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Spiritual Boundary Work: How Spiritual Healers And Medical Clairvoyants Negotiate The Sacred

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Medical intuition is a subset of clairvoyance: the use of clairvoyance for the purposes of diagnosis and/or treatment or healing. Medical intuitives detect medical problems; they carry out intuitive 'diagnosis', whether or not they use orthodox anatomical or medical labels. Some, though not all, also suggest treatment regimes and some also carry out healing techniques as part of the consultation, which is where the process may overlap with spiritual healing. Spiritual healing is a blanket term for a range of techniques underpinned by a model of the body as an energy field connected to 'higher', 'spiritual' energies. This chapter discusses the question of how medical intuitives and spiritual healers work with this capacity-how they negotiate with a medical system based on entirely different principles. It focuses on some of the social and institutional dimensions of medical intuition and spiritual healing as sacred 'medical' practices.

Keywords: clairvoyants; medical intuition; spiritual healers



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