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Light, Illumination, and the Law of Change: From “The Sanctuary of Self” – Rosicrucian Order Library, Part 2 of 2

2021-06-12
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Let us now continue with a reading of the next Chapter VII in “The Sanctuary of Self” by Frater Ralph M. Lewis, entitled, “Death – The Law of Change.”

“Why do most men fear death? Is it not because they dislike to relinquish the pleasures, the joys, the rewards, the power, fame and position, they have attained in life? But if they fear to relinquish these things, if they fear that death will rob them of these pleasures, they must also realize that death will deny them pain, deny them worry, grief and strife, for if death checks one experience in life, it will check all of them.” “Let us consider death as being like the act of crossing the threshold into another room. When the chamber that we are in becomes crowded and no longer is able to serve our purposes, and the door is flung open and we see through the portal the room for further expression, why should we hesitate to avail ourselves of it, especially when it affords an opportunity which the crowded chamber of the present may not? The soul of man is of the one Universal Soul, the Intelligence of God, which flows as a spiritual efficacy through all men alike.”

“At death, or that transition which separates the body and the spiritual qualities or soul forces of man, what happens then to the psychic body? The soul, of course, is drawn into the Universal Soul from which it was never detached.” “The psychic body, or self of a human, is only absorbed into the Universal Soul. It is not lost. Rather, it harmonizes with all of the personalities and the psychic bodies that go to make the one Cosmic Soul.” “Just prior to the last breath, on the occasion of transition, the psychic body projects itself; that is, it seems to extend a few feet from the physical body. It is not liberated. It still is bound to the physical body by the silver cord (a traditional mystical term for that essence of the psychic body which remains attached to the living physical body). The greatest essence of the psychic body at such a time can be sensed, or rather, I should say, perceived as a cloud or haze. Sometimes it is in the form of an oval, from an end of which there is seen to descend this silver cord as a kind of spiral or vapor. The smallest end of the spiral appears to enter the body at the solar plexus.”

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