Rosicrucian Writings Online
[From The Rosicrucian Digest July 1938]
LIFTING ONE'S CONSCIOUSNESS
MAN differs from all the other members, as species of the animal kingdom, in the fact that he has the ability to comprehend and understand how he can lift his consciousness above the earth plane, and has the ability to do so if he so determines. Some of these species of animals living on the earth's surface cannot lift their consciousness above the level of their own physical existence. Some little creatures that live wholly on the surface of the earth, or within the crust of the earth occasionally aspire to rising a few feet higher and find an interesting experience in lifting themselves physically into the branches of trees or on the tops of houses. But this experience is unnatural to them in most cases, and they do not feel in a normal position and seek again their own physical level. Other animals feel more at home and more natural in space above the earth, such as the birds and the creatures that fly. Some have their consciousness like their bodies confined solely to lower levels.But man has never believed that his consciousness and his body were confined to the surface of the earth or to low surfaces. For safety's sake man has always tried to keep himself near the edge of water and in low valleys where he felt protected, but for thrilling experience and adventure, or the discovery of more distant horizons and a greater outlook on life, he has invariably lifted his body to mountain heights or to the tops of great trees, or the upper floor of some great structure. He has always felt that he was a greater explorer, and greater master of space and material conditions, when high above his original physical level. This has been the reason for success in astronomical explorations where man has extended his vision through telescopes to places way beyond the surface of the earth, and for his determination to learn how to fly. Many hundreds of years before man attempted experiments in flying, mystic philosophers such as Da Vinci theorized on the possibility of man flying and drew plans for the form and mechanical arrangement of flying machines.
But along with man's desire and urge to lift his physical body above the earthly consciousness, he has had a sincere desire and longing to lift his spiritual and psychic consciousness to even greater heights, and to separate himself from his limited worldly, material conditions. The churches through their religious doctrines and creeds have encouraged this and in reciprocation man has built great spires on great cathedrals. The spires on such cathedrals throughout the world should be called aspirations because they represent man's aspiring idea to send his spiritual and psychic consciousness heavenward. But still the majority of these persons have never had their consciousness rise above the vaulted roof of the cathedral or the top point of the spire. How different it is with those who try to find the way to lift the consciousness of the soul up to the Cathedral of the Soul in the Cosmic space far beyond the earth, and see beyond everything on the earth. Hundreds of thousands daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly spend a few minutes of time in communion in this great Cathedral of the Soul beyond the visible space of the heavens. They find in this mental, spiritual cathedral a peace, a communion, a relaxation, a help, and a guidance that they do not find in any earthly church or in any earthly structure. It helps them to understand better the doctrines of their earthly church and earthly studies, and it also gives them an opportunity in the silence of their homes, or in the silence of the great outdoors to rise to that great height that the soul aspires to for a time. If you have not had this experience, this sublime, transcendental, realization of the great spiritual power within you, send for the book called "Liber 777" which will go to you without any obligation or cost, and therein learn of the hours during the day or night when you can rise to this Cathedral of the Soul and meet with hundreds and thousands of others there in peace, and turn again to your worldly consciousness with increased health, strength and happiness.
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It is a mark of wisdom not to kick against the very step from which we have risen higher. The removal of a step from a staircase brings down the whole of it. When, out of infancy we grow into youth, we do not despise infancy, but, on the contrary, we recall with affection the days of our childhood. If, after many years of study, a teacher were to teach me something, and if I were to build a little more on the foundation laid by that teacher, I would not, on that account, be considered wiser than the teacher. He would always command my respect.--Mahatma Gandhi.
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