Is it real? Does it really work?
Read an example of one man’s experience with distance healing.
Excerpt from The Genie in Your Genes by Dawson Church Ph.D.
In the early 1990s I was in Toronto, Canada. I went to see my doctor because I felt tired and listless. He sent me to have an electrocardiogram. Later that day, when he got the results back, he told me that my heart was at serious risk. He told me to stay calm, not exert myself, keep nitroglycerine pills with me at all times, and to not go outside alone.
The doctors administered several tests over the course of the following three days, and I failed them all because my arteries were severely clogged. They included an angiogram, another electrocardiogram, and a treadmill stress test. When I started the bicycle test, the clinic staff didn’t even let me finish. They stopped me partway. They were afraid I was going to die on the spot, my arteries were so clogged. As a high-risk patient, I was given an immediate appointment for heart bypass surgery.
The day before the surgery, I woke up feeling much better. I went to the hospital and I was given an angiogram. This involved shooting dye into my arteries through an injection in my thigh. The surgeons wanted to discover the exact location of the blockages prior to the operation. I was prepared for surgery. My chest was shaved, and the doctors were about to mark my skin where they planned to make the incision. When the new angiograms came back from the lab, the doctor in charge looked at them. He became very upset. He said he had wasted his time. There were no blockages visible at all. He said he wished his own arteries looked as clear. He could not explain why all the other tests had shown such severe problems.
I later discovered that my friend Lorin Smith [a Pomo Indian medicine man] in California, upon hearing of my heart trouble, had assembled a group of his students for a healing ceremony the day before the second angiogram. He covered one man with bay leaves and told him that his name was Richard Geggie. For the next hour, Lorin led the group in songs, prayers, and movement. The next day, I was healed.
I have seen Lorin facilitate other amazing healings. Sometimes he works in a trance, invoking his grandfather, Tom Smith, who was a very famous healer. When he emerges from trance, he’s unable to remember what he has said. This story was told by former cardiac patient Richard Geggie for the book The Heart of Healing. Some fifteen years later, Geggie is still in excellent health.
It is by no means an isolated example of distant healing; there are impressive databases dedicated to cataloging studies of the phenomenon.
Two careful studies of terminally ill AIDS patients by Elizabeth Targ, MD, PhD, showed similar results. The patients in her experimental groups were offered remote healing by forty religious and spiritual healers. Some were evangelical Christians, some were traditional Catholics, some were Buddhists, some were independent faith healers. One was a Jewish kabbalist, another was a Lakota Sioux shaman, and another was a Chinese Qigong master. After going through elaborate precautions to ensure that no one in the study could know which patients were being prayed for, the healers were sent an envelope containing a patient’s photo, name, and helper T-cell count.
Six months later, the researchers found that those who had received remote healing showed improved mood, significantly fewer doctor visits, fewer hospitalizations, fewer days in hospital, improved helper T-cell counts, fewer new AIDS-defining illnesses, and significantly lower quantities of the HIV virus in their systems.
The results of this study of healing at a distance are not unusual. Researchers have conducted several meta-analyses of distant healing research: most studies found results far in excess of what might be explained by chance.
Electromagnetic signaling explains many healing phenomena that cannot be explained by other medical models. The semiconductive properties of connective tissue explain others. However, healing at a distance, or nonlocal healing, cannot be explained by either mechanism. How is it possible for healing to occur when the person receiving the healing is too far away from the person offering the healing to be affected by the healer’s electromagnetic fields? Quantum physics and string theory offer us some intriguing insights as to how this might occur.