Source: "The Rosicrucian Mysteries" by Max Heindel
THE WORLD OF THOUGHT [continued]:
There seems to be neither pleasure nor pain and yet there is no absense of
feeling but it all seems to center in the one idea: "I AM!" The human
Ego, stands face to face with itself, as it were, and for the time being all
else is shut out. This is the experience of anyone who passes that breach
between the Desire World and the World of Thought, whether involuntarily, in
the course of an ordinary cyclic pilgrimage of the Spirit, which we shall
later elucidate when speaking of the post-mortem existence, or by an act of
the will, as in the case of the trained occult investigator; all have the
same experience in transition.
There are two main divisions in the Physical World: the Chemical Region
and the Etheric Region. The World of Thought also has two great subdivi-
sions: The Region of Concrete Thought and the Region of Abstract Thought.
As we specialize the material of the Physical World and shape it into a
dense body, and as we form the force-matter of the Desire World into a de-
sire body, so also do we appropriate a certain amount of mind-stuff from the
Region of Concrete Thought; but we, as Spirits, clothe ourselves in spirit-
substance from the Region of Abstract Thought and thereby we become indi-
vidual, separate Egos.
THE REGION OF CONCRETE THOUGHT:
The Region of Concrete Thought is neither shadowy nor illusory. It is
the acme of reality, and this world which we mistakenly regard as the only
verity, is but an evanescent replica of that region.
A little reflection will show the reasonableness of this statement and
prove our contention that all we see here is really crystallized thought.
Our houses, our machinery, our chairs and tables, all that has been made by
the hand of man is the embodiment of a thought. As the juices in the soft
body of the snail gradually crystallize into the hard and flinty shell which
it carries upon its back and which hides it, so everything used in our
civilization is a concretion of invisible, intangible mind-stuff. The
thought of James Watt in time congealed into a steam engine and revolution-
ized the world. Edison's thought was condensed into an electric generator
which has turned night to day, and had it not been for the thought of Morse
and Marconi, the telegraph would not have annihilated distances as it does
today. An earthquake may wreck a city and demolish the lighting plant and
telegraph station, but the thoughts of Watt, Edison, and Morse remain, and
upon the basis of their indestructible ideas new machinery may be con-
structed and operations resumed. Thus thoughts are more permanent than
The sensitive ear of the musician detects a certain musical note in e-
very city which is different from that of another city. He hears in each
little brook a new melody, and to him the sough of wind in the treetops of
different forests gives a varying sound. In the Desire World we noted the
existence of forms similar to the shapes of things gere, also that seem-
ingly SOUND PROCEEDS FROM FORM. But in the Region of Concrete Thought it is
different, for while each form occupies and obscures a certain space here,
form is nonexistent when viewed from the standpoint of the Region of Con-
crete Thought. Where the form was, a transparent vacuous space is observa-
ble. FROM THAT EMPTY VOID COMES A SOUND which is the "keynote" that cre-
ates and maintains the form whence it APPEARS to come, as the almost invis-
ible core of a gas-flame is the source of the light we perceive.
Sound from a vacuum cannot be heard in the Physical World, but the har-
mony which proceeds from the vacuous cavity of a celestial ARCHETYPE is
"the Voice of the Silence," and it becomes audible when all earthly sounds
have ceased. Elijah heard it not while the storm was raging; nor was it in
evidence during the turbulence of the earthquake, nor in the crackling and
roaring fire, but when the destructive and inharmonious sounds of this world
had melted into silence, "the still small voice" issued its commands to
save Elijah's life.
That "keynote" is a direct manifestation of the Higher Self which uses
it to impress and govern the personality it has created. But, alas, part of
its life has been infused into the material side of its being, which has
thus obtained a certain will of its own and only too often are the two sides
of our nature at war.
At last there comes a time when the Spirit is too weary to strive with
the recalcitrant flesh; when "the Voice of the Silence" ceases. No matter
how much earthly nourishment we may seek to give, it will not avail to sus-
tain a form when this harmonious sound, this "word from heaven" no longer
reverberates through the empty void of the celestial archetype. "Man lives
not by bread alone," but by the WORD, and the last sound-vibration of the
"keynote" is the death-knell of the physical body.
In this world we are compelled to investigate and to study a thing be-
fore we know about it, and although the facilities for gaining information
are in some respects much greater in the Desire World, a certain amount of
investigation is necessary, nevertheless, to acquire knowledge. In the World
of Thought, on the contrary, it is different. When we wish to know about any
certain thing there, and we turn our attention thereto, then that thing
speaks to us, as it were. The sound it emits at once gives us a most lumi-
nous comprehension of every phase of its nature. We attain to a realization
of its past history; the whole story of its unfoldment is laid bare and we
seem to have lived through all of those experiences together with the thing
we are investigating.
Were it not for one enormous difficulty, the story thus obtained would
be exceedingly valuable; but all this information, this life-picture, flows
in upon us with an enormous rapidity, in a moment, in the twinkling of an
eye, so that it has neither beginning nor end, for, as said, in the World of
Thought, all is one great NOW; TIME does not exist.
Therefore, when we want to use the archetypal information in the
Physical World, we must disentangle and arrange it in chronological order
with beginning and ending before it becomes intelligible to beings living in
a realm where TIME is a prime factor. That rearrangement is a most difficult
task as all words are coined with relation to the three dimensions of space
and the evanescent unit of time, the fleeting moment, hence much of that in-
formation remains unavailable.
Among the denizens of this Region of Concrete Thought we may note par-
ticularly two classes. One is called the Powers of Darkness by Paul, and the
mystic investigator of the Western World knows them as Lords of Mind. They
were human at the time when the Earth was in a condition of darkness such as
worlds-in-the-making go through before they become luminous and reach the
firemist-stage. At that time we were in our mineral evolution. That is to
say: the human Spirit which has now awakened was encrusted in the ball of
mindstuff, which was then the Earth. At that time the present human Spirits
were as much asleep as is the life which ensouls our minerals of today, and
as we are working with the mineral chemical constituents of the earth, mold-
ing them into houses, railways, steamboats, chairs, etc., etc., so those Be-
ings, who are now Lords of Mind, worked with us when we were mineral-like.
They have since advanced three steps, through stages similar to that of the
Angels and Archangels, before they attained their present position and be-
came creative Intelligences. They are expert builders of mind-stuff, as we
are builders of the present mineral substances, and therefore they have
given us necessary help to acquire a mind which is the highest development
of the human being.
According to the foregoing explanation it seems to be an anomaly when
Paul speaks of them as evil and exhorts us to withstand them. The difficulty
disappears, however, when we understand that good and evil are but relative
qualities. An illustration will make the point clear: Let us suppose that an
expert organ builder has constructed a wonderful organ, a masterpiece. Then
he has followed his vocation in the proper manner, and is therefore to be
commended for the good which he has done. But if he is not satisfied to
leave well enough alone, if he refuses to give up his product to the musi-
cian who understands how to play upon the instrument, if he intrudes his
presence into the concert hall, he is out of place and to be censured as
evil. Similarly the Lords of Mind did the greatest possible service to hu-
manity when they helped us to acquire our mind, but many subtle thought in-
fluences come from them, and are to be resisted, as Paul very properly em-
The other class of beings which must be mentioned are called Archetypal
Forces by the Western School of occultism. They direct the energies of the
creative archetypes native to this realm. They are a composite class of be-
ings of many different grades of intelligence, and there is one stage in the
cyclic journey of the human Spirit when that also labors in, and is part of,
that great host of beings. For the human Spirit is also destined to become a
great creative Intelligence at some future time, and if there were no school
wherein it could gradually learn to create, it would not be able to ad-
vance, for nothing in nature is done suddenly. An acorn planted in the soil
does not become a majestic oak overnight, but many years of slow, persist-
ent growth are required before it attains to the stature of a giant of the
forest. A man does not become an Angel by the mere fact of dying and enter-
ing a new world any more than an animal advances to be a man by the same
process. But in time all that lives, mounts the ladder of Being from the
clod to the God. There is no limitation possible to the Spirit, and so at
various stages in its unfoldment the human Spirit works with the other na-
ture forces, according to the stage of intelligence which it has attained.
It creates, changes, and remodels the Earth upon which it is to live. Thus,
under the great Law of Cause and Effect, which we observe in every realm of
nature, it reaps upon earth what it has sown in heaven, and vice versa. It
grows slowly but peristently and advances continually.
THE REGION OF ABSTRACT THOUGHT:
Various religious systems have been given to humanity at different
times, each suited to meet the spiritual needs of the people among whom it
was promulgated, and, coming from the same divine source: God; all religions
exhibit similar fundamentals of first principles.
All systems teach that there was a time when DARKNESS reigned supreme.
Everything which we now perceive was then non-existent. Earth, sky, and the
heavenly bodies were uncreate, so were the multitudinous forms which live
and move upon the various planets. All, all, was yet in a fluidic condition
and the Universal Spirit brooded QUIESCENT in limitless Space as the One Ex-
The Greeks called that condition of homogeneity CHAOS, and the state
of orderly segregation which we now see: the marching orbs which illumine
the vaulted canopy of heaven, the stately procession of planets around a
central light, the majestic Sun, the unbroken sequence of the seasons and
the unvarying alternation of tidal ebb and flow--all this aggregate of sys-
tematic order was called COSMOS, and was supposed to have proceeded from
The Christian Mystic obtains a deeper comprehension when he opens his
Bible and ponders the first five verses of that brightest gem of all
spiritual ore: the gospel of St. John.
As he reverently opens his aspiring heart to acquire understanding of
those sublime mystical teachings he transcends the form-side of nature, com-
prising various realms of which we have been speaking, and finds himself
"in the spirit," as did the prophets in olden times. He is then in the Re-
gion of Abstract Thought and sees the eternal verities which also Paul be-
held in this, the Third Heaven.
For those among us who are unable to obtain knowledge save by reason-
ing upon the matter, however, it will be necessary to examine the fundamen-
tal meaning of words used by St. John to clothe his wonderful teachings. It
was originally given in the Greek language, a much simpler matter than is
commonly supposed, for Greek words have been freely introduced into our mod-
ern languages, particularly in scientific terms, and we shall show how this
ancient teaching is supported by the latest discoveries of modern science.
The opening verse of the Gospel of St. John is as follows: "In the BE-
GINNING was the WORD and the WORD was with GOD, and the WORD was GOD." We
will examine the words: "beginning," "Word," and "God." We may also
note that in the Greek version the concluding sentence reads: "and God was
the Word," a difference which makes a great distinction.
It is an axiomatic truth that "out of nothing, nothing comes," and it
has often been asserted by scoffers that the Bible teaches generation "from
nothing." We readily agree that TRANSLATIONS into the modern languages pro-
mulgate this erroneous doctrine, but we have shown in THE ROSICRUCIAN
COSMO-CONCEPTION (chapter on "The Occult Analysis of Genesis"), that the
Hebrew text speaks of an EVER-EXISTING essence, as the basis whence all
forms, the Earth and the heavenly lights included, were first created, and
John also gives the same teaching.
The Greek word ARCHE, in the opening sentence of the Gospel of St.
John has been translated THE BEGINNING, and it may be said to have mean-
ing, but it also has other valid interpretations, vastly more significant of
the idea John wished to convey. It means: an elementary condition, a chief
source, a first principle, primordial matter.
There was a time when science insisted that the elements were immutable,
that is to say, that an atom of iron had been an atom of iron since the
earth was formed and would so remain to the end of time. The alchemists
were sneered at as fanciful dreamers or madmen, but since PRofessor J. J.
Thomson's discovery of the electron, the atomic theory of matter, is no
longer tenable. The principle of radio-activity has leter vindicated the
alchemists. Science and the Bible agree in teaching that all that is has
been formed from one homogenous substance.
It is that basic principle which John called ARCHE: primordial mat-
ter, and the dictionary defines archeology as: "the science of the origin
(ARCHE) of things." Masons style God the "Grand Architect," for the Greek
word tekton means builder, and God is the Chief Builder (TEKTON) of ARCHE,
the primordial virgin matter which is also the chief source of all things.
Thus we see that when the opening sentence of St. John's Gospel is pro
perly translated, our Christian religion teaches that once a virgin sub-
stance enfolded the divine Thinker: God.
That is the identical condition which the earlier Greeks called Chaos. A
little thought will make it evident that we are not arbitrary in finding
fault with the translation of the gospel, for it is self-evident that a word
cannot be the beginning, a thought must precede the word, and a thinker must
originate thought before it can be expressed as a word. When properly trans-
lated the teaching of John fully embodies that idea, for the Greek term
LOGOS means both the reasonable thought (we also say logic) and the word
which expresses this (logical) thought.
1) In the primordial substance was thought, and the thought was with
God, And God was the word,
2) That (The Word), also was with God in the primal state.
Later the divine WORD, the Creative Fiat, reverberates through space and
segregates the homogeneous virgin substance into spearate forms.
3) Every thing has come into existence because of that prime fact, (The
Word of God), and no thing exists apart from that fact.
4) In that was Life.
In the alphabet we have a few elementary sounds from which words may be
constructed. They are basic elements of expression, as bricks, iron, and
lumber are raw materials of architecture, music, literature, or poetry, but
the contour of the finished product and the purpose it will serve depends
upon the arrangement of the raw materials, which is subject to the
But a heap of bricks, iron, and lumber, is not a house, neither is a
jumbled mass of notes music, nor can we call a haphazard arrangement of al-
phabetical sounds a word. These raw materials are prime necessities in con-
struction of architecture, music, literature, or poetry, but the contour of
the finished product and the purpose is will serve depends upon the
arrangement of the raw materials, which is subject to the constructor's de-
sign. Building materials may be formed into prison or palace; notes may be
arranged as fanfare or funeral dirge; words may be indicted to inspire pas-
sion or peace, all according to the will of the designer. So also the
majestic rhythm of the Word of God has wrought the primal substance,
ARCHE, into the multitudinous forms which comprise the phenomenal world,
according to His will.
Did the reader ever stop to consider the wonderful power of the human
word? Coming to us in the sweet accents of love, it may lure us from paths
of rectitude to shameful ignominy and wreck our life with sorrow and re-
morse, or it may spur us on in noblest efforts to acquire glory and honor,
here or hereafter. According to the inflection of the voice a word may
strike terror into the bravest heart or lull a timid child to peaceful slum-
ber. The word of an agitator may rouse the passions of a mob and impel it to
awful bloodshed, as in the French Revolution, where dictatorial mandates of
mob-rule killed and exiled at pleasure, or, the strain of "Home, Sweet
Home" may cement the setting of a family-circle beyond possibility of rup-
Right words are true and therefore free; they are never bound or fet-
tered by time or space; they go to farthest corners of earth, and when the
lips that spoke them first have long since mouldered in the grave, other
voices take up with unwearying enthusiasm their message of life and love, as
for instance, the mystical "Come unto me" which has sounded from unnum-
bered tongues and brought oceans of balm to troubled hearts.
Words of peace have been victorious where war would have meant defeat,
and no talent is more to be desired than ability always to say the right
word at the auspicious time.
Considering thus the immense power and potency of the human word, we may
perhaps dimly apprehend the potential magnitude of the Word of God, the Cre-
ative Fiat, when, as a mighty dynamic force it first reverberated through
space and commenced to form primordial matter into worlds, as sound from a
violin bow molds sand into geometrical figures. Moreover, THE WORD OF GOD
STILL SOUNDS to sustain the marching orbs and impel them onwards in their
circle paths; the Creative Word continues to produce forms of gradually in-
creasing efficiency, as media expressing life and consciousness. The har-
monious enunciation of consecutive syllables in the Divine Creative Word
mark successive stages in the evolution of the world and man. When the
last syllable has been spoken and the complete word has sounded, we shall
have reached perfection as human beings. Then TIME will be at an end, and
with the last vibration of the Word of God, the worlds will be resolved into
their original elements. Our life will then be "hid with Christ in God,"
until the Cosmic Night, Chaos, is over, and we wake to do "greater things"
in a "new heaven and a new earth."
According to the general idea Chaos and Cosmos are superlative anti-
theses of each other. Chaos being regarded as a past condition of confusion
and disorder which has long since been entirely superseded by the cosmic or-
der which now prevails.
As a matter of fact, Chaos is the seed-ground of Cosmos, the basis of
all progress, for thence come all IDEAS which later materialize as railways,
computers, telephones, etc.
We speak of thoughts as being "conceived by the mind," but as both
father and mother are necessary in the generation of a child, so also there
must be both IDEA and MIND before a THOUGHT can be conceived. As semen ger-
minated in the positive male organ is projected into the negative uterus at
conception, so ideas are generated by a positive human Ego in the spirit-
substance of the Region of Abstract Thought. This idea is projected upon the
receptive mind, and a conception takes place. Then, as the spermatozoic nu-
cleus draws upon the maternal body for material to shape a body appropriate
to its individual expression, so does each idea clothe itself in a peculiar
form of mind-stuff. It is then a thought, as visible to the inner vision of
composite man as a child is to its parent.
Thus we see that ideas are embryonic thoughts, nuclei of
spirit-substance from the Region of Abstract Thought. Improperly conceived
in a diseased mind they become vagaries and delusions, but when gestated in
a sound mind and formed into rational thoughts they are the basis of all the
material, moral, and mental progress. The closer our touch with Chaos, the
better will be our Cosmos, for in that realm of abstract realities truth is
not obscured by matter, it is self-evident.
Pilate asked "What is Truth?" but no answer is recorded. We are in-
capable of cognizing truth in the abstract while we live in the phenomenal
world, for the inherent nature of matter is illusion and delusion, and we
are constantly making allowances and corrections whether we are conscious of
the fact or not. The sunbeam which proceeds for 90 millions of miles in a
straight line is refracted or bent as soon as it strikes our dense atmo-
sphere, and according to the angle of its refraction, it APPEARS to have one
color or another. The straightest stick appears crooked when partly immersed
in water, and the truths which are so self-evident in the higher worlds are
likewise obscured, refracted or twisted out of all semblance under the il-
lusory conditions of this material world.
"The truth shall set you free," said Christ, and the more we turn our
aspirations from material acquisitiveness and seek to lay up treasure above,
the more we aim to rise, the oftener we "get in the spirit," the more
readily we "shall know truth" and reach liberation from the fetter of
flesh which binds us to a limited environment, and attain to a sphere of
Study of philosophy and science has a tendency to further perception of
truth, and as science has progressed it has gradually receded from its
erstwhile crude materialism. The day is not far off when it will be more
reverently religious than the church itself. Mathematics is said to be
"dry," for it does not stir the emotions. When it is taught that "the sum
of the angles of a triangle is 180 degrees," the dictum is at once ac-
cepted, because its truth is self-evident and no feeling is involved in the
matter. But when a doctrine such as the Immaculate Conception is pro-
mulgated and our emotions are stirred, bloody war, or heated argument, may
result, and still leave the matter in doubt. Pythagoras demanded that his
pupils study mathematics, because he knew the elevating effect of raising
their minds above the sphere of feeling, where it is subject to delusion,
and elevating it towards the Region of Abstract Thought which is the prime
In this place we are dealing with worlds in particular, and will there-
fore defer comment upon the remainder of the first five verse of St. John's
And Life became Light in man,
5) and Light shines in Darkness.
We have now seen that the Earth is composed of three worlds which inter-
penetrate one another so that it is perfectly true when Christ said that
"heaven is within you" or, as the translation should rather have
been, AMONG YOU. We have also seen that of these three realms two are
subdivided. It has also been explained that each division serves a great
purpose in the unfoldment of various forms of life which dwell in each of
these worlds, and we may note in conclusion, that the lower regions of the
Desire World constitute what the Catholic religion calls PURGATORY, a
place where the evil of a past life is transmuted to good, usable by the
Spirit as conscience in later lives. The higher regions of the Desire World
are the FIRST HEAVEN where all the good a man has done is assimilated by
the Spirit as SOUL power. The Region of Concrete Thought is the SECOND
HEAVEN, where, as already said, the Spirit prepares its future environment
on Earth, and the Region of Abstract Thought is the THIRD HEAVEN, but as
Paul said, it is scarcely lawful to speak about that.
Some will ask: Is there then no hell? No! THE MERCY OF GOD tends as
greatly towards the principle of GOOD AS THE INHUMANITY OF MAN towards cru-
elty, so that he would consign his brother men to flames of hell during
eternity for the puerile mistakes committed during a few years, or perhaps
for a slight difference in belief. The writer has heard of a minister who
wished to impress his "flock" with the reality of an eternity of hell
flames, and to demonstrate the fallacy of a heretical notion entertained by
some of his parishioners: that when sinners go to hell they burn to ashes
and that is the end.
He took with him an alcohol lamp and some asbestoes into the pulpit and
told his audience that God would turn their souls into a substance resem-
bling asbestos. He showed them that thought the asbestos were heated red hot
it did not decompose into ashes. Fortunately, the day of the hell preacher
has gone by, and if we believe the Bible which says that "in God we live
and move and have our being," we can readily understand that A LOST SOUL
WOULD BE AN IMPOSSIBILITY, for were one single soul (Spirit) lost, then
logically a part of God Himself would be lost. No matter what our color, our
race, or our creed, we are all equally the children of God and in our
various ways we shall obtain satisfaction. Let us therefore rather look to
Christ and forget creed.
CREED OR CHRIST?
No man loves God who hates his king;
Who tramples on his brother's heart and soul,
Who seeks to shackle, cloud, or fog the mind
By fears of Hell has not perceived our goal.
God-sent are all religions blest;
And Christ, the Way, the Truth, the Life,
TO Give the heavy-laden rest,
And peace from sorrow, sin, and strife.
At his request the Universal Spirit came
TO ALL THE CHURCHES, not to one alone;
On Pentecostal morn a tongue of flame
Round EACH apostle as a halo shone.
Since then, as vultures ravenous with greed,
We oft have battled for an empty name,
And sought by dogma, edict, creed,
To send each other to the flame.
Is Christ then twain? Was Cephas, Paul
To save the world, nailed to the tree?
Then why divisions here at all?
Christ's love enfolds both you and me.
His pure sweet love is not confined
By creeds which segregate and raise a wall,
His love enfolds, embraces HUMAN KIND,
No matter what ourselves of Him we call.
Then why not take Him at His word?
Why hold to creeds which tear apart?
But one thing matters, be it heard,
That brother-love fill every heart.
There`s but one thing the world has need to know;
There`s but one balm for all our human woe.
There`s but one way that leads to heaven above--
That way is human sympathy and love.
THE CONSTITUTION OF MAN:
VITAL BODY--DESIRE BODY--MIND:
Our chapter head, "The Constitution of Man," may surprise a reader who
has not previously studied the Mystery Teachings, or he may imagine that we
intend to give an anatomical dissertation, but such is not our intention.
We have spoken of the Earth upon which we live as being composed of se-
veral invisible realms in addition to the world we perceive by means of our
senses. We have also spoken of man as being correlated to these various
divisions in nature, and a little thought upon the subject will quickly con-
vince us that in order to function upon the various planes of existence de-
scribed, it is necessary that a man should have a body composed of their
substance, or at least have specialized for his or her own use, some of the
material of each of these worlds.
We have said that finer matter, called desire-stuff and mind-stuff, per-
meates our atmosphere and the solid Earth, even as blood percolates through
all parts of our flesh. But that is not a sufficient explanation to account
for all facts of life. If that were all, then minerals, which are interpen-
etrated by the World of Thought and the World of Desire, would have thoughts
and desires as well as man. This is not the case, so something more than
mere interpenetration must be requisite to acquire the faculties of thought
We know that in order to function in this world, to live as a physical
being among other like beings, we must have a physical body all our own,
built of the chemical constituents of this visible world. When we lose it at
death, it profits us nothing that the world is full of just the very
chemicals needed to build such a body. We cannot then specialize them, and
therefore we are invisible to all others. Similarly, if we did not possess a
special body made of ether, we should be unable to grow and to propagate.
That is the case with the mineral. Had we no separate individual desire
body, we should be unable to feel desires and emotions, there would be no
incentive to move from one place to another. We should then be stationary as
plants, and did we not possess a mind, we should be incapable of thought,
and act upon impulse and instinct as animals do.
Some one may of course object to this last statement, and contend that
animals do think. So far as our domesticated animals are concerned that is
partially true, but it is not quite in the same way that we think and rea-
son. The difference may perhaps best be understood if we take an illu-
stration from the electrical field. When an electric current OF HIGH VOLT-
AGE is passed through a coiled copper wire, and another wire is placed in
the center of the coils, that wire will become charged with electricity OF A
LOWER VOLTAGE; so also the animal, when brought within the sphere of human
thoughts, evolves a mental activity of a lower order.
Paul, in his writings, also mentions the NATURAL BODY and the SPIRITUAL
BODY while the man himself is a Spirit inhabiting those vehicles. We will
briefly note the constitution of the various bodies of man invisible to the
physical sight but as objective to spiritual sight as the dense body to or-
THE VITAL BODY:
That body of ours is composed of ether is called the VITAL BODY in
Western Mystery Schools, for, as we have already seen, ether is the avenue
of ingress for vital force from the Sun and the field of agencies in nature
which promote such vital activities as assimilation, growth, and propaga-
This vehicle is an exact counterpart of our visible body, molecule for
molecule, and organ for organ, with one exception, which we shall note
later. But it is slightly larger, extending about one and one-half inches
beyond the periphery of our dense vehicle.
The spleen is the entrance gate of forces which vitalize the body. In
the etheric counterpart of that organ solar energy is transmuted to vital
fluid of a pale rose color. Thence it spreads all over the nervous system,
and after having been used in the body it radiates in streams, much as
bristles protrude from a porcupine.
The rays of the Sun are transmitted either directly, or reflected by way
of the planets and the Moon. The rays directly from the Sun give spiritual
illumination; the rays perceived by way of the planets produce intelli-
gence, morality, and soul growth, but the rays reflected by way of the Moon
make for physical growth as seen in the case of plants, which grow dif-
ferently when planted in the light of the Moon from what is the case when
they are planted when the Moon is dark. There is also a difference in plants
sown when the Moon is in barren and fruitful signs of the Zodiac.
The solar ray is absorbed by the human Spirit which has its seat in the
center of the forehead; the stellar ray is absorbed by the brain and spinal
cord; and the lunar ray enters our system through the spleen.
The solar, stellar, and lunar rays are all three-colored, and in the lu-
nar which supplies our vital force, the blue beam is the life of the FATHER,
which cause germination; the yellow beam is the life of the SON, which is
the active principle in nutrition and growth; and the red beam is the life
of the HOLY SPIRIT, which stimulates to action, dissipating the energy
stored by the yellow force. This principle is particularly active in gen-
The various kingdoms absorb this life-force differently, according to
their constitution. Animals have only 28 pairs of spinal nerves. They are
keyed to the lunar month of 28 days and therefore dependent upon a Group
Spirit for an infusion of stellar rays necessary to produce consciousness.
They are altogether incapable of absorbing the direct ray of the Sun.
Man is in a transition stage, he has 31 pairs of spinal nerves which
keys him to the solar month, but the nerves in the so-called cauda-equina
(literally, horse-tail) at the end of our spinal cord are still too undevel-
oped to act as avenues for the spiritual ray of the Sun. In proportion as we
draw our creative force upward by spiritual thought we develop these nerves
and awaken dormant faculties of the Spirit. But it is dangerous to attempt
that development except under guidance of a qualified teacher, and the
reader is earnestly warned not to use any method published in books, nor
sold, for their practice usually leads to insanity. The safe method is never
sold for money or any earthly consideration however large or small; it is
always freely given as a reward of merit. "Ask and ye shall receive, seek
and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened," said the Christ. If our
life is a prayer for illumination, the search will not be uncertain, nor the
knock without response.
When solar energy has been transmuted in the spleen it traverses the
whole nervous system of the body, glowing with a most beautiful color of a
delicate rosy hue. It answers the same purpose as electricity in a telegraph
system. We may string wires between cities, erect telegraph stations, in-
stall receivers and transmitters. We may even have operators ready at the
keys, but until electric fluid is turned into our wires, the telegraph keys
will refuse to click.
So also in the body, the human Spirit is operator, and from the central
station of the brain, nerves ramify, go through the whole body to all the
different muscles. When this vitalizing fluid of which we are speaking tra-
verses the nervous system, the Ego may send his commands to the muscles and
cause them to move, but if the vital fluid for any reason does not flow into
a certain part of the body such as an arm or a limb, then the Spirit is po-
werless to move that part of the body and we say that it is paralyzed.
When we are in health, we specialize solar energy in such great quanti-
ties that we cannot use it all in the body and therefore it radiates through
the pores of our skin in straight streams and serves a similar purpose as an
exhaust fan. That machine drives the foul air out of a room or building and
keeps the atmosphere within pure and sweet. The excessive vital force which
radiates from the body drives out poisonous gases, deleterious microbes, and
effete matter, thus tending to preserve a healthy condition. It also pre-
vents armies of disease germs, which swarm about in the atmosphere, from en-
tering, upon the same principle that a fly cannot wing its way into a build-
ing through the exhaust fan. Thus it serves a most beneficent purpose even
after it has been utilized in our body and is returning to the free state.
It is a curious and most astounding sight when one first observes how,
from exposed parts of the body such as hands and face, there suddenly com-
mences to flow a stream of stars, cubes, pyramids, and a variety of other
geometrical forms. The writer has more than once rubbed his eyes when he
first perceived the phenomenon, for it seemed that he must be suffering from
hallucinations. The forms observed are chemical atoms, however, which have
served their purpose in the body and are expelled through the pores.
When one has eaten a meal, vital fluid is consumed by the body in great
quantities, for it is the cement whereby nature's forces build our food into
the body. Therefore the radiations are weakest during the period of diges-
tion. If the meal has been heavy, the outflow is very perceptibly dimin-
ished, and does not then cleanse our body as thoroughly as when the food has
been digested, nor are the radiations as potent in keeping out inimical
germs. Therefore one is most liable to catch cold or other diseases by over-
During ill health the vital body specializes but little solar energy.
Then, for a time, the visible body seems to feed upon the vital body, as it
were, so that the vehicle becomes more transparent and attenuated at the
same rate as the visible body exhibits a state of emaciation. The cleansing
odic radiations are almost entirely absent during sickness, therefore com-
plications set in easily.
Though science has not directly observed this vital body of man, it has
upon several occasions postulated the existence of such a vehicle as neces-
sary to account for facts in life, and the radiations have been observed by
a number of scientists at different times and under varying conditions.
Blondlot and Charpentier have called them N-rays after the city of Nantes
where the radiations were observed by these scientists; others have named
them "The Odic fluid." Scientific investigators who have conducted re-
searches into psychic phenomena have even photographed it when it has been
extracted through the spleen by materializing Spirits. Dr. Hotz, for in-
stance, obtained two photographs of a materialization through the German me-
dium, Minna-Demmler. On one a cloud of ether is seen oozing out through the
left side of the medium, shapeless and without form. The second picture,
taken a few moments later, shows the materialized Spirit standing at the
medium's side. Other photographs obtained by scientists from the Italian
medium, Eusapio Palladino, show a luminous cloud over-hanging her left side.
We said in the beginning of this description that the vital is an exact
counterpart of the dense body with one exception: it is of the opposite sex,
or perhaps we should rather say POLARITY. As the vital body nourishes the
dense vehicle, we may readily understand that blood is its highest visible
expression, and also that a positively polarized vital body would generate
more blood than a negative one. Woman, who is physically negative, has a
positive vital body, hence she generates a surplus of blood which is re-
lieved by the periodic flow. She is also more prone to tears, which are
white bleeding, than man, whose negative vital body does not generate more
blood than he can comfortably take care of. Therefore it is not necessary
for him to have the outlets which relieve excess of blood in woman.
THE DESIRE BODY:
In addition to the visible body and the vital body we also have a body
made of desire stuff from which we form our feelings and emotions. This ve-
hicle also impels us to seek sense gratification. But while the two instru-
ments of which we have already spoken are well organized, the desire body
appears to spiritual sight as an ovoid cloud extending from sixteen to
twenty inches beyond the physical body. It is above the head and below the
feet so that our dense body sits in the center of this egg-shaped cloud as
the yolk is in the center of an egg.
The reason for the rudimentary state of this vehicle is that it has been
added to the human constitution more recently than the bodies previously
mentioned. Evolution of form may be likened to the manner in which the
juices in the snail first condense into flesh and later become a hard shell.
When our present visible body first germinated in the Spirit, it was a
thought-form, but gradually it has become denser and more concrete until it
is now a chemical crystallization. The vital body was next emanated by the
Spirit as a thought-form, and is in the third stage of concretion which is
etheric. The desire body is a still later acquisition. That also was a
thought-form at its inception, but has now condensed to desire-stuff, and
the mind, which we have only recently received, is still but a mere cloudy
Arms and limbs, ears and eyes are not necessary to use the desire body,
for it can glide through space more swiftly than wind without such means of
locomotion as we require in this visible world.
When viewed by spiritual sight, it appears that there are in this desire
body a number of whirling vortices. We have already explained that it is a
characteristic of desire-stuff to be in constant motion, and from the main
vortex in the region of the liver, there is a constant outwelling flow which
radiates toward the periphery of this egg-shaped body and returns to the
center through a number of other vortices. The desire body exhibits all the
colors and shades which we know and a vast number of others which are inde-
scribable in earthly language. Those colors vary in every person according
to his or her characteristics and temperament, and they also vary from mo-
ment to moment as passing moods, fancies, or emotions are experienced by
him. There is, however, in each one a certain basic color dependent upon the
ruling star at the moment of his or her birth. The man in whose horoscope
Mars is peculiarly strong usually has a crimson tint in his aura; where Ju-
piter is the strongest planet the prevailing tint seems to be a bluish tone;
and so on with the other planets.
There was a time in the Earth's past history when incrustation was not
yet complete, and human beings of that time lived upon islands here and
there, amid boiling seas. They had not yet evolved eyes or ears, but a
little organ: the pineal gland, which anatomists have called THE THIRD EYE,
protruded through the back of the head and was a LOCALIZED ORGAN OF FEELING.
It warned the man when he came too near a volcanic crater and thus enabled
him to escape destruction. Since then the cerebral hemispheres have covered
the pineal gland, and instead of a single organ of feeling, the whole body
inside and out is sensitive to impacts, which of course is a much higher
state of development.
In the desire body every particle is sensitive to vibrations similar to
those which we call sight, sounds, and feelings, and every particle is in
incessant motion, rapidly swirling about so that in the same instant it may
be at the top and bottom of the desire body and impart at all points to all
the other particles a sensation of that which it has experienced. Thus every
particle of desire-stuff in this vehicle of ours will instantly feel any
sensation experienced by any single particle. Therefore the desire body is
of an exceedingly sensitive nature, capable of most intense feelings and
This is the latest acquisition of the human Spirit, and in most people
who have not yet accustomed themselves to orderly, consecutive thought, it
is a mere inchoate cloud disposed particularly in the region of the head.
When looking at a person clairvoyantly there appears to be an empty space in
the center of the forehead just above and between the eyebrows. It looks
like the blue part of a gas flame. That is mind-stuff which veils the human
Spirit, or Ego, and the writer has been told that not even the most gifted
seer can penetrate that veil, said to have been spoken of in ancient Egypt
as "THE VEIL OF ISIS." None may lift it and live, for behind that veil is
the Holy of Holies, the temple of our body, where the Spirit is to be left
secure from all intrusion.
To those who have not previously studied the deeper philosophies the
question may occur: But why all these divisions? Even the Bible speaks only
of soul and body, for most people believe soul and Spirit to be synonymous
terms. We can only answer that this division is not arbitrary but ne-
cessary, and founded upon facts in nature. Neither is it correct to regard
the soul and the Spirit as synonymous. Paul himself speaks of the NATURAL
BODY which is composed of physical substances: solids, liquids, gases, and
ethers; he mentions a SPIRITUAL BODY, the vehicle of the Spirit, com-
posed of the mind and desire body, and THE SPIRIT ITSELF, which is called
EGO in Latin or "I" in English.
That term "I" is an application which can be made only by the human
Spirit of itself. We may all call a dog, dog; or we may call a table, table,
and any one else may apply the same name to the dog and to the table, but
only a human being can be called "I." Only he himself can apply that most
exclusive of all words, "I," for this is the badge of self-consciousness,
the recognition by the human spirit of ITSELF as an entity, separate and
apart from all others.
Thus we see that the constitution of man is more complex than appears
upon the surface, and we will now proceed to note the effect upon this mul-
tiplex being of various conditions of life.
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