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The Web of Destiny 

How Made and Unmade 
ALSO 

The Occult Effect of our Emotions- 
Prayer A Magic Invocation. 
Practical Methods of Achieving Success. 

MAX HEINDEL 




A Series of Lessons Upon the Hidden Side of 

Life, Showing the Occult Forces 

Which Shape Our Destiny 



FIRST EDITION 



ROSCICRUCIAN FELLOWSHIP 
International Headquarters 

Mt. Ecclesia 
Oceanside, California 

L/ondon: 

. N, Fowler & Co., 7 Imperial Arcade 
Ludg-ate Circus 



COPYRIGHT 1920 

BY 
MRS. MAX HEINDEL 



FELLOWSHIP PRESS 
OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA 



of Cimlmts 

THE WEB OF DESTINY 

Part I 

Spiritual Research The Soul body 7 

Part II 

The Christ Within The Memory of 

Nature 16 

Part III 

"The Dweller on the Threshold" Earth- 
bound Spirits 26 

Part IV 

The Sin Body Possession of by Self -Made 

Demons Elementals 39 

Part V 

Obsession of Man and of Animals 46 

Part VI 

The Creation of Environment The Gene- 
sis of Mental and Physical Disabilities ... 54 
Part VII 

The Cause of Disease 

Efforts of the Ego to Escape from the 

Body Effects of Lasciviousness 61 

Part VIII 

The Christ Rays Constitute the "Inner 
Urge" Etheric Sight Collective Des- 
tiny .69 



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THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

Part I 

The Function of Desire 79 

Part II 

The Color Effects of Emotion in Assem- 
blages of People The Isolating Effect 

of Worry 86 

Part III 

Effects of War Upon the Desire Body 
The Vital Body as Affected by Detona- 
tions of Big Guns 94 

Part IV 

The Nature of Ether Atoms The Neces- 
sity for Poise 103 

Part V 

The Effects of Eemorse The Dangers of 
Excessive Bathing Ill 

PRATER A MAGIC INVOCATION 
Part I 

The Nature of and Preparation for Prayer . 121 
Part II 

The Wings and the Power The Invoca- 
tionThe Climax 129 

PRACTICAL METHODS OF ACHIEVING 

SUCCESS 
Based Upon Conservation of Sex Force 139 



^T^HE SERIES of seventeen lessons printed in this 
** volume are a part of the ninety-nine monthly 
lessons sent out by the author to his students 
during his last years in the body. They are now pub- 
lished for the first time in book form. 

One series has already been printed under the title 
of "Freemasonry and Catholicism," as viewed from 
behind the scenes. 

These books contain the priceless treasures of the 
latest investigations of this great mystic, and carry a 
message of Christian love mingled with divine wis- 
dom, which only the initiate into the deeper mysteries 
can give. 

We hope these lessons may be the means of leading 
many back to God and strengthening their reverence 
and love for the Christ. 

The Holy Sacraments, Christ and His Mission, the 
Occult Significance of Wagner's Operas, and other 
most interesting subjects will follow in later volumes. 



THE WEB OF DESTINY 

PART I 

SPIRITUAL RESEARCH THE SOUL BODY 

ALTHOUGH considerable new light and much 
information was given upon this subject in the 
Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception and our subsequent 
literature letters have been coming to headquarters 
from students at various times, requesting more light 
upon such subjects as obsession, mediumship, insan- 
ity, abnormal conditions of character, etc. These have 
given the writer cause to investigate the subject more 
deeply than heretofore. The maxim that "practice 
makes perfect ' ' holds good in research of the spiritual 
realms as well as in physical things. Therefore it is 
hoped that the light upon this subject, which will be 
contained in the following pages, may help the stu- 
dent to see more clearly into the causes that are pro- 
ductive of effects in this life. 

In order that we may thoroughly understand this 
subject, it will be necessary to begin at the beginning; 
to realize that the first fundamental facts of existence 
are the continuity of life and that action is the ex- 



8 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

pression of life in manifestation. As soon as the spirit 
has taken its first action, it has thereby generated a 
cause which must have its effect. This is an absolute 
necessity in order that the equilibrium of the universe 
may be maintained. If this action was physical, that 
is to say, performed by a spirit in a physical body, 
the reaction must of necessity be physical also. If 
this be granted, then it follows as a matter of course 
that we must take birth in this world from time to 
time, for it is a matter of observation patent to every- 
one that we all generate causes in this world from 
day to day which cannot and do not have their ade- 
quate reaction, and if we cannot reap what we have 
sown in this body, we must certainly come back to 
reap in a new body or else the law is invalidated. 
If the law of Cause and Effect is true, periodical re- 
birth is a matter of absolute logical necessity. Thus, 
whether we realize it or not and whether we relish 
it or not, we are in a circle of necessity, and because 
of our own past actions, bound to come back to act 
and to react until we develop a power which shall be 
greater than the one that is now swirling us about. 
What this power is, Goethe, the great German mys- 
tic, indicated in the few words : 

"From ev'ry power that holds the world in chains, 
Man frees himself when self-control he gains." 

And as knowledge is power, it is evident that the 



SPIRITUAL RESEARCH 9 

more thorough our understanding of the operation of 
the twin laws of Consequence and Rebirth, the easier 
we shall find the way to liberation, and also better 
know how to help others. 

Science is to be much commended for the ingenuity, 
the patience, and the persistency it displays in the 
invention of instruments wherewith to ferret out the 
secrets of nature. But while it can thus successfully 
deal with matter, the secrets of spirit and of life are 
to the savants a closed book, as Mephisto says with 
fine sarcasm to a scholar who knocks at the door of 
Faust, seeking admission to the college: 

"Who'er would know and treat of aught alive 
Seeks first the living spirit thence to drive. 
Then are the lifeless fragments in his hand, 
He lacks, alas! the vital spirit band." 

There is only one instrument which is adequate to 
investigate the things of the spirit, and that is the 
Spirit itself. Just as it is necessary to train a man 
for scientific research in the physical world, so also 
is a long and slow process required to fit oneself for 
investigation of the spiritual world. As the man of 
science must pay the price of his knowledge in months 
and years of unflinching, unremitting labor, so also 
the mystic investigator must give years of his life to 
understand and be capable of investigating by meth- 
ods of the spirit. 



10 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

As you know, that which is now the physical body 
was the first vehicle acquired by man as a thought 
form; it has undergone an immense period of evolu- 
tion and organization until it is now the splendid 
instrument which serves him so well here; but it is 
hard, set, and difficult to act upon. The next vehicle 
acquired was the vital body, which has also gone 
through a long period of development and has con- 
densed to the consistency of ether. The third vehicle, 
the desire body, has been comparatively lately ac- 
quired and is in a state of comparative flux. Lastly, 
there is the mind, which is only as an unformed cloud, 
not worthy of the name of vehicle, being as yet but a 
link between the three vehicles of man and the spirit. 

These three vehicles, the physical, vital, and desire 
bodies, together with the link of mind, are the tools 
of the spirit in its evolution, and, contrary to the 
common conception, the ability of the spirit to inves- 
tigate the higher realms does not depend upon the 
finest of these bodies as much as upon the denser. 
The proof of this assertion is close at hand, and in- 
deed, anyone who has ever seriously tried has had 
this proof himself. If not, he may have it forthwith 
simply by following the directions for changing the 
condition of his mind. Let us say that a person has 
formed certain habits of thought which he does not 
like. Perhaps after a religious experience he finds 



SPIRITUAL RESEARCH 11 

that in spite of all his desires these habits of thought^ 
will not leave him. But if he decides to cleanse his 
mind so that it shall contain nothing but pure and 
good thoughts, he may do this by simply refusing, to 
admit impure thoughts. He will find that after & 
week or two his mind is noticeably cleaner than at 
the commencement of his effort ; that it holds by pref- 
erence the religious thoughts he is seeking to generate 
in it. Even a most abnormally degenerate mind can 
be thoroughly cleansed inside of a few months. This 
is actual knowledge to many who have tried it, and \ 
anyone who wishes and is sufficiently persistent may \ 
have the same experience and enjoy a clean mind in/ 
a very short time. 

But while clean thoughts take us a long step on 
the path of attainment, the emotions and desires of 
the desire body are not so easily subdued, for that 
vehicle is already considerably more set than the 
mind. While the regenerate mind readily agrees to 
the idea that we should love our enemies, the desire 
body, the emotional and passionate nature, aims with 
every fibre of its being to get even, to get an eye for 
an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Sometimes, even years 
and years after we think that the sleeping serpent is 
subdued, that we have at last gained mastery over it, 
and that it cannot mar our peace, it may suddenly 
rise and overthrow all our hopes, take the bit between 



12 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

its teeth, go on a rampage, and vow vengeance for 
some real or fancied wrong. Then it takes the whole 
power of the higher nature to subdue this rebellious 
part of our being. This, the writer thinks, is the 
thorn in the flesh concerning which Paul besought 
the Lord thrice and was given the answer: "My 
grace is sufficient for thee." It certainly does need 
all the grace one can command to overcome, and eter- 
nal vigilance is the price of safety, so let us "watch 
and pray." 

It is the desire body which is responsible for all 
our actions, good, bad, or indifferent, and the oriental 
philosophers have therefore given directions to their 
disciples to kill out desire and to abstain from action, 
good or bad, as much as possible, in order that they 
may thus save themselves from the wheel of birth 
and death. But that temper which is such a great 
menace when it takes control, may be made as effective 
for service under our proper guidance. We would 
not for one moment think of taking the temper out 
of a knife; we should then be unable to cut anything 
therewith. The temper of the desire body must be 
controlled but not by any means killed. For the 
dynamic power of motion and action in the invisible 
world is stored in this desire body, and unless it is 
intact, we cannot expect to control ourselves there any 
more than an ocean liner whose engines were disabled 



SPIRITUAL RESEARCH 13 

could buffet the ocean waves. There are certain so- 
cieties which teach negative methods of development, 
and one of their first instructions to the pupil is to 
drop the jaw and make himself perfectly negative. 
Any one floated from the physical world toward the 
spiritual world by such methods would certainly find 
himself as driftwood upon the ocean, cast hither and 
thither by the waves, the prey and the sport of every 
current. And there are in the inner worlds, as well 
as here, beings who are anything but benevolent, who 
are ready to take advantage of anyone that ventures 
into their world not fully prepared to protect himself 
against them. Thus we see the supreme importance 
of subjecting our desires to the will of the spirit here 
in this world, of forcing this desire body of ours into 
subjection so that it may be trained before we attempt 
to enter the inner world. Here it is, in a very large 
measure, held in check by the fact that it is inter- 
polated within the dense body, and therefore cannot 
sway us hither and yon in the same degree as it can 
when it has been released from the physical prison 
house. 

But even the subjection of the desire body, difficult 
as it is to accomplish, will not serve to make a man 
conscious in the invisible worlds, for the desire body 
has not evolved to such a point that it can act as a 
real instrument of consciousness. It is unformed and 



14 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

cloud-like in the great majority of people, and only 
a number of vortices are present as sense centers or 
centers of consciousness ; these are not yet sufficiently 
unfolded so that they can serve the purpose without 
some other help. Therefore it is necessary to work 
upon and educate the vital body in such a manner 
that it may be used in soul-flights. This vehicle, as 
we know, is composed of the four ethers. It is by 
means of this body that we manipulate the densest 
of all our vehicles, the physical body, which we usually 
think of as the whole man. The chemical and life 
ethers form a matrix for our physical bodies. Each 
molecule of the physical body is imbedded in a mesh- 
work of ether which permeates and infuses it with 
life. Through these ethers the bodily functions, such 
as respiration, etc., are carried on, and the density and 
consistency of these matrices of ether determine the 
state of health. But the part of the vital body formed 
of the two higher ethers, the light ether and the re- 
flecting ether, is what we may term the SOUL BODY; 
that is to say, it is more closely linked with the desire 
body and the mind and also more amenable to the spir- 
it 's touch than are the two lower ethers. It is the ve- 
hicle of intellect, and responsible for all that makes 
man, man. Our observations, our aspirations, our char- 
acter, etc., are due to the work of the spirit in these two 



SPIRITUAL RESEARCH 15 

higher ethers, which become more or less luminous 
according to the nature of our character and habits. 
Also, as the dense body assimilates particles of food 
and thus gains in flesh, so the two higher ethers 
assimilate our good deeds during life and thus grow 
in volume as well. According to our doings in this 
present life we thus increase or decrease that which 
we brought with us at birth. If we are born with a 
good character, expressed in these two higher ethers, 
it will not be easy for us to change this because the 
vital body has become very, very set during the my- 
riads of years through which we have evolved it. On 
the other hand, if we have been lax and negligent and 
indulgent in the habits which we call evil, if we have 
formed a bad character in past lives, then it is diffi- 
cult to overcome because of this set nature of the vital 
body, and it will require years of constant effort to 
change its structure. This is the reason the Western 
Wisdom Teaching says that all mystic development 
begins with the vital body. 



16 



PART II. 

THE CHRIST WITHIN THE MEMORY OF NATURE 

THERE are a great many people who associate 
spirituality with a great show of emotionalism, 
but as we saw in the last chapter, this idea has abso- 
lutely no foundation in fact; on the contrary, the 
kind of spirituality which is developed by and asso- 
ciated with the emotional nature of the desire body 
is unreliable in the extreme; this is the variety that 
is generated in revival meetings where emotionalism 
is brought up to a high pitch, causing a person to 
make a great splurge of religious fervor which soon 
spends itself and leaves him exactly as he was before, 
much to the chagrin of the revivalists and other peo- 
ple who are engaged in evangelical work. But what 
else can they expect ? They set out to save souls with 
drums and fifes, with rhythmic revival songs, with 
appeals made in a voice which is raised and lowered 
in harmonic waves, all of which are as powerfully 
effective on the desire body as storms which stir the 
sea to fury and then subside. The vital body is much 



THE CHRIST WITHIN 17 

more set, and it is only when conversion affects this 
vehicle that it sticks and stays with a man or woman 
for life. Those who have the true spirituality do not 
feel saved one day, in the seventh heaven of ecstasy, 
and the next feel themselves down in the dumps and 
miserable sinners that can never be forgiven; for 
their religion is not based upon the emotional nature 
which feels these things, but is rooted in the vital 
body which is the vehicle of reason, set and persistent 
in the path it has once chosen. As new forms are 
propagated through the second ether of the vital body, 
so the HIGHER SELF, the CHRIST WITHIN, is formed 
through this same vehicle of generation, the vital body, 
in its higher aspects embodied in the two upper 
ethers. 

But as a child that is born into the world requires 
nourishment, so also the Christ that is born within 
is a babe and requires to be nourished to the full 
stature of manhood. And as the physical body grows 
by a continual assimilation of material from the chem- 
ical region, the solids, liquids, and gases, so also, as 
the Christ grows, will the two higher ethers grow in 
volume and form a luminous cloud around the man 
or woman sufficiently discerning to set his or her face 
heavenward; it will invest the pilgrim with light so 
brilliant that he "walks in the light," as a mat- 
ter of actual fact. By the exercises given in the 



18 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

Western Mystery School of the Rosicrucians, it be- 
comes possible in time to detach the two higher ethers, 
and the man may then step away from his physical 
body, leaving it for a time invested and vitalized only 
by the two lower ethers; he is then what we call an 
INVISIBLE HELPER. 

There are various grades of spiritual sight. One 
grade enables a man to see the ordinarily invisible 
ether with the myriads of beings that invest th#t 
realm. Other and higher variants give him the fac- 
ulty to see the desire world and even the world of 
thought while remaining in the physical body. But 
these faculties, though valuable when exercised under 
full control of the human will, are not sufficient to 
read the " MEMORY OF NATURE " with absolute ac- 
curacy. To do this and to make the necessary in- 
vestigations in order that one may understand how 
the "Web of Destiny" is made and unmade, it is 
necessary to be able at will to step from the phys- 
ical body and function outside in that soul body 
which we have spoken of as composed of the two 
higher ethers, this being also invested with the desire 
body and the mind. Thus the investigator is in full 
possession of all his faculties, he knows all that he 
knew in the physical world, and has the ability to 
bring back into the physical consciousness the things 
which he has learned without. When he has this 



THE CHRIST WITHIN 19 

ability lie must also learn to balance himself, to 
understand the things which he sees outside, for 
mark this: It is not enough to be able to step out- 
side the body into another world and to see things, 
there; we do not by that fact become omniscient any 
more than we understand what everything is used 
for and how everything works here in this physical 
world because we live here from day to day and year 
to year. It requires study and application to become 
thoroughly familiar with the facts of the invisible 
world as does it with the facts of the world in which 
we are now living in our physical bodies. Therefore 
the book, the " Memory of Nature," is not read easily 
at the first attempt or at the second either, for just as 
it takes a child time to learn how to read our ordinary 
books here, so, also, it requires time and effort to de- 
cipher this wonderful scroll. 

It is a familiar fact to students of science that 
the history of the earth is written in unmis- 
takable characters upon the rocks and glaciers; 
upon every stone there is found some sign which 
guides the trained investigator in deciphering 
its message concerning the development of the 
earth during past ages, and it is wonderful to read 
in the text books upon this subject, how well the 
scientific investigators have been able to make a con- 
nected story out of these many clues. It is also well 



20 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

known that wherever we move individually, we leave 
behind us marks which may be traced though they 
are unseen even by ourselves. The wonderful in- 
genuity displayed by the Indians, as told by Fenni- 
more Cooper and others, in tracing their friends or 
their foes through the virgin forest guided by broken 
twigs, etc., is far exceeded by scientists today, who 
trace the criminal by his finger prints. The seemingly 
fantastic exploits of Sherlock Holmes are duplicated 
by actual experience in criminal detection. The ac- 
tions of men now living may be reproduced by the 
moving picture camera a hundred years hence when 
the real actors have long moldered in the grave ; and 
so we can by the light of these later discoveries pre- 
pare our minds for the belief that there is an auto- 
matic record of every human life and of the lives 
of communities, kept in what we may call, for want 
of a better name, the Memory of Nature. This shows 
the stages in evolution attained by all living things, 
and gives the ministers of God, the Recording An- 
gels, the needed perspective in order to aid us in our 
attainment of wisdom, knowledge, and power; the 
clue to what lessons are needed to carry us further 
on the Path. So far as the individual is concerned, 
this record starts at the moment when he draws the 
first breath and continues until the last respiration 
has emptied the arteries of blood. We know that the 



THE CHRIST WITHIN 21 

whole universe is vibrant with life, that each object 
constantly emits from itself vibratory waves which 
reveal its nature and presence. We also know that 
when a child takes its first complete breath, the 
physiological conditions in the heart are changed, the 
foramen ovale is closed, and the blood forced to cir- 
culate through the heart and lungs. There it meets 
the air charged with a picture of the surroundings 
Thus the blood, which is the vehicle of the Ego, ab- 
sorbs in the lungs a complete picture of the outside 
world. When it rushes through the left ventricle of 
the heart, it leaves an impress upon the little seed 
atom situated at the apex and which corresponds to 
the film of the camera, nor should it be an obstacle 
to belief in this idea that a large number of pictures 
must be imprinted upon a very small surface. When 
we consider that the picture of the Moon which we 
see in the retina is less than one two-hundredth part 
of one inch in diameter, we can see that a very small 
picture can be very distinct, for even within that 
small space we note upon the Moon a number of 
mountains and valleys with the naked eye. The pic- 
ture of a man at a distance of a hundred feet or so 
is not one-twentieth of an inch in size, according to 
an authority upon this subject, yet we distinguish 
in that minute picture the expression of the face, the 
pattern of the clothing, etc. Similarly, there is upon 



22 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

this minute seed atom a picture of every action ever 
performed, of every scene in which we have ever found 
ourselves, during the whole time from birth to death. 
George du Maurier and Jack London describe in 
" Peter Ibbetson" and in "The Star Rover," how a 
prisoner in the flesh may live over again the scenes 
of his childhood, where he sees himself, his playmates, 
his parents, his whole environment, effectively repro- 
duced from the etheric record of his child life or even 
of past lives. Any one who knows the secret of how 
to put himself in touch with these pictures may find 
and read the lives of the people with whom he comes 
in contact, as proved by mediums. But while fresh 
or contemporary records may be read with compara- 
tive ease, it becomes increasingly difficult to read as 
we go backwards, for the records which are made in 
the ether are faint compared with the ones in the next 
higher realms and fade gradually. 

When a seer examines one who is about to become 
ill, he will find that the vital body is actually becom- 
ing more attenuated, and when it has reached a point 
of tenuity where it can no longer support the phys- 
ical body, the latter commences to manifest signs of 
what we call disease. Again, some time before we see 
physical recovery, the vital body gradually becomes 
more dense in structure; then the period of conval- 
escence commences. It is also patent to all who have 



THE CHRIST WITHIN 23 

to do with victims of accidents that they do not suffer 
as keenly just after the accident as later; this is be- 
cause the vital body at the time of the accident is 
uninjured, and therefore the whole effect of the acci- 
dent is not felt until this vehicle has become atten- 
uated and unable to support the vital processes. Thus 
we see that there are changes in the ether of a human 
being ; and according to the mystic axiom, ' ' As above, 
so below, " and vice-versa, there are also changes in 
the planetary ether which constitutes the vital body 
of the Earth Spirit. As the conscious memory of re- 
cent events which is strong in the human being grad- 
ually fades, so also the etheric record, which is the 
lowest aspect of the Memory of Nature, fades in time. 

In the highest sub-division of the Region of Con- 
crete Thought, just on the border line between pure 
spirit and matter, an impress is made of the things 
and events in this world which is relatively much 
clearer and more lasting than -the etheric record, for 
while events inscribed upon the etheric record fade 
away in spots in a few hundred years, and even im- 
portant events may last only a thousand or two years, 
the record found in the highest sub-division of the 
Region of Concrete Thought lasts for the Earth Pe- 
riod. While the records made on the reflecting ether 
may be read by the uninstructed who have just a 
little spiritual sight, several initiations are required 



24 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

before it is possible for any one to read the records 
kept in the higher region noted above. You will 
readily understand the relation of this record to the 
one made in the ether, and also to the absolutely per- 
manent record which is inscribed in the World of 
Life Spirit, if you examine diagram No. 1 on page 
52 of the Cosmo. Paracelsus calls the record made 
in the ether, Sidereal Light; and Eliphas Levi, the 
great Kabalist, speaks of these records as being kept 
in the Astral Light. This is in a sense correct, for 
though they have nothing to do with the stars, as the 
name would seem to imply, they are found in the 
Etheric Region outside the earth's atmosphere. The 
medium or hypnotic victim who leaves the body by 
negative processes under outside control, levitates to- 
wards these realms as naturally as our physical body 
gravitates towards the earth. 

As stated in the Cosmo in connection with the con- 
stitution of our planet, the path of initiation goes 
through the earth from circumference to center, one 
stratum at a time, and though our physical bodies 
are drawn that way by the force of gravitation, their 
density prevents trespass as effectually as the force 
of levitation which repels the uninstructed class 
spoken of from sacred precincts. Only when by the 
power of our own spirit we have left our dense body, 
instructed by and because of right living, are we 



THE CHRIST WITHIN 25 

able to read the etheric record to best advantage. At 
a farther point of progress the " water stratum " in 
the earth is opened to the Initiate, and he is then in 
a position to read the record of past events perma- 
nently engraved in the living substance of the Region 
of Archetypal Forces, where duration and space are 
practically non-existent, and where all is an eternal 
Here and Now. 



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PART III. 

"THE DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD" 
EARTH-BOUND SPIRITS 



WHILE we are studying "The Web of Destiny, 
How Made and Unmade," it is expedient that 
we devote some time to the mysterious "Dweller on 
the Threshold," a subject that is quite misunder- 
stood. Our investigations of the previous lives of a 
number of people who have applied to the Fellowship 
headquarters for relief from so-called obsession, have 
proved that their trouble is due to one phase of what 
has been mistakenly called by previous investigators, 
"The Dweller on the Threshold." When cases are 
examined merely by the use of spiritual sight or by 
reading in the etheric record, such a mistake may 
very easily be made as to confuse that apparition 
with the true Dweller on the Threshold. But as soon 
as we look the cases up in the imperishable records 
contained in the Eegion of Archetypal Forces, the 
matter is at once cleared up and the facts developed 
in these investigations may be summed up as follows : 



THE DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD 27 

At the moment of death when the seed atom in the 
heart is ruptured which contains all the experience 
of the past life in a panoramic picture, the spirit 
leaves its physical body taking with it the finer bodies. 
It then hovers over the dense body which is now dead, 
as we call it, for a time varying from a number of 
hours to three and one half days. The determining 
factor as to the time is the strength of the vital body, 
the vehicle which constitutes the soul body spoken 
of in the Bible. There is then a pictorial reproduc- 
tion of the life, a panorama in reverse order from 
death to birth, and the pictures are etched upon the 
desire body through the medium of the reflecting 
ether in this vital body. During this time the con- 
sciousness of the Spirit is concentrated in the vital 
body, or at least it should be, and it has therefore no 
feeling about this matter. The picture that is im- 
pressed upon the vehicle of feeling and emotion, the 
desire body, is the basis of subsequent suffering in 
the life in Purgatory for evil deeds, and of enjoy- 
ment in the first Heaven on account of the good done 
in the past life. 

These were the main facts which the writer was 
able to personally observe about death at the time 
when the teachings were first given to him and when 
he was introduced by the help of the Teacher to the 
panoramic reproductions of life when persons were 



28 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

going through the gate of death, but the investigations 
of later years have revealed the additional fact that 
there is another process going on during these im- 
portant days following death. A cleavage takes place 
in the vital body similar to that made by the process 
of initiation. So much of this vehicle as can be 
termed ' ' soul, ' ' coalesces with the higher vehicles and 
is the basis of consciousness in the invisible worlds 
after death. The lower part, which is discarded, re- 
turns to the physical body and hovers over the grave 
in the great majority of cases, as stated in the Cosmo. 
This cleavage of the vital body is not the same in all 
persons but depends upon the nature of the life lived 
and the character of the person that is passing out. 
In extreme cases this division varies very much from 
normal. This important point was brought out in 
many cases of supposed spirit obsession which have 
been investigated from headquarters; in fact it was 
these cases which developed the far-reaching and as- 
tounding discoveries brought out by our most recent 
researches into the nature of the obsession from which 
the people who appealed to us were suffering. As 
might be expected, of course, the division in these 
cases showed a preponderance of evil, and efforts were 
then made to find out if there were not also another 
class of people where a different division with a pre- 
ponderance of good takes place. It is a pleasure to 



THE DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD 29 

record that this was found to be the case, and after 
weighing the facts discovered, balancing one with 
another, the following seems to be a correct descrip- 
tion of the conditions and their reason : 

The vital body aims to build the physical, whereas 
our desires and emotions tear down. It is the strug- 
gle between the vital body and the desire body which 
produces consciousness in the physical world, and 
which hardens the tissues so that the soft body of 
the child gradually becomes tough and shrunken in 
old age, followed by death. The morality or immor- 
ality of our desires and emotions acts in a similar man- 
ner on the vital body. Where devotion to high 
ideals is the mainspring of action, where the devo- 
tional nature has been allowed for years to express 
itself freely and frequently, and particularly where 
this has been accompanied by the scientific exercises 
given probationers in the Rosicrucian Fellowship, the 
quantity of the chemical and life ethers gradually 
diminishes as the animal appetites vanish, and an 
increased amount of the light and reflecting ether 
takes their place. As a consequence, physical health 
is not as robust among people who follow the higher 
path as among people whose indulgence of the lower 
nature attracts the chemical and life ethers, in pro- 
portion to the extent and nature of their vice, to the 
partial or total exclusion of the two higher ethers. 



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30 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

Several very important consequences connected with 
death follow this fact. As it is the chemical ether 
which cements the molecules of the body in their 
places and keeps them there during life, when only 
a minimum of this material is present, disintegration 
of the physical vehicle after death must be very rapid. 
This the writer has not been able to verify because it 
is difficult to find men of high spiritual proclivities 
who have passed out recently, but it would seem that 
this is so from the fact recorded in the Bible that 
the body of Christ was not found in the tomb when 
the people came to look for it. As we have said be- 
fore in relation to this matter, the Christ spiritualized 
the body of Jesus so highly, made it so vibrant, that 
it was almost impossible to keep the particles in place 
during his ministry. This was a fact known to the 
writer by the teachings of the Elder Brothers and 
by what investigation he has made of the subject in 
the Memory of Nature, but the bearing of this fact 
upon the general subject of death and the after- 
existence was not known until lately. 

The real " Dweller on the Threshold" is the com- 
posite elemental entity created on the invisible planes 
by all our untransmuted evil thoughts and acts dur- 
ing all the past period of our evolution. This * ' dwel- 
ler" stands guard at the entrance to the invisible 
worlds and challenges our right to enter therein. This 



THE DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD 31 

entity must be redeemed or transmuted eventually. 
We must generate poise and will power sufficient to 
face and command it before we can consciously enter 
the super-physical worlds. 

As before stated, a worldly life increases the pro- 
portion of the lower ethers in the vital body to that 
of the higher. Where, in addition, a so-called " clean 
life" is lived and excesses avoided, the health during 
life is more robust than that of the aspirant to the 
higher life, because the latter 's attitude to life builds 
a vital body composed principally of the higker ethers. 
He loves "the bread of life" more than physical sus- 
tenance, and therefore his instrument becomes in- 
creasingly high-strung, nervous, and delicate, a sen- 
sitive condition which greatly furthers the objects of 
the spirit, but which is a hardship from the physical 
viewpoint. 

In the great majority of mankind there is such a 
preponderance of selfishness and a desire to get the 
most out of life as they view that matter, that either 
they are busy keeping the wolf from the door or 
accumlating possessions and taking care of them, and 
hence they have very little time or inclination to 
undertake the soul culture so necessary to true suc- 
cess in life. The writer has often heard them contend 
that if they pay the minister to study the Bible dur- 
ing the six days and give them on the seventh an 



32 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

epitome of what he has found, that should be all that 
is required to get a ticket to heaven. They subscribe 
to the church and do the things ordinarily called for 
in life as honorable and upright; for the rest, they 
have "a good time." Therefore there is so little 
that persists in each life of the majority and evolu- 
ion is so frightfully slow that until one is able to 
view the act of death from the higher regions of the 
World of Concrete Thought and, so to say, look down- 
wards, it does not appear that anything is saved of 
the vital body. This body seems to return complete 
to the physical body and to hover over the grave, 
there to disintegrate simultaneously with the latter. 
As a matter of fact, an increasing part cleaves to the 
higher vehicles and goes with them into the desire 
world, there to be a basis of consciousness in, and to 
live through, the purgatorial and heaven lives, gen- 
erally persisting until man enters the second heaven 
and unites with the nature forces there in his efforts 
to create for himself a new environment. By that 
time, it has been absorbed by the spirit or almost so, 
and whatever may remain of a material nature will 
quickly fade away. Thus the personality of the past 
life has vanished and the spirit will not meet with it 
in the future lives upon this earth. 

But there are some people who are of such an evil 
nature that they enjoy a life spent in vice and degen- 
erate practices, a brutal life, and who delight in giv- 



THE DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD 33 

ing pain. Sometimes they even cultivate the occult 
arts for evil purposes so that they may have a greater 
power over their victims. Then their fiendish, im- 
moral practices result in hardening their vital body. 

In such extreme cases where the animal nature has 
been paramount, where there has been no soul ex- 
pression in the preceding earth life, the division in 
the vital body spoken of before cannot take place at 
death, for there is no dividing line. In such a case, 
if the vital body should gravitate back to the dense 
body and there gradually disintegrate, the effect of 
a very evil life would not be so far-reaching, but un- 
fortunately there is in such cases an interlocking 
grip of the vital and desire bodies which prevent* 
separation. We have seen that where a man lives 
mostly in the higher nature, his spiritual vehicles 
are nourished to the detriment of the lower. Con- 
versely, where his consciousness is centered in the 
lower vehicles, he strengthens them immeasurably. 
It should be understood that the life of the desire 
body is not terminated by the departure of the spirit ; 
it has a residual life and consciousness. The vital 
body is also able to sense things in a slight measure 
for a few days after death in ordinary cases (hence 
the suffering caused by embalming, postmortem ex- 
aminations, etc., immediately after death), but where 
a low life has hardened and endued it with great 



34 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

strength, it has a tenacious hold on life and an ability 
to feed on odors of foods and liquors. Sometimes, 
as a parasite, it even vampirizes people with whom 
it comes in contact. 

Thus an evil man may live for many, many years 
unseen in our very midst, yet so close that he is 
nearer than hands and feet. He is far more danger- 
ous than the physical criminal for he is able to prompt 
others of a similar bent to criminal or degenerate 
practices without fear of detection or punishment 
by law. 

Such beings are therefore one of the greatest men- 
aces to society imaginable. They have sent countless 
victims to prison, broken up homes and caused an 
unbelievable amount of unhappiness. They always 
leave their victims when the latter have come into 
the clutches of the law. They gloat over their vic- 
tims' sorrow and distress, this being a part of their 
fiendish scheme. There are other classes which de- 
light in posing as " angels" in spiritualistic seances. 
They also find victims there and teach them immoral 
practices. The so-called " Poltergeist " which enjoys 
breaking dishes, upsetting tables, knocking hats over 
the heads of the delighted audience, and similar horse- 
play, is also in this class. The strength and density 
of the vital body of such beings makes it easier for 
them to give physical manifestations than for those 



THE DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD 35 

who have passed beyond into the desire world; in 
fact, the vital bodies of this class of spirits are so 
dense that they are nearly physical, and it has been 
a mystery to the writer that some of the people who 
are taken in by such entities cannot see them. Were 
they once discovered, one look at their evil sneering 
faces would very soon dispel the delusion that they 
are angels. 

There is another class of spirits belonging to this 
same category who appeal to persons seeking spiritual 
development outside the spiritualistic line, by posing 
to them as individual teachers and giving them a lot 
of goody-goody nonsense. They also play upon the 
credulity of their victims in an almost unbelievable 
manner, and even though for years they may keep 
their intentions secret, sometime or other they will 
show themselves in their true colors. Therefore it 
cannot be reiterated too often that no one should ac- 
cept from any one else, either visible or invisible^ 
teachings in the slightest degree contrary to his own 
highest conception of ethics. It is dangerous to trust 
absolutely to people in this world and admit them 
to our full confidence; we know this by experience 
and act accordingly. We ought, naturally, to be 
much more careful when the question comes to mat- 
ters of the soul, and not trust that most important 



36 THE WEB OP DESTINY 

of all matters, our spiritual welfare, in the hands of 
some one we cannot at least see and judge accordingly. 
There are many spirits, of course, who have not the 
wits to do anything very evil with their victims, and 
who just lead them around by the nose for years and 
years without any particularly harmful results. But 
self reliance is the most essential virtue to be culti- 
vated by us at this stage of our evolution ; the mystic 
maxim, "If thou art Christ, help thyself, " is always 
sounded in the ears of those who endeavor to tread 
the true path. Hence we ought to guide ourselves 
without fear or favor from any spirit. 

It is amazing when one searches the Memory of 
Nature of the past to find how prevalent this inter- 
locking condition of the desire and vital bodies was 
in former centuries and milleniums. We realize, of 
course, in a sort of an abstract way, that the further 
we go back into the history of men the more savage 
we find them, but that in our own historical times 
this savagery should have been so common and so 
brutal and that might was the measure of right abso- 
lutely and beyond dispute, was, to say the least, 
quite a shock to the writer. It has been taught that 
selfishness and desire were purposely fostered under 
the regime of Jehovah to give incentive to action. 
This in the course of time had so hardened the desire 



THE DWELLER ON THE THRESHOLD 37 

body that when the advent of Christ took place, there 
was almost no heaven life among the people then 
living ; but the writer, personally, never realized what 
this fact implied until the recent investigations of 
"The Web of Destiny" were commenced. 

Nor were these ancient people content to do all the 
evil they could in life and then get away, but they 
must even have their war horses killed, their weapons 
laid down in their coffins, and everything else pos- 
sible done to keep them here, for the ether in those 
things which had belonged to them during life had 
an attraction for them, and was a means to further 
keep them within the earth's sphere. It enabled them 
to haunt, for they actually did haunt, their castles 
for years and years, and of course it was not only 
the rich or the warrior classes but also others. In 
cases of blood feuds where people were slain, the 
ghosts incited their relatives to avenge them by re- 
maining about and helping them to carry out the 
bloody deeds. Thus they perpetuated evil and kept 
the world in a turmoil of blood and strife ; nor is this 
condition entirely broken in what we call modern 
days. Wherever a person dies who has fostered mal- 
ice and hatred in his heart, these interlock the desire 
and vital bodies and make him a more serious menace 
to the community than anyone can imagine who has 



38 THE WEB OP DESTINY 

not investigated this subject. Therefore, if for no 
other reason, capital punishment should be abolished 
so that we may not let loose upon the community 
such dangerous characters to incite the morally weak 
to follow in their footsteps. 



PART IV. 

THE "SiN BODY" POSSESSION BY SELF-MADE DE- 
MONS E LEMENTALS 

EARTHBOUND spirits, such as previously men- 
tioned, gravitate to the lower regions of the 
desire world which interpenetrate the ether, and are 
in constant and close touch with those people on earth 
most favorably situated for aiding them in their evil 
designs. They usually stay in this earthbound con- 
dition for fifty, sixty, or seventy-five years, but ex- 
treme cases have been found in which such people 
so remain for centuries. So far as the writer has 
been able to discover up to the present time, there 
seems to be no limit to what they may do or how soon 
they will let go. But all the while they are piling 
up for themselves an awful load of sin, nor can they 
escape suffering therefor; for the vital body reflects 
and etches deeply into the desire body a record of 
their misdeeds, and when at last they do let go and 
enter the purgatorial existence, they meet the retri- 
bution which they well deserve. This suffering is 
naturally lengthy in proportion to the time they have 



40 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

continued their nefarious practices after the death 
of the dense body another proof that " Though the 
mills of God grind slowly, they grind exceeding 
small. " 

When the spirit has left the SIN BODY, as we will 
call this vehicle, in contrast to the soul body, to as- 
cend to the second heaven, it does not disintegrate 
as quickly as the ordinary shell left behind by nor- 
mal people, for the consciousness in it is enhanced 
by its dual composition ; that is to say, being composed 
of both a vital and desire body, it has an individual or 
a personal consciousness that is very remarkable. It 
cannot reason, but there is a low cunning present 
which makes it seem as though it were actually en- 
dowed with a spiritual presence, an ego, and this 
enables it to live a separate life for many centuries. 
The departed spirit meanwhile enters the second 
heaven, but having done no work on earth to desire 
or merit a prolonged stay there or in the third heaven, 
it only stays there sufficiently long to create a new 
environment for itself and it is then reborn much 
earlier than usual to satisfy the cravings for ma- 
terial things which draw it so strongly. 

When the spirit returns to earth, this Sin Body 
is naturally attracted towards it, and usually stays 
with it all its life as a demon. Investigations have 
proved that this class of soulless creatures were very 



THE SIN BODY 41 

prevalent during Biblical times, and it was to them 
that our Savior referred as devils, they being the 
cause of various obsessions and bodily ills such as are 
recorded in the Bible. The Greek word "daimon" 
describes them accurately. Even today a large pro- 
portion of southern Europe and the Orient is thus 
harassed, the affliction being specially aggravated in 
Sicily, Corsica, and Sardinia. Whole tribes in Africa, 
where the Voodoo magic prevails, have with them 
these gruesome spectres; the Indians of America and 
negroes in the South are also subject to them. 

But unfortunately the evil is not confined to these 
so-called lower or backward races. Eight here in 
what we call civilized countries, in northern Europe 
and in North and South America, we find that de- 
moniac possession is far from infrequent, although, 
of course, its form is not so abject as in the first men- 
tioned places where it is often accompanied by the 
most filthy and abominable practices. 

The writer was at one time quite apprehensive of 
the effect which war might have in respect to locking 
the desire and vital bodies together and bringing to 
birth legions of monsters to afflict future generations. 
But it is with great thankfulness that he records his 
conviction that we need have no fear on that score. 
Only when people are premeditatively malicious and 
vindictive, and persistently harbor a desire and a pur- 



42 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

pose to get even with some one, only when such 
feelings are hugged, nursed, and entertained do they 
harden the vital body and cause the interlocking grip 
of these vehicles. We know from the records of the 
great war that the rank and file have no such senti- 
ments against one another, but that enemies meet as 
friends whenever chance brings them into such rela- 
tionship that they may converse one with another. 
So, though war is responsible for the awful mortality 
now and will cause deplorable infant mortality in a 
future age, it will be blameless with regard to the 
dreadful diseases engendered by obsession and the 
crimes suggested by these demoniacal sin bodies. 

The discarded sin bodies mentioned in the preced- 
ing parts of this chapter, inhabit normally and by 
preference the lowest regions of the ether and con- 
dense themselves to the very line of sight. Some- 
times they even make use of some of the constituents 
of the air and seem usually to be perfectly visible to 
those people whom they harass, although their vic- 
tims are usually very careful not to allow anyone to 
suspect that they have such a demon about them, that 
is at least in the western world; there seems to be 
no such delicacy in the southern part of Europe. 

Following the above investigations, the writer at- 
tempted a number of experiments with spirits who 
were in the higher realms of the ether, having just 



THE SIN BODY 43 

passed out, and with people who had been in the 
desire world for a longer or shorter time, some of 
them being almost ready for the first heaven. A 
number of spirits who had departed this life kindly 
co-operated as subjects. The aim of the experiments 
was to determine how far it would be possible for 
them to clothe themselves in the materials of the? 
lower etheric and even the gaseous regions. It was 
noticed that those who had just passed out could quite 
readily endure the lower ether vibrations, although 
being of good character they were not well satisfied 
to remain there longer than necessary, for they were 
uncomfortable. But as we tried people from succes- 
sively higher regions of the desire world up to the 
first heaven, it became more and more difficult to 
wrap themselves in ether or descend into it. The 
concensus of opinion was that it was like going down 
into a deep well, there to smother. It was also found 
that it was absolutely impossible for any one in the 
physical to see them. We tried by every method 
of suggestion to arouse the people in rooms which we 
visited, to a sense of our presence, but we found no 
response, though in a number of cases the forms which 
we condensed were so opaque that it seemed to the 
writer as if they were nearly as dark as those phys- 
ical people whom we desired to attract. We placed 
our experimental subjects between the physical peo- 



44 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

pie and the light; nevertheless we had no success in 
any case, either with those who were from the higher 
realms or with those who had passed out recently and 
were able to stay in the given position and density 
for a considerable time. 

In addition to the entities already mentioned who 
dwell in a sin body made by themselves, and who 
thus suffer entirely from their own deeds in the 
period of expiation, two classes were found which 
were similar in certain respects although entirely dif- 
ferent in others. In addition to the divine Hier- 
archies and the four life waves of spirits now evolv- 
ing in the physical world through the mineral, plant, 
animal, and human kingdoms, there are also other 
life waves which express themselves in the various 
invisible worlds. Among them there are certain 
classes of sub-human spirits which are called 
elementals. It sometimes happens that one of these 
elementals takes possession of the sin body of some 
one of a savage tribe, and thus adds extra intelligence 
to that being. At the rebirth of the spirit that gen- 
erated this sin body, the usual attraction brings them 
together, but on account of the elemental ensouling 
the sin body, the spirit becomes different from the 
other members of the tribe, and we find them then 
acting as medicine men or in a similar capacity. These 
elemental spirits ensouling the sin bodies of Indians 



THE SIN BODY 45 

also act upon mediums as spirit controls, and having 
obtained power over the medium during life, when he 
dies, these elemental spirit controls oust him from 
the vehicles which contain his life experience, and 
thus the medium may be retarded in evolution for 
ages, for there is no power that can compel these spir- 
its to let go, once they have gained control of such 
a body. Therefore, though mediumship may produce 
no seeming evil effect in a lifetime, there is a very, 
very, grave danger after death to the person who 
allows his body to be taken possession of. Spiritual 
ism has done a necessary work in the world. It was 
probably the chief means of checking the absolute ma- 
terialism of science, and it has brought solace to thou- 
sands of suffering souls who grieved for the loss of 
departed ones; it has turned unbelievers to believe 
in a higher existence. We have no desire, whatever, 
to speak in a derogatory manner of its workers, but 
we cannot refrain from voicing a warning, as we feel 
it a duty to point out the enormous danger, to those 
who allow themselves to be habitually controlled by 
spirits whom they cannot see, and about whom they 
cannot possibly know anything. 

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46 



PART V. 

OBSESSION OF MAN AND OF ANIMALS 

IT is a curious fact that subhuman elementals some- 
times attach themselves to certain persons, to a 
family, or even to a religious society; but in such 
cases it was always found that their vehicle did not 
consist of the hardened sin body composed of an in- 
terlocking desire and vital body, but that the vehicle 
had been obtained through mediumship practiced by 
a person of ordinarily good character, and that the 
ether of this vehicle was in a state of disintegration. 
To offset this and to prolong their hold on such a 
vehicle, they demand of those whom they serve, reg- 
ular offerings of food and the burning of incense; 
though they cannot, of course, assimilate the physical 
food, they can and do live upon the ether fumes and 
odors which arise from it, also upon the fumes of 
incense. 

This is only another illustration of the fact that 
purity of motive will not protect us when we go con- 
trary to the laws of God, any more than we can 
escape a burn if we put our hand on a hot stove, no 



OBSESSION OF MAN AND OF ANIMALS 47 

matter why we did it. But, nevertheless, it has been 
found in cases where a medium has been ensouled 
by pure motives and high religious devotion, it is 
very difficult for such evil entities to hold the vital 
body for a long time ; they soon tire of the effort and 
seek another victim who is more in accordance with 
their nature. Thus in the south of Europe and in 
the far East there are elementals that take possession 
of the vital bodies of a family, generation after gen- 
eration, leaving one for another and performing cer- 
tain services for the family for a consideration of 
food, which is usually offered at regular times. Some 
of them are too vile to be satisfied with the offering 
of ordinary food and demand blood, even human 
blood, and these beings are responsible for such tribes 
as the head-hunters of the Philippines and the stran- 
glers of India, who commit murder as a religious rite. 
This is also the basis of Ancestor Worship in the East. 

These as well as the sin bodies which are not en- 
souled by an outside intelligence have been called 
"THE DWELLERS ON THE THRESHOLD," merely owing 
to the fact that when the person by whom they were 
originally generated was reborn, this demon attached 
itself to him and became a tempter and a devil to him 
all through life. Not infrequently it was found that 
in the case of a person who had in one life generated 
such a demon, but who had taken the lessons of that 



48 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

life so much to heart that they were expiated in the 
purgatorial existence, and who when reborn endeav- 
ored in the most whole-souled way to live a clean, 
upright, and honest life, this sin body was still al- 
ways on hand to hamper him. Many of the people 
who were thus afflicted were so sincere in their desire 
to reform that they entered monasteries and practiced 
dreadful austerities upon their bodies, each of them 
believing that the demon which haunted him and of 
whose presence he was conscious was the devil or an 
emissary from him. 

It is said truly that the boy is the father of the 
man. In a similar sense our previous existences are 
the progenitors of our present and future lives, and 
it is very certain that in this sense at least, "the sins 
of the fathers are visited upon the children"; nor 
can we deny the justice thereof, for the cruelties prac- 
ticed by these people which caused the formation of 
the sin body were generally of the most atrocious na- 
ture imaginable. 

You have probably heard it said that when a bull 
dog has taken a grip on anything, he will not let go. 
This implies, however, that he has the power to do 
so if he wants to. But it is different with a snake; 
its teeth are pointed towards the back of the mouth 
so that when once it has sunk its fangs into the flesh 
of its victim, it cannot let go but must perforce swal- 



OBSESSION OF MAN AND OF ANIMALS 49 

low the victim. Curiously enough, something similar 
is the case in obsession. 

You will remember that the writer has always con- 
tended that spirit controls stand outside their victim 's 
body and behind him, manipulating the organ of 
speech or the whole body, as the case may be, from 
and through the cerebellum and medulla oblongata 
where the flame of life burns with a double, buzzing 
sound composed of two tones, indicative of the resist- 
ance of the body to the manipulations of the intruder. 
Our latest investigations have, however, disclosed the 
fact that the spirit controls who thus manipulate; 
their victims from without, are the wise ones who are 
too wary to be caught in a trap. While they are with- 
out, they can let go at any time they wish and leave 
their victim to pursue his daily life as desired, while 
they do the same themselves. But there are other 
spirits who are not so wise, or who are perhaps more 
foolhardy or else so anxious to get into the physical 
world that they throw all caution aside. Entering the 
body of their victims, they find themselves in almost 
the same position as the prey of the snake; the body 
of their intended victim has a lock grip upon them 
and they cannot let go under ordinary circumstances. 
Thus the obsession becomes permanent, and the whole 
personality of that victim changes. 



50 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

If the obsessing spirit be an elemental or subhuman 
entity which is not able to use a mind or larynx, these 
being the latest human acquisitions, the person so ob- 
sessed becomes a hopeless lunatic, not infrequently of 
a malevolent nature, and the faculty of speech is also 
impaired. It is almost impossible to dislodge such an 
entity once it has entered. Investigation of former 
lives shows that this affliction is usually the out- 
come of a desire to run away from life's experience; 
for those who are obsessed are often found to have 
been suicides in a previous existence. Then they had 
a body which they did not appreciate, and as a con- 
sequence in a later life the mentality became weak- 
ened either through an organic disease, a great shock, 
or by obsession. In any one of these cases the spirit 
was ousted from its body, always hovering around it 
and eager to obtain possession but unable to do so 
because of the lack of mind wherewith to focus thought 
upon the brain or because of obsession by an ex- 
traneous entity. 

Sorrow and disappointment are usually the causes 
of suicide, and often a great sorrow was found to de- 
range the mind; but the spirit is then quite capable 
of understanding and handling the situation even 
though it may not be able to use its vehicles because 
of the lacking focus of mind. But where it has given 
way and attempted to escape by suicide, it learns in 



OBSESSION OF MAN AND OF ANIMALS 51 

the manner described to realize the value of a body 
and of the links therewith, so that in the future no 
provocation will be sufficient to cause it to sever the 
silver cord. In fact, sometimes sorrows come to tempt 
a person who has given way in the past to do this 
very act ; and when he resists, it shows he has become 
immune from the temptation. It seems to be the same 
principle upon which the drunkard of a former life 
is tempted to drink in order to test his stability of 
character by his conscious refusal to yield. 

It is curious that the commission of suicide in one 
life and the consequent post-mortem suffering during 
the time when the archetype still exists often gen- 
erate in such people a morbid fear of death in the 
next life, so that when the event actually occurs in 
the ordinary course of life, they seem frantic after 
they leave the body and so anxious to get back to the 
physical world again that they frequently commit 
this crime of obsession in the most foolish and un- 
thinking manner. However, as there are not always 
negative human subjects available for obsession, (and 
even if there were, it is not certain that the person 
who has just passed out and who is seeking such a 
chance will find one in whom he may take refuge) 
a strange, a horrible thing often happens, namely, 
that such a spirit ousts the real owner of an animal 
body and then ensouls its vehicle. It is then under 



52 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

the dreadful necessity of living an animal existence, 
pure and simple. If the animal is subjected to 
cruelty by its master, the obsessing human spirit suf- 
fers as the animal spirit would have suffered; if the 
animal is to be killed for food, the man within sees 
and understands the preparation for slaughter and 
has to go through the horrible experiences connected 
therewith. Nor are cases of this nature infrequent 
at all; in fact they happen very often, as a visit to 
some of the great American slaughter-houses has 
brought home to the writer in a most forcible manner ; 
and the realization of this, to him, new fact has 
brought home in an almost painful manner the neces- 
sity of educating the people to the great truth that 
death, like birth, is only an event of frequent occur- 
rence in the never-ending life of the immortal spirit. 

Full faith in this doctrine would take away untold 
misery from mankind, and we ought to do all in our 
power to help spread this gospel of Life. 

It also sometimes occurs that an evil man embodies 
himself in a beast of prey and takes a fiendish delight 
in terrorizing a community. When the Christ walked 
upon earth, such cases of animal obsession by human 
spirits were met with every day, and the instances 
recorded in the Bible are not at all myths or foolish- 
ness to one endowed with spiritual sight and able to 



OBSESSION OF MAN AND OF ANIMALS 53 

read in the Memory of Nature, for it is found that 
these things actually did happen ; in fact, the ancient 
seers who observed this habitual entrance of people 
of low and evil character into the bodies of beasts 
when they had passed out of their own bodies at death, 
thought that this was the regular course of nature 
instead of being an anomalous condition, and they 
therefore formulated the doctrine of Transmigration. 



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PART VI. 

THE CREATION OF ENVIRONMENT THE GENESIS OF 
MENTAL AND PHYSICAL DISABILITIES 

IT IS a fact evident from the merest superficial ob- 
servation that while animals act alike under like 
circumstances, because they are guided by a group 
spirit, the human being does not. In humanity there 
are as many species as there are individuals, each 
one being a law unto himself ; and we can never pre- 
dict from the actions of one, how another will act 
tinder similar circumstances; even the same individ- 
ual may act differently, and probably will, under 
similar circumstances at different times. On that 
account it is difficult to handle or properly elucidate 
a subject like "The Web of Destiny," when we are 
only equipped with minds of such small capacity as 
human beings have at present. To fully understand 
this subject would require the wisdom of such great 
beings as the Recording Angels, who have charge of 
this intricate department of life. 

It must not, therefore, be thought that the writer 
is giving in this book more than a very superficial 



THE CREATION OF EVIRONMENT 55 

view of how destiny is made and unmade. Each act 
of each individual calls forth in the universe a cer- 
tain vibration which spends itself, reacting upon him 
and others in his environment; and no mere human 
mind could either watch or tabulate the results of 
these actions and reactions in a few short months, 
years, or lives. But we have sought from the gen- 
eral picture impressed upon our mind by the study 
of our subject, to classify the causes engendered in 
the past as they appear to us, and their effect in pres- 
ent lives. Several hundred persons have been inves- 
tigated in the course of this study, and in some cases 
we have gone back for three, four, or even more lives 
in order to get at the root of the matter and to deter- 
mine how the actions in the past react to make condi- 
tions in present lives. But although we have thus 
done our very best under the circumstances, students 
are particularly requested not to regard this as any 
authoritative conclusion in the matter, but rather as 
a fingerpost which, we hope, may help to solve cer- 
tain problems. 

As regards environment, it would seem that people 
who are of a particularly difficult nature to get along 
with and who have a hard life before them, are often 
born among strangers where they will not receive any 
sympathy and where their sufferings will not create 
upon their next of kin according to the flesh any ap- 



56 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

preciable sympathetic impression; or else they are 
orphaned, or deserted by their parents, or they run 
away from home at an early age. Where this is the 
case, the soul often hungers for a sympathy which it 
had neglected to give to others in previous lives. We 
have also found cases where certain people committed 
the most atrocious outrages in the past and brought 
shame and dishonor upon their nearest kin, who suf- 
fered deeply because they loved the miscreant. And 
in the life where this erring soul was to atone for past 
misdeeds, it would find itself in an altogether unsym- 
pathetic environment, hungering and thirsting for the 
love that it had despised in a previous life; thus its 
lot was made all the harder. If the man did not learn 
the lesson in one life, several lives of similar experi- 
ence would teach him to be sympathetic to those who 
loved him, as well as to do honestly and rightly by 
others. 

It was also found that often a soul had gone wrong 
in past lives because of a lack of kindly influence on 
the part of those who composed his immediate family, 
and who should have given to him their loyalty, sup- 
port, and love. The lack of this sympathetic environ- 
ment did not, of course, excuse his misdeeds in the 
eyes of the law, and he was forced in later lives to 
expiate the misdeeds of the past. But in such cases 
the tables were usually reversed; the family, which 



THE CREATION OP EVIRONMENT 57 

in past lives had been indifferent to Mm, would now 
dote upon him and thus would feel keenly whatever 
sorrow and suffering he must go through on account 
of his past. Thus they expiated their part in making 
him what he was because of their lack of sympathy 
and kindness. 

These are extreme cases ; but, naturally, one cannot 
draw a definite lesson from cases not clearly marked ; 
the more bluntly events stand out, the easier it is to 
tabulate them. The law which holds good in extreme 
cases would also hold good in lesser cases, with modi- 
fications in proper degree to cover choice of environ- 
ment. 

The foregoing facts show us clearly that we are 
truly our brother's keeper, and that it behooves every 
one of us to show all the sympathy and kindness we 
possibly can to those who are in misfortune, either in 
or out of our families. For though upon the face of 
things and looking at life from the viewpoint of our 
present embodiment alone, we may not seem to have 
any responsibility for the condition of a scapegrace 
relative ; nevertheless if we could view the larger life, 
if we could see behind the veil, probably we should 
find that we ourselves had helped him to sink into 
degradation. 

We frequently hear the expression that such and 
such a person is the "odd one" in a certain family; 
and we may nearly always take it that the poor soul 



58 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

so designated is a stranger among strange people, hav- 
ing to stay there for this life! on account of some mis- 
deeds in the past. " Blood is thicker than water," 
says an old proverb; but as a matter of fact, the tie 
of blood is of no consequence unless the spirits in a 
family are bound to one another by love or hate of 
the past, which determines their real relationship in 
the present life. A soul may be clothed in the flesh 
of a certain family, it may sit at their board and have 
a legal right to a part of their estate, while still it 
is as much a stranger to them as a passing tramp who 
begs a meal at their kitchen door. Do you remember 
that the Christ said, "I was hungry and ye fed me, 
I was thirsty and ye gave me to drink, I was a stranger 
and ye took me in." And then, " Inasmuch as ye 
have done this to one of the least of these, ye have 
done it unto me." When we find such a soul, one 
that is "odd," lonely, and strange in its environment, 
it should be our endeavor as Christians to emulate 
the example set forth by our Lord; we should en- 
deavor to make such a strange soul at home/ and cul- 
tivate its acquaintance for Christ's sake, regardless 
of its supposed oddities. 

The disabilities which affect humanity may be di- 
vided into two large classes; mental and physical. 
The mental troubles are particularly traceable to the 
abuse of the creative function, when they are con- 
genital, with one exception which we shall note later. 



THE CREATION OF EVIRONMENT 59 

The same holds true in case of impairment of the fac- 
ulty of speech. This is reasonable and easy to under- 
stand. The brain and the larynx were built with half 
of the creative force by the Angels, so that man who, 
prior to the acquisition of these organs, was bi-sexual 
and able to create from himself alone, lost that fac- 
ulty when these organs were created and is now de- 
pendent upon the co-operation of another of opposite 
polarity or sex in order to generate a new vehicle for 
an incoming spirit. 

When we use the spiritual sight to look at man in 
the Memory of Nature during the time when he was 
yet in the making, we find that wherever there is now 
a nerve, there was first a desire current ; that the brain 
itself was made of desire substance in the first place 
and also the larynx. It was desire that first sent 
a motive impulse through the brain and created these 
nerve currents, that the body might be moved and 
obtain for the spirit whatever gratification was indi- 
cated by desire. Speech, also, is used for the purpose 
of obtaining a desired object or end. Through these 
faculties man has obtained a certain mastery over the 
world, and if he could just flit from one! body to an- 
other, there would be no end to his abuse of his power 
for gratifying every whim and desire. But under the 
law of consequence he takes with him into a new body, 
faculties and organs similar to those which he left 
behind in the one preceding. 



60 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

When passion has wrecked the body in one life, it 
is stamped upon the seed atom. In the next descent 
to rebirth it is therefore impossible for him to gather 
sound material with which to build a brain of stable 
construction. He is then usually born under one of 
the common signs, and usually, also; the four common 
signs are on the angles; for through these signs pas- 
sionate desire finds it difficult to express itself. Thus 
the powerful impulse which formerly ruled in his 
brain and which might be used for the purpose of 
rejuvenescence is absent; he lacks incentive in life 
and therefore he becomes helpless a log upon the 
ocean of life often insane. 

But the spirit is not insane ; it sees, knows, and has 
a keen desire to use the body, though that be an im- 
possibility, for often it cannot even send a correct 
impulse along the nerves. The muscles of face and 
body are therefore not under the control of its will. 
This accounts for the lack of co-ordination which 
makes the maniac such a pitiable sight. And thus the 
spirit learns one of the hardest lessons in life, namely, 
that it is worse than death to be tied to a living body 
and unable to find expression through it because the 
desire force necessary to accomplish thought, speech, 
and motion has been spent in unrighteous living in a 
previous life and left the spirit without the necessary 
energy to operate its present fleshly instrument. 



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PART VII 

THE CAUSE OF DISEASE 

EFFORTS OF THE EGO TO ESCAPE FROM THE BODY. 
EFFECTS OF LASCIVIOUSNESS 

THOUGH mental disabilities, when congenital, 
are generally traceable to abuse of the creative 
function in a past life, there is at least one notable 
exception to this rule, namely, cases such as mentioned 
in the Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception and elsewhere 
in our literature, and described as follows: Where 
a spirit, who has a particularly hard life before it, 
comes down to rebirth and feels upon entering the 
womb that the panorama of the coming life then 
shown it marks an existence too hard for it to un- 
dergo, it sometimes tries to run away from the school 
of life. At that time the Recording Angels or their 
agents have already made the connection between the 
vital body and the sense centers of the brain in the 
forming foetus; therefore the effort of the spirit to 
escape from the mother's womb is frustrated, but the 
wrench that is given by the Ego deranges the con- 



62 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

nection between the etheric and physical sense cen- 
ters, so that the vital body is not concentric with the 
physical, causing the etheric head to extend above the 
physical cranium. Thus it is impossible for the spirit 
to use the dense vehicle ; it is tied to a mindless body 
which it cannot use, and the embodiment is practically 
wasted. 

We also find cases where a great shock later in life 
causes the spirit to endeavor to run away with the 
invisible vehicles. As a result a similar wrench is 
given to the etheric sense centers in the brain, and 
the shock deranges the mental expression. Every- 
body has probably felt a similar sensation on receiv- 
ing a fright ; a surging as of something endeavoring 
to get out of the dense body; that is the desire and 
vital bodies, which are so swift in their motion that 
an express train is as a snail by comparison. They 
see and feel the danger and are frightened before the 
scare! is transmitted to the inert and slow physical 
body in which they are anchored, and which prevents 
their escape under ordinary strain. 

But at times, as said, the fright and shock are suf- 
ficiently severe to give them such an impulse that the 
etheric sense centers are deranged. This most fre- 
quently happens to persons born under common 
signs, which are the weakest in the zodiac. However, 
as a ligament that has been stretched and torn may 



THE CAUSE OF DISEASE 63 

gradually regain comparative elasticity, so also, in 
these cases, it is easier to restore the mental faculties 
than in those cases where congenital insanity, brought 
over from past lives, has caused inadequate connection. 

Hysteria, epilepsy, tuberculosis, and cancer were 
all found to result from the erratic propensities of a 
past life. It was noticed that though many of the 
subjects had been, in the past lives investigated, al- 
most maniacal in the gratification of their lascivious- 
ness, they were at the same time of a highly devotional 
and religious nature ; and in such cases, it seems that 
the physical body generated in the present life was 
normally healthy and their disability altogether men- 
tal ; while in other cases where the indulgence of the 
passional nature was coupled with a vile character 
and a cruel disregard of others, epilepsy together 
with rhachitis, hysteria and a deformed body were 
the present result; also, frequently, cancer, especially 
cancer of the liver or breast. 

In this connection, however, we wish to again warn 
students not to draw hasty conclusions that these are 
hard and fast conditions. The number of investiga- 
tions made, though very large and an arduous task 
for one researcher to handle, are too few to be really 
conclusive in matters involving millions of human be- 
ings. They are, however, in line with the teachings 
of the Cosmo given by the Elder Brothers regarding 



64 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

the effect of materialism in bringing about rhachitis, 
a softening of a part of the body that should be hard, 
and tuberculosis, which hardens tissues that should 
remain soft and pliable. Cancer is essentially similar 
in effect; and when we consider that the sign Cancer 
is ruled by the moon, the planet of generation, and 
that the lunar sphere is under the sway of Jehovah, 
the God of generation, whose angels announce and 
preside over birth as instanced in the case of Isaac, 
Samuel, John the Baptist, and Jesus, we readily see 
that abuse of the generative functions can. cause both 
cancer and lunacy in the most differentiated forms. 

Therefore with regard to physical abnormalities 
and deformities, the rule seems to be that as the phys- 
ical indulgence of passion reacts on the mental state, 
so the abuse of the mental powers in one life leads to 
physical disability in later existences. An occult 
maxim says that "A lie is both murder and suicide 
in the Desire World. " The teachings of the Elder 
Brothers given in the Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception 
explain that whenever an occurrence takes place, a 
certain thought form generated in the invisible world 
makes a record of the incident. Every time the event 
is talked about or commented upon, a new thought 
form is created which coalesces with the original and 
strengthens it, provided they are both true to the same 
vibration. But if an untruth is told concerning what 



THE CAUSE OF DISEASE 65 

happens, then the vibrations of the original and those 
of the reproduction are not identical; they jar and 
jangle, tearing each other to pieces. If the good and 
true thought form is sufficiently strong, it will over- 
come and break down the thought forms based upon 
a lie, and the good will overcome the evil ; but where 
the lies and malicious thoughts are the stronger, they 
may overcome the true thought form of the occurrence 
and thus demolish it. Afterwards they will jar among 
themselves, and all in turn will be annihilated. 

Thus a person who lives a clean life, endeavoring 
to obey the laws of God and striving earnestly for 
truth and righteousness, will create thought forms 
about him of a corresponding nature; his mind will 
run in grooves that harmonize with truth; and when 
the time comes in the second heaven to create the 
archetype for his coming life, he will readily, intui- 
tively, by force of habit from the past life, align him- 
self with the forces of right and truth. These lines, 
being built into his body, will create harmony in the 
coming vehicles, and health will therefore be his nor- 
mal portion in the coming life. Those who, on the 
other hand, have in the past life taken a distorted 
view of things, displayed a disregard for truth, and 
exercised cunning, extreme selfishness, and disregard 
for the welfare of others, are bound in the second 
heaven to see things in an oblique manner also, be- 



66 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

cause that is their habitual line of thought. There- 
fore, the archetype built by them will embody lines 
of error and falsity ; and consequently, when the body 
is brought to birth, it will exhibit a weakness in va- 
rious organs, if not in the whole bodily organization. 
Again we warn students not to draw quick conclu- 
sions from these tentative rules. It is not our inten- 
tion to imply that every one that has a seemingly 
healthy body has been a paragon of virtue in his past 
life, and he who suffers from one disability or another 
has been a scapegrace or good-for-nothing. None of 
us are able to tell at the present time, "the whole 
truth and nothing but the truth." We are deceived 
because our senses are illusive. A long street seems 
to narrow in the distance, when, as a matter of fact, 
it is just as wide a mile away as where we are stand- 
ing. The sun and moon seem much larger when near 
the horizon than when at the zenith ; but, as a matter 
of fact, we know that they do not gain in size by 
descending toward the horizon, nor lose by ascending 
into the mid-heaven. Thus we are constantly making 
allowances for and correcting sense illusions; sim- 
ilarly, with everything else in the world. What seems 
to be true is not always so, and what is true today 
regarding conditions of life may change tomorrow. 
Therefore it is impossible for us to know truth in the 
ultimate under the evanescent and illusory conditions 
of physical existence. 



THE CAUSE OF DISEASE 67 

It is only when we enter into the higher realms, 
and particularly into the Eegion of Concrete Thought, 
that the eternal verities are to be perceived; hence 
we must necessarily make mistakes again and again, 
even despite our most earnest efforts to always know 
and tell the truth. On that account it is impossible 
for us to build a thoroughly harmonious vehicle. Were 
that possible, such a body would really be immortal, 
and we know that immortality in the flesh is not the 
design of God; for Paul says that " flesh and blood 
cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven." 

But we know that even today only a very small 
percentage are ready to live as near the truth as they 
see it, to confess it and profess it before men by service 
and by righteous and harmless living. We can also 
understand that such must have been few and far be- 
tween in the by-gone ages, when man had not evolved 
the altruism that came to this planet with the advent 
of our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus. The standards 
of morality were much lower then, and the love of 
truth almost negligible in the greater part of hu- 
manity, who were engrossed in their endeavors to 
accumulate as much wealth or gain as much power 
or prestige for themselves as possible. They were 
therefore naturally inclined to disregard the interests 
of others, and to tell a lie seemed in no way repre- 
hensible and sometimes even appeared meritorious. 



68 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

The archetypes were consequently full of weaknesses, 
and the organic functions of the body today are inter 
fered with to a serious degree as a result, particu- 
larly as the western bodies are becoming more high 
strung and more sensitive to pain on account of the 
spirit's growing consciousness. 



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PART VIII 

THE CHRIST RAYS CONSTITUTE THE "INNER URGE" 
ETHERIC SIGHT COLLECTIVE DESTINY 

ASSIMILATION of the fruits of each past life 
takes place before the spirit descends to rebirth, 
and consequently the character generated is fully 
formed and readily expressed in the subtle, mobile 
mind-stuff of the Region of Concrete Thought, where 
the archetype of the coming dense body is built. If 
the spirit seeking rebirth loved music, it will seek 
to build a perfect ear with the semi-circular canals 
accurately placed and the ampullae very thin and 
sensitive to vibration; it will seek to form long and 
slender fingers wherewith to execute the heavenly 
chords caught by the ear. But if it detested music, 
if in the past life it endeavored to close its ears to 
sounds of gladness or the sob of sorrow, the desire to 
shut itself away from others thus formed would cause 
it to neglect the ear when building the archetype, 
and as a consequence this organ would be defective 
in a degree commensurate with the neglect caused by 
the character of the previous existence. 



70 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

Similarly with the other senses; who drinks from 
a fount of knowledge and endeavors to share his 
knowledge with his neighbor, lays the foundation for 
powers of oratory in a future life, because the desire 
to communicate knowledge would cause him to pay 
particular attention to the formation and strength of 
the vocal organ when he is building the archetype of 
his coming body. Those who, on the other hand, en- 
deavor to gain access to the mysteries of life for the 
sake of curiosity or to gratify their own pride of in- 
tellect, neglect to build an adequate organ of expres- 
sion and are therefore found to have weak voices or 
impediments in speech. In this way it is brought 
home to them that expression is a valuable asset. Al- 
though the brain of one thus afflicted may not sense 
the lesson, the spirit learns that we are strictly ac- 
countable for the use we make of our talents, and 
we must pay the penalty sometime, somewhere, if we 
neglect to speak the word of Life to light our brothers 
or sisters upon the path, when well qualified by knowl- 
edge to do so. 

Regarding lack of vision or disabilities of the organ 
of sight it has long been known among researchers 
that it is the effect of extreme cruelty in a past life. 
Recent investigations have developed the further in- 
formation that much of the eye trouble now prevalent 
among people is due to the fact that our eyes are 



THE CHRIST RAYS 71 

changing; they are, in fact, becoming responsive to 
a higher octave of vision than before, because the 
ether surrounding the earth is becoming more dense 
and the air is growing more rare. This is particularly 
true in certain parts of the world, southern California 
among others. It is noteworthy in this connection 
that the Aurora Borealis is becoming more frequent 
and more powerful in its effects upon the earth. In 
the early years of the Christian Era this phenomenon 
was almost unknown, but in the course of time as the 
Christ wave which descends into the earth during 
part of the year, infuses more and more of its own 
life into the dead, earthly lump, the ETHERIC 
VITAL RAYS become visible at intervals. Later they 
became more and more numerous and are now com- 
mencing to interfere with our electrical activities, 
particularly with telegraphy, which service is some- 
times completely demoralized by these radiating 
streamers. 

It is also noteworthy that the disturbances are con- 
fined to wires going east and west. If you will refer 
to pages eighty-five and eighty-six in the Rosicrucian 
Cosmo-Conception, you will see it stated there that 
rays or lines of force from the plant group spirits 
radiate in all directions from the center of the earth 
towards the periphery and then outwards, passing 
through the roots of plants or trees, then upward 
toward the top of same. 



72 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

The currents of the animal group spirits, on the 
other hand, encircle the earth. The comparatively 
weak and invisible currents generated by the group 
spirits of the plants, and the very strong powerful 
rays of force generated by the Christ Spirit now be- 
coming visible as the Aurora Borealis, have hitherto 
been of about the same nature as static electricity, 
while the currents generated by the animal group 
spirits and which encircle the earth may be likened 
to dynamic electricity which gave the earth its power 
of motion in by-gone ages. Now however the Christ 
currents are becoming more and more forceful and 
their static electricity is being liberated. The etheric 
impulse which they give will inaugurate a new era, 
and the sense organs now possessed by mankind must 
accommodate themselves to this change. Instead of 
the etheric rays which emanate from an object bring- 
ing a reflected image to the retina of our eye, the so- 
called "blind spot" will be sensitized and we shall 
look out through the eye and see directly the thing 
itself instead of the image upon our retina. Then we 
shall not only see the surface of the thing we observe, 
but we shall be able to see through and through it as 
those who have cultivated the etheric vision do now. 

As time goes on and the Christ by His beneficent 
ministrations attracts more and more of the inter- 
planetary ether to the earth, thus making its vital 



THE CHRIST RAYS 73 

body more luminous, we shall be walking in a sea of 
light, and when we learn to forsake our ways of 
selfishness and egotism through the constant contact 
with these beneficent Christ vibrations, we also shall 
become luminous. Then the eye as it is now consti- 
tuted would not be of service to us, therefore it is 
now beginning to change and we are experiencing the 
discomfort incident to all reconstruction. It may be 
said further with reference to the Aurora and its 
effects upon us, that these rays are radiated through 
every part of the earth, which is the body of Christ, 
from the center to the periphery, but in the inhabited 
parts of the world these rays are absorbed by hu- 
manity as the rays of the plant group spirits are 
absorbed by the flower. These rays constitute the 
"inner urge" which is slowly but surely impelling 
mankind to adopt an attitude of altruism. They are 
the impregnating rays which fructify the soul, so that 
eventually the immaculate conception will take place 
and the Christ will be born within each of us. When 
we have all thus become perfectly impregnated, the 
Christ light will begin to radiate from us. Then we 
shall walk in the Light as He is in the Light, and we 
shall all have Fellowship, one with another. 

Just a few words concerning collective destiny will 
end these lessons : 
Besides the individual destiny generated by our- 



74 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

selves in each life, there is also a collective destiny 
which we incur by the fact that we are members of 
a community or a nation. It is well known that com- 
munities sometimes act as a whole, either for good 
or for evil, and it is only reasonable that these col- 
lective actions should also have a collective effect in 
future lives upon the members of that community or 
nation which takes part in them. And it is found that 
when these acts are evil the debt thus contracted is 
generally liquidated in the course of accidents, so 
called, on a large scale. It has been taught as a mat- 
ter of fact that there are no accidents save where man, 
who has the divine prerogative of initiating new 
causes, breaks into other lives and thereby causes a 
change in their affairs, or when by carelessness he 
takes the life of a fellow-being. The latter is an acci- 
dent in many cases. But such great cataclysms as 
that which we witnessed in Sicily, and such as the 
San Francisco earthquake, the great European War, 
etc., are not accidents, but are causative acts of the 
community involved or the result of such acts in past 
lives. Knowing what we do of the working of the 
laws of infant mortality, we can readily realize, for 
instance, that as so many hundreds of thousands of 
victims of the Great War have passed out upon the 
battle field where it is absolutely impossible for them 
to etch in the panorama of their past life, it will be 



THE CHRIST RAYS 75 

necessary for them to pass out in the next existence 
during childhood, and how can this wholesale death 
come to the infants of a future age save through some 
epidemic or some cataclysm which will sweep the 
earth ? On that hypothesis we may see in the Sicilian 
earthquake, San Francisco's destruction, the famines 
in Ireland and India, and similar national catastro- 
phes, the workings of destiny from the past, bringing 
to each nation the fruits of its past lives and actions 
as a community. 

What has been said in the foregoing pages is a very 
slight hint of how we make and unmake destiny. 
Please remember that the few hundred cases investi- 
gated do not give an adequate basis for a general idea 
of the scope of the Law, and the student is bound 
to find incongruities in individual cases regarding 
what has been said. Questions will undoubtedly pre- 
sent themselves regarding this, that, or the other spe- 
cific case, and while it is easy enough to investigate 
single cases and state what causes in one life produced 
certain effects in another life of one person, it is very 
different when we come to tabulate them and endeavor 
to form a general law, as we have tried to do in the 
present work. To perform this task in a perfect man- 
ner would require superhuman knowledge and wis- 
dom, and the present attempt may perhaps be charac- 
terized as a case of a fool rushing in where angels 



76 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

might well fear to tread. Personally, the writer has 
gained much more knowledge than he has been able 
to communicate, but he hopes nevertheless that what 
has been said may be of some little use to the student 
as hints concerning the great mystery of life. 

May these studies in the Web of Destiny generate 
in each student a keener desire to live day by day in 
such a manner that there shall be more peace on earth 
and good will among men. 



The 
Occult Effects 

of 
Our Emotions 



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PART I 

THE FUNCTION OF DESIRE 

THOSE who have given the matter study are fa- 
miliar with the havoc which an acute attack of 
fear or worry plays with the physical body. We know 
how these emotions derange digestion, interfere with 
the metabolic changes and with elimination of waste, 
and, in short, upset the whole system, with the result 
that in some cases the person is forced to take to his 
bed for a longer or shorter time depending upon the 
severity of the attack and the resistive power of the 
constitution. But there is an occult effect which is 
equally serious or more so that is usually not under- 
stood, and it may therefore be of considerable benefit 
to study the occult effect of poise and passion, anger 
and love, pessimism and optimism. 

From the study of the Cosmo we learn that our 
desire body was generated in the Moon Period. If 
you wish to obtain a mental picture of the way things 
looked then, take an illustration of the foetus as shown 
in any book on anatomy. There are three principal 
parts : the placenta, which is filled with the maternal 



80 THE OCCULT EFFECTS OF OUR EMOTIONS 

blood, tlie umbilical cord, which carries this vital 
stream, and tJie foetus, which is nourished from em- 
bryo to maturity thereby. Fancy now, in that far 
off time, the firmament as one immense placenta 
from which there depended billions of umbilical 
cords, each with its fatal appendage. Through the 
whole human family, then in the making, circulated 
the one universal essence of desire and emotion, gen- 
erating in all the impulses to action which are now 
manifest in every phase of the world's work. These 
umbilical cords and foetal appendages were molded 
from the moist desire stuff by the emotions of the 
lunar Angels, while the fiery desire currents which 
were endeavoring to stir the latent life in mankind, 
then in the making, were generated by the fiery mar- 
tial Lucifer Spirits. The color of that first slow vi- 
bration which they set in motion in that emotional 
desire stuff was red. 

And while that tincture of trouble (for that is 
really what this ever-flowing, eternal restlessness is 
which even now drives us on without pause or peace) 
was circulating within us, the planet on which we 
dwelt also circled about a sun, not our present light- 
giver but a past embodiment of the substance which 
composes our present solar universe, and we in turn 
circled the globe on which we dwelt, from light to 
darkness, from heat to cold. We were thus worked 
upon from within and without in an endeavor to stir 



THE FUNCTION OF DESIRE 81 

the sleeping consciousness. And there was a response, 
for though none of the partially separated spirits 
dwelling in an individual foetal sac would have been 
able to feel these impacts, although they were very 
strong, the cumulative feelings of billions of such 
spirits was sensed as a sound in the universe, a cosmic 
cry the first note in the harmony of the spheres 
played upon a single string. It was, nevertheless, 
expressive in an adequate measure of the latent long- 
ings and aspirations of the incipient human race of 
those far bygone days. 

This desire nature has since evolved ; the fiery, mar- 
tial sub-stratum of passion and the aqueous lunar 
basis of emotion have become capable of numerous 
combinations. As thought furrows the brain into 
convolutions and the face into lines, so have the pas- 
sions, desires, and emotions marshaled the mobile de- 
sire stuff into curved lines and whorls, eddies, rapids, 
and whirlpools, resembling a mountain torrent at the 
time when it is at its greatest disturbance it is sel- 
dom ever at even comparative rest. This desire stuff 
has, in successive periods of its evolution, become re- 
sponsive to one after another of the seven planetary 
vibrations emanating from the Sun, Venus, Mercury, 
Moon, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars. Each individual 
desire body has, during that time, been woven into 
a unique pattern, and as the shuttlecock of fate flies 

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82 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

back and forth unceasingly upon the loom of destiny, 
this pattern is being enlarged upon, embellished, ana 
beautified, though we may not perceive it. As the 
weaver always does his work on the reverse side of 
his tapestry, so are we also weaving without fully 
understanding the ultimate design or seeing the sub- 
lime beauty thereof, because it is yet on the side away 
from us, the hidden side of nature. 

But in order that we may better understand, let 
us take up some of these tangled threads of passion 
and emotion to see what effect they have on the pat- 
tern which God, the Master-Weaver, wishes us to 
make. 

The ancient myths always shed a luminous light 
upon the problems of the soul, and we may profitably 
consider in this connection a certain part of the Ma- 
sonic legend. The masons are a society of builders, 
"tektons" in Greek- the same society in fact to which 
Joseph and Jesus belonged, for the latter are called 
in the Greek bible, "tektons" builders not carpen- 
ters, as in the orthodox version. The masons un- 
der Solomon were the builders of that mystic 
temple designed by God, the Grand Archetekton 
or Master Builder, and built without sound of 
hammer, which Manson speaks about in that won- 
derful play, "The Servant in the House." He 
tells us there that "it is no dead pile of stone 



THE FUNCTION OF DESIRE 83 

and timber, but it is a living thing. When you 
enter it you hear a sound, a sound as of a mighty 
anthem chanted, that is, if you have ears; and if you 
have eyes, you will presently see the temple itself, a 
mystery of looming shapes and shadows, leaping sheer 
from floor to dome. It is yet building and built upon ; 
sometimes the work goes on in utter darkness, some- 
times in blinding light." Every true mystic mason 
knows what this temple is and endeavors to build it. 
The ancient masonic legend tells us that when Hiram 
Abiff, the master mason in charge of the construction 
of Solomon's temple, a building of God made without 
sound of hammer, was preparing to make his master- 
piece, the "molten sea," he gathered materials from 
all over the earth and placed them in a fiery furnace, 
for he was a descendant of Cain, a son of fire, who 
in turn was a son of Lucifer, the spirit of fire. Hiram 
proposed to make an alloy of crystal clarity, capable 
of reflecting all the wisdom of the world. But, so runs 
the story, there were among the workmen certain, 
traitors spies from the Sons of Seth who, through 
Adam and Eve, were descendants of the lunar god 
Jehovah, wlw had an affinity for water and who hated 
fire. These traitors poured water into the mold in 
which the molten sea, the Philosopher's Stone, wa 
to be cast. Upon the meeting of the fire with the 
water there was a great explosion. Hiram Abiff, the 



84 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

master mason, being unable to blend the warring ele- 
ments, saw with unspeakable sorrow the destructive 
eruption of his attempted masterpiece. While he was 
watching the battle of the spirits in the fire and water, 
Tubal-Cain, his ancestor, appeared and bade him 
jump into the seething mass. He was then conducted 
to the center of the earth where he met his first an- 
cestor, Cain, who gave him a new word and a new 
hammer which would enable him, when he had be- 
come skilled in the use thereof, to blend the antag- 
onistic elements and make from them the Philoso- 
pher's Stone, the highest possible human achieve- 
ment. 

There is in this symbolical story more wisdom than 
could be given in volumes concerning human soul 
growth. If the student will read between the lines 
and meditate upon these various symbolical expres- 
sions, he will gain much more than can ever be said, 
for true wisdom is always generated interiorly and 
the mission of books is only to give a clue. 

Since this ancient time the lunar Angels have taken 
charge principally of the moist, aqueous vital body 
composed of the four ethers and concerned in the 
propagation and nourishment of the species, while 
the Lucifer Spirits are singularly active in the dry 
and fiery desire vehicles. The function of the vital 
body is to build and sustain the dense body, while 



THE FUNCTION OF DESIRE 85 

that of the desire body involves destruction of the 
tissues. Thus, there is a constant war going on be- 
tween the desire and vital bodies, and it is this war 
in heaven that causes our physical consciousness on 
earth. Through many lives we have worked in every 
age and clime, and from each life we have extracted 
a certain amount of experience, garnered and stored 
as vibratory power in the seed-atoms of our various 
vehicles. Thus, each of us is a builder, building the 
temple of the immortal spirit without sound of ham- 
mer; each one is a Hiram Abiff, gathering material 
for soul-growth and throwing it in the furnace of 
his life-experience, there to be worked upon by the 
fire of passion and desire. It is being slowly but 
surely melted, the dross is being purged in every pur- 
gatorial experience, and the quintessence of soul 
growth is being extracted through many lives. Every 
one of us is thus preparing for initiation, preparing 
whether we know it or not learning to blend the 
fiery passions with the softer, gentler emotions. The 
new hammer or gavel wherewith the master workman 
rules his subordinates is now a cross of sorrow, and 
the new word is self-control. 



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PAET II 

THE COLOR EFFECTS OF EMOTION IN ASSEMBLAGES OF 
PEOPLE THE ISOLATING EFFECT OF WORRY 

LET us now see how the desire body changes under 
the varying feelings, desires, passions, and emo- 
tions, so that we may learn to build wisely and well 
the mystic temple wherein we dwell. 

When we study one of the so-called physical 
sciences, such as anatomy or architecture, which deals 
with tangible things, our task is facilitated by the fact 
that we have words which describe the things whereof 
we treat, but even then the mental picture conceived 
by a word differs with each individual. When we 
speak of a "bridge," one may make a mental picture 
of a million-dollar iron structure, another may think 
of a plank across a streamlet. The difficulty which we 
experience in conveying accurate impressions of our 
meaning increases apace when we attempt to convey 
ideas concerning nature's intangible forces, such as 
electricity. We measure the strength of the current 
in volts, the volume in amperes, and the resistance of 
the conductors in ohms, but, as a matter of actual fact, 



THE COLOR EFFECTS OF EMOTION 87 

such terms are only inventions to cover up our igno- 
rance of the matter. We all know what a pound of 
coffee is, but the world's greatest scientist has no more 
accurate conception of what the volts, amperes, and 
ohms are of which he so learnedly discourses than the 
schoolboy who hears these terms for the first time. 

What wonder then that super-physical subjects are 
described in vague and often misleading terms, for 
we have no words in any physical language which will 
accurately describe these subjects, and one is almost 
helpless and utterly at a loss for descriptive terms 
wherewith to express oneself regarding them. If 
it were possible to throw colored moving pictures of 
the desire body upon the screen and there show how 
this restless vehicle changes contour and color accord- 
ing to the emotions, even then it would not give an 
adequate understanding to any one who was not 
capable of seeing these things himself, for the vehicles 
of every single human being differ from the vehicles 
of all others in the way they respond to certain emo- 
tions. That which causes one to feel intense love, hate, 
anger, fear, or any other emotion may leave another 
entirely untouched. 

The writer has a number of times watched crowds 
for the purpose of comparison in this respect, and 
has always found something startlingly new and dif- 
ferent from what had hitherto been observed. On 



88 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

one occasion a demagogue was endeavoring to incite 
a labor union to strike; he was very much excited 
himself, and though the basic color of deep orange 
was perceivable, it was for the time being almost 
obliterated by a scarlet color of the brightest hue; 
the contour of his desire body was like the body of a 
porcupine with its quills sticking out. There was a 
strong element of opposition in the place, and as he 
talked one could clearly distinguish the two factions 
by the colors of their respective auras. One set of 
men showed the scarlet of anger, but in the other set 
this color was inter-mingled with a grey, the color 
of fear. It was also remarkable that, although the 
grey men were in the majority, the others carried 
the day, for each timid one believed himself alone 
or at least with very few supporters, and was there- 
fore afraid to vote for or express his opinion. If one 
who was able to see this condition had been present 
and had gone to each one who manifested in his aura 
the signs of dissension, and had given him the assur- 
ance that he was one of a majority, the tide would 
have turned in the opposite direction. It is often so 
in human affairs, for at the present time the majority 
are unable to see beneath the surface of the physical 
body and thus to perceive the true state of the 
thoughts and feelings of others. 

On another occasion a revival meeting was visited 



89 THE COLOR EFFECTS OF EMOTION 

where many thousands were present to hear a speaker 
of national repute. At the beginning of the meeting 
it was evident from the state of the auras of the 
people that the great majority had come there with 
no other purpose than to have a good time and see 
some fun. The thoughts, feelings, and emotions con- 
nected with the ordinary life of each were plainly 
visible, but in a number a certain darkish blue color 
showed an attitude of worry ; it seemed that they had 
had some disappointment in life and were very un- 
easy. When the speaker appeared, a curious phe- 
nomenon took place: desire bodies are usually in a 
state of restless motion, but at that moment it seemed 
as if the whole vast audience must have held its breath 
in an attitude of expectancy, for the varied color- 
play in the individual desire bodies ceased and the 
basic orange hue was plainly perceptible for an in- 
stant; presently each commenced his emotional activ- 
ities as before, while the prelude was being played. 
Then commenced the singing of hymns, and this 
showed the value and effect of music, for as all united 
in singing identical words to the same tune, the same 
rhythmic vibrations which surged through all these 
desire bodies seemed to blend them and make them, 
for the time being, almost one. Quite a number were 
sitting in the scoff ers' seat, so to speak, refusing to 
sing and unite with the others. To the spiritual sight 



90 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

they appeared as men of steel, clothed in an armor 
of that color, and from each one, without exception, 
went out a vibration which said so much plainer than 
mere words could ever have done, " Leave me alone, 
you shall not touch me." Something from within 
had drawn them there, but they were mortally afraid 
of giving way, and therefore their whole aura ex- 
pressed this steel color of fear which is an armor of 
the soul against outside interference. 

When the first song was ended, the unity of color 
and vibration lapsed almost immediately, each one 
taking anew his customary thought atmosphere; and 
had nothing more been done, each would have lapsed 
into his habitual inner life. But the evangelist, though 
not able to see this, knew from past experience that 
his audience was not yet ripe, and a succession of 
songs were therefore sung to the accompaniment of 
clapping hands, beating drums, and gesticulations 
from the leader, aided by a trained chorus. This 
brought the scattered souls again into a bond of har- 
mony; gradually people were overwhelmed with re- 
ligious fervor, and the unity necessary for the next 
effort was established. From the music, the leader's 
hand-clapping, and the stirring appeal of the songs, 
that vast audience had become as one, for the men of 
steel, the gray-tinted scoffers who thought themselves 
too wise to be fooled (when their emotion really was 



THE COLOR EFFECTS OF EMOTION 91 

fear), were a negligible part in that vast congrega- 
tion. All were then attuned as the many strings 
upon one great instrument, and the evangelist who 
appeared before them was a master artist at playing 
upon their emotions. He moved them from laughter 
to tears, from sorrow to shame ; great waves of the 
corresponding colors seemed to go over the whole 
audience, as bewildering as they were magnificent. 
Then there were the customary calls to "stand up 
for Jesus ' ' ; the invitation to the ' ' mourners ' bench, ' ' 
etc., and each brought forth from all over the audi- 
ence a certain emotional response which was plainly 
shown in colors, golden and blue. Then there were 
more songs, more clapping and gesticulations which, 
for the time, furthered the unity and gave this audi- 
ence an experience resembling the feeling of universal 
brotherhood and the reality of the Fatherhood of 
God. The only ones upon whom the music had no 
effect were the men clad in the steel blue armor of 
fear. This color seems to be almost impervious to 
any other emotion; and even though the feelings ex- 
perienced by the great majority were relatively im- 
permanent, the people benefited in a measure by the 
revival, with the exception of these men of steel. 

So far as the writer has been able to learn, the inner 
fear of yielding to emotion fear being saturnine in 
effect and twin sister to worry seems to require a 



92 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

shock that will take the person so affected out of his 
environment and set him down in a new place among 
new conditions before the old conditions can be over- 
come. 

Worry is a condition where the desire currents do 
not sweep in long curved lines in any part of the 
desire body, but where the vehicle is full of eddies 
nothing but eddies in extreme cases. The person so 
affected does not endeavor to take action in any line ; 
he sees calamities where there are none, and instead 
of generating currents which lead to action that may 
prevent the thing he fears, each thought of worry 
causes an eddy in the desire body, and he does nothing 
in consequence. This condition of worry in the desire 
body may be likened to water which is about 
to congeal under a lowering temperature; fear 
which expresses itself as skepticism, cynicism, and 
pessimism may be likened to that same water 
when it has frozen, for the desire bodies of such 
people are almost motionless, and nothing one can say 
or do seems to have the power to alter the condition. 
They have, to use a common expression which fits the 
condition excellently, "drawn into a shell," and that 
saturnine shell must be broken before it is possible to 
get at the man and help him out of his pitiable state. 

These saturnine emotions of fear and worry are 
usually caused by the sufferers' apprehension of 



THE COLOR EFFECTS OF EMOTION 93 

economic or social difficulties. " Perhaps this invest- 
ment which I have made may. depreciate or become a 
total loss; I may lose my position and find myself 
starving upon the street; everything I undertake 
seems to go wrong; my neighbors are slandering me 
and trying to undermine my social position; my hus- 
band (or wife) does not care for me any more; my 
children are neglecting me ; " and a thousand and one 
kindred suggestions present themselves to the mind. 
He should remember that every time one of these 
thoughts is indulged in, it helps to congeal the cur- 
rents in the desire body and build a steel blue shell 
in which the person who habitually fosters fear and 
worry will some time find himself shut off from the 
love, sympathy, and help of all the world. Therefore 
we ought to strive to be cheerful, even under adverse 
circumstances, or we may find ourselves in a serious 
condition here and hereafter. 

"It is easy enough to be pleasant 
When life flows along like a song, 

But the man worth while 

Is the one who will smile 
When everything goes dead wrong." 



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PART III 

EFFECTS OF WAR UPON THE DESIRE BODY THE VITAL 

BODY AS AFFECTED BY THE DETONATIONS OP 

BIG GUNS 

IN THE beginning of the Great War the emotions 
of Europe ran riot in a most horrible manner, 
first among the so-called "living," and then among 
the killed when they awoke. This awakening took 
a long time because of the large guns used but more 
of that later. The whole atmosphere of the countries 
involved was seething with currents of anger and 
hate, like a cloud of dark crimson it hung around 
every human being and over the land. Then there 
were dark-tinted streaks like a funeral pall, which 
seem always to be generated in crises of sudden dis- 
aster when reason is at a standstill and despair grips 
the heart. This was doubtless caused by the fact that 
the peoples involved realized that a catastrophe of 
a magnitude which they were unable to comprehend 
was happening. The desire bodies of the majority 
whirled at high speed in long waves of rhythmic pul- 



EFFECTS OF THE WAR UPON THE DESIRE BODY 95 

sation which, said more plainly than words, "Just 
kill, kill, kill." When two or three or a crowd met 
and commenced to discuss the war, the rythmic pulsa- 
tions indicating the settled purpose to do and dare 
ceased, and the thoughts and feelings of excitement 
generated by the discussion or speech took shape as 
conical projections which rapidly grew to a height 
of about six or eight inches, then they burst and 
emitted a tongue of flame. Some people generated 
a number of these volcanic structures at one time, in 
others there were only one or two at the same time. 
When one of these bubbles had burst in one place, 
another appeared somewhere else on the desire body 
while the discussion lasted, and it was the flames from 
them that colored the cloud over the land scarlet. 
When a crowd disbanded or friends parted after such 
a discussion, the bubbling and eruptions grew smaller 
and less frequent, finally ceasing and giving place 
again to the long rhythmic pulsations first mentioned. 

These conditions are now seldom if ever seen; the 
explosive anger at the enemy thus indicated is a thing 
of the past so far as the great majority are concerned. 
The basic orange color of the western peoples' aura 
is again visible, and both officers and men seem to 
have settled down to war as to a game ; each is anxious 
to outdo and outwit the other. The war is now mainly 
a channel for their ingenuity; but a number of the 



96 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

lay-brothers of the Rosicrucian Order believe that the 
condition of anger will return in a modified form 
when active hostilities cease and peace negotiations 
commence. 

This form of emotion we may call abstract anger, 
and it differs widely from what is observed in the case 
of two persons who become angry with each other in 
private life, whether they start to fight physically 
or not. Seen from the hidden side of nature, there 
are hostilities before blows are struck. Jagged, 
dagger-like desire-forms project themselves from one 
to the other like spears until the fury which gener- 
ated them has expended itself. In the patriotic anger 
there is no personal enemy, therefore the desire-forms 
are more blunt and explode without leaving the per- 
son who generated them. 

The "steel men" so common in private life where 
worry over the thousand and one things that never 
happen crystallizes an armor around the person who 
allows old Saturn to thus grip him, were and are con- 
spicuous by their absence. The writer accounts for it 
on the hypothesis that the tension in their environ- 
ment forced them to enlist and the shock broke the 
shell; then familiarity with danger bred contempt 
for it. It is certain that these people have benefited 
greatly by the war, for there is no state more ham- 
pering to soul-growth than constant fear and worry. 



EFFECTS OF THE WAR UPON THE DESIRE BODY 97 

It is also a remarkable fact that though the men en- 
gaged in war suffer awful privations, the mass of them 
are cultivating a tinge of soft sky-blue which stands 
for hope, optimism, and a dawning religious feeling, 
giving an altruistic touch to the character. It is an 
indication that that universal fellow-feeling which 
knows no distinctions of creed, color, or country is 
growing in the human heart. 

In the beginning of the war the desire bodies of 
the combatants whirled at an awful rate, and it was 
noted that while people passing over from sickness, 
old age, or ordinary accidents regain consciousness 
in a short time, varying from a few minutes to a few 
days, those killed in war were in a great many cases 
unconscious for several weeks, and strange to say, 
those who were almost torn to pieces seemed to wake 
up much quicker than thousands that had only insig- 
nificant wounds. This puzzle was not solved for many 
months. Before we study the causes underlying this 
phenomenon, we must first record that when the peo- 
ple who had thus died in intense anger during the 
first part of the war awoke in the invisible world, 
they usually started to fight their enemies anew, and 
until the great educational work started by the Elder 
Brothers and their Invisible Helpers bore fruit, these 
people went about with maimed bodies and in great 
anguish because of their dear ones left behind. Now 



98 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

such occurrences are extremely rare and soon settled, 
for all have been taught that thought will create a 
new arm, limb, or face; the patriotic hatred is gone, 
and "enemies" able to speak each other's language 
often fraternize with benefit to both. The red cloud 
of hate is lifting, the black veil of despair is gone, 
there are no volcanic outbursts of passion in either 
the living or the dead, but so far as the writer is able 
to read the signs of the times in the aura of the na- 
tions, there is a settled purpose to play the game to 
the end. Even in homes bereaved of many members, 
this seems to hold good. There is an intense longing 
for the friends beyond but no hatred for the earthly 
foe. This longing is shared by the friends in the 
unseen and many are piercing the veil, for the in- 
tensity of their longing is awakening in the "dead" 
the power to manifest by attracting a quantity of 
ether and gas which often is taken from the vital 
body of a "sensitive" friend, as materializing spirits 
use the vital body of an entranced medium. Thus 
the eyes blinded by tears are often opened by a yearn- 
ing heart so that loved ones now in the spirit world 
are met again face to face, heart to heart. This is 
nature's method of cultivating the sixth sense which 
will eventually enable all to know that man is an im- 
mortal spirit and continuity of life a fact in nature. 

To understand the slowness wherewith those slain 



EFFECTS OF THE WAR UPON THE DESIRE BODY 99 

in the war regain consciousness in the unseen world, 
we must first undertake a more intimate study of the 
four ethers than has hitherto been given in "The 
Eosicrucian Cosmo-Conception. ' ' 

The atoms of the chemical and life ethers gathered 
around the nuclear seed-atom located in the solar 
plexus are shaped like prisms. They are all located 
in such a manner that when the solar energy enters 
our body through the spleen, the refracted ray is red. 
This is the color of the creative aspect of the Trinity, 
namely Jehovah, the Holy Spirit, who rules Luna, 
the planet of fecundation. Therefore the vital fluid 
from the sun which enters the human body by way 
of the spleen becomes tinged with a pale rose color, 
often noted by seers when it courses along the nerves 
as electricity does in the wires of an electric system. 
Thus charged, the chemical and life ethers are the 
avenues of assimilation which preserves the indi- 
vidual, and of fecundation which perpetuates the race. 

During life each prismatic vital atom penetrates 
a physical atom and vibrates it. To form a 
picture of this combination, imagine a pear-shaped 
wire basket having walls of spirally curved wire run- 
ning obliquely from pole to pole. This is the physical 
atom ; it is shaped nearly like our earth, and the pris- 
matic vital atom is inserted from the top, which is 
widest and corresponds to the north pole of the earth. 



100 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

Thus the point of the prism penetrates the physical 
atom at the narrowest point, which corresponds to 
the south pole of our earth, and the whole resembles 
a top swinging, swaying, and vibrating. In this man- 
ner our body is made alive and capable of motion. 
(It is noteworthy that our earth is similarly per- 
meated by a cosmic body of ether, and that those man- 
ifestations which we note as the Aurora Borealis and 
Aurora Australis are etheric currents circling the 
earth from pole to equator as currents in the physical 
atoms do.) 

The light and reflecting ethers are avenues of con- 
sciousness and memory. They are somewhat atten- 
uated in the average individual and have not yet 
taken definite form; they interpenetrate the atom as 
air interpenetrates a sponge, and they form a slight 
auric atmosphere outside each atom. 

At death a separation takes place; the seed-atom is 
withdrawn from the apex of the heart along the sat- 
urnine pneumogastric nerve, through the ventricles 
and out of the skull (Golgotha) ; all the other atoms 
of the vital body are liberated from the cross of the 
dense body by the same spiral motion, which un- 
screws each prismatic atom of ether from its phys- 
ical envelope. 

This process is attended with more or less violence 
according to the cause of death. An aged person 



EFFECTS OF THE WAR UPON THE DESIRE BODY 101 

whose vitality has been slowly ebbing may fall asleep 
and wake up on the other side of the veil without the 
slightest consciousness of how the change took place; 
a devout and religious person who has been prepared 
by prayer and meditation on the beyond would also 
be able to make an easy egress; people who freeze 
to death meet with what the writer believes to be the 
easiest of accidental deaths, drowning being next. 

But when a person is young and healthy, especially 
if of an irreligious or atheistic turn of mind, the pris- 
matic ether atom is so tightly entwined by the phys- 
ical atom that a considerable wrench is required to 
separate the vital body. When the separation of the 
physical body from the higher vehicles has been ac- 
complished and the person is dead, as we say, the 
light and reflecting ethers are separated from the 
prismatic atom. It is this stuff, as described in the 
Cosmo, which is molded into the pictures of the past 
life and etched into the desire body, which then begins 
to feel whatever there was of pain or pleasure in the 
life. The part of the vital body composed of the 
prismatic atoms of the chemical and life ethers then 
returns to the physical body, hovering above the grave 
and disintegrating synchronously with it. 

Now comes the crux of our explanation. Ether is 
physical matter, and while people shot with small 
arms in a minor engagement may sometimes be seen 



102 THE Occui/r EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

walking away somewhat dazed but nevertheless con- 
scious, the awful detonations of the big guns used 
so extensively have the effect of throwing the pris- 
matic ether atoms topsy-turvy, and shattering (not 
scattering) the auric envelope of light and reflecting 
ethers which is the basis of sense-perception and mem- 
ory. Until this resolves itself into its original rela- 
tivity, the man remains in a stunned, comatose con- 
dition which often lasts for weeks. Under such con- 
ditions this fine etheric stuff does not lend itself to 
the formation of pictures of the past life it is con- 
gealed to a certain extent. 



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PART IV 

THE NATURE OP ETHER ATOMS THE NECESSITY 
OP POISE 

WHEN the Ego is on its way to rebirth through 
the Region of Concrete Thought, the Desire 
World, and the Etheric Region, it gathers a certain 
amount of material from each. The quality of this 
material is determined by the seed atom, on the prin- 
ciple that like attracts like. The quantity depends 
upon the amount of matter required by the archetype 
built by ourselves in the second heaven. From the 
quantity of prismatic ether atoms that are appro- 
priated by a certain spirit, the Recording Angels 
and their agents build an etheric form which is then 
placed in the mother's womb and gradually clothed 
with physical matter which then forms the visible 
body of the new born child. 

Only a small portion of the ether appropriated by 
a certain Ego is thus used, and the remainder of the 
child's vital body, or rather the material from which 
that vehicle will eventually be made, is thus outside 



104 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

the dense body. For that reason the vital body of a 
child protrudes much farther beyond the periphery 
of the dense body than does that of the adult. Dur- 
ing the period of growth this store of ether atoms is 
drawn upon to vitalize the accretions within the body 
until, at the time when the adult age is reached, the 
vital body protrudes only from one to one and a 
half inches beyond the periphery of the dense body. 

It has been determined by physical science that the 
atoms in our dense body are constantly changing so 
that all the material which composes our present ve- 
hicle at this moment will have disappeared in a few 
years, but it is common knowledge that scars and 
other blemishes perpetuate themselves from childhood 
to old age. The reason for this is that the prismatic 
ether atoms which compose our vital body remain 
unchanged from the cradle to the grave. They are 
always in the same relative position that is to say, 
the prismatic ether atoms which vibrate the physical 
atoms in the toes or in the fingers do not get to the 
hands, legs, or any other part of the body, but re- 
main in exactly the same place where they were placed 
in the beginning. A lesion of the physical atoms in- 
volves a similar impression on the prismatic ether 
atoms. The new physical matter molded over them 
continues to take on shape and texture similar to 
those which originally obtained. 



THE NATURE OF ETHER ATOMS 105 

The foregoing remarks apply only to the prismatic 
ether atoms which correspond to solids and liquids in 
the physical world, because they assume a certain 
definite shape which they preserve. But in addition 
each human being at this stage of evolution has a 
certain amount of light and reflecting ether, which 
are the vehicles of sense perception and memory, in- 
termingled in his vital body. We may say that the 
light ether corresponds to the gases in our physical 
world ; perhaps the best description that can be given 
of the reflecting ether is to call it hyper-etheric. It 
is a vacuous substance of a bluish color resembling in 
appearance the blue core of a gas flame. It appears 
transparent and seems to reveal everything that is 
within it, but nevertheless it hides all the secrets of 
nature and humanity. In it is found one record of 
the Memory of Nature. The light and reflecting 
ethers are of an exactly opposite nature to that of 
the stationary prismatic ether atoms. They are vola- 
tile and migratory. However much or little a man 
possesses of this material, it is an accretion, a fruit- 
age, derived from his experiences in life. Inside the 
body it mingles with the blood stream and when it 
has grown by service and sacrifice in life's school so 
that it can no longer be contained within the body, 
it is seen on the outside as a soul body of gold and 
blue. Blue shows the highest type of spirituality, 



106 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

therefore it is smallest in volume and may be com- 
pared to the blue core of the gas flame, while the 
golden hue forms the larger part and corresponds to 
the yellow light which surrounds the core in the gas 
ring. The blue color does not appear outside the 
dense body save in the very greatest of saints 
only yellow is usually observable there. At death this 
part of the vital body is etched into the desire body 
with the life panorama which it contains. The quint- 
essence of all our life experience is then eventually 
impressed upon the seed atom as conscience or virtue 
which urges us to avoid evil and to do good in a 
coming life. Thus the quality of the seed atom is 
altered from life to life. The quintessence of good 
extracted from the migratory part of the vital body 
in one life determines the quality of the prismatic 
stationary ether atoms in the next life. The highest 
in one life becomes the lowest in the next and thus 
we gradually climb the ladder of evolution towards 
divinity. 

From the foregoing it will be evident that the vital 
body is a vehicle of habit ; all parents know that dur- 
ing the first seven years of childhood when this vehicle 
is in course of gestation that children form one habit 
after another. Repetition is the keynote of the vital 
body and habits depend on repetition. It is different 
with the desire body, the vehicle of feelings and emo- 



THE NATURE OF ETHER ATOMS 107 

tions which are always changing from moment to 
moment ; though it has been said that the ether which 
forms our soul body is in constant motion and mingles 
with the blood stream, that motion is relatively slow 
compared to the rapidity of the current of the desire 
body; we may say that the ether moves like a snail 
compared with light. 

The points brought out by the foregoing may be 
summed up as follows: 

Desire stuff moves with inconceivable rapidity com- 
parable only with light. 

The two higher ethers also travel with great speed 
though far slower than desire stuff. 

The prismatic ether atoms composing the lower 
ethers are stationary but have a high rate of vibra- 
tory motion. 

The dense atoms are as motionless as the crystal 
in the rock. 

No matter what people say to us or about us, their 
words have no intrinsic power to hurt it is our own 
mental attitude towards their utterances which de- 
termines the effect of their words upon us for good 
or ill. Paul, when facing persecution and slander, 
testified that "None of these things moved me.'' All 
who hope to advance spiritually must cultivate equi- 
poise, for without it the desire body will either run 
riot or congeal, according to the nature of the emo- 



108 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

tions generated by intercourse with others, whether 
worry, anger, or fear. We know that the dense body 
is our vehicle of action, that the vital body gives it 
the power to act, that the desire body furnishes tho 
incentive to action, and that the mind was given as 
a brake on impulse. We learn from the Cosmo, pp. 
89, 90, 91, that thought-forms from within and with- 
out the body are being continually projected upon 
the desire body in an endeavor to arouse feeling which 
will lead to action, and that reason ought to rule the 
lower nature and leave the higher self scope for ex- 
pression of its divine proclivities. We also know that 
habitual thought has power to mold even physical 
matter, for the nature of the sensualist is plainly dis 
cernable in his features which are as coarse and gross 
as the features of the spiritually minded are delicate 
and fine. The power of thought is still greater in its 
potency to mold the finer vestures. We have already 
seen how thoughts of fear and worry congeal the 
desire body of any one who indulges in that habit, 
and it is equally certain that by cultivating an op- 
timistic frame of mind under all circumstances we 
can attune our desire bodies to any key we wish. 
After a time, that will become a habit. It must be 
confessed that it is difficult to hold the desire body 
down to any definite lines, but it can be done, and the 
attempt must be made by all who aspire to spiritual 
advancement. 



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Regarding the effect from the occult standpoint of 
this polarization, we may learn much from certain 
customs in so-called secret societies. As you know, 
such organizations always place at the door a guard 
who is instructed to deny admittance to anyone not 
supplied with the proper pass-word and signs, and 
that works very well so far as the people are con- 
cerned who function only in their physical body. But 
the so-called secrets of these organizations are not 
in any sense secrets to those who are able to enter 
their places of assembly in their vital bodies. It is 
otherwise in a true esoteric order such as, for in- 
stance, the Rosicrucians. No guard is on duty at the 
door of that Temple when the Mystic Midnight Mass 
is said each night of the week. The door is wide open 
to all who have learned to speak the open sesame. But 
that is not a spoken password ; the initiate who de- 
sires to attend must know how to attune his soul body 
to the particular rate of vibration maintained on that 
night. Furthermore, this vibration differs on the 
various nights of the week so that those who have 
learned to attune themselves to the vibration main- 
tained on Saturday night when the first degree meets 
are as effectually barred from entering the Temple 
with those who carry on the work Sunday, Monday, 
Tuesday, etc., as any ordinary person. 



110 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

The cosmic law under which this is done applies 
also to the control and effect of our thoughts, feelings, 
and emotions. Paul well said that we are the temple 
of the living God (our Higher Self). We have also 
created a subtle aura about us under the guardian- 
ship of the Divine Hierarchies reigning over the 
seven planets, Saturn, Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, 
Jupiter, and Venus. The Universe, or great world, 
is mystically called the seven-stringed lyre of Apollo. 
Our individual organism or microcosm is a replica 
or image of God, and it behooves us to awaken in 
ourselves an echo of this music of the spheres. Most 
of us have learned to respond too much to the sat- 
urnine vibrations of sorrow, gloom, fear, and worry, 
which congeal our desire bodies, and it would be to 
the lasting benefit of all to try to cultivate the spir- 
itual vibrations of the Sun, filling our lives with op- 
timism and sunshine which will dispel the saturnine 
gloom and despondency and prevent such thoughts 
entering our aura in the future. 

The prime necessity of advancement is equipoise. 
All who aspire ought to adopt Paul's motto, "None 
of these things move me." 



Ill 



PART V 

THE EFFECTS OF REMORSE THE DANGERS OF 
EXCESSIVE BATHING 

AS THERE are many among the Rosicrucian 
students who perform the exercises given by the 
Elder Brothers for the purpose of furthering soul- 
growth, though they have not felt inclined to enter 
the Path, it is thought to be well to consider the 
occult effect of the emotions engendered by these 
exercises. 

When in the exercise of retrospection the aspirant 
to the higher life reviews the happenings of the day 
in reverse order and meets an incident in which he 
hurt some one or failed to help another or in any 
other way did not live up to that which he holds as 
his ideal of conduct, he is taught to cultivate intense 
remorse for whatever he has done wrong for the pur- 
pose of eradicating the record from the seed-atom in 
the heart where it has been imprinted by the act, and 
where it will remain until it is wiped out by suffer- 
ings in purgatory unless previously expunged by ar- 
tificial means such as this exercise. 



112 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

In purgatory the cleansing process is accomplished 
by the centrifugal force of repulsion which tugs and 
tears the desire stuff, in which the picture is formed 
over its matrix of ether, out of the desire body. At 
that particular time the soul suffers as it made others 
suffer, because of a singular condition in the lower 
regions of the Desire World where purgatory is lo- 
cated. Some seers who are unable to contact the 
higher regions speak of the Desire World as illusory, 
and they are right so far as the lower regions are con- 
cerned, for there all Mugs appear reversed as we see 
them in a glass. This peculiarity is not purposeless 
nothing in God's kingdom is; all things serve a 
wise end. This reversal places the erring soul in the 
position of its victim, so that when a scene unrolls 
on the screen of its past life where it did a wrong to 
some one, the soul does not stand as a mere spectator 
and see the scene re-enacted, but it becomes, for the 
time being, the victim of the wrong and it feels the 
pain felt by that wronged one, for the centrifugal 
force of repulsion exerted to tear the picture from 
the desire body of the wrongdoer must at least equal 
the hate and anger of the victim which impressed the 
picture upon the seed-atom at the time of occurrence. 

During retrospection the aspirant endeavors to im- 
itate these conditions; he tries to visualize the scenes 
where he did something wrong, and the remorse he 



THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 113 

endeavors to feel must at least equal the resentment 
felt by whomever he wronged. It then has the same 
effect of expunging the record of the injury as does 
the centrifugal force of repulsion, which accomplishes 
the eradication of evil in purgatory for the purpose 
of extracting therefrom the quality of the soul which 
we know as Conscience, and which acts as a deterrent 
in hours of temptation. Thus used, the emotion of 
remorse cleanses and purifies the desire body of weeds 
and tares, leaving the soil free and fostering the 
growth of manifold virtues that blossom into spiritual 
advancement and bring greater opportunities for 
service in the Master's vineyard. 

But as the force latent in gunpowder and kindred 
explosive substances may be used to further the great- 
est objects of civilization or to outdo the most savage 
acts of barbarism, so also, this emotion of remorse 
may be misused in such a manner that it becomes a 
detriment and a hindrance to the soul instead of a 
help. When we indulge in remorse daily and hourly, 
we are actually wasting a great power which might 
be used for the most noble ends of life, for the con- 
stant indulgence of regret affects the desire body 
in a manner similar to that which follows excessive 
bathing of the physical body, as described in the 
"Vice of Excessive Cleanliness," an article which 
appeared in our magazine, "Rays From the Eose 

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114 THE EFFECTS OF REMORSE 

Cross." It was there stated that water has a great 
affinity for ether and absorbs it most greedily, several 
illustrations being given to demonstrate the fact; 
it was also stated that when we take a bath under 
normal conditions, it removes a great deal of poison- 
ous miasmatic ether from our vital bodies, provided 
we stay in the water a reasonable length of time. 
After a bath the vital body becomes somewhat atten- 
uated and consequently gives us a feeling of weakness, 
but if we are in our usual good health and have not 
stayed in the bath too long, the deficiency is soon made 
good by the stream of force which flows into the body 
through the spleen. When this influx of fresh ether 
has replaced the poisoned substance carried off in the 
water, we feel renewed vigor which we rightly at- 
tribute to the bath, though usually without realizing 
the full facts as here stated. 

But when a person who is not in perfect health 
makes a habit of bathing every day, perhaps even 
twice or three times, an excess of ether is taken from 
the vital body. The supply entering by way of the 
spleen is also diminished on account of the loss of 
tone of the seed-atom located in the solar plexus and 
the attenuated condition of the vital body. Thus it 
is impossible for such people to recuperate between 
such oft repeated depletions, and as a consequence 
the health of the dense body suffers ; they lose strength 



THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 115 

continually and are apt to become confirmed invalids. 
"As above so below, and as below, so above," says 
the Hermetic aphorism, enunciating thereby the great 
law of analogy which is the master-key to all mys- 
teries. When we use the centrifugal force of remorse 
to eradicate the acts of evil from our hearts during 
the evening exercise of retrospection, the effect is sim- 
ilar to the action of the water which removes the mias- 
matic poisoned ether from our vital bodies during the 
bath, and thus leaves room for an influx of pure 
health-promoting ether. After we have burned out 
the wrong-doings in the sacrificial fire of remorse, 
the poisonous substance thus eradicated leaves room 
for the influx of desire stuff which is morally healthier 
and better soil for noble deeds. The more thoroughly 
we are purged by this remorse, the greater the 
vacuum produced and the better the grade of new 
material we attract to our subtler vehicles. 

But, on the other hand, if we indulge in regrets 
and remorse during every waking hour as some do, 
we are outdoing purgatory, for though the time there 
is spent in eradication of evil, the consciousness turns 
from each picture when it has been torn out by the 
force of repulsion. Here, because of the interlocking 
of the desire and vital bodies, we are enabled to re- 
vivify the picture in memory as oft as we please, and 
while the desire body is gradually dissolved in pur- 



116 THE EFFECTS OF EEMORSE 

gatory by the expurgation of the panorama of life, 
a certain small amount is added while we are living 
in the physical world, to take the place of that which 
is ejected by remorse. Thus, remorse and regret when 
continually indulged in have the same effect on the 
desire body as excessive bathing has on the vital body. 
Both vehicles are depleted of strength by excessive 
cleansing, and for that reason it is as dangerous to 
the moral and spiritual health to indulge indiscrim- 
inately in feelings of regret and remorse as it is 
fatal to physical wellbeing to bathe too much. Dis- 
crimination should govern in both cases. 

When we perform the exercise of retrospection, 
we should give ourselves over to the feelings of regret 
and remorse with our whole soul ; we should endeavor 
to shed tears of fire that may burn into our very 
innermost being; we should make the cleansing pro- 
cess as thorough as possible, to the end that we may 
grow in grace thereby to the utmost. But having fin- 
ished the exercise we should do the same as is done 
in purgatory consider the incidents of the day closed 
and forget all about them, save in so far as they de- 
mand restitution of something, the making of an 
apology, or such subsequent acts to satisfy the de- 
mands of conscience. And having thus paid the debt, 
our attitude ought to be one of unfailing optimism. 
"Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as 



THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 117 

white as snow." "If God be for us, who can be 
against us?" By that attitude we die daily to the 
old life and we are born each day to walk in the new- 
ness of the spiritual life, for our desire bodies are 
thus renewed and ready to serve a higher aim in life 
than the day before. 

And while we are discussing regret and remorse 
as applied to the problem of soul-growth, with their 
effect on our subtle bodies, we may also profitably 
mention the effect of regret directed into other chan- 
nels. There are people who live with regret as with 
a boon companion, who take it to bed with them at 
night and get up with it in the morning; they take 
it to the office, shop, or church, they sit with it at 
meals, they nurse it as the most precious thing in 
their possession, and they would sooner part with life 
itself than give up their regret for this, that, or the 
other thing. 

As a vampire sucks the ether from the vital body 
of its victim and feeds upon it, so perpetual thoughts 
of regret and remorse concerning certain things be- 
come a desire-elemental which acts as a vampire and 
draws the very life from the poor soul who has shaped 
it, and by the attraction of like for like, it fosters 
continuance of this morbid habit of regret. 

We are not helping the loved ones who have de- 
parted this life by our regrets which we love to fancy 



118 THE EFFECTS OF KEMORSE 

are evidences of our faithfulness, but we are hinder- 
ing them. They have left the present sphere of ex- 
perience and are going onwards to other realms where 
there are other lessons to be learned, and we are 
holding them back by our thoughts, for they feel us 
most acutely for some time after they have passed 
over, and we owe them a duty to think thoughts of 
cheer and love instead of selfish regret which hurts 
both us and them. Regret is subversive of all spir- 
itual growth, for while the thought-elemental thus 
created hangs about us as a vampire, we cannot climb 
the rugged path. 

Loathsome as the vulture which feeds upon the 
noxious, decomposing carcasses of the dead are the 
vain regrets which live upon the morbid contempla- 
tion of the past, and its mistakes. It is our duty to 
drive them out of our mental habitation as we would 
eject a vulture from our physical abode were it to 
seek entrance. 

Instead, let us cultivate an attitude of optimism 
in all things, for all things work together for good 
God is at the helm, nothing can go really wrong, and 
all will turn out right in God's good time. 



Prayer 
A Magic Invocation 



121 



PRAYER A MAGIC INVOCATION 
PART I 

THE NATURE OF AND PREPARATION FOR PRAYER 

THE subject of prayer is well worth the attention 
and study of all who aspire to spirituality, and 
we trust the following hints may help our students 
in their efforts in this direction. 

There is only one force in the universe, namely, the 
Power of God, which He sent forth through space in 
the form of a Word; not a single word, but the cre- 
ative fiat which by its sound-vibration marshaled the 
millions of chaotic atoms into the multitudinous 
shapes and forms from starfish to star and microbe 
to man, which constitute and inhabit the universe. 
As the syllables and sounds of this creative Word are 
being spoken, one after another through the ages, 
species are being created and the older ones evolved, 
all according to the thought and plan conceived in 
the Divine Mind ere the dynamic force of creative 
energy was sent out into the abyss of space. 



122 THE NATURE OF PRAYER 

This, then, is the only source of power, and in it 
we really, truly, and literally live and move and have 
our being, just as surely as the fishes live in the water. 
We can no more escape or withdraw ourselves from 
God than the fish can live and swim on dry land. It 
was no mere poetic sentiment when the Psalmist 
said : "Whither shall I go from thy spirit, or whither 
shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into 
heaven, Thou art there. If I make my bed in the 
grave behold Thou art there. If I take the wings of 
the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the 
sea, even there shall thy hand lead me and thy right 
hand shall hold me." 

God is Light, and not even the greatest of modern 
telescopes which reach many millions of miles into 
space have found the boundaries of light. But we 
know that unless we have eyes wherewith to perceive 
the light, and ears which register the vibrations of 
sound, we walk the earth in eternal darkness and 
silence; similarly, to perceive the Divine Light 
which alone can illuminate our spiritual darkness, 
and to hear the voice of the silence which alone can 
guide us, we must cultivate our spiritual eyes and 
ears; and prayer, true scientific prayer, is one of the 
most powerful and efficacious methods of finding 
favor before the face of our Father, and receiving 
the immersion in spiritual light which alchemicall} 



PRAYER A MAGIC INVOCATION 123 

transforms the sinner to the saint and places around 
him the golden wedding garment of Light, the lum- 
inous soul body. 

Preparation for Prayer. Ora et Labora. 
But be not deceived, prayer alone will not do this. 
Unless our whole life, waking and sleeping, is a 
prayer for illumination and sanctification, our pray- 
ers will never penetrate to the Divine Presence and 
bring down upon us a baptism of His power. "Ora 
et labora" pray and work is an occult injunction 
which all aspirants must obey or they will meet with 
but scant success. In this connection an ancient leg- 
end of St. Francis of Assissi will bear repetition be- 
cause of the light it sheds upon the life of one wholly 
dedicated to the service of God. 

One day St. Francis stepped up to a young brother 
in the monastery with the invitation: "Come, bro- 
ther, let us go down to the village and preach to 
the people. " The young brother addressed respond- 
ed with alacrity, overjoyed at the prospect of a walk 
with the holy father, for he knew what a source of 
spiritual uplif tment it would be. And so they walked 
to the village, up and down its various streets and 
lanes, all the while conversing upon topics of absorb- 
ing spiritual interest, and finally turned their steps 
homeward towards the monastery. Then suddenly it 
dawned upon the young brother that they had been 



124 THE NATURE OF PRAYER 

so absorbed in their own conversation that they had 
forgotten the object of their walk to the village. 
Diffidently he reminded St. Francis of the omission, 
and the latter responded : ' ' Son, while we were walk- 
ing the village streets the people were watching us, 
they overheard snatches of our conversation and noted 
that we were talking of the love of God and His dear 
Son, our Saviour; they noted our kindly greetings 
and our words of cheer and comfort to the afflicted 
ones we met, and even our garb spoke to them the 
language and call of religion; so we have preached 
to them every moment of our sojourn among them 
to much better purpose than if we had harangued them 
for hours in the market place." St. Francis had no 
other thought but God and to do good in His name 
therefore he was well attuned to the divine vibration, 
and it is no wonder that when he went to his regular 
prayers he was a powerful magnet for the divine 
Life and Light which permeated his whole being. 

We who are engaged in the so-called secular work 
of the world and forced to do things that seem sordid* 
often feel that we are hampered and hindered on that 
account, but if we "do all things as unto the Lord" 
and are "faithful in a few things," we shall find that 
in time opportunities will come of which we do not 
dream. As the magnetic needle temporarily deflected 
from the North by outside pressure instantly and 



PRAYER A MAGIC INVOCATION 125 

eagerly returns to its natural position when the pres- 
sure is removed, so we must cultivate that yearning 
for our Father which will instantly turn our thoughts 
to Him when our work in the world is done for the 
day and we are free to follow our own bent. We must 
cultivate a feeling similar to that which ensouls young 
lovers when after an absence they fly into each others 
arms in an ecstasy of delight. This is an absolutely 
essential preparation for prayer, and if we fly to our 
Father in that manner, the Light of His presence and 
the sweetness of His voice will teach and cheer us 
beyond our fondest hopes- 

The Place of Prayer 

The next point requiring consideration is the place 
of prayer; this is of very vital importance for a rea- 
son not generally known even among students of oc- 
cultism; it is this. Every prayer, spoken or unspo- 
ken, every song of praise, and every reading of parts 
of the scriptures which teach or exhort, if done by a 
properly prepared reader who loves and lives what. 
Tie reads, brings down upon both the worshiper and 
the place of worship an outpouring of spirit. Thus 
in time an invisible church is built around the physic- 
al structure which in the case of a devout congre- 
gation becomes so beautiful that it transcends all 
imagination and defies description. Manson in the 
''Servant in the House" gives us only the faintest 



126 THE NATURE OF PRAYER 

glimpse of what it is like when he tells the old Bishop : 

' ' I am afraid you may not consider it an altogether 
substantial concern. It has to be seen in a certain 
way under certain conditions. Some people never 
see it at all. You must understand, this is no deaa 
pile of stones and unmeaning timber, it is a LIVING 
THING. When you enter it you hear a sound, a sound 
as of some mighty poem chanted. Listen long enough 
and you will learn that it is made up of the beating 
of human hearts, of the nameless music of men's 
souls; that is, if you have ears. If you have eyes* 
you will presently see the church itself, a looming 
mystery of many shapes and shadows leaping sheer 
from floor to dome, the work of no ordinary builder. 
Its pillars go up like the brawny trunks of heroes ; the 
sweet human flesh of men and women is moulded 
about its bulwarks, strong, impregnable- The faces 
of little children laugh out from every corner stone; 
the terrible spans and arches of it are the joined 
hands of comrades ; and up in the heights and spaces 
are inscribed the numberless musings of all the 
dreamers in the world. It is yet building, building, 
and built upon. Sometimes the work goes forward 
in deep darkness sometimes in blinding light now 
beneath the burden of unutterable anguish, now to 
the tune of great laughter and heroic shoutings like 
the cry of thunder. Sometimes in the night time one 



PRAYER A MAGIC INVOCATION 127 

may hear the tiny hammerings of comrades at work 
in the dome, the comrades that have climbed ahead/' 

But this invisible edifice is not merely lovelier than 
a fairy palace in a poet's dream; it is as Manson 
says, a living tiling, vibrant with divine power of 
immense aid to the worshiper, for it helps him in ad- 
justing the tangled vibrations of the world which 
permeate his aura when he enters a true "House of 
God" and to get into the proper attitude of prayer. 
Then it helps him to lift himself in aspiration to the 
throne of divine grace, and to offer there his praise 
and adoration which call forth from the Father a 
new outpouring of the spirit in the loving response, 
"This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.'' 

Such a place of worship is essential to spiritual 
growth by scientific prayer, and those who are for- 
tunate enough to have access to such a temple should 
always occupy the same place in it, for that becomes 
permeated with their individual vibrations and they 
fit into that environment more easily than anywhere 
else, consequently they get better results there. 

But such places are scarce, for a real sanctuary 
is required in scientific prayer. No gossip or pro- 
fane conversation may take place in or near it for 
that spoils the vibrations ; voices must be hushed and 
the attitude reverent ; each must bear in mind that he 
stands upon holy ground and act accordingly. There- 



128 THE NATURE OF PRAYER 

fore no place open to the general public will answer. 

Furthermore, the power of prayer increases enor- 
mously with each additional worshiper. The increase 
may be compared to geometrical progression if the 
worshipers are properly attuned and trained in 
collective prayer ; the very opposite may result if they 
are not. 

Perhaps an illustration may make the principle 
clear. Suppose a number of musicians who have 
never played with others and who perhaps are not 
very proficient in the use of their instruments, were 
brought together and set to play in concert; it needs 
no very keen imagination to realize that their first at- 
tempts would be marked by much discord, and were 
an amateur allowed to play with them, or even with 
a finished orchestra, no matter how earnest and how 
intense his desire, he would inevitably spoil their 
music. Similar scientific conditions govern collective 
prayer; to be efficacious the participants must be 
equally well prepared as elucidated under a previous 
heading; they must ~be attuned under harmonious 
horoscopic influences. When a malefic injme nativ- 
ity is on the ascendant of another, those two cannot 
profit by praying together; they may rule their stars 
and live in peace if they are developed souls, but they 
lack the basic harmony which is absolutely essential 
in collective prayer. Initiation removes this barrier 
but nothing else can. 



129 



PART II 

THE WINGS AND THE POWER; THE INVOCATION; 
THE CLIMAX 

IT WAS made clear in Part I that there are cer- 
tain occult reasons which make collective prayer 
inadvisable except under special conditions. 

It was knowledge of these difficulties which prompt- 
ed the Christ to warn his disciples not to say their 
prayers before men and to advise them that when 
they wanted to pray to enter into their closet- We 
cannot each have a large beautiful edifice for our 
devotions, nor do we require it; too often pomp and 
display are apt to turn our hearts from God. But 
most of us can set a small portion of our room aside 
for devotion, curtain it off or with a screen separate 
it from the rest of the apartment, or we can take a 
closet (literally) and make it into a sanctuary. The 
nature of the encircling walls matters not; it is the 
apartness and the invisible House of God which we 
build by our prayers, and the divine downpouring 
which we receive in response from our Father that 



130 PRAYER A MAGIC INVOCATION 

are important. A picture of Christ and a Rose Cross 
may be hung upon the wall if desired, but are not 
essential. The All-Seeing Eye is preferred by some 
very successful occultists of our acquaintance as a 
symbol of the Father. But we remember the words 
of Christ, ''The Father and I are one;" so though 
we have no authentic picture of Christ, we prefer to 
use such as we have, for we know that thoughts will 
not go astray on account of lack of authenticity. 
Christ is the Lord of this era; later, of course, the 
Father takes charge, but now Christ is mediator for 
the masses. 

We need scarcely say that no matter how large or 
small, the whole room or apartment of the success- 
ful aspirant is permeated by an atmosphere of holi- 
ness, for all the thoughts which he can legitimately 
have apart from the faithful performance of his 
worldly duties are of the heavenly Father, but the 
corner or closet set apart as a sanctuary soon becomes 
filled with superlatively spiritual vibrations; there- 
fore any aspirant who contemplates following the 
scientific method of prayer should first seek to secure 
a permanent place of residence, for if he moves about 
from place to place he will suffer a distinct loss every 
time and have to begin to build anew. The invisi- 
ble temple which he built and left disintegrates by- 
degrees when worship ceases. 



THE WINGS AND THE POWER 131 

The Wings and the Power 

It is a mystic maxim that "all spiritual develop- 
ment begins with the vital body." This is next in 
density to our dense body, its key-note is repetition, 
and it is the vehicle of habits, hence somewhat diffi- 
cult to change or influence, but once a change has been 
effected and a habit acquired by repetition, its pei- 
formance becomes automatic to a certain extent. 
This characteristic is both good and bad in respect 
to prayer, for the impression registered in the ethers 
of this vehicle will impel the aspirant to faithful per- 
formance of his devotions at stated times, even though 
he may have lost interest in the exercise and his 
prayers are mere forms. If it were not for this 
habit forming tendency of the vital body, aspirants 
would wake up to their danger as soon as the 
real love began to wane, and it would then be easier 
to retrieve the loss and keep on the Path. Therefore 
the aspirant should carefully examine himself from 
time to time to see if he still has w$ngs and power 
wherewith to swiftly and surely lift himself to his 
Father in Heaven. The wings are two in number; 
Love and Aspiration are their names, and the irre- 
sistible power which propels them is intense earnest- 
ness- Without these and an intelligent understand- 
ing to direct the invocation, prayer is only a babble ; 



132 PRAYER A MAGIC INVOCATION 

properly performed it is the most powerful method 
of soul growth known. 

The Position of the Body 

The position of the body matters little in solitary 
prayer; that is best which is most conducive to con- 
centration of purpose; but in collective praying it is 
the practice of accomplished occultists to stand with 
bowed heads and hands folded in a peculiar manner. 
This makes a magnetic circuit which unites them spir- 
itually from the very commencement of the exercises. 
In communities not so advanced, the singing of a 
hymn so standing has been found of great benefit* 
provided all take part. 

The Invocation 

Prayer is a word which has been so abused that it 
really does not describe the spiritual exercise to which 
we have reference. As already said when we go to 
our sanctuary we must go as the lover who hastens to 
his beloved, our spirit must fly ahead of our slow- 
moving body in eager anticipation of the delights in 
store for us, and we must forget all else in the 
thoughts of adoration which fill us on the way. This 
is literally true; the feeling required for success re- 
sembles nothing in the world so much as that which 
draws the lover to his beloved, it is even more s ardent 
and intense. "As the hind panteth for the water 
brook, so thirsteth my soul after Thee," is an actual 



THE WINGS AND THE POWER 133 

experience of the true lover of God. If we have not 
this spirit, it can be cultivated by prayer, and one of 
the most constant of the legitimate prayers for self 
should be, "0 God, increase my love for Thee so 
that I may serve Thee better from day to day. ' ' ' 'Let 
the words of my mouth and the meditation of my 
heart be acceptable in Thy sight, Lord, My 
strength and my Redeemer." 

Invocations for temporal things are black magic; 
we have the promise "Seek ye first the Kingdom of 
God and His righteousness and all these things shall 
be added unto you." The Christ indicated the limit 
in The Lord's Prayer when He taught His disciples 
to say: "Give us this day our daily bread." 
Whether for ourselves or others we must beware of 
going farther in scientific invocation. But even 
in praying for spiritual blessings we should beware 
lest a selfishness develop and destroy our soul growth. 
All the saints testify to the days of darkness when 
the divine Lover hides His face and the consequent 
depression. Then it depends upon the nature and 
the strength of our affection: Do we love God for 
Himself, or do we love Him for the delights we ex- 
perience in the sweet communion with Him? If the 
latter, our affection is essentially as selfish as the 
feelings of the multitude which followed Him because 
He had fed them, and now as then it is necessary 



134 PRAYER A MAGIC INVOCATION 

for Him to hide from us in such cases, a mark of His 
tender love and solicitude which should bring us to 
our knees in shame and remorse. Happy are we if 
we right the defect in our characters and learn the 
lesson of unfaltering faithfulness from the magnetic 
needle, which points to the pole without wavering de- 
spite rain or storm clouds that hide its beloved star. 

It has been said that we must not pray for temporal 
things, and that we ought to be careful even in our 
prayers for spiritual gifts ; it is therefore a legitimate 
question: What then shall be the burden of our in- 
vocation? And the answer is, generally, praise and 
adoration. We must get away from the idea that 
every time we approach our Father in Heaven we 
must ask for something. Would it not annoy us if 
our children were always asking for something from 
us? We cannot of course imagine our Father in 
Heaven being annoyed at our importunities, but 
neither can we expect Him to grant what would often 
do us harm. On the other hand, when we offer thanks- 
giving and praise we put ourselves in a favorable po- 
sition to the law of attraction, a receptive state where 
we may receive a new downpouring of the Spirit of 
Love and Light, and which thus brings us nearer to 
our adored ideal. 

The Final Climax 
Nor is it necessary that the audible or inaudible 



THE WINGS AND THE POWER 135 

invocation should continue during the whole time of 
prayer. When upon the wings of Love and Aspir- 
ation, propelled by the intensity of our earnestness, 
we have soared to the Throne of our Father, there 
may come a time of sweet but silent communion more 
delightful than any other state or stage ; it is analog- 
ous to the contentment of lovers who may sit for hours 
in unbroken silence, too full of love for utterance, a 
state which far transcends the stage where they de- 
pend upon speech for entertainment. So it is also 
in the final climax when the soul rests in God, all de- 
sires satisfied by that feeling of at-one-ment expressed 
in the words of Christ, "My Father and I are One.'' 
When tl-at climax has been reached the soul has tasted 
the quintessence of joy, and no matter how sordid the 
world may seem or what dark fate it may have to 
face, the love of God which passeth all understand- 
ing is a panacea for all. 

It should be said however, that that final climax 
is only attainable in all its fullness at rare intervals. 
It pre-supposes not only the intensity of purpose to 
soar to the divine, but a reserve fund to remain 
poised in that position, which most of us have not 
always at hand. It is a well known fact that nothing 
worth while comes without effort. What man ha& 
done, man can do, and if we start to cultivate the 
power of invocation along the scientific lines here 



136 PRAYER A MAGIC INVOCATION 

laid down, we shall in time reap results of which we 
little dream. 

And may our Father in Heaven bless our every 
effort. 




Practical Methods 

of 
Achieving Success 



139 



PRACTICAL METHODS OF ACHIEVING 

SUCCESS. 

BASED UPON CONSERVATION OF SEX FORCE. 

IT IS just as impossible to attain true and lasting 
success without living in harmony with the laws 
of life, as it is for a criminal to live at peace in the 
community whose laws he breaks. Just as he is 
eventually punished because of his predatory habits, 
and incarcerated and restrained, so also nature pun- 
ishes, incarcerates, and restrains us when we break 
her laws. This restraint is called disease and is an 
enemy of happiness, for one, no matter what wealth 
he may have or what position he may occupy in the 
world, can never be happy when he is in ill health 
bodily. Thus it will be seen that one of the vital re- 
quirements for the man or woman who desires a full 
realization of happiness and success in life is health, 
including strength, for only in the measure that we 
are supplied with bubbling-over health can we 
feel sufficiently optimistic, cheerful and vigorous to 
attain the success which we are seeking. 



140 PRACTICAL METHODS OF ACHIEVING SUCCESS 

The Bible tells us that death and disease came into 
the world through eating of the "tree of knowledge," 
and though from the materialistic point of view this 
may sound silly, let us not dismiss the story without 
looking at it a little closer. We shall find that it is 
perfectly in harmony with scientific facts as shown 
in the world today. Consider first the meaning of 
the tree of knowledge as illustrated by the later re- 
marks: "Adam knew his wife and she bore Abel;" 
"Adam knew his wife and she bore Seth;" and 
Mary's words to the angel, "How shall I conceive 
seeing I know not a man?" From these and many 
similar remarks it is evident that the tree of knowl- 
edge was a symbolical expression of the generative 
act. Mankind is thus, as the Bible says, conceived in 
sin and therefore subject to death, and from this 
there would seem to be no escape. 

We would, however, do well to remember that evo- 
lution is a fact in nature ; that man as he is today is 
the result of a long past, and that this present state 
is not the final attainment of a standard of perfection, 
but that there are greater heights ahead of us. We are 
in a state of ever becoming; there is no halting nor 
resting upon the path, which is as limitless as the age of 
the spirit. MorejQYgr^_a8 whajLwe_are_ today is the re- 
sult of what we were yesterday, so also it depends 



CONSERVATION OF SEX FORCE 141 

upon how we use our faculties today whether we shall 
be one thing or another tomorrow. Let us then ex- 
amine the past, so that by learning what we have been, 
we may gain an inkling of what we are to be. 

According to the Bible, mankind was male-female 
before it was separaeed into two distinct sexes as 
man and woman. We still have with us hermaphro- 
dites who have this, as we think today, abnormal form- 
ation to prove the truth of this Biblical assertion ; and 
physiologically the opposite organ of either sex is 
latent in all. During the period when man was thus 
constituted fertilization must have occurred within 
himself; nor is this any stranger than that many 
plants are so fertilized today. 

Let us now see from the Bible what was the effect 
of self-fertilization in the early days. There were 
two prime facts that stand out: One is that there 
were giants in the earth in those days; the other that 
the patriarchs lived for centuries; and these two char- 
acteristics, great growth and longevity, are possessed 
by many plants of today. The great size of trees and 
the length of their life are wonderful; they live cen- 
turies where man lives only a few score years. Then the 
question comes, what is the reason of the evanescence 



142 PRACTICAL METHODS OF ACHIEVING SUCCESS 

of human life, and what is the remedy ? Let us first 
take up the question of the reason, and the remedy 
will later be apparent. 

It is well known to horticulturists that plants are 
stunted in their growth when they bloom too prolif- 
ically. A rose may bloom to such an extent that it 
dies ; therefore the wise gardner prunes the buds from 
the plant so that the strength may go partly into 
growth instead of the blossom. Thus by keeping the 
seed within itself it attains the strength required for 
growth and longevity. This was the secret of the 
great size and long life of the earliest races, as it is 
the secret of the size and longevity of the plants 
today. 

That the creative essence in the seed is a spiritual 
substance is evident when we compare the dauntless- 
ness and impatience at restraint of the stallion or the 
bull, with the docility of the steer and the gelding. 
Moreover, we know that the confirmed libertine and 
the degenerate become sterile and emaciated. When 
these facts have sunk into our consciousness it will 
not be difficult to concieve of the truth of the Bible 
assertion that the fruit of the flesh, which brings us 
under the law of sin and death, is first and foremost 



CONSERVATION OF SEX FORCE 143 

fornication, whereas the fruits of the spirit which 
make for immortality, as shown in the same book, are 
said to be principally continence and chastity. 

Consider also the child and how the creative force 
used within and for the child itself causes an enor- 
mous growth during the early years, but at the age of 
puberty the birth of passion commences to check 
growth ; the vital force then produces seed in order to 
find growth and expression elsewhere, and thence- 
forth growth is stunted. If we continued to grow dur- 
ing life as we grow during childhood, we should be 
giants as were the divine hermaphrodites of long ago. 

The spiritual force generated from the time of pub- 
erty and all through life may be used for three pur- 
poses, generation, degeneration, or regeneration. It 
depends upon ourselves which of the three methods 
we choose; but the choice that we make will have an 
important bearing upon our whole life, for the use of 
this force is not confined in its effect to the time or 
occasion upon which it is thus used. It overshadows 
every single moment of our existence, and determines 
our attitude in each and every single phase of life 
among our fellow men ; how we meej: the various trials 
of life ; whether we are able to grasp our opportuni- 
ties or let them slip by; whether we are healthy or 



144 PRACTICAL, METHODS OF ACHIEVING SUCCESS 

sick ; and whether we live our life according to a satis- 
factory purpose ; all of this depends upon the way we 
use the vital force. That is the very spring of all 
our existence, the elixir of life. 

The part of the creative force which is legitim- 
ately sacrificed upon the altar of fatherhood and 
motherhood is so small that it may be entirely neg- 
lected for the purpose of the present considerations. 
There is no reason whatever from a physical or spir- 
itual standpoint why celibacy should be insisted 
upon in any religious order, neither is this at all in 
harmony with the Bible. The mere suppression of 
sexual attraction is not a virtue in itself; in fact it 
may be a very serious vice, for there is no question 
that many millions, who on account of convention 
are prohibited or prevented from seeking the natural 
satisfaction, fall into the most unspeakable vices on 
that account. Even if they abstain from the sexual 
act, their thoughts are of such a nature thet they 
make themselves whited sepulchres, horrible within 
though outwardly seemingly pure and white. Paul 
himself, though not in the condition mentioned, said : 
' i It is better to marry than to burn ; ' ' and the natural 
expression is far to be preferred to such an inward 
state as above described. 



CONSERVATION OF SEX FORCE 145 

While there are very few who will defend abuse of 
the generative function, many people who follow spir- 
itual precepts in other things still have the feeling that 
frequent indulgence of the desire for sexual pleasure 
works no harm; some even have the idea that it is as 
necessary as the exercise of any other organic func- 
tion. This is wrong for two reasons: First, each 
creative act requires a certain amount of force which 
burns up tissue that must be replenished by an extra 
amount of food. This strengthens and augments the 
Chemical Ether. Secondly as the propagative 
force works through the Life Ether, this constituent 
of the vital body is also augmented with each indulg- 
ence. Thus we strengthen the two lower ethers of 
the vital body by sending the creative force down- 
wards for gratification of our desire for pleasure; 
and their interlocking grip upon the two higher 
ethers which form the soul-body becomes tighter and 
more powerful as time goes on. As the evolution of 
our soul-powers and the faculty of traveling in our 
finer vehicles depends upon the cleavage between the 
lower ethers and the soul-body, it is evident that we 
frustrate the object we have in view and retard de- 
velopment by indulgence of the lower nature. 

If we turn again to the garden we may obtain a 
striking illustration of the result of following the 

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146 PRACTICAL METHODS OP ACHIEVING SUCCESS 

apostle's advice to "keep the seed within," by con- 
sidering the qualities of the seedless varieties of fruit. 
Seedless fruits are larger and better flavored than 
those which have seeds, because in them all the sap is 
used for the single purpose of making the fruit delic- 
ious and succ ulent. Similarly, if instead of wasting our 
substance we live chastely and send the creative force 
upwards for regeneration, we thereby etherealize and 
refine our physical bodies at the same time that we 
strengthen our soul-bodies. In this manner we may 
materially lengthen life and so increase our opportu- 
nities for soul-growth and advancement upon the 
Path in a very marked degree. 

When we realize that success does not consist in 
the accumulation of wealth but in soul-growth, it will 
be evident that continence is an important factor in 
the attainment of success in life. 



147 



THE WEB OF DESTINY 

Abnormalities, physical, traceable to mental abuse in 

previous lives 64 

Accidents, caused by interference in lives of others .... 74 

result of carelessness 74 

Altruism, product of inner urge of indwelling Christ. .67, 73 

Ancestors, worship of, inspired by elementals 47 

Ancient, peoples, prevalence of evil among 36, 37 

Angels, recording, see Recording Angels. 

Animal group spirit, currents of, encircle earth 72 

Animal obsession, by evil men 52 

by suicides 51 

when misunderstood forms basis of belief in 

transmigration 53 

Archetype, creative, affected by nature of past life. ... 65 
produces disease when built in accordance with a 

perverted view-point 65, 66 

undestroyed by death of suicide, causes fear of 

death in next life 51 

Aurora borealis, absorbed by man in inhabited parts of 

earth 73 

influence of, becoming more potent 71, 72 

rays of, generated by Christ Spirit 72 

rays of, will effect change in human sense organs . . 72 

Blood, absorbs pictures of outer world 21 

Body, archetype of, see Archetype, creative 

Body, desire, see Desire body 



148 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

Body, vital, see Vital body 

Brain, originally constructed of desire substance 59 

Capital punishment, releases evil spirits of murderers 

upon community 34 

Cause and effect 54-76 

Cerebellum, from and through, man may be manipulated 49 

working through cerebellum entity may reach 

medulla oblongata 49 

Character, impressed upon higher ethers of vital body 15 
Chemical and life ethers, see Ethers, Chemical and Life. 

Christ, born within the individual 73 

brought altruism to this planet 67 

formed in vital body 17 

nourished by development of higher ethers 17 

Christ rays, in past were static, now becoming dynamic 72 

will transform earth's atmosphere to sea of light 73 
Christ vibrations from cosmic source, arouse Christ 

within 73 

induce altruistic attitude in individual 73 

Clean life, effect of, on future archetype 65 

Collective destiny in community disasters 74 

operates similarly to individual destiny 74 

Common signs are the weakest 62 

bestow resiliency upon all born under their 

influence 62 

indicate inability of individual to withstand shock 

or strain 62 

indicate individual's lack of restraint in prev- 
ious life 63 

show lack of mental stability 60 

Concrete thought, region of, see Kegion of Concrete Thought 



INDEX 149 

Congenital Insanity, caused by abuse of creative func- 
tion in previous lives 64 

produced by inadequate connection between etheric 

and physical sense-centers 62 

Consciousness, basis of higher consciousness in higher 

ethers persist after death 32 

during life panorama, concentrated in vital body. . 27 
Consequence and rebirth, laws of, necessary because of 

causes generated in physical world 8 

Continuity of life, the fundamental fact of existence. . 7 
Controls see Spirit Control. 

Conversion, "Christ within" forms real basis for 17 

dependent upon growth of higher ethers 17 

permanent only when rooted in vital body 17 

Creative function, abuse of, cause of mental weakness. 58 
Cruelty in previous lives causes deformity in structure 

of eye 70 

Currents of animal group spirits encircle earth 72 

similar to dynamic electricity 72 

Currents of desire matter formed first pattern of brain, 

larynx nerves 50 

Currents of plant group spirits radiate out from center 

of earth 72 

similar to static electricity 72 

weak and invisible 72 

Death, extreme fear of, due to suicide in previous life 51 
produces change in vital body similar to that effect- 
ed by initiation 28 

Demoniacal possession see Obsession. 

Desire body, conflict of, with vital body results in physi 

cal consciousness 29 



150 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

dynamic power of, available in invisible worlds. . . 12 

in constant flux 10 

pictures impressed upon desire body in life pan- 
orama, etched upon, through medium of vital 

body 27 

safe development of, only obtainable through rule of 

the spirit 12 

temper of, must be controlled, not killed 12 

thirsts for revenge 11 

Desire matter formed first principle of brain, larynx, 

and nerves 59 

Desires, cumulative effect of, stamped on seed atom; 

retained from life to life 60 

Destiny, collective see Collective Destiny 

Devils, evil departed spirits who obsess negative 

mediums 45 

discarded sin bodies of attracted to original owners 

at rebirth 40 

Devils see also Elementals, Obsessions, Sin-bodies 

Disease, caused by erratic habits of past life 63, 64 

result of destructive thoughts of past life which 

impair creative archetype 65 

Dweller on the threshold 26, 30, 47 

confused with sin-bodies and elementals 26, 47 

Earth-bound spirits, earth-bound by interlocking of vi- 
tal and desire bodies 39 

lay up purgatorial sufferings 39 

provoke family feuds 37 

Earth-bound spirits, see also Elementals, Sin-bodies 
Electricity, dynamic, as result of Christ influence, 

evolving from static state 72 



INDEX 151 

gave earth its power of motion in past 72 

similar to currents of animal group spirits 72 

Electricity, static, in past Christ-rays were static elec- 
tricity 72 

related to currents of plant group-spirit 72 

Electricity, static, see also Aurora Borealis 
Elementals, attach themselves to individuals, families, 

and religious societies 46 

belong to other life-waves 44 

inspire ancestor worship 47 

live upon etheric fumes of food offerings and in- 
cense 46 

obsessing controls of mediums 45 

obtain, vehicles' through mediumship 46 

sub-human spirits who express themselves on in- 
visible planes 44 

take possession of discarded sin-bodies 44 

Elementals, see also Earth-bound Spirits, Sin-bodies 

Embalming, suffering caused by 33 

Environment, significance of 55, 56 

Etheric region, extends beyond earth's atmosphere 24 

hypnotic victims levitate toward 24 

Ethers, ability to separate, one requisite for Invisible 

Helper 14 

in vital body 14 

Ethers, chemical and life, decrease as aspirant "lives 

the life" 29 

form matrix for dense body 14 

involved in all physical processes 14 

Ethers, light and reflecting, growth of Christ within de- 
pends upon the growth of 17 



152 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

form luminous cloud around aspirant who "lives 

the life"' 17 

involved in all soul growth 15 

may be increased by right living 15 

Ethers, reflecting, form part of Memory of Nature. . . 23 
Eye trouble, cuased by cruelty in previous lives, which 

deforms the eye structure 70 

outcome of response to higher octave of vision 70 

False teaching, best protection against, is self reliance 36 
Families, vital bodies of, held for generations by ele- 

mentals 47 

Feuds provoked by earth-bound spirits 37 

Flame of life burns in medulla oblongata 49 

Gravitation and initiation draw in same direction 24 

Habits, erratic, cause disease in following life 63 

Higher ethers see Ethers, Light and Reflecting 

Idiocy, result of ego's attempt to escape embodiment. . 62 

Idiocy, see also Insanity 

Illness, result of attenuated condition of vital body. . . 22 

Immaculate conception, an individual experience 73 

Infant mortality, due to disturbance at preceding death 42 

of epidemics, collective destiny 42, 74 

of future, will be one result of Great War 42 

Initiation, path of, runs from circumference to center of 

earth 24 

Insanity, result of lack of congruency between sense centers 

of vital and dense bodies 62 

Insanity, congenital, caused by abuse of creative func- 
tion in other lives 60, 61 

produced by inadequacy of connection between 

etheric and physical sense cetners 62 

produced by shock 62 



INDEX 153 

produced by effort of spirit to escape embodiment. 6 1,62 
Interlocking of vital and desire bodies, continues after 

death of evil character 33 

prevalent in the past 36 

produced by cherishing vindictiveness 41, 42 

produced by selfishness fostered by Jehovah 36 

Interplanetary ether, attracted to earth by Christ, 

makes atmosphere luminous 72, 73 

Invisible helper, one in whom etheric division has been 

accomplished 18 

Jesus Christ see Christ 

Larynx, originally a desire current 59 

Levitation, force of, protects sacred precincts 24 

Lie, is both murder and suicide in desire world 64 

Life ether, see Ethers, Chemical and Life 

Life Spirit, world of, contains only permanent record of 

cosmic events 24 

Light and reflecting ethers see Ethers, Light and Reflecting 
Lower ethers, see Ethers, Chemical and Life 
Materialism, effect of, upon body as manifested in dis- 
ease 64 

Materialization by denizens of lower regions of desire 

world 42, 43 

difficulty of, for more progressed 43 

of recently disembodied spirits 43 

Materialization, see also Obsession 

Medicine men, added intelligence of, due to elemental 

ensouling sin-body 44 

Mediums controlled by elementals 45 

evolution of, retarded for ages 45 

Medulla oblongota, center of, Flame of Life 49 



154 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

Memory of nature, in reflecting ether 23 

in region of Concrete Thought 23 

in world of Life Spirit 24 

accurate reading in, dependent upon ability to 

leave body at will 24, 25 

records every fact relating to universe or indi- 
vidual 23 

Mental deficiencies result of lasciviousness in former 

life 63 

Mental deficiencies see also Insanity 

Mind, inchoate cloud 10 

purifying of 10 

vehicle most recently acquired 10 

Murderers, execution of, releases evil spirits upon com- 
munity 38 

Mystic development must begin with the vital body 15 

Nervous disorders, result of lascaviousness in previous 

life 63 

Nervous system, originally a desire current 59 

Obsession, by shells of sin-bodies as demons 40 

by spirits dwelling in sin-bodies 40 

by sub-human entities, which produce insanity. . . 50 

elemental unable to manipulate mind or larynx. . . 50 

intermittent when control manipulates from without 49 

made possible by suicide in previous life 50 

permanent where control actually enters body of 

victim 49 

prevalent in modern countries 41 

when spirit is ousted by, it hovers around its 

dense vehicle 50 

Obsession, see also Elementals, Spirit Controls 



INDEX 155 

Organs, defective, caused by indifference in previous 

lives 70 

Panorama of life etched upon desire body through medi- 
um of vital body 27 

Peoples, ancient, evil of 36, 37 

Physical abnormalities traceable to abuse of mental 

powers in previous lives 64 

Plant group spirits, likened to static electricity 72 

radiate from center of the earth 71 

Poltergeist, obsessing entity with vital and desire bodies 

interlocked 34 

Pseudo teachers, danger of 35 

Purgatorial experiences, lengthened by interlocking of 

' vital and desire bodies 39 

Purgatorial suffering based on pictures impressed on 

desire body 27 

Purity, of motive, no protection against obsession 46 

Rays of force from plant group spirit radiate from cen- 
ter of earth 71 

Rebirth due to generation of causes upon physical plane 8 
Rebirth, law of, see Consequence and Rebirth 
Recording angels, form connection between vital body 

and brain in foetus 61 

Reflecting Ether forms part of Memory of Nature 23 

Regeneration may be accomplished by purifying 

thoughts 10 

Region of Concrete Thought, archetype is built in ac- 
cordance with ego's mode of thought 65, 66 

Research in higher worlds, qualifications for 9-11 

Right thought, constructive power of 65, 66 

Revivals, inadequacy of 16 



156 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

Eosicrucians, teach method of separating ethers 18 

Seed atoms of desire body, accumulates effects of desires 

in apex of left ventricle of heart during life 21 

retains all life's experiences 27 

Seed-atom of desire body, accumulates effects of desires 

and emotions, retained from life to life 60 

Selfishness predominates in majority of mankind 31 

Self-reliance, necessary protection against false teaching 36 
Sense centers of desire body, not unfolded in most 

people 13, 14 

Sense organs changed by rays of aurora borealis 72 

Sex force, abuse of, reacts in future lives 63 

Shock may cause spirit to attempt escape, resulting 

in insanity 62 

produces damaged connection between vital and 

desire body 62 

Sin-body, attracted to former owner on re-embodiment 40 
composed of the worst elements of desire and vital 

bodies 41 

constitutes the devil of the Bible 41 

has individual consciousness 40 

inhabits lowest etheric regions 42 

persons creating sin body may repent 47, 48 

taken possession of by elementals 44 

Soul, absorbed by spirit in second heaven 32 

closely linked with desire body and mind 14 

coalesces with higher vehicles after death 28 

culture of, necessity for 31 

forms basis of post-mortem consciousness until 

second heaven is reached 32 

is luminous 15 



INDEX 157 

vehicle of intellect 14 

vehicle of, is vital body 27 

Soul body, consists of two higher ethers of vital body. . 18 

Soul body see also Soul 

Soul culture, necessity of 31 

Spirit, instruments of, the four bodies of man 10-13 

itself can never become insane 60 

loses value of experience through idiocy 62 

Spirit controls, can retard progress of ego for ages 45 

can manipulate victim from behind cerebellum and 

medulla oblongata 49 

can manipulate victim from within 49 

oust mediums from their vehicles after death 45 

prey easily upon suicides 50 

sin-bodies attaching themselves to their egos as 

demons in future lives 40 

spirits where interlocking of vital and desire bodies 

has taken place 33, 35 

sub-human, unable to operate larynx or mind 50 

Spirit controls see also Sin-bodies, Obsession 

Spiritual sight, in desire world IS 

in Etheric Region 1 

in World of Thought 18 

not sufficient to read in Memory Nature 19 

Sub-human entities see Eleirentals 

Suicide, causes of 50 

must learn inviolability of body 51 

obsesses negative persons and animals 51 

on rebirth, mentality may be weakened 62 

post-mortem sufferings of, produce fear of death in 

following life 51 



158 THE WEB OF DESTINY 

Sympathy, when withheld, may delay evolution of suf- 
fering soul 56 

Thinking, habitual, influences archetype. 65 

Training, spiritual, concerned with work on vital body. 15 
Transmigration, theory of, due to misunderstanding of 

animal obsession 53 

Truth, creative power of, in building archetype 65 

eternal, may be apprehended in Region of Concrete 

Thought 67 

Untruth, destructive force of 67 

Vindictiveness, causes interlocking of vital and desire 

bodies 41,42 

Visions of reflected image, in future, to be replaced by 

direct perception of object 72 

Vital body, aim of, is to build physical 29 

causes suffering, following an accident 23 

chemical and life ethers of, form matrix for dense 

body 28 

"Christ within" formed by two higher ethers of . . . 17 
cleavage in vital body after death similar to that 

produced by initiation 28 

condition of, determines state of health 14 

consciousness of spirit during life panorama is cen- 
tered in 27 

desire body manipulated by 14 

four ethers in 27 

hardened by immoral practices 33 

higher ethers of, constitute soul of Bible phraseology 27 

higher ethers of, increase with soul-growth 29 

highest state of, when only higher ethers are present 17 
interlocking with desire body, prevalent under Jeho- 



INDEX 159 

vistic regime 36 

low proportion of lower ethers in, causes rapid post- 
mortem physical disintregation 30 

light and reflected ethers of, form soul body 18 

matrix of dense body 14 

of earth, is becoming luminous due to activity of 

Christ 72, 73 

of families, held for generations by elementals. . . 47 

reflects and etches the desire body 27 

separation of ethers of, essential to Invisible Helper 18 

spirituality rooted in 17 

strength of, determines length of life panorama. . . 27 

the vehicle of soul flights 14 

vehicle of indwelling Christ 17 

vehicle of generation 17 

vehicle of reason 17 

when interlocked with desire body produces sin body 33 
work of spirit upon, results in formation of charac- 
ter 15 

Voodoo magic, due to obsession 41 

War, will cause future infant mortality 42, 74 

not responsible for diseases fostered by obsession . . 42 

Water stratum, correlated to region of archetypal forces 25 

registers a record for Earth Period 25 

Web of destiny, made and unmade 26 

Worldly life, increases proportion of lower ethers 31 



160 



THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

Abiff , Hiram, betrayed by sons of Seth 83 

descendant of Cain, a son of fire 83 

each individual is counterpart of 85 

master mason in construction of Solomon's Temple 82 

prepares the Molten Sea 83 

proposed to make clear alloy, capable of reflecting 

wisdom 83 

Abstract anger, desire forms of, are blunt , 96 

desire forms of, explode without leaving persons 

who generated them 96 

Affinity, chemical, of water for ether 114 

Angels, lunar, concerned with propagation and nour- 
ishment of species 84 

have charge of moist, aequous vital body 84 

moulded cords and appendages of moon beings by 

power of emotion 80 

work in vital body 84 

Angels, recording, build etheric mold of dense body. . . . 103 

Anger, abstract, desire forms of, are blunt 96 

Anger, sudden, projects dagger-like forms at object of 

hate 96 

Apprehension, congeals currents of desire body 93 

Archetype, built by ourselves in second heaven 103 

Determines quantity of matter of different worlds 

drawn to seed atom 103 

Assimilation, carried on through lower ethers 91 

Atmosphere, dark streaks in, generated by world catas- 
trophes 94 



INDEX 161 

Atoms, dense are motionless 107 

constantly being replaced 104 

have pear shaped contour 99 

vibrated by vital atoms 99 

Atoms, prismatic ether, affinity of water for 114 

constitute structure of chemical and life ethers . . 99 

have definite shape 105 

reflect red of the solar ray 99 

retain relative positions in vital body 104 

wrenched loose at death 101 

vibrate atoms of dense body 99, 104 

inter-penetrate the physical 99 

nucleated seed atoms of, in solar plexus 99 

Atoms, prismatic ether, affinity of water for 114 

fleeting. 

Aura, can be made to exclude all Saturnine influences 110 
of saints, consisting of higher ethers, is gold and 

blue 105, 106 

of true esoteric colors, is impenetrable 109 

Auric envelope, shattered by shell-shock 102 

Aurora australis, etheric currents which encircle earth 

from pole to pole 100 

Aurora borealis, etheric currents in earth's atmosphere 100 

Bathing constantly, may deplete vital body 114, 115 

may purify etheric atoms 113, 114 

Blue, in aura, indicative of spirituality 105 

Body see Dense Body 

Body, desire, see Desire body 

Body of man, the cross 100 

the Mystic Temple 86 

Body, vital, see vital body 

11 



162 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

ain, first ancester of Hiram Abiff, gives latter new 

word and hammer 84 

son of Lucifer, the spirit of fire 83 

Cheerfulness, necessity for 93 

Chemical and life ethers see Ethers, Chemical and Life 
Children, vital bodies of, protrude farther beyond peri- 
phery of dense bodies than in adults 1Q3 

Color, of aura, visible in crowds 87-91 

Coma, state of after death, caused by shell-shock . . .101,102 
Conscience, developed through retrospective exercise 112,113 

evolved through purgatorial suffering 112 

Consciousness, higher ethers, avenue of 100 

result of conflict between vital and desire bodies . . 85 
in old people and those of devotional nature quickly 

regained after death 100, 101 

regained slowly in case of war victims 97-101 

Cosmic cry of billions of inhabitants of moon globes, 

first note in harmony of the spheres 81 

Creative energy, symbolizing Jehovah, is red 99 

Cross, of body 100 

Crowds, controlled by will of minority 88 

Cynicism, an expression of fear 92 

Dead, affected by grief of relatives 117, 118 

Dead, longing for, attracts ether through which ma- 
terialization may be effected 98 

Death, atoms of vital body liberated at death by spiral 

motion 100 

higher vehicles withdrawn ot death 101 

of soldier, from shell-shock, causes loss of life pan- 
orama 101, 102 

results from withdrawal of seed-atom from dense 

body lOQ 



INDEX 163 

separation of ethers occurs after death 101 

tranquility of mind renders death almost impossible 101 

wrench occurs at, which frees vital body 101 

Debts, necessity for paying moral 116 

Demagogue, effect of on crowd 88 

Dense body, atoms of constantly being replaced 104 

built by vital body 84 

destroyed by desire body 85 

vehicle of action 108 

vibrated by action of prismatic ether 104 

Desire and emotion in Moon Period constituted uni- 
versal substance 80 

Desire bodies affected by world catastrophes 95 

Desire elementals created by prolonged remorse 117 

Desire body, attuned by optimism to any desired key. . 108 
changes color and contour under feelings and 

emotions 87 

congealed by Saturn, planet of gloom 110 

difficult to hold down to definite lines 108 

depleted by constant regrets 113 

destroys tissues of dense body 85 

coarser elements of, dissolved in purgatory by ex- 
purgation of life panorama 116 

furnishes incentive to action 108 

generated in Moon Period 79 

given power of action by vital body 108 

may be cleansed by remorse 113 

passions of, due to work of Lucifer spirits 80,84 

unconsciously woven by individual 82 

vehicle of feelings and emotions 106, 107 

without poise, will either run riot or congeal 107 



164 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

Desire currents, changed to eddies by worry 92 

generated in Moon Period by Lucifer spirits were 80 

red 80 

restlessness of, in individuals, produces troubles . . 80 

Desire forms and colors, generated by war 95, 97 

of hate generated in heated discussions 95 

seen at revivals 89 

Desire stuff constituted firmament in Moon Period 80 

moves with rapidity of light 107 

Desire World, after death, order of appears reversed. . 112 
Desire, emotions, and passions cause convolutions in 

desire body 81 

Discrimination, necessity for, in retrospective exercise 116 

Digestion, affected by worry 79 

Eddies in desire body, induced by worry 92 

Ego, seeking re-embodiment, draws material from each 

world in descent 103 

etheric form of, placed in mother's womb by Ee- 

cording Angels 103 

quality of materials used by, determined by seed 

atoms 103 

quality of materials employed by, determined by 

archetype 103 

Elder Brothers and Invisible Helpers work with war 

victims 97 

Elementals, created by regret, of pernicious kind 118 

Emotion, effects metabolistic changes 79 

Emotion and desire in Moon Period constituted uni- 
versal essence 80 

Emotions and passions, successful blending of, hastens 

initiation 85 



INDEX 165 

morbid fear of yielding to, may be overcome by 

new environment 92 

produce convolutions in desire body 81 

Energy, solar, enters body through spleen 99 

tinged with rose 99 

Equipoise see Poise 

Esoteric orders, surround temples with impenetrable 

aura 109 

Ether, atoms of, see Atoms. Prismatic Ether 
Ether, reflecting, forms one record, of memory of na- 
ture 105 

vacuous blue substance 105 

Ethers, chemical and life, avenues of assimilation and 

fecundation 99 

course along nerves as pink fluid 99 

nucleated seed-atom of, located in solar-plexus ... 99 
quantity of. in aura, depends upon amount of good 

extracted from higher ethers 106 

reflect red of solar ray 99 

seperate from higher ethers at death 101 

Ethers, Light and Reflecting, amount existing in aura 

indicates state of spirtual development 105 

at death record of is etched into desire body 106 

atoms of, interpenetrate the dense atoms 100 

attenuated in the average individual 100 

avenues for consciousness, and sense perception . . 100 

form aura of gold and blue when life is pure 105 

mingle with blood stream 105 

volatile and migratory in nature 105 

Ethers, stationary, highest in one life become lowest In 

next life . 106 



166 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

Ethers see also Vital Body 

Evolution promoted by highest etheric atoms in one life 

becoming lowest in next 106 

Experience, furnace of life, promotes growth 85 

stored in seed-atom as Vibratory power 85 

quintessence of, etched upon seed-atom 106 

Fear and worry, create eddies in desire body 92 

creates steel-blue shell 90, 93, 95 

constitutes armor impervious to emotion 91,96 

inhibits action 92 

injures physical body 79 

leaves desire body motionless 92 

manifests as cynicism, pessimism, skepticism 92 

restricts soul-growth 92 

Fecundation carried on through lower ethers 99 

Fire, of passion and desire, works on materials gath- 
ered for soul-growth 85 

Foetus and umbilical cords 80 

Grief, effect of, upon the dead 118 

Habit, vital body, vehicle of 106 

Hammer, new see New Hammer and new word 

Hate, of patriotic anger, desire forms of are conical in 

shape 95 

when generated in heated discussions 95 

when generated in personal anger 96 

Hiram Abiff see Abiff, Hiram 

Initiation, all preparing for, consciously or uncon- 
sciously 85 

Invisible Helpers aid Elder Brothers in work with the 

suffering 97 



INDEX 167 

Jehovah controls fecundation 99 

creative energy has its source in 99 

ruler of the Moon 99 

symbol of, is red 99 

Jesus, Master Mason, builder of mystic temple 82 

Joseph, builder of the Temple 82 

Longing for dead attracts ethers 98 

Lucifer spirits generated red desire currents in Moon 

Period 80 

work in desire body 84 

Lunar angels see Angels, lunar 

Lyre of Apollo, the outer universe 110 

Masons, the builders of the mystic temple 82 

Jesus and Joseph were 82 

Masonic legend, application of, all build mystic temple 

designed by God 82 

each ego a Hiram Abiff 85 

each ego thrown into furnace of life's experience. . 85 

Memory of Nature in reflecting ether 105 

Mental reactions towards words of others 107 

Metabolism, affected by fear and worry 79 

Mind, a brake on impulse 108 

Molten sea, prepared by Hiram Abiff 83 

the Philosopher's Stone 83 

Moon, planet of fecundation, ruled by Jehovah 99 

Moon Period 80 

Music, effect of upon crowds 89. 90 

Music of the spheres 81 

Mystic mass of the Rosicrucians 109 

Mystic temple, the body 86 



168 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

New Hammer, the cross of sorrow 85 

New word of self-control 85 

New word and new hammer given to Hiram Abif f .... 84 

will reconcile fire and water 84 

Optimism, desirability of 118 

induced by spiritual solar vibratons 110 

will attune desire body to any desired key 108 

Orange, basic color of western people 95 

Orders, esoteric, auras of 109 

Panorama of Life, loss of caused by shell-shock 102 

moulded from light and reflecting ether 102 

Passion and desire work on material gathered for soul 

growth 85 

Passion, desire and emotion form convolutions in desire 

body 81 

Pass-words of esoteric orders, the attuning of the soul- 
body to a particular vibratory note 109 

of Rosicrucians 109 

Patriotic anger see Anger, Abstract 

Patriotic hatred ends with death 98 

Pessimism, an expression of fear 92 

Philsopher's stone made from union of fire and water. .83, 84 
Pneumo-gastric nerve, avenue for withdrawal of seed- 
atom at death 100 

Prismatic ether atoms see Atoms, prismatic ether 
Privations of war, cause change in aura, due to ac- 
quirement of religious feeling 97 

Purgatorial suffering develops conscience 113 

avoided by retrospective exercise 113, 115 

induced by force of repulsion 112 

Purgatory, cleansing process of, tears desire stuff con- 
taining accusing picture from matrix of ether 112 



INDEX 169 

desire body dissolved in 116 

individual will suffer in, unless he expunges record 

of evil from seed-atom 112 

panorama of life absorbed in 116 

retrospection to take place of suffering in 112, 113 

reversal of order in, enables soul to suffer as its 

victim did 112 

suffering of soul in, identical with pain it caused 

others 112 

Quintessence of life experience etched upon seed-atom. . 106 

Recording angels see Angels, recording 

Red symbolizes creative energy of Jehovah 99 

Reflecting ether see Ether, reflecting 

Regret, harmful effect of 113, 118 

Remorse, by removing evil, prepares for coming of 

good 115,116 

centrifugal force of 112, 115 

cleanses desire body 112, 115 

creates desire elementals, when indulged in to excess 117 

harm from indiscriminate use 114 

may foster virtue when rightly used 113 

sacrificial fire of 115 

Repetition, key-note of vital body 106 

Repetition, centrifugal force of 112 

Retrospection, evening exercise of, develops conscience 112 

effects soul-growth 112 

erases record from seed-atom Ill 

remorse necessary in proper performance of 116 

thoroughness, an essential requisite of 116 

view of day's happenings in reverse order Ill 

Rosicrucians, pass-words of 109 

mystic mass of 109 

service of, differs each night in week 109 



170 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

Saints, aura of is blue 106 

Saturn congeals desire body 110 

counteracted by solar force 110 

shell of reserve must be broken 92 

Scars result of lesion of ether atoms 104 

Secret societies, occult customs of 109 

Seed-atom impressed with every conscious act Ill 

of dense body, withdraws from heart, producing 

death 100 

of different bodies determines composition of each 103 

prismatic atoms mass around seed-atom 99 

quality of, changes from life to life 106 

upon rebirth attracts material to form bodies 103 

of vital body located in solar plexus 114 

Self control, new word of Hiram Abiff 85 

Service of Rosicrucians, different each night in week. . 109 

Seth, sons of descendants of Jehovah 83 

they destroyed the great work of Hiram Abiff .... 83 

Shell-shock shatters vital body 102 

Sixth sense being developed through longing for dead. . 98 

Skepticism, an expression of fear 92 

Skull of man, the Golgotha of the Bible 100 

Solar energy enters body through the spleen 99 

reflected as red in passing through prismatic atoms 

in solar plexus 99 

Solar plexus seat of vital body 114 

Soldiers, death of, from shell-shock causes loss of life 

panorama 102 

Solomon, temple of, see Temple of Solomon 

Soulbody coalesces with desire body at death 106 



INDEX 171 

color of, is gold and blue 105 

composed of higher ethers 105 

mingles in blood-stream 105 

Soul-growth, wisdom of, contained in Masonic legend. . 84 

hindered by fear 96 

quintessence of, is extracted through many lives . . 85 

Spiral motion of vital body unscrews etheric atoms .... 100 

"Steel men" benefit by war 96 

incased in shell of fear 96 

victims of Saturn 92 

Suffering in purgatory produced by force of repulsion. . 112 

Sun, spiritual vibrations of 110 

substance of, in Moon Period 80 

Tekton see Mason 

Temple of Solomon built by every true Mason 82 

living structure 82 

not made with hands 82 

Thought creates any desired form in Desire World 98 

affects finer vehicles 108 

habitual, has power to mold matter 108 

Thoughts of apprehension congeal desire body 93 

Tranquility, mental, renders death nearly imperceptible 101 

Trouble produced by restlessness of desire currents 80 

Tubal Cain, ancestor of Hiram Abif f 84 

Universe, the Lyre of Apollo 110 

Vehicles of every ego differ from those of every other. . 87 

Vibrations of color visible in crowds 87 

of dense atoms due to vital body 104 

planetary, affect desire body 81 

Vibratory power result of experience stored in seed- 
atoms 85 

Vital atoms penetrate dense atoms 99 



172 THE OCCULT EFFECT OF OUR EMOTIONS 

Vital body,atoms of, liberated at death 100 

cleansed by bathing 114 

embodies quintessence of good extracts from the 

previous life 106 

function of, is to sustain dense body 84 

gives dense body power to act 108 

key-note is repetition 106 

in adults, protrudes beyond dense body 104 

of child, nourishes dense body 103 

of child unorganized 103, 104 

prismatic atoms of do not change during life of . . . 104 

stationary atoms of, are basis of evolution 106 

vehicle of habit 106 

worked upon by lunar angels 84 

Vital body see also Ethers, chemical and life, light and 
reflecting 

War develops religious consciousness in soldiers 97 

fosters fellow feeling 97 

in heaven, conflict of vital and desire bodies 85 

victims of, unconscious following death 97, 102 

War work in Desire World directed by Elder Brothers 

and Invisible Helpers 97 

teaches futility of grief 97, 98 

Water, affinity of ether for 114 

World catastrophes effect atmosphere 94 

Worry and fear affect dense body 79 

Worry produces steel blue shell 90, 93 

shuts off from love and sympathy 93 

Worry see also Fear 

produce eddies and congealed condition in desire 

body 92 

Yellow predominates in average aura 106 



173 



PRAYER A MAGIC INVOCATION 

Page 
Assisi, St. Francis of, a powerful magnet for divine 

life and light 124 

Closet, a special personal prayer closet advis'able for 

the neophyte 129 

Force, one in universe, the power of God 121 

Form, created by sound vibration 121 

Habits, dangers of 131 

Initiation, removes the barrier of basic horoscopic in- 

harmonies between people 128 

Invocation, for temporal things, black magic 133 

eagerness for, a necessary preparation 125 

proper brings down an outpouring of the spirit. . 125 
Prayer, and worship build a spiritual structure about 

the place of 125 

place of, must be a real sanctuary 127 

place of, must not be open to the general public . . . 128 
properly performed is the most powerful method of 

soul growth known 122 

for self, may legitimately include 133 

Eewards of prayer 125 

"Servant in the House, The:" description of place of 

prayer 125 

Thanksgiving, brings down a blessing of Love and Light 134 

Word, form of force, creative fiat, sound vibration... 121 
Work, "Do all things as unto the Lord" and be faithful 

in a few things" as preparation for great work 124 



174 



PRACTICAL METHODS OF ACHIEVING 

SUCCESS. 

Page 

Body, physical, refined by sending sex-force upwards . . 8 

Chastity, fruit of spirit 4 

observance of produces power 8 

Continence, power gained through 4, 8 

Creative act. tissue consumed in 7 

Creative essence exists as spiritual substance 4 

Creative force, conservation of, produces longevity and 

growth 4, 5 

legitimate sacrifice of 6 

manner of man's use determines state of health .... 5 

use of, influences every act of life 5 

retained within child's body, produces growth ... 5 

three uses of 5 

Death, result of abuse of creative function 2 

Degeneration, misuse of creative force produces 5 

Disease result of infraction of law 1 

Elixir of life, the creative force 6 

Ethers, lower, augmented by sexual indulgence 7 

Ethers, higher, compose soul body 7 

Faculties, present use of, determines efficiency in future 3 

Generative act, 'tree of knowledge" of Bible 2 

Generation, legitimate use of creative force 5 

Growth checked by desire 5 

produced by conserving creative force 4, 5 



INDEX 175 

Health dependent upon manner of man's use of cre- 
ative force 5 

effect of upon mind 1 

Hermaphroditism, state of man in past 3, 5 

Incontinence, loss of power through 4 

Interlocking of lower ethers result of sexual abuse 7 

Longevity produced by conservation of sex-force 3, 4 

Optimism, relation of, to success 1 

Parenthood, desirability of 6 

Path, advancement upon hastened by chastity 8 

Progress, a necessity of nature 2 

Regeneration, legitimate use of creative force for 5 

Self-fertilization, effect produced by 3, 8 

Sexual attraction, mere suppression of, no virtue 6 

Soul-body formed by two higher ethers 7 

Soul-flights impossible when ethers interlock 7 

Soul-growth, achievement of 8 

Soul-power, evolution of, dependent upon cleavage in 

vital body 7 

Success not accumulation of material wealth 8 

only achieved by living in harmony with law 1 

possible only to healthy 1 

relation of to optimism 1 

traceable to observance of chastity 8 

through soul growth 8 

Thought, unchaste, horrible effect of 6 

Tree of Knowledge, symbolism of 2 

Vital force, see Creative force. 



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By MAX HEINDEL 

An Esoteric Exposition of the Cosmic Facts underly- 
ing these two Great Institutions, as de- 
termined by Occult Investigation 



Describes the influence of each of these institu- 
tions upon the evolution of mankind and the ultimate 
destiny of each. 

The building of King Solomon's Temple has al- 
ways remained a theme of great interest; but add to 
this the story of the Queen of Sheba and the real 
builder of the Temple, Hiram Abiff, so seldom read 
of in current literature, and truly one is confronted 
by a story of exquisite and transcendent interest. 

To have read this book is to have delved deep into 
the past and to have gained a glimpse into the mys- 
teries that have puzzled philosophers in ages gone by. 
Only a Mystic and a trained Seer who has the divine 
gift of reading the Akashic Records of the past could 
give such a lucid description of this great subject. 



THIS BOOK SHOULD BE IN EVERY MASON'S 
LIBRARY 



Bound in cloth. 98 pages. Price $1.00 



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BY MAX HEINDEL AND AUGUSTA Foss HEINDEL 

Third Edition 
700 pp. Cloth. $2.50 Post Paid. 

This book is set in a most attractive style, printed 
on fine paper, with extra durable binding, the cover 
stamped in gold and colors like other Rosicrucian text- 
books. The contents are unique, including a number 
of articles on the philosophy of Astrology. 

The contents are arranged according to a very sim- 
ple, definite system and with marginal symbols which 
will enable the student to turn instantly to the para- 
graph containing the information wanted. 

There are many non-technical articles dealing with 
the philosophical aspect of Astrology which will appeal 
to all occult students regardless of whether they under- 
stand casting a horoscope or not. 

The general reading of the natal horoscope is thor- 
oughly elucidated in all phases. 

A very simple method of progressing the "horo- 
scope and predicting events is given. 

Last, but not least is the Medical Astrology and 
guide to Diagnosis of Disease, covering about 200 pages 
and illustrated by 36 horoscopes, each indicating sever- 
al diseases. 

The system there explained is based upon the ex- 
perience of the authors, gained during an extensive 
practice of many years, during which time they have 
successfully diagnosed disease in many thousands of 
horoscopes, foretold crises and indicated preventive or 
remedial measures. 



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By MAX HEINDEL 
Fourth Edition, Revised and Enlarged 

WITH MAX HEINDEL 'S PORTRAIT 

198 pp. Bound in Cloth. $1.25 Post paid 
A complete textbook on the art of erecting a hor- 
oscope, making the process simple and easy for begin- 
ners. It also includes a 

Philosophic Encyclopedia 

and 

Tables of Planetary Hours 

The Philosophic Encyclopedia fills a long felt want 
of both beginners and advanced students for infor- 
mation concerning the underlying reasons for astro- 
logical dicta. It is a mine of knowledge arranged in 
such a manner as to be instantly accessible. 

The Tables of Planetary Hours enable one to select 
the most favorable time for beginning new enter- 
prises. 

The unparalleled merits of this book have been 
amply attested by many thousands of enthusiastic 
students who have bought the first three editions. 

No astrological student can afford to be without it. 



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I860 TO DATE, PRICE, 25c EACH TEAR 

The increasing difficulty experienced by Astrolo- 
gers in obtaining Ephemerides has induced us to 
enter the field and produce 

A Better Ephemeris 

AT HALF THE PRICE Now CHARGED BY OTHERS 

A glance at this publication will at once show the 
Astrologer a number of advantages in our arrange- 
ment. The times and places of New Moons, Full 
Moons and Eclipses are plainly marked, also the 
Moon's Node. Tables of Logarithms are given for 24 
hours. 

The type is as large as used in this book, the print 
is clear and beautiful. It will save eye strain. 



Seventh Edition 
600 pp. cloth Price $2.00, postfree. 

This remarkable book by Max Heindel marks an entirely 
new departure in mystic literature. 

For the first time in the history of the Western Wisdom 
Teaching concerning Life and Being which the Rosicrucians 
have guarded for centuries, is here given by an authorized 
messenger, for it is held that the world is ready to receive 
this advanced science of the soul, the religious philosophy of 
the Aquarian Age, now at hand. The existing soul-hunger 
and the satisfying nature of the Rosicrucian teachings are 
equally well attested by the phenomenal sale of this great 
book, and many thousands of letters received by the author 
from grateful students located all over the world, who testify 
that they there found what they have long sought elsewhere 
in vain. 

We give herewith some headings of chapters and sub- 
divisions as a slight indication of what is contained in this 
mine of mystic light and knowledge. 

Part I. 

The Visible and Invisible Worlds, The Four Kingdoms, Man 
and the Method of Evolution. Spirit, Soul and Body; 
Thought, Memory and Soul-rowth. The conscious, subcon- 
scious and superconscious mind. The science of death, the 
beneficence of purgatory, life in heaven. Re-birth and the 
Law of Consequence. 

Part II. 

The Scheme of Evolution. The Path of Evolution. The 
Work of Evolution. Genesis and Evolution of Our Solar 
System. Chaos the seed-ground of Cosmos, Birth of the 
Planets, Planetary Spirits. Evolution of the Earth. The 
Moon, the eighth sphere of retrogression. Occult Analysis 
of Genesis. The Nebular Theory. 

Part III. 

Christ and His Mission. The Star of Bethlehem, the Mys- 
tery of Golgotha and the cleansing blood. Future Devel- 
opment and Initiation. Alchemy and Soul-growth. The 
Method of Acquiring First-hand Knowledge. Western 
Methods for Western People. Esoteric Training. Christian 
Rosenkreuz and the Order of Rosicrucians. The Rosicru- 
cian Initiation. 



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