WORKBOOK FOR "THE ROSICRUCIAN COSMO-CONCEPTION":
This workbook is intended for use with The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception
by Max Heindel. The Workbook contains two groups of questions for each
chapter in The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception. The first group of questions
for a chapter are questions whose answer may be found somewhere in the
chapter. The second group of questions are labeled as Thought questions.
The answers to these questions are not given in the chapter, but rather can
be answered by relating what was said in the chapter to one's own experience
and by using one's creative imagination.
In using the Workbook it is recommended that one first read an entire
chapter from The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception to get an overall picture of
the topic being discussed. Then answer the questions from the Workbook,
referring back to the text in the "Cosmo" as needed.
It is hoped that this workbook will help the reader clarify and make more
precise his understanding of occult Truths, so that he may tred the path
with a more certain step.
A WORD TO THE WISE and INTRODUCTION
i-1] The best attitude to have when a new teaching is being given is to
a. constantly compare the new teaching with your own views and
only accept it if there is agreement.
b. be open to considering that the teaching may be true and that
it is worth consideration.
c. be ready to reject the teaching if you have never heard of
anything like it before.
d. make up your mind concerning the merit of the teaching even if
you do not have any evidence to prove whether or not it is
i-2] Insert either "mind" or "heart" into each blank.
The ____________ wants materially demonstrable explanations of
the phenomenal world. The _______________ feels instinctively that
there are spiritual truths which the _______________________ alone
cannot grasp. In time, both will learn to work together.
i-3] Which of the following is the least reliable method of obtaining
information concerning life after death?
a) Study what is written by people who have themselves personally
investigated the post-mortem states of man.
b) Survey the opinions of many people, and consider those opinions
which are expressed most frequently to be most reliable.
c) Through persistent effort, awaken the ability within oneself to
personally investigate the state of the human spirit after
Thought question: If one is to become wise, why is it necessary to desire
wisdom with great intensity?
1-1] Mark each of the following statements true (T) or false (F).
a) Because most people cannot see super-physical worlds, we may
conclude that no one can see them.
b) When a person becomes clairvoyant, he at once knows all about
the higher Worlds.
c) Clairvoyants must first be trained before they can make
observations of any real value.
d) The reports of clairvoyants concerning the higher worlds should
all be the same if the clairvoyants are telling the truth.
e) To understand what happens in the physical World it is
necessary to understand the super-physical World.
f) Objects in the higher Worlds are more lasting and
indestructable than objects in the Physical World.
g) The spirit which molds matter into various forms in independent
of the forms, and the spirit existed before the forms and will
continue to exist after the forms have decayed.
1-2] In each blank put one of the following words: Chemical, Life,
a) The ____________________ Ether is the medium through which
thought makes an impression on the human brain.
b) Forces which work to produce new forms (as seeds, eggs,
foetuses) work in the ___________________________ Ether.
c) Forces which generate blood heat and which circulate the blood
work in the ___________________ Ether.
d) The forces which cause nutritive elements of food to be
incorporated into bodies of plant, animal and man work through
the _______________________ Ether.
e) Forces which produce sense perception work in the
f) Forces which cause the expulsion of materials unfit for use in
the body work through the __________________________ Ether.
1-3] Which of the following is not true about the Desire World?
a) Cosmic forces active in the Desire World give incentive for
b) Desires, wishes, passions and feelings express themselves in
the matter of the Desire World.
c) Desire World matter is less dense than matter of the Physical
d) Everything that has ever happened has left behind it an
ineffaceable picture in the Desire World.
1-4] Choose the correct word or phrase from within each parentheses.
Anything which happens in the Physical World causes a (similar,
different) form to be built in the Desire World. If a person
truthfully describes an occurrence, a form (like, unlike) the
original is formed in the Desire World. These two forms, because
they relate to the same thing, are drawn together and (strengthen,
weaken) one another. If a false account of an occurrence is given,
a form (like, unlike) the original is formed in the Desire World.
This latter form is drawn to the original and the two (strengthen,
weaken) one another.
1-5] In each blank substitute one of the following words: Passion,
Impressionability, Wishes, Feeling.
a) Forces of sense-perception in the vital body of man cause
pictures to be formed in the region of ________________________
of the Desire World.
b) These pictures may generate Interest or Indifference in the
region of _______________________ in the Desire World.
1-6] Which of the following cannot be found in the Region of Concrete
a) Principles of logic
b) Archetypes of physical forms
c) Archetypes of etheric forms
d) Archetypes of passions, wishes, feelings and emotions
1-7] The archetypes in the Continental Region of the World of Thought
can best be described as
a) the reflections of the physical forms in the Region of Concrete
b) the creative patterns according to which the Physical Forms are
c) Thought patterns which have no direct relations to physical
1-A] Give an example of an occurence in the Physical World which, in
order to be explained, requires a knowledge of the higher worlds?
1-B] What can we learn from existence in the Physical World that we
could not learn from existence in the higher worlds?
1-C] In what ways do the laws governing the Desire World differ from the
laws governing the Physical World?
1-D] Describe some evil in the world. Then find and describe some good
within that evil.
1-E] What do we need to do to surround ourselves with good, pure, and
beautiful forms in the Desire World?
1-F] If the Etheric Region of the Physical World, the Desire World, and
the World of Thought are all around us, why is it that we cannot
2-1] Insert in each blank the letter corresponding to the phrase which
best completes the sentence. The phrases to be use are: a) grow
and propagate; b) feel and move; c) use a definite language and
carry on logical thought.
Man has an individual mind and thence can ___________. Animals and
man have individual desire bodies and are able to _______________.
Minerals lack an individual vital body and therefore cannot
____________. Minerals and plants lack an individual desire body and
thence cannot ________________. Plants, animals and man all have
individual vital bodies and thence are able to ________________.
2-2] What observational evidence supports the assertion that the vital
body of woman is positive whereas the vital body of man is
2-3] What observational evidence do we have that the vital body leaves
the dense body at the time of death?
2-4] In each bland, insert one of the following words: bones, heart,
liver, muscles, nerves, spleen, desire body, Ego, germs, red blood
corpuscles, air, cancer, paralysis, strong, weak.
Vital force from the sun is drawn into the body at the etheric
counterpart of the _________________, and then spreads along the
________________________ and energizes these so that they can carry
messages of the __________________ throughout the body. After
passing through the dense body, the vital force radiates outward
from the body and carries _____________________ outward.
During sickness the radiations become _____________________ and
cannot so readily carry out _____________________. If the vital
force currents become blocked, ______________________ may result.
2-5] If someone has become a trained clairvoyant, what ethical rules
will he follow in the use of his power?
2-6] Why do animals of a given species all act the same under similar
2-7] The Ego of man has its consciousness focused in the _______________
World, whereas the Group spirit and Ego of animals have their
consciousness focused in the ______________________ World.
2-8] The body of man which is most highly organized is the
______________________ body. The ______________________ body and
_________________body are yet almost entirely unorganized and are of
little use when not connected to the highly organized ______________
2-9] In each blank insert one of the following words: mineral, plant,
animal, man, group spirit, earth spirit.
When a mineral is broken the ______________________ feels what
happened. When a plant is cut, the _________________ feels what
happened. When an animal is hurt, both the ______________________
and the ______________________ suffer. When a man's body is injured,
the ___________________________ feels pain.
2-10] Choose the correct word or phrase in each parentheses.
Man has (no, some, complete) free will, and as a consequence often
acts contrary to Cosmic Law and brings suffering upon himself.
Animal spirits have (no, some, complete) free will. They (must,
may if they wish) follow the dictates of the group spirit. In time
the current animals will attain the human stage of development, and
then will have (no, some, complete) free will.
2-A] In what ways does the desire body of an advanced person differ from
that of a less advanced person (in size, material, and
2-B] In what ways does an animal group spirit help the animals of its
2-C] Compare the role of the group spirit in relation to the animal
spirits to the role of a mother in relation to her children.
3-1] What happens when the power of will projects an idea into the
3-2] What three types of reactions are possible when a thought form is
projected onto the desire body?
3-3] What does the ether in the air we breathe carry into our lungs and
thence into the negative atoms of the vital body?
3-4] During sleep, what bodies withdraw from the dense body?
3-5] During sleep, which of the following has its harmony and vitality
restored first? Which is restored last?
a) The dense body
b) The vital body
c) The desire body and mind
3-6] Why does sleep accomplish more restoration than rest?
3-7] How is soul brought into being?
3-8] How does the soul benefit the spirit?
3-9] Why should the dying not be given stimulants?
3-10] When the heart stops beating, what is withdrawn from the dense
3-11] For a period of three and one-half days after the heart stops
beating, which of the following should be done with the body of the
a) The body should be embalmed as soon as possible after the heart
b) The body should be cremated as soon as possible after the heart
c) Loud noise should be made in the vicinity of the body.
d) The body should be disturbed as little as possible.
3-12] Why should the body be treated as in question 3-11?
3-13] After death and after the vital body collapses the person breaks
connection with the vital body and enters the Desire World. What
does the Ego then have in its possession?
3-14] Why does a suicide feel hollowed out after death? How long does
this feeling last?
3-15] When the panorama of life is reviewed in the lower part of the
Desire World, what does the person feel?
3-16] How can we cleanse ourselves from our evil deeds prior to death?
3-17] After death, if someone habitually thinks in a materialistic manner
when they are building their body for the next life, what is the
effect on the body being built?
3-18] What types of action during earth life bring us happiness in the
3-19] Mark each of the following true (T) or false (F).
a) One should give all the money that one has to whoever expresses
a desire for it.
b) Serving with love is frequently of more help than giving of
c) It is better to help a person help himself that to do
everything for the needy person.
3-20] Which of the following is not a reason why a child may die before
the age of fourteen?
a) A weak spirit may be in need of extra training in the Desire
World to fit it for a hard life.
b) At the end of the previous life the retrospection may have been
disturbed, and extra training in the Desire World may be needed
to compensate for the loss thereby incurred.
c) Someone in the Desire World may have had a strong wish to have
the companionship of the child.
d) Someone, through an act of free will, may murder a child.
3-21) Next to each item on the left put the letter of the item on the
right which is most closely related
Purgatory ___________ A. The Chemical Region of the Physical World
The First Heaven _____ B. The Etheric Region of the Physical World
The Second Heaven _____ C. The Lower Desire World
The Third Heaven _____ D. The Higher Desire World
E. The Region of Concrete Thought
F. The Region of Abstract Thought
3-22] What does the Ego carry with it when it enters the Second Heaven?
3-23] Which of the following is not one of the activities carried on in
the Second Heaven?
a) Feeling of the effects of all one's good actions in the past
b) Building into the threefold spirit the spiritualized
quintessence of the three bodies
c) Preparing the environment for the next physical existence
d) Learning to build bodies
3-24] When the desire arises for new experience and a new birth is
contemplated, what pictures appear before the vision of the Ego?
3-25] Why do we need to return to physical existence on earth many times?
3-26] When an Ego is coming into rebirth, what do the Recording Angels
impress into the reflecting ether of the vital body?
3-27] Which of the following is not involved in building the vital body
for the coming life of an Ego?
a) The Recording Angels
b) The physical father of the returning Ego
c) The inhabitants of the Heaven World
d) Elemental Spirits
e) The returning Ego itself
3-28] What must be present in the head of one of the spermatoza in the
semen of the father before fertilization can take place?
3-29] What must be in the womb of the mother (in addition to an ovum)
before fertilization can take place?
3-30] At what time does the Ego in its desire body and mind sheath
actually enter the mother's body?
3-31] At approximately what age is the vital body of the child liberated
from the macrocosmic vital body?
3-32] Prior to the birth of the vital body only the forces which operate
along the (negative, positive) pole of the child's vital body are
3-33] Which of the following are carried on through forces which work
along the positive pole of the vital body?
a) Assimilation, b) Excretion of solids, c) Excretion of liquids,
d) Propagation, e) Production of blood heat, f) Blood circulation,
g) Sense perception, h) Negative clairvoyance.
3-34] How do the forces which work along the positive pole of the ethers
get carried out (to a limited extent) in the child's body?
3-35] At approximately what age is the individual desire body born from
the macrocosmic desire body?
3-36] When the individual desire body is born, the force which had been
use for growth is diverted from that, and becomes available for
3-37] At approximately what age is the individual mind born from the
3-38] What can the mind do after it is born which it could not do before?
3-39] Which of the following is not needed if the Ego is to control the
a) The Ego must make its own red blood corpuscles.
b) The Ego must make its own white blood corpuscles.
c) The blood must be at the proper temperature.
d) There must be enough red blood corpuscles in the blood.
3-A] Give examples of thought forms which, when projected on the desire
body, might arouse forces of attraction. Repeat for forces of
repulsion, and for forces of indifference.
3-B] Give some examples of desires which might make a deceased person
want to remain on the earth plane.
3-C] What might you say to a person contemplating suicide in order to
3-D] If you were in charge of some children in the First Heaven, what
might you mold them out of desire stuff?
3-E] If God is a loving God, why did He include pain in the universal
3-F] What is the purpose of life on earth?
3-G] Why is it dangerous to put too much physical strain on a child's
body before the age of seven, to put too much emotional strain on a
child before the age of fourteen, or to put too much mental strain
on a child before the age of twenty-one?
4-1] The materialist asserts that mind is the result of material
structures. What conclusion would the materialist tend to draw
from the fact that at least once in seven years there is a change
in every atom composing our bodies?
4-2] How do the twin laws of Rebirth and Consequence account for the
inequities in talents with which different people are born?
4-3] If talents are not inherited, why do people with similar talents
often occur in the same family?
4-4] Why are two people who hate each other sometimes drawn into the
4-5] In general, how many times is an Ego born during the time when the
equinox passes through one sign of the zodiac?
4-6] In earlier times, man had perception in the spiritual worlds and
knew that when one body died, another could be built to take its
place. Why was it necessary that man's spiritual perception be
lost and that he become ignorant of rebirth?
4-7] What effect does alcohol have on man's consciousness?
5-1] Which of the following is not true concerning the Seventh Cosmic
a) It is the plane on which humanity carries on most of its
b) It is interpenetrated by the sixth Cosmic Plane.
c) It is more extended in space than the sixth Cosmic Plane.
d) It is divisible into seven Worlds (or states of matter).
5-2] Next to each item on the left, put the letter of the item on the
right which is most closely related.
The God of our Solar System ________ A. The Seventh Cosmic Plane
Planetary Spirits _______________ B. The First Cosmic Plane
Gods of other solar systems _________ C. The Root of Existence
The Supreme Being _______________
The Seven Great Logoi __________
The Absolute ___________
5-3] What are the three aspects of the God of a Solar System?
5-A] Explain ho Will, Wisdom and Activity are needed for a person to
create, say, a house.
6-1] Mark each of the following true (T) or false (F).
a) Solar Systems are born, die, and come to birth anew in cycles
of activity and rest.
b) The God of a Solar System created the Solar System in order to
evolve added self-consciousness.
c) All of the Beings within the God of the Solar System were first
differentiated within Him at the beginning of this Day of
d) Beings who have attained higher degrees of development work on
those who have not yet evolved and self-consciousness.
e) Some of the less evolved beings cannot come into manifestation
at the beginning of a period of manifestation because they must
wait until higher evolved beings have made proper conditions
6-2] Which of the following is not one of the things which the God of
the Solar System does to the Cosmic Root-substance in the process
of creating a Solar System?
a) Within His aura He permeates the atoms of Cosmic Root-substance
and awakens them into activity.
b) He draws in Cosmic Root-substance from his immediate sphere.
c) He sets the Cosmic Root-substance into varying rates of
d) He creates the material of all seven worlds simultaneously with
a "creative fiat".
6-3] Which of the following is not true concerning the virgin spirits
which proceed from the God of the Solar System?
a) These virgin spirits are separated from God at the beginning of
b) In the virgin spirits are enfolded all the possibilities of
their Divine Father.
c) The latent possibilities of the virgin spirits are transformed
into dynamic powers during evolution.
d) Prior to the beginning of its pilgrimage through matter, the
virgin spirit has Divine Consciousness, but not Self-conscious-
6-4] Why is it desirable for us to understand the scheme of evolution?
6-A] What will we have at the end of the seven great Periods of
Manifestation which we did not have at the beginning?
7-1] Next to each item on the left put the letter of the item on the
right which is most closely related.
Saturn Period-Globe A _____ A. World of Divine Spirit
Sun Period-Globe A ______ B. World of Life Spirit
Moon Period-Globe D _____ C. World of Human Spirit
Earth Period-Globe D _____ D. Region of Abstract Thought
Vulcan Period-Globe B _____ E. Region of Concrete Thought
F. Desire World
G. Etheric Region
H. Chemical Region
7-2] How many times is Globe A of the Saturn Period traversed?
7-3] When Globe D of the Saturn Period has been traversed for the last
time, what happens to the globe and the forces within it?
7-4] What period, revolution and globe are we in now?
7-5] What takes place in between Periods?
8-1] Next to each item on the left put the letter of the item on the
right which is most closely related (for the life wave which is
Work on the dense body _____ A. Saturn Period, seventh revolution
Work on the vital body ____ B. Sun Period, first revolution
Work on the desire body _____ C. Sun Period, sixth revolution
Work on the mind _________ D. Sun Period, fifth revolution
Work on the Human Spirit ____ E. Moon Period, fourth revolution
Work on the Life Spirit ___ F. Moon period, fifth revolution
Work on the Divine Spirit __ G. Earth Period, fourth revolution
8-2] Next to each item on the left put the letter of the item on the
right which is most closely related.
Hierarchies who were so far A. Angels
advanced that helping humanity
gave them no new experience. ____ B. Archangels
Hierarchies who helped awaken the C. Cherubim
Life Spirit in Man. ________
Hierarchies who were human in the D. Lords of Individuality
Saturn Period. _________
E. Lords of Mind
Hierarchies who are currently
helping man build and use his
desire body. _________
Hierarchies who are currently
helping man build and use his
vital body. _________
Hierarchies who worked with us
throughout the Moon Period. ________
Hierarchies who are no longer
involved with human evolution. ______
Hierarchies who were human in the
Sun Period. ________
Hierarchies who were human in the
Moon Period. ________
Hierarchies who have charge of
the development of the Life Spirit
during the Earth Period. ________
Hierarchies who radiated from
themselves into man the nucleus of
material from which we are building
a mind. ____________
9-1] If a being is to evolve, what must it be able to do when it meets
9-2] Next to each item on the left put the letter of the item on the
right which is most closely related.
Beings who commenced evolution in A. Present day animals
the Saturn Period and did not
straggle. ____ B. Present day anthropoids
Beings who commenced evolution in C. Present day angels
the Saturn Period but straggled in
the Saturn or Sun Period. ____ D. Present day pioneers of
Beings who commenced evolution in
the Sun Period and did not E. Trees and perennials
F. Flowers and grasses
Beings who commenced evolution
in the Sun Period and straggled G. Sands and soft soils
in the Sun Period. _______
Beings who commenced evolution in
the Moon Period and straggled. _______
9-3] Mark each of the following true (T) or false (F).
a) It is possible for stragglers of a life wave to catch up with
and overtake the pioneers of that life wave.
b) If stragglers fail to make a certain step in one period, they
may again have the opportunity to take that step in the next
c) If a group of beings straggle persistently, they may need to be
d) Of the total number of virgin spirits which started evolution
in the Saturn Period, about 99% will make it to the end of the
originally planned evolutionary scheme.
e) Materialism, if carried too far, can result in the destruction
of all seven of the vehicles of the virgin spirit.
9-A] Why is it undesirable to be a straggler?
10-1] a) At the beginning of the Earth Period what vehicles were
possessed by those beings who began their evolution in the
Saturn Period but straggled in the Moon Period?
b) Among these beings, some had desire bodies which could be
divided into two parts. Why was this feature desirable?
c) What became of those whose desire bodies were divisible?
d) What became of those whose desire body was not divisible.
10-2] What modification in the dense body was made in the Saturn
Revolution of the Earth Period?
10-3] When matter has become too crystallized for a spirit to work in,
what does the spirit do?
10-4] What Period was recapitulated on Globe C of the fourth revolution
of the Earth Period?
11-1] Why does our solar system need to have planets in it?
11-2] Where does matter come from?
11-3] The interim between Periods and Revolutions is (more, less,
equally) important to the growth of the soul (than, as) manifested
existence. During these intervals of rest, beings of lesser
development (are, are not) in contact with beings of higher
development and thereby benefit. Also past experiences are
(assimilated, expurgated) during these rest periods.
11-4] What are the dense bodies of the "Seven Spirits before the Throne?"
11-5] Next to each item on the left put the letter of the item on the
right which is most closely related.
The first planet thrown off A. Mercury
from the sun _____
A body on which life is at a
stage corresponding to the C. Earth
Saturn Period _______
D. The Earth's moon
A body on which the field of
evolution corresponds to the E. Mars
Jupiter Period ________
The last planet thrown off from
the sun _______ G. The Asteroids
A body on which retrogression H. Saturn
and disintegration is occuring
due to too close adherence to I. Uranus
material existence on the part of
the inhabitants ____ J. Neptune
Former moons of Mercury and
A planet which does not properly
belong to our solar system _____
11-6] How did the inhabitants of the former moons of Mercury and Venus
earn the right to return to the parent planets?
11-7] What happens to an abandoned moon?
12-1] In the Polarian Epoch, where in the Solar System was the material
which now forms the Earth?
12-2] Describe the means of propagation in the Polarian Epoch.
12-3] How did propagation differ in the Hyperborean Epoch from what it
was in the Polarian Epoch?
12-4] When was the Earth thrown off from the Sun?
12-5] How did throwing off the Earth from the Sun, and of the Moon from
the Earth result in people beginning to exhibit predominantly
either will or imagination?
12-6] What effect did Mars have n humanity prior to the time when the
Earth was thrown off from the Sun?
12-7] What happened to Mars and its influence over the iron on the Earth
when the Earth was thrown off from the Sun?
12-8] When part of the creative force began to be used to build a brain
and larynx, how was procreation affected?
12-9] When the Lords of Venus and the Lords of Mercury guided early
humanity step by step there was no rebellion. Why?
12-10] How did the Lemurians view a) their dense bodies, b) other people,
c) physical death, d) physical birth, e) sex relations, f)
language, g) past events.
12-11] What quality did the education of the Lemurian boys aim to develop?
12-12] What quality did the education of the Lemurian girls aim to
12-13] From what life wave are the Lucifer Spirits stragglers?
12-14] What did the Lucifer Spirits need which they could not obtain for
12-15] What beings first brought man's attention the physical world?
12-16] What else did these beings tell man about?
12-17] What came to man as a result of his becoming his own (often unwise)
12-18] At what point in time did the Lucifer Spirits first start awakening
man to the existence of the Physical World?
12-19] When (in the latter third of the Atlantean Epoch) man gained full
consciousness in the dense Physical World, what did he lose?
12-20] Why did the Atlanteans sorrow at the loss of their spiritual
12-21] Which of the following was not a major characteristic of the
Toltecs (the third Atlantean Race):
a) Instinct (based upon transmission of internal pictures from
father to son)
b) Memory (based upon experiences)
12-22] For what purpose did the Original Semites (the fifth Atlantean
Race) use their reasoning powers?
12-23] Were the original Semites able to see the God whom they were
supposed to worship?
12-24] What incentives did the Original Semites have for obeying the
commands of God?
12-25] What incentive is present in Popular Christianity for living a good
12-26] What incentive does the Esoteric Christian have for doing right?
12-27] What viewpoint must be taken in order to avoid becoming so enmeshed
in a Race that one cannot progress beyond the race idea?
12-A] Why did the Earth need to throw off its moon? What beings inhabit
13-1] What will be the object of the new Race of the Sixth Epoch?
13-2] Where is the nucleus of the new Race of the Sixth Epoch being
13-3] What characteristics must a person have if he is to be part of the
nucleus of the new Race of the Sixth Epoch?
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