Certainly, if awareness of creative forces is the healing element in exercise, foods, medicine or surgery, then anything which will bring that awareness to the body prior to the onset of any disease process will prevent it. Indeed, it is the unawareness, the lack of consciousness of the Divine, which – in the final analysis – is the cause of disease, according to the readings.
Let me quote from a letter received several years ago from Sally Schaefer. It tells a simple story in itself, a story of infection, pain and possible incapacity – all prevented (in little ways, to be sure). At the same time it is a story of how aiding the body’s physiological processes can bring it quick healing and save the sufferer not only problems but money that would otherwise have been expended on doctors or hospitals.
“Shortly after my initial introduction to Edgar Cayce, during a weekend visit to my folks, the subject of home remedies, and castor oil in particular, emerged. I made no comment about my use of it, but rather pressed my dad, who reported that as a youth (50 or so years ago) he and his family applied it to a bleeding wart on one of their mules. They kept the bottle in the barn and made the application a part of the daily chores. He said it took a long time but that the wart healed and eventually hair grew over the spot.
“. . I have discovered that just a little castor oil, rubbed on with the finger, on a beginning pimple or small boil, prevents it from forming; or if I’m a little late in treating, it very often disappears without coming to a head and draining on the skin surface. I suggested this to my nieces, along with a better diet, and it has worked for them also.
“Approximately two months ago, I crashed into some wooden bleachers while playing volleyball. Before the evening game ended, I had an egg-sized swelling on my leg, just below the knee, in addition to the surface abrasion. After bathing, I soaked four layers of flannel, approximately 4” square, and tied this in place with an old nylon stocking. Next morning – no swelling, no signs of a bruise, no pain. I removed the dressing, and by noon I felt pain. By 2 o’clock, there was renewed swelling and signs of discoloration. I hurried home after school and immediately applied another castor oil dressing. In one hour, pain and swelling were gone, despite continued use of my leg. By the next morning, only faint discoloration defined the bruise, which surrounded the impact area and also trailed downward about one inch wide along the shin bone for about four inches. I continued the dressings for the next three evenings and through the nights.
“I never did get a real bruise – to the amazement of the other teachers who wouldn’t believe I had used only castor oil. (Fact is, they couldn’t believe I had used castor oil!) The area never swelled again. And the abrasion healed quickly.”
Prevention and cure are often born of the same measures, and there is not only wisdom, but also billions of dollars in health care being weighed in the scales as we consider what the New Age medicine would consist of.[† March, 1981, Volume 16, No. 2, page 92, Copyright © 1981 by the Edgar Cayce Foundation, Virginia Beach, VA.]