The Power of Spirituality - Healing through Prayer
The effect of prayer for the sick is increasingly becoming a topic for
medicine based on evidence. The results are surprising. Even unbelievers
can be helped by praying for them, no matter how serious their illness
is. The effect of different types of prayers in vitro and in vivo was investigated
in numerous tests. Which results were found out by the scientists and what
type of prayers are most useful for healing will be conveyed to you in
the following article.
The Power of Prayer - The spiritual dimension of Healing
Vienna- Although natural science is cut to suit the logic of the western world (from which it is beginning to withdraw since quantum mechanics), other laws are valid in the area of psyche and most certainly in the domain of spirituality.
In order to be “successful” in the latter domain, it is necessary to set one’s little self in the background to make place for a greater reality. It is not about “fighting” the disease with the “drug” called prayer. According to C. G. Jung- and here we are still in the domain of the psyche- an authority which involves and “knows” much more than the “small” self, which is only a superficial phenomenon of conciousness. What seems to be good from the narrow-minded view of the ego, does not necessarily have to be good for this inner authority. Accordingly, OSCAR WILDE said: “when the gods want to punish us, they hear our prayers”.
At Kyushu University at Fukoka, Japan, five cases of spontaneous remission of cancer were examined by the medical faculty. University Professor Dr. YUJIRO IKEMI found astounding parallels. The patients did not, as commonly observed, lapse into depression, hopelessness, lethargie and fear of death, when they heard the diagnosis; instead they shared a type of attitude of prayer. There was no begging for healing, no fighting against the cancer, but rather “surrender and gratefulness towards God, combined with the belief that, no matter what happened, God’s will would be fulfilled.” Not a specific formula seems to facilitate healing, but rather forgetting aboutl formulas altogether. One of the most important factors for healing is, not absolutely expecting healing.
For Father JAMES MANJAKAL, a Catholic charismatic priest from Kerala
in Southern India, at whose retreats in the whole world (and also regularly
in Austria) healings take place, two things have to be present; the person
must be healed by the Holy Spirit and he or she must claim this healing
for themselves and believe in it. Apart from the fact that, one cannot
attend these retreats passively, rather they are extremely hard spiritual
work. One example is Anna from Wr. Neustadt. Years ago she had a car accident.
Broken vertebra, neck and collarbone were treated, the pain was diminished,
but only temporarily. Before Easter 2000, the pain became so severe that
she thought she couldn’t even carry a half liter of milk. During
the retreat with Father James at Wr. Neustadt she felt a hand gently stroking
her back during the prayer. She thought, “who wants something from me?”,
she turned around, but nobody had touched her. But since that time she
is able to carry her groceries completely normally and without pain. Healings
may be spontaneous but can also take place gradually. Father James: “I
have seen people give testimony of their healing, immediately after the
prayer, at a time when they still had pain and couldn’t see any visible
signs of change in their condition. But after some days they experienced
a miraculous healing.” Maybe it is a typical placebo effect – but placebo
is only the collective name for all effects, which cannot be explained
by science. RH
Prayer and Healing
Prayer serves Medicine
VIENNA – In the USA a branch of science has been established which studies the effect of prayers on health and healing. There are already hundreds of studies and repeatedly researchers come up with new results which are quite notable.
Scientific historians realize that an area of knowledge which does not conform to predominant ideas can be ignored as if it did not exist, notwithstanding it’s scientific validity. Scientists may also have blind spots. It is the opinion of internist Dr. LARRY DOSSEY, USA, that everything which significantly influences bodily functions whether it be a bacteria or a virus, a drug, a surgical operation or a prayer, is a legitimate object of medical interest. According to him, prayer can and should be scientifically studied, although prayer requires no scientific justification or legitimisation.
Grand Scale Studies on Prayer
At any rate, in the States a new field of research developed from these
studies. When Prof. JOHN ASTIN from the Medical Faculty of the University
of Maryland analysed 23 studies on different methods of healing by proxy,
he discovered a healing effect in 57% of the cases. Prof. DALE MATTHEWS
from Georgetown University (USA) comes to the conclusion, after evaluating
325 studies, that prayer helps and heals. Therefore he now counts among
his friends only “a few agnostic fleas, who ask themselves if a there
is such a thing as a dog”.
In over 75 percent of the tests evidence has been found that a religious life helps to prevent illness, aids a speedier recovery and fosters longevity. A test using 91,909 persons in Washington produced the following results: church-goers are 50% less likely to develop disease of the coronary vessels than the religiously abstinent, they have 56% less chance of getting emphysema, are 74% less likely to contact cirrhosis and 53% less likely to commit suicide.
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