Can disincarnate spirits, or the souls of deceased persons, provide us help in healing? As a physician and theologian with a life-long interest in spiritual healing, I sought an answer to this question, as described in my recently-published book, Spiritual Healing: Help from the Spirit World.
First I assessed the extent of theological support for physicalism, the belief that we are purely physical beings, and dualism, the belief that we are physical beings who have an immortal soul, or incarnated spirit. The Bible supports physicalism much more than dualism, and early Christianity rejected dualism as pagan until the early Fifth Century, until Saint Augustine stated that we have an immortal soul which after our death lives on until it rejoins our resurrected body. Consequently, the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches picture a just-disincarnated spirit as receiving divine judgment, and based on whether or not the spirit is from a person who has committed a mortal sin, either being sent to Heaven until the Resurrection, or being sent to Hell as a place of eternal torment. Yet, a large segment of the Protestant Church is physicalist in spite of strong evidence for survival of the soul after death, particularly in the near-death experience (NDE).
Then I evaluated what we currently know about the spirit world and its connection to us, from documented spirit communications that led to Spiritism and from after-death communications by the disincarnate spirit of Rev. Dr. A. D. Mattson. Spiritism is the moral philosophy and observational science derived from superior-spirit answers to 1,019 carefully-prepared questions contained in The Spirits’ Book, written in the mid 1800’s by a famous French educator under the pen name of Allan Kardec. Dr. Mattson’s spirit conveyed detailed impressions of the spirit world. Both sources of information about the nature of spirit existence describe the passage of spirits through planes of intellectual and moral development over eons of time, eventually to reach an intimate relationship with God. Experience for spirit progress is obtained from multiple incarnations on Earth and interim “life” in the spirit world. One opportunity for experience during spirit life is giving guidance, support and protection to us on Earth. Although neither The Spirits’ Book nor Dr. Mattson specifically state that one of the possible services that a disincarnate spirit can provide is help in healing, they strongly suggest that this is probable.
Help in Healing from Energy Medicine
Finally I considered how possible help from disincarnate spirits in healing might be explained by energy medicine. My study of and experience in energy medicine suggested to me that if a disincarnate spirit can help in healing, it would be by “intelligently” guiding universal vital life force energy so that it optimally serves its purpose. And I found that this has been clearly shown in the healing ministry of the late Harry Edwards, a non-trance medium who “attuned” with spirits for direct and absent healing, and the healing ministry of John of God, a full-trance medium who is incorporated by disincarnate spirits for these forms of healing.
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