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Filename: RC1068.TXT Source: "The Rosicrucian Philosophy In Questions & Answers, Vol. I" by Max Heindel [PAGE 2432] QUESTION NO. 16: IT IS SOMETIMES CONTENDED THAT WE HAVE A RIGHT TO THINK WHAT WE WILL AND ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR THOUGHTS. IS THAT SO FROM AN OCCULT POINT OF VIEW? ANSWER: No, indeed; it is very much the reverse, and we do not need to go as far as what is usually called occultism; we find that idea expressed by Christ in the sermon on the mount, where he tells us that "The man who has looked upon a woman with desire has, in fact, already committed adul- tery," and when we realize that as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he, we shall have a much clearer conception of life if we only take into consider- ation the acts of men, for every act is the outcome of a previous thought BUT THESE THOUGHTS ARE NOT ALWAYS OUR OWN. When we strike a tuning fork, another tuning fork of the same pitch being near, not only the one which is struck will ring, but the other will also commence to sing in sympathy. Likewise, when we think a thought and another person in our environment has been thinking along the same line, our thoughts coalesce with his and strengthen him for good or evil according to the nature of the thought. It is no mere fancy when in the play called "The Witching Hour," the hero aims to help a scoundrel escape from the State of Kentucky, where the latter is about to be arrested for murder of the Gover- nor. The hero, a man of considerable thought power feels that he may have prompted the criminal. He tells his sister that previous to the time of the murder he had thought that the murder could be committed JUST IN THE MANNER IN WHICH IT WAS ACTUALLY DONE. He is under the impression that his thought may have been caught by the brain of the murderer and have shown him the way to commit the murder. When we go into a jury box and we see before ourselves the criminal, we behold only his act; we have no cognizance of the thought which prompted him. If we have been in the habit of thinking evil, malicious thoughts against one person or another, these thoughts may have been attractive to that criminal, and on the principle that when we have before ourselves a saturated solution of salt it will only take a single crystal to make that [PAGE 2433] salt solution solidify, so also if a man has saturated his brains with thoughts of murder, the thought that we sent out may be the last straw breaking the back of the camel, destroying the last barrier which would have held him from committing the act. Therefore, our thoughts are of vastly more importance than our acts, for if we will only think right, we shall always act right. No man can think love to his fellowmen; can scheme in his mind how to aid and help them, spiritually, mentally or physically, without acting out these thoughts at some time in his life, and if we will only cultivate such thoughts, we shall soon find sunshine spreading around us; we shall find that people will meet us in that some spirit that we send out, and if we could realize that the desire body (which surrounds each of us and extends about sixteen to eigh- teen inches beyond the periphery of the physical body) contains all these feelings and emotions, then we would meet people differently, for we would understand that everything we see is viewed through the atmosphere which we have created around ourselves which colors all we behold in others. If, then, we see meanness and smallness in the people whom we meet, it would be well to look within to ascertain if it is not the atmosphere we are looking through which colors them thus. Let us see if we have not within ourselves those undesirable qualities, and then being to remedy the defect within ourselves. The man who is mean and small will appear mean to him FOR HE WILL CALL OUT FROM others the very qualities which he manifests, on the principle that the vibration of a tuning fork of a certain pitch, when struck, will cause another of identical pitch to vibrate. On the other hand, if we cultivate a serene attitude, an attitude that is free from [PAGE 2434] covetousness and is frankly honest and helpful, we shall call out the best in other people. Therefore let us realize that it is NOT UNTIL WE HAVE CUL- TIVATED THE BETTER QUALITIES IN OURSELVES THAT WE CAN EXPECT TO FIND THEM IN OTHERS. We are thus in very truth responsible for our thoughts, we are in- deed the keepers of our brothers, for as we think when we meet them, so do we appear to them, and they reflect our attitude. Applying the foregoing principle, if we want to obtain help to cultivate those better qualities, let us seek the company of people who are already good, for their attitude of mind will be of immense help to us to call forth in us the finer qualities. QUESTION NO. 17: IF A PERSON IS CONSTANTLY BOTHERED BY EVIL THOUGHTS WHICH KEEP COMING INTO HIS MIND, ALTHOUGH HE IS CONSTANTLY FIGHTING THEM, IS THERE ANY WAY IN WHICH HE CAN CLEANSE HIS MIND SO THAT HE WILL THINK ONLY PURE AND GOOD THOUGHTS? ANSWER: Yes, there is, and a very easy way at that. The inquirer has himself suggested the chief difficulty in his question, when he says that he is constantly FIGHTING these thoughts. If we take an illustration we shall [PAGE 2435] see the point. Supposing we have a particular dislike for a certain person whom we meet every day upon the street, perhaps a number of times. If we stop each time we meet that person and berate him for walking upon the street, for not keeping out of our sight, we are each time adding fuel to the fire of our enmity, we are stirring him up, and for pure spite he may seek to waylay us so much the more. Both like and dislike have a tendency to attract a thought or an idea to? us, and the added thought force which we send out to fight evil thoughts will keep them alive and bring them to our mind the oftener, in the same way that quarreling will cause the person we dislike to waylay us for spite. But if, instead of fighting him, we adopt the tactics of indifference. If we turn our heads the other way when we meet him upon the street, he will soon grow tired of follow us; and, on the same prin- ciple, when thoughts of evil come into our minds. If we will but turn away with indifference and apply our minds to something that is good and ideal, we shall find in a short time that we are rid of their companionship and have only the good thoughts we desire to entertain. [PAGE 2436] QUESTION NO. 18: IF WOMAN IS AN EMANATION FROM MAN, AS PER THE RIB STORY, WILL SHE IN THE FINAL RETURN TO UNITY BE REABSORBED, LOSING HER INDIVIDUALITY IN THE MASCU- LINE DIVINITY? ANSWER: The "rib story" is one of those instances of gross ignorance upon the part of the Bible translators--who possessed no occult knowledge--in dealing with the language of the Hebrews, which in writing was not divided into words and had no vowel points. By inserting vowels at dif- ferent points and dividing words differently, various meanings to the same text may be obtained in many places. This is one case where a word pointed in one way reads "TSAD" and in another way "TSELA." The Bible translators read the story that the God had taken something from Adam's side ("tsela"), and they were puzzled as to what it was and so, perhaps, they thought it would have done him the least harm to take a rib ("tsad"), hence the foolish story. The fact was that man had first been like the Gods, "made in their image," male and female, a hermaphrodite, and later one SIDE was taken away so that he became divided into two sexes. It may be further said that the first organ which was developed as it is now was the female organ, the feminine SIDE having always existed in everything before the masculine, which came later, and, according to the law in evolution, that "the first shall be the last," the feminine will remain a distinct sex longer than the masculine, and, therefore, the inquirer is altogether wrong in the supposi- tion. It is the masculine that will be absorbed in the feminine. Even now it is seen that the masculine organ is gradually contracting at its base and [PAGE 2437] will finally cease to be. As for losing her individuality, such a thing is impossible, it is just the purpose of evolution that we should become individuals, self-conscious and SEPARATE during evolution, self-conscious and UNITED during the inter- ludes between manifestations. QUESTION NO. 19: WHY HAS WOMAN BEEN CURSED BY INEQUALITY, ASSUMED INFERIORITY AND INJUS- TICE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF HUMAN EXISTENCE UPON THIS PLANE? ANSWER: In the first place, we must remember that the spirit is neither male nor female, but manifests in that way alternately, as a rule. We have all been men and we have all been women. Therefore there can be no question of inequality if we look at life from the larger point of view. Certain lessons must be learned by the spirit in each age which can only be learned from the standpoint of a woman, and there are other lessons only to be learned by incarnation in a male body. Therefore, of a necessity, there must be the change in sex. It sometimes happens, of course, that for [PAGE 2438] reasons a person must appear as a male for several incarnations and then, of course, when he takes upon himself the female garb, it may jar considerably. In that case we have a very masculine woman, perhaps a suffragette of a militant nature. On the other hand, a spirit may sometimes have been embod- ied for several incarnations in a female garb and then may appear as a man of a very effeminate nature, a regular "sissy." But even upon the hypoth- esis of alternating incarnations, many of us probably were incarnated in Rome in the opposite sex, and taking the law of causation into consider- ation, the treatment of women by the men of that time was not such as to cause these Roman women when incarnated now as men to give any great conces- sions to their former masters. QUESTION NO. 20: WHY WAS THE SUFFERING OF MARGUERITE SO EXTREME AND OUT OF PROPORTION TO THAT OF FAUST, EVEN TO IMPRISONMENT AND THE DEATH PENALTY, WHILE HIS LIFE, LIBERTY AND PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS WAS UNMOLESTED? ANSWER: This question has reference to one of the myths which have come down through the ages, and contrary to the popularly accepted opinion a myth is not a story made out of whole cloth, but is VEILED TRUTH, revealing in symbol great spiritual principles. These myths were given to infant [PAGE 2439] humanity for the same reason that we give our children ethical teachings in nursery stories and picture books, which impress themselves upon the infant mind in a way intellectual teaching would be incapable of doing. Goethe, who was an initiate, has treated this Faust myth in a way that is wonderfully illuminative, and the key to the problem is found in the pro- logue, which is laid in Heaven, much in the same way as we find in the open- ing of the Book of Job. The Sons of God appear before the Throne an the Devil among them, for he is also one of the Sons of God. He is given per- mission to try to seduce Faust in order that the spiritual activities may be called forth and virtue developed. It is one of our great mistakes to re- gard innocence and virtue as synonymous; every one among us is born inno- cent, he comes here without any evil, that has all been purged away, but he has certain TENDENCIES which may develop into vice and, therefore, he must be tried in every life to see whether he will yield to temptation and em- brace vice, or whether he will stand firm and develop virtue. Faust is tempted, he falls, but afterwards he sincerely repents and transmutes the evil forces to good, so that at last he is saved. Repentance and reform be- fore death has wrought his salvation, the impure passion he felt for Marguerite gave place to his pure love for Helen. Marguerite also yields to the temptation, she repents and is saved by means of the forgiveness of sins. Thus in the case of one it is SALVATION BY ACTS. By his energy, which dominates the evil forces, he builds a new land, a land where a free people may live under better conditions; he is seeking to lift humanity to a higher plane, and by that act, by his unselfish work for others, he is re- deemed from the powers of evil. In Marguerite's case, salvation results [PAGE 2440] from prayer and repentance. Thus we have in that drama, as represented by Goethe, a perfect symbol of the Western teaching that there is both the for- giveness of sins and the expiration of a wrong act by a corresponding right act. Death is something that comes to all and the suffering which was inci- dent to the wrong act in each case is surely none the less in the case of Faust, where it was prolonged over a long period of years, than in the case of Marguerite, where the life is ended in a much shorter time. The only difference is that Faust has overcome CONSCIOUSLY and will in future life be immune to temptation, while the case of Marguerite is problematical. In a future earth life she will yet have to meet temptation in order that it may be made manifest whether or not she has developed the strength of character requisite to withstand the wrong and adhere to the right. QUESTION NO. 21: IS THERE ANY PLACE, EITHER IN THE OLD OR NEW TESTAMENT, WHEREIN MEN WERE TOLD TO MARRY AND THEN LIVE AS BROTHER AND SISTER AT ANY TIME OR UNDER ANY CONDITION? AND IF NOT IN THE BIBLE, WHY DO YOU TEACH IT? ANSWER: The Original Semites were the fifth of the Atlantean races. They came out of the drowning Atlantis as told variously in the stories of [PAGE 2441] Noah and Moses. They were to go into a Promised Land, not little insig- nificant Palestine, but the whole earth as it is now constituted. It was PROMISED because the earth was undergoing the changes usual when a new race is to take possession. Floods had destroyed the Atlantean civilization and in the wilderness of Gobi, in Central Asia, wandered the nucleus of the present Aryan races. At the time when such a nucleus was to become a world peopling race, naturally, the begetting of children was a prime consideration. Therefore, it was looked upon as the duty of everyone to beget numerous children and be exceedingly fruitful. But we are not living in those times now; the world is well peopled and the re-incarnating Egos are taken care of without spe- cial endeavors at generation. We have never advocated generally celibacy, or that people should marry and then live AT ALL TIMES as brother and sis- ter; but we have taught that married people, according to their circum- stances, should help to perpetuate the race. That is to say, if both hus- band and wife are physically, morally and mentally able; when they are possessed of a home, wherein an incarnating Ego may obtain the chance of em- bodiment and experience, they should offer themselves as a living sacrifice upon the altar of humanity and give of the substance of their bodies to fur- nish an Ego with a vehicle, inviting it into their home as they would invite a dear guest, thankful that they may be able to do for it what others have done for them. But when the act of impregnation has been accomplished, they should refrain from further intercourse, until again they feel sufficiently fitted to generate the body for another child. Such is the teaching of the Rosicrucians concerning the ideal relation between husband and wife. They [PAGE 2442] hold that creative function should not be used for sensual purposes, but for the perpetuation of the race for which it has been, naturally, designed. This is an ideal condition and may be beyond most people at the present time, like the injunction to love our enemies; but if we do not have high ideals we shall make no progress. QUESTION NO. 22: IS THERE A SOUL-MATE BELONGING TO EVERY SOUL THROUGH ALL ETERNITY? IF SO, WOULD IT NOT BE BETTER TO REMAIN UNMARRIED A THOUSAND YEARS THAN TO MARRY THE WRONG MATE? ANSWER: As the light is refracted into the seven colors of the spectrum when passing through our atmosphere, so also the spirits which are differen- tiated within God are refracted into seven great rays. Each class is under the direct guidance and domination of one of the Seven Spirits before the Throne, which are the planetary genii, the Star Angels. All the Virgin spirits in their successive incarnations are continually intermingling in order that they may gain the most varied experiences; nevertheless, those who have emanated from the same Star Angel are always sister or twin souls, and when they seek the higher life, they must enter the path of initiation [PAGE 2443] through a lodge composed of members of the same ray from which they originally came, thence to? return to their primal source. Therefore, all occult schools are divisible into seven, one for each class of spirits. That was the reason Jesus said to his disciples "Your father and mine"--None could have come into as close touch with him as these disciples were, except those belonging to the same ray. Like all other mysteries, this beautiful doctrine has been degraded to a physical or material idea such as embodied in the popular conception of twin souls or affinities; that one is male and the other female, and very often each is somebody else's wife or husband. In such cases the doctrine of twin souls is often made an excuse for elopement and adultery. This is an abominable perversion. Each spirit is complete in itself, it takes upon it- self a male or a female body at different times in order to learn the les- sons of life, and it is only during the present stage if its development that there is such a feature as sex at all. The Ego was before sex, and will persist after that phase of its manifestation has passed away. [PAGE 2444] QUESTION NO. 23: IS IT WRONG FOR FIRST, SECOND OR THIRD COUSINS TO MARRY, AND IF SO, WHY? ANSWER: The purpose of marriage is the perpetuation of the race, and ac- cording to the physical nature of the parents, plus their environment, will the child be. We find, for instance, that the emigrants who come to our shores are different from the children they beget, and that the children that they beget HERE IN AMERICA are different from the children begotten in Europe. For instance, the longheaded Sicilians beget children who have a more rounded head, and the round-headed Jews beget children who have a more oval shaped head, thus showing in all races a tendency to amalgamate and bring into birth A NEW AMERICAN RACE. These changes are not at all brought about by accident. The great lead- ers of humanity always aim to bring about certain conditions in order to produce certain types. For only in that way can the faculties be evolved that are necessary to the progress of the spirit and there was a time when it was necessary to the evolution of the Ego that they should marry in the family. At that time humanity was not so evolved and individualized as they are now. They were ruled by a family spirit which entered into the blood by means of the air they inspired to help the Ego control its instrument. Then humanity had what is known as second sight, and that second sight is yet found among people who have persisted largely in marrying inside the family, such, for instance, as the Scotch Highlanders and the Gypsies. [PAGE 2445] But is was necessary that me should forget the Spiritual World for a time and remember no life but the present. In order to bring this change in con- sciousness about, the great leaders took certain steps, one of them being the prohibition of marriages in the family. When we read in the fifth chap- ter of Genesis that Adam lived for 900 years and all the patriarchs lived for centuries, it does not really mean that the persons named lived THEM- SELVES during that length of time, but the blood which coursed in their veins was transmitted directly to their descendants and this blood contained the pictures of our individual family as it now contains the pictures of our individual lives, for the blood is the storehouse of all experiences. Thus the descendants of the patriarchal families saw themselves as Adam, Methusaleh, etc. Of course, during the centuries, these pictures gradually became faint and when the memory of Adam faded out from the blood of his di- rect descendants it was said that Adam ceased to live. As man became more individualized, he was to learn to stand upon his own legs without the help of the family spirit. Then international marriages were permitted, or even commanded, and marrying inside the family was no longer allowed. That killed clairvoyance. Science has demonstrated that when the blood of one animal is inoculted into the veins of another animal, haemolysis, or the destruction of blood, takes place, so that the lower animal is killed. But the introduction of strange blood, in whatever way accomplished, always kills something, if not the form at least a faculty, and the strange blood introduced by marriage killed the clairvoyance pos- sessed by primitive man. That this statement is true about strange blood being destructive can be noted in the case of hybrids. Where, for instance, [PAGE 2446] a horse and a donkey are mated the progeny is a mule, but that mule is minus the propagative faculty, for it is neither under the group spirit of the horses nor under the dominion of the group spirit of the donkeys, and if it should propagate, the result would be a species not under the dominion of any group spirit. The mule is not so far evolved, however, that it can guide its instrument without the assistance of a group spirit, and so the propagative faculty is denied the group spirit withholding the fructifying seed atom. With humanity it was different, however. When they had come to the stage where international marriages were commanded, they had arrived at the point in evolution of self-consciousness where they were able to steer their own bark and where they must cease to be God-guided automatons and be- come self-governing individuals. The greater the mixture of blood, the less the indwelling spirit can be influenced by any of the race or family spirits which influenced our ancestors. Thus greater scope is afforded the incoming Egos when we marry strangers than when we seek a cousin for a mate. [PAGE 2447] QUESTION NO. 24: WOULD IT BE WISE FOR TWO PEOPLE OF THE SAME TEMPERAMENT TO MARRY IF THEY WERE BOTH BORN UNDER THE SAME SIGN OF THE ZODIAC? IN AUGUST, FOR INSTANCE? ANSWER: It is said that a person is born every second of the day; thus there would be 3,600 born in an hour, 86,400 in a day of 24 hours, and about two millions and a half in a month. If they were supposed to have the same temperament and the same fate in life, we should only have twelve kinds of people, and yet we know that there are not two people exactly alike, so that it is foolish to say that people have the same temperament because they are born under the same sign of the zodiac, as determined by the month. To cast a horoscope scientifically, it if necessary to take into consid- eration the day and the year when a person was born, for the planets do not arrive at the same relative positions more than once in twenty-five thou- sand, eight hundred and sixty-eight years. We must further take into con- sideration the hour of the birth and if possible try to get the minute, on account of the swiftly changing position of the moon. If we also take into consideration the place, we can calculate THE RISING SIGN, which gives the FORM of the body. Then we have an absolutely individual horoscope, for the degree of the zodiac rising on the eastern horizon changes every four min- utes, so that even in the case of twins there would be a difference. In order, then, that the astrologer may say whether the marriage of two people will be harmonious or otherwise, it is necessary for him to cast the horoscope of the two persons and endeavor to find out if they will be [PAGE 2448] physically, morally, and mentally congenial. He judges by comparing the as- cendants, or rising signs, which show the physical affinity. The positions of Mars and Venus will show whether they are morally of the same caliber, and the Sun and Moon show their mental characteristics. Thus he has an ac- curate gauge as to whether their natures will blend, but predictions based upon anything short of such a calculation are worthless. QUESTION NO. 25: IN THE CASE OF DEATH BY VIOLENT MEANS IS THE NEXT LIFE, WHEN THE PERSON DIES AS CHILD, LIVED IN A BODY OF THE SAME SEX AS BEFORE OR THE OPPOSITE; THAT IS, WILL A SOLDIER KILLED ON THE BATTLE FIELD BE REBORN AS A BOY OR A GIRL, OR DOES SEX PLAY LITTLE PART WHEN THE LIFE IS A VERY SHORT ONE? ANSWER: So far as the writer has been able to investigate there does not seem to be any attention paid to this matter in the succeeding life. The Ego takes the opportunity for rebirth wherever it can be found. All that is necessary is that the material for the new vehicles shall be gathered so that the moral impression may be made on the desire body during the heaven [PAGE 2449] life which follows death as a child. This matter of sex seems on the whole to be very elastic, at least in the cases of those who have been living what we call "the higher life," because this has a tendency to make the vital body more permanently positive, and the seed atom, located in the solar plexus, therefore automatically attracts to itself an increasingly large quantity of positively polarized ether, so that whether the physical body is male or female, the constituents of the vital body remain positive. Therefore in the case of so-called "advanced people" sex becomes a matter of less importance than ordinarily, being in many cases left to the choice of the Ego which is seeking rebirth. QUESTION NO. 27: HAS THE ROSICRUCIAN PHILOSOPHY ANY SPECIFIC TEACHING CONCERNING THE TRAINING OF CHILDREN? ANSWER: There is perhaps no subject of greater importance than that. In the first place, wise parents who are desirous of giving the child all ad- vantages, commence BEFORE THE BIRTH of the child, even before the concep- tion, to prayerfully turn their thoughts toward the task they are undertak- ing, and are careful to see that the union which is to bring about the germination takes place under the proper stellar influences, when the moon is passing through signs which are appropriate to the building of a strong and healthy body, having, of course, their own bodies in the best possible physical, moral and mental condition. Then during the period of gestation they hold before their mind's eye constantly the ideal of a strong, useful life for the incoming entity, and as soon as possible after birth has taken place they cast the horoscope of the child, FOR THE IDEAL PARENT IS ALSO AN ASTROLOGER. If the parents have not the ability to cast the horoscope themselves they can at least study the stellar signs that will enable them to intelligently understand what the as- trologer tells them; but under no circumstances will they consult a profes- sional astrologer to help them, one who prostitutes the science for gold, but will seek the aid of a spiritual astrologer, though they may have to seek some time. From the child's natal chart the strength and weaknesses of its character can be readily seen. The parents will then be in the best po- sition possible to foster the good and take appropriate means to repress [PAGE 2450] the evil before the tendencies work themselves out into actualities, and thus they may in a large measure help the incoming entity to overcome his faults. Next, the parent must realize that that which we term birth is only the birth of the visible, physical body, which is born and comes to its present high stage of efficiency in a shorter time than the invisible vehicles of man, because it has had the longest evolution. As the foetus is shielded from the impacts of the visible world by being encased in the protecting womb of the mother during the period of gestation, so are also the subtler vehicles encased in envelopes of ether and desire stuff which protects them until they have sufficiently matured, and are able to withstand the condi- tions of the outer world. Thus the vital body is born at about the age of seven, or the time when the child cuts its second teeth, and the desire body is born at about four- teen, or the time of puberty. The mind comes to birth at about twenty-one, when we say a man has reached majority. There are certain important matters which can be taken care of only dur- ing the appropriate period of growth, and the parent should know what these are. Though the organs have been formed by the time the child comes to birth, THE LINES OF GROWTH are determined during the first seven years, and if they are not properly outlined during that time, an otherwise healthy child may become a sickly man or woman. In the first chapter of St. John, we read that "In the beginning was the word . . . And without it was not anything made that was made . . . and the word became flesh." The word is a rhythmic sound, and sound is the great cosmic builder, therefore during the first septenary epoch of its life the child should be surrounded by music of the right kind, by musical language--the swing and rhythm of nursery rhymes being particularly [PAGE 2451] valuable. It does not matter about the sense at all; what matters is the rhythm; the more the child has of that, the healthier it will grow. There are two great watchwords which apply to this period of a child's life. They are called IMITATION and EXAMPLE. There is no creature in the world so imitative as a little child; it follows our example to the smallest detail so far as it is able. Therefore, the parents who seek to bring up their child well will ever be careful when in the presence of the little one. It is no use to teach it not to mind; the child has no mind, it has no reason, it can only imitate, and it cannot help imitating any more than wa- ter can help running down hill. If we have one kind of food for ourselves which is highly seasoned and cooked in French style, perhaps, and we give our child another dish, telling it that what we eat is not good for it, the child may not then be able to imitate us, but we implant the appetite for such food in the little one. When it grows up and can gratify its taste it will do so. Therefore, the careful parents should abstain from the foods and liquors they do not wish their child to partake of. Regarding the clothing, we may say that at that time the child should be entirely unconscious of its sex organs, and therefore the clothing should be particularly loose at all times. This is specially necessary with little boys, for oftentimes a most seriously bad habit in later life may result from the rubbing of too tight clothing. There is also the question of punishment to be considered; that too is an important factor at all times in awakening the sex nature and should be carefully avoided. There is no child so refractory that it will not respond to the method of reward for good deeds and the withholding of privileges as [PAGE 2452] retribution for disobedience. Besides, we recognize the fact that whipping breaks the spirit of a dog, and we oftentimes complain that certain people have cultivated a wishbone instead of a backbone--that they are lacking in will. Much of that is due to whippings, mercilessly administered in child- hood. Let any parent look at this from the child's standpoint. How would any of us now like to live with someone from whose authority we could not escape, who was much bigger than we, and have to submit to whippings day by day? Leave the whipping alone and much of the social evil will be done away with in a generation. When the vital body has been brought to birth at the seventh year, the faculties of perception and memory are to be educated. The watchword for this period should be AUTHORITY and DISCIPLESHIP. We should not, if we have a precocious child, seek to goad it into a course of study which requires an enormous expenditure of thought. Child prodigies have usually become men and women of less than ordinary mentality. The child should be allowed to follow his own inclination in that respect. His faculties of observation should be cultivated, he should be shown living examples. Let him see the drunkard and what vice has led HIM to; show him also the good man, and set before him high ideals. Teach him to take everything you say upon authority and endeavor to be such that he may respect your authority as parents and teachers. At this time he should also be prepared to husband the force which is now being awakened in him, and which will enable him to generate his kind at the end of the second period of seven years. He should not be allowed to gather that knowledge from polluted sources, because the parents shirk the responsibility of telling him from a mistaken sense of modesty. A [PAGE 2453] flower may be taken as an object lesson, whence all the children, from the smallest to the biggest, may receive the most beautiful instruction in the form of a fairy tale. They may be taught how flowers are like families without bothering at all with botanical terms, so long as the parents have studied in the slightest degree a little elementary botany. Show the chil- dren some flowers. Tell them "Here is a flower family where there are all boys (a staminate flower), and here is another flower where there are only girls (a pistilate flower). Here is one where there are both boys and girls (a flower where there are both stamen and pistils). Show them the pollen in the anthers. Tell them that these little flower boys are just like the boys in the human families; that they are adventuresome and want to go out into the world to fight the battle of life, while the girls (the pistils) stay at home. Show them the bees with the pollen baskets on their legs, and tell them how the little flower boys bestride those winged steeds, like the knights of old, and go out into the world to seek the princess immured in the magic castle (the ovule hidden in the pistil); how the pollen, the flower boy-knights, force their way through the pistil and enter the ovule; then tell them how that signifies that the knight and the princess are mar- ried, that they live happy ever afterward and become the parents of many little flower boys and girls. When they have fully grasped that, they will understand also the generation in the animal and human kingdom, for there is no difference; one is just as pure and chaste and holy as the other. And the little children brought up in that way will always have a reverence for the creative function that can be instilled in no better way. When a child has been thus equipped, it is well fortified for the birth of the desire body at the time of puberty. When the desires and the [PAGE 2454] emotions are unleashed, it enters upon the most dangerous period of life, the time of the hot youth from fourteen to twenty-one, for at that time the desire body is rampant and the mind has not yet come to birth to act as a brake. At this time it is well for the child that has been brought up as here outlined, for its parents will then be a strength and an anchor to it to tide it over that troublesome period until the time when it is full born--the age of twenty-one , when the mind is born. QUESTION NO. 28: WHY ARE CHILDREN BORN IN A FAMILY WHERE THEY ARE NOT WELCOME? ANSWER: It shows a sad state of society when a question such as this can be relevant, as, unfortunately, it is. The primal purpose of marriage is the perpetuation of the race and people who are not willing to become par- ents have no right to marry. It should be the right of every child to be well born, and welcome. But while we are careful to seek out the best strain in the animals which we use for breeding purposes, in order that we may get the hardiest and best stock, we usually do not think at all of the physical, moral and mental fitness of the one we select to be the father or [PAGE 2455] mother of our children. In fact, it is usually considered indelicate if not indecent to think of children at all, and when they come in spite of preventatives, the parents are often distracted with grief. But the law of cause and effect is not to be thwarted. The mills of the Gods grind slowly but they are sure to grind very small, and though the centuries may pass by, there will come a time when the one who is an unwilling parent must himself seek an embodiment anew, and perhaps he will then be reborn into a family where he is not welcome. Or perhaps the unwilling parents of one life be- come childless in the next. Cases are know to the writer where such a couple has been blessed with numerous children whom they desired and pas- sionately loved, but who died in childhood one after another to the great grief of the parents. QUESTION NO. 29: WHEN CHILDREN DO NOT COME TO A MAN AND WIFE WHO DEEPLY LONG FOR THEM, IS THERE NOT SOME WAY TO INDUCE SOME SOUL IN THE UNSEEN WORLD TO ACCEPT THEIR INVITATIONS TO REINCARNATE? WHERE THE CONDITIONS IN THE HOME ARE MOST FA- VORABLE, IT WOULD SEEM THAT AMONG THE MANY SOULS AWAITING INCARNATION ONE WOULD FIND THE CONDITIONS RIGHTS. ANSWER: This is undoubtedly one of the conditions where the would-be parents have some time in a previous neglected their opportunity, or, [PAGE 2456] perhaps, have taken precautions to avoid begetting children. Or, if this is not the case, it may be that at a later day their hopes will be fulfilled. The writer has observed a case where a spirit seeking incarnation followed the mother about, and he was told by someone else who had known the mother that that Ego had been following her from before her marriage. The marriage proved barren, however, and only recently came the news of the divorce. It was plain that although this Ego evidently desired incarnation through the mother, it refused the father. We sometimes hear of marriages which are barren, and then when the marriage contract has been dissolved and the part- ners have each remarried, both have become parents, showing that they were perfectly able to become parents from the physical standpoint, and that it was the incarnating Ego that was lacking. For this should be noted, that unless there is an Ego seeking embodiment through a married couple, their efforts will be fruitless. From the ordinary standpoint that would not ap- pear to be so, but it will be readily seen that as the chemical constituents of the semen and the ova are at all times the same, there would be no reason why a union of the sexes should be fruitful at one time and barren at an- other if they were the only factors. We know that if we mix hydrogen and oxygen in proper proportions we always get water; we know that water will always flow down hill; and thus all the laws of nature are invariable, so that unless there were another factor than the chemical mixture of semen and ova there would always be issue. And this unknown and unseen factor is the reincarnating Ego which goes only where it pleases and without which there can be no issue. If the inquirer will pray earnestly to the angel Gabriel, who is the [PAGE 2457] ambassador of the Regent of the Moon to the earth, and therefore a prime factor in the generation of bodies (vide the Bible), it may possibly avail to bring the desired result. The best time is Monday at sunrise, and from the new Moon to the full. QUESTION NO. 30: HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THE FACT THAT A CHILD SO OFTEN INHERITS THE BAD CHAR- ACTERISTICS OF THE PARENTS? ANSWER: We explain by saying that it is not a fact. Unfortunately, people seem to lay their bad traits to heredity, blaming their parents for their faults, while taking to themselves all the credit for the good. The very fact that we differentiate between that which is inherited and that which is our own, shows that there are two sides to man's nature, the side of the FORM and the LIFE side. The man, the thinker, comes here equipped with a mental and a moral na- ture, which are entirely his own, taking from his parents only the material for the physical body. We are drawn to certain people by the law of causa- tion, and the law of association. The same law which causes musicians to seek the company of one another in concert halls, gamblers to congregate at [PAGE 2458] at the race tracks or in pool rooms, people of a studious nature to flock to libraries, etc., also causes people of similar tendencies, characteristics, and tastes to be born in the same family. Thus, when we hear a person say, "Yes, I know I am thriftless, but then my people never were used to work, we always had servants," it shows that similarity of tastes and nothing more is needed to explain it. When another person says, "Oh, yes, I know I am ex- travagant, but I just cannot help it, it runs in the family," it is again the law of association, and the sooner we recognize that instead of making the law of heredity an excuse for our evil habits we should seek to conquer them and cultivate virtues instead, the better for us. We would not recog- nize it as a valid excuse if the drunkard should say, "No, I cannot help drinking, all my associates drink." We would tell him to get away from them as quickly as possible and assert his own individuality, and we would advise people to cease shielding themselves behind their ancestors as an excuse for bad habits. [PAGE 2459] QUESTION NO. 31: DOES NOT THE CHILD INHERIT ITS BLOOD AND NERVOUS SYSTEM FROM ITS PARENTS? IF SO, WILL IT NOT INHERIT DISEASE AND NERVOUS DISORDERS ALSO? ANSWER: In the foetus, in the lower part of the throat just above the sternum or breast bone, there is a gland called the thymus gland, which is largest during the period of gestation and which gradually atrophies as the child grows older and disappears entirely by or before the fourteenth year, very often when the bones have been properly formed. Science has been very much puzzled as to the use of this gland, and few theories have been advanced to account for it. Among these theories one is that is supplies the material for the manufacture of the red blood corpuscles until the bones have been properly formed in the child so that it may manufacture its own blood corpuscles. That theory is correct. During the earliest years the Ego which owns the child-body is not in full possession, and we recognize that the child is not responsible for its doings, at any rate not before the seventh year, and later we have extended it to the fourteenth year. During that time no legal liability for its ac- tion attaches to the child, and that is as it should be, for the Ego being in the blood can only function properly in blood of its own making, so that where, as in the child-body, the stock of the blood is furnished by the par- ents through the thymus gland, the child is not yet its own master or mis- tress. Thus it is that children do not speak of themselves so much as "I" in the earlier years, but identify themselves with the family; they are Papa's girl and Mama's boy. The young child will say "Mary wants" this or [PAGE 2460] "Johnny wants that," but as soon as they have attained the age of puberty and have begun to manufacture their own blood corpuscles, then we hear the boy or girl say, "I" will do this or "I" will do that. From that time they begin to assert their own identity, and to tear themselves loose from the family. Seeing, then, that the blood throughout the years of childhood, as well as the body, is inherited from the parents, the tendencies to disease are also carried over, not the disease itself but the tendency. After the four- teenth year, when the indwelling Ego has commenced to manufacture its own blood corpuscles, it depends a great deal upon itself whether or not these tendencies shall become manifested actualities in its life. QUESTION NO. 32: CAN A PERSON BE INFLUENCED IN A NATURAL SLEEP AS HE CAN IN HYPNOTIC SLEEP, OR IS THERE A DIFFERENCE? ANSWER: Yes, there is a difference. In the natural sleep the Ego, clothed in the mind and desire body, draws outside the physical body and usually hovers over the body, or at any rate remains close to it, connected [PAGE 2461] by the silver cord, while the vital body and the dense body are resting upon the bed. It is then possible to influence the person by instilling into his brain the thoughts and ideas we wish to communicate. Nevertheless, we cannot then get him to do anything or to entertain any idea except that which is in line with his natural proclivities. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO COMMAND HIM TO DO ANY- THING AND TO ENFORCE OBEDIENCE, the same as it is when he has been driven out by the passes of the hypnotist, for its is the brain which moves the muscles, and during the natural sleep his brain is interpenetrated by his own vital body and he is in perfect control himself, while during the hyp- notic sleep the passes of the hypnotist have driven the ether of which his vital body is composed out of the brain, down to the shoulders of the vic- tim, where it lies around his neck and resembles the collar of a sweater. The dense brain is then open to the ether from the hypnotist's vital body, which displaces that of the proper owner. Thus IN THE HYPNOTIC SLEEP THE VICTIM HAS NO CHOICE WHATEVER AS TO THE IDEAS HE ENTERTAINS OR THE MOVEMENTS HE MAKES WITH HIS BODY, but in the ordinary sleep he is still a free agent. In fact, this method of suggestion during sleep is something which mothers will find extremely beneficial in treating refractory children, for if the mother will sit by the bed of the sleeping child, hold its hand, speak to it as she would speak when it is awake, instill into its brain ideas of such a nature as she would wish it to entertain, she will find that in the waking state many of these ideas will have taken root. Also in dealing with a per- son who is sick or is addicted to drink, if the mother, nurse or others use this method, they will find it possible to instill hope and healing, materi- ally furthering recovery or aiding self-mastery. This method way of course be used for evil, but we cannot refrain from publishing it, as we believe that the good which can be done in this way will much more than offset the few cases where some misguided person may use it for the wrong purpose. Continued with file "RC1069.TXT" End of File

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