Excerpt from To You!, Vol. 7: A Magazine for the Discriminating Individual, That Develops and Enhances the Art of Living Here and Hereafter; September-October, 1940
All through history, the practice of the healing art was closely related to that of the religious thought of the times. True, many ancient theologians, including some schools of Indian physician-priests may. Have directed therapeutics into superstitious channels, and in numerous other ways impeded medicinal progress by stiﬂing investigations of scientific accuracy. None the less, disease-stricken members of a tribe were helped in contracting that all-powerful Center of im mortal life in which all health, strength and wisdom have their origin; the source from which all healing virtues ﬂow the very Life and Power that lies back of and sustains every form and expression of a con scious universe.
The scope of healing agents among the Indians was extensive, including as among other primitive peoples, magic, prayer, force of suggestion, songs, exhorta tions, ceremonies, fetishes, as well as certain specifics and mechanical therapy. Many modern doctors are beginning to recognize the efficacy of prayer as a prae tice that wields a mighty inﬂuence over mind, soul and body; hence they are encouraging it as a therapeutic measure of infinite possibilities. The Indians always addressed prayers to benevolent deities and spirits, invoking their aid.
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