Spontaneous remission or spontaneous regression are both synonyms for spontaneous healing. Regardless of the term used the definition is the unexpected improvement or complete
cure of disease without normal (e.g. mainstream) medical intervention. It may also happen by unorthodox or other
unconventional means such as prayer, energy medicine or remote healing.
This type of healing is not given much credibility by the mainstream medical establishment. Many doctors don't believe in the phenomenon
(e.g. they were never exposed to it in medical school) and consequently they try to discourage people from holding
onto what they consider to be false hope and / or believing in false cures. The standard answer the medical establishment gives to spontaneous healings
is that there must have been a misdiagnosis or, if any treatment was given (even if known to be ineffective), they attribute this treatment
to be the cause of the cure.
However the evidence continues to mount (reference Brendon O’Regan et al at
The Institute of Noetic Sciences
study on spontaneous remission). IONS maintains a database includes case studies of spontaneous remissions from
a wide range of “incurable,” “chronic,” or “terminal” illnesses, including stage 4 cancers, HIV, cardiovascular illnesses, and the common metabolic syndrome including diabetes, hypertension, obesity and certain autoimmune diseases.
These and other recent studies that suggest spontaneous healing happens much more often than mainstream literature suggests.
A common ingredient in many spontaneous healings is a shared belief on the part of the patient, and another person such
as a healer, a clergy member, or, in some cases, a trusted physician, that the patient can be cured. The beliefs
of the patient in the ability of these trusted “authority figures” may be much more important than their actual healing abilities.
The so-called placebo response is a perfect example of spontaneous healing because of the belief system carried by the patient
in their ability to heal themselves. So is the nocebo effect such as voodoo spells or curses which have the opposite
outcome on body health. No one knows for sure what is responsible for the remission or regression with the placebo
response (or the nocebo) but clearly the mind / body connection (beliefs directly affecting the physical body) is involved.
It is generally believed that spontaneous healings occur in one of the following ways:
Faith Based Healings – People who heal themselves often have faith in a power or capability that is much greater than themselves.
They may call this power by various names such as prayer, faith healing or something similar. When this power is invoked, these people believe that
they are connected to an extremely powerful intelligence (God, the Creative Intelligence, Nature, etc.)
of infinite loving and healing abilities and let this intelligence interact with their body / mind / spirit, they will be healed. Numerious verified and sometimes anecdotal stories indicate that they often are.
Is it the belief in or the actual connection to this higher intelligence that is responsible for the cure?
The Mind / Body Connection – Many people believe that the mind (our thoughts) plays a key role in the development of disease.
To reverse the disease process, they must reverse or eliminate destructive thoughts.
By changing negative thoughts to positive ones, they believe that the mind is able to influence the body.
In fact a newly established branch of medicine called Psycho-Neuro-Immunology (PNI) has sprung up to investigate this process.
PNI is defined as the study of the interaction between psychological processes and the nervous and immune systems
of the human body.
One famous case of the mind / body connection is illustrated by the experience of Norman Cousins who had a rare disease of the connective tissue and was given a 1 in 500
chance of survival. He did three things to cure himself:
- He fired his doctor, stopped his treatment and left the hospital and went to a hotel
- He found that the medicines given in the hospital were depleting his stores of vitamin C so he took massive doses
of the vitamin from a doctor who was sympathetic to his home grown treatment.
- He got a movie projector and a pile of comic TV shows (Marx Brothers and Candid Camera) and watched them for
several days while locked in the hotel room. Even though he was in pain he laughed at the videos with a
continuous belly laugh the entire time. The end results was that he died 26 years later, years after his
original doctors had predicted
One rational for his remarkable recovery is that as, science has shown, every thought is associated with the release of many
hormones in the brain and throughout the body. An unhealthy thought releases unhealthy hormones (e.g. the stress response).
Positive thoughts release hormones stimulate healing or strengthen its immune system which, in-turn cured him.
In other words psychology affects physiology (and also works in the opposite direction).
- Meaning / Purpose and Cognitive Dissonance – When people find meaning and purpose in their lives,
incredible healing transformations can occur. These meanings and purpose can be something as simple as caring for a pet or as noble
as helping complete strangers who are facing desperate situations. It can also be caused by experiencing
the cognitive dissonance that may occur when facing some type of transformative experience (like a Near Death Experiences
– NDEs, or Out-of-Body Experiences – OBEs, UFO encounters, etc.). These experiencers are so shocked by a new perception and understanding of reality that astonishing healing transformations can occur and these people can suddenly find themselves in
complete remission from their illness. Well documented examples include:
Anita Moorjani author of e. In this case she was cured of stage 4 Hodgkin’s lymphoma after an NDE).
Similarly Dr. Eben Alexander III, neurosurgeon, author of Proof of Heaven, and Eternea’s Chief Science Officer
whose prognoses was a vegetative state if he survived from his severe bout of bacterial meningitis of the brain,
fully recovered after awakening from his coma (and concurrent NDE).
Similar healings are reported to have occurred with other unusual encounters like UFO abductions. Could these also be another manifestation of this healing phenomena? If so, does it matter if these events are real or not but instead just depend on the perceptions and interpretations of the persons having them?
Moving Conscious Awareness Aside
– Some spontaneous healings (and other feats demonstrating
extraordinary abilities) occur when people are so engrossed in an activity that ordinary (waking) consciousness
gets pushed aside and they lose track of ordinary awareness. This is similiar to athletes who describe their best
performances when they are not concentrating on the task at hand (hitting the ball, aiming at the target, etc.)
and, instead, operate from “in the zone” (e.g. are not using their conscious awareness).
Is it possible that focused awareness (e.g. rapt attention) on an engrossing activity actually distracts the conscious mind such that the immunological (or extraordinary) processes of the body can be mobilized (by the subconscious mind)
to promote healing? Does this mean that the ordinary consciousness we experience is nothing but a reducing valve
that protects our consciousness from experiencing a larger and more powerful reality even at the expense of our own health?
- Non-local Healing – In
survival of consciousness
we present a case for non-local consciousness and the ways it may manifest. Growing evidence suggests that consciousness
extends beyond the physical brain non-locally (beyond time and space) as a field of information and that
this field influences and interacts with external physical matter / energy beyond the body.
Consequently it can have a direct bearing on remote healing. Non-local consciousness is one
of the major research areas of Eternea where we seek to add to the evidence for this
phenomenon and to understand its underlying mechanisms. For more information see
There is no doubt that a very complex healing processes exists within and beyond the body / mind system.
If you add to this the mounting evidence that our consciousness is non-local and can be affected and
influenced by other non-local consciousness (e.g. via remote healings, prayer, intentionality, etc.)
This system, when allowed to work non-locally and also unencumbered by limited beliefs or restricting
thoughts of ordinary consciousness can initiate repairs to wounds, heals tissues, organs and even organ
systems of the body. It can correct imbalances that have crept into the body system that, if otherwise uncorrected,
could result in cancers, cardiovascular illnesses, dementia, diabetes or many other debilitating diseases or even
death or accomplish feats of extraordinary achievement.
For more information click on the following:
Survival of Consciousness
Mediumship Case Study
Spiritually Transformative Experiences
Check out additional references
on our Recommended Readings page
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