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DEPARTMENT OF

HEALING PHILOSOPHY.

[We invite contributions to this Department from workers and thinkers in every part of the world, together with information from those familiar with Eastern works containing similar teachings which would be valuable for reference. Well-written articles of moderate length will be used, together with terse sayings, phrases, and quotations adapted to arouse comprehension of those principles of wholeness and harmony on which the health of a race depends. The wisdom of the sages and philosophers of all periods and climes, as well as the most advanced expression of modern thought in these lines, will find a welcome in these pages. Co-operation of earnest friends in so brotherly a cause as this will result in a mighty influence for permanent good, physically, mentally, morally, and spiritually. Let us, therefore, in this attempt join hands, minds, and hearts, for a permanent healing of the nations by developing that degree of knowledge which shall make health their common possession.]

THE NATURE OF METAPHYSICAL HEALING.

No surer proof exists that the world is realizing the inefficacy of pills and powders for curing disease than the readiness with which it inquires into the principles and practice of new systems of the healing art. Life and Death are the questions involved, and to these seemingly hostile forces all men are at some period of their lives subjugated. We can endure the loss of houses and lands, of friends, of favor, of rank, of fame; but the hand that touches the life of our dear ones in menace strikes more chillingly upon us, awakes more feverish dread and palsies every energy of the heart and brain more surely, than all else combined. It is but natural, then, that mankind should welcome any method of healing disease which bears hope of accomplishing what other systems have failed to accomplish.

We speak with some certainty of the methods of a regular physician, so called, though nothing could be more irregular and unscientific than the series of clumsy experiments which many

educated physicians practice on their patients. We suppose that the mode of procedure employed by the (regular) physician is well understood what drugs he will select for the victim of fever, what for the rheumatic patient, and what for the dyspeptic. But when we consider the matter carefully, no one can affirm that any certain drug, supposed to be the sworn enemy of a certain form of disease, has invariably, or even very frequently, sustained its character as a specific for that disease; therefore it is not to be universally depended upon. No one knows better than the physician himself how small a degree of confidence he really possesses in his list of "remedies." The patient to whom he says, "Try this, and if it fail I will write another prescription," frequently is tempted to say: "Give me the second remedy first; for, if you have so small faith in the one with the composition of which you are acquainted, how can I be expected to have enough confidence in either to effect a cure?"

Despite the study of anatomy, chemistry, and botany, so little is known of the nature of drugs in their real effect upon the human system that a definite result from a certain mode of treatment can scarcely ever be foretold. The history of medical practice through centuries of experiment is a history of confidence, failure, changes, and disastrous results in the process of testing unknown chemical compounds in the hope of finding an infallible remedy. The "scientific" remedy of one generation is the laughing-stock of the

next.

"If the old system has slain its thousands and proved its fallibility, have we anything better to hope for from the metaphysical healer?" "What is metaphysical healing, and what is the basis of its claim to reliability?" are questions frequently asked by honest, unprejudiced inquirers. In a recent valuable publication the author defines the system as follows:

"Metaphysical healing is a mental method of establishing health-through knowledge of the principles of metaphysics. The principles of metaphysics are the permanent laws of the universe, therefore they are the underlying laws of human existence. The theory is based upon knowledge of those laws which are fundamental to human life and which in repeated tests prove to be the same for all individuals, varying only in degree of intensity, never failing or becoming inoperative while life remains." *

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Metaphysical healing rests upon the theory that disease has its origin in mind. The metaphysician, understanding the laws by which mind works through the body, endeavors to bring about a change in the mental condition, correcting disturbed action and re-establishing natural forces. This is accomplished through the action of telepathy, or thought-transference, by the passing of a condition of health from one's own mind to that of the patient. According to the metaphysical theory, disease originates in distorted mental action. But here one is frequently met by the statement: "My disease is not mental or imaginative; I know precisely how I took this cold or contracted this rheumatism; and if a cure by mental methods depends upon my acceptance of the belief that disease is mental in its origin, then I must renounce the system."

Practice is always more conclusive than theory. The patient may continue to consider his case an exception to ordinary rules, while the metaphysician applies his knowledge of the natural source of health until the sufferer awakes to find himself free from the pain or inconvenience under which he has been laboring, with his spirits buoyant, healthy, and energetic.

A little careful reflection, based on one's own experience, will convince any fair-minded person that mind is frequently the instrument by which conditions of either disease or health are established. A sudden cause for anxiety-the loss of fortune at one blow, the news of shipwreck, fire, or other disaster which caused the loss of life to a dear friend: these or any one of a hundred other causes which send the action of the mind into unhealthy channels, and bring vividly to memory scenes of danger, disasters, apprehension-how often are they accompanied by headache, loss of appetite, insomnia, heart trouble, or kindred ailment, for the cure of which we commonly resort to a drug? The blinding headache was not present before the unwelcome news arrived; and we frequently hear the remark: "Such a piece of news made me ill," but it seldom occurs to these persons to apply a similar remedy to the evident source of the disease. The usual course of reasoning is something as follows: "My dyspepsia was caused by loss of appetite. I ate well before the news of John's sudden death by drowning, but I have not seen a well day since. Undoubtedly my grief and painful thoughts caused the trouble.

I will take some

calomel, nux vomica, or belladonna into my stomach and expect a cure." The cause is admitted to be mental, but a physical remedy -a deadly drug or chemical-is commonly considered necessary to remove the effects of that disturbed mental action.

Now, the metaphysician, instead of prescribing a drug for the body which has become diseased by reflection of unhealthy thought, reasons in this way: "This patient is laboring under a delusion. The accident resulting in loss of life (as he supposes) brought neither death nor destruction to the boy. He is as much alive at this moment as he ever was. The change which his father calls death, and which to him means loss and injury, has produced no destructive change whatever on the real life-the spirit which is really his loved one. True, his body has ceased to move and the pain of absence and parting is inevitable; but cherishing the belief as synonymous with destruction has formed on the father's mind a vivid picture of an erroneous character which produces nervousness and unrest, just as constantly contemplating a picture of some grewsome tragedy represented on canvas by the artist's brush might produce unpleasant sensations resulting in nervousness and lack of ease, which is dis-ease."

How is the body to be cured of its pain and unrest? If a drug administered to one suffering from anxiety will remove that anxiety if a man in the face of shipwreck can be freed from his fear while still remaining conscious-by the ministrations of belladonna, strychnine, or rhus tox., then may we expect to cure the disease resulting from that fear by similar means.

You say, perhaps, that drugs have cured diseases. We acknowledge that recovery to health frequently ensues under the care of a medical practitioner-often to his very great surprise and apparently in response to remedies in which he has little confidence. But faith and nature are invariably responsible for these cures, since a mental condition cannot be relieved by the application of physical remedies unless the patient or the physician has shown faith in their virtue. The metaphysician firmly believes in the motto of the homœopathist-similia similibus curantur; but, instead of using nauseous doses, he sets himself to apply mental remedies to the clearly evident mental causes, and in this he always works with, never against or contrary to, the laws of nature.

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Now," the reader will say, "that is the very point on which we wait to be informed, and which all writers seem to avoid. What are the remedies applied, and by what means are they made to act on the patient?" The question is difficult to answer-perhaps the most difficult in the range of mental healing-for the simple reason that an understanding of principles is necessary to a full comprehension of the seeming mystery.

An illustration may possibly teach this apparent mystery with greater success than a series of statements. Let us suppose that your child awakens in the night sobbing bitterly with terror because of a dream. To his thought the dream has been very real, and he is with difficulty induced to banish from his mind the frightful scene through which he has been living. The mother reaches out and takes the trembling, sobbing child close to her tender heart. She soothes him with all the gentle words at her command, assures him in simple language that there is nothing to fear no terrifying beast, or other creature of his imagination. Then she dwells on the fact that mother is near, mother is loving and strong, and will save her child from any evil; that he may sleep in safety, for mother is waking and will care for him. With gentle tenderness she soon calms the troubled little heart and the child falls asleep peacefully, quite sure that no real injury can come to him when such a guardian is near. The mother's assurances to the child are based on her own deep affection, and this is abiding, watchful, and far-seeing. The child's mind, far from comprehending the thoughts in their regular sequence, is still able to realize perfectly the general sentiment expressed by the mother heart, and so sleeps in quiet confidence that all will be well.

Similarly, the thought of the sick man is disturbed, fearful, anxious. His mind is often soothed by the comforting assurances of a respected physician; but all healing cannot be brought about by detached and haphazard words of consolation, because there is radical disturbance in the mind, and this must be removed before a thorough cure can be effected. Now, just as the mother has spoken in words, the metaphysician speaks in spirit to the spiritual nature of the patient.

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