Does the human mind have the capacity to heal us?, by Van Driessen

Many in the medical and psychiatric research field feel that the human brain has the ability to heal.  In this article, Van Driessen, a colleague and writer that focuses on spirituality and health from his perspective as a Christian Science practitioner, explores this thought provoking subject.  He shares his spiritual insight on the ability of a universal consciousness- that is purely spiritual – that can and does heal.  Van offers research and an extraordinary testimony by a renowned neurosurgeon, as viable evidence that prayer does have the power to heal ourselves and others. This blog is on my must read list-I hope it will be on yours!

mental healing- brain or MindSome in the medical and psychiatric research fields have been saying that the human mind enables us to heal ourselves. A good example of this type of thinking is Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., stem cell biologist and author of several science books.  In a recent video on his website he says, “When we change our thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs, we can change our biology. We are the masters of our lives not the victim of our genes.”

Good thoughts are certainly beneficial. But do the good thoughts that heal have their source in the human mind or in something more all encompassing and universal?  Weighing against the notion of the human mind as a healing force are situations where one is unconscious or unable to think clearly and yet experiences mental healing. Consider the experience of neurosurgeon Eben Alexander, author of Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife.

Alexander had been diagnosed as having a disease that shut down his brain activity, and he was in a coma for seven days. Brain scans indicated no ability to think. The prognosis was that he had a slim chance of surviving and an even worse chance of being able to function normally if he did survive. But, he did awake from the coma and fully recovered.

In his book, Alexander says that, while in the coma, he felt unconditional love and acceptance from an all-loving Divine Being and a sense of being forever part of this divine presence. This awareness deepened the longer he was in this presence, and it brought him great peace. He also said that although he appeared to others to be in a coma, he began to feel and recognize the effects of the prayers of his family and fellow Christian church members.

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Kate is interested in sharing blogs about the impact of prayer and spirituality on our health written by her colleagues.  As a Christian Science practitioner and teacher, Kate has experienced the power of prayer in her life as well as in the lives of others.  She is the media and legislative contact for Christian Science in Maryland. Kate can be contacted through Twitter @CScomMaryland and email at: