Absent healing is a form of healing via energy which is transmitted through the universe to a patient by the power of thought and visualization. Absent or distant healing is performed in a patient's absence. The healers include those who practice spiritual healing and use prayer, meditation or visualization therapy to link themselves to the divine or mystical healing forces which are then channeled to patients, thus activating their power to heal themselves. The patients may not even know that they are being healed, although most healers will send healing only when requested by a patient. Absent healing can also be called as faith healing, spiritual healing. There is absent healing even in Reiki.
Healers usually discover this ability by accident and see it as a gift which they must use in the service of the others. Most regard themselves as channels for powers which come from beyond them and not as being personally able to heal. Often training or religious beliefs helps them develop their gifts.
 Who can benefit from it
Any mental, physical or spiritual distress can be treated through absent healing. The patient need not take an active part and still stand to benefit from it, although it is thought that a relaxed and positive patient is more receptive to healing energies. Because the patient does not have to participate actively, this kind of healing is particularly suitable for babies, young children and even animals, for very ill or unconscious patients or for the mentally disturbed.
Chronically ill people whose vitality and self healing powers have been exhausted by lengthy illness may gain special benefits. Studies and experiments have shown that this absent healing power can help speed up the natural healing process of the body and thus can improve the recovery time period for the patient. It can thus be used to combat serious illness and the effects of energy draining treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.
Many therapists work only as healers while others offer healing amidst a variety of treatments. Healing also forms a part of many religions. And a number of medical boards across the world have no prohibition against a doctor prescribing absent healing provided the doctor remains in charge of the patient’s treatment.
 Consulting a healer
In most cases, healers do not attempt to examine or diagnose patients and advice them to consult a doctor wherever necessary. Absent healing is a gradual process of helping people heal themselves. Instant cures cannot be expected especially where illness is a result of long standing factors such as unhealthy diet or constant stress. In these cases, though healing helps but it is not offered as a replacement for more direct orthodox therapies.
Often healing is sought as a last resort when the body’s defenses are already depleted and although it has proved successful in a few cases regarded by orthodox medicine as incurable, patients should not expect absent healing to be effective immediately. Progress is often slow, sometimes even preceded by worsening symptoms as the body seeks to regain its ability to fight the illness.
Spiritual healers never accept that a case may be incurable and this alone encourages many seriously ill patients. It simply has a positive psychological effect on the body and mind and even where a condition cannot be reversed or improved, a patient may be relieved of distress and turned towards accepting the condition with a positive mind.
Healing is normally experienced in many different ways. The feeling can range from being a pleasant feeling of warmth or coolness to a tingling sensation and a profound sense of relaxation. One can also experience peace and serenity. But there are cases when recipients do not experience any feelings. Healers always do tell the people about this, so that the recipient is aware. It does not mean that there has been no healing. It just varies according to the needs. So it is imporant to be positive.
Many people even experience a sense of inner harmony through this kind of therapy. The only danger that arises is when conventional treatment, which may help, is neglected in favor of absent healing. Absent Healing can be also seen as a secondary technique to conventional medicine practices by directing the life energy to a patient in order to help him or her recover.
 Absent healing Vs Conventional medicines
Most medical practitioners remain skeptical of the benefits of absent healing. In fact, many believe that the good results are temporary psychological effects; the patient is helped by what he or she believes will help them- at least in the short term. But whatever their attitude, practitioners of all kinds do agree that absent healing cannot do any harm provided it does not take the place of other treatment and provided the patients hopes are not raised unrealistically.
 Things to keep in mind about Absent Healing
- The best way for Absent healing to be really effective is if the patient is receptive and accepts the healing energy
- Though it can also work when on is asleep, it is better to participate in the therapy. It has a more strong impact.
- Before getting Absent Healing for a family or friend, it is polite to ask them if they are fine with it. Only then go ahead with it.
- Do check the credentials of the healer/ healing institution before going ahead with the therapy
- Along with the healing energy, healers will also send the understandng that it is for the highest good of the recipient.
- Do give a description of the ailment or what actual help is required, to the healer. It will also help if one gives the length of time one is sick.
- Don't neglect to seek professional medical help.
- Having a picture of the recipient does help the healer focus and concentrate better, which results in stronger energy flow.
- Always choose a quiet and meditative place to both give energy and recieve healing.
- Be positive about the healing. leave scepticism.
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