“Healing, to deserve the name, requires either faith in the patient, or robust health united with a strong will, in the operator. With expectancy supplemented by faith, one can cure himself of almost any morbific condition.
The tomb of a saint; a holy relic; a talisman; a bit of paper or a garment that has been handled by the supposed healer; a nostrum; a penance, or a ceremonial; the laying on of hands, or a few words impressively pronounced – either will do it. It is a question of temperament, imagination, self-cure.
In thousands of instances, the doctor, the priest, or the relic has had credit for healings that were solely and simply due to the patient’s unconscious will. The woman with bloody issue who pressed through the throng to touch the robe of Jesus, was told that her “faith” had made her whole.
The influence of mind over the body is so powerful that it has effected miracles at all ages.
“How many unhoped-for, sudden, and prodigious cures have been effected by imagination”, says Salverte. “Our medical books are filled with facts of this nature which would easily pass for miracles.””
H. P. Blavatsky