Healing Trust (NFSH)
Founded in 1954, the National Federation of Spiritual Healers is acknowledged to be the principle organization for spiritual healing in the United Kingdom, with more than 6,000 members working individually and in Centres throughout the country. There is also a growing overseas membership. NFSH is a registered charity and operates through regional committees serving the membership within their geographical boundaries. A Council of nationally elected representatives and officers are the governing board of trustees.
The NFSH is not associated with any religion, -ism or –ology. It does see the source of healing as divine, but respects the right of every individual to his or her own interpretation of that source. The word ‘spiritual' in title refers to the quality of spirituality implicit in the healing process. Members of the NFSH are bound by a strict Code of Conduct.
NFSH HealingThe Healing Trust is the working name of The NFSH Charitable Trust Ltd (Charity No 1094702). This non-religious organisation is the largest and oldest membership organisation of Spiritual Healers in the UK. Founded in 1954.
Spiritual Healing is the channelling of healing energies through the healer to the patient. It re-energises and relaxes the patients to enable their own natural resources to deal with illness or injury in the best possible way. By ‘attunement’ – perhaps best described as a combination of empathy and intent – either in the presence of the patient or at a distance – and by directing energy, usually through the hands, the healer seeks to supplement the depleted energy of the recipient, dealing with stress at whatever level it exists and releasing the body’s own recuperative abilities to deal with the problem in the most effective way for that individual.
Patients receiving healing tend to experience sensations of being re-energized or relaxed, ‘pins and needles’, heat or coolness, and pain coming to the surface and dispersing indicating that the energies are indeed ‘going to work’. Healing can be given for any illness, stress or injury as a therapy which is completely natural, has no side effects and is complementary to any other therapy. It can be helpful in a wide range of physical and psychological conditions, sometimes to a remarkable degree: indeed the medically diagnosed nature of the illness appears to be irrelevant to the outcome, contributing to recovery. Aside from its value in relieving pain and restoring function, healing is also notable for initiating improvements in patients’ attitudes and clarity of thought, and in their quality of life.
Is it necessary to have ‘Faith’ ?
No. Nothing special is asked of the patient except perhaps openness to anything that happens and a degree of trust in the healer. An awareness of the need for change and the motivation to do so can also be helpful.
Does Spiritual Healing always work ?
It is unusual for healing not to be helpful in some way. Sometimes one treatment is sufficient, but often several are needed and the benefits emerge gradually. With some patients a successful outcome to healing is obvious, but for some, change takes place at a more subtle level and sometimes in an unexpected way. Healing often helps with the speed and extent of recovery from serious illness and major surgery and from the effects of treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It works well with all forms of holistic medicine. Usually patients feel more stable and relaxed, and often experience a beneficial change to their attitude to life, a situation which often arises in cases of terminal illness where healing brings a sense of peace to the patient and to the relatives and friends as well.
Can it do any harm ?
Definitely not. There are on rare occasions when a patient may ‘feel worse’ before improving, but often this is a significant part of the healing process, signalling a release of stress which may have gone unrecognised.