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Filename: RC1081.TXT Source: "The Rosicrucian Philosophy in Questions & Answers, Vol. II" by Max Heindel [PAGE 2883] SELFISHNESS THE CAUSE OF ALL SICKNESS: QUESTION NO. 49: IN TANNHAUSER YOU SAY SICKNESS ATTENDS SOUL GROWTH TO A GREATER OR LESS EXTENT. I ALSO SEE IN LECTURE NO. 11, SPIRITUAL SIGHT AND INSIGHT, THAT YOU SAY DISEASE IS A MANIFESTATION OF IGNORANCE, AND THAT IN PROPORTION THAT THE CHRIST IS FORMED IN US WE ATTAIN TO HEALTH. THESE TWO PASSAGES DON'T SEEM RECONCILABLE TO MY MIND. ANSWER: They are nevertheless very much reconcilable. Until the Christ life illimines us from within we do not comprehend, neither do we follow, the laws of nature, and consequently we contract diseases by our ignorant contravention of these laws. As Emerson puts it, a man who is sick is a scoundrel in the act of being found out; he has broken the laws of nature. That is why it is necessary that the gospel of christ should be preached. all of us should learn to love our God with our whole heart and our whole soul and our brother as ourselves, for all our trouble in the world, whether we recognize it or not, comes from the one great fact of our selfishness. if the alimentative function is deranged, what is the reason? Is it not that we have overtaxed our system because we have been angered and exhausted our nervous force by trying to get someone to serve our selfish ends, and we feel resentful because we have not succeeded? In every case selfishness is [PAGE 2884] the prime cause of diseases, sorrows, and pains. Selfishness is the supreme besetting sin of ignorance. NATURE OF WHITE BLOOD CORPUSCLES: QUESTION NO. 50: YOU SAY IN COSMO THAT THE WHITE BLOOD CORPUSCLES ARE NOT THE POLICEMENT OF THE SYSTEM. WHAT THEN IS THEIR ORIGIN AND MISSION? ANSWER: To make this clear to the average reader it is first necessary to say that besides the dense body which is visible to all of us, there are finer vehicles which interpenetrate this organism and which are the springs to its activities. One is the vital body, composed of ether and concerned in building the dense body by the food which we take into the system. It controls all the vital functions, such as respiration, digestion, assimila- tion, etc., and works thought the sympathetic nervous system. Another, still finer vehicle, is called the desire body. This is the vehicle of our emotions, feelings, and desires which expands the energies stored in the dense body by the vital processes through control of the cerebro- [PAGE 2885] spinal or voluntary nervous system. In its activities this desire body is constantly destroying and breaking down tissue built up by the vital body and it is the war between these two vehicles which causes what we call consciousness in the physical world. The etheric forces in the vital body act in such a manner that they convert as much of the food as possible into blood, and this is the highest expression of the vital body. In the lower animals, from the birds on downward, which are entirely un- der the guidance of an invisible guardian called the Group Spirit, the blood is nucleated, but in the higher mammals which are upon the threshold of in- dividualization, and particularly in man, who has become an individual, indwelling Spirit, there are no nuclei in the blood corpuscles. Even in the foetus, which is formed under the sole guidance of the mother during the first three weeks, and therefore has nucleated blood corpuscles in that pe- riod, they cease to be formed as soon as the Ego which is to live in the body enters. This happens about twenty-one days after conception, and by the time of the quickening the indwelling Ego in the foetus has destroyed all the nucleated corpuscles. From henceforth none are formed, for the Ego must be master of its vehicle. That is the the case where there is a nucleus or center in the blood corpuscles which affords a foothold for an- other Spirit. It is easily demonstrated that the life is in the blood, for while we may sometimes with impunity amputate an arm or limb, we cannot de- plete the body of blood without also killing it. [PAGE 2886] Thus the blood is the particular vehicle of the Ego, and as in the past aeons of development we have crystallized matter in order to form our dense body, so also it is destined that now we must etherealize our vehicles in order that we may lift ourselves and the world out of the realm of material- ity and into the spiritual. Naturally, therefore, the Ego aims first to make the blood gaseous, and to the spiritual sight, this red unnucleated blood is not a fluid, but a gas, It is not argument against this assertion the the moment we prick our skin the blood comes out as a liquid. The mo- ment we open up the try-cock of a steam boiler the gas also condenses into a liquid, but if we make a model steam engine of glass and look at the way steam works there we shall see only the piston move backward and forward, driven by an invisible agent, live steam. Similarly as the live steam di- rect from the boiler is invisible and gaseous, so also the live blood in the human body is a gas, and the higher the state of development of any given Ego, the more ethereal it is able to make the blood. When by the vital processes, food has reached this highest alchemical state, the process of condensation begins and the blood-gas is formed into tissue in the various organs to replace what has been wasted or destroyed by the activities of the body. The spleen is the gateway of the vital body. There the solar force which abounds in the surrounding atmosphere enters [PAGE 2887] in a constant stream, to aid us in the vital processes, and there also the war between the desire body and the vital body is waged most fiercely. Thoughts of worry, fear, and anger interfere with the processes of evaporation in the spleen. A speck of plasm is the result, and this is at once seized upon by a thought elemental which forms a nucleus and embodies itself therein. Then it commences to live a life of destruction, coalescing with other waste products and decaying elements whenever formed, making the body a charnel house instead of the temple of an indwelling living Spirit. We may therefore say that every white corpuscle which has been taken by an outside entity is to the Ego a lost opportunity. The more of these lost op- portunities there are in the body, the less is the body under control of the Ego. Therefore, we find them present in larger numbers in diseased people than in those possessing health. It may also be said that the person of a jovial good nature or one who is devoutly religious and has an absolute faith and trust in divine providence and love, will register many less lost opportunities, or white blood corpuscles, than those who are always worrying and fretting. [PAGE 2888] THE CAUSE AND CURE OF COLDS: QUESTION NO. 51: WILL YOU KINDLY GIVE US YOUR VIEW CONCERNING THE CAUSE AND CURE OF COLDS? ANSWER: We live in an age of germs and serums. Every disease is supposed to have its micro-oraganism and an antidote is given either as a preventive or a curative. One may even be innoculated for a cold, and it is claimed that if the operation is successful one is henceforth immune. Per- haps some day all the different antidotes may be compounded into a elixir-vitae which will make us immune from the whole horde of dreaded germs! Seriously, what an anomaly this condition is. Man has conquered the whole world and stricken terror into the hearts of all the creatures which he can reach by the various devices he has made for their destruction. Even the largest of creatures fly before him in fear, but he himself is afraid of creatures so minute that he can see them only by the help of the most power- ful microscope. These little microbes are so dreaded that some of the ablest men of the world spend their whole lives in efforts to restrain the ravages of the minute foe. It is true that micro-organisms exist, but it is also true that they can- not obtain a foothold in any organism which is in a state of normal health. It is only when from other causes our bodies have become debilitated that [PAGE 2889] disease germs are able to get a foothold at all and commence their destruc- tive processes. Those who are in radiant health, and we use this phrase literally, may go without fear into any plague camp, even if there are more germs on a square inch of the patient's bodies than there are people in all the world. So long as the man is in radiant health they cannot affect him. To make our meaning clear concerning this phrase, radiant health, we must reiterate the fact so often insisted upon, a fact which science is beginning to discover, that our bodies are interpenetrated by the ether in such volume that under most conditions it radiates from the body. One who is endowed with the spiritual sight sees within the dense physical body another vehicle resembling it exactly, organ for organ, and formed of ether. He sees also that through the spleen there is a continued influx of etheric life force which undergoes a chemical change in the solar plexus and is then circulated through the whole body as a pale rose-colored fluid with a slight purple tinge. This etheric fluid radiates from the whole periphery of the body through every pore of the skin, carrying with it an enormous amount of the poisonous gases which are generated by the food we take into our systems, selected usually because it pleases either the eyes or the palate, rather than for the nutritional value which it contains. So long as this vital radiation of the etheric lifeforce is sufficiently strong it not only carries away the poisons from the body, but keeps [PAGE 2890] deleterious organisms from entering, on the same principle which makes it impossible for flies or other insects to find entrance into a building through an aperture where an exhaust fan is sending a current outward. But the moment the exhaust fan is stopped, the way is opened for the various classes of insects which infest our buildings. Similarly, if for any reason the human organism becomes unable to assimilate a sufficient amount of vital force to keep up this radiating emanation it is also possible for the dreaded micro-organisms to enter and obtain a foothold in the body where they then commence their ravages, to the further detriment of health. In view of these facts the prevention of disease narrows itself down to the problem of how to keep the system from becoming clogged so that the radiant life-force may have an unimpeded flow. When the diseased conditions have set in the curative process must have the effect of opening the clogged channels to be successful. Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, former chief of the Bureau of Chemistry at Washing- ton, is reported as having said that the best way to cure a cold is to take a bottle of cough medicine, set it on the table in the patient's room, open all the windows and throw the bottle of medicine through one of them. In other words, instead of taking cough and cold remedies, use plenty of pure, fresh air. Without doubt there is much wisdom in this advice, but it dies not go far enough. If he had said, "Bring in also a good dinner, breakfast, [PAGE 2891] and supper for the patient and throw them after the bottle of medicine," he would have come much closer to a cure of the cold. For it may be said, without fear of successful contradiction, that the greatest number of the disease to which the flesh is said to be heir come from taking too much food and not the right kind, also from lack of mastication. This latter perhaps is the greatest of our sins. Baron Munchausen, the celebrated champion prevaricator, relates how when he visited the Moon he found that the people cooked their food as we do, but instead of sitting down to the table and eating it bit by bit they simple opened the door in the left side and put the foot into their stomachs. We have not reached that point at present, but we are very close to it. The way in which the average American bolts his food is deplorable to say the least. The quick lunch rooms with their comfortable stools where is is im- possible to rest and relax while partaking of the so-called food are a na- tional menace. Everyone who sits down at one of these places seems intent upon setting a record for swallowing the greatest amount of food in the shortest possible time. And the abominable methods of preserving everything on ice for many months in order that certain middle men and large wholesal- ers may make prices soar for their personal profits is adding in no small measure to the dangers of ill-health which threaten every community in the so-called civilized world where these questionable modern methods are in vogue. From these "pure" foods surcharged with poisons, we endeavor to [PAGE 2892] build our bodies and this, as is well-known, as accomplished by transforming as much thereof as possible to blood while the rest is to be eliminated as waste. It is custom of the medical profession to see that the proper elimination of waste takes place, no matter what the nature of the disease may be. Any- one who attempts to break up a cold must necessarily imitate this wise method and see that the proper excretory function is stimulated to the high- est possible degree, for that is one important method of freeing the system and enabling the life-force to flow through it again. The other part of the food which is transformed into blood does not remain in the fluid state but is evaporated or even etherealized according to the development of the Ego in whose it flows. It surges through the whole body as steam through a boiler, and when it comes in contact with the cold air through pores clogged by a surplus amount of food poison and partly anesthetized so as to be unre- sponsive to the nervous impulse which otherwise closes them partially against the chill, the blood is liquefied or partly liquefied and becomes a burden and a clog to that part of the blood stream which is not affected. As a result, micro-organisms are generated which form the pus we sense as a cold. A person who is injured and loses a quantity of blood feels weak. So does the person whose blood has been chilled within him and for the same [PAGE 2893] reason, but he who has a cold must further expend effort to get rid of the deleterious waste before he can be cured. Gluttony, bad food, and faulty mastication are not the only causes of colds. It is a fact well-known to every occultist that all that is in the visible world is a manifestation of something that was pre-existent in the invisible realms of nature, and cold is no exception. When we know that there is an immutable law of cause and effect and that there can be no effect without an underlying and adequate cause, we may easily realize the truth of this statement. It is also cer- tain that nothing can come to us which we have not in some way deserved, and therefore if we look for causes in the invisible realm, we shall find that they must naturally have to do with ourselves. The cold that we sense here, and which is a disagreeable manifestation to us, is an outcome of something that existed within ourselves previously, but what? To this question it may be confidently affirmed that our our own at- titude of mind is an all-important factor in the state of health. This also is well-known to medical science and all observing persons. A man who is habitually optimistic, whose mouth has an upward turn at the corners, always on the verge of expanding into a bread smile, will be found to be singularly immune from colds as well as other diseases. On the other hand the person with the drooping mouth and the drawn face, who is always worrying about things that never materialize, who sees an enemy in every human being, and persistently holds an attitude of anger and malice toward his fancied or [PAGE 2894] real enemies, but that very attitude of mind shrinks into a shell and pre- vents assimilation of the radiant etheric life-forces. He is therefore a prey to all the ills to which the flesh is heir. Nor can he be cured by all the medicine ever made until he learns to abandon his dark outlook on life. These cases are of course extreme, and there are all gradations as well as mixtures of the two natures. However, it will be found that all the health of a person varies with his view of life in almost exact ratio. From the foregoing remarks we may therefore draw the following deduction: the best preservative of health is an optimistic attitude of mind which looks upon life fearlessly and sees a friend in everyone. There should also be circumspection and discrimination in the matter of food. We must avoid excess. It is better to eat tool little than to have too much, and we should make it a point to have comfortable seat where we may relax the body while we leisurely masticate our food. Proper attention should also be paid to the matter of elimination, and when it is not up to normal certain foods which contain a superabundance of cellulose should be taken to promote this perfect action. To sum up in a sentence: be cheerful, be temperate in food. Cheerful- ness, temperance in food, and right elimination are a compound which would cure almost all the ills to which flesh is the heir. [PAGE 2895] THE FOOD OF THE FUTURE: QUESTION NO. 52: SINCE EVOLUTIONARY PROGRESS DEMANDS CHANGES IN MAN'S FOOD FROM TIME TO TIME, WILL YOU KINDLY INDICATE SOME CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FOOD OF THE FU- TURE? ANSWER: At the present time food taken internally is broken down and de- composed by heat inside the body. Thus the chemical ether permeating each particle of food combines with the chemical ether of our vital body. The food magnetized by the Sun working in the plant is thereby assimilated, and remains with us until this magnetism is exhausted. The more directly food comes to us from the soil, the more solar magnetism it contains. Conse- quently, it "stays with us" the longest when eaten uncooked. When food has gone through the process of cooking, a part of the ether it contained is lost, as a number of the finer particles are dissolved by heat and ascend in the kitchen as odor from whatever food it comes. Consequently the cells of cooked food remain a shorter time as a pert of our body than in the case of an uncooked food, and food which has already been assimilated by the animal has very little chemical ether of its own (except milk which is obtained by a vital process and has a greater quantity of ether than any other food). Hence with regard to the flesh of animals it may be said that most of the chemical ether in the fodder has gone into the vital body of the animal [PAGE 2896] before it was killed, and at its death the vital body leaves the carcass. Therefore flesh putrefies very much quicker than vegetables and "stays with us" only a short time after we eat it. Death and disease are largely due to the fact that we subsist on food composed of cells robbed of their individual chemical ether obtained during plant assimilation. This is different and not to be confused with the plan- etary chemical ether which permeates mineral, plant, animal, and man. But the flesh food deprived by death of the individual vital body which ensouled the animal during life is really reduced to its chemical mineral form and as such is of small value in vital processes. In fact, it is a detriment thereto and ought to be eliminated from the system as quickly as possible. But being mineral, these particles of flesh are dead and difficult to move. Therefore, they accumulate gradually. Even a part of the plant food which is ash and mineral stays in our system, so there is a gradual process of clogging which we describe as growth. This is because we rob the plant or other food of its chemical ether. Were we like the plants and capable of impregnating the mineral with ether we would really be able to assimilate it and grow to giant statures, but as it is, the dead material accumulates more and more until finally growth is stopped, because our powers of assimilation become less and less efficient. In the future we shall not digest our food inside the body, but extract the chemical ether and inhale it through the nose where it comes in contact [PAGE 2897] with the pituitary body. This is the general organ or assimilation and pro- moter of growth. Then our body will become more and more ethereal, the life processes will not be hindered by clogging waste and consequently dis- ease will gradually disappear and life be lengthened. It is significant in this connection that often cooks feel no inclination to eat because the pun- gent odor of cooking satisfies them to a great extent. Science is gradually learning the truths previously taught by occult sci- ence and their attention is being more and more directed to the ductless glands which will give them the solution of many mysteries. However, they do not seem to be aware as yet that there is a physical connection between the pituitary, the principal organ or assimilation, and therefore of growth, and the adrenals, which eliminate the waste and assimilate the proteins. These are also physically connected both with the spleen and the thymus and thyroid glands. It is significant in this connection from the astrological point of view, that the pituitary body is ruled by Uranus, which is the higher octave of Venus, the ruler of the solar plexus where the seed atom of the vital body is located. Thus Venus keeps the gate of the vital fluid coming direct from the Sun through the spleen, and Uranus is warder of the gate where enters the physical food. It is the blending of these two streams which produces the latent power stored up in our vital body until converted to dynamic energy by the martial desire nature. [PAGE 2898] QUESTIONS DEALING WITH INVISIBLE WORLDS: DIAGRAM NUMBER 1: THE RELATIVE PERMANENCY OF THE VISIBLE AND INVISIBLE WORLDS: [Ilustrated by comparison with a stereopticon.] |---------------------------------------------------------------------------| | WORLD | WORLD |REGION OF | REGION | DESIRE | PHYSICAL | | OF | OF |ABSTRACT | OF | | | | DIVINE | LIFE |THOUGHT & | CONCRETE | WORLD | WORLD | | SPIRIT | SPIRIT | IDEAS | THOUGHT | | | |----------------------------------|----------------------------------------| |7 REGIONS | 7 REGIONS | THE |7 REGIONS | 7 REGIONS | 7 REGIONS| | | |7 | 6 | 5 | 4 | 3 | |2 |1 | | | |---------------------------------------------------------------------------| |[1] | | |MIND| | | [2]| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | THOUGHT | |[SEE NOTE | | | | THE IDEA | | | FORM | | BELOW] | | | | | | | | | | | THE | | WILL |IMAGINATION| /|\ | \|/| /|\ | DESIRE AT | PHYSICAL | | | | | | | | | | | | PRESENT | SHIP | | /|\ | /|\ |[SEE NOTE | \|/| | | THE MAIN- | /|\ | | | | | | BELOW] | | | [SEE NOTE | SPRING TO | | | | /|\ | /|\ | | | [3]| BELOW] | ACTION | /|\ | | | | | | /|\ | | /|\ | | | | | | /|\ /|\ |---|---------| /|\ /|\ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |--------------------------------------| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |---------------------------------------------------------------| | |[4] | SPIRIT | MATTER | [5]| |---------------------------------------------------------------------------| |[6] | | | | | | [7]| | | | | | | | | | | | THE SLIDE|THE | | | PROJECTION| | | | | |LENS| | | SCREEN | | | | \|/ | | | | | | | | | |\|/ | | | | | | | | | | | | [SEE NOTE | | | |[SEE NOTE |\|/ | | | BELOW] | | OPERATOR | LIGHT | BELOW] |[8] | LIGHT | LIGHT | | | |[DRAWING OF| | | RAYS | RAYS | | | |A LIGHT | | | | | | | | BULB] | THE | | | | THE | | | |PERMANENT | | | | | EVANESCENT| | | | PICTURE |/|\ | | | SHADOW | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |[9] | | A STEREOPTICON | | [10]| |---------------------------------------------------------------------------| NOTE: Wherever "[SEE NOTE BELOW]" appears in the above diagram, a drawing of a sailboat is found. Connect the following points with straight lines: 1-3-5 2-3-4 6-8-10 7-8-9 [PAGE 2899] CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE INVISIBLE WORLD: QUESTION NO. 53: WILL YOU PLEASE TELL ME IF MR. HEINDEL CAN FUNCTION ON THE PLANE OF THE EGO? IF SO WILL BE COMMUNICATE WITH MY EGO AND BRING ME THE FOLLOWING IN- FORMATION; I WANT TO KNOW WHO MY EGO IS, AND WHAT IT INTENDS TO DO WITH THIS EARTH LIFE, ALSO HOW I CAN OBTAIN DAILY AND UNINTERRUPTED CONSCIOUSNESS WITH IT. ANSWER: While awake during earth life the Ego functions in the visible world as an INDWELLING Spirit, but during the hours of sleep the Ego is in the Desire World, where it also remains for a period after death. Later stages in the post-mortem existence are lived in the Region of Concrete Thought which is the Second Heaven. Above that is the Region of Abstract Thought, which is called the Third Heaven, the home of the Ego, who takes excursions into earth life for the purpose of gaining experience and soul growth. While here on earth ties are formed with others which under the Law of Causation bring certain effects sooner or later. These appear as fate or destiny. By our wilful or ignorant transgression of the laws of life we have, in times past, accumulated a debt of evil actions which must some time be liquidated. We must reap what we have sown before we can again become pure and free in spirit. The knowledge of this impending fate, when part of the debt is to be worked out, would paralyze most of us, and to see the [PAGE 2900] whole ugly score would probably crush the strongest Spirit until it has be- come at least partially enlightened and learned to conform to the laws of nature in a certain measure. When this great light has shone into the heart of any man and he feels himself as a prodigal Spirit, far from our Father in heaven, when he cries out with his whole heart, "I will go to my Father," and this desire for union is ever before his spiritual vision, then for the first time he is confronted with the embodiment of his fate, called by oc- cultists, "The Dweller of the Threshold." This entity meets the aspirant at the door between the visible and the invisible world. When he dares to step out into this world which he has previously only seen by spiritual sight, he is confronted by this Dweller on the Threshold and cannot pass until he has acknowledged it. Each neophyte must face this gruesome spectator as Glyndon did in Bulwer Lytton's novel, "Zanoni." It is hidden from ordinary humanity, even between death and re- birth, but the neophyte, as said, must not only face it, acknowledge if, and dare to pass it. He must take a solemn vow to do the things necessary to liquidate the debt of which that is an embodiment, also the vow of silence concerning all therein involved. When you ask to know who your Ego is, you are asking for just the infor- mation which the Dweller on the Threshold to the invisible world hides from you under the beneficent law of nature which no one is privileged to break. [PAGE 2901] Until you have attained the spiritual strength to pass him and learn for yourself, this must therefore remain hidden from you. Even then there will not be an uninterrupted conscious intercourse between the higher self and the personality. That belongs to a much later stage in evolution when we shall have fully spiritualized our vehicles into soul essence. Therefore, there is only one way for you to find out, and that is by earnest applica- tion to the problem yourself. If you continue to seek you shall find, but remember, there is no royal road to this knowledge. No one can give it to you ready-made, or SELL it to you, and all we who have gone before can do for anyone is to show him the way and encourage him to walk it regardless of all set backs and obstacles, confident that what man had done, man can do. Each has the same divine power and is as able to succeed as anyone else. [PAGE 2902] PEOPLE IN THE DESIRE WORLD SEE THE SUN: QUESTION NO. 54: DO THE PEOPLE OF THE DESIRE WORLD OR ETHERIC REGION SEE THE SUN WE SEE, AND DO NOT THESE REGIONS GO ROUND WITH THE WORLD AT ITS ATMOSPHERE? IF SO, WHY WOULD IT NOT MAKE DARKNESS AND DAY THERE ALSO? ANSWER: The reason why we have day and night, light and darkness, is that the earth is opaque to our physical sight. Therefore, when the Sun is on the opposite side of the earth we cannot look through this physical globe and see the light, nor can we perceive the light-rays which penetrate through it, by out physical sight, though there is such an invisible light by which psychometers and clairvoyants see just as well in that which we call darkness as in that which we call light. It is true that the atmo- sphere of the earth revolves with it, and so does the desire stuff which constitutes the Desire World of our planet. However, those who have shed the mortal could and are in the Desire World see through the earth just as easily as we see through a pane of glass. Furthermore, the greater part of them are usually so far outside the physical earth that even the direct rays of the Sun would not be obstructed by the mineral globe upon which we live in our physical bodies. For these reason there is neither day nor night there. Neither are there seasons which depend in a measure upon what we call day, but there is everlasting day and everlasting light in those worlds. [PAGE 2903] A DREAM PROBLEM: QUESTION NO. 55: A GENTLEMEN IN SOUND PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH HAS HAD A DREAM ALMOST EVERY NIGHT FOR SOME TIME, AND IN THE DREAM STATE HE ADDRESSES AN ASSEMBLY COMPOSED MAINLY OF HIS FRIENDS AND ACQUAINTANCES. IN THE COURSE OF HIS SPEECH HE EXPLAINS THAT HE IS DREAMING AND THAT ALL THE PEOPLE BEFORE HIM ARE CREATURES OF HIS DREAMS. SOME ONE IN THE AUDIENCE ASKS HIM WHAT PROOF HE HAS TO GIVE THAT HE IS RIGHT IN HIS ASSERTION, AND TO THIS HE REPLIES THAT HE WILL THINK OVER THE QUESTION WHEN HE WAKES, AND STATES THAT HE WILL EXPLAIN HIS REASONS WHEN HE MEETS THEM IN DREAMLAND THE NEXT TIME. THEY ALL LAUGH AT HIM AND CALL HIM A LUNATIC. THIS DREAM PUZZLES HIM CONSIDERABLY AND HE IS ANXIOUS TO KNOW HOW HE MAY CONVINCE THOSE DREAM CREATURES THAT THE EXPERIENCE IS REALLY A DREAM. ANSWER: In order to be able to judge intelligently concerning the various states of consciousness of man--waking, dream sleep, etc.--it is necessary to know the constitution and the function of various finer ve- hicles which, with the dense body, make up that complex being which we call man. We find in the world four kingdoms: the mineral, which is practically devoid of feeling though it may respond to and react to stimuli, can feel neither love nor hate. Under the steam hammer or in the furnace its form [PAGE 2904] and composition may be changed, but it gives no sign of emotion whatever. Its consciousness is like that of the human being in the deepest trance or in death, when only the physical body is present. The plant is different. It lives and breathes. It inhales carbon diox- ide which forms a large part of its body. It exhales the life giving oxygen. The sap flows in its stem and leaves. In short, it exhibits the same phenomena of life that we do in dreamless sleep, because in that state our dense body is interpenetrated by a vital body composed of ether and a similar vehicle interpenetrates the physical stem, leaves, and branches of the plant. But the plant knows no emotion neither. Love, hate, joy, and sorrow are foreign to it, for it has no desire body such as that possessed by animal or man. Because of the possession of these vehicles animal and man are also able to move about and to aim to gratify their desires. To this end man uses mind, a vehicle not possessed by the animal, and in the waking state all his vehicles are concentric, interpenetrating one another, enable him to live, move, and reason. But the very act of going to sleep means a reversion to the consciousness of the plant, and therefore it neces- sarily involves a separation of the higher and lower vehicles. The Ego clothed in the mind and the desire body withdraws, leaving the physical body interpenetrated by the vital body, upon the bed. There are times, however, when we have become so absorbed in our daily affairs, or when we have been tired out, that the Ego cannot accomplish a [PAGE 2905] complete separation of the higher vehicles from the lower. Then the desire body still interpenetrates the brain centers, because the relative position of the various vehicles, so to speak, askew. In that condition reason is out of the question, and the human conscious- ness is similar to that of the animal which has no mind and is therefore constitutional incapable of logic. That is why even the most grotesque and absurd things seem perfectly natural to the dreamer, who accepts them with- out question just as the animal does, and dreams experienced in that relative condition of man's vehicles are usually absurd in the extreme. But as civilization progresses and egoism becomes superseded by altruism, a dif- ferent division of the vehicles is made. A part of the vital body composed of the two higher ethers, which are vehicles of sense perception and memory, is taken along during the night. Then the illusory stage of dreamland ceases, and man becomes, as it were, a creature of two existences--one lived out of the body in dreamland, where he comports himself in a reasonable man- ner, using judment concerning his own actions, and those of other people whom he may meet. As he has not learned to focus his consciousness when leaving or entering the body, he is not able at all times to accomplish the proper separation of his vehicles, nor to bring back a reliable memory pic- ture of what has occurred. Initiation into the inner spheres alone supplies the necessary knowledge. [PAGE 2906] Evidently the gentleman in question has his reasoning faculties with him in dreamland, but it not yet aware of the facts concerning that world. He is mistaken in supposing that the audience which he addresses is simply a "creature of his dreams," and is not at all impossible, if he were to gather courage and ask some of those whom he has seem in his dreams if they at- tended such and such a gathering, that the answer would be in the affirma- tive. Moreover, if at the time this reply reaches him it is still possible for him to get together with the people whom he saw in his dreams and pre- pare them for the question before he puts it to them in the day time, he will almost certainly find someone who will remember and who has carried through this identical experience of which he has been writing. Seeing then that dream life is not an illusory existence but a reality, there is no way of proving to the people of dreamland that it is an illu- sion. [PAGE 2907] THE TRANCE STATE: QUESTION NO. 56: IF IT IS POSSIBLE TO PRODUCE ARTIFICIALLY BY DRUGS OR OTHERWISE, AS I HAVE READ, THE VARIOUS MYSTIC STATES, HOW IS THE ASPIRANT TO KNOW THE GENUINE FROM THE COUNTERFEIT? HOW DISTINGUISH BETWEEN SPIRITUAL ENLIGHTEN- MENT AND PSYCHIC INTOXICATION? ANSWER: Many scientific investigators engaged in psychic research have frustrated their object by carrying scepticism to an absurd extreme, so that, as one expressed it in the hearing of the writer, he would not believe in ghosts even if he were to see one, because there are no ghosts and he would know that the thing which he thought to be a ghost must be only an halluncination. They are like the redoubtable Celt who professed to have an open mind willing to be convinced and then added with all the intensity he could put into the phrase: "But show me the man who can do it." This much good the Psychic Research Movement has done, however: it has collected an immense amount of facts, which are highly valuable in the study of the hidden phases of life when we examine them apart from the construc- tion which the scientific investigators have put upon them. Among other things it has been noticed in a number of cases where the me- dium was to all appearance entirely ignorant and uneducated that the trance [PAGE 2908] condition brought out accomplishments which astonished those present beyond words. There is one case on record where a servant girl, who in the normal state was most stupid and uneducated, delivered a discourse in Hebrew of a most scholarly nature while under the trance condition, and the question presents itself as to how these things are possible. There is only one theory which can give an adequate explanation covering all the facts in ev- ery case, namely, that we have all come up to our present status in the scale of evolution through many days in the great school of life; each life we have learned some lessons, and we are constantly learning more. Thus we have in the course of time acquired a vast amount of knowledge which is growing day by day and life by life. Our vehicles also have become better, more sensitive and refined, but no body on earth is capable of expressing all that the indwelling Spirit knows. Nor is it intended by divine Hierarchies who guide our evolution that it should, for this versatility would prevent us from concentrating our efforts upon the particular lessons we need to learn here in a particular environ- ment. Take, for instance, the case quoted of the stupid servant girl whom the trance medium showed to be a scholar. Judging from the facts of the case she had, in the opinion of the writer, a brilliant mind in a former ex- istence, but was probably proud, arrogant, and overbearing. Hence it became necessary to teach her a lesson in humility, and she was born in a humble [PAGE 2909] environment where no educational advantages were offered her. Therefore the brain because dull and she drifted into the condition of servitude little short of slavery, which is so prevalent in Central Europe, that she might learn a much needed lesson in humanity. This class of cases shows then a possession of a much greater amount of knowledge and experience which lies latent and hidden in every individual and which is accessible when the normal sense of the body has been stilled for the time being. We may also not that this phenomenon differs very sharply and radically from the psychic activities observable under Spirit control. According to the writer's observation of hundreds of cases, when a medium is controlled by the Spirit, the Ego of the medium clothed in its finer vehicles is driven out of the body, and the controlling Spirit then stands behind the victim manipulating the tongue and the limbs through the medulla oblongata, causing it to move or to speak just as desired. The "light of life" is then seen as a flaming torch rising from the spinal canal and the medulla, where is heard a sound somewhat resembling the humming of an alternating current are light. Another sounding light projected by the controlling Spirit overshadows and overwhelms the first light and by that means holds the physical body in an unconscious condition. But it is really painful to hear the frantic buzzing of the victim's LIGHT OF LIFE, struggling against the aggressor. [PAGE 2910] This phenomenon is absent in the class of cases where the trance is in- duced by suggestion or auto-suggestion. There also the Ego is driven out of its dense body, and may be seen standing against it manipulating the limbs and the organs of speech and using the body according to its desire, as well as this extraneous position permits. But in this class of cases the LIGHT OF LIFE hums it song serenely and contentedly; there is no warring influence perceptible such as where there is an obsessing or controlling Spirit. Thus the person with spiritual sight may easily differentiate between this class and the other. NOR DOES THE PHENOMENON OF TRANCE DIFFER IN THIS RESPECT WHEN IT HAS BEEN INDUCED BY DRUGS, at least as far as the writer has been able to observe, except in this particular, of course, that it is impossible for the Spirit to return to its vehicle until the drug has worn off. "But how is the aspirant to know the genuine from the counterfeit, how distinguish between genuine spiritual enlightenment and psychic intoxica- tion?" asks our correspondent. The trance state is never a mark of spiritual enlightenment, no matter how induced. It is a morbid and abnormal condition, not to be emulated by anyone seeking spiritual enlightenment. There is only one true path to firsthand knowledge, only one right way to spiritual enlightenment, and that is BY CULTIVATION OF YOUR OWN SOUL POWERS. Build your soul body by patient persistence in well doing, enlighten others who know less than you wish the little knowledge you now possess, look for opportunities to serve others in the small and menial things, as well as in [PAGE 2911] the greater, according to your ability and opportunity. Then seem day you will cease to see through a glass darkly and you will know for yourself without depending upon others. CONTACT WITH RELATIVES DURING SLEEP: QUESTION NO. 57: DURING SLEEP DOES ONE ACTUALLY COME IN CONTACT WITH RELATIVES AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE BODY FOR TWENTY YEARS, OR IS IT SIMPLY THE WORKING OF MEMORY? ANSWER: The usual time of duration of one's stay in the Desire World, after leaving the body at death, is one-third the length of the life lived in the body, but this measure is only a general guide. There are many cases in which the stay is shortened or lengthened. For instance, if a person follows The Rosicrucian Fellowship exercises, particularly the RETROSPECTION in the evening, he may in this scientific manner, provided he is very ear- nest and sincere in performance thereof, entirely obviate the necessity of a purgatorial experience. The pictures of scenes where he wronged some- [PAGE 2912] one would have been wiped away from the seed atom in his heart by con- trition, and thus there would be, for him, no purgatorial expiation. where he had done something commendable, that would be absorbed as pabulum for the soul, and this would materially shorten, if not entirely free to devote him- self to the service of humanity in the beyond, and as such he might remain in these lower regions. However, they would not, for him, constitute Purga- tory of the First Heaven. Many of the most devout disciples do this hu- manitarian work for a number of years after passing over. There are some, however, who go the Second Heaven at once. The soul growth attained during the life of helpfulness which freed them from the purgatorial and First Heaven existence also enables them to carry on certain investigations there and go through a certain schooling which will fit them for a higher and better position as helpers of humanity in a future life. This class, therefore, could not be seen by any friend or relative going out of the body during sleep. There are other classes who, so to speak, become immortal in evil. Not quite that, but the interlocking of their vital and desire bodies forces them to stay in the lower regions of the invisible world nearest to the physical world in which we live, thoroughly explained in the series of [PAGE 2913] lessons which we are issuing to students on "The Web of Destiny." This class may consequently be met with for a considerable number of years after they have passed away from the body. It is indeed a curious fact that sometimes these evil persons are sought by former friends who have passed out of the body and need help to contact the physical world. The writer remembers such an instance occurring a few years ago, when an aged relative was about to pass over to the other side. She looked forward very anxiously to seeing her mate who had gone on before her. But as he had al- ready reached the First Heaven, his arms and body had passed away, and only the head remained. Therefore he would scarcely be able to show himself to her when she had passed over, much less influence conditions at the time of the passing, and these were far from being to his liking. Certain things were being done to retard the severance of the Spirit from the flesh and considerable distress was occasioned to the passing person thereby. In his anxiety over this condition the husband of the lady secured as- sistance from a friend whose interlocking vital and desire body made it easy for him to manifest. This Spirit took a heavy cane standing in the room, and knocked a book out of the hand of the passing lady's daughter, which so frightened those present that they stopped their demonstration, allowing the mother to pass out. The poor man who performed this phenomenon had already been more than twenty years in the invisible world, and so far as the writer can perceive there seemed to be no sign of dissolution of the sin body wherein he had clothed himself; he may remain there for perhaps twice or three times as long. NATURE OF CREATURES SEEM IN DELIRIUM TREMENS: QUESTION NO. 58: WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE GROTESQUE AND HIDEOUS THINGS SEEM BY PERSONS SUFFERING FROM DELIRIUM TREMENS? ARE THEY ONLY TEMPORARY CREATURES OF THE IMAGINATION, OR HAVE THEY ACTUAL EXISTENCE IN THE LOWER PART OF THE DESIRE WORLD? AND HOW COMES IT THAT DRUNKARD IS ENDOWED WITH SPIRITUAL SIGHT? ANSWER: We will take the latter part of the question first, for then it will also appear what the things are which are seen in delirium tremens. In the first place, let us realize that there are several kinds of Spir- its. There is the Ego, a true spark from the Divine Fire, now hidden be- neath a number of opaque coverings: mind, desire body, vital body, and last but not least, the most opaque of them all, the dense body--the veil of flesh which most effectively shuts out the Spirit from the divine con- [PAGE 2914] sciousness and confines it to the narrow limits of a brain and body. By the process of evolution these vehicles are being spiritualized. Their vibrations are being raised, and by degrees the Ego is beginning to find itself, as the prodigal found himself, far away from the Father, and desirous of returning. Then by certain definite processes, he is gradually reawakening cosmic consciousness. The divine power of organs which have served him as spiritual media in the far past, are reawakened to new activ- ity. This is particularly the case with the pituitary body and pineal gland. When he has learned to vibrate these little organs, he has developed a new sense which we may call spiritual vision, for then he sees the Invis- ible World and the occupants thereof. There are other steps by which he may, after awhile, become a full-fledged citizen of these realms while still living in the physical body, which he can them leave or reenter at will. With this phase of the subject we are not at the present time concerned. Be it noted, however, that only a Spirit can set these little organs in vibra- tion, or reawaken their latent activities. Where there is coin there is usually an imitation base metal. The Spirit also has its counterfeit. The true divine Spirit is an emanation in God--not FROM God, but IN God. It is a Spirit of Life. But a spurious spirit is also obtained by fermentation and decay. This is a spirit of DEATH. We name it alcohol. This drug, being spirit, also has the power to [PAGE 2915] raise the vibrations of the little organs spoken of, but being the base product of a base process, it cannot but degrade the individual Spirit with whom it comes in contact. Therefore drunkards generate low thoughts which clothe themselves in hideous forms. Various sub-human classes of Spirits, also sometimes ensoul thought forms thus generated and keep them alive for a long time, feeding on the fumes of blood in slaughter houses, or the odor from the brewers' fermenting vats and the rum sellers' aging whiskey, not to speak of the despicable desires emanating from frequenters of such low places. Therefore, when a person has so saturated himself with this spurious spirit of alcohol that the little organs of spiritual vision have had their vibratory rate accelerated to such a degree that the Spirit world can be perceived, he naturally sees that which is akin to him. As tuning forks, when struck, set other tuning forks of identical pitch into vibration, so also everyone is attracted to others of the same nature. These grotesque and hideous figures are really etheric and interetheric, between the Desire World and the ether, penetrating both. They are not a product of his imagination, but realities of a more or less lasting nature created by the drunkards and sensualists of the two worlds. Continued with file "RC1082.TXT" End of File

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