The Missing Link: The Esoteric.

by Julia Manglano, D.U.E, Registered nurse at Accident and Emergency Department, Hospital de La Plana, Castellón, Spain

In the following lines I will discuss why the esoteric and particularly esoteric medicine is so useful and complementary to western medicine especially at this point in time.

We can all agree that conventional medicine has developed greatly in many fields including surgery, pharmacology, diagnostic techniques, transplants, etc. At the same time and in that process it has forgotten its origins; Hypocrates and the Fathers of medicine viewed the human being as a whole, and not just as separate parts you can cure without taking into consideration the rest of the body and the rest of the bodies (mental, emotional, spiritual, social). So medicine nowadays is very accurate in diagnosing, very efficient in eliminating symptoms and excellent in providing surgical techniques and solutions for many of the ills of people. Then, one could ask: why is it that cancer, diabetes, mental disorders and chronic diseases of all types have risen to higher than ever figures? Could it be that we are missing a piece in the healing-health puzzle?

One of the possible causes of the rise in disease in our society nowadays could be that we are not taking responsibility for our own life and choices, we still carry very strongly a belief in our bodies that illness and disease is just bad luck, it’s the genes, it’s the environment, its my mother’s fault, or it’s the system. We blame everybody and everything (including the health professionals) instead of admitting we do have responsibility and the way we live could possibly have a part in it.

I work as a nurse in a hospital. I have also owned a health food shop and  been involved in new age therapies all my life. What is clear to me is that both the conventional medicine users and the alternative medicine users want quick fixes, the perfect pill, the miracle supplement, the best surgeon, the best chiropractor that will take my pain away so that I don’t have to look at the way I live, the way I eat, walk, talk, think, sleep, etc.

Without going too far in history, without going to the Greeks or the Persians, we can find scientific studies that support the esoteric and energetic causes of diseases, but for a reason, humanity in general and medicine in particular have chosen to ignore them. Three examples:

1. The World Health Organisation in 1974 published a report  (Lalonde) in which they state that the factors determining health, illness and death were distributed not as the generally accepted view, but as follows:

Human biology, including genetic make-up: 23%

Environment, all matters related to health external to the human body, over which the individual has little or no control: 17 %.

Health care organisations, public health services, hospitals, etc: 9% .

And the astonishing factor: more than 50% was attributed to lifestyle, the aggregation of decisions over which the individual has control (including diet, toxic habits, exercise, ways of relating, etc)
The report is considered to have led to the development of health promotion, recognising the need for people to take more responsibility in changing their behaviours to improve their own health.

Even after this study that shows that the most prevalent factor in the manifestation of illness and disease is the way we live (just like the esoteric), we still insist on blaming the genes, bad luck, the environment or the system as the primary cause of disease.

2. There has been psychosomatic medicine for decades. Thirty years ago we used to study the different types of patients, according to their emotional behaviour and mental patterns. They observed that patients with the same illness shared similar emotional traits, like for instance: the asthmatic patient, having low self- esteem and being fearful and very dependent;  the cardiac patient, being very demanding on themselves, overenthusiastic and stressed and responsible workers; the rheumatoid patient as having aggressive behaviour with anger outbursts that are repressed with age and lead to resignation. And it all made sense and gave us a view of how a certain emotional configuration, if not created, was always associated with a certain illness or disease.

3. Then there is the development of psychoneuroimmunology. Scientists doing great research on how the way we think and our emotions affect the biochemistry of our bodies.

With these very valuable scientific works, medicine ought to be paying close attention to the emotional and mental realities, to the energy people live in and to the lifestyle as a determinant of health or illness in the body, but it has gone the opposite way, it has got so focused on the biochemical forgetting about the energetic. For that reason it is in great need of the esoteric, because in conjunction esoteric medicine and conventional medicine can bring about true and consistent healing for humankind.

When you work in the medical field you realise that doctors/nurses in general are not trained to look at the energy people live in and where anything suggests we have a responsibility in the creation of the illness, it is rejected (except in the adherence to the medical treatment they prescribe). The belief that illness ‘happens to me’ is very ingrained, and the focus is very much on the performance and the function of the physical body to the exclusion of all else, such that there can be no true harmony. So even most of the people who listen to the recommendations and exercise and eat “properly” or according to the last dietary trend, do so as an obligation or discipline, not as a free choice or a self-loving act.

Changing habits is something people avoid or even fear unless one has a terminal illness, then it is justified. So, just give me ‘something’ so that I can live in the same way, the same disregard and not even have to look at what I’m choosing.  In the alternative field it is the same with a different flavour: I eat organic but smoke marijuana, I do yoga every day but love my wine and my coffee, I only take natural medicine but dump all my anger on my husband, and my kids have to suffer the lack of love…

I have never seen anywhere else in any medicine, the integrity and responsibility that come with living esoterically. For example, first is what you eat, then how you eat, then why you eat and what are you feeling when you eat … there is always a refining in the commitment to yourself and your body, not only seeing the action (the movement) but the energy and quality of that action or movement – is it gentle,  is it loving, for me and others?

That is why the esoteric and esoteric medicine is the missing link

1. First because it is based on energy before matter, that there is an energy before we think, before we feel, and long before there is an organic imbalance. Once there is an illness there have probably been years of an energy that was not in harmony with the body. So unless we change that energy, medicine and all its advancements will fail. We all know that cancer can come back, because the cells are created and destroyed every day and under what energy are they being created today? That is the question.

Medicine can give us time but we need to make the changes if we want true consistent healing.

2. Medicine in its current form does not change the way we live, whereas esoteric medicine is all about choosing to change the way we live according to what is harmonious for the body. Esoteric Medicine is based on the fact that illness happens from us and not to us. Thus it is truly empowering, we can change things for as long as we choose to, for as long as we choose to live in gentleness and harmony within and without.

“The way you live can be the best medicine or the worst poison” – Serge Benhayon

We have a responsibility as health professionals to re-introduce the esoteric philosophy, psychology and medicine to our field of work, so that everybody can benefit from its invaluable contribution. Looking after ourselves in full if we want to truly look after others. I have been working first on the quality I bring to my interactions, the gentleness and truth I can provide, still working on observing and not absorbing and LETTING PEOPLE BE. And also, I have been amazed at how most people (patients) can see a new way of considering their problem just by asking simple questions: maybe you are too tired? maybe you have been looking after everybody except yourself? maybe you’re working too hard?

We can also support our colleagues, not only with the hands-on healing that they love and need so much, but also when for instance, they have a headache and instead of immediately getting ibuprofen, we can ask them: are you trying to do everything on your own and stressing yourself? Are you trying to be the best nurse?

When we connect and not judge they open up, then there is love and healing.

366 thoughts on “The Missing Link: The Esoteric.

  1. Clearly the whole concept of health varies greatly depending on how much a person or system really wants to know and take responsibility for. We have gotten a long way off track and it’s time for us all to bring ourselves back to the basics. For me this means re-learning that how I live is a key instrument in determining my health outcomes.

  2. Just the study of psychoneuroimmunology alone is enough to demonstrate that an integration of Universal Medicine and Western Medicine is essential for the well-being of humanity

  3. Esoteric medicine joins the dots and completes the circle in understanding why illness and disease continues to increase despite the wonderful work and support of conventional medicine. We all know what is ‘good’ for us and what is not and it is our responsibility to play our part in caring for ourselves.

  4. I love using both Esoteric Medicine and conventional medicine together. One without the other would not result in where I am today, living so responsibly for my health and feeling so alive and vital.
    I had a doctor who advised me to return to how I was living before the health condition, but there was no way I was going to do that. To me, the health condition was a blessing, a big stop to bring me more awareness to how I was living and it was with the support of Esoteric medicine that I could then implement the changes needed once the conventional medicine had done their part.

  5. It is interesting what you have shared re the cardiac, rheumatoid and asthmatic patients and the emotional behaviours and traits they had, although this is a known it does not seem to currently be a common knowledge .. or if it is we are doing a great job of ignoring it! What you share here is very thorough and I also feel this is a very valid point ‘We blame everybody and everything (including the health professionals) instead of admitting we do have responsibility and the way we live could possibly have a part in it.’ We definietly need to understand and look at the energy of everything before the matter/physical. Thank you for sharing this very wise and true quote from Serge Benhayon “The way you live can be the best medicine or the worst poison”. Medicine is great but it is time to play our part and take responsibility in the way we live.

  6. It is interesting what you have shared re the cardiac, rheumatoid and asthmatic patients and the emotional behaviours and traits they had, although this is a known it does not seem to currently be a common knowledge .. or if it is we are doing a great job of ignoring it! What you share here is very thorough and I also feel this is a very valid point ‘We blame everybody and everything (including the health professionals) instead of admitting we do have responsibility and the way we live could possibly have a part in it.’ We definitely need to understand and look at the energy of everything before the matter/physical. Thank you for sharing this very wise and true quote from Serge Benhayon “The way you live can be the best medicine or the worst poison”. Medicine is great but it is time to play our part and take responsibility in the way we live.

  7. I totally concur with what has been written in this article, at the end of the day we are the by-product of our lifestyle choices

  8. Hi Julia, Thank you for this blog, medicine has always been fascinating to me especially the area of psychosomatic medicine and the study of different types of patients, according to their emotional behaviour and mental patterns. This gives us such a valuable insight into our patterns of illness and disease… if esoteric medicine and principles were added to that, it would be of enormous value and would provide a deeper understanding of health and wellbeing.

  9. Holding on to the belief that illness and disease are mainly caused by outer factors is indeed a very comfortable way to avoid responsibility. The way beliefs work is that they only allow you to see what you want to see and even when you are somehow open to see beyond that they still hold you tight so that you don´t make the changes ‘yet’ you actually know are necessary and overdue.

  10. Realizing and acknowledging certain emotional traits being related to certain physical ailments is a start to getting a sense, a directly felt perception of the energy working behind the scenes of every illness and disease, in other words coming back to feeling energy and its quality. This is part of esoteric medicine and also known by some doctors a very natural ability that is of invaluable service to the patient. We naturally do feel energy no matter what we call it, a feeling, as sense, intuition, an inkling – we all do and most professionals working with patients develop an awareness of this considering it as experience or having an eye for it. We need to trust that knowing and make it part of the consultation.

  11. On a practical or temporal level Esoteric and Universal Medicine are complementary to conventional medicine. In truth Esoteric Medicine is encompassing of conventional medicine as it is in its origin the source for every medicine thereafter, ie. the externalisation of the esoteric.

  12. One of the root conditions we need to heal is the recklessness, ignorance and arrogance in which the spirit treats the body, exposing that it is the spirit that needs healing in the first place as the body only cops the consequences. healing the spirit is the domain of esoteric medicine.

  13. The fact is that how we live has a major effect on the body, in particular the effect our emotions have on our health and wellbeing. This highlights the importance of the responsibility of our choices for our emotional wellbeing and the impact it has on the human body. For me this is key, as I know I can not address day to day physical ailments without addressing the root cause, the energy of the emotion in my body.

  14. I love this quote of Serge Benhayon’s “The way you live can be the best medicine or the worst poison”. How true is this line, before I met Serge Benhayon I was living in a pretty toxic and poisonous way where I had developed an illness years prior because I couldn’t deal with the stresses in my life. I am forever grateful for Serge Benhayon and his support and care in allowing my body to truly heal and restore a natural energy and vitality that I had lost for many years.

  15. It is now closer to 80% of our chronic illness and disease that’s considered lifestyle related… and you have nailed it here Julia as merely addressing diet and exercise is simply not enough. Without the deeper energetic understanding of every choice, movement and behaviour on the body, offered through Esoteric Medicine, we will still hardly make a dent in the current trend of endemic ill health.

  16. “So even most of the people who listen to the recommendations and exercise and eat “properly” or according to the last dietary trend, do so as an obligation or discipline, not as a free choice or a self-loving act.” How true, and then the choice is made with a feeling of loss, of missing out, and this can often then be accompanied by resentment towards the choice we have to make, and therefore, towards our bodies. So in choosing to follow ‘doctor’s orders’ we end up dumping more emotions into our already unwell body, resulting in more illness and disease. Realising the choice to change lifestyle, diet etc. is one of the most loving things we can do for ourselves, that then makes it a choice for vitality, for life and not one of deprivation.

  17. It is interesting how we started to understand how much the way we think affects what we do and then reduced it to be about being fixed. Psychoneuroimmunology is a great start and even if we don’t understand what it is about we can know that how we do what we do has an affect on our physical and mental health and that we have the potential to change the trajectory for our health outcomes.

  18. “Could it be that we are missing a piece in the healing-health puzzle?” This is a great article Julia in showing that we do know that the way we choose to live, lifestyle, is the underlying cause of many health issues and that conventional and esoteric medicine working together is the best medicine.

  19. This is such a fundamental concept that if integrated would support the system hugely, it would introduce people to self responsibility and an awareness as to their choices, and the good old consequences in honestly looking at the way we live.

  20. It is perhaps time that the medical world looks a little further afield than what they are currently looking at. With all the illness and disease that is proliferating across the globe, we need to look at the fact that what is currently being done, isn’t working. There marriage of esoteric medicine with conventional medicine is what will assist in turning around what is currently a losing battle.

  21. ‘Could it be that we are missing a piece in the healing-health puzzle?’ Absolutely I agree but not only this but would ask the question could it be that we are missing a part of every puzzle or that if in truth it is all one puzzle are we missing the truth on which the understanding of it should all be based.

  22. This is a great and much needed blog pointing out as it does that even though the World Health Organisation has said as far back as 1974 that 50% of illness and disease is lifestyle related, we for the most part still live as if illness and disease just happens to us. That is over 40 years and the message has still not got through or perhaps it has simply been rejected. What if the truth is that it is closer to 100% of illness and disease that is caused by our choices? Which one day it will be known and accepted to be. Will we listen then?

  23. Why is changing habits something we avoid unless we have a terminal illness? We know when something is not good for us – whether it’s smoking, or working too hard and trying to be the best version of ourselves.. but it can feel impossible to change, unless we’re willing to go deeper and look at why we need to smoke, or why we need to push ourselves: what are we not connecting to so that we feel we need something to fill the emptiness with something from outside of our own bodies? Could it be that by working on connecting more to what we already hold inside of, that sense of spaciousness and stillness, our reliance and craving for something to fill a gap is reduced?

  24. Awesome Julia .. thank you for the reminder, those simple questions said with love and in the knowing they need support will provide a loving space. It’s important not to react and try and fix their ill-momentum, as the question can be imposing and not with understanding. “When we connect and not judge they open up, then there is love and healing.” It is very important to connect to people and feel where they are at.

  25. How we live, our lifestyle and choices directly affects our health, this is finally being accepted more and more. With this understanding we have a responsibility for how we live, the quality of our life, the foods we eat, what we drink, are we stressed etcetera, knowing there is a knock on effect of every choice we make.

  26. The pie chart you presented Julia is ” worth ten thousand words”. It has me consider why we spend most of our resources and are dependant in the smallest wedge 10% Health System, when 50% is Lifestyle and 20% is Biological, 20% Environmental leaves. Until we turn the responsibility back into the 50% Lifestyle we will continue to rely on a system that is not able to provide answers to the the underlying root cause of illness and disease…. That being the choices and energy we live in every moment.

  27. This is so true Julia… ” both the conventional medicine users and the alternative medicine users want quick fixes, the perfect pill, the miracle supplement, the best surgeon, the best chiropractor that will take my pain away so that I don’t have to look at the way I live, the way I eat, walk, talk, think, sleep, etc.” Having a background also in complementary medicine I was indoctrinated (yes that’s the right word) into what I essentially see as the same paradigm that medicine is under, whereby the responsibility for how we live in every moment and in every way, is contributing to any ill-condition or state we find ourselves in, does not get a look-in. The only difference between what I learnt as a Naturopath and the way I see the medical system approaching patients, is that Naturopathy prides itself on being ‘safe’. If no true healing has taken place, then neither ‘system’ is working. That is the difference I see between these common approaches and what I have now grown to understand and apply with Esoteric Healing. It understands the whole picture and can draw equally from both the complementary and medical systems, but bound by neither in terms of a limiting view.

    1. True Jenny, we need a whole change in consciousness around illness and disease and to start to appreciate that these always happen for a reason and that we are the reason or more precisely the way we live and the choices we make are at the root of the cause of any illness or disease. It is time we evolved out of the “it just happens” mentality which has suited our level of irresponsibility for so long.

      1. Yes absolutely Doug, not only does that head-in-the-sand ‘I am not responsible for this condition I suffer’ not open us up to any true healing, but the current systems we have in place – both medical and ‘alternative’ have a false base too. We cannot just take the parts of those systems and put them together, we have to dismantle the whole lot and re-assess what healing is and from that base, find the parts that can work within that understanding, and that which cannot. I imagine this will take some time to come about on a community-scale, but there are many clinics and clinicians developing around the world who are already working this way very successfully… so it has begun.

      2. Well said Jenny, yes it has begun, the wheels have been set in motion and change will gradually come. Western Medicine is wonderful and it is doing all it can for humanity but things will continue to worsen until the foundations are rebuilt which they will be. But before the world is ready to accept that it is not going to work as it is things need to go from terrible to worse.

      3. Yes so it seems… and I can relate, we are not used to initiating our own healing without the prompt of the body breaking down or some crisis occurring. We don’t have our benchmark as true vitality and harmony in life, so anything less is flagged and dealt with. If we did, it would be very different.

      4. Super point Jenny, if vitality and harmony were our benchmark everything would be very different but instead we accept carrying an illness or often multiple illnesses as our benchmark – in fact not having cancer is becoming our benchmark, anything less we can live with.

      5. Yes exactly… it’s a common phrase I hear now when someone has a cancer diagnosis, ‘but l’m really healthy otherwise’, as though the body can be compartmentalised. We have even lost our sense that the body works as one, and not in parts. Medicine has a lot to answer for in that respect, great as it is at diagnosing the parts, as a whole the paradigm it works from does not acknowledge the interconnectedness of every part as one energetic being. In that sense we cannot separate anything of how we feel, behave, move, even think from the way our bodies are. That is a whole new education of our healthcare systems…

      6. Yes a tough job but a necessary one, because no one could claim that the current paradigm is working as things go from bad to worse and we prefer to ignore this even though we can all feel it.

      7. Yes I think we are a long way off the system being overhauled in a way that starts from the foundation up, which is the only way it will really work to support true change.

  28. I have studied a variety of complementary modalities as well as nursing. I always had a sense that there was room for both and both very much had a place, and yet they never quite fit together. When I first began to listen to Serge Benhayon present on Esoteric Medicine it did feel different, because what he was presenting on was self-responsiblity through self-care and then self-love. In all honesty how are we to inspire the many people in our care if we don’t actually take true care of ourselves. It all starts with ourselves.

  29. A fascinating article, thank you Julia. I was particularly interested in the description of psychosomatic medicine and recognised some characteristics of my own amongst the examples given. What a helpful way to understand and potentially prevent illnesses arising, simply by choosing to look at the traits we have that cause a lack of ease – dis-ease – in the body.

  30. There is much to love about this jam-packed-with-wisdom article. Here are two excerpts I particularly liked and feel sum up the truth of the matter when it comes to our health:

    ‘…there is an energy before we think, before we feel, and long before there is an organic imbalance.’

    ‘We all know that cancer can come back, because the cells are created and destroyed every day and under what energy are they being created today? That is the question.’

    How we live matters and there is much more to consider and re-connect to in medicine and this is what ‘Universal Medicine’ offers us – when combined with conventional medicine, full spectrum healing and understanding. What a God send.

  31. Any aspect of life is enriched when we bring in the esoteric. Only when we reintroduce the esoteric to health and well-being, does it become fully whole again.

  32. We do know that our health is impacted by the choices we make, we know the harm of smoking and drinking alcohol, we can feel it in our bodies and see it in people’s faces, so why then do we not accept that all our choices impact our health and well being? If we accept it and get honest we would have to accept that we are where we are as a direct result of all our choices.

  33. I had never really thought about alternative medicine providing the same quick fix as conventional medicine but of course it does as it doesn’t address the root cause. We tell ourselves we are supporting the body to repair itself whilst finding an excuse to be honest about why we have the ailment or illness in the first place.

  34. Ways of relating …. ‘And the astonishing factor: more than 50% was attributed to lifestyle, the aggregation of decisions over which the individual has control (including diet, toxic habits, exercise, ways of relating, etc).’ How amazing is it that this has been published in a journal that 50% of all illness and dis-ease is due and down to lifestyle. The choices we make, what we eat and ways of relating to others. I have just done a workshop with young people on healthy and unhealthy relationships and this backs up how we are with both ourselves and others affects our health and well-being. Also what you share here is something I can remember Serge Benhayon saying many years ago that with the advances in medicine and technology we actually have an increase in illness and dis-ease instead of a decrease. What I marvelled about this was how I never heard anyone question this before Serge. Yet it is a very practical and fair question to ask looking at the far bigger picture not one small part of it with blinkers on. When we get ourselves out of the way step back and choose to see everything, the truth is shown to us. So could it be that illness and dis-ease has increased because our way of being, living (including loving) has decreased? ‘So medicine nowadays is very accurate in diagnosing, very efficient in eliminating symptoms and excellent in providing surgical techniques and solutions for many of the ills of people. Then, one could ask: why is it that cancer, diabetes, mental disorders and chronic diseases of all types have risen to higher than ever figures? Could it be that we are missing a piece in the healing-health puzzle’

  35. “Medicine in its current form does not change the way we live, whereas esoteric medicine is all about choosing to change the way we live according to what is harmonious for the body.” When conventional medicine and esoteric medicine work together there is a deeper and renewed understanding of the true meaning of health.

  36. The science of energy before matter is the key ingredient to the levels of healing that can be offered to us all at a root level. There is no doubt that Western Medicine offers us all so much in treating the illness or disease yet we are far from wanting to stop and consider that the rates of illness and disease are continuing to escalate at alarming rates that may be signaling a deeper problem that we are not willing to uncover. Are we seeking a convenient truth over the real truth in order to not stop and see how far we have been living far from our true vitality?

  37. “The way you live can be the best medicine or the worst poison” – Serge Benhayon. Such a simple statement of fact with a mighty powerful and wise message.
    Thank you Julia for shining a light on Esoteric Medicine being the missing link.

  38. We become so rooted in our behaviours that we won’t consider changing them until we get a complete stop such as an accident or a cancer diagnoses. For years the body can be screaming at us that it doesn’t like something, but our arrogant minds override this and carry on. I know I did exactly this for over 40 years with alcohol. It is crazy that we allow our reckless minds total say and don’t give our bodies an equal say.

  39. Thank you Julia…. There is obviously a vast piece of the puzzle missing …. The missing link as you say, and it is wonderful to read about the piece of the puzzle that offers the connection with one of the most important facets of life and society, responsibility

  40. There are so many great points in this excellent blog about medicine today. It is very interesting that modern medicine has moved completely in the opposite direction to even its own holistic origins. In some ways we have become so good at mending the body on a bio-physical level that we have become a bit arrogant about it and our health and we seem to keep going with this belief that we can fix and solve any dysfunction in the body, even in spite of the alarming illness and disease rates which are telling us that this way of administering medicine is not enough and is flawed.

  41. I had not thought of it as a belief before but what else can it be when we defy that it is our own making that created the illness and disease in the first place and it is our responsibility to heal whether that is a cold, flu or something more major like cancer.

  42. Life is medicine, this is the Esoteric way. A way that is available for everyone as the Esoteric is naturally within, there to be lived and discovered as not only normal but the doorway to something far greater and more stupendous than this life : the love that you actually are.

  43. When we connect and not judge they open up, then there is love and healing. So true Julia, and by the way, an awesome read. Your research does beg the question, why are we ignoring the big chunk of 50% lifestyle contribution on the graph? Are we not ready for more love and truth, only more unnecessary suffering?

  44. Healing ‘the whole’… All you’ve stated here makes so much sense Julia, and thank-you for putting it so plainly. To embrace the energy at play behind any condition in the body, is what enables ‘the whole’ to potentially be addressed. We are not random units somehow ‘smitten by God’ when something goes on for us in terms of illness and disease, we are responsible players in the equation.
    It is immensely freeing and empowering to embrace this truth, rather than be left in a ‘fire and damnation’ style of existence that would have us all as victims, with no opportunity for self-empowerment, and true healing, whatsoever.

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