SMMN Vol.1, No.4

Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter

       Vol. 1, No. 4                                             ISSN 1080-3262                                            December 1995



We all have a common core interest in spiritual massage healing. However, just as there is no one correct way to do spiritual healing, so there is no one correct way to do spiritual massage healing. Each of us is unique with respect to our training, knowledge, and interests. We therefore differ in our understanding of spiritual massage healing and how we do it. We also have different religious beliefs.

These differences need not separate us. On the contrary, they offer us a unique opportunity to contribute to one another and enrich our lives by sharing our experiences, concerns, needs, the satisfaction and fulfillment we derive from the healings we do, and other information. The Journal of Spiritual Bodywork  and the Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter were established to encourage and facilitate this kind of sharing.

A Letter to the Editor of Massage magazine (Issue No. 56. July/August 1995) by Albert Schatz invited those with an interest in the spiritual nature of massage to participate in such a network. "It is interesting and paradoxical" he wrote, "that present-day massage is a secular modality despite its religious origin; namely, the biblical anointing with oil and the laying on of hands.

"There is, however, increasing interest in massage as a spiritual healing modality… I have been doing research on the spiritual nature of massage for 15 years." During this time, "I have accumulated a considerable amount of information and now want to establish a network of individuals who are interested in this area of bodywork. Please let me know if you want to be part of this network."

The response was gratifying, and we are still receiving communications from individuals who say they "have just seen" that letter. We therefore invite you to contribute notes, comments, letters to the editor and articles to be considered for publication in our Journal and Newsletter. As is customary, all contributions may be edited. Send your manuscripts or a Macintosh disc to The Editor, Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter, 6907 Sherman Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119. 

Thank you.



Albert Schatz

Pythagorus said that the most divine art is that of healing. And if the healing art is most divine, it must occupy itself with the soul as well as the body, for no creature can be sound so long as the highest part of it is sickly. - Appolonius of Tyana

I received the following request from a reader who has been teaching massage and other bodywork modalities for many years. Would you please share with me why you decided to create a church? I know you have consistently used existing structure to bring into being a new concept of how that structure functions or can function with imagination and creativity. I know you are approaching massage as a Spiritual experience and practice. Given my history with churches, I wouldn't necessarily see that as a vehicle for promoting anything spiritual.

This is how the idea of a Church  developed. Karen Carlson and I reported the "spiritual aspects of massage" in the first issue of our 1984 Holistic Massage Newsletter.1 That motivated some massage practitioners to tell me that they also were interested in the spiritual aspects of massage. Since then, many others have expressed similar feelings. Their comments are summarized as follows.

They previously felt isolated because they knew few if any others for whom massage was also a spiritual calling. They believe there are important differences between spiritual massage and secular massage, and between spiritual massage healing and symptom-directed, medically-oriented secular massage therapy.2 They do not feel comfortable with the medical model toward which secular massage therapy is moving, and do not want to be required to conform to that model. Because massage organizations, journals, and newsletters are  concerned with secular massage therapy, they feel there is a need for an organization, journal, and newsletter devoted to spiritual massage and spiritual massage healing. They believe the national organization should be a church because a church would, by definition, symbolize the spiritual and healing nature of spiritual massage. No organization for secular massage therapy is called a church.

After considerable discussion with many individuals, I set up a four-point coning3 to work in a co-creative partnership with nature. A co-creative partnership is needed for every endeavor of humans on planet Earth.3 The White Brotherhood is included in the coning to ensure that whatever is done in the co-creative partnership will have an Aquarian dynamic.4 The four-point coning is the Spiritual Massage Team with which I have since then worked on matters involving the Church and Ministry.

This team advised me that it would be appropriate to establish (a) the Church for Spiritual Healing and Health  as a nonprofit corporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, (b) the Theological Seminary, (c) the Spiritual Massage Healing Ministry, (d) the Journal of Spiritual Bodywork, and (e) the Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter; and to register the service marks Spiritual Massage Healer,SM Spiritual Massage Practitioner,SM Spiritual Massage Minister,SM and Spiritual Massage Teacher.SM The organizational structure is reported elsewhere.5

The recognition of spiritual aspects of massage and the widespread interest in our Ministry has been reported.6,7  Since then we have received the following additional comments on the spiritual nature of massag

I am [the] owner of a 3-year-old [massage] practice. This has been in many respects a ministry as I share Bible verses of encouragement and hope (when appropriate) and silently pray for people while working with them. U.T., MA

I am anxious to make contact with others doing God's healing work in these difficult times. I believe we need to support each other in legal and spiritual ways; especially as the government and the AMA exert more and more control over people's lives and choices. F.A., TX

We would appreciate any information you have on Christianity and massage. We are planning to start a group here … to promote massage, and lend each other support, all with Christian emphasis… Let us know your goals and if we can help. I am a massage therapist and also a free-lance writer and can offer help with writing, marketing and promotions. We were in the process of praying about starting a Christian group of massage therapists when we saw your letter in the magazine. We're anxious to get together and share ideas and encourage. W.N., MI 

I am a practical nurse who also has studied Therapeutic Touch and Reiki… Although this work helps people with physical problems, I have always felt it helps them even more with reconnecting themselves to their souls, and even helps develop their relationship with God. K.J., NY

Massage is spiritual communication. C.K., PA

I [am] pleased to learn that there are others who do massage with a spiritual background. V.D., NC

Thank you for your spiritual vision. W.M., MA

I truly believe that massage is a sacred act of unconditional love and energy sharing. L.N., TX

I have often wondered how I might tie massage to my increasing spirituality and religious beliefs. What can I do that might help others and myself grow in these areas? I have little interest in monetary gain from this endeavor. As the area and church I am from are fairly conservative, I am a little shy and naive about what I might do to contribute. - D.C., CA

I know we have a similar path in life and I want to commend you for your views… It saddens me … that there is so much emphasis on technique; that is, until I read comments such as yours… I believe I was put on this planet at this time to hold a place for the truly magical healing experience that massage and touch can hold for us all. I entered massage after heading down the medical path because there was an intense knowing that something mysterious and powerful existed at the core of the massage experience. Without asking why or how, I answered the call of my path and will continue … for the mystery of massage to be honored without explanation of how [or] why … it works…  If there is anything I can do to support you … let me know. I would like to become a member of your new spiritual healing group. - K.D., TN

I am interested in your ministry… Although [my work] helps people with physical problems, I have always felt it helps them more with reconnecting themselves to their souls and even helps develop their relationship with God.- K.J., NY

I am interested in learning about everything you offer.- P.K, AZ

I am a recently-graduated massage therapist who is very interested in the spiritual aspects of bodywork. - H.J., VA

I am most interested in your publications as well as any other information you can send me about your work in spiritual massage healing. - G.M., KY

I have been practicing a combination of massage techniques since 1976 and have found myself moving steadily in the direction of prayer work and invocation. I am delighted to witness the expansion and recognition of Spirits' presence on so many levels in so many people's lives as they endeavor to create [the] right [kind of] livelihood. - G.B. VA  

I am a massage therapist working with women recovering from traumatic touch … in a Christian Counseling Center. I would like to network with others doing spiritual work and massage. - B.A., OR

We … are very interested in learning  about the Church for Spiritual Healing and Health … Newsletter and Ministry. It sounds so wonderful… My husband and I would like information as soon as possible.-  P.E., PA

I represent a newly formed association … that is dedicated to the service of the Lord through … massage. At present … our focus is just in reaching Christian therapists… I'm sure … [that] whatever information you care to share would be most beneficial to us. - H.C., CO

I have been drawn to working with more people facing life threatening conditions and those dealing with much physical, emotion and spiritual pain. In addition to my private practice, I work one day a week offering massage at a residence for individuals who are HIV positive and also volunteer at a hospice.-  B.T., MA 

I am already a minister so I can do various forms of spiritual hands-on healing.- H.M, CT

I feel … that finding your organization has been an answer to [a] prayer… Please send me … information that relates to the work you do, your beliefs, and any literature that will help me better understand your work. - D.C., B.C., Canada

Thanks so very much for the information… What you're doing is just fantastic. - W.P., DC

What I would like to do is become active within my own church … and other churches in [my] area… I believe if I can present my services with a spiritual aspect, many will be open to seeing the benefit of bodywork. - W.J., PA

The Spiritual Massage Healing Ministry … sounds exactly like what I have been looking for.- C.J., NM

I am so glad to know that there are others out there who are putting the spiritual aspects of massage first in their practice without necessarily being aligned with a particular religion. Your publications will be eagerly awaited. B.C., GA

I am a practicing massage therapist who recognizes [that massage] goes far beyond the traditional medical views. The work is spiritual… W.R., WA

I am a retired minister [and] will pray for your work. I cannot afford your annual dues. H.R., GA

The climate of massage has changed so much that I'm not …interested in participating in it anymore. The massage profession seems to be heading toward inclusion in the medical model, with much emphasis on insurance clients, large practices, and a focus on business. I can talk the line but it isn't what I love. I realized yesterday, while talking to my friend, who was expressing much the same discontent, that I want to take massage back to the people as a way of loving connection and personal discovery instead of training professionals. I have become discouraged about doing what I love to do and do well.- R.J., FL


 We need no longer feel shy at the mention of such concepts as "the spiritual aspects of healing," for healing naturally encompasses the entire spectrum of the human condition, if we will but lend our full consciousness to it. - Dolores Krieger.8

Spiritual massage healing also "naturally encompasses the entire spectrum of the human condition, if we will but lend our full consciousness to it."

The 1995 Touch Training Directory, published annually by the Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP), has recognized spiritual massage as a distinct modality. The following three sections of the Directory provide interesting information.

One hundred and ten Associations for Massage, Bodywork, and Somatic Therapies  are listed. Of these, 74 are domestic and 36 are international. All but two are concerned with secular modalities. One is the Spiritual Massage Healing Ministry which is primarily interested in spiritual healing aspects of massage. For this Ministry, the term spiritual includes but has a broader meaning than religious .9,10  The other is the National Association of Bodyworkers in Religious Service which, as its name implies, has a religious orientation.11

There are 656 Healthcare and Fitness Associations. Of these, 584 are domestic and 72 are international. All but four are concerned with secular modalities. The four exceptions are (a) the Healing Arts Center in CT, (b) the New England Academy of Co-Creative Science in CT, (c) the Healing Arts Institute in CT, and (d) the Healing Arts Institute in MA. These all focus on Somatic EducationSM which is a co-creative health science.

A Letter to the Editor in Massage & Bodywork Quarterly provides information about Co-Creative Science Workshops for Bodyworkers. These workshops were motivated by ABMP's International Year of Massage, Bodywork & Somatic Therapies.12 Additional information about Somatic EducationSM as a co-creative health science has been published in a previous issue of this Newsletter.13

The titles of four of the 84 Massage, Bodywork & Somatic Therapies include the terms soma  and/or somatic.  Because these four modalities are secular, they are very different from Somatic EducationSM which is taught and practiced within a co-creative partnership with nature13 and with the White Brotherhood. Information about the White Brotherhood has been published in the Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter.4

Spiritual massage, co-creative massage, and Somatic EducationSM are of particular interest because they are uniquely different from all other modalities and from one another. Although co-creative massage and Somatic EducationSM are co-creative health sciences, they are qualitatively different modalities.



This is a reply to an inquiry about the religion of our Church: I am somewhat confused by the fact that nowhere among the materials that you sent is there any specific information telling what … the religion of your church might be. For instance, while there are several references to God, there is no mention of Jesus Christ and so I cannot tell if …  your organization  is Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or what.

One response to this is that The soul of God is poured into the world through the thoughts of man. - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

A more detailed response depends on how one defines the terms spiritual  and religious. The Church and Ministry, which is an affiliate of the Church, include both the spiritual  and the religious  because the term spiritual  refers to the recognized world religions as well as other belief systems. In other words, spiritual  has a broader meaning than religious.9,10 Some people who believe they are spiritual do not consider themselves  religious because they are not philosophically aligned with an established religion.  

The Ministry is open to all who are spiritual in that nonreligious sense as well as others who are of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhis, and other faiths.  Some individuals who are interested in our ministry voluntarily tell us their religious affiliation. However, we do not ask for that information. We assume that those who are interested in our ministry want to share that interest with others in one way or another, and we welcome them to the fellowship which the Ministry provides to facilitate that sharing. 

The Ministry therefore welcomes individuals of all religions who have a common interest in the spiritual aspects of massage in the broadest sense of the term spiritual . For some this interest is religious, for others it is spiritual in a nonreligious way. Those who established the Church for Spiritual Healing and Health believe that members of all religions should share what they have in common with one another and with others who are spiritual but not religious. If we do this, religions bring people together instead of separating them.

Our Church and Ministry are ecumenical because their concept of spirituality includes all religions. That same sense of spirituality also includes our working in a co-creative partnership with nature spirits, other nature intelligences, and the White Brotherhood.4 Religions do not yet include this kind of co-creative partnership.       However, as we have pointed out elsewhere, Jesus Christ is a member of the White Brotherhood; and "all the major religious leaders … who have been part of our history, have come" from the White Brotherhood.4 Moreover, "there is need for [a co-creative] partnership [with nature] … in every endeavor of humans on Earth."3 This includes religion as well as government, education, philosophy, and science.4 In this respect, the Church and Ministry differ from other religious healing organizations.

Nonetheless,our Church and the Ministry respect the religious interests, attitudes, and kinds of healing modalities of other organizations. This includes the National Association of Bodyworkers in Religious Service; the Care Through Touch Institute that "integrates Christian  spirituality, pastoral ministry and sacramental massage, which is the art of anointing, prayer, and ritual;" and The  National Center for Jewish Healing.14

We also share some of the views of organizations overseas. For example, The National Federation of Spiritual Healers in the United Kingdom states, in its Articles of Constitution, as part of its Definition  of Spiritual Healing: "Distinctions of race, class, sex or religion are irrelevant. No affirmation of religious faith is required of the patient." The Federation does not ask those who apply for membership to provide information about their religious faith.9

The Confederation of Healing Organizations in Great Britain views religion and healing as follows. "Healing is acceptable in most religious teachings. Healers are drawn from Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and other sources. Most healing is given on a nondenominational basis irrespective of belief… Like doctors, healers may possess various religious and philosophical beliefs. A patient need have no faith himself and no more knowledge of his healer's philosophy than of his doctor's religion or lack of it… we therefore reject the term 'faith' healing."15 (Our Church and Ministry do not reject faith healing.)

With respect to patients who have no faith, "Atheism, pantheism, theosophy, and agnosticism are opposed to Christian Science, as they are  to ordinary religion, but it does not follow that the profane or atheistic invalid cannot be healed by Christian Science. The moral condition of such a man demands the remedy of Truth more than is needed in most cases."16

Although all religions have a spiritual basis,  all spiritual beliefs need not be religious. This is well-recognized philosophically. For example, in Some Comments on Spirituality,  Professor Henryk Skolimowski defined spirituality and concluded that "spirituality is not necessarily a function of religion, and does not have to be tied to any religion."10

The views of Bruno Cortis, M.D., on "Spirituality versus Religion"17 are also interesting. He is "a board-certified internist, a practicing cardiologist, a pioneer in angioplasty and laser applications, and the founder of the Exceptional Heart Patients Program in Illinois." He is the author of the book Heart & Soul. A Psychological and Spiritual Guide to Preventing and Healing Heart Disease.  Dr. Cortis believes:

"It is very important in any discussion of spirituality to separate spiritual from religious. The spiritual is, in my view, a crucial component of every phase of a person's life, while the religious is optional.

"So what do I mean by spiritual? It seems … to me that each of us is much more than just a mind and body hanging together in the same space, like a couple in common-law marriage. Indeed, the mind, body and spirit are intimately connected and interdependent. To speak of one without considering the others makes no sense. The spiritual, then, in humans (and all living things) is the part we can't see; it energizes the part we can see. We get our word spirit, in fact, from the Latin word spiritus,  meaning 'breath,' or 'life principle.' Many people call it the soul,  a word which comes from the German, meaning the 'vital or essential part.'

"This is the part of ourselves I'm talking about when I refer to spiritual and spirituality: the part that moves me further out into life or pulls me back from it, that feels and has ideas and acts on them, thinking and willing and choosing. Or, to look at it another way, it is the same power and intelligence within me that engineered my physical systems cell by cell and today heals my cuts and grows my hair and fingernails.

"You can see that, in the way I'm using it, the word spiritual  means something more basic than religion. It is the organic bedrock out of which religions are carved. The spiritual is. Religions explain, describe, harness, and elaborate on the spiritual. Religion is a pathway to the spiritual domain, but spirituality goes further than religion."

Elsewhere, Dr. Cortis writes: "Spirituality has changed my life. The discovery that I can have the consciousness of God, see God in everyone I meet, and desire to touch people's hearts brings me to the conclusion that there is a priest in every physician - not just a remnant of the witch doctor or shaman but a priest in the sense of a person who can build a bridge to God for another.

"I believe that God is within each of us. This knowledge of the divinity within is a pathway to health through personal development. I know now that health depends on self-discovery and spiritual atunement, and is realized through loving others and sharing yourself. I hope that my words have touched your heart, and that you will begin to move to heal your own heart and soul. I'd like to leave you with the words of a prayer/poem that came to me while I was meditating one day."

The Eyes of God

When you see through the eyes of God, you see only beauty and perfection around you.

When you see through the eyes of God, other people become you.

When you see through the eyes of God, you accept yourself, all of yourself.

And discover the purpose of life, to become all that you are.

Then, only then, you are free, you are pure love

Seeing through thee eyes of God.



The Journal of Spiritual Bodywork18 reported that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has recognized four different kinds of massage which include spiritual massage healing and co-creative massage. These two modalities were named in the Articles of  Amendment of the Church. The purpose of the amendment was "to specifically define, and include spiritual massage healing and co-creative massage," and "the practice (i.e., form of worship), teaching and study (i.e., research) of Spiritual Massage Healing and Co-Creative Massage".  

That report18 motivated  requests for detailed information about the amendment from individuals who were considering establishing churches similar to our Church for Spiritual Healing and Bodywork. For this reason, we are publishing the  complete text of Exhibit A of the Articles of Amendment which were filed with the Corporation Bureau of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Addendum to Articles of Amendment of the Church for Spiritual Healing and Health, Inc. (Entity Number 2615349, Microfilm Number 9482-1139)


The Articles of Incorporation for the Church for Spiritual Healing and Health, a domestic nonprofit corporation, state that this Church is incorporated for Religious, Charitable, Educational and Scientific purposes.

We are now amending the Articles of Incorporation of the Church for Spiritual Healing and Health, to specifically define, identify, and include the following as important components of the Religious, Educational, and Scientific purposes of this Church:

(a) Spiritual Massage, also known as Spiritual Massage Healing, and Co-Creative Massage which is a Co-Creative Health Science; and

(b) the practice (i.e., form of worship), teaching and study (i.e., research) of Spiritual Massage Healing and Co-Creative Massage. 





Spiritual Massage is a religious healing ceremony and is therefore also called Spiritual Massage Healing. It is a present-day form of spiritual healing based on the anointing with oil and the laying on of hands set forth in THE BIBLE.

Spiritual Massage is a form of divinely inspired and divinely guided religious healing. It consists of prayer, love, anointing with oil and movements derived from the laying on of hands described in the holy scriptures. It is the practice of one's religious faith and conscience. It is a mode of worship. The Spiritual Massage Healing Practitioner is a religious healer. Prayer is an integral part of Spiritual Massage Healing. It provides the healer with guidance. Without prayer, there is no Spiritual Massage Healing. This is a basic  definition.  In practice, Spiritual Massage Healing varies considerably.9

Every Spiritual Massage Healing is unique. Just as there is no one correct procedure for spiritual healing, so there is no one correct  procedure for Spiritual Massage Healing. Consequently, nobody can teach an individual the correct way to do spiritual healing or Spiritual Massage Healing. If that were possible, there would be no need for prayer. One could simply read a book and follow directions, as is done when painting by numbers and assembling IKEA furniture.

Those who practice and teach Spiritual Massage or Spiritual Massage Healing are known as Spiritual Massage Practitioners,SM Spiritual Massage Healers,SM Spiritual Massage Ministers,SM  and Spiritual Massage Teachers.SM  These service marks are registered with the Corporation Bureau of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The term massage is used in Spiritual Massage and in Spiritual Massage Healing because some of the movements that a Spiritual Massage Healer does may resemble secular massage manipulations or the manipulations of other secular modalities that move or lightly touch soft tissue. However, there are important differences. Massage therapy is a secular modality with a standardized procedure of specific manipulations.  Spiritual Massage is not a standardized procedure and has no specific manipulations.9 

Spiritual massage healers are accountable to God. The Church for Spiritual Healing and Health does not attempt to motivate anyone to do spiritual healing, including spiritual massage healing. For some, spiritual healing, including spiritual massage healing, is a calling comparable to the calling for ordination  - Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you.  - John 15:16. Some Spiritual Massage Healers believe that just as God has chosen certain people to be ordained (John 15:16), so He has chosen certain people to be Spiritual Massage Healers. Others have themselves chosen to be Spiritual Massage Healers as their way to serve, worship and work with God. Either way, each individual decides for himself or herself, as the case may be, whether to do spiritual massage healing; and, if so, what to do and how to do it; and assumes responsibility for what he or she does. 

Spiritual Massage HealersSM  are Spiritual Massage Ministers,SM  and are therefore ministering spirits, sent forth to minister  ( Hebrews 1:14).  As such, they  are accountable to God.

Spiritual Massage, also called Spiritual Massage Healing, is therefore very different from massage therapy, which is a secular modality, and from all other forms of secular bodywork.

Massage therapy is a secular modality because the definitions of massage therapy do not include, directly or indirectly, any religious and/or spiritual aspects. The secular nature of massage therapy is clearly evident from definitions of massage in state massage laws and also from the following definitions of the American Massage Therapy Association:

"Massage is manual soft tissue manipulations, and includes holding, causing movement, and/or applying pressure to the body … Massage Therapy is a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client… Therapy is a series of actions aimed at achieving or increasing health and wellness. Manual means by use of hand or body."19 (The definition of massage  raises an interesting question. Does this definition of massage  also apply to prostitution?


Co-Creative Massage is a generic term in the sense that it applies to and includes all forms of  massage that are generally considered to be bodywork.

Co-Creative Massage is a Co-Creative Health Science which, like all co-creative health sciences, has its own curriculum (course content), dialectic (investigative reasoning by dialogue), didactics (systematic instruction) and pedagogics (art of teaching). It is taught and practiced in a co-creative partnership with nature and the White Brotherhood. It therefore has an involution/evolution (i/e) balance. In a co-creative partnership, one collaborates with nature and the White Brotherhood.

The Co-Creative Massage practitioner teaches her students (clients) that the human body is one of nature's gardens, and how to work in a co-creative partnership to regain and maintain good health. They do this with flower essences, MAP, Calibration, Professional MAP teams, the Energy Cleansing Process, and other processes developed at Perelandra.3,20,21,22,23,24 They also obtain advice about nutrition, exercise, the use of herbs, etc. from nature and the White Brotherhood.

The quintessential nature of Co-Creative Massage which distinguishes it as a co-creative health science is its concept of the human body as one of nature's gardens and the co-creative partnership which gives it an i/e balance. In these respects, Co-Creative Massage is therefore qualitatively different from somatic therapies,25 massage therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.  These therapies — which are defined legally and otherwise as symptom-directed, medically-oriented treatments — are different from Co-Creative Massage because they do not consider the human body as one of nature's gardens, they are not taught and practiced in a co-creative partnership with nature and the White Brotherhood, and they do not have an i/e balance.

Somatic therapies, massage therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy are therefore not co-creative health sciences.


The spiritual massage healer endeavors to alleviate pain and facilitate the healing of the whole individual in terms of body, mind, and spirit. For many spiritual massage healers, working with God, prayer and sending healing energy and love are intimately interrelated in what they do. However, love has many meanings, just as spiritual  has many meanings. For professional and ethical reasons, romantic love  should not be involved in spiritual healing.26 Dr. Bruno Cortis, whom we have already quoted, wrote: I know now that health depends on self-discovery and spiritual atunement, and is realized through loving others and sharing yourself. The following comments by Dr. M. S. Peck27 describe the love that some believe is involved in spiritual massage healing. 

 "I have defined love" Peck wrote, "as the will  to extend oneself for the purpose of nurturing one's own or another's spiritual growth.

"Genuine love … implies commitment and the exercise of wisdom. When we are concerned for someone's spiritual growth, we know that … a commitment is the cornerstone of the … relationship.

"As defined, love is a strangely circular … evolutionary … process. For … when one has successfully extended one's limits, one has then grown into a larger state of being. Thus the act of loving is an act of self-evolution even when the purpose of the act is someone else's growth. It is [in] searching toward evolution that we evolve. … This … definition of love includes self-love with love for others. Since I am human and you are human, to love humans means to love myself as well as you.

"To be dedicated to human spiritual development is to be dedicated to the" human "race, of which we are a part, and this therefore means dedication to one's own development as well as 'theirs.' Indeed, as has been pointed out, we are incapable of loving another unless we love ourselves, just as we are incapable of teaching our children self-discipline unless we ourselves are self-disciplined. It is actually impossible to forsake our own spiritual development in favor of someone else's. We cannot forsake self-discipline and at the same time be disciplined in our care for another. We cannot be a source of strength unless we nurture our own strength. As we proceed in our exploration of the nature  of love, I believe it will become clear that not only do self-love and love of others go hand in hand, but that ultimately they are indistinguishable.

"One of the aspects of dependency is that it is unconcerned with spiritual growth. Dependent people are interested in their own nourishment, but no more; they desire filling, they desire to be happy; they don't desire to grow, nor are they willing to tolerate the unhappiness, the loneliness and suffering involved in growth of the other, the object of this dependency; they care only that the other is there to satisfy them. Dependency is but one of the forms of behavior to which we incorrectly apply the word 'love' when concern for spiritual evolution is absent… Love is never nurturance or cathexis without regard to spiritual growth."


1. Carlson, K., and Schatz, A. The International Academy of Massage Science. Holistic Massage Newsletter. 1:1-6. Copyright 1984.

2. Schatz, A. Massage therapy and spiritual massage healing are legally different modalities. Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter. 1(1):1-2.1995.

3. Wright, M.S. Perelandra Garden Workbook II.

 Co-Creative Energy Processes for Gardening, Agriculture and Life. Jeffersonton, VA. 1990.

4. An unusual workshop. Co-creative science for self-health care, bodyworkers, and other health-care providers. Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter. 1(3):1-2, 1995.

5. Church for Spiritual Healing and Health. Organizational Structure. Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter. 1(1):3. 1995.

6. Interest in spiritual massage is increasing.  Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter 1(1):3. 1995.

7. Widespread interest in spiritual aspects of massage. Journal of Spiritual Bodywork 1(2):1-3. 1995.

8. Krieger, D. Foreword. Spiritual Aspects of the Healing Arts.  p. ix. Theosophical Publishing House. Wheaton, IL. 1985.

9. Schatz, A. The Church for Spiritual Healing and Health. Spiritual massage healing. Journal of Spiritual Bodywork. 1(1):1-53. 1994.

10. Some comments on spirituality. Spirituality can exist independently of religion. Siritual Massage Ministry Newsletter. 1(3):2-3. 1995.

11. National Association of Bodyworkers in Religious Service. Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter. 1(2):3-4. 1995.

12. Schatz, A., and Brewster, Mary. Unique workshop inspired by ABMP's International Year of Massage, Bodywork & Somatic Therapies. Massage & Bodywork Quarterly. 10(3):29-30. 1995.

13.  New England Academy of Co-Creative Science. Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter. 1(2):1-2. 1995.

14. Directory of organizations concerned with spiritual and co-creative bodywork. Spiritual Massage Ministry Newsletter. 1(2):1-6, 1995.

15. Better Health the Holistic Way. Yours through the Member Organizations. Confederation of Healing Organizations. The Red & White House. 113 High Street. Berkhamsted, Herts. Great Britain. HP4 2DJ.

16. Eddy. M.B. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. The First Churchg of Christ Scientist. Boston. 1994.

17. Cortis, B. Heart & Soul. A Psychological and Spiritual Guide to Preventing and Healing Heart Disease. Villard Books. New York. 1995.

18. Pennsylvania recognizes four different kinds of massage.  Journal of Spiritual Bodywork. 1(2):6-7, 1995.

19. Basayne-Smith, A. Definition survey: what you had to say. Hands On, AMTA Newsletter. 9:6-7, Fall, 1993.

20. Wright, M.S. MAP. The Co-Creative White Brotherhood Medical Assistance Program. 2nd ed. Perelandra, Ltd. Jeffersonton, VA. 1994.

21. Wright, M.S. Behaving as if the God in All Life Mattered. Perelandra  Ltd. Jeffersonton, VA. 1983.

22. Wright, M.S. Flower Essences. Reordering Our Understanding and Approach to Illness and Health. Perelandra  Ltd. Jeffersonton, VA. 1988.

23. Wright, M.S. Perelandra Garden Workbook. A Complete Guide to Gardening with Nature Intelligences. 2nd. ed. Perelandra, Ltd. Jeffersonton, VA. 1993.

24. A  Garden as Defined by Nature. Translated from the nature intelligences in September, 1993, by Machaelle Small Wright. Perelandra, Ltd. Warrenton, VA. 1993.

25. The term "somatic therapies" is used by the Associated Bodywork and Massage & Bodywork Professionals which designated 1995 as The Year of Massage, Bodywork and Somatic Therapies.

26. Thomas, Z. Healing Touch. The Church's Forgotten Language. Westminster/John Knox. Louisville, KY. 1994.

27. Peck, M.S. The following The Road Less Traveled. Simon & Schuster, New York. 1978.

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