Healers Shamans And Psychic Surgeons Of The Philippines Part 1

Submitted by Howard G. Charing

The ‘bare hand’ or ‘psychic’ surgeons of the Philippines have been one of the most enduring enigmas of modern times. There has been much controversy about the so-called miracle healers of the Philippines. Their ability to open peoples bodies and defies not only conventional scientific and medical knowledge but also challenges what we consensually call reality. How can a human body open and close by touch? How can solid objects become permeable to allow a hand to move through it?

To the Western person, brought up in a paradigm structured and shaped by rational thought, it really does require a huge leap of the imagination to be fully open-minded to the possibility that this phenomenon exists. It is not only a challenge to our individual sensibilities, but also to our thinking which has been shaped by the Descartes and Newton scientific heritage.

This is an immense challenge to the consensual reality in which only the material, solid, touchable, and ultimately measurable is real. The ineffable or that which can not be measured is dismissed, labelled as ‘weird’, dismissed and excluded from mainstream Western culture. Our society has always been dismissive of indigenous healing practices. This is maybe because we do not have an understanding or an explanation of the underlying principles of how this type of healing works. It is a more convenient solution to regard the activities of shamans, folk healers, and of course the ‘bare hand’ surgeons as ‘primitive superstition’.

The current scientific paradigm is quantum theory, a model that opens up a very curious universe indeed, in which nothing can actually be measured since the very action of measuring it changes its material nature and the observer is not separate to the observed.

However we look at it, this ‘thing’ does not exist in its own right. It is the choices we make and our behaviour as observers that gives it reality at all and, even then, how we look at it changes it. We need to recognise that objective reality becomes in essence a flawed concept, and that consciousness as such is an instrument in the creation of reality. So in the words Albert Einstein; “Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one.”

Keeping this notion in mind, if we look at the basic purpose of a ritual, ceremony, or prayer it is really to effect a change, or influence the unfolding of reality. This change is usually to improve the circumstances for a person or group of people, typically healing, drawing in benign influences and so on. To extend this, the ‘procedures’ and ‘rules’ for a ritual, in many respects are identical to the ‘rules’ of Quantum Mechanics, and that the ineffable spiritual dimension is actually a rational undertaking of our consciousness to effect the transient probability waves that generate reality in time and space.

From this perspective, what healers and shamans are doing becomes totally rational, and a ceremony or act of healing is an ‘act of intention operating at a quantum level’ , whereby this intention is an expression of our conscious desire to alter reality using the principles of Quantum Mechanics.

However the implications of this mean that shamanism and psychic surgery can be explained in terms of modern physics. Psychic Surgeons and Shamans can effect change in local reality (i.e. their clients) through what is called ‘spiritual’ power operating at the quantum level.

The process of psychic surgery is rationalized by the Former Professor of Physics and Chemistry at the University of Dortmund, Dr. Alfred Stelter He defines the process of painless, barehanded operation as thus:

“The healers form strong etheric force or energy in their hands through intense concentration. This energy penetrates matter at the cellular or even sub-atomic levels where matter and energy are interchangeable. After the accumulation of etheric forces, the magnetic cohesive energy (force that holds he cells of the bodies together) is separated through unpolarization. And then after the operation, the cells go back to their former appearance.”

Now from a personal view, I always feel, that everything which is manifested in the physical world, has a cause or source. The fact that we maybe are unable to rationally understand, define, or explain is not relevant, as the sages and wise ones say “the proof is in the eating of the pudding”, and in the ten years that I have been working and researching in the Philippines I have come to do just that. So although the Quantum Mechanics principles may satisfy our rational and logical minds, it is not that relevant. The psychic surgeons and shamans certainly do not see their work in those terms. It is always an expression of the great mystery. If we can embrace this as a mystery, it can mean that we may enter this magical world, where reality is not as solid as we think it is. Striving for rational explanations in some way keeps us outside, and prevents us from entering this mysterious world.

The ancestral traditions and the strong folk culture of the Philippines have long provided the background that has fostered a climate of general tolerance and acceptance towards traditional healers, shamans, and psychic surgeons. This tolerance also extends to Government Ministers, Presidents, and interestingly; also to the powerful Catholic Church in the Philippines. There was a very sympathetic feature article titled ‘Priest heals through power of touch’ in a recent national newspaper (the Philippine Daily Inquirer July 30th 2007 Vol 22/ No.232) about Father Fernando Saurez. One of he reasons why he has come to national prominence is that the husband of President Arroyo, was one of those healed by the priest in his celebrated “miraculous recovery” last year. Father Saurez’s healing work is all approved and praised by the church hierarchy.

Filipinos have acquired this tolerance from their old traditions that maintained an awareness and faith in the existence of nature spirits called anitos. These magical beings reside within an extended definition of the boundaries of the natural world. Although the Filipino people broadly regard themselves as rationalists (just as we do), they also as a culture are more readily to embrace the more intangible, enigmatic, and what we know as the metaphysical and shamanic dimension of reality.

This view is endorsed by research from the Asian Studies Center Organisation; “While Christianity has been the major religion in the Philippines since the beginning of the Spanish colonial period in 1565, it has always been mixed with traditional animistic beliefs and practices, giving Philippine Catholicism a particular national character. Another characteristic of religion in the Philippines, whether it is Roman Catholic, Protestant, or Islam, is that its practices openly incorporate animistic experiences and practices”.

Although there is a powerful urban desire propelled by the commercial financial interests to move into a modern ‘shopping mall’ consumer society, marketed as the ‘Philippines Dream’ (part of the global consumer dream). This ‘Dream’ is really focussed on the major urban areas. The vast majority of people live in a more rural environment. There is also a vast gap in wealth between the urban middle class and those in the provincial rural areas. The people who live in the remote rural settlements and outer provinces have a closer and more intimate relationship with the natural world. In addition there is often a considerable distance from modern medical facilities, and finally there is not the money to pay for modern medical treatment and medication. This means that there is still a lot of work for the traditional healers such as the Albularyos (shamans), Herbolarios (herb doctors), and Manghihilot (traditional bonesetters).

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Howard G. Charing is a partner in Eagle’s Wing Centre for Contemporary Shamanism. His initiation into the world of Shamanism was sudden, which was caused by a serious accident, which resulted in severe injuries and a near-death experience. After many months of physical pain and disability, he had a transformational experience, which started him on a path to healing. If you like to know more about his work, Howard conducts “Plant Spirit Medicine” journeys to the Amazon Rainforest.

18 thoughts on “Healers Shamans And Psychic Surgeons Of The Philippines Part 1”

  1. I am looking for a Philippine
    Shaman to help guide my wife out of her state of darkness, depression, and helplessness.

    Any help with this greatly

    Thank you
    California USA

    1. Hi Ken

      Is your wife also seeking to be healed herself?

      I may be able to help with distance healing but it would require that your wife will ask for the healing.

      kind regards,

    2. Greetings Ken,

      I’m an African Traditional Healer and live in California. I initiated into an ancient shamanic practice and this work helped me get through depression and my dark night of the soul. I know work with these people because I experienced it first hand myself. If she still needs support please feel free to contact me. sangomahealing.com

    3. Hi Ken, meine Name es Arlene Bucher – Cabahug meine vorfahren es ein Chamane und ich bin eine von denen die auch Hilfs zu meiner mit Menschen die Hilfe Brauchst. in Name Jesus Christus, Virgen Maria, und Schutz Engel. Bittet für deine Frau nur die Machtige in <himmel kann deine frau Heilen und mit diene unterstutzung. gibt die Hoffnungs nicht auf. sein Stark!
      es gibst Menschen die deiner frau Hilfen kann.
      in diesen Universum Erde.

  2. Hello,

    This article speaks straight into my energies!

    I am seeking to connect with individuals who practice the traditional Filipino healing systems of Hilot. I come from a long line of Hilot and Albularyos. My ancestors – in so far as I can trace, hailed from Guinobatan Albay and Naguilian.

    If anyone shares my vision of sharing the gift of Hilot to the world, please get in touch.

    kind regards,
    Sydney, Australia

    1. I feel drawned to respond. I am Niqui from the Philippines. I am not an energy or psychic healer by any means but I would to learn anything I can. For so many times in a row, from various Psychics, i was given readings about my original purpose for incarnating. It is to be a healer using Reiki. In my free time, I can help out in your search of pinoy shamans. If you would like to connect with me, here is my email address.


      Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

    2. Hello
      I am going to Philippine in 4 days and I would really like to learn more about the healing you do.
      I am in search of my path, I know Reiki, reflexology and I learned an Indian healing technique.
      If you want to share your knowledge please contact me.

    3. I’m interested very much. I am a natural born healer and I believe in my heart that psychic surgery is ultimately what I will end up doing. With or without help. I’m American Filipino and I have never knowny Filipino side at all. I would really like some help tho.

  3. I want to learn from you. May you kindly help me on my own path if the Creator will allow it.

    Thanks and peace be with you

  4. I personally had a psychic surgery in the philipines, i have a friend that is a healer. And yes her hand goes inside and i had no anestesia and no pills, it is painless and if you dont see it you dont realize her hand is inside. Her name is leony romero , her email is leonyromero@yahoo.com. I know her for 12 years already , she use to live in the US , she is like 67 years old. I have videos of the healings she did on me .

    1. my dad us suffering frm prostate cancer stage 4 . I came to know about psychic surgery and is looking for someone that can heal him.

  5. Someone may help to get information the way contact a hand healer surgery from Pilipines?

  6. Bonjour from France,
    A friend of mine, Robyn, is in desperate need of a Psychic Surgeon for her legs. She’s been operated on before through the same means.
    She lives in Auckland, New Zealand and has been treated by Psychic Surgeonsf drom the Philippines who had come over there at the time, years ago.

    She is herself a healer and a channeler who’s saved me and guided me as well as my children.

    She’s been doing good deeds for others, for years and for free or donation (little money, food, services …).
    Robyn, now 80, was a Lightworker long before the term was even coined.

    She’s now in a state of near poverty since, with her meager pension, she can barely survive but with her children’s help and mine whenever I am able to.

    This is a cry from the heart ? out to the Universe to please send some kind of help to her.

    Please, if anybody hear this and know of somebody…. send me an email.

    Merci, mille fois merci.?


  7. Hi I’m an American Filipino. I was born in America and never got to meet or really know my Filipino family. I was adopted at a young age, but also knew I was different and had special powers since I was 6. I have been able to grow those powers exponentialy and my methods are the same as these psychic healers. I am just a medium but I was chosen. I have no real training or knowledge and I really need a teacher or at least a starting point. Because to be honesty gifts are no where.near where they could be and I need to get them there soon before the end of the world hits. If you can help point me in the right direction I would love that.

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