God as Divine Therapist.
The healing power of prayer and meditation.

(…) I would like you to talk with your children. I would like you to exchange your experiences and help them to solve all their problems. (…) Prayer is medicine that heals. Our Lady of Medjugorie, September 9, 1988. Words from Heaven, P.291.

Pray! What is important for your body is prayer. Our Lady of Medjugorie,December 22, 1983. Words from Heaven, P.358.

"The regular practice of contemplative prayer initiates a healing process that might be called the 'divine therapy.'  The level of deep rest accessed during the prayer periods loosens up the hardpan around the emotional weeds stored in the unconscious, of which the body seems to be the warehouse.  The psyche begins to evacuate spontaneously the undigested emotional material of a lifetime, opening up new space for self-knowledge, freedom of choice, and the discovery of the divine presence within.  As a consequence, a growing trust in God, a bonding with the Divine Therapist, enables us to endure the process." Keating, Thomas. Invitation to Love.

The spiritual journey from this aspect is a course in growing up and becoming liberated from childhood fixations at emotional levels that have become disruptive of our adult life and that interfere with our relationships.  The journey is a form of divine psychotherapy in which God tries to heal us on every level, beginning normally with the body and the emotions."  Keating, Thomas. Intimacy With God. P.61

Recent times have seen a good deal of interest in meditation as therapy. Western medicine, it is now recognized, has been desperately one-sided, largely ignoring the role of the mind in the healing of the human body. Assuredly it is acknowledged that up to eighty per cent of modern sickness is either psychosomatic in origin or has a psychosomatic dimension (in particular, diseases which are peculiarly human and do not afflict animals are now regarded as psychosomatic); but while admitting psychosomatic sickness, the West has been slow in developing a process of psychosomatic health - that is to say, health of body that will stem from health of mind or from mental control of bodily functions.  Only now with the growing influence of the East and talk about acupuncture, about the life-force, about kundalini and the rest - only now do we begin to grasp again the
spiritual and metaphysical dimensions of healing.  But interest is growing fast.  And it is not unlikely that meditation will be one of the principal means of therapy in the future.  Johnston, William.  Silent Music:  The Science of Meditation. P. 107

Trying to overcome various kinds of suffering by the limited power of material curative methods is often disappointing. Only in the unlimited power of spiritual methods may man find a permanent cure for the "dis-ease" of body, mind and soul. That boundless power of healing is to be sought in God. Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.81.

In many cases no cure of disease is possible until the healing power of God has corrected, from within, the imbalances of "lifetrons" or intelligent life energy in the body. The two basic causes of disease are underactivity and overactivity of the life energy, prana, that structures and sustains the body. Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.82.

When you are in ecstasy with Him you consciously bring His healing presence into your body. Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.89.

Mind power carries with it the unfailing energy of God (...). When communion with Him is perfect, the healing is permanent. When the causative power of God comes, the healing effect is instantaneous (...). Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.89.

Many people in distress try to evoke that power, but when they are not healed at once they lose their faith in the Lord (...). The man who clings to the Divine is bound to be healed, because God knows that the devotee is praying, and He cannot but respond. Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.89.

The external factors of medicine and fasting have a certain beneficial effect on the physical body, but they do not affect the inner force that sustains the cells. It is only when you go to God and receive His healing power that the life energy is directed into the atoms of the bodily cells and produces instantaneous healing. Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.89-90.

(...) the attempt to change one's dependence from physical to spiritual methods should be gradual. (...) To be responsive to the healing power of God, the mind must be trained to believe in divine aid. Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.90.

Commune with the Great Healer! Paramahansa Yogananda, Man's Eternal Quest, P.90.

(...) if God wishes us to go on living, either he will give our body enough strength to bear the pain of the illness, and will reward us for our courage; or else he will find some way to relieve the pain, for the Fountain of Wisdom never lacks a remedy. St. Neilos the Ascetic (died around the year 430 CE), quoted in: The Philokalia, Vol. I., P.214.

When God said, “My hands are yours,” I saw that I could heal any creature in this world; I saw that the divine beauty in each heart is the root of all time and space. (…) Until we know that God lives in us and we can see Him there, a great poverty we suffer. Rabia (c.717-801), quoted in: Ladinsky Daniel (2002). Love Poems from God. Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West. P.19.


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Last updated: 2008/10/28