“It is never a question with any of us of faith or no faith, the question always is: ‘In what or in whom do we put our faith?” – Unknown
In western culture we often consider holistic medicine to mean integrated teams of health professionals – doctors, nurses, mental health providers and social workers. All of whom are specialists in caring for a patient and their families on a mental, emotional, physical, social and environmental level. Care on a spiritual level is often left to a few professional chaplains or to the patient’s own minister, priest, rabbi, or other spiritual counselor.
Spiritual healing practitioners, however, recognize that our spiritual aspect is as important to our overall health as any of the more commonly treated levels. A spiritual problem can be the root cause of an imbalance in the physical, mental, or emotional realm; at the very least, physical, emotional, or mental symptoms will affect the Spirit of the individual.
Prayer is the most widely type of spiritual healing. It’s documented benefits can be expanded to other types of intentional spiritual healing techniques:
- Activates the relaxation response, lowering the heart rate, blood pressure, and breathing rate; a reduced need for oxygen; less carbon dioxide production.
- Reduces the stress of needing to be in control
- Healing presence and touch reduces stress and stress induced physiological reactions
- Increases positive feelings, which in turn elicits feelings of gratitude, compassion, forgiveness, and hope, all are associated with healing and wellness.
- Enhances the mind-body-spirit connection, reducing the release of cortisol and other stress-induced hormones