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DISEASE, HEALING & ILLNESS.
It has been a number of years since I first wrote the "Introduction"
pages of The Alchemycal Pages and I have in the meantime come
to some significant insights as a result of studying more of Rudolf
The result is that I now make a distinction between disease
and illness. The reason is due to the constitution of the human
being. As I describe in the pages The Human
Being , the human being is constituted of physical body, etheric
body, astral body and "ego". It must also be clearly
understood that ALL FOUR are entirely spiritual. That is, the
physical body we see with our physical eyes is NOT the actual
physical body itself, it is but the outer configuration of the
spiritual physical body as "a gesture of the mineral kingdom
that we are in the presence of another human being", in the
beautiful phrase of Rudolf Steiner.
With regard to disease and health, all beings that have a
physical body are subject to the forces of disease as a result
of having a digestive-metabolic system. All beings that have an
etheric body are subject to the forces of healing due to having
a rhythmic system, that is, the heart-lung circulation of the
blood and breathing processes.
In the pages "The Order of The Universe"
I describe the spiritual creation of the human being. This process
began with what is called the "Saturn" incarnation,
during which the spiritual germ of the physical body was laid
down. Then we had the appearance of the "Sun" incarnation
during which, after a recapitulation of "Saturn", the
germ of the etheric body was added to the spiritual germ of the
physical body. Then we had the appearance of the "Moon"
incarnation, during which we have the recapitulation of "Saturn"
and "Sun" incarnations and the laying down of the astral
body in addition to the physical and etheric bodies. Then the
"Earth" incarnation makes its appearance, in which we
have a recapitulation of "Saturn", "Sun" and
"Moon" and in addition to physical, etheric and astral
bodies, we have the addition of the Ego.
We are now in the "Earth" incarnation, and it was
only toward the middle of the Atlantean Epoch that the physical
body as it is now began to appear. In understanding the human
organism as such, we need to understand that the first beginnings
of the system of nerves and senses began on "Saturn",
that of the beginnings of the rhythmical breathing and blood circulation
were introduced during "Sun" and the digestive-metabolic
system during "Moon".
So it is that, in terms of "Saturn", "Sun"
and "Moon" evolution, in Steiner's words, "we may
say: in the first place the human being is born out of the cosmos
as spirit("Saturn" stage), who then develops the "healer"
within("Sun" stage), who is the able to take in the
cosmic 'patient'("Moon" stage). All these work together
to produce the human being who lives on earth and is capable of
voluntary movement ("Earth" stage)."
1. Digestive-Metabolic System/Nutrition - Disease - "Moon"
- Astral Body
2. Circulatory System - Healing - "Sun" - Etheric
3. System of Nerves and Senses - Spiritual Evolution - "Saturn"
- Physical Body.
Thus, our body is continually involved in the interplay of
disease-inducing and health-restoring activities.
Now, we are in the Post-Atlantean Epoch, and in the fifth
post-Atlantean Culture, having been preceded by the Ancient Indian,
Ancient Persian, Hebrew-Chaldean-Babylonian-Egyptian and Greco-Roman
Cultures. In this culture, the fifth post-Atlantean Culture, also
called the Anglo-Germanic Culture, it is incumbent upon us as
individuals to become conscious of all the spiritual processes
going on in ourselves, down to the very last detail.
On surveying the world today it is evident that in regard
of illnesses, in the widest sense, humanity is experiencing symptoms
which indicate an imbalance between the disease-inducing forces
and the healing forces in our bodies. This imbalance is revealed
in, among other indications, the increasing world-wide development
over the past 75 years of increasing numbers of people undergoing
both degenerative and infectious illnesses (the number of symptomologies
is now over 2,700), and this process is accelerating.
The distinction I wish to make is that we must not confuse
illnesses with disease. What I mean is that as human beings we
are necessarily subject to the forces of disease as a result of
the processes of the digestive-metabolic organization of our body.
Now, since we need the digestive-metabolic organization to exist
at all, we will, as long as we do have a digestive-metabolic organization,
always and and at all times, be subject to the forces of disease.
We also, due to the foresight and wisdom of the "wise
guidance of the Cosmos", have at our disposal, health-restoring
activities by means of the breathing activity of the lungs and
the circulation of the blood. And we will always have these working
in us as long as we have lungs-heart organization.
Now, it ought be that these two forces, those of disease and
those of healing, are automatically in balance. Obviously none
of us, or few of us, can control our breathing and circulation
of the blood, and our digestive functions, for these are largely
unconscious activities. However, if they were always and at all
times in balance, we would never experience illness. And we do
Therefore we have to say we create our own illnesses by upsetting
the balance between the forces of disease residing in the digestive-metabolic
organization and the forces of healing expressed through the rhythms
of breathing and the circulation of the blood.
The fact we are upsetting the balance between the forces of
healing and the forces of disease is the result of our lack of
understanding and consciousness of how those forces interplay.
And we upset the balance primarily through upsetting our digestive
I direct you here to the pages on The Five Transformation
Theory (Healing with The Seasons). From
a study of the Five Transformation Theory we know that the lungs
are the complementary paired organ of the large intestine and
the heart is the complementary paired organ of the small intestine.
Therefore, any disturbances created in the large and small intestines
will necessarily create disturbances in the lungs and heart. Conversely,
correcting the disturbances in the small and large intestines
will necessarily lead to correcting the concomitant disturbances
in the heart and lungs.
To quote Rudolf Steiner, from his lecture series entitled
"Man As Symphony of The Creative Word" (Rudolph Steiner
Press, 1991 - as an aside here, this latest translation makes
a tremendous error in subsuming the phrase "digestive-metabolic"
in the word "metabolic" If you can find an earlier addition,
translated in 1945, I suggest you obtain it. If you cannot, then
it is paramount that whenever you see the word "metabolic"
in the latest translation, you change it to the phrase "digestive-metabolic").
These lectures were given in 1923.
"Let us suppose that someone wishes to found a system
of medicine, a truly rational system of medicine. What would it
have to contain? In the first place, naturally, the healing processes.
But where will these have to have their origin? They will have
to have their origin in the digestive-metabolic processes;
the rest can at most be a precondition". (My emphasis).
This is what I have done in my book "The End of Medicine";
found a truly rational system of medicine, and I invite you to
obtain a copy by either sending a check to the address below for
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Therefore, we need to understand that being healthy necessarily
means we are also ill. The all-important question is to what degree
are we ill. This we see from looking at the stages of illness
that I describe in the Introduction and you can see that being
truly healthy, from a physical standpoint, is Stage 1 of the process
A great deal more can be gleaned from what I have said here
and this is contemplative homework for you.
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