UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY
FACULTY OF NURSING
SPRING SESSION 2008
ASSIGNMENT # 3
title: sound, spirituality and Healing for the family experiencing terminal cancer:
a case study of the application of mantras
Submitted by: Rosato, Mr. Giuseppe
Date of Submission: July 18th, 2008
Submitted to: Dr. Carole-Lynne Le Navenec
sound, spirituality and Healing for the family experiencing terminal cancer: a case study of the application of mantras
Given the growing interest in North America for CAM, complementary and/or alternative medicine (diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently ...view middle of the document...
A literature review informs one of the mantras historical background (origins, development and survival) and the revival in an east-west paradigm. An in-depth-case study describes how it was used by a family experiencing terminal cancer and its findings are presented through interview extracts/interpretation and tabulations; in addition, specific conclusion are drawn on how the mantras application helped the family in the crisis of cancer, the lack of understanding of the mantra therapy and the need for a more holistic approach from the health care professionals. Finally, further future research is indicated on the mantras theory and practicable responses.
Key words: holistic healthcare; Mantras, complementary and alternative sound-energy based approach; family in crisis of cancer.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
LITERATURE REVIEW 5
The meaning 5
A sound-energy based modality (an eastern perspective in expansion) 5
Mantras: growth, survival and revival 5
Mantras application in the west 6
Case Study Of The Application Of Mantras On a Family Experiencing terminal Cancer.7
The meaning of mantra in Mr. and Mrs. Kumar’s life 8
The diagnosis, the course of actions and the mantras application 8
Some reflections on the mantras intervention 8
Table-questionnaires and summaries 9
Appendix 1 - BACKGROUND GUIDELINE QUESTIONERE 14
Appendix 2 - BACKGROUND GUIDELINE DEFINITIONS 15
Appendix 3 - The Gayathri Mantra 15
hile the health care system in North America is increasingly expanding the concept of holistic care by employing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), Mantra Therapy is gaining steady albeit slow popularity as one of the major holistic health care approaches and proposed integrative medicine[i]. Many consider the mantra therapy pertain only to the mind-body medicine. This study sustain that this therapy is based on sound-energy principles and is well rooted in three major types of CAM as classified by the NCCAM[ii], Mind-Body Medicine[iii] (such as meditation and therapies that use creative outlets such as art, music, or dance), Energy Medicine[iv] (Energy therapies that involve the use of energy fields) and Whole Medical Systems[v] (built upon complete systems of theory and practice such as Ayurveda). In this paper Mantra Therapy can also be referred to as Mantra Yoga, mantras, Nada Yoga (more specifically in eastern contexts), yoga of sound, mantra modality/treatment/remedy/medicine/practice (more specifically in western contexts). However, the word mantras denote either the full modality or the plural form of the name mantra (an effort to keep and match its respective traditional context will be endeavored throughout the paper for more accuracy).
The purpose of this research is to support Mantra Therapy to be adopted as a CAM...