Spiritual Healing

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Spiritual Healing

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

In spiritual healing it is frequently the spirit of a deceased doctor or surgeon who comes through the medium to give or suggest the necessary healing. Sometimes it is the spirit guide of the medium. Gladys osborne Leonard’s Native American guide, North Star, would work through her. She described it in My Life In Two Worlds (1931), “When North Star controlled me for healing, he always appeared to appeal to someone far higher than himself before commencing his treatment. He never spoke, but he used to hold his hands upward and outward as if he expected something to be put or poured into them. His attitude was so obviously one of prayer, or supplication, though he was usually in a standing position.”

The National Spiritualist Association of Churches gives this definition of Spiritual Healing:

  1. It is the sense of this convention that Spiritual Healing is a gift possessed by certain Spiritualist mediums, and that this gift is exercised by and through the direction and influence of excarnate spiritual beings for the relief, cure and healing of both mental and physical diseases of humankind; and that the results of spiritual healing are produced in several ways, to wit:

    • (a) By the spiritual influences working through the body of the medium and thus infusing curative, stimulating and vitalizing fluids and energy into the diseased parts of the patient’s body.

    • (b) By the spiritual influences illuminating the brain of the healing medium and thereby intensifying the perception of the medium so that the cause, nature and seat of the disease in the patient become known to the medium.

    • (c) Through the application of absent treatments whereby spiritual beings combine their own healing forces with the magnetism and vitalizing energy of the medium and convey them to the patient who is distant from the medium and cause them to be absorbed by the system of the patient.

  2. It is further the sense of this convention that Spiritual Healing is recognized by the New Testament Scriptures and that it has been a tenet of ancient and modern religions and that it has been and is now a tenet of the religion of Spiritualism and is practiced by and among Spiritualists in conformity with their religious belief and knowledge of the power of spiritual agencies.
  3. It is further the sense of this convention that great care and caution should be exercised in determining whether an applicant for a Healer’s Commission really possesses any of the phases of the gift of Spiritual Healing to a sufficient degree to warrant the issuance of a commission.
  4. That no person to whom a Spiritual Healer’s Commission may be issued shall advertise other than as a “Spiritual Healer,” unless legally entitled to do so.
  5. That it is further the sense of this convention that any statute or ordinance which tends to resist or forbid the exercise of Spiritual Healing is an invasion of the religious rights, privileges and guarantees contained in the Federal Constitution.

Medium George Chapman works as a healer with deceased surgeon Dr. William Lang working through him. Munich-born Dr. Adolphus Fritz, who died in 1918, worked through Brazilian psychic healer José Arigó. Another Brazilian healer, Edivaldo Silva, has a number of different deceased doctors and surgeons working through him.


Bletzer, June G.: The Encyclopedia Psychic Dictionary. Lithia Springs: New Leaf, 1998
Fodor, Nandor: Encyclopedia of Psychic Science. London: Arthurs Press, 1933
Kingston, Jeremy: The Supernatural: Healing Without Medicine. London: Aldus, 1975
Leonard, Gladys Osborne: My Life in Two Worlds. London: Two Worlds, 1931
National Spiritualist Association of Churches: Spiritualist Manual. Lily Dale: NSAC, 1911; 2002
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