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By Grace Michael

Spiritual Healing - Testing the Technique - Does It Really Work?

Over the years that I have studied and practiced spiritual healing, I have seen and experienced many healings and health improvements along the way which I attribute to spiritual healing. I reached this conclusion very scientifically over a growing period of time by testing the healing techniques to determine if they really work.

How it all started – healing #1

I had read several times that spiritual healing brings healing and relief from pain and suffering, but I never thought of using spiritual healing until one day when I injured my hand. I felt this might be a good time to give it a try to see if it would help my hand to heal. I had a large, deep wound in my hand that normally would take several weeks to heal. I felt this would be a good test to see how fast the wound would heal if I used spiritual healing.

I also decided that the best way to keep track of my spiritual healing efforts and results would be to create a journal, logging in what my spiritual healing work consisted of, how often I did it, and what I did. I would also keep track of my healing progress (or lack of progress). I felt the journaling was important because it would give me an objective, unbiased, concrete accounting of events which I could refer to at will. This accounting could help me objectively decide if spiritual healing did or did not help to bring healing. I felt trying to commit my results to memory would be unreliable since most of us tend to feel differently about things on different days, depending on circumstances and events.

I sat down to begin spiritual healing work to heal my hand. I wasn’t sure I was doing it right, but I followed the instructions the best that I could. I intently gazed at my hand as I did the spiritual work, hoping to see some sort of magical healing take place, and hoped that I would actually see the wound heal and disappear from my hand.

After fifteen minutes of doing spiritual healing work, much to my disappointment, I did not see nor feel any change in my hand. The wound was still there and it still hurt.

Since I was working to heal a wound rather than an illness, I read that I should do the spiritual work frequently - several times a day, as often as possible. Each time I did my spiritual work on the first day, I was expecting some type of miraculous healing, but that didn’t happen. When I went to bed that night, I still couldn’t see any change in the appearance of the wound, and I still had considerable pain. I fell asleep that night doing spiritual work to heal my hand.

Much to my surprise, the following morning, when I looked at the wound, it was much smaller. There was less swelling, the skin was normal around the wound instead of being red, the scabby area itself looked smaller, and the pain was gone.

As the day progressed, I continued with the spiritual work and was amazed to note that the wound was rapidly getting smaller.

On the second night of my experiment, I again fell asleep doing spiritual work for the complete healing of my hand and when I woke up, there was only a slightly perceptible wound area. In amazement I looked at my hand wondering how this could be possible for a large wound to heal so fast, and leave no visible scar. I logged all of this information into my journal and I concluded that the spiritual healing technique I used did in fact heal my hand and that my first experiment ended in success because I realized complete healing of the wound I was trying to heal in a record period of time.

But - was the healing a coincidence?

Just as I was basking in achievement, I began to wonder if the healing I realized might have been coincidental to the spiritual healing work. Would it have healed anyway since I did wash the wound, treated it with an over-the-counter antibacterial medication, and kept it bandaged most of the time to keep the wound clean?

Now I was faced with the question of whether or not my hand would have healed without the spiritual healing work. What if the spiritual healing work I did really had no affect at all in my healing? I decided the only way to be sure was to run another test. Since I didn’t have any other healing need at the time I decided to try a spiritual healing technique on my dog.

Testing the technique again - healing #2

My dog injured one of her hind legs. The veterinarian told me that my dog would never be able to walk again on that leg due to the nature of the injury. The vet said that the muscles in my dog’s leg would atrophy (shrink in size) over time, and my dog would spend the rest of her life limping on three legs.

Not wanting to believe this, I sought consultation from three other veterinarians and each told me the same thing – neither surgery nor medications could or would restore my dog’s leg to normalcy.

This saddened me greatly to think my dog would be crippled for the rest of her life, and it grieved me to watch her shuffle along trying to walk on three legs, trying to go potty with three legs, and no longer being able to chase bunnies and squirrels and butterflies.

I researched spiritual healing methods again, and decided on which method I would use to try for a healing for her. Again I daily, several times a day, faithfully performed spiritual healing techniques directing the healing energy at my dog’s injured leg, and again logged the results into my journal. Since I couldn’t know how she was feeling, the only journal entries I could make regarding her progress were what I observed from watching her and how she behaved.

Several weeks went by, and I didn’t see any improvement in her condition even though I faithfully did the spiritual healing work daily. My journal was boring and repetitious with daily entries of “No progress or healing noted.”

I was becoming discouraged because when I worked to heal my hand, I noticed great improvement within 24 hours, and complete healing within three days.  Now, several weeks later, I could not see any change in my dog’s condition. I asked myself:

• Did spiritual healing really work, or not?

• If it worked, why wasn’t I seeing a healing in my dog?

• Am I doing something wrong?

• Maybe I didn’t do it long enough – or often enough?

• Should I try another technique?

• What should I do next?

I felt trapped, despaired, and discouraged. Trapped because I didn’t know what to do next, and despaired and discouraged because the veterinarians couldn’t help her, prayer didn’t heal her, and now, what if the spiritual healing technique didn’t help either? Was I trapped with no way left to help her? Was she doomed to being a cripple for he rest of her life?

Because I didn’t know what to do next, I decided to stick with the spiritual healing a little longer. I also combined my daily spiritual healing work with prayer, and did everything I could think of to help her even though the veterinarians said any efforts on my part would be in vain.

I rubbed her leg with alcohol and massaged it daily. In between the alcohol rubs, I applied expensive emu preparations to her entire leg, and gently exercised her leg muscles manually trying to bring life into them and slow up and/or get rid of the atrophy. Intermittently I also rubbed her leg with Ben Gay or Aspercreme hoping the different products might help her leg to heal. And, I continued to faithfully do my spiritual healing work for the healing of her leg. I also told God that I was not going to give up on her, I expected a healing and would work to realize it.

In addition to all of the above, I also had to work hard, very very hard, to maintain a positive attitude and fight growing discouragement, despair, and negative thoughts about her becoming healed. Every time the thought or idea came to me that she would not be healed/could not be healed, that I was foolish to think that spiritual healing or anything could help her, I deliberately replaced those negative thoughts with positive ones telling myself that she could be healed, she would be healed, and I forced myself to visualize a picture of her as being healed. I worked hard to mentally create pictures in my mind of her running like the wind, barking at squirrels and bunnies and butterflies as she chased them like she used to before her leg became injured.

One day when we were out walking, I was doing my spiritual work for her leg as usual and as I was finishing up, I looked again at my dog limping along with her atrophying leg hanging from her body like a dead thing. I shouted to her leg (yes, to her leg) “Why aren’t you healing?” And then I shouted to God and to the heavens, ”Why aren’t you healing her? God, please let her walk!” And in the instant of me crying out, with tears streaming down my face, it seemed as if the world stood still. I “felt” a heavy silence in the air. My dog’s eyes were locked on me in a strange way, and there was a strange expression in her eyes. As I looked steadily at her wondering what her expression could mean, my dog moved her dead lifeless leg that hung from her shoulder, and put it on the ground. As I watched, she took one unsteady step on it, then another, then another. It had been months since she moved that leg, and now she was walking on it? I could hardly believe my eyes to see this, but yes - she was walking! Hurray!

The atrophy was gone, just like that, in an instant! I didn’t know where it went or how it went, and I still don’t know. I was in awe as I watched her walk, and felt that I was witnessing a miracle. It wasn’t until some time later that I realized I had witnessed what is called a “spontaneous healing” meaning, healing came all at once. True, it took several weeks of spiritual work on my part before she became healed, but when the healing came, it happened all at once instead of slowly evolving.

On the day of her healing, my dog and I walked and walked and walked. I reveled in the joy and awe of her healing. Soon she was running and chasing bunnies and squirrels again. But, in my joy, I again began to question whether I had experienced a healing as a result of my spiritual healing work, or was this another coincidence? Did my dog’s healing come about as a result of the many many times I rubbed and exercised her leg, and/or my unceasing prayers to God?

Well, the only way to know was to run another test again, and see what happens. I didn’t have any more health issues to try to heal through spiritual healing so I wasn’t sure how I could test spiritual healing a third time.

Healing #3

A few weeks later I was having lunch with a friend. As I was relaying my dog’s healing to her, she told me about a skin condition she had that would not heal. She asked me if I wanted to try spiritual healing on her skin condition to see if spiritual healing would have any effect on the skin condition? She told me that she had been to several doctors, had taken several medications orally for it, and had applied several salves and creams to her skin externally, but the condition was stubborn and would not heal. I told her I would like to give it a try, so once again I researched techniques to decide which one I would like to try on her skin condition, and I faithfully and daily performed the spiritual healing techniques, applying them to her skin condition. It was understood between us that she would continue with her medication, and continue seeing her doctor even though I would be doing spiritual healing work for her. Her skin condition soon cleared up, and after a while, the doctor told her she could stop her medication.

That was three out of three attempts at spiritual healing wherein I realized healings. Each took a different amount of time and a different amount of work and effort to realize a healing. But each time I did realize a healing.

But again, I questioned them. What if these were coincidences? What if medications I applied to my dog’s leg and the doctor’s medications prescribed for my friend finally kicked in and were responsible for the healings?

As I pondered this situation, I decided that the next time a healing was needed, I would not do any spiritual healing work, would let things take their own course, and see what happened.

Testing the technique by doing nothing - healing #4

A few months later I came down with the flu, and did no spiritual healing work at all for myself. I did see the doctor for whatever help he could give me because I was very sick and very miserable, and I faithfully took the medications he prescribed. When the worst flu symptoms cleared up, I just dragged along, not able to get much done, and generally did not feel good at all. I made repeated trips to the doctor for malaise (physical discomfort, lack of energy) over the next several weeks but did not realize any improvement.

I pondered the situation and asked myself, “Would I have healed more quickly and with less suffering if I practiced spiritual healing as I did during my first three tests?” Well, I certainly wasn’t getting back to my normal self after my bout with the flu despite all the medications I was taking, so I thought I’d give spiritual healing a try and see what would happen, if anything. And lo, and behold, within a week after starting the spiritual healing work for myself, I was feeling better and at the end of two weeks I felt great and was able to stop all medications.

Another coincidence? Conclusions?

“Did spiritual healing help me to get my energy back or was this yet another coincidence?” I asked myself. The only way to really get a conclusive answer was to continue my research, continue to record my results, and analyze things as I went along. It was amazing to me to learn in the months that followed, and then in the years that followed, that when I used spiritual healing, whether or not it was necessary to see the doctor, I always did realize: 1) relief from pain and suffering, 2) health improvements, and 3) healings at varying rates of speed and to varying degrees. Sometimes healing and/or improvements were slow to come but they did eventually come. And the times when I didn’t use spiritual healing, or waited before using it, I didn’t do as well.

Each time I analyzed my notes, the tally showed that overall I fared better when I used spiritual healing then when I didn’t. I felt it was safe to conclude that spiritual healing really did have a positive effect in bringing about healings, and relief from pain and suffering. And that it worked whether I used the techniques for myself, for animals, or for other people.

Will spiritual healing work for you?

I want to say yes, but I can’t promise you that it will. The only way you can know for sure is to try it, to test the techniques.

NOTE #1: Spiritual healing should NEVER replace medical care just as medical care should never replace the practice of spiritual healing. Each heals in a different way, and what one method can’t heal, the other method often does. When used together, you have the greatest chance of becoming healed.

NOTE #2: Although I found that spiritual healing techniques do help a person to realize healing, I have also found that, just as doctors practicing medicine don’t always heal or cure someone coming to them for healing, the same holds true for spiritual healing. Not everyone seeking spiritual healing becomes healed. This should not be a deterrent to seeking or practicing spiritual healing any more than doctors give up practicing medicine just because not everyone seeking healing through a doctor becomes cured or healed.

NOTE #3: Doing nothing at all to help one’s self when healing is needed can lead to long periods of suffering and often a worsening of an unhealthy condition. Documentation proves that a greater number of healings and health improvements are realized when healing treatments are used (whether the treatments be medical healing treatments, spiritual healing treatments, or a combination of both) then by doing nothing at all (not seeking any type of healing) and hoping for the best.


The author has dedicated her life to the research, study, and practice of spiritual healing. She also found that journaling helped her to be objective when analyzing the efficacy of different spiritual healing techniques and methods used to help heal varying conditions and situations. For more information, visit her website at http://www.affirmationhealing.com/.

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