A week ago, I did a post on how our words affect our reality and mentioned that I would be doing a post about how our words not only affect our reality, but the reality of others. In pulling together some outside resources for this post, I was quickly overwhelmed. There is an abundance of material that supports the fact that our words have contribute to the lives of those around us.
In 1993, Larry Dossey came out with a book called “Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and The Practice of Medicine.” In it, Dossey explains prayer and healing, describes factors that influence the efficacy of prayer, and cites evidence that support the conclusions.
In 1998, Elisabeth Targ, daughter of famous American physicist, author, and ESP Researcher, Russell Targ, was part of a research team that did a study called: “A Randomized Double-Blind Study of the Effect of Distant Healing in a Population With Advanced AIDS: Report of a Small Scale Study.” The conclusion of the study:
These data support the possibility of a DH effect in AIDS and suggest the value of further research.
In 2000, researchers conducted a systematic review of the available data on the efficacy of all forms of distant healing in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The article was called: “The Efficacy of ‘Distant Healing’: A Systematic Review of Randomized Trials.” The conclusion of the study:
Given that approximately 57% of trials showed a positive treatment effect, the evidence thus far merits further study.
In 2003, researches from the Institute of Noetic Sciences published an article in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine called: “Distant Healing Intention: Definitions and Evolving Guidelines for Laboratory Studies.” The conclusion of the article [emphasis added]:
Previous laboratory research in this domain suggests that DHI [Distant Healing Intention] effects warrant serious study, but most scientists and funding agencies are unaware of the evidence or the relevant literature. By following these evolving guidelines, researchers’ designs and their ultimate publications will conform more closely to the quality of standards expected by scientific journals, and such publications will in turn attract the attention of a broader range of scientists. This seems especially important for alternative healing research in general and for distant healing in particular; both realms enjoy broad public support but have largely eluded serious attention by mainstream science.
There are even books that have been published that claim to teach the reader how to send healing to people, animals, the environment, and around the world. One more study I wanted to mention was one done by the Centre for Biofield Sciences on the efficacy of the BodyTalk System to work at a distance.
This pilot study shows that healing intent can be directed at distance, and suggests that healing by prayer is measurable.
Each year, more and more evidence is published to support the effect that our words and thoughts have on those around us. The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine is a good place to keep an eye on, especially their yearly conferences. Researchers come from all over the globe to talk about their findings with their colleagues. The Institute of Noetic Sciences that I mentioned earlier always has fascinating research that is relevant in this arena. These particular studies are focused on the effect that our words and thoughts have on the healing of others (at a distance). However, in the book I mentioned by Dossey, there’s a chapter called: “When Prayer Hurts: An Inquiry into ‘Black Prayer.'”
To close, I’ll share a first-person experience I had that demonstrates exactly what I’m talking about. During some sort of group bonding or orientation process, the facilitator had us all stand in a circle. He told us we were going to do a little experiment. He picked the smallest girl and put her in the middle of the circle and picked me (one of the stronger males of the group) to go outside and wait in the hall. While I was gone, he told the group that he was going to bring me back into the room and have me try and lift the girl in the middle of the circle and that they were to send positive thoughts and energy towards me. After a few minutes, he called me back in and asked me to lift the girl in the middle of the circle — swoosh! I lifted her with ease! It felt like I could have lifted her with one hand and swung her around like a rag doll.
The facilitator then said that was enough and asked me to put her down and go back out into the hall. While I was there, he asked the group to now send me negative thoughts and energy, while I was trying to lift the girl. He called me back into the room and I went to lift her. Nothing. I thought maybe I was just a little tired from lifting her before, so I steeled myself and got set… lift… and nothing. I couldn’t even get her heels off of the ground. The facilitator then went on to explain what had just happened. He explained to us the power of our thoughts and energy on those around us and more importantly, the power of a group of thoughts on one individual (or to extrapolate, on other groups).
Your thoughts and words have an impact on your life and your thoughts and words have an impact on the lives of those around you. Next time you catch yourself thinking something negative, will you replace it with a positive thought?