We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience. - Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Everybody can be a spiritual healer. He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do. - John 14:12
Jesus' dual mission
"At the beginning of his public life, Christ accepted a dual mission: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. (Luke 4:18) Christ thus defined his mission to relieve man's mortal and physical suffering. His mission was at once theoretical and practical: for the soul, inspiration; for the body, therapy." Father Jean Jurion wrote this in his Journal d'un Hors la Loi in 1966. He died in 1977.1
About the workshop leader
Dr. Schatz has for much of his life bridged two worlds - the physical and the metaphysical, the scientific and the spiritual. He is a minister and has been involved with spiritual healing and other healing modalities for some 20 years. He is also a world-famous scientist. In 1943, he discovered the antibiotic streptomycin, which was the first effective treatment for tuberculosis - The Great White Plague. This disease has killed a billion people during the past two centuries. Streptomycin was also the first effective treatment for pneumonic plague, which is the most deadly form of bubonic plague - The Black Death.
About this workshop
This workshop focuses on how we can dowse our subtle energy bodies to obtain information which will enable us to regain and maintain health. We have two bodies - a material body with which we are all familiar, and a subtle energy body which is an energy field. The material body has a small volume and occupies a small space in the universe. The energy body is a field that goes throughout the universe. Both bodies are intimately interrelated and involved in health and disease.
Why this workshopis important
God helps those who help themselves. One way we can help ourselves it to do all we can to regain and retain good health. This workshop teaches us how to do that for ourselves and others.
Conventional medicine is a double-edged sword. It provides important help for many health problems. But it is also be harmful. A 1991 study by researchers at the Harvard University School of Public Health, revealed that conventional medicine is the fourth major cause of death in the united States. It comes after heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Conventional medicine kills more than twice the number of people killed in automobile accidents.
That was the situation before we had HMOs. Because medical care has seriously deteriorated with HMOs, conventional medicine may now be causing more deaths now than it did in 1991.
We were originally told HMOs would supply better care at less cost. In reality, HMOs supply less care at more cost because their primary objective is maximum profit. To maximize profit, HMOs have corporatized medicine so that it provides people with assembly line treatment. HMO-medical assembly lines, like all assembly lines, are deigned to operate with maximum efficiency.
Maximum efficiency requires that minimal time and minimal attention be devoted to each individual unit (patient) that is processed. HMO assembly lines function not to provide the best care people need, but to maximize profit so that the chief executive officers of HMOs can get extraordinarily high salaries and financial perks. In other words, the bottom line of HMOs is net profit, not the best health care.
To a large extent, we are therefore "on our own" with respect to health care. This means that we have to take care of ourselves and others as best we can. This workshop helps us do that.
Dowsing for health
"To dowse ... is to search with the aid of a hand-held instrument such as a forked stick or a pendulum bob on the end of a string - for anything."1
Dowsing for Health is similar to dowsing for water, oil, mineral deposits, lost objects, and missing people. All dowsing depends on our sensitivity to detect the subtle energy which emanates from what we are looking for. We can all learn to detect and work with subtle energy.
The origin of dowsing for health. Father Jean Jurion, a French Catholic priest, was introduced to dowsing by another priest, and was then inspired to learn medical dowsing from three dowsing priests who pioneered the art of what was then called medical dowsing. The three priests were Abbé Alexis Bouly, Father Jean-Louis Bourdoux, and Father Alexis Mermet.
I prefer the term dowsing for health instead of medical dowsing because doctors (in the United States) do not dowse their patients. Therefore, when we dowse for health, we are not doing what doctors do.
Some dowsers say that, when they dowse, they have the sensation of hearing "the 'still small voice' of the Bible ... talking to them from within."1
The Dowser's Prayer. Lord. Guide my hands, enhance my sensitivity, and bless my purpose, that I may be an instrument of Your power and glory in locating what is searched for. - Josefa V. Rivera. 1977. Annual Convention Program of the American Society of Dowsers. 1983.
Importance of dowsing
"Aubrey Westlake, M.D., an English physician, who used [dowsing] extensively, stated a year before his death, 'I believe that the rediscovery of the dowsing faculty is not fortuitous but has been vouchsafed to us by providence to enable us to cope with the difficult and dangerous stage of human development that lies immediately ahead. For it gives indirect access to a supersensible world, thus extending our awareness and knowledge.2
"The faculty [of dowsing] should be regarded as a special and peculiar sense, halfway between our ordinary physical senses, which apprehend the material world, and our to-be-developed future occult senses, which in due course will apprehend the supersensible world directly.'"
John B. Hasted, Professor of Physics, Birdbeck College, University of London, commented on Chris Birds book on dowsing1 as follows: "This book is a mine containing rich veins of little-known history, results of investigation, and imaginative speculations. And still adds up to a puzzle, a challenge to which science must continue to respond."
About spiritual massage healing
Spiritual healing, including spiritual massage healing, is a religious ceremony. It is a form of divinely inspired and divinely guided religious healing. It consists of prayer, love, anointing with oil and movements derived from the laying on of hands. It is the practice of one's religious faith and conscience. It is a mode of worship. The spiritual massage practitioner is a religious healer. Prayer is an integral part of spiritual massage healing. It provides the healer with guidance. Without prayer, there is no spiritual massage healing.
In spiritual massage healing, the laying on of hands is, in and of itself, a form of prayer (William A. McGarey, M.D.). "The term massage is derived from the Greek masso - [meaning] I knead and from the Arabic mass [meaning] to press softly." (Richard Haehl) The Bible does not specify whether, during the laying on of hands. one touches an individual with or without moving one's hands. A spiritual massage healer may do either or both. If the healer's hands move, they may lightly slide over the skin or move parts of the individual's skin and different muscles.
Compassionate massage. "I am awed that the most wondrous of all the massage strokes is that of simply 'resting' - resting my hands , resting my intentions, resting my heart as one would rest in contemplative prayer. Compassionate massage, then, is also embodied contemplation. Silently, I am here, sheltering you through my hands with my own vulnerable and wounded loveliness. This is touch raised to the art of anointing, the art of prayer and the sacrament of caring." (Mary Ann Finch).
The term massage is used in spiritual massage healing only because some of the movements (derived from the biblical laying on of hands) which a spiritual massage healer does may, to the uninformed, appear to have some resemblance to certain manipulations of secular bodywork.
Spiritual massage healing, which facilitates self-healing, is as variable and as highly individualized as other forms of spiritual healing are. In this respect (and in other ways), spiritual massage healing is very different from the standardized procedure of symptom-directed, medically-oriented, secular massage therapy.
Spiritual healing and spiritual massage healing are not practicing medicine
"Healing by prayer and spiritual means" is specifically excluded from coverage by the Pennsylvania Medical Practice Act. This is "An Act relating to the right to practice medicine and surgery and the right to practice medically related acts..." The Act defines "Medicine and Surgery" as "The art and science of which the objectives are the cure of diseases and the preservation of the health of man, including the practice of the healing art with or without drugs, except healing by spiritual means or prayer."
Spiritual Healing is not a substitute for medical treatment. If an individual wants spiritual healing instead of medical treatment, he has to make that decision himself. Some people have both medical treatment and Spiritual Healing. Many people go to Spiritual Healers because medical treatment has not helped them.
About Therapeutic Touch
Therapeutic Touch is derived from the biblical laying on of hands that was done within a religious context. It has evolved into a non-contact healing (i.e., without touching) in which the healer moves her hands over an individual's body at a distance of a few inches above the skin.
This is now done within or without a religious context. Some people who do Therapeutic Touch believe that God or Jesus is working through them, or with them. When Therapeutic Touch is part of a spiritual healing, it is done in a religious context. Therapeutic Touch is a well-defined healing procedure in contrast to spiritual healing which is highly individualized, and is therefore done in many different ways. It is not medical treatment.
Spiritual healing and Therapeutic Touch both work with subtle energy. We each have a material body and a subtle energy body which is an energy field. We are comparable, in this respect, to a magnetic and its magnetic field. Therapeutic Touch works on an individual's subtle energy field, and may be considered short-distant healing, "deviceless dowsing," and massage of an individual's energy body.
Some people use L-rods, which are dowsing devices, to demonstrate the energy field when they teach Therapeutic Touch. Some spiritual healers use L-rods to demonstrate the increase of an individual's energy field after a healing. Dolores Krieger describes how to make and use L-rods, which she refers to as dowsing rods in her book, The Therapeutic Touch. How to Use Your Hands to Help or to Heal. Prentice-Hall, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ. 1979.