The Power of Intention applied to Healing

A couple of months ago I came across an article about a new therapy called Resolution Magic which was based on the idea that we can firmly tell painful conditions such as stomach ache, back ache, joint pain, migraines and headaches to go away. Could something so simple actually work I thought? Well I tried it with my own lower back pain, on another occasion when I had stomach ache and with a sore throat and runny nose when I thought I was going down with a cold, and I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised! I found I had to repeat the phrase “pain go away now” or “runny nose be gone now” every now and again when the symptoms seemed to return but the effectiveness of this totally natural approach to pain management and healing was truly remarkable. When saying the words, I said them silently to myself, (ideally they should be said out loud), with a real force or energy behind them. According to the article, you can also use this technique to say “Go away!” to conditions like anxiety, low mood and bad memories.

How It Works

The theory behind Resolution Magic states that abnormal electrical waves in our nervous system are the cause of symptoms of dis-ease, for example epilepsy is known to be caused by a disruption to the brain’s electrical activity. Electricity travels along the nerves to the various parts of the body, causing painful symptoms. Memories and unwanted feelings can trigger this movement of electricity. By telling our bodies to stop the pain, we are aiming to retrain the subconscious part of the brain so that it gradually stops sending out abnormally strong electrical waves. I believe that when we send a new command to a part of the body that is functioning incorrectly, the energy that travels with that intention creates new neurological pathways that bypass the old ineffective ones.

A Combined Approach

It is however worth bearing in mind that pain arises in the body for a reason, and except in cases of mild headache, stomach ache from over-eating or eating the wrong food, or backache from postural aches and pains, symptoms should be checked out with a doctor for any other more serious underlying conditions. This ‘mind over matter’ technique is a natural approach to healing which, along with other therapies such as Reiki, Reflexology or Meditation, should be used in conjunction with other general conventional medical treatment/medication you are already using.

Using the Power of Intention in Daily Life

We can all use this power on a regular basis to help bring about the best possible outcome for any situation. In Reiki Level 2 you learn to visualise events turning out well, for the highest good of all concerned, then send Reiki to that image. Whenever you have a health problem, set the intention by stating to yourself that you will receive all the help and support you need. When you do this, doors can metaphorically open and you will find that you draw the right people to you, find an article or book that can help, discover a different medication or supplement to try, or just find new ways to cope. When visiting the doctor, ask your guides and angels to assist him/her with their diagnosis and help you get the best possible treatment. Help doesn’t always come in the way you expect it to but you will always get the help you need if you remain open to all possibilities.

Using the Power of Intention to Optimise Healing

I believe that the theory behind Resolution Magic can be applied to other forms of healing such as creative visualisation, Reiki and spiritual healing. According to the way energy flows, action always follows intention. You are in effect creating an opening, space or energy pathway which can deliver the greatest possible results. All Reiki healers tap into the power of intention when they give a Reiki treatment. At Reiki 1 you set the intention that they energy flows for the recipient’s highest and greatest good and at Level 2 you use the symbols to establish the same intention.

You can also use the power of your mind to send healing energy to a particular body part. Sit quietly and take some deep breathes in and out then visualise a beam of pure white light shining down upon you, entering your crown chakra and moving down your body to the part that needs healing. (You can also send it to a particular chakra or an area of your mind that needs clearing.) Set the intention for the body part to be returned to its perfect divine blueprint and visualise it healing and repairing itself. Here is where you can start to get creative …! You can visualise a weak organ glowing with health and vitality and functioning effectively; broken or fractured bones knitting together; compressed spinal discs stretching out; lubricating a painful joint with a liquid healing balm; tight, tense muscles relaxing and stretching out, soothed by a blue healing balm. If you have cold or flu symptoms or other infection, visualize your white blood cells attacking an army of invading bacteria and dissolving them.

You can also put the power of intention to work to heal psychological states of mind. For example, if you are prone to shyness, anxiety or anger, you can visualize yourself acting in a more positive manner, thinking the associated positive thoughts and feeling more positive emotions such as serenity and being in control. Repeating this exercise over several days or weeks leads to a marked decrease in the negative emotion concerned and an increase in positive states of mind. Gradually the positive quality will manifest more and more in your conscious behaviour. You will be able to cope with all stressful real life situations more calmly and effectively. The visualization gradually sinks into your subconscious mind, resulting in a new behavioural pattern or ‘program’.

Repeat these exercises regularly and you will be amazed at the improvements you can make to your health, your wellbeing and your life.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”

From ‘Return to Love’ by Marianne Williamson

Helen Shortland is a Reiki Master Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Holistic Therapist based at Little London Herbal Stores on Kings Walk in Nottingham city centre.


1. Helen Shortland runs courses in Healing Meditation. Her next workshop will be one Saturday afternoon in the summer (date tbc – please see website or newsletter for details). A Healing Meditation CD will also be available to purchase from May 2013, priced £10 plus £2 p&p, for use at home. If you wish to purchase one, please send a cheque made payable to Helen Shortland to Little London Herbal Stores, 9 Kings Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2AE with a note of your name and address.

2. Helen’s next meditation course is a 4 week Vipassana (Stillpoint) Meditation course commencing Wed 10th April 10.30-11.45am which is open to all with a basic knowledge of meditation. Cost is £28 for full course or £8 for individual classes. Please email for further information and/or to book a place.

3. For more information on Resolution Magic, visit

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