Some people are surprised to hear that spirituality ever had a role in healing. However, not counting this blog site, I believe you will hear more and more about the importance of spirituality in regards to health issues.
Perhaps we've all forgotten that religions and religious organizations were the first sponsors of medical care institutions.
For those asking whether spirituality and faith should have a place in health care discussions or for those questioning the interface of theology and medicine, Dr. Jeff Levin's book, God, Faith, and Health: Exploring the Spirituality Healing Connection, supplies considerable talking points.
Who is Jeff Levin? Here's a small snip from his bio:
Dr. Levin was the first scientist to systematically review the empirical literature on religion and health, and the first scientist funded by the NIH [National Institutes of Health] to conduct research on the topic. He is a Past President of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine, is a member of the Extended Faculty of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, was Chairman of the NIH Working Group on Quantitative Methods in Alternative Medicine, and has served on the editorial boards of numerous peer-reviewed journals.Yet, as fascinating a read as Levin's book is, the forward by Larry Dossey, M.D., is just as enlightening. For example, Dossey, in part, writes:
Future historians of medicine will describe the twentieth century as the period in which spirituality, after a long absence, began to return to healing... Most people outside of medicine take for granted the idea that religious practices such as worship, prayer, and meditation are important for their health, and they often wonder what the fuss is over these issues is all about. But the fact is, unfortunately, that medical science has long looked with disdain on the possibility of a spiritual factor in health. ... Generations of physicians have viewed with skepticism and often with ridicule the possibility that our patients' religious views and spiritual practices might make a difference in their health. But today our patients are having the last laugh.Perhaps, in years to come, spirituality will be recognized as having an even greater role in health care than most of society can now imagine. It will be intriguing to watch the evolution of our spiritual awakening.
Not too long ago, physicians believed they should not inquire about the sexual practices and drinking habits of their patients. But as evidence mounted that these were important health issues, physicians began to inquire about them with the appropriate sensitivity. Today it would be considered malpractice to avoid these areas. In the same way, physicians can learn to interact skillfully and gently regarding their patients' spiritual life, to the benefit of their health.
Yet, what will cause this awakening, this radical shift in health care? Could it be a growing dissatisfaction with the multitude of disturbing side-effects caused by most medicines? Perhaps it is because plenty of what medical researchers conclude in their studies is eventually found to be misleading, exaggerated, or flat-out wrong? Or could it be that many are learning that each of us, first and foremost, is a spiritual being? My study of Jesus' healing ministry and my own twenty-eight year healing practice has taught me that since we are spiritual, spiritual treatments are effective.
I welcome spirituality's return to the health arena. I hope you will too.
Keith Wommack is a blogger, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, musician, and step-dad. He is the media and legislative liaison for Christian Science in Texas. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). He is also fond of breakfast tacos.
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