Source: "The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception" by Max Heindel
THE VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE WORLDS:
The first step in Occultism is the study of the invisible Worlds.
These Worlds are invisible to the majority of people because of the dormancy
of the finer and higher senses whereby they may be perceived, in the same
way that the Physical World about us is perceived through the physical
senses. The majority of people are on a similar footing in regard to the
super-physical Worlds as the man who is born blind is to our world of sense;
although light and color are all about him, he is unable to see them. To
him they are non-existent and incomprehensible, simply because he lacks the
sense of sight wherewith to perceive them. Objects he can feel; they seem
real; but light and color are beyond his ken.
So with the greater part of humanity. They feel, and see objects and
hear sounds in the Physical World, but the other realms, which the clairvoy-
ant calls the higher Worlds, are as incomprehensible to them as light and
color are to the blind man. Because the blind man cannot see color and
light, however, is no argument against their existence and reality. Neither
is it an argument, that because most people cannot see the super-physical
Worlds no one can do so. If the blind an obtains his sight, he will see
light and color. If the higher senses of those blind to the super-physical
Worlds are awakened by proper methods, they also will be able to behold the
Worlds which are now hidden from them.
While many people make the mistake of being incredulous concerning the
existence or reality of the super-sensuous Worlds, there are also many who
go to the other extreme, and, having become convinced of the verity of in-
visible Worlds, think that when a person is clairvoyant all truth is at once
open to him; that when one can "see," he at once "knows all about" these
This is a great mistake. We readily recognize the fallacy of such a
contention in matters of everyday life. We do not think that a man who was
born blind, but has obtained his sight, at once "knows all about" the Physi-
cal World. Nay, more; we know that even those of us who have been able to
see the things about us all our lives are far from having a universal
knowledge of them. We know that it requires arduous study and years of
application to know about even that infinitesimal part of things that we
handle in our daily lives, and reversing the Hermetic aphorism, "as above,
so below," we gather at once that it must be the same in the other Worlds.
At the same time it is also true that there are much greater facilities for
acquiring knowledge in the super-physical Worlds than in our present dense
physical condition, but not so great as to eliminate the necessity for close
study and the possibility of making a mistake in observation. In fact, all
the testimony of reliable and qualified observers prove that much more care
in observation is needed there than here.
Clairvoyants must first be trained before their observations are of any
real value, and the more proficient they become the more modest they are
about telling of what they see; the more they defer to the versions of oth-
ers, knowing how much there is to learn and realizing how little the single
investigator can grasp of all the detail incident to his investigations.
This also accounts for the varied versions, which superficial people
think are an argument against the existence of the higher Worlds. They con-
tend that if these Worlds exist, investigators must necessarily bring back
identical descriptions. If we take an illustration from everyday life, the
fallacy of this becomes apparent.
Suppose a newspaper sends twenty reporters to a city with orders to
"write it up." Reporters are, or ought to be, trained observers. It is
their business to see everything and they should be able to give as good de-
scriptions as can be expected from any source. Yet it is certain that of
the twenty reports, no two would be exactly alike. It is much more likely
that they would be totally different. Although some of them might contain
leading features in common, others might be unique in quality and quantity
Is it an argument against the existence of the city that these reports
differ? Certainly not! It is easily accounted for by the fact that each
saw the city from his own particular point of view and instead of these
varying reports being confusing and detrimental, it is safe to say that a
perusal of them all would give a fuller, better understanding and descrip-
tion of the city than if only one were read and the others were thrown in
the wastebasket. Each report would round out and complement the others.
The same is true regarding accounts made by investigators of the higher
Worlds. Each has his own peculiar way of looking at things and can describe
only what he sees from his particular point of view. The account he gives
may differ from those of others, yet all be equally truthful from each indi-
vidual observer's viewpoint.
It is sometimes asked, Why investigate these Worlds? Why is it not
best to take one World at a time; to be content for the present time with
the lessons to be learned in the Physical World, and, if there are invisible
Worlds why not wait until we reach them before investigating? "Sufficient
unto the day is the evil thereof!" Why borrow more?
If we knew without doubt that at some time, sooner or later, each one
of us must be transported to a far country where, under new and strange con-
ditions, we must live for many years, is it not reasonable to believe that
if we had an opportunity to learn of that country in advance of our removal
to it we would gladly do so? Knowledge would render it much easier for us
to accommodate ourselves to new conditions.
There is only one certainty in life and that is--Death! As we pass into
the beyond and are confronted by new conditions, knowledge of them is sure
to be of the greatest help.
But that is not all. To understand the Physical World, which is the
world of effects, it is necessary to understand the super-physical World,
which is the world of causes. We see street cars in motion and we hear the
clicking of telegraph instruments, but the mysterious force which causes
phenomena remains invisible to us. We say it is electricity, but the name
gives us no explanation. We learn nothing of the force itself; we see and
hear only its effects.
If a dish of cold water be placed in an atmosphere of a sufficiently
low temperature ice crystals immediately begin to form and we can see the
process of their formation. The lines along which the water crystallizes
were in it all the time as lines of force but they were invisible until the
water congealed. The beautiful "frost flowers" on a windowpane are visible
manifestations of currents of the higher Worlds which operate upon us all
the time, unrecognized by most of us, but none the less potent.
The higher Worlds are thus the worlds of causes, of forces; and we can-
not really understand this lower World unless we know the others and realize
the forces and causes of which all material things are but the effects.
As to the reality of these higher Worlds compared with that of the
Physical World, strange as it may seem, these higher Worlds, which to the
majority appear as mirages, or even less substantial, are, in truth, much
more real and the objects in them more lasting and indestructible than the
objects in the Physical World. If we take an example we shall readily see
this. An architect does not start to build a house by procuring the mate-
rial and setting the workmen to laying stone upon stone in a haphazard way,
without thought or plan. He "thinks the house out." Gradually it takes
form in his mind and finally there stands a clear idea of the house that is
to be--a thought-form of a house.
This house is yet invisible to all but the architect. He makes it ob-
jective on paper. He draws the plans and from this objective image of the
thought-form the workmen construct the house of wood, iron, or stone, ac-
curately corresponding to the thought-form originated by the architect.
Thus the thought-form becomes a material reality. The materialist
would assert that it is much more real, lasting and substantial that the im-
age in the architect's mind. But let us see. The house could not have been
constructed without the thought-form. The material object can be destroyed
by dynamite, earthquake, fire, or decay, but the thought-form will remain.
It will exist as long as the architect lives and from it any number of
houses similar to the one destroyed may be constructed. Not even the archi-
tect himself can destroy it. Even after his death this thought-form can be
recovered by those who are qualified to read the memory of nature, which
will be dealt with later.
Having thus seen the reasonableness of such Worlds existing around and
about us, and having satisfied ourselves of their reality, their permanency,
and of the utility of a knowledge concerning them, we shall now examine them
severally and singly, commencing with the Physical World.
CHEMICAL REGION OF THE PHYSICAL WORLD:
In the Rosicrucian teaching the universe is divided into seven differ-
ent Worlds, or states of matter, as follows:
1] World of God.
2] World of Virgin Spirits.
3] World of Divine Spirit.
4] World of Life Spirit.
5] World of Thought.
6] Desire World.
7] Physical World.
The division is not arbitrary but necessary, because the substance of
each of these Worlds is amenable to laws which are practically inoperative
in others. For instance, in the Physical World, matter is subject to grav-
ity, contraction and expansion. In the Desire World there is neither heat
nor cold, and forms levitate as easily as they gravitate. Distance and time
are also governing factors of existence in the Physical World, but are al-
most non-existent in the Desire World.
The matter of these worlds also varies in density, the Physical World
being the densest of the seven.
Each World is subdivided into seven Regions or sub-divisions of matter.
In the Physical World, the solids, liquids and gases form the three denser
subdivisions, the remaining four being ethers of varying densities. In the
other Worlds similar subdivisions are necessary, because the matter of which
they are composed is not of uniform density.
There are still two further distinctions to be made. The three dense
subdivisions of the Physical World--the solids, liquids and gases--consti-
tute what is termed the Chemical Region. The substance in this Region is the
basis of all dense Form.
The Ether is also physical matter. It is not homogeneous, as material
science alleges, but exists in four different states. It is the medium of
ingress for the quickening spirit which imparts VITALITY to the Forms in the
Chemical Region. The four finer or etheric subdivisions of the Physical
World constitute what is known as the Etheric Region.
In the World of Thought the three higher subdivisions are the basis of
abstract thought, hence they, collectively, are called the Region of Ab-
stract Thought. The four denser subdivisions supply the mind-stuff in which
we embody and concrete our ideas and are therefore termed the Region of Con-
The careful consideration given by the occultist to the characteristics
of the Physical World might seem superfluous were it not that he regards all
things from a view point differing widely from that of the materialist. The
latter recognizes three states of matter--solids, liquids, and gases. These
are all chemical, because derived from the chemical constituents of Earth.
From this chemical matter all the FORMS of mineral, plant, animal, and man
have been built, hence they are as truly chemical as the substances which
are commonly so termed. Thus whether we consider the mountain or the cloud
that envelops its top, the juice of the plant or the blood of the animal,
the spider's thread, the wing of the butterfly or the bones of the elephant,
the air we breathe or the water we drink--all are composed of the same
What is it then which determines the conformation of this basic sub-
stance into the multiplex variety of Forms which we see about us? It is the
One Universal Spirit, expressing Itself in the visible world as four great
streams of Life, at varying stages of development. This fourfold spiritual
impulse molds the chemical matter of the Earth into variegated forms of the
four Kingdoms--mineral, plant, animal, and man. When a form has served its
purpose as a vehicle of expression for the three higher streams of life, the
chemical forces disintegrate that form so that the matter may be returned to
its primordial state, and thus made available for the building of new forms.
The spirit or life which molds the form into an expression of itself is,
therefore, as extraneous to the matter it uses as a carpenter is apart from
and personally independent of the house he builds for his own occupancy.
As all the forms of mineral, plant, animal, and man are chemical, they
must logically be as dead and devoid of feeling as chemical matter in it
primitive state, and the Rosicrucian asserts that they are.
Some scientists contend that there is feeling in all tissue, living or
dead, to whatever kingdom it belongs. They include even the substances or-
dinarily classed as mineral in their category of objects having feeling, and
to prove their contentions they submit diagrams with curves of energy ob-
tained from tests. Another class of investigators teach that there is no
feeling even in the human body, except in the brain, which is the SEAT of
feeling. They say it is the brain and not the finger which feels the pain
when the latter is injured. Thus is the house of Science divided against
itself on this as on most other points. The position taken by each is
partly right. It depends upon what we mean by "feeling." If we mean simply
response to impacts, such as the rebound of a rubber ball that is dropped to
the ground, of course it is correct to attribute feeling to mineral, plant,
and animal tissue; but if we mean pleasure and pain, love and hate, joy and
sorrow, it would be absurd to attribute them to the lower forms of life, to
detached tissue, to minerals in their native state, or even to the brain,
because such feelings are expressions of the self-conscious immortal spirit,
and the brain is only the keyboard of the wonderful instrument upon which
the human spirit plays its symphony of life, just as the musician expresses
himself upon his violin.
As there are people who are quite unable to understand that there must
be and are higher Worlds, so there are some who, having become slightly ac-
quainted with the higher realms, acquire the habit of undervaluing this
Physical World. Such an attitude is as incorrect as that of the material-
ist. The great and wise Beings who carry out the will and design of God
placed us in this physical environment to learn great and important lessons
which could not be learned under other conditions, and it is our duty to use
our knowledge of the higher Worlds in learning to the best of our ability
the lessons which this material world has to teach us.
In one sense the Physical World is a sort of model school or experiment
station to teach us to work correctly in the others. It does this whether
or not we know of the existence of those other worlds, thereby proving the
great wisdom of the originators of the plan. If we had knowledge of none
but the higher Worlds, we would make many mistakes which would become appar-
ent only when physical conditions are brought to bear as criterion. To il-
lustrate: Let us imagine the case of an inventor working out his idea of a
machine. First he builds the machine in thought, and in his mind he sees it
complete and in operation, performing most beautifully the work it is de-
signed to do. He next makes a drawing of the design, and in doing so per-
haps finds that modifications in his first conception are necessary. When,
from the drawings, he has become satisfied that the plan is feasible, he
proceeds to build the actual machine from suitable material.
Now it is almost certain that still further modifications will be found
necessary before the machine will work as intended. It may be found that it
must be entirely remodeled, or even that it is altogether useless in its
present form, must be discarded and a new plan evolved. But mark this, for
here is the point: the new idea or plan will be formulated for the purpose
of eliminating the defects in the useless machine. Had there been no mate-
rial machine constructed, thereby making evident the faults of the first
idea, a second and correct idea would not have been formed.
This applies equally to all conditions of life--social, mercantile, and
philanthropic. Many plans appear excellent to those conceiving them, and
may even look well on paper, but when brought down in the actual test of
utility they often fail. That however, should not discourage us. It is
true that "we learn more from our mistakes than from our successes," and the
proper light in which to regard this Physical World is as a school of valu-
able experience, in which we learn lessons of the utmost importance.
THE ETHERIC REGION OF THE PHYSICAL WORLD:
As soon as we enter this realm of nature we are in the invisible, in-
tangible World, where our ordinary senses fail us, hence this part of the
Physical World is practically unexplored by material science.
Air is invisible, yet modern science knows that it exists. By means of
instruments its velocity as wind can be measured; by compression it can be
made visible as liquid air. With either, however, that is not so easy. Ma-
terial science finds that it is necessary to account in some way for the
transmission of electricity, with or without wires. It is forced to postu-
late some substance of a finer kind that it knows, and it calls that sub-
stance "ether." It does not really know that ether exists, as the ingenuity
of the scientist has not, as yet, been able to devise a vessel in which it
is possible to confine this substance, which is altogether too elusive for
the comfort of the "wizard of the laboratory." He cannot measure, weigh,
nor analyze it by any apparatus now at his disposal.
Truly, the achievements of modern science are marvelous. The best way
to learn the secrets of nature, however, is not by inventing instruments,
but by improving the investigator himself. Man has within himself faculties
which eliminate distance and compensate for lack of size to a degree as much
greater than the power of telescope and microscope as theirs exceeds that of
the naked eye. These senses or faculties are the means of investigation
used by occultists. They are their "open sesame" in searching for truth.
To the trained clairvoyant ether is as tangible as are the solids, li-
quids, and gases of the Chemical Region to ordinary beings. He sees that the
vital forces which give life to the mineral forms of plant, animal and man
flow into these forms, by means of the four states of ether. The names and
specific functions of these four ethers are as follows.
(1) Chemical Ether--This ether is both positive and negative in manifesta-
tion. The forces which cause assimilation and excretion work through it.
Assimilation is the process whereby the different nutritive elements of food
are incorporated into the body of plant, animal and man. This is carried on
by forces with which we shall become acquainted later. They work along the
positive pole of the chemical ether and attract the needed elements, build-
ing them into the forms concerned. These forces do not act blindly nor me-
chanically, but in a selective way (well-known to scientists by its effects)
thereby accomplishing their purpose, which is the growth and maintenance of
Excretion is carried on by forces of the same kind, but working along
the negative pole of the chemical ether. By means of this pole they expel
from the body the materials in the food which are unfit for use, or those
which have outlived their usefulness in the body and should be expurgated
from the system. This, like all other processes independent of man's voli-
tion, is also wide, selective, and not merely mechanical in its operation,
as seen, for instance, in the case of the action of the kidneys, where only
the urine is filtered through when the organs are in health; but it is known
that when the organs are not in health, the valuable albumen is allowed to
escape with the urine, the proper selection not being made because of an ab-
(2) Life Ether--As the chemical ether is the avenue for the operation
of the forces the object of which is the maintenance of the individual form,
so the life ether is the avenue for the operation of the forces which have
for their object the maintenance of the species--the forces of propagation.
Like the chemical ether, the life ether also has its positive and
negative pole. The forces which work along the positive pole are those
which work in the female during gestation. They enable her to do the
positive, active work of bringing forth a new being. On the other hand the
forces which work along the negative pole of the life ether enable the male
to produce semen.
In the work on the impregnated ovum of the animal and man, or upon the
seed of the plant, the forces working along the positive pole of the life
ether produce male plants, animals and men; while the forces which express
themselves through the negative pole generate females.
(3) Light Ether--This ether is both positive and negative, and the
forces which play along its positive pole are the forces which generate that
blood heat in the higher species of animal and in man, which makes them in-
dividual sources of heat. The forces which work along the negative pole of
the light ether are those which operate through the senses, manifesting as
the passive functions of sight, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling.
They also build and nourish the eye.
In the cold-blooded animals the positive pole of the light ether is the
avenue of the forces which circulate the blood, and the negative forces have
the same functions in regard to the eye as in the case of the higher animals
and man. Where eyes are lacking, the forces working in the negative pole of
the light ether are perhaps building or nourishing other sense organs, as
they do in all that have sense organs.
In plants the forces which work along the positive pole of the light
ether cause the circulation of the juices of the plant. Thus in winter,
when the light ether is not charged with sunlight as in summer, the sap
ceases to flow until the summer sun again invests the light ether with its
force. The forces which work along the negative pole of the light ether de-
posit the chlorophyll, the green substance of the plant and also color the
flowers. In fact, all color, in all kingdoms is deposited by means of the
negative pole of the light ether. Therefore animals have the deepest color
on the back and flowers are deepest colored on the side turned towards the
light. In the polar regions of the earth, where the rays of the sun are
weak, all color is lighter and in some cases is so sparingly deposited that
in winter it is withdrawn altogether and the animals become white.
(4) Reflecting Ether--It has heretofore been stated that the idea of
the house which has existed in the mind can be recovered from the memory of
nature, even after the death of the architect. Everything that has ever
happened has left behind it an ineffaceable picture in this reflecting
ether. As the giant ferns of the childhood of the Earth have left their
pictures in the coal beds, and as the progress of the glacier of a bygone
day may be traced by means of the trail it has left upon the rocks along its
path, even so are the thoughts and acts of men ineffaceably recorded by na-
ture in this reflecting ether, where the trained seer may read their story
with an accuracy commensurate with his ability.
The reflecting ether deserves its name for more than one reason, for
the pictures in it are but REFLECTIONS of the memory of nature. The real
memory of nature is found in a much higher realm. In this reflecting ether
no thoroughly trained clairvoyant cares to read, as the pictures are blurred
and vague compared to those found in the higher realm. Those who read in
the reflecting ether are generally those who have no choice, who, in fact,
do not know what they are reading. As a rule ordinary psychometrists and
mediums obtain their knowledge through the reflecting ether. To some slight
extent the pupil of the occult school in the first stages of his training
also reads in the reflecting ether, but he is warned by his teacher of his
insufficiencies of this ether as a means of acquiring accurate information,
so that he does not easily draw wrong conclusions.
This ether is also the medium through which thought makes an impression
upon the human brain. It is most intimately connected with the fourth sub-
division of the World of Thought. This is the highest of the four subdivi-
sions contained in the Region of Concrete Thought and the homeworld of the
human mind. There a much clearer version of the memory of nature is found
than in the reflecting ether.
THE DESIRE WORLD:
Like the Physical World, and every other realm of nature, the Desire
World has the seven subdivisions called "Regions," but unlike the Physical
World, it does not have the great divisions corresponding to the Chemical
and Etheric Regions. Desire stuff in the Desire World persists through its
seven subdivisions or regions as material for the embodiment of desire. As
the Chemical Region is the realm of form and as the Etheric Region is the
home of the forces carrying on life activities in those forms, enabling them
to live, move and propagate, so the forces in the Desire World, working in
the quickened dense body, impel it to move in this or that direction.
If there were only the activities of the Chemical and Etheric Regions
of the Physical World, there would be forms having life, able to move, but
WITH NO INCENTIVE FOR SO DOING. This incentive is supplied by the cosmic
forces active in the Desire World and without this activity playing through
every fibre of the vitalized body, urging action in this direction or that,
there would be no experience and no moral growth. The functions of the dif-
ferent ethers would take care of the growth of the form, but moral growth
would entirely lacking. Evolution would be an impossibility, both as to
form and life, for it is only in response to the requirements of spiritual
growth that forms evolve to higher states. Thus we at once see the great
importance of this realm of nature.
Desires, wishes, passions, and feelings express themselves in the mat-
ter of the different regions of the Desire World as form and feature express
themselves in the Chemical Region of the Physical World. They take forms
which last for a longer or shorter time, according to the intensity of the
desire, wish, or feeling embodied in them. In the Desire World the distinc-
tion between the forces and the matter is not so definite and apparent as in
the Physical World. One might almost say that here the ideas of force and
matter are identical or interchangeable. It is not quite so, but we may say
that to a certain extent the Desire World consists of force-matter.
When speaking of the matter of the Desire World, it is true that it is
one degree less dense that the matter of the Physical World, but we enter-
tain an entirely wrong idea if we imaging it is finer physical matter. That
idea, though held by many who have studied occult philosophies, is entirely
erroneous. The wrong impression is caused principally by the difficulty of
giving the full and accurate description necessary for a thorough under-
standing of the higher worlds. Unfortunately, our language is descriptive
of material things and therefore entirely inadequate to describe the condi-
tions of the super-physical realms, hence all that is said about these
realms must be taken tentatively, as similes, rather than as accurate de-
Though the mountain and the daisy, the man, the horse, and a piece of
iron, are composed of one ultimate atomic substance, we do not say that the
daisy is a finer form of iron. Similarly it is impossible to explain in
words the change or difference in physical matter when it is broken up into
desire-stuff. If there were no difference it would be amenable to the laws
of the Physical World, which it is not.
The law of matter of the Chemical Region is inertia--the tendency to re-
main IN STATU QUO. It takes a certain amount of force to overcome this in-
ertia and cause a body which is at rest to move, or to stop a body in mo-
tion. Not so with the matter of the Desire World. That matter itself is
almost living. It is in unceasing motion, fluid, taking all imaginable and
unimaginable forms with inconceivable facility and rapidity, at the same
time coruscating and scintillating in a thousand ever-changing shades of
color, incomparable to anything we know in this physical state of conscious-
ness. Something very faintly resembling the action and appearance of this
matter will be seen in the play of colors on an abalone shell when held in
the sunlight and moved to and fro.
That is what the Desire World is--ever-changing light and color--in which
the forces of animal and man intermingle with the forces of innumerable
Hierarchies of spiritual beings which do not appear in our Physical World,
but are as active in the Desire World as we are here. Some of them will be
dealt with later and their connection with man's evolution described.
The forces sent out by this vast and varied hose of Beings mold the
ever-changing matter of the Desire World into innumerable and differing
forms of more or less durability, according to the kinetic energy of the im-
pulse which gave them birth.
From this slight description it may be understood how difficult it is
for a neophyte who has just had his inner eyes opened to find his balance in
the World of Desire. The trained clairvoyant soon ceases to wonder at the
impossible descriptions sometimes brought through by mediums. They may be
perfectly honest, but the possibilities of parallax, and of getting out of
focus are legion, and of the subtlest nature, and the real wonder is that
they ever communicate anything correctly. All of us had to learn to see, in
the days of our infancy, as we may readily find by watching a young babe.
It will be found that the little one will reach for objects on the other
side of the room or the street, or for the Moon. He is entirely unable to
gauge distances. The blind man who has been made to see will, at first, of-
ten close his eyes to walk from one place to another, declaring, until he
has learned to use his eyes, that it is easier to walk by feeling than by
sight. So the one whose inner organs of perception have been vivified must
also be trained in the use of his newly acquired faculty. At first the neo-
phyte will try to apply to the Desire World the knowledge derived from his
experience in the Physical World, because he has not yet learned the laws of
the world into which he is entering. This is the source of a vast amount of
trouble and perplexity. Before he can understand, he must become as a
little child, which imbibed knowledge without reference to any previous ex-
To arrive at a correct understanding of the Desire World it is neces-
sary to realize that it is the world of feeling, desires, and emotions.
These are all under the domination of two great forces--Attraction and Re-
pulsion, which act in a different way in the three denser Regions of the De-
sire World from that in which they act in the three finer or upper Regions,
while the central Region may be called neutral ground.
This central Region is the Region of feeling. Here interest in or in-
difference to an object or an idea sways the balance in favor of one of the
two previously mentioned forces, thereby relegating the object or idea to
the three higher or the three lower Regions of the Desire World, or else
they will expel it. We shall see presently how this is accomplished.
In the finest and rarest substance of the three higher Regions of the
Desire World the force of Attraction alone holds sway, but it is also
present in some degree in the denser matter of the three lower Regions,
where it works against the force of Repulsion, which is dominant there. The
disintegrating force of Repulsion would soon destroy every form coming into
these three lower Regions were it not that it is thus counteracted. In the
densest or lowest Region, where it is strongest, it tears and shatters the
forms built there in a way dreadful to see, yet it is not a fatalistic
force. Nothing in nature is vandalistic. All that appears so is but work-
ing towards good. So with this force in its work in the lowest Region of
the Desire World. The forms here are demoniac creations, built by the
coarsest passions and desires of man and beast.
The tendency of every form in the Desire World is to attract itself all
it can of a like nature and grow thereby. If this tendency to attraction
were predominate in the lowest Regions, evil would grow like a weed. There
would be anarchy instead of order in the Cosmos. This prevented by the pre-
ponderating power of the force of Repulsion in this Region. When a coarse
desire form is being attracted to another of the same nature, there is a
disharmony in their vibrations, whereby one has a disintegrating effect upon
the other. Thus, instead of uniting and amalgamating evil with evil, they
act with mutual destructiveness and in that way the evil in the world is
kept within reasonable bounds. When we understand the working of the twin
forces in this respect we are in a position to understand the occult maxim,
"A lie is both murder and suicide in the Desire World."
Anything happening in the Physical World is reflected in all the other
realms of nature and, as we have seen, builds its appropriate form in the
Desire World. When a true account of the occurrence is given, another form
is built, exactly like the first. They are then drawn together and
coalesce, strengthening each other. If, however, an untrue is given, a form
different from and antagonistic to the first, or true one, is created. As
they deal with the same occurrence, they are drawn together, but as their
vibrations are different they act upon each other with mutual destructive-
ness. Therefore, evil and malicious lies can kill anything that is good, if
they are strong enough and repeated often enough. But, conversely, seeking
for the good in evil will, in time, transmute the evil into good. If the
form that is built to minimize the evil is weak, it will have no effect and
will be destroyed by the evil form, but if it is strong and frequently re-
peated it will have the effect of disintegrating the evil and substituting
the good. That effect, be it distinctly understood, it not brought about by
lying, nor denying the evil, but by looking for the good. The occult scien-
tist practices very rigidly this principle of looking for good in all
things, because he knows what a power it possesses in keeping down evil.
There is a story of Christ which illustrates this point. Once when
walking with His disciples they passed the decaying and ill-smelling carcass
of a dog. The disciples turned in disgust, commenting upon the nauseating
nature of this sight; but Christ looked at the dead body and said "Pearls
are not whiter than its teeth." He was determined to find the good, because
He knew the beneficial effect which would result in the Desire World from
giving it expression.
The lowest Region of the Desire World is called "the Region of Passion
and Sensual Desire." The second subdivision is best described by the name
of "Region of Impressionability." Here the effect of the twin forces of At-
traction and Repulsion is evenly balanced. This is a neutral Region, hence
all our impressions which are built of the matter of this Region are neu-
tral. Only when the twin feelings, which we shall meet in the fourth Re-
gion, are brought to bear, do the twin forces come into play. The mere im-
pression of anything, however, in and of itself, is entirely separate from
the feeling it engenders. The impression is neutral and is an activity of
the second Region of the Desire World, where pictures are formed by the
forces of sense-perception in the vital body of man.
In the third Region of the Desire World, the force of Attraction, the
integrating, upbuilding force, has already gained the upper hand over the
force of Repulsion, with its destructive tendency. When we understand that
the mainspring in this force of Repulsion is self-assertion, a pushing away
of all others that it may have room, we shall understand that it gives way
most easily to a desire for other things, so that the substance of the third
Region of the Desire World is principally dominated by the force of Attrac-
tion towards other things, but in a selfish way, and therefore this is the
Region of Wishes.
The Region of Coarse Desires may be likened to the solids in the
Physical World; the Region of Impressionability to the fluids; and the fluc-
tuating, evanescent nature of the Region of Wishes will make that compare
with the gaseous portion of the Physical World. These three Regions give
the substance for the forms which make for experience, soul-growth and
evolution, purging the altogether destructive and retaining the materials
which may be used for progress.
The fourth Region of the Desire World is the "Region of Feeling." From
it comes the feeling concerning the already described forms and upon the
feeling engendered by them depends the life which they have for us and also
their effect upon us. Whether the objects and ideas presented are good or
bad in themselves is not important this stage. It is our feeling, whether
of Interest or Indifference that is the determining factor as to the fate of
the object or idea.
If the feeling with which we meet an impression of an object or an idea
is Interest, it has the same effect upon that impression as sunlight and air
have upon a plant. That idea will grow and flourish in our lives. If, on
the other hand, we meet an impression or idea with Indifference, it withers
as does a plant when put in a dark cellar.
Thus from this central Region of the Desire World come the incentive to
action, or the decision to refrain therefrom (though the latter is also ac-
tion in the eyes of the occult scientist), for at the present stage of our
development the twin feelings, Interest and Indifference furnish the incen-
tive to action and are the springs that move the world. At a later stage
these feelings will cease to have any weight. Then the determining factor
will be DUTY.
Interest starts the forces of Attraction or Repulsion.
Indifference simply withers the object or idea against which it is di-
rected, so far as our connection with it is concerned.
If our interest in an object or an idea generates Repulsion, that
naturally causes us to expurgate from our lives any connection with the ob-
ject or idea which roused it; but there is a great difference between the
action of the force of Repulsion and the mere feeling of Indifference. Per-
haps an illustration will make more clear the operation of the twin Feelings
and the twin Forces.
Three men are walking along a road. They see a sick dog; it is covered
with sores and is evidently suffering intensely from pain and thirst. This
much is evident to all three men-their senses tell them that. Now Feeling
comes. Two of them take an "interest" in the animal, but in the third there
is a feeling of "indifference." He passes on, leaving the dog to its fate.
The others remain; they are both interested, but each manifests it in a
quite different way. The interest of one man is sympathetic and helpful,
impelling him to care for the poor beast, to assuage pains and nurse it back
to health. In him the feeling of interest has aroused the force of Attrac-
tion. The other man's interest is of a different kind. He sees only a
loathsome sight which is revolting to him and wishes to rid himself and the
world of it as quickly as possible. He advises killing the animal outright
and burying it. In him the feeling of interest generates the destructive
force of Repulsion.
When the feeling of Interest arouses the force of Attraction and it is
directed toward low objects and desires, these work themselves out in the
lower Regions of the Desire World, where the counteracting force of Repul-
sion operates, as previously described. From the battle of the twin
forces--Attraction and Repulsion--results all the pain and suffering inci-
dent to wrongdoing or misdirected effort, whether intentional or otherwise.
Thus we may see how very important Feeling we have concerning anything,
for upon that depends the nature of the atmosphere we create for ourselves.
If we love the good, we shall keep and nourish as guardian angels all that
is good about us; if the reverse, we shall people our path with demons and
our own breeding.
The names of the three upper Regions of the Desire World are "Region of
Soul-Life," "Region of Soul-Light," and "Region of Soul-Power." In these
abide Art, Altruism, Philanthropy, and all the activities of the higher
soul-life. When we think of these Regions as radiating the qualities
indicated by their names, into the forms of the three lower Regions, we
shall understand correctly the higher and lower activities. Soul-power,
however, may for a time be used for evil purposes as well as for good, but
eventually the force of Repulsion destroys vice and the force of Attraction
builds virtue upon its shattered ruins. All things, in the ultimate, work
together for GOOD.
The Physical and the Desire Worlds are not separated from each other by
space. They are "closer than hands and feet." It is not necessary to move
to get from one to the other, nor from one Region to the next. Just as sol-
ids, liquids, and gases are all together in our bodies, inter-penetrating
one another, so are the different Regions of the Desire World within us
also. We may again compare the lines of force along which ice-crystals form
in water to the invisible causes originating in the Desire World, which ap-
pear in the Physical World and give us the incentive to action, in whatever
direction it may be.
The Desire World, with it innumerable inhabitants, permeates the
Physical World, as the lines of force do the water--invisible, but every-
where present and potent as the cause of everything in the Physical World.
THE WORLD OF THOUGHT:
The World of Thought also consists of seven Regions of varying
qualities and densities, and, like the Physical World, the World of Thought
is divided into two main divisions--the Region of Concrete Thought, compris-
ing the four densest Regions; and the Region of Abstract Thought, comprising
the three Regions of finest substance. This World of Thought is the central
one of the five Worlds from which man obtains his vehicles. Here spirit and
body meet. It is also the highest of the three Worlds in which man's evolu-
tion is being carried forward at the present time, the two higher Worlds be-
ing practically in abeyance as yet, so far as man is concerned.
We know that the materials of the Chemical Region are used in building
all physical forms. These are forms are given life and the power of motion
by the forces at work in the Etheric Region, and some of these living forms
are stirred into activity by means of the twin Feelings of the Desire World.
The Region of Concrete Thought furnishes the mind-stuff in which ideas gen-
erated in the Region of Abstract Thought clothe themselves as THOUGHT-FORMS,
to act as regulators and balance wheels upon the impulses engendered in the
Desire World by impacts from the phenomenal World.
Thus we see how the three Worlds, in which man is at present evolving,
complement one another, making a whole that shows forth the Supreme Wisdom
of the Great Architect of the system to which we belong, and Whom we rever-
ence by the holy name of God.
Taking a more detailed view of the several divisions of the Region of
Concrete Thought we find that the archetypes of PHYSICAL form no matter to
what kingdom they may belong, are found in its lowest subdivision, or the
"Continental Region." In this Continental Region are also the archetypes of
the continents and the isles of the world, and corresponding to these arche-
types are they fashioned. Modifications in the crust of the Earth must
first be wrought in the Continental Region. Not until the archetypal model
has been changed can the Intelligences which we (to hide our ignorance con-
cerning them) call the "Laws of Nature," bring about the physical conditions
which alter the physical features of the Earth according to the modifica-
tions designed by the Hierarchies in charge of evolution. They plan changes
as an architect plants the alteration of a building before the workmen five
it concrete expression. In like manner are changes in the FLORA and FAUNA
due to metamorphoses in their respective archetypes.
When we speak of the archetypes of all the different forms in the dense
world it must not be thought that these archetypes are merely models in the
same sense in which we speak of an object constructed in miniature, or in
some material other than that appropriate for its proper and final use.
They are not merely likenesses nor models of the forms we see about us, but
are CREATIVE archetypes; that is, they fashion the forms of the Physical
World in their own likeness or likenesses, for often many work together to
form one certain species, each archetype giving part of itself to build the
The second subdivision of the Region of Concrete Thought is called the
"Oceanic Region." It is best described as flowing, pulsating vitality. All
the forces that work through the four ethers which constitute the Etheric
Region are there seen as archetypes. It is a stream of flowing life, pul-
sating through all forms, as blood pulsates through the body, the same life
in all forms. Here the trained clairvoyant sees how true it is that "all
life is one."
The "Aerial Region" is the third division of the Region of Concrete
Thought. Here we find the archetype of desires, passions, wishes, feelings,
and emotions such as we experience in the Desire World. Here all the ac-
tivities of the Desire World appear as atmospheric conditions. Like the
kiss of summer breeze come the feelings of pleasure and joy to the clairvoy-
ant sense; as the sighing of the wind in the tree-tops seem the longings of
the soul and like flashes of lighting the passions of warring nations. In
this atmosphere of the Region of Concrete Thought are also pictures of the
emotions of man and beast.
The "Region of Archetypal Forces" is the fourth division of the Region
of Concrete Thought. It is the central and most important region in the
five Worlds wherein man's entire evolution is carried on. On the one side
of this Region are the three higher Regions of the World of Thought, the
World of Life Spirit and the World of Divine Spirit. On the other side of
this Region of Archetypal Forces are the three lower Regions of the World of
Thought, the Desire and the Physical Worlds. Thus this Region becomes a
sort of "crux," bounded on one side by the Realms of Spirit, on the other by
the Worlds of Form. It is a focusing point, where Spirit reflects itself in
As the name implies, this Region is the home of the Archetypal Forces
which direct the activity of the archetypes in the Region of Concrete
Thought. From this Region Spirit works on matter in a formative manner.
Diagram 1 shows the idea in a schematic way, the forms in the lower World
being reflections of the Spirit in the higher Worlds. The fifth Region,
which is the one nearest to the focusing point on the Spirit side, reflects
itself in the third Region, which is nearest the focusing point on the Form
side. The sixth Region reflects itself in the second and the seventh re-
flects itself in the first.
The whole of the Region of Abstract thought is reflected in the World
of Desire; the World of Life Spirit in the Etheric Region of the Physical
World; and the World of Divine Spirit in the Chemical Region of the Physical
Diagram 2 will give a comprehensive idea of the seven Worlds which are
the sphere of our development, but we must carefully keep in mind that these
Worlds are not placed one above another, as shown in the diagram. They
inter-penetrate--that is to say, that as in the case where the relation of
the Physical World and the Desire World was compared, where we likened the
Desire World to the lines for force in freezing water and the water itself
to the Physical World, in the same way we may think of the lines of force as
DIAGRAM NUMBER 1:
THE RELATIVE PERMANENCY OF THE VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE WORLDS:
[Ilustrated by comparison with a stereopticon.]
| WORLD | WORLD |REGION OF | REGION | DESIRE | PHYSICAL |
| OF | OF |ABSTRACT | OF | | |
| DIVINE | LIFE |THOUGHT & | CONCRETE | WORLD | WORLD |
| SPIRIT | SPIRIT | IDEAS | THOUGHT | | |
|7 REGIONS | 7 REGIONS | THE |7 REGIONS | 7 REGIONS | 7 REGIONS|
| | |7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | |2 |1 | | |
| | | |MIND| | | |
| | | | | | | | |
| | | | | | THOUGHT | |[SEE NOTE |
| | | THE IDEA | | | FORM | | BELOW] |
| | | | | | | | | | THE |
| WILL |IMAGINATION| /|\ | \|/| /|\ | DESIRE AT | PHYSICAL |
| | | | | | | | | | | PRESENT | SHIP |
| /|\ | /|\ |[SEE NOTE | \|/| | | THE MAIN- | /|\ |
| | | | | BELOW] | | | [SEE NOTE | SPRING TO | | |
| /|\ | /|\ | | | | BELOW] | ACTION | /|\ |
| | | | | /|\ | | /|\ | | | | |
| /|\ /|\ |---|---------| /|\ /|\ |
| | | | | | | | | | | |
| | | |--------------------------------------| | | |
| | | | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | | | |
| |---------------------------------------------------------------| |
| | SPIRIT | MATTER | |
| | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | |
| | | THE SLIDE|THE | | | PROJECTION|
| | | | |LENS| | | SCREEN |
| | | \|/ | | | | | |
| | | |\|/ | | | |
| | | | | | | | [SEE NOTE |
| | |[SEE NOTE |\|/ | | | BELOW] |
| OPERATOR | LIGHT | BELOW] | | LIGHT | LIGHT | |
| |[DRAWING OF| | | RAYS | RAYS | |
| |A LIGHT | | | | | |
| | BULB] | THE | | | | THE |
| | |PERMANENT | | | | | EVANESCENT|
| | | PICTURE |/|\ | | | SHADOW |
| | | | | | | | |
| | | | | | | | |
| | | A STEREOPTICON | | |
Wherever "[SEE NOTE BELOW]" appears in the above diagram, a drawing of a
sailboat is found.
Connect the following points with straight lines:
being any of the seven Worlds, and the water, as in our illustration, would
correspond to the next denser World in the scale. Another illustration may
perhaps make the subject clearer.
Let us use a spherical sponge to represent the dense earth--the
Chemical Region. Imagine that sand permeates every part of the sponge and
also forms a layer outside the sponge. Let the sand represent the Etheric
Region, which in a similar manner permeates the dense earth and extends be-
yond its atmosphere.
Let us further imagine this sponge and sand immersed in a spherical
glass vessel filled with clear water, and a little larger than the sponge
and sand. We place the sponge and sand in the center of the vessel as the
yolk is place in the center of an egg. We have now a space of clear water
between the sand and the vessel. The water as a whole will represent the
Desire World, for just as the water percolates between the grains of sand,
through very pore of the sponge, and forms that clear layer, so the Desire
World permeates both the dense Earth and the ether and extends beyond both
of these substances.
We know there is air in water, and if we think of the air in the water
(in our illustration), as representing the World of Thought, we shall have a
fir mental picture of the way in which the World of Thought, being finer and
more subtle, inter-penetrates the two denser Worlds.
Finally, imagine that the vessel containing the sponge, sand and water
is placed in the center of a large spherical vessel; then the air in the
space between the two vessels would represent that part of the World of
Thought which extends beyond the Desire World.
Each of the planets in our solar system has three such
inter-penetrating Worlds, and if we think of each of the planets consisting
| THE SEVEN WORLDS: |
| /\ |
|WORLD OF Consisting of/ \ 7 Regions. |
| GOD /GOD \ |
| -------- |
|WORLD OF This World consists of 7 Regions and is the abode | |
| VIRGIN of the Virgin Spirits when they have been differ- | |
|SPIRITS entiated in God before the pilgrimage through |VEHICLES |
| matter. | OF MAN: |
|WORLD OF Consists of 7 Regions and is the abode of the | Divine | |
|DIVINE highest spiritual influence in man. | Spirit | |
|SPIRIT | | |
|WORLD OF Consists of 7 Regions and is the abode of the se- | Life | |
|LIFE second aspect of the threefold spirit in man. | Spirit | |
|SPIRIT | | T
|WORLD OF | | E
|THOUGHT: | |
| | | E
| 7th Region contains the germinal idea of form in | | G
| mineral, plant, animal and man. | Human | O
|REGION OF 6th Region contains germinal idea of life in plant | | |
|ABSTRACT animal and man. | Spirit | |
|THOUGHT 5th Region contains germinal idea of desire and | | |
| emotion in animal and man; abode of 3rd aspect of | | |
| spirit in man. | | |
| 4th Region contains the archetypal forces and the | | |
|REGION OF human mind. It is the focusing point through which | | |
|CONCRETE the spirit mirrors itself in matter. | Mind |THE
|THOUGHT 3rd Region: archetypes of desire and emotion. | LINK
| 2nd Region: archetypes of universal vitality. | BETWEEN
| 1st Region: archetypes of form | | |
| 7th Region: Soul-Power >--| | | |
| 6th Region: Soul-Light >--|---->>Attraction | | |
| 5th Region: Soul-Life >--| | | |
| | | |
| DESIRE |--< Interest | Desire | T
| 4th Region: Feeling<-| | | H
| |--< Indifference | | E
| WORLD | Body |
| 3rd Region: Wishes >--| | | P
| 2nd Region: Impressionability >--|->>Repulsion| | E
| 1st Region: Passion and Low Desire >--| | | R
|PHYSICAL | | O
| WORLD: | | N
| | Vital | A
| 7th Region: Reflecting ether, memory of nature. | | L
|ETHERIC 6th Region: Light ether, medium of sense percep- | Body | I
|REGION tion. | | T
| 5th Region: Life ether, medium for propagation. | | Y
| 4th Region: Chemical ether, medium for assimila- | | |
| tion and excretion. | | |
| ---------------------------------------------------------|---------| |
|CHEMICAL 3rd Region: Gases | Dense | |
|REGION 2nd Region: Liquids | | |
| 1st Region: Solids | Body | |
of three Worlds as being individual sponges, and of the fourth World, the
World of Life Spirit, as being the water in a large vessel where these three
fold separate sponges swim, we shall understand that as the water in the
vessel fills the space between the sponges and percolates through them,
so the World of Life Spirit pervades inter-planetary space and inter-pene-
trates the individual planets. It forms a common bond between them, so that
as it is necessary to have a boat and be able to control it, if we wish to
sail from America to Africa, so it is necessary to have a vehicle correlat-
ed to the World of Life Spirit under our conscious control in order to be
able to travel from one planet to another.
In a manner similar to that in which the World of Life Spirit corre-
lates us to the other planets in our own solar system does the World Divine
Spirit correlate us to the other solar systems. We may regard the solar
systems as separate sponges, swimming in a World of Divine Spirit, and thus
it will be apparent that in order to travel from one solar system to another
it would be necessary to be able to function consciously in the highest ve-
hicle of man, the Divine Spirit.
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