Just before my second major illumination at the age of fourteen, I was stricken with black diphtheria, which is identical with black plague. Cultures from my throat so blackened a case knife that the three doctors attending me said I could not possibly live, for the functions of my throat were destroyed.
Soon after, these doctors pronounced me dead. The undertakers had arrived. I had no awareness of my body, whatsoever, but while in that state a great ecstasy overwhelmed me with all-knowing Light of Love and, to the amazement of my weeping parents, I arose from my bed perfectly healed. An inspection of my throat showed a perfect normalcy of strong tissue and my weakened body was again strong and vital.
… The memory of ten times ten thousand lives mirrored themselves in Light from their records on my Soul to tell me that my body was still new that my time of disappearance had not yet come.
It was then given me to know that the power of revitalization of my body was mine, and I, who had been pronounced dead by man, lived strongly in the body.
(Walter Russell, The Message of the Divine Iliad, Vol. II)
The healing principle is within man himself. Mans power to heal himself, or extend his healing power to others, is measured by his awareness of God in him.
(Walter Russell, The Message of the Divine Iliad, Vol. II, p.129