Articles about Spirituality

Dispatches from America - September 2009
By:The Reverend John E. Otey, NST CM

I asked him when it sank in,
That this might really be the end,
how’s it hit ya when you really get
that kind of news?
Man whad ya do?
And he said,
I went skydiving,
I went Rocky Mountain climbing,
I went 2.7 seconds on a bull named Fu Manchu
And I loved deeper
And I spoke sweeter
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denyin’
And he said some day I hope you get the chance
To live like you were dyin

- Tim McGraw, “Live Like You Were Dying”


Healing mediums have in their “tool box” several different healing modalities for their use, each of which has their own particular efficacy. Sometimes one particular tool might be useful, at other times another.

The most common types of healing modalities include magnetic healing, hands-on spiritual healing, and trance healing.

Magnetic healing uses the healers own energy resources to pass the healing to the recipient. There is no direct third party spirit intervention when doing magnetic healing. Some magnetic healers also believe that it is necessary for them to take on the recipient’s symptoms for healing to occur. Magnetic healing energy is of a more coarse nature often typified by excess heat exchanged through the hands of the healer. Since magnetic healing relies on the healer’s own energy reserves, the healer can become depleted and their own health may suffer.

Hands-on spiritual healing, also known as direct healing, utilizes third party spirit intervention in which the healing medium’s spirit doctors work with and through the medium to bring healing to the recipient. The healing medium attains a level of spirit attunement but remains fully conscious during the healing process. The energy exchanged during hands-on spiritual healing is more subtle, refined and often has less heat energy produced than its magnetic counterpart.

Other forms of healing related to hands-on spiritual healing include Reiki, Healing Touch, and Quantum Touch healing.

Distance, or indirect healing, is a subset of hands-on spiritual healing although as the name implies the healing medium and recipient need not be in close proximity.

Another important tool in one’s healing tool box is trance healing. Some might view trance healing as a further subset of hands-on spiritual healing but it will be separately considered for the reasons hopefully to become apparent. Firstly, the level of spirit attunement is far closer and the healing medium’s own consciousness is suppressed allowing the spirit doctor greater access to the recipient. Ideally, the suppression of the healing medium’s consciousness will be such that once the veil of entrancement lifts, the healing medium has little awareness of what occurred during the session.

Additionally, the energy exchanged is of a rarefied, very subtle nature much different than that of either magnetic or hands-on spiritual healing.

Minister Steven Upton (CSNU/DSNU) addressed the differences between these three types of healing during his Trance Healing II class at Arthur Findlay College last October, 2008 and asked your correspondent to demonstrate the three forms as he provided descriptive commentary.


Many of my readers and those who have heard me speak about my friend Maude and her battle with cancer as reported in the September 2007 Psychic World have told me how much her story moved them. The following is the rest of her story.

Maude was diagnosed with Stage IIIB breast cancer in 2003. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Dictionary of Cancer Terms defines Stage IIIB breast cancer as, “In stage IIIB, the tumour may be any size and cancer (1) has spread to the chest wall and/or the skin of the breast; and (2) may have spread to axillary lymph nodes that may be attached to each other or to other structures or the cancer may have spread to lymph nodes near the breastbone.” She was in serious difficulty. Maude’s treatment was conventional as she underwent a mastectomy, and had several lymph nodes removed along with her diseased tissue. Post operative care included the standard chemotherapy and radiation.

I approached her through my cousin and after discussing with her and husband Jim she agreed to undertake hands-on spiritual healing along with her continued medication. Her cancer seemed to be beaten back, although it once again made a return in 2007. It was after cancer’s return that I asked Maude what she wanted to do with the rest of her life and introduced her to Tim McGraw’s hit song, “Live Like You Were Dying”. That song became Maude’s anthem as she’d play it over and over, sometimes as she lay in bed feeling unwell from the infusion of chemotherapy.

I’d periodically visit to give her more hands-on spiritual healing and once again medical science, with an assist from spiritual healing, beat back her cancer. Maude also took great comfort from her church, the Grace Presbyterian Church and their cancer survivor group.

To write that Maude was loquacious would be an understatement. She wanted to spend more time talking about my love life then do healing and sometimes my visits turned out to be more social than clinical. She was bright, articulate, and extremely curious about all things and listened with an open mind as I talked about our Spiritualist philosophy of life continuous. She was also a voracious reader and she’d make fast work of most books. We would also talk about what she wanted to do with the rest of her life as she took the words of Tim McGraw’s song to heart. Although Maude and Jim didn’t fulfil her desire to see the Chincoteague Pony Swim as the herd of wild ponies swim across the channel separating Assateague from Chincoteague Islands in Virginia, they did drive down and spent several days antiquing and relaxing on Chincoteague Island.

Maude and Jim drove to attend their grand daughter Bronwen’s “Parents Day” celebration at her preparatory school last October in Connecticut. On their return drive to Virginia she remarked about how tired and sore she was and Jim said that next year they’d make the trip in two days instead of just the one. Maude’s calm reply was, “Jim, I’m dying.” No drama, no foreboding, just a statement of fact.

I learned that her cancer had once again returned and I came over again, this time to do some trance healing. I explained the process to her and soon thereafter entered entrancement and remained in that state for some time. She was in terrible discomfort before our session and found the subtle effects of the trance healing to be remarkable as all discomfort eased and she could freely move both of her legs.

Unfortunately, that was the last time that I was able to do healing for Maude. I was scheduled to work the overnight shift the night of 12 January and awoke to a message from her daughter, Maureen that Maude was taken to hospital and she was not expected to live and that Maude had seen everyone else except me. I hurriedly got dressed and drove with dispatch to be at her bedside. I was greeted by several family members and was ushered in to her room. She was unconscious, on oxygen, and had several intravenous lines nourishing and medicating her. I kissed her cheek, told her that I was there, and took her hand to give her healing. She was, until the very end, her irrepressible self. Jim told me just two days before as the family was gathered round the bed from which she would not rise in this world that Maude told each of them what her particular wishes were and that they all must carry on once she is gone. She was always more concerned about others, ever loving and spoke with grace that night. I had sensed that although she was unconscious, that her conscious mind was still aware and that we should do all that we could to make sure that she was comfortable. I suggested that we find a radio to play her favourite music and after some intense searching, classical music filled the room. I also suggested that someone read to her and her daughter Maureen began to softly read aloud while her granddaughter Bronwen lay beside Maude in bed. Maureen and her husband Tommy Andretta conferred in the hall and soon returned and tearfully told Maude that they decided on the name of their unborn child, Ryan James, a name that Maude absolutely adored. I stayed with her almost two hours that night but had to leave and go to work. I received the call from Maureen shortly thereafter that Maude transitioned to spirit several minutes after I left.

I visited with Jim yesterday as I prepared to write this piece and I asked him if Maude has tried to make contact. He thought for a moment and tears welled up in his eyes. He removed his glasses, wiped away the tears, and told me that three months ago as he sat on the bed that he felt a presence move past him, something that was, and wasn’t there, and then Maude appeared to him in his mind’s eye and held out her hand to him. I later told him that I felt that Maude had come to me to tell me that it was time to tell the rest of her story. I know that when it is my time to transition from this world to the next, Maude will be there to greet me and will want to fill me in on all the details that transpired during the intervening time.

I sure hope eternity is a very long time.

In loving memory of Maude Gregg
8 March 1942 – 12 January 2009