February 19th, 2014
Thology in Healthcare
Shea states, “It is not just a “given” but a “given” that can be developed.” (Shea, pg. 116) This says to me that everyone starts with the same capacity or allotment of ability to develop their spirituality. It is up to the individual where or even if they decide to pursue developing their spirituality. Some people choose to keep their spirituality dormant so to speak, as others choose to develop and grow on a spiritual journey. For someone who chooses to nurture and open themselves up to a spiritual relationship it becomes part of who they are, part of their identity. Shea tells us a story that displays this very claim, a story of an unlikely pair that end up sharing a spiritual experience. The story is about a housekeeper that is working in a hospital that is moved to touch and speak softly to a patient who is very sick. The words and gentle touch of the housekeeper takes the patient on a relaxing, peaceful journey. The patient describes this journey as, “A source of comfort that was wider and deeper than pain and fear.” (Shea pg. 117) Shea describes this journey as the patient’s “soul space”, the guide had enabled her to realize her spiritual identity. (Shea pg. 118)
Shea describes an “inner space of awareness” and it is called the soul. The two eyes of the soul are defined as eternal and temporal. (Shea pg. 98) From what I understand these two eyes are spiritual and human. The feeling of comfort as described by the patient may have been the meeting of the two eyes, the spirit through the housekeeper looking at the patient as the human. When these two connect it creates the ultimate reality. (Shea pg.98) The ultimate reality is the ability to, “See the world from a spiritual perspective”. (Shea pg. 101)
Health care tends to focus on the human or temporal eye only, “reducing spirituality to imminent mental processes.