Rosicrucian Writings Online
[From The Rosicrucian Digest September 1938]
IT IS generally conceded by a majority of the religious, thinking people of the world that after transition the soul returns to some sanctuary, to some holy kingdom, some spiritual realm where it resides either permanently or until it reincarnates again in the body of a newborn child. In other words, a large majority of the men and women of the world, including those who are generally classified as of "heathen" religion or pagan religion, absolutely believe that the soul has a sanctuary and a kingdom of its own somewhere in the world, and that originally the soul in each one of us came from such a place and will return to such a place. It should not be difficult, then, for the average human being to realize that in moments of relaxation and in moments of sublime thought there is a tendency on the part of this soul in the body of each one of us to want to attune with or contact that spiritual, ethereal, esoteric kingdom from which the soul came and to which it ever has a tendency to return.
THE SOUL'S SANCTUARY
Why should we feel that the soul, as a conscious, vital, living, thinking, sentient thing within us, remains in our bodies unconscious of the spiritual realm from which it came, and that it never gives any further thought to that higher spiritual kingdom until the moment of transition? Is it not more logical and more reasonable to believe that throughout its entire existence in our human bodies here on earth, that spiritual soul that is so much a part of a spiritual kingdom is so conscious of the high and beautiful and holy realm from which it came that it is ever trying to retain its connection with that realm and seeking to attune itself with it?
Even man's human consciousness does not permit him to forget the home town or the home country from which he came as a child, no matter where he may journey and live for a large portion of his life. There are moments of relaxation and restfulness when that human consciousness in man thinks backward toward his early childhood and his first home, and the place from which he came, and wishes that it could be contacted again. He delights in recalling the home ties and those beautiful pictures and emotional periods when he was in his original place of birth. Why, then, should we think that the soul, after it is temporarily resident in the body of man for a while, forgets all about the spiritual kingdom from which it came and forgets about the "silver cord" that binds it to that spiritual realm?
Through the Cathedral of the Soul we deliberately and consciously permit the soul to rise and to make conscious spiritual contact with the kingdom from which it came. The Cathedral of the Soul is not a material edifice on this earth, and it is not a material or semi-material edifice in the sky. It is a purely spiritual sanctuary, a purely spiritual home in which the soul delights to reside momentarily in thought. It is not possible for the soul to leave the body for minutes or hours at a time and rise to a spiritual kingdom and thus leave the body lifeless and lacking in consciousness. But it is possible for the mind of the soul, the intelligence of the soul, to lift itself upward, and dwell consciously for a few minutes at a time in this holy sanctuary of this spiritual kingdom. And this can be done in such a manner that the human consciousness of the body and brain is aware of the enjoyment of the soul in its spiritual contact.
If you have not had the pleasure and joy of permitting your soul, or the consciousness of your soul, to rise up and contact the Cathedral of the Soul, then send for our little booklet Liber 777 and see the periods of the day when thousands of other members and friends are enjoying these united contacts in the Cathedral of the Soul. The little booklet will give you a prayer and a process for helping the soul within you to rise up and make such a contact, and then you will realize the peace, fortitude, psychic toning and tuning that will come to your entire body through such contact. It will be one of the most beautiful experiences in your life and will bring you rich rewards spiritually, mentally and physically. So be sure to send for the little booklet if you do not have it. There is no obligation; and whether you are a member of the Order or just a reader of this magazine or the friend of some member, you are welcome to enjoy this great spiritual privilege and all of its pleasures and benefits along with the rest of us.
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But in the small as in the vast, God is equally profuse of life. The traveler looks upon the tree, and fancies its boughs were formed for his shelter in the Summer sun, or his fuel in the Winter frosts. But in each leaf of these boughs the Creator has made a world--it swarms with innumerable races. Each drop of water in a moat is an orb more populous than a kingdom is of men.
Everywhere, then, in this immense design, science brings new life to light. Life is the one pervading principle, and even the thing that seems to die and putrefy but engenders new life, and changes to fresh forms of matter.--Bulwer Lytton.
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