What Can I do to Develop Healing Intention?


Developing healing intention sounds easy—and it is. There are some very real ways you can cultivate healing intention and use the power of your thoughts to improve your health or the health of another.


“Healing intention is a conscious and benevolent mental activity (thought) purposefully directed toward health, wellbeing, healing, or highest good for one’s self or another.”(1)


If you don’t truly believe that you can be healed, or if some part of you is holding onto the disease or condition, you might disrupt or limit your own inherent capacity to heal on a subconscious level. Don’t underestimate yourself! By developing healing intention, you set the stage for healing to occur.

Here are three ways you can develop healing intention:

1. Awareness

What goes on in our thoughts and emotions is profound and affects our bodies. Becoming aware of our bodies’ subtle signals, such as changes in energy levels throughout the day, helps us be more attuned with our inner environment.

Awareness of your body and mind and the inner aspects of your being—your spirit or soul— must be brought to the level of your conscious mind. This allows you to change behaviors that don’t contribute to your healing process.

Many balance their soul through religious practices and regular participation in religious services. Spiritual happiness can also come from secular sources, such as meditation. This awareness of how the mind, body and spirit work together gives you the information you need to make decisions that guide you on a healing path. 

2. Intention

The challenge is to open up communication channels to your deep, inner self. Some do this through prayer; others do it through meditation or by sitting quietly and getting in touch with a calm space within themselves.

By making this connection, it is possible to direct your intention to bring this sense of peace and healing to others in your life.

Learn more about meditation and mind-body practices online at www.SamueliInstitute.org/Inspire 

3. Reflection

By reflecting on your experiences, you can nurture awareness and bring a healing presence to others. Keep a journal using words and drawings to record your thoughts and dreams. Use it to tell your own story.

In doing so, try to answer these questions:

  • Who am I?
  • What is my purpose?
  • How do I fit into my family, my community, my life?
  • What are my spiritual beliefs?

If you have an illness or pain, think and write about the meaning of the illness or pain in your life. Reflection may help you to understand some of the central themes of your life and find meaning in them.

Healing intention is a conscious mental choice to improve your health or the health of another. It includes the expectation of improved well-being and the hope that a desired health goal can be reached. It also includes the understanding of the personal meaning in your life and work. Ultimately, it includes the belief that healing and well-being will occur. 

Dig Deeper into the Science

Learn about the science behind healing intention, the role of healing intention for health care providers, and how healing intention fits into an Optimal Healing Environment in a recently published scientific article.

Samueli Institute can help hospitals and health care organizations become an OHE. Learn more.

(1) “Optimal Healing Environments” GAIH, May 2015