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Esoteric Healing - Chapter VIII - The Laws and Rules Enumerated and Applied
Let us now study Law One; it has no Rule attached or related to it, as it is a basic statement, indicating the major underlying theory upon which the healer will work.

Law I
All disease is the result of inhibited soul life. This 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. [539]

This law indicates that, owing to the fact that the threefold lower man is not under control of his soul, disease can destroy him. Because the free flow of the energy pouring from the soul is inhibited and limited, disease can find place in the physical body. The physical organism is correctly supplied with the creative regenerating energy of the true man, the soul on its own plane. Where there is complete unobstructed inflow from the soul to the seven vitalizing centers, you have the perfect health which the initiate of the fourth degree demonstrates, unless some disciplinary, experimental or initiating karma is being tried out in his case. However, as a general rule apart from these or planetary conditions, an initiate of high degree needs no healer; there is nothing in him requiring healing.

What must the healer do when, faced with a patient, he realizes the inhibited condition which the disease evidences? Does he, under the law, work with the soul of the patient? Does he seek to get that soul (on its own plane) to affect definitely the man, superintending the transfer of energy from the soul to the mind, and from the mind to the astral body, and from thence to the etheric vehicle? By no means. In cases of real and serious illness, the condition of the patient is usually such that it is not possible for him to make the needed response to such attempted ministrations of the healer, either consciously or unconsciously. Any mental exertion is quite beyond his power, and he could not, therefore, cooperate with the effort of his soul to transfer energy; the activity of his astral body is usually concentrated in the formulation of a great desire to live and to get rid of the disease, unless the illness is so acute that the patient has reached the stage where he simply does not care and the will-to-live is rapidly leaving him. To these difficulties must be added the fact that very few people are so completely integrated that they can function as whole personalities, in [540] response to soul stimulation. They are usually polarized in one or another of their three bodies, and this fact again presents a potent limiting condition to the healer. Again, and very frequently, the man is so intensely preoccupied with discomfort and pain present in the dense physical body, that the higher impressions which might come through from mind or soul bodies are quite unable to do so. What then must the trained and instructed healer do?

He must realize, first of all, that the etheric body is the factor of major importance and the main vehicle with which he must deal. He therefore concentrates upon that body of energy. This involves the necessity of ascertaining certain facts, and then making certain points of contact effectively useful.

The first fact to be ascertained is the potency with which the soul has gripped and is still gripping its personality. The healer is aware that because the patient is still alive, the soul is definitely present through the medium of the head and heart centers of the etheric body, thus anchoring both the consciousness and the life principles. If the patient is unconscious, the difficulties of the healer are greatly increased in some cases, though lightened in others. If the principle of consciousness is withdrawn from the head center in the vital body, then the healer knows that death may supervene and his way is this much clearer, particularly if there is a dimming of the light of life in the heart. If consciousness is still powerfully present, he realizes that there is still the possibility of cure, and can then, with greater confidence, proceed with the work to be done. In this statement, I am dealing with the average person. In the case of initiates, it is somewhat different, because they frequently remain fully conscious through the death process.

You will, therefore, realize the basic necessity for the healer in the New Age to be either clairvoyant or - far [541] better still - to have true spiritual perception with its quality of infallibility. His first task is to investigate or "occultly see" the etheric body of the patient, and thus arrive at the following knowledge:

  1. The potency with which the soul influences its etheric body. This is indicated by the point of light in the head center and the area which it irradiates.
  2. The condition of the etheric center which controls or governs the area within which the physical trouble is to be found.
  3. The relation of the centers above the diaphragm to those below, because this will give him a general indication of the point in evolution of the man to be healed.

Having ascertained these points to the best of his ability, he will then, under the law of "inhibited soul life," seek by the power of his own soul (working on the higher levels of the mental plane and through his head center) to stimulate the point of soul life in the etheric body of the patient. He will do this with a view of attracting, if possible, a fuller inflow of the soul energy of the patient into the head center, in order that the life thread may carry a fuller supply of life to the heart. In this manner, the patient's own "livingness" will bring about the desired cure; he will be healed apparently by nature itself, or by the natural and normal way of adequate vitality, and so enabled to throw off the disease.

When the healer, therefore, recognizes and works with this law, the following points of contact are recognized and used:

  1. The soul of the patient, anchored within his etheric body. [542]
  2. The soul of the healer, occupied with the stimulation of that point of soul contact, via the following triangle of energy:

 Healer's Soul / Patient's Soul / Healer on Physical Plane

This relates the vital body of the healer to that of the patient, via both their head centers and the heart of the patient, because there the life principle is focused and is closely involved and affected by whatever occurs.

  1. When this triangle of energy is functioning smoothly and a measure of response is coming from the head center of the patient, evoking greater soul contact and producing a resultant inflow of soul energy into the head center and from thence to the heart center, then - by an act of the will and the use of an invocative mantram - the healer will seek to implement this increased flow of life, via the heart, to the diseased area, using the center which controls that area of the physical body, whichever this may be. This has to be done with the greatest possible care, so that the flow is not too sudden, and therefore destructive in its effects; particular care has also to be evidenced in the cases of disease of the heart; embolisms, for instance, which prove fatal are frequently due to a violent expression on the part of the patient of the will-to-live, bringing on a flooding inflow of the life principle. This makes its impact too suddenly upon the heart, causing equally sudden movement in the blood stream, and thus of the embolism, producing death. I am putting this into entirely untechnical terms [543] and laying myself open to expert criticism, but I am doing so in order to convey to the lay reader a general idea of the risks involved, and thus produce caution in the enthusiast.

This law covers certain fundamental premises, and there is little more than I can profitably say anent its implications. Much will be learnt by accepting the premises and working upon their implications. What I have said is very far from being what I could have said, but I have here given the student a simple and working understanding of certain essential and basic concepts.

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