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The Art of True Healing: The Unlimited Power of Prayer and Visualization

The Art of True Healing: The Unlimited Power of Prayer and Visualization

by Israel Regardie

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The Art of True Healing details a powerful exercise that stimulates the body, mind, and spirit to help us create physical health and personal success. Originally published in 1932, predating by more than a half century the current interest in the mind’s power to heal, this concise work guides readers through what Israel Regardie calls the Middle Pillar


The Art of True Healing details a powerful exercise that stimulates the body, mind, and spirit to help us create physical health and personal success. Originally published in 1932, predating by more than a half century the current interest in the mind’s power to heal, this concise work guides readers through what Israel Regardie calls the Middle Pillar meditation — a technique that combines the mystical concepts of yoga’s chakras and the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life to create a simple and effective healing tool. In this edition, editor Marc Allen brings Regardie’s work into the twenty-first century — showing us how to unleash energy to heal our bodies and, ultimately, every part of our lives. Like few books before or since, The Art of True Healing provides both the theory and practices necessary for attaining well-being and fulfillment.

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The Art of True Healing

The Unlimited Power of Prayer and Visualization

By Israel Regardie, Marc Allen

New World Library

Copyright © 2007 Marc Allen
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ISBN: 978-1-60868-168-6



Within every man and woman is a force that directs and controls the entire course of life.

Properly used, it can heal every affliction and ailment we may have.

Within every man and woman is a force that directs and controls the entire course of life. Properly used, it can heal every affliction and ailment we may have.

Every single religion affirms this fact. All forms of mental or spiritual healing promise the same thing. Even psychoanalysis and other forms of therapy employ this healing power: The insight and understanding that effective therapy can bring releases tensions of various kinds, and through this release the healing power latent within and natural to the human system operates more freely.

Each of these systems teaches its own specialized methods of thinking or contemplation or prayer that will, according to the terms of their own philosophies, renew our bodies and even transform our entire environment.

Very few of these systems, however, actually fulfill in a complete way the high promises they have made. There is little understanding of the practical means whereby the forces underlying the universe and permeating every cell of our bodies can be utilized and directed toward the creation of a new heaven and a new earth.

Each one of us has the power to begin the process of reconstruction for ourselves; each one of us can discover the force that can bring us true healing of our bodies and minds.

The central question, then, is how are we to become aware of this force? What is its nature? What is the mechanism whereby we can use it?

A great many different systems have evolved, widely differing processes by which we may discover the presence of such a power. Meditation, prayer, affirmation, invocation, emotional exaltation, and other forms of declaration made at random upon the universe or the Universal Mind are a few of the methods. All have this in common: By turning the fiery, penetrating power of the mind inward upon itself, and exalting our emotional system to a certain pitch, we may become aware of previously unknown currents of force, currents that are almost electric in their interior sensation, and that are healing and integrating in their effect.

It is the willed use of such a force that is capable of bringing health to body and mind. When effectively directed, it acts like a magnet: It attracts to every one of us who employs these methods the things that we require or fervently desire or that are needed for our further evolution.

The fundamental, underlying idea of this powerful healing system is this: In the ambient atmosphere surrounding us and pervading the structure of each one of our body's cells is a force, a field of energy. This force is omnipresent and infinite; it is as present in the most infinitesimal object as it is in the most proportion-staggering far reaches of the known and unknown universe. This force is life itself.

Nothing in the vast expanse of space is dead. Everything pulsates with vibrant life; even the subatomic particles of the atom are alive.

The force of life is infinite; we are saturated, permeated through and through with this force, this energy. It constitutes our higher self; it is our link with the entire universe; it is God within us. Every molecule of our physical system is permeated with the dynamic energy of this force; each cell in our body contains it in abundance.

When we consider this force, when we become aware of it, we are then brought face to face with the enigmatic problem underlying all disease: If we are filled with this energy, and if this energy is limitless, how can we become depleted of this healing energy, and become unhealthy and sick?

What is fatigue? How can there be depletion of our energy if vitality and cosmic currents of force pour through us constantly, saturating our mind and body with power?

Essentially, it is because we offer so much resistance to its flow through us that we become tired and ill. How do we manage to defy the universe? How are we able to offer resistance and opposition to the very force that underlies our continually evolving universe?

There are many causes of this resistance to the inward flow of the spirit: Most of us were raised to be complacent and confused and even cowardly from childhood on into adulthood, and most of us have a false perception of the nature of life.

The fact that this is generally unconscious doesn't matter — are any of us really aware of all the involuntary processes going on within us? Are any of us conscious of the intricate mechanism of our mental processes, and of the processes by which our food is assimilated and digested, and our blood is circulated, bringing nourishment to every cell?

All these are purely involuntary processes, just as, to a large degree, our resistances to life are purely involuntary. We have surrounded ourselves with crystallized shells of prejudices and ill-conceived versions of reality; we have shielded ourselves with a mental armor so dense it affords no entrance to the light of life that surrounds us and envelops us.

No wonder we become sick, impotent, helpless, poor! No wonder the average individual is so unable to adequately deal with life!

The First Step: Understanding

The first step toward freedom and health is a conscious realization of the vast reservoir of energy in which we live and move and have our being. When we reflect upon this repeatedly, and make repeated mental efforts to make this part and parcel of our outlook upon life, part of the hard, inflexible shell of the mind breaks down and dissolves. Then, inevitably, life and spirit pour abundantly through us. Health spontaneously arises, and a new life begins as our point of view undergoes this radical change.

Moreover, it appears that we create an environment in which we attract just those people who can help in various ways, and the things we have longed for manifest in our lives.

The first step is a purely mental one, involving a change in our perception of life, so that we realize we are in the midst of a vast reservoir of healing energy.

The second step lies in a somewhat different direction: It involves learning a process of regulated breathing — quite a simple process, and, as you will see, quite an effective one when used repeatedly.

The Second Step: Rhythmic Breathing

If life is all about us, all-penetrating and all-pervasive, what is more reasonable than that the very air we breathe from one moment to the next should be highly charged with vitality? To best take advantage of this, we need to take the time periodically to regulate our breathing in a calm, simple way, and to contemplate that life is the active principle in the atmosphere.

We should practice this rhythmic breathing at fixed periods of the day, in a relaxed manner, with no strenuous forcing of the mind, no overtaxing of the will. All effort must be gentle and easy; then skill is easily obtained.

Sit comfortably, or lie down, flat on your back, in a perfectly relaxed state. If sitting, the hands may be folded in the lap, or they may rest comfortably on the thighs, palms upward. If lying down, your hands should rest comfortably at your sides, palms upward.

Let the breath flow in while mentally counting very slowly, one ... two ... three ... four.... Then exhale, counting the same beat. It is fundamental and important that we should maintain the initial rhythm we have started, whether it be at a four-beat count or a ten-beat count or any other convenient one. For it is the very rhythm itself that is responsible for the easy absorption of vitality from without, and the acceleration of the divine power within.

Unchanging rhythm is manifest everywhere in the universe. It is a living process whose parts move and are governed in accordance with cyclical laws. Look at the sun, the stars, and the planets. All move with incomparable grace, with a steady, inexorable rhythm. It is only humankind that has wandered, in its ignorance and self-complacency, far from the divine cycles of things. We have interfered with the rhythmic process that is inherent in nature. And how sadly we have paid for it!

Through quiet, rhythmic breathing, we can attune ourselves once more to the intelligent power that functions throughout nature. Our periods of rhythmic breathing can be at any time of the day or night when there is little likelihood of disturbance.

We should cultivate above all the art of relaxation during our rhythmic breathing:

Learn to address each tensed muscle from toe to head as you sit in a comfortable chair or lie flat on your back in bed. Tell it deliberately to loosen its tension and cease from its unconscious constriction. Think of your blood flowing copiously to each organ in response to your command, carrying life and nourishment everywhere, producing a state of glowing, radiant health.

Begin your rhythmic breathing, then add this preliminary exercise, slowly and without haste. Gradually, as the mind accustoms itself to the idea, the lungs spontaneously will take up the rhythm. In a few minutes it will have become automatic. The whole process then becomes extremely simple and pleasurable.

It is difficult to overestimate the importance or effectiveness of this simple exercise. As the lungs take up the rhythm, automatically inhaling and exhaling to a measured beat, they communicate it and gradually extend it to all the surrounding cells and tissues. Just as a stone thrown into a pond sends out widely expanding ripples and concentric circles of motion, so does the motion of the lungs. In a few minutes, the whole body is vibrating in unison with their movement. Every cell seems to vibrate sympathetically. And very soon, the whole organism comes to feel as if it were an inexhaustible storage battery of power. The sensation — and it must be a sensation — is unmistakable.

Simple as it is, the exercise is not to be taken lightly or underestimated. It is upon the mastery of this very easy technique that the rest of this system stands. Master it first. Do it enough times so that you can completely relax and produce the rhythmic breathing in a few seconds.



Most prayer and contemplative methods unconsciously employ these inner centers. We would be wiser and far more efficient to deliberately employ this spiritual power and the centers it flows through.

The next principle we must consider is fundamental and highly significant. It is the inability to realize or thoroughly to have grasped its importance that underlies the frequent failure of many different healing systems, whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. Just as there are specialized organs for the performance of specialized functions in our physical body, there are also corresponding centers in our mental, emotional, and spiritual nature.

Just as the teeth, stomach, liver, and intestines are devised and evolved by nature for the assimilation and digestion of food, there are similar centers in the other components of our nature. The mouth receives food, digestion occurs in the stomach and small intestine, and there is an apparatus for rejecting waste products and toxins. In our psychic nature also are focal centers for the absorption of spiritual power from the universe, and other centers for its distribution and circulation.

The dynamic energy and power entering us from without is not uniform or alike in its vibratory rate. It may be of too high a voltage, so to speak, for us to readily endure. Within us, therefore, is a certain psychic apparatus whereby various cosmic currents of energy may be assimilated and digested, their voltage stepped down or adjusted to the human level. The process of becoming aware of the psychic apparatus, and using the energy it generates, is an integral part of this healing system.

Most prayer and contemplative methods unconsciously employ these inner centers. We would be wiser and far more efficient to deliberately employ this spiritual power and the centers it flows through.

The Energy Centers

There are five major spiritual energy centers. Since we must name them and identify them in some way, let me give them the most noncommittal and noncompromising titles imaginable, so that no system of prejudice may be erected upon them. For the sake of convenience, we may name the first one Spirit, and the succeeding ones Air, Fire, Water, and Earth.

The diagram illustrates the position and location of these centers. It is important to understand that these centers are not physical in nature and position — though there are parallels with our physical organs and glands. These organs exist in a subtler emotional or psychic or spiritual part of our nature. We may even consider them, not as realities themselves, but as symbols of realities — great, redeeming, and saving symbols.

Under certain conditions we may become aware of them in very much the same way that we may become aware of different organs in our physical bodies. We often speak of reason as being situated in the head, emotion in the heart, and instinct in the belly; there exists a similar natural correspondence between these centers and various parts of the body.

There are three principal means for us to become aware of these centers, and awaken them from their dormant state so that they may function properly. The means are thought, sound, and color.

First, through our thoughts, we concentrate on the assumed position of these centers, one by one.

Then we make the sound of certain names, which are to be considered as corresponding vibratory rates to be intoned and vibrated.

Finally, each center is visualized as having a particular color and shape.

The combination of these three things gradually awakens the centers from their dormant states. Over time, they become stimulated, each functioning according to its own nature, and they pour forth into the body and mind a stream of energy and power. Ultimately, when their operation becomes habitual and stabilized, the spiritual power they generate may be directed by will to heal various ailments and diseases both of a physical and a psychological nature. It can also be communicated to another person by a quiet, focused laying on of hands. And by simply thinking, with intent and focus, the energy can also be communicated from mind to mind telepathically, or transmitted through space to another person miles away — for objects in space cause no interruption or obstacle to its passage.

The Middle Pillar Meditation

First of all, the position of the centers as shown in the diagram must be memorized. They are then to be stimulated into activity while either sitting upright or lying down flat on the back in a perfectly relaxed state, just as we did earlier in the preliminary exercise.

If sitting, the hands may be folded in the lap, or they may rest comfortably on the thighs, palms upward. If lying down, your hands should rest comfortably at your sides, palms upward. Calmness of mind should be induced, and several minutes of rhythmic breathing should result in the sensation of a gentle ripple playing over the diaphragm.

Then imagine there is a ball or sphere of brilliant white or golden light above the crown of your head. Do not force the imagination to visualize the sphere of light, for this only results in the development of neu-romuscular tension, and defeats our end. Let it be done quietly and easily. If the mind wanders, as indeed it will, wait a moment or two and gently lead it back.

At the same time, vibrate or intone a sound. You have several choices here:

1. You can simply hum a pitch that seems to resonate, as closely as possible, in the light of your center. Or you can resonate the pitch in your throat center, and direct it mentally to the center of your choice.

2. You can intone the word from the Judeo-Christian mystical tradition that is appropriate to that particular center. For the first center, the word to vibrate or intone is Eheieh, pronounced Eh-heh-yeh. (We'll discuss these words in more depth in a moment.)

3. You can chant an English equivalent of the ancient word. For the first center, the words to chant are I am.

4. You can meditate upon each center, and discover the words or sounds that have power and meaning for you.

After a few days of practice it will become quite easy to imagine the name vibrating above the head in the so-called Spirit center. This name, this center, is the indwelling and overshadowing divinity in each one of us, the basic spiritual self that we can all draw upon. Eheieh means literally I am, and this center represents the I am consciousness within.

The effect of mentally directing the vibration to the Spirit center is to awaken the center to dynamic activity. Once it begins to vibrate and rotate, light and energy are felt to emanate downward upon and into the body. Enormous charges of spiritual power make their way into the brain, and the entire body feels suffused with vitality and life. Even the fingertips and toes react to the awakening of the coronal (Spirit) sphere as a faint prickling sensation is at first felt.


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Meet the Author

Dr. Israel Regardie has been hailed as one of the most important figures of twentieth-century healing and mysticism. He was born in London in 1907, and first traveled to the United States in 1920. He wrote seventeen books between 1932 and 1972; his most voluminous work, The Golden Dawn, is a monumental study of Western magical ritual. The Art of True Healing is considered to be his most brilliant and concise work on the powerful effects of focused meditation. He was a therapist and chiropractor as well as a writer, practicing a form of psychotherapy based on the work of Dr. Wilhelm Reich.

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