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Author Topic: The intersection of religion, magic, and well-being  (Read 2305 times)
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« Reply #3: March 24, 2011, 06:51:57 pm »

I do think there are certain things incumbent on the practitioner in those cases: I think it's important to do the best possible job of getting as much informed consent as you can. (Understanding that some things, you don't really get what's going on until they happen: this is what a religious mystery is, after all.) I think the people involved need to do their utmost to have relevant skills and the ability to deal with problems (and that includes appropriate safety and first aid training), and it includes saying no to people you don't think can benefit from a particular action.

Agree completely with your post, but wanted to add that although getting informed consent beforehand is a big part of being responsible, it doesn't exhaust responsibility, which is ongoing. If I sought out a practitioner I would expect him or her to remain attentive, as far as is reasonable, to how I'm responding to the practice, just like a doctor should be attentive to the possibility that I'll react badly to some form of treatment.
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