MUSCULAR AND INFLAMMATORY CONDITIONS.
Heart Disease, Fevers and Colds.
The power of intelligence, as expressed in a process of thought working through the imaging faculty of mind to produce a corresponding physical condition, occupies a field of action so wide as to be almost incomprehensible: so deep in its sounding of human nature, and so weighty in its bearing upon the affairs of life as frequently to astound even the clearest thinkers - those most familiar with philosophical study. Common minds usually content themselves with a fiat denial that any such power exists, without having taken the trouble to investigate. Scepticism, however, does not bring the question of the nature and cause of disease any nearer solution; neither does it in any respect dispose cf the demonstrations continually being made - demonstra tions which would be impossible if "the mental imagery of an idea, and the physical reflection of its not real principles of human life, in some important measure intelligently understood by their demonstrators.
As has been said, there are many particular ways in which the imaging faculty of mind is exercised through thought to cause disease in its manifold forms. Numbers of cases of muscular rheumatism have been traced directly to, and found to correspond exactly with the mental pictures of accidents - falls, runaways, and railroad or steamboat disasters.
The reason for this correspondence is that, at the moment of the occurrence, anticipation of physical injury prompts the mind to instantly place some or all of the muscles of the body under tension, more or less rigid, according to the intensity of the fear. This nearly universal impulse denotes a subconscious belief that muscular tension will tend to protect from injury. On the contrary, when the physical body is rigid under muscular tension at the moment of concussion, the injury is greater than if all muscles are relaxed, and in a natural state of flexibility.
The success of acrobats and tumblers in falling without injury depends upon knowledge of the safety in relaxed muscles during such movements.
The seemingly miraculous fact that infants or young children sometimes fall great distances and strike upon dangerous places, suffering little or no injury, is, perhaps, attributable to the circumstance that, not realizing danger, they are unconscious of fear, and the muscles are left free from tension at the moment of concussion.
Under rigid tension during fear, the body becomes more compact and inelastic, falls rapidly and strikes like a stone, thus rendering fracture almost certain. Under natural, fearless consciousness, the muscles remain flexible, and the body more expanded, in which condition it falls somewhat slower, striking more as would a soft substance, and thus receives less injury because offering less resistance. This is one reason - possibly the only one - why intoxicated persons frequently undergo falls and similar accidents, with less injury than others usually receive under similar circumstances; being in some degree unconscious of danger, muscular tension is not fully established.
In the majority of accidents, physical injury proceeds from, and corresponds to the state of resistance existing at the moment of concussion between the objects in collision. Reduce this resistance in any way and liability to injury will he proportionately lessened. The resistance of the human body will be either reduced or increased to some extent by the Mental State indulged at the time, whether it be conscious or subconscious.
Muscular tension, established at the time of an accident, frequently is renewed during a series of years, and some form of muscular or allied disease is almost certain to follow such continuance. In that event the disease has its origin in the muscular tension, which in turn results directly from the fear of injury. Remove from mind the continued subconscious remembrance of this fear and, with sufficient time for restoration of natural activity in the molecular construction, relaxation of the tense muscles must inevitably ensue. Every muscle of the body is equally subject to this line of action, both in causing and in curing disease.
Remember that the muscles are not separate things in themselves, capable of independeht physical action, but that they all are under absolute control of the thinking Mind, which uses them as submissive servants or as responsive instruments for either delicate or forcible action. The muscles do not command and the mind obey, but vice versa. Extend an arm. Now analyze this act: Did the arm physically extend itself, and then call upon you to observe its position? Did the muscles originate the intention and force the other tissues of the arm to reach forth, afterwards announcing to you their sovereign act of will? Or did you first mentally plan to extend your arm and then oblige the muscles to obey? Why does the arm remain in its rigid position? Because the mental action which caused it to stretch forth still continues. Close a finger on the palm of the hand; did not the mental intent precede the physical act? Cease the mental intent and the fixed tension of the muscles vanishes; repeat the intent and the tension recurs.
The marvelous rapidity of thoughtaction is an important feature which frequently leads to the erroneous conclusion that some muscular movements are involuntary, occurring because of physical impulse only. When any act is analyzed in all its phases, however, the necessity for both previous conscious intent and decisive act of the higher will, either conscious or otherwise, becomes apparent.
There is voluntary muscular action in response to mental volition, subconscious, conscious and superconscious; through every degree of power - violent, strong, weak, feeble and faint, down to the almost imperceptible; but no involuntary, or purely muscular, action can ever take place. When mind wholly deserts the body the muscles entirely cease to move.
The physical body is an inanimate machine: Mind is its active centre, and Mental Action its only volition. Matter is void of intelligence.
Numerous cases of nervous prostration, resulting from surgical operations and the effects of ether, have been entirely cured in short periods of time by removing the mental impressions of those scenes, and the accompanying Idea of danger.
One particularly trying case, successfully treated, was that of a highly intelligent and capable young woman who had nervous prostration which culminated in acute melancholia. This disease progressed beyond the control of the family physician, who intended placing her in a public institution. The Case was entirely cured, five years ago, by removing impressions of trying scenes connected with the death of dear ones. This person is now filling a public position of responsibility, and is in perfect health.
Several especially severe cases of congestion with pain at the base of the brain, have been permanently cured by removing the impression of fear produced by falls. In one instance the fall was backwards down stairs. In another it was backwards over a balustrade. Again, the fall was from a wagon which started without warning. In another instance, the person fell from a tree, striking on the back of the head and neck. All of these cases resulted in Basilar Congestion, because of the impression instantaneously photographed in mind of a critical danger located somewhere behind which, though unseen, was anticipated to the ultimate degree and realized as coming death. The inaction present in cases of congestion is a perfect physical picture of the idea of death.
Under such circumstances, as just described, an instantaneous demand - with more or less hopelessness, however - is made upon the Will for assistance; and the mental impression of fear is registered physically at the base of the brain and in the principal nervecentre of the spinal column, because that part of the nervous system corresponds most directly with the mental faculty of Will, responding immediately to its impulses. The details of accompanying symptoms vary somewhat with each case, because of the particular circumstances of the accident; but the principal results are alike.
Inflammation in all stages, from simple heat and irritation, to ulceration, - which is the ultimate action of inflammation, - has been traced with exactness to scenes of passion, excitement, fear or terror; where the imaging of heat, fire, flames, burning and consuming through inflammation, was the principal mental action involved, resulting either from accidents or from moral distortion.
When properly understood and intelligently traced, this theory applies to both external and internal heat and inflammation, of blood, muscles, nerves and organic structure; in neuralgia, rheumatism and fevers; in eruptive, ulcerative and suppurative diseases, and organic disturbances of all the physical organs. The correspondences are frequently so
evident as to astonish one not familiar with this line of activity. The action is perfectly natural, however, and is at once intelligible, when it is understood that the character of a mental Image of a thought may be reproduced in the physical reflection of that thought. Fear reacts in heat, developing inflammation, which eventually results in ulceration and suppuration.
Serious cases of Eczema have been traced directly to scenes of fire, especially to great disasters - socalled "holocausts " - where the mental picture was formed from an Idea of the blistering, scorching and burning of human flesh. In the physical reflection each Case exhibits the exact details of the particular picture formed in mind at the time of the occurrence. One picture will differ from another in minor points, but the general image is that of destruction from heat, or water and heat combined; and its physical copy will exhibit the same action, frequently reproducing the mental picture in the physical structure, even to the most minute detail of exact representation.
Some cases of this kind, the most hopeless on record, have been cured by removing mental impressions of horror arising from sympathy. The individual mind unaided is usually powerless to free itself from such a load of distorted emotion; with metaphysical assistance, however, it finally ceases to repeat the original action, when the physical copy fades and eventually disappears from the body. Correct application of metaphysical principles will cure every similar case.
Even to a novice, influenzas and colds frequently reveal the clearest possible correspondence with some recent mental excitement, varying in degree from simple anxiety down through the gamut .of fear and fright to nervous shock. The most usual physical reflection of the mental emotion of fear, without reference to a definite picture of what was feared, is that which is commonly called a cold. This troublesome form of disease is inflammation of the mucous membrane, usually attended in some measure with constriction of the pores of the skin, thus shutting in the surplus heat that otherwise would escape. It is a state of feverish uneasiness, inflammatory in character, with every evidence of the element of fire or heat, instead of its absence - cold, in the system. The inflammation begins with molecular disturbance in the mucous membrane. This disturbance develops from nervous atomic vibrations, which in turn reflect from mental agitation in some degree of fear, or from mental emotion, as previously explained.
When suddenly frightened, or subjected to severe mental strain through sickness or death of friends, any person is likely to develop a cold, which will be either catarrhal, bronchial or pulmonary, or an influenza in some form, according to temperament and individual circumstances. The particular form of the cold is determined, not necessarily by what actually transpired, but rather by the particular Mental Picture which that mind forms of the occurrence, or of the features of anticipated danger.
In their first stages, many colds are influenzas, developing later into other forms. Such colds are invariably the effect of mental agitation established at the time either of an accident or of some other disturbing experience. These causes usually pass unrecognized, and the condition is nearly always attributed to some physical agency; but careful tracing, without prejudice, will bring to light a mental cause in every wellmarked case.
The mental cause of a seeming cold may date back many years in the life of the patient, and may repeat its action from time to time, resulting in periodical colds or other attacks, perhaps at particular dates or seasons, or under certain corresponding circumstances which act as mental coincidences to reestablish the previous disturbed action. These conditions yield to right mental influence, and readily disappear under metaphysical treatment. Thousands of reliable witnesses testify to this fact, and it is being repeatedly proved in every day's practice.
Various forms of heart disease result from mental agitation attendant upon the death of relatives or friends. Grief and heart disease go hand in hand. The heart is the gauge of the emotions, and intense feeling registers there in direct proportion to the mental disturbance; the ultimate is instantaneous cessation of action of the heart, bringing this lifeperiod to an end.
Cases are not uncommon in which a person, upon coming into the presence of the lifeless body of an especially dear friend, has fallen, and instantly passed away. Such changes are manifestly the outcome of mental emotion. Cessation of life is the result of nervous shock, which, in turn, is due to the mental image of death, selfcentered at that moment in absolute degree. Acting under the influence of the mental picture of death, that Mind deserts its body. This manner of death is usually announced as the result of "heart disease."In many cases such a conclusion is little better than conjecture.
In those cases where a diseased physical condition was present it was the result of previous mental emotion in such lines of agitation as bear relation to the nature of the heart, and register there because of that relationship. This previous disturbance left the individual with a mental picture which established a predisposition to excitement from similar mental influence; the result - sudden death - was all the more probable because of that mental reason.
While Materia Medica has no remedy for such a mental state, and medical science can only surmise the cause of illness previous to the autopsy, Metaphysical Healing goes to the root of the matter at once by discovering and removing the original predisposing mental disturbance which has been constantly weakening the heart's action and generating disease in its tissues. This restores all organs and functions to their normal condition, after which, predisposition to attacks of "heart failure "disappears, and the Individual, if called upon to go through an ordeal, will have sufficient natural strength to undergo the trial without disaster.
When mind thinks, each vital organ responds in a corresponding degree of activity, regardless of conscious recognition of the fact by the individual. On both the subconscious and the superconscious planes of mental action, the heart is under absolute control of mind through Thoughtaction: it instantly responds to and accurately registers mental emotion in the direction of either death or life.
The thought of death means Departure from life on this particular plane of existence. The thought of Life, fully realized in mind, means healthy, living activity on all planes.
The real man of spiritual essence, the intelligent Individual having actual Being, is life eternal - a living entity of indestructible Reality. No deathly element could ever have mingled with the ingredients of his constitution, because living activity - Life - is the only absolute reality in the Universe, and with life once realized no different reality remained to be acquired. If death had entered before realization of life, then life would have been of no avail, for death already held the portal. Life and death can never occupy together. Life cannot die; Death cannot live. That which does not live can never act. Life is a deathless reality; Death but a lifeless illusion. Man never dies - he only changes his field of conscious action, or enters on another plane of life's experience. Traveling round the circumference of the wheel of active Being, he perhaps inadvertently slips back on one of its spokes, returning to the centre from which he sprang; then, gathering fresh impetus, he again springs forward, once more to realize the outermost action of the circumference, in Individual experience. Thus his life progresses in periods of seeming separateness with an end to each interval; but the wheel goes perpetually onward in the harmonious activity of eternal life, and man travels with the wheel, having no conscious choice in the matter.
The impulse of Eternal Life is irresistible.