New Thought Health, Healing, and Medicine

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News reports are coming in these days about the rising number of infections which cannot be cured with antibiotics.

First there was MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), then there were other resistant infections.  2018 ushered in super-resistant strains of gonorrhea and typhus.  The former was reported in the U.K., then sourced to Southeast Asia, the latter was first discovered in Hyderabad, Pakistan in November 2016 and is spreading.

The basis of growing antibiotic resistance is a biological phenomena known as “plasmid exchange.”   Plasmids are small packages of genetic material, either RNA or DNA which contain the keys to resist certain environmental challenges such as toxins or secretions from antibiotics.    Even competing colonies of bacteria will exchange plasmids in the face of a common threat thereby co-creating successful resistance enabling all colonies to survive and resume their competition.

In contrast to Christian Science, often referred to as “Eddyism” by early New Thought writers, New Thought teaches us that science and medicine are an important aspect of life and spiritual living.    While decadent people in different cultures around the world will find various reasons to ignore science, even declaring vaccines the “work of the devil” designed to “sterilize the recipient,”   adherents to traditional New Thought are not lost in superstition.

New Thought millennials are aware that with the decline of antibiotics Divine Living demands strengthening our immune systems and this includes using vaccines.

“HISTORY is a wise teacher, a true prophet, a faithful counselor….  Life-principles, life-currents, life-experiences move pretty much in undulations. So the future will be essentially like the past. The variations will be more or less on the surface. The moon will phase, almanacs and calendars become obsolete, styles in dress and phrase, drapery, past-times of the days, methods of work and play will move through in egglike ovals; hatching new life, which will yet remains the same.

Harmon McQuilkin, Evolution of Psychic Healing

“The tide of individual and race interest ebbs and flows. It has always been thus, it will continue to be so; two psychological facts produce this perpetual motion in mental mechanics: — the natural aversion to monotony which familiarity produces, and on the other hand, the desire for something better in the face of the tyranny of custom, popular opinion and social oppression.”

“A few years ago, after the 1906 Earthquake, some preachers were leveling the charge that the plague which followed the quake was due to God’s wrath at the dreadful treatment of the Chinese population during the first outbreak in 1900.

A colleague present in San Francisco during the 2nd outbreak of that dreadful pestilence remarked that in contrast to the first outbreak, after the earthquake the Chinese Six Companies built the Tung Wah Dispensary in Trenton Alley which offered excellent care using both herbal concoctions and psychic healing.

The old Egyptian monuments bear witness to the same fact the healers of that land set bones, were skilled in dentistry, and availed themselves of an extensive set of pharmacopoeia. The discovery of a remarkable engraved stone allowed scholars to decipher ancient Egyptian medical papyri such as that discovered by our Edwin Smith, and of course the Hearst Papyrus discovered by George Reisner illuminate the great extent to which the Ancient Egyptians combined herbal and surgical treatment with psychic healing.”

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Another Hebrew scientist, philosopher, sage, said, “A merry heart is a good medicine, but a broken spirit drieth up the bones.” The gentle reader availed of the wisdom of the bible can easily observe that when this is combined with:

“And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.” — Ezekiel 47:12

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” — Psalms 51:7

“For Isaiah had said, Let them take a lump of figs, and lay it for a plaister upon the boil, and he shall recover.” — Isaiah 38:21

“While previously much of their history was wrapped in obscurity, this much is sure, that they were pious, celibate, used eating utensils to ensure hygienic sharing of meals, bathed daily, prayed before eating, forbade the expression of anger, and were mindful of their speech. The Essenes effected healing not just by hygienic practices and diet, but also through the “laying on of hands and certain incantations.”

“While our grand parents were doomed to die from cholera, or rabies today we have vaccines for these once deadly infections. Within the last ten years, vaccines have been produced for tetanus, typhoid fever, and even that scourge of civilization, bubonic plague.

A morning without coffee is like sleep.

The Essenes understood the relationship of the Mind to the Body but at the same time were aware of hygiene and diet.

IN concluding, let me add a few skeleton remarks. . First, psychic healing is here to stay. There are multiple methods relying on various means. It is a legitimate method, if legitimately used. But its legitimate use may not be so wide as many are claiming.

Every day the daily papers reveal new surgical successes.

The past century gave us the breakthroughs of John Snow, Joseph Lister and recently the remarkable work of Wilhelm Roentgen. It seems one cannot pick up a paper without reading about a new breakthrough by the imminent Dr. Halsted. He has moved surgery in the United States forward enormously. The advance of medicine is astounding.”

“People think that epilepsy is divine simply because they don’t have any idea what causes epilepsy. But I believe that someday we will understand what causes epilepsy, and at that moment, we will cease to believe that it’s divine. And so it is with everything in the universe”   ~ Hippocrates

While process of inoculation was used by Chinese physicians in the 10th century. This ancient practice is only now becoming widely used in the West.

Ole Lund comments:

“The earliest documented examples of vaccination are from India and China in the 17th century, where vaccination with powdered scabs from people infected with smallpox was used to protect against the disease. Smallpox used to be a common disease throughout the world and 20 to 30% of infected persons died from the disease. Smallpox was responsible for 8 to 20% of all deaths in several European countries in the 18th century. The tradition of vaccination may have originated in India in AD 1000.”

“Thus mental healing has its place and there is no doubt it will grow in use to the extent that we attain a better understanding of the principles, yet we must never forego the sure and sound practice of vaccination, or when necessary to avail ourselves of surgery.”

“When we see the miracle of Aspirin, and join it with that of Quinine, how long will it be until there are numerous extracts to heal diseases that have known no cure. The barks of trees held these cures, the petals of a flower may hold another; even the mushroom may one day offer a vehicle for healing.”

“If every individual gets the right amount of proper nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we discover the safest way to health.”   ~ Hippocrates

Quotes in this article were taken from Evolution of Psychic Healing by Harmon McQuilkin.