September 27, 2016
The holistic paradigm is that body, mind and spirit form an interdependent whole. It is the guiding principle of traditional systems of medicine for many great civilizations until the 20th century.
The Spiritual Dimensions of Health ~ Overview & Introduction Presented by Prof. Dan Cozort, Department of Religion
Tuesday, September 27
Stern Center, room 102 | 10:30-11:30 a.m.
The holistic paradigm is that body, mind and spirit form an interdependent whole. It is the guiding principle of traditional systems of medicine such as those of indigenous peoples, of great civilizations such as India and China, and even of the West until the 20th century. It is now being tested in an approach called “integrative medicine,” which is secular and scientific but open to the possibility that “alternative” or “complementary” medicine may have something valuable to offer to those who suffer. Holistic healing is concerned less about the relief of symptoms than about the restoration of wholeness through addressing the root causes of illness, which may not be physical. It is not only healing from disease but from existential suffering; it seeks to give meaning to life and death. In traditional cultures, “religion” and “holistic healing” are virtually synonymous and the primary role of religious specialists is healing. In a broader sense, however, holistic healing can also be understood as any healing that involves the spirit of the patient and which may also be affected by the spirit of the healer and of others who are close to the patient. In this larger sense, all healing is holistic healing and has a spiritual dimension, although this is often discounted and even suppressed in conventional bio-medicine.