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Esoteric Healing - Chapter IV - Some Questions Answered
On Certain Types of Disease

Arthritis and diabetes are both diseases which have their origin in the astral body, but if I might put it so inadequately, arthritis is primarily more objective than diabetes, being the result of the satisfaction of physical desire as it expresses itself through food, either in this life or the previous one. There would be little or no arthritis if the race ate with correctness and understood the proper food values and effects. Diabetes is more definitely the result of wrong inner desires, and is not so definitely the result of wrong outer desires. These may originate in this life, as I have said above, or be inherited from a previous existence. In this latter case, the incarnating soul chooses a family in which to be born, which will endow it with a body having a tendency or a natural predisposition to this disease. [312]

There lies here a vast field of investigation; isolation must be made of the types which easily fall a prey to certain group diseases.

Syphilis and arthritis fall into the category of diseases which are largely based upon the satisfaction of physical desire. Cancer and diabetes are more definitely in the class of diseases which are connected with inner emotional desires and the violent suppressed wish-life of many. The infectious diseases, such as measles and scarlet fever, smallpox or cholera are, curiously enough, definitely group diseases and are definitely allied with the mental nature. This will surprise you but so it is.

A student with some insight into occult causes might suppose that when people are changing their focus of attention from the physical nature to the emotional, or from the emotional to the mental, that they become liable to acquire the ancient diseases, such as syphilis and cancer, which the Lemurians acquired. This is not so.

I would remind you that people do not incur these diseases because they made a shift in their consciousness, but through misuse of certain God-given powers. The shift in awareness and the disease are not remotely related to each other. I would remind you, as well, that today people are a blend of the three states of energy which we call physical, emotional and mental, which are the Lemurian, the Atlantean and the Aryan states of consciousness. Scarcely anyone today is a pure type, i.e., predominantly one or the other. They are usually a mixture of all three. You will find it difficult to find a person or a patient "changing his focus of attention from physical to emotional." He will be either emotional or mental, and at brief times, and from a purely physiological standpoint, physical. The clearest lines of demarcation are to be seen in the case of disciples who are definitely and consciously endeavoring to [313] shift their focus of attention on to the mental plane. Nevertheless, they live predominantly in a region which we call kama-manasic, which means both astral and mental. It is an intermediate level of consciousness. Only broad generalizations are therefore possible. Such a generalization is that syphilitic conditions are more generally physical in their origin than cancer. Clear lines of demarcation are not possible, and you must always remember that certain diseases may work out in a particular incarnation which have their origin in a very distant past; the seeds of the condition have lain dormant in the so-called permanent atom for ages. They may not be rooted in the tenor or quality of the present life at all. Suddenly they spring to life and influence the present incarnation, and incidentally, proffer opportunity for release.

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