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. 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. 

159 thoughts on “What is Esoteric Medicine?

  1. A brilliant introduction to esoteric medicine and to the fact that mind-driven intelligence leaves us wanting while it also leaves behind suffering and destruction, for it is not governed by love but by desire, competition and ultimately the perennial thirst for individuality. Esoteric medicine is the key to us returning to a universal intelligence that comes from the love we naturally are and for this to be the foundation upon which we live. It is the crucial missing piece – in medicine and in every aspect of our lives.

  2. Isn’t this how it all works and why it’s so important and in fact responsible of us to take ‘healing’ very personally, “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.” The more loving we are with ourselves the more loving we are with everything thereafter and this flows out further and further. I know I have said this before, this makes complete sense. Anything you bring to yourself is automatically in your hands every step after. It makes life super simple, consistently take a deep care of yourself and from there you need not concern about anything else, only trust. This lived care you have for yourself will be with you no matter who or what you are talking too.

  3. Generally speaking modern medicine is very good at dealing with illness and disease from the outside in but esoteric medicine looks at illness and disease from the inside out. Together they make a powerful partnership.

  4. I agree Eunice that the simple addition of self-love into the medical system both for the practitioners and the receivers of health care would transform the whole medical system.

  5. A great article written by a doctor who has come to understand that there is more to life than the three dimensions that we can see. These other dimensions control all aspect of human life including health and so we shouldn’t write them off in the way that we all do.

  6. This is an amazing expose on Esoteric Medicine! If we all could read and share what you have here I feel humanity as a whole would understand that Love is “the missing ingredient” as you say Eunice. I have loved reading your blog again and it reinforces my reason for looking after my body.

  7. “How intelligent is the intelligence that permits abuse or harm on the body?” Intelligence without love is not intelligent. The day will come when we do not have to imagine but know that doctors and all those in the medical profession practice their art and skills from a foundation of love.

  8. Learning to live being guided by what we feel instead of what we think, can take some time if we’ve lived life from our head, but in my experience so far the benefits are huge. I feel more at ease, there’s a flow and simplicity to life, and life just unfolds quite naturally. I feel more like me, and the need to prove myself or strive to achieve things is slowly subsiding.

  9. What if 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.’

  10. A great sharing Eunice, and yes the more we build love and care for self the more we can share this with those around us, ‘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…’.Really is common sense.

  11. Awesome read Eunice .. that is a great explanation of Esoteric Medicine. My question is – How do we implement this into the Health Systems across the world now? .. I’m sure if it is presented as simply as you put it, people may listen, and since Health Systems are struggling they may listen! The thing about this intelligence many align to, that excludes the body, it takes a lot for this intelligence to listen. Effectively, when you are brought to your knees you do listen, just like I have experienced many times now. When life is not about evolution and how grand you are, something will give and your body is the marker of that.

  12. This article is a great introduction to Esoteric Medicine which, hard as it may be to accept, has all the missing answers that Western Medicine is so badly in need of and so one day when this is accepted which it will be because it is true and ultimately the truth will come to be accepted. Western Medicine is amazing and I am hugely in its debt but there are huge holes in it that need answers. The causes of few diseases are really understood and there are big waste lands such as what food we put in our bodies that are disregarded as unimportant. Also it has relentlessly pursued specialisation to the extent that you need a team of specialists to understand what is going on these days. The wisdom of Plato which gave us that you cannot treat a part of the body because it is a part of a whole has been well and truly lost.

  13. “Love is the missing ingredient, the missing intelligence that is required for humanity to truly heal and make amends of its errant ways.” This is enormous. When we choose love in the way we live this brings conventional medicine and esoteric medicine together for true and enduring healing.

  14. For us to find a way out of our debilitated healthcare system and to stem the rising rates of illness and disease it’s abundantly clear form what you’ve shared Eunice that Esoteric Medicine has to be taken into account when working with Western Medicine. Moreover if we applied Esoteric Medicine to our daily lives the reliance on Western Medicine would diminish.

  15. What a great explanation of how there is room, and indeed a necessity, for an understanding of both western and esoteric medicine for the physician to look after his own, as well as his patients, health and wellbeing. There is much focus at the moment on the social determinants of health and Sir Michael Marmot talks about fixing a person to send them back to what made them sick. He is mostly speaking about environments, but what if there was an understanding that the environment of love and care is just as important as where and how we live? Lack of love, lack of nurturing and self nurturing, lack of decency and respect amongst humans accounts for much of the social determinants of health because the separation of them and us comes from an individualised way of living. For me this is taking the combination of western and esoteric medicine to a new level.

  16. Eunice this blog is amazing to read and so many gems worth considering, I especially liked this one ‘ Love is the missing ingredient, the missing intelligence that is required for humanity to truly heal and make amends of its errant ways.’ I recall seeing a Dr many years ago that was supposedly well known for supporting clients in their health and well-being. I saw him because I was very overweight at the time and my diet was not great and my energy levels pretty low. He gave me a list of things to support me with and changes to make to my diet and lifestyle etc. On the way to walking to the car park I saw him smoking near my car, I felt it strange at the time and threw away his recommended list, because it was clear he could not practice what he preached. So years later when I met Serge Benhayon it was obvious this man ‘walked his talk’ and his way of living inspired and supported me for the first time to bring true change to my life.

  17. When we start to care for ourselves, and I mean truly care, it is impossible to not care for others. Something quite magical seems to happen when we nurture ourselves and provide our own body with the self-care in all the everyday things. It’s like a sponge that soaks up water. Health care desperately needs an injection of the esoteric and the incredible thing is that it is so very simple.

  18. Eunice after reading your blog, these words came to me ‘everything we do or offer another is medicine (or not), and has the potential to heal if centred on Love’

  19. This is a great piece Eunice, it brings a deeper understanding of Esoteric medicine and what it brings to the table, a responsibility to live life feeling what is needed, not concentrating on the ‘intelligent’ mind.

  20. “Esoteric Medicine is 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.” Thank you Eunice for such a beautiful and clear explanation of what Esoteric Medicine truly is.

  21. Dear Eunice,
    Thank you, the support, love and understanding of the truth of esoteric healing is clear in this article and your last sentence speaks volumes.
    “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.”
    Hear hear. This has and continues to be my experience. For I changed nothing in my way of living, until feeling the honesty that Esoteric Healing brought back to my body. Now change and adjustments are a reality that I live my life by, as I choose to come from my innermost love.

  22. “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.” This is true Eunice, illness and disease are on the increase and yet we have more research and technology than ever before. Love is the missing ingredient – without the love and true care for our health and how we live, we will always be at the mercy of illness and disease.

  23. A great sharing Eunice, I absolutely agree Esoteric medicine does have an equal place alongside conventional medicine to truly complete the healing process.

  24. Much wisdom you have shared here Eunice, thank you. “Esoteric medicine engenders personal responsibility for health and being aware how every choice can and does affect one’s health and wellbeing.”

  25. Thank you Eunice -a great sharing of how conventional and esoteric medicine work together. Having experience of a serious illness I absolutely agree with “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”.

  26. Dear Eunice I thoroughly enjoyed reading your insightful blog and I loved how you explained the meaning of Esoteric Medicine, how truly beautiful. How this works in conjunction with western medicine is understandable – adding love to the mix makes for a complete list of ingredients and a deeper truer healing is afforded.

  27. Eunice this is such a clear explanation of what esoteric medicine is and it makes so much sense to me that this type of medicine has the potential to truly heal when used alongside conventional western medicine.

  28. Eunice, thank you for your very clear description. When we want something to be fixed, it often returns because we have not healed the deeper issue, the root cause of what is really going on, and the cycle can continue until we address the deeper issue, and make different choices.

  29. Thank you Eunice for an understandable explanation of Esoteric medicine and its place along side Conventional Medicine. As someone who has been through a serious medical condition – cancer – I can say first hand that both approaches are part of our pathway to health and well being and it is only in bringing changes to how I live and care for myself that my health has really changed.

  30. A really beautiful and loving article Eunice, explaining so simply what Esoteric Medicine truly is, the heart of love.Thank you.

  31. Great blog, Eunice. I agree with your final statement:
    “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.”
    Love is the missing ingredient in our lives, in healthcare and in this world.

  32. You blow me away with this article Eunice! Such a profound wisdom you have brought into a language with simplicity – palpably written with the intelligence of love you write about. Your statement or prediction: “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.” is revolutionary, re-evolution in truth. Thank you for this great article you have brought to me, us the world and a message that is so needed.

  33. Beautiful post to read Eunice, I agree ‘love is the missing ingredient’. Without love we are unable to truly care for ourselves and thus unable to truly love and support others. Every choice we make has a consequence and without connecting to love first, how are we able to discern what is truly looking after our health and well-being?

  34. This is a truly superbly written article Eunice, inspiring deep consideration of the potential should medicine embrace the esoteric. The transformation in this world should humanity choose ‘the art of healing oneself by reconnecting with one’s innermost’ and taking responsibility for the part they play in healing, is unfathomable and revolutionary and much needed in a world where bankruptcy in the medical system is becoming the norm due to the levels of illness and disease that we are suffering in.

    1. So So well said Samantha Westall, just like this whole piece of writing by Eunice Minford. I do absolutely agree the missing ingrediënt is Universal Medicine. What also came in mind is the fact that we can not continue looking after people, while not looking after ourselves, this just not truly work. That is why it is so important that have Esoteric Medicine/Universal Medicine in our current Conventional Medicine. We are truly to see that our current health is increasing in the wrong way, and we are getting sicker everyday. We have yet not taken full responsibility (if not at all) for our health, we did though for ‘fixing’, but that is not the real key, as we have a deeper part to play beside getting physical help by the medical system. We can not continue to ask these demands of our health care system, while in fact we are not taking responsibility ourselves, as this will only lean heavy on the system and will only become heavier and not manageable, which is already heading this direction. So is it powerfull to see that there is another way we must and can try, in order to see widely how important it is to bring the Esoteric to our health, as without, we can not truly heal.

  35. The intelligence from the mind can know what factors and lifestyle choices can bring great harm and/or make current conditions even worse and at the same time choose those same harms for its body without question. The intelligence from the body can work with these facts and figures and knowledge by apply it in such a way that it’s knowledge is to support all rather than just so one can look smart even though their health may be well below what they say is healthy. If the world had a medical system that truly honoured their bodies I am sure that we would not be in the state we are in today. Such would be a strong reflection of how to care for our health in a more rounded way as is being shown by universal medicine and those who choose to apply Esoteric Medicine into their lives.

  36. Eunice, thank you for this blog explaining how Western Medicine and Esoteric Medicine are complementary. Esoteric Medicine is certainly a badly needed modality not just in the healthcare field but within society today generally.

    1. Very true, Esoteric Medicine is badly needed modality to use alongside conventional medicine, bringing more understanding to illness and disease.

  37. ‘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’. Just imagine? I do think if this was the case, overall, medicine might not get so much business. If the medical world alone reflected self love back to humanity, my feeling is that we would be in a far better state. But, it is certainly not for them to carry us. We all have the same responsibility to look after the only thing we own, our bodies.

  38. Eunice this blog is truly amazing, deep and Loving. The information you share here and insight you have of the way medicine works with the Heart (and without ) is absolutely wonderful. How different would our Medical System work if the Doctors we have were trained in this way of being! Thank you Eunice for your insight and wisdom.

    1. Hear hear Roslyn, and I second your notion of our world being so incredibly different if our medical system operated under the precedence of heart felt operations. Being true tenderness of care into the area.

  39. “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 stimulants and who were predominately light-hearted and joyful”. What inspiring role models for their patients they would be. Esoteric medicine and Western medicine combined, a match truly needed.

  40. Eunice you write with such clarity and authority, this is a great explanation of the complementary way western medicine and esoteric medicine can work together.

  41. If anyone ever needed an introductory to Esoteric Medicine and how it can work with Western Medicine what you have shared here Eunice would fit the bill. I remember the analogy used in one of the Esoteric Medicine audio’s being that Esoteric Medicine presents how to drive around the track (if a body was a car) and Western Medicine being the pit stops when things go wrong. How we drive and use our bodies can wear it out quicker than naturally it would or how we live can support it to be in a certain way where it doesn’t break down from the weight of our disregarding choices. Through experiencing Esoteric Medicine – by connecting to my body and that core within I get to be aware of the alarms or signals that my body sends me much sooner than I would be forced to pay attention to them when they become much louder in the form of illness and disease. I am also continuing to develop a greater understanding as to why I would ignore these signs in the first place or continue to ignore those signs in my awareness.

  42. I love how you describe so clearly that “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.” And that “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.” This article is GOLD and shows how Medicine needs a complementary approach with love at its core. Thank you for sharing this wisdom.

  43. A joy to read and so confirming of the choice I have made to heal what is within, it has been life changing. “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.” Eunice, in my experience, the way that this is written really communicates the essence of esoteric medicine.

  44. “Without love we never truly heal”. Simple and going to the heart of the matter. Thank you Eunice.

  45. You have captured Esoteric Medicine beautifully, Eunice. I now have a whole deeper level of understanding as to what it really means, where the name comes from and the fact that this type of medicine aims to heal the WHOLE body, not just one part of it. Amazing really!

  46. When you say that “Esoteric medicine engenders personal responsibility for health and being aware how every choice can and does affect one’s health and wellbeing”, few can truly disagree, whether they are patients or healthcare practitioners – but the question is: are we mature enough to say it so, are we willing to be that responsible? Have we had enough of the mess we have created and is it time to grow up and step up?

    1. Well said Gabriele. For those who are ready, yes it is time, for there has never before been the support available that there is now, making it easier once the choice is made to deeply commit to addressing how we are living in our body and begin to make the changes it needs.

  47. This is beautifully and clearly written article Eunice, gorgeous to read – thank you. ‘Love is the missing ingredient, the missing intelligence that is required for humanity to truly heal and make amends of its errant ways.’- I completely agree.

  48. Well said Eunice, thank you. Brilliant synopsis of the missing vital ingredient to medicine. Really, without love is life truly living?!

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