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[From The Rosicrucian Digest August 1934]
PEACE AND POWERTHROUGHOUT the world today there is increasing need for moments of relaxation from the turmoils of life and moments for contemplation and meditation, during which the mind may properly view the events of the past and present and with the right perspective comprehend life's problems in their correct relationship.
The man or woman whose mind is worried and heart tormented with problems that seem difficult to solve and with unknown elements constantly interfering with the plans of life, needs that inspiration and that peace and power that will help to conquer the enemies of happiness and contentment.
It is not until we separate ourselves from our very close relationship with our personal problems that we are able to judge them correctly. It has always been said that no problem in human affairs can enslave us after we once understand it, for with the proper understanding comes a logical revelation of the solution. But it is also true that no problem in life can be understood so long as we are so close to it that we are a part of it and its seeming magnitude and overpowering greatness awe us and inhibit our rational thinking. Our proximity to the problem distorts our mental vision of it. No magnificent work of art can be properly appreciated when the eyes of the beholder are so close to it that only a portion of it nearest to him is visible at a time. Music can deafen us instead of pleasing us by its overwhelming volume if we are too near to its source.
Have you ever gotten down on your hands and knees on the floor and crawled about in such a position that your eyes would be on the level with those of the little child playing in your home? Try it on the lawn or some place out in the open and notice what a distorted view the little child has of the world around him. Even an adult passing by seems like a giant and the wheels of an automobile seem surprisingly high and those of a wagon appear to be enormous. Think of the impressions and distorted view of worldly things that are made upon the mind of the kitten and of the infant. The closer we are to the earth the less comprehension we have and the less correct our visions of the thing that are of greatest importance in life.
By lifting our consciousness and our vision to great heights we see things in their real proportion and in their real relationship. By entering the Cathedral of the Soul for rest, meditation, and contemplation, we not only have a higher view-point but we have contact with the universal mind and the Cosmic consciousness. This brings peace and power to our souls. Here we find inspiration coming as the voicing of the mind that knows the solution to all problems and knows the ultimate end of all things. We are given strength, fortitude, endurance, the ability to persist and carry on, to overcome obstacles, to meet conditions face to face and be fearless. The attunement brings even peace to the physical body and harmonizes the vitality and Cosmic powers surging through our being, thus quieting inner turmoil and acting as a tonic to our bodies it alleviates pain and disease and brings health and regeneration.
This is no theory and no unprovable doctrine. You can enter the Cathedral of the Soul and in sincerity offer your own life as an example for the Cosmic powers to guide and protect. You can learn through your own personal experience what may be accomplished by a lifting of your consciousness to the great heights and the resting for a while in harmonious attunement within the ethereal Cathedral of the universal soul.
Make it a daily practice in your life to spend a few minutes in meditation and contemplation in the silence where all of the restrictions of time and space can be cast aside and your soul consciousness can rise to unknown heights. Just as sleep and rest are needful for the body, and food and drink needful for the nourishment of it, so a few minutes of spiritual or Cosmic meditation are absolutely necessary for the harmonizing of the great universal forces within your body and around you and for the tranquillity of your heart and mind.
In all history and in all the lives of the great men, we find that peace and power have come through silence, through meditation, and through relaxation, contemplation of the greatest factors making for success or failure, happiness or sorrow, peace or strife. It is impossible to carry into the Cosmic realm the earthly annoyances and the petty problems that perplex and torment. No matter how great they may seem to be and how unconquerable, from the earthly view-point, they fall into insignificance and fade into the nothingness of mortal illusions when the mind and consciousness are lifted up into the great, peaceful halls of the Cosmic Cathedral.
Each morning for a few minutes before beginning the daily tasks and each evening for another few minutes before closing the day's activities, take yourself apart from all worldly contacts, closet yourself in isolation from others and from all the phantasmagoric impressions of the world's ceaseless activities, and in a relaxed mental and physical state allow your soul to express itself in its great flight toward Cosmic heights carrying with it your consciousness and your power of discernment and understanding. For a little while the world will be lost to you, but a new kingdom will be opened and new vistas, new visions, will spread before your inner eyes and you will feel the tingling through your body coming from the vitalizing energy of the Cosmic rays and Cosmic powers.
Follow the periods given in the Cathedral book called Liber 777. Preserve your book carefully and make it a daily companion for consultation in the hours of need. You will find these periods the greatest blessing that man has in his earthly life.
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