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Esoteric Healing - Chapter VIII - The Laws and Rules Enumerated and Applied
I realize that much of the above is well known and in the nature of repetition. But I have felt it essential to repeat the story so that there may be a fresh clarity in your thinking.

It will be apparent to you also that the karmic process in any individual life must therefore work out through the medium of the glands, which condition the reaction of the person to circumstance and events. The results of all previous lives and of all activities carried on during those lives have been registered by the Lords of Karma; karmic law works in close cooperation with the lunar Lords, who build and construct the bodies which constitute the personality; later, the law works in an even closer cooperation with the soul purpose. The whole problem is necessarily most intricate and difficult. All I can do is to give certain indications.

It is with this system of centers and their externalized effects, the glands, that the healer has to work and which he has to take into most careful consideration; all stimulation which he may be able, for instance, to convey to a center in the patient's body, or all abstraction of energy from a center, will have a most definite effect upon the allied or related gland, and therefore upon the secretion which that gland is in the habit of pouring into the blood stream.

As again you know, the seven major centers and their allied glands are as follows:

  1. The head center - The pineal gland.
  2. The ajna center - The pituitary gland.
  3. The throat center - The thyroid gland.
  4. The heart center - The thymus gland. [625]
  5. The solar plexus center - The pancreas.
  6. The sacral center - The gonads.
  7. The center at base of spine - The adrenal glands.

There are also other centers and many other glands in the body, but these are the seven with which the healer works; the minor or subsidiary glands are conditioned by the center controlling the area in which they are located. The healer, however, refuses to complicate his thinking with the multiplicity and detail of the other lesser glandular system and with the intricacies of lesser interior relationships. The above list gives also the centers and glands which basically determine the state of health - good, indifferent or bad - and the psychological equipment of a man. Students should bear in mind that the primary effect of the activity of the glands and of their secretions is psychological. A man is, upon the physical plane, emotionally and mentally what his glandular system makes him, and incidentally what they make him physically, because that is frequently determined by his psychological state of mind and emotions. The emphasis of the self-centered ordinary man is largely upon the physical vehicle, and he pays little or no attention to the balance or the imbalance of his endocrine system or set-up (if I may use that word) from the angle of its determining his psychological effect upon his fellow men. It is not my intention to analyze the various glands, noting how they respond to the awakened or the unawakened condition of the centers, or how they limit or implement the responsiveness of the man to his environment or determine his interpretation of life and the passivity or the activity of his daily reactions to events and circumstance. A man, it may emphatically be stated, is what his glands make him, but they, in their turn, are only the effects of certain inner potent [626] sources of energy. Again, as you see, I repeat this vital truth.

It is for this reason that medical science will eventually find the truth (and already they are sensing it) that it is impossible to fundamentally change the personality and the physical equipment of a man through treating the glands themselves; little real progress has been made along this line during the thirty or forty years during which the endocrinologists have considered and investigated this subject. Certain things have been found out; certain results of the activity or the inactivity of the glands have been noted; certain types of people have been recognized as illustrative of glandular activity or passivity; ameliorative measures have been applied and the action of a gland has been stimulated or retarded (with good or bad effects) through various methods and types of medication. Beyond this little is known, and the best minds in this particular field are conscious of the fact that they are face to face with a terra incognita. This situation will remain as it is until modern medical science recognizes that the world of causes (as far as the endocrine glands are concerned) is the etheric body with its seven centers; they will then register the fact that all work in relation to the glands must be shifted away from the seven effects or precipitations of the centers on to the centers themselves.

The healer, therefore, ignores the gland involved and deals directly with the center which conditions the "point of friction" and controls the area under its influence; this necessarily includes the gland which the center has created, formed or precipitated and energized.

The concept in the mind of the healer should be, as this law indicates, that an unimpeded channel or a clear passage must be formed along which health-giving life may flow from the "needed center" in the healer's etheric body [627] to the allied center in the body of the patient and from thence into the blood stream, via the related gland. Forget not, the truth remains eternally right that the "blood is the life" - even if as yet inexplicable in its implications from the angle of the esotericist as well as from the angle of medical science.

Healers have to learn to work with the life principle, and not with some vague energy which is set in motion by the power of thought or by the potency of love, as is the case presented today by the various healing systems of the world which mankind has evolved. This life principle is contacted and set in motion by the mode of clearing certain etheric channels within the etheric structure which underlies every part of the patient's body. This clearance is not brought about by thinking health or by affirming divinity or by eliminating "error" in the mental approach, but by the much more prosaic method of directing streams of energy, via certain centers, and thus affecting certain glands in the area of the physical body which is diseased and the seat of trouble, pain and distress.

That thought or correct thinking is involved is necessarily true; the healer has to think clearly before he can bring about the desired results, but the energy poured into the patient's vehicle is not mental energy, but one of the seven forms of pranic or life energy. This travels along the line of force or the channel which relates and links all the centers and connects those centers with the glands. Forget not that this constitutes an interlinking and interlocking directorate of the following systems, and that - from the point of view of the esotericist - these systems are symbols of great cosmic processes:

  1. The etheric body, as a whole, with its channels and communicating lines of energy which underlie every part [628] of the human body.
  2. The seven related centers, each specifically qualified and each in touch, via the etheric fibers or threads of force, with each and every center.
  3. The nadis, that system of slightly denser etheric channels or tiny threads of force which underlie the entire nervous system; they underlie every type of nerve and every type of nerve plexus.
  4. The nervous system itself, which is found extending its radius of influence throughout the entire body of a man.
  5. The endocrine or glandular system.
  6. The blood stream, the recipient of streams of living energy from the endocrine system, via what are called the hormones.
  7. The interrelated sumtotal, which is the divine manifestation of the spiritual man in any incarnation and at any point in evolution.

Therefore, two great streams of energy permeate and animate this entire aggregation of systems: the life stream and the consciousness stream. One works through the nervous system (the consciousness stream) and the other through the blood stream. Both are in fact so closely related and allied that, in action, it is not easy for the ordinary man to differentiate between them.

The healer, however, does not work with the consciousness aspect; he works entirely with the life aspect; the perfect healer (something at present non-existent) works through the closed and sealed point within the center (the very heart of the center). There the point of life is to be found. From this point within the center, life rays out into the petals of the lotus, and the combination of the life at the center and the consciousness, inherent in the petals, is the source of the living, breathing, sensitive human [629] being - from the physical angle - and this the healer must recognize.

Behind this livingness and this consciousness is the Being, the spiritual man, the actor, the one who feels (in varying degrees), and the thinker. The simplicity of the above statement is somewhat misleading, as there are other factors and relationships and other energies which must be considered, but it is nevertheless basically true, and upon this truth the healer can act.

It is interesting to point out that the Great Invocation now being distributed in the world is based upon this same fundamental concept of great systems, conditioning humanity as a whole, which can be energized by the inflow of streams of energy, bringing new life and health to the entire body of humanity via the planetary centers of divine livingness and consciousness.

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