We’ve all heard extraordinary stories about the capacity of the body to heal that leave western medical science perplexed. A terminally ill cancer patient whose tumor dissolved overnight, a quadraplegic who walks again with no explanation, and countless anecdotes of healers and shamans that produce results that seem to defy any modern scientific understanding.
Could consciousness be the missing key to a deeper understanding of these miraculous healings? If so, what role does consciousness play in healing? This is one of many questions that IONS scientists have been exploring over the past four decades. Using the tools of scientific research, many facets of the mind-body connection have been studied, including spontaneous remission, distant healing, placebo effects, meditation, and visualization.
As we move into the end of the year, we’ll be releasing exciting news on our most recent groundbreaking study, the Exceptional Healers Pilot Study but before we do that, we wanted to take a moment to peek back into our archives and share with you some of what we have already discovered on this fascinating topic.
From the Archive
Do Our Thoughts Have the Power to Heal?
Past President/ CEO Marilyn Schlitz and IONS Founder Edgar Mitchell explore the role of intention and healing and explain one of our past research studies.
One Minute Shift | True Healing
Insights into nonlocal healing with Larry Dossey.
The Unsolved Mystery of Healing
Distant Healing: Healing Mediated by Nonlocal Mind
Are fields adequate for explaining every kind of healing? Larry Dossey poses this intriguing question as he brings the concept of nonlocality into our discussion about fields.
Curious to learn more about a specific healing modality? Check out these short two-pagers on over 20 different healing modalities.
Spontaneous Remission Bibliography
IONS assembled the largest database of medically reported cases of spontaneous remission in the world, with more than 3,500 references from more than 800 journals in 20 different languages.
Dive Into the Research
Brows through these research papers on healing.
- Effects of Healing Intention on Cultured Cells and Truly Random Events
- Mind-Body Medicine and Immune System Outcomes: A Systematic Review
- Mind-body Interventions: Applications in Neurology
- Distant Healing of Surgical Wounds: An Exploratory Study
- Distant Healing Intention: Definitions and Evolving Guidelines for Laboratory Studies
We hope you’ve enjoyed this peek into the past as we move forward into an even deeper understanding of consciousness and its role in healing.