May 30, 1906|
|Died||January 26, 1959
Groening said that his ideas were not a new teaching or religion, but rather an ancient knowledge  that had been lost, saying that people had forgotten "the most important thing"- that there is a Higher Power or Force that is available to help people.
Groening regarded health (rather than illness and disease) as the natural state of all living things and asserted that one can maintain health and heal from illness by absorption of a Divine life force that he called "Heilstrom," which translates into English as "Healing Wave" or "Healing Stream."
Einstellen or "Tuning In" to the Divine Energy
To connect with and receive this energy, Groening taught a technique he called "einstellen" (German for "tuning in"). He said that human beings were like batteries, that used energy and, to maintain health, needed to daily renew themselves, by tuning into the Healing Wave. The practice of einstellen consists of sitting in an upright position with arms and legs uncrossed, and palms facing upwards. He stated that it was very important for the back to be straight and to not have any kind of backrest if possible. Inwardly the practice consists of having the wish to receive the heilstrom, having faith that healing is possible, and then focusing on the body, observing the sensations and feelings thereof.
According to Groening, when one tunes into the healing stream, healing can occur spontaneously or slowly over time according to a cleansing process, happening through the life force flowing through the body during "einstellen". Sometimes the symptoms can actually worsen or pain is experienced before a healing occurs. Groening called this occurrence regelungen (German for "regulation"), and stated that it is sometimes a necessary part of the healing process.
Power of Thought
Bruno Groening emphasized the importance of not thinking about negative things, especially an illness one was hoping to heal, and in maintaining a positive attitude and having faith, especially faith that healing was possible, saying “Thoughts are energies which will come true! If now you take up the firm intent in your mind to regain your health and the belief that this is possible with God’s help, you have built up the right mental attitude for healing to begin.”  In his teaching he emphasizes that negative thinking and dwelling on problems actually interferes with the healing process.
Groenings ideas about himself
Groening's concept of himself was that he was an "appointed person", given the task and capacity to help people by God. He spoke of himself also as a "mediator" and a "transformer," in terms of his role and ability to help people connect with the Healing Stream. Groening never took credit for healings, saying that he was only an instrument and servant of God  and that it was God who accomplished healed, not himself.
Which specific religion people followed was not considered important by Groening; rather, what was important that they had some kind of spiritual or religious orientation, saying "To be connected with God, that is all." Groening spoke of God as the Father of all people, who sends help and healing through the "Healing Stream" regardless of their religion or nationality He encourage people to stay within whatever faith or denomination they already were, and to practice their faith or religion with more diligence.
Bruno Gröning had no formal medical training. After working as a carpenter and pursuing some other occupations, he was conscripted during World War II. After being drafted, he stated that he would not kill another human being, and came close to being executed for this stance at a court martial. There, in prison, he argued with his captors for better conditions in the prison. Groening came to public attention in 1949. In Herford, the father of a young boy named Dieter Hulsmann, claimed that Bruno Groening had healed his son of muscular dystrophy, and told many people of his belief. News of this story circulated and soon crowds gathered in front of the Hulsmann residence, seeking healing. Soon newspapers began covering the story, which drew larger crowds of up to 5,000 people.
As he traveled around Germany, Austria and Switzerland he would often draw similar size and larger crowds. In September 1949, up to 30'000 people daily came to the city of Rosenheim to see him.  Once again, newspapers ran stories about him, even printing entire special editions about the gatherings there.
Gröning died of stomach cancer at the age of 52. Years before his death when healing bans were sought against him, Groening claimed that if he was prohibited from healing he would burn up from the inside. Such a ban eventually did occur and some of his followers believe this is what caused his death.
Media coverage of Bruno Gröning was mixed, with contradictory reports. Some called Gröning a "miracle doctor", others "charlatan".
Gröning faced many legal challenges. In many towns he was forbidden to heal or speak to people. Reasons for this varied. One charge brought against him was that he was practicing medicine without a license. At other times officials were concerned about the large crowds that gathered. He went on trial twice. He was unable to take part in the second trial because he was undergoing surgery at the time.
Various groups continue to promulgate Gröning's teachings, including the "Circle of Information", the "Bruno Groening Trust", the Bruno Groening Friends, the "Association for the Advancement in Germany of Spiritual and Natural - Psychological Foundations for Living", "Help and Healing Sessions", the Association for Natural Spiritual Living,"  and the "Bruno Groening Circle of Friends."
The Association for the Advancement was founded in 1958 by Bruno Groening. The "Circle of Friends" was founded in 1979 by Grete Hausler, an Austrian schoolteacher who worked closely with Groening.
- "Bruno Groening Circle of Friends, main page". Retrieved 11 November 2013.
- Hausler, Grete. (2008) An Introduction to the Teaching of Bruno Groening. Thalmassig, Germany. p.11
- Hausler, Grete. (2008) An Introduction to the Teaching of Bruno Groening. Thalmassig, Germany. p.10
- Kamp, Matthias. M.D. (1999) Healing the Spiritual Way through the teachings of Bruno Groening. Monchengladbach, Germany. p. 113-114
- Kamp, Matthias. M.D. (1999) Healing the Spiritual Way through the teachings of Bruno Groening. Monchengladbach, Germany. p. 114
- http://www.bruno-groening.org/english/ Bruno Groening Circle of Friends