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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 healing. These spiritually driven cultures use rituals, prayer, meditation and music as vehicles to deliver them to a place of comfort, renewal strength and healing. The three cultures being presented today use these spiritually driven devices both personally and professionally so that they can fulfill the spirit meaning of I Corinthians 9: 22. Sikh, Tao and Catholic (Filipino) are based on strong spiritual relationships. When they are right spiritually then their life is in balance and they are better able to serve those around them.
Jen L. has been a Social Worker for twenty years. She is married with 2 children and is a Sikh. Though she was born here in the United States her family was from the Punjab region of India and she and her husband are more “Americanized” in how they practice their religion. But she does hold to the basic truths. If she were a traditional Sikh she would practice the “5 K’s”. Kesh (uncut hair) Kara (a steel bracelet) Kanga (a wooden comb) Kaccha (cotton underwear) and a Kirpan (steel sword), which would link her to the teaching of Guru Khalsa (www.sikhs.org). Jen states that she does hold to the basic foundation of Sikhism, which is “a message of devotion and remembrance of God at all times, truthful living, equality of mankind and denounces superstitions and blind rituals” (www.sikhs.org). 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,...

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