|The Causes of Disease Summarized
occult consideration of disease it must be accepted as a basic proposition that all
disease is a result of the misuse of force in some earlier life or in this. This is
fundamental. In connection with this I would remind you of some statements I have earlier
made on this matter.
Disease is a
fact in nature. When this is accepted, men will begin to work with the Law of Liberation,
with right thought, leading to right attitudes and orientation, and with the principle of
non-resistance. Of this non-resistance, the overpowering willingness to die which is so
frequently a characteristic of the final stage immediately preceding death is the lowest
manifestation. It is non-resistance which psychologically governs coma. 
The Law of
Cause and Effect, or of Karma, governs all disease. This embraces individual, group,
national and total human karma.
- Ninety per cent of the causes of disease are to be found in the etheric and astral
bodies. Wrong use of mental energy and misapplied desire are paramount factors, yet with
the bulk of humanity still in the Atlantean stages of consciousness, only five per cent of
the prevalent diseases are due to mental causes. The percentage varies with the
development of the race and its evolution. Disease is therefore the working out into
manifestation of undesirable, subjective conditions - vital, emotional and mental.
- Everything concerning the health of man can be approached from three angles:
- That of the personality life - of this we are learning much. 
- That of humanity as a whole - this is beginning to be appreciated.
- That of the planetary life - of this we can know little.
- All disease is caused by lack of harmony between form and life, between soul and
personality; this lack of harmony runs through all the kingdoms in nature.
- The bulk of diseases are of:
- Group origin.
- The result of infection.
- Malnutrition, physically, subjectively and occultly understood.
- Diseases for the masses, for the average citizen, for the intelligentsia and for
disciples differ widely and have differing fields of expression.
- The three major groups of diseases for the first two classes are:
The social diseases.
- The two major diseases for the intelligentsia and for disciples are:
If you will
pause at this point and review what I have restated, and if you will reread and reflect
upon the four Laws and the four Rules you will possess the needed groundwork upon which to
proceed with our future studies, beginning with the diseases incident to the life of
discipleship. Some of this I have already dealt with in A Treatise on the Seven
Rays, Vol. II. pages 520-625. There the approach was largely from the angle of
the mystic, whereas I am here going to touch upon the problems of the accepted disciple.