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Esoteric Healing - Chapter VIII - The Laws and Rules Enumerated and Applied
  1. The art of the healer is concerned with the lifting of the downward focused eyes unto the soul, the true healer within the form.

In its most obvious and lowest connotation this phrase simply says that the healer must help the patient to look away from himself, that he must aid him to raise and reorient the directed energy so that the "point of friction" is no longer the object of attention and a new preoccupation is presented. This has long been the attempted practice of all healers but it has a far more esoteric meaning than [573] they have realized and one which I find it somewhat difficult to explain.

We have seen that the point of friction (responsible for the disease) has been caused by the good, the beautiful and the true in conflict with the forces of the lower man. This, we have also seen, is a fundamental law and one which he knows he must accept and with which he must intelligently work. How, therefore, can he apply this law and produce the results for which he is striving?

These downpouring energies of the soul enter the physical body, via the etheric vehicle, and are responsible for the frictional trouble and its consequence, disease; they have "descended into contact" via the sutratma and are anchored in three main centers, major centers, as you well know. From these, according to a man's nature, ray, development and weaknesses and limitations, they are distributed to the various areas of the physical body and either cause points of friction or manifest themselves as divine qualities. Where friction and resultant disease are present, and the patient is fortunate to have a trained occult healer available (either an initiate or an advanced disciple), these energies will be sent back - either with or without the cooperation of the patient - to their distributing points, the three higher centers, and this according to the type of energy which is producing the trouble. They cannot be sent out of the body altogether, via the head center, for in that case the man would die; but they can be esoterically "driven to their point of emanation, from the point of friction, but not to their Source," as an ancient book on healing states.

The energy is sent from the infected area (to use an unsuitable word but we lack the correct words for these new sciences) into the point of friction and from thence to the center which controls that area and by means of which soul energy entered the dense physical body. The [574] healer is therefore working with the two aspects of the physical body simultaneously - the dense and the etheric. From that center, the energy involved is gathered up and returned to one or other of the three major centers, or (if one of these higher centers is itself involved) the energy is gathered up and driven into the head center and there retained. It must therefore be borne in mind that this phase of the healer's work falls into two parts:

  1. The stage of esoteric "lifting up" or "driving forth."
    This itself falls into two phases:
    1. The phase of gathering the energy.
    2. The phase of refocusing it in its distributing center.
  2. The stage after the healer's work has been accomplished and the patient is either better or the work has not been successful. In this stage, the energy which has been "driven forth" is returned to the center and the locality where the point of friction had been.

It will be obvious to you that this form of healing work is possible only to the highly trained person, and it is therefore needless for me to elaborate further on this technique. It is useful nevertheless to see at times the distant goals.

All that is at present possible in reference to this statement is to turn the patient's attention (if he is capable of responding to suggestions) towards the soul, and help him, with simplicity, to hold his consciousness as close to the soul as he can. This will aid in clearing the channels down which energy can flow, and also along which energy can be automatically withdrawn, because energy follows thought.

In the last analysis, true esoteric healing is a simple matter in comparison with the intricate and complex detail [575] anent the human mechanism and its diseases with which the modern physician has to cope. The spiritual healer concerns himself with the area in which the disease is to be found, with its controlling etheric center and its higher correspondence, and with the three energies coming from the soul which are responsible for producing the point or points of friction. The remainder of his work involves the use of the creative imagination, the power to visualize and a knowledge of scientific thinking, based upon the fundamental and universal law that "energy follows thought." This visualization and this scientific thinking do not (where healing is concerned) involve the construction of thought-forms. It involves the ability to move and direct energy currents.

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