PRAYER AND HEALING:
Michael Lerner, author of Choices in Healing makes the
following predictions for the future:
- As physicians become increasingly comfortable with nonlocality as a legitimate concept
in science, they will begin to use nonlocal interventions purposefully in both diagnosis
and therapy. This will open the door widely to an Era of "nonlocal medicine" and
will change the face of the profession. Nonlocal medicine will reject neither
technological, mechanistic, Era I-type approaches, nor mind-body, Era II-type therapies,
but will subsume them. The result will be a medicine that is both more effective and more
humane, a medicine that works better and feels better.
- As nonlocal concepts find a home in medical science, prayer will become recognized as a
potent force in medicine and will become incorporated into the mainstream.
- The use of prayer will become the standard in scientific medical practice in most
- So pervasive will its use become that not to recommend the use of prayer as an integral
part of medical care will one day constitute medical malpractice.
- The nonlocal nature of consciousness will be acknowledged in mainstream science because
of conclusive evidence affirming it. It will become increasingly recognized that
consciousness can do things the brain cannot.
- A new picture of human consciousness will emerge. No longer will it be considered an
exclusive byproduct of the brain, destined to die with the body.
- The recognition that there is some aspect of the human psyche that is genuinely nonlocal
will lead to a transformation of our ideas of who we are. We will see that this nonlocal
aspect of ourselves cannot die-for, if nonlocal, it is infinite in space and time, and
thus omnipresent and immortal by implication.
- This soul-like quality of human beings will no longer be just an assertion of religions,
to be accepted only through blind faith; it will be considered a legitimate implication of
rational, empirical science.
- The recognition of a soul-like quality of consciousness-by science on the one hand and
by religion on the other-will constitute a bridge between these two domains. This point of
contact will help heal the bitter divisions between these two camps. No longer will people
feel compelled to choose between them in ordering their lives. At long last science and
religion will stand side by side in a complementary way, neither attempting to usurp the
- With the recognition that there is an innately nonlocal part of us that cannot die, the
goals of medicine will be transformed. We shall come to realize that our intrinsic
nonlocality constitutes an ever-present, Radical Cure-immortality-for the Big Disease,
- This recognition will not prohibit us from trying to eradicate illness, increase
longevity, and prolong life; we may continue to do so if we so choose. But if so we shall
no longer be acting out of desperation and fear of ultimate destruction at the moment of
death. Rather we shall do so out of wisdom, recalling always that the most essential part
of us cannot die, even in principle.
- This understanding may lead to a transformation in the way we pray. No longer will we
pray incessantly for things, such as our health, but our prayers will be predominantly
prayers of gratitude and thanksgiving-our proper response on realizing that the world, at
heart, is more glorious, benevolent, and friendlier than we have recently supposed.
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