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aquarian age by elsa m. glover
Aquarian Age by Elsa M. Glover
La Era de Acuario por Elsa M.Glover
The Road to True Community by Elsa M. Glover
El Camino hacia la Verdadera Comunidad by Elsa M. Glover
Utopian Options por Elsa M. Glover
Utopía por Elsa M. Glover
POETRY AND ESSAYS
Trees at Mount Ecclesia
Trees at Mount Ecclesia - Palm
Leyenda de las Palmeras
Trees at Mount Ecclesia - Palm, Acacia, Fig, Fir, Holly & Pine by E.Louise Riggs
From RAYS FROM THE ROSE CROSS, November/December 2003
From Max Heindel's Writings
aphorisms From Max Heindel's Writings
Place Of Prayer
The next point requiring consideration is the place of prayer; this is of very vital importance for a reason not generally known even among students of occultism; it is this. Every prayer, spoken or unspoken, every song of praise, and every reading of parts of the scriptures which teach or exhort, if done by a properly prepared reader who loves and lives what he reads, brings down upon both the worshiper and the place of worship an outpouring of spirit. This in time an invisible church is built around the physical structure which in the case of a devout congregation becomes so beautiful that it transcends all imagination and defies description. Manson in the "Servant in the House" gives us only the faintest glimpse of what it is like when he tells the old Bishop:
"I am afraid you may not consider it an altogether substantial concern. It has to be seen in a certain way under certain conditions. Some people never see it at all. You must understand, this is no dead pile of stones and unmeaning timber, it is a living thing. When you enter it you hear sound, a sound as of some mighty poem chanted. Listen long enough and you will learn that it is made up of the beating of human hearts, of the nameless music of men's souls; that is, if you have ears. If you have eyes, you will presently see the church itself, a looming mystery of many shapes and shadow leaping sheer from floor to dome, the work of no ordinary builder. Its pillars go up like the brawny trunks of heroes; the sweet human flesh of men and women is moulded about its bulwarks, strong impregnable. The faces of little children laugh out from every corner stone; the terrible spans and arches of it are the joined hands of comrades, and up in the heights anspaces are inscribed the numberless musings of all the dreamers in the world.
It is yet building, building, and built upon. Sometimes the work goes
forward in deep darkness--sometimes in blinding light- -now beneath the
burden of unutterable anguish, now to the tune of great laughter and
heroic shoutings like the cry of thunder. Sometimes in the night time
one may hear the tiny hammerings of comrades at work in the dome, the
comrades that have climbed ahead."
But this invisible edifice is not merely lovelier than a fair palace in a poet's dream; it is as Manson says, a living thing, vibrant with divine power of immense aid to the worshiper, for it helps him in adjusting the tangled vibrations of the world which permeate his aura when he enters a true "House of God" and to get into the proper attitude of prayer. Then it helps him to lift himself in aspiration tot he throne of divine grace, and to offer there his praise and adoration which call forth from the Father a new outpouring of the spirit in the loving response, "This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased."
a place of worship is essential to spiritual growth byscientific prayer, and
those who are fortunate enough to have access to such a temple should
always occupy the same place in it, for that becomes permeated with
their individual vibrations and they fit into that environment more
easily than anywhere else; consequently they get better results there.
Perhaps an illustration may make the principle clear. Suppose a number
of musicians who have never played with others and who perhaps are not
very proficient in the use of their instruments, were brought together
and set to play in concert; it needs no very keen imaginations to
realize that their first attempts would be marked by much discord, and
were an amateur allowed to play with them, or even with a finished
orchestra, no matter how earnest and how intense his desire, he would
inevitably spoil their music. Similar scientific conditions govern
collective prayer; to be effcacious participants must be equally well
prepared as elucidated under a previous heading; they must be attuned
under harmonious horoscopic influences. When a malefic in one nativity
is on the
ascendant of another, those two cannot profit by praying together; they may rule their stars and live in peace if they are developed souls, but they lack the basic harmony which is absolutely essential in collective prayer. Initiation removes this barrier but nothing else can.
from The Web of Destiny