This Topic Covers: Understanding the Spirit, Soul and Body in Creation. How does spirituality and the mind affect health?

Achieving wellness requires balancing the various aspects of the whole person. These aspects are physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Learn interactive guidance tools and therapies to transform this new awareness into sustainable lifestyle changes, and a renewed sense of health and wellbeing.  How to meditate; how to relax, and more...

A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. - Proverbs 17:22


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According to the World Health Organization, "Health is more than the absence of disease. Health is a state of optimal well-being." Optimal well-being is a concept of health that goes beyond the curing of illness to one of achieving wellness. Achieving wellness requires balancing the various aspects of the whole person. These aspects are physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. This broader, (w)holistic approach to health involves the integration of all of these aspects and is an ongoing process.

The belief that life is the union of body, emotions, mind or soul  and spirit. And that health is a state of balance of several opposing aspects within the human body, as well as between the human body and the environment. Illness occurs when an individual falls out of balance, physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually.


Increasing Popularity Statistics

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Today, these breakthroughs in our understanding of the mind-body connection have translated into effective therapies to support patients' journeys through illnesses and trauma. Virtually every major medical center now has a stress management or mind-body clinic, and such practices as meditation, yoga, and group support are woven into the medical treatment of heart disease, cancer, and other serious illnesses. Moreover, the understanding of the mind-body relationship has now expanded to embrace the spiritual dimension of healing as well.

James Gordon, Director and Founder, Center for Mind-Body Medicine, has conducted mind-body skills trainings for patients and healthcare practitioners around the world. Gordon has said, "Mind-body medicine requires that we ground information about the science of mind-body approaches in practical, personal experience; that we appreciate the centrality of meditation to these practices; and that we understand—experientially as well as scientifically—that the health of our minds and the health of our bodies are inextricably connected to the transformation of the spirit."

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What is the future of spirituality in medical practice?

Many medical schools in the United States have included spiritual teachings in their curricula. However, what role, if any, a doctor should play in assisting or guiding patients in spiritual matters remains controversial. In addition, given that there appears to be a growing belief in the connection between spirituality and health, scientists in this field feel that research should begin to focus on assessing the validity of this connection, a better understanding of why there is this connection, and how it works. There is also interesting research emerging that evaluates the impact of religion and spirituality (both the child's and the parents') on the health of children and adolescents. Copyright  Christian Medical & Dental Associations.

Americans have long recognized the healing power of faith and prayer. In fact, 82 percent of Americans believe in the healing power of prayer, 64 percent think doctors should pray with those patients who request it, and 63 percent of patients want their doctors to discuss matters of faith. Close to 99 percent of physicians say religious beliefs can make a positive contribution to the healing process. 

Yet, until recently, most medical studies failed to consider the impact of spirituality in disease prevention or the healing process. Faith was the forgotten factor that was relegated by healthcare providers to the chaplain’s office.

Fortunately, things are beginning to change. Scientists are finally catching up with what people already know—a personal relationship with God helps us make sense out of illness. It gives hope. It changes health-related behavior and thus reduces the risk of disease.

But faith has an even greater impact. Studies have revealed that faith improves the immune system, enhances healing, reduces complications during major illnesses and much more. This revolution is impacting the way your healthcare will be delivered, the way your doctor will be trained and the way spiritual issues are addressed at the bedside. © Copyright  Dr. Caroline Leaf. All rights reserved. 

87% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about affects us physically and emotionally. It's an epidemic of toxic emotions.


Clinical Evidence

The public’s interest in at least some of these approaches is growing. For example, NHIS data show a significant increase between 2002 and 2007 in the use of mind and body approaches such as controlled breathing practices, meditation, massage therapy, and yoga. There is also great interest across many health care disciplines regarding the potential application of some mind and body approaches to a variety of challenging health problems and to health promotion. In large part this interest is based on emerging evidence from research carried out over the past decade.

For example, a large body of clinical research evidence now suggests that practices such as meditation and yoga can enhance quality of life, reduce psychological stress, and improve some mental health outcomes. At the same time, a growing body of basic research evidence suggests that mindfulness and other meditation practices engage neurobiological mechanisms known to be involved in cognition, emotion regulation, and behavior. In addition, mainstream clinical practice guidelines include evidence-based recommendations that spinal manipulation, acupuncture, and massage be considered for some patients with chronic back pain…

Significant growth in the quality and quantity of the evidence base regarding CAM reflects this growth in CAM research capacity. In the past 10 years, NCCAM has funded more than 2,500 research projects resulting in more than 3,300 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals…

NCCAM will strive to address its information and resources primarily to the large majority of consumers and health care providers who are curious about what the science says, even when the evidence is inconclusive or does not lead to clear guidance. To accomplish this, NCCAM will continue to work actively with its diverse community of stakeholders to identify, understand, and address the CAM information needs of consumers and health care providers and their concerns about accuracy or interpretation of research results and health messages.

Chronic pain is a widespread health problem. A new review by NCCAM researchers in Nature Reviews Neuroscience looks at recent research on pain and the brain. It suggests that chronic pain affects the anatomy of the brain and impairs certain nerve pathways, leading to a “negative feedback loop” that results in more pain and accompanying emotional and reasoning problems. Many people affected by chronic pain are becoming more aware of how the mind can control the body, and are adopting practices such as meditation and yoga to reduce stress and control pain.

Pain is a complex experience that varies greatly among people and within individuals. The many reasons for this variation include individuals' emotional and cognitive states, their expectations, and the contexts and meanings that surround their pain. Scientific understanding of this area, including an understanding of the pain modulatory systems in the central nervous system and the brain, has been growing. Cognitive processes (such as attention and focus) and emotional processes are part of those modulatory systems, and they affect the pain experience differently.

The evidence has been building that chronic pain can alter the functioning and anatomical integrity of various brain regions. This can lead, for example, to accelerated loss of gray matter, increased sensitivity to pain signals, reduced ability of the brain to release its own painkillers, emotional changes (such as anxiety disorders and depression), and cognitive deficits. However, some animal and human studies have found that when chronic pain is successfully treated, such brain effects may be reversible.

Mind and body approaches are of interest because, similarly to chronic pain, they involve cognitive (for example, focusing attention in meditation) and emotional factors. Evaluating the available research, the authors found growing evidence that mind and body practices may reduce acute and chronic pain. In addition, some studies suggest that mind and body practices could help reverse chronic-pain-associated brain changes and may have protective effects. The authors noted that further study is needed for confirmation, however, including laboratory research and studies in chronic-pain patients.


What is the Mind? - ©  Regents of the University of Minnesota and Charlson Meadows. All rights reserved

It’s important to note that "mind" is not synonymous with brain. Instead, in our definition, the mind consists of mental states such as thoughts, emotions, beliefs, attitudes, and images. The brain is the hardware that allows us to experience these mental states.

Mental states can be fully conscious or unconscious. We can have emotional reactions to situations without being aware of why we are reacting. Each mental state has a physiology associated with it-a positive or negative effect felt in the physical body. For example, the mental state of anxiety causes you to produce stress hormones.

Many mind-body therapies focus on becoming more conscious of mental states, and using this increased awareness to guide our mental states in a better, less destructive direction.



Mind-Body Connection


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Thoughts, Neurotransmitters, Body-Mind Connection, Published on July 17, 2012 by Ron Breazeale, Ph.D. 

The body mind connection is a concept fundamental to many belief systems.  What it postulates is that the body and mind mutually influence one another in a bi-directional fashion. In other words, biological processes affect thoughts and feelings, and cognitions affect body states. 

In the same way as the body affects the mind, however, the mind is capable of immense effects on the body.  The literature has demonstrated again and again that thoughts affect neurotransmitters, the chemical messengers that allow the brain to communicate with different parts of itself and the nervous system. Neurotransmitters control virtually all of the body’s functions, from feeling happy to modulating hormones to dealing with stress. Therefore, our thoughts influence our bodies directly because the body interprets the messages coming from the brain to prepare us for whatever is expected

Resilient people actually resist illnesses, cope with adversity, and recover quicker because they are able to maintain a positive attitude and manage their stress effectively.  By managing our attitudes and stress levels, we actually control neurochemical transmissions in the body. The power of a healthy attitude therefore cannot be underestimated in the body-mind connection.

Take home message? Take care of your mind, your body will thank you.  And on the flip side, take care of your body, your mind will thank you.


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Our minds and emotions play a critical role in our health.  Many ancient healing systems emphasize the connection between mind and body in healing.  Today, modern scientific research is proving that this age-old tenet of medical wisdom is true.  What we think and feel has a powerful influence on our bodies

You can use your mind to improve your health. “Mindfulness–paying attention on purpose in the present moment nonjudgmentally–immediately restores us to our wholeness, to that right inward measure that’s at the root of both meditation and medicine,” explains Kabat-Zinn…

Ask your doctor for information on the mind-body connection.  The bottom line: by understanding and using the connection between mind and body, you can improve your health. © Copyright  Dr. Caroline Leaf. All rights reserved. 

87% to 95% of the illnesses that plague us today are a direct result of our thought life. What we think about affects us physically and emotionally. It's an epidemic of toxic emotions.

The average person has over 30,000 thoughts a day. Through an uncontrolled thought life, we create the conditions for illness; we make ourselves sick! Research shows that fear, all on its own, triggers more than 1,400 known physical and chemical responses and activates more than 30 different hormones. There are INTELLECTUAL and MEDICAL reasons to FORGIVE! Toxic waste generated by toxic thoughts causes the following illnesses: diabetes, cancer, asthma, skin problems and allergies to name just a few. © Copyright  Cleveland Clinic. All rights reserved.

Harnessing the power of the mind-body connection: The mind-body connection means that you can learn to use your thoughts to positively influence some of your body’s physical responses, thereby decreasing stress. If you recall a time when you were happy, grateful or calm, your body and mind tend to relax.

Research has shown that when you imagine an experience, you often have similar mental and physical responses to those you have when the event actually happens. For example, if you recall an upsetting or frightening experience, you may feel your heart beating faster, you may begin to sweat, and your hands may become cold and clammy.

Whether you have been diagnosed with an illness or need to prepare for a medical procedure such as surgery, it is very important to minimize the negative effects and maximize the healthy, healing aspects of your mind-body connection.

A variety of calming and empowering mind-body exercises have been proven to help people:

  • Decrease anxiety

  • Decrease pain

  • Enhance sleep

  • Decrease the use of medication for post-surgical pain

  • Decrease side effects of medical procedures

  • Reduce recovery time and shorten hospital stays

  • Strengthen the immune system and enhance the ability to heal

  • Increase sense of control and well-being

While the exercises described are not alternatives to medical or surgical treatments, they provide a powerful way for you to actively participate in your own health care, minimize pain and insomnia and promote recovery.


Mind-Body Connection Evidence ©  Institute of HeartMath

As explained by the HeartMath Institute: People have long been aware of the connection between stress, mental and emotional attitudes, physiological health and overall well-being. However, in recent years, a growing body of compelling evidence is bringing these crucial relationships to the forefront of the scientific arena. Scientific research now tells us plainly that anger, anxiety and worry significantly increase the risk of heart disease, including sudden cardiac death. Landmark long-term studies conducted by Dr. Hans Eysenck and colleagues at the University of London have shown that chronic unmanaged emotional stress is as much as six times more predictive of cancer and heart disease than cigarette smoking, cholesterol level or blood pressure, and much more responsive to intervention

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Mind-Body Interventions & Disease Outcomes - Over the past 20 years, mind-body medicine Practices that focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior, with the intent to use the mind to affect physical functioning and promote health (examples include meditation and yoga) has provided considerable evidence that psychological factors can play a substantive role in the development and progression of coronary artery disease.

There is evidence that mind-body interventions can be effective in the treatment of coronary artery disease, enhancing the effect of standard cardiac rehabilitation in reducing all-cause mortality and cardiac event recurrences for up to 2 years.5

Mind-Body Influences on Immunity - There is considerable evidence that emotional traits, both negative and positive, influence people's susceptibility to infection. Following systematic exposure to a respiratory virus in the laboratory, individuals who report higher levels of stress or negative moods have been shown to develop more severe illness than those who report less stress or more positive moods.11 Recent studies suggest that the tendency to report positive, as opposed to negative, emotions may be associated with greater resistance to objectively verified colds. These laboratory studies are supported by longitudinal studies pointing to associations between psychological or emotional traits and the incidence of respiratory infections.12

Meditation and Imaging - Recent studies involving imaging are advancing the understanding of mind-body mechanisms. For example, meditation has been shown in one study to produce significant increases in left-sided anterior brain activity, which is associated with positive emotional states. Moreover, in this same study, meditation was associated with increases in antibody titers to influenza vaccine, suggesting potential linkages among meditation, positive emotional states, localized brain responses, and improved immune function.14

Stress and Wound Healing - Individual differences in wound healing have long been recognized. Clinical observation has suggested that negative mood or stress is associated with slow wound healing. Basic mind-body research is now confirming this observation….

Conclusion - Evidence from randomized controlled trials and, in many cases, systematic reviews of the literature, suggests that:

  • Mechanisms may exist by which the brain and central nervous system influence immune, endocrine, and autonomic functioning, which is known to have an impact on health.

  • Multicomponent mind-body interventions that include some combination of stress management, coping skills training, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and relaxation therapy may be appropriate adjunctive treatments for coronary artery disease and certain pain-related disorders, such as arthritis.

  • Multimodal mind-body approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, particularly when combined with an educational/informational component, can be effective adjuncts in the management of a variety of chronic conditions.

  • An array of mind-body therapies (e.g., imagery, hypnosis, relaxation), when employed presurgically, may improve recovery time and reduce pain following surgical procedures.

  • Neurochemical and anatomical bases may exist for some of the effects of mind-body approaches.

Mind-body approaches have potential benefits and advantages. In particular, the physical and emotional risks of using these interventions are minimal. Moreover, once tested and standardized, most mind-body interventions can be taught easily. Finally, future research focusing on basic mind-body mechanisms and individual differences in responses is likely to yield new insights that may enhance the effectiveness and individual tailoring of mind-body interventions. In the meantime, there is considerable evidence that mind-body interventions, even as they are being studied today, have positive effects on psychological functioning and quality of life, and may be particularly helpful for patients coping with chronic illness and in need of palliative care.

Evaluating the available research, the authors found growing evidence that mind and body practices may reduce acute and chronic pain. In addition, some studies suggest that mind and body practices could help reverse chronic-pain-associated brain changes and may have protective effects. The authors noted that further study is needed for confirmation, however, including laboratory research and studies in chronic-pain patients.


Spirit-Soul (Mind)-Body in Creation

“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7). “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:6-7). -  ©  Institute for Creation Research. All Rights Reserved

The spirit and soul often seem to be the same, in many contexts, but that they are not the same is evident by the fact that the Word of God can divide them asunder, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). They are both invisible, representing the reality of which the body is only the outward expression. The fact that it is so difficult to distinguish between them has led many to assume they are synonymous; but this verse and others (especially Hebrews 4:12) make it certain they are not identical.

Perhaps the non-physical part of man could be called the soul/spirit complex. Although probably too simplistic, it is convenient to think of the soul, body and spirit as representing the mental, physical and spiritual components of man, respectively. Another way is to look at the human tri-unity as one’s essential nature, his bodily person, and his spiritually influencing personality.

"Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein." (Isaiah 42:5)

God the LORD (Elohim Jehovah) is here identified as the Creator and organizer of all the universe, the heavens, and the earth, and all things therein… In context, He is also identifying Himself as the One sending forth "my servant" to be given as "a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles" (Isaiah 42:1, 6), the coming Messiah of Israel.

He who does all these things also gives every person born both breath and spirit. The "breath" (Hebrew neshumah) is that "breath of life" which God breathed into Adam's nostrils when He created him at the beginning. Even those who do not believe in God must depend on Him for their very breath, since "he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things." Therefore, He is "not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being" (Acts 17:25, 27-28).

He also gives each person a spirit (Hebrew ruach), a word used first of all in reference to the "Spirit of God" (Genesis 1:2). It is this attribute in particular that constitutes the created "image of God" in man (Genesis 1:27). The higher land animals all possess "the breath of life," along with man (Genesis 7:22), but only men and women are created in the image of God, each with an eternal spirit.

Man's breath and spirit are closely related, and sometimes the words are used almost interchangeably. When the breath departs from a person's body at death, the spirit also departs with it, but the latter "shall return unto God who gave it" (Ecclesiastes 12:7). The breath also will be activated again on the coming resurrection day. HMM -

"Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?" (Hebrews 12:9)

Human parents transmit physical characteristics to their offspring, but our spiritual attributes come from God, for He is "the Father of spirits." Paul recognized that all men are "the offspring of God" (Acts 17:29), and that each man is still "the image and glory of God" (1 Corinthians 11:7).

Thus our spirit/soul nature, as distinct from our body of physical/mental flesh, has come from God, who created it and united it with our body, evidently at the moment of physical conception in the womb. It is obvious that the "image of God," man's spirit/soul nature, could not be transmitted genetically via the "genetic code" and the DNA molecules, for these are simply complex chemicals programmed to transmit only the physical and mental attributes of the ancestors to the children.

Nevertheless, the spirit/soul attributes of each person also seem to be associated inseparably with the body from conception onwards, continuing so until separated again at death, when the spirit goes "to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8), leaving the body behind.

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THE CREATION OF MAN - And Jehovah God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Gen. 2.7 ASV). When God first created man He formed him of dust from the ground, and then breathed the breath of life into his nostrils. As soon as the breath of life, which became man's spirit, came into contact with man's body, the soul was produced. Hence the soul is the combination of man's body and spirit. The Scriptures therefore call man a living soul. The breath of life became man's spirit; that is, the principle of life within him. The Lord Jesus tells us it is the spirit that gives life (John 6.63). This breath of life comes from the Lord of Creation.

However, we must not confuse man's spirit with God's Holy Spirit. The latter differs from our human spirit. Romans 8.16 demonstrates their difference by declaring that it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God. The original of the word life in breath of life is chay and is in the plural. This may refer to the fact that the in-breathing of God produced a twofold life, soulical and spiritual. When the in-breathing of God entered man's body it became the spirit of man; but when the spirit reacted with the body the soul was produced. This explains the source of our spiritual and soulical lives. We must recognize, though, that this spirit is not God's Own life, for the breath of the Almighty gives me life (job 33.4). It is not the entrance of the uncreated life of God into man, neither is it that life of God, which we receive at regeneration. What we receive at new birth is God's Own life as typified by the tree of life. But our human spirit, though permanently existing, is void of eternal life.

"Formed man of dust from the ground" refers to man's body; "breathed into his nostrils the breath of life" refers to man's spirit as it came from God; and "man became a living soul" refers to man's soul when the body was quickened by the spirit and brought into being a living and self-conscious man. A complete man is a trinity the composite of spirit, soul and body. According to Genesis 2.7, man was made up of only two independent elements, the corporeal and the spiritual; but when God placed the spirit within the casing of the earth, the soul was produced. The spirit of man touching the dead body produced the soul. The body apart from the spirit was dead, but with the spirit man was made alive. The organ thus animated was called the soul.

Man became a living soul expresses not merely the fact that the combination of spirit and body produced the soul; it also suggests that spirit and body were completely merged in this soul. In other words, soul and body were combined with the spirit, and spirit and body were merged in the soul. Adam in his unfallen state knew nothing of these ceaseless strivings of spirit and flesh which are matters of daily experience to us. 

There was a perfect blending of his three natures into one and the soul as the uniting medium became the cause of his individuality, of his existence as a distinct being. (Pember's Earth's Earliest Age) Man was designated a living soul, for it was there that the spirit and body met and through which his individuality was known. Perhaps we may use an imperfect illustration: drop some dye into a cup of water. The dye and water will blend into a third substance called ink. In like manner the two independent elements of spirit and body combine to become living soul. (The analogy fails in that the soul produced by the combining of spirit and body becomes an independent, indissoluble element as much as the spirit and body.)…

However, we must remember well that whereas the soul is the meeting-point of the elements of our being in this present life, the spirit will be the ruling power in our resurrection state. For the Bible tells us that it is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body (I Cor. 15.44).

Yet here is a vital point: we who have been joined to the resurrected Lord can even now have our spirit rule over the whole being. We are not united to the first Adam who was made a living soul but to the last Adam who is a life-giving spirit (v.  45).


Understanding Spirit, Soul, Body

“The Bible states emphatically that man was created a trinity of spirit, soul, and body even as the eternal God is Himself a trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. The trinity of man is an essential part of the image relationship between him and God. Life is not ultimately physical and the body is not the whole man. And we might add that neither the body in itself, nor the soul in itself, nor the spirit in itself makes up the whole man, but he is “spirit and soul and body.”

The threefold nature of man might be illustrated in several ways. Dr. Clarence Larkin uses three circles (Rightly Dividing The Word, page 86). The outer circle stands for the body of man, the middle circle for the soul, and the inner for the spirit. At this point it will be well to quote a portion from Dr. Larkin’s book:

In the outer circle the ‘Body’ is shown as touching the Material world through the five senses of ‘Sight,’ ‘Smell,’ ‘Hearing,’ ‘Taste’ and ‘Touch.’

The Gates to the ‘Soul’ are ‘Imagination,’ ‘Conscience,’ ‘Memory,’ ‘Reason’ and the ‘Affections.’

The “Spirit” receives impressions of outward and material things through the soul. The spiritual faculties of the ‘Spirit’ are ‘Faith,’ ‘Hope,’ ‘Reverence,’ ‘Prayer’ and ‘Worship.’”


Our Spirit: It’s in our spirit that we have meaning and purpose in life. At the deepest level our spirit gives us meaning and purpose and our spirit enables us to love one another, our self and God. It’s through our spirit that we have communion and fellowship with God.  Our spirit gives us intuition between right and wrong. For in-depth reading about the distinction between spirit, soul and body consider material written by Watchman Nee, especially The Spiritual Man which is a book online and free.

The Word of God does not divide man into the two parts of soul and body. It treats man, rather, as tripartite-spirit, soul and body. I Thessalonians 5.23 reads: "May the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." This verse precisely shows that the whole man is divided into three parts. The Apostle Paul refers here to the complete sanctification of believers, "sanctify you wholly, "According to the Apostle, how is a person wholly sanctified? By his spirit and soul and body being kept. From this we can easily understand that the whole person comprises these three parts. This verse also makes a distinction between spirit and soul; otherwise, Paul would have said simply "your soul." Since God has distinguished the human spirit from the human soul, we conclude that man is composed of not two, but three, parts; spirit, soul and body…

Is it a matter of any consequence to divide spirit and soul? It is an issue of supreme importance for it affects tremendously the spiritual life of a believer. How can a believer understand spiritual life if he does not know what is the extent of the realm of the spirit? Without such understanding how can he grow spiritually? To fail to distinguish between spirit and soul is fatal to spiritual maturity. Christians often account what is soulical as spiritual, and thus they remain in a soulish state and seek not what is really spiritual. How can we escape loss if we confuse what God has divided? Spiritual knowledge is very important to spiritual life. Let us add, however, that it is equally as, if not more, important for a believer to be humble and willing to accept the teaching of the Holy Spirit…

…This trinity of spirit, soul and body may be partially illustrated by a light bulb. Within the bulb, which can represent the total man, there are electricity, light and wire. The spirit is like the electricity, the soul the light, and body the wire. Electricity is the cause of the light while light is the effect of electricity. Wire is the material substance for carrying the electricity as well as for manifesting the light. The combination of spirit and body produces soul, that which is unique to man. As electricity, carried by the wire, is expressed in light, so spirit acts upon the soul and the soul, in turn, expresses itself through the body.


It is through the corporal body that man comes into contact with the material world. Hence we may label the body as that part which gives us world-consciousness. The soul comprises the intellect, which aids us in the present state of existence, and the emotions, which proceed from the senses. Since the soul belongs to man's own self and reveals his personality, it is termed the part of self-consciousness.

The spirit is that part by which we commune with God and by which alone we are able to apprehend and worship Him. Because it tells us of our relationship with God, the spirit is called the element of God-consciousness. God dwells in the spirit, self dwells in the soul, while senses dwell in the body…

It is linked with the spiritual world through the spirit and with the material world through the body. It also possesses the power of free will, hence is able to choose from among its environments. The spirit cannot act directly upon the body. It needs a medium, and that medium is the soul produced by the touching of the spirit with the body. The soul therefore stands between the spirit and the body, binding these two together. The spirit can subdue the body through the medium of the soul, so that it will obey God; likewise the body through the soul can draw the spirit into loving the world…

Of these three elements the spirit is the noblest for it joins with God.

The body is the lowest for it contacts with matter. The soul lying between them joins the two together and also takes their character to be its own.

The soul makes it possible for the spirit and the body to communicate and to cooperate.

The spirit is the noblest part of man and occupies the innermost area of his being. The body is the lowest and takes the outermost place. Between these two dwells the soul, serving as their medium. The body is the outer shelter of the soul, while the soul is the outer sheath of the spirit. The spirit transmits its thought to the soul and the soul exercises the body to obey the spirit's order. This is the meaning of the soul as the medium. Before the fall of man the spirit controlled the whole being through the soul…

The order, which God presents to us, is unmistakable: your spirit and soul and body (I Thess. 5.23). It is not soul and spirit and body, nor is it body and soul and spirit. The spirit is the pre-eminent part, hence it is mentioned first; the body is the lowest and therefore is last mentioned; the soul stands between, so is mentioned between.

Having now seen God's order, we can appreciate the wisdom of the Bible in likening man to a temple. We can recognize the perfect harmony, which exists between the temple and man in respect to both order and value.


Research On Spirituality in Health  

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The effect of spirituality on health is an area of active research right now. Besides being studied by physicians, it is studied by psychologists and other professionals. The studies tend to fall into 3 major areas: mortality, coping, and recovery.

Mortality – Some observational studies suggest that people who have regular spiritual practices tend to live longer (9).

Coping - Patients who are spiritual may utilize their beliefs in coping with illness, pain, and life stresses. Some studies indicate that those who are spiritual tend to have a more positive outlook and a better quality of life.

Some studies have also looked at the role of spirituality regarding pain. One study showed that spiritual well-being was related to the ability to enjoy life even in the midst of symptoms, including pain. This suggests that spirituality may be an important clinical target (13). Results of a pain questionnaire distributed by the American Pain Society to hospitalized patients showed that personal prayer was the most commonly used nondrug method of controlling pain: 76% of the patients made use of it (14).

In this study, prayer as a method of pain management was used more frequently than intravenous pain medication (66%), pain injections (62%), relaxation (33%), touch (19%), and massage (9%). Pain medication is very important and should be used, but it is worthwhile to consider other ways to deal with pain as well.

Spiritual beliefs can help patients cope with disease and face death. When asked what helped them cope with their gynecologic cancer, 93% of 108 women cited spiritual beliefs. In addition, 75% of these patients stated that religion had a significant place in their lives, and 49% said they had become more spiritual after their diagnosis (15). Among 90 HIV-positive patients, those who were spiritually active had less fear of death and less guilt (16).

A random Gallup poll asked people what concerns they would have if they were dying. Their top issues were finding companionship and spiritual comfort—chosen over such things as advance directives, economic/financial concerns, and social concerns. Those who were surveyed cited several spiritual reassurances that would give them comfort. The most common spiritual reassurances cited were beliefs that they would be in the loving presence of God or a higher power, that death was not the end but a passage, and that they would live on through their children and descendants (17).

Recovery - Spiritual commitment tends to enhance recovery from illness and surgery… In general, people who don't worry as much tend to have better health outcomes. Maybe spirituality enables people to worry less, to let go and live in the present moment.

Related to spirituality is the power of hope and positive thinking. Specific spiritual practices have been shown to improve health outcomes. In the 1960s, Benson began research on the effect of spiritual practices on health. Some people who practiced transcendental meditation approached him in the 1960s and asked him to determine if meditation had beneficial health effects. He found that 10 to 20 minutes of meditation twice a day leads to decreased metabolism, decreased heart rate, decreased respiratory rate, and slower brain waves. Further, the practice was beneficial for the treatment of chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, hostility, depression, premenstrual syndrome, and infertility and was a useful adjunct to treatment for patients with cancer or HIV. He called this “the relaxation response.”

Benson concluded: “To the extent that any disease is caused or made worse by stress, to that extent evoking the relaxation response is effective therapy” (22).

Different studies suggest that 60% to 90% of all patient visits to primary care offices are related to stress.

…In summary, spirituality can be an important element in the way patients face chronic illness, suffering, and loss. Copyright  Christian Medical & Dental Associations.

Americans have long recognized the healing power of faith and prayer. In fact, 82 percent of Americans believe in the healing power of prayer, 64 percent think doctors should pray with those patients who request it, and 63 percent of patients want their doctors to discuss matters of faith. Close to 99 percent of physicians say religious beliefs can make a positive contribution to the healing process. Yet, until recently, most medical studies failed to consider the impact of spirituality in disease prevention or the healing process. Faith was the forgotten factor that was relegated by healthcare providers to the chaplain’s office.

Fortunately, things are beginning to change. Scientists are finally catching up with what people already know--a personal relationship with God helps us make sense out of illness. It gives hope. It changes health-related behavior and thus reduces the risk of disease.

But faith has an even greater impact. Studies have revealed that faith improves the immune system, enhances healing, reduces complications during major illnesses and much more.

This revolution is impacting the way your healthcare will be delivered, the way your doctor will be trained and the way spiritual issues are addressed at the bedside. And like most revolutions, it started with one person. A faithful Christian, husband, father and CMDA member, David Larson transformed the field of faith and medicine as Director of the National Institutes of Healthcare Research.

Dr. David Larson and the National Institute of Healthcare Research catalyzed a new interest in faith and health and brought it into the mainstream of medicine in the 1990’s. Today more than half of U.S. medical schools have courses in spirituality and medicine, many of which are required. Medical school curricula include1:

  • Teaching students to make a spiritual assessment

  • Viewing and collaborating with chaplains as a relevant part of the health care team

  • Showing students how to care for dying patients – even when disease specific treatment is no longer available

  • Exploring major religions to identify aspects that might affect health care choices, illness coping or social support value


How Does Spirituality Influence Health?

Source - Spirituality | University of Maryland Medical Center

Spiritual practices tend to improve coping skills and social support, foster feelings of optimism and hope, promote healthy behavior, reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, and encourage a sense of relaxation. By alleviating stressful feelings and promoting healing ones, spirituality can positively influence immune, cardiovascular (heart and blood vessels), hormonal, and nervous systems.

An example of a religion that promotes a healthy lifestyle is Seventh Day Adventists. Those who follow this religion, a particularly healthy population, are instructed by their Church not to consume alcohol, eat pork, or smoke tobacco. In a 10 year study of Seventh Day Adventists in the Netherlands, researchers found that Adventist men lived 8.9 years longer than the national average, and Adventist women lived 3.6 years longer. For both men and women, the chance of dying from cancer or heart disease was 60 - 66% less, respectively, than the national average.

Again, the health benefits of religion and spirituality do not stem solely from healthy lifestyles. Many researchers believe that certain beliefs, attitudes, and practices associated with being a spiritual person influence health. In a recent study of people with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), those who had faith in God, compassion toward others, a sense of inner peace, and were religious had a better chance of surviving for a long time than those who did not live with such belief systems. Qualities like faith, hope, and forgiveness, and the use of social support and prayer seem to have a noticeable effect on health and healing.

  • Faith: A person's most deeply held beliefs strongly influence his or her health. Some researchers believe that faith increases the body's resistance to stress. In a 1988 clinical study of women undergoing breast biopsies, the women with the lowest stress hormone levels were those who used their faith and prayer to cope with stress.

  • Hope: Without hope -- a positive attitude that a person assumes in the face of difficulty -- many people become depressed and prone to illness. In a 35 year clinical study of Harvard graduates, researchers found that those graduates who expressed hope and optimism lived longer and had fewer illnesses in their lifetime.

  • Forgiveness: A practice that is encouraged by many spiritual and religious traditions, forgiveness is a release of hostility and resentment from past hurts. In 1997, a Stanford University study found that college students trained to forgive someone who had hurt them were significantly less angry, more hopeful, and better able to deal with emotions than students not trained to forgive. Another survey of 1,400 adults found that willingness to forgive oneself, and others, and the feeling that one is forgiven by God, have beneficial health effects. Some researchers suggest that emotions like anger and resentment cause stress hormones to accumulate in the blood, and that forgiveness reduces this build up.

  • Love and Social Support: A close network of family and friends that lends help and emotional support has been found to offer protection against many diseases. Researchers believe that people who experience love and support tend to resist unhealthy behaviors and feel less stressed. In a clinical study of a close knit Italian American community in Pennsylvania, researchers found that the death rate from heart attack was half that of the United States' average. Researchers concluded that the strong social support network helped protect this population from heart disease.

  • Prayer: The act of putting oneself in the presence of or conversing with a higher power has been used as a means of healing across all cultures throughout the ages. Today, many Americans believe that prayer is an important part of daily life. In a 1996 poll, one half of doctors reported that they believe prayer helps patients, and 67% reported praying for a patient. Researchers are also studying intercessory prayer (asking a higher power to intervene on behalf of another either known or unknown to the person praying; also called distance prayer or distance healing). Although it is particularly difficult to study the effect of distance prayer, current research in coronary care units (intensive care units in hospitals devoted to people with severe heart disease, like those who just suffered a heart attack) suggests that there is benefit. Compared to those who were not prayed for, patients who were prayed for showed general improvements in the course of their illness, less complications, and even fewer deaths. Copyright  Christian Medical & Dental Associations.

Analyzing the Data: Studies have shown faith/prayer benefits related to many areas such as cancer, hypertension, general health, heart disease, and other physical ailments as well as psychological, psychiatric and substance abuse problems. Examples include:

  • A systematic review of longevity research revealed that in nearly every published study including a religious variable, the more religious individuals lived longer than the non-religious. 9

  • Patients in the San Francisco General Hospital coronary care unit who were prayed for had fewer cases of congestive heart failure, less pneumonia, less need for antibiotics and fewer cardiac arrests than those who were not prayed for.10

  • A 1995 Dartmouth Medical School Study of elective heart surgery patients found the “very religious” were three times more likely to recover than those who were not.11

  • Data on the relation of health and faith shows that the most important factor is religious practice and belief—not denomination. Patients who don’t just “talk the talk” but “walk the walk” demonstrate the most benefits.

Polls reveal patients’ interest in their health care providers addressing faith and health:

  • 99 percent of physicians say religious beliefs can make a positive contribution to the healing process.12

  • 63 percent of patients want doctors to discuss matters of faith.13

  • Only ten percent of patients surveyed say their doctors talked to them about their faith as a factor in healing.14

  • Roughly half of all patients want their doctors to pray with them.15

  • 79 percent believe spiritual faith can help people recover from illness, injury or disease.16

  • 91 percent of doctors surveyed say they have patients who also seek help from a spiritual leader such as a minister in dealing with their health problems.17

Studies show that church attendance results in a drop in suicide risk18, alcohol abuse19 and illicit drug use. 20 Frequent attendees to church were also more likely to stop smoking, start exercising, increase social contacts and stay married. 21

Prayer, religion, spirituality, religious belief, pastor/chaplain visits were shown to help heart bypass surgery patients, gynecologic cancer patients, and breast cancer patients. Ninety-seven percent of bypass surgery patients reported that prayer was helpful in coping. Ninety-six percent used prayer to deal with stress, and 70 percent found prayer extremely helpful in their coping. 22...

Attending religious services improved outcomes for the following:

  • Psychotherapy for depression 23

  • Drug abuse treatment 24

  • Reducing criminal recidivism 25

  • Rheumatoid arthritis 26

  • ICU care 27

  • Lower blood pressure 28

  • Longer life 29

  • Greater satisfaction with life 30

Of 9,000 residents living in 86 small towns in Iowa, results concluded that participating in church helps people feel more attached to their community. “Participating in church-related groups has the greatest impact on (increasing) non church-related activities” including increasing one’s network of friends. Researchers noted...“Surprisingly, most recent studies on community attachment have neglected” the study of religion. 31

Reviewing findings from three national surveys totaling more than 5,600 older Americans, attending religious services was linked with improved physical health or personal well-being. Twelve other studies published since 1980 found persons in organized religious activity had higher levels of life satisfaction. 32


Mind-Body-Spirit Therapy Defined

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Each of us has one body with many different parts. These parts come together as one in a balanced harmony that integrates different facets of human life. Similarly, the self is the integration of one’s mind, body and spirit. Wholeness encompasses all of these parts and more. Nurturing your whole person is more than creating balance in your life. It’s about fully integrating each of these parts as a whole person.

SPIRITUAL ASPECTS - At some point in our lives, most of us embark on a spiritual journey. We seek ways to find greater meaning in life, to relate to others in significant ways, and to connect with God. Spiritual faith is foundational to personal wholeness and unites all the dimensions of wholeness. - Copyright ©  American Holistic Health Association.  All rights reserved.

Your wellness team: To understand wellness, it helps to think of yourself as a team made up of several members. For the team to be effective, each member (each aspect of yourself) must have its needs met and must work in harmony with the other team members. These aspects of yourself are:

  • Physical you (your body)--your tangible structure and the five senses which enable you to touch, see, hear, smell and taste the world around you

  • Emotional you (your feelings)--your range of emotions from fear and anger to love and joy

  • Mental you (your thoughts)--your knowledge, attitudes and beliefs; your analytical self

  • Spiritual you (your spirit )--your relationship with yourself, your creativity, your life purpose, and your relationship with a Higher Power.

All of these aspects work together to make you a whole person. What happens to one aspect can affect all the other aspects. That's why being confined to bed with a sore back (physical) can lead to depression (emotional), or why denying your anger (emotional) can lead to a headache (physical). This relationship between your different aspects is often referred to as the mind/body connection. Since all four parts of you must work in harmony to achieve wellness, each part needs your attention and care to perform at its best.

  • The physical you requires good nutrition, appropriate weight, beneficial exercise and adequate rest.

  • The emotional you needs to give and receive forgiveness, love and compassion; needs to laugh and experience happiness; needs joyful relationships with yourself and others.

  • The mental you needs self-supportive attitudes, positive thoughts and viewpoints and a positive self-image.

  • The spiritual you requires inner calmness, openness to your creativity, and trust in your inner knowing.

Know your team: To enhance your health you must be aware of yourself. When any aspect of your "self" is out of balance, it will let you know.

  • Be aware of your body--what makes it feel good and what makes it hurt. Learn to listen to your body when it communicates.

  • Be aware of your emotions--which people or activities cause you to feel happy, loving, connected, and which create feelings of anger, fear, depression.

  • Be aware of your thoughts--which thoughts make you smile and feel good, and which bring a frown or cause your muscles to tighten.

  • Be aware of your spiritual condition--what causes you to feel inner peace, joy, a sense that all is right with the world. Be aware of the intuitive thoughts which guide you to your highest good and bring the gift of creativity.

Training your team: We've already talked about the fact that the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of yourself must be in balance for optimal well-being. But what exactly do we mean? What sorts of activities and choices lead to wellness? The following suggestions are some of the specific things you can do to enhance your health and promote your own wellness.


  • Eat fresh, wholesome food. Avoid or limit sugar, salt and fatty foods. Replace processed foods with fresh vegetables and whole grains as much as possible.

  • Drink lots of pure water. In many localities, where tap water is not pure, you may need to invest in a water filtration system or drink bottled water.

  • Take time for enjoyable exercise. Some find it helpful to join a gym or lift weights. Others find activities such as dancing, walking, bicycling and skating enjoyable and beneficial. The important thing is to get at least 20 minutes of exercise three times a week.

  • Get adequate rest. Many people do not realize that too little sleep may be the reason for inattentiveness or lack of motivation. Experiment to find out what your natural rhythm is and how much sleep you need to feel your best.


  • Laugh, play, and have fun often. Laughter is good medicine, and the ability to play is a necessity for a balanced life.

  • Share your feelings with others. Spend time with the people you can trust with your feelings and give them the gift of really knowing you.

  • Create warm, loving relationships. Forgive yourself and others. If you have issues or grievances with family and friends, face the issues and recover lost emotional closeness.


  • Explore new ideas. Find a hobby, take a class, read a nonfiction book, watch educational television.

  • Cultivate positive attitudes. Instead of criticizing, catch yourself and others at being good. Look for what is positive in a situation.

  • Examine your beliefs. Listen to other points of view. When others disagree with you, try to see things through their eyes.


  • Take time to be quiet with yourself. Meditate, pray, or go fishing. We each get in touch with our inner selves or a Higher Power in different ways.

  • Be open to your creativity. Learn to trust your innate creativity and intuitive thinking. Express the inner you.

  • Savor the moment. Enjoy what you are doing now, instead of reliving the past or anticipating the future.


History of Mind-Body-Spirit Therapy - ©  American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved.

Virtual Mentor. October 2009, Volume 11, Number 10: 788-792.

For many centuries, conventional wisdom proclaimed the healing power in the doctor-patient relationship. In “Precepts,” Hippocrates declared: “…where there is love of man, there is also love of the art. For some patients, though conscious that their condition is perilous, recover their health simply through their contentment with the goodness of the physician” [1].

By the middle of the 20th century, with the impressive triumphs of modern biomedicine, a new paradigm declared that, in an age of sophisticated diagnostic tests, pharmaceutical magic bullets, and super surgery, only the quality of the biomedicine physicians mastered and applied determined medical outcome.

But during the past 25 years or so another mindset has emerged which maintains that the clinician/healer must both address the disease and know the patient as person. The physician should seek to know how the medical condition is being experienced by the patient and what impact it has on his or her life and spirit. Because of the mind/body/spirit connection the quality of that understanding can actually affect medical outcome. We have recovered the insight of Hippocrates [2, 3]…

As a result, the web surfer will discover a plethora of programs in medical centers bearing such names as medical humanities, spirituality in medicine, and health and the human spirit. Our program at the Center for Health, Humanities and the Human Spirit defines spirit or spirituality as a person’s inner world of values, vital beliefs, strivings, and goals—in other words, all that gives meaning to a human life. Meaning is the sense that there is purpose in my life even when I face its darker side, including serious, chronic, or terminal illness. The human spirit drives the quest for meaning, and meaning sustains our will to live…


Whether religious nor not, we live our lives without being fully in control and face an uncertain future. Religious persons seek comfort in the faith that beyond the mystery there is an ultimate source of power and goodness to whom they may turn for strength and healing. At such times they want the best biomedical resources available, but they also seek intimations of God’s presence. Before serious surgery such patients will welcome a visit from both surgeon and clergy. - ©  Regents of the University of Minnesota and Charlson Meadows. All rights reserved.

Awareness of the mind-body connection is by no means new. Until approximately 300 years ago, virtually every system of medicine throughout the world treated the mind and body as a whole. But during the 17th century, the Western world started to see the mind and body as two distinct entities. In this view, the body was kind of like a machine, complete with replaceable, independent parts, with no connection whatsoever to the mind. 

This Western viewpoint had definite benefits, acting as the foundation for advances in surgery, trauma care, pharmaceuticals, and other areas of allopathic medicine. However, it also greatly reduced scientific inquiry into humans' emotional and spiritual life, and downplayed their innate ability to heal. 

In the 20th century, this view gradually started to change. Researchers began to study the mind-body connection and scientifically demonstrate complex links between the body and mind. Integrative psychiatrist James Lake, MD, of Stanford University, writes that "extensive research has confirmed the medical and mental benefits of meditation, mindfulness training, yoga, and other mind-body practices." -  standards4life Copyright  Christian Medical & Dental Associations.

Excerpts from Standards 4 Life:

Secular definitions of health tend to incorporate both mental and physical well-being, conspicuously omitting any concept of spiritual health. The World Health Organization states, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”6 Because this view elevates physical health as the ultimate value in human existence, the implications for dealing with birth deformities, handicaps, and end-of-life decisions are profound. Science has aided the modern preoccupation with physical health, evidenced by a surge in health food products, low-fat foods, exercise clubs, and media attention to health issues. Many modern Americans are reminiscent of the ancient Greeks’ in their nearly worshipful view of the body.

From ancient Egypt to Rome to the modern United States, the history of medicine has been marked by a struggle between the natural and the supernatural. As the following sketch of key historical developments7 suggests, the two forces of faith and medicine have never satisfactorily joined hands to promote a whole-person perspective on health and healing….

The church’s defensive reaction to scientific study and freedom of inquiry marked a deep and lasting split between science and religion. Instead of science developing alongside religion, it developed along a separate and often hostile track. Instead of ecclesiastical leaders realizing that “all truth is God’s truth,” they attempted to retain authority through ignorance. As a result, the Church lost credibility and science lost its moral moorings and holistic perspective.

However, it was individual men and women of faith who understood that a creator God formed our world based on order and scientific principles. That perspective provided the motivation to discover those principles. Christian scientists provided manpower for the Enlightenment.

Then, in the early 1980’s, a new plague—autoimmune deficiency virus (AIDS)—quelled the optimism. West Nile, SARS, Legionairres’ disease and others still leave scientists baffled. Some healthcare consumers, disenchanted with the rigidity and limitations of scientific medicine, turned elsewhere for answers about health. The spiritual side of existence, for so long neglected, attracted new attention.

To read in entirety, download Standards 4 Life faith-and-health-01-29-2014.pdf


Mind-Body-Spirit Therapy Practices – ©  Regents of the University of Minnesota and Charlson Meadows. All rights reserved.

Mind-body specialist Dr. James Gordon states that the mind and body are essentially inseparable: "the brain and peripheral nervous system, the endocrine and immune systems, and indeed, all the organs of our body and all the emotional responses we have, share a common chemical language and are constantly communicating with one another."  

Related to mind-body therapies are therapies that use the body to affect the mind, such as yoga, tai chi, qi gong, and some types of dance (these are sometimes called body-mind therapies). Ultimately mind-body and body-mind therapies are interrelated: the body affects the mind, which in turn impacts the body (and the mind.)

Reference - - The Nat’l Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine

Mind and body practices include a large and diverse group of procedures or techniques administered or taught by a trained practitioner or teacher. For example,

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body by a variety of techniques, including the insertion of thin metal needles through the skin.  It is intended to remove blockages in the flow of gi and restore and maintain health.

Acupressure – a type of acupuncture that stimulates specific points on the body using pressure applied by the hands, moxibustiontin traditional Chinese medicine, the use of heat from burning the herb moxa on or near the skin at an acupuncture point intended to stimulate the flow of gi and restore health, and cupping, for example, are all believed to act by correcting imbalances in the internal biofield, such as by restoring the flow of qi through meridians to reinstate health. Some therapists are believed to emit or transmit the vital energy (external qi) to a recipient to restore health.4 Examples of practices involving putative energy fields include:

Biofields have not been measured by conventional instruments.  Reiki and gi gong are examples of therapies that involve biofields. For example, more than 2,000 years ago, Asian practitioners postulated that the flow and balance of life energies are necessary for maintaining health and described tools to restore them. Herbal medicine, acupuncture, a family of procedures that originated in traditional Chinese medicine. 

Sound Energy Therapy sometimes referred to as vibrational or frequency therapy includes music therapy as well as wind chime and tuning fork therapy. The presumptive basis of its effect is that specific sound frequencies resonate with specific organs of the body to heal and support the body.

Music therapy has been the most studied among these interventions, with studies dating back to the 1920s, when it was reported that music affected blood pressure.11 Other studies have suggested that music can help reduce pain and anxiety.

Music and imagery, alone and in combination, have been used to entrain mood states, reduce acute or chronic pain, and alter certain biochemicals, such as plasma beta-endorphin levels.12 These uses of energy fields truly overlap with the domain of mind-body medicine. Practices that focus on the interactions among the brain, mind, body, and behavior, with the intent to use the mind to affect physical functioning and promote health. Examples include meditation and yoga.

Magnetic Therapy - Static magnets have been used for centuries in efforts to relieve pain or to obtain other alleged benefits (e.g., increased energy). Numerous anecdotal reports have indicated that individuals have experienced significant, and at times dramatic, relief of pain after the application of static magnets over a painful area. Although the literature on the biological effects of magnetic fields is growing, there is a paucity of data from well-structured, clinically sound studies. However, there is growing evidence that magnetic fields can influence physiological processes.

Pulsating electromagnetic therapy has been in use for the past 40 years. A well-recognized and standard use is to enhance the healing of nonunion fractures. It also has been claimed that this therapy is effective in treating osteoarthritis, migraine headaches, multiple sclerosis, and sleep disorders.2

Light Therapy is the use of natural or artificial light to treat various ailments, but unproven uses of light extend to lasers, colors, and monochromatic lights.

High-intensity Light Therapy - The use of natural or artificial light -- including colored light and high-intensity light -- for health purposes. has been documented to be useful for seasonal affective disorder, with less evidence for its usefulness in the treatment of more general forms of depression and sleep disorders.13 Hormonal changes have been detected after treatment. Although low-level laser therapy is claimed to be useful for relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and helping to heal wounds, strong scientific proof of these effects is still needed.14

Whole Medical Systems and Energy Medicine - Although modalities such as acupuncture and qi gong have been studied separately, TCM uses combinations of treatments (e.g., herbs, acupuncture, and qi gong) in practice. Similarly, Ayurvedic medicine uses combinations of herbal medicine, yoga, and meditation a conscious mental process using certain techniques -- such as focusing attention or maintaining a specific posture -- to suspend the stream of thoughts and relax the body and mind, and other approaches to restore vital energy, particularly at the chakra energy centers. (For more information on TCM and Ayurvedic medicine, see NCCAM's backgrounder "Whole Medical Systems: An Overview.")

Homeopathy  - One Western approach with implications for energy medicine is homeopathy a whole medical system that originated in Europe. Homeopathy seeks to stimulate the body's ability to heal itself by giving very small doses of highly diluted substances that in larger doses would produce illness or symptoms (an approach called "like cures like"). Homeopaths believe that their remedies mobilize the body's vital force to orchestrate coordinated healing responses throughout the organism. The body translates the information on the vital force into local physical changes that lead to recovery from acute and chronic diseases.

Energy medicine:  Practitioners of energy medicine believe that illness results from disturbances of these subtle energies (the biofield). An energy field that is proposed to surround and flow throughout the human body and play a role in health. 

Therapeutic Touch and Related Practices - Numerous other practices have evolved over the years to promote or maintain the balance of vital energy fields in the body. Examples of these modalities include:

  • Therapeutic Touch - A therapy in which practitioners pass their hands over another person's body with the intent to use their own perceived healing energy to identify energy imbalances and promote health.

  • Healing Touch, Reiki, Johrei, vortex healing, and polarity therapy.3 All these modalities involve movement of the practitioner's hands over the patient's body to become attuned to the condition of the patient, with the idea that by so doing, the practitioner is able to strengthen and reorient the patient's energies.

Many small studies of Therapeutic Touch have suggested its effectiveness in a wide variety of conditions, including wound healing; osteoarthritis, migraine headaches, and anxiety in burn patients. In a recent meta-analysis of 11 controlled Therapeutic Touch studies, 7 controlled studies had positive outcomes, and 3 showed no effect; in one study, the control group healed faster than the Therapeutic Touch group.19 Similarly, Reiki and Johrei practitioners claim that the therapies boost the body's immune system, enhance the body's ability to heal itself, and are beneficial for a wide range of problems, such as stress-related conditions, allergies, heart conditions, high blood pressure, and chronic pain.20 However, there has been little rigorous scientific research. Overall, these therapies have impressive anecdotal evidence, but none has been proven scientifically to be effective.

Distant Healing - The use of prayer, Reiki, or other therapies directed across long distances with the intent to heal a person who is not in the physical presence of the practitioner is Intercessory Prayer, in which a person prays for the healing of another person who is a great distance away, with or without that person's knowledge.


Meditation – a conscious mental process using certain techniques – such as focusing attention or maintaining a specific posture – to suspend the stream of thoughts and relax the body and mind.

Yoga – a practice from Ayurvedic medicine that combines breathing exercises, physical postures, and meditation.  It is intended to calm the nervous system and balance the body, mind, and spirit. 

Biofeedback – the use of electronic devices to help people learn to control body functions that are normally unconscious (such as breathing or hear rate).  The intent is to promote relaxation and improve health. 

Ta Chi, gi, gong – A component of traditional Chinese medicine that combines movement, meditation, and controlled breathing.  The intent is to improve blood flow and the flow of gi.

Guided imagery - Any of various techniques (such as a series of verbal suggestions) used to guide another person or oneself in imagining sensations -- especially in visualizing an image in the mind -- to bring about a desired physical response (such as stress reduction).

According to the 2007 NHIS, several mind and body practices ranked among the top complementary health approaches used by adults. The mind and body practices most commonly used included deep breathing, meditation, chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation, massage, yoga, progressive relaxation, and guided imagery.

The amount of research on mind and body approaches varies widely depending on the practice. For example, acupuncture, yoga, spinal manipulation, and meditation have had many studies, and some of these practices appear to hold promise in pain management, whereas other practices have had little research to date.

There is evidence that mind-body interventions can be effective in the treatment of coronary artery disease, enhancing the effect of standard cardiac rehabilitation in reducing all-cause mortality and cardiac event recurrences for up to 2 years.5


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Modern science has demonstrated that electromagnetic fields of the body are generated during various biological processes, including rapid cell division; during natural growth processes, such as growth of bone cells; as well as following fracture, intense nervous activity associated with mental processes, and various pathological conditions, such as abnormal cell growth with diseases like cancer.

The distinction between conservative medical practitioners and the new proponents of energy medicine is summed up well by one of the early researchers in the field, Dr. Glen Rein (1992), who wrote: "It is now well known that the human body emits a broad spectrum of electromagnetic and acoustic radiation. Traditional medicine looks at these as by-products of biochemical reactions in the body. They are not considered by most biomedical researchers to be involved with the basic functioning (or healing) of the body. The basic tenet of energy medicine is that these fields are not only involved with functioning of the physical/chemical body but regulate these processes. (From Energy Psychology by Michael Mayer published by North Atlantic Books, copyright © 2009 by Michael Mayer. Reprinted by permission of publisher). ©  Healing Touch International, Inc.  All Rights Reserved

Healing Touch is a relaxing, nurturing energy therapy.  Gentle touch assists in balancing your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.  Healing Touch works with your energy field to support your natural ability to heal.  It is safe for all ages and works in harmony with standard medical care.

Healing Touch is used in a wide variety of settings including hospitals, long term care facilities, private practices, hospices, and spas. Today Healing Touch has spread internationally and is taught in universities, medical and nursing schools, and other settings internationally.

What is Healing Touch? Healing Touch is an energy therapy in which practitioners consciously use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.

Healing Touch is a biofield (magnetic field around the body) therapy that is an energy-based approach to health and healing.

Healing Touch uses the gift of touch to influence the human energy system, specifically the energy field that surrounds the body, and the energy centers that control the flow from the energy field to the physical body.

These non-invasive techniques employ the hands to clear, energize, and balance the human and environmental energy fields, thus affecting physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. It is based on a heart-centered, caring relationship in which the practitioner and client come together energetically to facilitate the client's health and healing.

The goal of Healing Touch is to restore balance and harmonies in the energy system, placing the client in a position to self heal.

How does Energy Healing work? Many theoretical frameworks on how energy medicine works exist in the literature of quantum physics and holistic healing. However, while the exact physics mechanisms can not be definitively described at this time, the cumulative results of numerous related studies on energy medicine and consciousness indicate strong support that "something is happening" and that recipients respond positively to energy therapies such as Healing Touch.

Over the years, researchers have developed ways to measure the energy field. Theoretically, by correcting any defects in the energy field, energy therapy practices may facilitate healing of the body, mind and spirit.

Energy therapies focus on removing energy congestion that form in our energy fields (aura) and energy centers (chakras). Once these imbalances and disturbances are cleared, the energy channels resume their task of integrating the body, mind and soul to restore health and promote healing. It may also help to prevent future issues by restoring balance to energy field disturbances, which could later result in illness if left unbalanced.

To gain a deeper understanding of the science supporting energy healing, please refer to the many books, journal articles and research findings written on this subject. Scientific evidence does exist that supports the premise that energy healing is effective. However, an experience is worth a thousand words, so the receiving of a Healing Touch treatment can do more to understand this phenomena than all the writings in the world.

The Healing Touch Program offers a series of energy-based therapy classes in which students use a variety of hands-on techniques that facilitate energy balance for wholeness within the individual, supporting physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. It is considered one of the leading energy medicine programs in the world. We are physical, emotional, mental and spiritual beings and our health and healing is dependent on all of these factors


Mind-Body Accelerated Healing

Quantum-Touch is a powerful, yet easy to learn, energy healing modality. The ability to strikingly reduce pain and accelerate the healing process is an easily learned and invaluable skill.

Dr. Norman Shealy, M.D., founder of the American Holistic Medical Association and internationally renowned for his accomplishments in the field of alternative healing, wrote the forward, and cited Quantum-Touch as “the first technique that may truly allow us all to become healers.”

The body has an extraordinary ability to heal itself and Quantum-Touch helps to maximize the body's own capacity to heal. Quantum-Touch addresses the root cause of disease and creates the space for true healing to occur. Rather than just working on symptoms, Quantum-Touch will address the underlying cause of disease. We teach the concept of "body intelligence": the body knows how to bring itself back to 100% wholeness given the proper conditions.

People have reported a wide range of organic conditions that have been helped through Quantum-Touch. To give some sense of the spectrum of things we have encountered, practitioners have reported varying degrees of improvement with pain relief, cancer, reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome, reducing liver enzyme levels, infections, hydrocephalus, improved eyesight, and much, much more.

Quantum-Touch does not claim to treat or heal specific conditions; the effectiveness of Quantum-Touch is based on an individual's ability to heal and the results will vary. Ultimately if the body can, it will heal itself and Quantum-Touch may accelerate that process.

Everyone has the innate ability to help ourselves and others. The Quantum-Touch techniques teach us how to focus and amplify life-force energy (known as “chi” in Chinese and “prana” in Sanskrit) by combining various breathing and body awareness exercises. When you learn to direct the life-force energy, the possibilities are truly extraordinary; our love has more impact than we can imagine.


Cautions in Life Energy Practices © Apologetics Resource Center. All rights reserved.

‘Life Energy’ OR ‘Medical Magic’ - Alternative therapies based on “life energy” use principles just like those generally attributed to magic. Although “magic” is difficult to define concisely, magical practices do have common features. Magic involves specific techniques or rituals by which people attempt to manipulate supernatural powers to meet their immediate needs. (21) Practitioners of energy medicine claim they can manipulate a supernatural force using certain techniques to bring about healing or relaxation.

Healing is demanded by practitioners of magic. “There is never anything humble about the requests addressed to supernatural agents.” (22) Incidentally, this leads us to have great concern about Christian healers who demand healing from God. This contrasts with the way Christians are encouraged to humbly make requests of God, yet trust in his will.

  • Healing is guaranteed when magical instructions are followed precisely, or so it is claimed. “In magic a ritual is performed and if it is correct in every detail, the desired result must follow unless countered by stronger magic.” (23)

  • Healing is guaranteed when magical instructions are followed precisely, or so it is claimed. “In magic a ritual is performed and if it is correct in every detail, the desired result must follow unless countered by stronger magic.” (23)

  • Present-day desires of the individual are the focus in magic, not the long-term needs or goals of the community.

When magic doesn’t work, it can still do harm. It wastes precious time, time that could have been used to seek proven, effective remedies. A cancer continues to grow. Diabetes and high blood pressure go untreated. Pain lingers.

An even bigger problem arises when magical practices do work. Long associated with occult traditions, many of these practices can lead people into all sorts of entanglements with evil spiritual beings. Kurt Koch, a Christian theologian and an authority on the occult, recounts many stories of people being healed by alternative therapies without knowing of the occult connections. One young man went to an iridologist, someone who claims to be able to diagnose and treat illnesses by examining the iris in people’s eyes. (24) Soon afterward, this young man recovered completely from his illness. But then he noticed some disturbing changes. Every time he tried to enter a church, he experienced physical pain. The same thing happened whenever he tried to read a Bible or sing a Christian hymn. He rapidly became severely depressed, started abusing drugs, and eventually had a complete emotional breakdown. Certainly, not all iridologists (or alternative practitioners in general) are connected with the occult, but this particular one seems to have been. We acknowledge that this story has all the limitations of testimonials and anecdotal reports. But it fits the pattern of stories where people inadvertently received an occult healing and paid for it with their emotional and spiritual health. We are not raising it to claim that iridology usually leads to involvement in the occult. We use it to point out that an alternative therapy sought for good purposes can lead to spiritual harm.

Be suspicious of any practitioner who claims he or she can accurately diagnose illnesses by “extraordinary” means or who knows things about others through some “amazing” intuition. Those powers, if real, must come from somewhere. The chances are that they are supernatural powers. Great caution and discernment are necessary to ensure they are not occult powers.

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Live Healthy Naturally – Note

Tough the above is true, the following is also true -

The Word of God and the Holy Spirit reveals God’s will; and in this wisdom is revelation that is disclosed or made known by the Spirit of Truth. Therefore, an “amazing” intuition can be accessible from the spirit realm. BUT, Christians only receive this kind of truth from the Holy Spirit in the name and practice of Jesus, the Messiah. If Jesus isn't in it, you should not be either!


Mind-Body Breathing Techniques

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Super Power Breathing Detoxifies and Purifies Your Blood:  Shallow Breathers self-poison themselves. When you are a shallow breather, you don't change the air at the base of your lungs, where two-thirds of your lung capacity is located. When you return impure blood to your body, the ill effects are compounded because your blood cannot perform properly. It is difficult for blood that is loaded with poisonous wastes to transport the relatively small amount of oxygen which it absorbs; it is even harder for it to carry the necessary nourishment from food… - Copyright ©  World Research Foundation. All Rights Reserved.

Breath is life! Life is absolutely dependent upon the act of breathing… Breathing may be considered the most important of all of the functions of the body, for, indeed, all of the other functions depend upon it…

And not only are people dependent upon breath for life, but they are largely dependent upon correct habits of breathing for continued vitality and freedom from disease. An intelligent control of our breathing power will lengthen our days upon earth by giving us increased vitality and powers of resistance, and, on the other hand, unintelligent and careless breathing will tend to shorten our days, by decreasing our vitality and laying us open to disease.

The Occidental teachings show that physical health depends upon correct breathing… The Oriental teachers not only admit that their Occidental brothers are right, but say that in addition to the physical benefit derived from correct habits of breathing, people’s mental power, happiness, self-control, clear-sightedness and even their spiritual growth may be increased by an understanding of the Science of Breath.

In Genesis we read about, ‘the breath of the spirit of life,’ which some philosophers would say describes prana... We are constantly inhaling air that is charged with prana, and are constantly extracting the latter from the air and appropriating it to our uses. Prana is found in its freest state in the atmospheric air, which when fresh is highly charged with it, and we draw it to us more easily from the air than from any other source. In ordinary breathing we absorb and extract a normal supply of prana, but by controlled and regulated breathing, generally known as Yogi breathing, we are enabled to extract a greater supply, which is stored away in the brain and nerve centers, to be used when necessary.

We store away prana, just as the storage battery stores electricity… If we think of prana as being the active principle of what we call vitality, we will be able to form a much clearer idea of what an important part it plays in our lives. Just as oxygen is utilized in the blood system so is the supply of prana utilized by the nervous system.

Prana is exhausted by our thinking, willing, acting and etc., and because of this constant replenishing is necessary. Every thought, every act, every effort of the will, every motion of a muscle, uses up a certain amount of what we would call nerve force, which is really a form of prana. To move a muscle the brain sends out an impulse over the nerves and the muscle contracts because of the available prana. It is again important to remember that the greatest portion of prana that people acquire comes to them from the air they inhale. This is why it is of the greatest importance that proper breathing is readily understood.

The Yogis classify respiration into four general methods:

* High Breathing

* Mid Breathing

* Low Breathing

* Yogi Complete Breathing

High Breathing is known in the Western world as Clavicular Breathing or Collarbone Breathing. A person breathing in this manner elevates the ribs and raises the collarbone and shoulders, at the same time drawing in the abdomen and pushing its contents up against the diaphragm, which in turn is raised. The upper part of the chest and lungs, which is the smallest, is used, and consequently but a minimum amount of air enters the lungs. This high breathing is the worst form of breathing.

Mid Breathing is also known as Rib Breathing, or Inter-Costal Breathing, and while less objectionable than High Breathing, is far inferior to either Low Breathing or to the Yogi Complete Breath. In Mid Breathing the diaphragm is pushed upward, and the abdomen drawn in. The ribs are raised somewhat, and the chest is partially expanded.

Low Breathing as a form of respiration is far better than either of the two proceeding forms, and many Western writers have extolled its merits and have exploited it under the names of Abdominal Breathing, Deep Breathing, or Diaphragmatic Breathing. Although many Western authorities write and speak of this method as the best known from of breathing, the Yogis know it to be but a part of a system they know as The Complete Breath.

The Yogi Complete Breath includes all the good points of High Breathing, Mid Breathing and Low Breathing, with the objectionable features of each eliminated. It brings into play the entire respiratory apparatus, every part of the lungs, every air-cell, every respiratory muscle. The entire respiratory organism responds to this method of breathing and the maximum amount of benefit is derived from the minimum expenditure of energy. The chest cavity is increased to its normal limits in all directions and every part of the machinery performs it natural work and functions.

One of the most important features of this method of breathing is the fact that the respiratory muscles are fully called into play, whereas in the other forms of breathing only a portion of these muscles are so used. In Complete Breathing, among other muscles, those controlling the ribs are actively used, which increases the space in which the lungs may expand, and also gives the proper support to the organs when needed.


Mind-Body Meditation Therapy

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Mindfulness is a way of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in your life, a way of taking charge of your life, a way of doing something for yourself that no one else can do for you — consciously and systematically working with your own stress, pain, illness, and the challenges and demands of everyday life.

The course schedule consists of eight weekly classes and one day-long class on a Saturday or Sunday. Morning or evening courses are available. This highly participatory, practical course includes:

  • Guided instruction in mindfulness meditation practices
  • Gentle stretching and mindful yoga
  • Group dialogue and discussions aimed at enhancing awareness in everyday life
  • Individually tailored instruction
  • Daily home assignments
  • Four home practice CDs and a home practice manual 

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The Science of Meditation Practices

The term meditation refers to a group of techniques, such as mantra meditation, relaxation response, mindfulness meditation, and Zen Buddhist meditation. Most meditative techniques started in Eastern religious or spiritual traditions. These techniques have been used by many different cultures throughout the world for thousands of years. Today, many people use meditation outside of its traditional religious or cultural settings, for health and well-being.

In meditation, a person learns to focus attention. Some forms of meditation instruct the practitioner to become mindful of thoughts, feelings, and sensations and to observe them in a nonjudgmental way. This practice is believed to result in a state of greater calmness and physical relaxation, and psychological balance. Practicing meditation can change how a person relates to the flow of emotions and thoughts.

Most types of meditation have four elements in common:

  • A quiet location. Meditation is usually practiced in a quiet place with as few distractions as possible. This can be particularly helpful for beginners.

  • A specific, comfortable posture. Depending on the type being practiced, meditation can be done while sitting, lying down, standing, walking, or in other positions.

  • A focus of attention. Focusing one's attention is usually a part of meditation. For example, the meditator may focus on a mantra (a specially chosen word or set of words), an object, or the sensations of the breath. Some forms of meditation involve paying attention to whatever is the dominant content of consciousness.

  • An open attitude. Having an open attitude during meditation means letting distractions come and go naturally without judging them. When the attention goes to distracting or wandering thoughts, they are not suppressed; instead, the meditator gently brings attention back to the focus. In some types of meditation, the meditator learns to "observe" thoughts and emotions while meditating.

Meditation used as CAM is a type of mind-body medicine. Generally, mind-body medicine focuses on:

  • The interactions among the brain/mind, the rest of the body, and behavior.

  • The ways in which emotional, mental, social, spiritual, and behavioral factors can directly affect health.

How Meditation Might Work

Practicing meditation has been shown to induce some changes in the body. By learning more about what goes on in the body during meditation, researchers hope to be able to identify diseases or conditions for which meditation might be useful.

Some types of meditation might work by affecting the autonomic (involuntary) nervous system. This system regulates many organs and muscles, controlling functions such as heartbeat, sweating, breathing, and digestion. It has two major parts:

  • The sympathetic nervous system helps mobilize the body for action. When a person is under stress, it produces the "fight-or-flight response": the heart rate and breathing rate go up and blood vessels narrow (restricting the flow of blood).

  • The parasympathetic nervous system causes the heart rate and breathing rate to slow down, the blood vessels to dilate (improving blood flow), and the flow of digestive juices increases.

It is thought that some types of meditation might work by reducing activity in the sympathetic nervous system and increasing activity in the parasympathetic nervous system.

In one area of research, scientists are using sophisticated tools to determine whether meditation is associated with significant changes in brain function. A number of researchers believe that these changes account for many of meditation's effects.

It is also possible that practicing meditation may work by improving the mind's ability to pay attention. Since attention is involved in performing everyday tasks and regulating mood, meditation might lead to other benefits.

A 2007 NCCAM-funded review of the scientific literature found some evidence suggesting that meditation is associated with potentially beneficial health effects. However, the overall evidence was inconclusive. The reviewers concluded that future research needs to be more rigorous before firm conclusions can be drawn.

Clinical and laboratory studies of mindfulness meditation are yielding a growing body of evidence that meditation affects the mind, the brain, the body, and behavior in ways that have potential to treat many health problems and to promote healthy behavior.

For example, recent research suggests that systematic mindfulness training and other meditation practices influence areas of the brain involved in regulating awareness, attention, and emotion. Brain-imaging studies suggest that more mindful people may be better able to regulate emotional reactions or have improved self-awareness. Other research suggests that mindfulness training is associated with changes in the physical structure of the brain. Several studies suggest that meditative practices can positively affect immune function. Many of the beneficial physical effects of mindfulness training could be attributable to learning how to cope better with stress.

Ongoing NIH-supported research is investigating the use of mindfulness training in treating specific pain conditions, overeating and obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, myocardial ischemia, and substance abuse. Mindfulness meditation is also being explored as a means of facilitating and sustaining healthy behavior change, such as smoking cessation and healthier eating habits.


Dangerous Meditation

Blending with Eastern Mysticism: Eastern meditation is dangerous, to say the least, because it draws people away from God by encouraging them to look inwardly to themselves rather than to God. Also, this kind of meditation is connected to Eastern philosophies which is different to Biblical teaching. This practice of emptying one’s mind opens up the possibility of demonic deception, manipulation, and even possession. - Copyright ©  Christianity Today International. Used by permission

Many Eastern religions teach that the source of salvation is found within, and that the fundamental human problem is not sin against a holy God but ignorance of our true condition. These worldviews advocate meditation and "higher forms of consciousness" as a way to discover a secret inner divinity.

Yoga, deeply rooted in Hinduism, essentially means to be "yoked" with the divine. Yogic postures, breathing, and chanting were originally designed not to bring better physical health and well-being (Western marketing to the contrary), but a sense of oneness with Brahman—the Hindu word for the absolute being that pervades all things. This is pantheism (all is divine), not Christianity.

Transcendental Meditation is a veiled form of Hindu yoga, though it claims to be a religiously neutral method of relaxation and rejuvenation. Initiates to TM receive a mantra (Hindu holy word) to repeat while sitting in yogic postures and engaging in yogic breathing. The goal is to find God within their own beings, since God (Brahman) and the self (Atman) are really one.

Differences in various forms of Eastern meditation aside, they all aim at a supposedly "higher" or "altered" state of consciousness. Meditation guides claim that normal consciousness obscures sacred realities. Therefore, meditation is practiced in order to suspend rational patterns of thought……To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.


Spirit-Mind-Body Meditation - Biblical Meditation

We should be careful not to write off meditation itself simply because it’s practiced by Eastern mystics. The Bible encourages us to meditate on God’s Word. “Blessed is the man [whose] delight is in the law of the Lord, who meditates on his law day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2 NIV).

Interestingly, spiritual meditation has been found to be superior to secular meditation and relaxation in terms of decrease in anxiety and improvement in positive mood, spiritual health, spiritual experiences and tolerance to pain…

Webster’s Dictionary’s definition of meditation means to think contemplatively, to reflect, to intend to do or achieve; a thinking over; thought.

Biblical Meditation: There are at least seven Hebrew and two Greek words for the word meditation. Three of the seven Hebrew meanings are:

  • Hagah: to murmur (in pleasure or anger), to ponder, imagine, meditate, mourn, mutter, roar, speak, study, talk, utter.

  • Siyach: to ponder, converse (with oneself, and, hence, aloud), utter, commune, complain, declare, meditate, muse, pray, speak, or talk (with).

  • Siychah: reflection, devotion, meditation, prayer.

As a generalized practice, meditation is a mental discipline by which one attempts to get beyond the reflective, “thinking” mind into a deeper state of relaxation or awareness. Different meditative disciplines encompass a wide range of spiritual and psychophysics practices, which may emphasize different goals—from achievement of a higher state of consciousness, to greater focus, creativity, or self-awareness, or simply a more relaxed and peaceful frame of mind.

The biblical perspective of meditation has the same, and a dual, function that carries far more power and purpose. Biblical meditation is the art of reflection in the Word of God, because meditation on the Word of God incorporates the presence and the works of His Spirit, the Holy Spirit. Biblical meditation begins with methodical reading, and rereading, of the Word and is followed by reflection what has been read and committed to memory.

Meditation is a process of continually thinking on a particular thought and involves turning your attention to a single point of reference. Scripture states that we should meditate on the things of God, “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace” (Romans 8:6).

Biblical meditation does not mean to sit and ponder infinity or to empty the mind so some force can fill it by repeating some chant or mantra; however, meditation in the Bible means reflective thinking on biblical truth so that God is able to speak to us through Scripture and through the Holy Spirit that comes to us as we are reflecting on His Word. With the written Word comes the “Spirit of wisdom,” the “spoken Word,” or an utterance. This is what is considered as the rhema Word, an impartation of instruction on what to say, or guidance on what to do, or revelation in understanding. “You have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things” (1 John 2:20).

We all meditate in one form or another, whether consciously or subconsciously, negatively or positively. We may not sit down formally and cross our legs or remain silent in seeking our inner self, but even worry is a form of meditating.

The Word of God instructs, “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]” (Philippians 4:8).

“Blessed is the man [whose] delight is in the law of the Lord, who meditates on his law day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2 NIV).

The Five-Minute Christian Meditation iPhone app will assist you with learning the important art of meditation.  It will fill your mind with Word of God and its empowering language.  Each meditation will guide you through a brief meditation on three verses from the Bible. 


Mind-Body Fasting Therapy

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Fasting Awakens the Mind and Soul:  The soft voice of Mother Nature is often hard to hear and understand. By fasting, your extra-sensory instinct becomes very keen. The fast sharpens your mind and tunes you in with the gentle inner voice of Mother Nature and God. Fasting has made my inner body, mind and soul alert! My body and mind work better after each fast. I know yours will, too! Fasting is for sure a miracle!

The memory becomes sharp as a razor's edge…  Fasting works in three ways. You purify your body physically, mentally and spiritually and therefore enjoy super vitality and health. Your mind becomes a sponge which can absorb new facts and knowledge. Greatest of all are the inner peacefulness and spiritual tranquility that make life worth living. Through fasting you find "Peace of Mind," the greatest and rarest gift of life.

Fasting clears away the thousand little things, which quickly accumulate and clutter the body, mind and heart. It cuts through corrosion and renews our contract with God and Mother Earth. When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, strength cannot be exerted, wealth is useless and reason is powerless. – Herophiles, 300 B.C.


Mind-Body Mental Imagery Therapy

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Gerald N. Epstein, MD, is one of the foremost practitioners of integrative healthcare for healing and transformation. He has conducted clinical research in the treatment of asthma through mental imagery, under the auspices of the National Institutes of Health… Inspired by the Bible and the Western spiritual tradition, he wrote Healing Into Immortality (1994), a clear account of the reasons and remedies for illness. In his 1999 book Climbing Jacob’s Ladder, he takes the reader on an experiential journey through the Bible to find a way to spiritual freedom. In 2003 he published The Natural Laws of Self Healing, an 8 CD audio set published by Nightingale–Conant, a full course in applied therapeutics of western spirituality in the healthcare field.

On this site, learn methods to transform your lives through the most powerful tool available – your minds. Methods that you can learn to:

  • Heal yourself – physically, mentally and emotionally
  • Become the master of yourself by reversing destructive habits
  • Open yourself to Spirit

Exercises for:

    • Pain
    • Handling Pain
    • Imagery Exercises for Guilt
    • Imagery Exercises for Grief
    • To Clear Away Confusion
    • Anxiety


Mind-Body Relaxation Therapy

Relaxation techniques (also called relaxation response techniques) may be used by some to release tension and to counteract the ill effects of stress. Relaxation techniques are also used to induce sleep, reduce pain, and calm emotions. This fact sheet provides basic information about relaxation techniques, summarizes scientific research on effectiveness and safety, and suggests sources for additional information.

Relaxation is more than a state of mind; it physically changes the way your body functions. When your body is relaxed breathing slows, blood pressure and oxygen consumption decrease, and some people report an increased sense of well-being. This is called the “relaxation response.” Being able to produce the relaxation response using relaxation techniques may counteract the effects of long-term stress, which may contribute to or worsen a range of health problems including depression, digestive disorders, headaches, high blood pressure, and insomnia.

Relaxation techniques often combine breathing and focused attention to calm the mind and the body. Most methods require only brief instruction from a book or experienced practitioner before they can be done without assistance. These techniques may be most effective when practiced regularly and combined with good nutrition, regular exercise, and a strong social support system.

Relaxation response techniques covered in this fact sheet include:

  • Autogenic training. When using this method, you focus on the physical sensation of your own breathing or heartbeat and picture your body as warm, heavy, and/or relaxed.

  • Biofeedback. Biofeedback-assisted relaxation uses electronic devices to teach you how to consciously produce the relaxation response.

  • Deep breathing or breathing exercises. To relax using this method, you consciously slow your breathing and focus on taking regular and deep breaths.

  • Guided imagery. For this technique, you focus on pleasant images to replace negative or stressful feelings and relax. Guided imagery may be directed by you or a practitioner through storytelling or descriptions designed to suggest mental images (also called visualization).

  • Progressive relaxation. (also called Jacobson’s progressive relaxation or progressive muscle relaxation). For this relaxation method, you focus on tightening and relaxing each muscle group. Progressive relaxation is often combined with guided imagery and breathing exercises.

  • Self-Hypnosis. In self-hypnosis you produce the relaxation response with a phrase or nonverbal cue (called a “suggestion”).

  • Mind and body practices, such as meditation and yoga are also sometimes considered relaxation techniques. 

How Relaxation Techniques May Work: To understand how consciously producing the relaxation response may affect your health, it is helpful to understand how your body responds to the opposite of relaxation—stress.

When you’re under stress, your body releases hormones that produce the “fight-or-flight response.” Heart rate and breathing rate go up and blood vessels narrow (restricting the flow of blood). This response allows energy to flow to parts of your body that need to take action, for example the muscles and the heart. However useful this response may be in the short term, there is evidence that when your body remains in a stress state for a long time, emotional or physical damage can occur. Long-term or chronic stress (lasting months or years) may reduce your body’s ability to fight off illness and lead to or worsen certain health conditions. Chronic stress may play a role in developing high blood pressure, headaches, and stomach ache. Stress may worsen certain conditions, such as asthma. Stress also has been linked to depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.

In contrast to the stress response, the relaxation response slows the heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and decreases oxygen consumption and levels of stress hormones. Because relaxation is the opposite of stress, the theory is that voluntarily creating the relaxation response through regular use of relaxation techniques could counteract the negative effects of stress.

Status of Research on Relaxation Techniques: In the past 30 years, there has been considerable interest in the relaxation response and how inducing this state may benefit health. Research has focused primarily on illness and conditions in which stress may play a role either as the cause of the condition or as a factor that can make the condition worse.

Currently, research has examined relaxation techniques for:

  • Anxiety. Studies have suggested that relaxation may assist in the conventional treatment of phobias or panic disorder. Relaxation techniques have also been used to relieve anxiety for people in stressful situations, such as when undergoing a medical procedure.

  • Asthma. Several reviews of the literature have suggested that relaxation techniques, including guided imagery, may temporarily help improve lung function and quality of life and relieve anxiety in people with asthma. A more recent randomized clinical trial of asthma found that relaxation techniques may help improve immune function.

  • Depression. In 2008, a major review of the evidence that looked at relaxation for depression found that relaxation techniques were more effective than no treatment for depression, but not as effective as cognitive-behavioral therapy.

  • Fibromyalgia. Some preliminary studies report that using relaxation or guided imagery techniques may sometimes improve pain and reduce fatigue from fibromyalgia.

  • Headache. There is some evidence that biofeedback and other relaxation techniques may help relieve tension or migraine headaches. In some cases, these mind and body techniques were more effective than medications for reducing the frequency, intensity, and severity of headaches.

  • Heart disease and heart symptoms. Researchers have looked at relaxation techniques for angina and for preventing heart disease. When a cardiac rehabilitation program was combined with relaxation response training in a clinic, participants experienced significant reductions in blood pressure, decreases in lipid levels, and increases in psychological functioning when compared to participants’ status before the program. Some studies have shown that relaxation techniques combined with other lifestyle changes and standard medical care may reduce the risk of recurrent heart attack.

  • High blood pressure. A 2008 review of evidence for relaxation for high blood pressure found some evidence that progressive muscle relaxation lowered blood pressure a small amount. However, the review found no evidence that this effect was enough to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, or other health issues due to high blood pressure. In a recent randomized controlled trial, 8 weeks of relaxation response/stress management was shown to reduce systolic blood pressure in hypertensive older adults, and some patients were able to reduce hypertension medication without an increase in blood pressure.

  • Hot flashes. Relaxation exercises involving slow, controlled deep breathing may help relieve hot flashes associated with menopause.

  • Insomnia. There is some evidence that relaxation techniques can help chronic insomnia.

  • Irritable bowel syndrome. Some studies have indicated that relaxation techniques may prevent or relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in some participants. One review of the research found some evidence that self-hypnosis may be useful for IBS.

  • Nausea. Relaxation techniques may help relieve nausea caused by chemotherapy.

  • Nightmares. Relaxation exercises may be an effective approach for nightmares of unknown cause and those associated with posttraumatic stress disorder.

  • Overactive bladder. Bladder re-training combined with relaxation and other exercises may help control urinary urgency.

  • Pain. Some studies have shown that relaxation techniques may help reduce abdominal and surgery pain.

  • Ringing in the ears. Use of relaxation exercises may help patients cope with the condition.

  • Smoking cessation. Relaxation exercises may help reduce the desire to smoke.

  • Temporomandibular disorder (pain and loss of motion in the jaw joints). A review of the literature found that relaxation techniques and biofeedback were more effective than placebo in decreasing pain and increasing jaw function.

If You Are Thinking About Using Relaxation Techniques for Health

  • Do not use relaxation techniques to replace conventional care or to postpone seeing a health care provider about a medical problem.

  • Ask about the training and experience of the practitioner or instructor you are considering for any complementary health approach.

  • Look for published research studies on relaxation for the health condition in which you are interested. Remember that some claims for using relaxation therapies may exceed the available scientific evidence.

  • Tell all your health care providers about any complementary health approaches you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help ensure coordinated and safe care. For tips about talking with your health care providers about complementary health approaches, see NCCAM's Time to Talk campaign.


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Finding the relaxation technique that’s best for you: There is no single relaxation technique that is best for everyone. When choosing a relaxation technique, consider your specific needs, preferences, fitness level, and the way you tend to react to stress. The right relaxation technique is the one that resonates with you, fits your lifestyle, and is able to focus your mind and interrupt your everyday thoughts in order to elicit the relaxation response. In many cases, you may find that alternating or combining different techniques will keep you motivated and provide you with the best results.

The relaxation response: Bringing your nervous system back into balance: Stress is necessary for life. You need stress for creativity, learning, and your very survival. Stress is only harmful when it becomes overwhelming and interrupts the healthy state of equilibrium that your nervous system needs to remain in balance. Unfortunately, overwhelming stress has become an increasingly common characteristic of contemporary life. When stressors throw your nervous system out of balance, relaxation techniques can bring it back into a balanced state by producing the relaxation response, a state of deep calmness that is the polar opposite of the stress response.

When stress overwhelms your nervous system your body is flooded with chemicals that prepare you for “fight or flight”. While the stress response can be lifesaving in emergency situations where you need to act quickly, it wears your body down when constantly activated by the stresses of everyday life. The relaxation response puts the brakes on this heightened state of readiness and brings your body and mind back into a state of equilibrium.

Producing the relaxation response: A variety of different relaxation techniques can help you bring your nervous system back into balance by producing the relaxation response. The relaxation response is not lying on the couch or sleeping but a mentally active process that leaves the body relaxed, calm, and focused.

Learning the basics of these relaxation techniques isn’t difficult, but it does take practice. Most stress experts recommend setting aside at least 10 to 20 minutes a day for your relaxation practice. If you’d like to get even more stress relief, aim for 30 minutes to an hour. If that sounds like a daunting commitment, remember that many of these techniques can be incorporated into your existing daily schedule—practiced at your desk over lunch or on the bus during your morning commute.

Relaxation technique 1: Breathing meditation for stress relief

With its focus on full, cleansing breaths, deep breathing is a simple, yet powerful, relaxation technique. It’s easy to learn, can be practiced almost anywhere, and provides a quick way to get your stress levels in check. Deep breathing is the cornerstone of many other relaxation practices, too, and can be combined with other relaxing elements such as aromatherapy and music. All you really need is a few minutes and a place to stretch out.

Practicing deep breathing meditation

The key to deep breathing is to breathe deeply from the abdomen, getting as much fresh air as possible in your lungs. When you take deep breaths from the abdomen, rather than shallow breaths from your upper chest, you inhale more oxygen. The more oxygen you get, the less tense, short of breath, and anxious you feel.

Relaxation technique 2: Progressive muscle relaxation for stress relief

Progressive muscle relaxation involves a two-step process in which you systematically tense and relax different muscle groups in the body.

With regular practice, progressive muscle relaxation gives you an intimate familiarity with what tension—as well as complete relaxation—feels like in different parts of the body. This awareness helps you spot and counteract the first signs of the muscular tension that accompanies stress. And as your body relaxes, so will your mind. You can combine deep breathing with progressive muscle relaxation for an additional level of stress relief.

Relaxation technique 3: Body scan meditation for stress relief

A body scan is similar to progressive muscle relaxation except, instead of tensing and relaxing muscles, you simply focus on the sensations in each part of your body.

Relaxation technique 4: Mindfulness for stress relief

Mindfulness is the ability to remain aware of how you’re feeling right now, your “moment-to-moment” experience—both internal and external. Thinking about the past—blaming and judging yourself—or worrying about the future can often lead to a degree of stress that is overwhelming. But by staying calm and focused in the present moment, you can bring your nervous system back into balance. Mindfulness can be applied to activities such as walking, exercising, eating, or meditation.

Meditations that cultivate mindfulness have long been used to reduce overwhelming stress. Some of these meditations bring you into the present by focusing your attention on a single repetitive action, such as your breathing, a few repeated words, or flickering light from a candle. Other forms of mindfulness meditation encourage you to follow and then release internal thoughts or sensations.

Relaxation technique 5: Visualization meditation for stress relief

Visualization, or guided imagery, is a variation on traditional meditation that requires you to employ not only your visual sense, but also your sense of taste, touch, smell, and sound. When used as a relaxation technique, visualization involves imagining a scene in which you feel at peace, free to let go of all tension and anxiety.

Choose whatever setting is most calming to you, whether it’s a tropical beach, a favorite childhood spot, or a quiet wooded glen. You can do this visualization exercise on your own in silence, while listening to soothing music, or with a therapist (or an audio recording of a therapist) guiding you through the imagery. To help you employ your sense of hearing you can use a sound machine or download sounds that match your chosen setting—the sound of ocean waves if you’ve chosen a beach, for example.

Tips for fitting relaxation techniques into your life

If possible, schedule a set time to practice each day. Set aside one or two periods each day. You may find that it’s easier to stick with your practice if you do it first thing in the morning, before other tasks and responsibilities get in the way.

Practice relaxation techniques while you’re doing other things. Meditate while commuting to work on a bus or train, or waiting for a dentist appointment. Try deep breathing while you’re doing housework or mowing the lawn. Mindfulness walking can be done while exercising your dog, walking to your car, or climbing the stairs at work instead of using the elevator. Once you’ve learned techniques such as tai chi, you can practice them in your office or in the park at lunchtime.

If you exercise, improve the relaxation benefits by adopting mindfulness. Instead of zoning out or staring at a TV as you exercise, try focusing your attention on your body. If you’re resistance training, for example, focus on coordinating your breathing with your movements and pay attention to how your body feels as you raise and lower the weights.

Avoid practicing when you’re sleepy. These techniques can relax you so much that they can make you very sleepy, especially if it’s close to bedtime. You will get the most benefit if you practice when you’re fully awake and alert. Do not practice after eating a heavy meal or while using drugs, tobacco, or alcohol.

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Try this exercise that incorporates a few different relaxation techniques:

  • Begin by interrupting your normal daily thoughts. Think about what is going on around you. Then switch your thoughts to yourself and your breathing. Take a few deep breaths, exhaling slowly.

  • Mentally scan your body. Notice areas that feel tense or cramped, such as your neck or shoulders. Loosen up these areas. Let go of as much tension as you can.

  • Slowly rotate your head to the left in a smooth, circular motion, leaning your left ear to your left shoulder. Rotate your head to the right in a smooth, circular motion, leaning your right ear to your right shoulder. (Stop any movements that cause pain.)

  • Roll your shoulders forward and backward several times. Let all of your muscles completely relax.

  • Recall and focus on a pleasant memory.

  • Take another deep breath and exhale slowly. You should feel more relaxed.


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