The Suffolk Healers constitution defines 'spiritual healing' as the beneficial effect a healer has on a patient when, motiviated by their own beliefs and following their normal practice, they administer healing 'in contact' through the hands or at a distance by thought transference or prayer.
When used in the context of Complementary Medicine, the term "Spiritual Healing" has more than one meaning. It refers to a specific complementary therapy where a healer channels energy to a recipient to bring about a beneficial effect; the healer may be in contact with the recipient (laying-on-of-hands) or the healing may be carried out at a distance (absent or distant healing). Spiritual Healing is also a global name for all energy therapies where healers channel energy to recipients either in contact or at a distance. Therapies such as Reiki, LeShan Healing and Therapeutic Touch all come under the 'Spiritual Healing' banner.
The Suffolk Healers definition of 'Spiritual Healing', see above, is a global definition thus it encompasses all healing therapies where energy is channeled to a recipient either in contact or at a distance. However, in practice, we limit our membership to those who practice, or wish to train in, two specific therapies: Spiritual Healing and Reiki Healing. Neither Spiritual Healing nor Reiki Healing are related to Faith Healing; neither depend on the beliefs of healer or patient to work; they both work equally well on plants and animals, neither of which are known for their faith or suggestibility.
There are four grades of membership within Suffolk Healers: Associate, Probationer, Registered Healer and Reiki Practitioner. Associate membership is open to those who have achieved 'Reiki-1' or have completed a Foundation Course; to those who are interested in healing and wish to further its cause without becoming practising healers; to registered healers and reiki practitioners who have allowed their insurance to lapse. Probationer membership is open to those who have completed a Foundation Course and wish to train as spiritual healers. Registered healer membership is open to those who have satisfactorily completed a Training programme within Suffolk Healers and to those from other healing associations who meet the Suffolk Healers requirements. Reiki Practitioner memberhip is open to those who have achieved 'Reiki-2' and satisfy the conditions of Suffolk Healers.
Suffolk Healers Association has members from all over the UK but is mainly centred in East Anglia with training centres in Norfolk, Cambridge and Suffolk. Suffolk Healers also runs drop-in healing groups in Thetford, Bury St Edmunds and Colchester.
From time to time, we organise various workshops on various topics to appeal and interest our members as well as a wider cross-section of the public.