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Esoteric Healing - Chapter VIII - The Laws and Rules Enumerated and Applied
The rule connected with Law V makes clear the need for this occult knowledge, for it states very definitely certain fundamental injunctions.

Rule Three
Let the healer concentrate the needed energy within the needed center. Let the center correspond to the center which has need. Let the two synchronize and together augment force. Thus shall the waiting form be balanced in its work. Thus shall the two and the one, under right direction, heal.

This rule presupposes a knowledge of the centers, and this knowledge is, as you well know, still embryonic; all that is known in most cases is the location of a center. This, however, especially with untrained healers, is sufficient. Too detailed a knowledge of the formation, condition and responsiveness of a center would handicap the healer, for his thought would be deflected to the detail of the form and away from the energy and its movements.

The rule here requires that the healer, having aligned himself with the soul and "tapped" soul energy (thereby making himself a channel for spiritual force), directs this energy into that one of his own centers which corresponds to the center conditioning the area of the point of friction. If the disease or physical trouble is stomachic, for instance, or related to the liver, the healer will direct his soul energy into the solar plexus center, situated in the etheric spinal column. If the patient should be suffering from difficulty in the heart or the lungs the healer will use the heart center, employing the throat center for diseases of the bronchial tract, the throat, the mouth or the ears. [603]

Two things, therefore, become of importance in connection with the healer himself :

  1. He must know as accurately as possible his own point of development, for that will indicate to him capacity or non-capacity to work with any or with all the centers. In order to use any of his centers in the healing work, the healer must have awakened them in some measure and be able, consciously and by the power of thought, under the agency of the will, to focus energy in whichever center he chooses. This does not mean that all the centers are awakened and truly functioning. It should, however, mean (if he is to heal at all) that he is not confined to the sole use of the centers below the diaphragm but that, by an effort of the spiritual will, thought can be channeled into the higher centers. Many aspirants can do this with greater facility than they believe.
  2. The healer, as he channels energy into some center, prior to directing it to a center in the patient's body, must run no risk of his personal over-stimulation. This is a very important point. So much disease and physical difficulty among ordinary people is abdominal, necessitating the constant use of the solar plexus center by the healer; this could bring about a grave condition of over-emotionalism and even acute astralism on the part of the healer. He would then be the victim of his good intentions and of his spiritual service, for the consequences would all the same be bad; energy is an impersonal force and a purely impersonal agency. Purity of intention, selfless service and goodwill are no true protection, in spite of the platitudes of the sentimental occultist. In fact, the presence of these desirable conditions only increases the difficulty, for soul energy will pour in with [604] great force. An understanding of the risks involved, a sane appraisal of possibility and a scientific and technical understanding of protective measures will be given to the healer towards the latter end of his training. For the present, and because the danger is not at this time so great (owing to lack of potency in people's thinking and their inability to direct thought) the major protective measure consists in the ability of the healer to hold his consciousness steady in the head center with the "eye of direction" turned to the needed center. This involves a dual focus, and for the ability to do this the healer must strive.

It is here that the healer distinguishes between the processes of radiation and magnetization. Having concentrated soul energy in the appropriate center, through the power of direction from the head (the seat of soul energy) and by the potency of thought, the process of radiation ends. This radiation has passed through two stages:

  1. The stage wherein the soul radiated energy into the head center.
  2. The stage wherein the healer directs a ray of that energy from the head center into the "needed center"; it is there focused and held steady.

From that appropriate center the stage of synchronization with the corresponding center in the patient's body is established; this is done, not by the healer sending a ray into that center, but because the potency of the healer's center evokes response from that of the patient; it acts like a magnet, drawing forth a definite radiation from the patient. This radiation, esoterically, "lights up" the point of friction in the surrounding area and - were the healer clairvoyant - would thus enable him to see more clearly the seat of the [605] trouble and, therefore, to arrive at a more accurate diagnosis. Ordinarily, the spiritual healer is depending upon the diagnosis of the medical man in attendance, if he is not one himself.

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