Healing in the “name of science” or in the “name of God”?
Healers are present in many cultures in many different expressions and manifestations.
The healer profession looks back on an age old cross-cultural and inter-religious development.
The cultural environment of the “Western world” deals with “spiritual healing” in varied ways.
A very interesting case hereto became public in the late 1920s in Southern Germany with the “Lahrer Clairvoyant Lawsuit”:
“Clairvoyants and healers – or just crooks?”
Badische Zeitung, 1st October 2014.
In 1927 two healer brothers stood trial in the so-called “Lahrer clairvoyant Lawsuit”, because a lady suffering from a kidney disease had let herself be treated from a distance and sued because of “fraud”.
16 cases of clairvoyant ailment diagnosis were testified under oath during the course of this case. The controversial lawsuit was passed on to the Higher Regional Court, which didn’t pass a verdict.
The lawsuit was closed.
In the field of “spiritual healing” science has a great potential for development and especially a great need for “catching up”. Western universities are slowly starting to include the professional fields of spiritual healing into their research programmes. For example, for a few years now the University Clinic of Freiburg is studying the effects of meditation and is conducting complementary medical evaluation research. Sound science is characterized by openness and transparency – a heartfelt thank you for those initiatives!
The legal situation in Germany is “open” to interpretation. Healers hardly have any legal certainty – although they are able to call themselves healers since the Federal Constitutional Court verdict in 2004, they continue to work in a legal grey area, in which courts decide on an individual basis, on what is “legal”:
“Kinesiology: Advertisement must point out scientific doubts”
Deutsches Ärzteblatt, edition no. 38, 19.09.2014
“In the case of someone advertising with unproven effects of a controversial treatment method and not mentioning the opposing view in the advertisement, it is regarded as a misleading advertisement of medications.”
This was decided by a Higher Regional Court, which sentenced a kinesiology therapist on the grounds of his statement on the internet: ““…would in gentle ways activate the self healing powers…“.
Independent to the socio-political circumstances, the profession as a healer was always practised (“wart curer”, “herbalist”,…) Healers live their calling!
In 2013 a quantum leap was achieved in Italy: A state law, which legalises all “free professions”, which aren’t organised by the chamber system (doctors, lawyers, etc.). This means, that every citizen is allowed to develop and practice a profession as an occupation, as long as the legal parameters are complied with. This is a democratic fundamental right, which has found a real expression through the state law. A very insightful video thereto can be found on Youtube in Italian: Convegno Olis Festival 10.2.2013 – Le Discipline Bio Naturali: La grande svolta. In this area Italy is more advanced than Germany – remarkable!
Now, who works “scientifically”: the doctor, the healer, or the mother who feels intuitively what is the best for her child,…? Which criterion counts, to be scientific? The people affected, sick people or clients are convinced by results and have one simple formula:
“He who heals is right!”
Result-orientated action corresponds also to the principle of a democratic market economy, wherein the market participants decide over supply and demand themselves.
Such a simple approach causes a sensation!
During the 80s and 90s the Italian professor and doctor Dr. Luigi Di Bella vehemently campaigned for the free choice of treatments. Dr. Luigi Di Bella conceded his patients self-competence and self-responsibility and offered them the possibility to decide to which healing method they wanted to entrust themselves. Because: Everyone has to recognise for himself what feels good and which healing path is the right one for him! Dr. Luigi Di Bella was highly debated due to his “unconventional approach”. (Which is the same reason he is loved by so many!)
EU-Guideline “European Qualifications Framework -EQF”
The European Union takes into account the new developments of our society and supports approaches, in which “callings become professions”. Within the guideline “European Qualifications Framework -EQF”, the different types of professionalism are arranged according to an eight step grid, to support and simplify mobility within the EU.
In simple words this means: If I have been able to earn a living through my “healing work” in one European country, I must also be able to do the same in every other European country.
Free exercise of profession is a fundamental right, as long as the legal parameters (business registration, tax law,…) and specific areas of competences are complied with. This means, a profession does not need to be approved by the authorities, in order for its practice to be legal!
At present, the practice of the healer profession is still handled very inconsistently throughout the individual EU states and it will probably still take a few years until the EU guideline is implemented in a conclusive manner.
This EU guideline is a great chance to allow healers to work in legal certainty throughout the EU in the future.
The different healing methods like conventional medicine, natural medicine and spiritual healing (“energy medicine”) are all welcome in a holistic health policy. Well-being and health have priority – in the “name of science” and in the “name of God”!
The open and respectful collaboration between the different professional fields will lead to a great leap in quality over the next years.
I am wishing you lots of joy in your healing work!
Suggestion-Legal adviser: In recent years we had good experiences with Dr. Annette Oberhauser’s solicitor’s office (Nuremberg), who specialised in the field of health legislation.