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In considering the Causes of Disease, I find it necessary to speak a word in connection with conditions external and internal. It will be 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 as follows:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 weakening 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.
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:
- Those arising out of the emotional-feeling nature.
- Those which have their origin in the Etheric body.
- Those which are based on wrong thought.
- 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.
Much of the failure of the healing methods at present employed consists in the inability of the healer to:
- Gauge the extent of the trouble, where it may be located basically, and in what body it principally arises and lies.
- Know where the patient stands upon the ladder of evolution, and where, therefore, he must look first for the source of the difficulty.
- Differentiate between the diseases which are due to inner personal conditions, or to inherited tendencies, or to group distribution.
- To know whether the disease should be handled:
- Allopathically or homeopathically, for both can play their part at times, or through any of the other media of modern skill and science.
- Through radiation or magnetisation, or both.
- Through right inner psychological adjustment, aided by true insight of the healing agent.
- Through calling in the power of a man's own Soul—a thing not possible except the advanced.
- Through definite occult means, such as a healing triangle of Master, Healer, Patient.
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