Sunday, September 18, 2011

Healing

Basilica of Saint Anthony, Padua, Italy  © Doug Hickok


Saint Anthony of Padua was a contemporary of Saint Francis of Assisi, and renown for his spiritual teachings. This church was built in 1232 to honor him after his death and canonization. Although he is the patron saint of lost things, both physical and spiritual, he is particularly sought after by the elderly for spiritual healing. Thousands visit here annually on pilgrimage.

The power of spiritual healing is quite strong. The capacity of the human body and mind to heal itself has been underrated in Western medicine, though it is gaining more recognition in recent times. Self-healing is at the core of many Eastern philosophies. My son practices a Hindu method of self-healing, focusing his energies on the chakras, the seven spiritual centers of the body.

Tapping into the body's ability to heal itself is an Eastern method that reaches back thousands of years. I have successfully undergone Chinese acupuncture to heal my injured back when conventional medical treatments failed. Acupuncture is said to help release 
chi, the body's self-healing energy.

Yet thousands of lives are saved by the accurate and timely diagnosis and treatment of lethal diseases by medical physicians, who practice a thorough scientific method established by the great ancient Greek physician, Hippocrates, as was the case 
earlier this year with my wife.


15 comments:

  1. This is a very special shot Doug, love the title too!good Sunday! ;-)

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  2. You certainly captured the perspective of how large this building actually is. Great shot.

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  3. Great picture and some interesting things to ponder on this bright Sunday morning in England.

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  4. Wonderful church and you really well caught this Italian light! Really beautiful!
    Have a nice day.

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  5. Great post Doug. Love the image. I guess we all should be more open as well to heal ourselves. Thanks.

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  6. Mon Dieu, love the yellow color in this image, it's magnificent!The Basilica is fabulous!I also like a lot that bike as detail, kind of motion in the picture, it's so cool! :)
    Hugs and a great week ahead,
    Léia

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  7. What a wonderful capture of this gorgeous cathedral...and love your accompanying description.

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  8. Love the rich amber stonework... and the elderly woman with a cane in the foreground...

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  9. Awesome trade-off: A great cathedral. and small people. Beautifull.

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  10. This church is quaite impressive! I have been there too, Doug!

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  11. Love this shot and post Doug. The melding of old and new is a delicate task but one that can bear great fruit to be sure.

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  12. Arhitectura italiana este plina de monumente, unul mai frumos decat celalalt!

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