People often talk about the problems with organized religion instead of placing the focus on their soul. This is a mistake. Any time there is conversation about what human beings are involved in, there is an opportunity for pathology to surface. Pathology is the maladjustment to this life, to this reality of what is accepted to be called normal. I’m not talking about, or even thinking about, pathology in the topic of faith however.
I remember being a little child and wondering what it is that we are put on this planet to do and wondering further –who started the whole thing? Raised Catholic in a lovingly undemanding manner, I found my religion answered some questions and gave rise to many more. I have moved back and forth to embrace my religious practices and then hold them at arm’s length. I have however, never suffered from a loss of faith.
Faith is a trust, a blind trust, one that is so strong it permits me to believe in the goodness factor of people and the intelligence of human beings. It also adds a level of humility to my life that is healthy and respectful — respectful towards whatever the Source is that created who we are and what intentions there are for us in this life experience. I’ve studied the topic from many vantage points, especially as a psychologist. In my research it has become clear, especially in the study of the mind body connection and overall well-being, that people who have a strong belief in something beyond their own self and this world, have a prognosis that is more positive than those who do not. Fascinating. Google The Faith Factor and open your mind to the study of psycho-neuro-immunology. I’ve studied it for nearly 3 decades after running psycho-physiology labs and seeing the evidence of what happens to people who learn to influence their physical reactions to stress.
In his book, the Relaxation Response, Harvard University Cardiologist Dr Herbert Benson reveals the outcome of teaching people the simple relaxation techniques that restore a body to normo-tensive and beyond. He introduces Beyond the Relaxation Response and shares the findings of people who have a Faith Factor and the positive effect it has on stress reduction.
Every body wants to relax — the mind is what interferes. When we relax the mind, especially when we do it with faith and trust in our mind and heart, the benefits are clearly superb. Come learn the Relaxation Response and start managing with faith.