Healing of the body seems to be a universal human need. In the Bible, Jesus related healing to forgiveness of sin, but we are very chary today in our attitude toward sin. We hesitate to commit it, but hesitate even more to define it. Cayce was not backward in discussing the subject; he, too, found a relationship between this idiosyncrasy of the human being and the sickness which we all seem subject to. He said (in many ways and in many places), "Sickness is sin lying at your own doorstep." He hastened to add that his definition of sin was basically an activity directed self-ward rather than toward service to others. This latter, of course, is a primary theme found in the Cayce readings and is the manner in which we find a Oneness with God. It became evident in those same readings that the results from straying off the path may not manifest themselves until the next lifetime, or the next, or the next. It often leaves us puzzled when we see someone ill or suffering for no apparent reason - until we look at the picture in perspective; until we see the individual as being active in several lifetimes, not just one.
Pain is one of the problems that often becomes difficult for the patient who is in need of healing. Ray Bjork treated such a patient some months ago for pain in the back. He used acupuncture - which, although not mentioned in the readings, is certainly related to the concepts of healing found in them - and the result was highly satisfying. A few months later, he received a report from the patient bringing him up to date on progress since therapy was discontinued. The letter was graphic: "I find it almost unbelievable that the severe pain and discomfort I have endured continuously for almost 30 years no longer exists. Up until the time I received my acupuncture treatments from you, I felt I would have to live with pain for the rest of my life. Thanks again for making my life livable again ..."
Patience, persistence and consistency are bringing about an objective result in a boy who was born with a short leg, a missing fourth toe on that side and a fusion of the third and fifth digits. The leg measured 11/2 inches shorter than the other. The mother was instructed to massage the boy's leg regularly. After procrastinating four or five months, she began the massage. Using an electric massager, she started at five minutes a day, working up to 20 minutes. After 30 long months of this treatment, the difference in the two legs is only 5/8 of an inch! The parents, who shared the duties, massaged along both sides of the leg and into the hip. At three years of age, the boy is active and vital. He wears braces at times for his "pigeon toes," but that doesn't slow him down - even in running.
The law, then, is compliance with the universal spiritual influence that awakens any atomic center to the necessity of its concurrent activity in relationships to other pathological forces or influences within a given body. Whether this is by spiritual forces, by any of the mechanical forces, it is of necessity one and the same. (Edgar Cayce Reading 281-24)
It would seem, then, that any type of healing influence would be in the last analysis - a spiritual happening. It's an interesting thought, isn't it?
[Note: The preceding commentary was written by William McGarey, M. D. and is excerpted from The A.R.E. Journal, July, 1976, Volume 9, No. 4, page 176, Copyright © 1974 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]