What Is Spiritual Healing?
Spiritual healing is the ability of your mind and soul to repair your ailments.
These ailments are not limited mere physical wounds, but can also relate to mental illness and self esteem issues. Many modern day physicians invoke the idea of spiritual healing along with western medicine as a means to promote the health of their patients.
The belief that a healthy mind equals a healthy body is not new to anyone. However, the idea that a positive spiritual existence might heal the body is sometimes misunderstood.
But, those who carefully examine their own lives can probably see where their mental state inflicts harm on their physical health. An easy example is the “when it rains it pours” syndrome. Just when everything seems to be going poorly some people find that they wind up physically sick. It is hard to believe that the two are not in some way connected. The same can be said for working things in reverse. Start feeling positive and having a more balanced energy and physical illness can also dissipate.
Spiritual healing is often associated with religion and faith healing. There are many religions, including Christianity that believes strongly in the power of prayer to heal illness. The belief in divine intervention has been widely documented. The laying of hands or other religious rituals are claimed to heal everything from cancer to blindness. This is not the same as spiritually healing your soul so that your body can be more healthy.
True spiritual healing requires work on ones self. It requires you to figure out how to get your body and energy into focused balance. There may be relation to the belief in a higher power along with meditation, but in this context it is not specifically about divine intervention.
The History of Spiritual Healing.
Spiritual healing has been around for ages. Ancient Egyptians and Greeks went to their priest-physicians when they needed help. One of the most famous pf these priest-physicians was Hippocrates, who brought standards to medical practices around 400 BC. He believed that their best approach to a diagnosis included observing nature, life, and a natural healing process.
In America most people are familiar with the idea of an Indian Medicine Man. Some Hollywood depictions paint a caricature of the actual practices used by indigenous American people. Native Americans believe that any healing process should be completely holistic.
Sometimes their rituals involved entire families if not the whole community. They analyzed dreams and stressed ridding the body of toxins through special baths, fasting, and the use of herbs. They also prayed to their higher powers through music, chant, drumming, and dance. Native Americans believe in healing a person, not necessarily a disease.
The traditional Medicine Man, or Woman, as the case often was, watched the goings on in their environment. They observed the animal life, birds, climate, and other actions or changes to determine whether the future would be successful or difficult.
The Maya Indians used the sun cycles, moon cycles, eclipses, and the movement of Venus to plan their lives. They prayed for protection from evil in themselves and in their community. They believed that everything, even vegetation and minerals had a life force. They respected animals and only killed them for food, then asking for the spirit of the animal to be returned to the animal kingdom.