masonic lecture

Chapter 1

Masonic lecture
Edward Bach, 1936

I come to you tonight with a great message: with a message that may
almost be beyond your belief: and yet is true, and it should bring hope and comfort to very many.

The message is this: THAT DISEASE IS CURABLE.

By the means of the Herbs of which 1 am speaking tonight, there is no
ordinary disease known in this country which has not been cured.

Hundreds of thousands of people who had ailments, who had
complaints which they had expected would remain with them the rest
of their lives, have been [made] well.

Introduction
I am not going to attempt this evening to give you any details of the
wonderful Herbs which are the subject of this address. All that you
can obtain from the book.

The main principles are these:

Firstly: That no medical knowledge whatever is required.

Secondly: That the disease itself is of no consequence what soever.

Thirdly: That the n-mind is the most sensitive part of our bodies,
and hence the best guide to tell us what remedy is required.

Fourthly: Thus the manner in which a patient reacts to an illness is
alone taken into account. Not the illness itself.

Fifthly: That such as: fear, depression, doubt, hopeless ness,
irritability, desire for company or desire to be alone, indecision, such
are the true guides to the way in which a patient is being affected by
his malady, and to the Remedy which he needs.

There is no need to tell you of the Great Healing Properties of these
Remedies, more than to say that hundreds and thousands of people
have been brought back to health who had no hope of anything but
life-long malady. And vast numbers have been quickly cured of
ordinary illness: and again, vast numbers have had disease prevented in its early stages.

Moreover the fame of these Herbs is such that they are not only being
used in these Islands, but in most of the countries of the world.
The whole principle of Healing by this method is so simple as can be
understood by almost everyone, and even the very Herbs them selves can be gathered and prepared by any who take delight in such.

Part two
Brethren, we are taught that within us dwells a Vital and Immortal
Principle.

Man throughout all the centuries of which we have history has
believed that there was something within himself, greater and more
wonderful than his body, and which lived on after the grave.

This belief has been in the mind of man from time immemorial.

We are all conscious that it is not our bodies alone which are the cause
of our difficulties. We do not say, “my body is worried or anxious or
depressed”; we say, “I am worried or anxious or depressed”. We do
not say, “my hand hurts itself in pain”; we say, my hand hurts me”.

Were we but bodies, our lives would be merely one of personal interest and gain, seeking but our own comforts and relieving our own needs.

But this is not so. Every kindly smile, every kindly thought and action;
every deed done for love or sympathy or compassion of others proves that there is something greater within us than that we see. That we carry a Spark of the Divine, that within us resides a Vital and
Immortal Principle.

And the more that Spark of Divinity shines within us, the more our
lives radiate Its sympathy, Its compassion. and Its love, the more we
are beloved by our fellow-men and fingers are pointed at us and the
words are said, “There goes a God-like man”.

Moreover, the amount of peace, of happiness, of joy, of health and of
well-being that comes into our lives depends also on the amount of
which the Divine Spark can enter and illuminate our existence.

From time immemorial, man has looked at two great sources for
Healing. To his Maker, and to the Herbs of the field, which his
Maker has placed for the relief of those who suffer.

Yet one Truth has mostly been forgotten. That those Herbs of the
field placed for Healing, by comforting, by soothing, by relieving our
cares, our anxieties, bring us nearer to the Divinity within. And it is
that increase of the Divinity within which heals us.

It is a very wonderful thought, but it is absolutely true, that certain
Herbs, by bringing us solace, bring us closer to our Divinity: and this
is shown again and again in that the sick not only recover from their
malady, but in so doing, peace, hope, joy, sympathy and compassion
enter into their lives; or if these qualities had been there before,
become much increased.

Thus we can truly say that certain Herbs have been placed for us by
Divine Means, and the help which they give to us, not only heals our
bodies, but brings into our lives, our characters, attributes of our
Divinity.

So in healing with these Herbs, the body is not taken into any account; whatever may be wrong with it is of no consideration. All we seek are those characters of the sufferer where he is in disharmony with the Well of Peace in his Soul.

Thus the ordinary symptoms of the flesh are ignored, and all thought
is given to such things as depression, impatience, worry, fear,
indecision, anxiety, doubt, intolerance, condemnation and so on. All
those qualities which are absent in the stillness, the certainty, the
compassion of our Inner Selves.

And as by treatment with the Divine Herbs of Healing these adverse
qualities will disappear, so with their disappearance, no matter what
the disease, the body becomes well.

It is as though in this vast civilisation of today, a civilisation of great
stress and strain, the turmoil has been such that we have become too
far parted from the true Source of Healing, Our Divinity. Yet our
Maker, knowing these things, took compassion upon us, and in His
Mercy provided a substitute means to heal our infirmities until when
time or circumstance shall restore the genuine and direct.

Yet these substituted means are wonderful in their help: for to see the
joy, the happiness, the tenderness that comes into life after life as the
Herbs heal them, prove beyond doubt that, not the body alone has
received blessing.

Moreover, it is certain that it is increased harmony between the
Greater Self within and the body without which has affected the cure.

There is no need to go into detail of the whole 38: that can be
obtained from the book. Suffice it to say that there is one for every
mood which can be an opposition to our happy joyful selves. And all
that is necessary is to know that mood or moods present in the patient and give the Remedy or Remedies which remove them.

It does not matter whether the illness is of only a few minutes or of
many years duration, the principle is the same.

Moreover, consider what this means in everyday life. Nearly all of us
have some trait which is out of harmony, such as depression, worry,
fear and so on. These Herbs remove such and by so doing not only
close the door to the entrance of disease, but make our lives happier,
more joyous and more useful.

And what greater is there amongst all the Noble Arts than that of
Healing. And what more befitting to the Brotherhood of Man than,
like some of the Orders of Old, to carry ease to those in pain; solace tothose in trial or distress; and comfort and hope to all those afflicted.

And these Remedies place in the hands of everyone the power to do
these things. Not of their own power, but of the Power vested by the
Great Creator in His Healing Herbs.

Edward Bach - timeline of flower remedy discoverer