The Three-fold Constitution of Man
following diagram and accompanying explanations will serve to illustrate
"Three Planes of Being," the corresponding "Three-fold
Constitution of man," and their analogy tothe artist and his
Three-fold Constitution of Man
Laws of Harmony
lives and functions on three distinct planes of being: the physical-material
and spiritual-material, the mental and the soul (psychical or moral)
may be diseased upon any one or more of these planes. The true physician
must look for causes of disease and for methods of treatment upon
all three planes of being.
purely materialistic physician concentrates all his study and effort
upon the physical-material plane of being. To him, mental, spiritual,
psychical, and moral phenomena are merely chemical and physiological
actions and reactions of brain and nerve substance. He has nothing
but contempt and derision for the man who believes in or knows of
a spiritual body or a soul.
is like an artist who says: "My violin is all there is to music.
The musician's art consists in keeping his instrument in good condition.
Technique and the laws of harmony are a matter of imagination and
of superstitious belief."
the other hand, mental healers, Christian Scientists and faith healers
concentrate all their efforts upon either the mental or the soul
plane, frequently making no distinction between the two. In the
treatment of disease, they ignore the conditions and needs of the
physical body, and some of them even deny its existence.
metaphysicians are like the artist who devotes all his time and
energy to the study and practice of technique, counterpoint and
harmony, neglecting his instrument and taking no heed whether its
mechanism is out of order or its interior filled with rubbish. His
knowledge of the laws of harmonics and his execution may be ever
so perfect; but with his instrument out of tune and out of order
he will produce discords instead of harmony.
true artist realizes that MIND, the player,
must study SOUL, the harmonics;
and that the mind must also have its instrument,
the BODY, in perfect condition in order to interpret
perfectly and artistically the harmonies of the symphony of life.
Likewise, the Nature Cure physician will look for causes of disease
and for means of cure upon the material, mental and psychical planes
will higher civilization and greater knowledge lead back to the
natural simplicity of primitive races, where physician and priest
all, physical health is the best possible basis for the attainment
of mental, moral and spiritual health. All building begins with
the foundation. We do not first suspend the steeple in the air and
then build the church under it. So also, the building of the temple
of human character should begin by laying the foundation in physical
have known people who had attained high intellectual, moral and
spiritual development and then suffered utter shipwreck physically,
mentally and in every other way, because ignorantly they had violated
the laws of their physical nature.
are others who believe that the possession of occult knowledge and
the achievement of mastership confer absolute control over Nature's
forces and phenomena on the physical plane. These people believe
that a man is not a master if he does not miraculously heal all
manner of disease and raise the dead.
such things were possible, they would overthrow the Laws of Cause
and Effect and of Compensation. They would abolish the basic principles
of morality and constructive spirituality. If it is possible in
one case to heal disease and to overcome death through the fiat
of the will of a master, then it must be possible in all cases.
If so, then we can ignore the existence of Nature's laws, indulge
our appetites and passions to the fullest extent, and when the natural
results of our transgressions overtake us, we can go to a healer
or master and have our diseases instantly and painlessly removed,
like a bad tooth.
say this with all due reverence for, and faith in, the efficacy
of true prayer and with full knowledge of the healing power of therapeutic
faith, but I do not believe that God, or Nature, or a master or
metaphysical formulas can or will make good in a miraculous way
for the inevitable results of our transgressions of the natural
laws that govern our being.
such miraculous healing were possible and of common occurrence,
what occasion would there be for the exercise of reason, will and
self-control? What would become of the scientific basis of morality
and constructive spirituality?
this leads us to the following conclusions:
there is in operation a constructive principle of Nature on the
ethical, moral and spiritual planes of being, with which we must
align ourselves and to which we must conform our conscious and voluntary
activities in order to achieve self-completion, self-content, individual
completion and happiness, then this constructive principle must
be in operation also in our physical bodies and in their corelated
physical, mental and emotional activities. If the constructive principle
is active in the physical as well as in the moral and spiritual
realms, then the established harmonic relationship of the physical
to the constructive law of its being must constitute the morality
of the physical; and from this it follows that the achievement of
health on the physical plane is as much under our conscious and
voluntary control as the working out of our individual salvation
on the higher planes of life."
our well-being on all planes and in all relationships of life depends
upon the existence, recognition and practical application of the
great fundamental laws and principles just explained.
Physical health, as well as moral health, is of our own making.
We are personally responsible not only for our own physical and
mental health, but we are also morally responsible for the hereditary
tendencies of our offspring toward health or disease.
The attainment of physical health through compliance with Nature's
laws is just as much a part of the Great Work as our ethical, moral
and psychical development.
The Unity and Continuity of the Law
which we call God, Nature, the Creator or the Universal Intelligence
is the great central cause of all things and the vibratory activities
produced by or proceeding from this central or primary cause continue
through all spheres of life, in like manner as the light waves of
the sun, moon and fixed stars penetrate through the intervening
spheres of life to our plane of earth. Therefore all powers, forces,
laws and principles which manifest on our plane proceed and continue
from the innermost Divine to the most external plane in physical
nature. This explains the continuity, stability and correspondence
on all planes of being of that which we call Natural Law. In other
words, "Natural Law is the established harmonic relationship
of effects and phenomena to their causes and of all particular causes
to the one great primary cause of all things."