Absent Healing

Jessica Macbeth

The imagery exercise described below is one method of doing absent healing - or "distance healing" as it is often called. There are many methods, but this one was developed for beginners to use, either by themselves or in a group. I've used it for years as a part of healing and psychic development courses and also in meditation groups. It does not depend on the individual or the group having skills in healing or being psychic—it just works. Before you begin, please read through the following suggestions.

The Preliminaries

When leading a circle (or even just yourself), take your time going through the beginning and end, giving everyone time to get settled into the healing mode and to come back out again. Once people have become familiar with the experience of absent healing, they may need less time with this, especially if there is some other kind of meditation before the circle.
Encourage the circle members to say the names aloud, even if only in a whisper—it seems to help earth the energy in the physical realm and well as the psychic and spiritual levels.
I use the form of an invitation to participate, rather than a more directive type of absent healing, in order to avoid any risk of attempting unethical interference by send healing energy to someone who has not agreed to be on the receiving end. By making it an invitation to participate, we leave the choice up to the recipient and keep our boundaries and our karma clear.
Focusing the energy in this way also makes it less likely that inexperienced members of the circle might 'pick up' and temporarily duplicate the problems of those who are being offered healing—which is completely unnecessary.
It usually helps to visualize if people are seated more or less in a circle. To focus and concentrate the energy most effectively members of the circle should sit with their spines and necks erect, seated on the floor or on a chair in a balanced posture. If sitting on a chair, their feet should be flat on the floor.
You can do this as a member of a group, or you can adapt it slightly to use on your own. If I had all those wonderful widgets, I would have made you a sound file to download, but I don't. However, if you are going to use this technique by yourself, I'd suggest you make a tape and use it.

The Circle
(or the Dot if You Are Working Alone)

Let's begin by taking a deep breath or two—or even three. On the outgoing breath, let your tensions and distractions go. And as you inhale, just breathe in peace.
Become aware of the energy center, the root center, just below and just forward of the very tip of your spine. You might feel a warmth or a tingling or some other kind of a sensation there—or you may not—it really doesn't matter, just be aware of the energy center in that area.
And now, become aware of the energy center at the top of your head, the crown center. You might feel a coolness or a tingling or some other kind of a sensation there—or you may not—it really doesn't matter, just be aware of the energy center in that area.
Be aware of the line of light that flows between the root and the crown, passing through the center of your being.
And take a deep breath into that center. As you release the breath, follow the line of light down, down through the root center, down into the earth, down all the way to the warm heart of the earth.
And as you exhale again, be aware of any energy in your body or mind that you don't want or need flowing down that line of light into the heart of the earth. And the earth takes that energy, cleanses and transforms it, and sends it back to you.
Be aware of the energy of the earth as it rises through your feet, up into your body, through the center of your being, up through your chest, through your arms and hands, and up through you neck and head. The energy rising up from the earth is warm and strong, nurturing and powerful, passionate and loving. Its warm joyous strength rises up through you.
Breathe into the center of your being, and as you do, notice the warmth and power of the earth energy rising through it.
And as you exhale, follow the earth energy up the line of light to the top of your head, through your crown center, up and up and up to the center of the universe, the place where it all began, the source of all being, the heart of the heavens.
And as you inhale again, bring your awareness back down that line of light, noticing the clear, serene energy of the heavens as it flows down through you, down through your head and neck, down your arms and through your hands, down into your body, through the center of your being, on down through your legs and feet. The energy flowing down from the heart of the heavens is cool and calm, serene and wise, compassionate and loving. Its serene compassionate wisdom flows down through you.
And these two energies meet in your heart center. Together they are nurturing and serene, wise and powerful, passionate and compassionate, filled with the healing power of earth and heaven.
Be aware of the energy from the heart of the earth radiating through you, through your heart and your hands, and into the center of this circle.
And be aware of the energy from the heart of the heavens radiating through you, through your heart and your hand, and into the center of this circle. Together these energies create a powerful field of healing.
As they continue to flow through you, be aware of them filling the circle, filling it with loving light and nurturing warmth, power and wisdom, joy and serenity.
As the circle fills with healing power, healing light, you may be able to feel this energy on your face, on your hands, on the front of your body, enfolding you, so that you, yourself, are within the healing circle.
As you take another deep breath, breathe in the healing power and light surrounding you. Let it flow into you and through you. Allow the nurturing, serene, wise and joyous, powerful, passionate and compassionate healing energy of the earth and of the source of all being flows through every cell of your being.
Be aware of the healing power of this circle.
Into the healing light, healing power, we can invite anyone we wish to. All we need to do to extend that welcome is to say their name. They may choose to enter the circle and partake of the healing offered here. Just say aloud the names of those you feel need healing.

{Allow ample time for all names,
even for forgotten ones to be remembered}

Once again, be aware of the energy rising up through you from the earth's heart, flowing down through you from the heart of heaven. Allow the healing energy of this circle to expand until it fills this area.
Allow it to expand further, filling the buildings and countryside around this circle.
Allow this healing power of earth and heaven to fill this country. And to expand on out to fill this continent.
Be aware of the healing energy as it expands over seas and lands, rising from the heart of earth, flowing down from the source of all being, until it meets itself on the opposite side of the world.
And now, please take another deep breath, breathing in the healing power and light surrounding you. Let it flow into you and through you. And take another, so that the nurturing, serene, wise, powerful, joyous, passionate and compassionate healing energy of the earth and of the source of all being flows through every cell of your being.
Be aware of the vital life force flowing up from the earth into the center of your being.
Be aware of the serene creative wisdom flowing down from the heavens into the center of your being.
Be aware of these energies meeting and mating in the center of your being.
Breathe in, deeply into the center of your being.
Be aware of your feet. Of your hands. Take another deep breath and flex your fingers and toes.
Take another deep breath into the center of your being, and as you exhale, open your eyes and stretch.

How do you feel now? If you've done the imagery as instructed above, you will most likely be feeling relaxed, refreshed, renewed, and reenergized. If you feel drained or out of kilter, something is not right.
If you are not feeling revitalized by the exercise above, please read this page on Energy, Healing & Psychic Reading. I hope you will find it helpful.

Copyright © 1993 by Jessica Macbeth. All rights reserved.
This exercise originally appeared in Crann Beathadh, 1993

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