SEARCH OF HEALING:
Psychic Uses Mind Power to Heal Illness
By Michael R. Smith, Ph.D.
If you met L.D. Porter on the street, you’d perhaps assume he was a
goat rancher. His preferred attire includes dilapidated jeans and the occasional
muddied boots. He drives a 1988 Chevrolet Blazer. And yet, despite these
outward appearances, this man has reached rather extraordinary heights
over the last several years, working as a psychic healer, with a devoted
following whose clients swear by his abilities.
As a doctoral-trained former university professor, all of my scientific
instincts instruct me to attempt to rationally explain how and why his distance
healing phone sessions appear to work.
I’ve interviewed L.D.’s clients, for case
study research, attempting to scrutinize and explain his success. And yet, I’ve found, no matter how hard I try, that I cannot
fulfill this expectation. What I can do, and what I
will attempt to do here, is simply explain, with a journalist’s eye,
what I myself have experienced as an observer of one of the more
remarkable and enigmatic individuals I have ever encountered.
Like many individuals,
I have longed to go beyond the borders of what is considered mainstream
In countless attempts to transcend culture (and perhaps even space
and time), I’ve traveled the globe, questing for authentic spiritual
experiences. I’ve been to Mayan temples in Mexico and traversed deep
into the jungles of Thailand seeking spiritual answers (e.g.
,think Elizabeth Gilbert’s ‘Eat Pray Love’). And yet nothing I’ve
encountered in those exotic locations compares to the gentle simplicity of
an affable Texan who heals clients using only his mind.
At first glance, nothing about L.D. Porter resembles other top healers like Braco, John of God, or Mahendra
Trivedi. L.D. claims to do his best work in his bathrobe, while laying in a
trance state in bed.
Intrigued by this description, I asked to observe one of his
distance healing phone sessions.
After a little cajoling, L.D. agreed, and I was treated to about
30 minutes of complete silence interspersed with the occasional joke about
Texas, where L.D. was born.
Somewhat taken aback by such simplicity,
I decided to follow up and talk to the clients themselves and guage their
Granted permission, I first spoke with Ms. Laird in Canada, who
asked that her full name not be used.
“I have been dealing with Mr. Porter for several weeks by telephone as I
have end stage emphysema cancer,” Ms. Laird said.
“I was spending my days in bed and I thought my
days were over.
After a couple of weeks speaking to L.D., I am now living again.
I don't really understand what happened,
but whatever it was it got me up and going.”
Says Heidi of her experiences seeking healing from plantar fasciitis, a
foot condition that often prevented her walking:
“After our sessions, I felt my foot heat up as if a channel was opening. This morning I woke up
with zero pain. That hasn't happened in at least 2 years.”
Client Linda Kluasing suffered for 2.5 years with daily migraine headaches,
but one year later, after working with LD, she reports that her symptoms
have not returned.
can't believe I sleep through the night and have no headaches after two
and a half years. I feel like a new person.”
to portions of my conversations with L.D.'s clients in this
the question remained: how
does a man laying on a bed in a bathrobe in New Mexico help heal the
chronic illness of a person 2,000 miles away, with a self-proclaimed
success rate of 80 percent, seemingly using AT&T as his only tool?
L.D. explained that referred to his preferred healing technique of
“body scanning,” in which he uses his mind
to look at the client
"like a TV screen" through which he can remove blocks in the client's
physical, emotional, spiritual, and energetic functioning.
“I release my own will and go to the ‘mind’ of something
higher than myself,” L.D. reported.
“Then, I simply imagine health. We all have this ability. It is
this imagery that heals.”
Now at age 60,
LD has spent the last 5 years engrossed in a distance healing practice that
occupies 12 hours of every day, with barely a day off.
He can only see about 5 clients per day, he said, and is careful to
prevent the burnout that was experienced by one of his idols, psychic
Edgar Cayce. Another role model that
LD holds in great esteem is his original mentor, an Amish psychic healer named
In the late 1990’s, LD , suffering from lifelong debilitating
asthma, sought healing from Mr. Wickey in Indiana. LD
describes his first meeting:
"He fixed it - with a gentle tapping on the chest and his
saying ‘you don't have it anymore.’ Two weeks later, the
asthma was gone, and I realized that I had to study with this man."
desire led to L.D.’s two-year long apprenticeship working in the clinic
alongside Mr. Wickey.
“Solomon used to call me his x-ray machine,” LD said,
“because I could see into areas of the body and function as a medical
intuitive, so to speak.”
It was in Indiana where L.D. finally embraced his natural-born
“I simply go to an area in the body with my
mind and re-pattern it, similar to an artist working with molding clay,
and I imagine it back to health.”
2007, L.D. launched into a full-time psychic healing practice.
These days, LD generally resists any further attempt to dissect his
methods, and most interview requests from radio and TV.
He is a simple man, whose motto is “no commercialism, no
recently published a book about healing, Awakening the Genesis Within, that took three years to complete, and
only after going through a series of editors who wanted him to be more
turned to me to help him complete the book.
Respecting his wishes for simplicity, I was honored to assist.
I asked LD if he had any
‘spiritual truths’ to share with the readers.
He paused, looked toward the sky, and then placed the fingers of
both hands together, not unlike President Clinton before sharing an
I was ready for a capstone moment.
Then I heard the following:
“You have the have the other side of the road before the chicken
or the egg.
Neither one is possible without the other side of the road,” he
I laughed, harder than I have in weeks. After doing so, I realized
that perhaps he was working some healing magic on me?
And only now, after reflecting on the time I spent with this most
unusual, exceptional man, do I realize that I feel physically and mentally
better than I have in a long time.
And that, just like the psychic
healing experiences of many of L.D.’s
clients, defies all logical explanation.
About the Author
Smith, Ph.D. is a former professor of Education, empath, &
the author of three spiritually-oriented books. He offers a free
monthly Empath Connection newsletter and eCourse, writing about spiritual topics.
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