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Article Summary   by:max     Original Author: Josh Fischerman
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The Power of the Mind
Abstract for Psychiatry Meets Spirituality by Josh Fischman
Written by Max
07/27/05








You don’t have to be a Buddhist Monk to know that the mind and spirit have a link that transcends the understanding of modern man. The spirit of a person can create a drive by which incredible, if not profound changes can be made and goals can be attained.
Depression, for instance is an ongoing medical and clinical battle. People who suffer from depression tend to ask themselves, “What’s the point?” Spirituality not only gives the “point”, but inspires an attitude of hope not found in drugs or “treatments”. The fact is that when treating the mind, most psychiatrists have succumbed to the pill method. Increased prescription drug usage has run amuck; every thing from lack of sexual desire to hyperactive children. If you’ve got it, there is a pill to fix it.
Now, there are those who would oppose this view. The opposition would say that spirituality is hocus pocus or mumbo jumbo. I would in turn ask them, “What drug company are you working for?” The spirit and mind of human kind has been around much longer than the neighborhood CVS or Eckerd pharmacy.
As well, the problems that plague the mind and spirit of man have been around longer than doctors have been writing prescriptions. Placebos have the same and,or better affects at alleviating symptoms suffered by people who take anti-depressants. This is because the patient believed in the treatment. The mind is a powerful thing. Remember this?, “As a man thinketh so shall be”, if I might paraphrase another great spiritualist, Yeshua.More commonly known to some of you as Jesus. In short, as well as in conclusion, the mind as we know it is a vast and uncharted part of the human experience. If one was to conclude that human kind came from a higher form of intelligence, and that the body is a vessel. The soul is the kinetic force driving it. Then one cannot discount or at least ponder the validity that the mind is the direct link between the two.
Published: July 28, 2005   
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