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[From The Rosicrucian Digest September 1932]
THE matter published in this department in the August issue proved to be of intense interest and value to all of our members. Containing, as it did, the comments of those who have had difficulty in making contacts with the Cathedral of the Soul and giving helpful hints as to how that difficulty might be overcome, the article was really a symposium of experiences and helpful suggestions. We trust that all those who have had any difficulty of this kind will take the opportunity to read the article in the August issue.
What the Cathedral Is
It may seem strange to our American members, but the fact of the matter is that our members in foreign lands and even readers of this magazine in foreign lands who are not members of the Rosicrucian Brotherhood seem to have a better understanding of the Cathedral of the Soul. To them the Cathedral is a spiritual creation resulting from the concentration of spiritual thoughts and spiritual vibrations directed to one point from the thousands of minds on earth. In all of the Oriental philosophies and religions such a focalization of thought and spiritual meditation and contemplation is not only possible and feasible but a great probability. Those Orientals who turn their minds several times a day toward the great
In the more modern religions we find this thought included and not excluded even though an interpretation of it or description of it is spiritually different. Jesus understood this power and said that wherever a number might be gathered together in His name there would He be. Of course, He did not refer to His personal being in a material sense actually occupying material space in their midst but He referred to a spiritual emanation of HIMSELF or of the Christhood within Him reaching down to any point or place where a number of minds and souls were united in concentration, meditation in His name or in the name of that which He represented. The early Christian church and later the great Roman Church created sacred shrines and places that were acknowledged to be extremely holy and powerful in spiritual energy as a result of the prayer and thoughts directed to these places by multitudes.
To one who travels a great deal in foreign lands and enters the holy shrines, temples, synagogues, mosques, tabernacles, cathedrals and churches of the various religions, there are always some which are found to be almost vibrant in a physical sense with a spiritual energy that seems to make one's very being tremble. In some cases the vibrations are so intense that every nerve center of the human being responds. These places are not surcharged with any super-natural or special spiritual power emanating from on high in a unique manner but charged with vibrations that have been centered there as a result of the sacred thoughts and spiritual attitudes of the many in past centuries who have paid homage to the place and in its presence poured out the very life of their souls.
There is no reason for such a sacred shrine to be located wholly or solely on the earth plane. Such a focalized point of concentrated thought and prayer may just as easily be above the earth plane as on it. The Cathedral of the Soul was originated with this thought in mind. It is an imaginary, ethereal Cathedral, first created in thought and then sponsored and maintained by thought and it today is a living example of thought power. Contacting this Cathedral of the Soul in thought is equivalent to contacting a sacred shrine on the earth plane. When entering the Cathedrals and mosques and temples of the Holy Land it is not the physical self entering such a place that is significant but the mind and heart and soul coming within the range of the vibrations of the place that puts one into attunement with it and makes for a spiritual blessing. If one could leave the physical body behind and enter the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem or the Holy Shrine in Bethlehem or any other sacred place and there dwell purely in soul and spiritual thought one would have the same response, and same attunement, and same benediction as though in the physical body. In fact, the more one becomes unconscious of the physical self when in the presence of such places, the greater is the spiritual benefit.
In attuning with the Cathedral of the Soul, the spiritual body cannot be taken into the holy aura of the ethereal edifice. It can be approached only with the heart, the mind, and the soul consciousness. For this reason, the response and the effect is greater and the efficacy of the contact is made more evident.
All of those living in the Western World who do not have the Oriental concept of these sacred principles would do well to analyze them and give them deep thought before passing them by in a light manner.
The free booklet called "Liber 777" tells the story of the Cathedral and if you, as a reader of this magazine, have never had this booklet it will be well worth your while to send for it as explained in the box at the beginning of this Department and read it and follow the instructions in it, whether member or not.
The Imperator will make special contacts with the members during the next four weeks as follows: On each Thursday night at 8:30, Pacific Standard Time, which is equivalent to 12:30 A.M. (midnight), Eastern Daylight Saving Time, or 11:30 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. For the time being the special contacts according to the alphabetical list will not be continued until after the summer vacation and more of the members are at home. All of the regular contact periods of the Cathedral, as outlined in "Liber 777," will be maintained every day of the summer as usual.
Make yourself well acquainted with the Cathedral. Understand the deep principles underlying its very existence and help others to understand these for the Cathedral is becoming a very marvelous thing in the lives of many thousands of persons who testify to the unusual benefits in health and many ways which come from contacts with this Cathedral.
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