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Lesson 1: The Visible and Invisible Worlds
Lesson 2: The Desire World
Lesson 3: The World of Thought
Lesson 4: The Four Kingdoms
Lesson 5: The Four Kingdoms [continued]
Lesson 6: Man and His Bodies
Lesson 7: Man and His Bodies [continued]
Lesson 8: The Method of Evolution
Lesson 9: The Method of Evolution [continued]
Lesson 10: The Method of Evolution [continued]
Lesson 11: Rebirth and Consequence
Lesson 12: Acquiring First Hand Knowledge

The Western Wisdom Teachings
Preliminary Philosophy Course

Lesson No. 2
The Desire World

[1] Nature of the Desire World:

  The Desire World, with its innumerable inhabitants, permeates the Physical World, and though invisible is everywhere present; it also extends out into space for a considerable distance.

   Please keep in mind that the worlds other than the dense physical one are not worlds of form but are of an ethereal nature interpenetrating one another and also the dense world as a fog penetrates our atmosphere. The Desire World is composed of a more rarefied substance than that of the Physical. It is the realm of desires, therefore it is spoken of as the Desire World. Like the Physical World, the Desire World is divided into seven divisions or regions.

Question 1:

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Name these seven regions. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, page 44-47, and diagram, page 54.)


[2] Forces Operative In The Desire World:

   To arrive at a correct understanding of the Desire World it is necessary to realize that it is the world of feelings, desires, and emotions. These are all under the domination of two great forces, which act in a different way in the three denser regions of the Desire World from that in which they act in the three finer or upper regions.

Question 2:

Name the two great forces that hold sway in the Desire World. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 42-43.)


[3] Manner of Operation of The Twin Forces:

   The tendency of every form in the Desire World is to attract to itself all it can of a like nature and grow thereby.

Question 3:

Explain the maxim: "A lie is both murder and suicide in the Desire World." (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, page 43.)


[4] The Principle of Emphasizing The Good:

   Anything happening in the Physical World is reflected in all the other realms of nature and builds its appropriate form in the Desire World.

Question 4:

Explain why the occultist always seeks for the good in so-called evil. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 43-44.)


[5] Purgatory:

   Purgatory consists of the 3 lower regions of the Desire World, and is the first region the Spirit enters after leaving the physical body at death. In order that we may enjoy the First Heaven that follows, it is necessary that we be purified or purged of evil; thus the necessity of Purgatory.

Question 5:

Name and state the function of each of the 3 Regions composing Purgatory. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 44-45; also 112.)


[6] The Borderland:

   The 4th region of the Desire World is the Region of Feeling. From it comes the feeling concerning the forms, and upon the feeling engendered by them depends the life which they have for us and also their effect upon us.

Question 6:

What is the function of Interest and Indifference?


[7] The First Heaven:

   The three higher divisions of the Desire World constitute what is known as the First Heaven.

Question 7:

What qualities are expressed through the higher regions of the Desire World? (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 47-48.)

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Answers to Lesson No. 1:

1] The worlds in which our Universe is divided are:
    1] World of God.
    2] World of Virgin Spirits.
    3] World of Divine Spirit.
    4] World of Life Spirit.
    5] World of Thought.
    6] Desire World.
    7] Physical World.
2] a) In the Physical World matter is subject to gravity, contraction and expansion; also distance and time are governing factors of existence.

   b) In the Desire World there is neither heat nor cold, forms levitate as well as gravitate; distance and time are nonexistent.

3] The two classifications of the Physical World are the Chemical Region and the Etheric Region. The former is composed of the solids, liquids, and gases. The latter is composed of the chemical ether, the life ether, the light ether, and the reflecting ether.

4] The positive pole of the Chemical Ether manifests in assimilation. The negative pole manifests in excretion.

5] The forces which work along the negative pole of this ether enable the female to bring forth a new being. The forces working along the negative pole of this ether enable the male to produce semen.

6] The forces working along the positive pole of the Light Ether generate blood heat in the higher species of animal and man, and also circulate blood in cold-blooded animals and juices in plants.

   The forces working along the negative pole operate through the senses of sight, feeling, hearing, tasting, and smelling. This ether is responsible for the color in all kingdoms in nature.

7] This ether is called reflecting because it contains only a reflection of the true pictures in the real Memory of Nature.


Lesson 1: The Visible and Invisible Worlds:
The Seven Worlds
The Seven Subdivisions
The Two General Classifications
The Chemical Ether
The Life Ether
The Light Ether
The Reflecting Ether
Lesson 2: The Desire World:
Nature of the Desire World
Forces Operative In The Desire World
Manner of Operation of The Twin Forces
The Principle of Emphasizing The Good
Purgatory
The Borderland
The First Heaven
Lesson 3: The World of Thought:
Nature of The Thought World Thought Force
The Archetype
Thought Forms
Matter a Reflection of Spirit
Relation of The Worlds
Correlation of The Earth to Other Planets and Other Solar Systems
Lesson 4: The Four Kingdoms:
Differences In The Kingdoms
The Basis of Growth
The Vital Body
Relation of Dense and Vital Bodies
Separation of Vital and Dense Bodies
The Source of Vital Force
The Vital Body and Health
Lesson 5: The Four Kingdoms [continued]:
Substance of the Desire World
Man's Desire Body
Differences Between Animal and Man
The Nature of Group Spirits
Wisdom of the Group Spirit
Relation of the Kingdoms to the Earth's Life Currents as Symbolized by the Cross
Requisites for the Expression of an Individual Ego
Lesson 6: Man and His Bodies:
The Four Ethers
Building of the Vital Body
Restoration During Sleep
Arrangement of Chemical and Life Ether Atoms
Nature of Light and Reflecting Ether Atoms
The Soul Body
The Invisible Helper
Lesson 7: Man and His Bodies [continued]:
The Purpose of Desire
Composition of the Desire Body
Centers of Perception
Results of Action of Desire Body
The Nature of the Mind
Importance of the Mind
The Dangers of Intellect
Lesson 8: The Method of Evolution:
Relation of Man to the Denser Worlds
Divisions of the Spirit
Formation of Ideas
Action of the Mind
Kinds of Memory
Activities During Sleep
The Work of the Spirit
Lesson 9: The Method of Evolution [continued]:
The Seed Atoms and the Silver Cord
The Panorama
Purgatory
The Borderland
The First Heaven
The Second Heaven
The Third Heaven
Lesson 10: The Method of Evolution [continued]:
Selection of Material for New Bodies
Formation of the New Bodies
Epigenesis
Faculties of the Child
Birth of the Higher Vehicles
The Blood the Vehicle of the Ego
The Life Cycle
Lesson 11: Rebirth and Consequence:
Theories Regarding Life and Death
The Spiral Path of Evolution
Justice A Factor In the Laws of Rebirth and Consequence
Heredity and Genius
The Laws of Attraction and Association
Astrological Phase of the Twin Laws
Wine As a Factor in Evolution
Lesson 12: Acquiring First Hand Knowledge:
Instruments of the Ego
Methods of Spiritual Endeavor
The Value of Prayer
Clairvoyance
Spiritual Exercises
Spiritual Teachers
Initiation

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