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Esoteric Healing - Chapter III - Our Karmic Liabilities
The whole process is one of either stimulating activity or of withdrawing energy, of making more active an allied center and thus abstracting attention from the center governing the diseased area or organ, or of balancing the energies flowing between two centers and thus producing an equable and even interplay. The more the neophyte studies this subject of healing the more complex it will appear, until the time comes when he can work in collaboration with some physician who has the inner vision and can see the centers, or with patients who know within themselves their own destiny and can collaborate with some group which has sound occult knowledge, which can ascertain the patient's rays and which knows at least the nature of his disposition or his "indisposition," through consulting his natal chart.

You might ask, therefore, in view of all this, if it is possible for you to do definite healing work that will be effective, sound, right and permissible. The risks of over- or understimulation seem too great; the knowledge of the healer seems too small to permit experiment, and the karma of the patient is necessarily (for the average healer) not yet ascertainable.

To this I would reply that all work of a pioneering and experimental nature has always its own special risks. Many have been the casualties of science, and particularly of medical science, in the early days of modern medicine and surgery. But this never deterred the sincere investigator or slackened the growth of knowledge; in these days of pioneering [286] in the field of occult healing, the same courage must be shown and the same risks assumed. The safeguard from the strictly legal and human angle will be that the patient will be in the hands of a reputable physician for diagnosis and medical care during the time that the occult healer is endeavoring to be of vital helpfulness.

The work of the healer and of the healing groups will therefore be supplementary to the orthodox care; results will have to be carefully watched and noted on both sides. Any group which is formed for healing should work under certain determined policies, and here are a few which I would suggest as essential to success in this transitional period:

  1. The patient to be healed (or helped, if healing is not possible) should always be in the hands of a good and reputable doctor, and if not, should be encouraged to consult one.
  2. The nature of the disease should be known to the group, and should be determined by careful, orthodox medical diagnosis.
  3. The age of the patient, his birth date and some information anent his circumstances should also be known, so as to provide a focal point of interest, and a magnetic area should be constructed around the patient which will attract the thought-directed energy of the group.
  4. The healer or the healing group should have a general grasp of the nature and the anatomy of the body, the placement of the various organs in the body and the position and nature of the centers governing the diseased area or areas. Charts giving this information should be studied.
  5. The faculty of imagination and the power of visualization should be emphasized in a healing group, and the [287] ability should be developed to send streams of energy to the patient and to the area in the patient's body where the trouble lies.
  6. The healer or the healing group must remember that it is not mental energy only with which he works. He, for himself,
    1. Creates a thought of healing power.
    2. That created focal point of concentrated attention becomes the directing agent for the healing force or prana.
    3. This prana is neither mental nor astral in nature. It is pure planetary substance or living essence, and is that substance of which the vital body of the planet is made.
    4. The healer or the healing group appropriates as much of this substance as is possible, and by the power of their united thought they direct it to and through the center involved. Healing work is circulatory, and this must not be forgotten. The pranic energy (thought-directed) is not sent to the center and there permitted to accumulate. It is passed through the center, first of all to the organ involved or the area where difficulty is to be found, and then is sent out to the body as a totality. It might be regarded as a system of flushing, with a purificatory and stimulating effect.

It is only possible in these early days of experiment and work along these lines to give certain simple rules. Out of the results achieved experience will come, and the healing group will learn gradually how to work, when to change its methods, and what to notice. [288]

From the start of work along these lines, records should be kept. In this aspect of the work the patient will frequently cooperate. Dates, incidental phenomena, changes for the better or the worse should be rioted, along with information as is possible anent the patient's general condition. For this reason, I recommend that in the early stages of this work healing be attempted only in connection with those who are well known to the members or who are put in the hands of the healing group by physicians or by those willing to give full information.

People who are so ill that they are not expected to live, or who are suffering from diseases which preclude ultimate recovery, should not be taken into the healing group for treatment, except with ameliorative results in mind. No neophyte knows enough of karma to work with confidence either at the task of health or of release by death. If, however, a patient gets worse whilst the group is working upon his case, he should not be dropped, but a definite and different technique can then be used to ease the path of death. In the next section I intend to touch upon the karma of death.

If you will bear in mind that work in connection with the etheric body (as an instrument of vitality) is today as little known as the science of modern medicine was known in the year 1200 A.D., you will be enabled to work without discouragement and without that undue expectation which today handicaps the neophyte. Assume consciously the position that nothing is as yet really known anent the centers, the areas of energy in the body, and thought direction; realize also that you are engaging upon a great research project. Nothing, literally nothing, has been done in relation to medicine and the science of the centers in any practical way, though certain books upon the relation of the centers to psychological research and equipment and the glandular [289] or endocrine system have played tentatively with the subject. The field of research which I propose to you is an entirely new one. Those among you who enter it may not see the results of what you are attempting to do. Your impatience and your eagerness to help may handicap you; your ignorance may cause you to make mistakes. But, go on; persevere; keep careful records and preserve all correspondence. Then the results will be sure.

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