Reinventing Medicine (2008)

By Terry Shea

October 19, 2017

Centre for Spiritual Living White Rock

Posted In: Spiritual Wellness, White Rock


Two pillars of modern medicine are diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Larry Dossey reports in his book “Re-Inventing Medicine” that a research project involved physicians and a computer asking patients identical questions and patients giving identical responses to both. The computer was not nearly as successful as the doctors in making accurate diagnoses Curiously, the researchers were puzzled as to why this should be the case. They asked the Internists what’s the first thing you notice when you begin interviewing a patient. They replied, “Whether or not he or she looks sick.” Because there was no way to objectively determine what “looks sick” looks like the project was abandoned. So that’s: Nonlocal Mind 1, Science 0!

Diagnosis: “The act of seeing (or knowing) the between” has not changed substantially since the time of Hippocrates and Galen. The methodology and tools have become more sophisticated but the entire process still rests on the intuitive knowing of the skilled professional. Names like Mesmer, Puysegur, Hauffe, Billot are largely lost to the history of medical science now, but they are among the scores of either doctors or their confidants who were, like Quimby and Burkmar able to diagnose illness with remarkable accuracy reliant on their work with the nonlocal mind called either through intuition, psychic seeing, or hypnosis.

The argument against this type of diagnostic tool is that we are likely to abandon all of the diagnostic tools in our possession in favour of this largely unproven method. First, the method is not unproven. Further, there is no reason to suppose that doctors will all throw away their stethoscopes in favour of their intuiton. It is more likely that doctors, biased toward “hard” Science, will mistrust their innate gifts and talents in favour of a false diagnosis provided by a machine that was calibrated incorrectly.

Dossey makes a case for the fact that the best doctors do not separate science and spirituality (whatever the term means to them), but in fact have a profound reverence toward the patterns and processes that science has revealed. At the same time a doctor who has evidence, or even a suspicion that one’s own mind could influence another’s health, could not, in conscience, disregard the implications of the studies that favour nonlocal healing. Were she to do this, she would be ignoring her oath to put her patients’ welfare first – even ahead of her own biases and doubts.

Some hospitals are now issuing “non-local” or Era III bracelets to patients who pre-identify as open to prayer support, thus giving the caregivers permission to request healing from people everywhere. The request goes out by computer as soon as the patient is admitted. Patients remain on the database for six weeks and are removed automatically.

“You’ll be well by then,” Dr. Pierce assures her patient. “Don’t worry, the effects of love and compassion don’t stop when intentions cease. They’re timeless. Once loved, always loved.”

Questions for Rev Terry? Email him at revt@csl-whiterock.com