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This is the 61. Chapter of "The Man-Made Church"


61. How to be sick and how to stay sick


by Frank L. Preuss


H. P. Blavatsky 1 2 3 4     Jane Roberts 1 2 3 4 5     Lyall Watson 1 2 3     Arthur Ellison 1 2 3


How to get out of sickness is an important matter. Now to show how to get out of sickness it is expedient to show how not to get out of it.

When we have a look at the negative side of this matter then it might be much easier to see the positive side.

On this webpage we will have a look at examples, at negative examples.

Now I could bring examples out of my own life and out of the life of people which I came across and who I observed and whose faith I measured.

That might be quite helpful and give insights.

But I will bring examples that can be checked and that are documented and where the documentation is available to public inspection.

We will have a look at people who are known and who are writers or have been writers and who, in the pursuit of being authors, have given details of their life, of their illnesses, and where they have made statements, most of the time very much unintentionally, that allow the reader to measure their faith.

So now let us start and our first example is

^ H. P. Blavatsky, 12.08.1831-8.5.1891

^ H. P. Blavatsky 1

We now come to the first quote. It is from a book by Helena Blavatsky which has the title "The Secret Doctrine". It is her most famous book and there we just have to read the second sentence to give us a lot of insight into the mentality of Blavatsky. Now follow the first two sentences of that book, from page i:

THE Author – the writer, rather – feels it necessary to apologise for the long delay which has occurred in the appearance of this work. It has been occasioned by ill-health and the magnitude of the undertaking.

This is first of all simply a bad confession.

To make such a statement, mentioning one’s ill-health, is the main reason of having ill-health. It is a statement that defines a person. That is what this person believes she is. She believes she is a person of ill health.

A spiritual person with knowledge of the power of words and beliefs would avoid, probably at all cost, to utter such a remark. Now something like this can happen, especially at the beginning of a person’s walk in faith and the wrong words come out of the mouth, but then we should do something about it and cancel such a negative exclamation, immediately. But in this case it is not just spoken, but written down, and not only that, but published all over the world. Now The Secret Doctrine is regarded as an important work in the field of spiritual literature, especially among Theosophists it is regarded as the major work of theirs. Blavatsky is a person of outstanding abilities. These are supernatural abilities. But in addition to that she was also a highly courageous woman and a fighter and had no problems taking on the most powerful organizations of the world, like for example science or Orthodoxy, especially the Catholic Church.

Here follows a statement from a book by Helena Blavatsky which we have already mentioned, "The Secret Doctrine", page 211:

The Bible, from Genesis to Revelations is but a series of historical records of the great struggle between white and black Magic, between the Adepts of the right path, the Prophets, and those of the left, the Levites, the clergy of the brutal masses.

I will give an example of her supernatural abilities; it comes from an extract from pages 150 to 151 of the book "H. P. Blavatsky – Collected Writings, Volume VI, 1883-1884-1885":

It would seem, therefore, that the quotations, as they appear in the text of H. P. B.’s article, are somewhat garbled, due to one or another reason. Special attention is drawn to the page reference, as given in the text, namely "p. 76." Aside from the omission of the digit 4, possibly through careless proof-reading, this reference might be a case in which, according to H. P. B.’s own explanation, some of the references seen by her in the Astral Light became reversed, as a result of her being disturbed while working. In her Reminiscences of H.P. Blavatsky and "The Secret Doctrine" (p. 33), Countess Wachtmeister relates how she once asked H. P. B. "how it was that she could make mistakes in setting down what was given to her." H. P. B. answered as follows:
"Well, you see, what I do is this. I make what I can only describe as a sort of vacuum in the air before me, and fix my sight and my will upon it, and soon scene after scene passes before me like the successive pictures of a diorama, or, if I need a reference or information from some book, I fix my mind intently, and the astral counterpart of the book appears, and from it I take what I need. The more perfectly my mind is freed from distractions and mortifications, the more energy and intentness it possesses, the more easily I can do this; but today, after all the vexations I have undergone in consequence of the letter from X., I could not concentrate properly, and each time I tried I got the quotations all wrong . . . "
Another possible instance of similar circumstances is mentioned on page 305 (footnote) of the Vth Volume (1883) of the present series. - Compiler.

We must not forget the teaching of Jesus regarding the evaluation of a person who possesses supernatural gifts. We had discussed this in detail in 8. Watch Out! where the difference between the gifts of the spirit and the fruit of the spirit was dealt with as it is explained by Jesus in Matthew 7:15-27, in his Sermon on the Mount. The gifts of the spirit simply do not count with such an evaluation, the fruit of the spirit only.

So we will have to look for the fruit.

I now bring another example of the supernatural talent of Blavatsky. It comes from the book "H. P. Blavatsky – Collected Writings, Volume VIII, 1887":

Pages 397-398

Again I attempted a diversion: "There is one thing about the S. P. R. Report I want you to explain. What about the writing in the occult letters?"

"Well, what about it?" asked H. P. B., immediately interested.

"They say that you wrote them yourself, and that they bear evident marks of your handwriting and style. What do you say to that?"

"Let me explain it this way," she answered, after a long gaze at the end of her cigarette. "Have you ever made experiments in thought-transference? If you have, you must have noticed that the person who receives the mental picture very often colours it, or even changes it slightly, with his own thought, and this where perfectly genuine transference of thought takes place. Well, it is something like that with the precipitated letters. One of our Masters, who perhaps does not know English, and of course has no English handwriting, wishes to precipitate a letter in answer to a question sent mentally to him. Let us say he is in Tibet, while I am in Madras or London. He has the answering thought in his mind, but not in English words. He has first to impress that thought on my brain, or on the brain of someone else who knows English, and then to take the word-forms that rise up in that other brain to answer the thought. Then he must form a clear mind-picture of the words in writing, also drawing on my brain, or the brain of whoever it is, for the shapes. Then either through me or some Chela with whom he is magnetically connected, he has to precipitate these word-shapes on paper, first sending the shapes into the Chela’s mind, and then driving them into the paper, using the magnetic force of the Chela to do the printing, and collecting the material, black or blue or red, as the case may be, from the astral light. As all things dissolve into the astral light, the will of the magician can draw them forth again. So he can draw forth colours of
pigments to mark the figure in the letter, using the magnetic force of the Chela to stamp them in, and guiding the whole by his own much greater magnetic force, a current of powerful will."

"That sounds quite reasonable," I answered. "Won’t you show me how it is done?"

"You would have to be clairvoyant," she answered, in a perfectly direct and matter-of-fact way, "in order to see and guide the currents. But this is the point: Suppose the letter precipitated through me; it would naturally show some traces of my expressions, and even of my writing; but all the same, it would be a perfectly genuine occult phenomenon, and a real message from that Mahatma.

One aspect that affects faith is speaking, but there are others, for example promising. Not keeping a promise is a sure sign of lack of faith. A person who does not keep his promise cannot really believe his own words. A promise is actually foretelling an event. As we do not know the future - we cannot actually foretell it. So we should be very careful with promises. We simply do not know if we will still be alive to keep our promise. Basically we should avoid promises. It we do make one, we should keep it. The main reason being to keep our word. If someone tells another person to meet him at a certain time at a certain place, then he should stand for this arrangement.

Blavatsky seems to have made the promise to produce the book "The Secret Doctrine" by a certain time and now had to apologize to these people. That does not really cause a problem, this delay, what causes a problem is that she cannot trust her own words and that she announces this shortcoming in public.

And then there is a reason visible why ill-health is useful and why it is not avoided under all circumstances, and that is that illness serves as an excuse. Other people use illness as a means to manipulate people. There are many other uses for illness, for example as an excuse not to work, not to go to work.

But a main aspect of sickness is that it is simply accepted as a state of being, as a state that is accepted in life, as a state that is normal and that, so it seems, everybody has to live with.

A believer confesses that he is healed by the wounds of Jesus. A confession contradicting this would be wrong, a sin, a sign of distrust.

Helena Blavatsky, also because of her supernatural gift of being able to see into the Akashic Chronic, the Book of Life, had access to wisdom literature and knew many books that contain wisdom teachings and explanations of the universe, but all that does not necessarily produce wisdom in a person. A person that does receive some wise teachings but does not apply them in her life will have no benefit from them. Only the doing will bring a change.

^ H. P. Blavatsky 2

I will now bring several passages that give insight in the thinking of H.P. Blavatsky, also from the book called "H. P. Blavatsky – Collected Writings, Volume VI, 1883-1884-1885":

Pages 184-185
Still later, approximately in January, 1884, but a short time before leaving for Europe, H. P. B. wrote from Adyar, to A. P. Sinnet (The Letters of H. P. Blavatsky to A. P. Sinnet, p. 64) as follows: ". . . And now the outcome of it is, that I, crippled down and half dead, am to sit up nights again and rewrite the whole of Isis Unveiled, calling it Secret Doctrine and making three if not four volumes out of the original two, Subba Row helping me and writing most of the commentaries and explanations . . . ."

Page 332
And this is how it is, in the course of our lives; the trouble that comes upon us is always just the one we feel to be the hardest that could possibly happen – it is always the one thing we feel we cannot possibly bear.

Page 337, 1885
My present illness is pronounced by my medical attendants mortal; I am not promised even one certain year of life.

Page 338, 1885
At about this time Madame Blavatsky was having severe attacks of palpitation of the heart, and all at Head-quarters were kept in a state of alarm, as the physicians had expressed the opinion that under any sudden excitement death might be instantaneous.

So here we have it: "I, crippled down and half dead" and "the trouble that comes upon us" and "My present illness".

^ H. P. Blavatsky 3

But we will now come to an important stated view of Blavatsky and it is also found in "H. P. Blavatsky – Collected Writings, Volume VI, 1883-1884-1885":

Page 360
I have never believed, nor shall I ever believe, in a Supreme Being.

A person can believe in almost anything that spiritual writings teach us, but one thing is indispensible. Blavatsky, for example, even believed in Oneness and the existence of the Dhyan-Chohans or angels and in thought transference, was even an expert in telepathy and in explaining this form of communication, but all this does not help when she still says in her heart, There is no God.

Such a person will remain a fool and an organization based on this attitude will remain a collection of fools.

Now this statement of Blavatsky that she does not believe in a Supreme Being sheds light on her organization called Theosophy, a word where the word God is part of, and therefore leaves little credibility left, but it also gives insight into her attitude towards being led by the spirit of God and therefore by light beings.

In H. P. Blavatsky’s book "Studies in Occultism," on page 96, she writes, "We maintain – having unfortunately passed at one period of life personally through such experiences – that on the whole, mediumship is most dangerous;" and such medium ship is indeed most dangerous, which is not carried out under the protection of light beings and therefore of God.

So Blavatsky has been a medium and was used by beings of darkness and her conclusion is therefore that it is dangerous, but now she leads her followers, including herself, to also abstain from being in contact with God and with beings of light and therefore her claim to deal with wisdom, with the wisdom of God, is highly deceptive.

So there is no divine wisdom in her Theosophy.

So Blavatsky's Theosophy is actually something that keeps people away from God.

^ H. P. Blavatsky 4

And now from the book called "H. P. Blavatsky – Collected Writings, Volume VIII, 1887":

Page 299
Theosophy, on the contrary, teaches that perfect, absolute justice reigns in nature, though short-sighted man fails to see it in its details on the material and even psychic plane, and that every man determines his own future. The true Hell is life on Earth, as an effect of Karmic punishment following the preceding life during which the evil causes were produced. The Theosophist fears no hell, but confidently expects rest and bliss during the interim between two incarnations, as a reward for all the unmerited suffering he has endured in an existence into which he was ushered by Karma, and during which he is, in most cases, as helpless as a torn-off leaf whirled about by the conflicting winds of social and private life.

Page 393, 1887 in London
Then a piercing call for "Louise," and her Swiss maid appeared, to receive a voluble torrent of directions in French, and H. P. B. settled herself snugly into an armchair, comfortably near her tobacco-box, and began to make me a cigarette. The cuffs of a Jaeger suit showed round her wrists, only setting off the perfect shape and delicacy of her hands, as her deft fingers, deeply stained with nicotine, rolled the white, rice-paper round Turkish tobacco.


Page 395, 1887 in London

"Do you really think so? That’s right!" cried H. P. B.; and then she turned on her secretary, and poured in a broadside of censure, telling him he was greedy, idle, untidy, unmethodical, and generally worthless. When he ventured an uneasy defence, she flared up and declared that he "was born a flapdoodle, lived a flapdoodle, and would die a flapdoodle." He lost his grip, and not unnaturally made a yellow streak of egg across her white tablecloth.

"There!" cried H. P. B., glaring at him with withering scorn, and then turning to me for sympathy in her afflictions. That was her way, to rate her disciples in the presence of perfect strangers. It speaks volumes for her, that they loved her still.


Pages 396-397, 1887 in London
I never saw anything so overwhelming. She rose up in her wrath like the whole Russian army of five millions on a war footing and descended on the poor Briton’s devoted head, with terrific weight. When she was roused, H. P. B. was like a torrent; she simply dominated everyone who came near her; and her immense personal force made itself felt always, even when she was sick and suffering, and with every reason to be cast down. I have never seen anything like her tremendous individual power. She was the justification of her own teaching of the divinity of the will. "But H. P. B." – hesitated the secretary. But she crushed him with a glance, and he desperately helped himself to more toast only to be accused of gluttony.

Page 400, 1887 in London
"My dear, I cannot tell you exactly, for I do not know. But this will tell you. He was in the very prime of manhood then. I am an old woman now, but he has not aged a day. He is still in the prime of manhood. That is all I can say. You may draw your own conclusions."

Page 407, 1887 in London
But I am an old woman now, and have seen much of human life in many countries.

The last five quotes come from an interview H. P. Blavatsky gave in Spring 1887 in London and as she was born 1831 she was at the time of the interview 56 years old and when a 56 years old person describes herself as old then that will obviously help to feel old and be physically old.

So we have come to the end of quotes about Blavatsky, and therefore Theosophy, and now comes something about Theosophy, an extract from a book by Rafael Lefort with the title "The Teachers of Gurdjieff". It is a statement by Hassan Kerbali:

Man is basically greedy, lazy, and self-indulgent and seeks every opportunity to avoid tasks that need effort. Physical effort is less difficult than mental effort, and effort on a developmental level more difficult still. Mental discipline is a product of determined discipline. It is no accident that some have it and some not. If you are prepared to struggle with yourself, good; otherwise seek an easier way, which will lead you nowhere but give you an idea that life’s mysteries are open to you.

Pick Zen, Theosophy or Yoga, are all refuges for the incapable who want something to occupy their time and give them something both supernatural and seemingly rewarding to hold on to. If they would but use in directing their mental processes one quarter of the energy they use tying themselves in knots and in other curious activities, they would proceed further.

Theosophy only then brings something when an effort is made on a developmental level.

^ Jane Roberts, 8.5.1929-5.9.1984

^ Jane Roberts 1

So that was Helena Blavatsky and we will now have a look at the Seth books and books about Seth. Here comes the first quote.

From Jane Roberts’ book "The God of Jane: A Psychic Manifesto," 1981, page 11:

As Rob’s mentioned in his notes for Seth’s books, I’ve had considerable trouble with stiffness through the years, an arthritic-like condition that makes it very difficult for me to get around normally.

On the same page, page 11, Jane Roberts writes about positive creativity, but all this theoretical knowledge is of no use when simple things like right and wrong speaking are not acknowledged or when it is not even known that thinking and speaking is what creates health and sickness.

Now follow two more quotes from the same book.

^ Jane Roberts 2

From Jane Roberts’ book "The God of Jane: A Psychic Manifesto," 1981, page 39:

I was somewhat reluctant about another issue, too. In his own notes for the Seth books, Rob mentioned my physical symptoms occasionally, and it’s my fault that he wasn’t more specific.

I decided that afternoon to speak frankly about my physical symptoms in this book too, when they applied to the subject at hand.

Jane Robert speaks of her physical symptoms. The symptoms are hers. They are her property.

It can be quite difficult to talk people out of a sickness, especially when they describe their illness a being theirs. Some people might even get quite upset when someone wants to take the sickness away from them; the reason being that they often use it for a certain purpose. One could simply be that when the sickness is gone they no longer would have a nice subject to talk about.

Now follows another quote from the same book.

^ Jane Roberts 3

From Jane Roberts’ book "The God of Jane: A Psychic Manifesto," 1981, page 239:

I am safe, I thought. Seth is right: We live in a safe universe once we believe that we do, because the belief creates the reality. I’ll remind myself of that in a thousand stunning ways, I promised myself. I didn’t need defences; and one of these days I’d run as swiftly in my physical body as I did in my dream body now, as the new evidence replaced the old.

Now this quote is a classic example of misunderstood faith. Faith is always now, is present tense. If it is future then it is not faith but unbelief. "One of these days" is future and therefore unbelief.

This seems to be one of the hardest things to get across to people. I once gave a teaching on faith and after this a Christian of several decades standing came to me and told me that he always tells people that they must believe that they will receive what they prayed for. So he was talking future and not present tense. I was so surprised that my teaching was completely misunderstood, that I could not say anything, but I have learnt that to teach faith is not as easy as it looks to a person who has grasped the matter. And this is the reason why I now, with this webpage, make again an attempt.

If this man would have understood faith, he would have told me that he always tells people that they must believe that they have received what they prayed for. It is a matter of the right grammar.

^ Jane Roberts 4

Now follow quotes from "A Seth Book – The Way Toward Health" by Jane Roberts, 1997; the first from page 21. It is a part of the notes written by Jane Robert’s husband, Rob Butts:

"Well, whatever it is," Jane said with some desperation, "I’ve got to get over it . . ."

So Jane Roberts always seemed to talk about actions she will take in future, about events and projects she will tackle in times to come.

Before I bring more examples of Jane Robert’s bad confessions, here something from items from Seth:

Page 71

We will have more to say about such issues later on in the book – for I hope to show you how certain feelings and beliefs do indeed promote health, while others promote an unfortunate extension or exaggeration of perfectly normal bodily processes, or viral activity.

This means, of course, that you do not fall victim of a disease, or catch a virus, but that for one reason or another your own feelings, thoughts, and beliefs lead you to seek bouts of illness. Period.

Certainly, such ideas will sound like medical heresy to many readers, but the sooner you begin to look at health and "disease" in these new terms, the healthier and happier you will become. You are not one thing and illness another, for your thoughts and emotions are the triggers that lead to bouts of poor health. Once you know this, you can begin to take steps that will serve to promote exuberance and vitality instead of fear, doubts, and "disease."


Page 97
A feeling of self-approval is absolutely necessary for any true sense of well-being; it is not (underlined) virtuous in any way to put yourself down, or to punish yourself, because you do not feel you have lived up to your best behaviour at any given time.

Once again, it is perfectly natural for each cell in the body, for each organ and each portion of the body to heal itself, and in the same terms it is really "unnatural" not to trust the body, rather than looking at it with suspicion. In any case – In any case, it is of course important for Ruburt to keep his mind as relieved as possible. That alone relaxes all other parts of the body, and lets the healing processes operate more easily and efficiently.

One of the attitudes detrimental to good health is that of self-condemnation, or dislike of the self.

Those who look upon physical life as inferior to some other more perfect spiritual existence do a great injustice to physical existence in general.

The sooner you can rid yourself of rigid beliefs about the survival of the fittest, the better you will be.

Suggestions are usually statements directed toward a particular action or hypothesis. To a large extent, suggestions are tied into conscious thought processes, following the dictates of reason. For example: "If thus and thus be so, then thus and thus must follow." There is no magic connected with suggestion – but repeated often enough, and believed in fervently, such suggestions do indeed take on a deeply habitual nature. They are no longer examined, but taken for literal truth.

Thoughts and beliefs do indeed bring about physical alterations. They can even – and often do – change genetic messages.

All practical healing deals with the insertion of positive suggestions and the removal of negative ones. As we mentioned earlier, each smallest atom or cell contains its own impetus toward growth and value fulfilment. In other words, they are literally implanted with positive suggestions, biological nurtured, so to that extent it is true to say that in a certain fashion negative suggestions are unnatural, leading away from life’s primary goals. Negative suggestions could be compared to static sounding on an otherwise clear program.

Worry, fear, and doubt are detrimental to good health, of course, and these are very often caused by the officially held beliefs of society.

It is an excellent practice to comment upon another individual’s obvious zest or energy or good spirits.

When your thoughts do touch upon your particular problem in that present moment, imagine the best possible solution to the dilemma. Do not wonder how or why or when the ideal solution will come, but see it in your mind’s eye as accomplished. Or if you are not particular good at visual imagery, then try to get the feeling of thanksgiving and joy that you would feel if the problem was solved to your complete satisfaction.


I do want to mention, however, that pain and suffering are also obviously vital, living sensations – and therefore are a part of the body’s repertoire of possible feelings and sensual experience. They are also a sign, therefore, of life’s vitality, and are themselves often responsible for a return to health when they act as learning communications.

Pain, therefore, by being unpleasant, stimulates the individual to rid himself or herself of it, and thereby often promotes a return to the state of health.


Above all, Ruburt must not concentrate upon what is wrong. In the deepest of terms, if you understand my meaning, nothing is wrong. You have instead a conglomeration of severely conflicting beliefs, so that there is no single road to action.

While I want to emphasize that point, I also want to remind you that innately and ideally the body is quite equipped to heal itself, and certainly to cure its own momentary headache.



If you do have health problems, it is much better to look for their reasons in your immediate experience, rather than assigning them a cause in the distant past. The reasons for maladies are almost always present in current life experience – and even though old events from childhood may have originally activated unhealthy behavior, it is present beliefs that allow old patterns of activity to operate.

If you are concerned about any given problems – mental, emotional, or physical – there are certain facts you should hold in mind. I have mentioned most of them elsewhere, but they are particularly vital in this context.

You must realize that you do create your own reality because of your beliefs about it. Therefore, try to understand that the particular dilemma of illness is not an event forced upon you by some other agency. Realize that to some extent or another your dilemma or your illness has been chosen by you, and that this choosing has been done in bits and pieces of small, seemingly inconsequential choices. Each choice, however, has led up to your current predicament, whatever its nature.

If you realize that your beliefs form your experience, then you do indeed have an excellent chance of changing your beliefs, and hence your experience.

You can discover what your own reasons are for choosing the dilemma or illness by being very honest with yourself. There is no need to feel guilty since you meant very well as you made each choice – only the choices were built upon beliefs that were beliefs and not facts.



If you are in serious difficulties of any kind, it may at first seem inconceivable, unbelievable, or even scandalous to imagine that your problems are caused by your own beliefs.

In fact, the opposite might appear to be true. You might have lost a series of jobs, for example, and it may seem quite clear that you are not to blame in any of those circumstances. You might have a very serious illness that seemed to come from nowhere, and it may strike you as most unlikely indeed, that your own beliefs had anything to do with the inception of such a frightening malady.

You may be in the middle of one or several very unsatisfactory relationships, none of which seem to be caused by you, while instead you feel as if you are an unwilling victim or participant.

You may have a dangerous drug or alcohol problem, or you may be married to someone who does. In both instances the situations will be caused by your own beliefs, even though this may at first seem most unlikely. For the purpose of this particular chapter, we will discuss illness or situations that have arisen since childhood, so we are not including birth defects or very early life-endangering childhood accidents, or most unfortunate childhood family situations. These will be discussed separately.

In most cases, even the most severe illnesses or complicated living conditions and relationships are caused by an attempt to grow, develop or expand in the face of difficulties that appear to be unsurmountable to one degree or another.

An individual will often be striving for some goal that appears blocked, and hence he or she uses all available energy and strength to circumnavigate the blockage. The blockage is usually a belief which needs to be understood or removed rather than bypassed.

In this book we will be involved with the nature of belief and with various methods that will allow you to choose those beliefs that lead to a more satisfying life.

Though this book is entitled The Way Toward Health, we are not speaking of physical health alone, but of mental, spiritual, and emotional health as well. You are not healthy, for example, no matter how robust your physical condition, if your relationships are unhealthy, unsatisfying, frustrating, or hard to achieve. Whatever your situation is, it is a good idea to ask yourself what you would do if you were free of it. An alcoholic’s wife might wish with all her heart that her husband stop drinking – but if she suddenly asked herself what she would do, she might – surprisingly enough – feel a tinge of panic. On examination of her own thoughts and beliefs, she might well discover that she was so frightened of not achieving her own goals that she actually encouraged her husband’s alcoholism, so that she would not have to face her own "failure."

Obviously this hypothetical situation is a quick example of what I mean, with no mention of the innumerable other beliefs and half-beliefs that would encircle the man’s and the woman’s relationship.



Knowledge through experience is not considered a practical-enough method of learning, so that the skills and understanding that come with age are seldom taken into consideration.

Again, to a certain degree, religion and science – and the medical sciences in particular – seem devoted to encouraging the most negative beliefs about human nature.


There are very definite, excellent side-effects of growing older, that we will also discuss in this book – but here I want to assure the reader that basically speaking there are no diseases brought about by old age alone.

As in almost all cases of disease, however, if it were possible to have a kind of "thought transplant" operation, the disease would quickly vanish.

Many of the public-health announcements routinely publicize the specific symptoms of various diseases, almost as if laying out maps of diseases for medical consumers to swallow.

The idea is to clear the mind as much as possible from beliefs that impede the fine, smooth workings of the life force, and to actively encourage those beliefs and attitudes that promote health and the development of all aspects of healing experience.

So that was Seth in his book "The Way Toward Health".

Here another example of bad confessions:

^ Jane Roberts 5

Again from "A Seth Book – The Way Toward Health" by Jane Roberts, 1997, page 83:

She said she’s going to start with Day One tomorrow, and take it from there, trusting the body, not dwelling upon the past, and leaving the future open.

Starting in the future will bring nothing. It just proves that such a person does not want to start in the present.

We will now carry on with bad confession, but from someone else. It is not so much a bad confession but more dishonesty.

^ Lyall Watson, 12.4.1939-25.6.2008

^ Lyall Watson 1

From Lyall Watson’s book "The Biology of Death," 1974, page 234:

But I have trouble with the kind of control I find in psychic surgery. I can see no way of accounting for meaningful, directed, intelligent guidance of this kind, without assuming that there is an organisation or a design behind all life that goes beyond natural selection, chance, causality or even the complete survival of an integrated personality.

I am driven to the conclusion that there is some kind of form in the void which is not directly accessible to scientific investigation – at least with existing techniques. And that possibility both disturbs and excites me.

We live and die in very interesting times.

What Lyall Watson is saying here is that he has all the proof of the existence of God, and the spiritual kingdom of God and of spiritual beings, in front of him but he wants to carry on being a materialist and an atheist.

He talks about scientific investigation, and scientific investigation is for him investigating with material objects. That he himself uses a mind that has nothing to do with material objects, can even be completely independent of a material object like the brain, he does not seem to grasp and the reason being that he is not really a scientific person but a religious person pursuing his atheistic agenda. They want to be scientists but want to exclude the most important aspect of science, of life: the spiritual side of life.

^ Lyall Watson 2

From Lyall Watson’s book "Lifetide," 1979, page 219:

Several years ago, on my way back from one of the wilder parts of eastern Asia, I paused to take stock in Singapore. Living is easy there and the food is good. It is a splendid place to recover from malaria and dysentery, and I planned simply to regroup rather than pursue any particular project.

It is this attitude to just accept physical illness as a normal state of being and to speak and write about it in a way as if nothing is wrong about it, to accept it and not resist and fight it.

He does not believe that healing and health could be provided by the creator and he also does not believe that something like a creator exists.

^ Lyall Watson 3

From Lyall Watson’s book "Lifetide," 1979, page 178:

One ends up always falling back on the idea of some sort of design in nature, which implies the existence of a Designer. That may be the final and perfectly reasonable solution, but it is a little embarrassing for a scientist because it is a theory incapable of refutation. As Karl Popper puts it, ‘Falsification, or refutability, is a criterion of the scientific status of a theory’. You have to be able to test a theory. You have to be able to prove that it is right or wrong. An explanation which explains everything, explains nothing. An explain-all is not more credible than a cure-all. Both are bad science and lousy logic.

Lyall Watson has collected in his books a massive amount of examples of the existence of supernatural events and his intellect tells him that only the idea of some sort of design in nature makes sense, which implies the existence of a designer, but he argues completely unreasonably that one has to test a theory. This is completely unreasonable because it is exactly the scientists who fail to do this, who are not able to test a theory, but adopt their theories as facts, despite them just being theories. The whole field of astrophysics seems to completely exist of theories which they are not able to test. The nicest being their The Sun’s energy-producing fusion reactions but most of all their other theories are not much less just theories and not facts. And all their theories are contradicted by spiritual writings and spiritual writings nicely explain what is really going on. But they carry on and live in their house of illusions – and die of cancer.

They carry on with their beliefs and suffer.

Here, again, what Seth has to say to this. It comes from Jane Roberts’ book "A Seth Book – The Way Toward Health," 1997, page 232:

If you realize that your beliefs form your experience, then you do indeed have an excellent chance of changing your beliefs, and hence your experience.

And here what Seth has to say about science. It comes from Jane Roberts’ book "The God of Jane: A Psychic Manifesto," 1981, page 146:

When children are taught science, there is no criticism allowed. They are told, ‘This is how things are.’ Science’s reasons are given as the only true statement of reality, with which no student is expected to quarrel. Any strong intellectual explorations of counter versions of reality have appeared in science fiction, for example. Here scientists, many being science-fiction buffs, can channel their own intellectual questioning into a safe form. They can say, ‘This is, after all, merely imaginative and not to be taken seriously.’

This is the reason why some scientists who either read or write science fiction are the most incensed over any suggestion that some such ideas represent a quite valid alternate conception of reality. In a fashion, at least in your time, science has as much to fear from the free intellect as religion does. And (with irony) any strong combination of intellectual and intuitional abilities is not tailor-made to bring you great friends from either category.

Science has, unfortunately, bound up the minds of its own most original thinkers, for they dare not stray from certain scientific principles. All energy contains consciousness. That one sentence is basically scientific heresy, and in many circles, it is religious heresy as well. A recognition of that simple sentence would indeed change your world.

‘This is how things are,’ says science. Science says that light is visible and everybody can see that this is just rubbish, that light is not visible. Looking at a clear night sky, a black night sky, proves it.

But there is no real difference between science and religion. Science is just a religion and all religion is fighting God.

Now comes again an extract from a book by Rafael Lefort with the title "The Teachers of Gurdjieff". It is a statement by Pir Doud:

Western thought never recovered from the dead hand of the organized church although it had aided and abetted the monopoly of that church by never challenging its right. Any hint that the organized church did not contain the esoteric content one might have hoped for was met with the stake.

Science is completely in the hand of religion. Scientists are simply religious fanatics. Both religion and science indulge in materialism and atheism.

These people will suffer all kinds of illness but they will not change their mind. They will even continue in the hereafter with this attitude and that is the reason why hell is so full of people who left Earth.

You must believe.

You must believe in health.

Believe that the older you get the healthier you get.

The poor do get poorer, the rich do get richer, because the poor become entrapped by the projections of poverty.

The sick do get sicker, the healthy do get healthier, because the sick become entrapped by the projection of sickness.

The rich man thinks of wealth as part of himself. He takes it for granted he has it and will achieve more. The poor man takes his poverty for granted, actually on trust, and takes it for granted he will have more of the same poverty.

Expectations bring about physical reality.

The healthy man thinks of health as part of himself. He takes it for granted he has it and will achieve more. The sick man takes his illness for granted, actually on trust, and takes it for granted he will have more of the same unhealthiness.

As you believe, so you are.

Thoughts, feelings and emotions are materialized physically.

People go from illness to illness and from poverty to poverty from lack of knowledge.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Beliefs can be changed.

Learn how to will.

Magic is the art and science of using the will.

Magic is a power, latent in human beings, of controlling cosmic matter by their will and faith.

Magic is the art of causing changes in consciousness at will.

An important word is ‘intentional’.

We do things intentionally.


Imagination is of central importance.

The will has the power that is independent of the physical world.

Man dictates his own future through his deepest desires.

It is the ability to focus our mental world that endows us with the strength to meet the world on its own terms instead of being destroyed by it.

Now a quote from Colin Wilson's book "Mysteries", 1978, pages 307-308:

At least the habitual glider is aware of a fundamental truth about the universe: that it is his own will, his own moods, his own attention, that determines ecstasy or misery. Everyone else remains trapped in the delusion that happiness and misery are a logical response to external circumstances. So they waste their lives struggling with the circumstances and feel cheated when they realise that an improvement for the better often leaves them as unfulfilled as before. If they are intelligent enough to express themselves in general terms, they probably explain that human beings are ‘creatures of circumstances’ and that all our effort is ‘vanity of vanities’.

This tendency to hold things upside down, to put the cart before the horse, matters a great deal more than we realise.

And now another quote from Colin Wilson's book "Mysteries", 1978, page 318:

Ramakrishna never tired of teaching his disciples to ignore negative emotions, to avoid saying: ‘I am a fool, I am a weakling, I am a sinner.’ Such notions, he said, prevented a man’s spiritual progress; if he had been a sinner, he had better forget about it and concentrate on union with God.

Magic rests upon the notion that human beings are capable of influencing the external world through the imagination. If the magician can conceive an event clearly enough in his imagination, he will influence the forces of the spirit world, and the event will take place in the real world.

And now still another quote from Colin Wilson's book "Mysteries", 1978, page 418:

Hermes is claiming that his alchemical processes are the processes of all creation. It follows that one of the basic tasks of the alchemist is to strive to become godlike, so that he can imitate the work of creation.

The greatest step towards exploring the latent powers of the human mind is simply to recognise clearly that they exist.

Start exercising your will.

By admitting the possibility of unlikely events, you increase the probability of their occurrence.

The real trouble is not that men are at the mercy of sinister dark forces, but that they are enfeebled by a completely unjustified lack of self-confidence. The problem lies in their attitude towards themselves, their tendency to premature defeat, their failure to grasp that they are, in fact, in control.

A deliberate and conscious effort of control, based upon a change of attitude, ought to bring about an immediate change in the quality of consciousness.

What is wrong with human beings is basically that they do not realize that they are in control.

We experience a strange sense of excitement and optimism as we realize that the sense of delight is always accessible to consciousness. There is no need to wait for a solution of yet another problem. We can do it ourselves.

I do not have to wait for the solution of some problem, or the disappearance of some crisis, to feel delight.

^ Arthur Ellison, 1920-2000

^ Arthur Ellison 1

Now we come to Arthur Ellison and his book "The Reality of the Paranormal," 1988.

The first quote from this book brings information about the author:

Professor Emeritus Arthur J. Ellison D.Sc. (Eng.), C.Eng. was until his recent retirement Head of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The City University, London. The author of a number of electrical engineering textbooks and many learned papers, he is also Vice-President of the British Society for Psychical Research. He has served two three-year terms as its President, and held that office during the Society’s centenary year.

^ Arthur Ellison 2

And now the second quote from his book "The Reality of the Paranormal," 1988, page 122:

A psychiatrist friend once tried age regression with me to see whether he could discover information about earlier incarnations to try to account for a pain which I have in my neck. Unfortunately although I can hypnotise other people, I do not appear to be a very good hypnosis subject and my depth of trance was not sufficient for the experiment to be successful. I propose to try other unorthodox methods of curing my unaccountable neck pain, all the orthodox methods having made no difference whatever over many years.

So here we have it: "a pain in my neck" and "my unaccountable neck pain."

The second is even worse than the first, because he says, or rather writes, that it is his. He owns it. It is his.

This is a classic example of normal people’s talk. It does not matter if the man is an outstanding scientist and engineer and not even that he is very knowledgeable about spiritual things and shows a keen interest and knowledge of the real issues of life, when he does not control his tongue, or rather his writing, then it all does not help. And he would probably not have too much problems to learn to control his tongue, but he does not know that it necessary. And he does not know that it is necessary because he is not aware that it his job to control himself, to be master of his life.

^ Arthur Ellison 3

And now the third quote from Arthur Ellison’s book "The Reality of the Paranormal," 1988, page 131:

I remember being greatly affected by the ideas to be found in the Veda (Hindu scriptures) and feeling that reincarnation linked to the Hindu idea of karma (cause and effect: ‘as you sow you reap’) provided an almost perfect and certainly very logical philosophy of life, leading, if accepted, to fortitude and peace. If the troubles which almost all of us have in our lives are the results of causes we ourselves have set going in the past, then a philosophical acceptance should be a result.

Arthur Ellison writes, ‘the troubles which almost all of us have in our lives’.

He has this trouble in his life; he believes it is his, and he also believes that almost everybody else has troubles and therefore one cannot do anything about it.

The study of subjects like the wisest writings of the world is of not too much help when one does not know and apply the basics.

The problem is that the conscious mind is unaware that it is supposed to be in control.

Now a quote from Colin Wilson's book "Poltergeist!", 1981, pages 356-357:

The healer told me that in her experience most people sent to the High Self a continuous jumble of conflicting wishes, plans, fears and hopes. Each day and hour they changed their minds about what they wished to do or have happen. As the High Self makes for us our futures from our averaged thoughts which it contacts during our sleep, our futures have become a hit-and-miss jumble of events and contrary events, of accidents and good and bad luck. Only the person who decides what he wants and holds to his decision doggedly, working always in that direction, can present to the High Self the proper thought forms from which to build the future.

Stop making statements declaring your unhealthiness and start exclaiming and confessing your divine health.

See I live in divine health.


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