Just for kicks and giggles I’m going to bring up a subject that is often argued. In one corner stand the believers of the divine power. The religious and spiritual alike believe in the power of prayer, the real act. The words, the beads, the statues, the candles, the water and oil. In the other corner are the skeptics. Those that believe in medicine, in science, in studies and practice. They will tell you there is no god to answer that prayer and any help that is given, is given by people or the ill persons own psyche.
In reality these two sides merge and flow together each sharing their strengths. If only we knew the truth. Studies are done but still each side sees what they believed in originally. If it’s not god, then who? Or what? I think it all comes together if you’re standing in the right place.
The fruit of the spirit is …
Most Christians can quote this one. But what if it’s not talking about THE Spirit. What if this verse were referring to spirit in general, as opposed to flesh.
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
We talk about our lizard brain as the control center for our baser self. We eat, we drink, we sleep, we fulfill all of our lusts. But humanity has other parts also. A portion of our brain encourages us to communicate, to interact, to be generous. These qualities or attitudes are present when people receive prayer or loved ones are near. There is acceptance. There is love. There is this overwhelming feeling of not being alone and isolated. With acceptance comes healing.
There was a study done many years ago about newborns. Those that received touch as well as the needed nourishment, thrived. Grew stronger and healthier. Those that received their food and received only the bare minimum of touch, became weaker. as if they weren’t even fed at all. What can cause such a thing? Was it really the touching alone? The Experience of Touch
So if we want to encourage healing in those around us what do we need to do? Touching? Or praying? It is very possible that we as humans can’t separate our emotions from out actions. If you know you can’t be with someone or show them affection, you tend to avoid them completely. Sometimes we avoid thinking of them.
Another topic I want to explore in the future is WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO THRIVE? How do we thrive?
I agree with Jay McDaniel, Amma: The Hugging Saint
What the world needs now is less religion and more hugging. At least it needs less rigid religion, amid which religion becomes ideology; and it needs more compassionate hugging of the kind that nurses give patients in hospitals.
- meditation 10: ‘Spirited Away’ (charlesosewalt.com)
- Hope in Healing (massageenvy.com)
- Owning our Health: Compassion essential in healthcare (blogs.vancouversun.com)
- Yesterday, I Waited Hours For A Hug… (galadarling.com)
- The Beginning of Something Truly Great! (boughtthefield.wordpress.com)
- Hugs Make The World Go Round. ~ Shana Bilfield (elephantjournal.com)
- Thoughts as I go into Chemo #5 (randymellon.com)
- Saying Goodbye (zbethany.wordpress.com)
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I agree – when religion gets in the way of real human compassion and empathy, is useless. I believe in the power of the mind and I am an absolute believer in the spirit of the community around you, whether it’s your neighborhood, your close family, or your country. There’s power in these things, more than we might think, and it influences us whether we believe in it or not. great post!
Thank you Emily for all of your comments. We all need reminding. I think most of what I write about are things I’m telling myself to remember. 🙂