Energy healing through the laying on of hands is a familiar intervention to many through their family heritage or cultural belief systems. Richard Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, and 17th Surgeon General of the United States wrote, “This realization began for me as a young child when I witnessed my grandmother and other select senior family members and friends employing herbs, ‘laying on of the hands,’ and spiritual interventions. These practices were all part of my Hispanic heritage and undoubtedly were transmitted from generation to generation…. In addition, as a young man and Army Special Forces Medic traveling the world in war and peace, I also lived among diverse cultures and witnessed their healing practices…. In Southeast Asia I lived with the indigenous tribes…. I witnessed the practices of tribal medicine by mind, body, and spirit healers … and energy exchanged physically and spiritually during various rituals designed to treat disease or foster health and wellness…. Many years later as a physician working with Native American tribes in the Southwest, I again witnessed similar healers and practices…. These practices around the world appeared effective, although I could not explain them in terms of my Western allopathic education as a medic, registered nurse, physician’s assistant, scientist, or physician” (Forward to The Energy Healing Experiments: Science Reveals Our Natural Power to Heal by Gary E. Schwartz, PhD, pp. 1-2).
Echo Bodine, a well-known energy healer, psychic, and teacher, explains the process this way from a spiritual perspective. “Spiritual healing is very simple. It involves laying our hands on people and asking God to send healing energy through us. Then we must open up, get out of the way, and allow the energy to flow through our bodies, our arms, our hands…. Jesus has been a great role model for me” (Hands That Heal by Echo Bodine, p. 136). Bodine, however, cautions that not everyone is ready to be healed. “Not feeling worthy is the biggest barrier to receiving healing,” she says. “People have so many deep issues with God” (Hands That Heal by Echo Bodine, p. ix).
Science is finally beginning to understand the process as well from a different angle. Gary E. Schwartz, PhD, was unintentionally drawn into researching energy healing after he witnessed the healing of a friend through an emergency energy intervention. In his book, Dr. Schwartz explains what is currently known about the scientific basis of energy healing according to field theory and quantum physics in a manner accessible to a non-scientific audience (see video accompanying this article). Science has proven that “the human hand generates multiple electromagnetic fields simultaneously” (The Energy Healing Experiments: Science Reveals Our Natural Power to Heal by Gary E. Schwartz, PhD, p. 36).
Join Unity South Atlanta Church each week for Sunday morning worship at 11:00 a.m. followed by energy healing sessions in their “Healing Garden.” There are five certified healers available for sessions lasting 15-20 minutes each and offered in groups of up to three people. Participants will be expected to remove their shoes and lie, fully clothed, on a massage table where healing will be done through light touch by the laying on of hands. During the experience, there will also be soothing music, the sound of trickling water, soft candlelight, and aromatherapy.
No fees are charged for the healing sessions, but it is recommended that a donation be made to Unity South Atlanta Church. If an individual one-on-one session is preferred, contact Penny Vandegrift for a private appointment. A fee will be charged for these sessions, part of which will be given to Unity South Atlanta Church.
Unity South Atlanta Church is located at 7483 Mt. Zion Boulevard, Jonesboro, Georgia 30236-2415 (phone 770-631-6332).
An available text through Unity’s website is Jesus Christ Heals by co-founder Charles Fillmore ($14.95 in paperback).
An available text on Amazon is Hands That Heal by Echo Bodine ($10.67 in paperback). Registration for classes with Echo Bodine or requests for non-local healing may be submitted on her website.
For those interested in the science underlying this topic, the following text is available on Amazon: The Energy Healing Experiments: Science Reveals Our Natural Power to Heal by Gary E. Schwartz, PhD ($11.20 in paperback).