Healing is an essential aspect of all therapeutic, complementary health and medical work. Without it, there can be no recovery of mind, body and spirit from illness, pain, shock, trauma, damage or suffering. Healing helps to restore wholeness and balance within a person. It can also help people to find their way in life, to become more aligned with their true ‘selves’ and the unfolding mystery of life.


Healing is a word which has many layers of meaning and there are different settings in which it can be given. Healing ceremonies and groups offer one important way in which people can access healing for themselves and others. Alternatively, a person can go to an individual healer though not all people who heal would call themselves healers. For those who do, a definition taken from the Frome Healthy Living website is as follows:

Healing is an ancient practice that has been used for thousands of years and is sometimes referred to as the laying on of hands. It aims to promote better health and general well-being by channelling energy through the healer to the patient. Healers may put their hands on or near patients. Some healers also work at a distance or through prayer, although there is no need for patients to have religious beliefs to receive healing. When healing is given, a person remains fully clothed, usually either sitting in a chair or lying on a couch.

All human beings have the natural ability to be healers. During their training, OneSpirit interfaith ministers have worked hard on stabilising within themselves a strong, honest and open connection to the Divine. Many have experienced healing and working with energy whether they call this ‘chi’, ‘prana’, the life force, or something else.

To find a OneSpirit minister near you who may be able to offer healing ceremonies or healing on an individual basis, please look at our interactive map.

This page is based on text supplied by Rev Charles Kemp and Rev Claudia Bonney