13th November 2018 


DHN Healing Articles #01

This is an occasional series in which members and speakers describe their work and their interests. As you will see they cover a wide range of activities. Please scroll down the page to see a selection.

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Healing with animals
Presented by Lucy Lofting

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Lucy Lofting, an experienced Healer and Reiki Master, recently chose to progress from 18 years of working with cancer patients to a new venture as an animal healer. Her work focussed our attention on some of the emotional issues animals in care face, when their owners have died or can no longer care for them, thus breaking the close bond formed with the animal. She also works with physical conditions of dogs and cats and her talk was supported by some engaging photos of animals in the eight case studies presented, both from her work at a rehoming centre and elsewhere.

The talk started with a review of the healing process in general and how the flow of healing energy can aid recovery after surgery as well as repair weaker or blocked energy chakras, which may well be precursors of more significant pathology. Then we were reminded of how Healing as a therapy for humans, has become more main stream and is now widely accepted in NHS hospitals and GP’s surgeries. This is supported by the number of reputable studies demonstrating efficacy, low cost and virtual absence of side effects, along with popularity with patients offered integrated medicine options.

With a background in zoology and a research degree in psychology, moving on to animal work seemed the obvious step for Lucy, who started by gaining the support of Chris Laurence the chief veterinary director at Dogs Trust HQ. She is now working on a voluntary basis at the Dogs Trust Harefield rehoming centre under direction of the local management team, offering weekly healing sessions to a variety of the 150 dogs on site. These include the ‘elderly and creaky’, those who are recovering from trauma and many who are just stressed or feeling depressed whilst they await a new home. Her work has helped her to gain greater understanding of the emotional components of bereavement in animals and how to help them to embrace life again, with the hope that they will then be more attractive to those looking to adopt. Physical comfort is also gained by dogs with chronic aches and pains such as arthritic hips or tremors of old age.

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Above is a picture of Nancy the bulldog after her healing session. The following behaviours are typical of animals when they receive healing. They:

  • become relaxed and sleepy
  • often lie down, eyelids heavy
  • may look around to see where the tingling is coming from
  • may yawn or give a jerk when blocked energy moves
  • often give a good shake when something has changed or roll on their backs to express freedom
  • usually drink water after the session
  • quite often say ‘thank you’ to healer (in a doggy way!)

Lucy explained how to work on the animal chakras and what is usually observed when an animal is having healing and how the process differs from working with humans (see Nancy the bulldog above). She moved on to how to train for animal work, which has strict legislation under the Animal Welfare Act as animals clearly cannot give verbal or written consent. A vet must be aware and consent to an animal being given healing which is never an alternative to veterinary treatment for physical conditions.

Lucy concluded by acknowledging the wonderful opportunity the Dogs Trust have given her and recommended some books on animal healing, many of which has been recently reviewed in Healing Today magazine.

The richly illustrated case histories of both cats and dogs, certainly provoked much thought about the emotional side of animal/ human relationships and inter-animal friendships as part of their wellbeing and the talk was well received by all present with much participation.

Zero Balancing
by Sarah Stewart-Brown

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I was introduced to Zero Balancing by an acupuncturist friend and it bowled me over. I had been receiving acupuncture for some time and had had experience of osteopathy, shiatsu and massage. I had felt the unequivocal effects of all of these, but nothing had led me to expect what happened in my first few Zero Balancing sessions.

Zero Balancing was developed in the latter part of the last century by Fritz Smith, a medical osteopath who is also trained in acupuncture. It combines the structural insights and ways of working of the former with the acupuncturists’ understanding of and connection with the body’s energy system.

The client lies fully clothed, supine, on a couch and the practitioner focuses their attention on the energetic experience of the foundation and semi foundation joints. Practitioners evaluate key joints and put in fulcrums which invite the body to let go of past traumas and tensions and reorganise itself in healthier pattern. Sessions take from 20-40 minutes and may run through the standard protocol or combine this with additional fulcrums. The body work is usually conducted in silence, but at the beginning of the session the practitioner invites the client to talk about why they have come and what they would like from the session and at the end to put into words how they feel. The practitioner may help the client ‘frame’ the session from the initial discussion and frames can reflect the spectrum of body, mind or spiritual development depending on where the client is at the time.

Many of the principles of Zero Balancing -
  • the quality of the listening and focus on the client
  • working with intuition
  • letting hands lead
  • non-diagnostic approach
  • highest positive regard for the client and their journey
  • and non-attachment to outcome

are common to many energy medicine and body work practices.

Zero Balancing also espouses a couple of other principles which are different: the practitioner aims to engage the client’s energy and structure in way which feels profoundly safe for the client, making a connection from their bone to the client’s bone, disconnecting after each fulcrum and pausing as appropriate.

Quite a short time into my first session I was in a profoundly altered state, experiencing a sense of peace and tranquillity that I had never known before. When I got up off the couch my body felt refreshed and reorganised in a way that I had not experienced before. Subsequently, I have had the experience of isolated fulcrums tapping into deeply held grief and bringing me to a very tearful state; other fulcrums have returned me to reliving the powerlessness and distress of an oft thwarted child. Within a full session when these emotions arise they move through the body and are released, leaving it more open, less constrained. Needless to say bodies tend to work better after such treatment and the emotional releases lift mind and spirit.

I was so impressed with this practice that I joined the certification programme and have had a delightful time acquiring my certificate. The training is well organised. It is based on short courses, review days and practice under the supervision of a mentor. The zero Balancing association is entirely welcoming and a joy to be part of. The practice is refreshing and rejuvenating in a way no other work has been for me.

So now I have joined the Teacher Programme, hoping to acquire the skills to pass on this wonderful practice to colleagues. Together with one of my mentors – a very experienced teacher and trainer - I am running my first course here in Oxford in November. Should you be looking for inspiration and wanting to develop new skills to help both yourself and your patients do come.

Sarah Stewart-Brown

For details of Sarah's course and booking form, please click click here

For more information on Zero Balancing please click here to go to the Zero Balancing UK Association

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Quantum Touch® - The Power to Heal
by Mervyn S Foster

Please click here to see a
video about Quantum Touch

Quantum physics shows that everything in our physical world is actually formed from energy which is constantly flowing. This energy could be likened to electricity or radio signals. We may see our bodies as being solid and made up of blood and tissue and bone but every part of our bodies is actually energy vibrating and flowing in streams and there is more energy permeating and surrounding what we see as our bodies. This is usually known as the aura, auric field, or simply the Field and it has no ending.

Energy in different forms vibrates at a different frequency. The energy that makes up a rock vibrates slowly, which is the reason the rock looks and feels solid. The energy that makes up a delicate flower vibrates much faster. Energies that vibrate on the same frequency are in resonance with each other and easily absorb each other's energy.

DHN Healing Articles #06More than this, every cell in our body has its own innate intelligence. Wellbeing is the natural state in which each cell is always striving to maintain itself or reach when it has been shut off from that natural state. A higher vibration is always dominant to a lower vibration but what is thrumming on a low vibration needs to have some way of connecting to that higher vibration in order to benefit.

Quantum-Touch® is simply utilising life-force energy to raise the vibration of a sick person or animal to the vibrational rate of wellbeing and the innate healing ability of each cell does the rest of the work.

Anyone (including children) can learn to do Quantum-Touch®. The book, "Quantum-Touch® The Power to Heal", by Richard Gordon, describes how to access life-force energy and direct it to a person, animal, plant, food, water, etc., either with physical contact or at a distance. It can be used for self healing as well as for helping others to heal. Also available world-wide are Live Basic workshops taught by Certified Quantum-Touch instructors, as well and video and DVD materials for home study. Visit the website at www.quantumtouch.com for workshop locations near you.


In nature, when two systems vibrate at different frequencies, there is a tendency for the two vibrations to align when in close proximity to each other. This is most often referred to as the process of resonance and entrainment. When you play a note on the piano, the guitar string across the room may begin to vibrate to that sound. Biological entrainment occurs when fire flies all blink in unison, frogs croak and crickets crick together.

Now, either the lower frequency will come up to match the higher frequency, the higher one may come down to match the lower one, or the two may come together somewhere in the middle. We can even experience this process when we are in a room with someone who is happier, or less happy than ourselves. There is a tendency for one person to bring the other up or down.

Resonance and entrainment also take place in the healing process. When a practitioner learns to raise his or her vibration, he or she can create a high level of energy. If that field is placed around an area of pain, stress, inflammation or disease, that part of the body will entrain to the energy of the practitioner causing something amazing to occur. This something special is called accelerated healing.


The energy will often stop pain and cause inflammation to be dramatically reduced; it can balance organs, glands and tissues of the body. Bones often move back into alignment as well. Since it is always the body healing itself, the body will use this energy in whatever way it decides. Life-force energy even has a remarkable effect on psychological states.

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Quantum-Touch is a dynamic and highly-effective energy healing technique. The practitioner will focus and amplify life-force energy, which is often referred as ‘Ki’, ‘Chi’ or ‘Prana’ in other cultures and healing techniques. This is accomplished by combining various breathing and body awareness exercises. When the practitioner holds a high vibrational field of life-force energy around the affected area of the client’s body, the client will naturally match the vibration of the practitioner (through a process of resonance and entrainment), allowing the client’s own biological intelligence to do whatever healing it deems necessary.


More and more people are being drawn to healing work every day for a number of reasons. It could be that they want help for themselves or perhaps they want to help others in need or possibly they desire a greater understanding of the process. And although there are some very complex healing systems out there, this is not one of them. We have found this work to be simple, straightforward and effective.

The body has an extraordinary intelligence and ability to heal itself and will do so when given the right energetic, emotional and nutritional environment. We don’t have to be able to diagnose health problems. We don’t have to know anatomy and physiology. Thankfully, that wisdom lies in the innate intelligence of the person receiving the help. Some common reasons why people seek Quantum-Touch are – Neck, Back, Shoulder, Leg and/or Arm Pain – Pinched/Trapped nerves – Spinal Misalignments – Muscle Sprains/Pain – Joint Pain – Hip Pain – Scoliosis. As well as relief from Emotional Pain or just seeking Wellness, many have used Quantum-Touch to head off colds and flu, quickly healed cuts and burns and have experienced fast relief from issues from headaches and foot problems. In addition, using Quantum-Touch to help sick animals has been very effective.


I offer individual healing sessions at the St Ives Complementary Health Centre, St Ives, Cambridgeshire or we can discuss Distance Healing, I run the Advanced instructor for the UK, Ireland and Europe and teach Supercharge and Core Transformation workshops throughout Europe.

If you want to develop your healing abilities, there are several ways to do it:

1. Read Richard Gordon’s book which has all the information that you need to find out about this healing modality. Click here for more details.

2. Also there is a Video Tape or DVD, taught by Richard Gordon which you can purchase by yourself and do it at home, which has the advantage of repetition. Click here for more info.

3. Attend a 2-day workshop which covers the same material, with the advantage of practice time and feedback opportunities, and is one of the requirements to become a practitioner.

4. Books, DVDs and more details on how to train in Quantum Touch Healing can be found by clicking here.

Mervyn S Foster is a Certified Quantum Touch® Advanced Instructor and Practitioner.

More details can be found on his site by clicking here or you can contacted him on 01480 878111 or at mervyn@quantumtouch.com to ask about Workshops or Healing.

The main Quantum Touch site has more information. Click here to go to the website.

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Spiritual Healing in the Scottish Borders
by Christina Mark

The Healing Group in the Scottish Borders began in 2000 in Hawick in the sitting room of a registered NFSH Healing Practitioner, Christina Mark. A group of people began to meet every six weeks to explore issues relating to energy and health and to practice healing, first on each other and then with friends whom they invited to the sessions. Christina showed everyone how to work with energy according to the NFSH guidelines and, encouraged by them, became a registered Tutor in 2003.

She then approached the Education Centre of the Borders General Hospital and asked if Foundation Courses in Healing could be delivered there, given that their essential aim was the promotion of Health. This was agreed to and courses began in 2003. They have been delivered there regularly for the last six years.

Christina teaching on the Foundation Course

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Christina is now also offering one day workshops on Meridians and their associated Anatomy and Physiology. Her studies of meridians have led her to believe that they are not only the connecting links between the chakras and the physical organs of the body, but also provide an understanding which can act as a bridge between eastern and western approaches to medicine. Seemingly disparate symptoms begin not only to relate to one and other through their paired channels of energy, but also reveal deeper insights into why illnesses occur, whether physical or psychological, since a knowledge of meridians addresses both aspects of health care. Having completed 7 trial workshops relating to the 7 pairs of meridians Christina plans to advertise these courses on the Hospital Intranet, so that the staff can have the opportunity to participate in them. They are accredited by the NFSH as continuing professional development courses.

The Healing Group moved to the Chaplaincy Centre of the Borders General Hospital in 2004.

Christina explains: ‘Although the way we work is different our intention is the same as that of the medical staff, in that we seek the well-being of our patients and the best way to encourage it. We offer a service to people which aims to address these needs in a holistic context. I began to feel that the most appropriate place for us to be located was in the environment of the local hospital which serves a scattered rural community from a central location. I was very pleased to be given permission to use the facilities in the Chaplaincy Centre on a regular basis.

For the last five years we have been offering healing sessions to the general public on the first Saturday of every month. The number of patients attending these sessions has varied between 10 and 30. If time allows we also focus on training and clarifying any issues which have arisen for practitioners or patients. If problems occur we look at them very carefully to see what we can learn from them as well as how best to resolve them. I believe that a united group comes about through respecting differences of opinion and valuing the unique perspective of each member.

Last year we were encouraged by one of the hospital staff to offer healing to those working in the hospital. We now we have sessions for them on the last Wednesday of every month. The number of people attending is gradually increasing and the feedback from them is very encouraging including one comment which was: ‘This should be compulsory.

We are also preparing a proposal to put before the Hospital Management to offer healing on the wards. If this is accepted the staff healing sessions will also be helpful in allowing them to experience healing so that they can be confident in recommending it to their patients.

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Christina Mark

We also offer a home visiting service for patients who do not feel well enough to travel to the Chaplaincy Centre, or for people who want to continue their treatments in private with a specific practitioner.

All our services are free, but we do accept any donations and should the work increase we will look at possible sources of funding.

Our aim in all our work is to be creative within the guidelines of the NFSH Code of Conduct, both in our approach to healing and health care and in the organisation of the group. In addition to a flexibility of approach It is vital for a group to have operating structures and protocols to which all the members have agreed. We adapt to needs as they arise so that we can find the best practice, whether it relates to conforming to an NHS setting, preparing for healing work, maintaining the purity and simplicity of the healing act or respecting our relationships with one another and with our patients.

There are over a dozen practitioners who offer their services on a regular basis with great willingness and generosity. Seven of these are fully registered and the others are preparing for their full healer membership with the NFSH. Three of the members have worked to-gether for the last 8 years since the forming of the group in Christina’s sitting room. They are: Carol Beveridge, who was already a registered healer and Gwen Croan and Jools Grieve who have now become fully registered. The other practitioners in the group are: Liz Anderson, Graham Dalgleish, Lesley Graham, Bernie Gunn, Corrine Johnston, Fiona Moffatt, Cathy Moran, Susan Ramage, Sheila Taylor, David Tighe and Tina Wightman.

'I believe that healing work can support every therapy, as well as standing on its own as a means of raising physical, psychological and spiritual awareness and well being. It needs to be supported by an accredited training programme and a code of conduct which is compatible with other health care organisations so that it can be offered in a professional context, widening and enhancing choices for patients.’
Christina Mark April 2009
Photographs: David Tighe

Some thoughts from Practitioners on working in the Healing Group:

‘Working with the group has helped me immensely. What we have in the Borders is an ideal situation for probationers. The whole training experience is reinforced through the regular monthly sessions and by having contact with the other healing practitioners. It’s a safe environment to learn about this work.’

‘We are growing as a group rather than just as individuals so that we can share what we learn and help each other.’

‘Discovering healing energy changed my life profoundly.’

‘As one of the founder members of the Healing Group I would like to say what a joy and privilege it has been to be a part of this growing venture.’

And some words from a patient:

'I have been attending the Healing Group for a long time now. I have had ongoing medical problems for many years and it was my hairdresser, a member of the group, who encouraged me to attend. I do not fully understand ‘the workings’ of actual healing but I can say that when I come out from a session I do feel better in myself. Many a time I have received a text at home or at work from my healing practitioner when I am feeling low which keeps me going. It must be some sort of telepathy because this can happen late at night too.

On the other hand when I feel ill or worried I ask for extra healing and it is given without question. I sit at my computer at work many a time with tears in my eyes for no reason or because I am just not feeling at all well but I know that there is a group of dedicated people who are there at regular sessions for people like me. I am glad that the sessions for staff have been put in place, as sometimes I cannot make a Saturday and I hope the staff do use it, as it is a chance to be with people who are like me and to know that we are not alone.

I hope the group goes from strength to strength in the future.'

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Christina has recently published 'Energy Healing
A Practical Workbook' click here for details.

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Healing at the Mustard Tree MacMillan Centre,
Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, Devon
by Jenny Bourne

To read Jenny's article, please click on the icon below.

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A Comparison of Healers' Working Environments
by Saima D'Adam

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