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The Ray forces manifest differently, according to Ray type and point in evolution. There is therefore no contradiction here to the previous tabulations. If you bear in mind that every human being is basically an expression of five Ray forces:

  1. The Ray of the Soul
  2. The Ray of the Personality
  3. The Ray governing the mental body
  4. The Ray governing the Astral equipment
  5. The Ray of the physical nature

Inhibited or Rampant Desire

It would be of value to you here if I made clear that one of the first things a student has to remember is that—for the majority of human beings, for the huge majority—the influences and impulses which emanate from the Astral plane are a predisposing factor in all matters with which the individual concerns himself, apart from those conditions which (being imposed upon him from his environment and the period in which he lives) are, for him, unavoidable. The Astral plane is a center of dynamic emanating force, which is fundamentally conditioning in its effect because of the stage of the individual consciousness at which that majority finds itself. Men are swayed by the impulse of desire of a high or low calibre. This is, of course, a broad generalisation, for that basic condition is becoming steadily modified by impulses coming from the Mental plane. This necessarily complicates the problem. Influences emanating from the Soul are also becoming appreciably present, and still further complicate the problem of the advanced human being. This "problem of complication" (if I might so call it) constitutes a "hard saying" for the student to understand in relation to his own physical condition or to that of any one whom he may be seeking to help.


Diseases are an effect of the basic centralisation of a man's life energy. From the Plane whereon those energies are focussed, proceed those determining conditions which produce ill health, and which, therefore, work out as disease or as freedom from disease.

It will be apparent to you, therefore, that a shift of the inner attention (the mental attitude) of the patient can and will produce either real freedom from physical ills or an intensification of those reactions which produce discomfort, disease or death.

In the three laws which I have given you and which you now have before you for consideration, it is obvious that the following facts emerge. These should form the basis of your reflection:

Disease is the result of the blocking of the free flow of the life of the Soul. It is conditioned by the forces emanating from that plane whereon a man's consciousness is primarily centered and is the result of three influences:

  1. Ancient error, emanating from the past history of the person involved.
  2. Human taints, inherited because one is a member of the human family.
  3. Planetary evil, imposed upon all forms on earth by the basic condition of materiality, and by time.

There are five major groups of diseases, with their allied complaints and subsidiary diseases:

  1. Tuberculosis
  2. The syphilitic diseases
  3. Cancer
  1. Heart difficulties
  2. Nervous diseases

It will be seen, therefore, that man comes into incarnation having inherited predispositions to disease which come:

  1. From his own past; i.e., effects which are the result of causes initiated in earlier incarnations.
  2. From the general racial heritage of humanity.
  3. From the condition of the planetary life. These latter causes lift the whole problem out of the usual comprehension of the average man.


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