“Man is a product of his thoughts, what he believes, he becomes”
– Mahatma Gandhi.
In our experience most people who do a herb course like this have an underlying belief in the effectiveness of herbalism as a healing modality. And that, as Mahatma Gandhi hints, is critical to what you’ll get from this course.
Few people however have a clearly defined idea of where exactly herbalism, or any other healing modality for that matter, fits into a Biblical worldview. And with that comes the very real and grave danger that you might be here because you have unreasonably high expectations of herbalism. Or you might be here because you have a misguided view of your role in the healing process.
In the Advanced Herbal Medicine Making Course this voluntary module attempts to explain:
“How/where herbology fits into a Biblical worldview wherein God is the Ultimate Healer.”
Now before you roll your eyes, and shout “Get out of here! You are totally out of your line, not to say out of your league! This is a herbal medicine making course.” Or even worse, before you trash this course, allow us to stress that the first two lessons are not required study material. As in the Advanced Course, it is voluntary.
So, if exploring the Christian view of your role as Family Herbalist / Health Coach, and the role of herbalism in healing makes you uncomfortable, you can safely mark this unit and the next one as done.
Faith and Healing
The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as:
“More than simply the absence of illness. It is the active state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being.”
At first glance, most people will agree with this definition. But if you look at it carefully you’ll note that something is amiss. Either by oversight or by deliberation. That which sets man apart from the rest of God’s creation is not part of health as defined by the WHO.
And with that, the role of faith in bringing about this state is also being discounted. The ‘stuff that miracles are made of’ is swept under the carpet.
Not that there can be any doubt that contemporary medical drugs and treatments provide us with miracles of treatment. Much suffering has been relieved and countless lives saved. This cannot be denied and we would not want to belittle the value within high tech medicine.
But what is the nature of healing? What does it take to heal?
“In my view, there are four essential qualities of a healer: trust, faith, love, and humility,” wrote Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D., in her essay “The Four Pillars of Healing.” These qualities she says, affect the patient in a positive way, causing his or her own faith and trust to rise.
Why is your faith so important to healing?
Why is this intangible element so vital to the healing process?
“After all,” says Tom Monte, editor of Natural Health magazine, “if we take a strictly materialistic view of life and healing, drugs alone should be sufficient to bring about the desired results. But this is not the case as we all know. In order for anyone to be healed, he or she must have faith and trust that healing is possible and that the medicine being offered will bring about such healing.”
This hints at something mysterious and powerful in each of us that plays a pivotal role in determining our state of health and even our longevity. Monte (1997)
One of the most outstanding figures in the history of medicine, Hippocrates (ca. 460 BC – ca. 370 BC), who is also considered the “father of medicine”, acknowledged the existence of this “spiritual dimension” when he said:
“God cures, but the doctor sends the bill.”
“So how do you bridge spirituality within a helping/healing modality so that you’re fulfilled and making a positive difference to your health?” asks Rahima Schmall, Ph.D., R.N.
How DO you become what is sometimes called a “healer”?
Simple—you study and you give yourself the same care that you intend giving others.
Easy? Not so much.
Why? Because it takes time and effort to focus on our own spiritual dimension and for many of us, that’s not what we are here to do.
Answer the following questions in your notebook. You are taking notes, aren’t you? icon-smile-o
1. What are the four essential qualities of a healer?
2. What is your opinion? Why is faith so important to healing?