A TREATISE ON THE SEVEN RAYS
LUCIS PUBLISHING COMPANY New York
LUCIS PRESS LTD.
first printing, 1953
Fourth printing 1967
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EXTRACT FROM A STATEMENT BY THE TIBETAN
Suffice it to say, that I am a Tibetan disciple of a certain degree, and this tells you but little, for all
are disciples from the humblest aspirant up to, and beyond, the Christ Himself. I live in a physical
body like other men, on the borders of Tibet, and at times (from the exoteric standpoint) preside over a
large group of Tibetan lamas, when my other duties permit. It is this fact that has caused it to be
reported that I am an abbot of this particular lamasery. Those associated with me in the work of the
Hierarchy (and all true disciples are associated in this work) know me by still another name and office.
A.A.B. knows who I am and recognises me by two of my names.
I am a brother of yours, who has travelled a little longer upon the Path than has the average
student, and has therefore incurred greater responsibilities. I am one who has wrestled and fought his
way into a greater measure of light than has the aspirant who will read this article, and I must
therefore act as a transmitter of the light, no matter what the cost. I am not an old man, as age
counts among the teachers, yet I am not young or inexperienced. My work is to teach and spread the
knowledge of the Ageless Wisdom wherever I can find a response, and I have been doing this for many
years. I seek also to help the Master M. and the Master K.H. whenever opportunity offers, for I have
been long connected with Them and with Their work. In all the above, I have told you much; yet at the
same time I have told you nothing which would lead you to offer me that blind obedience and the
foolish devotion which the emotional aspirant
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offers to the Guru and Master Whom he is as yet unable to contact. Nor will he make that desired
contact until he has transmuted emotional devotion into unselfish service to humanity, -not to the
The books that I have written are sent out with no claim for their acceptance. They may, or may
not, be correct, true and useful. It is for you to ascertain their truth by right practice and by the
exercise of the intuition. Neither I nor A.A.B. is the least interested in having them acclaimed as
inspired writings, or in having anyone speak of them (with bated breath) as being the work of one of
the Masters. If they present truth in such a way that it follows sequentially upon that already offered
in the world teachings, if the information given raises the aspiration and the will-to-serve from the
plane of the emotions to that of the mind (the plane whereon the Masters CAN be found) then they will
have served their purpose. If the teaching conveyed calls forth a response from the illumined mind of
the worker in the world, and brings a flashing forth of his intuition, then let that teaching be
accepted. But not otherwise. If the statements meet with eventual corroboration, or are deemed true
under the test of the Law of Correspondences, then that is well and good. But should this not be so,
let not the student accept what is said.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTORY Remarks ...................... 1
The Basic Causes of Disease............... 9
CHAPTER 1. The psychological Causes of Disease.. 24
1. Causes Arising in the Emotional-desire Nature 33
A.Uncontrolled and Ill-regulated Emotion.. 38
B.Desire, Inhibited or rampant.......... 53
C.Diseases of worry and Irritation....... 67
2. Causes Arising in the Etheric Body......... 71
A. Congestion......................... 76
B. Lack of Coordination and Integration.... 79
C. Over-stimulation of the Centres......... 80
3. Causes Arising in the Mental Body......... 88
A. Wrong Mental Attitudes.............. 89
B. Mental Fanaticism. The Dominance of Thoughtforms.................... 91
C. Frustrated Idealism.................. 95
The Sacred Art of Healing.......... 99
Preliminary Rules for Radiatory Healing 103
Three Major Laws of Health........ 105
The Causes of Disease Summarised.... 112
4. Diseases Due to the Life of Discipleship..... 114
A. Diseases of Mystics.................. 115
B. Diseases of Disciples................. 120
The Centres and the Glandular System.. 140
The Seven Major Centres........... 144
The Body-Phenomenal Appearance.. 163
The Seven Major Centres (continued). 168
The Etheric Body, Nervous and Endo-
crine Systems.................. 189
Effects Produced in Specific Areas..... 199
Effects of Under-stimulation and Over-
stimulation of the Centres......... 207
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CHAPTER II. Causes Emanating from Group Life.. 221
1. Diseases of Humanity, Inherited from the Past 226
A. Venereal and Syphilitic Diseases........ 228
B. Tuberculosis........................ 232
C. Cancer............................ 237
2. Diseases Arising from Obscure Planetary Conditions............................. 242
3. Racial and National Diseases............. 249
CHAPTER III. Our Karmic Liabilities........... 259
1. The Karmic Liabilities of the Individual..... 289
2. The Seven Ray Causes of Karma.......... 292
CHAPTER IV. Some Questions Answered........ 306
THE BASIC REQUIREMENTS OF HEALING....... 380
CHAPTER V. The Process of Restitution......... 424
1. The Nature of Death................... 437
Fear of Death......................... 442
Definitions of Death.................... 444
Purposes of Death...................... 445
The Art of Dying...................... 453
2. The Act of Restitution.................. 460
Factors Confronting the Withdrawing Soul.. 464
Two Main Reasons for Cremation......... 470
Sequence of Events at Death.............. 472
3. Two Questions of Importance............. 478
CHAPTER VI. The Art of Elimination.......... 486
Activities Immediately after Death........ 490
The Devachanic Experience............... 496
Tenth Law of Healing.................. 499
CHAPTER VII. The Processes of Integration..... 505
The Significance of Integration............ 508
The State of Mind of the Soul............ 510
Elimination of the Personality Thoughtform.. 515
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THE FUNDAMENTAL LAWS OF HEALING.......... 521
CHAPTER VIII. The laws and rules enumerated and Applied........................ 532
Law I................................ 538
Law II............................... 543
Rule One............................. 550
Law III............................... 558
Law IV............................... 564
Rule Two............................. 577
Law V................................ 582
Rule Three............................ 602
Law VI............................... 607
Law VII.............................. 614
Rule Four............................ 630
Law VIII............................. 633
Law IX............................... 660
Rule Six.............................. 672
Law X................................ 678
CHAPTER IX. The Seven Modes of Healing...... 693
The Seven Ray Energies................. 695
The Rays of Healer and of Patient........ 698
The Seven Healing Techniques........... 705
THE GREAT INVOCATION
From the point of Light within the Mind of God Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love within the Heart of God Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.
From the centre where the Will of God is known Let purpose guide the little wills of men -
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
From the centre which we call the race of men Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
"The above Invocation or Prayer does not belong to any person or group but to all Humanity. The
beauty and the strength of this Invocation lies in its simplicity, and in its expression of certain central
truths which all men, innately and normally, accept-the truth of the existence of a basic Intelligence
to whom we vaguely give the name of God; the truth that behind all outer seeming, the motivating
power of the universe is Love; the truth that a great Individuality came to earth, called by Christians,
the Christ, and embodied that love so that we could understands the truth that both love and
intelligence are effects of what is called the Will of God: and finally the self-evident truth that only
through humanity itself can the Divine Plan work out."
The entire subject of healing is as old as the ages themselves, and has ever been the subject of
investigation and experiment. But as to the right use of the healing faculty and forces, the knowledge
is in its infancy. Only in this age and generation is it at last possible to impart the laws of magnetic
healing, and to indicate the causes of those diseases-originating in the three inner bodies-which today
devastate the human frame, cause endless suffering and pain, and usher man through the portal
which leads to the world of bodiless existence. Only today is man at the point in the evolution of his
consciousness where he can begin to realise the power of the subjective worlds, and the new and vast
science of psychology is his response to this growing interest. Processes of adjustment, of elimination
and of cure engage the minds of all thoughtful people as well as of all suffering people. We have much
to do, and I ask therefore for patience on your part.
When one enters the realm of healing, one enters a world of much esoteric knowledge, and of an
infinity of conclusions, and one is faced with the formulations of many minds, who, through the ages,
have sought to heal and to help. The why and the wherefore of disease have been the subject of
endless investigations and speculations, and much definite deduction has been made as to the cures of
such complaints; there has been also much formulation of methods, of techniques, of formulae, of
prescription, of varied manipulations and of
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theories. All these serve to fill the mind with many ideas some correct, some erroneous-and this makes
it most difficult for new ideas to enter and for the student to assimilate the hitherto unknown.
Aspirants lose much by refusing to let go of that which the lower mind cherishes. When they do
succeed in being entirely open minded and are ready to accept the new theories and hypotheses, they
discover that the old and dearly held truth is not really lost, but only relegated to its rightful place in a
All initiates of the Ageless Wisdom are necessarily healers, though all may not heal the physical
body. The reason for this is that all souls that have achieved any measure of true liberation are
transmitters of spiritual energy. This automatically affects some aspect of the mechanism which is
used by the souls they contact. When I employ the word "mechanism" in these instructions I refer to
different aspects of the instrument, the body or form nature, through which all souls seek
manifestation. I refer, therefore, to:
1. The dense physical body, which is the sumtotal of all the organisms which compose it; these
possess the varying functions which enable the soul to express itself on the physical or objective plane
as part of a greater and more inclusive organism. The physical body is the response apparatus of the
indwelling--spiritual man and serves to put that spiritual entity en rapport with the response
apparatus of the planetary Logos, the Life in which we live and move and have our being.
2. The etheric body, which has one main objective. This is to vitalise and energise the physical body
and thus integrate it into the energy body of the Earth and of the solar system. It is a web of energy
streams, of lines of force and of light. It constitutes part of the vast net-
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work of energies which underlies all forms whether great or small (microcosmic or macrocosmic).
Along these lines of energy the cosmic forces flow, as the blood flows through the veins and arteries.
This constant, individual -human, planetary and solar-circulation---of lifeforces through the etheric
bodies of all forms is the basis of all manifested life, and the expression of the essential non-
separateness of all life. The astral or desire body (sometimes called the emotional body) is the effect of
the interplay of desire and of sentient response upon the self at the centre, and the resultant effect-in
that body-is experienced as emotion and as pain and pleasure and the other pairs of opposites. In
these two bodies, the etheric and astral bodies, ninety percent of the causes of physical disease and
troubles is to be found.
The mental body, or that much of the chitta or mind stuff which an individual human unit can use
and impress, constitutes the fourth of the series of mechanisms at the disposal of the soul. At the
same time let it not be forgotten that these four constitute one mechanism. Five percent of all
modern disease originates in this body or state of consciousness, and here I wish to enunciate the
truth that the constant reiteration by certain schools of healers that the mind is the cause of all
sickness is not as yet a fact. A million years hence, when the focus of human attention has shifted
from the emotional nature to the mind, and when men are essentially mental as today they are
essentially emotional, then the causes of disease must be sought in the mind realm. They are today to
be found (except in a few rare cases) in lack of vitality or in too much stimulation, and in the realm of
feeling, of desires (thwarted or over-indulged) and in the moods, suppressions, or expressions of the
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seated longings, irritations, secret delights and the many hidden impulses which emanate from the
desire life of the subject.
This urge to be and to have has first of all built, and is building, the outer physical response
apparatus, and is today forcing a mechanism that has been constructed essentially for physical ends,
to serve more subjective purposes. This again produces trouble, and only when man realises that
within the outer physical sheath there exist other bodies which serve more subtle response purposes
will we see the gradual readjustment and health of the physical body. With these more subtle sheaths
we shall later deal.
You naturally ask here: What is the general plan which I shall seek to follow as I instruct you in the
laws of healing, those laws which guide the initiates and must gradually supersede the more physical
methods of the present art of healing? You naturally also seek to know what is the special technique
which you-as healers-must learn to employ, both as regards yourselves and as regards those you seek
to heal. I will briefly outline the teaching I shall endeavour to give and point out where you must lay
the emphasis, as you commence the study of this subject.
I shall endeavour first of all to touch upon the causes of disease, for the occult student must ever
begin in the world of origins and not in the world of effects.
In the second place, I shall elaborate the seven methods of healing which govern the "work of
restitution" (as it is called in the occult terminology) as practiced by the initiates of the world. These
determine the techniques which must be employed. You will note that these methods and techniques
are conditioned by the rays (of which I have written elsewhere) * and that therefore the healer has to
* A Treatise on the Seven Rays, Volumes I and II.
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consideration not only his own ray but also the ray of the patient. There are therefore seven ray
techniques, and these require elucidation before they can be applied intelligently.
In the third place, I shall lay emphasis upon psychological healing and upon the need to deal with the
patient in his inner life, for the basic law underlying all occult healing may be stated to be as follows:
All disease is the result of inhibited soul life, and that 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 and particular form.
It is interesting to note that the attempt of the scientist to release the energy of the atom is of the
same general nature as the work of the esotericist when he endeavours to release the energy of the
soul. In this release the nature of the true art of healing is hidden. Herein lies an occult hint.
In the fourth place, we will consider the physical body, its diseases and ills, but only after we have
studied that part of man which lies behind and surrounding the dense physical body. In that way we
shall work from the world of inner causes to the world of outer happenings. We shall see that all that
concerns the health of man originates from:
1. The sumtotal of forces, feelings, desires and occasional mental processes which characterises the
three subtler bodies and determines the life and experience of the physical body.
2. The effect upon the physical body of the condition of humanity as a whole. A human being is an
integral part of humanity, an organism in a greater organism. Conditions existing in the whole will be
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the unit self, and many of the ills from which man suffers today are the effect upon him of conditions
existing in the fourth kingdom in nature as a whole. For these he is not held responsible.
3. The effect upon his physical body of the planetary life, which is the expression of the life of the
planetary Logos, Who is an evolving entity. The implications of this are largely beyond our ken, but the
effects are discernible.
I am not interested primarily in training individuals in order to make them more efficient healers. It
is group healing at which I aim, and it is the work which is done in formation which interests me at
this time. But no group of people can work as a unit unless they love and serve each other. The
healing energy of the spiritual Hierarchy cannot flow through the group if there is disharmony and
criticism. The first work, therefore, of any group of healers, is to establish themselves in love and to
work towards group unity and understanding.
I would like to point out here the need for patience as a healing group integrates and the auras of the
group members blend. It takes a little time for people to learn to work together in perfect
understanding and impersonality, and at the same time to achieve, during their work, a one-
pointedness which will produce the needed group rhythm-a rhythm of such unity and intensity that
the work can synchronise internally. Aspirants and students as they work along these lines must
train themselves to think as a group, and to give to the group (without a niggardly or reticent spirit) the
best that is in them, and also the fruit of their meditation upon these matters.
I might also add that these instructions must be as concise as possible. I shall have to endeavour to
put much truth
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and information into a brief space, so as to make each sentence convey some real idea and give some
real light on the problems which confront a healing group. That which I have to say will fall into two
parts: first, we will deal with the general work of healing and teaching, and this will involve the
impartation by me of laws, of techniques and methods. Secondly, we will consider the healer and how
he can perfect himself in the art of healing.
Is it not true that the prime requisite of all healers is a sympathetic rapport with the patient, so
that the healer achieves insight into the trouble and establishes the confidence of the patient?
Two words I give you which embody the requirements of all true healers, and towards which you
must work. These are Magnetism and Radiation. A healer must be magnetic above everything else,
and he must attract to him:
a. The power of his own soul; this involves alignment through individual meditation.
b. Those whom he can help; this involves a decentralised attitude.
c. Those energies, when need arises, which will stimulate the patient to the desired activity. This
involves occult knowledge and a trained mind.
The healer must understand also how to radiate, for the radiation of the soul will stimulate to
activity the soul of the one to be healed and the healing process will be set in motion; the radiation of
his mind will illumine the other mind and polarise the will of the patient; the radiation of his astral
body, controlled and selfless, will impose a rhythm upon the agitation of the patient's astral body, and
so enable the patient to take right action, whilst the radiation of the vital body, working through the
splenic centre, will aid in
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organising the patient's force-body and so facilitate the work of healing. Therefore, the healer has the
duty of rendering himself effective, and according to what he is, so will be the effect upon the patient.
When a healer works magnetically and radiates his soul force to the patient, that patient is enabled
more easily to achieve the end desired-which may be complete healing, or it may he the establishing of
a state of mind which will enable the patient to live with himself and with his complaint,
unhandicapped by the karmic limitations of the body. Or it may be enabling the patient to achieve
(with joy and facility) the right liberation from the body and, through the portal of death, to pass to
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This is the problem with which all medical practice-down the ages has wrestled. In our present
mechanistic age we have wandered far to the surface of things and away from the partially true point
of view of earlier centuries which traced disease back of the "evil humours" bred and festering in the
inner subjective life of the patient. In the evolution of knowledge on every hand we are now on the
surface of things (note I do not use the word "superficial"), and the hour has struck in which
knowledge can again re-enter the realm of the subjective and transmute itself into wisdom. There is
today a dawning recognition on the part of the best minds in the medical and allied professions, that in
the subjective and hidden attitudes of the mind and of the emotional nature, and in the life of
inhibited or excessive sex expression, must be sought the causes of all disease.
From the beginning of our studies, I would like to point out that the ultimate cause of disease, even
if known to me, would fail to be comprehended by you. The cause lies back in the history of the
distant past of our planet, in the career (occultly understood) of the planetary Life, and that it has its
roots in what is largely designated "cosmic evil." This is a perfectly meaningless phrase, but one that is
symbolically descriptive of a condition in consciousness which is that of
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certain of the "imperfect Gods." Given the initial premise that Deity itself is working towards a
perfection past our comprehension, it may be inferred that there may exist for the Gods Themselves
and for GOD (as the LIFE of the solar system), certain limitations and certain areas or states of
consciousness which still await mastering. These limitations and relative imperfections may cause
definite effects in Their bodies of manifestation-the various planets as expressions of Lives, and the
solar system as the expression of a LIFE. Given also the hypothesis that these outer bodies of divinity,
the planets, are the forms through which certain Deities express Themselves, it may be a true and
logical deduction that all lives and forms within those bodies may be necessarily subject also to these
limitations, and to the imperfections growing out of these unconquered areas of consciousness and
these states of awareness, hitherto unrealised by the Deities, incarnated in planetary and solar form.
Given the postulate that every form is a part of a still greater form, and that we do indeed "live and
move and have our being" within the body of God (as St. Paul expresses it) we, as integral parts of the
fourth kingdom in nature, share in this general limitation and imperfection.
More than this general premise is beyond our powers to grasp and to express, for the general mental
equipment of the average aspirant and disciple is inadequate to the task. Such terms as "cosmic evil,
divine imperfection, limited areas of consciousness, the freedom of pure spirit, divine mind," which are
so freely bandied about by the mystical and occult thinkers of the time: What do they really mean?
The affirmations of many schools of healing as to ultimate divine perfection, and the formulation of
their beliefs in the real freedom of humanity from ordinary ills of the flesh, are they not frequently
high sounding phrases, embodying an ideal, and based often on selfish desire? Do they not constitute
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utterly meaningless sentences in their mystical implications? How can it be otherwise, when only the
perfected man has any real idea of what constitutes divinity?
It is surely better for us to admit that it is not possible for man to understand the deep-seated
causes of that which can be seen emerging in the evolution of form life. Is it not wise to face the issue
and the facts, as they exist for our present realisation, and understand that just as man can enter
more intelligently into the mind of God than can the lesser mind of the animal, so there may exist
other and greater Minds, functioning in other and higher kingdoms in nature which will surely see life
more truly and more accurately than does mankind. It is possible, is it not, that the objective of
evolution (as outlined and emphasised by man) may (in the last analysis) be only that partial fragment
of a greater objective than he, with his finite understanding, can grasp. The whole intent, as it lies hid
in the mind of God, may be very different to what man may conceive today, and cosmic evil and cosmic
good, reduced to terminologies, may lose their significance altogether, and are only to be seen through
the glamour and the illusion with which man surrounds all things. The best minds of this age are only
just beginning to see the first dim ray of light which is piercing this glamour, and serving first of all to
reveal the fact of illusion. Through the light thus cast, the following truth may stand revealed to those
who have the expectant attitude and the open mind: Deity itself is on the road towards perfection-The
implications of that statement are many.
In dealing with the causes of disease, we will take the position that the foundational and ultimate
cosmic cause lies beyond our comprehension, and that only as the kingdom of God is revealed on earth
shall we enter into some real understanding of the general widespread disease to be found upon our
planet in all the four kingdoms in nature. A few
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basic statements can be made, however, which will be found true eventually in the macrocosmic sense,
and can already be demonstrated to be true where the microcosm is intelligently concerned.
1. All disease (and this is a platitude) is caused by lack of harmony-a disharmony to be found existing
between the form aspect and the life. That which brings together form and life, or rather, that which
is the result of this intended union, we call the soul, the self where humanity is concerned, and the
integrating principle where the subhuman kingdoms are concerned. Disease appears where there is a
lack of alignment between these various factors, the soul and the form, the life and its expression, the
subjective and the objective realities. Consequently, spirit and matter are not freely related to each
other. This is one mode of interpreting Law I, and the entire thesis is intended to be an exposition of
2. This lack of harmony, producing what we call disease, runs through all the four kingdoms in
nature, and causes those conditions which produce pain (where the sentiency is exquisite and
developed) and everywhere congestion, corruption and death. Ponder on these words: Inharmony,
Disease, Pain, Congestion, Corruption, Death, for they are descriptive of the general condition
governing the conscious life of all forms, macrocosmic and microcosmic. They are not causes.
3. All these conditions, however, can he regarded as purificatory in their effects, and must be so
regarded by humanity if the right attitude towards disease is to be assumed. This is oft forgotten by
the fanatical healer and by the radical exponent of an idea, finitely grasped and in most cases only
part of a greater idea.
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4. Methods of healing and techniques of alleviation are peculiar to humanity and are the result of
man's mental activity. They indicate his latent power as a creator, and as one who progresses towards
freedom. They indicate his discriminative ability to sense perfection, to vision the goal, and hence to
work towards that ultimate liberation. His error at this time consists in:
a. His inability to see the true uses of pain.
b. His resentment at suffering.
c. His misunderstanding of the law of nonresistance.
d. His over-emphasis of the form nature.
e. His attitude to death, and his feeling that the disappearance of the life out of visual perception
through the medium of form, and the consequent disintegration of that form, indicates disaster.
5. When human thought reverses the usual ideas as to disease, and accepts disease as a fact in
nature, man will begin to work with the law of liberation, with right thought, leading to nonresistance.
At present, by the power of his directed thought and his intense antagonism to disease, he only tends
to energise the difficulty. When he reorients his thought to truth and the soul, physical plane ills will
begin to disappear. This will become apparent as we study later the method of eradication. Disease
exists. Forms in all kingdoms are full of inharmony and out of alignment with the indwelling life.
Disease and corruption and the tendency towards dissolution are found everywhere. I am choosing my
words with care.
6. Disease is not, therefore, the result of wrong human thought. It existed among the many forms
of life long before the human family appeared on earth. If you seek verbal expression, and if you want
to talk within the limits of the human mind, you can say with a measure of accuracy: God,
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the planetary Deity, is guilty of wrong thinking. But you will not be expressing the truth, but only a
tiny fraction of the cause, as it appears to your feeble finite mind, through the medium of the general
world glamour and illusion.
7. From one angle, disease is a process of liberation, and the enemy of that which is static and
crystallised. Think not, from what I say, that therefore disease should be welcomed, and that the
process of death should be cherished. Were that the case, one would cultivate disease and put a
premium on suicide. Fortunately for humanity, the whole tendency of life is against disease, and the
reaction of the form life upon the thought of man fosters the fear of death. This has been rightly so,
for the instinct of self-preservation and the preservation of form integrity is a vital principle in matter,
and the tendency to self-perpetuation of the life within the form is one of our greatest God-given
capacities and will persist. But in the human family this must eventually give place to the use of
death as the organised, freeing process in order to conserve force and give to the soul a better
instrument of manifestation. For this liberty of action, mankind as a whole is not yet ready. The
disciples and aspirants of the world should now, however, begin to grasp these newer principles of
existence. The instinct to self-preservation governs the relation of spirit and matter, of life and form
as long as the Deity Himself wills to incarnate within His body of manifestation-a planet, or a solar
system. I have in the above statement given to you a hint as to one of the basic causes of disease, and
to the endless fight between the imprisoned spirit and the imprisoning form. This fight uses for its
method that innate quality which expresses itself as the urge to preserve and the urge to perpetuate-
both the present form and the species.
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8. The law of cause and effect, called Karma in the East, governs all this. Karma must be regarded
in reality as the effect (in the form life of our planet) of causes, deep-seated and hidden in the mind of
God. The causes that we may trace in relation to disease and death are in reality only the working out
of certain basic principles which govern-rightly or wrongly, who shall say ?-the life of God in form, and
they must ever remain incomprehensible to man until such time as he takes the great initiation which
is symbolised for us in the Transfiguration. All along in our studies, we shall be dealing with secondary
causes and their effects, with the phenomenal results of those subjective effects which emanate from
causes too far away for us to grasp. This should be admitted and grasped. This is the best man can
do with his present mental apparatus. When the intuition rarely works, and the mind is seldom
illumined, why should man arrogantly expect to understand everything? Let him work at the
development of his intuition and at achieving illumination. Understanding may then come his way.
He will have earned the right to divine knowledge. But the above recognition will suffice for our work
and will enable us to lay down those laws and principles which will indicate the way humanity may
gain release from the form consciousness and consequent immunity from the victory of death and
those disease-dealing conditions which govern today our planetary manifestation.
We will divide our consideration of the causes of disease into three parts, eliminating from our quest
for truth the quite understandable but equally futile desire to apprehend the mind of Deity.
I. The psychological causes.
II. Causes emanating from group life.
III. Our karmic liabilities, the karmic causes.
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In all this we shall but gain a general idea (all that is now possible) as to the presence of disease in
the human family, and of that to be found also, in part, in the animal kingdom. When this general
idea is grasped, we shall have a clearer understanding of our problem and can then proceed with our
consideration of the methods which will enable us to handle the undesirable effects with greater
facility. Students of the Art of Healing should likewise remember that there are three ways in which
healing can be brought about, and that all three ways have their place and value, dependent upon the
point in evolution of the subject being healed.
First, there is the application of those palliatives and ameliorating methods which gradually cure
disease and eliminate undesirable conditions; they build up the form life and foster the vitality, so that
disease can be thrown off. Of these methods the allopathic and the homeopathic schools and the
various osteopathic and chiropractic and other therapeutic schools are good exponents. They have
done much good and constructive work, and the debt of humanity to the wisdom, skill and unselfish
attentions of the physicians is great. They are dealing all the time with urgent conditions and
dangerous effects of causes which are not apparent on the surface. Under these methods, the patient
is in the hands of an outside party, and should be passive, quiescent and negative.
Secondly, there is the appearance of the work and methods of the modern psychologist, who seeks to
deal with subjective conditions and to straighten out those wrong attitudes of mind, those inhibitions,
psychoses, and complexes which bring about the outer states or disease, the morbid conditions and
neurotic and mental disasters. Under this method, the patient is taught to cooperate as much as he
can with the psychologist, so that he may arrive at a proper
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understanding of himself, and so learn to eradicate those inner compelling situations which are
responsible for the outer results. He is trained to be positive and active, and this is a great step in the
right direction. The tendency to combine psychology with the outer physical treatment is sound and
Thirdly, the highest and the newest method is that of calling into positive activity a man's own soul.
The true and the future healing is brought about when the life of the soul can flow without any
impediment and hindrance throughout every aspect of the form nature. It can then vitalise it with its
potency, and can also eliminate those congestions and obstructions which are such a fruitful source of
This gives you much to ponder upon. If we go slowly as regards the practical application of
techniques and methods, it is because I seek to lay a sound foundation for that which I shall later
THE TRAINING OF THE HEALER
As regards the training of the healer, I will give from time to time the six rules which govern (or
should govern) his activity. Bear in mind the two words which I earlier gave. They sum up the healer's
story: MAGNETISM and RADIATION. They are different in their effects as we shall later see.
The healer must seek to link his soul, his heart, his brain and his hands. Thus can he pour the
vital healing force upon the patient. This is magnetic work. It cures disease, or may increase the so-
called evil state, according to the knowledge of the healer.
The healer must seek to link his soul, his brain, his heart and auric emanation. Thus can his
presence feed the
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soul life of the patient. This is the work of radiation. The hands are needed not. The soul displays its
power. The patient's soul responds through the response of his aura to the radiation of the healer's
aura, flooded with soul energy.
In considering the Causes of Disease, I find it necessary to speak a word in connection with
conditions-external and internal. It will he apparent to the casual thinker that many diseases and
many causes of death are due to environing conditions for which he is in no way responsible. These
range all the way from purely external occurrences to hereditary predispositions. They might be listed
1. Accidents, which may be due to personal negligence, group happenings, the carelessness of other
people, and the results of fighting, as in labour strikes or war. They can also be brought about by
attacks from the animal or the snake world, accidental poisonings and many other causes.
2. Infections coming to a man from outside and not as the result of his own peculiar blood condition.
Such infections are the various so-called infectious and contagious diseases, and prevalent epidemics.
These may come to a man in the line of duty, through his daily contacts, or through a widespread
condition of disease in his environment.
3. Diseases due to malnutrition, particularly when found in the young. This state of
undernourishment predisposes the body to disease, lowers the resistance and the vitality, and of
offsets the "fighting powers" of the man, leading to premature death.
4. Heredity. There are, as you well know, certain forms of hereditary weaknesses, which either
predispose a person to certain illnesses and consequent death, or produce in him those conditions
which lead to a steady weak-
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ening of his hold on life; there are also those tendencies which constitute a form of dangerous
appetite, which lead to undesirable habits, a letting down of the morale, and are dangerous to the will
of the person, rendering him futile to fight these predispositions. He succumbs to them and pays the
price of such habits, which is disease and death.
These four types of disease and causes of death account for much that we see happening around us
in people's lives, but they are not to be classed definitely under any of the psychological causes of
disease, and will only be considered, and that very briefly, under the section dealing with group life and
its predisposing causes of disease. Infectious diseases are there dealt with, but such situations as
arise out of an automobile or railroad accident, for instance, are not to be considered as coming under
the heading of causes producing disease. That the work of the healer may be involved in these cases is
quite true, but the work to be done is somewhat different to that accomplished when dealing with
those diseases which have their roots in some subtle body or other, or in the results of group disease,
etc. The ills growing out of malnutrition and the wrong feeding of our modern life and civilisation will
not here he considered. For these no child is individually responsible. I am concerned with the diseases
arising in wrong internal conditions.
The responsibility of a child for his living conditions is practically nil, unless you admit karma as a
predisposing factor, and its power to produce those re-adjustments which emerge out of the past and
affect the present. I shall deal with this more fully under our third point, dealing with our karmic
liabilities. I would only suggest here that the whole subject of disease could be treated from the angle
of karma and be definite and conclusive in its value
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had there been right teaching on this abstruse subject from the time that it was given out in the
West. But the truth as it has come to us from the East has been as much distorted by the Eastern
theologian as the doctrines of the Atonement and of the Virgin Birth have been misinterpreted and
taught by the Western theologian. The real truth bears little resemblance to our modern formulations.
I am, therefore, seriously handicapped when dealing with the subject of disease from the angle of
karma. It is difficult for me to convey to you anything of the truth as it really exists, owing to the pre-
conceived ideas as to the ancient Law of Cause and Effect which are necessarily in your mind. When I
say to you that the doctrine of Emergent Evolution and the modern theories of the work of a catalyst
upon two substances which-when brought into relation with each other under the effect of the
catalyst produce a third and different substance-carry in them much of the truth anent karma, will
you understand? I question it. When I say to you that the emphasis given to the Law of Karma as it
explains apparent injustices and stresses always the appearance of pain, disease, and suffering gives
only partial presentation of the basic cosmic truth, is your mind in any way clarified? When I point
out that the Law of Karma, rightly understood and rightly wielded, can bring that which produces
happiness, good, and freedom from pain more easily than it brings pain, with its chain of
consequences, do you feel able to grasp the significance of what I am saying?
The world of glamour is at this time so strong and the sense of illusion so potent and vital that we
fail to see these basic laws in their true significance.
The Law of Karma is not the Law of Retribution, as one would surmise as one reads the current
books upon the subject; that is. but one aspect of the working of the Law
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of Karma. The Law of Cause and Effect is not to be understood as we now interpret it. There is, to
illustrate, a law called the Law of Gravitation, which has long imposed itself upon the minds of men;
such a law exists, but it is only an aspect of a greater law, and its power can be, as we know, relatively
offset, for each time that we see an aeroplane soaring overhead, we see a demonstration of the
offsetting of this law by mechanical means, symbolising the ease with which it can be surmounted by
human beings. If they could but realise it, they are learning the ancient technique of which the power
to levitate is one of the easiest and simplest initial exercises.
The Law of Consequences is not the inevitable and set affair which modern thought surmises, but is
related to the Laws of Thought far more closely than has been believed; towards an understanding of
this, mental science has been groping. Its orientation and purposes are right and good and hopeful of
results; its conclusions and modes of work are at present woefully at fault, and most misleading.
I have referred to this misunderstanding of the Law of Karma as I am anxious to have you set out on
this study of the Laws of Healing with a free and open mind as far as may be, realising that your
understanding of these laws is limited by:
1. Old theologies, with their static, distorted, and erroneous points of view. The teaching of theology is
most misleading, but is, alas, generally accepted.
2. World thought, strongly tinged with the desire element, and with little in it of real thought. Men
interpret these dimly sensed laws in terms of finality and from their little point of view. The idea of
retribution runs through much of the teaching on Karma, for instance, because men seek a plausible
explanation of things as
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they appear to be, and are themselves fond of dealing out retribution. Yet there is far more general
good karma than bad, little as you may think it when immersed in such a period as the present.
3. The world illusion and glamour, which prevents the average and ignorant man from seeing life as it
truly is. Even the advanced man and the disciples are only beginning to get a fleeting and inadequate
glance. at a glorious reality.
4. Uncontrolled minds and unreleased and unawakened brain cells also hinder man from correct
realisation. This fact is often unrecognised. The apparatus of realisation is as yet inadequate. This
point needs emphasising.
5. National and racial temperaments, with their predisposing temperaments, and prejudices. These
factors again prevent a just appreciation of these realities.
I have given enough here to indicate to you the stupidity of attempting to state that you understand
these laws towards which you are groping and which you seek to understand. Nowhere in human
thought is the darkness greater than in connection with the laws concerning disease and death.
It is necessary, therefore, to realise that, from the start, in all I have to say, under the heading The
Psychological Causes of Disease, I am not dealing with those complaints or predispositions to disease
which emerge out of the environment, or with those definitely physical taints which are inherited from
parents who have carried in their bodies and transmitted to their children disease germs which they,
in their turn, may have inherited from their parents. I would like to point out that these inherited
diseases are far fewer than is at present surmised; of these, the predisposition
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to tuberculosis, to syphilis and to cancer are the most important where our present humanity is
concerned; they are inherited and also can be imparted by contact. These I will deal with under our
second major heading on the diseases emanating from the group.
The Psychological Causes of Disease
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
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
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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.
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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
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
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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 they 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-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
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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 of 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.
Disease is the Product of, and subject to, three influences. First, a man's Past, wherein he pays
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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 ate 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:
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
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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 1 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
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
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 no r 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
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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
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
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
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
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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
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.