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Burnett - Principles of Occult Healing (1916)
To Occult Medicine we shall owe discoveries destined to extend the domain of Philosophy, was the prophecy of the renowned French philosopher Descartes. Today, nearly three hundred years later, we find his words approaching fulfilment, for the world is face to face with a new movement in Therapeutics. An insistent, increasing, persevering demand is arising for investigation into the hidden side of the Health law; for a fuller, clearer light upon the Truth of Health itself. The hour of Occult Medicine has come.
At present, however, the demand for the truth is not universal; instead, the conditions strongly exemplify the eternal struggle between the radical and the conservative. The radicals include a very large number of separate organizations of intellectual people who believe that the laws of Health are as yet but imperfectly known; who are seeking to discover the hidden truths of Health which, from observed facts of healing, they are convinced will make them independent of drugs and surgical operations. To the radicals belong also the students of Sociology, who are demanding that measures for the prevention of disease and for the establishing of a true standard of Health shall obtain, not alone for the classes, but for the masses as well.
On the other hand, materialistic medical science, basing itself on the inviolability and invariableness of known physical laws, declares that healing other than by physical remedies is not practical; that the cited cases of occult healing — where the disease is obscure, and the remedies used cannot be measured and handled — are not subject to fixed laws, and therefore that such cases are wholly outside the domain of scientific investigation. This ultimatum is supposed to preclude further discussion.
But these so-called "unscientific" healings have occurred and are continually occurring; so there must be in this world, admittedly built and sustained by law, a law governing these cures. It is in the hope of helping to find a basis for the classification and scientific study of these many thousands of unclassified cures, to help to find the law of them, that this little book is written.
It is fully in keeping with this intellectual evolutionary progress that we shall attempt to apply religious, philosophic and scientific concepts in the solution of the more fundamental medical problems which are now coming to the front. For instance, we can more easily investigate and explain the oftentimes extremely difficult facts in cures, by noting their reciprocal relations with other laws of Nature.
This is the age of scientific constructive hypotheses. Medicine is in process of construction. It is only in the experimental stage as yet, and experiment is its method. Its first law is to study facts; to observe reasonable caution in presenting explanations, and a willingness to recast conclusions that may have been arrived at on insufficient data; to use the same open-mindedness, tolerance and fearlessness as do the researches in Astronomy or Physics.
The demand of the age is, that a scientific study be made of the etheric bodies and the emotion and mental bodies of our every-day humanity; that the power which the Self, the super-man, can assert over his own mind, his own emotions, and over the etheric elements in his physical body, shall be recognized and taught as-a definite part of the larger therapeutics. In addition to this, there must come an intellectual recognition that there are greater and lesser intelligences working in all matter. The subtler sense faculties of healers and healed must be trained to note the actual effect of thought and emotion upon and through human bodies. For this training no divine gift is needed. It is only necessary that healers shall learn to use the sense organs which already exist in these finer bodies, which belong to the phenomenal world of sense, but are, except in a small number of cases, as yet undeveloped.
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