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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. 4
The Four Kingdoms

1] Differences In The Kingdoms:

   The three worlds of our planet, Physical, Desire, and World of Thought, are at present the field of evolution for a number of different kingdoms of life at various stages of development. Only four of these concern us at present, namely, the mineral, plant, animal, and human kingdoms. These four kingdoms are related to the three worlds in different ways, but the dense bodies of all kingdoms are composed of the same chemical substance-solids, liquids, and gases.

Question 1:

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(a) Briefly compare man with the mineral, the plant, and the animal. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 56-57.)

(b) What is necessary in order to function in any world? (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, page 57.)


2] The Basis of Growth:

   Science has demonstrated the fact that no two atoms touch each other. Each is enclosed in an envelope of ether. Plants, animals, and man all have individual vital bodies, hence are capable of growth. The mineral, having no separate vital body, does not grow.

Question 2:

State the difference in the relation to the Etheric Region of plant, animal, and man. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 58-59.)


3] The Vital Body:

   The vital body of plant, animal, and man extends beyond the periphery of the dense body as the Etheric Region, which is the vital body of a planet, extends beyond its dense part.

Question 3:

Describe briefly the vital body of man. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, page 59-60.)


4] Relation of Dense and Vital Bodies:

   The vital body contains millions of points which enter into the hollow centers of the dense atoms, imbuing them vital force.

Question 4:

The dense body is an exact copy of the vital body, with one exception. What is that exception? (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, page 60.)


5] Separation of Vital and Dense Bodies:

   When a person is drowning, freezing, or falling from a height, the vital body leaves the dense body, the atoms of which become temporarily inert. When anesthetics are used the vital body is partially driven out. This same phenomena may be observed in the case of a materializing medium.

Question 5:

Describe the effects of separating the vital from the dense body. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 61-62.)


6] The Source of Vital Force:

   Vital force is to the nervous system what the force of electricity is to a telegraph system. The Ego, the brain, and the nervous system may be in seemingly perfect order, but if the vital force is lacking to carry the message of the Ego through the nerves to the muscles, the dense body will remain inert.

Question 6:

What is the source of our vital force and how does it gain entrance to the dense body? (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 62-63.)


7] The Vital Body and Health:

   During health the vital body specializes a superabundance of vital force, which, after passing through a dense body, radiates in straight lines in every direction from the periphery thereof.

Question 7:

How do these radiations counteract disease? (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 63-64.)

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Answers to Lesson No. 3:

1] The two main regions of the World of Thought are: Region of Concrete Thought and Region of Abstract Thought.

2] The four divisions of the Region of Concrete Thought are:

    1] Continental Region.
    2] Oceanic Region.
    3] Aerial Region.
    4] Archetypal Region.

3] The Archetypes and forces found in these four regions are:

    1] Archetypes of form.
    2] Archetypes of universal vitality.
    3] Archetypes of desires and emotions.
    4] Archetypal forces and the human mind.

4] The germinal ideas found in these three regions are those of desire and emotion, of life, and of form.

5] The Region of Abstract Thought is reflected in the World of Desire; the World of Life Spirit is reflected in the Etheric Region of the Physical World; the World of Divine Spirit is reflected in the Chemical Region of the Physical World.

6] Let a spherical sponge represent the Chemical Region or dense earth. Sand permeating the sponge and extending a little beyond it represents the Etheric Region. Water immersing the sponge and sand and extending somewhat beyond represents the Desire World. The Thought World is represented by the air in the water, extending to the confines of a spherical glass container in which all are placed.

7] (a) We are correlated to the other planets of our solar system through the World of Life Spirit.

  (b) We are correlated to the other solar systems by the World of Divine Spirit.


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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