International Self-Realization Healing
Association (ISRHA)
The International Self-Realization Healing Association
(ISRHA) began in the 1990s as a professional association for
healers trained by Mata Yogananda, formerly a disciple of
Swami Paramahansa Yogananda, and her husband Peter Sevananda.
Mata Yogananda is the founder of the Self-Realization
Meditation Healing Centre that in 1988 moved to its present
site in Somerset, England. Through the 1980s and 1990s they
trained a number of healers who subsequently emerged as fulltime
spiritual healers who remain in relationship with Mata Yogananda.
Several also founded Self-Realization Healing Centres.
Within the association, spiritual healing is seen to begin with
the subtle energies released in the healing process that reach
beneath the surface to free the patient from hisher problems.
Spiritual healing is coupled with a process of ‘‘Progressive
Counseling’’ that focuses on present problems and provides
simple exercises to meet them. It is believed that healing and
understanding have to be generated within the patient rather
than imposed from outside. The healing energies reconnect
the individual with what is seen as the universal source of spiritual
awareness. During the healing process, patients learn to
operate with the healing energies within themselves.
Members of the association have been trained to keep a spiritual
attunement that allows them to serve as healers and counselors.
In England, the work of spiritual healers has gained
some legal status and patients in hospitals are free to call them
to their bedside. There is less recognition in other countries.
Through the 1990s, a number of healers established centers
across the United Kingdom and others from several countries
of the British Commonwealth also trained with Mata Yogananda
and Peter Sevananda. After the ISRHA was founded, affiliated
members appeared in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
The ISRHA is headquartered at 1 Hamlyn Rd., Glastonbury,
Somerset BA6 8HS, United Kingdom. It publishes a biannual
periodical, Change, first issued in 1997. The SelfRealization
Meditation Healing Centre headed by Mata Yogananda
is located at Laural Lane, Queen Camel, Yeovil,
Somerset BA22 7NU, United Kingdom. It publishes an annual
periodical, Dharma, through its publishing arm, Daoseva Press.
Associated centers are found in Australia, New Zealand, and
Canada. It has an Internet presence at http
Change. Somerset, UK, n.d.
Dharma. Somerset, UK, n.d.
Self-Realization Meditation Healing Centres. http April 30, 2000.