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Letters on Occult Meditation - Letter V - Dangers to be avoided in Meditation
Dangers to the Nervous System

The troubles connected with the nervous system are more frequent than those attacking the brain, such as insanity and disruption of the brain tissue. Almost all who undertake meditation are conscious of an effect in [105] the nervous system; sometimes it takes the form of sleeplessness, of excitability, of a strained energy and restlessness that permit of no relaxation; of an irritability that has been foreign perhaps to the disposition until meditation was pursued; of a nervous reaction - such as a twitching of the limbs, the fingers or the eyes - of depression or a lowering of the vitality, and of many individual modes of showing tension and nervousness, differing according to nature and temperament. This display of nervousness may be either severe or slight, but I seek earnestly to point out it is quite needless, provided the student adheres to the rules of common sense, that he studies wisely his own temperament, and that he does not blindly proceed with forms and methods but insists on knowing the raison d'Ítre of instituted action. If occult students disciplined the life more wisely, if they studied the food problem more carefully, if they took the needed hours of sleep with more determination, and if they worked with cautious slowness and not so much from impulse (no matter how high the aspiration) greater results would be seen and the Great Ones would have more efficient helpers in the work of serving the world.

It is not my purpose in these letters to take up specifically the diseases of the brain and of the nervous system. I only desire to give general indications and warnings and (for your encouragement) to point out that later when the wise Teachers move among men and openly teach in specific schools, many forms of brain trouble and of nervous complaints will be cured through meditation wisely adjusted to the individual need. Proper meditations will be set to stimulate quiescent centers, to turn the inner fire to proper channels, to distribute the divine heat in equable arrangement, to build in tissue [106] and to heal. The time for this is not yet, though it lies not so far ahead as you might imagine.

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