In conventional medicine, doctors are regarded as the first step in the healing process. Many people trust their doctor to manage their pain or quickly restore their health. Just follow your doctor’s advice and everything will fall into place. 

At Innovative Medicine, we believe that you are the most important conduit in the healing process. And the critical first step in restoring health is to understand the power of setting healing intentions. 

Some people may consider healing intentions a bit too New Agey. However, many research studies support setting healing intentions for fully recovering from an injury or illness more quickly. 

In addition to helping you physically recover, setting healing intentions can help rewire your brain to achieve better health outcomes

Are you ready to set powerful, healing intentions? 

If so, perhaps you’re wondering how to set an intention in the first place.

Or, if your cup is totally empty, a good starting place is defining what exactly is an intention. This article will answer both questions. It will also reveal the science behind the power of setting healing intentions.

What Is A Healing Intention?

Rather than placing trust in only the medical professional—and the medicine or procedures—setting healing intentions establishes a healing vortex within yourself, making you the central pillar of the healing process.

Without doubt, this paradigm shift may seem intimidating. After all, it’s easier to place responsibility on someone else for your health outcomes. This is not to say that you shouldn’t trust a medical professional in your healing process. However, when you set healing intentions, it accelerates the healing process and creates a synergistic bond with the practitioner and the medicine or therapy. 

To define it more simply, setting a healing intention reinforces the outcomes you desire. What overall goals do you want to achieve? What would you like to experience from the treatment sessions you receive? In addition to experiencing the absence of an illness, are there any other end results you wish to accomplish? For example, do you want to have a more open mind in your healing journey? Do you want to feel less anxious about your health? (One power of setting healing intentions is that it helps reduce anxiety).

Every organism is equipped with an innate drive toward homeostasis. Some call this an “inner healing intelligence.” Whatever you decide to call it, setting healing intentions assists the body in achieving this state of equilibrium. 

In addition, setting intentions proves to yourself—and the universe—that you are committed to restoring your health and vibrancy. Healing intensions hold you accountable in the process. The act of setting intentions, then, is like hiring yourself as a spiritual personal trainer.

How To Set Healing Intentions

People who talk to themselves are considered fringe. However, in order to set powerful healing intentions, you will need to have a conversation with yourself. And if it helps to talk out loud then don’t judge yourself and don’t worry if others judge you for doing so. 

To begin, focus on what you want your healing journey to look like. However, have reasonable expectations in doing so. For example, if you’ve been struggling with chronic Lyme Disease for years, don’t expect a full recovery in just a few weeks. Rather, for every year you’ve had Lyme Disease or other chronic illness, expect a healing journey of 1-2 months.  

Keep in mind there may be roadblocks along the way. Even Mother Teresa’s posthumous diary revealed that she experienced moments of doubting faith. There may be times, such as when you’re not healing as fast—or even experiencing a setback—when your faith in setting healing intentions will be challenged. The important thing is to never give up on the process.  

In hosptial or clinical settings, some patients set healing intentions by writing their intentions on sticky notes and placing them on the IV bags while being administered the IV.

You don’t have to be a patient in order to set a healing intention. You can set intentions from the comfort of home. If you need inspiration or a guide, many meditation apps feature healing inentions.

The Science Behind Intentions

In a 2008 study, Spanish researcher Ernesto Bonilla examined the underlying mechanisms of healing intentions. His findings were published in the journal, Investigation Clinica. Bonilla posited that thoughts targeted to an end can affect inanimate objects and practically all living things. And not just humans or pets, but even in single-celled organisms. Bonilla explained that the emission of light particles (biophotons) seems to be the mechanism through which an intention produces its effects. 

The emissions of biophotons, which are stored in DNA, change when you’re sick. Thus, the goal of healing intentions (or “direct intention” as Bonilla terms it), is to positively influence the electric and magnetic energy of the biophotons. 

Doing so, he explains, produces “an ordered flux of photons” which is best exemplified by the pioneering research by Masaru Emoto on water crystallization (see next section.)

“Our intentions seem to operate as highly coherent frequencies capable of changing the molecular structure of matter,” explains Bonilla, who points to instances in his research of “spontaneous cures” and “remote healing of extremely ill patients.” These cases “represent instances of an exceedingly great intention to control diseases menacing our lives. The intention to heal as well as the beliefs of the sick person on the efficacy of the healing influences promote his healing,” Bonilla concludes.

The efficacy of remote healing was also confirmed in a 2012 study by psychologist Stefan Schmidt, who leads the Center for Meditation, Mindfulness and Neuroscience Research, University Medical Center in Freiburg, Germany. Schmidt reviewed 11 studies covering 576 individual remote healing sessions. His findings, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, examined whether a positive distant intention can be related to some outcome in a target person. Schmidt’s meta-analysis concluded that, indeed, the “positive effect of benevolent intentions is supported by the data.”

Several other research studies support setting positive intentions to aid in the healing process. 

Positive Intentions In Action: The Work of Masaru Emoto On Water 

Let’s suppose you have a cup of water. If you were to look at the water under a microscope after playing soothing music to it or telling the water that you love it for hydrating your cells and maintaining your health, what do you think would happen? 

The skeptic would argue that nothing would happen. There would remain a molecule consisting of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. 

Masaru Emoto, author of the 2004 book, The Hidden Messages in Water, demonstrated that our thoughts and actions affect the molecular structure of water. Even writing words on a water bottle, much less talking to water, affects its crystal structure. Emoto found that writing positive phrases such as love encouraged a beautiful, orgazined crystal pattern. However, uttering or writing negative phrases transformed the molecular structure into a disorganized, chaotic pattern. 

If water can be this influenced by intentions, imagine, then, the power of setting healing intentions for your own wellbeing. 

Disclaimer: The statements made in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Any products or treatments mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult a licensed medical practitioner for medical advice.

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Judd Handler

Judd Handler is an Encinitas, CA-based natural health writer and a graduate of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) and a certified Metabolic Typing Advisor.
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