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Universal Mind

[An Excerpt from Consciously Creating Circumstances, by George W. Plummer]
 
Thus we see that there is but ONE BASIC CAUSE of all things that are or ever were. We
therefore call it the GREAT FIRST CAUSE. Some call it GOD. Some call it SPIRIT.
Whatever term we use, we remember that it operates through MIND, and, since it
causes all things, UNIVERSAL MIND. Though some people tie this fact up with a
religion or theology, the acceptance of a Universal Mind is imperative from the
standpoint of simple logic alone.

ALL POWER COMES FROM ONE SOURCE TODAY, JUST AS IT DID BEFORE
THE BEGINNING OF “THINGS.”

This great, invisible cause acts through what we term UNIVERSAL MIND—the Intelligence
directing all the forces that produced man and through which man, on a much
smaller scale, produces the various changes in his environment.”

The Healing Ray

[An Excerpt from “Absent Treatment,” by George Winslow Plummer, published in Rosicrucian Healing]

The healing ray operative under absent treatment when legitimately practiced and applied, is a directive ray. That is, it has a definite objective upon which it is focused. […] The student may enquire just what part the astral world plays in the transmission of the healing ray. The astral world, in its lower subdivisions, is the region of wishes, impressionability and color, among other properties. The wish of the practitioner to convey health; the wish of the patient to receive it, and the impressionability of the patient due to his prepared receptivity, accomplish part of the necessary factors to make the work of the healing ray successful. However, the fact that the lower astral regions are those of color, permits of the surcharge of the healing ray with the colors of glowing health and radiant energy in its luminous form. These factors furnish the healing ray with the necessary properties in addition to its inherent penetrability and vitalizing powers.

[…] with the operative of genuine healing rays, the patient does not see them but he does feel them. Many patients have written that at the times appointed for reception of treatment they are frankly and positively aware of a suffusion of gentle heat, warm floods or waves of vitalizing power from which they usually pass into a calm, recuperative slumber. Natural forces and energies are never disastrous in their constructive effects in the human organism, working in each according to individual temperament and physical constitution by the simple laws of attraction and polarity. […]

If the operator can secure a photograph of the patient, so much the better. It will assist him in his visualization. If not, let him, in the seclusion of his study, first enter into the silence. Then, when his meditation has brought him into harmonic alignment with the nature-forces and a concept of at-one ment with the Oversoul, develop an image of the patient in his mind based upon the data furnished him by the case-history with which he should be provided before undertaking definite work at all. When he has visualized the patient in this way, he should develop that image mentally, with all the glowing color of radiant health and complete normalcy of function. Next, let him WILL a ray of spiritual power, surcharged with the picture of glowing, radiant health, he has just developed. Let him WILL this ray forth, just as though it were an actual projection from within his own mental depths. Of course, it will not actually emanate from the operator; otherwise he could give to his patient no more than he (himself) possessed. What takes place is this. By his mental concentration, and having brought himself into attunement with the etheric forces about him, he gathers up, by the concentration in which he has previously engaged, the etheric forces about him, focuses them into a distinct formation, surcharged with the picture with the conditions he desires to bring about, and directs the ray thus formed into a highly concentrated, penetrative and most effective agency of reconstruction.

[…] When the operator has conscientiously performed his work as heretofore indicated, he should not attempt to prolong it. Having sent the ray forth, there is no need to continue the concentration or the mental attitude of will. The ray has gone on its mission. Subsequent treatments may be necessary, according to the reports received from the patient or his attendant. But when several treatments may be necessary within a given twenty-four hours, they should not be close together but timed at rhythmic intervals apart, say three and one-half to four hours.

 

SRIA books for Sale

The Societas Rosicruciana in America has books for sale, including works by founding members of our Society as well as a few classic texts from the Western Esoteric Tradition. All book orders will include a signed Certificate of Authenticity and Rosicrucian Prayer from the Society. (The Imperatrix will personally sign copies of books if specifically requested to do so.) Books for sale include the following:

Consciously Creating Circumstances by Dr. George Winslow Plummer
Rosicrucian Symbology by Frater KHEI
Esoteric Masonry by Dr. George Winslow Plummer
Rosicrucian Healing by Dr. George Winslow Plummer
The Art of Rosicrucian Healing by Dr. George Winslow Plummer
Principles and Practice For Rosicrucians by Dr. George Winslow Plummer
The Rosicrucian Philosophy According to The Rosicrucian Creed by Dr. Plummer
The Cross and Its Symbolism by David R. Clark, M.A. (1894)
The Mystery of the Human Aura by One of the Brethern
A Way of Life for The Rosicrucian Student by One of the Brethren
The Science of Death by Dr. George Winslow Plummer
The Cloud Upon The Sanctuary by Karl von Eckartshausen
The Divine Pymander of Hermes Trismegistus reprint – 1650 Everard edition
Lettergrams by Mother Serena (Gladys Miller Plummer)
Victorinus Teaches through Mother Serena (Gladys Miller Plummer)

Featured Book:

CONSCIOUSLY CREATING CIRCUMSTANCES
by Dr. George Winslow Plummer

First published in December of 1935, this important book explains how to use the great power of thought forms to align yourself with nature’s harmony. For several decades, Consciously Creating Circumstances has been the primary influence for many later books on the power of thought. Plummer explains how human thoughts, working though invisible forces, direct our physical lives. Whether we are aware of this or not, our thoughts still direct our lives. We can elect to change our life circumstances by consciously selecting our thoughts, and following them with physical, positive actions.

Chapters discuss: The Source of Power—Dual action­—All is one—The great link—Forming the picture—Impressing your desire—The law of attraction—Bread upon the waters—­Entering the Kingdom—Your basic attitude—Health and wealth —Employment—How to concentrate—Fear and faith—The spirit of your thought.

“We have forgotten the extremely significant FACT that we are ONE with our Creator, ONE in the Universal Mind, ONE with all the creative power in Nature; that we cannot be alone, that we have all the creative and sustaining power in heaven and in earth within us, waiting to be used—when we know HOW.”

Rosicrucian Rules

(An excerpt from the book S.R.I.A. Manual by Dr. George Winslow Plummer, published in 1923.)
1. Love God above all. To “love God” means to love wisdom and truth. We can love God in no other way than in being obedient to Divine law; and to enable us to exercise that obedience conscientiously requires knowledge of the law, which can only be gained by practice.
2. Devote your time to your spiritual advancement. As the sun without leaving his place in the sky sends his rays upon the earth to shine upon the pure and the impure, and to illuminate even the most minute material objects with his light; likewise the spirit of man may send his mental rays into matter to obtain knowledge of all terrestrial things; but there is no need that the spirit should thereby lose its own divine self-consciousness, and be itself absorbed by the objects of its perception.
3. Be entirely unselfish. Spiritual knowledge begins only where all sense of self ceases. Where the delusion which causes man to imagine himself to be a being separated and isolated from others ends, there he begins to realize his true state as an all-embracing universal and divine self conscious power.
4. Be temperate, modest, energetic, and silent. The door to the inner temple is called “Contentment”; but no animal can enter therein, only he who walks uprightly, being conscious of his true dignity as a human being. Without energy, nothing can be accomplished; and only in the silence, when all thoughts and desires are at rest, can the Divine harmonies penetrate to the internal ear.
5. Learn to know the origin of the Metals contained within thyself. Ignorance is the cause of suffering. That which is material must be crucified and die, so that that which is spiritual may be resurrected and live.
6. Beware of quacks and pretenders. He who claims to be in possession of knowledge knows nothing; only he through whom the Word of wisdom speaks is wise.
7. Live in constant adoration of the highest good. The worm seeks for pleasure among abomination and filth; but the free eagle spreads his wings and rises up towards the sun.
8. Learn the theory before you attempt the practice. He who travels with a trustworthy guide will be safer than he who refuses to profit by the experience of another.
9. Exercise charity towards all beings. All beings are one in the spirit; divided from each other merely by the illusion of form. He who is charitable towards another form in which the universal One Life is manifest, saves suffering to his own self.
10. Read the ancient books of wisdom. Books are to the unripe mind that which the mother’s milk is to the nursling. We must receive drink from others until we have gained sufficient strength and experience to descend to the living fountain within ourselves, and to draw from there the water of truth.
11. Try to understand their secret meaning. That which is external may be seen with the external eye; but that which is spiritual can only be seen with the eye of the spirit.
These are the eleven rules which ought to be followed by those who desire to enter the temple of the Rosy Cross; but the Rosicrucians have a twelfth rule, an Arcanum, in which great powers  reside, but of which it is not lawful to speak. This Arcanum will be given to those who deserve it, and by its aid they will find light in the darkness, and a guiding hand through the labyrinth. This Arcanum is inexpressible in the language of mortals, and it can, therefore, only be communicated from heart to heart. There is no torture enough to extract it from the true Rosicrucian; for even if he were willing to reveal it, those who are unworthy of it are not capable of receiving it.

Moments Unsought

Quotes from Clare Cameron

From the book “Hidden Beauty of the Commonplace: A Nature Mystic’s Reflactions upon True Freedom” by Philip Pegler

“There are moments unsought, sitting in our own room in firelight or lamplight with perhaps a cat on the hearthrug and perhaps listening to music, when quite suddenly in a split second we see and know the oneness of everything in all its harmony and arrested beauty. The experience is incommunicable – the moment of insight opens within us and is gone and everything is separate once more. But we have learned more than anything to be read in a book…

” … It may come when we are observing and communing with a single flower or insect upon a leaf, or touching the rough bark of a tree, or in the pregnant silence that falls between friends when another Presence is sensed; or in meditation or prayer; or engaged in some quite ordinary task. No man knoweth the coming and going of the wind of the spirit, but it blows open the doors of our perception.”

 

 

What is Rosicrucianism?

The term “Rosicrucianism” refers to a mystical and philosophical movement that emerged in the 17th-century and later produced several secret or semi-secret organizations, fraternities, and orders professing spiritual beliefs which focused on the study of religious mysticism, alchemy, astrology, Qabalah and other elements of the Western Esoteric Tradition. Legend has it that the fraternity was founded by Christian Rosencreutz, whose name means “Christian of the Rosy Cross.” The story of Christian Rosencreutz (or C.R.C.) first surfaced in Germany in 1614 in an anonymous Rosicrucian manifesto called “Fama Fraternitatis.” Other mysterious publications, such as the “Confessio” and the “Chemical Wedding,” soon followed.Much of the symbolism of Rosicrucianism deals with esoteric Christianity, and the Rosicrucian path emphasizes the way of transformation through the Christ impulse, spiritual rebirth, and inner alchemy. The primary symbol of Rosicrucianism is the Rose Cross.

Over the years there have been many groups that link themselves to Rosicrucianism, and these can be generally divided into three categories which can sometimes overlap: 1) Esoteric Christian groups that study the inner teachings of Christianity and sometimes have a Trinitarian requirement; 2) Masonic Rosicrucian groups that study ancient wisdom and have a Masonic requirement; and 3) Initiatory groups which follow a degree system of study and initiation.

The Societas Rosicruciana in America falls within this last category. Our organization, while including among its teachings the wisdom of several religions, is not interested in its members’ religion, race or creed. Tolerance for all religions is stressed. Recognizing the value inherent to every form of religious expression, it seeks, among other things, to show each member the true, inner meaning of whatever has been taught as religion. Additionally, we have no Masonic requirement: Our Order is composed of honorable men and women who are dedicated to the Rosicrucian Path.

Our Order was founded in 1907 by Sylvester C. Gould and George Winslow Plummer, both prominent Freemasons and Rosicrucians. After Gould’s death in 1909, Plummer assumed leadership of the Society and immediately set about the reconstituting the Society, based upon the broadest, non-Judgmental principles of the Rosicrucian Art which would be open to “all true seekers.” The SRIA was incorporated on September 8, 1912.

The Societas Rosicruciana in America became truly inclusive in 1916, when the Society began to admit women into its ranks. We admit both men and women on a fully equal basis, and do not insist upon any prior membership of any other organization, be it Masonic or Rosicrucian.

The work of the Society is conducted along two general lines of approach: Associate Membership, which is based on correspondence lessons, and Collegiate Membership, which is open by invitation only to advanced members. At the present time, only Associate Membership is offered to prospective new members, although this may change in the future.

Our Society’s syllabus of correspondence lessons includes: Rosicrucian Series, Hermetic Series, Alchemical Series, Spiritual Fundamentals, and more.

 Rosicrucianism today represents a synthesis of those Universal Truths which are to be found in all religions. It embraces the whole spiritual development of the world and of humankind—past, present and future. While the roots of Rosicrucianism are deeply planted in the ancient wisdom teachings of the past, its primary focus is on nurturing the seeds of esoteric knowledge that are latent in present-day human experience. Such knowledge provides insight into nature, the physical universe, and the spiritual realm.

 

Invocation

“Dear sweet presences
Who love to the uttermost,
Those about me clothed in flesh
And others clothed in Light
Attend my prayer.

To those in shadow
Of life’s delusions
And suffering inflicted on others,
Where tentacles reach out to bind –
Come, be there

Bring swords of Light.
Stir the dark waters
And free the cleansing streams.
We too need purification,
And darkness share.

Sweet presences,
Our eyes are clouded.
Shine your Light through them!
And at the appointed time
Instruct us to bear

The swords of Light
In the service of Love.
And where there was corruption
There shall be lilies
Stainless and fair

Because you were with us There.”

 

 

A Rosicrucian Prayer

From “Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians of the 16th and 17th Centuries” by “A Brother of the Fraternity”

Lord from Thy hands cometh all good. All blessings and all benedictions come from Thy hand. With Thy fingers Thou hast written the character of Nature which none may read unless he be taught in Thy school. Therefore let us lift up our eyes to Thee, O Lord, even as servants look upon the hands of their mas­ter and as maids look upon the hands of their mistress, that Thou mayest help us.

O Lord our God, who should not praise Thee, who should not glorify Thee, the King of Glory! For all things come from Thee and hearken unto Thee, and must all return to Thee again, being received either in Thy love or Thy wrath. Nothing can escape Thee, all things must serve Thy honor and glory. Thou alone and none other art the Lord. Thou dost what Thou wilt with Thy mighty arm, nothing can escape Thee.

Thou alone dost help the humble, the meek and the poor, those who are devoted to Thee with all their heart, in their hour of need, those who humble themselves in the dust before Thee, to them Thou art gracious.

Who should not praise Thee, O Thou King of Glory; there is none like unto Thee, whose dwelling place is in heaven and in a troubled and virtuous holy heart. O Great God; Thou all in all! O Nature! thou everything from nothing, what more then shall I say? I am nothing in myself, I am everything in thee, and I live in thine everything from nothing: live Thou then in me, and so bring me unto the all in Thee. Amen.

 

 

 

Desiderata

Latin for “desired things,” a prose-poem by Max Ehrmann (1927) 

“Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

“Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

“Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

“Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

“Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

“Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

“Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

“And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.”

Conquering Ourselves

– From A Way of Life for the Rosicrucian Student
(1955) by One of the Brethren
“As Rosicrucian students we are not out to conquer the world. We are here to conquer ourselves. As we conquer ourselves and strengthen our weaknesses we are helping to strengthen the links in the chain of life. We all know that we do help or hinder those about us by the attitude we take toward them and life. Let us strive to develop our inner faculties and spiritual natures that through Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Feeling and Right Action we may help not only those immediately about us but stimulate and create harmonious mutual understanding, friendly feeling and constructive co-operation among all our associates.”