What Is Divine Healing
Any person who can do miraculous works is often thought to be spiritually gifted with some form of supernatural power. If their miracles are beneficial to others, then the person is often considered to be a holy individual and their powers are thought to be divinely inspired. In such cases, even after their death, many of the special healings associated with this person’s ministry are remembered and valued by others as an important part of God’s holy power at work within the earthly kingdom of man.
In the same way, many of Jesus of Nazareth’s miracles produced great astonishment in the hearts and minds of those who watched him heal (Figure 1.147). Because all marveled at these incredible abilities, as well as how quickly he could exorcise demonic spirits from possessed victims, his fame spread throughout all of ancient Judea.
This dynamic reputation however also generated fear in the hearts and minds of the Roman political leadership of the State, and the Scribes, Sadducees, and Pharisees of the Jewish religion. This latter group (who were Jesus’ main critics) were not known for creating any miraculous wonders. Instead they were known as “interpretors” of God’s holy will within the Laws of Moses in the Hebrew Bible. None of these scholarly teachers ever embodied God’s divine healing power, or were known as a miracle worker. So the main question to ask here is “Where did the supernatural healing power of Jesus come from?”
Jesus as a Faith Healer
During that time in ancient Judea, miracle workers would now and then appear and administer to the children of Israel as prophets of God. These special individuals were often seen as the living embodiment of God’s divine authority on earth, and were honored among the people as being representatives of God’s miraculous power and divine mercy.
In his own ministry, Jesus of Nazareth often worked as a Faith Healer; and his divine power, to some extent, depended on the faith, trust, and belief of his patient’s in him as a living representative of God’s healing power on earth. The fact that Jesus recognized the importance of each patient’s faith is indicated in his repeated statements, “Your faith has made you whole...” (Mark 5:34, Luke 8:48, Luke 17:19, Luke 18:42).
A Faith Healer cannot heal when he finds no faith. This was the primary reason why Jesus could not perform many miracles in his own hometown (Mark 6:5-6). The biblical text reads: “He could not perform any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few sick people and heal them. And he was amazed at their lack of faith...” Therefore divine healing is actually faith healing. This ritualistic practice requires the use of faith, prayer, and the “laying on of hands” (Figure 1.148).
Within the Christian church, the doctrine of healing originated with Jesus’ teaching given in Mark 16:17-18, which states: “And these miraculous signs will accompany those who believe. In my name [Jesus or Yeshua], they will cast out demons; and they will speak with new tongues. They will handle snakes, and if they should drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; and if they place their hands on the sick, they shall be healed.”
Remember that the church of Christ is not supposed to be a museum for saints. Instead it is supposed to act as a hospital for the sick, with Jesus as the divine physician.
Within the Christian church today, there are many claims attributed to God’s divine intervention, often brought about by the special healing ministries of certain evangelists. There have been miraculous healings of such illnesses as AIDS, anemia, arthritis, blindness, cancer, deafness, defective speech, developmental disorders, multiple sclerosis, skin rashes, total body paralysis, and other various injuries. These manifestations of divine healing can also originate from special prayer groups, a visit to a sacred religious shrine, or simply come about through a strong personal belief in God. Many Christians believe that the healing of any disease or a disability can be brought about through the supernatural healing power of God’s Holy Spirit – provided that the individual’s faith is strong enough, and the healing is in accordance with God’s divine will.
In my many years of working with various healers and masters of esoteric spirituality, I have met and trained with several powerful mystics. One particular group consisted of three Pentecostal preachers who had been personally called to a special healing ministry. These three Christian men would travel from church to church within the United States praying over and healing the sick and the afflicted.
When I spoke with these three great healers, they explained that all of them had extensively studied Jesus’ healing ministry, and each independently realized that there was a consistent pattern that repeated itself in all of his healings. As they set out to test their theories in various church congregations, they soon discovered there were five unique stages required for healing a person’s body, mind, and spirit.
They additionally explained that the reason they purposely work in a small group of three, is because in Matthew 18:19, it is written: “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” Therefore they believed that this combined Prayer of Agreement was extremely powerful and especially essential when focusing on someone’s healing.
The five stages of Jesus of Nazareth’s Healing Ministry were described to me as follows:
• Stage #1 — The Faith to be Healed: Jesus often first asked the sick person or their personal representative if they had the faith to be healed (Matthew 9:28-30). This was important, for in the book of Hebrews 11:6 it states “Without faith man cannot please God; for he who comes near to God must believe that He [God] exists, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek after Him.”
The act of faith is based on having a complete trust or confidence in someone or something – such as in a divine healing. Thus the wisdom that is required to apply this type of faith must be based on good judgment, and in having knowledge as well as hope.
Both Faith and Wisdom are divine virtues, which internally exist as part of the creative spark that radiates from deep within our soul. Once these two dynamic forces are combined, they naturally give birth to a new spiritual seed of consciousness – which in turn can produces miraculous results. This is well demonstrated in the New Testament (Acts 14: 8-11) when the Apostle Paul met a cripple who had been lame from the time of his birth, and had never walked. After listening to Paul preach the gospel, Paul looked intently at the crippled man and saw that he had faith to be healed. So Paul approached the man and in a loud voice proclaimed, “In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, stand upright on your feet.” And the man jumped to his feet and immediately started walking.
Without a proper balance of these two divine virtues however, an improper state of mind is often created – wherein Wisdom is accepted and acted upon to the exclusion of Faith, or Faith is allowed to blindly lead without Wisdom.
Simply put, believing in something hard enough, long enough, or strongly enough, will not necessarily make it happen; or even prompt a healing to suddenly manifest. Instead, there must be a combination of both Faith and Wisdom surrounding the desired result - accompanied with divine will, which directs the outcome of the act.
In a faith healing, the dark energy of a person’s diseased state, and the radiant healing energy that is required to stop the progression of the disease, are both parts of an eternal soul’s spiritual journey here on the earth. For example, if a person is dominated by such negative and unhealthy emotional states as anger, resentment, and skepticism, then such negative thoughts can adversely influence a healer’s ability to heal that person. This is why whenever a true faith healing is performed, it is important that non-believers and skeptics are not present to interfere with the healer’s prayers and projected healing spiritual energies.
A non-believer can naturally create powerful negative thought forms, that can interfere with and inhibit the healer’s energetic treatments. On the other hand, individuals with a supportive frame of mind can help create a powerful healing field, which can be used to enhance and assist someone in their healing practice. To illustrate this fact, I will share with you an incident that took place at a local Santa Cruz Bible College in the late 1980’s.
One morning, a friend of mine was practicing his preaching technique in an auditorium filled with 250 young seminary students. Each student in the class was being observed by the Elder responsible for teaching the course, who was grading their sermons on presentation, delivery, and content. Suddenly, the back door of the auditorium swung open, and a young Hispanic woman carrying a small baby boy entered into the room.
As she walked down the isle towards the stage, she was crying and pleading for help. She reached the stage and told my friend (who was currently speaking on stage), that God had spoken to her in a dream, and had told her if she came to this particular Bible College that morning and asked for help, that He (God) would immediately heal her child of his serious diseased condition.
My friend was both startled and alarmed. Not knowing what to do or how to handle such a situation as this, he quickly turned to the Elder who was monitoring his lecture.
The Elder, seasoned in dealing with this type of situation, calmly approached the young women and asked her to repeat her statement. After hearing her story for a second time, he informed the distraught mother that, while God had not spoken to him directly about the situation, he would nevertheless be obedient to whatever God had initially spoken to her in her dream concerning the health and healing of her young child.
The Elder then looked up towards the remaining students in the class, and loudly spoke to the 249 young seminary students who were currently sitting in the auditorium watching the entire encounter, “If anyone here does not believe that God can and will immediately heal this child, please get up and leave now.” Within a few minutes, only three seminary students were left sitting inside the entire auditorium.
The Elder then called the three remaining students to join him and my friend on stage. Then all five men stood together and began to pray for the healing of the small baby. Miraculously the young child was instantly healed (a follow-up visit confirmed this fact).
Right after their prayer, the now smiling young mother thanked the five men and quickly left with her child.
My friend was perplexed by the entire event, and turned to the Elder and asked how is was that he knew exactly what to do.
The Elder answered, “You have to understand that even Jesus, whom I consider to be the greatest healer of all times, could not perform healing in his own hometown because of everyone’s disbelief. Here in this auditorium, it would have been five of us who had faith in God’s healing ability through Jesus Christ, versus 246 individuals who were skeptical and full of doubt. Therefore it is better to have a few people with strong unwavering faith, than to have many individuals filled with doubt or no faith at all.”
• Stage #2 — Forgiving Yourself and Others: During the Second Stage of Healing, Jesus informed the sick person that their sins were forgiven.
Sometimes a disease is understood to be an energetic gift from the spirit realm, used to help an individual wake up and re-evaluate their current life situation and personal priorities. Consequently, in certain cases an illness has taken root inside a person’s body due to the suppression of negative emotions. Often these toxic emotions are generated from certain painful memories associated with unforgivingness.
In the New Testament (James 5:14-15) it states: “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the Name of the Lord [Yahweh]. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.”
One of the three Pentecostal preachers mentioned that in their healing ministry, almost everyone that they prayed over had been healed. However, whenever they discovered that someone’s condition had not improved after the prayer revival had concluded, they asked to meet privately with this individual the following week. During this private meeting, they would ask the individual if there was anyone whom they had not forgiven. Inevitably, the individual would still have someone in their lives towards whom they were still harboring deep-seated resentment. Once the individual could identify that person and consciously choose to truly forgive them, many times their diseased condition would spontaneously vanish, and a miraculous healing would take place. This is one reason why before treating and healing any diseased individual, Jesus would almost always inform the sick person that their sins were forgiven (Matthew 9:2-7).
It is for this reason that whenever I was treating patients in my own clinic, I would always follow the same pattern for each of the healing sessions. For example, each time that I treated a patient and they were lying supine on the treatment table, I would first imagine spiritually connecting to the divine healing power of God, and visualize this radiant healing energy filling my entire body.
Next I would place my hands above the patient and sub-audibly whisper to their spirit, “You are washed in the blood of Christ, and all of your sins are forgiven in Jesus’ Name.”
Right after that, I would rake both of my hands over the patient’s external energy field, and imagine pulling dark energy from out of their body. Then I would visualize disposing this turbid energy deep into the center of the earth.
Once I felt their Three Bodies (physical body, energy body, and spirit body) had been effectively cleansed, I would again place my hands above the patient and quietly whisper, “Be filled with the Holy Spirit of God; know and understand that God truly loves you, and remember why you originally came back into this realm.”
Right after the healing session, I would then spend time with my patient processing their feelings; discussing what they had experienced and what had transpired during the treatment.
I would always perform this same type of divine cleansing and purification process for each and every patient that I treated. With this method, I continued to have excellent results, especially with all of my cancer patients.
The feelings of pain that a person experiences are expressions used by the body to convey the information that something is wrong. Whether it is the result of a physical or emotional assault, the end result is always the same — pain.
Sometimes an individual will justify their pain, and choose to not heal from the original emotional wounding because of certain perceived benefits. In the clinic, this is known as “The Secondary Gain of the Disease,” and refers to the detrimental patterns that are either subconsciously or consciously used by a patient to sabotage their healing process. In other words, the diseased state is used by the patient in order to receive the attention for which they are desperately craving.
• Stage #3 — Pray For the Healing: During the Third Stage of Healing, Jesus would pray to God for the sick person’s recovery and the person was healed – if not immediately, then within the hour. Jesus commissioned his disciples, as an important part of their personal ministry, to go and likewise heal the masses. For example, in Luke 9:1-2 it is written: “Then he called his twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.”
In Luke 9:6, it additionally says: So they departed and went through the towns, preaching the gospel [i.e., the good news of God’s kingdom of heaven] and healing everywhere.” In understanding this, it comes to reason that if you are indeed a disciple of Jesus the Christ, not only in word but also in deed, then his Divine Commission to his disciples to go and heal others also applies as well to you.
In Luke 10:9 it is written that Jesus told his disciples: “Heal the sick who are there and say to them, ‘the kingdom of God has come near to you.’” In studying this scripture, we once again read that Jesus did not simply encourage his disciples to preach about the kingdom of God, but that he also authorized them to heal the sick.
In order to effectively accomplish this task, you must not only have the faith to believe that God can and will do what you ask in Jesus’ name, but you must additionally learn how to effectively master the energetic skill of Faith Projection.
In modern times, the act of Faith Projection is often accomplished through the repetition of positive auto-suggestions or self-healing affirmations used to redirect the patient’s troubled heart and mind, and uplift their spirit to a more powerful, influential spiritual state. These positive healing affirmations can either be spoken or said silently:
• By the healer to the patient.
• By the patient to himself or herself.
• By both the healer and the patient.
For thousands of years, positive affirmations were spoken and applied in church healing sessions; and were often used to reverse the destructive affects of negative thoughts and beliefs bombarding the hearts and minds of the men and women of the congregation. This negative state of mind was initially created from all of their various interactions with the people of the “world” (i.e., the people outside their own particular faith).
In this type of “therapy by suggestion,” the healer projects the radiant power of God’s divine light along with loud audible statements into the patient’s receptive body, mind, and spirit, and quickly sets into motion the internal healing process. This type of healing is accomplished through loud speaking and focused intention, in which the powerfully projected energy of the healer is dynamically applied to remove old negative thought-patterns, and to re-establish a new healthy energetic pattern within the patient’s Three Bodies (i.e., their physical body, energy body, and spirit body).
In a Faith Projection, the healer’s mental attitude and healing intention is consciously used to spiritually overshadow and positively influence the patient’s Three Bodies via the healer’s strongly projected words, attitude, tone, and demeanor. As the healer begins to audibly and telepathically pour thought intention into the receptive mind of the patient, a strong positive current of uplifting, strengthening, and healing thought and belief is created.
The fusion of both minds (that of the healer and the patient) is then directed towards a common purpose and goal: that of producing a powerful conscious and subconscious pattern of healing within the patient’s tissues. This new healing pattern is used to override any previous negative thinking patterns that allowed the current diseased state to take root in the patient’s body.
The healing technique of Faith Projection is often combined with prayers and/or whispered biblical scriptures, and is considered to be the embodiment of both psychosomatic and spiritual healing. When applied, this approach requires the healer to speak special scriptures or pronounce bold healing statements towards the patient in a dynamic rhythmic pattern, which initiates a powerful internal organ system healing response.
The symbiotic relationship developed between the healer and patient is similar to the faith healing practices still used by Pentecostal Christian groups. In this type of faith healing, the stronger the healer’s and patient’s faith, virtue, and righteous intention, the more powerful the healing will be.
For Faith Projection to work, the patient must have a strong faith and belief in the ability of the healer and their spiritual connection to God. The patient must additionally feel safe and secure within the healing environment. For both healer and patient, the stronger their faith, the greater is the potential for the healing.
Both affirmation and desire create the motivating energy that furthers the healing process. In this type of “Be Healed Now!” approach, the healer’s focused intention and projected unwavering belief and conviction will many times cause within the patient a release from the disease’s original holding-pattern. A new healing pattern is set into motion by shocking the patient’s pre-existing negative belief system into a new and healthier one.
It is also important to remember that the energetic field surrounding the body is strongly affected by positive emotions that support the healing process, or by negative emotions, such as doubt, suspicion, and disbelief, which internally destroy the healing process.
• Stage #4 — Taking Responsibility: During the Fourth Stage of Healing, Jesus reminded the person that it was their own faith that was originally responsible for healing their body and making it well. Throughout the New Testament’s four gospels, you will read over and over again about Jesus constantly saying to many that he healed, or to some advocate of the sick, “Your faith has made you whole.”
The following are passages from the New Testament Scripture where Jesus said that the person’s faith (or a household member’s faith) was responsible for the healing:
The Centurion’s Son (Matthew 8:5-13).
The Paralytic (Matthew 9:2-8, and Luke 5:17-26).
The Woman with the Issue of Blood (Matthew 9:20-22,
Mark 5:25-34, and Luke 8:43-48).
Two Blind Men (Matthew 9:27-30).
The Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15:22-28).
Blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10:46-52, and Luke 18:35-43).
The Ten Lepers (Luke 17:12-19).
Another word for faith is “trust.” In the seven previously mentioned examples, because these individuals trusted and believed in the healing power of God through Jesus, they were all able to open their hearts and minds and receive the incredible healing power by way of their faith.
Although there are many individuals in the church who, when prayed for, believe that it is the pastor’s faith that is responsible for having them become healed, this is not at all what Jesus originally taught concerning healing. Jesus of Nazareth never said, “My” faith has made you whole. In fact, in the seven previous cases listed he told the healed individuals, “Your” faith has made you whole. Thus it was up to the individual who is receiving the divine healing to personally open their heart and mind to the spirit of God, and allow the miraculous transformation to occur.
It is also important to remember that in the Bible, it does not say that Jesus Christ “refused” to do many mighty works in his hometown, Nazareth. Instead it says that Jesus “could not” perform them in his hometown, specifically because of everyone’s personal disbelief (Mark 6:1-6).
Even today in Christian churches, unbelieving congregations often point their fingers at a preacher when no miracles or no supernatural wonders occur. Although it is true that a pastor must possess a strong faith in order to accomplish such supernatural manifestations, even if he has this ability, not much will happen if the congregation is full of people who covertly embody hostility and maintain unbelieving attitudes. This is one reason why special healing services are often held after the main service is completed, and such skeptical people have left.
If Jesus himself could not perform healing where there was such disdain and unbelief, neither can any Christian man or woman, simply because, “the servant is not greater than their master” (John 13:16). A positive and receptive attitude is mandatory for all healing, and that is why it is written, “Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17).
• Stage #5 — Go In Peace and Sin No More: During the Fifth Stage of Healing, Jesus encouraged the previously sick person to go in peace and be free from their suffering. And in order to maintain this healing process, he would often add, “Go and sin no more.”
In other words, once they understood that it was their faith that had made them whole (spiritually, mentally, and physically), it was then that Jesus encouraged them to let go of all of their mental and emotional attachments to the old stories that had created this diseased state in the first place, and to become free of all of their old toxic energetic patterns.
This new beginning allows the old destructive patterns to gently melt away from their life, and helps them to reclaim their natural healing birthright as children of God. Because all energetic patterns are internally rooted within specific types of creative or destructive thoughts and energetic manifestations, it is paramount to understand that the true metaphysical properties of divine healing are created from within each person’s heart and mind.