In Reinventing Medicine, (HarperSanFrancisco, 1999), Dr. Larry Dossey cites several scientific studies about the effectiveness of prayer. Medical evidence now supports the view that prayer helps in the healing process, and some studies have documented positive results of Tibetan prayer as an intercessory tool. Dr. Dossey has written eight books including Healing Words: The Power of Prayer & The Practice of Medicine(HarperSanFrancisco, 1993) and is executive editor of the journal Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. Today Dr. Dossey lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is former chief of staff at Humana Medical City Dallas and former co-chair of the Panel on Mind/Body interventions, Office of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

What is your definition of prayer?

Very broad: Prayer is communication with the Absolute. This invites people to define what communication means to them and the meaning of the Absolute. This could take the form of a personal god or not. This definition does not disenfranchise anyone.

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When you pray, is there an object?

No. I offer my prayer to the Absolute in the most general way imaginable, which, ironically, is to me the most personal form my prayer could take.

What do you mean by Absolute?

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