Yoda called it the Force. The Kalahari ¡Kung call it num. The Chinese term 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 animates and imbues all things with life. Tellingly, conventional medicine has no name for it.

In American medical circles, acknowledging a Higher Force, is outside the normal frame of reference. Get a sniffle and the first thing we do is turn to drugs. Our faith in natural or spiritual healing is too weak when it gets down to it. Ask any conventional doctor and even they will tell you that most illness is self-limiting. A couple of days, a week maybe, and the body heals itself. But our faith is in pills and potions. Watch American television and you’ll see we’re brainwashed that illness and disease are inevitable. 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 Big Pharma has convinced us is our natural state: disease.

That’s why it’s refreshing to learn about a group of European doctors who are leading a blitzkrieg of informative lectures across America this summer. They tell the story 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 physician-members. 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, worked as a trade laborer most of his life and www.bruno-groening.org describes a childhood in which his parents learned early on that their son was extraordinary. He was drafted into service, was captured and interned by Russia until 1945. Shortly after World War II he began giving lectures on faith healing throughout Germany. 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 www.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.

The circle is unbroken 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 herself 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 now 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. Now the group travels around the world giving free lectures and demonstrating the technique. Kamp’s group has documented hundreds of spontaneous healings. These spontaneous healings include animals as well.

G. Kury, M.D. will present June 14 at Creighton University as part of a series of free lectures across America. Complete information is at HeartlandHealing.com/bruno. 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. No one has a corner on healing.

Be well.

Heartland Healing examines various alternative forms of healing. It is provided as a source of information, not as medical advice. It is not an endorsement of any particular therapy, either by the writer or The Reader. Access past columns at www.HeartlandHealing.com

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