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CHAPTER I - The Psychological Causes of Disease - Part 1

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The point I would like to make here, before proceeding further, is that I shall seek to avoid, as far as possible, all technicalities.  Our theme is the esoteric consideration of disease and its forms; it seeks to elucidate the subject of and the vital causes of such diseases, and to indicate the general laws with which the healer must work and the six rules which he must impose upon himself—and to which he gives obedience, through discipline and understanding.

You will have noted that I listed the psychological causes under four headings:

1. Those arising out of the emotional-feeling nature.

2. Those which have their origin in the etheric body.

3. Those which are based on wrong thought.

4. The peculiar complaints and psychological troubles of disciples.

It may have interested you to see that I place the ills of the etheric body in the second place and not the first.  The  reason for this is that the group ills and diseases which have fastened upon the race, work primarily through the etheric body and find their way out into manifestation via the etheric bodies of all forms.  But I have placed them second, even though they are in the last analysis the most numerous, owing to the fact that humanity cannot as yet deal with [25] these en masse.  The approach has to be through individuals, and men must clear their astral or emotional bodies of those conditions which pre-dispose them to disease, as individuals.  At present, the race is astrally polarised.  The emotional sentient nature is all-powerful in the masses.  This leads to a relatively negative etheric body which is tuned in on the entire etheric substance of the planet.  This substance, which underlies all forms, is simply a transferring and transmitting agency for vital energy to the outer dense physical body.  Energy sweeps through this etheric substance, free from all control by the individual human being, and quite unrealised by him because his focus of attention is astral.  From the astral or emotional state of consciousness, much concerning individual physical conditions can be deduced.  We must, however, eliminate those ills which are group ills and which have swept into and through all mankind from the world of etheric force, leaving him in some way depleted, or overstimulated, or in such a condition that Death naturally supervenes.  It might be stated as a basic generalisation that personal physical trouble has its seat at present in the emotional body, and that that vehicle of expression is the one predominant predisposing agent in the ill health of the individual, just as group ills and the sweep of epidemics of any kind through the masses are founded in some condition in the etheric substance of the planet.  Those diseases which are general, national, racial and planetary find their way to an individual via his etheric body, but are not so personal in their implications.  Upon this I will later enlarge.  Today I but lay down the general proposition.

I would also like to point out that the diseases for the masses, for the average citizen, for the intelligentsia, and for the disciples of the world may, and do, differ widely—not so much in their expression as in their field of expression. [26] This is a point most difficult for the average healer to recognise; it is not easy or possible for him to grasp these distinctions and to gauge the point in evolution which a man may have reached.  Some diseases must be dealt with from the mental plane, and will call in the mind of the healer; others require a concentration of emotional energy by the healing agent; and again, in other cases, the healer should seek to be only a transmitter of pranic energy to the etheric body of the patient, via his own etheric body.  How many healers are really consciously aware of the focus of the consciousness or the life force in the patient with whom they may be concerned?  How many realise anything of the type of healing which it is possible and necessary to apply to a disciple?  How few realise that no disciple, for instance, can place himself in the hands of the average magnetic healer or radiatory worker, or psychological expert of any kind!  A disciple dare not subject himself to the auric emanations of any chance healer, nor put himself in the power of the inexperienced academic psychologist, no matter how prominent he may be.  He may, however, subject himself to the wise skill of the physical plane physician or surgeon, as—for him—the physical body is but an automaton.  He can therefore avail himself of physical means for its benefiting.  Much of the failure of the healing methods at present employed consists in the inability of the healer to:

1. Gauge the extent of the trouble, where it may be located basically, and in what body it principally arises and lies.

2. Know where the patient stands upon the ladder of evolution, and where, therefore, he must look first for the source of the difficulty.

3. Differentiate between the diseases which are due to inner personal conditions, or to inherited tendencies, or to group distribution.

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4. To know whether the disease should be handled,

a. Allopathically or homeopathically, for both can play their part at times, or through any of the other media of modern skill and science.

b. Through radiation or magnetisation, or both.

c. Through right inner psychological adjustment, aided by true insight on the part of the healing agent.

d. Through calling in the power of a man's own soul—a thing that is not possible except to advanced people.

e. Through definite occult means, such as forming a healing triangle of—

This method involves much knowledge and a high point of spiritual attainment on the part of the healer;—it also presupposes the healer's link with a Master and the Master's group, plus the earned right to call upon that group for energy on behalf of the patient—a thing as yet rarely granted.

I would like first of all to point out that my purpose and intent is not to write a medical treatise.  I shall not, therefore, deal with the anatomy of the body, nor shall I discuss the symptoms of diseases, except quite incidentally. I do not intend to elaborate symptoms or consider the many [28] diseases with long names which distinguish the race at this time; all such information you can gather from the ordinary textbooks, if you so choose, and these you can study, if you care to do so.  I find it personally not particularly satisfying.  We will start with the premise that there is disease; that disease is an effect of inner causes; that man has made as vast strides in the understanding of the effect of these causes as they produce changes in the outer garment of man, as science has made in the understanding of the outer garment of God, the world of phenomenal nature.

The ameliorative and palliative and curative work of medicine and surgery are proved beyond all controversial discussion.  The methods employed, such as the vivisection of animals, may rightly cause distress.  In spite of all this the indebtedness of mankind to the medical profession is great, and the service rendered to humanity by the profession does largely offset the evil.  That they know not everything is true; that there is a small percentage of physicians and surgeons (less than in any other profession) who are self-seeking and no credit to their craft is equally true; that they already know enough to be willing to admit how very much more there is to be known is also correct.  But that it is a great and good and self-sacrificing group within the human family, is equally true.  Forget this not.

I deal with the subjective aspect of man, and with the secondary causes which have their roots in man's inner bodies and in the subjective side of nature itself.  The major primary causes, as I earlier explained, are impossible for you to grasp.  They lie beyond the capacity of the concrete mind.  I seek to make clear what man may do to free himself increasingly from the accumulation of the past, both individually and as a group, and in so doing to clear his physical body of the germs of disease.  It must, however, be borne in mind that many diseases are of a group [29] nature, and are consequently inherent in humanity itself.  Just as the insect world devastates and destroys the vegetable kingdom, as any chance walker through the woods can note, so germs—individual and group—today devastate and destroy the human kingdom.  They are agents of destruction and are performing a definite office and duty in the great scheme of things at present.

The intent is for men to die, as every man has to die, at the demand of this own soul.  When man has reached a higher stage in evolution, with deliberation and definite choice of time, he will consciously withdraw from his physical body.  It will be left silent and empty of the soul; devoid of light, yet sound and whole: it will then disintegrate, under the natural process, and its constituent atoms will pass back into "the pool of waiting units," until they are again required for the use of incarnating souls.  Again, on the subjective side of life, the process is repeated, but many have already learnt to withdraw from the astral body without being subject to that "impact in the fog," which is the symbolic way of describing the death of a man upon the astral plane.  He then withdraws on to the mental level, and leaves his astral carcass to swell the fog and increase its density.

I seek to point out, therefore, that my avoidance of medical technicalities will be deliberate, though we shall refer often to the physical body and to the diseases of which it is a prey.

Secondly, I seek today to give you another of the Laws of Healing, as well as one of the Rules for the Healer.  Study these with care.

LAW II

Disease is the product of, and subject to, three influences.  First, a man's past, wherein he pays the price of [30] ancient error.  Second, his inheritance, wherein he shares with all mankind those tainted streams of energy which are of group origin.  Thirdly, he shares with all the natural forms that which the Lord of Life imposes on His body.  These three influences are called "The Ancient Law of Evil Sharing."  This must give place some day to that new Law of Ancient Dominating Good which lies behind all that God made.  This law must be brought into activity by the spiritual will of man.

What is a law, my brother?  It is the imposition (upon both the lesser and the more important) of the will and purpose of that which is superlatively great.  Therefore, it lies beyond man's ken.  Man has some day to learn that all the laws of nature have their higher, spiritual counterparts, and of these we shall shortly be in search.  Our laws today are but secondary laws.  They are the laws of group life and they govern the kingdoms of nature and find their expression (for the human kingdom) through the medium of the mind, of the emotional nature, and through a physical plane agent.  It is not my intention in this present short treatise to elucidate the primary laws.  I but state them, and at a future time (dependent upon certain factors yet undeveloped) I may deal with them.

In this treatise, the third part of it is stated to deal with the basic laws of Healing.  These deal not with the Laws referred to above, but with the practical aspects of the healing art.

The second rule for the healer is as follows:

RULE TWO

The healer must achieve magnetic purity through purity of life.  He must attain that dispelling radiance which shows itself in every man when he has linked the centres in the head.  When this magnetic field is established, the radiation too goes forth.

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The significance of this will be somewhat apparent to the advanced esoteric student.  As you know, the magnetic field is established when the powerful vibration of the centre in front of the pituitary body, and the centre around and above the pineal gland, swing into each other's orbit.  The only controversial point in connection with the above rule (which we shall have later to consider) is how and in what manner magnetic purity is to be achieved, and how the two centres in the head can form together one magnetic field.  Later, in our conclusion, which is intended to be intensely practical, I will touch upon these two points.

 

One of the things which should definitely emerge in our studies is the fact that disease is seldom of individual origin, unless a man misspends his life and definitely misuses his body (through drink or sexual dissipation), and that the bulk of the disease to be found in the world today is almost entirely of group origin, is inherited, is the result of infection, or the result of undernourishment.  The last named cause is primarily an evil of civilisation; it is the result of economic maladjustment or the corruption of food.  As I earlier pointed out, these latter causes of disease are not primarily the result of inner subtle forces, but are the pouring upwards, into the etheric body, of energies from the physical plane itself and from the outer world of forces.

Little attention has been paid by occult teachers to these forces which come from without, which originate upon the physical plane, and which affect the inner bodies.  There are physical energy and streams of force entering into the etheric bodies of all forms, just as the world illusion and the miasmas of the astral plane oft have their causes in physical plane conditions.  The energies entering into the centres of man from the subtler levels have oft been considered in occult books, but the forces which find their way into the centres from the world of physical plane life [32] are seldom realised or discussed.  This is a somewhat new thought which I offer for your consideration.

I have asked A.A.B. to insert a very brief synopsis of some of the points I have already made under the heading, What is Disease?  I suggest the following:

1. All disease is disharmony and lack of alignment and control.

a. Disease is found in all the four kingdoms in nature.

b. Disease is purificatory in effect.

c. Definite methods of healing are peculiar to humanity, and mental in origin.

2. Disease is a fact in nature.

a. Antagonism to disease simply energises it.

b. Disease is not the result of wrong human thought.

3. Disease is a process of liberation and the enemy of that which is static.

4. The law of cause and effect governs disease as it governs all else in manifestation.

We found also that healing is brought about in three ways:

1. Through the application of the methods of the many schools of medicine and surgery, and allied groups.

2. Through the use of psychology.

3. Through the activity of the soul.

I have also stated that the major causes of disease are three in number:  they are psychological in nature; they are inherited through group contact; and they are karmic.  Remember, however, that these are the secondary causes and with the first of these we will now deal.

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1. CAUSES ARISING IN THE EMOTIONAL-DESIRE NATURE

In A Treatise on White Magic, I gave the world for the first time information as to the nature and the control of the astral body.  This book is practically the first one ever given out to the public on this theme.  Much has been given in the past on the subject of the physical body and its care, both by exoteric and esoteric science.  Much of it is true, and some of it is illusion.  It is illusion because it is based on false premises.  Modern esotericists have dealt with the subject of the etheric body, and this too has been partially true and partially false, but it is more generally true from the occult point of view than it is exoterically.  I may surprise you here if I tell you that A Treatise on White Magic is also true as far as it goes, but it is necessarily limited, and because of these limitations it is also partially incorrect.  Does the above statement astonish you?  Remember, how can it be entirely true when we consider the limitations of your power to comprehend?  It is impossible for me to convey to you the truth, because there exist neither the terminology nor an adequate groundwork of knowledge on your part.  This makes my task difficult.  This teaching on healing is likewise the hardest I have yet undertaken, and this for two reasons.  First (the real nature of) the phrase "subtler bodies" is somewhat meaningless, is it not?  They are not bodies like the physical body.  They can be regarded as centres or reservoirs of particular types of force, attached to each individual, and possessing their proper inlets and outlets.   They are collections of atoms, vibrating at high speed and coloured (according to some schools of occultism) by certain definite hues; they emit a certain tone, and are at varying points of evolution.  According to others, they are states of consciousness and some regard them as made in the likeness of a man.  What is your definition, Brother of mine?

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The astral body is, for the majority of mankind, the major determining factor to be considered.  It is an outstanding cause of ill health.  The reason for this is that it has a potent and predisposing effect upon the vital and etheric body.  The physical body is an automaton of whichever inner body is the strongest.  When you remember that the vital body is the recipient of the streams of energy, and is in fact composed and formed of such streams, and that the physical body is driven into activity by these streams, it is apparent that that stream which is the most potent is the one which will control the action of the physical body upon the physical plane.  There are, however, two streams of energy which must be considered in studying the factors leading to physical plane actions.  I would remind you in this connection that disease is an activity of the physical plane.

1. The stream of life itself, anchored in the heart, which determines the vitality of the man, his capacity for work, and the term of his existence.

2. The predominating stream of energy coming from the astral, mental or soul bodies.  These control his expression upon the physical plane.

With the masses of people throughout the world, and those whom we call the vast unthinking public, the dominating factors are the stream of life and the stream of astral or desire energy.  This can be either of a low or medium calibre.

With the thinking public, the dominating factors are these two streams, plus a steady inflowing and increasing tide of mental energy.

With the intelligentsia of the world and the aspirant (those ready for, or already on, the probationary path) [35] we find the above three streams reaching a point of equilibrium, and thus producing an integrating or coordinating personality.  These number amongst them also the mystics of the world and the creative workers, who are conscious of the inspiration and the spiritual contact which indicates a beginning of the inflow of soul energy.

With the disciples of the world, we find a group of men and women coming under the control of soul energy, whilst the other three energies are being increasingly subordinated to this higher type of control.

It should be borne in mind that there are two other types of energy with which to reckon, when considering intelligent man.

1. The energy which is composed of the fused and blended forces of a coordinated personality.

2. The energy of the physical plane itself, which is finally identified by the aspirant or disciple, and becomes so utterly negated that eventually it constitutes one of the major factors in the release of the centres.

Finally the time comes when the initiate works simply with three types of energy whilst expressing himself in incarnation:  the energy of life itself, the negative energy of the personality, and the positive energy of the soul.  Thus he is an expression in conscious manifestation of the three aspects of the Trinity.

Certain things should be established as occult facts in the consciousness of the healer before he is able to work constructively.

1. First of all, that there is nothing but energy and this energy manifests itself as many differing and varying [36] energies.  Of these many energies, the universe is composed.  Likewise man's bodies or vehicles of manifestation are without exception constituted of energy units.  These we call atoms, and these atomic units are held together in body form by the coherent force of more potent energies.

2. The major focal point of energy to be found in human beings is that of the soul, but its potency as an agent of cohesion and of integration is as yet greater than its quality potency.  In the earlier stages of human evolution, it is the coherence aspect that demonstrates.  Later as man's response apparatus, or bodies, becomes more developed, the quality aspect of the soul begins to demonstrate increasingly.

3. Seen from the inner side where time is not, the human creature demonstrates as an amazing kaleidoscopic mutable phenomenon.  Bodies, so called, or rather aggregates of atomic units, fade out and disappear, or flash again into manifestation.  Streams of colours pass and repass; they twine or intertwine.  Certain areas will then suddenly intensify their brightness and blaze forth with brilliance; or again they can be seen dying out and the phenomenon in certain areas will be colourless and apparently non-existent.  But always there is a persistent over-shadowing light, from which a stream of lights pours down into the phenomenal man; this can be seen attaching itself in two major localities to the dense inner core of the physical man.  These two points of attachment are to be found in the head and in the heart.  There can also be seen, dimly at first but with increasing brightness, seven other pale disks of light which are the early evidence of the seven centres.

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4. These centres, which constitute the quality aspects and the consciousness aspects, and whose function it is to colour the appearance or outer expression of man and use it as a response apparatus, are (during the evolutionary process) subject to three types of unfoldment.

a. That unfoldment which takes place as a physical plane child grows from an infant to a man.  By the time he is twenty-one, the centres should normally have reached the same quality of expression as they had attained when he passed out of life in a previous incarnation.  The man then takes up life where he had previously left it off.

b. The awakening of the centres through life experience.  Occasionally only one centre may be dealt with in any one life; sometimes several are brought into greater functioning consciousness.

c. There is, finally, the awakening of these centres through the process of initiation.  This of course only happens when the man is consciously upon the Path.

5. The centres determine the man's point of evolution as far as his phenomenal expression is concerned; they work directly upon the physical body through the medium [38] of the endocrine system.  This point should be borne in mind, for the future occult healer will approach his patient with this knowledge.  He will then work through those centres and glands which govern the particular area of the body wherein the disease or discomfort is located.  The time, however, for this has not yet come, for man's ignorance is great.  Over-stimulation of the centres, and consequently of the glands, could easily be brought about, and the diseased condition might be stimulated also and increased, instead of dissipated or healed.

A. Uncontrolled and Ill-Regulated Emotion.

Given these basic facts, it can be seen how wrong emotional attitudes and a general unhealthy condition of the astral body must be potent factors in producing discomfort and disease.  This is due to the fact that the vital or etheric bodies of the masses of humanity are governed primarily and swept into activity through the action of the astral body.  Agitation in that body, any violent activity under stress of temper, intense worry or prolonged irritation will pour a stream of astral energy into and through the solar plexus centre, and will galvanise that centre into a condition of intense disturbance.  This next affects the stomach, the pancreas, the gall duct and bladder.  Few people (and I might well ask who is exempt at this particular time in the world's history) are free from indigestion, from undesirable gastric conditions, or from trouble connected with the gall bladder.

The tendency to criticism, to violent dislikes, and to hatreds based on criticism or a superiority complex, produces much of the acidity from which the majority of people suffer.  I would like to add in passing that I am here generalising.  So many people are prone to an inferiority complex [39] in relation to themselves, but to a superiority complex where their relation to other people is concerned!  Stomachic physical plane effects are closely tied up with the desire aspect of the physical body, which finds expression in the eating and drinking of that which is desired, leading subsequently to those attacks of biliousness to which so many are prone.

I offer these above illustrations to demonstrate the effect of the prevalent wrong attitudes to life and people which today distinguish mankind and produce the above mentioned conditions.

The ills which are based on criticism, upon hatred, and upon the capacity to judge each other (usually unkindly) work through from the throat centre to the solar plexus.  This inter-relation existing between the centres is one that has never been properly considered.  The centres in the etheric body pass varying kinds of energies amongst themselves, and a great deal of the energy transmitted from one centre to another is undesirable, flowing from the centres below the diaphragm to those above.

The physical body (etheric and dense) can be pictured as a house with two telephonic installations—one bringing in energies from without the house and the other being in the nature of a house telephone from room to room.  The analogy is far more accurate than appears to the casual thinker.  In every modern house, light and water and gas and telephonic interchange are brought.  Light, the symbol of the soul; water, the symbol of the emotions; telephonic interchange, the symbol of mind with its intercommunication of knowledges;  and gas, the symbol of the etheric nature.

It is interesting and saddening to note that that which at present goes out of the average house is the refuse that is undesirable—this is the correspondence to that which is [40] selfish and sad and the demand for the satisfaction of personal needs and desires.

It can be seen, therefore, why I have so emphatically impressed the need of harmlessness upon all of you, for it is the scientific method, par excellence and esoterically speaking, of cleaning house and of purifying the centres.  Its practice clears the clogged channels and permits the entrance of the higher energies.

The emotional causes of disease and the mental attitudes which produce physical discomfort are at this particular time those which are the most prevalent.  When they are persisted in over a long period of time, and are carried over from life to life, they cause the more violent aspects of the conditions referred to above, and from them serious and destructive diseases can emerge, necessitating, for instance, the removal of the gall bladder or those operations incident to the appearance of chronic gastric ulcers.  Other diseases grow from a constant pandering to the desire nature, though sexual diseases come under another category.  It can be seen from the above how desirable it is that the true healer should combine in himself, not only a measure of esoteric knowledge, but—until he is an initiate—something of psychology, something of the work of a magnetic healer, and also be a trained medical man or surgeon.

Much of the healing now done is worse than useless, because the three above mentioned conditions are lacking.  Most doctors, especially those who are called general practitioners, are good psychologists and they have also a sound knowledge of symptoms and of anatomy and of curative measures which are usually lacking in the average metaphysical healer.  But they are entirely ignorant of one great field of knowledge—that concerning the energies which meet and war within the human frame and of the [41] [41] potencies which can be set in motion if certain esoteric truths are admitted in place.  Until they work with the etheric body and study the science of the centres, they can make little further progress.  The esoteric healer knows much about the inner forces and energies and has some understanding of the basic causes of the exoteric diseases, but his ignorance of man's mechanism is deplorable, and he fails to realise two things:

First, that disease is sometimes the working out into manifestation of undesirable subjective conditions.  These, when externalised and brought to the surface of the human body, can then be known, dealt with and eliminated.  It is well to remember also that sometimes this working out and elimination may well bring about the death of that particular body.  But the soul goes on.  One short life counts for very little in the long cycle of the soul, and it is counted well worthwhile if a period of ill health (even if it eventuates in death) brings about the clearing away of wrong emotional and mental conditions.

Second, disease is sometimes incident upon and part of the process of the withdrawal of the soul from its habitation.  This we call death, and it can come quickly and unexpectedly when the soul withdraws with suddenness from its body.  Or death can spread itself over a long period of time, and the soul may take several months or years for its slow and gradual emergence from the body, with the body dying by inches all the time.

There is not sufficient knowledge yet among healers to enable them to deal with wisdom in these matters.  We might therefore conclude that:

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1. Disease is a purificatory process, carried out in order to produce a purer expression, life aroma, influence and soul usefulness.  When this is the case, a cure is possible.

2. Disease can be a gradual and slow process of dying and of thus releasing the soul.  A cure then will not be possible, though palliative and ameliorative measures are needed and should most certainly be used.  The length of the life can be prolonged, but a permanent and final cure is out of the question.  This the average mental healer fails to realise.  They make a horror out of death, whereas death is a beneficent friend.

 3. Disease can be the sudden and final call to the body to relinquish the soul and set it free for other service.

In all these cases everything possible should be done from the standpoint of modern medical and surgical science and the allied sciences of which there are today so many.  Much too can be done from the angle of mental and spiritual healing, aided by the science of psychology.  Some day there must come cooperation in these various fields and a synthesising of their efforts.

I have earlier pointed out that the astral body is the prime motivating factor in the lives of the majority.  This is caused by the fact that:

1. It is the body in which the bulk of human beings are today centering their consciousness.

2. It is the most developed of the bodies at this time, and therefore receives the bulk of the life energy as it comes down the life stream, from the soul, and likewise receives the energy of the stream of consciousness.

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3. It is oriented, if I may so express it, outwards or towards the plane of physical experience.  That orientation shifts at times and, temporarily in the case of the aspirant, turns inwards.  Just as the centres in man, the "lotuses of life," are depicted as turned downwards and with the stalk upwards in the undeveloped man, but are turned upwards in the case of the developed, so there are conditions in the astral body analogous to this.  In the case of the highly evolved man, of the initiate or the Master, the astral body is steadily oriented towards the soul.  In the mystic, the aspirant and the disciple, the process of thus definitely changing the direction of the forces is going on and producing, therefore, a temporary chaos.

4. The astral body of man, being the latest to develop (the physical and the etheric being the first two in order of time) is still the most alive and potent.  It reached its acme of development in late Atlantean days and its potency is still great, constituting the mass potency, the mass emphasis, and the mass polarisation.  This is also augmented by energies coming from the animal kingdom, which is entirely astral in its point of attainment.

I would remind you here that the use of the word "body" is most misleading and unfortunate.  It produces in the consciousness the idea of a defined form and a specific shape.  The astral body is an aggregate of forces, working through into the consciousness in the form of desires, impulses, longings, wishes, determinations, incentives, and projections, thus laying the basis for much of the truth of the teachings of modern psychology.  Psychologists have discovered (or rather uncovered) the nature of some of these forces, and their terminology in this connection is frequently more truly occult and accurate than is that of [44] the orthodox esotericist and theosophist.

It may be of interest to you if I do two things.  First of all, give you some technical information in connection with the working through of the forces from the astral plane into the physical body, and then give you the effects of that working through, as they take the form—owing to man's wrong use of them—of disease and the many varying disorders to which man is prone.  With their cure we are not at this time concerned.  I am here simply laying down the structure of fact upon which we can later base our conclusions.  We shall, in this connection, only consider the average man.  The problems of the disciple will be dealt with under Part I.4.

I pointed out earlier that the three major groups of diseases for the masses are—

1. Tuberculosis.

2. The social diseases, as they are called:  the venereal diseases and syphilis.

3. Cancer.

To these we must add two other groups of disease which predominantly affect those who are a little above the average and whose general level of intelligence is higher than that of the mass; this includes also the aspirants of the world.

4. Heart diseases, but not what is called heart failure.

5. The nervous diseases so prevalent at this time.

These five groups of disease, and their various sub-divisions are responsible for the bulk of the physical ills which attack humanity.  A right grasp of their preponderating causes will be of definite assistance to future medicine.  How much will be accepted is at this time doubtful.

I would like to point out here that, as you well know, there are physical correspondences to the seven centres of [45] forces located in the etheric body, and fed from the astral body.  These we call the endocrine glands.  These glands are effects of or testifying evidence to, the centres, and are in their turn initiating causes of lesser effects in the physical body.  It will be of value if we here tabulate some of the things we know, and aid comprehension.

 

 

Centre

Gland

Physical Organs

Type of Force

Origin

Body

1.

Head...

Pineal..

Upper brain.

Spiritual will....

Atma......

Causal body.

 

Brahmarandra.

 

Right eye.

Synthetic.

Monad

Jewel in the

 

1000-petalled

 

 

 

via soul.

lotus.

 

lotus.

 

 

Dynamic.

Will.

 

Occultist. Initiate. Master. Dominant after 3rd Initiation.

2.

Centre.....

Pituitary

Lower brain.

Soul force..

Petals.....

Buddhic

 

between

body.

Left eye.

Love.

of egoic

vehicle.

 

the eyes.

 

Nose.

Magnetic.

lotus, as

Causal

 

Ajna centre.

 

Nervous

Light.

a whole.

body.

 

 

 

system.

Intuition.

 

Higher

 

 

 

 

Vision.

 

mental.

Aspirant. Disciple. Mystic. Dominant after 2nd Initiation.

3.

Heart...

Thymus...

Heart......

Life force..

Love......

Higher

 

Anahata.

 

Circulatory

Group

petals.

mental.

 

 

 

system.

consciousness

.

Causal

 

 

 

Blood. Also

 

 

body.

 

 

 

Vagus nerve

 

 

 

All types of Spiritual People. Dominant after 1st Initiation.

4.

Throat..

Thyroid....

Breathing

Creative..

Knowledge.

Mental

 

centre.

 

apparatus

energy.

petals.

body.

 

 

 

Alimentary

Sound.

 

 

 

 

 

canal.

Self-

 

 

 

 

 

 

consciousness.