Sanctum Ritual number 3 for Plane 4
Salutes in omnibus punctis trianguli!
Beloved Members of the Esoteric Hierarchy:
It is appropriate at this time that we endeavor to reduce some of our study to personal experiences and demonstration. In one of our recent monographs it was explained that mysticism is not opposed to experience; rather, it is equally concerned with experience as are philosophy and science. In fact, mysticism and experience are synonymous. Without a special kind of experience we could never be a mystic. However, on this occasion we want to illustrate and demonstrate these principles.
To prepare for this exercise and demonstration, certain simple things must be obtained in advance as follows:
1. See the printed strips of squares included with this ritual. Cut them so that each of the squares is separate.
2. Have a pen handy to use when instructed to do so in this sanctum exercise.
3. Also have a small scratch pad or extra sheet of paper to write upon.
1. Place two candles on your sanctum altar or telesterion—one on either side of the altar and in line with each other. Light them before proceeding with this ritual exercise.
2. At the same time your candles are lighted, if possible also ignite the incense, all of which is conducive to the proper atmosphere for the exercise in which you are to participate.
3. To dignify the occasion and to be aware of its ritualistic significance, place upon your person your Membership Apron, the symbolism of which you are familiar with.
4 . Place the little squares which you have cut from the strips on your sanctum altar in a little pile.
5. Be seated directly in front of your sanctum altar.
ILLUMINATUS: (Throughout the ritual you will be referred to as Illuminatus. You will be addressed by the Master-this alludes to the sanctum master as though he were an actual physical presence.)
Lighting: The lighting in your room should not be intense or harsh. There should be just soft light to read by, allowing the candlelight to be the principal source of illumination.
ILLUMINATUS: (Be comfortably seated in front of your altar and read):
MASTER: Beloved Illuminatus, what has been your mission in life? To what end have you directed your life? Have you been solely motivated by the compulsion of circumstances or have you felt the need to fulfill a definite purpose? Be it known, Illuminatus, that neither a course in life nor an ultimate objective is decreed for us by any cosmic cause. We have been endowed with the faculty and innate power to perceive, conceive, and manifest our own mission in life. It is our responsibility.
Each day, no matter what ideal we may have set for ourselves, we see it, find it challenged by some events that arise and which appear as an obstacle and seem to thwart it. Yet there are those who have never even formulated a personal mission in life. They have never combined their intelligence, reason, imagination, experience, and knowledge to form a transcendent mental image toward which they might direct their personal lives.
In the monographs that you have been recently studying there was a sketch of the different basic types of human minds and the way that man thinks. You were told that the philosophical mind seeks to relegate all knowledge to a comprehensible order. Such a mind is troubled at times by the segregation of the experiences had. It is not content to allow the phenomena which it perceives to figuratively remain separate, isolated, and not related to all else.
Such separateness of experience suggests to the philosophical mind chaos and confusion. Consequently, that type of mind deductively conceives a pattern, an order into which all experiences, the things known, may be placed in a comprehensible arrangement. This philosophical mind not only wants to give unity to the universe and to human experience, but to show a progressive development, a causal connection between all that occurs and that man experiences.
Now, Beloved Illuminatus, I wish you to meditate upon the principal incidents of your life as far back as memory can recall. What events, experiences in your childhood left definite impressions upon your mind? What in your youth, your maturity, your later life had an impact upon your thinking? What changes did these bring about in your understanding of, for example, birth, life, death, of divinity, of mankind, of the universe, of society? These ideas, these experiences, are building blocks from which one may construct a personal conception as to his mission in life.
As you meditate and one idea after another is recalled as having had an effect upon your mental attitude, write the idea down on one of the paper squares. Make your notes brief so that just one or two words appear on each square, which will symbolize that event and the emotion and psychic response it aroused in your life.
Continue to meditate until each of the little squares has been written upon.
ILLUMINATUS: (Take as much time as you believe necessary reviewing, as it were, your life, and then write as directed on each of the squares. Try to complete the entire twelve.)
MASTER: Now Illuminatus, look at each of the squares upon which you have written. See if you can arrange them into an order of value. What did each square at the time contribute to your life? Which ones are negative in the effects they had? Which ones positive, that is, apparently advantageous to you at the time?
Lay all the negative ones in one row. Next, put all the ones you consider positive in a separate row above the negative row.
ILLUMINATUS: (Kindly do as directed.)
MASTER: Beloved Illuminatus kindly now look at the positive squares. Can you put them into an order, an arrangement whereby each would seem like a link in a chain, that is, one seeming to have a contributing value or adding something of importance to the other?
ILLUMINATUS: (Please endeavor to make such an arrangement even though one incident or event may have been of a later period. They are all experiences you have had regardless of their time sequence.)
MASTER: Beloved Illuminatus, now kindly examine the negative squares. Place those that you think detrimentally affected any of the positive events of your life directly above the positive square to which they seem related.
Now think as you examine these positive squares with the negative one placed directly above them. What did you do at the time when there was this conflict of circumstances, that is, when the negative incident opposed the positive? How did that particular combination of affairs shape your plan of action? Did it favorably or unfavorably influence what you expected from life, what you thought life should mean to you?
ILLUMINATUS: (Seriously reflect, rationally and philosophically, upon these matters. Can you organize these events, positive and negative, in such a manner that if they were to occur again you might draw a conclusion, an idea from them that would differ in its effect upon your life?)
MASTER: "We have said that mysticism is also a matter of experience. However, the mystical mind, unlike the philosophical and rational minds, draws its experiences also from a higher level of consciousness. It does not exclusively perceive circumstances objectively or even subjectively, but rather subconsciously as well. The mystical mind resorts to the superior judgment of the intuitive consciousness that pervades it.
You should now seek a mystical experience in the form of inner impulses from Self. This should relate how your past experiences, both negative and positive, which you have outlined before you, may be integrated into a plan to form perhaps an inspirational idea for a more beneficial and happy life here and now. You must realize that no experience is valueless, even those you have designated as negative. It is just as darkness creates a greater appreciation of light and what it may afford.
Therefore, mystically, intuition should accomplish for you what past reasoning about this relationship of incidents and events may not have accomplished. Further, the illumination may reveal to you that certain incidents which you have indicated as being negative did in fact have a positive effect on your life-perhaps being the cause of other events more fortuitous that followed from them.
Now separate your feet. Next, place the thumb and first two fingers of your right hand upon each combination of positive and negative squares that you have arranged one combination at a time, of course.
This done, close your eyes. Think for a few moments of each of the positive and negative incidents indicated beneath those fingers. Do not attempt an analysis of them. Then dismiss the thought of them and remain passive for a few moments until some related impression comes to you. Then, finally, briefly write that impression upon your little note pad. Repeat this exercise until you have meditated upon each of the combinations which you have arranged.
ILLUMINATUS: (Please follow the instructions closely. The placing of the finger tips upon each of the squares is principally to help you focalize your consciousness upon a single combination at a time.)
MASTER: Now examine the notes on your pad. Can you determine from them a future course of action to follow, a plan, a method for the improvement of your life-beginning now?
ILLUMINATUS: (This concludes this sanctum ritual and demonstration, though, of course, you may repeat it at any other time. Now kindly rise and face your sanctum, make the Sign of the Cross, and then read the following aloud): May the God of my Heart and the Cosmic Intelligence with which I have been endowed give me that clarity of inner and outer wisdom that I may direct my life in accordance with the guidance given to me. So Mote It Be!
MASTER: Now extinguish your candles.
ILLUMINATUS: (Your report on this sanctum exercise and ritual will be appreciated.)
Sincerely and fraternally,
YOUR CLASS MASTER