I was reading an article in the Washington Times written by colleague Eric Nelson “Is prayer a viable alternative to conventional medicine for health?” In the article Eric discusses how prayer based healthcare is increasingly looked at as viable options with equal importance and results. This is particularly true as people view their healthcare choices from their perspective of experience and trust.
Most likely because of the easy access to more complete information the Internet has brought about over the last 20 years, people are realizing that the allopathic approach to health care is in many cases not the complete or practical choice they were brought up to believe it was.
Eric points out that it really comes down to personal healthcare choices based on the proven effectiveness gained from personal experience. You go with what your experience has proven to you works. In the end – individual choice is evolving to become more diverse.
Many years ago, I worked on a job where I was on my feet and very active for long hours. I developed a foot infection that was very uncomfortable, and it was affecting my job performance. Back then, the thought that this was easily handled with a prescription; and I went with the thought that it would be the easiest route to success. After several weeks of no progress, I changed direction and moved to a system I had used successfully in the past – prayer – which did lead to a permanent healing.
I know that prayer has many meanings. For me prayer is really studying the teachings of Christ Jesus and The Bible, in order to understand my relationship with God more fully. I see God as perfection, balance, kindness. Mary Baker Eddy, the founder and discoverer of
Christian Science, lists God’s attributes as: justice, mercy, wisdom, goodness, and so on (p 465:14). By seeing myself as a reflection or window of God – I can bring to light and demonstrate these same qualities in my experience.
My success with praying for the healing of my foot bolstered my reliance on prayer because it taught me to trust the results. Not a blind trust, but a proven trust. In other words, prayer worked more reliably and with more speed and permanent results in my experience. Prayer also has a side effect that is really beneficial, in that praying and studying and thinking about my relationship with God – is a terrific mental exercise that improves with practice.
People are increasingly taking charge of their own healthcare choices, and having access to a full spectrum of choices is empowering people to lead healthier lives, while optimizing the value from they receive from their healthcare. This is certainly a move in the right direction.
Glenn Laycock is the Committee on Publication for Manitoba