Spirituality Information – John Harricharan ‘s Interview With Terri Marie (Q6)

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Terri Marie: And we all can help each other. I loved your analogy of the book and the pages and time. I — that really made it clear that we could be doing many-many other things with our souls that we’re not aware of in our normal consciousness, and when we go through a different consciousness we can find that. Do you — I know from your best selling “Morning has All Night Been Coming,” but also especially your first one in the series, “When you can walk on water and take the boat.” Right, that you talk about guides, can you talk about the role of guides in our life. Do we all have them? How do we connect with them? Tell me what your feelings are on that John?

John Harricharan: I — if I were to be very — to look at it from an empirical standpoint. I would have to say, that there is absolutely no reason why I should be existing in earth life today, and speaking with you, Vish or anybody else. I should have been gone a long time ago, because there were so many things that occurred that seemed dangerous, that could have ended my life.

There were so many decisions that were made seemingly for me by another part of me or some area that I couldn’t understand that led me into certain things that made me who I’m today. After I look at all of these things, and I did quiet some studies on it, I understood that yes, there are angels, there are other beings, they are what some of us have called energy essence personalities. They could be others we have met in other times, and other places, alternate lifetimes. or they could be some that we have never met in the physical form. And they aren’t there to serve us, but to help us just as we are here to help each other, to help one another get on and grow in life.

And so I do believe, there are invisible forces and beings that guide me and they aren’t there like servants to serve me, but they are there as great friends and they do not interfere in my life except on real emergency situations.

They are there to help me if I ask them and request their help. They cannot interfere in our freewill and our growth either. So we have to request this help and we do many times by going into the silence or through prayer or by getting really quiet and feeling the messages coming from them. And this way being impelled to do the things that would take us in the right directions, they may contact us in dreams. They might do it just through a little incident and I have so many of those, which I will share when we get into the Simplicity site where I will show people how to be aware of this science. How to contact? Or be in contact with the energy essence personalities that are there to help us. And who watch over us and who guide us. Many times we write books, people ask me if my books were channeled.

No, the only channel I deal with, are those on the television. My books were not channeled, but what occurred was I had the feeling that the books were writing me. Now, if you want to call that channeling, that’s fine. I think we can call it anything we want, but what occurred was a part of me stepped aside, the part which was doubt and the part which would say no, this isn’t possible, and the story started to write itself through me. Where did it come from? Well, we need a few days to discuss that.

Should San Diego Schools Students Pray?

The San Diego Schools were put in the national spotlight this past July when it was revealed that Carver Elementary Schools was allowing Muslim students a 15 minute timeframe to pray. Carver has recently acquired about 100 Muslim students from a San Diego Schools charter school that closed. Even so, this revelation created uproar on the ever popular subject of prayer in school.

There are a few schools of thought on this subject. One camp feels that religion shouldn’t have any place in federally funded education of San Diego Schools. Another side feels that you can allow prayer in school, but it needs to be an equal time scenario. The problem with the San Diego School District trying to account for equal time is part of the problem. It’s a part of the Muslim religion to pray at specific times each day. Unfortunately for some, those times coincide with the San Diego Schools class schedule. On one hand, Carver elementary was being aware of the fact that its population had shifted significantly, and they were trying to be respectful of those student’s religious beliefs. But is it right or fair for the schools day to come to a complete halt to accommodate the needs of a specific religious group?

Actually, the San Diego Schools has done this for decades. The school calendar is set up to allow for vacations that accommodate the Christian religious holidays of Christmas and Easter. Of course, this doesn’t involve stopping school each day. But the San Diego Schools need to come to an awareness that with changing populations come some complicated decisions.

Ideally school and religion need to be separated. With the exception of religious schools that have a mission to provide education a child’s spiritual or religious education, the San Diego Schools would be best served by keeping the two entities separate. Prayer is a quiet and personal act that really doesn’t involve a lot of fanfare. The idea that we have laws either allowing or outlawing prayer is ludicrous. If children in the San Diego Schools want to pray quietly between classes, then it’s now one else’s business. And if some one hears you praying and it offends them- oh well, welcome to life. But classroom time focused on a curriculum of instruction needs to be separate for several reasons.

The students in San Diego Schools need to focus on school when they’re in school. A solid foundation in language, math and science is necessary to form the critical thinking and problem solving skills that children needs to understand the difference between religion, spirituality, and blind faith.

But what about those Muslim students in the San Diego Schools? To prevent them from practicing a principle tenet of their religion seems oppressive. Do the San Diego Schools really want to send a message that the students are unwelcome because of their faith? Assuming that the answer is no, I recommend that Carver Elementary continue to do exactly what they’re doing. Even though I’d love to see a clean dividing line between the school day and worship, it’s not reality. The best thing is for the San Diego Schools to make accommodations that are necessary for the dignity and respect of its students. And in this instance, no one really loses out. That 15 minutes can be used as study time for other students. And if there can be a solutions where everyone wins, let’s take it.

Finding Balance And Health With Yoga

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Have you heard about the Gunas? No, they are not Disney characters! According to yoga there are three basic qualities or energies that make up everything. They are, rajas, tamas and sattva.

Rajas is the energy of action, change and movement. Rajas is the fuel of passion and fire. Rajasic energy is also associated with the day light hours. We obviously need rajasic energy to create energy to move successfully throughout our world and lives. When we have too much rajasic energy we might appear to the outside world as extremely busy, go go go, do do do! Does this sound like you? Maintaining a high degree of rajasic energy leads to burn out! When rajas is out of balance the mind and body are overstimulated, the mind becomes restless and you experience a lot of uncontrollable thoughts.

Foods that are rajasic include: spicy food, fried foods, coffee / caffeinated beverages/ stimulants/ fish, eggs, chocolate, foods that are very bitter, sour, dry and salty. Eating in a hurry is also considered rajasic

Tamas can be thought of as the opposite of rajas. Tamasic energy is associated with a state of inactivity and inertia, heaviness and darkness. When tamas is out of balance your ability to reason becomes clouded and you might experience the darker emotions such as anger or greed. Just as there is more rajasic energy present in daylight hours, tamasic energy is present during nighttime. People who are very tamasic might be depressed or appear lazy. Generally speaking disease states are tamasic.

Examples of tamasic food include: meat, alcohol, tobacco, onions, fermented foods – vinegar or strong cheese, stale food or over ripe food, overly processed food or chemically treated. Overeating is considered tamasic.

Sattva is energy that is in a state of harmony and balance. Positive mental and emotional states of joy and intelligence are associated with sattva. A person who was experiencing a lot of sattvic energy would appear very happy. Sattvic energy also is consistent with healing states and in Ayurveda (yoga’s sister science) sattvic energy is actively cultivated. Sattvic energy is most present during the times between light and dark- in other words dusk and dawn. A person on the yogic path is focused on developing sattva and for this reason yoga asana and meditation are classically performed at these times.

Foods that are sattvic include: whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, pure fruit juice, legumes, milk, butter, nuts, seeds, sprouted seeds, honey and herb teas.

It is important to realize that we all have all three gunas within us. And while this is true we tend to have a predominant guna. Based on the descriptions above can you figure out what yours is? It is good to be aware of this because once you are aware of your predominant guna then you can predict how might react to certain life circumstances as well know your strengths and weaknesses. You’ll know when you will tend to be thrown out of balance and what you will need to do to bring yourself back into balance.

You also might have times in our lives when one guna is more active then another. Perhaps you have very active time and very productive (rajasic). Or a period when you have been depressed (tamasic). Or a time when we are very balanced and in tune with your spirituality (satvic).

Another way the gunas show up in our lives and directly effect us is through the food we eat. Consider for a minute the average American diet with overly processed and chemically treated foods which are very tamasic. Modern science now confirms that these food items are directly linked to major illnesses including cancer, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. As mentioned above too much tamasic energy leads to disease states. We also know that foods in their whole form such as grains, fresh fruits and vegetables (sattvic foods) are life sustaining and bring health and energy.

Do you practice yoga postures (asana)? How do the gunas show up here? Is your asana practice fiery and passionate? Was your practice was slow and lazy? Or was it balanced?

It is probably becoming clear to you by now that to be healthy, happy, and live a balance life it is important to cultivate sattva in your life. This can be done by:

Reducing rajas and tamas
Becoming aware of when you are out of balance- which guna seems most present?
Increase activities and environments that produce positive thoughts
Eating a healthy, sattvic oriented diet
Certain herbs (subject for another article)
The practice of yoga: pranayama (breathing practices), asana (postures), meditation

Magic Spells – Do They Really Work?

For thousands of years, civilizations all over the world have relied on their faith in spiritual or mystical powers to accomplish truly amazing feats. Long before modern medicine came on the scene, most health concerns were traditionally handled by applying a dose of spirituality, voodoo, witchcraft, astrology, or psychic power from any number of paranormal sources. One simply couldn’t get through the day without help from the “unseen” world. Of course, that was in the “dark ages” before we were enlightened by the miracles of modern science. But is it wise for people today to scoff at all that seemed to work for so many people, for so long?

In a world where mainstream religion is often mocked, it’s easy to laugh at those believe in the powers of the paranormal, occult, magic, psychic or new age remedies. We often label them as misguided kooks or blind followers of today’s trendy Hollywood scene and counter-culture. But as humans, it is built into our composition to search for truth, and solutions to the many problems we face. And let’s face it, today’s world is filled with day-to-day problems that we strive to overcome… issues dealing with love, money, health, just to name a few. Life is a difficult struggle for millions of people worldwide who seek relief, and solutions to their problems by turning to magic spells. Just go to eBay and do search on love spells or magic spells. You’ll find an endless potpourri of psychics and spell casters who can make your problems disappear, or bring you amazing results for just a few dollars. Think that’s funny? It gets better. When asked, most people who buy these spells will tell you that they really work… and they do.

So how can a love spell performed by a psychic actually attract a soul mate to a lonely person seeking a love partner? Did that money spell really make that struggling secretary get a job promotion and a salary raise? And what about that healing spell that cured my neighbor’s back pain? The unbelievers will likely point to coincidence, some sort of logical explanation, or attribute the results to simply “mind over matter.” But those who believe in psychic powers and the paranormal world think otherwise – there must be a spiritual or metaphysical helping hand involved.

As a self-professed psychic and paranormal expert, who has studied spirituality, psychic phenomena and the art of spell casting, I personally believe that there is much more to this than meets the eye. Most mainstream religions accept the power of prayer as a way to receive blessings, protection and goodness from spiritual sources. Even medical professionals are now recognizing that an individual’s faith and beliefs can play a major role in improving quality of life and health. However, while many doctors will admit that there is some benefit to holistic and alternative medicines, you’ll be pressed to find any who will publicly encourage seeking answers from a psychic or magic spell.

There has always been, and will always be something about the stigma of going to a fortune teller, psychic or spell caster that keeps people from easily accepting their virtues. As an industry, the psychic business has brought on much of this skepticism itself. Shoddy late night television infomercials for psychic readings, con artists or carnival fortune tellers are the images that come to mind for many, when they think of psychics. Just look at how astrology and other psychic-related ads have that tiny disclaimer at the bottom that says “for entertainment purposes only.” It’s about as phony as pro wrestling, right? Well, don’t be too quick to agree.

There are more people than you think who use money or love spells on a regular basis, in an attempt to restore a bad relationship, or gain financial freedom. And these are folks from all walks or life, professions, income levels, religious affiliations and nationalities. Sure, some may rely too much on seeking guidance and help from the psychic world, but most of them are die-hard believers of the occult and would not have it any other way. They will tell you that these spells work for them, their lives have been enriched, and you are the foolish one who doesn’t know what you’re missing.

People always ask me, “Are these spells real? I mean, can they actually make things happen that I can’t do on my own?” If spells can do what they claim they can do (improve love life, attract more money, better luck at gambling) then the answer has to be “Yes.” A spell that does what it is supposed to do has got to be real. Of course, it helps if you have a positive outlook, and believe that the spell can truly help you. But if the spell delivers results, then it has to be real. Believers will tell you that those who refuse to open their minds to the possibilities of magic spells and spiritual solutions will never know what they are missing. Perhaps it is the unbelievers who are experiencing “mind over matter,” only their mindset is narrowly fixed on the opposite end of the belief scale.

Why limit your world to just the few things you can see and touch? After all, what you see isn’t always what you get.

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Money Spells – Can They Really Work?


Money troubles?
Forget about talking to your banker or financial advisor. More and more people are running to their psychics to see what is happening “behind the scenes” and to learn how the spirit world can help bring money blessings.

Throughout history, civilizations over the world have relied on their religion and faith in spiritual and mystical powers to achieve help with life’s problems. Even before modern medicine came on the scene, most health problems and illnesses were traditionally addressed by applying a dose of spirituality, religion, witchcraft, voodoo, astrology, or psychic power. Back then, you simply could not get through the week without help and guidance from the “unseen” world. Of course, that was long before we became enlightened by the miracles and wonders of modern science.

In the modern world where mainstream religions are often shrugged off or mocked, it is easy for us to laugh at those believe in new age powers of the paranormal, occult, psychic or magical remedies. We see them as misguided kooks or blind followers of today’s counter-culture. But humans today resemble our ancestors in our search for truth, meaning, and solutions to life’s problems. Many of us have experienced being broke, saddled by bills, credit card debt, and feeling hopeless that we can ever get out from under. We know there must be a solution out there when the banks and our friends turn their backs on us. So we look for “help from above” to solve our financial troubles.

When asked, most people who go to psychics and purchase prosperity or money spells will tell you that they really do work.

But did that money spell really make help struggling secretary win the lottery or get a job promotion? The skeptics and unbelievers will point to coincidence, insisting there must be some sort of logical explanation, or attribute results to a case of “mind over matter.” But those who faithfully believe in psychic powers or live by the position or stars and planets think otherwise – there must be a higher power with a helping hand involved.

My perspective is probably different from yours, as I am a professional psychic and paranormal expert. In my studies of spirituality, psychic phenomena and spell casting cases going back thousands of years, I believe there is much more to this than meets the eye. Mainstream religions all seem to accept and profess the power of prayer as a method of receiving blessings from God. Recently, medical professionals now recognize that a patient’s faith and religious beliefs can play a significant role in improving health and quality of life. Many doctors admit that there is a benefit from holistic and alternative medicines. If this is true, why can’t a person’s financial health and wealth be improved by faith in psychic assistance and money spells?

There will always be a stigma of going to a fortune teller, psychic or spell caster that prevents the mainstream from accepting their virtues and value. Let’s come to our senses and stop fooling ourselves. This is all just a money-making scam. It is as fake as the wrestling matches on television, right? Well, don’t be too quick to agree.

You would be surprised at the numbers of people who seek (and claim to receive) help with their money matters thanks to a caring spell caster or psychic. These are individuals from all countries, states, professions, income levels and religious backgrounds. I have clients who are prominent politicians, teachers, doctors, and even scientists. They are believers of paranormal help for all of life’s problems, and nobody can change their minds. They will tell you how much their lives have been improved and enriched, and the unbelievers are the foolish one who don’t know what they are missing.

Can a financial spell bring unexpected money blessings to someone in need? Are these spells for real? Can they actually make things happen that people can’t do on my own? I believe that a spell that has a good track record of doing what it is supposed to do has got to be real. The results speak for themself. People by nature will always doubt, ridicule, and be afriad of what they don’t understand; while the open-minded are willing to take the leap of faith to become blessed. Those who refuse to open their eyes, minds to the possibilities of magic spells and psychic help will never know what they are missing, but will be the first to call you ignorant for asking for help from a higher source. Perhaps it is the unbelievers who ignorant for not even trying. I encourage everyone I meet to remain open-minded, because what you see in this world is not always what you get.

© 2007 KPS Services.

Tantra yoga for the new generation

Yoga is very popular nowadays. With its various benefits, many are influenced to engage in this form of exercise and meditation. There are so many kinds of Yoga that are known and practiced by many as of today. One if this is Tantra Yoga.

Tantra yoga is more concentrated on the spiritual healing and most of all the integration f the body, mind, and spirit. In India, it is an ancient tradition that sexuality is an important and significant phase to be able to achieve a certain degree of enlightenment.

In Western religious norms, sexual pleasures and desires are not inclined or associated with spirituality. With these differences in traditions, there exists a fine line between their feelings and attitude towards sexuality along with spirituality.

However, in Eastern philosophy, they celebrate and rejoice on the splendor and glory of creation. And later on, they have developed a study or science for understanding how to get most of this therapeutic and wonderful experience. Energy is known and considered to be the source of life in Tantra.

Furthermore, they consider the sexual energy and urge as great and sacred energy. There exists a few of the many exercises that help in the performance on the sexual aspect as well as some dietary adjustments. Some of these physical exercises include contractions, breathing and holding certain positions.

There are so many benefits that can be obtained by performing these various physical exercises. Some of these include improved prostate functioning and enhanced and improved sexual performance. Another benefit is improved sexual stamina when engaging in sexual intercourse.

There are also different kinds of exercises. Aside from the physical exercises, there are psycho-spiritual exercises. These exercises are ways to develop mediation on unconditional love and desire. As a result, this can make sexual activities less anxious and awkward, aside from that, the pressure to perform and move is minimized.

It is said that the most fascinating sexual experience is giving in completely to your partner or lover what he or she really wants. Expectations may be high so one must perform and must do something about it.

Through mediation and proper exercises, one can think of the various ways which he can satisfy his lover. When one is focused and concentrated on giving what your lover really wants is an experience which can strengthen your relationship with each other, moreover, you will receive the satisfaction you had always wanted. There are few exercises which can help you a lot I focusing on your sexual performance.

By repeating some mantras and chants together with breathing exercises and proper meditation, one can achieve these benefits.

There are also numerous ways to take your foreplay to the highest level. With healing massages and gentle stroking, one can receive a rewarding experience that can stimulate both physical and spiritual and healing in different ways.

Reiki or energy channeling healing is practiced before engaging in a sexual activity. This is known to heighten the sexual pleasure in an intercourse. It is an Eastern healing art where-by one partner channels his energy to the other.

Through tactile stimulation, healing is achieved and both the physical and spiritual aspect is enhanced. In this manner, both of you can achieve a deeper state of relaxation and meditation which is very helpful to couples and partnerships.

Improving Mental Health Through Spirituality

Improving Mental Health Through Spirituality

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Spirituality is said to be borne out of humanity’s quest for purpose and mission in life. Such is not an easy task as it could mean a quest that can take a lifetime! However, many people have also experienced enrichment in their spirituality even at a young age or right in their middle age. So it’s fair to say that it’s achievable, and it’s just a matter of how one seeks such enlightenment.
But then many would ask: Why must one seek spirituality? Regardless of culture, race, and geographical situation, spirituality is a major influence in a person’s life – in thinking and in how a person lives. It is so powerful that it can affect every facet of a person’s life. It can even affect one’s mental health. You may ask how spirituality improves mental health.
Do you know that there were some studies made in Northern Ireland that show how prayers can improve the mental health of the patients? Amazingly, most patients were seen to have reduced signs of agitation, inappropriate emotional expression and other psychiatric symptoms. Their mindsets visibly improved evidenced by their modified behaviors. Is it hard to believe? For the medical scientists, it is unusual, even mystical. It is hard to believe but the growing evidences are proving that indeed spirituality can improve mental health. For the believers, this is something that is not only possible; these all happen for a reason.
To make a heads and tails about the entire phenomenon, let us look at spirituality. What is spirituality and why can it bring about such improvement to people with mental sickness? Spirituality is best described as practices and beliefs that grow depending to each individual’s values and philosophies in life. Most people reach spirituality as they get in touch with their self and the Supreme Being. This directs them towards better understanding life’s values and of the particular values that they want to live by. This gives them a purpose and a mission in this life.
How does this influences mental health. Mental health refers to the psychological well being of a person. Being mentally healthy is evident in a person’s various manifestations and feelings. Most individuals suffering from mental health disorder tend to cope slower with today’s technology and other new lessons that demand learning adjustments. They have difficulty adjusting with life’s changes which, as we know, happen all the time.
Spirituality encompasses almost about everything in a person and how one lives and relate with other people. It drives one to be a good person, happy and interacting well with others. One adopts what one believes are right, ethical, moral including a healthy, stress-free lifestyle. One surrenders all difficulties to the Supreme Being; they diminish such stresses as merely trials that make them stronger. These help people to get stronger mentally. Unaffected by stresses, anxiety and depression, one copes better in the face of all life’s problems.
It is true that this way of looking at how spirituality improves mental health is not very popular among medical scientists. It is, however, also true that this notion is getting much support from those people who understand the miracles of spirituality. Indeed there are just too many conflicting views about the way spirituality can make mental Today, the connection between spirituality and mental health bring hopes to a lot of patient suffering from mental disorder. Spiritual intervention is now being introduced in many mental health care facilities In this concept, spirituality does not argue with science; rather it help improves the well being of every patient with mental health disorder.
In conclusion, if you have family, friends or co-worker suffering from mental health problems, why not try spiritual intervention. Statistics show more and more patient recover faster with spirituality.

The Point Where Spirituality & Science Meet

The Point Where Spirituality & Science Meet

For ages since human society was born, there has been an ongoing clash and debates between science and faith. Science is a systematized body of knowledge that is geared towards finding explanations to various phenomena. On the other hand, spirituality is an abstract and indefinite term that has its unique meaning based on an individual or a group’s perception. For some, it’s about going to church on Sundays and giving tithes and offering; others may view it as getting in touch with one’s inner feeling of peace through reflection through the intervention of a supreme divine being. Both of them are headed towards discovering for the various truths in life – the former seeks to understand what is happening and evolving in the tangible world while the latter aims to discern the reality of the nature of consciousness.
If we carefully examine the starting point of these two queries, it is very apparent that they have originated from the thirst for knowledge which is innate in human nature as rational beings. There is always that longing to discover the reason why things happen around us. Science and spirituality both share many characteristics in them. The scientific inquiries look for the objective reasons how things were made through empirical observations. It always upholds the belief that there is an explanation for a certain occurrence – that there is more than what meets the eyes. Contrary to that, spirituality aims to decipher a deeper reality and meaning in us – who are we, why are we here on earth, what is the reason why we exist. It deals with our connection with a supreme being that guide our ways of life. This discipline paved the way for religion to spread its influence across the globe. It served as a powerful tool for them to convey the truth that they have experienced and felt.
In a realm that is divided by dispute and strife at every level, from the spiri¬tual and intellectual to the physical, the individuals who are in search of the creation of peace and harmony have often turned to the task of pursuing solidarity amongst science and spirituality. Many people made attempts to reconcile the ideas of the two influences known as the ‘New Age Mentality’ but the bounds by how these concepts are going to be merged. Will there ever be a chance to ever reconcile the beliefs of these two antagonistic poles?
As a matter of fact, both scientific and spiritual pursuits complement each other in many aspects. Any opposition between the two is a product of closed-minded ideologies and stereotypes. Religion is paving a way to understand what is incalculable by human ways; science is finding means to explain what is finite in this world. These two quests maintain the balance of knowledge – seeking justifications for what we are experiencing in life to understand it better.
Our existence will not be complete without these two forces acting on our reality. Some skeptics are never going to admit that there is a point where science will actually meet spirituality but from the very beginning, they have already shared a common trait between them. One is inadequate without the other. The scientists and the religious man need to be conscious about the boundaries of their capabilities. They must have an open mind to understand reality in its true essence.

The History Of Spirituality’s Role In Health Care

The History Of Spirituality’s Role In Health Care

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Medicine and health care in most traditions started out with healers who used spirituality as the way of curing medical conditions. These traditions, however, were taken into the backseat during the era of scientific medical revolution. In the next years following the revolution of science and medicine and with the newest innovations and scientific researches in medical technology, there is little view of how spirituality can play a great role in health care.
In the early 1400s, Greek philosophers and healers had a holistic view of medicine. This meant that a person can only be cured of his illness if his mind, body and spirit are all in good health. This kind of belief was widespread throughout the 15th century. The same belief was prevalent all over Europe and Christianity at that period also employed the idea of spirituality as a part of the healing process. However, between the 1400s and the start of the 1600, the establishment of the Catholic Church became more strengthened. During this period, medical discoveries were also beginning to resurface. But since the Church had opposing views with the sciences, the medical world was split into two beliefs and thus, science and spirituality were never combined in early medicine. Because it was believed that spirituality can never become a part of healing and health care, it was also during this period when witch trials became more pervasive, and even midwives who assisted women during their childbirth were accused of witchcraft and burned at the stakes.
During the 17th century, another concept was introduced to the world- dualism. Thus, spirituality was recognized as a tool for healing. However, the boundaries of spirituality as a medium of healing was only limited and focused towards the restoration of the mind and the spirit. Physical health care and treatment were still under the monopoly of science and medicine. It continued within the end of the 19th century when Churches still consider autopsy as blasphemy and at the same time, medical innovations and discoveries were all concentrated towards the scientific aspect of health care, leaving spirituality as a subject that should be tackled by the Church alone.
It was only during the 1950s when Albert Einstein, along with other great minds, formulated the theory of relativity and the concept that all matters and space actually possess an interrelation with each other. With these ideas, noetic science was born. In this area of medicine, it is suggested that a person’s spiritual and religious beliefs as well as his spiritual history can influence and affect the physical aspects of his life. Because of the introduction of this new area of medical science which explores the inner experiences of a person rather than merely his physical attributes, it paved way to medical researches which showed how spirituality can pose a great effect in a person’s health.
Today, the reunion of spirituality and health care is still under constant tension and discussions. It cannot, however, disprove the fact that spirituality plays a crucial role in improving a person’s well-being, not only in the emotional and mental facets, but in the physical aspects as well.
Spirituality in health care today is considered as one of the most traditional and ancient practices, although employing spirituality in medicine has faded during the boom of scientific innovations. Because of its efficacy in improving some health conditions, spirituality in health care is now being introduced yet again in the medical practice.
Spirituality in Mental Health Care
Spirituality and faith can play a crucial role when it comes to dealing with a person’s emotional and mental health. When a person is under a mental or emotional struggle, the only area that he can find solace in is his faith. When it comes to dealing with mental health, medical research has found that spirituality can affect a person in coping with his illness. Another study showed that patients who have stronger connection in their religious beliefs have higher possibility to recover from their disorders. Additionally, keeping a strong spirituality can instill optimism and positive energy even when a person is being treated with health complication. These two effects of spirituality serve as key factors in reducing the depression that a person can experience when he is ill.
Spirituality in Physical Health Care
Traditional Western medicine often deems spirituality and physical health as two aspects that might not complement each other. However, there are certain studies that also showed how faith can actually help while a patient is being treated from a certain disease. One study which was conducted among elderly and more mature patients showed that patients who exhibit stronger connections with their spiritual and religious life are less prone to experience depression and they have a lower rate of deterioration in their physical health. Additionally, they have healthier immune systems and lower blood pressure.
A supplemental research also showed that religious and spiritual patients who underwent open-heart surgeries had higher chance of survival than patients who had no connections with spiritual groups. Patients with strong spiritual lives who are diagnosed with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer, and heart diseases also cope better and have higher chances of recuperation. In programs for alcoholic rehabilitations such as Alcoholics Anonymous, experts observed that spirituality can play a huge part in educating the patients that they can avoid substance and alcohol abuse if they turn to prayer and meditation instead.
The reason for these might be that spirituality teaches how to maintain strong faith, nurture relationships and help patients in focusing their energy to more worthwhile activities such as meditation, prayer, conversing with positive people and doing volunteer work. These activities prevent them from focusing on their health problems and eliminate looming possibilities of anxiety and depression