Three academic/practitioners from different disciplines (performance, medicine and psychology) describe the ways in which observing, and importantly, participating in the healing rituals of the French pilgrimage site of Lourdes challenged their ways of thinking about both their discipline's research approaches and their understandings of community, caring and healing. By positioning themselves as both first-person and third-person researchers, they suggest that a new type of 'trans-disciplinary', longitudinal, reflexively sensitive methodology is needed in order to investigate activities involving groups of people and spiritual practices as a whole system in order to better understand how they can positively affect our innate healing response.
Goldingay, S., Dieppe, P., & Farias, M. (2014). 'And the pain just disappeared into insignificance': The healing response in Lourdes - Performance, psychology and caring. International Review of Psychiatry, 26(3), 315-323. https://doi.org/10.3109/09540261.2014.914472