Expanding our definition of ‘spiritual competence’, by Eric Nelson

In this provocative article, Eric Nelson, a colleague and a writer, who writes about the link between consciousness and health from the perspective of a Christian Science practitioner, explores this current topic.  He shares his personal experience, spiritual insight and statements from health care professionals on the meaning of ‘spiritual competence’. The meaning in its most generic term means considering something (sometimes religion or spirituality) other than a patient’s physical condition to give the best care possible.  Eric acknowledges how spiritual competence means so much more.  It is the ability through prayer to see our true identity as an expression of God (Spirit). This seeing not only enables better mental and physical health but it enables us to understand that God (omnipotent Love) loves and cares for us always. See what Eric has discovered-it can be a life changer

The first thing I remember as I regained consciousness, lying in a hospital emergency room, was hearing a nurse ask my mom if I was allergic to any foods. With my eyes still closed, I thought to say, “Asparagus,” thinking this might reduce the chances of anyone serving me what was then a dreaded vegetable.

“Asparagus,” repeated the nurse, making a note on my admission form.

And then, with a chuckle and what must have been a great sense of relief to see me alert, Mom said, “He’s not allergic to anything; he just doesn’t like asparagus. Obviously nothing has happened to his sense of humor.”

I was 15 years old and had just been airlifted off the side of a mountain after sliding nearly a thousand feet down an ice- and rock-covered chute. By the time I came to a stop, my body had taken quite a beating. My pelvis was shattered; my leg was broken in two; my face was pretty banged up; and as I would later find out, there was some internal bleeding.

Obviously, there was a lot of work to do in order to put me back together. Little did I know, however, that it would be what Mom said about my apparently unscathed sense of humor that would provide the first line of defense against what my doctors predicted would be a long and uncertain recovery.

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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: maryland@compub.org


1 Comment

  1. Adrienne Gilman

    I really enjoyed this article and look forward to following your blog. I’m the new Committee for North Carolina. I look forward to reading about other state Committee work around the country and world. Thanks! Adrienne