How Strong is the Link Between Spirituality and Health?

Have you ever wondered about how strongly spirituality and health are connected? Whether you have or haven’t you’ll find what we found on the internet interesting.

We have compiled points of view from the medical profession, different religions, and what’s being talked about on the subject in social media.,

Introduction: Spirituality and Health

In this clip (Pt. 1 of 8): The relationship between spirituality, health, and research is changing. A near-movement has developed around the idea that spirituality is good for people’s health, although controversies exist in this area. History can be a helpful tool. This clip is part of a lecture by Anne Harrington, PhD, professor for the history of medicine, Harvard University, on “Is Spirituality Good for Your Health? Historical Reflections on an Emerging Research Enterprise.” In it, she addresses 4 major claims made about the spirituality-health connection. This lecture, given at NIH in 2005, is part of NCCAM’s Online Continuing Education Series. Free CME/CEU credit is available to health professionals (see…).


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Naperville chaplain focuses on spiritual health of those with behavioral disorders – Chicago Daily Herald Mon, 13 Jul 2015 03:22:17 GMT

Chicago Daily HeraldNaperville chaplain focuses on spiritual health of those with behavioral disordersChicago Daily Herald•Thomas (Tim) Mitchinson is a self-syndicated columnist writing on the relationship between thought, spirituality and health, an …

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This Buddhist Monk Has Unlocked The Secret To Happiness, And It May Also … – Huffington Post Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:16:21 GMT

This Buddhist Monk Has Unlocked The Secret To Happiness, And It May Also …Huffington PostFive years later, guided by an inner stirring to explore a deeper side of life, he was living Darjeeling, India, where he had moved to study under a Tibetan Bu …

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allow illness to be part of your identity? – Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:09:50 GMT

MyCentralJersey.comWhy allow illness to be part of your identity?MyCentralJersey.comMary Baker Eddy, a health researcher who explored in depth the relationship between thinking, Jesus’ teachings and works and health, explained how she saw the …

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Promises and Pitfalls of the Spiritual Path – Full Lecture

In this lecture to the International Conference of Transpersonal Psychology, Ram Dass discusses the relationship between spirituality and psychological health (Santa Rosa, CA – 10/9/1988)


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Conversation #6: The relationship of spirituality to mental & physical health Part 1

Catholica and the Blue Mountain Education & Research Trust present a series of extended cyber conversations with four leading writers on spirituality, Rev Dr Eugene Stockton, Mr Peter B. Todd, Professor David Tacey and Dr Kevin Treston examining the question why there has been such a dramatic fall-off in religious participation across the Western world in the last half century. The conversations are moderated by Australia’s leading religious affairs journalist and presenter, Stephen Crittenden. This sixth and final conversation in the series examines the relationship between spirituality and the our physical, mental and emotional health. It has a particular focus on the books of two of our panellists, “The Individuation of God: Integrating Science & Religion” by Peter B Todd, and “Gods and Diseases: Making sense of our physical and mental wellbeing” by Professor David Tacey. The first three conversations concentrated discussion on explanations for the fall-off in participation. The final three examine positive ways in which the spiritual landscape in Western society seems to be changing. Have we entered, as author Karen Armstrong suggests, a Third Great Axial Age of Religion and the entire way we humans relate to the spiritual side of life and God is changing dramatically? This program was originally published on Catholica at: Further discussion can be found on the Catholica forum at: #p147667


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More Evidence of the (potential) Psychological, Spiritual and Health Benefits of Ayahuasca

Some observations from the ayahuasca guru/academic and author of Singing to the Plants (Steve Beyer), on some new research. Although one must be very careful not to generalize these results to everyone, or to draw any sort of causal relationship between long-term users of ayahuasca and health or well-being, the study does add significant evidence to the growing pile of research which seems to suggest long-term psychological, spiritual and health benefits associated with ayahuasca. Other studies have specifically looked at the effects of ayahuasca on depression and have also found significant and long-term improvements. Although the serotonin depletion models for depression have been taking a beating over the years, some of these ayahuasca and depression studies still seem to suggest a role for serotonin in depression.

“Ayahuasca contains DMT, which bonds to the 5-htp receptor sites, the same sites as serotonin. The DMT bonds at a higher rate, and the body adapts to this by increasing the number of 5-htp receptor sites, making better use of natural serotonin levels.” (Surprise)

“The most common anecdotal reports from use of the [ayahuasca] tea are of profound psychological and spiritual healing, accompanied by personal insight and integration. It is often reported that the tea breaks even profound depressive episodes in a single use. This positive psychological benefit is what I call the “Ayahuasca Effect.” That is, to produce an intense and positive integrative experience with lasting beneficial effects from use of the tea, with no side effects common to pharmaceutical antidepressants.” (Surprise)

“…the data point at better general mental health and bio-psycho-social adaptation in the ayahuasca-using group compared to the control subjects.” (Beyer)

“They performed better in neuropsychological tests, scored higher in spirituality and showed better psychosocial adaptation as reflected by some attitudinal traits such as Purpose in Life and Subjective Well-Being.” (Beyer)

“Ayahuasca users were found to measure significantly lower than the controls on all nine psychopathology scales, including significantly less somatization, depression, anxiety, hostility, paranoid ideation, and phobias. The ayahuasca users scored significantly lower than controls on measures of worry, shyness, and fatigability and weakness. And ayahuasca users scored significantly higher than controls on measures of self-transcendence and spiritual orientation, including on such items as transpersonal identification, self-forgetfulness, sacredness of life, altruism, subjective well-being, and mission in life. “Taken together,” the authors state, “the data point at better general mental health and bio-psycho-social adaptation in the ayahuasca-using group compared to the control subjects.” (Beyer)

I wonder if there is some way that we could slip some ayahuasca into the drinking water of every government building. I wonder what sorts of leaders we would get, what sort of civilization we would have, if the major decision-makers and government leaders of the world showed increased “bio-psycho-social adaptation”, “scored higher in spirituality”, “self-transcendence”, “sacredness of life” and “altruism”? Probably a world, a civilization we could all be proud of.

The Ayahuasca Effect

A New Ayahuasca Study

#ayahuasca   #shamanism   #psychology   #spirituality

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