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As Paracelsus explained so clearly, every human being possesses a universal consciousness and a personality consciousness, the I. The I is the visible manifestation of the universal consciousness, just as the material sun is the visible manifestation of the spiritual Sun.…

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How can you know if you are already a pioneer? A pioneer is a person of firm determination. After having chosen, after having focuses on his purpose, he strives with great resolution towards that aim. He will avoid fussing and unnecessary clamour. Resistance make no difference to him All resistance between him…

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Who was Christian Rosycross?

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The question is often asked whether Christian Rosycross really existed as a person. The Spiritual School of the Rosycross takes the position that Christian Rosycross is a real personality, who belongs to the Brotherhood of liberated souls and who has a special task in the development…

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In every era, a spiritual school is the current impulse of the Brotherhood of Life. It originates directly from the powers of the Supernature. Yet, it always tries to link up with schools of the past that have worked in the earthly world. It is primarily created by the direct radiation of the light of the…

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What is a temple service?

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The pupils of the Spiritual School of the Rosycross regularly attend temple services. Temple services are the instrument by which the powerfield is vivified again and again -- and through which it works. If a pupil participates in a temple service, he is a fellow builder of the powerfield…

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Jan van Rijckenborgh was born in 1896 in Haarlem, The Netherlands, in an orthodox reformed family. In 1968, he died in Santpoort, near Haarlem. As an adolescent, he already showed a great interest in religious issues, particularly in the practical application of religion in everyday…

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Knowing what to do

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For heavens sake, go and do something!, many a mother has cried. And: ‘Get off that sofa’. Doing nothing was just not an option for her. She herself was raised with the saying ‘the devil makes work for idle hands’. And work is still the necessary format in Europe.…

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I am entering an entirely new place. Australia. People are so different here. I have never been so self-conscious as at this moment. Everybody here knows each other, except for me. I don’t know anyone.They look at me, not disapprovingly but curiously. I have to be at my best behaviour and…

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Hear the Bird Sing

God is the dancer
creation the dance
Be silent and contemplate the dance
Just look …
a star, a flower, a leaf, a bird, a stone
Look, listen, touch, taste, smell …
it won’t be long before you meet
the dancer in the dance.

The disciple was always complaining to his Master,
“You are hiding the final secret of Zen from me.”
And he would not accept the Master’s denials.

One day they were walking in the hills
when they heard a bird sing.
“Did you hear that bird sing?”
said the Master.
“Yes,” said the disciple.
“Well, now you know that I have hidden nothing from you.”
“Yes.”

–  Anthony de Mello, The Song of the Bird 

 

God is everywhere

God is everywhere-
In all things;
And in nothing.
God is in trees and seas;
In birds and in beasts,
In the soil under my feet;
And in my soul.
Why am I wandering from
Temple to temple
Looking for God?
When I stop searching I realise
That God is in me
And I am in God.

Kabir