A Broad Perspective on Mental Healing

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Jesus was regarded as a healer Who possessed divine power, again and again He told those who had been healed that it was their faith which was responsible. There is no more striking evidence of the way in which Jesus transcended the outlook of His contemporaries, including His own followers, than His insight into the potency of the inward attitude to healing and reform. When those around Him believed that healing power lay in the magician or the prophet, He, while not denying the importance of the healer's personality, realized what science has only now laboriously learned, that God works by a psychological rejuvenation which arises within the needy soul. To those who brought to Him the mentally afflicted He said that the conviction that the cure would be wrought was necessary in order to accomplish it in the patient. In Nazareth, where the people did not believe, He was unable to do any of His ' mighty works ' (Mark viii, 58). To the father of the boy who was subject to convulsions He said, ' If you can! Anything can be done for one who believes ' (Mark ix, 23). Anyone who has tended the mentally disordered knows how deeply they are affected by the attitude of those around them. To the poor woman who touched His garment in the expectation of a magical cure He said, ' Daughter, your faith has healed you' (Mark v, 34). To the blind man He said, ' What do you want Me to do ? Go, your faith has made you whole ' (Mark x, 52). To the converted courtesan He explained that the chain of evil habit had been broken, i Your faith has saved you ; go in peace ' (Luke vii, 50).
What is this faith ? Many connotations have been given to it but none could be substantiated. It is not a belief in dogma, nor in a person, nor is it a trust in an outside object. It is the desire to be whole. A person invalided for thirty-eight years lay beside the pool Beth-