The vital principle that pervades all simple and complex organisms and substances manifests itself, through various media and under varying circumstances. The grain of musk that was exposed for, seventeen years in an open atmosphere, constantly revealing, itself, to all who entered its aura, was not perceptibly reduced in weight or power to impress the olfactories.
The protoplasm reveals its life to vision on by the aid of the microscope, in motion, which is an actual observation.
The class of inert substances, of which silica is a prominent member, demonstrates its life force when acted upon by the elements of the animal and vegetable kingdoms, by the change, produced in the, elements of these kingdoms. This class, therefore, negatively demonstrates that there is life in so-called inert substances.
There is no substance know to man that does, not possess life, lower or higher in proportion to the complexity of its, organization, growing higher and higher in order and manifestation until the image of the Creator of all things has been reached. Shall it stop with man No; the higher type is yet to be seen in God, the author of life and its every medium.
We observe that the animal body loses its identity or individuality vital energy, and the elements instantly manifest their own individual vital forces, each to its kind, like busy bees, until the shapeless mass has been transformed to its original dust.
The acting and acted upon, the lively and the inert bodies and substances are observed throughout nature. To make use of the lesson of life is the demand of the day, through which the healing principle or life can be measured and its nature as a force perverted, an idiosyncrasy is to be corrected, or, if you prefer, cured.
The blending of these forces are the complexities of living and healing. We see the blending of life and death into each other, until the one disappears within the other. If it be life perfected and pure, it is the complete absence of visible death. Midway between life and death we see perfect equilibrium. This condition becomes the necessity of all reproduction or nutrition, through which we observe life living and acting upon its media. The slightest defect, in the vital operations creates friction, and the machinery wears out rapidly, becomes heated; death increases and this that was a slight defect, becomes a threatening monster; yet, great only through results, as we know that the very gentle force, properly applied, corrects the original defect, and the grand old machinery soon returns to normal action. The defect may or may not be an idiosyncrasy. Reduced resistance against common things is an idiosyncrasy. In olden times we said, “this patient cannot take Calomel” because she is so susceptible to its action that the smallest dose has been known to salivate and do great injury. People are often susceptible to a substance that will do them great good if the positive and negative of life are duly, considered and applied. Cure is often contagion as well as disease. When the vital energy of the disease cause be taken in too great incept, disease is the result, but if the sphere of vital plane of the same cause be elevated to the quality that becomes corrective, the contagion becomes cure. Cure must seek the same via as cause; in entering the economy, it must rap at the same portals.
The aura of a given substance causes sickness. This has been observed by long distance inhalations of the Rhus vine. The rose causes sickness in some people. This has been observed in the painter who takes colic from the aura of his brush, even when painting in the open air, or the same colic may come from sleeping in a newly painted room If so small a quantity can make him sick why, would it not be a wise experiment to attempt to reach a quality so subtle that it would make him well enough to resist this aura on other occasions. If the vital wrong can be corrected he is well, and his resistance has returned, which is his protection. If a chemical antidote should be suggested it would surely be reasonable to enquire, what we expect to antidote, as the substance known as the sick producing cause was too small to be observed by the aid of the microscope, and was an insoluble, and yet it was so powerful that it made the individual sick. Not all are so affected. Quite likely the healthy man is not so affected; therefore the contagion, for such it was, could not be due to nothing but lack of health, or sickness. Then this, which is a recognized idiosyncrasy, is sickness. Was he sick before he took the colic Was he sick before he was sick What is sickness