Spiritual treatment from so-called doctor spirits in Brazil is considerably different from what is known as ‘spiritual mind treatment’.
There is no English Wikipedia entry for ‘spiritual treatment’ (as at Nov 2018) and the keyword for spiritual mind treatment redirects to Wikipedia’s affirmative prayer page. Thus both practices are briefly outlined and contrasted here below for better clarification and delimitation purposes. A more profound discussion will be made available in the future. In the meantime, the reader is requested to excuse the shallow comparison.
Spiritual treatment from the reputed doctor spirits is an exceptional form of health treatment, life aid, emotional solace, and spiritual support in order to effectuate physical healing, facilitate life events, and encourage spiritual growth in the person who receives it.
It may involve exceptionally tangible and witnessable practices, such as profound invasive surgeries without medical precaution and medical care, which have demonstrably shown to achieve remarkable results with regard to the patient’s physical health. These invasive surgeries have been scrutinised by several medical teams and they have come to the conclusion that the surgeries are indeed genuine.
Other practices such as non-invasive surgery, remaining in silence, prayer, meditation, herbal administration, vivified herbal therapy, and the administration of vivified water are usually part of it and possibly more prevalent than the invasive surgeries.
Spiritual treatment is understood as charity and therefore it is mostly offered free of charge. Its main goal is the spiritual evolvement of the patient as well as the evolvement of all beings. Frequently, the Spiritist philosophy as codified by Hippolyte Léon Denizard Rivail (by his pen name Allan Kardec) serves as an explanatory framework that however misses to account for some of spiritual treatment's most striking characteristics.
Spiritual mind treatment is the practice of combining the power of mind to facilitate a certain intention to manifest. It is sometimes interpreted as a form of ‘affirmative prayer’.
Spiritual mind treatment is often related to Dr. Ernest Holmes, who published the book ‘The Science of Mind’ in 1926, contemplating how people can actively engage their mind in creating change throughout their lives. The initial first print edition did not include the section title ‘spiritual mind treatment’ but later updated editions did. Considering the time and circumstances of the 1920s, Holmes’ work at the time it was published, was outstanding.
Today, Holmes’ ideas live on and are still highly thought of. Proponents of spiritual mind treatment are active and continue to share their view on what this form of treatment is and what it can achieve, spearheaded by the teams of The Centers for Spiritual Living.
There are differences in spiritual treatment (ST) and spiritual mind treatment (SMT), and some of them have been briefly addressed here.
SMT focuses on using the mind to manifest or crystalise for all life and spiritual purposes. ST also focuses on all life and spiritual purposes but has a strong relation to physical health and its betterment.
ST can be directly observed and examined, and oftentimes is exceptionally intriguing especially to someone who is unacquainted with it. The invasive spiritual surgeries are its most awing practice. SMT does not involve such vivid events.
Deep inner convictions
In SMT it is assumed that each individual carries deep, inner convictions which decide what is going to happen. SM has a less deterministic approach which is no matter how strong a certain conviction, deep inside or tangible in mind, it may not necessarily manifest, due to the interplay of everything, including past life events that may rebound so that the individual has the opportunity to learn and ultimately evolve.
SMT is a ‘tool’ that can be applied by humans but that involves spirit. ST is considered charity, from the spiritual world for the earthly plane, there are obligations and work at all levels of existence.
There are many more aspects that can be contrasted between SMT and ST that have not been addressed there.
Both, SMT and ST, have their merit and application and both have serious aspirations to harmonise life, to harness the power of mind and spirit for positive outcomes, and to manifest peace and harmony in all its forms and at all possible levels.