This Success Guideline series is stimulated by Malcolm Gladwell’s new book “Blink” which identifies our ability to spot patterns and behavior based on very narrow slices of experience. He calls this process Thin Slicing, a way to make fast, accurate decisions.

We looked at one of the world’s marketers and how he used the ancient idea of yagyas to find truth in the marketplace and life in this series last message.

This message looks at how prayer can create altered states of being that reach deeper levels of truth.

William Harris, Ph.D., headed a study at St. Luke’s hospital to prove this point. The study was published in the October 25, 1999 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Harris and team examined the health outcomes of nearly 1,000 newly admitted heart patients at St. Luke’s. The patients, who all had serious cardiac conditions, were randomly assigned to two groups. Half received daily prayer for four weeks from five volunteers at the hospital.

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There has been research that looks at how people who are sick are affected by their own spiritual beliefs and practices. Such studies have indicated that people who are spiritual heal better and deal with illness more effectively than those who are not.

However Dr. Harris looked much deeper at prayer to see if strangers praying for sick people without the patient’s knowledge could help the patient.

His study of cardiac patients took place at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri suggested that intercessory prayer may make such a difference that Dr. Harris wrote. “Prayer may be an effective adjunct to standard medical care.”

Harris’s study examined nearly 1,000 heart patients with serious cardiac conditions. They were randomly assigned to either a group that received a prayer every day for four weeks from five volunteers (who believed in God and in the healing power of prayer) or to a group that received no prayer in conjunction with the study.

The participants were not told they were in the study and the group praying who never came to the hospital were given only the first names of their patients. They prayed “for a speedy recovery with no complications”.

The group receiving prayers fared 11 percent better than the group that didn’t, a number considered statistically significant.

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The human state processes information in many surprising ways and the next message in this series shows how some of the world’s best investors thin slice.

Until then good prayers to you!


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