Dr. Larry Dossey has been speaking on the role of spirituality in healthcare for over 15 years. He has presented to hundreds of medical, religious, educational, and business organizations on various topics, employing rich visuals, and a period for follow-up questions and answers in each and every presentation. Samples of speaking topics are as follows:
RECOVERING THE SOUL
For 300 years, Western science has assigned the soul and the mind to oblivion. The soul has been considered a fantasy, and the mind has been identified as a byproduct of the brain’s chemistry. Thus, when the brain and body die, the mind dies right along with them. Dr. Dossey explores evidence that this is not the case, that some aspect of the human psyche is nonlocal, not confined to points in space (such as a body) or in time (such as the present moment). This evidence further suggests that there is something about us that is omnipresent, infinite, and eternal, something related in Western thinking to the concept of a soul and to the idea of the Absolute. Dr. Dossey addresses the concept of a Universal Mind, for if our minds are, at some level, unbounded in space and time, they must in some sense be connected to one another as well. Dr. Dossey’s conclusions, not merely philosophical speculations or mystical insights but supportable truths, offer a true bridge between scientific and spiritual thought.
MIND & MEDICINE: WHAT THE FUSS IS ALL ABOUT
Historically, illness and health have been viewed as “physical” issues: disease is due to malfunctioning atoms, molecules, cells, and tissues; health is due to their proper functioning. The mind and the body are seen as fundamentally separate. Dr. Dossey explores the flaw in this logic, presenting scientific evidence to show that not even common diseases can be understood without taking into account the manifestations of a patient’s mental state, emotions, thoughts, attitudes, and perceived meanings. Consciousness does, in fact, occupy a significant place in the origins of health and illness. This model coheres with good science and substantiates humankind’s persistent conviction that there is “something more” than the physical.
MEANING & MEDICINE
According to many practitioners on the modern medical scene, illness is merely the result of a problem in the physical system of the body. Illness holds no intrinsic meaning. By extension, the meanings that people perceive in life — what life-events represent to them — play no part in their health and illness. Dr. Dossey critiques this belief system and provides decisive evidence to show that meaning is a critical part of wellness. Developing the idea of “meaning therapy,” he shows how new meanings, as potent as drugs or surgery, can be formed to facilitate health.
HEALING WORDS: THE POWER OF PRAYER AND THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE
In his New York Times bestseller, Healing Words, Dr. Dossey uncovered one of the bestkept secrets in medical science: the enormous body of data showing that the act of prayer can greatly affect the practice of medicine. In this presentation, he examines the evidence of prayer’s efficacy, the role of the unconscious in prayer, how prayer manifests through dreams, the relationship between methods of prayer and one’s personality, and the negative side of prayer. He addresses the complex relationship between spiritual understanding and physical health. The primary function of prayer, Dr. Dossey asserts, is not only to help eradicate illness or increase longevity, but to simultaneously remind us of our essential nature. Ignored for much too long, this information is changing the way medicine is practiced and revolutionizing our ideas about healing.
SPIRITUAL ACHIEVEMENT & PHYSICAL HEALTH: WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP?
It is currently fashionable to believe that if one is “spiritual enough,” one won’t get sick. Or that if one does get sick, one fell short spiritually. This assumption that there is an inviolable, one-to-one relationship between spiritual achievement and physical health is a misconception, having no support historically or clinically. While correlations do exist between psychological, spiritual, and physical health, they are never constant nor rigidly replicable. Failure to understand the complexity of the mind-body-spirit association sets the stage for the current epidemic of what some call “New Age guilt,” the sense of failure and self-blame when one gets sick. In this presentation, Dr. Dossey discusses this unfounded dispensation of guilt, re-imagines the negative experience of illness, and arrives at an empowering view of the role of spirituality in health.
First there was the body, followed by burgeoning recognition of the undeniable alliance between mind and body. Now an invigorating new understanding is welling up, one that pulls consciousness fully into the synergy of body and mind. What would modern health care be like if we actually applied, in the real world, all the data that demonstrate the benefits derived from nonlocal effects of consciousness? In this lecture, Dr. Dossey elaborates on themes set forth in his 1999 book Reinventing Medicine (HarperSanFrancisco). He discusses how frontline evidence increasingly affirms the reality of distant healing and the efficacy of intercessory prayer; how nonlocal perception can be used in medical diagnosis; how dreams inform health care; and how we can change our approach to death by replacing our morbid views of dying with scientifically validated new images. Dr. Dossey shows how this revolution in medicine is being inaugurated in hospitals and clinics across America and in our nation’s medical schools.
CONSCIOUSNESS & HEALTH: THE ROLE OF PREMONITIONS
Throughout history people have claimed the ability to know the future through premonitions. Using the power of story and the little-known recent laboratory research documenting human precognitive abilities, Dr. Dossey will discuss the evidence for premonitions and why they should be viewed as a form of preventive medicine. He will explore why premonitions are innate in everyone, the purposes they, how we can cultivate them, and their impact on our understanding of human consciousness and how we live our lives.
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