WHEN WE STUDY or read books on natural medicine, we often hear about laws. We learn for example that there are laws of healthy diets, that if we become ill it is because we didn’t respect the laws of health, if we want to be happy we have to follow the laws of life, etc. For anyone who up to that point lived in the belief that illnesses appeared by chance, at random, and that a happy or an unhappy fate was a question of good or bad luck, the existence of laws regulating these occurrences comes as a big surprise and leads to many questions. What is a law? How do they manifest? How can we say that something is ruled by a law or is a law?
THE LAWS OF NATURE WHEN WE OBSERVE the Nature that surrounds us, it is possible for everyone to notice clearly that natural phenomena don’t take place in just any way, in ways which vary from one moment to the next, but, on the contrary, they repeat in a regular way, in an identical and constant manner. The seasons always follow each other in the same order, planets travel in specific orbits, each plant grows in a precise way at specific times of the year, etc. This regularity and immutability show us that these phenomena occur according to precise and specific rules. These rules are what we call laws. When the consequences of the activity of the laws become familiar to us, they become these things which are so logical that, when our attention is brought upon them, we exclaim “but of course, it’s obvious!” It is obvious for example that we would not normally attempt to walk out of a 10th floor apartment via the window if we don’t want to fall and hurt ourselves. It is also obvious that we wouldn’t set a glass down in mid-air beside a table and expect it to stay put as it would on the table. And it is absolutely clear that when we sow wheat we will not reap apples. These facts are so obvious that we don’t reflect anymore on why they are so. They are so because there exists a natural order of things, laws which are strict, predetermined and immutable, according to which all phenomena take place.
HOWEVER, THERE IS a great difference between the Laws of Nature and laws which are laid down by man to govern the relations between the citizens in society. Human laws are often modified and even repealed, only to be replaced by new laws, while the Laws of Nature always stay the same and never undergo any change. In addition, human laws are only the expression of wishes. They describe the guiding principles which, it is hoped, will be followed by everyone in order to promote harmony in social life, but which are not compelling as the Laws of Nature are.
Among human laws for example we have the rules of the road. According to these rules, drivers have to drive on the right side of the road (at least in this part of the world). The aim of this and other driving laws is to avoid collisions. However, to break the law and drive on the left side is entirely possible. In contrast, it is impossible to go against the Law of Gravity for example, a law whose action compels an object to fall through space until it meets a resistance which opposes it with an equal or superior force. The fact that the object falls is not a wish expressed in a law but the description of a reality which is compelling, compulsory and inevitable. Therefore the Laws of Nature express how things are and not how we want them to be. They describe an external reality that we have not chosen, but which imposes itself on us: an unavoidable reality we have to face, on which we are forced to base our lives. Given that these Laws of Nature are descriptions of the way natural phenomena take place, we could therefore identify numerous specific laws, each describing one specific fact or other. And we could despair of knowing them all, if not for the fact that by standing back and trying to look beyond appearances, it is possible to observe that many of these specific laws basically describe the same thing and can be expressed in the form of more general Laws. Therefore the multitude of specific laws can be brought back to a limited number of general Laws, or guiding principles with which everything complies. For example, the fact that a solid object released in mid-air falls, that a rock is too heavy to float in the air, but a cork or a piece of wood placed under water floats back up to the surface are many specific cases governed by a unique general Law, the Law of Gravity.
How do we learn more about the Laws of Nature? If human laws can be studied in books, the Laws of Nature have to be discovered by observing our natural environment. Now let’s see what an observation of the way our body functions will lead us to discover about the laws.
THE LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT IF WE BROADLY SUMMARIZE, we can say that the functioning of our body is a process which takes place in 3 phases: 1. It receives energy 2. It transforms these energies to make them usable 3. It uses and eliminates these energies
If we go into further detail we will see that the functioning of the body is totally fixed and immovable and therefore governed by laws. In the first phase, the intake phase, the body receives the energies which are indispensable for its function, that is air, beverage and food. In the second phase, the transformation phase, the energies, which cannot be directly used by the body, are prepared to be made usable. This mainly takes place during the digestive process which breaks the solid foods into smaller and smaller parts, these latter being then brought to the cells. In the third phase, the energies go out of the body in two different flows. First, in energy spent to maintain the body temperature, the functioning of the organs and for the body activities. Secondly, in the form of worn energies (waste products or toxins) which are eliminated by the excretory organs: liver (bile), intestines (stools), kidneys (urine), skin (sweat), lungs (CO2). For complete health, each phase must have taken place correctly: the right food must have been eaten, correctly digested, totally used and its waste product eliminated. The three phases are dependent on each other. If too much food is eaten, digestion will be poor. If the foods are poorly digested, a lot of waste products will be produced. This will lead to insufficient elimination of the toxins. These latter then accumulate in the body and make it ill. These facts can be expressed in specific laws: overeating leads to poor digestion; poor digestion leads to the overproduction of toxins which then accumulate; an accumulation of toxins can overwhelm the excretory organs, leading to poor elimination; poor elimination leads to the poisoning of the body and subsequently to illness. But as varied and different as these laws may be, they are all governed by a general Law: the Law of Cause and Effect. Its activity makes each cause inevitably engender an effect. Therefore, each effect is triggered by a cause, there can be no effect without a cause, or as the popular saying goes: there’s no smoke without fire. Although everybody, when hearing the statement of this Law, will agree on its obviousness, in practice, this Law is rarely taken into consideration. And that’s what we want to emphasise. The Laws are not sufficiently known by everybody; they are not respected or used enough. For example:
oo How many digestive problems are treated with different drugs without the patient’s eating habits being considered. This would after all be the most logical thing to do as it is the foods which wear out the digestive glands
oo Nowadays many people take blood thinning remedies because their blood is too thick which leads to heart and circulatory illnesses. To take the Law of Cause and Effect into consideration would imply explaining to patients the causes which lead to their condition so that they may avoid these causes. These causes are well known: overeating, lack of exercise, etc. In practice the Law of Cause and Effect is so seldom taken into consideration that many people finally confuse the cause with the effects, and invert them, that is think that the effects are the causes.
For example: oo When someone has bronchitis, it is often said that the infection is the cause of the presence of all the mucus he expectorates. In fact it is the presence of waste products and mucus which enables the germs to multiply and trigger the infection.
There would be many other things to say about this Law, but let’s observe the functioning of our body from a different angle, in order to discover another general Law.
THE LAW OF MOVEMENT
THE FUNCTIONING OF THE BODY can be compared to the functioning of an energy transformer. Similar to the transformer, the body is a thoroughfare of a flow of energies which penetrate it, traverse it and then leave it. Health is therefore dependent on a good flow of the energies, a flow which has to take place constantly, without interruption.
If the energies don’t enter the body, this latter will not be able to function, because it doesn’t receive the energies it needs. If they don’t traverse it, it will not transform them and make them available for use. And if the “used energies”, i.e. waste products and toxins, are not correctly eliminated, they will accumulate inside the body, in the biological terrain. This is considered in natural medicine as the basic cause of illnesses. The terrain is composed of all the bodily fluids (blood, lymph, cellular fluids) in which the cells are immersed. All this reveals the necessity of an uninterrupted flow of energies through our body and so the importance of movement in general, movement which shows itself as being another great Law of Creation: the Law of Movement. Movement is characteristic of anything that is alive. Indeed, anything that lives moves and anything that wants to stay alive must stay in movement. For example: blood must circulate continuously without slowing down too much and especially without interruption. Otherwise it will coagulate, making a clot which can block a blood vessel and the irrigation of vital organs. Air must constantly flow in the body. A few minutes without air and death occurs. Without constant physical movement, muscles weaken and lose their tone. Numerous therapies are based on this Law without people being aware of it. They have healing qualities only because they restore and support movement and not at all because they produce active curative substances. Hydrotherapy, the application of cold or warm water, on small or large parts of the body, accelerates the blood circulation and the cellular exchanges. So does massage and reflexology. And what does acupuncture do? It regulates energy circulation through the meridians. This Law is again not often enough taken into consideration. People with poor blood circulation in the legs are given remedies instead of being advised to move: walk, go bicycling, climb up the stairs instead of using an elevator, etc., in order to stimulate the circulation of blood in the legs.
THE LAW OF AFFINITY
THERE ARE A FEW other general Laws of Creation, but I want to deal with one more of them only: The Law of Attraction of Homogenous Species (also named the Law of Affinity) whose effect is such that things which are similar attract each other. In a nutshell: like attracts like. It is often possible to observe that a unique treatment can have quite different effects depending on the patient it was given to. Some patients react very well to a given plant, while for others – with the same health problem – it has no effect or even a negative one. The same is true with acupuncture, osteopathy, homeopathy, all of which are very effective with some people but not with others. If there are differences in the effectiveness of the treatment it is because, as is commonly said, we may or may not be “in affinity” with the treatment! For centuries, the importance of this Law has encouraged therapists to find the affinity between the different therapeutic means used (herbs, foods, etc.) and the different kinds of patients. This research lead us to the knowledge of the different temperaments, that is, groups of people having the same physical characteristics who therefore react in a similar way to a similar treatment. There are four temperaments: the sanguine, melancholic, choleric and phlegmatic temperaments. A person of the phlegmatic temperament, for example, which corresponds to the water element, likes calmness and serenity. They are happy to live near water (river, lake, sea), react well to remedies from the sea (seaweed), hydrotherapy and herbs in liquid form (infusions). On the contrary, people from the opposite temperament, the choleric temperament, governed by the element fire, like to be active and can’t bear to be inactive very long or don’t like surroundings which are too calm. These make them feel unwell because they cannot spend and use up all their energy. Sports and physical exercises agree better with them than too much rest. Also, they respond better to sun therapy than water therapy and to herbs in tablet form rather than in those given as infusions. The description of the temperaments is always a bit caricatured and extreme. In reality, they never manifest in a pure way. Each of us is a mixture of the four temperaments, a mixture in which one or two temperaments predominate. The great art in medicine is to find the affinity which exists between the temperament of the sick person and the therapeutic means prescribed. Surprising as it may be, the Law of Attraction or of Affinity is also at work when we have an aversion to something – but this can easily be explained. Indeed, according to the Law, if like attracts like, then the opposites (unlike) will repel each other. This is especially noticeable during pregnancy. The mother has strong cravings for certain foods which are good for (in affinity with) her baby, or strong dislikes of food which disagree with it. The immune system functions according to this law: Its role is to distinguish between what belongs to the self and what doesn’t (microbes, cancerous cells, etc.) in order to destroy these latter. The repelling process of what is dissimilar can take place slowly (it can take years for a splinter to come out) – or very quickly (an allergic reaction to pollen can take place in a few seconds). Like the other Laws we have so far described, the Law of Attraction or of Affinity is usually not respected either. Illnesses are treated without taking into account the patient’s temperament. As we can see after this presentation of these few Laws, illnesses are the result of having not respected the Laws. And that’s where our responsibility lies. We get ill, not because the Laws are deficient, but because we don’t follow them or live according to them. To know the Laws and to follow them in our daily lives is therefore vital for staying healthy, and that’s why they are ever again mentioned in natural medicine. But knowledge of these Laws is not only useful for staying healthy. These Laws not only govern our physical bodies but, more importantly, also the immaterial part of man, that is, his spirit (soul). This fact is less well known, but is just as important.
The idea that the human being is more than a physical body is not only a religious conception but also one important in natural medicine. Great doctors throughout history, starting with Hippocrates, believed that man is composed of three elements:
1. His true ego, the immaterial spirit (in the sense of soul) 2. Different cloaks of ethereal matter 3. The physical body
The spirit surrounded by its different ethereal cloaks incarnates in the physical body for the length of its earth-life. At death it separates from the body and goes on living in the “other world”. Now, the Laws we have been talking about are also active on the spirit. To illustrate this I will draw a few parallels to show that they act on the spirit in a way similar to how they act on the body.
WHAT YOU SOW YOU WILL REAP SOMETIMES, WE FALL ILL, and we know perfectly well what we did to cause this: we overate, didn’t sleep enough, got too worked up about something, etc. Other times, we suddenly fall ill although we have been living in the same way for some time. Therefore we wonder why we got ill. We are quick to think it is arbitrary, bad luck, unfair, but there is a reason. Toxins have accumulated in the terrain, slowly and silently, and suddenly the body couldn’t bear them anymore and fell ill. Now, the same thing happens in everyday life, on the spiritual level. Sometimes, we are confronted with painful situations and problems, but we know perfectly well why they have arisen: our decisions or behaviour led to them very logically. The relation of cause and effect is clear. Other times however, we are confronted with difficult situations but we cannot see what we have done to cause them. These happenings are in opposition to what we would have liked and are even the reverse of what we would have wished. And as we cannot see a cause for them, we qualify them as arbitrary, unfair, or we maintain that “there aren’t any laws” or “there isn’t any justice”. But there is a law in activity. It is the Law of Cause and Effect, also called the Law of Sowing and Reaping. It was taught by Jesus when he said: what you sow you will reap.
What does man’s spirit sow? He sows what he does (his actions), says and thinks. These three manifestations of his will are registered – to make things simple – in his ethereal cloaks, which act as the spirit’s “terrain”. Everything we do is registered in it and accumulates, silently but surely. At some point this bursts into the open in the form of a problem or a situation, which corresponds to what we have sown. But as we don’t remember what caused these situations they are considered exceptional and designated as being our fate. But fate is not arbitrary. Thanks to the Law of Cause and Effect, it is the logical result of what we have sown. Knowing this can change our view of life completely. Just as we don’t fall ill by chance but are responsible of our illnesses through our lifestyles, so our fate – everything that happens to us – is not by chance, we are responsible for it all through what we have thought, said and done. This means that nothing in our lives happens for no reason, there is always a cause. By the decisions we take we are the originators of these causes, therefore we are not victims.
Consequently, there is something to learn in every situation which comes to us, because each is brought by the Laws and not by chance. It is a waste of time to blame other people for our situations, they are not responsible for them, we are. If we are not happy with our lives, we don’t have to submit to them, we can change them and form them as we like.
THE LAW OF SPIRITUAL MOVEMENT
THE SPIRIT IS ALSO subject to this Law. It has to be active to stay awake and develop. It needs movement and usually wants it. Being inactive doesn’t suit it. Deep inside every human being there are wishes for things to do, goals to reach, ideals to fulfil, etc. There is the desire to improve oneself and to develop. Just observe someone who is longing for a vacation which will enable him to do nothing. He dreams of being inactive, being able to just lie around, on the beach, under the sun, for example. But after a few days (hours for others) he becomes dissatisfied, unwell, restless … and longs for something to do! Some people think they are very tired, and have no energy left, but it’s just that they are not in movement. You have certainly seen people who complain of not having any drive, who even feel a bit depressed and despair of their condition. It only takes a piece of good news to see them suddenly full of energy and optimism.
THE LAW OF ATTRACTION OF HOMOGENEOUS SPECIES
AS THE RESULT of the activity of this Law, people with similar qualities or interests are attracted to each other. That’s why society is divided in so many groups of people – associations, clubs, parties, movements … This division into groups is spontaneous, not always the result of conscious decisions. In a package tour for example, when a group of people who do not know each other are together on a vacation, very quickly those who are interested in history will be talking together, those who are interested in sports will stick together, etc. All this means that we can learn much about someone (or ourselves) just by observing who he associates with. As the sayings go “birds of a feather, flock together”, or “tell me with whom you associate and I will tell you who you are.”
Yet there is another teaching to be learned with this Law. Some people get very irritated about their neighbour’s faults – for example, lying. They don’t just notice and observe, but react violently against people who lie. They even have a tendency to see liars everywhere. They suspect everybody of lying; get irritated about it, and so on. Why is that? After all, we are all capable of seeing the faults in our neighbours, why is it that some can get so irritated? It’s because they are in affinity with liars. If you observe carefully, you will discover that they themselves are liars. It is the homogenous species which makes it so easy for them to see liars and which makes them react so violently. It is exactly what was taught by Jesus: you see the mote in your brother’s eye and consider not the beam that is in yours. Therefore if we are not sure what is to be improved in ourselves, we just have to observe which of our neighbours’ faults annoy us most. By overcoming these faults in ourselves we will not only become better people, but will also, for example, get rid of the liars that surround us. The reason for this is that when we cease to be liars, the action of the Law of Attraction of Homogenous Species will repel these types of people from us. They will not surround us anymore because we will have stopped attracting them.
Many other things in our lives can be explained (and therefore understood) by the activity of the Laws. It is therefore of the utmost importance to get to know them. Indeed, just as some people get ill repeatedly or get more and more seriously ill because they don’t know the laws of health, other people live an unhappy life becauseof their ignorance of the laws of life, the Spiritual Laws.
ARE ILLNESSES AND FATE PUNISHMENTS?
WHEN A CHILD, who has been told that he can burn himself if he puts his hand in boiling water, nevertheless decides to touch it, he will burn himself. His burn however is absolutely not a punishment for not having obeyed and followed the warnings; it is only a consequence of his action. Similarly, when our body tells us through tiredness, pain, acute illness, etc., that we are not following the laws of health, and we don’t listen to these warnings, we get prone to chronic or degenerative illnesses. These latter are not punishments but simple consequences. These consequences have been triggered by our decisions, and we are therefore responsible for them. As we have free will, we could have decided differently and could have been lead to physical well-being and strong health.
Illnesses are not punishments, nor a lack of love from the Creator; they are the result of our lack of knowledge about the laws of health and lack of wisdom about the necessity of following them. Each complication, each aggravation or recurrence, painful as it may be, is only supplementary proof of our ignorance of the laws. Far from being alarming or frightening, such knowledge is most reassuring, because it means that what happens to us depends neither on the arbitrary decisions of others, nor the whims of a blind fatality, but on ourselves. The situation is totally under our control because, thanks to our free will, we can shape our life as we wish it to be.
What has just been said about illnesses is also true – and for the same reasons – for all the problems and conflicts we have to face in our families, social and professional lives, as well as all our sorrows, afflictions, miseries, ordeals, accidents, setbacks, failures, etc. That is, our fate is wrongly attributed to chance.
What man needs the most to be happy and healthy is knowledge of the Laws of Creation. This knowledge is not restricted to the laws of chemistry and physics, which enabled so much of the technical progress of our times, but must include the big Laws, or big principles, which govern our whole existence as human beings, which govern our thoughts, words and actions. The active and up-building forms of the Laws are like the current of a river. If we swim in the same direction as the current, we are carried by its strength and we make progress without having to make much effort. Two forces are working together: the one from the current and ours. However, if we choose to go counter current, that is, live in an unhealthy way or without respect for our neighbours – which is possible for us to do as we have free will – the current will oppose our movements. We will have to deploy much more energy, only to find ourselves swept back after all by the current.
HOW DOES ONE ACQUIRE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAWS?
ONE WAY IS THROUGH close observation of all the events, big and small, in Nature and in our surroundings. In so far as we are attentive and try to discover the logic behind the happenings, it is possible for us to discover the Laws which govern them. Personal experience is another way of acquiring this knowledge. Here the aim is to find out how the Laws act on us and our decisions by reflecting on the reasons for the events of our lives, as well as the relationship between present and past happenings, and seeking why some situations curiously repeat themselves in our lives. The better we understand the reasons for the happenings in our lives, the more we become conscious of the activity of the Laws. It is also possible to read books which talk of the Laws of life, such as the work “In the Light of Truth: The Grail Message”. In the following, you can read via the link an excerpt from this work, a chapter about the activity of the Laws and the meaning of fate. * * * I N T H E L I G H T O F T R U T H : T H E G R A I L M E S S AGE Volume 2, Lecture 2 FATE
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