Rosicrucian Articles Purgatory
During life the collapse of the vital body at night terminate...
The World Of Thought
When we have attained the spiritual development necessary to ...
The Mystery Of Light Color And Consciousness
"God is Light," says the Bible, and we are unable to conceive...
How To Apply For Admission
Anyone who is not engaged in fortune-telling or similar metho...
The Etheric Region
In addition to the solids, liquids and gases which compose th...
The Third Heaven
In the third heaven most people have very little consciousnes...
We Are Eternal
On whistling stormcloud; on Zephyrus wing,
The Vital Body
That body of ours which is composed of ether is called the "v...
The Constitution Of Man
Our chapter head, "the constitution of man," may surprise a r...
The Desire Body
In addition to the visible body and the vital body we also ha...
The Desire World
When spiritual sight is developed so that it becomes possible...
Birth And Child Life
It must not be imagined, however, that when the little body o...
The Cost Of The Course
There are no fixed fees; no esoteric instruction is ever put ...
The First Heaven
In the first heaven, which is located in the higher regions o...
Our Lessons Are Sermons
They embody the highest moral and spiritual principles, toget...
T He Course In Christian Mysticism
Christ taught the multitude in parables, but explained the my...
We Do Not Cast Horoscopes
Despite all we can say, many people write enclosing money for...
The Region Of Abstract Thought
Various religious systems have been given to humanity at diff...
Invisible Helpers And Mediums
There are two classes of people in the world. In one class th...
The Chemical Region
If one who is capable of consciously using his spiritual body...
The Third Heaven
In the third heaven most people have very little consciousness for reasons
explained in connection with the Region of Abstract Thought, for there the
third heaven is located. It is therefore more of a place of waiting where
the spirit rests between the time when its labors in the second heaven
have been completed and the time when it again experiences the desire for
rebirth. But from this realm inventors bring down their original ideas;
there the philanthropist obtains the clearest vision of how to realize his
utopian dreams and the spiritual aspirations of the saintly minded are
given renewed impetus.
In time the desires of the spirit for further experiences draws it back to
rebirth, and the Great Celestial Beings who are known in the Christian
Religion as Recording Angels, assist the spirit to come to birth in the
place best suited to give it the experience necessary to further unfold
its powers and possibilities.
We have all been here many times and in different families, we have had
relations of varying nature with many different people and usually there
are several families among whom we may seek re-embodiment to work out our
self-generated destiny and reap what we have sown in former life. If there
are no special reasons why we should take birth in any particular family
among certain friends or foes, the spirit is allowed to choose its own
place of birth. Thus it may be said that most of us are in our present
places by our own prenatal choice.
In order to assist us in making that choice the Recording Angels call up
before the spirit's vision a panorama in general outlines of each of the
offered lives. This panorama will show what part of our past debts we are
to pay, and what fruits we may be expected to reap in the coming life.
The spirit is left free to choose between the several lives offered. But
once a choice has been made no evasion is possible during life. We have
free will with regard to the future, but the past "mature" destiny we
cannot escape, as shown by the incident recorded in The Rosicrucian Cosmo
Conception, where the writer warned a well known Los Angeles lecturer
that if he left his home upon a certain day, he would be injured by a
conveyance, in head, neck, breast and shoulders. The gentleman believed
and intended to heed our warning. Nevertheless he went to Sierra Madre to
lecture upon the fateful day. He was injured in the places stated by a
collision and later explained: "I thought the twenty-eighth was the
When the spirit has made its choice, it descends into the second heaven
where it is instructed by the Angels and Archangels how to build an
archetype of the body which it will later inhabit upon earth. Also here we
note the operation of the great law of justice which decrees that we reap
what we sow. If our tastes are coarse and sensual, we shall build an
archetype which will express these qualities; if we are refined and of
aesthetic taste, we shall build an archetype correspondingly refined, but
no one can obtain a better body than he can build. Then, as the architect
who builds a house in which he afterwards lives, will suffer discomfort if
he neglects to properly ventilate it, so also the spirit feels disease in
a poorly constructed body, and as the architect learns to avoid mistakes
and remedy the short-comings of one house when building another, so also
the spirit which suffers from defects in its body, learns in time to build
better and better vehicles.
In the Region of Concrete Thought, the spirit also draws to itself
materials for a new mind. As a magnet draws iron filings but leaves other
substances alone, so also each spirit draws only the kind of mind-stuff
which it used in its former life, plus that which it has learned to use in
its present post-mortem state. Then it descends into the Desire World
where it gathers material for a new desire body such as will express
appropriately its moral characteristics, and later it attracts a certain
amount of ether which is built into the mold of the archetype constructed
in the second heaven and acts as cement between the solids, liquids and
gaseous material from the bodies of parents which forms the dense physical
body of a child, and in due time the latter is brought to birth.
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