Psychology of religion Series: The power of religious beliefs in healing and feelings;
Psychology is regarded as a field of study of mind, it’s processing and it’s relationships with behavior the overt and convert ones.
Religion is a system of beliefs and set of practicing the rituals to fulfill duties as a membership by a person.
Psychology of religion is a relatively new discipline as compared to its other counterparts. However, the focus of the field is on research and in-depth analysis of the religion, its power of construction and destruction.
Religion is constantly a target of agnostic or atheists, blaming game and scapegoat for political and racial conflicts, and the brainwashing of innocent people on the name of the religion and mass genocides.
Psychology of religion is now interested in possibly healing factors in religious beliefs as well as 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 know better what is a power of religious beliefs and how it heals minds, body, and soul, the general idea of the psychology of religion suggests these key points be noted for better understanding and practicing.
Dr. Alexis Carrel the Noble prized scholar wrote in his book Reflections on Life (New York: Hawthorn Books, 1952), prayer is important and the most 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 in the midst of 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 to connect with each other and share their problems and solve their issues collectively.
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 a nature of every human, however, the love experienced by religious communities and members is beyond words. It can be experienced 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 for volunteering in 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 difficult to suicide because there is still hope if there is any god. In certain 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 the psychology of religion is the top most important aspect of hope and faith.
To be continued…