How does Distant Healing Work?

Humankind has always believed in healing at a distance. It is only in recent history that people have questioned its efficacy and have asked the question: How does distant healing work?

The short answer is: nobody knows. This might sound alarming at first because the human tendency is to demand to know before they can believe. However, the truth is that we do not know how many things in the Universe work. Just take physics: Quantum Physics still keeps physicists scratching their heads. They know that something is happening, but do not know how and what exactly.

Many people dismiss the fact that distant healing works. To be honest, when I was in medical school, I would have laughed at the thought that distant healing is possible.

To be skeptical at first when confronted with a new idea is understandable. The human condition is such that the mind needs to have a model of understanding that fits into its current view of the world. When the mind is confronted with a new concept or world view, and does not have a frame of reference, it often prematurely dismisses the idea at once.

Many studies have been done on distant healing and the question IF it works has already been answered (1), (2). Even though such studies have proven the validity of distant healing, this knowledge has not made it into the mainstream awareness.

Why is that? Because we lack a scientific understanding of HOW it works. This is due to the fact that in distant healing, consciousness plays the major part, and this is where the problem lies: We do not know what consciousness itself is, and that is why we have no idea how to explain the nature of distant healing.

Most scientists still believe that consciousness is completely local and is confined to specific points in space and time. They think it can be found “inside the brain”, but many studies have shown that consciousness is “non-local”, which means it is not defined to any particular space, and therefore can also not be found within the brain. Because consciousness is “non-local” it is also not confined to time, as space and time are bound together by the laws of physics.

However, there are a few things we know about how distant healing works:

In general, we can distinguish between 3 phases of healing:

Phase 1: The first phase involves the activities and intentions of the “healer”, where the individual puts himself into a type of meditative state. In this state, the boundaries between the Egoic mind and the world blurs. This state has been very well researched and there are measureable physiological changes involved, like changes in EEG patterns, MRI´s and PeT scan data, as well as immune modification and cardiovascular changes.

When I do distant healing, I experience this type of state as a union with “the universal mind”, or the “Universe”, or “all there is”.

Phase 2: This is the “non-local” phase in which distant healing takes place. We call this phase non-local, because in distant healing the healing effects are not bound to space. This means that the effects do not diminish with distance, so it does not matter how far the healer and the “healee” are separated by space.

Phase 3: This is the effect the healing has on the “healee”. Depending on the intentions and skills of the “healer”, the positive effects can be far reaching and range from healing of emotional issues to measurable physiological changes (Improvement of immune and cardiovascular function, etc.).

So far this makes sense, but the question remains: what exactly happens in the “non-local” phase in which the healing takes place?

To answer this question, let’s first understand what exactly a “non-local” event is: In layman´s terms, “Non-locality” literally means, “not local” and such an event is therefore not confinable to the here-and-now, or any specific points in space and time.

“Non-local” events have 3 characteristics in common:

They are unmediated, which means that there is no “signal” involved.

They are unmitigated: This means that the strength of the effect does not diminish with distance. The effects are the same within one inch as they are thousands of miles away. These distant effects are contrary to the laws of classical physics, in which the strength of a signal decreases inversely according to the square of the distance from the source.

They are immediate: This means that the effects take place immediately, with no gap in time. This is because no signal needs to travel from healer to “healee”, and therefore no travel time for the signal is necessary.

It is hard to understand and believe that no signal is involved in distant healing, but scientists have looked hard and have not found one. Experiments have also been done to shield healers from any outside signals, similar to a Faraday cage. The effects on the “healee” were identical, which contradicts that any type of electromagnetic energy is involved in distant healing. Therefore, any notions of “energy healing”, “vibrational healing” or “energy transmissions” are actually inaccurate terms.

If there is no signal involved, how could there be possibly any effect?

Physicists cannot describe the how, but they have demonstrated non-local effects in numerous experiments. For example, they have taken subatomic particles that once have been in contact and then they separated them over vast distances. What they saw was that if they changed one particle, the other particle instantaneously changed as well! It did not matter how big the separation of these particles was, nor did time seemed to play a role. The particles acted as if they were still connected, or said differently, never separated at all. Einstein famously called this “spooky action at a distance”. (3)

You can see that actions are involved in distant healing, which we can observe, but we still lack an understanding of the “how”. Thus, any attempts to understand distant healing through the still common (but outdated) mechanistic, or Newtonian model, will ultimately fail.

The Newtonian model experiences the world like a machine, which consists of various parts that have no connection to each other. In this model, everyone and everything is separate from each other. Because most people still believe in this model, they are not open to the fact that distant healing does work, as they try to understand it through the filter of an (incorrect) worldview.

Even though quantum physics gets a bit closer to understanding the phenomenon of distant healing, it still lacks a valid model through which the effects can be explained. This is another reason why many people, including medical doctors, are not willing to investigate, or even consider the possibilities. Our society demands to know, and as long as science cannot come up with a plausible theory that fits into our current model of thinking, the mainstream will not accept it.

This is unfortunate as even in medicine we do not know how most prescription drugs work. We pretend to know, because we have a theory or model of its working, but a model is just that: it only tries to explain the how. This does not necessarily mean that a model represents the truth.

So what if we need to look at why distant healing works, from a completely different perspective?

In my opinion and experience, we can only try to attempt to explain distant healing when we leave our egoic mind and turn to our spiritual mind. We cannot try to solve a mystery through the eyes of a separated mind and human, because in distant healing, the driving force is a certain state of consciousness.

That is why we need to bring a different state of consciousness into the equation: The type of consciousness that is actually utilized in distant healing, and this consciousness is all-encompassing. It is the consciousness that sees and perceives itself not as separate, but as inter-connected, or as one Being.

When we try to understand this idea, which will remain only an idea until one has fully experienced it, then the question of why distant healing works is much easier to answer: then we know that because we are one Being, there is no such thing as space and time. Then we know that we are all connected, and that one “speck of consciousness” can easily affect the other. In  reality, there is “no other”.

Or, as physicists Elizabeth A. Rauscher and Russell Targ say “...(distant healing) phenomena are not a result of an energetic transmission, but rather they are an interaction of our awareness with a non-local hyper-dimensional space-time in which we live.” (4)

We are at a time when the models that we have used to make sense for our world are no longer sufficient. This does not mean that we must completely throw them out. However, there must be room to let in the new. The fact is that remote healing has been shown to work. Now comes the fun part of understanding how and using its benefits to help humanity.

Much love,

PS: What do you think? I would love to hear your comments and insights.




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  1. Hi Dr. Katharina,
    I really enjoyed this article. While much of what you stated here were ideas I have discovered through my own healing journey, it has also pointed to parallel concepts I have not yet thought of. It is nice to come across healers who also have an intellectual grasp of healing work and the surrounding implications it has in society since I consider myself to be more of an intellectual type and naturally question the basic essence of ‘healing’. I’m going to check out the rest of your blog and consider contacting you for a medical intuitive session. Thanks again. This article was very insightful.

  2. Hi Jeremy,

    Thank you for your comment and I am glad you like my article.

    I would love to do a medical intuitive session with you and am looking forward to hearing from you when you are ready.


  3. I am new to this idea and have been intrigued, but cautiously skeptical (as many are it sounds like!) but now that I have been doing distance biofeedback, and learning how to be open to this… wow! I cried the first time I experienced distance healing as I felt such peace wash over me… this lifelong skeptic is a changed woman!
    Thank you for your description, the part about particles being separated but still reacting to each other explains this best to me. I have a soul mate in my life that lives hundreds of miles from me… and I have always known when this person was ill, struggling, in danger… I can only use quantum physics to describe it!

    1. Hi Jessica,

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience!
      I wrote the article with the intention to demystify distant healing as it is a new or even strange concept to many people.
      It`s wonderful to hear you got such great results. I guess that experiencing it for yourself is the best way to know this is real.

  4. Hi, the links don’t work. I’d be interested in reading those studies if you can post new links.

    Thanks. 🙂

  5. Hi,Katherina.Thats a great article.Like u say,most people live in the ‘newtonian’ world oudated(and ignorant to me)…so having someone like u, with a medical background etc,share they’re knowledge of distant healing,will hopefully help such people to open up they’re minds a bit more,…to not dismiss it as quakery.Its about time the world raised its consciousness…its essential if there is to be a future for humanity.
    On another note…I’d like to know what u think about ‘curses’,’hexes’ and negative thoughtforms with intention to harm.By the same token as healing…a person can harm another,at a distance.I know this is also v real…I am unfortunately a ‘victim’ of such ‘evil’ intentions…my health has been all but destroyed by it.(I have intuitive,psychic abilities and know this to be true,of my situation).I’d Iike to know what ur thoughts r on this..and also do u know any effective ways I can protect myself from such ‘negative, psychic attacks.’
    Sorry for bringing in a negative aspect to this beautiful phenomenon of distant healing,as it were,it’s only because I have been so badly affected by it.
    On a more positive note,I have recently received distant white light healing from Belinda Davidson(wonderful mystic woman in Australia)..and have felt the effects..v deep relaxation,connection to spirit,when I received the healing…and some improvements in my serious health issues.
    I am v grateful to have found you also,on my healing journey.

    1. Hi Claudia,
      Thank you for your comment.
      I think it is important for you to work on your belief systems. The more you believe you are vulnerable and you cannot protect yourself, the more harm can be done. Remember, it is all a function of your consciousness and you are also a powerful co-creator!

  6. I discovered to be a DISTANT HEALER and I use it many times for my friends. How you say I don’t know how it works but works. Kiss

  7. Dear Dr. Johnson,

    Thank you for your excellent article on distant / remote healing. I recently suffered with shingles and was in a lot of pain. I called on a dear old friend and healer that has helped me at different points in my life. He was in Israel and I live in NYC. He worked on me while I was sleeping and 5 thousand miles away. My pain from the shingles was completely eliminated in the morning when I woke. In addition to that I felt a lovely blissful peaceful feeling and more happy and relaxed than I have been in years. Even my twin 10 year old children commented on this!!

    I tell this story to friends and acquaintances and they all just believe that it’s coincidence or the power of suggestion. Which is frustrating. At the end of the day we are all traveling our paths in different ways and at a different pace. Sigh.. deep breath.

    All of this is to say that I came to your article to look for language that would help me explain remote healing to the average Joe and I really appreciate your simple explanation backed up with research. It’s a hard topic to tackle and you did an excellent job.

    all the best- Shawn

    1. Thanks Shawn for sharing your experience with us and I am happy to hear you found the article helpful.

  8. Hi Katharina,

    I recently begun practicing a spiritual healing technique called Tesla Metamorphosis, and want to gain somewhat of an understanding of how distant healing works in order to answer questions clients might have about it. I was really happy to hear your explanation of it, how we are all a “speck of consciousness” in the one universal mind. This is how I also have been thinking about it. I picture the myriad of individually portioned minds of people on earth, with one mass universal mind hovering above them – being our shared higher state. I imagine one person (the “healer”) holding an image of another person (the recipient) in their awareness. I imagine a connection occurring, somewhat like tuning into a radio station, in which higher vibrations of the combined healing intention, meet in the universal mind, and “zap”…the healing mechanism in the recipients’ body is triggered. 🙂

    Thank you for your article.


    1. Thanks so much Tracy for your comment, I am glad you found the article useful. Wishing you the best for your healing work!

  9. Hello Katharina! I was searching online for information about distant healing. I am a bodyworker using a specific soft touch on precise points on soft tissue of the body (a bit like osteopathy). And I often have done distant sessions for family. I found your article super interesting and very informative and I found your explanations and insights very valuable. Thank you!
    Personally, when I do distant sessions, I connect to myself, my energy and to the person (I have to know them and their body to visualise everything using all my senses except touch), and then I ‘treat’ them in my mind, visualising everything, absolutely everything, with my senses, as I was ‘there’. It works every time. If I had to connect to some energy field, I would not know how to do this, but using my inner senses and power of my mind and visualisation to ‘see’ and ‘feel’ and ‘sense’ their body, I know exactly where to place my hands to perform the manoeuvres. I am a strong believer in quantum physics as well, and since studying Dr Joe Dispenza’s work, I am an even stronger believer in intention + awareness + visualising/Sensing to heal others. At least, that works for me!

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  11. Dear Dr. Johnson

    I would like to thank you for sharing these valuable knowledge with us. I was googling and the universe brought you to me 🙂 Your story is very inspiring! Thank you.

    I would like to learn more about “Many studies have been done on distant healing and the question IF it works has already been answered (1), (2).” When I click the link for references (1) and (2), I could not reach the articles.
    I am going to write an essay about “distant healing” in my intagram account for the people in my country. “energy healing” is a new consept for them, yet “distant healing” does not make sense for most of them. So some scientific findings would be really helpfull for me.

    Thank you for your time and interest

    PS: This is me. I have very recently build this website and decided to share my healing journey with people. Wish me luck, I hope I can reach many people like you do.

    1. Hello,
      I just checked the links and it seems like IONS has removed the pdfs that explained their research on distant healing. I suggest you keep searching their site as I could not find the documents anymore.
      Wishing you the very best and sending blessings,

  12. One thing I know is it’s better when the person you are trying g to heal is asleep The body is more receptive.

  13. could I share your post on my website? it’s the most accessible I found to explain distant healing to my clients. thank you, Reina

    1. Hi Reina,

      Thank you for your message. Yes, please feel free to share my article on your site but please provide a reference with a link to my site.

  14. Our physical bodies channel and focus conciousnress but the conciousness comes from another place.In the same way the components of a radio convey music or a human voice but these things do not form part of the radio.

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