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Exploring the Promise of Medical Spiritual Healing
Seeking more complete healing for patients, Robert (Ibrahim) Jaffe, M.D., connects modern medicine with the spiritual roots of health
Medical research continually verifies positive effects of spiritual care for medical patients, including better recovery from sickness and surgery and lower rates of death. More than 1,600 studies document “overwhelming” evidence of the connection between religious and spiritual practice and better health outcomes.
What’s behind studies, such as one by Baylor University, that find spiritually committed patients experienced better recovery from sickness and surgeries? Robert (Ibrahim) Jaffe, M.D., can help answer this question. He has spent years building a bridge between modern medicine and spiritual healing through his medical practice and his expertise as a Sufi master.
Sufism is a spiritual teaching dating from the Prophet Abraham (Ibrahim), the common patriarch of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Sufism literally means to purify one’s heart.
Faced with his own bout with heart disease, in 1997, Dr. Jaffe spent 20 years immersed in training with a Sufi master, studying ways to integrate spiritual healing and medicine. Today, he is committed to sharing these teachings to benefit people of all religions and spiritual paths.
“Essentially, I want to deliver this message to the world that if you can get in touch with The Divine Presence, which you can directly, and learn to receive it, hear it, and embrace it, there are all sorts of miracles that open up in people’s lives through it,” he says.
As scientists turn more of their attention to studying spiritual healing practices, Dr. Jaffe has documented dramatic healing results for conditions often deemed irreversible or terminal, including advanced heart disease, breast cancer, and Hashimoto’s disease.
Dr. Jaffe serves as chancellor of the University of Spiritual Healing (USHS) and Sufism and the University of Medical Spiritual Healing (UMSH). Through UMSH, he is working to bring spiritual healing to the medical world by training physicians and other medical professionals in spiritual healing so they can use these skills to complement their practices.
Medical spiritual healing is available to all people, for personal healing, regardless of religious background. As a master of Sufism, a mystical tradition that has worked to bridge the divide between Islam and the west, Dr. Jaffe says “transforming the heart” is crucial to healing our body, mind, spirit, and relationships.
“People who are able to cleanse their hearts of anger, rage, jealousy, and other destructive feelings are able to live healthier, happier lives full of peace, compassion, mercy, love, and wisdom”, Dr. Jaffe says.
In a nation marked by anger, division, and rancor, his message resonates with those seeking a holistic approach to health. There is a scientific basis for this as well.
A 2014 study of German spiritual healers and their clients found that most clients reported a general increase in well-being along with decreased medical symptoms and disease. The most important explanation of how spiritual healing might work, the study notes, is “connecting clients and healers with transcendent sources to enhance healing.” These sources were described as “god,” “spirits,” “beings of light,” “light,” “energy,” “sacred silence,” “love,” “divine love,” “inner voice,” or “the divine in oneself.”
Improved well-being and vitality are considered the first signs of successful healing treatments. “If this happens, an improvement of medical symptoms should naturally follow,” the study states. Dr. Jaffe has documented this progression with his own patients.
“I have found that more often than instantaneous healing, usually healing occurs in a step-after-step manner,” he says. “So slowly day after day, as purification occurs and faith and the return to God is established, healing occurs in a gradual way and remission of disease is seen.”
In order for medical spiritual healing to be most effective it should include:
1. Conventional and complementary medicine: Conventional and/or complementary medicine is used to diagnosed, monitor and evaluate the healing process and support it as needed with such things as antibiotics, traditional medicines, chemo, surgery, and other treatment as needed.
2. Nutrition and diet: This includes carefully monitoring diet to assure that wholesome foods are the mainstay, and that chemicals are not introduced. Giving the body a break from toxins in food and the environment boosts the immune system and healing.
3. Spiritual purification: Rooting out hidden emotions, beliefs, and inner experiences reduces stress and allows a person to feel inner peace and healing.
4. Bowing to God: This is a crucial step in the Sufi tradition and is mirrored in other healing traditions that rely on placing one’s faith in a higher power, whatever name that power is given. Acknowledging the presence of the Divine turns the power of faith toward healing.
5. Spiritual teaching: Dr. Jaffe explains his perspective that all disease “comes as a gift to help us learn spiritual lessons,” based on his personal experience with blindness. “When I lost my sight and was blind I discovered that I was unwilling to see certain inner aspects of my being. Once I learned this lesson of sight, my true eyesight literally returned in minutes after almost a year of blindness.”
Medical spiritual healing is a combination of these five points, Dr. Jaffe says. “These principles can be integrated within all religions, paths, and traditions.”
“Medical spiritual healing is a process of transformation that is easy to learn, fulfilling to apply, and can bring immediate results and lessen the symptoms of many illnesses,” he says.
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