What is Esoteric Medicine?

by Eunice J Minford MA FRCS Ed. Consultant General Surgeon

Most people know what Western Medicine entails with surgery, pharmacology, medicine, chemotherapy, radiology and the many sub-specialities that are available to assist with the management and treatment of illness and disease but probably few know what Esoteric Medicine is really about. This blog will introduce you to some aspects of Esoteric Medicine.

As medical students we learn copious amounts of information about the human body and how it works, the anatomy, biochemistry, physiology and the pathophysiology of how it breaks down. We rely on memory and recall to regurgitate facts of knowledge about the body and how it works, the different biochemical pathways, the interactions of the different systems, the enzyme cascades – the list of facts that are to be learned is endless. Thus it is often required that entry to medical school requires a certain level of intelligence as determined by school examinations in order to be able to cope with the intellectual rigours of medical training.

However, even though there are many people who tick all the boxes and pass all the exams and who do well at school and medical school and who are deemed to be ‘intelligent’ in the process, it is not unknown for doctors to smoke, drink alcohol – often to excess, be overweight and eat junk food (and I myself was one of those doctors). So how come we can have this intelligence yet not care for the body that contains the intelligence? How intelligent is the intelligence that permits abuse or harm on the body? Something is surely missing from this intelligence. Some other piece of the jigsaw puzzle is required to explain how this could be. Those missing pieces or answers are for me found in the esoteric understandings of the human person and life.

The word ‘esoteric’ comes from the Greek esôterikos to mean ‘from within’ or innermost. Everyone has an innermost and everyone’s innermost is the same – it is pure love. This is our true nature. The word ‘medicine’, comes from the Latin ‘ars medicina’ and means the ‘art of healing’. So esoteric medicine – is the art of healing oneself by reconnecting with one’s innermost, with the essence of love that lives inside each person. It is about making choices from this essence of love that are honouring of the body and guided by the feelings in the body. For if our true nature is love, then in order to have harmony in the body we need to make choices that are self–loving.  Sounds like simple common sense and it is – but we have forgotten how to apply and live this form of common sense or intelligence that is based on love and which is different to the mind-driven intelligence we all call intelligence. This latter intelligence is capable of bringing forth marvelous technology and great feats of engineering and medical progress, but it has also created weapons of mass destruction and been responsible for much death and destruction amongst mankind. At an individual level the mind can and does overrule the many messages we get from the body and gets us to do many things to and with the body that are not actually in harmony with the body. In contrast, the intelligence borne of love is all encompassing and if listened to, would not drive the body beyond what is natural and harmonious for it, would not feed it substances that are harming for it in any way.

As a consequence of our experiences, our upbringing, education, culture, religion, ideals and beliefs we have lost touch with this intelligence or essence of love and I for one certainly had no idea it was there. Love is the missing ingredient, the missing intelligence that is required for humanity to truly heal and make amends of its errant ways. It is because we have not been living self-loving and self-caring lives that we are in the mess we are in. It is the lack of the intelligence of love in the healthcare system that leads to burn out, disillusionment, stress, demotivation and the current crisis in caring in Western Medicine.  There is more to understanding this than I can explain in this one post.

However, Esoteric Medicine can restore medicine back to its healing roots by bringing in the true intelligence of love and all that unfolds from the lived expression of that intelligence. There is no way that someone who truly lives from their innermost, from their essence of love, could do anything that was harming or abusive to their own body or that of another. For example, they could not abuse the body with alcohol or cigarettes or do anything that was harming to another – such is the nature of love. For this is not about love that is selfish – for that would not be love, it is not about self-gain, or living in a certain way just for one’s own benefit – the intelligence of love applies to all equally, is encompassing of the whole of humanity.  Research has shown that the more doctors look after their own health and wellbeing, the more they are able to look after their patients also. So by applying the wisdom of love to one’s life, one becomes more self-caring of oneself and others…..it’s a win-win all round! Imagine a medical workforce trained not just in Western Medicine but in Esoteric Medicine such that they knew how to truly look after themselves, did not smoke, drink alcohol, eat junk food, overwork, nor use any stimulants and who were predominantly light hearted and joyful!

To some, talking about an innermost essence of love might sound like airy-fairy nonsense but the fact is this can be felt and known by all people everywhere. There are practical tools that help apply these understandings in daily life such that we become more gentle,  self-caring, more self-loving and consequentially caring and loving of others likewise.  The more we do so, the more we build love in the body, and the body rather than the mind is used as the marker, the barometer and guide.  Being guided by what we feel rather than what we think is part of the unfolding path of someone endeavouring to live from their innermost. As we do so we become less emotional, more centred and we tend to give people more space and not take things so personally. We become less affected by the daily stresses and strains of life.

Fundamentally,  Esoteric Medicine is about developing a way of living and being that is at all times honouring of the body and is self-caring. In doing so, we can be more harmonious and perhaps even prevent our deeper ills from manifesting given how we live, our lifestyle, is a major cause of illness and disease. It is, if you like, the best and most natural form of preventative medicine – living in such a way that the body comes to know itself as harmony and thus is less likely to deviate from that way of being. We know that most of the non-communicable diseases that affect mankind are due to lifestyle choices – Esoteric Medicine is about understanding how and why that is and what we can do to change it such that we develop a lifestyle that is more harmonious for the body.  We need Western medicine because we have strayed so far from our esoteric roots and it is a crucial part of the whole healthcare system to address the health needs of humanity. However, it is clear to me that there is plenty of room within the healthcare system for Esoteric Medicine and empowering people to live in a way that is truly healthy, that improves their wellbeing and produces real tangible results in people’s lives. Esoteric medicine engenders personal responsibility for health and being aware how every choice can and does affect one’s health and wellbeing.

In summary, Esoteric Medicine is the art of living and healing by reconnecting to and making choices from one’s innermost essence of love, from the intelligence of love.

“True intelligence works for the whole of the body that the intelligence is contained in as it does for the whole of every other body, in the knowing that all other bodies are equal to the body in which that intelligence exists”  (from the teaching of the Ageless Wisdom by Serge Benhayon).

Love is the true intelligence that encompasses every other body and love is the missing ingredient in healthcare today, the addition of which could beneficially transform medical education, healthcare and wellbeing for all people. Without love, we may fix, we may mend, we may repair, we may patch up, we may improve function, we may cure…… but never do we truly heal. 

160 thoughts on “What is Esoteric Medicine?

  1. This feels to me like a fundamental truth: “Without love, we may fix, we may mend, we may repair, we may patch up, we may improve function, we may cure…… but never do we truly heal.”.
    Conventional Medicine and Esoteric Medicine, let’s get you married.

  2. This is stunning Eunice…”Esoteric Medicine is the art of living and healing by reconnecting to and making choices from one’s innermost essence of love, from the intelligence of love”.

  3. I can only see there being a bright future for Esoteric training within medical clinics and other facilities moving forth. I mean, who wouldn’t want the Livingness if they knew what they were missing and how much would that enable a physician to improve their care generally?

  4. An amazing blog Eunice that offers us all a wonderful insight into how conventional medicine and esoteric medicine can come together to create harmony once more within our body.

  5. Eunice, this really explains the possibility of harmony between the esoteric way of living and the more traditional ways of modern medicine, for really one cannot be without the other when looking at true healing. When the esoteric and modern medicine are lived separately there is an imbalance as it has been for many years now – hence the explosion of illness and disease. The sad thing is that most people seem to see this level of health as being okay and are choosing to live this way. Let’s show them something different!

    1. Thank you Eunice and Anne. Such a well-researched, factually true article. The bare bones of this blog should be taught from kindergarten onwards! I agree the Students of The Livingness are definitely showing a different way!

  6. That’s exactly what Western Medicine needs to incorporate into their training – Esoteric Medicine as well. I personally would have benefited years ago if this was the case, with the various illnesses I have had over the years. It would have been brought to my attention my lack of self-care and self-love in my life. A great read thank you Eunice.

  7. ‘the intelligence of love applies to all equally, is encompassing of the whole of humanity’. Yes Eunice, love holds all equally, love does not seperate or divide, love is not emotional or complicated, love is what we all essentially are… and’ true healing’ begins when we chooose to walk our way back to that love….I have evolved so much on my walk back to love with much needed medical treatment and much support from the esoteric – that is my innermost – my innermost knew exactly what I needed and the difference this time, was that I listened.

  8. What a powerful blog you have written here Eunice, offering the missing piece of the puzzle for true health, healing and wellbeing. “Esoteric Medicine” offers us the opportunity to play our part in our healing, it promotes self-responsibility and accountability for the choices that we make.

  9. “Love is the missing ingredient, the missing intelligence that is required for humanity to truly heal and make amends of its errant ways.” That’s the truth Eunice.

  10. Thanks Eunice for sharing such insight from within the medical system. There can never be too much love in our life .

  11. “Esoteric Medicine is the art of living and healing by reconnecting to and making choices from one’s innermost essence of love, from the intelligence of love.”. Now that is true intelligence; the intelligence that does have the power to make amazing changes in our lives and the world. Hand in hand with Western Medicine and one’s choice of self-responsibility, Esoteric Medicine completes a union that offers true healing for all.

  12. I wholeheartedly agree when you say that without love we do not heal – we only fix, patch up and find solutions, however welcome that might be in the short term. But longer term and for the benefit of all of us, we need to reassess where we have gone wrong and put love back into medicine.

  13. I find it vey refreshing re-reading this article and being reminded of the many points in it. This time in particular the point made that if we are supposedly intelligent how can we do things to our bodies that we know ar self-harming and abusive?

  14. Thank you Eunice for stating so clearly and beautifully the missing link which is the love that resides in every human heart , just waiting to be connected to.

  15. “So how come we can have this intelligence yet not care for the body that contains the intelligence? How intelligent is the intelligence that permits abuse or harm on the body? Something is surely missing from this intelligence. Some other piece of the jigsaw puzzle is required to explain how this could be.” You have beautifully described the missing piece Eunice – love, the esoteric way of honouring our bodies and taking responsibility for our health.

  16. To be medically trained as Eunice Minford is, as a surgeon no less, and write about Esoteric Medicine and love is a courageous stance to take publicly for peer review. Although Western Medicine might be currently seeped in evidence based research some of the greatest medical and scientific breakthroughs in history probably sounded a bit ‘airy fairy’ in their time too. Often the paradigm in science is postulated as a possibility and the evidence and research follows. There is evidence in early childhood psychology and research that points to both physical and psychological health and well-being when the baby and child has been in a loving environment. This relationship between love and health is surely not only applicable in infancy but across the human life span. This post is a powerful beginning to a potential paradigm change for medicine, healing and health care.

  17. In re-reading this blog I come away with the renewed affirmation that “the body rather than the mind is used as the marker, the barometer and guide”.

  18. Thank you Eunice for distinguishing between cure and healing in such a clear way. The fact that non-communicable diseases are our own creation shows us that self-care and self-loving are available to each one of us and that we can heal ourselves as per Universal Medicine teachings.

  19. If only we could all, as a race of people, get back to living simply from our innermost love – as I’m sure in past civilisations we have managed this – and move forward together to heal all of mankind, hand in hand with Western medicine, and halt this plague of illness and disease that is rife in today’s society.

  20. It is always refreshing to read a doctor’s perspective. Thank you Eunice for re-confirming the fact that without self love and self care, we can’t truly heal. Western medicine is there to support us, but we have a far greater responsibility in the way we are with ourselves that will really make the difference.

  21. I love this post!! You have so succinctly and in a nutshell explained what love is and how it can practically support us with health. It is such an indictment on society that we do not really know what it is because we have strayed so far from it and yet it lives within us every moment waiting for us to reconnect to it. Living from one’s innermost not only has the power to transform our health, but has the power to transform our relationships, businesses, systems – the life of humanity.

    1. Well expressed Michelle, a lot of people have forgotten what love is and how to connect to our innermost. Thanks to Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon, who is a real role model for how to connect to one’s innermost and how to claim back the love we are all from.

  22. ‘love is the missing ingredient in healthcare today’ and the way most of us are living. With the addition of true ‘love’ all of humanity would find a way of being, from their innermost, which is inclusive of all.

  23. Eunice you certainly provide a stop moment with “So how come we can have this intelligence yet not care for the body that contains the intelligence?” it makes no sense. I really enjoyed the simplicity in which you presented not only Esoteric Medicine but also in a way we can see how Esoteric and Western medicine work together.

  24. Thank you Eunice for expressing so clearly. Commonsense is a sense that is often rather rare in the way we treat ourselves.

  25. I am appreciative of the presence of Western Medicine but have never put my full stock in it as a cure all. I have at times in the past been ill and was never one to rely wholly on conventional medicine, instead wishing to figure out as much of my own ongoing care through lifestyle choices. When I came across Esoteric Medicine this was like being able to properly fit together the pieces of the puzzle that had never previously been shown to me as making sense. To live your medicine as everyday choices is so simple yet rarely presented as such, this is the beauty of Esoteric Medicine in my opinion and I love how you summarise this Eunice.

    1. ‘…being able to properly fit together the pieces of the puzzle that had never previously been shown to me as making sense’ – That’s amazing Stephen, Esoteric Medicine is powerful, and is lighting the path for the whole medical profession/industry… It should never have to be a puzzle in the first place!

  26. So beautifully summed up “In summary, Esoteric Medicine is the art of living and healing by reconnecting to and making choices from one’s innermost essence of love, from the intelligence of love”

  27. Love this Eunice – thank you for capturing what Esoteric medicine is all about… It makes so much sense to me! I remember learning all the billions of pathways and cascades etc etc for my degree…. Stressed out of my face drinking, smoking and taking drugs to handle it of course; not once did we learn about the ability we all have to listen to our bodies…. Curious as to why not?

  28. “The word ‘esoteric’ comes from the Greek esôterikos to mean ‘from within’ or innermost. Everyone has an innermost and everyone’s innermost is the same – it is pure love. This is our true nature. The word ‘medicine’, comes from the Latin ‘ars medicina’ and means the ‘art of healing’. So esoteric medicine – is the art of healing oneself by reconnecting with one’s innermost, with the essence of love that lives inside each person. It is about making choices from this essence of love that are honouring of the body and guided by the feelings in the body. For if our true nature is love, then in order to have harmony in the body we need to make choices that are self –loving”
    This is so succinctly put Eunice, and the words themselves resonate through my body. To live in this way you can feel what medicine in its highest form truly is.

  29. Thank you for sharing the Truth about Love Eunice. That Love is real, is inside of each one of us and can be felt in our bodies. Love is not lofty or ‘out there’ as we may have been lead to think.

  30. Thanks so much Eunice for your words of true wisdom. Love is the answer and taking responsibility for ourselves by making loving choices. With love you can’t harm yourself or others.

  31. There is a coldness to the intelligence of the mind, a safe haven where we keep the world at bay and prove ourselves better than another, to use the intelligence of the body is an intelligence we use for the good of all. This is the intelligence we need more of in medicine and in humanity in general.

  32. I love this article Eunice. Some parts of it really jump out at me like ‘Esoteric Medicine can restore medicine back to its healing roots’ and ‘it’s about developing a way of living and being that is at all times honouring of the body and is self caring’. Both these quotes I have used many times when anyone asks me what it is that they can feel different about this way of medicine from others. Thank you Eunice for your inspiration and clarity.

  33. Eunice what you have written here is gold, imagine if this article was the very first thing that was read at medical school, it would turn medicine upside down, it would remind every student that intelligence from the body is far more powerful and revealing than from the mind. There is much written here to ponder on.

  34. “Without love, we may fix, we may mend, we may repair, we may patch up, we may improve function, we may cure…… but never do we truly heal.” What a powerful statement. This is a great article, Eunice, on many levels – explaining what esoteric and esoteric medicine means and is, what is missing in Western Medicine, the benefits of the combination of the two, and more. An article that deserves to be widely disseminated both to the medical community as well as the general public.

  35. Thank you Eunice. This article is so easy to understand. How powerful loving and caring for ourselves is, such a simple way of bringing about much change to ones health, life and to others.

  36. The part I find so inspiring about this article is how you bring to light the fact that by caring for oneself you can actually bring an equality to all, to every one. This is amazing.

  37. Thank you Eunice for expressing this so beautifully and I love this line ‘the best and most natural form of preventative medicine – living in such a way that the body comes to know itself as harmony.’ The marriage of Western and Esoteric medicine would benefit humanity so much currently with the ever increasing rates of illness and disease and recognising that Love is the missing ingredient both for self and others would have a huge impact on how people choose to conduct their lives.

  38. hi Eunice, this feels like it could be expanded upon and turned into a book. I’m sure it would become a house hold favourite – it would make a fascinating read!

  39. “So how come we can have this intelligence yet not care for the body that contains the intelligence? How intelligent is the intelligence that permits abuse or harm on the body?” Fantastic question posed here Eunice one that should be asked in the very first lesson at meds school. At the end of the day if the intelligence being used has no love or common sense in it then it will do nothing to truly benefit humanity.

  40. Thank you Eunice. This is a wonderful piece that would be valuable for everyone to read. It provides us with a comprehensive overview of the health system nowadays and an insight into how, by incorporating the ‘how and the why’ of esoteric medicine, the awareness and understanding that doctors and nurses have about what is happening within the body could go to a new level, embracing the whole being and not just the physical symptoms.

  41. Thank You Eunice – Yes one day medicine will have to endorce the fact that we are a being living in and with a body and that how we live in and with the body will have an impact on the body –

    1. I agree, Cherise, I felt for years, before I knew about Universal Medicine, that love was the only true emotion, that all other emotions were corruptions of love, but never really understood how it worked. Eunice has laid it out clearly for all to see. Thank you

  42. How clearly and beautifully expressed is this for all to read, enjoy and understand.
    It’s inspiring to read how such simple, common sense and self-loving choices add the missing ingredient of Love to the service provided – something we could all choose to do – no matter what our occupation or interest.

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