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Spiritualist Healing
By:Willow Wisp

Spiritualism is a common-sense religion that focuses on knowing and living. Spiritualists "accept all truths and endeavor to prove their validity" (see Resources). Spiritualists find these truths everywhere in nature, in other writings, sciences, religions, philosophy and divine law. They also believe that they receive other truths through spirit communication. Spiritualist healing has also been called faith healing.

Where Did It Start
The Spiritualist movement began more than 150 years ago in Hydesville, New York. It was started by two sisters who were said to have had spiritual "rappings" that started with simple yes and no answers as well as the letters of the alphabet. The Fox sisters were then invited to many public forums where they could demonstrate their abilities. Their abilities, accompanied by many other legitimate mediums and psychics, gave the movement a huge push in the early 1900s. While the interest in Spiritualism and Spiritualist healing seemed to lag for many years, today there appears to be a renewed interest in the religion.

Teachings
There are six main objects that Spiritualism sets out to accomplish:
"To teach the truths and principles expressed in the Declaration of Principles and in the Definitions of 'Spiritualism', 'A Spiritualist', 'A Medium' and 'A Spiritualist Healer' as adopted by the National Spiritualist Association of Churches of the United States of America.
To teach and proclaim the science, philosophy and religion of modern spiritualism.
To encourage lectures on all subjects pertaining to the spiritual and secular welfare of humanity.
To protest against every attempt to compel humanity to worship God in any particular or prescribed manner.
To advocate and promote spiritual healing, and to protect and encourage Spiritualist teachers and mediums in all laudable efforts in giving evidence of proof to humanity of a continued intercourse and relationship between the living and the so-called dead.
To encourage every person to keep their beliefs open to reassessment. Thought and investigation reveal understanding of truth, leaving every individual free to follow the dictates of reason and conscience in spiritual as in secular affairs" (see Resources).

Terms Used in Spiritualist Healing
Spiritualism is defined as the science, philosophy and the religion of continuous life, based upon demonstrated fact of communication through the use of mediums who communicate with those that live in the spirit world.
A Spiritualist is someone who believes, as the foundation for their religion, that there is communication between the human world and the spirit world through the use of mediums, and they make every effort to change their character to live in accordance with the teachings that are brought out through these communications.
A medium is a person sensitive to the vibrations sent out from the spirit world and who are able to talk to the spirits and communicate those messages to the human world.
A Spiritualist healer is a person who is able to help cause a curative force upon a person who is sick.

Spiritualist Healing
A healer can choose from many healing methods. Healers have the freedom to choose how they will go about a healing session whether it is the laying of hands, through prayer or other alternative practices. These sessions are done without theatrics or dramatizations. The purpose is to keep it very simple so the focus is on the healing and the patient. There is also absent healing, which is done through thought and prayer for people who are not able to come to a healing session. It can also be called distance healing.

Why Spiritualist Healing May Not Work
Healers cannot and should not promise a cure. While the session might result in a cure taking place, the healer should never make that promise. There are times that a session may not work at all. This can happen for a couple of reasons.

First, some people wait too long to come to a healer. The condition might be so severe that a healer cannot help. The second reason is that there are people who don't want to be cured. Healers are not miracle workers and it is wrong to try to force a person to accept any form of healing when they do not want it.