Good and Bad Healers?

When is a ‘healer’ a bad healer? As you know, I was the editor of Psychic News, then a weekly newspaper owned by Psychic Press (1995) Ltd, (a subsidiary of the Spiritualists’ National Union) for nearly 7 years.

Sending out ones thoughts for healing need not be on a sunlit beach, but anywhere, or when!

When they bought it in 1995 it had been nonstop printed every week since 1932! Each week I was in the editor’s chair I would look for positive stories of relevance to the Spiritualist community.Unfortunately there have always been some rogue practitioners calling themselves mediums and healers…

The Spiritualist image has been tarnished somewhat since the repeal of the Fraudulent Mediums Act. Basically an ‘Open Season’ has been tacitly declared on Spiritualism and its practices. As a religious and spiritual belief system it has been relegated to the backwaters of mainstream consciousness – and the non religious, or should I say non spiritual, proliferation of Mammon worshiping mediums and healers groweth unabated. Spiritualist/spiritual organisations flogging insurance against claims of malpractise should be abhored.

The Church of England does not require its exponents and clergy to insure themselves – nor does any other religous denomination…Why should the Spiritualist religious enclaves demand such? When there is fraudulent mediumship or healing, the miscreants can be nicked under the law of our land anyway. Misrepresentation is pretty rife so we can but highlight situations that are to Spiritualism’s detriment… Here we look at a ‘healer’who made the news – and one of the multitude who never do – because their work enhances many thousands, if not millions, of lives,for the better every day!

This is an uplifting account by DR GERALD PHILLIPS who shares an experience with us…


You are leaving your veterinary surgeon to whom you took your very ill beloved cat. The vet’s parting words echoed in your mind. “Well I could keep her going for a couple of days so that you can take her home and say your goodbyes” The chill late afternoon air together with the news from the vet brought tears rolling down your face. You came by taxi as you knew the news may be bad and you wouldn’t feel fit to drive. You hail a taxi and sit in the back where all you can hear are the gentle ‘meows’ of your much loved and lifelong friend. The pain of all those un-cried tears is unbearable. You hardly hear the driver say “We’re here” You go indoors and your mind is in a total spin. So your beloved feline friend is going to die and there is nothing you can do about it.

The sadness seeks to break you as if you haven’t been pained and punished enough already. In your helplessness and hopelessness the words ‘spiritual healing’ are struggling to make themselves heard. A couple of hours later Gwen, your next door neighbour desperately tries to console you then suddenly says “Have you considered spiritual healing” You ask your neighbour what she means by spiritual healing. Gwen has been your neighbour for about twenty years, your relationship has always been warm and you both knew that you could call on the other for help when trouble loomed.

Gwen explains that spiritual healing is performed by the world of spirit through a person who is a spiritual healer. She tells you that the healing can be hands on, where the healer places his or her hands on or very close to the patient be it human or animal. She goes on to say that ‘distant healing’ is equally effective but is performed at a distance from the patient. Distance is no object at all, spiritual healing can reach over seas and continents to heal the patient. Gwen went further and told you that healing is not guaranteed and that the patient can seem to get worse before getting better.

One thing is certain and that is the patient’s spirit cannot pass to the spirit world until the appointed day has dawned. If your pet is due to pass from this physical world then they will do so very peacefully. Spiritual healing ensures a peaceful passing. The important thing to remember is that no healer can guarantee a cure. You grab Gwen’s hand and ask her where you can find a spiritual healer; you had always known that she had been into Spiritualism. She said not to look for adverts in the free newspapers or websites that offered cures for a hundred and fifty pounds an hour. She said that these ‘so called’ healers are to be avoided at all costs.

Gwen told you that there was no time to lose and offered to telephone a healer who attends her own Spiritualist centre. You grabbed the opportunity like a drowning man desperately clinging to a part of the smashed up boat.

Gwen used your telephone to ring the healer. You don’t remember the conversation but that it seemed to go on for hours whereas it was only five minutes. Gwen called you to the telephone where you spoke to the healer, who sounded elderly. He had a gentle voice. You told him everything in between bouts of uncontrollable crying. The healer suggested distance healing and asked you the name of the person he was to channel healing to.

You felt rather silly explaining it was a cat. The healer further asked the whereabouts of the cat and the name of the disease and which parts of the body were affected. He told you that it was important that you send very regular updates on the cat’s progress which you could do by phone or email. You agreed to this, email addresses and phone numbers were exchanged and then the conversation ended.
You were filled with feelings of disbelief and hope beyond hope. You suddenly realised you had forgotten to ask the healer how much he charged. You went into Gwen and told her how the call went and that you had forgotten to ask about his charges. Gwen simply said “Oh nothing, no charge, if you like you can make a donation to his centre but it’s entirely up to you.

The days seemed endless. You were constantly trying to tempt your little cat to eat. Then one day she came up to you and asked to be fed. She had a special way of asking, by tapping your hand with her paw. She hadn’t actually asked for food for a long time. As you were opening the cat food she was rolling all over the kitchen floor. She seemed to be full of vitality. You realised that you hadn’t thought about going back to the vet since that awful visit. You made an appointment for the next day. You didn’t sleep well that night for fear of what you would be told. Your beloved cat had been through some good and bad times during these past few weeks.

You got up the next day full of trepidation. You put your cat into the car and arrived in good time for your appointment. The vet was astounded when he examined her. He said “I have good news the cancer is in remission” When I asked how far into remission he said “Well it’s gone… …completely and I don’t understand it as I gave her less than a week to live three weeks ago”. You paid the receptionist for the consultation and all but danced your way back to your car. As soon as you got home you telephoned the healer and said “It’s a miracle, she’s completely cured” The healer gently said that he was delighted and that he would thank spirit. I rushed round to Gwen’s and told her the good news.. Of course Gwen wasn’t surprised by the cure as she had seen so many of them, as well as those healings which had led to more comfortable passings for those destined to move on. .
If you are ever in a similar situation when you get over your first despair, remember the words ‘spiritual healing’ and find a reputable healer. You may well have cause for enormous joy and please remember you don’t have to believe in God, be religious or even have faith in spiritual healing. All that those highly evolved workers in spirit ask is that you give them a chance to assist.


Some time ago now a story broke about a man who claims to be a clairvoyant and healer to the stars…He was jailed for assaulting a woman who had sought his atrociously expensive help to treat her migraines…Apart from the large sums involved he brings the whole sorry mess into the public domain being described as a spiritual healer.

The Express report says that ‘another Spiritualist’ advised her that what he was doing was wrong…Another Spiritualist? Here we go again with people confusing Spiritualism with sundry forms of quackery.Worse, with debauchery.

I’d wager that there’ll be no information of a rational kind in the Express or any other mainstream journals to enlighten and inform the general public about what to expect from GENUINE mediums and healers. Oh yes, the man’s name who has brought this nastiness about is Graham Dare. How dare he.

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Love, Truth and Light,

Published by revlyngdes

I am first minister of the New Spiritualists Society UK. I have been in Spiritualism for many years and have utilised my journalistic skills - I was a sports journalist both freelance and publishing editor of Sportswoman magazine and managing editor of Sportsworld among other publications. I won Magazine Sportswriter of the Year in 1988 and had the book Women and Sport published in the same year. In 1994 I edited the SNU newsletter New Communicator and in 1996 I was appointed editor of old established weekly Spiritualist newspaper Psychic News. I contribute to Psychic World quarterly and compile and edit the community magazine Littleport Life. I was a speed skater and ice hockey player and ran a speed club and ice hockey club. I also became a coach and referee. I am president of the Great Britain Bandy Association which I founded and director of the Ice Arena Project. I am PO for the Littleport Society and Chair of the Scout and Guide Hut committee. I am mother of 6, grandmother and great grandmother. I am married to my partner of 37 years Cathy.

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