Soul loss, ancestor spirits, tame domestic spirits, wild forest spirits, malicious spirits, or shaman spirits are some of the illnesses attributed to supernatural forces, although they can also be attributed to magical meddling by humans in the form of curses. As ancestors may be made upset by activities performed or not performed by humans, illnesses caused by ancestral spirits are frequently a way of communication.
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Spiritual therapies must be used to repair these deeds, otherwise the illnesses will continue and lead to death. Spirits can even be blamed for catastrophic accidents and poor luck.
When one or more souls split from the physical body, spiritual ailments can ensue. Separation can take place in a variety of ways. A soul may be “frightened away,” stolen by a malignant spirit, disturbed by an ancestral spirit, or just unsatisfied with the earthly body and seek reincarnation.
The severity of the illness is determined by the number of souls lost, the time of departure from the body, the distance between the soul and the body, the spirit's influence over the soul, and the specific conditions surrounding soul loss. Traditional healers, such as soul callers and shamans, are commonly consulted to cure spiritual disorders when natural home remedies have failed.
What is sickness in the Bible?
Sickness has often compelled people to turn their thoughts to God throughout history. Many people have given up hope in material medicines because they either do not cure the illness or have unacceptable side effects. Instead, they have opened their hearts to their creator. “He sent his word, and they were healed,” n1 is a promise that we are more likely to hear and respond to when we are sick than when we are healthy.
Many people believe that sickness is sent by God to bring us into compliance with His law because of this increased spiritual attentiveness. However, a closer examination of the Bible disproves this assumption by providing us with a clearer understanding of God's nature and His creation.
If everything God created is good and perfect (see Genesis 1:31 and 2:1), and His comprehension is unlimited (see Psalms 147:5), there must be no room for the evil of disease to exist in His limitless understanding of His own wonderful and full creation. Sickness is a misunderstanding of God's creation, resulting from the belief that evil has divine power to exist and is thus as real as good. It may, however, be destroyed because it is a misunderstanding with no true authority to exist, as Christ Jesus, the Way-shower, demonstrated for us. The eternal Christ's power, Truth, dispels the belief in disease, in a power and substance separate from God.
If illness brings us closer to God, it isn't because He sent it to us. Sickness, in any form, is never a gift from God. Rather, it is the result of disobedience to His commandment. This isn't to say that if we're sick, we're necessarily sinful; rather, if we're sick and desire to get well – be completely and permanently cured – we must study more about His rule and more diligently adapt our thoughts and conduct to it.
Similarly, a misunderstanding of the laws controlling elementary arithmetic would lead us to suffer. We can have trouble holding a job, making changes, or keeping our accounts in order. The evils we were encountering would vanish as soon as we opened our minds to the immutable laws of mathematics and learned to follow them.
The rules of God are spiritual, the polar opposite of matter and material belief, and we must gradually learn to abandon materialistic ways of thinking and material treatments in favor of faith in God, Spirit.
“You must learn to acknowledge God in all His ways,” writes Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. It is only a lack of awareness of God's allness that leads you to believe in the existence of matter or that matter has the ability to form its own conditions, which is in direct opposition to the law of Spirit.
“Sickness is the teacher, guiding you to Christ; first, confidence in Christ; then, belief in God as omnipotent; and last, Christian Science's understanding of God and man, where you discover that God is good, and man is His likeness, the eternal mirror of goodness.” n2
It's a cliche that we learn the most from our mistakes, and illness is one of them. Our disappointment with the worldly world prepares us to turn to our Shepherd, divine Love, to study His way of salvation. And because suffering does not come from Him, His path of spiritual enlightenment dissolves our misery! BIBLE VERSE OF THE DAY Lord, thou art good and quick to forgive; and thou art abundant in mercy to those who call upon thee. 86:5 (Psalms)
What are spiritual problems?
- Over the last 30 years, psychological study on a number of spiritual issues has been done. Spiritual problems are one spiritual issue that has garnered a lot of attention.
- People are affected not only psychologically, socially, and physically by major life challenges, but also spiritually.
- Natural disasters, accidents, sicknesses, and other stressful circumstances can put people's spiritual lives in jeopardy or cause them to struggle spiritually.
- Spiritual coping problems are attempts to protect or transform people's relationships with whatever they consider precious, such as their connection to God/Higher Power, spiritual identity, and religious community connections.
- Terminology. Many studies on spiritual difficulty use the phrase “negative religious coping,” but we and other researchers have started to use the term “spiritual/religious problems.” Why?
- Spiritual conflicts can be watershed moments in human development or “forks in the path.”
- According to several research, persons who are able to resolve spiritual conflicts over time gain and grow from them.
- Others may choose to temporarily or permanently withdraw from spiritual challenges.
- Others who are stuck in their troubles emotionally and physically deteriorate.
- Even atheists and non-religious people may deal with spiritual issues such as feeling distanced from, unhappy with, angry with, or abandoned by God.
- See Constructs/Our Measures for more broad background information on spiritual problems.
- Spiritual conflicts refer to disagreements with God/Higher Power, oneself, and others over spiritual topics. Distressing feelings and doubts about one's spiritual journey in life arise as a result of these tensions.
- Internal/intrapsychic spiritual conflictsinner conflict about spirituality or religion
- Spiritual conflicts with other family members, friends, clergy, community members, or the greater culture concerning spirituality or religion are interpersonal/communal spiritual challenges.
- The 7-item Negative Religious Coping subscale from the Brief RCOPE is most typically used to assess spiritual problems (Pargament, Feuille, & Burdzy, 2011). For the entire Brief RCOPE and lengthier scales to more fully examine spiritual problems, go to Constructs/Our Measures.
- For additional information on how we define these two overlapping concepts, see Defining Religion & Spirituality.
What comprehensive empirical research on Spiritual Struggles in Coping with Marital Problems has been conducted?
- Despite substantial research on spiritual issues in other areas, there has been essentially no systematic research on spiritual struggles in marriage. Nonetheless, the Relational Spirituality Framework emphasizes that serious or persistent marital issues, such as infidelity, can lead to private or communal spiritual challenges with God.
- Prior research on spirituality and marital problems has relied on indirect indicators to determine if people feel spiritual struggles as a result of marital problems, such as frequency of religious attendance or overall value of religion in everyday life. We employ definitions and measurements of spiritual challenges established in past research on non-marital stressors to stimulate more in-depth study on spiritual struggles with marital problems (e.g., natural diasters, health problems).
- In practice, we have concentrated our research on Divine Spiritual Struggles rather than Internal or Interpersonal Spiritual Struggles in relation to marital issues.
- When it comes to interpreting and reacting to marital problems, we characterize Divine Spiritual Struggles with Marital Problems as having a confrontation with God. It's helpful to define conflict before delving into this definition. We define conflict as an individual's internal or external conflicts over his or her life goals and/or paths to achieving those goals. When troubles emerge, humans can be in conflict with God, just as they might have internal or interpersonal conflict. Problems in marriage can jeopardize life ambitions. An individual may have a disagreement with God about why marital difficulties have arisen and what should be done to resolve them. These conflicts with God might lead to negative feelings and thoughts regarding one's relationship with God.
For psychological research, how do we measure Divine Struggles in Coping with Marital Problems?
- We used the following three sub-scales (three items each) from Pargament's R-COPE to assess divine spiritual struggles with marital troubles in our transition to parenting study. These nine items were mixed in with R-COPE sub-scale items from other sub-scales. For additional information on the history and development of the R-COPE and Spiritual Struggles Sub-scales, see Constructs/Our Measures.
- Instructions for dealing with marital troubles include the following: The sentences that follow outline particular ways that people might manage with the inevitable marital problems that arise from time to time. When you think about the challenges you've had in your marriage, how much do you use each of the following to deal with them? When I'm having marital issues, I…
How might Divine Spiritual Struggles in Coping with Marital Problems benefit or hinder a marriage or couple relationship?
- To the best of our knowledge, our study on the transition to parenthood is the first attempt to investigate how much married couples experience spiritual struggles as a result of marital difficulties, and what impact these divine spiritual struggles have on the marriage and each spouse's psychological or spiritual well-being. We are presently doing analyses and will report back when we have more information.
What is spiritual distress?
When anything is physically wrong with you, your body is quite good at letting you know. When your emotions and ideas get pressured and out of balance, it's typically easy to see. Did you realize that your spirit can be distressed as well? Years of experience working in spiritual care have taught me that life can toss us curve balls that put our bodies, minds, and spirits under stress. My research has also proven that people live their best lives when their bodies, minds, and spirits are in good shape.
Your spirit is the part of you that is responsible for your beliefs and worldview. Spiritual distress, according to Betty Ferrell and Christina Puchalski's book Making Health Care Whole, refers to a person's “impaired ability to experience and integrate meaning and purpose in life through connectedness with self, other, art, music, literature, nature, and/or power greater than oneself through connectedness with self, other, art, music, literature, nature, and/or power greater than oneself through connectedness with self, other, art, music, literature, nature, and/or power greater than
It can be difficult to tell if what you're thinking and feeling is normal processing of a stressful event or if it's something deeper in your spirit that's adding to your stress, such as when you or a loved one is facing a significant medical crisis.
What are the signs of lack of spiritual growth?
Knowing and comprehending the need for spiritual growth is the first step. However, you will not work in that direction if you do not feel the need to improve. As a result, the first and most obvious indicator is that you don't feel compelled to progress. (You might also be interested in: How to Detox Your Soul.)
We are all aware that our lives are full with stress and distractions. Therefore, if you are continually stressed or busy, you will not have time to grow spiritually or experience spiritual growth. (Also see: What are some daily routines that can help you develop inner serenity.)
Occasionally, you may experience a spiritual disconnect as a result of an event in your life. This prevents you from exploring your spiritual side, and you miss out on spiritual growth as a result. (Also see: How God Communicates With Us During Difficult Times)
Many people are influenced by negative forces in society and engage in heinous behavior. Your mental process is defined by your firm, thus if your company is awful, you are not spiritually progressing. (See also: Does spirituality have a place in today's fast-paced world?)
Spiritual connection entails letting go of your attachment to the material world. If you have such an addiction, it signifies you are not spiritually progressing.
How do I take care of my spirit?
Visualization. Close your eyes, relax, and envision yourself in a quiet environment, such as a forest. Hear the cracking leaves, smell the damp soil, and feel the breeze with all of your senses engaged.
It's like reciting a mantra. Select any meaningful or relaxing word, phrase, or sound while sitting silently. The mantra can be said vocally or silently. According to experts, the repetition induces a state of physical calm.
Deep inhalation. Comfortably sit or lie down. Place your hands on your stomach and relax. Count to four slowly while inhaling deeply through your nose. Feel the increase in your gut. Take a deep breath and hold it for a second. Exhale slowly while counting to four, preferably through pursed lips to keep the breath under control. Slowly, your stomach will sink. Rep a couple times more.
What is a good Bible verse for sickness?
Bethesda Senior Living provides a loving, nurturing environment in which seniors can thrive. Crafts, bingo, musical visitors, and outings are all meant to help you live a full, vibrant life and ensuring that you never run out of things to do.
You may occasionally have a day when you simply do not feel good. Whether it's a chronic disease flare-up or a simple cold, compassionate assistance can make all the difference. Always remember that you are never alone, and the team at Bethesda Senior Living is here to assist you.
GOD IS WITH US THROUGH HARD TIMES
We know that God's constant presence is with us even while we are physically suffering. Many times in His Word, we are reminded of His love for us. Reread some of your favorite texts about God's comfort.
Isaiah 41:10 – God strengthens you
So do not be afraid because I am with you; do not be alarmed for I am your God. I will strengthen and assist you; with my righteous right hand, I will uphold you.
God has promised to provide us with His strength. He'll never put you through a challenge you can't handle. We can call on God's might at any time as His children.
Bethesda Senior Living's staff is eager to assist you as well. Therapy, exercise, and fall-prevention programs are all designed to keep you mobile. If you're recovering from a sickness or injury, our professional staff will work with you to help you regain strength as quickly as possible.
Jeremiah 33:6 – God brings healing
Nonetheless, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal my people and provide them with plenty of peace and security.
We understand that complete physical recovery may not be possible in this lifetime, but we also understand that God has a plan and a purpose for our lives.
At Bethesda Senior Living, the chaplain offers spiritual services such as prayer and devotions. In our faith-based community, fellow residents and staff members are always willing to pray for you.
John 14:27 – God provides peace
I leave you with peace; I give you my peace. I don't give to you as the rest of the world does. Do not be terrified or allow your hearts be worried.
An unexpected pain or disease might be frightening. Accept God's gift of serenity and allow it to instill calmness in you.
You can rest confident that a professional staff member is always available with a 24-hour emergency call system. Knowing that someone is nearby alleviates anxiety and boosts your sense of well-being.
Matthew 11:28-30 – God lightens your burdens
All you who are tired and burdened, come to me, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble at heart, and your souls will find rest. Because my yoke is light and my weight is easy.
In our Christian lives, we often feel overburdened. God has promised that we will find strength in Him and that He will give us rest.
When you have a chronic sickness or a sudden illness, you may feel helpless to care for yourself. Our staff at Bethesda Senior Living can help with personal care, prescription administration, and health monitoring. If you want more medical attention, a professional nurse is available.
What is a good healing prayer?
I pray to you, loving God, that you will comfort me in my pain, strengthen the hands of my healers, and bless the methods utilized to cure me. Give me such faith in the power of your grace that I may put my complete trust in you, even when I am terrified; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
Why do we get sick?
We become ill when the natural functioning of our body system is disrupted. It can occur when a bacterium, virus, or other organism enters our body, or as a result of bad lifestyle choices such as lack of exercise or drug/sugar/salt consumption.
Infectious and non-infectious diseases are the two main types of illnesses. Pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites enter the body through the air we breathe, the food and drink we consume, or through skin holes such as cuts to cause infectious diseases. Coughing and sneezing, for example, can spread the cold virus to another person. The environment, a person's lifestyle choices, and heredity all have a role in non-infectious disorders. Heart disease, for example, might be induced by a sedentary lifestyle and bad food, or by a family history of the condition.
What is psycho spiritual stress?
Given that stress has been related to 95 percent of all disease processes, learning to properly manage stress is a pillar of holistic, alternative health and healing. This learning process begins with recognizing or identifying four distinct types of stress that are influencing you, as well as how these stressors (i.e., what demands a change from you) are presenting themselves in your life as symptoms.
Physical stress, psychological stress, psychosocial stress, and psychospiritual stress are the four forms or categories of stress.
Trauma (injury, infection, surgery), strenuous physical labor/over-exertion, environmental pollution (pesticides, herbicides, toxins, heavy metals, insufficient light, radiation, noise, electromagnetic fields), illness (viral, bacterial, or fungal agents), fatigue, insufficient oxygen supply, hypoglycemia I (low blood sugar), hormonal and/or biochemical imbalances, dietary stress (nutritional deficiencies, food allergies and sensitivities, unhealthy eating habits
Emotional stress (resentments, fears, frustration, sadness, anger, grief/bereavement), cognitive stress (information overload, accelerated sense of time, worry, guilt, shame, jealousy, resistance, attachments, self-criticism, self-loathing, unworkable perfectionism, anxiety, panic attacks, not feeling like yourself, not feeling like things are real, and a sense of being out of control/not being in control), perceptual stress (not feeling like yourself, not feeling like (beliefs, roles, stories, attitudes, world view).
Relationship/marriage issues (partner, siblings, children, family, employer, coworkers, employer), lack of social support, insufficient resources for adequate survival, loss of employment/investments/savings, loss of loved ones, bankruptcy, home foreclosure, and isolation are all examples of psychosocial stress.
A crisis of values, meaning, and purpose; joyless striving (instead of productive, enjoyable, meaningful, and rewarding employment); and a mismatch with one's underlying spiritual convictions are all symptoms of psycho-spiritual stress.
In general, poorly or ineffectively managed stress has a negative impact on the body. Psychosomatic or psychogenic illness occurs when stress-related feelings, moods, and emotions are pushed into the body, the soma. Symptoms include headaches, heart palpitations, physical/cognitive/emotional pain and suffering, constricted throat and shallow, constricted breathing, clammy palms, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, allergies, asthma, autoimmune syndromes related to an ineffective immune system, hypertension (high blood pressure), and gastroid syndrome.
Long-term stress can impair immune function and make you more susceptible to infectious and immunological-related disorders, as well as cancer. Emotional stress can also cause hormone imbalances (adrenal, pituitary, thyroid, and so on) that wreak havoc on the immune system.
Anxious thoughts, frightened anticipation, poor attention, memory problems are all examples of cognitive issues.
Tension, irritation, restlessness, anxieties, inability to relax, and depression are among emotional symptoms.
Behavioral: Task avoidance; sleep issues; difficulties completing job projects; fidgeting; tremors; strained face; clenched fists; sobbing; changes in drinking, eating, or smoking habits
Physiological: Stiff or tense muscles, grinding teeth, sweating, tension headaches, faint feelings, choking sensations, difficulty swallowing, stomachache, nausea, vomiting, loosening of bowels, constipation, frequency and urgency of urination, loss of interest in sex, tiredness, shakiness or tremors, weight loss or gain, awareness of heartbeat
Social: Some people seek out others to be around when they are stressed. When faced with a stressful situation, some people withdraw. When a person is stressed, the quality of their relationships might also change.
(From Kenneth R. Pelletier, Ph.D., Between Mind and Body: Stress, Emotions, and Health in Mind-Body Medicine, Daniel Goleman, Ph.D., and Joel Gurin, Eds., Consumer Reports Books, Consumer Union: Yonkers, New York, 1993, 19-38, citation: 24.)