This is a guest post by Karen Anderson. I hope you like it. All comments most welcome.
It’s a question I often ask myself when people say that faith heals – if faith could really heal, then are those who are spiritual in the prime of health? And if you’re an atheist, does that mean that you’re always prone to be sick? Now I know that the answers to these questions are not as clear cut as we would like them to be. For one, there is no concrete proof that health and spirituality are linked in any way. All of us know that to be born healthy, you need to be blessed with good genes. And then it’s up to us to maintain and care for our health by eating healthy food, exercising regularly, avoiding stress, and staying away from habits like smoking, drinking and drugs.
Now where does spirituality fit in to this equation? Do we mean to say that praying for good health alone makes it happen? No, definitely not. But there is a thin yet very flexible thread between spirituality and health – the one that is called strong belief. It’s a power that most of us don’t know exists, and even if we did, we have no idea how to tap it. Let me explain further.
Ever heard of Noetic science? If you’ve read Dan Brown’s novel The Lost Symbol, you’ll know what I’m talking about. In the book, there’s a scientist who researches the power of thought and is successfully able to quantify what we have until now known as only a quality. The book may be fiction, but the study of noetics is very real. Scientists are working on a way to prove that our thoughts affect who we are and what we become.
Perhaps this is why they say that positive thinking helps. And perhaps this is why we see that religious fervor helps block pain. But most of all, Noetic science proves the fact that more than individual thought, it is the collective thought process that has an altering effect on the course of things to come. For argument’s sake, let’s say that if most of the world were to focus their minds on one particular thought, then it has a fair chance of becoming a reality – that is what Noetics is out to prove.
But let’s come back to our topic – spirituality and health and how the two are related. It may sound completely unscientific, but I do believe that faith can help you when you are ill:
• If your disease is terminal, it gives you the courage to bear your pain and suffering and accept what is going to happen.
• If it’s something that you can overcome, spirituality helps you discover your willpower and commitment and allows you to fight the disease even though it is an uphill climb and a painful process.
• If it is an unexplained illness, spirituality helps you put your trust in doctors and others who care for you.
Spirituality augments health when it is combined with that one aspect whose name is an oxymoron – common sense. I say this because common sense is not so common these days. So if people expect to stay healthy even though they lead hedonistic lifestyles just because they’ve asked God to keep them in good health, then they’re sadly mistaken. What you need to do is follow the path that spirituality defines if you want to be healthy – and that means abstaining from negative aspects like gluttony, sloth and vice. Once you do this, you’ll soon realize that spirituality and health are connected after all.
This guest post is contributed by Karen Anderson, who writes on the topic of online bible colleges . She welcomes your comments at her email id : firstname.lastname@example.org