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DISEASES DUE TO THE LIFE OF DISCIPLESHIP
Disease originated from the following four causes:
1. It is the result of blocking the free life of the Soul.
2. It is caused by three influences or sources of contamination:
3. It is conditioned by the forces emanating from the plane upon which the man's consciousness is
4. The five major types of disease, with their allied and subsidiary effects, can and do produce results where
the disciple is concerned; he is not immune until after the third initiation.
The Diseases of Mystics
The disciple is seldom tubercular (except when karmically conditioned), nor is he prone to succumb to the social diseases except as they may affect him physically through his sacrificial life of service. Contagion can affect him but not seriously so. Cancer may claim him as a victim, but he is more liable to succumb to heart complaints and to nervous trouble of some kind or another. The straight mystic succumbs more to purely psychological situations connected with the integrated personality, and therefore incident to his being focussed largely on the Astral plane. The disciple is more prone to mental difficulties and to those complaints which are concerned with energy and are due to fusion—either completed or in process—of Soul and personality.
The first cause which I listed earlier in this treatise was summed up in the statement that disease is the result of the blocking of the free life and the inpouring energy of the Soul. This blockage is brought about by the mystic when he succumbs to his own thought-forms, created constantly in response to his mounting aspiration. These become barriers between him and the free life of the Soul and block his contact and the consequent resulting inflow of Soul energy.
The disciple reverses the entire situation and falls a victim (prior to the third initiation) to the terrific inflow of Soul energy—the energy of the second aspect—coming to him from:
All these streams of energy have a definite effect upon the centers of the disciple, according to his Ray and his specific polarisation in this incarnation. As each center is related to one or other of the glands, and these in their turn condition the blood stream, and also have a specific effect upon the organic structure within the range of their vibratory influence (i.e. the stomach, close to the Solar Plexus, and the heart, close to the Heart center, etc.), you will see how it is possible that the major diseases from which a disciple can suffer (which are unique and confined primarily to advanced humanity) will be the result of overstimulation or the inflow of energy to one particular center, producing excessive and localised trouble.
To these conditions the mystic is not so prone unless he is rapidly becoming the practical mystic or occultist. This is a definite transitional cycle between the mystical attitude and that more definite position which the occultist assumes. I shall not therefore deal with the diseases to which mystics fall heir, except that I would like to point out one interesting fact: The mystic is ever conscious of duality. He is the seeker in search of light, of the Soul, of the beloved, of that higher something which he senses as existing and as that which can be found. He strives after recognition of and by the divine: he is the follower of the vision, a disciple of the Christ, and this conditions his thinking and his aspiration. He is a devotee and one who loves the apparently unattainable—the Other than himself.
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