By Michael R. Smith, Ph.D.
If you met L.D. Porter on the street, you’d perhaps assume he was a 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 thought. 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 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 gauge their perceptions. 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. “I can’t believe I sleep through the night and have no headaches after two and a half years. I feel like a new person.” (Listen to portions of my conversations with L.D.’s clients in this YouTube clip).
So, 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 Solomon Wickey.
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.”
That 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 gifts. “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.”
In 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 phonyness.” He 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 “commercial.” He 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 important point. 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 proclaimed.
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.
Dr. Michael 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.