Spirit to Spirit Healing

William De Arteaga tells how he discovered Agnes Sanford’s long distance prayer technique.

I call a certain form of intercessory prayer is “spirit to spirit prayer.” It is generally long distance intercessory prayer of a special type. At times the person prayed for does not even know he or she is the object of the prayer.

Agnes Sanford used this form of pray as her first inner healing prayer (c. 1946). The case was of a Jewish American war veteran she had ministered to and brought to Christ while he was recovering from a serious combat wound.  After his physical recovery he was still seriously afflicted by memories of the torment he experienced as a young Jewish boy in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia. (PTSD – ed.)

Agnes Sanford (1897–1982) 

Agnes tried praying for him in various ways, but to little effect. Then Agnes learned of a Catholic Medieval technique of praying and fasting for someone in distress, and then taking that person’s griefs, burdens and hurts to Holy Communion.  

To be clear, this was a spiritual action, without the physical laying on of hands of normal healing prayer. The person receiving the prayer may or may not have known that someone was intervening on their behalf. I give a full description of this case in my book, Agnes Sanford and Her Companions.[1]

Agnes saw this as human spirit to human spirit intercession. The intercessor in the period of prayer and fasting often experiences the fears, emotions and burdens of the other person. (Gal 6:2) In a sense, the human spirit of the intercessor made intimate contact with the spirit of the needful person.  Agnes learned that the long period of prayers and fasting was really not necessary. What was essential was taking the person’s hurts and distress to Holy Communion. Agnes warned that using the prayer and fasting technique in its original form could open the intercessor to demonic spirits if this is attempted with a non-Christian.

My beloved wife Carolyn and I have done the abbreviated form of “spirit to spirit” intercession over the years; sometimes very successfully, at other times not so (healing is a mystery in any mode that you pray). In any case, I was intrigued by this form of spirit to spirit healing and intercession, and I ventured into and tested something I have not seen in the literature of healing (1 Thess 5:21).

As background, I normally use the “Hunter method” of arm and leg extension, etc.. for physical healing. This method is especially effective in back problems and pain control. Several years ago I used the Hunter method via the telephone to contact a needful person, and prayed by using words and my imagination and asking the needful person to do the same. The person had, in this instance, a back issue but could still stand. I asked her to stand and interact with me as if I were right there. I told her to extend her arms in front, and I would do the same, as if we were touching arms, even though we were at a far physical distance. I then commanded in the name of Jesus, the extension of the short arm.[2] This does not make too much sense unless you know about the Hunter method, which reflects chiropractic understanding that an unequal arm or leg is a sign that the backbone is out of alignment, and often the source of much pain. I explain the Hunter method in a separate blog post (To be posted on this site later. – ed.)

Charles and Francis Hunter

I have done this at least a half dozen time in the last few years, mostly with excellent effect. And last year I tried a variety of it that I had never done before. The person who called for help (I learned about her from a Facebook healing page) was bedridden and unable to even put her arms out fully. All she could do was tap her cell phone on. I asked her to put her phone on loudspeaker and follow my instructions. I told her to shut her eyes and in her imagination see herself standing and responding to my instructions. First, to extend her arms in front, as I imagined I was in front of her touching her arms. Over the telephone I then commanded her arms to equalize, in Jesus’ name. Similarly, I did the “pelvic thing” via our imagination. (Again, see my blog on the Hunter method.) She felt immediate relief from the pain she was suffering even though she was in bed, and had not physically moved her body. I do not know how much recovery she experienced, and if she ever walked again, but she experienced very substantial pain relief that she had not experienced before even though many Christians had prayed for her.

I believe the best explanation of her healing was that it was a spirit to spirit communication of the power of the Holy Spirit and the name of Jesus to heal. That is, by faith and through our imaginations her healing went to her spirit and cascaded down to her body.
What happens in these long-distance healing might be termed “spiritual entanglement,” which has a parallel in the science of physics called “quantum entanglement.” That is, the property of certain particles to interact instantly regardless of space between them, yes even faster than the speed of light. [3]

Paul talked about our spiritual entanglement as Christians in these terms:

Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf. (1 Cor 10:16-17)Note also the lengthy description that Paul gives about the Body of Christ in 1 Cor 12: 21-31, as having various parts, but they “entangle” to the point that, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (v. 26)

It seems that the universe was created with the entanglement characteristic from the beginning to enable sacramental activity. Of course, this characteristic of the universe is also used by the demonic realm, as in voodoo dolls, etc., using the spiritual energies of the kingdom of satan.

But to our main point, and regardless of whether this explanation is true, close to the truth or not, Christians not only have the authority and power to pray for healing at a distance, but can use the very effective forms developed by the Hunters for physical healing without having to physically touch the other person.

[1] William De Arteaga, Agnes Sanford and Her Companions: The Assault on Cessationism and the Coming of the Charismatic Renewal (Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2015).

[2] I do not know who was the first to do the Hunter method via telephone. God knows. I learned of it 20 years back from a person in my Hispanic congregation shortly after I taught a class on the Hunter method. The lady, Rosa, had a special anointing for healing and had an aunt in California who was in severe pain, so she called and talked her through the arm, pelvis and leg extensions. I actually did not try it for over a decade.

[3] I explain this with more detail in both Quenching the Spirit (lake Mary: Creation House, 1992) and Agnes Sanford and Her Companions, in chapters on spirituality and quantum physics.

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Labels: Healing, Prayer, Theology

Copyright 2018, 2019. William De Arteaga. All rights reserved. First published in Anglican-Pentecostal. Used by permission.

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