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Esoteric Healing - Chapter IX - The Seven Modes of Healing
The rest of this subject can perhaps be clarified by certain statements which will become clearer as esoteric psychology emerges as a definite educational subject in the decades which lie ahead.
  1. The healer should ascertain his rays, and then proceed with his work on the basis of that information. When that knowledge is not available, he should refrain from the attempt to heal.
  2. When unable - from lack of this knowledge - to carry forward the healing work, let him confine himself to the task of acting as a channel for the energy of love to the patient.
  3. The healer will find it easier in most cases to ascertain his rays, or one of them at least, than to know the rays of the patient.
    There are two reasons for this:
    1. The fact that he seeks to heal and help indicates a fair measure of advancement upon the spiritual way. Such advancement is required for correct finding of the ray quality. A little study of himself and of the possible rays present should in time show him the nature of the energies controlling him.
    2. The patient, if advanced, is liable not to seek his help, but will handle his own problem, through the soul and through the Ashram, if affiliated with one. If he is not advanced, the personality ray will be more easily ascertained than the soul ray, and will therefore provide the point of contact. [702]
  4. The healer, having to his satisfaction determined upon the rays or ray conditioning him, should then prepare himself for the healing task by a minimum of five hours of most careful preparation, related to his mind, the thinking apparatus. I mean not five hours of consecutive mental control and reflection, but a period of quiet thought, carried on - when possible - wherein the healer studies the patient and familiarizes himself with:
    1. The problem of the disease and its particular nature.
    2. Its location in the physical body.
    3. The center involved and (when he is an enlightened disciple) with its condition.
    4. The acuteness of the difficulty and the chance of a cure.
    5. The danger of death or not.
    6. The psychological condition of the patient.
    7. The rays of the patient, if feasible; these, if known, will condition his approach.
  5. Thus prepared, the healer focuses his attention in his own ray. When he only possesses general and not specific knowledge of his own ray or rays and those of the patient, the healer may proceed upon the surmise that one or both are along the line of 1-3-5-7 or 2-4-6 and act upon that general assumption. To possess specific and particularized knowledge is useful, but where it exists not, and particular rays cannot be assigned, it is often possible to determine whether the general trend of the character is along the line of love or of the will, and then to act accordingly. The problem then is whether the relation between healer and [703] patient will be from personality to personality, from soul to soul, or from personality to soul and vice versa.
  6. When the relation is that of personality to personality (and this will be the most usual), the energy with which the healer will work is simply that of planetary prana; the effect of this will be to stimulate the natural processes of the physical body and (in cooperation with nature and so in line with the patient's karma) so fortify his physical vehicle that he can cast off the disease or can be aided to face with confidence the processes of death, and with calm and intelligent understanding pass out to the subtler realms of being.
  7. Where the relation is that of the soul of the healer to the personality of the patient, the healer will work with ray energy, pouring his own ray energy through the center which is controlling the diseased area. When both the soul of the healer and that of the patient are working in cooperation there can be the blending of two energies or (where similar rays are present) the strengthening of one energy and a greatly hastened work of healing or of dissolution.
  8. The healer must ever bear in mind that his task is either to heal - under the karmic law - or to aid in the processes of dissolution, bringing about, therefore, a higher form of healing.
  9. Unless the healer is a higher initiate and can work in full awareness of circumstances and governing conditions, sudden healings and dramatically arrested disease will not occur. If they do occur, it will be due to three things:
    1. The destiny of the patient whose time has not yet come.
    2. The interposition of the patient's own soul, who is, in the last analysis, the agent of karma. [704]
    3. The aid of the healer which proved adequate enough to give the patient the necessary confidence and added strength to bring about his own healing.
  10. Nobody is ever brought back from the "gates of death" whose karma indicates that his time has come; the life cycle on the physical plane then ends unless he is a worker in an Ashram, a disciple of some standing whose work and presence is still needed on earth to complete his assigned task. Then the Master of the Ashram may add His knowledge and energy to that of the healer or to that of the patient, and bring about a temporary postponement of departure. Upon this the healer may not count, or the patient either, for they know not the full and warranting circumstances.
  11. There are certain elementary requirements or conditions in which the healer should work and which are necessary. These are:
    1. Complete quiet in the sickroom, as far as possible.
    2. As few people in the patient's room as wisdom may dictate. The thinking and thought-forms of the people present can either be distracting or distracted, and thereby deflect the currents; on the other hand, they can sometimes strongly aid the healer's work.
    3. The patient - again when possible - should lie on his back, or on his side so that centers up the spine are turned towards the healer. In some cases (and these the healer must himself determine) he should lie in such a position that the healer can hold his hands above the area of disease, though in no case must the healer touch the patient's body.
  12. When quiet, peace and silence have been reached, the healer will proceed with the appropriate technique. The [705] quiet, peace and silence mentioned above refer not only to physical conditions, but to the emotional and mental states of the healer and the patient as well as of those present; this is not always easy to attain.

Where the healer has not the appropriate technique or does not understand the formulas given later in this instruction, he can assemble his own technique and rules after a close study of these healing instructions, which contain enough material and suggestions for such an action.

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