Rosicrucian Writings Online

[H. Spencer Lewis]

[From The Rosicrucian Digest September 1934]
I AM writing these thoughts on a bright invigorating afternoon in June, after having wandered around for a while in the various parts of Rosicrucian Park watching the many workmen putting the last finishing touches to the Rose-Croix Science Building in order that it may be ready for dedication and examination by our hundreds of visiting delegates and members a few weeks hence. I have been observing the masterful way in which artists and mechanics have been applying the laws of science and the arts in completing this unusual structure with its many unusual rooms and departments of research, and I have been looking at the shrubbery and flowers, the trees and the bushes, and the newly-planted grass seeds which will bring the green carpet to the grounds around the new buildings.
I have been up on the roof of the new building watching the construction of the newly-devised and elaborate instrument which will catch the sunrays at every hour of the day and will convert them in a shaft of light downward through the attic and upper floor of the building into the color chamber on the main floor of the science building, thus creating a spot of brilliant light in the center of the black room. And from this brilliant spot of light there will be thrown upon silver and beaded screens the colors of the spectrum, and the many mysteries of the sunlight and the sun's rays.
As I lifted my eyes heavenward to observe the magnificent clouds and deep blue depths of space beyond them, I thought of the newest experiment for exploring the mysteries of the universe that will be attempted in a few weeks in the Black Hills just outside of the little town known as Rapid City of South Dakota. Here the ingenuity of the most advanced scientists in various fields of research will be applied to the construction and operation of the world's largest balloon in which Major William E. Kepner, and Captain A. W. Stevens of the army, hope to reach heights not hitherto attained by man, and explore regions in the universe hitherto a dark mystery to man's comprehension.
No stratosphere balloon was ever so large and never were the hopes of mankind so great as in this instance. With a most curious and varied assortment of elaborate instruments man is seeking to know more about the Cosmic rays, and the other great beams or radiations of energy and power, life and vitality, light and color, that affect the universe and particularly affect this planet upon which we live.
The attention of the scientific world is going to be directed toward this beautiful little city in South Dakota that has nestled so long in peace and tranquillity in the fascinating hills of this part of the state and its peaceful and unruffled character will be greatly disturbed by the presence of the curious, the learned, and those who report and record the achievements of man. Only a few years ago a little known and extremely dignified village in the mountains of Switzerland was greatly disturbed by the sudden dropping into its midst of the first stratosphere balloon which was forced to come to earth suddenly after having ventured in the dangerous regions of the moon. Man truly is ingenious. He dares to dig deeply into the earth and to venture under the waters of the sea and the oceans. He burrows a pathway deeply beneath them, and then comes out and builds structures that tower far above the tallest of growing things, rises rapidly through space at enormous heights annihilating time and distance, and now invents a balloon that will take him beyond all reason and beyond all safety into the mysterious and unoccupied space beyond the earth's field of magnetism.
Long before man dared to do these things physically and actually he dreamed of doing them. In his imagination these strange burrowings and flights were already accomplished. Jules Verne accurately described the sensations that one would experience by going leagues beneath the waters and venturing into the sky, and all of the ventures of mankind since them have verified what his dreaming imagination intuitively comprehended. It cannot be said, therefore, that man dreams idly or uselessly and to no avail. Man's dreams are as unlimited in their flights and in their depths as his imaginations, his desires, or his necessities. Man has risen from the position of slave to the earthly elements to mastership of all that he surveys--except one field which he has ventured the least and has just begun to dream about.
There are in scientific laboratories throughout the world today more magnificent photographs showing in minute detail and with precise mathematical calculations the strange markings of the fields and areas of localities on the moon or other planets than there are photographs anywhere of the areas of man's brain with the same precise and minute detail. Man is learning more today about the various rays of energy surging through the distant atmospheric spaces of the universe than he has learned about the same rays and same beams of the same power that is surging through his own being.
Man need not go to the source of a beam of light to study its nature and its effects, for at the other end of the beam its power, its influence, and its purpose are made manifest. Whatever may be the source and cause of sunlight, we have learned to understand its magnificence through observing some of its benefits, some of its power, some of its majestic vitality at this end of its rays. Whatever may be the source and course of Cosmic rays, man's best interests will be served more efficiently and in a more startling manner by analyzing the influence of its rays right here on this earth.
We have learned to know of God and of God's mercy, love, and power through our experiences resulting from his indwelling presence and the effect of his consciousness and creative powers upon us. We would know less of God today if man had confined his explorations into the field of Supreme Directorship of this universe by venturing to sail into the vast spaces to find Him, or by concentrating his analytical study on the subject of his personal being.
The one great exception to man's vast explorations is the human consciousness of man, his dual existence, his real identity with the supreme forces of the universe, and his latent and undeveloped powers and abilities.
Explorations of the space around us and an examination of the nature of the Cosmic rays in their purest form as they pass through space, are most certainly essentials in man's accumulation of true knowledge, but to ignore the mysterious fields of research here close at hand and within our own beings and lift our thoughts to great heights along purely materialistic channels, hoping to find physical evidence of the invisible powers of the universe, appears to be a most illogical plan at the present time.
By turning the searchlight of inquiry upon our own inner selves, by looking within to find the Kingdom of Heaven, man will enter the most mysterious fields, the most profitable branch of research. Through this will come mastership of life, the revelation of great truths, and withal an understanding and comprehension of man's great possibilities, the least fraction of which man has not yet discovered.

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