Is Spiritual-Based Healing Weird?


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Editor's note: The following essay is part of a new department in the Mind & Body blog called "Gotta Have Faith," where Utne readers of all faiths and spiritual persuasions are invited to share their perspectives on religion and spirituality in a civil and respectful forum. If you'd like to submit a post to this blog, please contact Christian Williams

While in a meeting, a newspaper editor, after learning that I practiced spiritual-based healing, said, "Since Christian Science is weird, it ... "

11/14/2014 7:54:54 AM

Complete hog wash. The study from the Danish Pain Research Center only shows that prayer/meditation can reduce levels of perceived pain and increase comfort levels. This is a fairly well understood PHYSICAL phenomenon. It is not magic. It doesn't require anything supernatural to account for the results. A more recent study about the effectiveness of prayer found out that surgical patients often did worse when they had intercessionary prayers made on their behalf. Those who didn't have prayers said on their behalf (and weren't expecting any prayers) actually did better. Wishful thinking can have a calming affect. But, nothing fails like prayer. . . .

11/11/2014 11:30:29 AM

I have relied on prayer all of my adult life as an educator, wife, mother, and in life challenges that have come our way, we have found strength and natural healing. We should continue to talk about, and explore, the power of prayer, and not close off conversation or listening to each other. It has impact for a needy world. --Just shared a healing with friends of a contagious disease that attacked our young daughter when we lived in another country. In two days, she was totally free of the shocking skin picture and has remained perfectly free since then. This beautiful effect truly was not delusion.

8/4/2014 1:41:22 PM

Robert, I agree with you that when it comes to caring for children, their health and safety is of the utmost importance. I also agree that religion/spirituality without reason doesn't make any sense. However, with my own health and in my and healing practice, spiritual based healing has been quite real and affective.

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