A Constant Source of Healing Energy

by Christiane Northrup, M.D.


I have been inspired by the words of Catherine Ponder for years, in part because she connects the Law of Attraction with spirituality. In her books, Ponder, a Unitarian Minister, teaches how to use that connection to create health, happiness, satisfying work, meaningful relationships, financial prosperity, and so forth. This has been my life’s work as well!

This summer, I decided to reread one of my favorite books written by Catherine Ponder called The Dynamic Laws of Healing. I’m glad I did—her work is both simple and profound. Ponder reminded me that there is an infinite amount of healing energy available to us at all times through the Creator. Although I know this at the core of my being, it reassures me to read these words and be reminded of this truth.

The Creator goes by many names: Jesus, Allah, Adonai, the Great Goddess, Source Energy—it really doesn’t matter which name you use. The point is that, regardless of your religion or spiritual practices, you can tap into this healing source at any time. Although some religious practices disagree, I believe you can connect directly to the creator without an intermediary. And I suggest you experiment with this.

Knowing there is a Higher Power, one that is greater than I am, calms my spirit when I’m troubled. Because Ponder is a Christian minister, she believes that Jesus will share or even “lift your burdens” entirely. While it isn’t necessary for you to agree with this precept (since it is a Christian ideology), I can assure you there is something wonderful about knowing when to “surrender” to a situation. You’ve undoubtedly heard the phrase, “Let Go and Let God.”

Believing that the universe will rise up to support you when you can’t figure out the answer is incredibly reassuring—plus it works!

Welcoming the Divine

People have called on the name of the Creator for thousands and thousands of years to bring the Divine into their presence. This is one of the reasons we pray, and also why prayer is so powerful. The sound of prayer, either spoken or sung, as it resonates in our bodies is also healing. According to the Kabbalah, an ancient Jewish text, the Hebrew letters have specific healing properties when spoken aloud. At a minimum, speaking words or prayers out loud can change the vibrational patterns around you, which just might help you manifest your dream or desire with the help of the Law of Attraction.

Catherine Ponder’s books are filled with beautiful affirmations, much like Louise Hay’s inspiring affirmations. However, Ponder’s are more like a prayer that invokes God’s presence. She believes that merely repeating God’s name (in her case, Jesus) is all that’s needed to connect with this healing energy. Talk about simple.

The ancients believed that the phrase “I AM” was a synonym for “the God within you.” Catherine Ponder says to meditate regularly on the phrase “I am the light of the world” can flood your whole being with light and drive out darkness.

Think about how many times you say “I am” in a day. Are you affirming what you want to bring into your life? Is it possible that your words are unknowingly cutting off your connection to healing energy?

Here are some I AM affirmations to experiment with:

I AM health, strength, and prosperity.

I AM calm in times of stress. I AM inspired to find solutions to my problems.

I AM flourishing in my body, spirit, and mind. I AM a shining example of health and happiness for my friends, coworkers, and family.

Healing With Divine Love

My friend Robert G. Fritchie of the World Service Institute teaches the practice of healing with Divine Love. “Divine Love” is Fritchie’s term for the healing energy from the Creator, which is available to us 24/7. When you work with Fritchie, you can feel yourself connecting to this Infinite Source. It’s really quite remarkable.

Fritchie holds weekly teleconferences to help individuals connect with Divine Love. He also conducts teleconferences to help heal the earth and address other environmental disasters. For example he organized a group of people from all over the world to send Divine Love to the people living in Japan (and to the precarious nuclear reactors) after the Tsunami in 2010.

For more information, read Fritchie’s book Surviving Chaos: Healing with Divine Love. You can sign up to participate in a Divine Love Healing Group at www.worldserviceinstitute.org.

Restoring Equilibrium

No matter who you are, there are times when you will feel stress, ill health, or low energy. All of us argue with our boss or partner every now and then. Imbalance of any kind, Ponder teaches, often arises when you lose your connection to the Divine—when you cut off the circulation of healing energy. What’s important is you can regain your health, prosperity, and equilibrium by connecting to the Creator.

I encourage you to practice connecting to this infinite source of healing, either by reading Catherine Ponder’s books, by working with Bob Fritchie, or through personal prayer and affirmations. Although any time is a good time to start, if you have some leisure time before the summer ends and the fall rush begins, experiment a little. Having this foundation in place when imbalances do occur will literally be a Godsend!

Last Updated: August 1, 2011

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D.

Christiane Northrup, M.D., is a visionary pioneer and a leading authority in the field of women’s health and wellness. Recognizing the unity of body, mind, and spirit, she empowers women to trust their inner wisdom, their connection with Source, and their ability to truly flourish.


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  1. Claire
    10 years ago

    Just as a note…Catherine Ponder is an American minister in the Unity church according to Wikipedia vs being a Unitarian Minister. I’ll still check out her books…

  2. Sharon
    10 years ago

    Dr. Northrup I have to tell you..YOU are a breath of fresh air as a Dr….so many do not come to your way of thinking and I just wanted to tell you how comforting to know you exsist…I wish you were my Dr….;o) Bless you.

  3. Rennifer
    10 years ago

    Wondreufl explanation of facts available here.

  4. Christiane Northrup
    10 years ago

    Dear JGH- In ancient times, the priests were the doctors. During the time of Descartes, the Church made a deal with the doctors: we’ll keep the soul, you do the body. And thus , the mind/body split was born. Now the scientific method has documented beyond any doubt the unity of body, mind, and spirit. What a relief!!

  5. Tiffini
    10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing!!!

  6. JGH
    10 years ago

    Thank you Dr. Northrup for sharing this. Many doctors would shy away from something as powerful and true for fear of being considered woo-woo. xoxo

  7. Christiane Northrup
    10 years ago

    So glad you mentioned Bob Fritchie http://www.worldserviceinstitute.org. I use his Divine Love healing process almost DAILY!!! WE’re doing a session for my Mom tomorrow– gathering all the kids. So practical and lovely!!

  8. Christiane Northrup
    10 years ago

    I was re-inspired just by reading your comments here! And I also love the very practical and “right on the mark” inspiration offered re: anxiety. I recommend Learning to Breathe by Priscilla Warren. Many practical solutions for anxiety. May we all remember our connection to Source which is through our hearts!

  9. Sunny
    10 years ago

    The Bach remedies are a great source for many things. For anxiety try their Rescue Remedy. It’s not too costly and also comes in gum, as well as, drops. It is just a natural flower herb with no side effects. Can find it at most health food stores.

  10. John Cali
    10 years ago

    I loved this article, Chris. I’ve been a fan of Catherine Ponder over 30 years now. I recently connected with Bob Fritchie, thanks to an article you wrote some months ago. He’s doing some magnificent healing work.

    Thanks for a great article!

  11. Lisa
    10 years ago

    Thanks! Living in Austria, I’m thrilled to find that similar approaches emerge on a global level. In Vienna, Greta Adolf-Wiesner (www.dasenergieteam.info, some texts in English are available) guides groups in a way that you describe here: re-connect to that Divine Love, and amazing wonders happen. Self-empowerment on every level, pure healing.

  12. Cathy Williams
    10 years ago

    I suggest you ask your doctor for a prescription for Klonopin, 1 mg 2 times per day. It has helped me immensely. Once you calm down some, you will then be more able to relax. And meditate. If you don’t feel like exercising, tell yourself you will do it for 5 minutes at least. Exercise will help you sleep too.

  13. Jen Salko
    10 years ago

    Thank you so much for reminding me of the simplicity and power of reaching out to the Divine. You are a blessing!

  14. Dr. Northrup,
    Thank you for this timely reminder! I’m leaving a dead-end job and relationship this month. Reconnecting is essential. Goddess Bless you!

  15. Annee
    10 years ago

    I have been reading The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity thanks to Dr Northrup, it has not only helped me financially but spiritually, beyond anything I ever imagined. Thank you very much, Dr Northrup; the timing was incredible, too, I was seeking and you brought it to me. I am looking forward to reading The Dynamic Laws of Healing.

  16. Suzy Carroll
    10 years ago

    Timely, wonderful and inspiring! I’m always amazed at how when you ask for help, an answer appears. This morning it was reading this. Having just hit a rare ‘bump’ in the road, this was the gentle message needed to uplift and remind me that “I AM the light of the world”. Thank you!

  17. turiya
    10 years ago

    i am a muslim woman in my 3rd day of fasting for the month of ramadan. i have decided to focus on forgiveness this year. what a great read as i begin this month of intensified prayer, quiet and introspection! thanks

  18. Kate Holt
    10 years ago

    I am reading Catherine Ponder’s “Dynamic Laws of Prosperity” and finding it so inspiring. I love her simple advice that when you are looking at what appears to be lack, say to it, “Peace, Be Still!” I feel that instant God-connection. Thanks for promoting her simple, powerful messages.

  19. annie
    10 years ago

    deb, i can feel your fear, but it’s not real. the only thing real is God’s love for you. know that it is vast, it is unconditional and you can trust it only works for your highest good.
    you are safe. you are worthy. you are loved. always and all ways. let go. let go more. now more. very good. receive your blessings. the are waiting for you.

  20. katie west
    10 years ago

    Thrilled to see another fan of Catherine Ponder. Her words have inspired and encouraged me for years. She should be on everyone’s To Read list.

  21. GKT
    10 years ago

    You might try eliminating gluten from your diet and see what happens. You would not believe the problems that stuff can cause!

  22. Cheri Lundstrom
    10 years ago

    Try to observe them, take notes on them such as how strong or fast the heart is beating, how quickly it comes and subsides. By observing, I really know how long it lasts, I know it is not going to kill me and has definite limitations. I approached it with a certain amount of curiosity and gained a bit of control because I learned its limitations.

  23. poonam
    10 years ago

    I just love this article. all my life but last 16 yrs. I have been doing gratitude prayer each n every morning with Source Energy I call “RADHASOAMI” (pure energy field) sound of this word matters-RA-DHA-SOA-MII. radha is opposite of dhara which means current, so we spirit current is going back to the Sourse-Soami.

  24. Deborah Hagberg
    10 years ago

    How do I deal with over the top, excessive anxiety attacks. I;m on the women to women but for only two weeks. HELP

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