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Esoteric Healing - Chapter VIII - The Laws and Rules Enumerated and Applied
We come now to the consideration of a law which is so inclusive in its significance and in its defining power that it might be regarded as stating the reason for all disease of any nature and at any time in the life history of the race or of individual man. It is stated here and is only regarded as Law IV because of the necessity for the main contentions [564] of the three preceding laws being admitted, considered and studied; also because it is the major law conditioning the appearance of disease in the fourth kingdom in nature, the human kingdom. It is essentially a law related to the fourth Creative Hierarchy, and it was definitely imposed and recognized as a law, governing humanity predominantly, by initiates working in the fourth root-race, the Atlantean. Curiously enough also, when humanity can function with its consciousness centered upon the fourth or buddhic plane, disease will die out and the fourth Creative Hierarchy will finally be freed from that great limitation.

Law IV
Disease, both physical and psychological, has its roots in the good, the beautiful and the true. It is but a distorted reflection of divine possibilities. The thwarted soul, seeking full expression of some divine characteristic or inner spiritual reality, produces - within the substance of its sheaths - a point of friction. Upon this point the eyes of the personality are focused, and this leads to disease. The art of the healer is concerned with the lifting of the downward focused eyes unto the soul, the true Healer within the form. The spiritual or third eye then directs the healing force, and all is well.

This law starts off with the statement of one of the paradoxes of the occult teaching: that good and evil are one and the same thing, though in reverse, or constituting the opposite sides of the one Reality.

Because man is a soul, and is spiritually determined to function as a soul, a state of friction is established between soul and personality; this friction is a major cause (if it is not the major cause) of all disease. Here is a clue to the understanding of the phrase, "fire by friction," the third aspect of the divine "fiery nature" of God, for "our God is a consuming fire." His nature, we are told also, is [565] expressed through electric fire, through solar fire and through fire by friction. These three fires I dealt with at length in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire and hinted at earlier in The Secret Doctrine.

This law states that because man is divine, the urge to divinity produces resistance in the vehicles of expression; this resistance will localize itself in some area of the physical body and produce a point of friction; this friction, in its turn, produces a condition or an area of inflammation. This eventually leads to disease of some kind or another. It is possible, is it not, that you have here another clue - a clue to a problem which has caused so much concern in the metaphysical world: Why do advanced people, spiritual leaders and those oriented to the spiritual life, suffer so frequently from physical difficulties? It is probably because they are at the stage where the energy of the soul, pouring through the physical body, meets resistance from that body of a correspondingly intense kind. This friction set up is so acute that disease is promptly the result. This is not true of disciples who have taken the second initiation; their problem of ill health is otherwise developed.

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