A Broad Perspective on Mental Healing

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Esda expecting an angel from heaven to descend and disturb the water. He also expected someone to come and dip him in the water as soon as it was disturbed. When Jesus saw him in this state He said to Him, ' Do you want your health restored ? ' (John v, 6). Can any psychotherapist dealing with patients who fondly cling to their symptoms fail to see the searching light that His question throws on the meaning He gave to faith ? And would any believer in the unconscious avoid acclaiming Him as a great expert of the ' psychology of the depths' ? Again, if Jesus regarded healing as dependent on the patient's own will, where then is the power of the invading malignant spirit ?
Jesus' emphasis on the faith factor should not be taken merely as a bold and original explanation. It also implies the resolution of the ' transference situation ' while encouraging self-dependence.
It is noticeable that Jesus never allowed His patients to remain with Him after their cure. Typical examples of this principle are His treatment of the Gerasene maniac, the blind man and the converted courtesan. He dwells on the necessity of a single, dominant aim, ' If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light'.
The ecclesiastical mind is constantly seeking the Lord in the dim recesses of Church history and dogma, and the practising Christian, too, often thinks of Him as a misty phantom in the past. But He is not to be found there. His spirit lives on in more senses than that which orthodox theology recognizes. Time and again the reformer has glimpsed Him in the farthest vista of his own advancing path ; and we, entering an era of psychological discovery, find Him in front, awaiting us at the gate. The following quotation from the monumental work of an experienced psychiatrist, Sadler, is