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Spirituality Abbas Di Palma discusses the difference between mental wellbeing and peace of the soul

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human should ascetically kill the old personality ne cannot deny the benefits that a and his vices, and give birth to a new man with person can obtain by consulting a its virtues while rejecting all that doesn’t conform to professional psychiatrist but one should the natural and Sacred Law. Communication with underline the difference between the God by prayers and invocations is the key and the spiritual aspects of our nature and the psychological Godly-given incomparable medicine that cannot be ones. The former is related to theology and religion replaced by any psychological treatment. and deals directly with the soul while the latter with Today many people deny a relationship with God the subconscious and mental state. and prefer to reveal their most intimate secrets in Our modern era, with its schizophrenic lifestyle, has TV-shows or to psychotherapists. When a person increased the illnesses of the human soul whose is aware of his role and causes become manifest by nature, he should not belittle persistence in immorality and himself or to be ashamed ignoring of ethical values. Our modern era, of the truth: only those who Unfortunately, many people, with its schizophrenic do not know themselves by detaching themselves from lifestyle, has increased the are slaves of their prejudice true spirituality, are unable to illnesses of the human and are embarrassed by the distinguish between a spiritual soul whose causes become products of their imagination. problem and a mental one; manifest by persistence in If we want to live a spiritual consequently, in many cases, immorality and ignoring of life we should allow our the psychotherapists play the ethical values.” thoughts and visions to role of spiritual healers by derive only from the mercy trying to save souls and to of God, leading to eternal happiness and Hereafter. give patients everlasting peace. On the other hand spiritual scholars play the role of psychotherapists by Mindset by itself is not sufficient to solve all our considering sin as an illness to be cured by human problems as we are not just ‘rational beings’ - provided and psychological means needless of the divine with a thinking faculty - but indeed we are called to grace. observe the ‘divine life’ through being sanctified by In reality on a spiritual level, things work quite God’s grace. differently and ‘spiritual remedies’ are to be found To live a godly life requires knowing who we are, to in a distinct way. In many cases, psychotherapy aims have a goal in life and to pursue it even if it is a to recall in the mind of the patient remembrance hard task, without becoming disheartened by our of his past while spirituality teaches that evil, once shortcomings. In reality problems and hardships, repelled, is annulled and must not come back in any and even our failures, do not burden our life but it is form: wrong thoughts are often causes of temptations the meanings we give to them that assist or trouble potentially leading to the previous unwanted state. A

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Islam today issue 56 february 2018  
Islam today issue 56 february 2018