Q. To what extent does psychotherapy help the growth of consciousness? Is there danger in
A. Growth of consciousness comes, simply and purely, out of freedom. Nothing else. The given state of life is
freedom. That is what Maitreya has come to teach. Freedom is the natural state of humanity. It is the divine as it
demonstrates in our everyday life. That is what Self-realization is about. It has to be free of all attachment.
Any attachment limits that freedom which begins to manifest, stage by stage, as we free ourselves from these
The problem with psychotherapy, unless you are so disturbed you really need it, is that it focuses the
attention on the lower self. Growth of consciousness is achieved precisely by losing consciousness of the
separated self. No one enjoys psychotherapy more than the person being treated. They sit or lie down on a couch
and talk about themselves. The result is a total concentration of the person on the couch on his or her self. I am
not talking entirely against psychotherapy. We all know individuals who are, literally, too ill, who are psychotic
or so neurotic and unbalanced in their personality that they do need professional psychotherapeutic treatment so
that they can live in a reasonable state of balance. But apart from these, psychotherapy, in my estimation, does
not do too much good for most people.
You can do that on the psychiatrist's couch, if you like; it will take longer that way. Or you can get
engaged in service and begin to lose the sense of having to yourself that place at the centre of the universe. You
will not have that same desire because you will be so involved in service, in acting with and through and for
other people, and in serving the needs of the world, that you forget about yourself. You can, literally, for long
periods, forget about yourself. It has been shown to be possible. The quickest way, the best way, is through
service. You do not even have to pay for it!
Q. Is disease karmic?
A. By this I suppose is meant the result of actions in previous lives or earlier in this life. All disease or
ill-health, except when it is hereditary, is karmic - the result of our misuse of energy from one level or
another, usually that of the soul and, in astrally-polarized individuals, largely from the astral plane. Karma can
relate to yesterday or last week or a month ago or last year, and not necessarily to earlier in this life, or even
in a past life. We are making karma all the time, good or bad.
Q. What is the value of sickness which leads to death?
A. To quote from the Master DK (Esoteric Healing by Alice A. Bailey, p.41), "... disease is
sometimes the working out into manifestation of undesirable subjective conditions. These, when externalized and
brought to the surface of the human body, can be known, dealt with and eliminated. It is well to remember also
that sometimes this working out and elimination may well bring about the death of that particular body. But the
soul goes on. One short life counts for very little in the long cycle of the soul, and it is counted well worth
while if a period of ill health (even if it eventuates in death) brings about the clearing away of wrong emotional
and mental conditions.
"Second, disease is sometimes incident upon and part of the process of the withdrawal of the soul
from its habitation. This we call death, and it can come quickly and unexpectedly when the soul withdraws with
suddenness from its body. Or death can spread itself over a long period of time, and the soul may take several
months or years for its slow and gradual emergence from the body, with the body dying by inches all the
Q. When will there be an end to diseases like cancer and AIDS?
A. In the not too distant future, the Technology of Light will give the medical profession an entirely new
approach to the cure of these and other diseases. In the meantime, many people are finding that through
meditation, and the closer identification with the Self which ensues, direct self-healing can be achieved. A
transformation of our life-styles on a national and international basis is the key to the eradication of the
imbalances which demonstrate as disease. As far as cancer is concerned the replacement of burial by cremation
would speed this process.