Healing, we are told, is strictly the preserve of Scientific Medicine, and any healing that takes place outside this is in all probability the result of mistaken diagnosis, the placebo effect, or self delusion. The reality is the healing is not, and never has been, an exact science. Healing - and failure to heal - is a profound mystery and there are dimensions to healing which extend far beyond the laboratory. The CFPSS is an organisation which, amongst much else, encourages careful and scholarly thought of healing in all its many different aspects. Although we would not for one moment deny the enormous and life enhancing achievements of medicine, our concern is that healing should be studied and understood in the fulness of its context.
The papers in this publication were presented at the CFPSS conference on Healing and the Paranormal which took place at Exeter University in September 2011. The papers range over a wide variety of topics; together with their extensive bibliographies they make a significant contribution to responsible discussion of the subject. The authors write from learning and experience; what you will read in this publication represents a serious and informed overview of the complex topic of healing.
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