An Exploration of Multi-Dimensional Realities, Indigenous Healing, and Medical Miracles in the Philippine Lowlands
"Psychic Surgery and Faith Healing is a well-researched book, written with lyrical and contemplative prose. The book's diversity of perspectives allows the reader to appreciate it on a number of levels: it reads as a memoir, a self-help book, and an historical account of faith healing in the Philippines." - New Consciousness Review
A journalistic quest that begins with the couldn't-be-more-personal experience of her own psychic surgery, Bryan takes the reader from The Faith in God Spiritual Church outside Reno, Nevada to the Pangasinan Province of the Philippines Island of Luzon, famous for its healers who perform surgery without cutting open the body - bare-handed surgery, where no anesthesia is used, and there is no pain, scars, or infection.
Even as quantum physicists close in on a scientific description of how it works, Bryan asks: "Is psychic healing a miracle of God or a trickery of fake blood and cotton balls perpetrated by charlatans?" She goes on to explore how it might well be both.
This is an open, honest, in-depth look at the multiple, often contradictory realities of faith healing and the ripples it casts into the realms of physics, metaphysics, spirituality, and higher consciousness. Into this heartfelt first person account of a life-changing journey from patient to student to sometimes teacher, Bryan weaves a parallel narrative full of historical detail and cultural perspective on telekinesis, the magnetic force of cells, trance mediums, miracles, the placebo effect, and the power of expectation, as well as minor and major deities on the order of John of God, Franz Mesmer, Emanuel Swedenborg, Albert Einstein, and Shirley MacLaine.