This works with one person as an instrument, or as many as six. The main principle is that the people that are doing the hands-on-healing feel safe to the patient receiving the energy. I have worked with children as young as three in a healing circle, and adults as old as 90 who may be dying themselves. In one such case, when we had finished the first healing, we covered that patient, and then a 90-year-old laid down on the floor a few feet away, and we repeated the healing on her. Then something extraordinary happened. One of the people helping with these two hands-on healings was an eight-year-old girl who was also in the family. She was suffering from repeated stomach aches and asked if she could be helped. We then did a healing on her. Her mother called me a few weeks later to tell me that she was going through a painful divorce and since it had started, her little girl had stomach pain to the point where they had taken her to a medical specialist for tests. The tests were normal. And, since we did the healings that day her daughter has been pain free. This mother was in school to become an acupuncturist and after experiencing that day with the healings she now believed more than ever in energy work.
It doesn’t matter if the people giving the healing believe in all this. All that matters is that they have the intention of wanting to help. Many times the person receiving healing tells me afterwards that their pain medication is now working or they no longer feel they need it. Their coloring improves, they feel more relaxed and they feel loved.
Hands-on-healing can be done twice a day, or more, if the patient requests it. The givers have often told me that they calmed down from the experience. It not only helped their bodies to relax, it also helped their hearts to know that they were giving “something” to the person in need. This is especially important for loved ones who may have been afraid to touch the patient for fear of hurting them. This gives them a safe way to express themselves that bypasses words.
Whether the patient is going to get better or is going to die doesn’t matter in these hands-on circles. We are not looking for a “cure.” We are looking for a sharing that brings comfort to the receiver, and usually spills over into the givers.
We close this healing circle with a prayer of gratitude: “Dear God, Dear Spirit, thank you for allowing us to be instruments of your healing Energy. Thank you for allowing us to feel your Oneness. Amen”
From The Natural Soul by Barbara Harris Whitfield 2009