In 2004 a man named Robert Harry Hover published a book that almost nobody has heard of called Internal Moving Healing. It describes a dirt-simple technique for stopping pain and promoting energy flow in the body.
I tried it a few months ago on back pain that had hurt for years. After one session, the pain disappeared completely and remained gone for three weeks. The astonishing thing was that the grinding and jerkiness I usually feel in my back joints also disappeared for three weeks. Apparently the technique affected the joints physically. The benefit was temporary but three weeks is a pretty long time and I can always do it again when necessary.
The technique is a kind of meditation so you not only heal yourself, you also do sadhana at the same time. Two for the price of one!
The easiest way to learn the technique is by reading the version of the instructions that Hover writes for small children. The technique is so simple that a three year old can do it. Here are those instructions in full (he wrote the … dots).
The next time your child or one of your little friends has a tummy ache, hold off the usual response and do this instead:
Squat or kneel so you are about eye-height and in a calm gentle non-hurried voice tell the litttle one–“close your eyes…”, pause, “be at the tummy ache…”, longer pause, “…and go back and forth over it.” Watch for the reaction… If they start to raise the hands to rub the tummy, gently put yours on theirs to quell their hand movement, with “…just do it from the inside…”
In other words, you use your mind to focus inside the body and “go back and forth” over a painful or blocked area.
What exactly goes back and forth? It’s hard to say. It’s as if you’re moving your hand back and forth except there’s no hand. Like moving a cursor back and forth on the computer screen except the cursor is invisible. The movement is inside the body. You can “look” inside the body as you do it.
I think this is all you need to know to try the technique.
When I used this technique on my back, the pain gradually seemed more and more like a physical object until I could almost see it. The back and forth motion seemed to dissolve or erase the pain, and I could almost see that too. Back and forth, back and forth… it was a little bit like mowing a lawn. I did the technique for three hours until the pain was gone. During that time I slipped naturally into a fairly deep state of meditation. Because I did it continuously for a long time, a natural kind of one-pointed attention developed and I became very aware of subtle sensations inside my body.
Hover goes into a lot of detail in his book. He has a theory that the body contains “faint matter” which gets “dissipated” by the back-and-forth motion. He thinks that instead of going back-and-forth, we can push faint matter out of the body, cut it, press on it, etc. The book includes pictures of typical shapes that faint matter assumes.
In 2013, a fellow named Ramaji (birth name David Alan Ramsdale) wrote a book about Hover’s technique called Heal Your Body, Free Your Mind. Ramaji, who used to be an ad copywriter, invents a better name for the method — “mind laser technique” — but the ideas are the same. Most people will probably find Ramaji’s book easier to read.
I experimented quite a bit with the technique. I found that my back-and-forth motions go more easily in certain directions than others. In some parts of the body it’s easy to go sideways; in others it’s easier to go up and down; in some places it’s easy to go in circles. One night I made circles around my forehead for about 30 minutes. Afterward I lay awake all night, unable to sleep, while strange memories and astonishing realizations about my life poured through me. Apparently I had stimulated my third eye.
One of the nice things about the technique is that you can do it anytime you have a few minutes to spare: for example, while standing on line at the supermarket or riding the train to work. You don’t need exact directions; just look around inside your body for something that doesn’t feel right and go back and forth through it. Experiment. It’s your body and your mind. You don’t need permission or precise instructions. Trust your intuition and see what happens. God is with you.
P.S. After I posted this a friend asked:
Can you mentally set it to go on independent of conscious attention? Seems like that would be possible.
Before I show you my reply, let me explain that the technique I described above can be used on other people, not only on yourself. I’ll talk about this in a future post. Here’s what I said to my friend:
I guess you could but I think it might be a different thing because it seems to me (and maybe I’m wrong) that the reason it works is that you’re applying consciousness to a problem area. When I tried to remove the blockage from Kathleen’s ankle, I saw that I was dissolving solidified energy aka consciousness in her ankle with liquid consciousness (my attention). It was like pouring hot water on ice. The blockage dissolved and turned back into consciousness or energy. Intensity of consciousness seems to matter for this technique, just like the heat of the water matters when we melt ice. The more the better. At that point God told me, “Nothing can withstand consciousness.” This was said in an extremely emphatic way — not loud or pompous but weighty, carrying an understanding that it was about as important as anything that can be put into words.