Can we cure diseases through spirituality?

A long night about sickness, healing and healthFindings and sensitivities

What constitutes health and illness in people's experience?

The Swiss doctor and psychiatrist Jakob Bösch suffered from depression and today reconciles conventional medicine and complementary healing methods. The 77-year-old health professor Annelie Keil survived a heart attack and three cancers.

A long night about the art of being mindful of life's challenges.

Success and failure of healing

Jakob Bösch: "What we know about the success or failure of healing is that it is very individual that there are no generally applicable rules. In conventional medicine, too, we cannot say in individual cases when healing can take place and when not. We do have statistical data where we can say that we have 30 percent success with this disease and 90 percent with the other, but neither with spiritual healing nor with conventional medicine can this be predicted for individual people.

The Swiss doctor Jakob Bösch headed the Basel Land Psychiatry Clinic for many years. The psychiatrist and son of a mountain farmer crosses the border between conventional medicine and what used to be called "alternative healing methods". "Complementary" is what Jakob Bösch calls healing methods that complement classical medicine. His objection to conventional medicine: too narrow a picture of illness and health.

Homepage of PD Dr. med Jakob Boesch

The number of therapy-resistant chronic diseases is increasing worldwide. Only twenty percent of conventional medical therapies are successful. Mental disorders such as anxiety and depression expand. Strength of conventional medicine: Safeguarding the body's function in the event of accidents and acute emergencies such as heart attacks, intestinal obstruction or pulmonary embolism. Weakness of conventional medicine: healing of chronic illnesses with emotional components. Today the majority of all diseases. Conventional medicine sees matter as the cause of all processes, disease as a disturbance on the level of substances. The therapy: destruction of viruses, bacteria, defective cells. Disease as a battlefield.

Jakob Bösch: "We cannot make the diseases go away, but we try to do it all the time. It is an age-old wisdom that what we fight, opposes us. The more we fight the diseases, the more they get out of hand. That is a completely different way of thinking that the diseases are accidental mistakes, if one assumes, then of course one can say: Okay, we can improve the conditions on a physical basis, but also on a social basis, by eradicating these mistakes. That was Quite a sensible goal, but it has become a non-goal. This has not yet been recognized in medicine. "

Jakob Boesch
Spiritual healing and conventional medicine
Lokwort Verlag Bern 2002
Parallel to the daily reports on scientific progress, a growing part of our population is saying goodbye to conventional medical treatment. "Modern" medicine is in the emergency room because other methods often help people better. And yet the present book is not so much about better or worse, but about combining two apparently opposing views, which are ultimately both measured by their direct successes, side effects and costs.
In this regard, the acceptance of the mental, spiritual healing treatments increases - precisely because of the results achieved and the fact that the numerous therapies were also scientifically accompanied. Spiritual healing and conventional medicine are becoming more and more equal, mutually enriching each other and leading to the second awakening of medical science. And they serve the person seeking salvation, who is at the same time led back to his inner, always present knowledge.

Psychiatric Clinic Basel Land. Fourth floor. A long hallway. The door signs indicate the functions of the staff: senior physician, ward nurse, chief physician Dr. Jakob Boesch. Then a room with the door sign "Healer".

Anouk Claes: "They call me that. I don't use the word myself. I assume that I am giving people the right thing in the moment they are with me. It happens of course that I do not help people For example: I had an older woman who was going blind, I can't do anything about it. But I helped her to finally accept that. "

Anouk Claes accompanied the psychiatrist Jakob Bösch in many initial anamneses of a patient:

Jakob Bösch: "It is true that working with a healer brings advantages from a technical point of view, as I can recognize the connections far more deeply. For some patients, this cooperation only gives a chance of recovery. For many patients, for example the chronic ones Depression, we hardly make any progress with chronic pain. It is seldom like this in cooperation with the healer. "

Energetic healing provokes because it renounces any material influence and thereby turns the worldview of conventional medicine upside down. Science assumes that people are purely material beings and therefore require material interventions in order to cure diseases. All chemical drugs are material, but also natural remedies, radiation treatments and operations. A spiritually spiritual image of man leads to other treatment methods. Energetic healers do not inject, prescribe ointments or pills. On the face of it, they are not doing anything that people expect helpful treatment. The spectrum of healing methods ranges from prayer and the laying on of hands to trance healing. Some people seem to have the gift of being able to positively influence diseases without medication and physical aids.

The homepage of Anouk Claes

Healers try to strengthen the patient's self-healing powers. Some see themselves as a channel for helpful divine energy, others speak of a strengthening flow of love that they direct into the body and soul of the patient. They suspect that chronically ill people are stuck in emotional injuries. These insults lead to negative thought and action patterns. If these become chronic, physical symptoms often arise.

Jakob Bösch: "We have a wealth of experimental data that prove that we can influence other organisms spiritually, spiritually, or one can also say mentally, on people, animals, plants. We know a lot about light communication between cells , about electromagnetic fields that we have in and around us, but describing these things individually, that still means a lot of work.

Jakob Bösch, psychiatrist and private lecturer emeritus at Basel University, was and is a passionate supporter of classical medicine. Today he says: conventional medicine has abandoned the empirical path in some areas. When it comes to spiritual healing methods, the unprejudiced inventory has given way to a belief-like defensiveness.

Jakob Bösch: "You are a priori for or against and you cannot convince people of anything else with scientific studies either. The change goes through your personal life. Be it that you get sick yourself, that a child gets sick, that you maybe Patients who have experienced an impressive improvement through, for example, complementary medical treatment or through spiritual healing - this is how the changes happen, but not through study results. There is a structure in us that is usually too rigid. "

In contrast to England, in Switzerland and Germany there has so far hardly been any collaboration between conventional doctors and healers. Since 1985 the UK Health Service has paid for energetic healing when a doctor prescribes it. There are 14,000 registered healers in Great Britain for every 22,000 resident doctors. In Germany every second patient turns to complementary medicine, in the USA more than 80 percent.

It has been proven that spiritual healing has a positive effect in many cases. There is still insufficient research into why it works. The therapeutic goals of spiritual healing are broader than the purely symptomatic elimination of conventional medicine. Increasing the quality of life, moments of happiness and satisfaction, agreeing with what is, are difficult to measure statistically.

Why did I get sick?

An inconspicuous house in the small town of Siegburg near Bonn. The former orthopedist Wolfgang Bittscheidt and the healer Teresa Schul work here in their practice for energetic medicine.

Wolfgang Bittscheidt: "Compared to my work as an orthopedist - I carried out the work enthusiastically - I have to say today: I come much closer and much deeper in contact with the patient. If a patient comes to me today, he has gone through an odyssey to doctors. And then I ask him: Why are you coming to the healer now? And don't try the eleventh or twelfth visit to the doctor. And then he says: I didn't get what I was looking for. Do you mean that Your pain is not gone? No, that's something much more fundamental. - As an orthopedic surgeon, I never had such a conversation. As an orthopedic surgeon, I fought against symptoms.

Teresa Schuhl: "It is an understanding of what the patient is looking for from the doctor or therapist, an understanding of why I got sick? What happened to me, that I was thrown off course, that I suffered, that I had my life Can't live on like this? 11 For me as a healer, it is important that a person is touched at a deep point in himself, that reminds him of who he is, that reminds him to wake up, to arrive in himself. I know from my own experience that when you reach this point, healing happens, I also know that healing always happens in a way that we never imagine.

Wolfgang Bittscheidt: "I give the patient optimism. When he arrives and says that I have had chemotherapy and a series of radiation treatments and now the oncologist has told me that unfortunately there is nothing more he can do for me. Then I say: Now sit down." over there, we talk about everything and in the shortest possible time, after the patient has explained his acute need to me due to the illness, he often talks about things that have depressed him all his life, but which he did not feel to be able to share it with anyone in order to ease one's soul. We know from psychoneuroimmunology that these things are so intertwined, the mental, the physical, my conscience. "

Wolfgang Bittscheidt says that as a conventional doctor he also had prejudices against energetic healing in the beginning. It was only when he recovered from a life-threatening illness that he was barely able to recover that he was able to find new ways of healing.

Wolfgang Bittscheidt: "I resisted the term spiritual healing for a long time. Perhaps it is better to say energetic healing instead of spiritual healing. It's about my inner powers. The Greeks said: know yourself, go into your deepest inner world. There you can find you healing. "

In order to combine conventional medicine and energetic healing, the doctor and the healer founded the "Medical Academy for Spiritual Healing".

Wolfgang Bittscheid
From the spirit of healing - the return of wholeness
Scorpio Verlag Munich 2016
This book is for doctors, therapists and people who are serious about looking for their roots. The author talks about his experiences, which made him from orthodox physician to healer, from seeker to teacher, from patient in intensive care unit to one who is cured. In doing so, Bittscheidt shows, based on his in-depth knowledge as a school doctor and his personal experience as a healer, how deep spirituality and the latest natural science can become one. Down to earth, he authentically reveals his personal path to the reader, which ultimately led him to experience the essence of wholeness in medicine, to apply it himself and to teach it today in the academy he founded. His comparative consideration of the knowledge of ancient healing arts and modern western medicine and quantum physics gave him deep insights into the original power of ancient cultures and enabled him to find a form of expression appropriate for today's time and to pass it on in this book.

Teresa Schuhl: "In these fourteen years as a healer I have learned that there are three pillars of illness. We get sick and when we change something in our life, the illness leaves us. Being sick means that we are asked to do something The second kind of illness is that sometimes we carry an illness through our whole life and by carrying the illness we experience a kind of humility, a kind of inner growth, a deep realization. Unfortunately, people often remain in bitterness because they see it as a punishment, but there is something wonderful behind it. I experienced that myself. I have not always been healthy, so I know that we have a great inner process with us so that we can recognize what it means to be human. And the third kind of illness is letting go: that we get sick because our life is slowly running out. "

Teresa Schuhl believes that she owes the strength that she gives sick people to a divine source. This does not mean anything typically religious, but something universal.

I often observe when people come to our practice that they have already been to twenty doctors, twenty alternative practitioners and thirty healers, always on the lookout. And that's when I notice how rushed this person is. And I also notice what they are looking for. They are looking for someone to push the button and everything will be back to how it was, so they can get on with it again just as quickly. And then I am very specific and say: If you keep running like this, you will run down the slope. Sometimes this is my duty as a healer. Being sick is a process of slowing down, of getting inside. When we are sick, we deal with the essentials. When we are healthy, we often deal with the insignificant. It is often the case that being sick means that we can no longer do things. We can no longer walk, we can no longer see because our eyes are bad, we may no longer be able to hear. But whenever certain senses no longer work in us, something else awakens. And if we manage to let go of exactly what we have lost in this process, we gain a different intensity of life, we gain a different perception of what is, we gain a different view of what is essential.

The doctor as a source of inspiration for the patient's self-healing powers

For a ten-minute conversation, a doctor receives a fraction of the fee for a computer tomography of the knee joint. The applicable fee schedule promotes the distance between doctor and patient. For Paracelsus von Hohenheim, the most important remedy was the relationship between doctor and patient. The doctor as a source of inspiration for the patient's self-healing powers: relational medicine.

"The best medicine is man. The highest reason for medicine is love!" (Paracelsus)

What Paracelsus von Hohenheim wrote 500 years ago is starting today - albeit very slowly - in the training of young doctors. At a lecture series at Frankfurt University with the title "What helps heal", the doctor and cabaret artist Eckart von Hirschhausen addressed future doctors in a lecture in 2014.

Wishes for tomorrow's medical professionals. Memo for the lecture by Eckart v. Hirschhausen

"You are the drug! The effect of any pain reliever depends 35% on the words, attitude and affection you use to administer it.
It's best to write down why you want to study medicine and what you want to do differently. Look at the slip of paper every semester and check whether you are on the right track.
Encounter and touch people in a way that is good for them. And cultivate your sense of humor! Humor starts where the fun ends. Humor is not superficial, but a deep understanding of the fact that sometimes things cannot be changed, that life is beautiful and terrible at the same time, and that we come out of dust and turn into dust and stir up a lot of dust in between.
Give away a smile and a touch wherever you can. Infect others!

The HUMOR HILFT HEILEN foundation by Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen

Eckart von Hirschhausen
Miracles work miracles
How medicine and magic heal us
Rowohlt 2016
Science drove magic out of medicine, but not out of humans. Eckart von Hirschhausen sets out to ease the dispute between conventional and alternative medicine. Playfully he changes perspectives, from clear words to wonderful comedy, from background knowledge to self-awareness, from accusation to anecdote. Sometimes as a doctor, sometimes as a magician, sometimes as a patient - but always as a person.
With a lot of humor he shows how everyone can make better decisions for their own health with a sharper eye, what everyone should or shouldn't do for themselves: Why do placebos even work if you don't believe in them? Why is not puffing a failure to provide assistance? And do singing bowls work better than cortisone? Now Buddha with the fish! Plain text instead of the instruction leaflet.What is lazy magic, what is salutary self-deception? And when we have so many ways of influencing the body with the mind, why do we so rarely do it specifically?

There are diseases that make no sense.

Illness is always a mystery. Perhaps it is a piece of secret power when the healthy person does not want to leave the sick person with his illness. A hidden self-care that serves more for one's own well-being than that of the sick person.

Jakob Bösch: "I would never postulate a general message for a disease. That does not work. And I believe that we still have to make enormous progress in conventional medicine so that we do not accept uniform causes for uniformly described diseases. If we really do If we want to be helpful, then we should help people to understand clearly the message that is in it, that is connected with it.

There is no Cancer personality who suppresses their feelings and gets the receipt for it. The aggression-inhibited migraine type, the love-addicted stomach patient are shortenings. Body and soul are infinitely more finely interwoven than the old psychosomatic concepts suggest. Every thought, every feeling changes the body's biochemical balance. And influences the function of every single cell. Psychoneuroimmunology has now also proven this. The body tells the truest story about a person. What he made of his life and what life made of him. Everything that a person has experienced is stored in his body. Every cell remembers.

Just when we imagine: This miracle of the organism: a heart, a liver, a spleen. The emotional landscapes. From the first moment of conception we already have to train a workshop, which does not guarantee that we stay healthy, but that with this workshop, we train the seven senses, hands, feet, an organism and that has from the first to the last moment not a minute's break. He can't go on vacation, he can't work part-time, he is treated badly by us, by the way, and if he doesn't work, he gets a slap in the face. He is insulted. If we ourselves were insulted as if we insulted our body when we were sick, then we would no longer want to get well.

Using the art of living to balance health and illness in a healing way

The Bremen health professor Annelie Keil; Born in 1939, is very familiar with health and illness. She was one of the first female professors in Germany and today trains doctors and nurses in hospice work. Annelie Keil tells about the art of living to balance health and illness in a healthy way. She knows exactly what she's talking about. Not least because of a heart attack and surviving cancer.

In response to the question "What helps to heal?" Prof. Annelie Keil gave a simple answer in the lecture series of the same name at the Institute for General Practice on June 29th: "Life itself!"

The homepage of Annelie Keil

Annelie Keil: "We are reducing the complexity of people and that has crept into our concept of health so that we come up with such stupid definitions as health is the absence of illness. In the 1980s the WHO suggested another concept, namely that of well-being . There we have the wellbeing. Mood disorders I call search movements. The body or soul is overwhelmed at some point. That is why the WHO rightly said at the time that health is a comprehensive, integrated wellbeing where body, mind and soul, but also the social and spiritual conditions are added.
It is important that it is not the arm or the heart that becomes sick, but the whole person. We saw: Social indicators appeared more and more in the teaching of diseases. If you are poor, you may have to die sooner. Who gets what treatment? Why do certain diseases appear differently in certain population groups?
To this day, despite all the great successes of medicine: We have not got rid of a single disease. We owe the prolongation of life above all to hygiene.
Today we often hear when people have a headache or irritable bowel syndrome, the suspicion often arises that it is only psychological. As we often say, it's just somatic. They are fields of energy, they are fields of emotion. There is a subject in every finding. Mind and soul, the social conditions and my life story: everything comes together. And now to find out: What are the pivotal points that are important to me, at which I can begin to take my life by my hand again using the example of this disease. "

Annelie Wedge
Gaining land on fragile ground
Biographical answers to illness and crises
Kösel Verlag Munich 2011
Our life is an ongoing process of change, unpredictable and full of surprises. Between chaos and order, adjustment and resistance, freedom and dependency, we travel abroad without a navigator and are challenged to create a unique biographical world that bears our name.
Lust and lust, luck and bad luck, fear and courage, hope, farewell, despair, success and failure are on the agenda like health and illness, which we cannot change, but can understand and learn. Whoever wants to live has to get older, gain experience and win land!
The book tells of successful and unsuccessful attempts to invent one's own person and biography in the midst of the concrete living environment. And how it can be possible to meet up with life again and again in spite of fractures and crises, to get on the track and to trust one's own strength, life skills and imagination.

Annelie Wedge
When the organs break their silence and the soul strikes
Scorpio Verlag Munich 2014
When we get a medical diagnosis like breast cancer, dementia or depression, life is upside down and we are faced with personal turmoil. Medical terms such as poisonous arrows fly through everyday life like an attack, creating doubts, fear or internal numbness. Life calls for help in a wide variety of ways, asks questions and searches on all levels for answers that could make the physical, mental, and social dimensions of what is happening understandable and bearable. But people are more than just their findings! It is not the illness as a medical issue, but being ill and experiencing the illness that shakes the affected person awake. The renowned health scientist Annelie Keil shows us how we can lead a fulfilling life on our own responsibility despite illness.

The unexpected healing of Stefanie Gleisings

The unexpected healing of the 52-year-old psychotherapist from breast cancer that has metastasized to the bones, brain and spinal cord shows that spontaneous remissions are rare, but possible.

In 2014 Stefanie Gleising was taken to a hospice to die. She returned to life six weeks later. Today she works in her practice again and lives a fulfilling everyday life with her family. In autumn 2016 Stefanie Gleising published a book about her healing process.

"In the end, I got weaker and weaker, lost weight, started vomiting in the morning, and my kidneys also failed it was then decided that I would target the hospice. "

"And finally the time had come. I actually wanted to die at home, but the environment just didn't allow that. The children, my husband, we were all overwhelmed. I also took a look at the hospice and actually had a positive attitude. Finally I then came to the hospice and it was clear to me that this is the last station now, I will die. "

"I didn't notice a lot. I kept slipping into deep coma states, but then I noticed how I was getting better from day to day. A lot of people visited me. Every day someone else came and then it started that I could go to the terrace with me. First I was pushed in a wheelchair and then I was allowed to push the wheelchair. I had a "racetrack" in front of the hospice, on which I then practiced and at some point after For a few weeks I was able to walk this racetrack alone. The love and affection I experienced from the sisters was impressive. Everyone knew I was terminally ill, everyone knew I would die and the address was as if I was a completely normal person People was. And that was very, very good for me. Ultimately, nobody knows why I suddenly felt better from day to day. But it happened. An important point is certainly that the doctor first comes off all medication t has. I had a potpourri of many drugs and there was one thing that had actually caused damage, the MCP, which also accounts for brain damage and balance disorders as a side effect. I got it because I couldn't eat anymore and I felt sick. You shouldn't have given that for more than five days. "

Stefanie Gleising reports - on Youtube

What did my healing do?

"I would like to know that, everyone would like to know, and unfortunately I can't hold my thumb on what it was exactly. I have a feeling for it and I try to formulate it. I think I have a puzzle like this in front of me my eyes. And that consists of many small parts. What was essentially always present in the background was that I managed to align my consciousness again and again on the positive sides. No matter how bad it was, there were moments, small things that were positive and that I could focus my consciousness, my attention, my gaze on it and that was more important to me than this disease, that I managed to live with this disease and of course also faced a process of consciousness, a development and again and again asked: What is making you sad at the moment? They always say, if you have a serious illness, you have to change something. And I felt that inside myself. And I have learned my M recognizing patterns and overcoming them, 46 5 S that I have learned to accept and to accept without being able to take anything back. Before, it was always for me: yes, I can accept, but I can do something else for this person. I found it incredibly difficult to accept something without compensating for it. And then I was in a situation because of this cancer that I was so exposed and I couldn't give anything back. And I believe that it was a very strong message that people came just to see me, to be with me and to show how valuable I am to these people. And I think that was a very valuable piece of the puzzle for this healing. "

Stefanie Gleising
My miraculous healing
The story of a spontaneous healing of cancer
Herder Verlag Freiburg 2016
In fact, I experienced a miracle. With a life expectancy of a few weeks, I came to the hospice to die in September 2014. Every day people came to say goodbye to me. But instead of dying - I felt better every day. After about six weeks I was able to leave the hospice, walking upright, with the ability to speak completely restored. Since I haven't had any conventional medical treatment, such as chemotherapy or radiation, since the beginning of April 2014, one can rightly speak of a miracle.
Stefanie Gleising describes the miracle of her healing after a four-year battle against breast cancer in which she exhausted all conventional and alternative medical therapy options. Everything seemed in vain, she and her family prepared for the terrible: she was going to die. But it turned out differently ...

"I am often asked why I wrote the book. On the one hand, I wanted my children not to remember where I thought I would die when the brain metastases were diagnosed. That's why I wanted a book as a prophylactic write and ultimately my deepest wish is that the book will go out into the world and give people hope, hope that anything can happen, that even in the worst situations healing can still happen, whatever we mean by healing. an invitation not to get lost in the process of illness, but to enjoy life despite illness or precisely because of illness, every moment, every minute, every second. "

"I still think that almost all therapy methods that I have used are justified and serve well. Ultimately, I am convinced that the psyche plays a paramount role. Whether it is a trauma that is rewritten in consciousness would like to become or another way to experience life. So I can pity myself with such a serious illness and reassure myself again and again what bad luck I am. With that I am in the victim position, have little room for maneuver and lead a sad life . But I can also take responsibility for my feelings and make the decision to concentrate on all the beautiful things that I can find. To make my life a celebration anyway or precisely because of it. I have experienced that every situation so Even if it is bad on the outside, it offers a reason to be happy somewhere. Usually we have a choice, we can make up our minds. That doesn't mean that we can all negative feelings should displace. There are times when you should be able to feel fear and helplessness. But you don't have to get stuck in it. Inner joy and trust in life make the cells happy and the cancer difficult. I am convinced of that. Love heals. "

Stefanie Gleising: "At the moment I'm fine. I have to accept when it comes back. And then I'll see what will happen. And maybe I'll die of something else. A car accident, a thrombosis, I've already survived three pulmonary embolisms 52 The only message is: we are living now, in this moment. And we should enjoy that to the fullest. To leave the heart open, to feel the love for other people and for ourselves. "

Bernd Hontschik
Body, soul, spirit - try the art of healing
Suhrkamp, ​​Frankfurt 2006
Anyone who thinks about medicine in the 21st century has a big complaint in their ears: Patients feel they have not been understood, doctors see themselves surrounded by constraints, while technology and new alternative methods make promises of salvation. But how do we really get healthier? Bernd Hontschik, a practicing doctor, takes the freedom to think about his daily work - and beyond - and calls for a rethink in medicine. The first volume of the new medicineHuman series is about the wrong ways of highly equipped medicine and the importance of medical creativity. Why don't wounds heal against all logic? Why do drugs sometimes work and sometimes not? His answer: Man is far more than a "trivial machine" and the art of healing consists in treating him as such: as a unity of body and soul.