Over time, various approaches to health and healing have been developed. Their purpose is to address health-related issues. For the purpose of our paper, Era 1 (body) and Era 3 (mind, body, and soul) models differences will be discussed. Era 1 involves use of mechanical medicine. It began in the 1960s (Dossey & Keegan, 2012). It is founded on the physical nature law. According to the model, health and illness are completely physical in nature. This means that all therapies must be physical. This may include use of drugs, radiation, or surgical procedures. In Era 1, the body is a machine whose parts may breakdown just like a vehicle. When the body is not functioning well, the healthcare provider acts as a mechanic by using any available treatment tool to address the problem (Dossey & Keegan, 2012). During this era, mind was a result of mechanisms of brains and thus not a factor. Therefore, the health and healing model gave no consideration to the spiritual and mental side of human being.
Different from Era 1, Era 3 takes an approach that is more holistic. It incorporates the mind, spirit, and body in healing. In this model, healing cannot be on a physical level only. Mind and spirit are also factors in healing. The mind is a factor in healing between persons and within persons. This is based on the argument that consciousness is not bound to individual bodies. Instead, minds of people are infinite, omnipresent, spread throughout, and one. The therapies of era III include intercessory prayers and emotions such as love and compassion among others (Dossey & Keegan, 2012). Era 3 includes Era 1 and Era 2 views but goes beyond them.
- Difference between Era 1 and my professional presence
Era l health and healing method is based on the assumption that healing is entirely physical in nature. It emphasizes use of medical treatments, and drugs for curing illnesses. Different from Era 1 assumption, I believe that mind has an effect on the body and should, therefore, be a factor in healing. For example, when one is under stress, the body suffers. The stress cannot be healed fully by physical interventions such as drugs. Better interventions are required. It requires mind and body healing (Dossey & Keegan, 2012). I believe that healing is more than fixing parts that have broken down like it is done with cars. Body, mind, and spirit must be considered as major factors in curing individuals. This is why I am intrigued by the fundamentals of Era 3 medicine. Era 3 has revolutionized healing by integrating medicine.
I believe that the approach of blending conventional medicine such as the use of high-tech techniques and use of drugs with therapies that are less invasive, natural, and evidence-based such as meditation, therapeutic massage, dietary change, and yoga is an effective approach of promoting human wellbeing. For example, I believe the use of therapy to cure anxiety is more effective compared to the use of opioids. Different from Era 1 model, I believe in the power of prayers in patient healing (Dossey & Keegan, 2012). When combined with physical intervention, spiritual technique improves physical and mental health. Therefore, as a professional, I agree that drugs would help cure an illness. However, for effectiveness, mind and spirit factors must be considered in the healing process. I believe in the power of prayer therefore in addition to the availability of drugs, spiritual support should be availed. However, the support doesn’t have to be onsite to be effective. Spiritual intervention is nonlocal and therefore can work at a distance (Dossey & Keegan, 2012). This along with enhanced support from social entities improves physical and psychological health.
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