Have you ever prayed for someone to get better who was seriously ill? Keep it up, because it works! Not only have numerous studies corroborated the fact that prayer heals, but the top five medical schools in the country now require courses on spirituality and healing in their curriculum. Dossey has long been at the forefront of elucidating prayer’s power to heal and suggests we all take a long hard look at why we pray, how we pray and why some of our prayers bring results we don’t expect. “The fire behind prayer is love and compassion,” so if we know someone who’s uncomfortable being prayed for, Dossey says, “just tell them you’re going to love them instead–it amounts to pretty much the same thing.”
Larry Dossey, M.D. is a distinguished Texas physician deeply rooted in the scientific world, and has become an internationally influential advocate of the role of the mind in health and the role of spirituality in healthcare. He served as a battalion surgeon in Vietnam, where he was decorated for valor. Dr. Dossey helped establish the Dallas Diagnostic Association, the largest group of internal medicine practitioners in that city, and was Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital in 1982. He is the Executive Editor of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, served as co-chair of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions of the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine, and served on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s task force on health care reform in 1993. In 2013, Dr. Dossey received the prestigious Visionary Award that honors a pioneer whose visionary ideas have shaped integrative healthcare and the medical profession.
He’s the author of numerous articles and many books, including:
- Recovering the Soul: A Scientific and Spiritual Approach (Bantam 1989)
- Prayer Is Good Medicine: How to Reap the Healing Benefits of Prayer (HarperOne 1997)
- Reinventing Medicine: Beyond Mind-Body to a New Era of Healing (HarperSanFrancisco 1999)
- The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things: Fourteen Natural Steps to Health and Happiness (Harmony 2006)
- The Power of Premonitions: How Knowing the Future Can Shape Our Lives (Dutton 2009)
To learn more about the work of Dr. Larry Dossey go to www.dosseydossey.com.
Topics explored in this dialogue include:
- How to use your own inner power to heal
- Why extroverts may pray differently than introverts
- The role of spirituality and prayer in healing
- Is there a “right” way to pray?
- How prayer can restore hope in your life
- The revolutionary impact of prayer’s power on medical practice and education
- Using prayer to complement, not replace, traditional medical treatments
- Why you don’t always get the answer you may want from prayer
- How others prayers may interfere with your own
- The best prayer to give the dying
Program Number: 2581 Host: Michael Toms Interview Date: 7/23/1996