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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. 7
Man and His Bodies [continued]
The Desire Body and the Mind

1] The Purpose of Desire:

   Minerals and plants have no motive or incentive to action due to the absence of a separate desire body, which is the vehicle that expresses desire and emotion. Man's individual desire body is responsible for all his actions, good, bad or indifferent; it comes into active manifestation at about the age of 14 years. Some oriental philosophers instruct their pupils to kill out desire, but that temper, which is a great menace when it gains control, becomes a power for much spiritual growth under proper guidance. We would not for one moment think of taking the temper out of steel; similarly, the temper of the desire body must not be killed, but controlled.

Question 1:

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What purpose does the desire body serve? (Review The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 64-86.)

Composition of the Desire Body:

   The desire body of most human beings is composed of material from all the regions of the Desire World..... As man progresses in the school of life .... experience teaches him to live more in harmony with the laws of nature, and his desires become purer and better. Thus by degrees the material of his desire body undergoes a corresponding change.

2] Centers of Perception:

   The desire body is the principal field of operation for the voluntary nervous system and muscles, through which all activity takes place. It has no sense organs, but has centers of perception through which the clairvoyant contacts and gains knowledge of the desire world. These are located at the pineal gland, the pituitary body, the larynx, the liver, the sex organs, and the knees. The seed atom of the desire body is in the liver, where the great central vortex of desire is located.

Question 2:

What is the function of the centers of perception in the desire body? (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 67-68.)

3] Results of Action of Desire Body:

   The activities of the desire body during waking hours are constantly breaking down the tissue of the dense body. Those who have given the matter study are familiar with the havoc which an emotional upset may have on the physical body. Fear, worry, anger, etc., derange digestion, interfere with the metabolic changes and elimination of waste, and in short, upset the whole system. The effect upon our spiritual well-being is perhaps even more undesirable, no one being able to make spiritual progress until he has in a measure learned to transmute his desires and emotions.

Question 3:

Why is it necessary to master our desire body?

4] The Nature of the Mind:

   The mind is now in the first or mineral stage of its evolution. It is not yet formed into a body, but is a luminous cloud composed of mind substance which surrounds and interpenetrates the head. It is the focusing point through which the Ego becomes aware of the material universe and uses it for the acquisition of knowledge of that realm; the age of its maturity is 21 years.

Question 4:

Describe the mind. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 75-76.)

5] Importance of the Mind:

   The mind, which is the link between the spirit and the body, is the path or bridge between the Ego and its vehicles--the only means of transmission of soul to spirit. And by means of this bridge the Ego attains self-consciousness in the Physical World.

Question 5:

State the special value of the mind.

6] The Dangers of Intellect:

   The germ of the mind was given to man in the Atlantean Epoch to give purpose to action, but as the Ego was exceedingly weak and the desire nature strong, the nascent mind coalesced with the desire body. The mind is thus bound up in desire; is enmeshed in the selfish lower nature, making it difficult for the Spirit to control the body. The Lucifer Spirits are the instigators of all mental activity, therefore he who follows the intellectual path of development is subject to all the temptation relative to the desire body: pride, envy, greed, lust for power, et cetera.

Question 6:

What important union is necessary before man can attain to the highest development? (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, page 18.)

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Answers to Lesson No. 6:

1] The chemical ether is the avenue for the forces which cause assimilation and excretion; the life ether for the forces which bring about propagation; the light ether for the forces generating blood heat and operating through the senses. The reflecting ether only reflects the real Memory of Nature and is the medium through which thought makes an impression on the human brain.

2] The vital body of a child protrudes farther than that of an adult because the material from which it is made has not yet been all appropriated by the Ego.

3] Sleep is necessary to rid the body of the poisons of decay which clog the physical atoms during waking hours.

4] Our dense body is made alive and capable of motion by the prismatic ether atoms which penetrate the atoms of the dense body.

5] The chemical and life ether atoms are prismatic and stationary, while the light and reflecting ether atoms are volatile and migratory.

6] The soul body is a vehicle composed of the two higher ethers of the vital body.

7] An Invisible Helper is one who has developed the soul body to the extent that he can function in it, consciously or unconsciously.

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
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
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
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
Spiritual Exercises
Spiritual Teachers

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