History of Healing
Spiritual healing has its roots in ancient history; it has been known and used for thousands of years. It was certainly known to the Chinese as far back as 5000 years BC. The first priest-physicians of Egypt and Ancient Greece like Imhotep, Thoth, Hippocrates (the Father of medicine) and Asclepius, all used spiritual healing to treat the whole body; healing and spirituality have always been entwined. In all cultures and in all segments of human history, there is clear evidence of spiritual healing. The methods may have been different but the essence of healing does not differ. There are many references to healing in the Bible, especially the ‘laying on of hands’. In the New Testament Jesus is considered one of the greatest healers in recorded history for healing both spiritual and physical illnesses.
Around 400 BC, Hippocrates introduced standards into medical practice that are still used today, but his approach to healing was holistic, treating the whole person, not just a specific ailment. With the coming of the Romans came the separation between spiritual healing and secular medicine.
So in ancient times there was no division between the body, mind, and Spirit. With the development of science there was a shift away from the spiritual side of healing and the attention was focussed on the physical material body. The second development was that healing was outlawed outside of the Christian Church and healers and psychics were persecuted and executed. Healing only became legal again in 1951 and even today there is often ignorance and fear surrounding what is after all our birthright.
In modern times there have been and are many well known Spiritual healers, Andrew Jackson Davis (known as the Father of Spiritualism) was an exceptional healer, Edgar Cayce who was known as the greatest American trance healer, who actually didn’t do ‘laying on of hands’ but prescribed unorthodox and complicated therapies and of course Harry Edwards, Ted Fricker and Matthew Manning to name just a few.