April 1, 2008 · Print This Article
Spiritual healing is a form of alternative medicine. But that’s not to say that it’s something new. Throughout history, almost every person in every culture and every religion has asked themselves the same question, “Who am I?” Perhaps the answer to that question is unknowable, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek the answer. To reference an old cliché, the power’s in the journey, not the destination.
Spirituality involves a recognition and deep connection with a higher power–something beyond yourself and possibly beyond thought conception. This higher power has many names in many different cultures and religious traditions. Spirituality recognizes that you, as an individual, have the ability to connect with and develop a relationship with this higher power. Through your relationship, you can access the power to be healed, or to heal others.
What is Spiritual Healing and how does it work?
Spiritual healing is also called faith healing or energy medicine. It incorporates the channeling of energy and vibration to a person in need. The principle behind this type of healing practice is that the person channeling the energy is drawing it from a spiritual source. So it’s not that the energy is coming from that person, rather it is moving through them. This transmission of energy usually takes place from a healer, but it can also take place during meditation.
The Importance of Faith
Faith plays a major role in this process of healing. Studies conducted by Harvard Medical School associate professor Dr. Herbert Benson, M.D. indicate that the method of meditation is not as important as the person’s belief that it will produce beneficial results. This idea is also mirrored in many mystical and religious writings.
Benefits of Developing Spirituality
One of the most powerful benefits of developing your spirituality is a heightened sense of hope. Without a sense of hope, many people suffering from disease or illness find themselves drawn into a world of depression and negativity. Life just doesn’t seem worth living. Strengthening your connection with a higher power offers you the hope that miracles can and do happen.Studies also indicate that people who participate in religious or spiritual activities have a well developed sense of psychological well-being. They are more likely to experience positive mental and emotion states. They are more likely to experience high self-esteem and feel good about life. And they are less likely to experience depression.
What Conditions Can be Treated With Spiritual Healing and Meditation?
Any condition that is created by or made worse by stress can be treated with Spiritual Healing and meditation. Dr. Benson’s Mind Body Medical Institute treats patients with allergies, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, back pain, cancer, depression, diabetes, Fibromyalgia, headaches, IBS and other gastrointestinal disorders, infertility, Lupus, and many other conditions using both conventionally and alternative treatments, including meditation. Dr. Benson states that 60-90% of all doctor’s visits are stress-related. Consequently, any type of treatment that is effective at reducing stress will be effective at benefiting a patient’s health. His treatment model embraces the belief that “physical health is influenced by thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and conversely, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can be influenced by physical symptoms.”
Furthermore, “mind/body medicine teaches you how to take control of your life – how to use your own healing power to reduce stress and other negative behaviors and thoughts – and thus maintain or regain health.” Sound good? It’s the very reason why I choose to make meditation a part of my life.
Spiritual Healing Stories
Stories help illustrate the power of spiritual teachings. If you’d like to read stories of how meditation, contemplation and spiritual practices work together to manifest spiritual healing, click on one of the stories below. Or share your story with me and I’ll consider adding it to the stories below so others may benefit from your experience.
One of the biggest criticisms of using spiritual healing and meditation as a treatment modality is when it’s used as the only method of treatment. If you are suffering from a serious disorder or illness, I encourage you to do several things:1. Get a proper diagnosis from a qualified healthcare practitioner. Don’t self-diagnose.
2. Follow the guidance of your healthcare practitioner and research any conventional or alternative treatments they recommend so you can make an informed decision about your health care.
3. Consider spiritual healing and meditation as a complimentary treatment option. This means you don’t rely upon it as your only form of treatment.
Following this three-step approach assures your safety and empowers you to make informed decisions about the treatment of your condition.
When I was experiencing Irritable Bowel Syndrome, I did exactly what I’m sharing with you now. I went to my doctor and they ran tons of tests to find out what was wrong with me. When they had exhausted all the possibilities, they diagnosed me with IBS, and their treatment option was eating more fiber (which I did). But when I kept getting sick, I sought other forms of healing, which led me to energy medicine and eventually meditation.