Summary of Inaugural Videoconference in New Series: Presentation by Larry Dossey, MD, on Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The Chair of the School of Mind-Body Medicine recently began a series of monthly video conferences, welcoming and interviewing guest speakers from the fields of mind-body medicine, integrative health care, and alternative approaches to health. All students and faculty from the School of Mind-Body Medicine are invited to participate in these video conferences.
The first speaker in the series was Larry Dossey, MD, a pioneering physician who has promoted the central role of both consciousness and spirituality in health and wellness. He introduced the breakthrough idea of eras in medicine, including Era I, the era of biomedical therapies, Era II, the era of mind-body medicine, and Era III, the era of non-local healing (emphasizing the power of prayer or distant intention for healing).
He is the author of nine books and numerous scholarly articles on healing. His books include Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine (New York: Harper Collins, 1993), Reinventing Medicine: Beyond Mind-Body to a New Era of Healing (San Francisco: Harper, 1999), and Healing Beyond the Body (Boston: Shambhala, 2001),
In his early book, Space, Time and Medicine (1982), Dossey wrote that: "… we face the extraordinary possibility of fashioning a [health care] system that emphasizes life instead of death, and unity and oneness instead of fragmentation, darkness, and isolation."
On November 20, Larry Dossey overviewed the role of spirituality and consciousness in health and wellness, and discussed why spirituality and consciousness matter in health. He explored the implications for the meaning of consciousness.
The basic concept of this new era in medicine is non-local connectedness. The evidence of non-locality comes from many areas of research, including the impact of prayer on the health and well-being of persons at a distance, the evidence of “telesomatic events,” and research showing that brains at a distance have an effect on one another (as shown by several experiments by Dean Radin, of IONS. Once health care accepts the reality of non-local events, the major consequence is a “re-spiritualizing” of medicine.
In discussion with students at the close of the videoconference, Dr. Dossey also discussed the non-local connections often evident between psychotherapists and their clients. He referred students to the work of Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer, especially a chapter on “Going Public with Private Knowing,” in her book: Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind (Bantam, 2007).