For all of her adult life, my grandmother woke up around 4:00 a.m. every single day for her morning prayer. She had a stroke in the last days of her life, and some things had changed with how she talked, moved, and laughed, but nothing had changed about her trust in the power of prayer.
A few months ago, a friend of mine who was experiencing unbearable cramps during a very difficult pregnancy old me that the severe pain subsided after her relatives organized group sessions from miles away and sent her healing energy. Another friend ordered expensive supplements to help a relative cope with the symptoms of schizophrenia.
Across the world, many believe that prayer is an effective strategy to bring about short- and long-term outcomes, that distance reiki heals the body, or that vitamin B is effective in reducing symptoms of schizophrenia. But how does prayer, reiki, or vitamin B work in these cases? What is the mechanism or the cause-and-effect story that brings about the final desired outcome?