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					Spiritual Healing
Spiritual healing is the oldest type of healing known to humanity. There
has always been some form of spiritual healing available in all tribes
and societies: our own Druid tradition of healing and spirituality, the
North American Medicine man, the wise men and women who occupied a
special place in every tribe, helping to heal the sick through the power
of the spirit, and to guide the tribe in times of crises, and in matters
of life and death. Due to many people's disillusionment with traditional
religions there has been a huge upsurge in interest in the whole area of
spirituality in recent years.
Spirituality in its broadest sense concerns the exploration, the
awareness and the integration of spirit with our other physical, mental
and emotional sides to create balance, harmony, wholeness and meaning in
our lives. Spirit is that part of ourselves which is eternal and unique
to each individual. Yet spiritually we are connected to all other life
forms in a transpersonal way, each being a vital part of the whole.
People who wish to explore their personal spirituality need not have any
specific beliefs, as the spiritual experience can be viewed
humanistically - as the link between all earth-life, between the whole of
nature, animals and human beings.
What is Spiritual healing?

Spiritual healing is the channelling of healing energies through the
healer to the patient. It re-energies and relaxes patients to enable
their own natural resources to deal with illness or injury in the best
possible way. By directing energy, usually through the hands, the healer
seeks to supplement the depleted energy of the recipient, releasing the
body's own healing abilities to deal with the problem in the most
effective way for that individual. The healer asks for healing to be
channelled from Spirit, God, the highest level of light. Unlike faith
healing, it is not required that the patient have faith in the healer or
in the healing process in order for healing to take place.
Benefits of Spiritual healing

Spiritual healing can be beneficial for anyone who feels that they lack
harmony of body, mind or spirit. It can be given for any illness, stress
or injury. There are no conditions placed on the type of healing which
the patient may require: the Spirit of the patient gets exactly the kind
of healing it needs to distribute to the mind or body it occupies.
Healing always takes place in the manner in which it is needed. It can be
helpful in a wide range of physical and psychological conditions,
sometimes to a remarkable degree: the medically diagnosed nature of the
illness appears to be irrelevant to the outcome, and case histories range
from the relieving of everyday stresses and strains to the recovery of
people who had been previously medically diagnosed as being terminally
ill. In all these cases spiritual healing seems to have made a vital
contribution to the patient's recovery.
Spiritual healing has no side effects and is complimentary to any other
therapy. It is completely non-intrusive as there is no touch used by the
healer. The healer's hands are raised about a foot from the patient's
body while the patient is sitting comfortably during the channelling of
healing.
Absent Healing
Any person who asks for spiritual healing will receive it. If the healing
is requested by one person for another, then the healing chain is set in
motion between the person who requested it, the person who it is
requested for and Spirit. The person does not have to attend for
Spiritual healing in this instance. Each person's name who requires
healing is written in a special book, kept specifically for this purpose.
Periodically the healer can read each new name entered in the book and
ask Spirit to grant this person spiritual healing. Each person is kept on
the absent healing list for one month. Whatever healing is required then
takes place. There have been many recorded cases of miraculous healing
taking place using absent healing, even when the recipient of spiritual
healing was not aware that healing had been requested for him/her.
What does Spiritual healing feel like for the recipient?

Many people say that they experience some of the following sensations
during spiritual healing: heat, cold, tingly feelings, the feeling of
being really taken care of, a feeling of expansion and a new awareness of
their spiritual being. Sometimes the recipient doesn't feel anything in
particular, just a sense of deep relaxation and peace. It is recommended
that a person attend for spiritual healing at least three times, with
approximately one week between each session, to maximise the benefits of
spiritual healing. I can still vividly remember my own first experience
of spiritual healing, some six years ago. One of my friends had
recommended that I try it but I was quite sceptical and needed a lot of
persuading to try it. I remember sitting in the healing chair in the
Irish Spiritual Centre, feeling this amazing feeling of love and
expansion, as though I was literally radiating a brilliant beautiful
energy. Spiritual healing is still my own favourite form of healing when
I feel in need of a real boost of energy: six years later I'm still at
the centre, but now working as a Spiritual healer.
Extract from “Irish Guide to Complementary and Alternative Therapies” by
Lucy Costigan, published by Wolfhound Press, 1997
http://www.lucycostigan.com/lucycostigan/
Lucy Costigan’s career has been quite eclectic. She has worked as a
magazine editor, a technical writer, a counsellor and spiritual healer,
and a programmes’ facilitator. Lucy holds Masters Degrees in Equality
Studies (UCD, Ireland), and in Research (NCI, Ireland). From an early age
Lucy has been on a quest to discover the ultimate meaning of life.
Lucy's books have been reviewed on RTE (Ireland's National Television and
Radio stations), on BBC radio, and in various international publications.
RTE’s popular Sunday Show dedicated a full-length program to her book
Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace (Columba Press, 1998). Lucy’s
books include: Irish Guide to Complementary and Alternative Therapies
(Wolfhound Press) Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace (Columba
Press) Winter Solstice: A Novel (iUniverse) Social Awareness in
Counselling (iUniverse) What is the Meaning of Your Life (iUniverse)
Course in Consciousness (iUniverse) Women and Healing (iUniverse) The
Transformation of Yvette (iUniverse).
Lucy lives in her native town of Wexford, Ireland.


				
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