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by Harry Edwards (Amazon Books)
Born in London as one of nine children, Harry Edwards became a spiritual healer when he attended a meeting at a spiritualist church in 1936 and was told by the mediums present that he had great healing powers. His early attempts at spiritual healing were met with success, and gradually his reputation as a healer grew. He was probably the most famous British spiritual healer of the 20th century. He founded the Harry Edwards Healing Sanctuary in Shere in Surrey which still thrives to this day. His biographer described him as ‘the greatest healer since the time of Christ.’
This detailed and very practical book describes the methods by which spiritual healing may be accomplished. This book will be of value not only to those who desire to heal the sick but to all who are interested in understanding the way in which healing works.
Edwards begins this work by discussing Absent healing and the Seeking of Attunement with Spirit and distinguishes it from Contact Healing. For Edwards:’ It can truly be said that Absent Healing or Distant Healing will become the most potent healing factor for the future.’ He goes on to discuss the qualifications for an Absent Healer. ‘Healing is a natural talent, and generally speaking, all those who are sick and in pain and have that deep inner yearning to heal may well possess the healing potential, which only needs developing and the opportunity for expression. Absent healing is often the way through which the gift is awakened and developed.’ A re-assuring thought. In clear non-scientific language that all may access, Edwards goes on to discuss aspects of the physical mind, the spirit mind and the thought processes involved in the act of healing both from the healer’s standpoint and that of the recipient. The seeking of attunement is paramount in this healing process.
Following these assertions, Edwards goes on to explore, in a far-ranging enquiry, from the theory of spiritual healing, the conduct of a healing clinic, the healing of specific medical conditions to the Science of Healing, in which he looks at the prevailing scientific understanding of how healing energies work including psychosomatic conditions and mental healing. The last chapter of this remarkable healing manual enquires into the cause (especially the role of the mind), the prevention and the cure of cancer.
This Guide is a fascinating read from an inspirational and gifted healer. A must-read in the annals of spiritual healing.
Caroline Myss (pronounced ‘Mace’) is an American medical ‘intuitive’, mystic and author. Many of her books have become New York Times best-sellers.
In ‘Anatomy of Spirit’, perhaps her most famous book, Myss describes our spiritual anatomy and how its dysfunctions affect the physical body. She draws on concepts from three major religious sources (Christianity, Hinduism and the Jewish Kabbalah) and fuses Eastern and Western spiritual healing philosophies into a programme for spiritual healing and personal growth.
Myss discusses the 7 stages through which everyone must pass in the search for consciousness and spiritual maturity, stages she claims which are the same in all spiritual traditions and which correspond to 7 stages for healing. Using Hindu wisdom relating to the 7 chakras or energy centres in our bodies, she links this knowledge to the spiritual wisdom of the 7 sacraments of the Christian faith and further links these elements to the Jewish Kabbalah’s Tree of Life.
Myss points to evidence that each illness we develop corresponds to a very specific pattern of emotional and psychological stress; furthermore, she claims that certain beliefs and attitudes which we hold as individuals influence corresponding areas of the human body. For example, according to Myss, lower back problems result from dysfunctions of our first or base chakra which is concerned with our “tribe” or loyalty group, be this family, friends or colleagues. Misplaced loyalties or conflicts would then manifest in the lower part of the body. Interspersed with the theory and discursive elements of the book are numerous case studies from Myss’ own experience with her clients over the years. These case studies make for powerful demonstrations of the truth of her arguments.
Myss also discuss why we do not heal and the reasons why we find ourselves in difficult circumstances which never seem to change. For Myss, as you begin to understand your spiritual anatomy, you will discover the spiritual causes of your illnesses and how to recover from an illness you may already have. You will become your own healer.
In ‘Anatomy of the Spirit’, Myss also presents three principles of energy medicine: firstly, that our biography becomes our biology; secondly, that personal power is necessary for optimal health; and that, thirdly, you alone can help yourself heal. Her emphasis is on the relationship between our conscious awareness of ourselves as spiritual beings and the effects of this awareness (or non-awareness) on our physical bodies.
“As spiritual adults we accept responsibility for co-creating our lives and our health. Co-creation is in fact the essence of spiritual adulthood; it is the exercise of choice and the acceptance of our responsibility for those choices.”
This is a fascinating, challenging and empowering book.
Jack Angelo, D. Litt., is a respected writer, healer, teacher and trainer in the field of subtle energy and spirituality. This practical guide, one of his earliest works, is suitable for those just starting out on their healing journey. It explores the human body and its subtle aspects, the aura and the energy centres, and how the energies of healing work. For Angelo, the physical body is to be seen as part of an interrelated system of other subtle bodies which comprises your whole being.
The exercises provided help the reader to understand the system and to work efficiently with its energies. The nature of disease is explored as well as the role of the mind and its emotions, how healing relates to birth and death as well as to ill-health. Angelo also provides detailed instructions and drawings on the act of healing, ways of working and how to run a healing practice. The book aims to be a self-healing manual as well as a guidance manual for healers. It has been used as a workshop manual for many years.
Your Healing Power is a step-by- step practical course for those who wish to awaken and develop their own healing gifts.
Dr. Alberto Villoldo was a social scientist by profession and became a shamanic healer through his work as an anthropologist. This remarkable and absorbing book, written as a result of Villoldo’s travels and training with Inca shamans, demonstrates the healing power of energy medicine, a tradition practised in the Americas for more than 5,000 years.
As he explores such subjects as the ‘Luminous energy field that surrounds our body, Villoldo shows us how, by learning to see and influence the imprints of disease in our aura of energy, we can discover, not only how to heal ourselves and other, but prevent illness as well.
Villoldo also explores the idea of life beyond death, navigating this unseen world with the knowledge of a scientist and the wisdom of a shamanic healer.
Classically trained a medical anthropologist, Villoldo became a foremost teacher of the shamanic techniques of the Incas. Villoldo weaves together a host of illuminating stories and exercises – with chapters such topics as Healing and Infinity, The Luminous Healers and The Luminous Energy Field – to provide an accessible, practical and revolutionary programme of healing.
Villoldo discusses the differences between ‘curing’ or fixing whatever problem arises in the body of the those seeking healing and ‘healing ‘which transforms the life of the recipient and often, but not always, produces a physical relief of symptoms or ‘cure’.
In addition, Villoldo warns against those who wish to become instant healers after a short or weekend course. He argues that this ego-driven ambition to have the power to heal or influence another, particularly for money, is akin to black magic. Only the pure in heart should undertake the journey of becoming a true healer.
Dr Michael Newton is considered a pioneer in the use of Spiritual Regression. This book was first published in 1994 and is now considered a classic in the field.
Written in the form of transcripts of client sessions, accompanied by the author’s own resultant learning and understandings from the information received at each session, the book is principally geared to demystifying the processes of death and dying at soul level and lives between physical incarnations. Each case represents a direct dialogue between Newton and the subject, taken from tape recordings of sessions with the client in a ‘superconscious’ state, revealing the connection between life and afterlife.
The main focus is on the subject’s experiences in the spirit world relating to their most recent life, including events from the time of death through to the next incarnation. They also offer information about different levels of soul, spirit guides, life selection, the purpose of a life, choosing a new body, rebirth and much more.
This book is a mix of interesting, uplifting and at times moving accounts of life after death. It describes the laws and customs of the spirit world and dispels common human myths and misunderstandings about our souls’ journeys.
The content may bring comfort to the recently bereaved, be of value to those curious about the afterlife, or help to provide the answer to anyone who has the question ‘why am I here’.
This is a gem of a book which clearly describes how mental patterns can create dis-ease in the body, relationships and even life itself.
In this global best-seller, Louise explains that our beliefs and ideas about ourselves and others are often the cause of our physical and emotional problems and, that we can change our thinking and our lives for the better. The book includes candid glimpses of her difficult personal life journey and she shares the techniques that helped her to deal with abuse, hardship and illness, which ‘makes it real’
The book contains a reference guide detailing the probable mental causes of physical problems. This list of conditions and ailments gives the reader an insight into how they themselves may have created symptoms or problem areas in their life. All parts of the human body are referenced in the book, with clear indications of how our underlying thoughts, beliefs and emotions can influence our health.
Louise offers sound, practical advice on how to change a troublesome belief or habit pattern, along with affirmations to help foster new ways of thinking and being which promote good health and wellbeing.
Her simple approach and ethos make this an easy read. The suggested, easily applied tools and techniques can create positive results for anyone who wishes to encourage joy in their life.
Covering all aspects of the human condition, this is a book anyone and everyone can benefit from reading.
About the Author:
Mainly recognised as one of the founders of the Self-Help Movement, Louise L. Hay also notably created her famous ‘Hayride’ support group for AIDS sufferers and, amongst many other things, started the prestigious Hay House publishing company in her living room!