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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. 9
The Method of Evolution (Continued)

1] The Seed Atoms and the Silver Cord:

   At death the higher vehicles--vital body, desire body, and mind--are seen to leave the dense body with a spiral movement, but are still connected with it by a slender, glistening, silvery cord shaped much like two figure sixes reversed. This cord is composed of ether, desire stuff and mind stuff, being fastened to the dense seed atom in the heart, to the seed atom of the vital body in the solar plexus, to the seed atom of the desire body in the liver, and to the seed atom of the mind in the frontal sinus at the root of the nose. During life the seed atom of the dense body is situated in the left ventricle of the heart, near the apex. At death the forces of this atom rise to the brain by way of the pneumo-gastric nerve.

Question 1:

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Describe briefly what takes place at death. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 97-100.)

2] The Panorama:

   When the silver cord is loosened in the heart a time of vital importance comes to the Ego. The whole of his past life passes before his sight like a panorama, the events being presented in reverse order. This record is etched into the desire body, providing the basis for the purgatorial existence.

Question 2:

Explain why the dying should be kept in an undisturbed condition. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 101-102.)

3] Purgatory:

   After death the collapse of the vital body terminates the panorama and forces the man to withdraw in the Desire World. If the dying man could leave all his desires behind him, the desire body would very quickly fall away from him, leaving him free to proceed into the heaven world, but unfortunately, in most cases his interest and desires bind him to the Desire World.

Question 3:

Describe briefly what takes place in Purgatory. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 103-112.)

4] The Borderland:

   The region located between Purgatory and the First Heaven is called the Borderland, which is neither Heaven nor Hell.

Question 4:

What type of people are found in the Borderland? (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 112-113.)

5] The First Heaven:

   When the purgatorial existence is over the purified spirit rises into the First Heaven, which is a place of joy without a single drop of bitterness.

Question 5:

Describe briefly the Ego's experience in the First Heaven. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 113-121.)

6] The Second Heaven:

   From the First Heaven man, leaving the desire body behind, enters the Second Heaven, clad in the sheath of mind containing the three seed atoms with the quintessence of the three discarded vehicles.

Question 6:

Describe briefly the Ego's work in the Second Heaven. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 121-129.)

7] The Third Heaven:

   Having assimilated the fruits of the last life, the Spirit ascends into the Third Heaven for a period of rest and strengthening. After a time there comes a desire for new experiences, and a new birth is contemplated. Panoramas of the different lives offered are shown by the Recording Angels and the Ego makes its choice.

Question 7:

What is the purpose of rebirth? (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 129-133.)

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Answers to Lesson No. 6:

1] The names of man's four bodies are: Dense or physical body, vital body, desire body and mind or mental body.

  The dense body is correlated to the chemical region of the Physical World.

  The vital body is correlated to the etheric region of the Physical World.

  The desire Body is correlated to the Desire World.

  The mind or mental body is correlated to the concrete thought region of the World of Thought.

2] The Human Spirit power is correlated to the abstract thought region of the World of Thought.

  The Life Spirit power is correlated to the World of Life Spirit.

  The Divine Spirit power is correlated to the World of Divine Spirit.

3] From its specialized portion of the Region of Abstract Thought the Ego views the impressions made by the outer world upon the vital body through the senses, together with the feelings and emotions generated by them in the desire body and mirrored in the mind. From these mental images we form our ideas.


    1] It may be projected against the desire body in an endeavor to arouse feeling which will lead to immediate action.

    2] Where no immediate action is called for, the image may be projected directly against the reflecting ether for future use.

    3] The image may be projected toward another mind to act as suggestion, to carry information, etc.

5] The conscious memory is the result of sense perceptions and to which we have conscious access. The subconscious memory is made by means of the etheric record. These are the pictures that have been inspired and transmitted to the blood and thence to the negative atoms of the vital body. The superconscious memory is the record of past lives engraved on the Life Spirit.

6] When the desire body does not fully withdraw from the dense and vital bodies the axis of perception is askew and the recuperation which results from the restoration of rhythmic harmony in the desire body in the Desire World is prevented.

7] The Divine Spirit works on the dense body to bring the Conscious Soul into being; the Life Spirit upon the vital body to produce the Intellectual soul, the Human Spirit upon the desire body to produce the Emotional Soul. The addition of this threefold soul, or pabulum, in turn enhances the consciousness of the threefold 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
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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