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Spiritual Healing
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Classification:Folk Arts > Cultivation of Life Regimens and Healing > Religious Healing
Contributor: Chen Suchuan Bio
A complementary and alternative healing method used by spiritual healers by utilizing long-distance visualization, touching, hands-on healing, and other ways to treat patients or other organisms (animals and plants). The term “spiritual healing” is a foreign term and was first used by American psychologist Dr. Lawrence LeShan in 1974. Spiritual healing is perhaps the oldest kind of therapy in folk medicine and has its forms of expression in various cultures such as shamans, faith healing, hands-on healing, absent healing, psychotherapy, and individual or collective psychic activities or qiji (起乩, a form of psychic medium). The Bible records hands-on healing incidents by Jesus; the healing of disease under the influence of the "Holy Spirit" of the charismatic movement in Christianity is also a form of expression of spiritual healing.

Spiritual healing is based on the concept of subtle body, believing that a flow of energy (Qi [氣]) exists inside and outside the human body, corresponding to the seven different-colored energy centers (also called chakras) in the body. Some spiritual therapists observe the color changes of the chakras from a distance (short or long distance) to determine the state of a person’s health and condition of the disease. They will then transmit spiritual healing energy. Many people describe the energy felt during a treatment with words such as cold, warm, slight pressure, tingling, and frequency.

In Taiwan, the term “spiritual healing” has no consistent usage or formal definition and may refer to several different phenomena or activities such as: (1) spiritual healing as embodied in the New Age movement in several kinds of energy therapy such as Reiki, light or color therapy (course in light or aura soma), or chakra therapy; (2) qigong (氣功) practice as performed by wellbeing or religious groups; (3) healing obtained under personal psychic condition seen in civil virtue books; (4) a request or demand in the “collective qiju” activity in contemporary folk religious groups, such as Huilingshan (會靈山). Most of the spiritual healing techniques are harmless to the body, and there are no particular taboos on the timing and conditions of treatment. Spiritual healing has special effect for physical pain (such as headache or post-operative pain).

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Chinese Keyword
能量體 , 脈輪 , 新時代運動 , 民俗醫療

English Keyword
Spiritual Healing , subtle body , New Age Movement , folk healing , Chakra

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