Excerpts from ESOTERIC HEALING by Alice A. Bailey
(with some comments, by MDB)
(published by Lucis Publishing Co.)
Pg. 3 The ETHERIC body VITALIZES the dense physical body and thus INTEGRATES it into the energy body of the EARTH and of the Solar System. The etheric body is a WEB of ENERGY STREAMS of LINES of FORCE and of LIGHT. It UNDERLIES all forms through which the cosmic forces flow. This constant circulation of life forces through the etheric bodies of ALL forms is the BASIS of all manifested life, and the expression of the essential NON-SEPARATENESS OF ALL LIFE. (This is why astrology works, MDB).
The ASTRAL or desire body (sometimes called the emotional body) is the effect of the interplay of DESIRE and SENTIENT response upon the self at the center, and the resultant effect in that body, is experienced as EMOTION. 90% of the causes of physical disease is to be found in the Astral and the Etheric bodies.
The MENTAL body is the 4th mechanism at the disposal of the soul. (The 1st was the dense physical body MDB). Only 5% of modern disease originates in the mental body. Diseases today are found in the lack of vitality or in too much stimulation, and in the realm of feeling, of desires (thwarted or over-indulged) and in the moods, suppressions or expressions of the deep-seated longing, irritations, etc. which emanate from the DESIRE LIFE of the subject.
Pg. 5. LAW I
All disease is the result of INHIBITED SOUL LIFE, and that is true of ALL forms in all kingdoms. The art of the healer consists in releasing the soul, so that its life can flow through the aggregate of organisms which constitute any particular form.
All that concerns the health of man originates from:
1. The sum total of forces, feelings, desires, and occasional mental processes which characterizes the 3 subtler bodies and determines the life & experience of the physical body.
2. The effect upon the physical body of the condition of humanity AS A WHOLE.
3 The effect upon his physical body of the planetary life, which is the expression of the life of the Planetary Logos, Who is an evolving Entity. (The planetary Logos is the Lord of our planetary System. The Greeks used the term ‘Logos’ for Deity. mdb)
All disease is caused by lack of harmony between the FORM aspect (which includes the 3 subtle bodies MdB) and the LIFE. That which is the result of this UNION, we call the SOUL, the self where humanity is concerned, and the integrating principle where the subhuman kingdoms are concerned. Disease appears where there is lack of ALIGNMENT between the various factors, the soul and the form, the life and its expression. Spirit and matter are NOT freely related to each other. (meditation helps to bring about alignment. Mdb)
All these conditions of disharmony can be regarded as purificatory in their effects.
Pg. 13. Methods of healing are the result of man’s MENTAL ACTIVITY. But his error at this time consists in:
His inability to see the TRUE uses of pain.
His resentment at suffering
His misunderstanding of the law of NON-RESISTANCE
His over emphasis of the FORM nature (including the 3 subtle bodies.mdb)
His ATTITUDE to death, and his feeling that the disappearance of the life out of visual perception and the disintegration of that form, indicates disaster.
When human thought reverses the usual ideas as to disease, and accepts disease as a fact in nature, man will begin to work with the law of LIBERATION, with right thought, leading to nonresistance. By his intense antagonism to disease, he only tends to energize the difficulty. When he reorients his thought to TRUTH and THE SOUL, physical plane ills will begin to disappear. Forms in all kingdoms are OUT of ALIGNMENT with the indwelling life. So disease exists.(thought is energy, where do we direct it? Mdb)
Pg. 14 Disease is a process of liberation and the enemy of that which is static and crystallized. That does NOT mean that disease should be welcomed. The instinct of self preservation is a vital principle. But in the human family this must give place to the use of death as the organized, freeing process in order to conserve force and give to the soul a better instrument of manifestation. The instinct to self-preservation governs the relation of spirit and matter, as long as the Deity Himself WILLS to incarnate within His body of manifestation—a planet, or a solar system.
Pg. 15 The causes that we may trace in relation to disease are in reality only the working out of certain basic principles which govern the life of God in form, and they must remain incomprehensible to man. Our consideration of disease is in 3 parts:
1. The psychological causes
2. Causes emanating from GROUP life
3. Our karmic liabilities, the karmic causes.
Pg. 16 The allopathic, homeopathic, osteopathic and chiropractic and other therapeutic schools are good exponents and humanity owes them a debt. They are dealing with EFFECTS of causes which are not apparent. Then there is the work of the psychologist who helps to straighten out wrong attitudes of mind, inhibitions, complexes, etc.
Pg. 17. And lastly the highest method is that of calling into positive activity the man’s own SOUL. It can eliminate those congestions and obstructions which are the source of the disease.
Pg. 18 Many diseases are due to environing conditions for which he is not responsible, and they might be listed as follows;: 1. Accidents, 2, Infections, 3, Diseases due to malnutrition. 4.Heredity. There are as you know, certain forms of hereditary weaknesses which either predispose a person to certain illnesses or produce those conditions which would lead to a steady weakening of his hold on life; there are those tendencies which constitute a form of dangerous appetite, which lead to undesirable habits, a letting down of the morale, and are dangerous to the WILL of the person,
Pg. 20 The Law of Karma is NOT the Law of Retribution. Rightly wielded the Law of Karma can bring happiness and freedom from pain more easily than it brings pain.
Pg. 21. The power to levitate is one of the easiest and simplest initial exercises. The law of gravitation is only an aspect of a greater law, and its power can be relatively offset.(polarity is involved. Mdb)
The law of Consequences is related to the Laws of THOUGHT far more closely than has been believed;
Pg. 22 There is far more good karma than bad.
The world illusion and glamour prevents man from seeing life as it truly is. (illusion relates to the mental projections while glamour relates to the emotional emanations MDB) UNCONTROLLED MINDS and unawakened brain cells hinder man from correct realization.
National and racial temperaments, with their predisposing temperaments and prejudices prevent an appreciation of these realities. (They enslave and bind the soul. Mdb)
The predisposition to tuberculosis, to syphilis and to cancer are the most important where our present humanity is concerned; they are INHERITED and also can be imparted by contact.
P. 24-25 CHAPTER I
THE PSYCHOLOGICAL CAUSES OF DISEASE
I listed the psychological causes under 4 headings:
Those arising out of the emotional-feeling nature
Those which have their origin in the etheric body
Those which are based on wrong thought.
The peculiar complaints and psychological troubles of disciples.
Group ills and diseases work primarily through the etheric body via the etheric bodies of ALL forms. They are the most numerous. The approach has to be through individuals. Men must clear their EMOTIONAL bodies of those conditions which pre-dispose them to disease, as individuals. At present the race is ASTRALLY polarized. The emotional nature is all powerful in the masses. This leads to a negative etheric body which is tuned in on the entire etheric substance of the planet. Energy sweeps through this etheric substance quite unrealized by him because his focus of attention is astral. Personal physical trouble has its seat at present in the emotional body. Disease differs widely depending on the point of evolution of the entity.(more later on the effects of the miasmic thoughtform created by our humanity over million of years. mdb)
Pg. 29 The intent is for men to die, at the demand of his own soul. When man has reached a higher stage in evolution, he will CONSCIOUSLY withdraw from his physical body.
Again, on the subjective side of life, the process is repeated, but many have already learnt to withdraw from the astral body without being subject to that “impact in the FOG,” He then withdraws on to the mental level, and leaves his astral CARCASS to swell the fog (after death, many remain there for a while, until they reincarnate. Mdb) and increase its density.
Disease is the product of, and subject to three influences. First, a man’s past, wherein he pays the price of ancient error. Second, his inheritance, wherein he shares with all mankind those tainted streams of energy which are of group origin. Thirdly, he shares with all the natural forms that which the Lord of Life imposes on His body. These 3 influences are called “The Ancient Law of Evil Sharing”. This must give place some day to that new Law of Ancient Dominating Good which lies behind all that God made. This law must be brought into activity by the spiritual WILL of man.
What is a Law? It is the imposition (upon both the lesser and the more important) of the will and purpose of that which is superlatively great.
The healer must achieve magnetic purity through PURITY of LIFE. He must attain that dispelling radiance which shows itself in every man when he has linked the CENTERS (a/k/a chakras. Mdb) in the HEAD. When this magnetic field is established, the radiation too goes forth.
Pg. 31 Disease is seldom of individual origin, unless a man MISSPENDS his life and definitely misuses his body through drink or sexual dissipation. The bulk of the disease is almost entirely of group origin, is inherited, is the result of infection, or undernourishment. The last named cause is primarily an evil of civilization. It is the result of ECONOMIC mal-adjustment or the corruption of food. These latter causes of disease are not primarily the result of inner subtle forces, but are the pouring upwards into the etheric body, of energies from THE PHYSICAL PLANE ITSELF and from the outer world of forces. There are physical energy and streams of force entering into the etheric bodies of all forms, just as the world illusion and the MIASMAS of the astral plane oft have their causes in physical plane conditions. The energies entering into the centers of man from the subtler levels have oft been considered in occult books, but the forces which find their way into the centers from the world of physical plane life are seldom realized. (not only do the emanations of nuclear fission in the upper levels of the atmosphere affect the immune system, but HATREDS and bombs, affect the equilibrium of the planetary life resulting in earthquakes, hurricanes, storms, etc..Mdb)
Pg. 32. Brief Synopsis of some of the points:
All disease is disharmony and lack of ALIGNMENT and control.
Disease is found in all 4 kingdoms of nature.
Disease is purificatory in effect
Definite methods of healing are peculiar to humanity and mental in origin.
Disease is a fact in nature
Antagonism to disease simply energizes it. (thought is energy. Mdb)
Disease is not the result of wrong human thought.
Disease is a process of liberation and the enemy of that which is static. (Saturn shatters what is crystallized.mdb)
The law of cause and effect governs disease as it governs all else in manifestation.
Healing is brought about in 3 ways.
Through the application of the methods of the many schools of medicine and surgery, and allied groups.
Through the use of psychology.
Through the activity of the soul.
The major causes of disease are 3 in number: PSYCHOLOGICAL in nature, inherited through group contact; and they are karmic. Remember that these are the SECONDARY causes and with the first of these we will now deal.
(PS. One way to establish the ALIGNMENT of the mental, emotional & etheric vehicles with the soul is through consistent Meditation. (concentrate on the 3rd eye in meditation as it is atrophied.) Good habits are thus formed through the little Lives forming our subtle bodies. MDB.)