Audio version read by Rev. Steven Lane Taylor, B.Msc.
“Healing Through the Laying On of Hands”
Spiritual Healing is a reality that cannot be denied. So many people today, who at one point, were diagnosed as incurable by medical physicians, are healthy once again because of an involvement with the practices of spiritual healing. There are numerous ways to practice Spiritual Healing, yet down through history, the practice of the laying on of hands has possibly been used and applied the most frequently.
The reason for this is obvious when one considers that whenever a person has an ache or pain, it is almost an instinctive reaction to place one’s hands on the area of the body where the pain exists. Similarly, there is almost an instinctive reaction to place one’s hands on a part of a loved one’s body that is in pain or uncomfortable. And more than that, there seems to be some justification for this, as in most cases the pain and discomfort appear to ease up or even dissipate altogether. To some degree, the physical action of laying on of hands visibly supports the idea that a healing is in progress.
Interestingly, this level of healing could take place even with a person who has no interest whatsoever in Metaphysical or Spiritual Healing. Perhaps we should all remember that the hands (like all things in physical reality), although they appear solidly composed of bone and tissue, can be regarded as energy fields. In the same way, the entire human body can be regarded as an energy field. Thus, when the hands come into contact with a certain part of the body, the true reality of what is taking place is that the energy field of the hands is coming into contact with the energy field of that part of the body being healed.
Another way to look at this is that the God-energy field of the hands is affecting and healing the God-energy field of the body, whether one’s own or another’s. Of all Spiritual Healing practices, there has been ample healing from the laying on of hands to give validity to the preceding thought. It would therefore be time wasted to speculate as to its authenticity — time that would be far better spent on becoming acquainted with the process itself, for the purpose of helping oneself or others.
Thought is energy, and that energy stimulates energy factors in one’s hands. During the laying on of hands, the more concentrated one’s thoughts are on the Healing hands—as God’s Instruments of Healing—the more energy activity is stimulated in the hands and in the part of the body being touched by the hands. Primary concentration, therefore, should be focused on the Presence of God in one’s hands, for God’s Healing Light flows through one’s hands into the part of the body (and its energy field) being touched and needing healing. Further, the effect is not confined to the surface touch contact, since one is dealing with an energy level which can reach deep into the body. A great deal of justification for the reality of an energy flow from the hands has come, in recent years, from experiments with Kirlian photography.
The Presence of God is frequently thought of as Light because this is the way those who have experienced God’s Presence during meditation (or otherwise) describe it. Many people who have experienced the Light that is God within them have suggested that they experience that Light as located at the upper center of the body, near the physical heart. Still others experience it as completely filling the inner screen of the mind with Light. In Eastern teachings on such matters, the first may be thought of as the heart chakra, while the second experience is the Third-Eye chakra. In Western mysticism, the heart chakra may be presented as the Sacred Heart, as depicted in the many pictures of the Christ that is Jesus.
Healing or relief can be obtained in many instances with only the outer levels of the self-healer or professional practitioner’s mind at work. However, the impact or power of the healing energy from one’s hands on the body can be intensified if, in addition to visualizing God’s Light as flowing through one’s hands, one remain at all times as open as possible to receiving guidance from the Mind of God within.
Additionally, common sense would certainly suggest that if the practitioner were first in a higher state of inner spiritual consciousness, the intensified awareness of the Presence of God within would strengthen the flow of healing energy present during contact. If helpful for you, consider positive affirmations such as the following for healing: “From the heart of the Universe located in the spiritual heart of my body, the Healing Light that is the Presence of God flows through my arms into my hands, and through my hands to that part of the body that my hands touch. For any relief and healing now received, I thank the Healing Presence of God … And So It Is!” Ideally, the meditative consciousness achieved would continue during the healing practice itself—and be experienced by both the healer and the client.
Finally, and most importantly, the practice of the laying on of hands for spiritual healing is an act of Loving, by God to His/Her Creation and by the Love of God in the professional practitioner for a body containing God’s Presence that is in need.
Dr. Paul Leon Masters
Text taken from Dr. Paul Leon Masters’ “The Theocentric Way of Life,” Volume 1: Module 10.
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