Rosicrucian Writings Online
[From The Rosicrucian Digest June 1935]
OUR VISION LIFTS US UPNOT long ago the woman physician in an institute for the care and treatment of the blind told a story of a little girl twelve years of age who had been in the clinical department of the institute for many months and had been released as partially cured of blindness with an assurance that normal sight would gradually come and remain permanently.
The little girl had been born blind through an abnormal condition in the eye which could not be corrected until approximately the age of puberty. A few minor operations and some eye exercises, along with the proper psychological care and treatment, gradually brought the vision of light to the consciousness of the child and finally she began to see colors in things--something she had never seen before. For many, many months she had seen a brightness of some kind before her eyes indicating that the nerves sensitive to light vibrations were being revived or awakened, but it was not until the sudden change had taken place in the process of the restoration of sight that colors in all of their brilliancy made a proper and startling impression upon her consciousness.
The physician said that when the little girl first approached the window of her room in the clinic and looked out over the trees and the lawns, she was so happy because of the variations in colors and the magnificence of nature's painting. It was late in the afternoon and the western sky beyond the trees was tinted with a variation of colors such as is often seen only in the Golden West. The full scale of prismatic spectrum colors seemed to have been painted by the hand of God in a magnificent pastel blending, for there were the yellows and the blues, the violet and orange, the deep golden red and the marvelous turquoise greens and emerald tints of intermediate shades. The child stood fascinated by this marvelous scene and after a few moments of silence a nurse told the child to come with her down stairs into the yard and see pretty flowers and the children's faces and other things she could not see from the window. For several days the little girl was happy in the new world in the center of which she seemed to occupy a distinct place. From her descriptions of things she seemed to feel that the world surrounded her and that she was the pivotal center of all existing consciousness.
When Sunday came she asked to be allowed to go with a few others for a ride and then a walk into the valley surrounding the clinic. After riding in an automobile for an hour the group of nurses and children stopped at a lawn near the foothills where a picnic lunch was prepared. The children were allowed to play--to romp and jump, to run and walk--without restriction on the lawn and between the trees while the adults prepared the meal. After a half hour had passed it was noticed that Alice and two of the other children were missing from the group. They said that she had taken two other children by the hand and that the three of them walking side by side had started off toward the foothills. Going after them, the nurse and physician found that Alice and her two companions were going up the side of the hill, struggling on the steep incline and winding their way between the boulders and fallen trees with great difficulty. When asked why she chose such a tiresome and fatiguing walk in preference to the level and softly covered lawns below, she explained: "I did not know that we were going up the side of the hill or that it was hard to walk. All the time that I have been out here in the open space between the trees, I have kept my eyes on the sky watching the beautiful colors that change in the clouds and in the spaces between and I wanted to go nearer and nearer to those clouds. I guess it was because I had my eyes turned upward to the sky that I did not notice that I was going up a hill instead of remaining on the level ground."
In that explanation the little girl revealed a fundamental law of life. We unconsciously tend to approach that toward which we have our vision centered. As we go through life, we will rise to the heights of our vision or fall to the level of its downward gaze. If we center our sight and our consciousness on the things that are level with us, we never lift ourselves up and we never rise above the commonplace of life. If our vision, our admiration, adoration, and concentrated attention is upward, we will find that fate as well as our minds and hearts tend to take us bodily, physically, and spiritually to the heights we see.
By centering our thoughts for certain periods of the day upon the Cathedral of the Soul, we not only lift up our eyes, minds, and hearts to the sublime heights of Cosmic space beyond the earth, but we lift up our bodies, for in all of the daily steps we take and all of the movements on the trampled paths of life, we find ourselves constantly tending toward the narrower path that leads upward and onward rather than that which goes about in circles and ends at the place where we began.
Dwelling in the Cosmic space above us for a few minutes each day is not only a tonic to the soul and an inspiration to the mind but a real uplifting to the whole physical self, and soon we will find that we are approaching not only with an uplifted gaze and a speculative mind but with our whole being, the place to which we have directed our thoughts, to the place which holds our attention, to the ideals which dominate our thinking and to the point that holds us to itself as by some magic power.
If you have not felt the benefit or derived the pleasure of periodic contact with the Cathedral of the Soul, whether a member or not, send for the free booklet, Liber 777, and follow the schedule of periods when thousands of other individuals in all parts of the world are attuned to the great Cathedral and meet there spiritually and mentally en masse. It is this unity of thought, this concentration of spirituality, this attunement of the better part of ourselves with that which we hold most sacred that constitutes a dynamic spiritual power in the ethereal Cathedral of Cosmic vastness. From this spiritualized focal point will radiate and emanate the reflected thoughts of love, peace, health and power that are created by the uplifted minds and hearts of those attuned.
Wonderful miracles can come into your life at such moments of Cosmic contact. Until you try them with all sincerity, until you dwell in peace and happiness within the Cathedral, you can never know of its joy and inspiration. There not only the Christ consciousness will dwell because of those who dwell in His name, but there also the creative power and the love of God constitute the Shekinah within the temple and bring a benediction unto all who bow before it.
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