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Esoteric Healing - Chapter VIII - The Laws and Rules Enumerated and Applied
  1. The conflict of these energies with forces and of forces twixt themselves produce the bodily ills of man.

You will note here that diseases are produced, according to this law, in two ways:

  1. By the conflict of energies with forces.
  2. By the conflict of the forces twixt themselves.

It will be apparent on the surface that this dual warfare is to be expected. Under the first category there is the warfare which takes place in the personality life when the soul definitely turns its attention to its vehicles and attempts to take [592] control. The more determined the person is to submit his personality to soul control, the more intense will be the conflict, with consequent physical conditions of a serious kind as a result. Under this category would come the majority of the diseases of disciples and mystics, largely of a nervous nature and often affecting the heart or the blood stream. They will, in the majority of cases, be confined to the area above the diaphragm, and therefore to those areas conditioned by the head, the throat and the heart centers. A number of what we might call "borderline" cases come under this heading also, but these are confined to the transfer of energies (under soul impact) from the solar plexus center to the heart, and the "line" involved is simply the diaphragm.

Under this first category also would come those difficulties which are brought about, for instance, when the energy of the astral body makes its impact upon the forces of the etheric vehicle, setting up an emotional turmoil, and thus producing serious solar plexus difficulty with resultant gastric, intestinal and liver disturbances. These are all the result of the conflict between energy and forces. All I can do at this point is to give indication of the type of problem which is related to one or other of these two categories; the subject is unsuitable for the brief handling which I purpose here to give.

Under the second category, which concerns the conflict between forces and forces, you have the etheric body involved, and the forces concerned are those to be found in the major and the minor centers, involving their relation to each other and their internal reaction to the impact of energies coming from without the etheric body. These forces and their interplay produce the common ills of man and control the disturbances in the physical organs and the areas of the physical body which are found around these centers. [593]

These in reality constitute the major conditioning factors for the mass of human beings for long aeons or until such time as the soul "pays attention" to the appropriation in full control of its mechanism in the three worlds. These secondary difficulties, due to the interplay between the centers, fall into three categories, and these should be carefully noted:

  1. The interplay between:
    1. The centers above the diaphragm, i.e., the head, the throat and the heart, and very occasionally the ajna center.
    2. The centers below the diaphragm and their relation to each other.
  2. The relation of certain centers to each other, such as takes place under the Law of Transmutation, or the process of lifting up of the forces from one center to another:
    1. From the sacral center to the throat center.
    2. From the solar plexus center to the heart center.
    3. From the center at the base of the spine to the head center.
  3. The impact of the "energy" (note the technical accuracy of my phrasing) of the centers above the diaphragm on those below the diaphragm.

This is a reverse process to that which takes place when the forces below the diaphragm are raised to the centers above the diaphragm. In this third type of relation you have the exercise of the potency of magnetism, and in the other you have the expression of radiation. These two are closely allied at a certain stage of unfoldment. [594]

Under all these relationships there are possibilities of difficulties, resulting in an undesirable effect upon the physical organs found within the area involved. In the early stages of the relation of the centers above the diaphragm to those below, the man is usually quite unaware of what is going on and is then simply the victim of the stimulation applied by the center emanating energy to the center which receives its impact; or he is the victim of devitalization (producing consequently many forms of physical ills) as the centers respond to the stimulation. It is all a question of balance or of equilibrium, and it is for this that the intelligent man and the aspirant must strive.

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