Filename: RC1073.TXT Source: +quot;The Rosicrucian Philosophy In Questions + Answers, Vol.
Source: "The Rosicrucian Philosophy In Questions & Answers, Vol. I"
by Max Heindel
QUESTION NO. 109:
WHY DID THE LORD COMMEND THE UNJUST STEWARD AS RELATED IN THE SIXTEENTH
CHAPTER OF ST. LUKE?
ANSWER: The inquirer should read the chapter carefully. We are told of
an unfaithful steward who was brought before his master, the latter being
suspicious that his accounts were not quite right. This unfaithful steward
made a bargain with the debtors of his master to secure himself against the
day of discharge from his position. It is said in verse 8 that "the lord
commended the unjust steward." When he rendered his accounts he must have
fixed them so skilfully that his master was deceived, for the "lord" of the
man--his master--was the one who commended him, as will be seen from the
fact that the word "lord" is spelled with a small letter, whereas the
capital letter is always used where the Christ is signified.
QUESTION NO. 110:
PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT IS MEANT BY SINNING AGAINST THE HOLY GHOST.
ANSWER: Speaking generally, the Holy Spirit is the creative power of
God. For confirmation, remember the passage in the creed "Conceived by the
Holy Spirit," which Gabriel said to Mary should come upon her. By that all
that is has been brought into being, and it is a ray from that attribute of
God which is used by men for perpetuation of the race. When that is abused,
that is to say, when it is used for sense gratification, whether in solitary
or associated vice, with or without the legal marriage, that is the sin
against the Holy Spirit. That sin, we are told, is not forgiven; it must be
expiated. Humanity as a whole is now suffering for that sin. The de-
bilitated bodies, the sickness that we see around us, has been caused by
centuries of abuse, and until we learn to subdue our passions there can be
no true health among the human race. We have been born of parents who
thought that it was right to gratify their passions at any and all times.
In consequence we suffer now, and by our attitude toward the sex question
most of us are at the present time conferring the same maladies upon our
children. Thus the sins of the fathers are being visited upon the children
from generation to generation, and will continue to bring sorrow and suffer-
ing until we shall understand that every child has a right to be well born
and to receive the proper physical conditions during the period of antenatal
QUESTION NO. 111:
IS THE CHRISTIAN CREED BASED UPON DIVINE AUTHORITY?
ANSWER: There are three forms of the Christian creed. One of them is
known as the APOSTLE'S CREED, although not composed by the apostles, but
supposed to embody their beliefs. Another creed was formulated and adopted
at the Council of Nice and is called the Nicene Creed. The Athanasian Creed
was of still later date. They have no more divine authority than any other
contention of men concerning the Bible.
The Bible itself gives a creed, however, in the passage which states that
THERE IS NO OTHER NAME GIVEN EXCEPT THE NAME OF CHRIST JESUS WHEREBY MEN MAY
BE SAVED, and this is in harmony with the occult teaching, for Jehovah was
the author of all the old Race Religions where the fear of God was pitted
against the desires of the flesh and a law was imposed upon man to curb de-
sire. Race Religions act educationally upon the desire nature by the means
stated, but will in time be superseded by the Religion of Christ. This re-
ligion of brotherhood and LOVE WILL CAST OUT THE FEAR engendered by the law
of Jehovah. It will endeavor to do away with nations, with their laws, with
struggle and strife, by working upon the vital body so that humanity shall
be actuated entirely by love instead of by law. This is not the ultimate,
however. When the kingdom shall have been fully established, He is to give
it over to the Father. The Religion of the Father will be something higher
even than the Religion of the Son.
QUESTION NO. 112:
HOW DO YOU RECONCILE THE LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT WITH THE DOCTRINE OF THE
FORGIVENESS OF SINS?
ANSWER: The inability to believe in the forgiveness of sins has caused
many to believe exclusively in the law of cause and effect, as taught in
eastern countries under the name KARMA. There are also many who think that,
because eastern religions teach that law and the law of rebirth more clearly
than the western religion, Christianity, these eastern religions are better
and more scientific than the western religion, which teaches, as popularly
interpreted, that the Christ died for our sins and that in consequence be-
lief in Him will bring us forgiveness.
As a matter of fact, however, the Christian teaching also enunciates the
doctrine that "as we sow so shall we also reap," and thus it teaches both
the law of cause and effect and the forgiveness of sins. BOTH of these laws
are vitally operative in the unfoldment of humanity, and there are good rea-
sons why the earlier eastern religions have only one part of THE COMPLETE
TEACHING WHICH IS FOUND IN THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION.
In those early days when the religions of the East were given to human-
ity, mankind were still more spiritual in nature than the material beings of
the present day Western World. They knew that we live many lives in differ-
ent shapes and forms here upon this earth. In the East today they are yet
thoroughly imbued with that idea, and as a consequence they are exceedingly
indolent. They are more concerned with thought of Nirvana--the invisible
world--where they may rest in peace and joy, than with taking advantage of
their present material resources for advancement. As a consequence, their
country is arid and waste, their crops are small and often destroyed by a
scorching sun and devastating flood. They suffer famine, they die by mil-
lions, but although they teach the law of cause and effect, they seem to be
unaware that their miserable conditions are brought about by indolence and
indifference to material things. For naturally, when they have not worked
here they have nothing to assimilate in the heaven life between death and a
new birth, and as an organ or limb that is disused gradually atrophies, so a
country that is not developed by the spirits incarnated therein gradually
atrophies and becomes useless as a habitation for mankind. It was necessary
to the evolution of humanity to enter this material world and develop all
Therefore, the Great Leaders have taken various means to cause us to tem-
porarily forget the spiritual side of our nature. In the West, where the
pioneers of the human race are found, they commanded marriage outside the
family. They gave to the West a religion that did not definitely teach the
doctrine of rebirth and the law of cause and effect as means of advancement.
They also originated the use of alcohol, with its paralyzing effect upon the
spiritual sensibilities of man. By these means we have in the West tempo-
rarily forgotten that there is more than this one life on earth, and in con-
sequence we apply ourselves with the utmost diligence to making the fullest
possible use of what we believe to be our only opportunity here. Therefore,
we have developed the West into a veritable garden; we have made for our-
selves, BETWEEN INCARNATIONS, a land that is exceedingly fertile and rich in
the minerals which we need in our various industries, and thus we are con-
quering the visible material world.
It is evident, however, that the religious side of man's nature must not
be entirely neglected, and as Christ, the great ideal of the Christian reli-
gion, had been set before us for imitation, and we could not possible hope
to become Christ-like in one life, which is all that we now have any knowl-
edge of, there must be given us a compensatory doctrine, or we should cease
to strive in despair, knowing that it would be futile. Therefore the West-
ern World was taught the doctrine of the forgiveness of sins through the
righteousness of Christ Jesus.
It is equally certain, however, that no doctrine which is not a truth in
nature can have any uplifting power, and, therefore, there must also be a
sound basis behind the doctrine of the forgiveness of sins, which seems to
vitiate the law of causation; it is this:
When we look about us in the material world, we observe the different
phenomena of nature, we meet other people and have various transactions with
them, and all these sights, sounds and scenes are observed by means of our
sense organs. Yet not all, for we are usually exceedingly unobservant of
details. It is exasperatingly true when it is said that "we have eyes that
see not and ears that hear not." We lose a great deal of experience on that
account. Besides, our memory is woefully lacking; while we are able to re-
call a little, most of our experiences are lost to us because we forget
them. our conscious memory is weak. There is another memory, however. As
the ether and the air carry to the photographic plate in a camera the im-
pression of the landscape without, omitting, not the slightest detail, so
also does the air and the ether which carries impressions from the outside
to our sense organs carry into the lungs, and thence to the blood, an actual
picture and a record of everything with which we come in contact. Those
pictures are stored in the minute seed atom resting in the left ventricle of
the heart, and that little atom may be considered the Book of the Recording
Angels, where all our deeds are inscribed. Thence it is mirrored in the Re-
flecting Ether of our vital body.
In the ordinary course of life, man passes into Purgatory at death and
inscribed upon that atom. Later he assimilates all the good stored there in
the First Heaven, working upon his future environment in the Second heaven.
But a devout person realizes each day his shortcomings and failings. He ex-
amines the events of this life daily and prays from a devout heart to be
forgiven for sins he has committed. Then the pictures which have recorded
the sins of omission and commission fade, and are wiped out of his life's
record from day to day. For it is not the aim of God or nature TO "GET
EVEN" as it would seem under the law of causation, which decrees an exact
retribution for every transgression, as well as a reward or compensation for
every good act. It is the aim of God that we should learn by experience
here to do justly and well. When we have realized that we have done wrong
and determine to do better, we have learned the lesson, and there is no
necessity for PUNISHING us.
Thus the doctrine of the forgiveness of sins is an actual fact in nature.
If we repent, pray and reform, the sins we have repented of, prayed for and
reformed from are forgiven and wiped out of our life's record. Otherwise,
they are eradicated by corresponding pains in Purgatory after death. Thus
the doctrine of Karma, or the law of cause and effect as taught in the East,
does not fully meet human needs, but the Christian teaching, which embodies
BOTH the law of causation and the doctrine of the forgiveness of sins, gives
a more complete teaching concerning the method employed by the Great Leaders
to instruct us.
QUESTION NO. 113:
BY WHAT POWER DID PETER RAISE DORCAS FROM THE DEAD?
ANSWER: Peter did not raise Dorcas from the dead, neither did the Christ
raise Lazarus or anyone else, nor did he so claim. He said "HE IS NOT DEAD,
In order that this matter may be understood, we will explain what takes
place at death and wherein death is different from the state of trance, for
the persons mentioned were entranced at the time the supposed miracles took
During the waking state, when the Ego is functioning consciously in the
Physical World, its various vehicles are concentric--they occupy the same
space--but at night, when the body is laid down to sleep, a separation takes
place. The Ego, clothed in the mind and desire body, extricates itself from
the dense body and the vital body, which are left upon the bed. The higher
vehicles hover above or near. They are connected to the denser vehicles by
THE SILVER CORD, a thin glistening threat which takes the shape of two fig-
ure sixes, one end being attached to the seed atom in the heart and the
other to the center vortex of the desire body.
At the moment of death, this thread is ruptured at the seed atom in the
heart and the forces of this atom pass along the pneumogastric nerve,
through the third ventricle of the brain, and thence outward through the su-
ture between the occipital and parietal bones of the skull, along the silver
cord and into the higher vehicles. Simultaneously with this rupture, the
vital body is also disengaged and joins the higher vehicles which are hover-
ing above the dead body. There it remains for about three and one-half
days. Then the higher vehicles disengage themselves from the vital body,
which disintegrates synchronously with the dense body, in ordinary cases.
At the time of this last separation, the silver cord also breaks in the
middle, and the Ego is freed from contact with the material world.
During sleep the Ego also withdraws from the dense body, but the vital
body remains with the dense body and the silver cord is left intact.
It sometimes happens that the Ego does not enter the body in the morning
to waken it as usual, but remains outside for a time varying from one to an
indefinite number of days. Then we say that the body is in a natural
trance. But the silver cord is not ruptured in either of the two places
mentioned. Where these ruptures have once taken place no restoration is
possible. The Christ and the apostle were clairvoyants; they saw that no
rupture had taken place in the cases mentioned, hence the saying, "He is not
dead, he sleepeth." They also possessed the power to force the Ego into its
body and restore the normal condition. Thus so-called miracles were per-
formed by them.
QUESTION NO. 114:
DO YOU BELIEVE IN CONVERSION?
ANSWER: Certainly, but there are conversions and conversions. There is
the conversion which takes place in a revival meeting to the beating of
drums, the clapping of hands, the singing of gospel hymns and the insistent
calling of the revivalist to "come before it is too late." All these aids
to conversion produce an intense hypnotic influence, which works upon the
emotional nature of many people in such a way that these "sinners," so
called, can no longer remain in their seats, but are FORCED in the most lit-
eral sense to obey the command and come forward to "the mourner's bench."
That kind of a conversion is usually of very little worth. Revivalists find
that it is extremely easy to convert people in that manner. The exasperat-
ingly difficult problem is, as one of them expressed it, "to make it stick,"
for when the victim of the hypnotic revivalist leaves the meeting, the
influence gradually wears off, and sooner or later he relapses into his
original attitude. And though these "backsliders" may feel no pang at all
when backsliding, the next revival meeting draws them to the mourners' bench
again as surely as a magnet draws a needle. They are converted repeatedly
and backslide regularly every time there is a revival meeting, to the dis-
gust of the revivalist and the amusement of the community, who are unaware
that it is a simple case of mild hypnotism.
There is another conversion, however, always accompanied by planetary in-
fluences, and according to the strength of these influences the conversion,
or change in the life, will be more or less radical. It then shows that the
soul has reached a certain point in its pilgrimage where it feels attraction
to the higher life. The immediate cause of conversion may be a sermon, a
lecture or a book, a verse in the Bible, or something in nature, but that is
only the physical cause of something which was already a fact spiritually.
From that moment the man or the woman will commence to take a new view of
life, will lay aside the old vices, will follow new lines of thought and en-
deavor. It may change his whole attitude toward life and also his environ-
ment. In fact, very often a journey has brought him out of the usual envi-
ronment for the time being, to give the proper condition for sowing of the
QUESTION NO. 115:
IS THERE ANY VALUE IN CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION?
ANSWER: If the inquirer means confession and absolution in the sense in
which it is practiced in the Catholic Church, it may be stated that the
priest, certainly, has no power to forgive the sins of the penitent, and the
practice of confession BY THE ORDER OF A CHURCH at the best is usually but
an outward show of penitence, putting one in mind of the prayer of the
Pharisee who went into the temple that he might be seen of men.
If, on the other hand, confession is made in the spirit of the scribe,
which is the spirit of true penitence, then there is a certain value, for as
a little child who has committed a wrong feels conscience smitten and sorry,
so may we feel extremely penitent for our sins of omission and commission.
It is a fact often noticed by kind parents that penitence in silence is
sometimes insufficient to the child which feels the need of going to the
parent and CONFESSING ITS SIN. When the forgiveness of the parent has been
obtained its conscience is at rest. So also with the child of God. We sin
and we are sorry for our sins; we determine not to commit this or that wrong
again; but if we can confess to someone in whom we have faith, and get their
sympathy and assurance that this wrong will not be held against us, we shall
feel easier in conscience. That was the principle underlying the command of
the Bible "Confess your sins to one another." The one to whom we confess
will, of course, be a person for whom we have a profound respect and love,
and he or she will stand toward us at that moment as the representative of
God or our own higher nature, and we shall thus feel very much relieved at
having received his sympathy. But we shall feel also that the pact we have
made with ourselves not to commit the sin in question again has been
strengthened by having him as a witness. If confession is made thus, and
absolution so obtained, then it has undoubtedly a very beneficial effect.
QUESTION NO. 116:
IS THERE ANY VALUE IN THE LATIN RITUAL USED BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?
WOULD IT NOT BE BETTER IF IT WERE TRANSLATED SO THAT PEOPLE COULD UNDER-
STAND? AND ARE NOT THE EXTEMPORANEOUS SERMONS AND PRAYERS USED IN THE PROT-
ESTANT CHURCHES MUCH TO BE PREFERRED TO THE RITUAL AND STEREOTYPES MASSES OF
ANSWER: At the present time all humanity has evolved so far that they
are above law in some respects. Most people obey the law "Thou shalt not
steal," for instance.
Law is a curb on the desire nature, but where occult or rather spiritual
advancement is contemplated, the spiritualization of the vital body must
also be accomplished. And that is attained by means of art and religion, in
OFT-REPEATED IMPACTS, for the keynote of the vital body is REPETITION, as we
can see by looking at the plants which have only a dense body and a vital
body. There stem and leaf follow each other in upward succession; the plant
keeps on growing them alternately. it was the vital body that built the
vertebrae of the human spine one after another by constant repetition. And
memory, for instance, which is one of the faculties of the vital body, is
strengthened and developed by constant iteration and reiteration.
When the Protestants left the Catholic Church they truly left many of the
abuses behind, but they also left almost everything of value. They aban-
doned the ritual which everyone may know and understand regardless of poor
enunciation upon the part of the preacher. Knowing the ritual, the laity
could send their thoughts in the same direction as the thought of the priest
who was reading, and thus an enormous volume of identical spiritual thought
was massed together and projected upon the community for good or evil.
Nowadays the congregation in a Protestant church listens to the extemporane-
ous prayer or sermon of their minister, who usually does not think so much
of the spiritual work before him as he does of how he may turn out the most
euphonious phrases to tickle the ears of his congregation. They forget what
he has said before they leave the church. Those who go to a Catholic church
understanding the ritual are still today able to unite their thoughts in
spiritual conclave and keep within memory that which has been gone through.
Thus they are every time adding a little to the spiritualization of their
vital bodies, while the Protestant church members have been affected only in
their emotional natures, and that effect is soon thrown out. The Bible
tells us to pray without ceasing, and many have scoffed saying that if God
is omniscient He knows whereof we have need without our prayer, and if He is
not, He can most likely not be omnipotent, and therefore our prayers are not
granted, so that it is useless to pray. But that command was indited from a
knowledge of the nature of the vital body, which needs that repetition in
order that it may be spiritualized.
So much for the ritual. As to the use of the Latin language, it is
stated in the first chapter of John that in the beginning was the word. . .
and without it was nothing made that was made. Word is sound. If we take
sand or plant spores and place them upon a brass or a glass plate, then take
a violin bow and draw it across the edges, we shall produce a sound, and
that sound will cause the spores or sand to arrange itself in geometrical
figures, similar to the crystals of which all things are composed. EVERY
SOUND PRODUCES A DIFFERENT FORMATION. Thus, if a certain sound produces a
certain effect which we wish to produce, WE CANNOT CHANGE THE SOUND WITHOUT
ALSO CHANGING THE EFFECT. If we emit a certain sound and say "Deum," then
translate Deum and say God, the sound is very different, and as sound pro-
duces certain effects upon our invisible bodies, the effects that were pro-
duced by the original Latin ritual have been lost to the Protestant churches
which changed it into English or dropped it altogether.
It is often a wonder to people how the Catholic Church retains its power
over its people, and it may be said that were they to abandon the Latin
ritual there would not be one of their followers left in ten years. More-
over, their truly occult rituals have not been transposed into English, and
even among the Rosicrucians, Latin rituals, though not those used in the
Catholic Church, are in vogue at the services.
QUESTION NO. 117:
WHAT IS THE ACTUAL MERIT IN MARTYRDOM? DID THE MARTYRS REALLY BECOME
ANSWER: Man lifts himself to a union with God through four great steps
or stages. First he prays to or sacrifices to a God whom he fears and,
therefore, seeks to propitiate, so that his God will not harm him. Next he
learns to look upon this God as a mighty ally against his enemies and as a
giver of all good things to him, that is, provided he obeys the God and sac-
rifices to him of the material things which he possesses. In the third step
he is taught TO SACRIFICE HIMSELF by living a life of righteousness, and ex-
pects to be rewarded in a future state called heaven, where he is to live in
eternal happiness as a compensation for whatever he may have endured during
earth life. The martyrs were at the stage where they held this belief, and
were thoroughly imbued with the verity and glory of heaven. Therefore it
was to them an easy matter to sacrifice their lives and then attain to the
future glory at once.
In reality, if martyrdom can unlock a heaven with eternal bliss, that is
a most easy method of obtaining the reward. It may take courage to die, but
after all it takes infinitely more courage to live. We are very apt to
think that when a man has given his life he has given to the very utmost,
and we often hear people say of a man who has committed suicide that "HE HAS
PAID IT ALL." As a matter of fact, suicide is usually an expression of the
greatest possible cowardice, and martyrdom is far less to be admired than
the lives of people who day by day endeavor to follow the spiritual teach-
ings of the Bible and live a noble life. Of course it is readily admitted
that the martyrs are to be admired for stanchly adhering to their faith in
the face of death and torture. Undoubtedly they will have greater opportu-
nities for spiritual growth in later lives than they were deprived of when
burned at the stake or otherwise exterminated. And we may also surely say
that they were saints and holy people in the sense that their faith was even
more to them than life, but we strenuously hold that the edict of a church
is incapable of making a sinner a saint.
QUESTION NO. 118:
IN ONE OF YOUR LECTURES YOU SAID IN EFFECT THAT IT WAS A MISTAKE TO SEND
MISSIONARIES TO FOREIGN COUNTRIES; THAT THE RELIGIONS PRACTICED BY THE
SO-CALLED HEATHENS ARE RIGHT FOR THEM AT THE PRESENT TIME, BUT THAT THESE
MISSIONARIES HAVE DONE LITTLE HARM AS YET. HOW THEN DO YOU EXPLAIN THE COM-
MAND OF CHRIST TO HIS APOSTLES, "GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD AND PREACH THE
GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE?"
ANSWER: The meaning of the Christ's words obviously rest upon the inter-
pretation of the word "world." If by that word we understand the whole
earth, it may be right to send missionaries to foreign countries; but the
Bible tells us that THE DISCIPLES TO WHOM THE COMMAND WAS GIVEN returned af-
ter having accomplished their mission, showing that the word of command
could not have been meant to include the whole earth. In this connection
the word "world" should rather have been given the interpretation "polity,"
which will also be found in some of our dictionaries as another meaning for
the word. At the time of Christ people did not know the whole world. We
find even to this day the westernmost cape of Spain called Cape
Finisterre--THE END OF THE EARTH. Therefore this term at the time when
Christ spoke his command could not have included the whole earth as we know
it today. The statement is, therefore, not contrary to Bible teachings. It
is wrong to send missionaries out to the people we call "heathen," for their
development is as yet such that they cannot understand a religion which
preaches LOVE to one's neighbor, a religion which even we have not yet
learned to practice. Besides, if the great Recording Angels who have charge
of men's evolution are capable of judging our needs, and placing each one in
the environment where he will find the influences most conducive to progres-
sion, we must also believe that they have given to each nation the religion
most salutary to its unfoldment. Therefore, when a man has been placed in a
country where the Christian religion is taught, that religion holds the
ideal which he should strive for, but to try to force it upon other people
who have been placed in a different sphere is to set our judgment up as
greater than the judgment of God and His ministers, the Recording Angels.
However, as said, the Christian missionaries have done little harm to the
people they have visited, but they might have done more good at home. We do
not need to go away from home to find heathen who need instruction in the
Bible. Professor Wilbur L. Cross of Yale mentions, for instance, that in a
class of forty students not one could place Judas Iscariot; that he had a
Jewish student who had never heard of Moses and that in answer to a question
concerning the nature of the Pilgrim's Progress, the best answer was that it
is the basis of New England history. If the missionaries were brought into
contact with these heathen, perhaps they might do some good.
More harm, however, is done when the East sends its missionaries over
here to convert us to Hindooism and kindred religions, for often these
Hindoos teach breathing exercises which cause insanity or consumption, be-
cause our western bodies are not at all fitted for such practices. it is
safest to rest in the religion of our country, to study and practice that,
leaving to other nations the privilege of doing the same in respect to their
QUESTIONS CONCERNING SPIRITUALISTIC PHENOMENA:
QUESTION NO. 119:
IS MEDIUMSHIP INJURIOUS TO HEALTH?
ANSWER: That depends: Where a person becomes the medium for a disembod-
ied spirit which enters the body, as in the case of the trance mediums,
where it takes possession of this body and uses it as the owner might do,
there is little if any harm done, provided the spirit control does not abuse
his privilege. In fact, there are some cases where spirit controls have a
better idea of caring for a body than the owner himself, and may sometimes
improve the health. But spirits of a high ethical nature do not usually
control a medium, it is rather earthbound and low spirits such as Indians
and others of a like nature who obtain a control over mediumistic persons,
and when in possession of the body they may use it to gratify their low pas-
sions for drink and sex. Thus they cause a disturbance to the system and a
deterioration of the instrument.
In the case of the materializing medium, we may say that the influence is
always injurious. The materializing spirit entrances the victim and then
draws the ether of the vital body out through the spleen, for the difference
between the materializing medium and the ordinary person is the fact that
the connection between the vital body and the dense body is exceedingly lax,
so that it is possible to withdraw this vital body to a very great extent.
The vital body is the vehicle whereby the solar currents which give us
vitality are specialized. Deprived of the vitalizing principle, the body of
the medium at the time of a materialization sometimes shrinks to almost
one-half its usually size; the flesh becomes flabby and the spark of life
burns very low. When the seance is over and the vital body replaced, the
medium is awakened and in normal consciousness. He then experiences a feel-
ing of the most terrible exhaustion and sometimes, unfortunately, resorts to
drink to revive the vital forces. In that case, of course, the health will
very soon suffer and the medium will become a total wreck. At any rate,
mediumship should be avoided, for apart from this danger to the instrument
there are other and far more serious considerations in connection with the
more subtle bodies, and particularly in connection with the after-death
QUESTION NO. 120:
WHERE MEDIUMS MAKE SO-CALLED SOUL TRIPS, WHAT IS IT THAT LEAVES THE
PHYSICAL BODY, AND CAN IT LEAVE IN THE WAKING STATE TO GATHER DATA?
ANSWER: A medium is a negative or involuntary clairvoyant and under the
control of a spirit from the Desire World. He or she corresponds to the
victim of a hypnotist in the Physical World. In the case of the hypnotist,
he is seen by his victim in the waking state, while the medium does not see
the spirit which hypnotizes her until she has been driven out of her body.
She is then clothed in her desire body and therefore usually unable to bring
her experiences back.
All her experiences take place while the physical body is in a trance.
It is the Ego clothed in the mind and desire body which leaves the physical
body behind, and the same separation takes place then as in ordinary dream-
less sleep, with the difference, however, that the physical body is not left
tenantless upon the bed, but the spirit control usually enters the physical
body of the medium, taking possession and using it according to pleasure,
often to the great detriment of the medium. For when such a spirit control
has been a drunkard or libertine during earth life, it will often use the
medium's body to gratify its craving for liquor or its base, sensual in-
stincts. We cannot too seriously impress upon people that this physical
body is our most valuable instrument, and that it is very wrong for anyone
to abandon it to the tender mercies of either a hypnotist or a spirit con-
trol. In the case of mediums, there is a still graver danger, for sometimes
it is not an ordinary human Ego which is the control, but an elemental that
cannot ordinarily function in the Physical World. When the medium at death
enters the Desire World, the elemental has obtained such a power over the
desire body of the medium that it may rob the owner of his vehicle. The de-
sire body is the vehicle whence comes the spring to action, and therefore
when an Ego is deprived of that vehicle there is nothing to cause it to re-
incarnate. The elemental may keep this body even for millions of years, and
so, while the result of humanity is progressing, the unfortunate Ego,
deprived of its desire body, is left inert and will be far behind all its
fellows, perhaps, before it is released from the bondage of this entity.
Therefore, mediumship is the gravest danger to the soul the writer knows of
or is able to conceive, except the practice of black magic.
QUESTION NO. 121:
I HAVE TAKEN MANY SOUL FLIGHTS, AND ON ONE OF THESE JOURNEYS MY GUIDE
TOOK ME THROUGH GATES INTO A CRYSTAL CITY AND ON INTO A TEMPLE FILLED WITH
ETHEREAL PEOPLE, SAYING, "THIS IS GOD'S HOLY CITY." WILL YOU KINDLY TELL ME
WHERE THIS IS, WHEY THERE ARE GATES AND WALLS AROUND THE CITY, AND WHY EV-
ERYTHING LOOKED LIKE CRYSTAL?
ANSWER: It is one of the peculiarities of desire stuff, which is the
matter of the Desire World that it is exceedingly plastic and readily molded
by thought. In the twinkling of an eye it takes the most different shapes
according to the thought that ensouls it, and where many people upon earth
think along similar lines all their thoughts mass themselves and form one
Thus in the lower regions of the Desire World, the thoughts of people who
believe in a fiery, furnace-like Hell make of the desire stuff there such a
place of torture. There we may see devils with horns, hoofs and tails,
prodding the unhappy sinners with pitchforks, and often when people pass out
at death, after having lived in that belief, they are in a sad state of fear
on beholding this place which they have helped to create. There is also in
the higher regions of the Desire World a city such as you describe, a New
Jerusalem with pearly gates, with a sea of glass and its great white throne
upon which is seated a thought form of God, created by these people and ap-
pearing like an old man. It is probable that you visited this place, which
is a permanent feature of the Desire World, and will remain so as long as
people continue to think of the New Jerusalem in that way, for these forms
have no life apart from the sustained thoughts of mankind, and when in time
humanity shall have outgrown that faith, the city created by their thoughts
will cease to exist. Its crystal-like appearance is due to the exceeding
brilliance of the desire stuff of which it is built. The old alchemists
called the Desire World "astral," "starry," on that account.
QUESTION NO. 122:
ARE NOT THE DESIRE BODIES LEFT BY PROGRESSING EGOS USED BY ELEMENTALS TO
DECEIVE FRIENDS AND RELATIVES OF THE DECEASED PERSON? HOW CAN THEY BE DE-
TECTED AND RECOGNIZED?
ANSWER: When the spirit has passed out at death, and after a stay in
Purgatory of shorter or longer duration enters the First Heaven, it still
has with it the desire body used during the earth life, but when it enters
the Second Heaven that desire body is left behind in a like manner as the
vital and dense bodies were left at death and shortly after. But, while the
dense body goest to decay and disintegrates, becomes inert and useless AT
ONCE when the spirit has left it, it is very different with the desire body.
The material of which that body is composed is so much more vitalized by the
UNIVERSAL Spirit that it will retain the ability to move about a long time
after the spirit has left. The shell is drawn by magnetic attraction to
those with whom it associated during earth life and a memory of that past
life very often enables it to pose successfully as a deceased relative.
This is particularly the case when the shell is used by an elemental entity.
These empty shells ensouled by elementals account very satisfactorily for
most of the phenomena encountered at spiritualistic seances. The pranks of
these elementals in spilling water down the necks of the sitters, throwing
chairs, tables and the like about, are specimens of what may be done by such
empty shells when in the possession of elementals.
As to how they may be detected or recognized by us, it will be evident
that while our deceased friends and relatives during earth life possessed
common sense, there is nothing to be gained from the inane nonsensical com-
munications of these empty shells, for the spirit which was in reality our
friend has passed away, leaving the house empty. Therefore we may judge
them by words and acts as we judge people here.
QUESTION NO. 123:
CAN ELEMENTALS ASSUME THE SHAPE OF ANIMALS OR REPTILES, AND WHAT CAN BE
DONE TO STOP THEM?
ANSWER: In this material world all the forms are stable and do not eas-
ily change. The Desire World is widely different in that respect. The
fairy tales, like the metamorphosis of Cinderella's mice, etc., are actual
facts in the Desire World, for the forms change at the will of the ensouled
life with a lightening-like rapidity, which is very bewildering to one who
enters that world as a neophyte. It is, therefore, necessary for the clair-
voyant to be trained, in order to escape being glamoured by THE FORM, which
is always changing and may assume any shape at any moment. When we are able
to see the ensouling LIFE, it does not matter what form it takes upon itself
for the time being, we are not deceived. Like all others in the Desire
World, elementals have this faculty of changing their shape, and it is due
to that fact that so many strange tales or visions seen are thought true by
untrained clairvoyants. Nothing can be done to stop elementals from chang-
ing their shape, but we may shoo them away from us as we chase a serenading
feline from below our bedroom window.
QUESTION NO. 124:
HOW CAN ONE AVOID BECOMING OBSESSED?
ANSWER: Obsession is a state where a discarnate spirit has taken perma-
nent possession of the body of someone after dispossessing the owner. but
sometimes people who have formed a habit of drunkenness or some other low
vice seek to excuse themselves by claiming to be obsessed. Wherever a per-
son makes that statement concerning himself, one may nearly always be sure
that it is nothing but an excuse, for a thief who has stolen something here
in the material world does not go about and tell people of his theft, nei-
ther does an obsessing entity go around proclaiming the fact. It is very
certain that such an entity does not care what is thought about the man
whose body he has stolen, so that there is no reason why he should tell and
risk being exorcised.
There is an infallible means of knowing whether a person is really ob-
sessed, namely, by diagnosis of the eye. "The eye is the window of the
soul," and only the true owner is capable of contracting and expanding the
iris, or pupil of the eye, so that if we take a person who claims to be ob-
sessed or whom we think is obsessed, to a room which is darkened, we shall
find that the pupil of his eye will not expand if he is obsessed. Neither
will the pupil contract when we bring him into the sunlight, nor expand if
we ask him to look at an object at a distance or contract when he is asked
to read small type. In short, the pupil of the eye will respond neither to
light nor to distance when a person is obsessed, but there is also a certain
disease called locomotor ataxia, where the iris will not respond to distance
but is responsive to light.
No one who maintains a positive attitude of mind can ever become ob-
sessed, for so long as we assert our individuality that is strong enough to
keep all outsiders away. But in spiritualistic seances where the sitters
are negative there is always a great danger. The best way to avoid becoming
obsessed would be to maintain this positive attitude. And anyone who is at
all negatively inclined should avoid spiritualistic seances, crystal gazing
and other methods of evoking spirits. That is bad practice anyway, for
those who have gone beyond have their work to do there and should not be
brought back here.
QUESTION NO. 125:
WHAT IS PSYCHOMETRY?
ANSWER: Science teaches us that every particle of matter in the Physical
World is interpenetrated by ether, so that the chemical atoms of every sub-
stance, no matter how dense, do not touch one another, but each little atom
vibrates in a field of this all-pervading ether. The vibrations of this
ether emitted by every object carry to our eyes a picture of the things
about us. This picture is not lost. The pictures of all things which we
have consciously observed still exist in the ether of our vital body, and it
only depends upon our ability to call them back whether we remember them or
There is also in the ether pervading every object a picture of the whole
surroundings of that object. On the walls of our rooms are inscribed all
the scenes, every incident that ever happened in that room, and even though
we strip them of lath and plaster, it may be impossible to get rid of all
the pictures inscribed there. If we take a piece of plaster from such a
room and bring it to a person who has cultivated etheric sight, it is pos-
sible for that person to see the ether in that piece of plaster, and to tell
about the scenes which happened where that plaster came from. If we show
him a piece of stone taken from the pyramids of Egypt, he will see those
pyramids just as well as if we had brought him a photograph, for it is the
ether from an object such as the pyramid that makes the impression upon the
photographer's sensitive plate, and the only difference between that impres-
sion and the impression we receive through the eye is that we are able to
fix it on the photographic plate, and may take a look at the photograph at
any time, while we are not yet able to clearly visualize the scenes of our
past under ordinary circumstances. But the psychometrist who can read the
ether has a wonderful picture gallery at his disposal.
QUESTION NO. 126:
IS IT TRUE THAT AT SPIRITUALISTIC SEANCES PERSONS ARE SOMETIMES TRANS-
PORTED BODILY FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER BY INVISIBLE HANDS; THAT FLOWERS ARE
BROUGHT INTO THE ROOM THROUGH CLOSED WINDOWS AND DOORS, AND IF SO, HOW CAN
THAT BE DONE?
ANSWER: Yes, it is perfectly true that such phenomena as you have men-
tioned take place at times under conditions where no fraud is at all pos-
sible. As to the movement of objects, that may be accomplished by the spir-
its in charge of the seance in various ways. Hands may be materialized
which are either visible or invisible, and they may lift objects or persons
from one place to another, or else these objects may be lifted by the sus-
pension of the law of gravity so far as that object is concerned. As to the
passage of flowers through a wall, a closed window or other material object,
we should remember that these objects are not really as solid as we usually
think. Science recognizes the fact that no two atoms in any substance touch
one another, but each atom swings and vibrates at a varying rate of speed in
the sea of ether which permeates all matter. It is well known also that all
substances may be reduced to gas. Iron, stone, water, or whatever other
substance we name is capable of being thus reduced. Realizing this, it is
only a step further to the idea that as these substances are reduced to a
gaseous state and as readily resolved back into their original state, so a
flower may be resolved into ether, passed between the atoms in a wall and
then resolved back into its existence as a flower. That is in fact what
But the inquirer may say, "Yes, but if you take a silver dollar, melt it
in a crucible, or retort and change it into a gas, it will not take the
shape of a silver dollar when it is resolved back into the metallic state
but will become simply a lump of metal." That is true where the operation
is performed by an ordinary man, who is incapable of separating the dense
material from its etheric counterpart during the process of melting, but the
spiritual entities who perform the feats spoken of are capable of thus de-
taching the ether part of the flower from the dense material. And it is
that etheric part which retains its shape and forms the matrix or mold which
gives form to the material of the flower when liberated in the room after
having been passed through the wall.
QUESTION NO. 127:
WILL YOU KINDLY EXPLAIN THE USE OF THE PLANCHETTE? AND STATE IF IT IS
ADVISABLE TO TRY TO PRODUCE THE PHENOMENA AMONG AMATEURS.
ANSWER: The planchette is a small board placed upon wheels with a device
for holding a pencil in a vertical position, so that when the medium's hand
is placed upon the board and moved about by the spirits the pencil will
write their messages on a sheet of paper. Like all other spiritualistic
phenomena, planchette writing is produced by a disembodied spirit through a
When an entity has passed out of earth life and entered the Invisible Be-
yond, an evolution of a different nature from ours awaits him in Purgatory
and the various heavens. It is a retrogression when he tries to communicate
with us here under ordinary circumstances. Therefore, all spiritualistic
phenomena which bring the disembodied spirit into contact with the Physical
World are to be deprecated as having a bad effect upon the spirits con-
cerned. The communicating entities are also dangerous to the negative sit-
ters in a circle, who abandon their will powers and their bodies to a cer-
Of course in planchette writing the whole body may not be in trance, al-
though it sometimes is; but at least an arm is abandoned to the control of a
discarnate spirit whom the sitter does not see, and who may or may not be
what it represents. If a tramp came to our door and tried to persuade us to
abandon our house and allow him to take possession for a little while, we
would indignantly refuse, but when a tramp from the Desire World asks us to
let him have possession of our most valuable house, our body, many at once
comply, flattered in the belief that "a dear Angel" has visited them. But
"dear Angels" and philanthropists do not grow on every bush in the Desire
World any more than here. It cannot be too often reiterated that there is
no transforming power in death; that an ignorant Indian does not suddenly
become all wise by the mere fact of having passed out at death. As it is
necessary to study in order to gain knowledge in this world, so must the de-
parted spirits apply themselves if desiring to learn about conditions in
that world, and until they have had the requisite amount of experience, the
departed are no more fit to guide us from there than they were while here.
The safest plan is to leave all negative phenomena alone, concentrating all
our energies on LIVING THE LIFE, and doing exercises which foster in us the
faculty of entering that world at will, either traveling in our finer ve-
hicles or clairvoyantly observing it while still within our dense body.
THAT IS PROGRESS; when we have that ability we can see the disembodied enti-
ties face to face and judge for ourselves whether it is advisable to listen
to their counsel or not. Until we can do that we are at a disadvantage, and
caution should teach us to keep on the safe side.
QUESTION NO. 128:
IS A VAMPIRE THE SAME AS A WEREWOLF?
ANSWER: No, a vampire is a person who absorbs the vitality of another,
while that which was called a werewolf in mediaeval times was the vital body
of a low order of black magician. He would give a gruesome shape to his vi-
tal body, and partly stud it with dense matter in order to inflict harm upon
other people. The old folk stories said that it was no use to strike such a
thing, blows would not hurt it. But if it were stabbed with a knife or an-
other sharp instrument, it would commence to disgorge the blood of its
victims, run away yelping to its home, and there the black magician who had
manifested as a wolf could be found suffering from a wound in the precise
place where the wolf had been hurt. This is on account of a curious circum-
stance known to occultists as REPERCUSSION, and the same phenomena may be
seen where spirits materialize at a seance. The ether in which these spir-
its materialize has been taken from the body of the medium, and if a piece
is cut out of the robe of such a spirit, a piece will be found missing from
the garment of the medium at the close of the seance. This fact has been
used by skeptical investigators ignorant of the law of repercussion to stamp
mediums as frauds, when in fact they have been perfectly honest, though in-
capable of explaining away the seemingly damning evidence.
QUESTION NO. 129:
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A TRANCE MEDIUM, A MATERIALIZING MEDIUM,
THE TRAINED CLAIRVOYANT AND THE ORDINARY PERSON?
ANSWER: Roughly speaking, we may say that humanity today is divided into
two classes--those in whom the connection between the vital body and the
dense body is very close, and another class where the connection is more
loose. The former class is the ordinary person who is engaged in material
pursuits and is altogether out of touch with the Spiritual Worlds. The lat-
ter class is the so-called sensitives, and is again divided into two
classes. One class is ACTUATED BY THE WILL FROM WITHIN and is positive.
From this class comes the trained clairvoyant and the Invisible Helper. The
other class is negative and is AMENDABLE TO THE WILL OF OTHERS. From this
class mediums are recruited.
When the connection between the vital body and the dense body of a man is
somewhat lax, he will be sensitive to spiritual vibrations, and if positive
he will BY HIS OWN WILL develop his spiritual faculties, live a spiritual
life and in time receive the teaching necessary to become a trained clair-
voyant and a master of his faculty at any and all times, free to exercise it
or not, as he pleases.
If a person has this slight laxity between the vital and dense bodies,
and is of a negative temperament, he is liable to become the prey of
discarnate spirits, as a medium.
Where the connection between the vital and dense body is very lax, so
that it may be withdrawn, and the man is positive, he may become an Invis-
ible Helper, capable of taking the two higher ethers away from his dense
body AT WILL and using them as a vehicle for sense perception and memory.
He can then function consciously in the Spiritual World and bring back a
recollection of everything he has done there, so that, for instance, when he
leaves his body at night he takes up the life in the Invisible World in a
fully conscious manner, as we do here when we wake up in the morning after
sleep and perform our various duties in the visible world.
When a person has this lax connection between the vital body and the
dense body and is of a negative temperament, the spirits which are earth
bound and seek to manifest here may withdraw his vital body by way of the
spleen and temporarily use the ether of which it is composed to materialize
spirit forms, returning the ether to the medium after the seance is over.
QUESTION NO. 130:
IF MEDIUMSHIP IS SO DANGEROUS, WHY DO NOT THE MEDIUMS CEASE TO ALLOW
THEMSELVES TO BE CONTROLLED?
ANSWER: In the first place, of course, the great majority of the mediums
do not realize that there is danger. They are particularly unaware of the
enormous danger which threatens them after death. The desire body may then
be appropriated by the spirit control. If they were to try to stop the
influence of the spirit control while still here in the body they would find
that that entity has an exceedingly strong hold upon them, a control it is
very difficult to break, and they ought to realize that naturally when death
brings them into the same world with these spirit controls the danger will
be still greater.
The writer has known certain cases where mediums have balked and tried to
escape from the toils of the spirit control, but have failed to break the
strong hold of that entity. They were helpless. Mediums have come to the
writer for help and told him that they were almost irresistibly compelled by
their spirit controls to commit suicide and murder; that they had begged and
pleaded with the spirit controls to leave them alone, but without avail.
Cases are known also where spirit controls have mercilessly dragged their
victims out of bed in the middle of night against their will and forced them
to listen to their importunities. Only seldom does one hear that they show
mercy. Though the writer has known mediums who have been ill from such
treatment, he has only known of one case where the sickness of the medium
induced the spirit controls to listen to his plea and leave him alone for a
few months while he recuperated.
Thus it will be seen that mediumship, once entered into, is not usually a
matter of choice with the mediums; they lose the power to shut out spirit
controls. While they do the bidding of their taskmasters and are docile,
they may not feel the bit; but let one of them try to balk, and he or she
will soon feel that the spirit control has both bit and spur, and is merci-
less in his use of them.
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