Rosicrucian Writings Online
[From The Rosicrucian Digest August 1932]
SOME members have difficulty in making contacts with the Cathedral and we have asked those who had difficulty and finally made the contact to write to us about their experiences and give us helpful hints that we may pass on to others. The result of this Symposium is contained in the following instructions. In letters from those who had the most difficulty in making any contact at all with the Cathedral it appears that eventually the contacts were made very clearly and easily through complete relaxation. The experiences of these persons seem to be all alike. All of them discovered that they were not relaxed and that they were too tense and too expectant. In other words, they were as alert and as expectant as a person might be who is sitting quietly in the home listening for the least sound of an intruder or the most delicate sound of some strange nature. With eyes and ears thus active and the mind keenly alert there cannot be complete relaxation. Now all of these persons finally made their contact when they sat down and became relaxed and gave up any idea or even hope of making the contact. In other words, they simply left the matter entirely in the hands of the Cosmic and proceeded to rest and merely meditate upon the spiritual self within and forgot about any Cosmic contact of any kind. This is an important point to remember.
Others say that they have suddenly found themselves contacting the Cathedral during complete relaxation and spiritual thought while riding in an automobile, or in the street car, or in the theater, or some place where they were listening to good music and did not wilfully try to contact but simply put themselves into such perfect relaxation that they were lost even to their immediate surroundings and were indwelling in the spirit of God.
A few others have stated that during their concentration period they have put themselves in such a position that they could look out of a window and let their gaze rest passively on some cloud or high steeple point, top of a flag pole or something high in the air and in that way let their gaze become passively fixed instead of intently fixed on some object in the room or intently fixed upon some idea.
A few others say that they have found it advisable to sit down and relax for five or ten minutes before the period of contact, and others say that they relax for a sufficient time beforehand to become thoroughly at ease and peaceful and until they feel the vibration of rest and vigor passing through their bodies. Some say that they are able in this way to contact the Cathedral while in any locality or anywhere and even, as one Brother expresses it, while bathing in the water at the beach, and he says that his contacts have become so easy that he believes he could make the contact even if he were in a position of standing on his head in the sand. All of this indicates further a lack of that intensity of desire and stress of concentrated condition which too many practice and which actually prevents them from becoming passive enough to make the contact.
Quite a number say that total relaxation of the mind is the final step in the process of preparing for the contact. This means eliminating from the mind any wilful attempt to visualize the Cathedral or to force a realization of any impressions of any kind and is equal to a complete abandonment of thought or desire or intent.
Others say that in sitting down or lying down for the contact they not only relax but try to attune themselves toward a peaceful attitude toward all mankind and toward the universe. This means the elimination of all thoughts of business or strife, contest, ill will, hatred, enmity, jealousy, etc.
Everyone admits that the repeating of the Cathedral prayer two or three times is a big help if once is not sufficient. Others say that they add little prayers of their own and place themselves in a prayerful attitude as though they were communing with God and hoping that He might take them into His own consciousness and reveal the Cathedral to them.
Quite a few others say that sitting in a darkened room or with eyes closed is a big help as it shuts out all sights of any kind that might distract the attention. Some few say that the use of the vowel sounds is a great help to them and, of course, quite a number say that the use of the Cathedral phonograph records is an excellent help. A few others have discovered, after many, many failures, that they could make the contact by turning the thoughts of the mind or consciousness of their mind inwardly toward the center of the body as though trying to reach the soul itself or holy sanctum within the soul.
A great many have made the comment that trying to contact the Cathedral of the Soul after having eaten a meal is far more difficult than attempting it upon an empty stomach, or after eating only a light meal. There is a great deal to this point and it should be carefully considered and tested by those who are having trouble in contacting the Cathedral. A great many say that before beginning the relaxation and concentration they read some inspiring passage like a verse or two from the Bible, or a verse or two from "Unto Thee I Grant--." They say this helps to turn the mind inwardly and toward the Cosmic and is a very great help. A majority say they found that by sitting so that they are facing toward the true geographical east there was more success than when they faced any of the other cardinal points of the compass.
Now all say that it requires nearly five minutes of preparation and that sometimes an additional five minutes is necessary for a complete realization of the contact to come. Most of those who have written state that the first sensation of contact was that of a sense of peace, often followed by a very bright light appearing in the room or a sense of lightness of weight and a sense of mild magnetic currents passing through the air of the room. A majority say that the first manifestation in the Cathedral is a vision of its outer form or the hearing of some great organ. Many agree that music is heard eventually very mildly and sweetly, while others say their contact with the Cathedral has left them without any impression of music but only of beautiful sights and scenes like the interior of some magnificent place accompanied with visions of beautiful beings of different nationalities assembled in one place.
Patience is the secret key to all these contacts and the fact that hundreds of letters are received constantly from those who were very discouraged and who eventually made wonderful contacts which they can easily repeat now at any time, should encourage each and every person to attempt these contacts whenever it is possible.
The Imperator will make special contacts with members during the next four weeks as follows: On each Thursday night at 8:30 P.M., Pacific Standard Time, which is equivalent to 12:30 A.M. (midnight) Eastern Daylight Saving Time, or 11:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, the Imperator will put himself in touch with other members and help them to contact him through the Cathedral of the Soul. At 8:30 each Thursday evening members and our friends who are non-members should attune themselves with the Cathedral for ten minutes.
On August 4 the Imperator will contact those whose last names begin with the initial F. On August 11, he will contact those whose last names begin with the initial G. On August 18 he will contact those whose last names begin with H, and on August 25 he will contact those whose last names begin with the initial I.
Excellent reports are coming in daily to the Welfare Department and other departments regarding the contacts being made with the Cathedral at the regular periods stated in Liber 777. Those contacted by the Imperator during the last month and whose last names begin with the initials A. B. C. D. and E., are now writing very appreciative letters and communications saying that the contact was quite complete. A great many were contacted but the contact had to be discontinued because the persons contacted were busily engaged in business affairs, social affairs, or other matters that inconveniently arose and prevented concentration.
Letters that we receive tell us that through the Cathedral much valuable advice and help is being given to those who are puzzled or in need of important direction and guidance at various times during the week. Certainly, it is a convenient manner for you to make contact with the Cosmic. Those who wish to know more about the Cathedral contacts should read the instructions in the box at the head of this article.
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