Resources for Well Being

Resources For Well-Being

Well-Being by Jill Henry, EdD

The Energy of Well-Being

A state of well-being is developed by first understanding that a flow of energy and vibration underlies all physical and mental processes. Beneath the apparent physical, mechanical surface is a holistic, organismic flow of pure energy. This energy is constantly being directed by our thoughts, emotions, and feelings. To access this, to experience this energy firsthand, requires certain knowledge and skills. This website is a companion to my book, Well-Being, published by Llewellyn Worldwide in December 2022.  Here you will find videos and teachings supplementing the book, as well as new information, ideas and techniques I continue to learn and share along the path of Well Being. I hope you join me in your search and that you find what you are looking for here. Be Well.

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History, Research and Practice of Distant Healing 

Jill N. Henry, EdD, APP

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A Brief History of Distant Healing

Distant healing, also known as remote healing, is a practice rooted in ancient traditions and spiritual practices. Cultures worldwide have long believed in the ability to heal from afar using the power of intention, prayer, and energy transfer. Indigenous shamanic traditions, Eastern spiritual practices, and early Christian faith healing all incorporated elements of distant healing, recognizing the interconnectedness of all beings and the potential for energy to transcend physical space.

In ancient China, the practice of Qigong and the concept of Qi (life force energy) emphasized the ability to direct energy for healing purposes, both in person and remotely. Similarly, the practice of Reiki in Japan and the use of Prana (vital life force) in Indian Ayurveda demonstrated an understanding of energy healing that could be applied over distances.

In the Western world, distant healing gained attention in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the rise of spiritualism and the exploration of psychic phenomena. Healers like Edgar Cayce, known as the “Sleeping Prophet,” conducted remote healing sessions through trance and meditation, leaving a lasting legacy that continues to influence contemporary practices.

Scientific Research on Distant Healing

While distant healing is often met with skepticism in scientific communities, several studies have attempted to explore its efficacy and underlying mechanisms. Researchers have conducted controlled experiments to investigate whether distant healing can produce measurable health benefits.

  1. The Impact of Prayer and Intention:
    • One of the most well-known studies on distant healing was conducted by Dr. Randolph Byrd in 1988, which examined the effects of intercessory prayer on patients in a coronary care unit. The study found that patients who were prayed for had better outcomes, sparking interest in the potential power of prayer and intention.
  2. Energy Healing Studies:
    • The work of Dr. William Braud and Marilyn Schlitz in the 1990s focused on distant intentionality and its effects on human physiology. Their research suggested that directed intention could influence biological systems, such as skin conductivity and autonomic nervous system responses.
  3. Meta-Analyses and Systematic Reviews:
    • Meta-analyses and systematic reviews of distant healing studies have yielded mixed results. While some reviews indicate a positive effect, others call for more rigorous methodologies to account for placebo effects and biases.

Despite the challenges in studying distant healing scientifically, the existing body of research supports the idea that intention and focused energy can have subtle but significant effects on health and well-being.

The Practice of Distant Healing

Distant healing practices vary widely, encompassing different modalities and approaches. However, they all share the fundamental belief that energy and intention can transcend physical boundaries to promote healing. Here are some common practices:

  1. Reiki:
    • Reiki practitioners use symbols and focused intention to send healing energy to individuals at a distance. This practice involves attuning to the recipient’s energy field and channeling universal life force energy to promote balance and healing.
  2. Pranic Healing:
    • Pranic healing involves the manipulation of the body’s energy field to remove blockages and imbalances. Practitioners use visualization and intention to direct healing energy to specific areas of the recipient’s body.
  3. Qigong:
    • Qigong healers harness and direct Qi to facilitate healing. Remote Qigong sessions involve meditation, visualization, and intention to send healing energy to the recipient, often focusing on restoring the flow of Qi and balancing the body’s energy systems.
  4. Shamanic Healing:
    • Shamanic healers enter altered states of consciousness to connect with spiritual realms and retrieve healing information or energy. They may conduct distant healing sessions by journeying to the recipient’s energy field and performing rituals to restore harmony and balance.
  5. Energy Body Integrations (EBI):
    • EBI practitioners connect with the recipient’s energy bodies (etheric, emotional, mental, causal) through the Unified Field of Consciousness. This practice involves deep relaxation, intuitive guidance, and focused intention to align and balance the recipient’s energy for optimal health and well-being.

Modern Applications and Acceptance

In contemporary society, distant healing is gaining recognition and acceptance as an adjunct to conventional medical treatments. Integrative medicine practices increasingly incorporate energy healing modalities, including distant healing, to support holistic health and well-being.

Hospitals and healthcare facilities are beginning to offer distant healing services, recognizing their potential to complement traditional treatments and improve patient outcomes. Patients seeking alternative and complementary therapies often turn to distant healing for its non-invasive and holistic approach.


Distant healing represents a convergence of ancient wisdom and modern exploration into the power of intention and energy. While scientific research continues to investigate its mechanisms and efficacy, the practice remains a testament to humanity’s enduring belief in the interconnectedness of all life and the potential for healing across distances. Whether through Reiki, Pranic healing, Qigong, or other modalities, distant healing offers a unique and holistic approach to health and well-being, bridging the gap between mind, body, and spirit.