their healing intentions.
Each recipient was placed in an fMRI scanner at a distance from the healers, who then sent their healing intentions to their subjects at random, two-minute intervals that could not have been anticipated by the recipient.
When the fMRI scans were analysed, significant changes were found in the brains of the subjects - but only when the healers were sending healing intentions to them - and not during the ‘no-send’ periods.
There was less than one chance in 10,000 that these differences could be explained by chance. When the experiment was repeated, using strangers with whom the healers felt no empathetic bonding, no significant changes were found in the recipients’ brains during the healing efforts.
This study suggests that compassionate, empathetic healing intentions can exert measurable physical effects on a recipient, even when that person is unaware when the attempt is being made, and that these effects do not occur when a compassionate, empathetic connection is not present.
The experiment can be summarised with the old saying: “Love heals.”
Distant Healing And Science
Science has always treated the claims made for the power of distant healing with great scepticism. But in 2000, Dr John Astin of Stanford University School of Medicine published a report in the ‘Annals of Internal Medicine’ on distant healing which came down heavily on the side of healers.
After reviewing dozens of studies he and his colleagues found evidence that prayer and distant healing really does help to reduce pain and accelerate recovery from illness. They were, by their own admission, surprised, as they hadn’t expected to find that spiritual interventions had any effect.
The late Dr Elisabeth Targ, clinical director of psychosocial oncology research at the California Pacific Medical Centre in San Francisco, published the results of a study that she and her colleagues conducted to test whether distant healing had any beneficial effect on health on AIDS when subjects did not know they were receiving treatment.
In the trial, 40 severely ill AIDS patients were randomly selected; half were sent distant healing, and half were not. All the patients received standard medical care, but none were told to which group they’d been assigned. Blood tests and psychological testing at the beginning of the study, and six months later, assessed the patients.
Those who had been receiving distant healing had experienced significantly fewer new AIDS-related illnesses, had less severe illnesses, required fewer doctor visits and fewer days of hospitalisation.
While many studies have demonstrated the effect of distant healing on sick people, numerous other studies have shown the same effect in a laboratory setting. In the 1970s I was able to influence cancer cells in a plastic flask. However, this influence occurred not only when I held a flask containing cancer cells, but also when I tried to influence them from a distance.
I still practice distant healing from the Healing Community Pages of my website and am often surprised at the results! What I was able to demonstrate in a laboratory all those years ago has the same effect on people.
I regard healing energy as an unconditional universal force for good. We may not always be able to prove its existence scientifically, but that is not the only scale of measurement. We measure love by the effect it has in our lives and we should treat healing the same way.
Healing Works At A Distance
It's wonderful to get positive feedback from those on my distant healing list, which you can find on my Healing Community pages, and this week I've been sent two interesting stories.
One lady on my list suffers from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye disease that can blur the sharp, central vision needed for activities such as reading and driving. Her treatment involves an injection into her eye every 12 weeks.
"This last time it went horribly wrong and a massive infection took over my eye, causing incredible pain and loss of sight. The hospital have been injecting antibiotics into the eye," she explained.
"Thank you for the amazing distant healing yesterday evening. The heat that came through was so incredible as I tuned in that I could feel myself perspiring through the energy.
"I slept the most peaceful of nights' sleep and my eye now feels much less painful and has lost some of the remnants from the infection."
Someone else had placed their son's name on my distant healing list but wrote to say:
"He is now very much better. I think there probably is no need to continue now. It was amazing to know you were helping at such a difficult time."
Many people believe they have to see me personally to gain benefits but accounts like this demonstrate that healing works beyond our understanding of time and space.
As well as anecdotal evidence, much scientific research has been carried out with distant healing. For example, a French study showed that people could inhibit the growth of a destructive fungus at a distance of 1.5 meters, using only mental intentions. This study was successfully replicated at the University of Tennessee, using the same organism, at distances of one to 15 miles.