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Filename: RC1048.TXT Source: "The Rosicrucian Mysteries" by Max Heindel [PAGE 1773] THE VISIBLE AND THE INVISIBLE WORLDS: THE CHEMICAL REGION: If one who is capable of consciously using his spiritual body with the same facility that we now use our physical vehicles should glide away from the Earth into interplanetary space, the Earth and the various other planets of our solar system would appear to him or her to be composed of three kinds of matter, roughly speaking. The densest matter, which is our visible Earth, would appear to him as being the center of the ball as the yolk is in the center of an egg. Around that nucleus he or she would observe a finer grade of matter similarly disposed in relation to the central mass, as the white of the egg is disposed outside the yolk. Upon a little closer investigation he would also discover that this second kind of substance permeates the solid Earth to the very center, even as the blood percolates through the more solid parts of our flesh. Outside both of these mingling layers of mat- ter he would observe a still finer, third layer corresponding to the shell of the egg, except that this third layer is the finest, most subtle of the three grades of matter, and that it interpenetrates both of the two inner layers. As already said, the central mass, spiritually seen, is our visible world, composed of solids, liquids, and gases. They constitute the Earth, [PAGE 1774] its atmosphere, and also the ether, of which physical science speaks hypo- thetically as permeating the atomic substance of all chemical elements. The second layer of matter is called the Desire World and the outermost layer is called the World of Thought. A little reflection upon the subject will make clear that just such a constitution is necessary to account for facts of life as we see them. All forms in the world about us are built from chemical substances: solids, liq- uids, and gases, but insofar that they do move, these forms obey a separate and distinct impulse, and when this impelling energy leaves, the form be- comes inert. The steam engine rotates under the impetus of an invisible gas called steam. Before steam filled its cylinder, the engine stood still, and when the impelling force is shut off its motion again ceases. The dynamo ro- tates under the still more subtle influence of an electric current which may also cause the click of a telegraph instrument or the ring of an electric bell, but the dynamo ceases its swift whirl and the persistent ring of the electric bell becomes mute when the invisible electricity is switched off. The forms of the bird, the animal, and the human being also cease their mo- tion when the inner force which we call LIFE has winged its invisible way. All forms are impelled into motion by desire: the bird and the animal roam land and air in their desire to secure food and shelter, or for the purpose of breeding. Man is also moved by these desires, but has in addition other and higher incentives to spur him to effort; among them is desire for [PAGE 1775] rapidity of motion which led him to construct the steam engine and other de- vices that move in obedience to HIS desire. If there were no iron in the mountains man could not build machines. If there were no clay in the soil, the bony structure of the skeleton would be an impossibility, and if there were no Physical World at all, with its so- lids, liquids, and gases, this dense body of ours could never have come into existence. Reasoning along similar lines it must be at once apparent that if there were no Desire World composed of desire-stuff, we should have no way of forming feelings, emotions, and desires. A planet composed of the materials we perceive with our PHYSICAL eyes and of no other substances, might be the home of plants which grow unconsciously, but have no desires to cause them to move. The human and animal kingdoms, however, would be impos- sibilities. Furthermore, there is in the world a vast number of things, from the simplest and most crude instruments, to the most intricate and cunning de- vices which have been constructed by the hand of man. These reveal the fact of man's thought and ingenuity. Thought must have a source as well as FORM and FEELING. We saw that it was necessary to have the requisite material in order to build a steam engine or a body and we reasoned from the fact that in order to obtain material to express desire there must also be a world composed of desire stuff. Carrying our argument to its logical conclusion, [PAGE 1776] we also hold that unless a World of Thought provides a reservoir of mind stuff upon which we may draw, it would be impossible for us to think and in- vent the things which we see in even the lowest civilization. Thus it will be clear that the division of a planet into worlds is not based on fanciful metaphysical speculation, but is logically necessary in the economy of nature. Therefore it must be taken into consideration by any one who would study and aim to understand the inner nature of things. When we see the street cars moving along our streets, it does not explain to say that the motor is driven by electricity of so many amperes at so many volts. These names only add to our confusion until we have thoroughly studied the science of electricity; and then we shall find that the mystery deepens, for while the street car belongs to the world of INERT FORM perceptible to our vision, the electric current which moves it is indigenous to the realm of FORCE, the invisible Desire World, and the thought which created and guides it, comes from the still more subtle World of Thought which is the home world of the human Spirit, the Ego. It may be objected that this line of argument makes a simple matter ex- ceedingly intricate, but a little reflection will soon show the fallacy of such a contention. Viewed superficially any of the sciences seem extremely simple; anatomically we may divide the body into flesh and bone, chemically we may make the simple divisions between solid, liquid, and gas, but thor- oughly to master the science of anatomy it is necessary to spend years in [PAGE 1777] close application and learn to know all the little nerves, the ligaments which bind articulations between various parts of the bony structure, to study the several kinds of tissue and their disposition in our system where they form the bones, muscles, glands, etc., which in the aggregate we know as the human body. To understand properly the science of chemistry we must study the valence of the atom which determines the power of combination of the various elements, together with other niceties, such as atomic weight, density, etc. New wonders are constantly opening up to the most experienced chemist, who understands best the immensity of his or her chosen science. The youngest lawyer, fresh from law school, knows more about the most intricate cases, in his or her own estimation, than the judges upon the Su- preme Court bench who spend long hours, weeks and months, seriously deliber- ating over their decisions. But those who, without having studied, think they understand and are fitted to discourse upon the greatest of all sci- ences, the science of Life and Being, make a greater mistake. After years of patient study, of holy life spent in close application, a man is oftentimes perplexed at the immensity of the subject he studies. He finds it to be so vast in both the direction of the great and small that it baffles description, that language fails, and that the tongue must remain mute. Therefore we hold (and we speak from knowledge gained through years of close study and investigation) that the finer distinctions which we have made, and shall make, are not at all arbitrary, but absolutely necessary as are divi- sions and distinctions made in anatomy or chemistry. [PAGE 1778] No form in the physical world has feeling in the true sense of that word. It is the indwelling life which feels, as we may readily SEE from the fact that a body which responds to the lightest touch while instinct with life, exhibits no sensation whatever even when cut to pieces after the life has fled. Demonstrations have been made by scientists, particularly by Pro- fessor Bose of Calcutta, to show that there is feeling in dead animal tissue and even in tin and other metal, but we maintain that the diagrams which seem to support his contentions in reality demonstrate only a response to impacts similar to the rebound of a rubber ball, and that must not be con- fused with such feelings as LOVE, HATE, SYMPATHY and AVERSION. Goethe also, in his novel. "Elective Affinities," (Wahlverwandtschaft), brings out some beautiful illustrations wherein he makes it seem as if atoms loved and hated, from the fact that some elements combine readily while other sub- stances refuse to amalgamate, a phenomenon produced by the different rates of speed at which various elements vibrate and an unequal inclination of their axes. Only where there is sentient life can there be feelings of pleasure and pain, sorrow or joy. THE ETHERIC REGION: In addition to the solids, liquids, and gases which compose the CHEMICAL [PAGE 1779] REGION of the Physical World there is also a finer grade of matter called e- ther, which permeates the atomic structure of the earth and its atmosphere substantially as science teaches. Scientists have never seen, nor have they weighed, measured, or analyzed this substance, but the infer that it must exist in order to account for transmission of light and various other pheno- mena. If it were possible for us to live in a room from which the air had been exhausted, we might speak at the top of our voices, we might ring the largest bell, or we might even discharge a cannon close to our ear and ] we should hear no sound, for air is the medium which transmits sound vibra- tions to the tympanum of our ear, and that would be lacking. But if an elec- tric light were lighted, we should at once perceive its rays; it would il- lumine the room despite the lack of air. Hence there must be a substance ca- pable of being set into vibration, between the electric light and our eyes. That medium scientists call ether, but it so subtle that no instrument has been devised whereby it may be measured or analyzed, and therefore the sci- entists are without much information concerning it, though forced to postu- late its existence. We do not seek to belittle the achievements of modern scientists. We have the greatest admiration for them and we entertain high expectations of what ambitions they may yet realize, but we perceive a limitation in the fact that all discoveries of the past have been made by the invention of [PAGE 1780] wonderful instruments applied in a most ingenious manner to solve seemingly insoluble and baffling problems. The strength of science lies vested in its instruments, for the scientist may say to anyone: "Go, procure a number of glasses ground in a certain manner, insert them in a tube, direct that tube toward a certain point in the sky where now nothing appears to your naked eye. You will then see a beautiful star called Uranus." If his directions are followed, anyone is QUICKLY AND WITHOUT PREPARATION able to demonstrate for himself the truth of the scientist's assertion. But while the instru- ments of science are its tower of strength, they also mark the end of its field of investigation, for it is impossible to contact the spirit world with PHYSICAL instruments; so the research of occultists begins where the physical scientist finds his limit and is carried on by SPIRITUAL means. These investigations are as thorough and as reliable as researches by material scientists, but not as easily demonstrable to the general public. Spiritual powers lie dormant within every human being, and when awakened, they compensate for both telescope and microscope, they enable their pos- sessor to investigate, instanter, things beyond the veil of matter, but they are only developed by a patient application and continuance in well doing extended over years, and few are they who have faith to start upon the path to attainment to perseverance to go through with the ordeal. Therefore the occultist's assertions are not generally credited. We can readily see that long probation must precede attainment, for a person equipped with spiritual sight is able to penetrate walls of houses as [PAGE 1781] easily as we walk through the atmosphere, able to read at will the in- nermost thoughts of those about him, and if not actuated by the most pure and unselfish motives, would become a scourge to humanity. Therefore that power is safeguarded as we would withhold the dynamite bomb from an anarch- ist and from the well-intentioned but ignorant person, or, as we withhold match and powder barrel from a child. In the hands of an experienced engineer the dynamite bomb may be used to open a highway of commerce, and an intelligent farmer may use gunpowder to good account in clearing his field of tree-stumps, but in the hands of an ill-intentioned criminal or ignorant child an explosive may wreck much pro- perty and end many lives. The force is the same, but used differently, ac- cording to the ability or intention of the user, it may produce results of a diametrically opposite nature. So it is also with spiritual powers, there is a time-lock upon them, as upon a bank safe, which keeps out until they have earned the privilege and the time is ripe for its exercise. As already said, the ether is physical matter and responsive to the same laws which govern other physical substances upon this plane of existence. Therefore it requires but a slight extension of PHYSICAL sight to see ether (which is disposed in four grades of density); the blue haze seen in moun- tain canyons is in fact ether of the kind known to occult investigators as CHEMICAL ETHER. Many people who see this ether unaware that they are pos- sessed of a faculty not enjoyed by all. Others, who have developed spiritual sight are not endowed with etheric vision, a fact which seems an anomaly un- til the subject of clairvoyance is thoroughly understood. [PAGE 1782] The reason is, that as ether is physical matter, etheric sight depends upon the sensitiveness of the optic nerve, while spiritual sight is ac- quired by developing latent vibratory powers in two little organs situated in the brain: the pituitary body and the pineal gland. Even near-sighted people may have etheric vision. Though unable to read the print in a book, they may be able to "see through a wall," owing to the fact that their op- tic nerve responds more rapidly to fine than to coarse vibrations. When anyone views an object with etheric sight he sees THROUGH that ob- ject in a manner similar to the way an X-ray penetrates opaque substances. If he looks at a sewing machine, he will perceive first, an outer casing; then, the works within, and behind both, the casing farthest away from him. If he has developed the grade of spiritual vision which opens the Desire World to him and he looks at the same object, he will see it both inside and out. If he looks closely, he will perceive every little atom spinning upon its axis and no part or particle will be excluded from his perception. But if his spiritual sight has been developed in such a measure that he is capable of viewing the sewing machine with the vision peculiar to the World of Thought, he will behold a cavity where he had previously seen the form. [PAGE 1783] Things seen with etheric vision are very much alike in color. They are nearly reddish-blue, purple or violet, according to the density of the ether, but when we view any object with the spiritual sight pertaining to the Desire World, it scintillates and coruscates in a thousand ever changing colors so indescribably beautiful that they can only be compared to living fire. The writer therefore calls this grade of vision COLOR SIGHT, but when the spiritual vision of the World of Thought is the medium of perception, the seer finds that in addition to still more beautiful colors, there is- sues from the cavity described a constant flow of a certain harmonious TONE. Thus this world wherein we now consciously live and which we perceive the world of FORM, the Desire World is particularly the world of COLOR, and the World of Thought is the realm of TONE. Because of the relative proximity or distance of these worlds, a statue, a FORM withstands the ravages of time for millenniums, but the COLORS upon a painting fade in far shorter time, for they come from the Desire World; and MUSIC, which is native to the world farthest removed from us, the World of Thought, is like a will-o-the-wisp which none may catch or hold; it is gone again as soon as it has made its appearance. But there is in color and music a compensation for this increasing evanescence. The statue is cold and dead as the mineral of which it is composed and has attractions for but few though its FORM is a tangible reality. [PAGE 1784] The forms upon a painting are illusory, yet they express LIFE, on ac- count of the COLOR which has come from a region where nothing is inert and lifeless. Therefore the painting is enjoyed by many. Music is intangible and ephemeral, but it comes from the home world of the Spirit and though so fleeting it is recognized by the Spirit as a SOUL-SPEECH fresh from the celestial realms, an echo from the home whence we are now exiled. Therefore it touches a chord in our being, regardless of whether we realize the true cause or not. Thus we see that there are various grades of spiritual sight, each suited to the superphysical realm which it opens to our perception: etheric vision, color vision, and tonal vision. The occult investigator finds that ether is of four kinds, or grades of density: the CHEMICAL ETHER, the LIFE ETHER, the LIGHT ETHER, and the RE- FLECTING ETHER. The CHEMICAL ETHER is the avenue of expression for forces promoting as- similation, growth, and the maintenance of form. The LIFE ETHER is the vantage ground of forces active in propagation, or the building of new forms. The LIGHT ETHER transmits the motive power of the Sun along the various nerves of living bodies and makes motion possible. The REFLECTING ETHER receives an impression of all that is, lives and moves. It also records each change, in a similar manner as the film upon a moving picture machine. In this record mediums and psychometrists may read the past, upon the same principle as, under proper conditions, moving pic- tures are reproduced time and again. [PAGE 1785] We have been speaking of ether as an avenue of FORCES, a word which con- veys no meaning to the average mind, because force is invisible. But to an occult investigator the forces are not merely names such as steam,electric- ity, etc. He finds them to be intelligent beings of varying grades, both sub- and superhuman. What we call "laws of nature," are great Intelli- gences which guide more elemental beings in accordance with certain rules designed to further their evolution. In the Middle Ages, when many people were still endowed with a remnant of NEGATIVE clairvoyance, they spoke of gnomes, elves, and fairies, which roamed about the mountains and forests. These were the EARTH spirits. They also told of the undines or WATER sprites, which inhabited rivers and streams, and of sylphs which were said to dwell in the mists above moat and moor as air spirits. But not much was said of the salamanders, as they are fire spirits, and therefore not so easily detected, or so readily accessible to the majority of people. The old folk stories are now regarded as superstitions, but as a matter of fact, one endowed with etheric vision may yet perceive the little gnomes building green chloryphyll into the leaves of plants and giving to flowers the multiplicity of delicate tints which delight our eyes. Scientists have attempted time and again to offer an adequate explana- tion of the phenomenon of wind and storm but have failed signally, nor can [PAGE 1786] they succeed while they seek a mechanical solution to what is really a manifestation of life. Could they see the hosts of sylphs winging their way hither and thither, they would KNOW who and what is responsible for the fickleness of the wind; could they watch a storm at sea from the etheric viewpoint, they would perceive that the saying "the war of the elements" is not an empty phrase, for the heaving sea is truly then a battlefield of sylphs and undines and the howling tempest is the war cry of spirits in the air. Also the salamanders are found everywhere and no fire is lighted without their help. However, they are active mostly underground, being responsible for explosions and volcanic eruptions. The classes of beings which we have mentioned are still sub-human, but will all at some time reach a stage in evolution corresponding to the human, though under different circumstances from those under which we evolve. But at present the wonderful Intelligences we speak of as the laws of nature, marshal the armies of less evolved entities mentioned. To arrive at a better understanding of what these various beings are and their relation to us, we may take an illustration: Let us suppose that a me- chanic is making an engine, and meanwhile a dog is watching him. It SEES the man at his labor, and how he uses various tools to shape his materials, also how, from the crude iron, steel, brass, and other metals the engine slowly take shape. The dog is a being from a lower evolution and does not compre- hend the purpose of the mechanic but it sees both the workman, his labor, and the result thereof which manifests as an engine. [PAGE 1787] Let us now suppose that the dog were able to see the materials which slowly change their shape, assemble, and become an engine, but that it is unable to perceive the workman and to see the work he does. The dog would then be in the same relation to the mechanic as we are to the great Intel- ligences we call laws of nature, and their assistants, the nature spirits, for we behold the manifestations of their work as FORCE moving matter in various ways but always under immutable conditions. In the ether we may also observe the Angels, whose densest body is made of that material, as our dense body is formed of gases, liquids, and solids. These Beings are one step beyond the human stage, as we are a degree in ad- vance of the animal evolution. We have never been animals like our present fauna, however, but at a previous stage in the development of our planet we had an animal-like constitution. Then the Angels were human, though they have never possessed a dense body such as ours, nor ever functioned in any material denser than ether. At some time, in a future condition, the Earth will again become ethereal. Then man will be like the Angels. Therefore the Bible tells us that man was made A LITTLE LOWER than the Angels. (Hebrews 2:7). As ether is the avenue of vital, creative forces, and as Angels are such expert builders of ether, we may readily understand that they are eminently [PAGE 1788] fitted to be warders of the propagative forces in plant, animal, and man. All through the Bible we find them thus engaged: Two ANGELS came to Abraham and announcd the birth of Isaac, they promised a child to the man who had obeyed God. Later these same Angeles destroyed Sodom for abuse of the cre- ative force. ANGELS foretold to the parents of Samuel and Samson the birth of these giants of brain and brawn. To Elizabeth came the ANGEL (not Arch-angel) Gabriel and announced the birth of John; later he appeard also to Mary with the message that she was chosen to bear Jesus. THE DESIRE WORLD: When spiritual sight is developed so that it becomes possible to behold the Desire World, many wonders confront the newcomer, for conditions there are so widely different from what they are here that a description must sound quite as incredible as a fairy tale to anyone who has not himself seen them. Many cannot believe that such a world exists, and that other people can see that which is invisible to them, yet some people are blind to the beau- ties of this world which we see. A man who was born blind, may say to us: "I know that this world exists. I can hear, I can smell, I can taste, and above all I can feel, but when you speak of light and of color, they are non-existent to me. You say that you SEE these things. I cannot believe it for I cannot SEE myself. You say that light and color are all about me, but [PAGE 1789] none of the senses at my command reveal them to me and I do not believe that the sense you call sight exists. I think you suffer from hallucinations." We might sympathize very sincerely with the poor man who is thus afflicted, but his scepticisms, reasonings, objections, and sneers notwithstanding, we would be obliged to maintain that we perceive light and color. The man or woman whose spiritual sight has been awakened is in a similar position with respect to those who do not perceive the Desire World of which he speaks. If the blind man acquires the faculty of sight by an oper- ation, his eyes are opened and he will be compelled to assert the existence of light and color which he formerly denied, and when spiritual sight is ac- quired by anyone, he also perceives for himself the facts related by others. Neither is it an argument against the existence of spiritual realms that se- ers are at variance in their descriptions of conditions in the invisible world. We need but to look into books on travel and compare stories brought home by explorers of China, India, or Africa; we shall find them differing widely and often contradictory, because each traveler saw things from his own standpoint, under other conditions than those met by his brother au- thors. We maintain that the man who has read most widely these varying tales concerning a certain country AND WRESTLED WITH THE CONTRADICTIONS OF NARRA- TORS, will have a more comprehensive idea of the country or people of whom he has read, than the man who has read only one story assented to by all the authors. Similarly, the varying stories of visitors to the Desire World are of value, because giving a fuller view, and more rounded, than if all had seen things from the same angle. [PAGE 1790] In this world matter and force are widely different. The chief charac- teristic of matter here is INERTIA: the tendency to remain at rest until acted upon by a force which sets it in motion. In the Desire World, on the contrary, force and matter are almost indistinguishable one from the other. We might almost describe desire-stuff as force-matter, for it is in inces- sant motion, responsive to the slightest FEELING of a vast multitude of be- ings which populate this wonderful world in nature. We often speak of the "teeming millions" of China and India, even of our vast cities, London, New York, Paris, or Chicago; we consider them overcrowded in the extreme, yet even the densest population of any spot on Earth is sparsely inhabited compared with the crowded conditions of the Desire World. No inconvenience is felt by any of the denizens of that realm, however, for, while in this world two things cannot occupy the same space at the same time, it is dif- ferent there. A number of people and things may exist IN THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME and be engaged in most diverse activities, regardless of what others are doing, such is the wonderful elasticity of desire-stuff. As an illustration we may mention a case where the writer, while attending a reli- gious service, plainly perceived at the altar certain beings interested in furthering that service and working to achieve that end. At the same time there drifted through the room and the altar, a table at which four persons were engaged in playing cards. They were as oblivious to the existence of the beings engaged in furthering our religious service, as though these did not exist. [PAGE 1791] The Desire World is the abode of those who have died, for some time sub- sequent to that event, and we may mention in the above connection that the so-called "dead" very often stay for a long while among their still living friends. Unseen by their relatives they go about the familiar rooms. At first they are often unaware of the condition mentioned: THAT TWO PERSONS MAY BE IN THE SAME PLACE AT THE SAME TIME, and when they seat themselves in a chair or at the table, a living relative may take the supposedly vacant seat. The man we mistakenly call dead will at first hurry out of his seat to escape being sat upon, but he soon learns that being sat upon does not hurt him in his altered condition, and that he may remain in his chair regardless of the fact that his living relative is also sitting there. In the lower regions of the Desire World the whole body of each being may be seen, but in the highest regions only the head seems to remain. Raphael, who like many other people in the Middle Ages was gifted with a so-called SECOND SIGHT, pictured that condition for us in his Sistine Ma- donna, now in the Dresden Art Gallery, where Madonna and the Christ-child are represented as floating in a golden atmosphere and surrounded by a host of genie-heads: conditions which the occult investigator knows to be in har- mony with actual facts. [PAGE 1792] Among the entities who are, so to speak, "native" to that realm of na- ture, none are perhaps better known to the Christian world than the Archan- gels. These exalted Beings were human at a time in the Earth's history when we were yet plant-like. Since then we have advanced two steps; through the animal and to the human stage of development. The present Archangels have also made two steps in progression; one, in which they were similar to what the Angels are now, and another step which made them what we call Archan- gels. Their densest body, though differing from ours in shape, and made of desire-stuff, is used by them as a vehicle of consciousness in the same man- ner that we use our body. They are expert manipulators of forces in the De- sire World, and these forces, as we shall see, move all the world to action. Therefore the Archangels work with humanity INDUSTRIALLY and POLITICALLY as arbitrators of the destiny of peoples and nations. The Angels may be said to be FAMILY SPIRITS, whose mission is to unite a few Spirits as members of a family, and cement them with ties of blood and love of kin, while the Arch- angels may be called race and national spirits, as they unite whole nations by patriotism or love of home and country. They are responsible for the rise and fall of nations, they give war or peace, victory or defeat, as it serves the best interest of the people they rule. This we may see, for instance, from the book of Daniel, where the Archangel Michael is called the prince of the children of Israel. Another Archangel tells Daniel (in the tenth chap- ter) that he intends to fight the prince of Persia by means of the Greeks. [PAGE 1793] There are varying grades of intelligence among human beings; some are qualified to hold lofty positions entirely beyond the ability of others. So it is also among higher beings. Not all Archangels are fitted to govern a nation and rule the destiny of a race, people, or tribe; some are not fitted to rule human beings at all, but as the animals also have a desire nature, these lower grades of Archangels govern the animals as Group Spirits and evolve to higher capacity thereby. The work of the Race Spirit is readily observable in the people it gov- erns. The lower in the scale of evolution the people, the more they show a certain racial likeness. That is due to the work of the Race Spirit. One national Spirit is responsible for the swarthy complexion common to Ital- ians, for instance, while another causes the Scandinavians to be blond. In the more advanced types of humanity, there is a wider divergence from the common type, due to the individualized Ego, which thus expresses in form and feature its own particular idiosyncrasies. Among animals, where the [PAGE 1794] separate Spirit is not individualized and self-conscious, the resemblance is not only much more marked physically but extends even to traits and charac- teristics. We may write the biography of a man, for the experiences of each varies from that of others and his acts are different, but we cannon write the biography of an animal, for members of each tribe all act alike under similar circumstances. If we desire to know the facts about Edward VII, it would profit us nothing to study the life of the Prince-Consort, his father, or of George V, his son, as both would be entirely different from Edward. In order to find out what manner of man he was, we must study his own indi- vidual life. If, on the other hand, we wish to know the characteristics of beavers, we may observe any individual of the tribe, and when we have stud- ied its idiosyncrasies, we shall know the traits of the whole tribe of bea- vers. What we call "instinct" is in reality the dictates of "Group Spirits" which govern separate individuals of its tribe telepathically, as it were. The ancient Egyptians knew of these animal Group spirits and sketched many of them, in a crude way, upon their temples and tombs. Such figures with a human body and an animal head actually live in the Desire World. They may be spoken to, and will be found much more intelligent than the average human being. That statement brings up another peculiarity of conditions in the Desire World in respect of language. Here in this world human speech is so diversi- fied that there are countries where people who live only a few miles apart [PAGE 1795] speak a dialect so different that they understand each other with great dif- ficulty, and each nation has its own language that varies altogether from the speech of other peoples. In the lower regions of the Desire World, there is the same diversity of tongues as on Earth, and the so-called "dead" of one nation find it impossible to converse with those who lived in another country. Hence lin- guistic accomplishments are of great value to the Invisible Helpers, of whom we shall hear later, as their sphere of usefulness is enormously extended by that ability. Even apart from differences of language our mode of speech is exceed- ingly productive of misunderstandings. The same words often convey most op- posite ideas to different minds. If we speak of a "body of water," one person may think we mean a lake of small dimensions, the thoughts of another may be directed to the Great Lakes, and a third person's thoughts may be turned towards the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean. If we speak of a "light," one may think of a gaslight, another of an electric arc-lamp, or if we say "red," one person may think we mean a delicate shade of pink and another gets the idea of crimson. The misunderstandings of what words mean goes even farther, as illustrated in the following. The writer once opened a reading room in a large city where he lectured, and invited his audience to make use thereof. Among those who availed them- selves of the opportunity was a gentleman who had for many years been a veritable "metaphysical tramp," roaming from lecture to lecture, hearing [PAGE 1796] the teachings of everybody and practicing nothing. Like the Athenians on Mars' Hill, he was always looking for something "new," particularly in the line of phenomena, and his mind was in that seething chaotic state which is one of the most prominent symptoms of "mental indigestion." Having attended a number of our lectures he knew from the program that: "The lecturer does not give readings or cast horoscopes FOR PAY." But see- ing on the door of the newly opened reading room, the legend: "Free Read- ing Room," his erratic mind at once jumped to the conclusion that although we were opposed to telling fortunes for pay, we were now going to give free readings of the future in the Free Reading Room. He was much disappointed that we did not intend to tell fortunes, either gratis or for a consider- ation, and we changed our sign to "Free Library" in order to obviate a repetition of the error. In the higher Regions of the Desire World the confusion of tongues gives place to a universal mode of expression which absolutely prevents misunder- standings of our meaning. There each of our thoughts takes a definite form and color perceptible to all, and this thought-symbol emits a certain tone, which is not a word, but it conveys our meaning to the one we address no matter what language we spoke on earth. [PAGE 1797] To arrive at an understanding of how such a universal language becomes possible and is at once comprehended by all, without preparation, we may take as an illustration the manner in which a musician reads music. A German or a Polish composer may write an opera. Each has his own peculiar terminol- ogy and expresses it in his own language. When that opera is to be played by an Italian bandmaster, or by a Spanish or American musician, it need not be translated; the notes and symbols upon the page are a universally understood language of symbols which is intelligible to musicians of no matter what na- tionality. Similarly with figures, the German counts: ein, zwei, drei; the Frenchman says: un, deux, trois, and in English we use the words: one, two, three, but the figures: 1,2,3, though differently spoken, are intelligible to all and mean the same. There is no possibility of misunderstanding in the cases of either music or figures. Thus it is also with the universal lan- guage peculiar to the higher regions of the Desire World and the still more subtle realms in nature, it is intelligible to all, an exact mode of expres- sion. Returning to our description of the entities commonly met with in the lower Desire World, we may note that other systems of religion than the EGYPTIAN, already mentioned, has spoken of various classes of beings native to these realms. The Zoroastrian religion, for instance, mentions SEVEN AMSHASPANDS and the IZZARDS as having dominion over certain days in the month and certain months in the year. The Christian religion speaks of Seven Spirits before the Throne, which are the same beings the Persians called [PAGE 1798] Amshaspands. Each of them rules over two months in the year while the sev- enth: Michael, the highest, is their leader, for he is ambassador from the Sun to the Earth; the others are ambassadors from the planets. The Catholic religion with its abundant occult information takes most notice of these "star-angels" and knows considerable about their influence upon the af- fairs of the earth. The Amshaspands, however, do not inhabit the lower regions of the Desire World but influence the Izzards. According to the old Persian legend these beings are divisible into two groups: one of twenty-eight classes, and the other of three classes. Each of these classes has dominion over, or takes the lead of all the other classes on one certain day of the month. They regulate the weather conditions on that day and work with animal and man in particular. At least the twenty-eight classes do that, the other group of three classes has nothing to do with animals, because they have only twenty-eight pairs of spinal nerves, while human beings have thirty-one. Thus animals are attuned to the lunar month of twenty-eight days, while man is correlated to the solar month of thirty or thirty-one days. The ancient Persians were astronomers but not physiologists; they had no means of know- ing the different nervous constitution of animal and man, but they saw clairvoyantly these superphysical beings; they noted and recorded their work with animal and men, and our own anatomical investigations may show us the reason for these divisions of the classes of Izzards recorded in that an- cient system of philosophy. [PAGE 1799] Still another class of beings should be mentioned: those who have en- tered the Desire World through the gate of death and are now hidden from our physical vision. These so-called "dead" are in fact much more alive than any of us, who are tied to a dense body and subject to all its limitations, who are forced slowly to drag this clog along with us at the rate of a few miles an hour, who must expend such an enormous amount of energy upon pro- pelling that vehicle that we are easily and quickly tired, even when in the best of health, and who are often confined to a bed, sometimes for years, by the indisposition of this heavy mortal coil. But when that is once shed and the freed Spirit can again function in its spiritual body, sickness is an unknown condition, and distance is annihilated, or at least practically so, for though it was necessary for the Saviour to liken the freed Spirit to the wind which blows where it listeth, that simile gives but a poor description of what actually takes place in soul flights. Time is non-existent there, as we shall presently explain, so the writer has never been able to time him- self, but has on several occasions timed others when he was in the physi- cal body and then speeding through space upon a certain errand. Distances such as from the Pacific Coast to Europe, the delivery of a short message there and the return to the body has been accomplished in slightly less than one minute. Therefore our assertion, that those whom we call dead are in re- ality much more alive than we, is well founded in facts. [PAGE 1800] We spoke of the dense body in which we now live, as a "clog" and a "fetter." It must not be inferred, however, that we sympathize with the attitude of certain people who, when they have learned with what ease soul- flights are accomplished, go about bemoaning the fact that they are now im- prisoned. They are constantly thinking of, and longing for, the day when they shall be able to leave this mortal coil behind and fly away in their spiritual body. Such an attitude of mind is decidedly mistaken; the great and wise Beings who are invisible leaders of our evolution have not placed us here to no purpose. Valuable lessons are to be learned in this visible world wherein we dwell, lessons that cannot be learned in any other realm of nature, and the very conditions of density and inertia whereof such people complain, are factors which make it possible to acquire the knowledge this world is designed to give. This fact was so amply illustrated in a recent experience of the writer: A friend had been studying occultism for a number of years but had not studied astrology. Last year she became aroused to the importance of this branch of study as a key to self-knowledge and a means of understanding the natures of others, also of developing the compassion for their errors, so necessary in the cultivation of love for one's neighbor. Love for our neigh- bor the Saviour enjoined upon us as the Supreme Commandment, which is the [PAGE 1801] fulfillment of all laws, and as astrology teaches us to BEAR and FORBEAR, it helps as nothing else can in the development of this supreme virtue. She therefore joined one of the classes started in Los Angeles by the writer, but a sudden illness quickly ended in death and thus terminated her study of the subject in the physical body, here it was well begun. Upon one of many occasions when she visited the writer subsequent to her release from the body, she deplored the fact that it seemed so difficult to make headway in her study of astrology. The writer advised continued atten- dance at the classes, and suggested that she could surely get someone "on the other side" to help her study. At this she exclaimed impatiently: "Oh, yes! Of course I attend the classes. I have done so right along; I have also found a friend who helps me here. But you cannot imagine how difficult it is to concentrate here upon mathematical calculations and the judgment of a horoscope or in fact upon any subject here, where every little thought-current takes you miles away from your study. I used to think it difficult to concentrate when I had a physical body, but it is not a circumstance to the obstacles which face the student here." The physical body was an anchor to her, and it is that to all of us. Be- ing dense, it is also to a great extent impervious to disturbing influences from which the more subtle spiritual bodies do not shield us. It enables us to bring our ideas to a logical conclusion with far less effort at concen- [PAGE 1802] tration than is necessary in that realm where all is in such incessant and turbulent motion. Thus we are gradually developing the faculty of holding our thoughts to a center by existence in this world, and we should value our opportunities here, rather than deplore the limitations which help in one direction more than they fetter in another. In fact, we should never deplore any condition, each has its lesson. If we try to learn what that lesson is and to assimilate the experience which may be extracted therefrom, we are wiser than those who waste time in vain regrets. We said there is no time in the Desire World, and the reader will readily understand that such must be the case from the fact, already men- tioned, that nothing there is opaque. In this world the rotation of the opaque earth upon its axis is respon- sible for the alternating conditions of day and night. We call it DAY when the spot where we live is turned towards the Sun and its rays illumine our environment, but when our home is turned away from the Sun and its rays ob- structed by the opaque earth we term the resulting darkness NIGHT. The pas- sage of the earth in its orbit around the Sun produces the seasons and the year, which are our divisions of time. But in the Desire World where all is light there is but one long day. The Spirit is not there fettered by a heavy physical body, so it does not need sleep and existence is unbroken. Spiritual substances are not subject to contraction and expansion such as arise here from heat and cold, hence summer and winter are also [PAGE 1803] non-existent. Thus there is nothing to differentiate one moment from another in respect of the conditions of light and darkness, summer and winter, which mark time for us. Therefore, while the so-called "dead" may have a very accurate memory of time as regards the life they lived here in the body, they are usually unable to tell anything about the chronological relation of events which have happened to them in the Desire World, and it is a very common thing to find that they do not even know how many years have elapsed since they passed out from this plane of existence. Only students of the stellar science are able to calculate the passage of time after their de- mise. When the occult investigator wishes to study an event in the past his- tory of man, he may most readily call up the picture from THE MEMORY OF NA- TURE, but if he desires to fix the time of the incident, he will be obliged to count backwards by the motion of the heavenly bodies. For that purpose he generally uses the measure provided by the Sun's precession: each year the Sun crosses the Earth's equator about the twenty-first of March. Then day and night are of even length, therefore this is called the vernal equinox. But on account of a certain wobbling motion (nutation) of the Earth's axis, the Sun does not cross over at the same place in the zodiac. It reaches the equator a little too early, it PRECEDES, year by year it moves BACKWARDS a little. At the time of the birth of Christ, for instance, the vernal equinox [PAGE 1804] was in about seven degrees of the zodiacal sign Aries. During the two thou- sand years which have intervened between that event and the present time, the Sun has moved BACKWARDS about twenty-seven degrees, so that it is now in about ten degrees of the sign Pisces. It moves around the circle of the zo- diac in about 25,868 years. The occult investigator may therefore count back the number of signs, or whole circles, which the Sun has PRECEDED between the present day and the time of the event he is investigating. Thus he has by the use of the heavenly time keepers an approximately correct measure of time even though he is in the Desire World, and that is another reason for studying the stellar science. THE WORLD OF THOUGHT: When we have attained the spiritual development necessary consciously to enter the World of Thought and leave the Desire World, which is the realm of light and color, we pass through a condition which the occult investigator calls The Great Silence. As previously stated, the higher regions of the Desire World exhibit the marked peculiarity of blending form and sound, but when one passes through the Great Silence, all the world seems to disappear and the Spirit has the feeling of floating in an ocean of intense light, utterly alone, yet absolutely fearless, because imbued with a sense of its impregnable securi- ty, no longer subject to form or sound, past or future; all is one eternal NOW. Continued with file "RC1049.TXT" End of File


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