Visiting European doctors bring spiritual healing Yoda called it the Force. The Kalahari ¡Kung call it num. The Chinese term for it is chi. Continentals and readers of Nobel Laureate Henri Bergson would call it élan vital. In Japanese, it’s ki; Sanskrit, prana; in Hawaiian, mana. Einstein could have called it the unified field. And in his lectures, Bruno Gröning called it “the Heilstrom.” No matter the name, the concept is the same: a singular, all-encompassing energy force that animates and imbues all things with life. Of course conventional Western medicine has no name for it. Not to worry. Sadly, trusting in spirit and acknowledging a Higher Force is outside the normal frame of reference for most Americans. We talk the talk when we are pushed into our church/faith/religion corner but we don’t walk the walk when it comes to everyday activity. Get a sniffle and the first thing we do is run to the doctor or the druggist. Our faith in natural or spiritual healing is too weak. Ask any conventional doctor and even they will tell you that almost every complaint we seek them for is a self-limiting illness. A couple of days, maybe a week, and the body heals itself. But we place our faith in pills and potions. Just a few moments in front of American television and it’s easy to see we are taught illness and disease are inevitable. For someone to actually preach that health is our natural state flies in the face of our economy’s fiscal fortunes. We spend a huge percentage of our GDP fighting what the pharmaceutical companies have convinced us is our natural state: diseased. Naturally it makes sense that we’ve lost touch with the true source of healing in our culture. Nearly everything we read, see or hear in mainstream media tells us and sells us what we should rely on for healing. And it will cost us a bundle. That’s why it’s refreshing to learn about a group of doctors from Europe who are leading a blitzkrieg of informative lectures across America this fall. They present the information of a little-known German faith healer named Bruno Gröning and they are carrying the message free of charge, though donations are accepted. The physicians’ group is called the Medical Science Group and claims to have several thousand member doctors. It is part of a larger group called the Bruno Gröning Circle of Friends. This group was formed in 1979 to further the teachings of Gröning, who died in 1959. Just another carpenter Gröning was born in Danzig, Germany in 1906 and worked as a trade laborer most of his life; bruno-groening.org describes a childhood in which his parents learned early that their son was extraordinary. He was drafted into service, captured and interned by Russia until 1945. Shortly after World War II he began to lecture throughout Germany on faith healing. According to his biographers, he never promised cures and took no credit for healing, only recognizing that healing is due everyone by spiritual intercession. In the German-produced docudrama about his life, Gröning says, “People who receive healing should thank God for it. I am nothing. God is everything.” A fascinating 12-minute trailer for the film is viewable at gh-film.de. Gröning continued his healing sessions, reaching thousands across post-war Europe. By the 1950s, he had become somewhat of a cause célèbre. Controversy began to dog him, especially after ties to management that promised to help him found healing centers through Europe but instead tried to capitalize on him as a phenomenon. A series of legal issues arose but he was exonerated. He always insisted that he did not promote himself as the source of healing. What’s up doc? Gröning died in Paris in 1959, leaving behind a number of people who had attended his healing sessions. Grete Häusler met Gröning in 1950. She was healed of three chronic illnesses. In 1979, Häusler committed herself to keeping the teachings of Bruno Gröning alive. She formed the Circle of Friends of Bruno Gröning. Groups associated with the Circle of Friends number in the hundreds. There is an active Gröning circle in the Omaha area. The Gröning Circle of Friends is not affiliated with any religion or church. There are no financial obligations. There is never a charge for any of the work they perform, which is as Gröning did it. All of the work is funded by voluntary donations. In 1984, a doctor from Hamburg, Matthias Kamp, learned of Gröning’s work. Kamp, a man of science, was skeptical at first. After looking at some of the case histories of healings associated with Gröning, Kamp recognized a need to scientifically document the events. He formed a group of physicians and scientists who recorded facts surrounding the methods taught by Gröning’s followers. Impressed, this group, the Medical Scientific Group (MWF) began lecturing and teaching about Gröning’s method. The group travels the world giving free lectures and demonstrating the technique. Kamp’s group has documented hundreds of spontaneous healings. These spontaneous healings also include animals. Members Gabriel and Ingeborg Machacek along with Dr. P. Mayersbach will be visiting Omaha Monday, Oct. 18, presenting at Creighton University Harper Room 2066, 602 N. 20th St., as part of a series of free lectures across America. Complete flyer and more information are at HeartlandHealing.com/bruno. The Oct. 18 talk is at 7 p.m. with a follow-up meeting at the Doubletree Hotel, 1616 Dodge St., Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. The purpose of the lectures is simple: to share the potential of this spiritual healing. Attendees have an opportunity to practice the technique and experience the healing force. Gröning believed that the healing force, the Heilstrom, is available to all. Add his term to the lexicon of Yoda and the others. No one has a corner on healing. Be well.