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Spiritual Healing

Today we continue our occasional series of guest posts by healer members of The Healing Trust. Isabella Clarence is author of 'Different? You Have Always Been Different' which recounts her journey from MS patient to a thriving healer with her own private practice. 

By Isabella Clarence


It’s amazing how a few simple words can mean so much. I had a patient yesterday who was feeling very despondent because she was in so much pain and she didn’t know which of her ailments were causing it. ​This lady has arthritis, fibromyalgia and ME so she has her fair share of problems to cause her pain in so many places. In fact she said the only places that weren't hurting were her elbows. At the end of her treatment I could see by her face that she was much more relaxed and at peace with herself. As a healer we all want to help people to the best of our ability, knowing of course that actually it’s not us that does anything, we are all just the instruments. The wonderful healing energy that fills the Universe is there for everyone to use if we are willing and it’s very important for all of us as healers to remember that we on our own can do nothing. But with love in our hearts and a willingness and the patience to want to help, it’s amazing what can be done. And yesterday for me in its own very simple way, was no exception. I asked her how she was feeling when her treatment was over and she smiled up at me from my healing couch and said. “I feel all smiley. I feel all filled up with smiles.” What a lovely way for her to be feeling, and of course her words put a smile on my face and in my heart. There was no need for me to ask her if she was out of pain, that actually didn’t matter because she was all filled up with smiles. What an amazing job I have, being able to put a smile on someone’s tired face may seem a very simple thing to do, it is, but that doesn’t stop it from being very special. On the days I’m working as a healer my heart is filled with love and a wonderfull kind of magic and I’m often given smiles. Wow, thank you to the Universe for reminding me. Blessings always.

Photo with thanks to Christian Newman/Unsplash

In the second of Matthew Manning's social media posts, he calls for new discussion and action for the future of healing, bearing in mind – to put it simply – that healing is healing is healing. He says "Ultimately, healing is about empathy, compassion, care, understanding, energies, an open heart and good listening skills." He adds that we need to use non-esoteric language that is acceptable in medical and hospice settings. At The Healing Trust we are the sum of our members. Our members run the Trust. So we are always very open to hearing what all our members wish to say. If you are drawn to, please do share your views on this important subject. And remember there'll be a fantastic opportunity to join in and move the discussion forward at The Healing Trust AGM in London on 29th September. This article originally appeared on Matthew Mannings Facebook page on 19th August 2018.

A guest post by Matthew Manning

I was really surprised at the enormous response to my post on Thursday about an online four-hour course resulting in certification as a reiki healer. It has now been read by 6,500 people and has had almost 200 comments from you.

I've tried to respond to everyone who left a comment. As I read them I realised that some very important and valuable suggestions have been made. To keep the debate open I'd like to share some of my thoughts with you.

Healing is my life and passion and has been for 40 years. I'm completely dedicated to it. However, I feel that changes are needed to put healing generally into a position of greater respect and recognition in the coming decades long after I'm gone. My comments may ruffle some feathers but that's a small price to pay for progress!

I work quite closely with a number of doctors and consultants - if you've been a patient of mine you'll know that I use a loose healer/doctor network that I've developed over the years. Sometimes my success has less to do with my healing and much more to do with getting my patient to the right consultant!

As I wrote in my original post, I've never used any label to describe myself - other than 'healer'. I believe this has helped me gain the trust and confidence of many of the wonderful doctors I cooperate with. I'm not bound by describing myself as a 'spiritual' healer, or a 'reiki' healer (which I'm not).

So here are a few ideas I'm pondering for our future as healers:

* Whatever labels we choose to describe our work, is there a case for dropping them? We are all using the same energy even if we have different frameworks of belief or understanding of it. At end of life, possibly in a hospice, people are much more likely to reflect spiritually. At the moment a 'spiritual' healer cannot help them (because of that very word) yet a reiki healer can. Hospitals and hospices don't seem to accept the 'spiritual'.

* I feel that healing is a great deal simpler and more straightforward than many of the different organisations teach. I'm honoured to be a patron of The Healing Trust but I believe this applies as much to some of their training as it does to reiki. Perhaps some of the more esoteric teachings should be dropped. I'm certainly not convinced they are relevant. Healers wanting establishment recognition need to be able to communicate their therapy in simple easy to understand language, using words that make a bridge to the hospital or hospice. Ultimately, healing is about empathy, compassion, care, understanding, energies, an open heart and good listening skills.


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Today the NHS is 70 years old. Happy Birthday NHS! Thank you for all the incredible, compassionate, skilled, free health care you have offered to every person, family, neighbourhood and region of the UK since 1948. We appreciate you, and all the countless stars who help to make you what you are.

Dear NHS, it's a little-known fact that you and The Healing Trust go back a long way. We were founded six years after you, in 1954. In those days we were called the National Federation of Spiritual Healers, or NFSH for short. From the beginning, there were doctors and nurses within the NHS who valued the way we could help patients to feel better, improving symptoms and encouraging relaxation. Our historian, Charlie Kennedy, has been looking through the archives.

Thanks to Charlie we know that in 1959, healers were given permission to work in hospitals. This is how that came about. Gordon Turner, Chairman of the NFSH, proposed "to contact hospitals to get assent that patients desiring the help of a healer should have it". Within seven months, 276 hospital authorities with 1,743 hospitals agreed, provided the doctor in charge had prior knowledge. By January 1960, four more hospital boards had also given their permission for NFSH healers to attend the sick in their hospitals.

And do you know, there have, as far as we can tell, always been healers working in hospitals since that time.  One notable example is Ruth Kaye, Fellow of The Healing Trust. Ruth began with the Healing Trust in the 1980s. In 1991 she was invited into the NHS as a volunteer Natural Healer. In 2006 she became a staff member... and she's still working within the NHS at the age of 82.

Another notable example is healer Sandy Edwards, who instigated a controlled medical study to evaluate the effectiveness of spiritual healing provided by Healing Trust members. The research was led by the University of Birmingham, and revealed excellent results. Following the academic publication, Sandy has written and published a highly readable book on the subject, called 'Healing in a Hospital'.

Dear NHS, we have always supported you and the wonderful work that you do, and we will always continue to support you. Enjoy your celebrations. You absolutely deserve them.


We're happy to announce that we've been recognised as one of the UK's top ten healing blogs and websites, by RSS reader Feedspot. We're especially pleased as our blog only began life last month (although The Healing Trust itself was founded back in the 1950s). We're grateful to our talented members who have been sharing meditations, personal stories and insights since we first started posting a few weeks ago. Thank you all, and please keep sharing.

You can read the list of the UK's top ten healing blogs and websites here. Each blog has life-enhancing insights to offer. Enjoy!

We wish you a happy Solstice, which this year takes places on 21st June. Whether you are with us in the summer half of the planet, or happen to be in the winter hemisphere, this is a good time to celebrate the sun in our lives.  Here is a sun visualisation for you. It's good to do on the longest day of the year, or the shortest, or anywhere in between. It's adapted from  an exercise from 'Sacred Healing' by Jack and Jan Angelo, both wonderful healers and tutors with the NFSH, as The Healing Trust used to be known.

Sit comfortably, outdoors or in, and feel your connection with the earth, the air, and all aspects of this planet. Understand that you are a part of the landscape as much as the trees, birds, hills, rivers and breezes. Give thanks for your life and the lives of all living beings.

Turn the palms of your hands upwards, so that they are shallow vessels holding air. Now imagine the sun in all its power, light, and glory. As you breathe in, picture, or sense, the life force in the air streaming into your body – through the crown of your head, and through the palms of your hands.

As you breathe out, picture, or sense, the life force in the air moving powerfully into each part of your body and your surrounding energy field. Feel every aspect of yourself become warm and radiant with the sun's energy. Sense the life force fill your energy field, harmonising and balancing the energies within it.

Stay for a few moments in your state of harmony and alertness.

Relax. As you end the exercise, feel yourself return to ordinary reality: recharged, energised, grounded and safe.

Do you have a favourite sun visualisation? We'd love to hear about it.