Many meditators, healers and people of goodwill are attracted to the idea of distant healing — that in meditation, contemplation and prayer we can help relieve suffering and pain at a distance.
But how exactly do we do this? I will share with you one golden rule, briefly list the most well-known techniques and then describe the strategy that I prefer.
First, the golden rule.
This is simple: Distant healing must always be done in a relaxed, calm and loving way. Otherwise, you may be sending agitated vibrations and energies. In particular, you need to monitor that you do not have any neediness that there be a healing.
If we are needy for healing, then we radiate neediness. Not useful.
So stay calm. The keynote is compassionate equanimity.
The most well-known distant healing strategies are:
- Kind thoughts
- Sending healing energy (keep to the golden rule above and check you are not interfering)
- Praying for help and intercessions from whichever tradition, gods, spirits, angels, saints, gurus, etc, who are in your culture.
Then there is the heart-opening strategy that I prefer to use.
I like it because it is relevant to both suffering and the causes of suffering. It is also realistic about the fact that some illnesses and distress are chronic and long term, and that death is an inevitability.
This strategy is simple. It is a sense, a visualisation, a calm expectation that the hearts open of those who are suffering.
In the same way, the hearts open of those who create suffering.
In a calm state of compassionate contemplation, bring any person or situation of suffering into your loving awareness.
May your heart be open. May your heart be open. May your heart be open.
When someone’s heart opens, they move into a different mood. They connect with the benevolent flow of the universe. Their emotions and minds become more accepting and kinder. Healing at all levels becomes more accessible. Space is created for waves of grace.
There are other ways of practising this that may better suit you.
If for example you have a Christian background, then you may prefer some wording like this, which has the same effect: May the Christ within you awaken. Or May the Christ consciousness in you be fully awake.
From a Buddhist background, you might feel more at home with: May the Buddha within you awaken. Or May the Buddha consciousness in you be fully awake.
Of course, you are free to adapt the wording in whatever way works best for you.
Within the Buddhist tradition there is also the foundation prayer of Om Mani Padme Hum often translated as the Jewel in the Lotus. In many respects, this is a heart awakening mantra. Each of us is a lotus, a beautiful flower with stems beneath the water and roots deep into the earth. And within us is a jewel. Perceive it. Let it be fully present.
Again, this is congruent with the Hindu greeting of Namaste. I greet the soul within you. I greet your soul. I greet the Christ within you. The Buddha within you. The Goddess within you. All of these facilitate heart-opening.
Some people may prefer to work with the chakra system. You can sense-visualise-imagine the love petals of someone’s heart chakra opening with compassion and wisdom.
I use this heart-opening approach when, in meditation, I send healing to the dictators and politicians who are oppressing their peoples. I sense their hearts opening. May your heart be open. I greet your soul.
Similarly, I use this strategy when contemplating those who are suffering with pain and fear. May your hearts be open. I greet your soul. Om mani padme hum.
Softly, gently, empathically, connect with suffering and sense heart-opening.
As always, you as an individual practitioner can explore and feel your way into the approach that is authentic for you.
Remember too to practise basic health and safety. Your fuel, inspiration and safety come from your connection with Spirit, by whatever name you call it. At the end of any healing, bring your focus fully home to your own body and close your energy field like a flower at night closing its petals.
I honour and respect activists who work on the front lines to relieve suffering and create safe space for all life to grow and fulfil.
I also honour and support the meditators, contemplatives and prayer-workers who work with distant healing.