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Healing Music for Body, Mind, and Soul

“It is highly probable that the Greek initiates gained their knowledge of the philosophic and therapeutic aspects of music from the Egyptians, who in turn, considered Hermes the founder of the art According to one legend, this god constructed the first lyre by stretching strings across the concavity of a turtle shell. Both Isis and Osiris were patrons of music and poetry. Plato, in describing the antiquity of these arts among the Egyptians, declared that songs and poetry had existed in Egypt for at least ten thousand years and that these were of such an exalted and inspiring nature that only gods or godlike men could have composed them. In the Mysteries the lyre was regarded as the secret symbol of the human constitution, the body of the instrument representing the physical form, the strings the nerves, and the musician the spirit.” ~Manly P. Hall

Healing Music

The idea that music has healing powers is not new. Ancient shaman played drums and chanted to heal. The Australian Aborigines used the didgeridoo more for healing than for music. In modern times, the art of using sound for healing has become a science. Scientific methods have been used to find specific sounds and frequencies that heal certain illnesses or body parts.

We all know that certain types of music can be soothing. Other types can excite and make you happy. Still others can make you sad. Our mother’s singing or playing lullabies to us as babies is generally our fist introduction to this. Some farmers play music in their fields to produce better crops. And when I toured a small Tequila distillery in Mexico a few years ago, I learned that they played classical music to the bins of aging tequila. They said it produced a smoother, more mellow product. If you wish to delve deeper in healing sounds, visit the sonatherapy website. Continue reading “Healing Music for Body, Mind, and Soul”


Sickness: Physical and Spiritual, Positive and Negative

“People have in the past lost their physical bodies because, being in ignorance of the fact that sickness is a process for the spirit to throw off the old material thought and take on new, they have used their forces in the wrong way to retain such thought. They retain it by their belief. Your belief will make your sickness a benefit or an evil to you. If you can but entertain the belief that it is a spiritual process for getting rid of old worn‐out elements, you assist greatly the mind in the performance of this process.

“If, however, you believe that sickness is entirely a physical condition, and that no benefit and only evil comes of it, you are using force only to load down the spirit with more and more error of which your flesh and blood will be in quality an expression, until at last your spirit rejects the body it has been trying to carry, and drops its burden. It rejects at last the whole body through the same laws by which it rejects a part of it when that part is spiritually dead. If you receive with scorn the thought that your physical body through fresher and fresher renewal of Its substance can be made perpetual, you close to yourself an entrance for life, and open another to decay and death.” ~Prentice Mulford

Process of Sickness

Actually, I think Mr. Mulford is oversimplifying sickness. There are different kinds of sickness that happen for different reasons.

There is a type of “illness” that is really just the body growing and changing. This is a perfectly natural and normal process. We need not fear it or fight. While this happens mostly in growing children, it can also happen in adults. It can happen when a person makes significant changes in lifestyle. For example, a person who has eaten a low-fiber diet for years, then switches to a high-fiber one may get diarrhea for a while. He hasn’t become ill, this is just a cleaning process.

Other sickness is “caused” by bacteria, viruses, or poisonous substances in our food. Re are the type of illnesses that should be fought off or prevented. Foolish people try to prevent them by spraying disinfecting chemicals everywhere. They don’t stop to ask the question, “If this stuff can kill bacteria and viruses, what is is doing to me?”. The answer to that question is that it is harming you also.

The real answer to preventing this type of illness is to strengthen our own immune system. We do that with exercise, healthy eating, and positive thinking.

The third major type of sickness is that which is sent to you by demons or dark beings. They want to stop you from something you are trying to do, so they make you ill. Or they may just be feeding on your energy like a vampire with little concern for how it harms you. There are ways to help protect yourself from such attacks that I’m not going to get into in this post.


Spiritual Growth Sickness

Beyond the sickness caused by dark beings and forces that wish to prevent our spiritual growth, there is another form of spiritual growth illness. This is a more positive thing and is much like that growth sickness Mr. Mulford is talking about in the quote.

When we start spiritual development exercises and awaken our spirit and soul, changes in our energy flow happen. This is not just on the spiritual level, but sinks down to the mental and physical levels as well. This can result in physical changes to our bodies, positive changes. A type of sickness resembling a cold or the flu can often happen while these changes are taking place. These bouts of spiritual growth illness are short lived—usually just a few days—and need not be fought. We should, in fact, celebrate them because it provides proof that our spiritual growth techniques are working. So keep growing and may your sicknesses always be of the beneficial kind.

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Materialistic “Dropsy” that Prevents Spiritual growth

“If a man thus falls into sickness and cold, he is sometimes caught by dropsy, that is to say, he has an inclination towards the outward possession of earthly things. The more such men acquire the more they desire; for they straightway become dropsical. The belly, that is, the appetites or lusts, swell terribly, and the thirst will not be quenched. But the face of conscience and discretion become small and thin, for these men put hindrances against the inflow of the grace of God. It they thus accumulate the waters of earthly possessions about the heart, that is, if they cling to them with desire, they cannot progress in works of charity; for they are sick, they lack the inward spirit of life and breath, that is to say, they lack the grace of God and inward charity.” ~John of Ruysbroeck

Materialistic Dropsy

Dropsy is an outdated term used to describe a number of illnesses that resulted in swelling or water retention. What Ruysbroeck is describing is a more spiritual dropsy, but one which can have physical symptoms as well. Since we have the Hermetic, “as above, so below” to deal with, illnesses on the mental and spiritual levels can make the body sick as well. The opposite is also true. Those who are spiritually healthy are less prone to physical illness.

Healthy Spiritual Masters

Remember that time that Jesus had to cancel a talk because of a sick headache? How about the time that Buddha spent a week in bed with the flu? No, you don’t. There are, to my knowledge, no record of these prophets and spiritual masters getting physically ill.

It is true that spiritual students can get ill, but they do so less frequently than others. They also get well faster. There is one exception. Spiritual students who are growing spiritually often get a mild case of a kind of flu. It isn’t really flu, however, because it isn’t caused by the Influenza virus. It is a physical reaction to a sudden spurt in spiritual growth. This spiritual flu is always mild, and will never turn to a more severe form. And because they have lost (or should have lost) any attachments they may have had to material possessions, they cannot get materialistic dropsy.

Acquisition Headaches

Many illnesses are directly or indirectly caused by stress. The stress of trying to get the things we want and failing. Wearing ourselves out trying to get things we don’t really need causes even more stress. And then there is the stress of wondering how we are going to pay for the things after we have them. This stress can directly cause headaches, backaches, stomach problems, and more. It can also weaken our immune system which that leads to many other illnesses.

A Spiritual Solution

Ruysbroeck says we can’t do “works of charity,” or develop our spiritual self when we are caught up in the pursuit of material possessions, or have become too attached to those that we have. So we end up with a catch-22 type of situation. Developing our spiritual side is the best way to escape from the chains of materialism. But the hold of materialism prevents any significant spiritual growth.

The solution is a gradual approach to both. We make an effort to develop our spiritual self as much as possible. We also work on freeing ourselves of those attachments to matter. We make a little progress on one, then a little on the other. Right foot forward, then the left, and we are walking toward our goal. Each much proceed at their own pace. The important thing is to keep moving forward. And when you fall, or take a step back, just get up and start forward again. And one day you too will be free of that materialistic dropsy that is the root of all illnesses.

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Spiritual Physician Heal Thyself and Others

“It is well known that if a rich person has confidence and faith in his physician, he is more liable to be benefited by the latter than if he mistrusts him. … The presence of a spiritually-minded physician who possesses a strong soul, and who desires to help the patient, is a power which is often sufficiently strong to change the pathological activity of the soul-elements of the patient … and thus to restore the patient. Every physician ought therefore to be a magician in a certain sense. He ought not to doubt in the least that he will be successful. …

“In this power of the spirit over the element of matter by means of the soul rests the power of certain signs, images, formulas, incantations, words, etc. … By the will and imagination of the spirit the soul receives strength to act upon matter.” ~Franz Hartmann

Confidence and Trust

It is definitely true that if you have confidence in your doctor, you are more likely to get well under his care. And this isn’t limited to wealthy patients, nor to doctors. If we trust and have confidence in our teachers, we are more likely to learn from them. Even with a cook, we will get more enjoyment and nourishment from the meal if we have confidence in them.

Spiritual Physician

Mr. Hartman says that we get more help from a “spiritually-minded” physician. That is true on several levels. If we limit it to a physical physician who treats illness of the body, we can see that being spiritual helps. First, a spiritually-minded doctor will trust his intuition more than most. He will use it both as a diagnostic aid, and as an aid in choosing appropriate treatment. Such a doctor is lee likely to be taken in by the promotional material he gets from the big drug companies.

A psychiatrist is even more likely to benefit from being spiritual. This field is still relatively new, and there is still a lot the psychiatrists don’t know. Having a well-developed intuition would certainly be a great aid to them. In the area of research, a doctor with spiritual insights will do a better job deciding which leads to follow to find new treatments.

Finally, there is the spiritual physician. This is not recognized as an area of medicine today, but it probably will be one day. In the distant past, the Shaman, Priest, or spiritual leader of a tribe or group was usually the one people turned to when they were sick. In other cases, the medicine man of the tribe worked closely with the spiritual leader. Still, this was mostly in dealing with illness on the physical level. Real spiritual medicine is on a higher level.

The true spiritual physician can tell that a person illnesses or problems are rooted in his spirit. Either the spirit has not been developed at all, or it has more negative energy than positive. In such cases, there is little that can be done on the physical level. Such treatments may work, but only temporarily. If the person is ill on a spiritual level, that is the level where he must receive treatment. Only a trained spiritual doctor can do that. Continue reading “Spiritual Physician Heal Thyself and Others”