reply to post by Karlhungis
Funny you should mention his leukemia, Karl...
For years now I've been "collecting" evidence that could possibly indicate why so many people who were actively involved in research and/or intense
practice of... let's call it transcending the usual, ordinary interaction Mind and Time died "prematurely", as they say - and surprisingly many
And leukemia - a notoriously idiopathic disease (nobody REALLY knows what causes it) - is closely associated with the state of the spleen.
Remember that (rather silly
) passage when the woman healer chided him for "yelling" at his spleen? He mentions in passing that he had been having
"some problems" with his spleen - which is now rather eerie to read, knowing what happened to him later.
Now, I am only speaking for myself, obviously, but I must say that whenever I am interfering in the ordinary, visible state of affairs - by way of
altering my consiousness - one of the surest signs something is going on is an intense feeling of burning around my solar plexus - which is also the
general area where the spleen lies. It's not at all a painful sensation but it can get intolerably "hot".
And so, I have been wondering for a long time whether there is a connection... Actually, I was going to post a thread about it.
I might still do it.
And then, of course, there is the other question: if he KNEW that nothing, no healing, is impossible, how come he didn't succeed in it (to put it -
purposefully - very simply)?
And how come Florence Scovel Shinn, for example, who really knew what she was talking about (even if today's readers might find her style a bit
"fluffy") died at age fifty, or thereabouts, after having established that (I am paraphrasing here) there is nothing to prevent us from being -
(Not only immortal but in perfect health.)
These are just two examples.
There are many more. And I really think this odd phenomenon - if there is one - should be looked into.
Anyway, it's a highly interesting subject.
Thanks for bringing it up.