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Spirituality, Connection, and Healing With Intent: Reflections on Cancer Experiments on Laboratory Mice

William F. Bengston

in The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199729920
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199729920.013.0035

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Spirituality, Connection, and Healing With Intent: Reflections on Cancer Experiments on Laboratory Mice

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Data from 10 experiments that tested the effect of healing with intent on cancerous laboratory mice are selectively summarized to address the question of whether there is a connection between spirituality and healing. Volunteer healers with no previous experience or belief in healing with intent were successful in producing full life-span cures in cancer models that are normally fatal. Successful healing has been produced by volunteers who have experienced a wide range of subjective sense of connection to their experimental mice. While it may initially seem reasonable to conclude that connection may not be necessary to affect healing, methodological complications resulting from an apparent resonant bonding between experimental and control groups render interpretation problematical. These resonant bonds are interpreted as fluid, with the potential of being both strengthened and weakened by consciousness and shared experience. Some implications of these experiments for the study of the connection between healing and spirituality, and for the mechanistic tradition within science, are discussed.

Keywords: healing with intent; cancer; spirituality and healing; resonant bonds; placebo effects

Article.  5817 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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