I became aware of the healer Harry Edwards during my teenage years when my mother spoke of him and the amazing healing work he publicly gave in the first half of the last century. This time in my life sparked an interest and pursuit of a spiritual path which has never left me. I trained to be a nurse after working in a hospice, and have always felt a great deal of compassion towards anyone who suffers, often feeling compelled to reach toward them and touch them in some way. Harry Edwards formed his Healing Sanctuary in Surrey as a registered charity in 1966. I was lucky enough to develop some of my skills there in 2011. I was moved by the deep peace and beauty of the sanctuary and its tree-filled grounds – a true place of healing.
It seems the concept and acceptability of energy and healing has come full circle from its earliest origins. I find it interesting that at one time it was a natural part of being, with a generalised acceptance of the mind-body-spirit connection. Healers in early history were respected and consulted for their abilities to channel healing energy for the wellbeing of community members.
As medicine developed generally, conventional approaches and the acceptance of healing energies grew apart a little, which makes Harry’s work so remarkable for the times he lived in. He passed away in 1976, but his legacy lives on in the sanctuary.
Our search for not only physical but also emotional-mental balance in our busy lives seems to be influencing a paradigm shift, where many conventional doctors of medicine are working in concert with complimentary therapists, achieving the best possible outcomes for their patients. It is good to be a part of that as a holistic practitioner in our modern times.