What is Spirit Healing? 6 Types of Spiritual Healing Explained.

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This is an article about spirit healing from The Psychics & Mediums Network Teaching Manual used as support material for our on-line classes and distance learning projects. You can join the classes or get a free Kindle edition of this manual at the link below.


Distant Learning Programme spirit healingSpirit Healing is possibly the simplest of all healing in its application as well as being the oldest. The healing energies are channeled through a healing medium. This is assisted by the healer’s spirit guides.  Healing  is transferred to the patient. The healing energies, which are not physical have quicker vibratory and frequency rates than the energies of the physical body. They need the agency of a healer to act as a transformer and cut these energies to a level where they can then have a beneficial effect on the physical body, via the patient’s own spirit.  Healing is ‘from spirit, through spirit, to spirit’. That is from the healing guides, through the spirit of the healer and directed to the spirit of the patient. The healing received will then reflect in the physical body.

Definition of Spirit Healing

Spirit Healing is “the laying on of hands and prayer.”  That is basically all that is required but to make sure that hands are laid on a patient. A prayer is said, the conditions have been met to get the best possible result for the patient it is necessary to have some practical knowledge. What this means is it is insufficient for any well-meaning soul to go up to another, place their hands on them and say a prayer. While it is true that this may not hurt, it may not accomplish anything either. It could have a deleterious effect upon the would-be healer.

The physical human body, which houses the spirit, has the capacity, through its spirit, to heal itself and to heal others. Instinctive healing is seen taking place everywhere. A mother kissing her baby better, a quick caress of a sore spot to make it better, holding a sick person’s hand, an inner impulse just to place a hand on someone as a gesture of goodwill. All these are examples of responses to a need for healing which is picked up by the spirit at an intuitive level. There is often beneficial results from this type of ‘touching’ which is basically a transfer of energies from one person to another. This is known as magnetic healing.

The Six Types of Spirit Healing (Spiritual Healing)

There are six main types of healing  and they are:

  • Magnetic Healing
  • Absent Healing
  • Distant Healing
  • Near to the Body Healing
  • Contact Healing
  • Trance Healing.

Spirit Healing

1 What is Magnetic Healing?

Magnetic healing is the transference of energy from one person to another. This is usually from the healer, or would-be healer, to someone whose energies are low or who is physically ill. If magnetic healing is not curbed and a link made with the spirit healing energies, then the healer will find him/herself depleted of energy. Unfortunately this transference of energy does not always have the desired result and beneficial effects are often short-lived.

Transfer of energies can, and does, take place. They say that it is unwise to put a young child in the same bedroom as an elderly person. It is an acknowledged fact that the child can become drained while the elderly person is bright and energetic. The transference is not be deliberate on the part of the elderly person, but there are too many documented cases to ignore.


When a healer is preparing to receive the healing energies, s/he will usually hold the patient’s hands and attune to the patient. This creates a blend of aura energies and the healer’s vitality can give strength to a patient. After this first blending the healer then  transfers his/her  attunement to the spirit operators with whom s/he will be working.

Healers are, by their very healing mediumship, of a compassionate nature and there is within each one of them the want to be instrumental in helping their patients to get better. Magnetic healing can take place causeded by the want to help.

The healer is compassionate enough to imbue within the patient, a feeling of trust and hopefulness, but, at the same time, be able to distance him/herself to allow the healing energies channeled through him/her.

In the early days of Modern Spiritualism there were many magnetic healers who advertised their services in the psychic magazines. Patients  supply material, such as handkerchiefs, which the healer would magnetize. This is returned to the patient who would place it on the injured, or diseased part of the body. Many cures and improvements were found by this treatment.

Within Spiritualism today magnetic healing is not encouraged. This is because spirit healing is more effective and does not drain the healer of his own vital energies.

2 What is Absent Healing?

Absent Healing is Spirit Healing such as the laying on of hands and prayer. It is without  contact. and by Divine intervention or by the Healing Energies of the spirit guides who have undertaken to work in this specific area.

Absent Healing and spirit healing are very important sections of a Religious Service in most Spiritualist Churches.  There is time spent when people pray, or concentrate their minds, on the needs of the sick, whether it be in mind or body. Many Spiritualist Churches keep a Healing Book. In it is a record of the names of those for whom healing is needed. It is not a good practice to read all the names in the book in a service, unless the book is regularly updated or just the latest names which have been entered. Sometimes such a chanting of names has been known to last 15 minutes. It is only necessary for help to be requested for all the names in the book which is normally held by the person making the petition.

Registered Healers

Many registered healers keep their own healing lists and regularly send out healing thoughts and prayers for the people listed. There is also traditional meeting of minds of healers within Spiritualism at 10 pm UK time. This is when the healers will, at that time, concentrate on the people they know are in need and the world in general. This is making positive use of the power of thought. More will join in this healing minute.

It is important that when a healer is concentrating on a patient and asking for healing energies to be directed. They must be told that any visualization by way of thought which takes place, is not negative. The patient must never be pictured laying in a hospital bed or at home, looking frail and unhealthy. Any mental imagery is of a healthy positive nature and the patient is visualized as being healthy and active or wrapped in a golden light. This symbolizes the healing energies.

Many healers use visualization techniques when carrying out Absent Healing. This is very useful as long as it is kept positive. Remembered that thoughts have energy and that energy should always be positive.

3 What is Distant Healing?

The word distant means ‘removed from’  –  ‘at a distant from’ and Distant Healing. It is just that  –  giving healing to a person but from a distance. When a healer administers healing using the ‘Near to the Body’ healing method s/he is placing his or her hands within 2-3” of the patient’s body. With distant healing that distance is often far greater but usually within the same room.

Being Anxious

Some people can get very anxious if others touch them or get too close. There are many reasons in their lives for this and if a healer finds this is the case then Distant Healing is offered. The healer explains to the patient exactly what is going to happen. He then draws up a chair, facing but to one side of the patient. A distance of about two feet is between them.

The healer will concentrate on allowing the healing energies to flow through him/her to the patient. This enables a healing to take place. This will have the same beneficial effect upon the body as any other method of healing.

4 What is Near to the Body Healing?

Near to the body healing is contact healing but with the hands removed a few centimeters from the body. Contact is not taking place. The healing energies are directed through the healer to the patient’s aura and from there to the spirit where the healing is effected. There are many healers who prefer to work in this way. Many patients prefer this method. Not every person likes to be touched by another person, especially when it is someone they may not know very well.


The effects of such healing, as with any spirit healing, are as effective as any other form of healing. Contact does not need to be made for the healing to take place. Contact is not made when absent healing is requested. The results obtained from any method of healing are as substantial.

Patients who prefer Near to the Body Healing should ask such when chatting to the healer preparatory to the healing taking place. If the healer is not happy working in this way then s/he will find a healing who is and direct the healer to the patient.

5 What is Contact Healing?

Contact Healing is the method used by healers who work in Spiritualist Churches. The healer’s hands are placed upon the patient and the healing energies are directed by the healer’s healing guides, through the healer to the patient.

Contact Healing is not dramatic. There are is no manipulation, massaging or theatrical passes and flourishes. It is a time when healer and patient enter the stillness and allow the healing energies to flow. The healer, may or may not, stay in the same place. Stand behind with hands gently resting on shoulders.

The placing of the hands is important.  The healing energy will then reach the spot for which it is intended. Some people like to think that the healer has placed his/her hands on the site of the pain which may be correct. It may not be the site of the cause of the pain. Patients and healers, therefore, should relax and allow that the guides know what they are doing. Accept that energies are absorbed by the patient and utilized as required.

6 What is Trance Healing?

Trance Healing usually takes the same form as Contact Healing except that in this case, the Healer allows him/herself to be entranced by a Healing Guide. He then carries out the healing. It is important that if patients intend to avail themselves of an opportunity to experience such healing, that they ensure there is an extra person in the room. This ensures that all is above board.

Healing normally takes place in a large room with other people present. If trance healing it is done in a private room, there should always be a chaperone. Some Churches have small cubicles with beds for patients to lie on. There is a need for a third person present in such cases. This protection for both the patient and the healer.

Being Aware

Trance Healing takes place by appointment only. Patients who attend for such needs be aware of what is to happen. The healer will enter a state of altered awareness allow a guide to draw close who will blend energies with the healer. He is entranced to a degree whereby the healing energies are transmitted to the patient. This process is explained to the patient before the healing taking place.

The law does not recognize trance. The laws about spirit healing, a trance healer has to be aware that any accusations made against him/her while healing in a state of entrancement. Accusations will have to be answered  by the healer, not the guide.



This article is part of our Distance Learning Project DLP – a course specially written for us about spirit healing by the great Spiritualist Violet Kipling and long time worker on this website and the charitable organisation  Rainbows End. No part may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright owner. This material may not be published as web pages or in email correspondence courses. You must have the permission of the copyright owner. World serial rights are owned by the “Psychics and Mediums Network” (www.psychics.co.uk)

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