Dr. H. Spencer Lewis and a select group of advanced initiates of the brotherood created the "The Cathedral of the Soul". It was a creation of the mind in the Cosmic for all members and non-members. The name was changed a few years later to "Celestial Sanctum". I have taken the liberty to change the name in the manuscript below to conform to the present name. I have not changed any thing else, in order not to disturb the original intent of the manuscript, known as Liber 777. For those who are having difficulty understanding how this Sanctum could be created in the mind of man and placed in the Cosmic; may I invite you, if you have not already done so, to read some basic pages that will enlighten you, as to how this is possible. First, familiarize yourself with meditation, click here, then with egregore, click here. After you study this manuscript, you will be able to start attuning with the Celestial Sanctum. It takes time, patience, and some spiritual development to first contact the Sanctum. This is not just a dream, there are many students of Mysticism that are capable to enter the Celestial Sactum afer a few trials. Remember that you are using attunment, meditation and visualization. In the midst of visualization, when you are creating the Sanctum in your mind, as you want it to look, using Dr. Lewis' drawing as a guide; is when enlightment actually takes place. These activities enhance your enlightenment.
After you read Liber 777, the manuscript below, re-read this section and it will make more sense to you. Many references to a schedule of services is mentioned below, but this is no longer necessary as the group has grown to thousands of students and this is no longer necessary. If you contact the Sanctum, there will be many students with different needs, all attending at the same time. In the early years, the number of students was much smaller and this appeared to be necessary.
Read the manuscript below carefully to learn the procedure. If the Liber 777 is difficult for you to grasp at this time; return to it at a later time after more study and spiritual understanding. May you have Peace Profound.
The following text was written in 1930, by Frater Charles Dana Dean, Grand Master of AMORC, who passed through transition on July 25,1933. It introduces the Celestial Sanctum, inspiring creation of Dr. H. Spencer Lewis. Dr. Lewis was the first Imperator of AMORC for its second cycle of activity in North America, and was responsible for its re-establishment and advancement. The following text so splendidly defines the purpose of the Celestial Sanctum, and pays tribute to its conceiver, that it has not been altered, except to relate it to the present needs of members and those who desire to avail themselves of its noble features. The incumbent Imperator of AMORC for the international jurisdiction of North Central, and South America, British Commonwealth and Empire, France, Switzerland, and Africa. Ralph M. Lewis, has assumed the mantle of the Cosmic labors of the Celestial Sanctum, and directs its current program of activities.
We feel sure that each one of our members of the Rosicrucian Order will be inexpressibly happy to know more about that beautiful and inspiring creation of our Imperator, H. Spencer Lewis, which he has so aptly called, “The Celestial Sanctum.”
Those of us who have been closely associated with him during the past twenty years or more know that since the days of his first contact with the principles of the Rosicrucian teachings he has had one all-absorbing desire—to bring into the lives of men and women a more intimate and satisfying contact with the Spiritual, Cosmic powers and principles that establish Peace, Harmony, Light, Life, and Love, in the soul of each being.
We have known also that he found a way to reach beyond the consciousness of self into the consciousness of the Cosmic, and there dwell for moments of time to find inspiration, illumination, and contact with hundreds who were being slowly and properly prepared to meet him there. He communed with the Great Masters, the great teachers and the Spiritual Minds of those who in the past learned how to repose in the Cosmic Consciousness. We have seen that he could close his eyes in the midst of business activities, strife and turmoil, anxiety, and worldly restlessness, and, oblivious to his surroundings, remain en rapport for a time, only to return to instant activity, inspired with a new message, a new thought, a picture, a painting, a law or principle, a lesson or a perfect point of knowledge. It was our joy and profit to see him make these contacts and to know that the spiritual side of his nature could rise to such sublime heights while still with us on this plane as our leader and instructor.
He was ever mindful of the great ambition of his life. It was his constant desire that the day might come when he could have with him in these periods of Cosmic contact the companionship of those thousands of worthy souls who looked to him for direction in progressing along the Path that would lead to the Cosmic Kingdom.
While others in their great religious and spiritual consecration aspired to build magnificent cathedrals on this earth, whose material forms would be imposing, and whose graceful spires of steel and mortar would point heavenward while rising but a little way into the Cosmic realm, he planned a Cathedral, the elements of which could be brought together and solidified noiselessly and without the contamination of material principles in any form. He dreamed of a Cathedral whose very foundation would be laid so high above the greatest of the earthly cathedrals that there would be no contact and no association. He visualized a Cathedral whose belfries and spires would rise into the unlimited heights of a boundless Spiritual World. In his creative imaginings, he made the plans for his Cathedral on so magnificent a scale that the portals to its grand halls would be wide enough for the millions of beings in all parts of the world to enter at one time easily and reverently. Within he would have chantries and chapels, apses alters, adytums and sanctuaries, large enough, grand enough, beautiful enough, to be the proper dwelling place for the Spiritual Minds that would come often to its communion services, and find those things which are nourishing to the Soul and inspiring to the mind.
All through the years of 1915 to 1922, he selected those advanced and prepared initiates of the brotherhood who could help him in his creation. Working through the long hours of the night, writing letters and papers of instructions to these several hundred associates, he prepared them and strengthened them in the method of attuning with him so that they might come together in the Cosmic and there hold communion and lay the foundation for this great “Celestial Sanctum”. Hundreds of letters were written, several thousand experimental contacts were made, and many hours of mental and spiritual labor were devoted to evolving the plans and the features of this new conception of the human mind. The letters that were received from those who labored with him in this project became the inspiring documents for the future development of the spiritual activities of our Rosy Cross fraternity.
There are those today who have passed on from this earthly life who were happy in the many contacts they made with our Imperator in the years that he enjoyed their cooperation. There are hundreds of others who never cease to speak of the joy and happiness, and the inspiring benefits that came to them through their communions and contacts in the Cosmic while aiding in the creation of this “Celestial Sanctum”. Silence regarding the plans and work being carried on, was one of the essentials, and we know from letters received recently, how happy thousands of our members are to know that the great work is finished now and that an announcement of the existence of the Celestial Sanctum can be made.
Accordingly, the announcement has been made. In an issue of the Rosicrucian Digest the Imperator had the pleasure of making the first formal statement regarding the Celestial Sanctum. After years of dreaming and planning, and many years of labor and extreme mental effort, always looking toward the day when he could make such an announcement, it was typical of him and his nature to do so with conservatism, and with restrained joy and happiness. The mastership of his development and the attainment of his spiritual growth are evident in every word and phrase of that brief announcement. Yet it was like an electric flash that animated the spiritual reactions of thousands of our members: for within a few days after its publication our offices were flooded with letters expressing joy and spiritual elation regarding the Celestial Sanctum and pleading for more knowledge about it. At this time this pamphlet is being prepared, letters and cablegrams regarding the Celestial Sanctum have come from all parts of the world, and in the hearts and minds of many thousands the Celestial Sanctum is now a Cosmic reality.
What It Means to Our Members
It is my pleasure to submit to our members some of the details regarding this Celestial Sanctum, and knowledge as to how our members may benefit by its existence. In the first place, an attempt to depict the Celestial Sanctum in lines and shades, form or color, of any concrete nature, cannot do justice to the spiritual conception which each one must build in his own mind.
As a symbol of the Celestial Sanctum we have adopted a picture shown in this pamphlet, drawn by the pen of H. Spencer Lewis himself, so that we may have an emblem by which to express a reflection of our spiritual ideas. This symbol contains many of the elements which he had in his mind as being typical of the magnificence and inspiring grandeur of the invisible Celestial Sanctum, and we hope that none of our members will permit the material symbol to supplant in their minds the magnificent spiritual conception.
In this Celestial Sanctum, provision has been made for a Cosmic Choir where the voices of specially prepared members of our organization here in America, and in other lands, will be heard at times chanting and singing the sacred anthems that have been composed by inspired Masters of our organization in the past. At other times those who contact this Sanctum and dwell in it will hear the Music of the Spheres and the Cosmic Melodies as though played upon the greatest organ the world has ever known. In the East of this Sanctum our members will find a beautiful alter in a magnificent apse, illuminated by violet light of Cosmic vibrations. Above the alter will be suspended by magnetic forces a jeweled Triangle, with points downward. This is the emblem of the Cosmic Trinity. The three symbols at its corners, blazing with violet fire, represent Light, Life, Love—the Cosmic names of the Triune Godhead. From the center of the dais, will come the voice of the visible or invisible Master or Teacher who at times will instruct and inspire our members with messages and illuminating lessons. There will be alcoves and small chapels on each side of the Sanctum nave, in which the individual members may dwell alone, in silent meditation and prayer, seeking peace and consolation in times of suffering and anguish. There will be communion rooms in which members may meet the Masters and speak with them and receive direct illumination and instruction, advice and guidance.
Daily Communion Services
On certain days of each week there will be various convocations held in this great Sanctum by the coming together of the minds of thousands of our members attuned throughout the world to this focalized and centralized area of Cosmic Consciousness. Some of these convocations will be for worship, others will be for instruction, and still others for healing treatments. In the monthly magazine called the Rosicrucian Digest we shall publish in a separate place on one of the pages, a department devoted to the Celestial Sanctum, so that all our members, in whatever part of the world they may reside, may know of its various activities and special convocations.
As part of the magnanimous plans of the Imperator, he will have definite periods throughout the month when he, personally, will direct the healing work in the Sanctum, and all who are suffering may attune themselves with the Celestial Sanctum at those hours when he will attune and commune with them and bring the power of Cosmic forces into their beings, and through God’s Omnipotent Laws cleanse them of their ills and let them go forth pure and free from suffering. At other hours he will meet in communion with those who want the inspiring touch of Fellowship and Companionship; and at other times the Imperator will bring the Holy Assembly in contact with some of the Great Masters of the Great White Lodge who will expound an inspiring message. Therefore, by watching the pages of the Rosicrucian Digest each month our members, in any degree or in any part of the work, may take advantage of any special periods that may be stated therein, and attune themselves with the Celestial Sanctum and enjoy its beatitudes and beneficent blessings.
How to Attune With the Celestial Sanctum
At whatever hour we may wish to attune ourselves with the Celestial Sanctum and enjoy the contact and communion we shall proceed as follows:
First, we shall wash our hands in clean water and dry them well as a symbol of the cleansing of our bodies to enter the Sanctum. There we shall take a drink of cold water as a symbol of the cleansing of our mouths that they may be pure and free from any utterances that would be improper in the presence of the Masters and Spiritual Minds as assembled in the Sanctum. Then we shall sit in silence in some place in the home where we may be alone, whether in the dark or in the light, and closing our eyes, we shall say this brief prayer in soundless words:
“May the Divine Essence of the Cosmic infuse my being and cleanse
me of all impurities of mind and body, that I may enter the Celestial
Sanctum, and Commune in pureness and worthiness. So mote it be!”
By this prayer we shall purge our minds and cleanse our thoughts of any ideas that would be unworthy within the sacred Sanctum. Then we shall remain seated, and with eyes closed, visulize the consciousness within us rising higher and higher, above and beyond the limits of material existence, to that Cosmic World to which our consciousness will seem to be drawn by the very purity of its nature. We shall sit thus in desire to reach the Sanctum until we feel by a coolness of the atmosphere, by a peacefulness in the body, by a restfulness in the mind, and a sense of joy, that we have entered into the Holy of Holies—a place of quiet and peace, power and perfection. When special ceremonies are being conducted by one of the Masters of the Great White Lodge, the Triangle over the alter will be especially bright in its violet illumination.
When there is a healing period in the Sanctum, as stated in the magazine schedule, we are to remain passive for the period of the healing convocation and thereby permit the Imperator or others to contact our consciousness in the Celestial Sanctum, and through it reach our bodies and cleanse them. If there is a period for music and song, consolation or instruction, we shall remain quiet and passive for the period stated in the magazine schedule until we sense the contacts being made, or hear a message that is being given, or feel the magnetic touch of Spiritual Companionship. Then we will know that a sympathetic and understanding mind and a Spiritual Power have attuned with our consciousness, and through it our bodies and our earthly senses.
We may remain in such contact for longer or shorter periods than those given in the magazine schedule, or we may withdraw when the definite period is over by simply closing the convocation with the following words:
“May the Grace of God, and the Benediction of the Masters, Bless my communion.”
Members may contact the Celestial Sanctum at other periods of the day or night than those stated in the magazine schedule, for we know from our years of preparation that hundreds or, maybe, thousands of members, will reach up to the Sanctum and enter therein during practically every hour of the day and night, according to the variation of time in the different countries and according to the desires of the members for contact with this Holy place. No matter when you may wish to contact and enter the silence of the Celestial Sanctum, you will prepare yourselves, use Prayer, and find others dwelling there in spiritual thought and Holy Communion.
There are no other rules and regulations regarding the process for making the contact with the Celestial Sanctum than those stated above. Considerable time has been given to the preparation of these instructions to make sure that every point that might be given to our members has been included. The method of making the contact is more or less an individual one with each member and all we can do is to tell you the general method, and have you work out your own process and thereby earn as well as learn The Way to the Celestial Sanctum. Remember the words of the Master Jesus, “I am the Way!” The Way is through the Spirit of Christ, through the principle of the Christus, through the Divinity of your soul, and your longings and desires.
Therefore, there is little use in writing to any of us asking for more definite instruction or advice regarding attunement with the Celestial Sanctum, for we can hardly say more than what has been said, and each must discover for himself the heights that he must attain, the thoughts that he must hold, the purging of his mind and consciousness that must take place, each time he seeks to find The Way to the Celestial Sanctum. Sometimes it will be found easily and quickly; at other times with difficulty and delay. All will depend upon our worthiness on the day, and at the hour, that we approach the attunement. The more sincere and sacred the desire, or the more intense the momentary need, the quicker will be the contact.
Reports of Your Contacts
Any reports of unusual contacts with the Celestial Sanctum that you think would be of interest for our files and records, we shall be glad to have you send to us. These should be addressed to the Department of Instruction, Rosicrucian Park, San Jose, California, which will acknowledge them. If necessary the department will refer them to the Imperator. Remember that members in any degree of the work, or in any branch of our organizations throughout the world, have the privilege and the joy of making contacts with the Sanctum at the hours stated in the regular or special schedules, or at any other time when there is a desire for illumination on any problem of life, instructions on any point of special information, or for healing, consolation, or inspiration in the higher ways of living.
May Peace Profound abide with you ever, and may the spiritual effulgence of the Celestial Sanctum envelop and ensconce you, lifting you to great heights eternally!
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