So how and where did spiritual healing originate? Well, from the ancient culture to even the modern times, this healing art has been a part of the culture. Spiritual healing finds its roots deep into ancient history right from the first priest physicians of ancient Greece and Egypt such as Imhotep, Hippocrates and Asclepious the father of medicine, healing and spirituality has been entangled.

Some of the ancient cultures often regarded disease and illness as something related to spiritual nature. Therefore it was considered supernatural and was also feared. In the ancient Egypt some early medical practitioners were the priest-physicians who received their training from the temples and also learned from the scholars in the temples. During the ancient times, the three salvations against death, disease and illness were magic, medicine and religion.

Ethics to medicine origin

Around 400 B.C. in ancient Greece, Hippocrates introduced some standards into medical practice which are used even today. He practiced a holistic approach in treating the whole patient and not just a specific disorder. He also stated that an accurate approach to knowing and treating includes a careful observation of nature, life and its natural healing process. Moreover he also brought ethics and honor into the medical practice.

Spiritual and secular

The Romans brought along a separation between secular medicine and spiritual healing. Medicines had become business while spiritual values were usually left behind. However during 160 A.D. during Roman times, most of the Greek doctors flocked to Rome and even Galen who believed in Hippocratic method.

Biblical healing

There are several references of healing that can be found in both the Old and the New Testaments and specially laying on of hands. Jesus in the New Testament is considered to be one of the greatest spiritual healers in history as in his ministry, he cured both spiritual and physical illnesses that included lameness, blindness, insanity and deafness.

However during late middle ages, a Swiss physician Paracelsus became prominently known for his works. He believed in learning from his own experience. Therefore through his efforts to find better ways to ease pain, he rediscovered ether. He is considered to have made a ground-breaking contribution to the rebirth of medicine. He studied the nature and applied his experience and observations to specific illnesses, preferring experimentation and thinking over mistaken old theories.

Modern healing

The fame of Friedrich Anton Mesmer came about during the 18th century as he put forth the theory of animal magnetism. This had earned him mass public interest but it also included ridicule and controversy. However during the modern times, there have been several spiritual healers practicing different methods including mind body connection and guided imagery. Spiritual healing over the years has started gaining popularity and concern due to its evident results. There are several practitioners today following the art of this ancient healing method. Today, there are also several websites on the internet that speak about and teach spiritual healing. You can as well learn some methods of healing spiritually from these online websites.

Author's Bio: 

Jill Magso is a member of the Silva Team and contributes to spreading enlightened ideas and sharing teachings about meditation practices. The Silva Method encompasses a variety of powerful exercises that take you deep into Alpha and Theta levels of the mind so that you can work within your subconscious as well as your conscious mind.