Sanctum Ritual number 4 for Plane 4
Salutes in omnibus punctis trianguli!
Beloved Members of the Esoteric Hierarchy:
It is our pleasure to send to you another Sanctum Ritual-Exercise. The performance of this Ritual-Exercise will make more intimate the principles we have been studying in the recent monographs of Plane Four. You are asked to kindly arrange to perform this Ritual-Exercise at your earliest convenience. We would then, of course, appreciate a report from you on what success you may have had with it. You are privileged to perform this Ritual-Exercise on several occasions if you so desire.
You will note below the simple accouterment required for the ritual, and the manner in which the Sanctum is to be arranged:
1. Three candles for your Sanctum
2. Soft appropriate background music if desired
3. A note pad and pencil conveniently located
1. Light the candles before proceeding with the ritual demonstration. Place them in the usual manner on your Sanctum.
2. Play appropriate music softly, if you wish, so as not to disturb you or others.
3. Place the pencil and paper close at hand by the sanctum altar.
4. Have sufficient light to read by; however, avoid having the room brilliantly lighted as this can be distracting.
5. For the best results you should have quiet and, of course, privacy.
One of the basic mystical concepts is the belief in the unity of reality. This is the doctrine that there is a substratum beneath all the myriad manifestations which we perceive in nature. Regardless of the variation of natural phenomena, whether it be animate or inanimate, there is an underlying whole substance which has no diversity. In other words, mystically it is held that there is a single substance out of which arise the variations of phenomena which we experience. Simply, this substratum can express itself in different forms such as we see in the things of our world, but nevertheless at the bottom they consist of the same virgin substance.
This is commonly called unity. From the semantic and philosophical viewpoint, the word "unity, " however, upon analysis does not apply to this doctrine. It is because unity is the bringing together of separate parts so as to constitute, or to appear as, one. That which is truly one in itself, therefore, is not a unity--it has not integrated formerly separate parts. We cannot, therefore, logically say that there is a unity in diversity because we conceive the underlying substance or reality not to be diverse in its nature.
We may use a simple analogy to better delineate this subject. The musical scale has a mathematical periodicity. The pitch rises as we advance along the octaves. The vibrations of each note are different. Yet all that are audible are nevertheless sounds; in other words, they consist of the same physical quality of which all sound is. So, then, as Rosicrucians we declare that beneath all perceivable phenomena there is spirit which is innately unchangeable and accounts for the immutable oneness of all reality. We take the position that everything ultimately, if it were in man's power to do so, could be reduced to this single substratum. In fact, even academic science is speculating that we can reduce matter much further to an infinite number of subparticles and to the point where we will approach the theoretical cosmic stream of energy from which all arises.
Man himself is an example of the common error of thinking of his nature as being a multiplicity instead of a oneness. We, of course, in our monographs, do refer to the dual being of man. This terminology we perhaps adopted to make more distinct the two quite different kinds of phenomena which are so evident in man. We speak of body and soul as a dichotomy of human nature. There is also, then, the common reference to brain and mind. However, it would be far more preferable to say that there are different functions rather than substances of man's being, or rather to call them attributes of the one whole of which man consists.
This notion of an absolute duality in man is suggested by what appears to be the extreme differences in the phenomena which he manifests. The psychic, the emotional, the rational, and the intuitive functions ot man are certainly dependent upon, it not derived from, his physical organism, or body.
One class of phenomena, we think of as material, and the other, by its contrastate, as immaterial. The immaterial, being principally invisible, is something felt and not seen. Having no weight or measurable content, it was, in an early time of man's intellectual growth, attributed to the supernatural. Consequently, it was then given an elevated eminence. The immaterial phenomena were associated with the spiritual, the divine.
Conversely the body was demeaned by man as a corruptible substance emanating from a source of lesser eminence. The body, as well as most all matter, seems pliable in the hands of man, whereas the immaterial attributes of man appear to transcend his personal powers and his ability to alter their nature in any way. It was this fact that seemed to further relate these attributes to the immutable, divine, or spiritual state.
But in comparatively recent years we have learned considerably more about the nature of man. The ancient Greeks once thought that the faculty of reason was of the soul, a divine quality not related to the organic structure of man. Now we know how the brain and nervous system substantially contribute to the function of reason, and even that which we call mind. We do not deny that there is a kind of superconsciousness pervading each cell of our being and having an inherent intelligence, but even this consciousness is part of the whole stream of consciousness pervading man.
Further, the physical body is just as much a part of a cosmic source as that which we call divine or term "the soul." After all, man is not the originator of his body and his functions--these stem from the same ubiquitous infinite cosmic essence as do those which we designate as "the spiritual." All of the phenomena are of the One and are diverse only in their operation and manifestation. After all, the psychic is but another name for the subliminal powers of man--that is, those that lie behind or beneath what we term "the objective." It is man who, for example, has divided into categories the stream of his consciousness and its phenomena into, for example, objective, subjective, subconscious, and numerous other terms. The fact that man has divided the phenomena into different categories does not alter the fact that they emerge from the same source just as all colors are of the one phenomenon of wavelengths of visible light.
The operation of the brain is electrical in nature. "At any instant millions or billions of its neurons may be opening or closing their electrically activated switches. They send currents along those circuits of neurons (nerve cells) to be detected." These electrical currents have been measured by sophisticated instruments. Human brain waves were first discovered in 1924 by Hans Berger of the University of Jena, Germany. Small metal strips were attached to the scalps of subjects.
Wires running from the strips were then affixed to a sensitive galvanometer. This instrument measured tiny electrical impulses flowing from the subject's scalp. Each electrical impulse was a few hundred-thousandths of a volt. The impulse was not constant, it would wax and wane.
These variations were registered photographically on a roll of paper which was pulled by the instrument. The wiggly, wavy lines appearing on the paper were studied and given the name brain waves. Of importance, it was found varying states of mind of the subject changed the form of the wavy lines. Here, then, was mind affecting matter, or we can say these changing electrical impulses of brain produced visible patterns of themselves.
In 1934 more serious and elaborate study of these brain waves became possible with the invention of the vacuum tube amplifier. The greater amplification made the tiny electrical impulses more reliably registered. This research resulted in the sophisticated instrument known as the electroencephalograph (EEG) used extensively in hospitals, clinics, and institutions for psychological and neurological research.
One of the first observations was that the electrical patterns, the brain waves, changed noticeably when the subject was awake, drowsy, or asleep. Different states or moods of the subject produced consistently the same patterns. These different patterns or waves were categorized by the names of the letters of the Greek alphabet, such as alpha, beta, and gamma.
How the brain is a vital factor in producing much of what we have been accustomed to relate to the psychic has been demonstrated by modern research. The brain is known to consist of two hemispheres. The right hemisphere controls the left side of the body. The following functions or distinct attributes of the right side of the brain are music, intuition, fantasy, orientation in space, spirituality, and art.
The left hemisphere controls the right side of the body. The attributes of the left side of the brain are mathematics, logic, science, language, analytical thinking, and reason. Have you often wondered why some persons seem to excel in mathematics or music or languages? It may partially be genetic, that is, an inheritance in the genes, but it may also be for some reason which is not quite fully understood--a particular development of the association areas and the complex of neurons in the hemisphere of the brain where that faculty functions.
There is another definite example of the relationship of electrical impulses of the brain's neurons to memory and to ideation, or the formation of ideas. In neurological research, while a patient was anesthetized, electrodes were inserted through the cortex into certain areas of the brain. The patient did not lose consciousness and was therefore able to carry on conversation with the physicians. Mild electrical currents of low potency were transmitted to the electrodes in the brain. These then apparently stimulated the brain neurons in an adjacent area. In most of the experiments the patient had a recall of past visual or auditory images.
"One woman heard the voice of her small son in the yard outside her kitchen, accompanied by the neighborhood sounds of honking autos, barking dogs and shouting youngsters." "Another patient heard the singing of a Christmas song in her church at home in Holland. She seemed to be in the church, and was moved again by the beauty of the occasion, just as she had been on the Christmas Eve years earlier." These experiments indicated that many impressions are retained in the neurons similarly to the way impressions registered on a video tape can be played back when desired. The electrical impulses stimulated these areas in the brain and released previously registered impressions in their entirety.
The researchers reported that the memory impressions recalled by such stimulation always followed a line of continuity; in other words, they never retrogressed to the beginning but followed through to a sequential ending. However, if the electrodes were withdrawn from the brain and then reinserted later, the sequence began again at its beginning with a complete recurrence of the recalled visual or auditory images.
Now all of this leads us to the exercise which we are to perform. Can we stimulate one hemisphere of the brain and its images so as to quicken them or perfect them? In other words, can we activate our intuition, reason, fantasy, or spirituality, for example?
We have been told that man since his childhood ordinarily suppresses his intuitive faculty by his schooling and worldly experience which have emphasized that preference be given to the objective side of the mind. Consequently, the intuitive aspect of self with most persons is really dormant or is only awakened with great effort. However, with other persons the intuition is normally quite active. In such cases it is perhaps due to that particular hemisphere of the brain being internally more stimulated.
Place yourself in a comfortable and relaxed position before your sanctum altar. Next, intone the vowels RA and MA, each three times, softly. This is done to help create a proper sanctum atmosphere and to stimulate your psychic senses and their energies.
Now determine which would be the most effective in reaching a solution to, for example, a problem or to arrive at a creative idea necessary for some purpose. Which would be most effective with you reason or intuition? You begin by giving careful thought to the project about which you wish enlightenment. Then you shall take recourse to reason. Remember that the left hemisphere of your brain is the one in which the faculty of reason principally functions. However, it is stated that the right hemisphere controls the left side of the body and its functions.
Consequently, you must excite the right hemisphere so that it will stimulate the left side of the body and the left hemisphere which controls certain faculties. To accomplish this, you will therefore kindly separate your feet and take a deep breath, increasing the Vital Life Force, and then while holding your breath bring together the thumb and first two fingers of the right hand. Now press the tips of these three fingers of the right hand against your right temple.
While the fingers are pressed firmly but comfortably against the right temple, hold the breath as long as possible, and then exhale slowly. In doing this the extra energy that flows from the radial nerves of the three fingers passes into the temple area of the right hemisphere and has its stimulating effect transferred to the left side of the body and the left hemisphere of the brain with its faculty of reason.
As you are doing the breathing exercise (four or five times) hold in mind the particular problem about which you are concerned. Think about it in detail. Try to reduce the problem to its simplest terms. Analyze it so as to endeavor to arrive at a solution. Have your pencil and paper handy and jot down any ideas that now arise in your consciousness as a result of your reasoning while doing this exercise.
If you are not satisfied with the results received, then take recourse to the psychic faculty of intuition. This faculty has its principal center, you will recall, in the right hemisphere of
the brain, and, as previously said, the right hemisphere has control over the left side of the body and its powers. Therefore you must endeavor to first excite the left side of the brain so the faculty of intuition will be quickened.
This time you will again resort to deep breathing but you wilt bring together the thumb and first two fingers of your left hand and press them against the left temple. Inhale and exhale several times slowly.
Again keep in mind your problem or the subject about which you are concerned, but this time do not try to analyze it but think of it in a general way, having the sincere desire, however, for knowledge of how to cope with it.
Keep your eyes closed and try to force all other impressions and ideas from consciousness. Wait until you feel a surge of exaltation accompanied by some idea that may flash into consciousness, and immediately write it down.
In conclusion, compare what you wrote as a result of the exercise with the left hemisphere with that obtained from the right-which seems more effective and beneficial to you, that from reason or intuition?
If you have a propensity toward, for example, music, logic, mathematics, spiritual matters, or some other faculty whose principal seat is in either the right or left hemisphere, then try this exercise to quicken that faculty. What we are trying to do is to have you use the radiant psychic force of your being to stimulate the neuron chains in the hemispheres of your brain where these faculties have their seat.
In conclusion, sit quietly in meditation before your lighted candles for a few minutes after completing the exercise, thinking of the marvelous cosmic mechanism with which you have been endowed.
We will indeed appreciate, as said, having your report on the results of this Ritual-Exercise at your convenience.
Sincerely and fraternally,
YOUR CLASS MASTER