Rosicrucian Writings Online
[From The Rosicrucian Digest August 1937]
THE ALCHEMIST'S CATHEDRALIN ancient times the mystic philosophers who devoted themselves to so-called alchemy or the early principles of chemistry, created for themselves a "cathedral" that was as sacred to them as any cathedral built by church or religious sect.
While their philosophical studies and scientific studies seem to center around the analysis of metals and their origin, and around the search for the elixir of life and the Philosopher's Stone, the truth of the matter is that they were more concerned with the eventual discovery of the purification of the soul and the search for eternal life, than with the search for artificial gold. Accordingly, much of their time was spent in day-dreaming as well as in actual scientific experimentation. It has been said by some of these old alchemists, in their writings, that for every hour they spent in their crude laboratories, they spent ten hours in prayer and meditation and in spiritual speculation. In fact, we can tell from their ancient writings that they were more given to the contemplation of things spiritual and mystical than to the contemplation of things worldly and material.
Nearly all of these ancient philosophers and mystics had a place which we would call a sanctum. Whether in cave, grotto, attic or other structure or place, they had a space set aside for their reading, their studying, and particularly for their meditation and prayers and hours of thought. This separated place, in which they often dwelt for many hours silently and in a spiritual attitude, was indeed a holy place to them. Regardless of their physical structure and location, of their crudeness and barrenness, and of their simple equipment, these holy rooms of the ancients became their cathedrals in every sense of the word. They visualized the width and breadth and space of their sanctums as being endless in all dimensions. They were limitless in their thoughts and limitless in their existence. In these places they allowed their souls and consciousness to rise to the greatest heights and to expand to boundless horizons. While in meditation they could hear the "Music of the Spheres" and see the magnificence of the radiant colors of the invisible sun that they believed to be in the center of the universe. They visualized God in all of His omnipotence as omnipresent and intimate.
In such places they found peace and harmony. They easily isolated themselves from the rest of the world and even from the problems which occupied their time at other hours in an adjoining laboratory. They, too, visualized spires upon their cathedrals reaching the clouds, because they believed that their thoughts rose upward in spiral form. Here they found inspiration and the noble motives for their efforts.
Thus it is with the Cathedral of the Soul as we have planned it today. No matter where you live or how you may live, or what your problems and your social and business interests may be, you can take yourself apart from the world and apart from your physical and worldly self and exist as a soul in the Cathedral of the Soul. At such times you can worship and pray and contact those of similar mind and spiritual nature, and also find that which is the very body of subliminal existence.
If you have not found this peace, this joy, this purely spiritual existence for those hours when you feel the need of it, then send for our little book, Liber 777, which will be sent to you without obligation and which will point out to you how you may enjoy the blessings of this Cathedral of the Soul. Regardless of your religious creeds and dogmas, of your faith and convictions, you will find a real Cosmic and Godly welcome in the Cathedral of the Soul.
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