The healing presence: can it be reliably measured?

Journal Article

By: Crawford, C; Wayne B Jonas
Publication Name: J Altern Complement Med
Year: 2004

Religious and spiritual traditions from all cultures and times describe a spiritual or loving presence as a contributor to healing. In addition, there is a common belief that a special ""presence"" can exude from certain practitioners. Is it possible to measure a healing presence in an objective and reliable way? Most research on healing has focused on trying to prove spiritual and ""energy"" healing in comparative tests. However, if a measure of healing presence is to be sensitive and reliable, objective and real-time indicators of such a presence will be needed rather than comparative and statistical outcomes. This paper discusses what healers from various traditions have felt are the primary components of a healing presence, summarizes various attempts to measure healing, and describes two recently published approaches that have potential to provide such an objective and realtime indicator of a healing presence.

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