Wednesday, September 28, 2016

II - What Might Have Been

I have imagined for some years writing about “What Might Have Been.” The idea has been politically focused.

What Might Have Been - If John F. Kennedy had avoided assassination, if his brother had not been gunned down. If Martin Luther King Jr. had continued his ministry. If such acknowledged great leaders had persisted into old age or even just a few more years, wouldn’t America be a different and better place today? And, wouldn’t that have spread positive effects to the rest of the world?

What if we had found different ways to live besides fighting wars in placed like Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. What if America and Russia learned to just take care of their own business?

Those scenarios might have promoted some relatively happy endings in fact or just in imagination.

But, the imagined writing seems really too far afield from most of my experiences and studies to ever eventuate. Maybe somebody else will compose those stories, some day. Maybe they have and I have just missed them.

In any case in recent years, I have received the gift of discovery and re-discovery of healing works accomplished over the ages by a number of truly great men. Surely women did much of the same kind of work, but as far as I know their names have been lost to posterity.

But, stories of the wonders worked over centuries by great healing humans persist in many places to be told and retold. This is especially so now since many writings, cached in libraries around the world and only available in the past to scholars who could travel widely, are now digitized and freely accessible through websites like,, and several others. 

These three are my usual sources which have given me access to dozens [potentially thousands, but I am selective] of books to study about extraordinary healing personalities, methods, and cases which cover particularly the last few centuries.

I had already dipped to greater or lesser degrees into the lives and works of the ancients and of Jesus and his disciples. Coming into the second millennium, I recently have gotten expanding pictures of Paracelsus and Van Helmont, Greatrakes and Mesmer, Elliotson, Esdaile, and Newton. That is JR Newton rather than Isaac. 

Maybe this is the place to briefly tell the stories of these Great Healers and to begin to give suggestions of how they did their works. 

Jesus and disciples
Have you ever wondered how Jesus healed? Were they all miraculous, or are the methods he used still available? Well, the short answer is that he used many methods according to the need of those who met him and asked his aid. Sometimes, they didn’t even ask. As when the woman with the issue (hemorrhage) of many years reached out to him. She was instantly healed as “virtue” was drawn from Jesus to the woman.

A miracle! Yes, because it was and still is generally not understood. No, because the “virtue” was merely a shooting forth from the radiant aura of the Great Physician to fill in the void in the force field of the depleted woman.

This mechanism is surely the main one which Jesus used actively and directly with the sick and lame. It is also the one which he taught his disciples, telling them to share with those in need that the healing force might refill them, relieve their weakness, and make them whole - at least for the time. 

Paracelsus and Van Helmont
Paracelsus was a renowned physician and healer of the 16th century. Interestingly, he is often regarded as the progenitor of chemical medicine. But he was really a largely misunderstood alchemist who was able to use whatever means be needed to raise up and heal the needy. His greatest tool was in his conscious connection with Nature and his ability to funnel its forces where and when required. 
Paracelsus burned medical books in Basel and told physicians and students to look to Nature for answers rather than to the ancient palaver of Galen and others. He healed many princes as well as paupers mostly by the power of his presence and the radiations of his being.
Van Helmont lived in the next century and drew upon the teachings of Paracelsus. He too is largely remembered as a purveyor of chemicals and iatrochemist. Again, he was misunderstood even as he healed many with his hands during the plagues of his time while dozens were dying at the hands of ordinary medicine.

Greatrakes and Mesmer
Valentine Greatrakes was an Irish merchant of 17th century who observed his wife’s healing works at the same time many suffered the King’s Evil and other ghastly diseases of the time. He sensed the call to heal. His wife scoffed for a time.
His work was as a Stroker. [Seems a fitting occupation for a man named Greatrakes.] He stroked people’s bodies with his hands producing thousands of healings. Many, many were relieved and healed in Ireland. He eventually traveled to England at the request of a nobleman whose wife was ill. He was unsuccessful in her case but aided many others while the chemist Robert Boyle looked on in amazement.

Anton Mesmer was an 18th century Swabian physician who made his own separate discovery through the gift of a mind inquiring into the wonders of Nature. He taught that all beings emanate and transmit currents of magnetic fluid. That fluid was capable of healing, relieving and preserving humans and animals. Mesmer tried to share his discovery in Vienna, but was met with disbelief and denial despite the amazing cures and phenomena he produced.
Eventually, he moved to Paris where he demonstrated greater wonders. The people were enthralled and thrilled. The scholars and physicians were scared. They did everything they could to suppress, slander, and destroy his potentially universal healing work. 

Elliotson and Esdaile
John Elliotson was a highly respected professor of medicine at the London College in the middle of the 19th century until he took up Mesmerism (aka animal magnetism). He also did amazing things, healed many incurables, and got attention from a wide spectrum of the society. It appears that Elliotson like Mesmer was too public about his work and brought down the wrath of his peers.
Elliotson eventually resigned his teaching positions and worked independently while producing a journal of magnetic healing [The Zoist] for a dozen years. All manner of medical, surgical, religious, and healing folks as well as grateful patients gave great praise to him. But, the powers that be did not abide his efforts. They feared to be put out of work. Elliotson’s healings and teachings were soon lost because there was no system or organization to fill his shoes and his ideals.

James Esdaile was a surgeon contemporary with Elliotson who was assigned to duty in India. At a loss to treat his patients humanely when they needed drastic surgeries, he ventured to begin work with animal magnetism. He had only heard and read about mesmerism, never seen it practiced. A native assistant had seen the process done a time or two without success.
So, Esdaile set himself and helpers to work magnetizing patients prior to surgeries. Sometimes, the process was strung out over several days. But, a large swath of patients were anesthetized with mere passes of the hands over their bodies. (This was before the advent of ether and chloroform.) Esdaile was able to remove all manner and sizes of tumors with little blood loss, no pain and no memory of the operation retained by the patient, and rapid recovery after surgery. The British government set him up for a time with his own hospital devoted to using magnetism. Sadly, the very successful experiment was lost in the shuffle and kerfuffle of the times when Esdaile gave up India to return to his native Scotland.

Newton and Olcott
James Rogers Newton was one of the most recent of the great healers of the ages. He was in middle age before he determined he had the gift. Something told him he had a work to do. Newton gradually put his hands and faith into action.
He eventually relieved or healed thousands with methods similar to Greatrakes and Mesmer. He worked often with one sick person at a time. But he also stood before hundreds on occasion and produced healings at a distance in the midst of larger crowds.
Newton’s work which occurred in America in the late 19th century was and is well-documented from reports of newspapers all across the country and during visits to Great Britain.

Henry Steele Olcott’s healing career was short-lived at little more than a year’s length during his time in India in the 1880s. It appears that his work was intended to be more of a demonstration of the potential for healing with the touch than a specifically founded mission.
Colonel Olcott was founding President of the Theosophical Society. While he traveled around South Asia promoting the Society and indigenous religions, he was struck by the medical needs of many whom he encountered. Why not offer the gift of magnetic touch? He had studied it, but never put it into practice until he was fifty years old in a foreign land. Many successes followed.

These extraordinary healers and many other ordinary ones doing extraordinary things are the starting point for our journey into a wider world of possibilities than most people dare imagine. We will pick up the thread next time as I share some fascinating bits and pieces from own healing journey which - after 40 years - I trust will be of aid to people in need in the coming days.

Post comments below and/or send them to theportableschool at gmail dot com.

Be well, Robert

Saturday, September 24, 2016

I - I've Got A Secret

I’ve Got a Secret

I see there is a new movie out called The Secret Life of Pets. I wonder how many Secrets it presents. An animated feature with furry creatures, it should be enjoyable especially for the young people. Apparently the film has done well at the box office, to the tune of $725 million. 

Quite a few years ago, there was a great book called The Secret Life of Plants. I can recommend it highly, even though it may be old “news” to some. Still if you haven’t read it, the information in the book may astonish you. 

There are many other supposed Secrets continuously being offered to the public, but at a price. The one I wish to present - it might be called A Secret in the Life of Human Beings - is priceless and free. 

It is one of those Secrets that has been widely known at one time in ancient history, but got pushed into the background. Then, reared its head into broad daylight off and on over the ages. But unfortunately, the Secret got more than its share of bad press, ridicule and opposition because of personal, political, and professional prejudices.

The Secret has come into my hands over recent years and must be shared. I don’t want to keep it a Secret. Discussing the Secret with a friend some months ago prompted her to say, “You are talking about a whole new paradigm.” Which might change many things including jobs while putting some people out of work.

The Secret might be a new paradigm for the present era but it is really quite an old paradigm waiting to be resurrected. And, it is one of those things which must pass around freely once it is honestly and reasonably noticed.

The best things in life are free and this will cost you absolutely nothing except time spent reading, maybe cogitating, and hopefully eventually using the ideas and information shared. 

I will give you some feeder lines to begin the journey of Secret Discovery. The new blog will have posts done fortnightly. Visit whenever you are a mind. 

Here are some quotes - which should drawn your attention - from a variety of folks over past generations regarding the focus of the new blog:

• One of nature’s secrets. English surgeon
• One of nature’s mysterious motive energies. Augsburg Council - Germany
A key to the mystery of man’s inner nature. German physician
• God’s TRUTH and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. English physician
• Any body in health can [share it]. English woman of rank
• A touchstone of Truth. English medical officer
• It was itself truth and nature. American attorney
Of infinitely greater direct practical importance than the admission of the truth of the circulation of the blood. English surgeon practicing in India


Much will rise again that has long been buried, 
and much will become submerged that is held in honor today. 

The introductory quotes give some hints about the Secret. Let me add a few more.

• By far the best remedy for all those languors and pains. English physician
• [There is] no disease in children in which it should be omitted. English physician
• [I was being] convinced of its truth and its great power as a curative agent. English curate
• [Every human being contains] this ... and can communicate the superabundance of it to another by an exertion of the will. English writer
• Nature offers a universal means of healing and of preserving human beings. Austrian physician

The mission of The Healing Post is 
• to resurrect a wonderful discovery which has been shared intermittently over the ages
• to bring it back to light
• to see it given renewed life, thence
• to do the same for modern humans.

Look for the next Post on the Secret in two weeks, to be entitled What Might Have Been.

You may append comments below or send them to theportableschool at gmail dot com.

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