BY: Dr. Lee E. Warren, B.A., D.D.
(c) 1997 Vol. 6, No. 5 PLIM REPORT
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Many anomalies or peculiarities, such as spontaneous healing, exist in modern medicine that defy medical explanations. Every practicing medical doctor has observed at least one patient with some hopeless condition, as far as modern science is concerned, that suddenly and miraculously recovered.
Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. in his book Spontaneous Healing gives two examples. First a doctor, believing there was nothing medicine could do for his patient, sent him home to die with cancer of the lungs. Six months later the patient appeared in the doctors office cancer free.
Dr. Weil goes on to tell the story of a neurosurgeon who told the parents of a boy who was in a coma because of a very severe head injury that their son would not recover. Miraculously the son recovered.
What factors caused these remarkable turn-arounds? It is quite obvious that the turn- arounds could not be due to anything physical because modern medicine would have exhausted all their known options before abandoning hope.
Thus, the cause for spontaneous healing has to lie on a psychological and spiritual level. The purpose of this article is to examine briefly the psychological and spiritual components that are involved in spontaneous healing.
Can the scientific model explain spontaneous healing?
With all of its knowledge of the physical body, DNA, and various technical innovations, neither medical science nor the scientific model has an explanation for spontaneous healing or miraculous recoveries. Many believe that in time modern medicine will be able to use the scientific model to explain spontaneous healing.
However, there are two errors or flaws with modern medicines line of thinking. The first is that modern science treats the physical body like a mechanical device; a plane or car. They think that everything can be explained in physical terms. Even if everything were known about the physical body, it would be insufficient to explain spontaneous healing.
Now man is more than the sum of the parts of the physical body. He has both a psychological and spiritual component.
Thus, the second error is not taking these components into consideration because the scientific model cannot measure them. (See Can the Scientific Model Explain the Paranormal? in the May/June 1997 issue of the PLIM REPORT)
Can grief influence the immune system?
Researchers have shown that humans experiencing grief due to a loss of a mate have been found to have a low t-cell count in their blood. A decreased number of t-cells lowers the bodys immune system. Emotional grief can effect the physical bodys capability to fight off various infections.
This example shows that King Solomon was correct thousands of years ago when he said, as a man thinketh so is he (Pro. 23:7). Also see The Negative Effect of Fear on the Mind, Parts 1 and 2 in the September/October 1993 and November/December 1993 issues of the PLIM REPORT.
Any explanation that does not take into account both the psychological and spiritual components will not be able to explain spontaneous healing because both are an integral part of the physical body, as we see with grief.
The scientific models physical explanations are insufficient to explain the physical body and its operation. Simply put, man must be viewed holistically, since he is body, soul, and spirit (1 Thess. 5:21).
What is the holistic approach to man?
Modern medicine has favored drugs and the allopathic, technological approach (which Dr. Weil says is effective in 15-20% of the patients he treats) over the time-honored mind-body or holistic concepts, which most cultures have always accepted. This switch was primarily due to the success of drug treatment for various diseases such as smallpox, tuberculosis, malaria, rabies, etc., along with various technological innovations, such as transplants, dialysis, transfusions, radiation treatments, etc., that began in the 19th century and continue until now.
However, the drugs and technological approach in medicine is a break with medicines own past, according to Dr. Bernie Siegel, M.D. in his book Love, Medicine and Miracles. He states that the mind-body connection was the accepted norm prior to this modern medical era, In traditional tribal medicine and in the Western practice from its beginning in the work of Hippocrates the need to operate through the patients mind has always been recognized (p. 65). Thus, humans cannot be defined solely in physical terms, as physicists realized that they cannot use only physical things to explain the universes origin and its operation.
What does the Bell Theorem prove?
The Bell Theorem (Has Science Found God in Non Local Reality, p. 16 in the September/October 1996 issue of the PLIM REPORT), used in quantum mechanics, has proven that there is something non-physical that connects or communicates with two atomic particles once joined. When they are separated by great distance any change in one of the particles is instantaneously reflected in the other particle.
This shows that there is some non-local, non-material force, not bound by space and time, that instantaneously unites the entire universe in its totality, as the psychological and spiritual component unites man with his physical body.
Unfortunately, modern medicine has not accounted for this non-local connectionthe mindin the study of the physical body, as initially the physicists were ignorant of this wholeness or unity principle in their study of the universe.
It must be understood that all things in the universe maintain this principle of wholeness because Elohim Himself is ONE or Unity (Deu. 6:4).
Are soft facts essential to mans health?
Using the scientific approach, medicine and physics only considered the hard facts, which can be measured. Now soft facts are any variables that cannot be directly measured such as the mind-body connection.
David Aldridge Ph.D. states the importance of "soft facts" in his article Is There Evidence for Spiritual Healing? in Advance, The Journal of Mind-Body Health (Vol. 9, No. 4 Fall 93) magazine. We need to recognize that patience, grace, prayer, meditation, hope, forgiveness and fellowship are as important in many of our health initiatives as medication, hospitalization, incarceration, or surgery. The spiritual elements of experience help us to rise above the matters at hand such that in the face of suffering we can find purpose, meaning and hope (p. 4). Lets look at the wholeness in the universe and see how it is related to the definition of the word healing.
What is the definition of healing and its purpose?
Before one can clearly understand spontaneous healing, one has to understand the definition of the word heal. It means, to make sound, well, or healthy again; restore to health to make whole...
One can see how the principle of healing, which means, to make whole, is related to the non-local force that causes unity or wholeness in the universe. Thus, the physical body being a microcosm of the universe has the innate ability to maintain and recover its wholeness. Now spontaneous healing refers to those situations where the body recovers its wholeness when normal body healing mechanisms have been overwhelmed and modern medicine fails.
Are we made whole when we are healed?
Now one might ask, what is the purpose of healing? One must keep in mind that the natural manifestations in the physical realms are only reflections of the spirit as eastern religions and the Messiah points out (Jn. 3:12-13). So physical healing is a type of spiritual healing.
Everyone knows that when one is ill, one feels disorganized and fragmented physically, psychologically, and spiritually. Dr. Ralph Metzner, Ph.D. in his book Opening to Inner Light points out the purpose of healing or being made whole. The transition from being, physically disordered or sick to being well, and healthy is analogous to, and a metaphor for, the transition from ordinary consciousness to integrated, unified consciousness: in both cases, we are going from fragmentation to greater wholeness (p. 95).
Now this transition is going from a state where one is totally ignorant of the spirit [ordinary consciousness] to one where the spirit within illuminates one [integrated, unified consciousness]. It was the Messiahs mission (Mt. 8:14-17) to make Israel whole, as the woman that touched His garment. said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole (Mt. 9:21).
Elohim showed Moses that He had the power to afflict and heal when He told Moses to stick his hand into his bosom and it became leprosy. When Moses put his hand back into his bosom, his hand became whole again (Ex. 4:6-7). Clearly, the power of Yahweh shows mankind his limitations and the necessity to be united with Him.
Rachel Naomi Nemen, M.D. in her interview with Bill Moyers in the book Healing and the Mind (Doubleday © 1993) comments on the subject of wholeness and points out that people heal on various levels. Sometimes people heal physically, and they dont heal emotionally, or mentally, or spiritually. And sometimes people heal emotionally and they dont heal; physically (p. 343).
There are basically three types of healings in accordance to the tabernacle pattern and structural makeup of man being physical, psychological, and spiritual (see illustration below).
What is the human role in spontaneous healing?
There are basically two metaphysical thoughts behind spontaneous healing. The first was stated earlier by David Aldridge Ph.D. who believes that each individual has the ability to muster psychological principles, such as courage, faith, hope, prayer, optimism, etc., that seem to play a role in the spontaneous recovery of some cases.
The second metaphysical thought describes cases where the individual simply seems to surrender and plays no role in the healing process at all. Surprisingly, when the individual just gives up, resigns himself, and lets fate take its course, a mental shift occurs that allows the healing process to work. For unknown reasons the immune system "kicks in" and the patient's health improves. In reality, the second thought is much like the first in that surrender to a higher power implies trust in the same psychological principles discussed in the first school of thought. Simply put, the second cases reflect the Grace of Elohim (God) who is the true healer that most people will not acknowledge.
How does physical healing work?
As was stated earlier, the body has the ability to heal itself because Elohim created it to reflect the power latent in the soul. The body can regenerate or make itself whole to typify the souls ability to make itself whole.
If one cuts a finger, there is an intelligence built into the cells of the body that causes the blood to form a clot and to begin mending the skin and other tissues. This type of physical healing is referred to as one of the lowest forms of spontaneous healing since humans do not play a role in this process. In fact, all life forms, even DNA cells, have the ability to heal or repair themselves to some extent.
Can man help the healing process?
Dr. Weil believes that the power to heal is within every person and states that the body will heal itself if the illness is brought to a level where the immune system can take over the healing. He brings out some physical activities in his book that one can perform to aid the natural healing process. They include following a particular diet, taking herbal supplements, and avoiding various environmental toxins. Here we see that mankind can participate in this healing process by doing certain limited things.
This participation has very great spiritual significance. When the great Master was in the flesh, many Israelites came to Him wanting to be healed from all kind of infirmities. He told them on many occasions that it was their faith that healed them (Mk. 5:34; 10:52; Lk. 7:50).
So we see why there has to be some physical participation in the natural healing process to reflect this. It should be noted that although the body has an innate healing mechanism it can be overwhelmed by various pathological infections, which shows that it is limited and restricted.
What is psychological healing?
The next level of healing is on a psychological level. It is well known that the beliefs, emotions, and feelings in the mind have a profound effect on the body. Jonas Salk said in Larry Dossey M.D.s book Meaning & Medicine: The mind, in addition to medicine, has the power to turn the immune system around Numerous experiments have repeatedly confirmed this using various techniques.
These techniques are hypnosis, placebo, biofeedbacks, meditation, visualization and faith healer, which prove the power within the mind affects the healing process (see illustration on p. 5). Researchers have shown the power of hypnosis in removing warts and placebos have been used to cure all types of illnesses.
It is known that if the mind embraces certain principles such as faith, hope, belief, and prayer that the mind will aid in this spontaneous healing process, no matter how hopeless the situation may look from a physical standpoint. The Messiah told Israel thousands of years ago to have faith in Yahweh (Mark 9:23).
According to the book Seeing with the Minds Eye many philosophies throughout time have always believed in the primacy of the spirit over matter, of mind over body; they believed that matter is a manifestation of the spirit (p. 216). The great Master the Messiah instructed His disciples in prayer. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith (Mk. 11:23). Here we see the Master informing them that belief is composed of faith and imagination. Now the 15th century Swiss physician Paracelus, father of modern medicine, also believed that faith and imagination were two critical parts in healing. In fact, they worked so well that he felt they were a magic phenomena. Again modern medicine has rediscovered its past.
Although recovery from mental disorders will not be covered in this paper, the mind has the ability to heal itself from various inner conflicts that cause mental disorders, as the physical body does.
What are seven strategies of successful healing?
Dr. Weil in his book Spontaneous Healing points out seven strategies of positive thinking from successful patients that were able to overcome apparently hopeless situations. Basically, these strategies employed the principles of faith and hope that the Messiah had admonished Israel to develop. They are as follows.
1. Do not take No for Answer. Many refuse to give up in spite of being told by their doctors that there is no cure for their illness. In the book Love, Medicine & Miracles Bernie S. Siegel, M.D., states a case where a person did take no for an answer. A doctor told a stockbroker, who used and trusted statistics all his life, that 85% succumb to the cancer he had. He accepted this fact and died. Someone else refused to accept this fact and overcame the disease.
2. Actively search out help. Patients should seek out new possibilities and ideas from friends, family, libraries, etc.
3. Seek other patients that have been healed. These serve as models to show that serious conditions can be overcome. At one time, it was considered impossible for a man to run a four minutes mile, but in 1954 when Roger Bannister ran a mile in 3:59.4, all other runners considered it possible. Now it is very common.
4. Form constructive partnerships with health professionals.
5. Do not hesitate to make radical life changes. People's health has improved after stopping bad habits (i.e. smoking, drugs, etc.), removing themselves from toxic relationships, or moving to new geographic locations.
6. Regard the illness as a gift. Patients see their illness as a gift because it aids them in their personal growth and development.
7. Cultivate self-acceptance. Instead of fighting the disease, an attitude of resignation and submission to the present circumstances appears to activate the immune system.
These strategies clearly show that the mind must be involved in overcoming challenges or adversities.
Again we see from a metaphysical standpoint how Elohim set up certain situations whereby principles of the mind must be exercised to overcome a situation. It is through these situations that the importance of the principles of faith, hope, etc., are made manifested to mankind. This is especially true since modern science has confirmed these claims, for faith and hope can move mountains. It must be understand that the mind is limited.
What is spiritual healing?
Now ultimately all healings are manifestations of the Spirit of Elohim. Both the healing of the body and the mind are reflections, without which there is no hope of understanding the principle of spontaneous healing. It is these images or reflections that cause one to have faith and hope in the operation of the spirit within us. Now spiritual healing is the healing of the soul, which no doctor or medicine can heal.
The Great Master Yahshua the Messiah told His disciple that it was not HIM doing the various miracles, but it was the Father [Yahweh] that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works (Jn. 14:10). He told many Israelites that their faith was the reason they were spontaneously healed. He said to a woman: thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour (Mt. 9:22). Simply put, the Messiah healed the body of Israel to reflect He is the healer of our soul.
Now one of the foremost authorities on the subject of healing is Lawrence H. LeShan Ph.D. in his book The Medium, the Mystics and the Physicist (Penguin-Arkana © 1966). He confirms the words of the Messiah by pointing out the role of a healer to the healee. The healer does not do or give something to the healee; instead he helps him come home to the All, to the One, to the way of unity with the universe, and in this meeting the healee becomes complete and this in itself is healing (p. 111).
What does Yahwehs Grace have to do with spontaneous healing?
From Yahwehs standpoint, it is grace that heals mankind spiritually as well as psychologically, but this situation in itself is a great dilemma and irony. Since Yahweh heals only by grace, this means there is nothing one can do to earn His favor. However, without some situations that allow the principles of faith, hope, and belief to exist in the mind, then mankind would not be able to see their operation and power. For this reason, Yahweh creates circumstances where these positive principles are given a chance to manifest.
Under the New Covenant of Grace, the Apostle Paul said he was made weak that the power of the Messiah may be made manifest to make him strong. He wrote: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, , in distresses for Christs sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. (2 Cor 12:9-10). Now the bottom line is that we all have to be conscious of this spontaneous healing power that is within us all. This power restores all back to wholeness or unity. As the Messiah prayed, in the garden of Gethsame, he said: That they all may be ONE; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be ONE in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me (Jn. 17:21).
Aldridge, David, Ph.D., Is There Evidence for Spiritual Healing? Advance, The Journal of Mind-Body Health (Vol. 9, No. 4 Fall 93)
Dossey, Larry, M.D., Meaning & Medicine
LeShan, Lawrence H., Ph.D., The Medium, the Mystics and the Physicist (Penguin-Arkana © 1966)
Metzner, Ralph, Ph.D., Opening to Inner Light
Samuels, Mike, M.D., and Samuels, Nancy, Seeing with the Minds Eye
Siegel, Bernie, M.D., Love, Medicine and Miracles
Rachel Naomi Nemen, M.D., Bill Moyers, Healing and the Mind (Doubleday © 1993)
Weil, Andrew M.D., Spontaneous Healing
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