This is my first time posting a blog and the experience has been both exciting and a little uncomfortable. I am moving out of my comfort zone, writing from my heart and soul. I’m thankful for the experience and hope to get better with time. Here it goes!
As a young child, growing up in a rural village in the Pines region of Mississippi, and spending time with my mother’s side of the family in my beloved Louisiana, I was in love with the beauty of the infinite universe. I was very connected to the earth that I loved to play in and smell, the flowers I loved to smell and pick, the tomatoes, okra, onion, squash, peas and butterbeans that I loved to eat and that I helped my grandfather nurture and pick when they were ripe, the love and care of my father and mother and older brother, my ancestors, grandparents – both maternal and paternal – and great grandparents, great aunts and uncles and cousins and the infinite universe of goodness, simplicity, love, and beauty. The freedom and love of being a child of the infinite universe allowed me to sense into the universal rhythms of light and dark, activity and rest, stability and change, being and becoming, even though I didn’t have an advanced vocabulary for these things at that time. All of these experiences represented a universe where healing, love, and nurturing occurred. In the past few years, I have come to see these experiences as reflecting spiritual consciousness. I cherish being in touch with spiritual consciousness, and, thus, carefully tend to it patiently as a potentiality for nursing’s healing mission. Can the nurse working within spiritual consciousnes help other human beings experience healing and their own spiritual consciousness in order to transcend suffering of psychic, physical, social, existential, and emotional pain? I believe so.
Within the nursing context, I view spiritual consciousness as the unfolding of loving energy and various modalities of integrating nature and meaning whereby nurses facilitate healing. The nurse’s spiritual consciousness soothes worries and brings healing to others when they are in fear, pain, or suffering. Spiritual consciousness illuminates the universal need for humanization in nursing situations whereby dehumanizing circumstances deny or strip human beings of their dignity and humanity. Spiritual consciousness is the loving consciousness and healing energy that human beings tap into to restore harmony in times of disharmony.
Spiritual consciousness is evolved consciousness for nursing. It can be cultivated by nurses worldwide to facilitate healing. The nurse, in spiritual consciousness, being loving toward another during moments of the other’s suffering, brings healing energy to the situation. Spiritual consciousness is characterized by spaciousness and lightness. It provides a glimpse into the goodness and beauty of the universe, and the freedom not to get bogged down or trapped in mere physical and limiting aspects of being. I believe it is central to nursing’s healing mission. Thus, the notion of spiritual consciousness challenges each of us in nursing to experience this loving energy and to discuss it for better understanding the usefulness and limits of spiritual consciousness for facilitating healing.
The human mind’s binding capacity can be warded off by shifting into spiritual consciousness. Spiritual consciousness does not include limited and bounded views such as hatred, sense of division, greed and power over others, malice, or separation between us, other human beings, earth, plants, animals, rocks, trees, rivers, stars, and the moon. In spiritual consciousness, we are all universal one.
As nurses gain experience sensing into their own spiritual consciousness, nursing will be better poised to meet its social mandate. Working from within spiritual consciousness, nurses are provided with multiple pathways for healings to occur. As nursing and society evolve, ideas related to spiritual consciousness and healing need further development.
8 thoughts on “Spiritual consciousness and healing”
Absolutely precise, observant, reflective and true. Would love to e-chat with you some day. I am STTI member and I write nursing poetry as means of reflection and certainly debriefing.
Beautiful entry. Thank you. Mary Majkut, RN. Mary.email@example.com
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts Mary! Absolutely, let’s stay in touch!! Nurses who appreciate spiritual consciousness and healing will continue to professionally evolve and move the art and science of healing and humanization in nursing.
Thanks so much Mary for sharing your thoughts!! Absolutely, let’s stay in touch! Nurses who appreciate spiritual consciousness and healing will continue to evolve and move the art and science of healing and humanization in nursing.
Thank you so much for this. I’ve just been accepted into a second degree BSN program. I worked as an LPN for four years. It was four years mixed with extraordinary love for nursing and painful doubt about our capacity to care within the current system of for profit healthcare which, in my opinion, creates the opposite of what you write about so beautifully. I experienced and witnessed nursing at some of its ugliest. Lateral violence, profits over care etc. But I know nursing is absolutely sacred. And you’ve simply solidified that for me. So grateful. I attended my orientation today and the first set of words my eyes fell upon as I walked into the orientation were the words of the nursing theorist, Newman, that led me back to nursing, “Health is the evolution of consciousness”.
It’s impossible for me to thank you enough for this. B
Thanks so much B (Gabrielle)!! We have to carry the message forward!!
Wishing you all the best, Danny
Danny, So glad to read your meaningful Blog. You have much to give and I think you chose a good medium.
Thank you Callista!! I am pleased that you find the blog meaningful!! Peace, Danny
Sr. Callisto Roy! I have met you at FSU and at STTI conventions! I am a friend of Carol Picard. So glad to see you online.
Happy New Year! –
Mary McBride Majkut