They asked about the preacher's affairs. About the money he made. They asked if Donna Johnson, the woman who considered the preacher her stepdad, had forgiven him. But what they really wanted to know was had she ever seen a miracle that she believed was real?
I knew that the force I was calling on was not really a Buddha, but my own body's ability to heal itself. I was calling on my own Buddhanature. I needed wisdom and healing. I had to turn to the Medicine Buddha to connect with it.
My prayer, as I was listening to the doctor say the words, "invasive, lobular carcinoma," came suddenly and clearly: "Gracious God be with me through this journey, allow me to walk it with dignity and grace. And help me to be grateful, whatever may be."
In the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, Elijah and Jesus were more into listening and seeing than into talking and being busy. Having a good talk with your doctor, the doctor listening, the patient asking important questions, is a central piece of real health care reform.
The problem I have with faith-healing is not the faith. I have been given that gift, by Grace and the example of others. The problem I have with faith-healing is not the healing. I certainly believe healing and other "big" miracles are possible.
Most of the physicians I interviewed in the last eight years received little formal training around religion and spirituality in medical school or residency. Some describe learning on the job while others speak of trying to avoid such topics.
A spiritual approach to our health uses the words of our prayers in order to ground us, strengthen us and heal us. This is what faith is about. It should be something we embrace at all times in our life.
Appealing to the Almighty offers awe-inspiring economic potential. In the Bible, both Moses and Jesus heal lepers. Think what they could do with diabetes or cancer! Still, the question remains whether prayers by ordinary people can produce an equivalent clinical impact.