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Spirituality and Health Sept. 27

September 24, 2010

Does the concept of a 'nonlocal mind,' a mind unconfined to the brain and body and spread infinitely throughout space and time, intrigue you? Dr. Larry Dossey's 'nonlocal mind' has been adopted by many leading scientists as an emerging image of consciousness and his studies of the effect of mind on healing has been supported by several controlled clinical trials.

Dr. Dossey's work is known for its scientific legitimacy and an insistent focus on "what the data show." Major medical schools continually invite him to share his insights.

Monday, Sept. 27
7 p.m.
Lory Student Center
North Ballroom

What does spirituality have to do with health? Currently, around 90 of the 135 medical schools in the United States have courses and lectures that explore the health effects of spiritual practice, including prayer. 

On Monday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., CSU's Geller Center for Spiritual Development is hosting Dr. Larry Dossey, who will examine the increasing body of evidence that shows positive correlations between spiritual practice and health. He will explore:

  • How meaning affects one’s own internal physiology, as seen in mind-body medicine
  • How meaning may also play a role in interpersonal health effects as in distant healing or intercessory prayer, now supported by several controlled clinical trials

"I used to believe that we must choose between science and reason on one hand, and spirituality on the other, in how we lead our lives. Now I consider this a false choice. We can recover the sense of sacredness, not just in science, but in perhaps every area of life." 

~ Larry Dossey, M.D., from Reinventing Medicine 

About Dr. Dossey

Upon graduating with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Dossey worked as a pharmacist while earning his M.D. degree from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, 1967. Before completing his residency in internal medicine, he served as a battalion surgeon in Vietnam, where he was decorated for valor.

An education steeped in traditional Western medicine did not prepare Dr. Dossey for patients who were blessed with "miracle cures," remissions that clinical medicine could not explain.

Pondering the inexplicable

"Almost all physicians possess a lavish list of strange happenings unexplainable by normal science," says Dr. Dossey. "A tally of these events would demonstrate, I am convinced, that medical science not only has not had the last word, it has hardly had the first word on how the world works, especially when the mind is involved."

The impact of Dr. Dossey's work has been remarkable. Before his book Healing Words was published in 1993, only three U.S. medical schools had courses devoted to exploring the role of religious practice and prayer in health; currently, nearly 80 medical schools have instituted such courses, many of which utilize Dr. Dossey's works as textbooks.

Dr. Dossey is the author of nine books and numerous articles.  He is an executive editor for Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing

Contact: Peggy Christiansen
Phone: (970) 482-8487