Spiritual Diversity of Healthcare Providers: Different Perspectives from a Sikh, Tao and Catholic Health Care Provider
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1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some (New International Version). This scripture stated by the Apostle Paul was used to declare his commitment, not only to God, but to mankind. His statement created a model not only for ministry but for healthcare. In a culturally diverse society it is important that each provider attempt to put the needs of the patient before their own in order to provide the best possible care. This is also true in a spiritually divers culture. Where there is not a need to completely understand the foundations of religious beliefs but the willingness to be all things by all possible means so that some may receive…show more content…
This is the guiding truth that she uses each day in the hospital setting that allows her to freely accept people of all faiths and support their personal journey toward healing. When asked about her spiritual perspective on healing she was very comfortable with her answer. She said “absolutely, God does heal.” She feels from a Sikh perspective that there is a balance in the soul and that the person who is ill must be willing to let go to receive. It is a type of faith, that the person seeking healing, beyond their ability to understand. As a caregiver she states “being a Sikh makes me one with most religions, because I believe we all are of the same God and it is His healing that they seek.
“What are the critical components of healing?” Jen states that, a Sikh who is hospitalized may call for a Sikh healer to come and pray with them. The healer is able to provide a channel for healing, transmitted from God, to the person who is ill. As a Sikh patient she would like to play sacred music that is used for meditation. This music is known as Gurubani Kirtan (www.sikhs.org). She also needs uninterrupted periods for prayer so that she can fully surrender her suffering to God and receive His peace and comfort.
“What is important to people of a