Manning - Psychic Healer
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now Manning was apparently getting tired of experiments testing his
abilities, and in 1977 decided to
travel to India
in the hope of finding some
spiritual enlightenment. After a spiritual awakening beneath the Himalayas,
he decided that from then on
he would only become involved in research that might benefit other people.
Consequently, for around five years he took part in a comprehensive series of tests at the
Mind Science Foundation in San Antonio,
Texas, at the University
California, and at London
University. These tests produced a
large number of scientific reports on his psychic healing ability, and Matthew was able
to demonstrate under laboratory conditions his capacity to influence the rate of
degradation of human blood cells and enzymes, the death rate of cancer cells,
and the remote influencing of a person's brainwave pattern. In one test of his
healing powers with
scientist Dr John Kmetz,
Matthew apparently managed to kill cancer cells in a glass flask by concentration and
laying on of hands.
According to his several autobiographies Manning now decided to channel his powers and become a full-time
spiritual healer, and has since helped thousands of people who have come
to him with their problems.
His sessions, usually conducted from his home in
Bury St. Edmunds, generally last 15-20 minutes during which her passes his hands
over the patient's body. He often
tells those he treats that they do not need faith, as he has his own.
He says 'The idea that healing only works if you believe in it is simply not
true! Healing can work on a sceptical person yet sometimes fail to help a
believer.' In August 1980, New Zealander Idris King,
who suffered from migraine, said that when Matthew put his healing hands on her head,
she felt a slight tremble or shudder inside her head, and when he touched the
base of her neck, she felt as though something was being drawn out from her
spine. Strangely, her watch had also stopped at the exact moment that the
session started. After the healing treatment, her migraine apparently disappeared.
In Freiburg, a man called Friedrich Landenberger, who
suffered from osteo-arthritis, allegedly threw his arms above his head in happiness after
a few minutes' healing with Manning, much to the amazement of watching doctors.
often treated cases considered incurable by 'orthodox' doctors.
In Switzerland, he was apparently able to help to a six-year-old autistic
child, Simon Acherman, and cured eight-year-old Claude Fontana completely of a
Based on accounts in his numerous books it appears that Matthew Manning has
demonstrated an astonishing range of paranormal abilities>, from controlling poltergeist phenomena, to being able to see auras, astral
travel, automatic writing and drawing, and finally healing. However, those
sceptical of Manning's claimed abilities are perhaps justifiably suspicious of
the lack of sources for the unexplained happenings surrounding Manning outside
of his own accounts. It is true that Manning has been
tested and examined by reputable scientists, but the results of these tests do
not seem at present to be available. These
days Manning is apparently no longer able to move objects across the room using the power of
his mind. Over the years he
claims he has learned to channel his' psychic energy', which initially manifested itself in
poltergeist activity, solely into healing. Matthew has lectured to the Royal
Society of Medicine and addressed MPs in the Houses of Parliament on the subject of
his healing work. Today he continues as a
full-time healer, lecturing and giving demonstrations of his distinctive healing
techniques all over the world.
It is somewhat unfortunate that the vast
majority of information about Matthew
Manning originates from books written by himself detailing
his career and abilities. While this is no fault of Manning's, an objective biography of this intriguing man
would be of inestimable value, both to conventional scientists and to
parapsychologists, and is
and Further Reading
Paranormal. An Illustrated Encyclopedia.
Inglis, Brian. The Paranormal - An Encyclopedia of Psychic Phenomena.
Manning, Matthew. The Link. Gerrards
Cross, Colin Smythe, 1974.
Manning, Matthew. In the Minds of Millions.
Manning, Matthew. The Strangers. London, W.H.
Manning, Matthew. One Foot in the Stars. London, Piatkus Books,
Wilson, Colin. Mysteries.
Granada Publishing Ltd, 1979, Pp443-5.
by Brian Haughton. All Rights Reserved.