Esoteric #6. Pg. 80
OVERSTIMULATION OF THE CENTERS.
Congestion, lack of integration and over-stimulation of the centers are frequently effects of subtler causes, hidden in the life of the astral and mental bodies, and in the case of overstimulation, the result is sometimes of soul contacts.
PG. 81 The etheric body reacts to all the conditions found in the subtler vehicles. It is essentially a TRANSMITTER and not an originator. It is a clearing house for all the forces reaching the physical body, provided the point in evolution has brought the various force centers to a condition wherein they are RECEPTIVE to any particular type of force. Esoterically speaking, the centers can be in one of 5 conditions:
1. Closed, and yet with signs of life, silent and full of deep inertia. (The stage when individualization took place….animal man MDB)
2. Opening, unsealed and faintly tinged with color; the life pulsates.
3. Quickened, alive, alert in two directions; the two small doors are open wide.
4. Radiant and reaching forth with vibrant note to all related centers.
5. Blended they are and each with each works rhythmically. The vital force flows through from all the planes. The world stands wide open.
Related to these 5 stages are the 5 races of men, beginning upon the physical plane: Beginning with the Lemurian race, the 5 planes of human and superhuman expression, the five stages of consciousness and the various other groupings of five with which you meet in the esoteric philosophy. Incidentally it might be of interest to point out that the five-pointed star is not only the symbol of initiation and finally of perfected man, but it is also the basic symbol of the etheric body and of the 5 centers which control perfected man.—the 2 head centers, the heart center, the throat center & the center at the base of the spine.
PG. 82 The etheric body of the human being is an integral part of the etheric body of the Planetary Logos (God) and is therefore related to all forms found within that body in any and all the kingdoms in nature. It is part of the substance of the universe, coordinated with planetary substance, and hence provides the scientific basis for unity.
If you were to ask me what, in reality, lies behind all disease, frustrations, error and lack of divine expression in the three worlds (physical, astral, mental MDB) I would say it was SEPARATIVENESS which produces the major difficulties arising in the etheric body, plus the inability of the outer tangible form to respond adequately to the inner and subtler impulses. Here is found the cause (the secondary cause, as I pointed out above) of the bulk of the trouble. (In "Light on the Path", the Master Hilarion says: “Kill out all sense of separateness. Do not fancy you can stand aside from the bad man. He is yourself, though in a less degree than your friend or your Master. But if you allow the idea of separateness from any evil thing or person to grow up within you, by doing so you create karma which will bind you to that thing or person till your soul recognizes that it cannot be isolated. Remember that the sin and shame of the world are your sin and shame, for you are part of it.” mdb)
Pg.83 The etheric body is fundamentally the most important response apparatus which man possesses, producing not only the right functioning of the 5 senses and providing 5 major points of contact with the tangible world, but it also enables a man to register sensitively the subtler worlds, and when energized and controlled by the soul, the spiritual realms stand wide open also.
There are many words to describe these forces which are conveyed to the human consciousness through the awakened centers. Some words are: impulses, incentives, influences, potencies, desires, aspirations. They refer to forms of activity of the etheric body, but only as the physical body REGISTERS them and ACTS under their impression.
Pg. 84 While man is in the process of developing and organizing the various centers, he experiences much difficulties. When these difficulties are carried down into the physical body, it produces disease of various kinds, tensions, congestions, and the overstimulation of the centers in one part of the etheric vehicle and their underdevelopment in another, plus the unequal unfoldment and wrong balance of the centers.
There is much need for the study of the following problems:
1. The right reception of force through the appropriate center.
2. The problem of the right relation of a particular center to its related gland, permitting the free play of the force pouring through the center to the allied glandular correspondence, thus conditioning its peculiar hormone and eventually conditioning the blood stream.
PG. 85 It will be apparent that there is a close relation between:
a. The etheric body as a transmitter of a vast aggregate of energies and forces.
b. The endocrine system whose various glands are in reality the externalization of the centers, major and minor.
c. The heart, which is the center of life, as the brain is the center of consciousness. From the heart, the blood circulates and is controlled. Thus these THREE great SYSTEMS are related.
d. The entire glandular system to the nervous system through the medium of the network of nerves and the “NADIS” which underlie this network. These nadis are the THREADS of LIFE FORCE which underlie every part of the body and particularly the nervous system in all its aspects.
Pg. 86 You have therefore, certain great interlocking directorates which control or fail to control the physical body. These interlocking groups are:
1. The etheric body, which works primarily through its seven major centers but also through many other centers.
2. The endocrine system, which works primarily through the seven major GLANDULAR groups, but also through many other less important glands.
3. The nervous system, (both sympathetic and cerebro-spinal), with an emphasis laid upon the VAGUS nerve with its effect upon the heart and consequently upon the BLOOD STREAM.
The results of the inertness of the vital (etheric) body can be both physical and psychological, because the glands in the physical body will not function normally. They condition the physical expression of man as well as his emotional and mental states, in so far as those are able or not able to find expression through the medium of the physical vehicle. (They AFFECT CHARACTER! Mdb)
Pg. 87. The glands do NOT condition the inner man or his states of consciousness, BUT they can and do prevent those inner states finding manifestation outwardly. In the reverse situation, too powerful an etheric body and the overstimulation of the centers concerned, may put too great a strain upon the nervous system and produce, as a consequence, definite nervous trouble, MIGRAINE, mental and emotional IMBALANCE, and in some cases, lead to insanity.
If the centers below the diaphragm are awakened and those above are not, you will have a man whose consciousness will be focused in the animal and emotional natures, and much of his physical disease will lie BELOW the diaphragm also. The whole matter is intricate and complex.
Pg. 88 3. CAUSES ARISING IN THE MENTAL BODY
The bulk of humanity is astrally focused, just as the bulk of the forms in the animal kingdom are etherically focused. The forces pouring into the animal kingdom, come predominantly from etheric levels and from the dense physical levels of life. The higher animals, however, owing to the development brought about through their contact with human beings, are becoming susceptible to forces coming from the astral plane, and they thus develop actions and reactions which are not purely instinctual.
Certain difficulties may arise today due to the development of the mind. Their origin is not basically mental, but primarily due to the fact that the mental body is the transmitter (when active and rightly aligned) of soul energy. This soul energy can produce certain conditions of overstimulation and difficulties connected with the nervous system. But it is the transmitted energy which is the cause of the trouble and NOT the factor arising from the mind itself.
Pg. 89 WRONG MENTAL ATTITUDES.
I would like to deal with the basic premise that disease and physical liabilities are not the result of wrong thought. They are far more likely to be the result of no thought at all, or are caused by the failure to follow those fundamental laws which govern the Mind of God. One instance of this failure, is that man does not follow the basic Law of Rhythm, which governs all the processes of nature. It is this failure to work with the Law of Periodicity (Cycles MDB) that we can trace much of the difficulty inherent in the use and misuse of the sex urge. Instead of man being governed by the cyclic manifestation of the sex impulse, there exists at this time no such thing. This failure to live by the law of Periodicity and to subordinate the appetites to cyclic control is one of the major causes of disease; and as these laws are given form on the mental plane, one might say that their infringement has a mental basis. By breaking this Law of Rhythm, man has disorganized the forces which tend to bring the body into a healthy condition; and by so doing, there can be general debility, and a predisposition to the entrance of germs and ill health.
Pg. 90-91 Very few in the human race are mentally polarized and therefore thinking.(a million years from now, they will be. 10 millions years from now the soul light above our heads will be so great that our earth will be helping other planets. MDB)
The difficulty is that the thinking and emotional reactions are so closely interrelated that it is not easy to separate feeling and thought or to say that a certain illness arises in the astral or the mental body or that it is due to wrong feeling and others due to wrong thinking. Most people are occupied with different aspects of emotionalism such as irritability, worry, acute anxiety, aspiration towards some goal, depression, plus the dramatic life of the senses and of the “I in the center” consciousness. (in the studies of the Ancient Wisdom teachings, Kama-Manas refers to the stage of the MENTAL-EMOTIONAL PRINCIPLE and a” principle” is defined in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire as “the basic differentiations, essential qualities or types of energy upon which all things are built; They give the distinctive nature of all forms. Prana or Chi is also one of the 7 principles. MDB)
Pg. 93-94 Since all disease is the result of inhibited soul life, disease will eventually be controlled by the release of the soul in all forms. When the soul energy and the right use of the will (which in the individual is the reflection and the agent of the will energy of the soul) is released and rightly directed by the mind, then disease can be handled and brought eventually to an end.