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Esoteric Healing - Chapter I - The Psychological Causes of Disease
This process is wisely and safely carried out over a long period of time and - returning to our theme of health and of disease - when consummated, perfect physical health is the result; in the interim process of adjustment and of change, the reverse is frequently the case. The danger involved in a large number of physical ills can be traced to the condition of the centers, to their interplay or their lack of interplay, to an undeveloped condition, unawakened and sluggish, and to an over-stimulation or an unbalanced activity. If one center is prematurely awakened, it is frequently at the expense of other centers. The rude health of the savage or of the unskilled and unintelligent laborer or peasant (a state of being which is rapidly passing as the mind development and the process of evolution take effect) is largely due to the quiescent state of practically all the centers, with the exception of the sacral center. The fact of their falling easy prey to the infectious diseases can also be traced to the same quiescence. As the emotional nature is developed and the mind begins to function, the centers then become more active. Definite trouble then ensues, largely because psychological conditions begin to appear. The man is no longer simply an animal. The wear and tear of the emotional life (the major predisposing factor in ill health) floods the lower nature with ill-directed energy (or should I say misdirected?). The solar plexus center then becomes unduly active and this activity falls into four stages:
  1. The stage of its awakening, as the astral body becomes steadily more powerful.
  2. The stage of its potency when, for lives, it is the conditioning center in the etheric or vital body and the man is consequently entirely conditioned by his emotional-astral life. [218]
  3. The stage wherein the solar plexus center becomes the clearing house for all the centers (major and minor) below the diaphragm.
  4. The stage wherein the solar plexus energies are raised to the heart.

All these stages bring, temporarily, their own physical ills.

You will note that, beyond certain generalizations, I am not relating specific diseases to specific centers. I have indicated the areas conditioned by the centers, and far more powerfully conditioned than you have any means yet of ascertaining; I have said that fundamentally the ductless glands - as externalizations of the centers - are the determining factors in the health of the body, and that where there is imbalance, over-development or underdevelopment you will have trouble; I have suggested that the medical profession in the New Age will deal increasingly with the theory of energy direction and its relation to the ductless glands, and that it will admit, at least hypothetically and for the purpose of experimentation, that the theory of the energy centers may be correct and that they are the primary conditioning factors, working through the ductless glands which, in their turn, guard the body, produce the necessary resistance, keep the blood stream supplied with the essentials to health and - when rightly interrelated - produce a balanced expression of the spiritual man throughout the entire physical body - physiological and psychological balance. When this desirable condition is not the case, then the ductless glands, through wrong relationship and incorrect and unbalanced development, are not adequate to the task; they cannot protect the body from disease, and are unable to pour into the blood stream what the physical vehicle needs. Owing to their inadequacy, the body is unable to resist infections, is in a constant state of ill health, [219] and cannot cope with disease coming from without or latent within the organism of the body; this weakness often produces mortal disease.

Medicine in the next century will be built around certain major premises:

  1. Preventive medicine will be the goal, producing the attempt to keep the body in proper balanced order.
  2. Sound sanitation and the providing of healthy conditions will be regarded as essential.
  3. The supply of the right chemical properties to the physical body will be studied - a science of chemistry which is yet in its infancy, though it is becoming a flourishing infant.
  4. An understanding of the laws of vitality will be regarded as of prime importance, and of this the emphasis today on vitamins and the influence of the sun are wholesome indications.
  5. The use of the mind will be regarded, above everything else, as a factor of major importance; the mind will be seen as the prime influence as regards the centers, for people will be taught to work on their centers through mental power and thus produce a right reaction from the endocrine system. This will necessarily involve the right directing of thought to a center, or the withdrawal of attention from a center, with consequent effect upon the glandular system. This will all be based upon the occult law that "Energy follows thought."

Owing to the fact that disciples have a greater development of mental power than the average man, and also to the fact that ray type is more easily ascertained, involving consequently a more correct determination of the condition of the glandular system, they will be the first to cooperate [220] with the medical profession and to demonstrate the relation of the centers to the glands, and therefore to the body as a whole. Through concentration and right meditation, carried on in the head center, and directed towards some one or other of the centers, disciples will demonstrate such definite changes in the ductless glands that the medical profession will be convinced of the importance and the factual existence of the centers and of their power, and also of the possibility of controlling the physical organism through the power of thought. This all lies in the future. I am but pointing the way and indicating a future technique whereby disease will be overcome. The various mental schools of thought, Unity and Christian Science, have been fantastic and fanciful in their claims and definitely unscientific in their approach. But they have had hold of at least one thread in the great process of right adjustment to life and to right relationships. They had the dream and the vision; they lacked perception and common sense and ignored the evolutionary process.

Physiological science and psychological power, plus the cooperation of the trained disciple with the trained medical man (particularly with the open-minded endocrinologist), will eventually succeed in solving many human ills and will bring about the cure of the bulk of the diseases now troubling humanity.

We have, therefore, studied to some purpose our first section: The Psychological Causes of Disease. We have carried the idea down from the inner and more subtle causes of disease to the major physical conditioning factor, the ductless glands. We can now briefly consider certain far more occult causes and deal with those which emanate from the group life of humanity and from the karmic liabilities of mankind. Here we shall enter the realm of occult knowledge and of esoteric information, and this will be far more difficult for the orthodox thinker to accept. [221]

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