Healing Hands

I mentioned healing in previous blog posts, and that the education of a healer is special and unique. Moreover, there are essentially two types of healing. On one hand, there is energy-healing, which is carried out by those acquainted with both psychology and spirituality. On the other hand, there are physical healers, such as chiropractors and doctors who focus on the physical side of healing. Both types of healers and their modes of healing are interconnected, but perhaps one is more profound than the other, in the sense that energy-healing can have a profound effect on the physical aspect of healing and human health.

As I said, energy-healing requires an understanding of psychology and spirituality. Psychology consists of the term “psyche,” which in turn translates into “soul.” Thus, what an energy healer requires is an intuitive understanding of the human soul. Ibn Sina wrote that the human soul consists of two major powers, namely, the power of motivation and the power of perception. When it comes to the power of motivation, Ibn Sina suggested that this power consists of the power to move and grow. In terms of the power of perception, Ibn Sina argued that perception consists of both sensation and intellect. Thus, the human soul consists of both ‘animal power’ and ‘rational power,’ according to Ibn Sina.

Ibn Sina adds that the soul is in a process of perfection, and ultimately, the perfection of the soul equates to the realization of the true human identity within a natural body that is prone to corruption. Thus, perfection of the soul has both moral and intellectual dimensions which American “pragmatists” such as John Dewey and William James have addressed through their respective philosophies. Perfection of the human soul through moral and intellectual progress means the acquisition of certainty and truth through quality and valid knowledge rather than guesswork and opinion. As Dewey wrote: “Quest for complete certainty can be fulfilled in pure knowing alone. Such is the verdict of our most enduring philosophic tradition.” William James, in a work titled “The Varieties of Religious Experience,” demonstrated the nexus between religiosity and spirituality with concrete and empirical evidence for cognitive and physical wellness.

As a result of there being both a moral and intellectual dimension when it comes to the perfection of the soul, it follows that religion has to somehow be reconciled with science, which is something that ‘Enlightenment’ and ‘Renaissance’ philosophy had failed to achieve. Reconciliation of religion and science during Saint Thomas Aquinas in the late Medieval Age was then overridden by the humanism and secularism of the ‘Enlightenment’ and ‘Renaissance’ period. Also, according to the American philosopher Richard Rorty, the reconciliation of religion with science has an “anti-authoritarian” characteristic and essence which is largely missing in a purely rational and “scientific” outlook or weltanschauung.

Thus, the reconciliation of religion with science and in turn a “pragmatist” philosophy fosters a true democracy, given that the moral and intellectual dimensions of a pragmatist philosophy prompt cooperation with others and love for humanity, which are social outcomes that are largely missing in a philosophy or weltanschauung that is void of reconciliation between religion and science.

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