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MEDITATION evidence-NEPRINTAT

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Spirituality Symposium 63 The Permanente Journal/ Summer 2005/ Volume 9 No. 3 health systems Meditation, Prayer and Spiritual Healing: The Evidence Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, is the Vice President of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and Senior Scientist at the Research Institute of the Califor- nia Pacific Medical Center. She completed a bachelor of philosophy degree from Monteith College, Wayne State University, a master of arts in social and behavioral studies from the University of Texas, San Antonio, a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Texas in Austin, postdoctoral fellowship in cognitive sciences laboratory, Science Applications International Corpora- tion, and a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology at Stanford University. She has published more than 200 articles in the area of consciousness studies and is the co-editor of Consciousness and Healing, Integral Approaches to Mind- Body Medicine, by Elsevier. She conducted research at Stanford University, Science Applications Internal Corporation, the Institute of Parapsychology, and the Mind Science Foundation. She has taught at Trinity University, Stanford University, and Harvard Medical School, and has lectured widely, including at the United Nations and at the Smithsonian Institution. She served as a Congressionally appointed advisory member for the National Institutes of Health Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and is on the board of trustees for the Esalen Institute and on the board of directors for the Institute of Noetic Sciences. She also serves on the scientific program com- mittee for the Tucson Center for Consciousness Studies. on one hand and diverse religious, spiritual and cultural traditions on the other. Nowhere is this more clear than in the case of medicine. There are various ways of re- sponding to the unprecedented con- vergence we now experience. One is conflict; we need only turn on our radios to see how widespread this response is at a global level. Another response is co-option, where one tradition—typically the Western technological, scientifically based rationalist model—overpow- ers indigenous wisdom, often in very covert ways. A third response takes the form of creativity: As dif- ferences come together, we have the opportunity to birth new ideas and new ways of being together as a collective humanity. My focus this morning is on the research perspective that lies at the interface of science, spirituality, and medicine. How can science begin to offer insights into these wisdom and spiritual practices? And how are these wisdom practices influencing science and medicine in ways that may lead to a more integral ap- proach to health and healing? Primary Areas of Evidence There are five primary areas of data or evidence: the crosscultural data, survey studies, public health research, basic science related to mind-body medicine, and clinical studies of distant healing.
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