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Esoteric Healing - Chapter I - The Psychological Causes of Disease
  1. The outgoing forces from a center play upon the etheric counterpart of the entire intricate network of nerves which constitute the nervous system. These counterparts of identical subjective correspondences are called in the Hindu philosophy, the "nadis"; they constitute an intricate and most extensive network of fluid energies which are an intangible, interior, paralleling system to that of the bodily nerves, which latter system is in fact an externalization of the inner pattern of energies. There is as yet no word in the English language or in any European tongue for the ancient word "nadi," because the existence of this subjective system is not yet recognized, and only the materialistic concept of the nerves as a system built up in response to a  [196] tangible environment yet holds sway in the West. The idea of these nerves being the dense physical result of an inner sensitive response apparatus is still undefined and unrecognized by modern Western science. When recognition is accorded to this subtle substance (composed of threads of energy) underlying the more tangible nerves, we shall have moved forward in our approach to the entire problem of health and disease, and the world of causes will be that much nearer. This network of nadis forms a definite life pattern which varies according to the personality ray.
  2. The nadis, therefore, determine the nature and the quality of the nervous system with its extensive network of nerves and plexi covering the entire physical body. The nadis, and consequently the network of nerves, are related primarily to two aspects of man's physical equipment - the seven major centers in the etheric body (the substantial body which underlies the dense physical body), and the spinal column with the head. It must always be remembered that the etheric body is a physical body, though composed of subtler material than the one we can see and touch. It is made of substance or of that which "substands," or underlies, every part and particle of the dense physical vehicle. This is a point which will later receive attention from healers and from enlightened medical men in the New Age. When this relationship existing between the nadis and the nerves, and their joint relationship to the centers and spinal column is recognized, we shall see a great revolution in medical and psychiatric methods. Experience will tend to show that the more closely the interplay between these two - the nadis and the nerves - can be brought about, the more rapidly will the control of disease also be implemented. [197]
  3. The nadis in the physical body correspond to the life or spirit aspect; the nerves are the correspondence to the soul or quality aspect. That which demonstrates as their united externalization is the endocrine system which corresponds to the form or matter aspect. These three - the nadis, the nervous system and the glands - are the material correspondences to the three divine aspects; they are esoterically responsive to these three aspects and they make the man upon the physical plane what he is. These three groups are themselves conditioned (via the seven centers, as we have earlier seen) by the astral or mental vehicles, or by the integrated personality, or by the soul which begins to use the personality as a transmitting and transmuting agency, and - at the close of the Path of Discipleship - by the monad, via the antahkarana, using that self-created path as a direct channel of communication to the seven centers and from there to the threefold system of nadis, nerves and glands.
  4. These three major systems within the human being express through the medium of the physical body the condition or the state of development of the centers. The life, the quality and the energy which they represent are conveyed to every part of the physical vehicle via the blood stream. This, modern science is already recognizing as a fact, indicating that the blood stream conveys certain elements released by the glands. It does not yet recognize the fact of the relationship of the glands to the centers, with the intermediate systems of nadis, and nerves. The next great move in medicine will be to recognize the fact of the etheric body, the physical substance which underlies dense matter.
  5. When the centers are awakened throughout the body, there will then be present a highly electric nervous system, responsive with immediacy to the energy carried by [198] the nadis; the result of this will be a well-balanced endocrine system. The vitality and life pouring through the entire body will then be of such potency that automatically the physical body will be resistant to disease, either innate, hereditary, or of group origin. In these words I express for you a future probability but not an immediate possibility. Man will some day have the three systems perfectly coordinated, psychically responsive to the inner pattern of nadis and centers, and consciously integrated with the soul, and later - via the antahkarana - with the Life principle.
  6. Today as there is uneven development, with some centers unawakened, others over-stimulated, and with the centers below the diaphragm over-active, you have consequently, whole areas of the body where the nadis are in an embryonic state, other areas where they are highly energized but with their flow arrested because some center along the path of their activity is still unawakened or - if awakened - is still non-radiatory. These uneven conditions produce potent effects upon the nervous system and upon the glands, leading to over-stimulation in some cases, subnormal conditions in others, lack of vitality, over-activity, and other undesirable reactions which inevitably produce disease. Such diseases either arise from within the body itself as the result of inherent (or should I say indigenous) or hereditary tendencies or predispositions, present in the bodily tissue; or they arise as the result of the radiation or the non-radiation of the centers, which work through the nadis; they can also arise as a result of external impacts or contact (such as infectious or contagious diseases and epidemics). These, the subject is unable to resist, owing to the lack of development of his centers.
  7. To sum all up: Disease, physical disability of any kind (except of course those due to accidents and, to some [199] extent, to planetary conditions inducing epidemics of a peculiarly virulent nature such as war oft produces), and the many differing aspects of ill health can be directly traced to the condition of the centers, as they determine the activity or the non-activity of the nadis; these, in their turn, affect the nervous system, making the endocrine system what it is in the individual man, and the blood stream is responsible for this condition reaching every part of the body.
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