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106 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k m a y / j u n e 2 0 1 6 principles were inclusive of everyone, no matter their age, class, creed, gender, or religion. Instead of worrying about the qualities of the patient, Newton focused on the nature of the healer. He advised that healers be childlike, humble, and imbued with love. If a healer was able do this, Newton said, the magnetism of love would assert itself and everyone involved in a healing might experience the sense—and reality—of heaven on earth. As well, Newton's powers worked on clients present and not present. Besides serving as a vessel for love, a healer's job was to focus his or her mind on two simultaneous points: the Father and the patient. The ultimate role of the healer, he asserted, was to complete the circuit between the sick and the Father. Sometimes Newton would hold a possession or garment from the absent patient, but this wasn't necessary. Rather, he relied on the magnetism created when love interconnected the One, the patient, the invisible helpers, and his own heart. What was the result? A patient in Wales provided what might have been the simplest answer. The Welshman saw threads of light pass from himself to Newton during a healing. 10 Quite literally, Newton's simple reliance on love invoked healing light that brought forth a more healed state for the client. Contemporary researchers would call these streams of light "subtle energy." The fact that our emotional and mental states impact our health has already been established scientifi cally. The link between mainstream and holistic medical approaches lies in the existence of biofi elds, electromagnetic patterns that impact all levels of a being. These fi elds, measurable (physical) and not (subtle), are linked to consciousness. 11 TODAY'S APPLICATIONS The contemporary upshot is that our conscious state can impact a client, positively or negatively. Newton's practice and philosophies provide more than an age-old trail of breadcrumbs that reveal how a superhuman can create miracles. Rather, they illuminate principles any of us can employ to advance our own and others' health. My outline of his advice, organized for practical use, is as follows: 1. Believe in something bigger and higher. I don't believe it matters what religion or spirituality you relate to, or even if you do. One of the teachings in the 12-Step Programs provides wonderful advice in this regard. The program suggests that you simply believe in a Higher Power, whether that is a religious fi gure or the goodness in humanity. 2. Concentrate on Oneness. There truly is a connection between us all. For a healer, this truth enables the connection that can create the most effective outcome. Newton's views were based on the healings of Jesus Christ. Contrary to most Christians of that time, Newton didn't believe that spiritual gifts, which included miraculous healing, dried up with the apostles' deaths. Rather, he understood that healing powers were accessible to anyone who comprehended the absolute power of love. Specifi cally, Newton pointed out that Christ was moved by compassion to use healing to show spiritual truths that applied to all people. 7 In Newton's words, this "energy is still available." 8 Newton's Christian beliefs weren't exclusive. From my reading of the material, I conclude that he didn't care whether people were Christian. In fact, many Christians today might not approve of him. He was frequently described as a "psychic" and a "medium," and was comfortable with those labels. One reason was that Newton believed angels and the departed were continually available and assisted with healing the living. Newton also embraced the sense of Oneness that I fi nd in so many spiritual disciplines, including forms of Buddhism and Hinduism. He believed everyone was related through a single Father and that the spirit of this One Being dwelled within each person. 9 In my reading of Newton's works, I suggest that his

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