The Rogue Healer

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Intention and Intent – The Healers Mind


Intention and intent are the keys to all healing. No matter how many times I say it, I still won’t be able to emphasise it enough. If you can get the intent right, everything else will follow. If the intent is wrong, you’ll only ever be an average healer. Intention will transform your work, and transform your life. It is your route into another world.

Energy will always follow intention. In the world of Chinese energy arts, the link between intention and energy has been a given for over four thousand years. Qigong relies on the exercising of intention to direct internal energy around the body. Taiji, Bagua and Xing Yi are all based on the mind focusing energy, and leading it to where the practitioner needs it. Indeed, Xing Yi, an art I have studied through its energy aspects, translates as ‘Form-Intention Boxing’. At a high level, movement stops being conscious, directed by the brain and muscles, and becomes energetic, and instantaneous. Energy and intention are yin and yang, two parts of one whole. Master one, and you must master the other. You learn everything, or you’ll learn nothing. Intention is everything.

In his superb book, The Way of Qigong, Kenneth Cohen, a renowned Qigong master, discusses Yi Nian Zhi Liao, which translates as ‘Mind-Intent Healing’. In this process, the Qigong practitioner thinks of healing the patient, and the patient improves. It’s instantaneous, and does not depend on the proximity of the patient to the healer. Just the thought, or the intention, of the healer, is enough to produce a healing response. This is exactly the same process as I use to heal people from a distance, whether it’s a mile, or ten thousand miles, the intention is the same, and the result is the same. Cohen suggests that this process does not involve energy transfer, as it happens too quickly. He quotes the work of Dr Larry Dossey, who suggests we consider “the possibility of another, immeasurable correlate that does not behave like ‘energy’: consciousness itself”. I beg to differ, as we know energy exists purely as dynamic bundles of information, patterns endlessly repeating themselves, pure potential, and as such, no energy needs to be transferred. Information exchange is instant, as consciousness itself is energy, simultaneously a wave and a particle.  So I believe he is right to suggest consciousness is involved, but wrong to make a distinction between consciousness, energy and energy exchange. All are one.

“You are what your deepest desire is. 

As your desire is, so is your intention. 

As your intention is, so is your will. 

As your will is, so is your deed. 

As your deed is, so is your destiny.”

Principal Upanishads


So before we go any further, I think its appropriate to look closely at intent, and intention, and define exactly what we are talking about. As in my book Rogue Healer, I make no apologies in borrowing a definition from brilliant American healer and Qigong master, Michael Lomax.

INTENT: Non-linear, quantum-level event with no limitations. The mind is not involved. Requires energy to have manifestation. Instantaneous. High Level Qi projection with manifested healing is an example. 

INTENTION: Initiated by and monitored by mind. Linear, time involved with a finite limitation. Requires concentration to have manifestation. Visualisation is an example.

Lomax, Michael. A Light Warrior’s Guide to High Level Energy Healing (Medical Qigong and a Shaman’s Healing Vision)

So in intent and intention, we have two very similar words, with very similar meanings, yet apparently springing from different sources. Intention is quite a buzz word at the moment, but in many ways it’s the least powerful and easiest to understand of the two. It’s also the one you’ll have most connection with, on a daily basis. Start with intention and it will generate intent. But what does it mean ?

Intention comes from the mind, and as such, it is a transitory state, lasting for as long as the mind is able to focus on a specific task or goal. When you start a healing session, your intention should be clear. I am sure that’s very obvious. There is nothing too clever about forming a healing intention. But it needs to make sense to you, and reflect your understanding and eventual goal. Mine would probably be along the lines of;

 I intend to heal, to the very best of my ability, for the very highest and greatest good of the patient, without prejudice, ego or agenda, to bring about wholeness and integrity. 

Something of a mouthful, perhaps, but I think it generally sums up my intention, either spoken or unspoken, when I am going about my healing work. I don’t think about it every time I perform a healing session. I may not even think about it from one day to the next. I don’t need to. It’s clearly formed and it is focused. I know what I am doing, and I know what I want to happen. To make intention work for us, and not against us, it always requires focus. It insists we know what we are doing, and needs us to be clear about our goals and our methods of attaining those goals.

Every moment is a moment of intention. It must be, as our minds are constantly working, creating the world around us. Therefore every moment is a moment of creation too, since our intention is what forms the now. For most of us, this is an unconscious act, as we have lost the realisation that we can control and focus our intention, to create the world we want. You create your world, every second of every day. I create mine in the same way. Together, we create everything we see. It conforms to what we expect and what we desire. We get exactly what we create. Life is completely intentional.

Extract from Strong Medicine – The Handbook of Healing 

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The Genius and Compassion of Viktor Frankl


I was thinking about the amazing Viktor Frankl, and his incomparable book, Mans Search for Meaning. Frankl was an Austrian-born neurologist and psychiatrist, living in Vienna at the time of the Nazi takeover. Initially he was able to continue his work, but in 1944 he was sent, along with his family, to a concentration camp. Tragically, his wife, both parents and his brother were not to survive their incarceration. During his time there, as he fought for survival, he developed his theory on logotherapy and on his release, wrote his book, which has now been published into dozens of languages and has sold millions of copies. 

Frankl believed that, no matter how awful, how terrifying, how dehumanising, how painful and how tragic life may be, life continues to have meaning, so within that, suffering has meaning too. If we can find that meaning, we can come through anything. 

“If there is meaning in life at all, then there must be meaning in suffering.” 

“The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a humorous light is some kind of a trick learned while mastering the art of living” 

“Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’.” 

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way” 

During my ‘bad times’, I had the choice to react in any one of a million ways. The most obvious response was anger, fear or despair. But I knew that if I chose that route, I would become like my stalker, consumed with hate, venom, and ultmately fear and hopelessness. As long as I stayed true to myself and my ideals, I had won, even if ultimately I was to die. No matter what happened, as long as I kept smiling and held onto my compassion, I would be a winner to the end. 

Mans Search for Meaning is a book I recommend to everyone, as within its pages, there is true wisdom from which we can all learn, and gain meaning. We all have hard times in our lives, and often we can lose our faith in life, in ourselves and in our view of the world. At those times, its worth reaching for Frankl, and remembering his words;

“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” 

There is always meaning to life. There is always meaning in our lives. That can never be taken away. We always have a choice. We can always smile, no matter how bad things become. We have the choice. 

We can all be Viktor Frankl.