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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. 11
Rebirth and Consequence

1] Theories Regarding Life and Death:

   Only three theories worthy of note have ever been brought forth to solve the riddle of life and death. Of these, the doctrine of rebirth is revealed by careful analysis to be the most sensible and logical. As evolution is a process of growth or development which is the result of the experiences of man, one short span of life is not sufficient to bring him to a state of perfection where no further experiences are necessary. It requires many lives to reach this high state of attainment. Life is in reality a school of experience wherein some have made much more rapid progress than others, and this fact accounts for the inequality in people and their various stations in the world.

   The fact that man does not remember his former life is not an argument against this theory. We are all aware that we can only remember the principal events in our present life. It is well known that many of the great thinkers and writers of all ages understood, accepted, and taught evolution through rebirth. A few examples of the works which illustrate this are as follows: Wordsworth's "Ode on Intimations of Immortality"; Goethe's "Faust"; John Masefield's (Poet Laureate of England) "My Creed"; Rosetti's "I Have Been Here Before"; Oliver Wendell Holmes' "The Chambered Nautilus." Bible references are found on pages 169 to 172 inclusive in The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception.

Question 1:

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Give a brief summary of the three main theories brought forth to solve the riddle of life and death. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, page 148.)

2] The Spiral Path of Evolution:

   Occult science teaches that all life evolves on a spiral path. Each loop of the spiral is a cycle. Each cycle merges into the next, as the loops of the spiral are continuous, each cycle being the improved product of those preceding it and the creator of those more developed states which succeed it.

Question 2:

Give facts to support the idea that the path of evolution is a spiral. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 151-153.)

3] Justice A Factor In the Laws of Rebirth and Consequence:

   After careful analysis it will be found that the twin laws are entirely just, as well as logical.

Question 3:

Explain briefly how these laws satisfy a sense of justice. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, page 153-155.)

4] Heredity and Genius:

   Without occult science much must be attributed to heredity. The occultists have demonstrated, however, that heredity applies only to the physical body and not to the moral or intellectual attainments. These are acquired in proportion to the use we have made of our opportunities in previous lives.

Question 4:

What is genius and how is it acquired? (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, page 155.)

5] The Laws of Attraction and Association:

   During the Ego's earth lives many relations have been established with various people. These relations were pleasant or otherwise, involving on the one hand mutually profitable associations as friends or relatives; or on the other hand obligations not liquidated, or injuries unatoned with the consequent feeling of a strong tie between the injured and his enemy. An exact adjustment of accounts must eventually be made.

Question 5:

Why are we reborn into certain families and environments? (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 156-158.)

6] Astrological Phase of the Twin Laws:

   The laws of Rebirth and Consequence are connected with the motion of the cosmic bodies, the Sun, the planets, and the signs of the zodiac. All move in harmony with these laws, guided in their orbits by their indwelling spiritual Intelligences--the Planetary Spirits.

Question 6:

Explain briefly how Astrology correlates with the operation of the Laws of Rebirth and Consequence. (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, 156-165.)

7] Wine As a Factor in Evolution:

   The great Leaders of humanity take everything into consideration, the food of man included. This has a great deal to do with his development.

Question 7:

What purpose has the use of alcoholic liquor served in our evolution? (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-Conception, pages 165-172.)

Course Study Resources Study Quiz #1 E-mail your answers to us.

Answers to Lesson No. 10

1] The qualities inherent in the seed atom determine the kind of material attracted for the new bodies.

2] The material attracted by the seed atom of the mind forms itself into a bell-shaped figure, open at the bottom and with the seed atom at the top. This sinks into the next lower subdivison of the Region of Concrete Thought and takes from that its proper quota of matter. When it has passed through the four subdivisons the forces of the seed atom of the desire body are awakened. It places itself at the top of the bell, inside, and attracts material from the different regions of the Desire World as it descends. The seed atom of the vital body is next aroused into activity, and the material attracted is built into the new vital body under the direction of the Recording Angels.

3] Epigenesis is the ability of the Ego to inaugurate something entirely new - to set new causes into operation.

4] During early years the child has only the negative faculties of excretion, passive sense-perception, etc., active, while the positive faculties of assimilation, circulation of the blood, etc., are taken care of by the macrocosmic vital and desire bodies.

5] The vital body is born at the age of 7; the desire body at 14; the mind at 21.

6] The blood is the direct vehicle of the Ego, the means by which the Ego expresses itself in the physical world.

7] Seven years after physical birth the vital body is born; at 14 the desire body is born; and at 21 the mind is born. At 28 serious life begins; at 35 the prime of life; at 42 the change of life; at 49 the prime of mentality. After death the Ego passes through Purgatory, the First Heaven, the Second Heaven, and the Third Heaven, reaping the fruits of the past life and preparing for the next physical incarnation. It then descends through the Region of Abstract Thought, the Region of Concrete Thought, the Desire World, and the Etheric Region, attracting material for its new bodies. It is then ready for rebirth into the physical world.

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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