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The Symptoms of Diseases Discussed

     What are generally considered to be the symptoms of illnesses can be roughly divided into the following conditions: fever, pain, itchiness, unpleasantness, nausea, diarrhea, dropsy, night sweats, dizziness, sleeplessness, depression, paralysis, coughing, hot flashes, ringing in the ears, cramps, chills, and constipation. Each of these symptoms will be discussed in accordance with the principles that I have learned from my research.


     Throughout the years, medical science has sought to explain the cause of fever in various ways, and the theory accepted at present is that there functions in the brain a center that controls the generation of fever and that this center under some form of stimulus generates fever. There are also theories that credit fever to movement of the limbs as well as those to the liver and kidneys. Body temperature itself is said to be attributable to the combustion that arises from eating and digesting.
     To describe as a truth the characteristics of a fever-stimulating center in the brain, and how and in what way some kind of virulent element may stimulate this center to produce fever is probably impossible to explain in detail. Impossible because, as previously explained, there is no such thing as a center that stimulates fever, so theories of germ-stimulated fever do not stand. These fallacious theories probably appeared, I imagine, because in most cases when fever breaks out at the onset of a sickness, there is a high fever in the brain accompanied by headache, so it is mistakenly assumed that the center for producing fever is in the brain. Thus, it is considered proper to attempt to cool the head with ice for any condition involving fever. The theory that fever originates in the movement of the extremities is probably a simple inference made because such movement always causes a rise in body temperature that is akin to that which is generated at the start of the purification process. The misperception that fever is generated by the liver and kidneys arose because everyone always has to one degree or another slight fever in some area around the liver and kidneys due to the toxins that solidify in those places.
     But, there is probably no theory more ludicrous than that which has fever being produced during combustion that is said to occur during eating and digesting. The idea that combustion occurs in the digestive system in the midst of the eating process is quite bizarre. It was most likely inferred that the temperature of the human body is comparable to the heat produced by a heating stove. Digesting food was likened to burning coal.
     In advance of explaining the cause of fever according to the results of my research, it should be made clear that my ideas are probably appearing for the first time, so with this point in mind they should be carefully read and considered.
     All in the universe is formed from three major elements. That is to say, there is nothing that is not generated and developed as a consequence of the energy of these three major elements. These three elements are sun, moon, and earth. Sun is the origin of the element, the spirit if you will, of fire; moon, the spirit of water; and earth, the spirit of soil. The three elements of fire, water, and earth flow, mix, and fuse both vertically and horizontally. The vertical, warp if you will, consists of three levels, of the sun, the moon, the planet earth, from heaven to earth, as is obvious during a solar eclipse when the sun, moon, and earth align on three levels. To wit, the heavenly plane is the world of fire centered on the sun. The middle, intermediate plane is the world of water centered on the moon, and the planet earth is the world of soil.
     The horizontal, or woof, is the actual planet earth that we human beings inhabit. Our physical world on the planet earth is the existence of matter and the space around matter. Human beings can perceive the existence of matter with their five senses, but for the greater part of human history, space around the earth was taken to be nothing. In the progress of civilization, we have learned that the space in which we live is not nothing but is composed of air, which I categorize as half-substance. I have further learned that within the space around us, which until now was thought to consist only of air, exists another element. I refer to this element as a form of “reiki,” or spirit. In some religions, the world of spirit is said to be made up of living spirits, dead spirits, and possessing spirits. Ascetics and mediums speak of “the spirit,” and in the West, the development of spiritual science has spurred great progress into research of the spirit and the spiritual world. Books such as Sir Oliver Lodge’s The Survival of Man, and J. S. M. Ward’s Gone West can be given great credence, but the sphere and aim of the research that I present here differs completely.
     Essentially, the basic element of substance is earth. All substance, the material, comes from earth and returns to earth, as is well known. Next, the basic element of water, which is half substance, emanates from the moon and infuses the air. Reiki, or spirit, radiating from the sun is neither substance nor half-substance but non-substance, until today, undiscovered. Stated most simply, earth is substance; water, half-substance; and fire, non-substance.
     As described above, these three elements, the element of substance which is soil, the element of air which is water, and the element of spirit which is fire, fuse and in this fusion, energy is generated. In scientific terms, you could call these three elements which are particles of unimaginably infinitesimal size that fuse and activate, the very essence of the universe. Therefore, that the air we breathe is of a suitable temperature, dryness, and humidity for living beings results from the harmonious fusion of the spirit of fire and the spirit of water. If the spirit of fire did not exist and the world was only spirit of water, all would congeal instantly, and conversely, if there were no spirit of water and only spirit of fire, all would instantly burn and become nothing. The elements of fire and water fuse with the spirit of earth, and earth generates energy from which all is brought forth and develops. It is their nature that fire burns vertically, longitudinally, along the woof, and that water flows horizontally, latitudinally, with the warp. Fire burns with the help of water and water flows assisted by fire. This concept is expressed in graph form below [graph omitted].
     Since antiquity, the human being has been referred to as a small cosmos and the principles outlined above apply to the human body as well. Fire, water, earth correspond in the human body to the heart, lungs, stomach, respectively. The stomach ingests that which is produced from the soil; the lungs absorb oxygen, the spirit of water; and the heart absorbs the spirit of fire. Hence, the heart, lungs, and stomach function to absorb within the human body the three basic elements of fire, water, earth. The principle described here can be understood by observing the important role these three functions occupy in the constitution of the human body. Because the existence of the spirit of fire was completely unknown until now, the heart was simply thought to be an organ for the blood, only used to send impure blood to the lungs and circulate blood purified with oxygen throughout the body.
     To summarize, the stomach absorbs food, that is, the spirit of earth, which has been taken in through the mouth and the throat, the lungs absorb the spirit of water through breathing, and the spirit of fire is absorbed through the beating of the heart.
     Consequently, one gets sick or becomes feverish because fever arises in order to dissolve toxins solidified in an affected region of the body, for which the necessary amount of fever, that is, spirit of fire, is absorbed by the heart from the spiritual world. The beating of the heart acts as a pump to draw in from the spiritual world the spirit of fire. In advance of fever generation, the beating of the heart, that is, the pulse, increases and absorption of the spirit of fire grows in frequency. The chills one feels during illness arise because the amount of the spirit of fire available for body temperature is temporarily reduced as is being consumed the heat necessary for fever during the purification process. The reduction of fever means that the process of dissolving the toxins in the affected region has come to a close.
     Throughout the process of absorbing the spirit of fire from the spiritual world, the heart does not rest for a moment. This absorption process maintains body temperature. The lungs continually absorb the spirit of water through breathing air, so the moisture taken into the body, in addition to that which is ingested through the mouth, amounts to quite a great deal.
     Conversely, when the human being dies, the body temperature drops and chills, moisture disappears, the blood coagulates, and the corpse starts to dry out. To fully explain the death process, the living spirit leaves the physical body at the time of death and enters the spiritual world. Because the spirit of fire of the living spirit disappears, moisture condenses. In other words, the living spirit which is the spirit of fire, returns to the spiritual world, moisture returns to the air, and the physical body returns to the soil.
     Here should be added an observation about the thermometers that are used to measure fever in the human body. Doctors as well as members of the general public believe that measuring fever with a thermometer to be thoroughly accurate, but as far as I am concerned, mechanical measurement is most incomplete. This is why.
     When fever is generated, the source of that fever is one specific location in the body. Although it is generally thought that fever affects the entire body, this viewpoint is highly erroneous. When I treat a patient with a temperature of about forty degrees, the source of that fever is the action occurring to purify a solidified lump of toxin about the size of a fingertip. When this lump has been dissolved, fever immediately decreases wherever it is in the body. Fever is generated throughout the entire body when a strong degree of purification activity starts, but a weak level of purification brings about fever only around a specific area, radiating outward, and areas outside the affected area will be, more or less, unaffected. Therefore, when the thermometer is inserted between the armpit and upper body as is the custom in Japan, the thermometer will show evidence of fever that has been generated in the areas of disease nearby, such as the purifying activity of the solidified toxins in the joints of the arm or intercostal neuralgia, but will not indicate accurately fever in areas distant from the armpit such as the crotch, kidneys, and head. Moreover, the temperature of the armpit measured on the right side and the temperature of the armpit taken on the left side may also differ slightly. In extreme cases, this difference is as much as five percent in some individuals. This is why I state that measuring fever by thermometer is incomplete.
     Rather, the way I measure heat and fever allows me to locate even the most minute fever. Touching the suspected area with the palm of the hand allows a person to accurately detect even the slightest fever. Of course, learning to determine precisely such slight differences in fever takes much practice but most individuals can pick up the technique in about a year.
     How erroneous it is to use physical techniques to try to cool and chill high fevers is another topic that should be addressed. The fact that the appropriate body temperature is between thirty-six and thirty-seven degrees means that these temperatures are appropriate for the proper functioning of the body. The use of an ice pack means to apply the temperature of ice, that is, close to zero degrees, to the human body, so it is only natural that the functions of the area to which such cold is applied will be severely impaired. Medical treatment calls for application of cold to the brain area in instances of high fever, such as in cases of anemia, inflammation of the lungs, and typhoid fever, but according to the principles I have described above, if such measures are taken, the brain may harden, leading to impairment of the bodily functions that can cause paralytic anemia. In many instances people die not from their original condition but from the standard medical treatment.
     Cooling and chilling do invite bad effects, but especially so because chilling forcibly halts the purification process. Cooling and chilling therefore should absolutely be stopped.
     Finally, another important point to be noted is the reactionary effect of antipyretics. The general public and even medical professionals probably never conceive that the continuous use of antipyretics for certain conditions, usually over a week or so, will gradually bring about a reverse reaction. This reaction is a response to the effects of antipyretics, just as in the reaction, the rebound, that occurs when pressure is applied to a physical object. Reaction is all based on the same principle, as for example, constipation occurring in reaction to the use of laxatives and the amount of urine production decreasing in reaction to the ingestion of diuretics. Medical practice calls for antipyretics to be ingested in the case of fever. Because antipyretics are used, fever occurs and the cycle continues. A fever that may have started out at around thirty-seven or thirty-eight degrees can rise to over forty degrees with the continual use of antipyretics. Such occasions trouble doctors who label them as fevers of unknown cause. The instances of stubborn fever in patients with pulmonary diseases are quite common for this reason. Antipyretics are used for the purpose of eliminating fever but ingestion of antipyretics instead results in fever. It is truly terrifying that this reverse effect has not come to be recognized.

Medicine for Tomorrow, Volume 2, second edition, February 5, 1943
translated by cynndd

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A complete translation for the essay “Hatsunetsu” which is a chapter in the book Myônichi no Ijutsu, Volume 2, February 5, 1943, page 17, is not available yet. This essay has an interesting history, however. When the first substantial anthology of Meishu-sama’s essays, Goshinsho: Shûkyôhen (Divine Writings: Essays on Religion) was compiled, a fragment from this essay was excerpted, titled “Kaso, Suiso, Doso ni Tsuite,” and run on page 122, so although Meishu-sama did not publish an essay with the name “Kaso, Suiso, Doso ni Tsuite,” an essay with this name exists in Meishu-sama’s canon today, and this essay has been widely translated. The reference to this essay in Goshinsho: Shûkyôhen uncharacteristically does not give a date but does give the title of the book Myônichi no Ijutsu (without volume number) and the page number 19, which as of this writing has been determined to be true of only the fragment’s position in the second edition, hence this reference here. The titles of the published translations are given below for reference.

“Of Fire, Water, and Soil,” Teachings of Meishu and Kyoshu, no date given but estimated to be late 1956 or early 1957, page 85.

“The Elements of Fire, Water and Soil,” Foundation of Paradise, 1984, page 53.

“The Spirit of Fire, The Spirit of Water and the Spirit of Earth,” A Hundred Teachings of Meishu-sama, no date, page 61.