Circle of Friends to host free spiritual healing lecture Sept. 30Written by Staff Reports | | email@example.com
By Marie Eye, Toledo Free Press Staff Writer
Devotees of the late internationally known spiritual healer Bruno Gröning will be in Toledo on Sept. 30 to offer a free public lecture on Gröning’s beliefs and techniques.
The Toledo Chapter of the Bruno Gröning Circle of Friends will host a 90-minute introductory presentation, “Healing on the Spiritual Path: The Key to Tomorrow’s Health,” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Unity of Toledo, 3535 Executive Parkway, in Toledo.
Dr. Lucia Colizoli of Cleveland will discuss how healing energy regulates, cleanses, heals and can be consciously experienced by anyone.
“We will talk about Bruno and his work. As a doctor I will present some of the well-documented cases,” Colizoli said. “People will have a chance to feel the healing and an opportunity to meet the Toledo group. We will teach a little bit on how to absorb the energy with hands open upward and allow the flow of energy to go through the body. People from Germany will be there also along with the local Friends of Bruno.”
Colizoli, who has more than 30 years of experience in adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatry, is an active member of the international medical scientific group associated with the Circle of Friends. The group reviews reports of spiritual healing and provide medical comments based on the findings of independent doctors.
“It’s unusual work. I don’t know many groups where doctors review reports of God’s work,” Colizoli said.
Gröning was born in 1906 in Germany into a working class family and started healing people at a young age.
“As a toddler, he started healing people by just walking around them,” Colizoli said. “At 2, he ran away into the woods and said to God, ‘Life on Earth is so hurtful.’ And God responded, ‘You volunteered for this so you can help people.’”
Misunderstood by his family as a child, Gröning also had a difficult adult life, including a bad marriage, Colizoli said. He was also drafted into World War II, where he refused to fight.
“The army put him in a tank and when he was told to fire, he would fire in the air.” Colizoli said. “He was then captured by the Russians, but instead of being desperate, he helped people around him even though he was held as a prisoner.”
The bulk of his work came later in life as many people were injured physically and mentally after World War II.
“Thousands of injured people — on more than one occasion 30,000 people — would show up for healing at his home in a single day,” Colizoli said. “His energy was so unbelievable that 90 percent of these people would actually heal. People would go home and spread the word. Even those who had not been in direct contact with Gröning, but would hear their story, would also get healing.”
Gröning referred to his divine gift as the Heilstrom, or healing stream. Human beings are like batteries, he believed; if we don’t recharge ourselves we lose energy.
“There are two polarities of energy in the universe: God’s positive energy and destructive negative energy, and we have to choose what to focus on,” Colizoli said. “Traumatic and negative experiences lead to illness. For example, pregnant women should be in a positive energy, because [negative energy] creates illness in babies.”
Gröning did not intend his teachings to replace religion, Colizoli said.
“He said, ‘Continue on your path, just connect to your heart. The spiritual way on Earth is filled with thorns, and I’m here to clear the way,’” Colizoli said. “In fact, Christians, Muslims, atheists, etc., are part of the Circle of Friends.”
Gröning was persecuted by authorities, who banned him from practicing and threatened him with prison, Colizoli said.
“They did everything to stop him,” she said.
Gröning, who died in 1959, continues to heal from beyond the grave, his devotees say.
“Before he died, he said he could help more from the other side.” Colizoli said. “People have had experiences after his death and some are still receiving healing even though he is not alive anymore. There is a five-hour documentary about him and people receive healing just by watching the film.”
After his death, Gröning was somewhat forgotten, but his teachings were revived by Austrian schoolteacher Grete Häusler, who founded the Circle of Friends in 1979.
“Mrs. Häusler continued his work. She died a few years ago and her son is now the leader,” Colizoli said. “We are all volunteers, thousands of us, in almost every country in the world. We are modeling after Gröning, who never asked for a single cent for his healing. All he asked was that healed people write their story for others so he could heal as many as possible.”
Colizoli said she finds her work rewarding both professionally and personally.
“I am so glad to be in a group that recognizes God can really help people where my profession has failed,” Colizoli said. “I’m 65 years old and I look younger since I came into the Circle of Friends and started practicing Gröning’s techniques.”
For more information, visit www.bruno-groening.org/english.