Elisabeth Targ MD: Spirituallity in medicine
- I just saw on the Thinkig Allowed
Elisabeth Targ MD's interview about
spiriual aspects of healing She did set
up great programs in medicine and
examined distant healing
"Targ, who has a reputation for doing
solid research, says that by posing
difficult questions about the
relationship between spirituality and medicine, she is trying to expand the boundaries of science. When asked to
address her critics, Targ and her
colleagues summon analogies of Copernicus
and liken the critics to "flatlanders,"
or those who refused to believe
the Earth was round.
Both camps in the debate have passionate views. Both claim to have "empirical evidence" to prove the other side wrong.
Neither side can fathom why the other
thinks the way it does. Indeed, Targ's research is about much more than the
efficacy of distant healing -- it also exemplifies the philosophical gap within
the medical community when it comes to
the role of spirituality in medicine.
Is Targ a visionary heroine or a naive ideologue? Is her study a trampling or
an advancement of science? It depends
on whom you ask.
Energy healer Karas, for one, says
she is putting her faith in Targ's
research findings, which should be
released as early as 2003. "I hope that
research will find that the healing
will have positive effects," she says. "Otherwise, I'm going to have to change
distant healing from Adi Da:
It is not just My devotees who are
noticing the signs of My world- Blessing-Work. Others also are feeling
My Presence and are responding. . . .
My experience is every one. I Extend
out and I Touch you.
When My Divine Spiritual Body Extends
out, Its Touch Touches every one.
Every one has felt My Spiritual Touch,
whether they are consciously aware of
it or not. I am Touching every one right
If you were to lie down and extend your
body and touch someone's body, he or
she would feel it. Well, I am Extended everywhere like that. I am Experiencing
all as My own Form. . . . All is in My
View, My Touch-Field. No one is
unfamiliar to Me. No one feels as an
"other" to Me. All is in My Sphere. That suggests How I Work