Work in healthcare? Need support with spiritual issues? Please join us for our first-ever spiritual support group meeting and see how you can work through spiritual issues that arise in the context of health professions.
April 24 / 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for a forum dedicated to a dialogue between Islam and Christianity. We will hear from a Christian pastor and a Muslim neurosurgeon, who will each discuss their faith and its relationship to a scientific worldview.
June 20th / 6:30 pm at ISH
"Meditation" encompasses many different form of practice. This panel will allow attendees to learn about the great many varieties of meditative practice, across both Eastern and Western traditions. Come to learn from three experts in the field!
May 14, 2013 / 5:30-7:30pm
"What God gives us is the opportunity to connect directly with Him, to taste the Eternal, to become a vessel for Divine Love, to literally know God, to experience the indescribable bliss of connecting with the very Being, the very Light, the very Love that created us. . . It is this eternal, omnipresent, formless, all-merciful Being of Pure Love we are really seeking. It is the source of all of our happiness and every moment of inner peace we have ever experienced."
John E. Welshons, When Prayers Aren't Answered. Navato, CA: New World Library, 2007, p.30.
"Consider for a moment the possibility that what we are being given, when our prayers aren't answered the way we want them to be, is the opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with God, a deeper sense of inner peace. Perhaps our insistence that God give us everything we want when we want it and run the universe the way we think it should be run is actually standing in the way of our ability to know God."
John E. Welshons, When Prayers Aren't Answered. Navato, CA: New World Library. 2007, p 7.
"There are two primary methods available to us for establishing an inner dialogue with God. They are prayer and meditation. Prayer can be defined as 'talking to God.' Meditation can be defined as 'listening to God.' It is a simple but profound distinction."
John E. Welshons. When Prayers Aren't Answered. Novato, CA: New World Library, 2007, p. 7.
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"An important key to success (in medical school) can be summed up in the directive "Adhere closely to your true, or authentic, self and it will lead you in the right direction." Adhering to your true self means being real, permitting yourself to experience genuine feelings, and acting according to your fundamental character and principles. However, life challenges individuality and causes stress through routines, rigorous training, and control by superiors. It can easily disconnect you from your true self and thus from its inherent wisdom -- wisdom that is a great asset in life."
Jeremy Siegel, M.D., The Mindful Medical Student: A Psychiatrist's Guide to Staying Who You Are While Becoming Who You Want to Be." Hanover, New Hampshire: Dartmouth College Press, 2009, p 8.
"I recently came across an article that reviewed more than seven hundred scientific studies looking at the correlation between religious involvment and physical and mental health, and was stunned to discover that those who attend religious services at least once a week tend to survive seven years longer than those who don't. . . I never knew that my lifelong pursuit of meditation had such a practical value! . . . What this tells me is how essential and important a spiritual life is for basic well-being and how much we all need it."
Lewis Richmond, Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser. New York: Gotham Books, p 93.
"We all have natural reactions to color. A clear blue sky can lift our spirits. A bouquet of sunflowers can make us feel optimistic. The green grass of a meadow can make us feel relaxed and rejuvenated. A bright red car can make us feel adventurous, while a white room can leave us feeling unsettled. Our culturally learned associations and our individualized physiological and psychological makeup produce our emotional responses to color. Color, one of the most powerful elements in our environment, affects us in many ways. Color is often the first thing we see when we walk into a room, and changing an area's color can affect its ambiance and 'personality.' But can color affect our health?" Check out: http://www.allegralearning.com/color-and-healing-whats-the-connection.html
"Of the seventeen modifiable factors known to increase the risk of stroke, R/S (religion/spirituality) involvement is related inversely to fifteen of those factors. Thus, there is every reason to expect religious beliefs and practices to be related to a lower stroke risk.
Koenig, Hardol G, D.E. King, and V. B. Carson. Handbook of Religion and Health, Second Edition. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, p. 371.
"IN THE NAME of the most merciful GOD. Praise be to GOD, the LORD of all creatures; the most merciful, the king of the day of judgment. Thee do we worship, and of thee do we beg assistance. Direct us in the right way, in the way of those to whom thou hast been gracious; not of thse against whom thou art incensed, nor of those who go astray."
The Qur'an, Preface, in God's Breath: Sacred Scriptures of the World. Eds: John Miller & Aaron Kenedi. New York: Marlowe & Company, 2000, p 399.
"Free from Desire, Free from possessions, Free from attachment and appetite, Following the seven lights of awakening, And rejoicing greatly in his freedom, In this world the wise person Becomes themself a Light, Pure, Shining, Free."
Adapted from the Dhammapada, translated by Thomas Bryom, in The Teachings of The Buddha. Boston: Shambhala, 1993, p. 46-47.
"By volunteering to work with those who are ill, suffering, or dying -- as either professional or lay caregivers -- we can come to know ourselves better, olearn to speak the truth with kindness, and uncover our own wholeness, or 'holiness.' Most importantly, we must be willing to be open, realizing that the more we learn, the more there is yet to learn. Whenever we enter the world of the suffering, we thus have a unique opportunity to discover the 'unfinished aspects' of ourselves and, by so doing, begin to heal our lives and grow."
Christine Longaker, Facing Death and Finding Hope: A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying. New York: Doubleday,1997, p xvi.
"Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective."
James 5:14-16 in the Bible, New Testament (Revised Standard Version).
"Four decades of empirical research suggest that mindfulness practices have numerous positive effects such as enhancing health, increasing spiritual and psychological well-being, and lowering stress. . . Through cultivation of mindfulness, we are better able to respond with greater awareness instead of automatically reacting to stress. As our mindfulness builds and becomes more integrated into our moment-by-moment experience we have greater freedom of how to respond, how to choose to live and be in this world. Building a new relationship with our experiences is necessary to finding peace."
Hooria Jazaieri and Shana L. Shapiro, "Managing Stress Mindfully," in Contemplative Practices in Action: Spirituality, Meditation, and Health, Thomas G. Plante, Ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2010, p 31.
"Seeking is primarily relational. . . Seeking the sacred, we stir the mind and the senses. We awaken heart, mind, and soul quite inevitably. We weave the temporal with the eternal. We discover and rediscover respect and reverence. We grow in our capacity for courage, forgiveness, delight and wonder. . . We open our hearts and minds to wonder, humility and awe."
Stephanie Dowrick. Seeking the Sacred: Transforming Our View of Ourselves and One Another. New York: Penguin, 2011, p 18-19.
"As a scientist, I distrusted my own expxerience, and set out on a personal journey to discover whether the energizing feeling of hope can in fact contribute to recovery. I found that there is an authentic biology of hope. . . Researchers are learning that a change in mind-set has the power to alter neurochemistry. Belief and expectation -- the key elements of hope - can block pain by releasing the brain's endorphins and enkephalins, mimicking the effects of morphone. In some cases, hope can also have important effects on fundamental physiological processes like respiration, circulation and motor function. During the course of an illness, hope can be imagined as a domino effect, a chain reaction in which each link makes improvement more likely. It changes us profoundly in spirit and in body. Every day I look for hope, for my patients, for my loved ones, and for myself."
Jerome Groopman, M.D. The Anatomy of Hope: How People Prevail in the Face of Illness. New York: Random House, 2005, p. xvi.
"God is to religion as food is to a menu. . . To say you know God because you are religious is like saying you have dined well because you read the menu. One act may lead to the other but not necessarily."
Eric Winer. Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine. New York: Twelve, The Hachette Book Group, 2011, p. 332.
"Over the past two decades a transition has been occuring in the healthcare industry; people are starting to express an interest in healing again. Of course, when we are discuss healing we are referring to it with its old English derivative, "the make whole," acknowledging that healing cannot occur without recognizing it as a spiritual process. Because of this renewed interest, attitudes toward spirituality in the workplace appear to be changing . . . a transition to a deeper calling is becoming apparent. Research suggests that patients desire and feel more comfortable with physicians who are not only open to their own humanity, but who also are willing to allow patietns to discuss their spiritual proclivities."
Eileen E. Morrison. Cricial Issues for the 21st Century. 2nd Edition. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2009, p 322.
"Religion, at its best, helps us grapple with, if not answer, the three big questions: Where do we come from? What happens when we die? How should we live our lives? In this sense, religion is a kind of philosophy, or, as Alfred North Whitehead put it, 'What a man does with his solitariness.' All of which, I figure, makes choosing the "right" religion that much more urgent. . . Seeking requires a robust dose of intuition, a sort of spiritual intelligence. Do I have that?"
Eric Weiner, Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine. New York: Hachette Book Group, 2011, p 13.
"Life gave me the talent to play the piano and to inspire happiness in people through music; and I am just as grateful that it gave me a love of music. Music makes us humans rich. It is the revelation of the divine. It takes us to paradise."
Introduction by Alice Herz-Sommer, in Melissa Muller and Reinhard Piechocki, Alice's Piano: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 2007, page ix.
"When you undertake a spiritual discipline, frustration comes with the territory. Nothing in our culture or our schooling has taught us to steady and calm our attention . . . Developing a deep quality of interest in your spiritual practice is one of the keys to the whole art of concentration. Steadiness is nourished by the degree of interest with which we focus our meditation. . . In undertaking a spiritual life, what matters is simple: We must make certain that our path is connected with our heart. . . (this is) a path that transforms and touches us in the very center of our being."
Jack Kornfield. A Path with Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life. New York: Bantam Books, 1993, p 59, 11-12.
"The stories we tell ourselves will 'work their way down' transforming our personalities -- first our autobiographical narratives (our life stories), then our personal goals, values and priorities. Knowing this, we can choose to tell stories that are to our benefit."
Stephen Joseph, PhD, What Doesn't Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth. New York: Basic Books, 2011, p 134.
"The catastrophic economic, social, political, and ecological developments . . . necessitate a world ethic if humankind is to survive on this earth. . . The one world in which we live has a chance of survival only if there is no longer any room in it for spheres of differing, contradictory, even antagonistic ethics. This one world needs one basic ethic."
Hans Kung, Global Responsibility: In Search of a New World Ethic. New York: Crossroads, 1991, p. 25, xvi.
"Spiritual awakening is frequently described as a journey to the top of a mountain We leave our attachments and our worldliness behind and slowing make our way to the top. At the peak we have transcended all pain"
Pema Chodron, Comfortable with Uncertainty. Shambhala Press, 2008, p 1
"My experiences have convinced me that spirituality is a crucial element to the well-being of a person as a whole; moreover, if we let him, God can do powerful, supernatural things in our everyday lives. That'[s why I began inviting God into my consultations, exams, and surgeries. Many would be surprised that a neurosurgeon -- a man of science, logic and human progress -- would be a strong believer in God and divine intervention. Yet, the experience has been nothing short of phenomenal."
David Levy, M.D. Gray Matter: a neurosurgeon discover the power of prayer . . . one patient at a time. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2011, p 19.
"The expansion of the universe is fine-tuned to one part in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillon, trillion. If it were changed by one part in either direction -- a little faster, a little slower-- we could not have a universe that would be capable of supporting life. . . I think of the wry smile that might be on the lips of God . . . I believe He . . . delights when we discover His fingerprints in the vastness of the universe, in the dusty relics of palentology and in the complexity of the cell."
Stephen Meyer, PhD, quoted by Squire Rushnell in Divine Alignment: How God Wink Moments Guide Your Journey. New York: Howard Books, A Division of Simon & Chuster, Inc., 2012, p 232-3.
"Oddly enough, in the midst of the large body of theory and research on significant objects, one significant object has been largely ignored: the sacred. Yet for many people the sacred is the focal point of their striving, the object of significance that lends order and coherence to all other goals. These people are involved in a sacred quest, I believe.
Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD. Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred. New York: The Guilford Press, 2007, p. 55.
"Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand new hours to live. What a precious gift! We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy and happiness to ourselves and others. Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it. We don't have to travel far away to enjoy the blue sky. We don['t ahve to leave our city or even our neighborhood to enjoy the eyes of a beautiful child. Even the air we breathe can be a source of joy."
Tich Nhat Hanh, Peace is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life. New York: Bantam Books, 1991, p 5.
"Fleeting is the reward that men of small minds are given; they will go to the gods they worship, but My worshipers come to Me. . . Veiled in Mymystery and power; I am not perceived by most men; their deluded minds cannot see Me. . . Those who know Me and the nature of beings, of gods, and of worship, are always with Me in sirit; even at the hour of their death."
Bhagavad Gita, Translation by Stephen Mitchell. New York: Harmony Books, 2000, p. 104-105.
"Far removed from the throngs of city-dwellers who move against a backdrop of concrete, glass, and steel, my lonely walks on winding cow paths evoke a central truth: my spiritual well-being rests on the quality of my relationship with the Creator and His creation. . . The Creator is not remote and esoteric, but is available daily, hourly, and second by second; awareness of Him, evoked in inner stillness, can be as private and as essential as breathing."
Visakha, Harmony and the Bhagavad-gita. Badger, CA: Torchlight Publishing, 2011, p 44.
"Letting go means to accept and give all I can to this life while remembering that one day I'll have to leave everything behind. Although I think in terms of my house, my land, my family, my friends, in a very real sense nothing is mine. If anything was really mine, I wouldn't have to leave it behind when I passed away." As AA says, "Let go and let God."
Visakha, Harmony and the Bhagavad-Gita. Badger, CA: Torchlight Publishing, 2011, p 17.
"Every time I touched the brain stem, it bled. My assistant kept suctioning up the blood to keep the site clear. I asked myself, What do I do now? I prayed silently and fervently, God help me know what to do."
Ben Carson, M.D., Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing. 1990, p 195.
"Interest in spirituality among medical educators has grown exponentially. Medical schools are now teaching courses in end-of-life care and in spirituality and medicine. Only one medical school had a formal course in spirituality and medicine in 1992. Today, more than one hundred medical schools are teachings such courses. A key element in these courses addresses listening to what is important to patients, respecting spiritual beliefs, and being able to communicate effectively with them about their spiritual belief and preferences at the end of life and across the life span."
Christine M. Pulchalski, M.D., Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care. W. Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2010, p 155.
"In nearly any textbook on child development or psychology, there is nothing on Childhood spirituality... These researchers generally conclude children do not and cannot have a spiritual life prior to the development of formal reasoning, usually sometime in adolesence... Bt spirituality lies beyond the rational and beyond thoughts about God. Without an image of ourselves as divine and of our children as spiritual, we may have trouble seeing the divinity of our children, and, ultimately, in ourselves as adults."
Tobin Hart, PhD, The Secret Spiritual World of Children. Maui, HI: Inner Ocean publishing, 2003, p 4.
"Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. . . So, faith, hope and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love."
1 Corinthians 13:4-8,13, The New Oxford Annotated Bible, Revised Standard Version. New York: Oxford University Press1977.
"A mystic is not a special kind of human being; rather, every human is a special kind of mystic. I might just as well rise to this challenge and become that unique, irreplaceable mystic that only I can become.... If I fail to experience God in my own unique way, that experience will forever remain in the shadow land of possibility. But if I do, I will know life by the divine life within me."
Brother David Steindl-Rast, Gratefulness, the Heart of Prayer: An Approach to Life in the Fullness. New York: Paulist Press, 1994, p. 86.
"The Mother plays a pivotal role in contributing to our capacity to be at all. She lays the foundation of mental health and serves as the model for psychoanalytic treatment to repair the gaps in that groundwork that occasion mental illness... Her holding, handling, and object-presenting in relation to her infant provide the enviornment that facilitates the unfolding of her child's maturational process."
Ann Belford Ulanov, Finding Space: Winnicott, God, and Psychic Reality. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001, p 67-68.
"The vast majority of us pray, and we believe our prayers are answered. We aren't holding our breath in anticipation of the results of the next double-blind laboratory study on prayer. We feel that we already have evidence for prayer in our lives, and our lives are the most important laboratory of all."
Larry Dossey, M.D., Prayer is Good Medicine: How to reap the Healing Benefits of Prayer. New York, NY: Harper-Collins Publishers, 1996, p. 12.
"When the Bible tells how God created us human beings by breathing life into us, this intimate communion with God is seen as the core of our being human. We are alive with God's own life. The heart, the center of our aliveness, is then also the focal point of our communion with God. The heart is where we meet God. But meeting God is prayer. And so we know one more thing about the heart: It is our meeting place with God in prayer. Prayer, in turn, is the very heart of religion."
Brother David Steindl-Rast. Gratefulness: the Heart of Prayer. New York: The Paulist Press, 1984, p. 31.
"He (God) is the Divine Lover perpetually wed to every soul, never forsaking any soul though it forsake Him in its adulterous roaming in delusions. God as the Perfect Lover pursuies each soul through incarnations until it returns to Him. Of all the love that has ever been promised, pure love, love that is eternal, is found at last in God. He is all the love of all the lovers that ever loved. When the soul meets Him, it knows He is the One it was waiting to meet."
Paramahansa Yogananda, The Second Coming of Christ, Vol. II, Self Realization Fellowship, 2004. p. 1209.
"The Enlightenment did not necessarily breed disdain among physicians toward religion. Rather, it further propelled the profession as a whole into a dualistic conception of the relationship between body and soul. Spirituality -- as the experession of the immaterial reality of humanity -- became secondary in a profession primarily concerned with material matters and means of addressing them. Ironically ... many key figures involved in the Enlightenment period were devoutly religious; these included Francis Bacon, Rene' Descartes, and Isaac Newton.
John R Peteet, MD and Michael D'Ambra, MD. The Soul of Medicine: Spiritual Perspectives and Clinical Practice. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011, p. 13.
"Viktor Frankl wrote that 'man is not destroyed by suffering; he is destroyed by suffering without meaning.' Spirituality helps give meaning to suffering and helps people find hope in the midst of despair. In the midst of suffering, a skillful, caring, and compassionate health care professional can be an important anchor in which the patient can find solace and strength to move through distress in peace and acceptance."
Christina M. Puchalski, MD and Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2010, p 3-4.
"There is little in our highly technological training (as physicians) that encourages us to recognize or respond to spiritual reality, yet the spirit is a part of our daily lives as health professionals. Our medical culture often limits the ways that we think, the ways that we see things. It intereprets our experience for us in ways that are often constrictured and small. But, life is larter than these interpretations, more filled with mystery that cannot be predicted or measured or even explained, things that cannot be controlled but only witnessed."
Rachael Naomi remen, M.D., Forward, Making health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care by Chistina M. Pulchalski, M.D. and Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD. West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press, 2010, p xiii - xiv.
"The God of the Future would have to fill many roles and transcend many interpretations of historical religious tests. But as I have always argued, if God is truly infinite, then God must have infinite manifestations. Each person can only see a very limited version of whatever God or the universe might be. . . if we bring together all our descriptions of human nature, reality, spirituality, and the universe, we might achieve a fuller understanding of what God is."
Andrew Newberg, M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman, How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings froma Leading Neuroscientist. New York: Ballatine Books, 2009, p 129.
"The belief that nothing exists beyond what we can see, taste, touch, hear, or experience has wide-ranging effects. . . For people who view life only through the senses, death is the obvious end of the road; beyond the demise of our physical bodies, they say, nothing exists. For people of faith, other planes may exist in realms apart from the earthly sphere, and although our activities may affect our future, the afterlife remains speculative."
Ram Dass, Still Here. New York, NY: The Berkley Publishing Co., 2000, p 23.
"When I was going through cancer treatment, people often asked what they could do for me. Even some of those closest to me were surprised when I said, 'Pray for me every night at 9:00 p.m. eastern standard time.'... During Chemotherapy, 9 o'clock at night was a particularly difficult and lonely time for me. . . As I prayed, I knew that I was helping myself to heal, both physically and emotionally. I've read the studies, and I know that the evidence of the positive health effects of spiritual practice is quite convincing. . . What I can say with conviction is that for whatever reason, tapping into your own spiritual reservoir -- as it feels comfortable for you -- can help you to Super Heal."
Julie K. Silver, M.D. Super Healing: The Clinically Proven Plan to Maximize Recovery from Illness or Injury. NYC, NY: Rodale Publishing, 2007, p 186-7.
"There is widespread concern that medicine may be losing its soul. As technoligy, commercialization, and government and insurer bureauracies impinge on the doctor-patient relationship, both patient satisfaction and physician morale have declined. At the same time, interest has grown in the spiritual dimension of medicine and health."
John R Peteet, M.D., and Michael N. DiAmbra, M.D. The Soul of Medicine: Spiritual Perspectives and Clinical Practice. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 2011, p ix.
"There are signs that the gap between (religion and medicine) may be closing. Research has shown that medical patients have religious and spiritual needs intimately related to their physicial health that can influence their medical decisions and can often be important for coping with illness. Psychoneuroimmunology and psychosomatic medicine are shedding light on the physiological mechanisms by which psychological, social, and behavioral factors can affect physicial health. These mechanisms provide us with rational and highly plausible explanations for how and why religion may impact physicial as well as mental health -- quite apart from supernatural influences that are beyond scientific investigation."
Harold G Koenig, Dana E King, Verna B. Carson, Handbook of religion and health, 2nd Edition, New York: Oxford University Press, 2012, p 605.
"The most important component of the doctor-patient relationship is trust. The doctor's recognition and support of a patient's religious belief, helps strength those beliefs . . . Seeing that the physician recognizes and values what is central to the patient's hope also enables the patient to place greater trust in the doctor. This is especially true for religious patients whose beliefs are so important to their identities."
Harold G. Koenig, M.D., Spirituality in Patient Care: Why, How, When, and What. Templeton Foundation Press, 2002. p. 48.
“It is no longer of primary concern to show that my religion is the fulfillment of yours, that my notion of the Divine is superior to yours, that my “Savior” is bigger than yours, or even that my solution to the problem at hand is more effective than yours. What matters most is that people be actually helped, fed, educated and given medicine, that violence and war be avoided, and that the environment be saved and protected.”
Paul F. Knitter, Introducing Theologies of Religions. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2010, p 140.
"The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him. Neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
St Paul, The Bible, King James Version, 1 Cor. 2:15.
"In the Qur'an, God is referred to as As-Shafi, the Restorer of Health (Qur'an 41:44). Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, stated that for every illness, God created a cure (Al-Jawziyyah 1999, 25)."
Salih Yucel, Prayer and Healing in Islam. New Jersey: Tughra Books, 2010, p 3.
"In some cultures, the so-called hard-nosed, empirical method of science doesn't weigh in heavily when it comes to understanding where the world came from and how we should live in it. For some cultures, the ancient stories can tell us more about the universe than the Hubble telescope can."
Paul F. Knittner, Introducing Theologies of Religions. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, p. 176.
"A religious phenomenon will only be recognized as such if it is grasped at its own level, that is to say, if it is studied as something religious. To try to grasp the essence of such a phenomenon by means of physiology, psychology, sociology, economics, linguistics, art or any other study is false; it misses the one unique and irreducible element in it -- the element of the sacred."
Mircea Eliade, Patterns in Comparative Religion. Lincoln, Nebraska: University of Nebraska Press, 1996, p. xvi.
"Spirituality is a centerning into something stable that helps people who are experiencing changes and uncertainty. Spirituality provides a central core or anchor in that experience."
Dr. James Goodwin, Chair of Geriatric Medicine at UTMB quoted in, "Camp Allen, Living More, Aging Less," by Luke Blout. Dialogue. The Texas Episcopalian, March, 2012, p. 30.
"Every human being, according to Eliade, has the innate capacity to apprehend the revelatory presence of the sacred. Hence, we are all homo religiosus."
John Clifford Holt, Introduction to, Patterns in Comparative Religion by Mircea Eliade. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996, p. xiii-xiv.
Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases
The Bible, New International Version, Psalm 103, vs 1-3
"Prayer, ritual, meditation, and music have the power to heal, and yet we don't use them seriously and widely in medical practice because they lie outside the paradigm, the myth, and the accepted story of modern medicine ."
Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul in Medicine: Healing Guidance for Patients, Families, and the People Who Care for Them. New York: Hay House, Inc., 2010, p. xxi.
"As a scientist trained at MIT, I was convinced I had the information to exclude Him or is it Her? (i.e.,.a creator) from the grand scheme of life. But with each step forward in the unfolding mystery of the cosmos, a subtle but prevailing ingenuity, a contingency kept shining through, a contingency that joins all aspects of existence into a coherent unity. While this coherence does not prove the existence of a Designer, it does call out for interpretation."
Gerald I. Schroeder, The Science of God: The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom. New York: Free Press, 1997, p. 26.
"Healing contradicts currently popular and well-accepted scientific paradigms. The natual laws which apply to the material world perceived by our senses are accurate and helpful in understanding and manipulating that domain, but are not appropriate for other dimensions of perception and interaction with non-material aspects of the world."
Daniel J. Benor, M.D. Spiritual Healing: Scientific Validation of A Healing Revolution. Southfield, MI: Vision Publications. 2003, p. 453.
"You see a patient lying on a hospital bed and think all the illness is on the bed. But, if you could crawl into his head you would find concerns about the family, the house, the neighborhood, work, the car, and perhaps even international politics. They are not only a big part of the patient's experience, they may be at least partly the cause of his sickness."
Thomas Moore, Care of the Soul in Medicine: Healing Guidance for Patients, Families, and the People Who Care for Them. New York: Hay House, Inc., 2010, p. xix.