10. A large crowd followed and pressed around him. And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering. At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ “But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” (Mark, 5: 25 to 34).
11. These words, “At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him,” are significant. They express the movement of the fluid which Jesus transferred to the sick woman. Both have felt the action which has just been produced. It is remarkable that the effect has not been provoked by any will-power of Jesus. Neither magnetism nor laying-on of hands were employed. The normal fluidic-radiance was sufficient to effect the cure.
But why was this radiance directed to the woman rather than to others, since Jesus did not think of her, and he was surrounded by a multitude of people?
The reason is very simple. The fluid, being given as therapeutic matter, must reach
organic disorder in order to repair it. It can be directed upon the evil by the will of the healing medium, or attracted by the ardent desire, the confidence, or, in one word, the faith of the sick one. In regard to the fluidic-current the first is the effect of forcing it, and the second of suction. Sometimes the simultaneousness of the effects is necessary; at others one alone suffices. The second has taken place in this circumstance.
Jesus was then right in saying, “Your faith has healed you.” The faith expressed here is not the mystical virtue which some believe it to be, but a veritable attractive force; while he who has it not, opposes to the fluidic-current a repelling force, or at least an inert one, which paralyzes action. Knowing this, one can comprehend how two sick persons attacked by the same illness, in the presence of a healing medium, one can be cured, and the other not. This is one of the most important principles of healing mediumship, and which explains, by a very natural cause, certain apparent anomalies (chap. XIV, n° 31 to 33).