Saturday. Every esoteric makes progress if he does his
exercises with the proper perseverance and intensity. If he
doesn't progress it's because he doesn't pay enough attention to what
comes from the spiritual world. This is very intimate and subtle. One
must immerse oneself entirely in the words that are given as
exercises, everything else must not be there for the meditator,
he must be as if removed from his physical body. He must only be
aware of his I. At the end of meditation the content of the
same must be extinguished, and only the waking I must be there with
an empty content. These are the most productive moments, in which the
spiritual world can flow into the meditator. Or else during the day
one suddenly has the feeling that something is flitting by, so that
one knows that something from the spiritual world was just
there. Then a feeling of deep piety takes hold of one.
content of what flows to a meditator when he empties himself of the
after-effects of the meditation depends upon merit. It'll never
be the same from one time to the next. This content depends on our
morality, love of truth and on how we've lived and been since the
last meditation. If we weren't entirely truthful or if we let anger
and aggravation arise in us, then nothing from the spiritual world
can stream into us. We get what we deserve. If we trace these things
back attentively we'll always find the reason why we weren't blessed
with the spirit in some lie, in a surging up of anger or the
who knows nothing about theosophy says the Lord's prayer or some other
one, he easily gets a warm feeling or one of warm piety, but this
comes from his personal feelings. When an esoteric prays he will
first have a cold feeling; he shouldn't bring anything personal
into his prayer, he must only let the spiritual content of the same
work. Inner, real warmth then comes from the spiritual world and not
from his personal life.
one occupies oneself with an object that one has chosen for
concentration every day — the first subsidiary
exercise — connects one thought after another with it, then if
one lets 15 minutes pass without plunging back into daily activities,
after months of serious exercising one will feel as if something was
coming into the head or brain, as if the etheric body was coming back
into the brain in waves. In the second subsidiary exercise,
initiative action, in which one exerts one's will in some activity at
particular times, after the exercise one will gradually feel as
if one had been active in one's etheric body; one has the feeling: I
felt myself in my etheric body. Then a feeling of deep reverence and
piety moves into the meditator's soul.
the third subsidiary exercise — harmony between joy and
sorrow — we're supposed to find our way into all
happenings and fit ourselves into them. Our etheric body will then
gradually expand into heavenly distances. Then we won't feel that
we're in our body and the whole world is around us, but we feel that
our body is spread out into the whole periphery. We feel expanded and
poured into spiritual worlds. One feels and knows that one is
in the spiritual world.
three subsidiary exercises we experience the two first lines of
our rosicrucian verse — how we were entirely embedded in
divine-spiritual forces and came down from them, and how in the third
exercise we pour ourselves into the spiritual world, into the Christ.
For the Christ is in the earth's aura, in the earth's atmosphere now;
we must let him reign in us or as it were next to us.
fourth exercise, positivity ...
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Per Spiritum Sanctum reviviscimus.
Just as we
walk over a meadow with blue and red flowers and we know that they're
blue and red, so we'll get to the point where we experience the
truth in our rosicrucian verse:
In Christo morimur
Per Spiritum Sanctum reviviscimus.
the spirit lay the germ of my body ...