We all recognize that the classical Golden Dawn is an outer, preparatory school for the True Order, begun by our ancient Fraters in the Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross and continued by Mathers, Wescott and Woodman, known as the Second or Inner Order. Five principles were set down to be followed by the Brotherhood of the Rosy Cross, the fifth of which was to heal, and that for gratis. In the Neophyte Initiation, this primary principle is espoused by the Hierophant as the candidate kneels west of the altar:
I come in the Power of Light
I come in the Light of Wisdom
I come in the Mercy of the Light
The Light hath Healing in its Wings
Knowing the Neophyte Initiation provides the foundation of our beloved system, we must recognize the importance of these words, and understand that the Hierophant is not just listing his credentials, but charging — challenging — each and every one of us to become a living vessel for this power, to bring forth the wisdom, mercy and healing of Light!
This raises a question: In all the books, lectures, articles and documents on the classical Golden Dawn system, why is there no mention of healing? By far, the healing arts are the most neglected of all the teachings within the Golden Dawn system, but the student of the mysteries should not despair, for they are taught, and are a living part of the oral tradition! In pursuit of power, the subtle references made to the very core of our system are overlooked; but, in reality, all else should lead us to this culminating point of the teachings of the Golden Dawn.
Those who have made an in depth study of the initiations of the Golden Dawn system know that every word, every gesture, and every symbol has purpose and meaning far deeper than implied on the surface. Often, subtlety is an indicator of importance. This is the case with the teachings of healing. The bulk of these teachings have been maintained in the oral tradition of the Golden Dawn system, passed from one generation to the next, from mouth to ear. Only those truly living in the current of Light recognize the vital importance of these teachings to the realization of the Magic of Light.
The Order of the Golden Dawn remains true to these teachings. Every full moon, our Order performs a Healing Rite dedicated to the fulfillment of all petitions submitted. Adepts use various healing techniques to help members and non-members alike. Hands on healing is performed, as well as magical work. Training for healing begins in the grade of Neophyte, with simple but effective techniques that can introduce the student to the concepts of healing. Members begin instruction in a healing technique developed by the Collegium of Adepti, called Qabalistic healing. Qabalistic healing is a technique based on energy manipulation and transformation utilizing Qabalistic principles found in the Tree of Life. The level of potency and power directed by the trained Adept is not a toy or something for experimentation. Healing of this kind can only truly be performed by an experienced and dedicated aspirant who has training in the intense invocation of Light The Qabalistic healing method is a safe, no-touching system of healing that anyone who is sincere can learn.
The Qabalistic healing method is based on the Tree of Life and the various ways Light can be equilibrated through the pillars of Severity, Mercy and Mildness. Light, when divided into specific gates and coupled with the correct vibrations via the colors and divine names, can take on various challenges such as bringing relief to the common cold or even teaching the immune system how to better defend the body against cancer. There is no physical illness that does not have a spiritual counterpart. The Emerald Tablet of Hermes states: “As above, so below.” This means if we can affect the invisible body, the subtle body, with the proper energy at the right location in the right way, we can promote health in the physical body – “as above, so below.”