Psychology of religion Series: The power of religious beliefs in healing and feelings
Psychology is regarded as a field of mind, processing, relationships with behavior, and overt and covert ones.
Religion is a system of beliefs and practice of practicing the rituals to fulfill duties as a person’s membership.
Psychology of religion is a relatively new discipline as compared to its other counterparts. However, the field’s focus is on research and in-depth analysis of the faith, its power of construction, and destruction.
Religion is continuously a target of agnostic or atheists, blaming game and scapegoat for political and racial conflicts, and the brainwashing of innocent people in the name of the religion and mass genocides.
Psychology of religion is now interested in healing factors in religious beliefs and its power to heal humanity.
Religiosity is a lifestyle inspired by religion, and religious coping is the mechanism for enhancing health and mental health.
To better understand the power of religious beliefs and how it heals minds, bodies, and souls, the general idea of religion’s psychology suggests these key points be noted for better understanding and practice.
Dr. Alexis Carrel, the prized Noble scholar, wrote in his book Reflections on Life (New York: Hawthorn Books, 1952), prayer is essential and the essential part of spiritual growth; we need it for our souls as we need food for our bodies.
His words are, “Prayer gives us the strength to bear cares and anxieties, to hope when there is no logical motive for hope, to remain steadfast amid catastrophes.” (Carrel 1952, Chap. 6, Part 7).
Religion makes connections and bridges gaps of hatred and racial tensions among religious communities. It makes possible the love, peace, and connectedness among the same religious groups.
Their ground realities and regional distances don’t separate them from connecting and sharing their problems and collectively solving their issues.
Social support makes religious psychology wonder about the power of religious beliefs. Various mental health issues resolve themselves due to strong social support from community members.
Love and belongingness
The need to be loved and belonged is every human; however, the love experienced by religious communities and members is beyond words. It can be shared and felt. Love and belongingness heal the human soul of loneliness and isolation.
Financial support is a full package of religious beliefs. No organization, government, and any authority can support as much as religious people can do.
Materialistic and other approaches donate for their business benefits, especially the taxes cut, but the generosity of religion is just for the sake of religion and humanity.
Religious beliefs motivate individuals to volunteer for any worthwhile cause. Volunteering in any other activity other than religion is rare and relatively less and short-lived.
Faith and Hope
Depressed people tend to suicide; they lose hope. Religion makes it challenging to suicide because there is still hope if there is any god. In specific religious thoughts, hope its self is a god.
Religion is the path of god, and god is hope. With hope, one cannot commit anything harmful to oneself and others, ever.
The healing and feeling part of religion’s psychology is the topmost important aspect of hope and faith.
To be continued…