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Confraternity of the Rose Cross


Your CR+C Advisor is Jo-Ann Valentine



The Confraternity of the Rose Cross
by Jo-Ann Valentine

The Confraternity of the Rose Cross (CR+C) is a Fraternal Order and School of Mysticism serving the ideals of the Rosicrucian Movement. It preserves and perpetuates the Rosicrucian Tradition as established in the early part of this century specifically as well as the Rosicrucian Movement of past centuries generally. It is not a religion and does not seek to outline or define the nature of the Absolute. Each student is free to discover their personal truth through study and reflection.

CR+C extends an invitation to all seekers of wisdom who are interested in a systematic investigation of natural/Cosmic law. It offers the traditional course of study and pragmatic experimentation designed to assist the student to develop the skills and capabilities to decipher and resolve life's quandaries and pressures and to cultivate one's relationship with Divine Essence (God).

CR+C is a non-sectarian confraternity of men and women who seek harmony with themselves and with their environment through the study, investigation and practical application of natural and spiritual laws.

This system is unique because it provides a balanced holistic approach to physical and spiritual unfoldment while, at the same time, confirming the interrelatedness of all things.

Benefits of Membership

Weekly lessons will be sent to you in the mail through which you will have the occasion to study and master concepts and techniques which can be utilized to develop or heighten your intuition, vitalize your physical well-being and promote a sense of inner peace and harmony. The studies will help to develop a greater sense of self-confidence and a tangible philosophy of life that can only be realized from the discernment that accompanies a thorough inquiry into the nature of the Cosmos and one's interconnection to it.

Everyone of us has a choice. We can either become passive recipients, victims of fate - or we can become masters of our own lives. The ancient teachings of the Rosicrucians awaken that quest for self-mastery.

The Teachings

The Rosicrucian teachings are a structured system of study and initiation designed to guide members in their quest for knowledge of self and the understanding of natural and spiritual laws. The teachings comprise a system of Degrees that cover the areas of science, philosophy and mysticism in general. Examples of various specific topics covered are meditation, visualization, consciousness, spiritual alchemy, healing, the nature of Soul, reincarnation, symbolism, psychic centers (chakras) and the cosmic purpose of life. Each degree builds upon the previous one. The weekly lessons, called monographs, provide the student with practical information regarding universal laws and the elemental experiments contained in them are designed to gradually unfold one╣s latent psychic and spiritual faculties and to demonstrate the principles at issue.

Nothing is accepted on faith alone. The Rosicrucian is a "walking question mark" who realizes that true "enlightenment" necessitates a life time of dedication and effort. Rosicrucianism is not just a system of teachings; it is a way of life.

History of the Order

The Rosicrucian movement is an ancient one and its historical development stretches into the early 17th century while its traditional roots are in the mystery traditions of Egypt, 1500 B.C.

Rosicrucians first came to America in the late 1600's and the latest reactivation of the movement was set in motion in 1915 by the late Imperator, Dr. H. Spencer Lewis.

In 1990 there was a partition in the organization and the CR+C was officially established to preserve the original ancient teachings, tradition and lineage under the guidance of the current Imperator, Gary L. Stewart.

What is a Rosicrucian?

A Rosicrucian is one who freely accepts responsibility and who just as freely takes the responsibility to serve and work toward the enlightenment of all. A Rosicrucian is one who will freely share what it is he/she knows and seeks. A Rosicrucian is one who will not judge others because of religious belief, race, gender, personal preferences, nationality or intelligence. A Rosicrucian is one who will assess another based upon motivation, action and deeds.

Traditionally and historically, a Rosicrucian as well as the Rosicrucian Movement fights tirelessly for the establishment and perpetuation of freedom - the freedom of mind, spirit and soul. We seek to know truth and we share that which we know and learn with those of open minds and hearts who are sincere and responsible with the knowledge we impart.

Rosicrucians freely choose to become Rosicrucians, not just because they believe that the Order will merely dictate or teach mystical or esoteric principles. Rather, they affiliate because they feel the drive within themselves to share and to become a part of an ancient movement dedicated to the free expression of Light. The Rosicrucian lives his or her choices.

What then is a Rosicrucian? One who seeks to become an adept of Light - not merely because they like the idea but because they realize and know the need.

Rosicrucian Symbolism

The equal armed gold cross upon which is fixed a red rose is our outer symbol. It is properly referred to as the Rose Cross. It has no religious connotation or identification, but rather identifies the outer manifestation of the Rosicrucian Movement as well as a symbolic interpretation of each and every individual's personal initiatic process. However, there is a deeper interpretation which is the exact source of our name and describes the process that the Rosicrucian Movement must endure to establish itself as a viable force of Light in the material and esoteric realms.

The name "Rosicrucian" seen from an initiatic perspective derives from the Latin words "ros" and "crucis" and they are the true source of our name. The process of our origins is alchemical in nature - alchemical in a spiritual sense and not material. It identifies a process of refinement and transcendence to a more evolved state. Ros is Latin for "dew" which in alchemical terms is the purity of essence refined through transcendent process. Crucis (cross) describes the attributes necessary for the process of transformation to manifest.

Sacrifice, represented by the red colour of the rose on the cross, is the nature of crucis. By sacrifice we mean giving of one's self for the purpose of greater evolvement which is the process. We seek Truth so that ALL may be free to follow the Path of Light. That is the greatest sacrifice and that process is the source of our name.

Joining CR+C

Membership in CR+C is open to all men and women over eighteen years of age who wish to improve themselves and to serve humanity.

You are invited to visit the CR+C web site at

At the web site you can read more about the CR+C history and teachings, events, as well as access the introductory monograph and apply for membership.

Your Vital Spark advisor for Rosicrucianism (and specifically for all those looking for a contact person in the greater Toronto area) is Jo-Ann Valentine. You may direct your questions and comments to her at

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Awakened Attitude
by Gary Stewart

The Confraternity of the Rose Cross (CR+C) is a school of mysticism. It's aim and purpose is to offer a system of study to people who have felt an urge from within to consciously advance themselves along the path of spiritual evolution.

We at CR+C do not judge the potential member's prior attainment when he or she applies for membership. Nor do we, at any time, make any evaluation of the individual's advancement during this membership. Our applications for membership only test the applicants to determine if they sincerely wish to develop the inner urge for the betterment of themselves and of humanity. After passing this test, the students of Rosicrucianism are offered a system of study through the monographs, and also afforded the opportunity to manifest their learning at both an objective and esoteric level through the medium of our local groups.

In following the principles of true esotericism, we recognize that all attainment must be earned by the individuals through their own sincerity and commitments. The gift of enlightenment is the result of the work of the student through his or her own efforts. What is important is the student's own application of the principles taught in the monographs as realized from within, from the Path of the Heart, not how well the student may recite the words and principles contained in the teachings.

Once the students have developed the attribute of working with their own inner commitments, our teachings then become a valuable tool and guide in assisting such persons to develop their spirituality. On the other hand, the teachings can also assist individuals who feel the inner urge but who have yet to realize or manifest its attributes. The subtle point which serves to distinguish between the two approaches, and, at the same time, unifies them is sincerity.

Those of us who demonstrate sincerity have developed within ourselves an innate quality that serves as a guide to assist in the natural and inevitable evolution of our spiritual aspects in accordance with the harmonious nature of Being. We are truly free agents, for we have felt the attunement process and are naturally acting with responsibility to learn and apply what is felt to our conscious minds.

As this awareness matures through our efforts, we sense a "higher" form of mind, a different type of awareness, a different manifested form of logical analysis that is the unification of our inner and outer natures, which creates a third attribute. This third attribute manifests as a means, a system, which can be utilized to attain an enlightened state. This system may be called "responsible mysticism". This form of mysticism excludes phenomenalism, sensationalism, and fantasy. It includes proper perspective, understanding, and truly practical application.

Students who lack sincerity in their approach will not demonstrate the qualities just mentioned. This results in the distinction of our subtle point. However, the person who has, in some way, felt the inner urge but does not fully understand or objectify it will find value in Rosicrucian teachings. Through the seriousness of study, they will find a system which unifies the feelings and realizations to the extent that sincerity is developed as a natural process. But, for this to occur, receptivity to the harmonizing nature of the Cosmic and of mysticism must be inherent within us.

CR+C is not attractive to students who, in some manner, do not exhibit this trait. Rather, Roscrucianism does attract many different types of individuals ¡ varying from the enlightened who are applying their wisdom and knowledge for the benefit of others; to the seekers who are learning to realize or awaken; and to the immature, who have chosen not to synthesize their feelings and learning because of, perhaps, ulterior motives which consist of control, manipulation, and the false sense of power that comes with little understanding. People who fall into this last category do not stay long with the Order. If by chance they do, it soon becomes apparent that they are attempting to use the Order to gain something it will not provide.

By considering what has been said up to this point, we can perceive another subtle distinction , that is, the difference between being spiritual and thinking that we are spiritual. Being spiritual is a natural process of attunement which manifests a combination of processes in our lives in an applicable way with benefit to all beings. Thinking that we are spiritual may incorporate thoughts and actions similar to those of spirituality, but without the substance of true sincerity behind it. Although we may be sincere in what we do, we are not sincere in relationship to the harmonizing principle of the Cosmic.

The student who synthesizes and applies understands those subtleties well. But, the aspiring seeker who is learning to awaken has only a vague understanding at best. He or she must be very cautious in their actions and thoughts and must develop a balance between the emotions and the intellect. They must be careful not to get caught up in the mystification of emotionality and call it mysticism. At the same time, they must not objectify or externalize that which comes from within and give it either a merely intellectual or abstract reality.

We can readily see that a sincere study of mysticism is not as easy as some seem to think. We cannot merely read a book on the subject or even pursue a course of study and thereby become an "expert" on mysticism. To truly become a mystic, we must develop and evolve our innate qualities, part of which constitute our personality, and thereby create an attitude conducive to understanding and applying mystical ideals. In other words, books or courses may give us the knowledge of mystical principles, but it is our inner awakening that gives us the wisdom to become true mystics. This awakening involves an inner commitment and devotion to the duty of truly wanting to face and surpass our limitations for a "higher" cause.

The whole point of our concern with mystical attainment lies in the preparation of developing an awakened attitude. Psychic development does not constitute such a state, as it is more appropriately applied as a tool after realization. This also pertains to contact with "Masters". This ideal can only be truly understood after our attitude has been awakened through true sincerity and after we have begun to actively apply our inner commitment and to integrate it into our worldly affairs.

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Cogito Ergo Sum
by Gary Stewart

Rene Descartes, the French philosopher and mathematician (1596 - 1650), is perhaps most noted for his words - cogito ergo sum - I think, therefore I am.

Cartesian philosophy, or the thought system that evolved from the philosophy of Descartes, is properly relegated as rationalistic. That is, it belongs to that branch of philosophy called rationalism. Generally, rationalism states that knowledge is acquired 'a priori' or, in other words, through the reasoning process. In contradistinction, another epistemological claim is that of empiricism which argues that knowledge is acquired 'a posteriori', or through experience.

Regardless of the outcome of the sometimes rather heated debates between the adherents of both schools, our principal concern, from a Rosicrucian perspective, is with the mystical tenets of any given philosophical system and its applicability to our lives.

It is often hard to believe at times, but it is true, that every philosophical school of thought has mysticism buried somewhere within its structure. It can be argued to the contrary, I suppose, but the philosophy of Descartes is a prime example of this statement. This point is extremely well exemplified in his phrase, "I think, therefore I am". Unfortunately, some philosophers and critics of Descartes profess that Cartesian philosophy is purely mechanistic in its scope in that it likens the human body to a machine. Perhaps the same argument can be applied to our teachings because at a certain point in our studies we apply ourselves to the mechanical functioning of both our physical bodies and the universe. However, the essence behind our philosophy, as well as with the philosophy of Descartes, is based upon a mystical foundation. Such a point is quite apparent with the CR+C teachings but, perhaps, not so apparent with the teachings of Descartes.

If we take a look at some essential keys to Cartesian philosophy, we will find that Descartes incorporated intuition as an integral part of his system. Further, we find another important key in his THIRD MEDITATION when he explains the distinction between formal and objective reality - or, the difference between the perceived world and the actual world. We, as students of mysticism, know this distinction as reality and actuality. The above points are essential steppingstones, from a perspective of synthesis, to his very mystical axiom, "I think, therefore I am". We now have arrived at a simple thought of great profundity derived from a few epistemological rules that describe the operative value of that which can be known, without doubt, in its utmost clarity and simplicity.

How do we interpret this phrase? Are the words a meaningless jumble of philosophical jargon? Or, do they have profound mystical and philosophical import? Perhaps it is best to let the individual decide for him or herself the most appropriate interpretation based upon his / her own individual meditations. However, a few thoughts that should be considered are indeed relevant.

It is apparent in today's society that we have a serious problem with the use of the word "I". Individuality seems to be a popular concept to describe our propensity toward egotistical values more aptly illustrated in a young child's 'me first' attitude. Certainly, most of the adherents to this type of thinking modify the essence of the thought into an adult framework to such an extent that the foundation is not easily recognizable. That is, an elaborate system of justification hides and confuses the real point. An example of this is a branch of philosophy, known as solipsism, that is a derivative of the Cartesian system. Briefly, this philosophy states that "I am all that exists and everything else is a figment of my imagination". Perhaps the value of such a philosophy is comparable to the extreme branch of skeptical thought known as "Super Skepticism" in which one of our ancient Greek predecessors who promulgated such a philosophy had to be followed by his students so that he would not walk off cliffs or into burning buildings while reciting "How do I really know that I will be harmed if the flames touch me or if I fall 100 feet to the rocks below?"

The point is that if we allow mysticism to be an inherent part of our thought system, our philosophical values will drastically change for the better. The "I" of the individualist can transform to the "I" of the universalist, or mystic, in which case an interdependency of people and things is recognized.

"I think". Certainly we all think, but do we think with the degree of depth and wisdom that Descartes did? Further, what do we think? Are our thoughts in harmony with others and our immediate environment? Are they also in attunement with the Cosmic? The choice is merely ours to make.

When Descartes stated, "I think, therefore I am", he had reduced the sum of human knowledge into five simple words and had then attempted to rebuild an entire epistemological system founded upon truth and certainty. The meditative thought, the mysticism that was behind such words, disallows the justification for any of the superficial interpretations that have derived from his philosophy. His statement, from a mystical standpoint, may be interpreted to say that I exist because I think and even if I, as an individual, am being deluded into thinking erroneously, still, something must exist to cause the delusion. That something is the true essence, that something, according to Descartes, is God. That essence, then, is identifiable in all things and the practical implications are that it is knowable.

Benedict Spinoza, a seventeenth-century Dutch philosopher, began his philosophical career teaching Cartesian philosophy. Perhaps he saw in Descartes' philosophy a mystical pantheism that laid a foundation for his own personal philosophy. Perhaps we too should indulge in the same type of contemplation.

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by Gary Stewart

How many of us, at one time or another, have had a rather heated discussion with another individual who was obviously so obstinate and stubborn that we had to end the discussion by throwing our arms up in disgust and walking away? Naturally, the 'other' person was so close minded that we left wondering why we even became involved in the discussion to begin with and also wondering what good could ever come of it.

But, let us consider what we did when we walked away. Did we not think about the discussion for perhaps an hour, several hours, or even days afterwards? Perhaps during the process of pondering the discussion we analyzed the other person's arguments and thereby found a rational and irrefutable point of reference which absolutely and without doubt proved the other's error. What did we think then? Did we not wait, with anticipation, for that moment when we could then confront that person with our point of view and thereby resolve our differences? When that moment finally arrived - what happened? How many of us then experienced the counter arguments that the other person had thought up in the interim which resulted with us, again, throwing up our hands and walking away because our points were already considered and answered in the mind of our opponent? Again, we arrived at point zero - or did we?

Far too often, we all get so wrapped up in our personal points of view that we lose sight of the issues that we are trying to express. We lose sight of the growth process and the learning experience that occurred. The fact that we both went home and thought about the issue demonstrates that we have grown in our conceptions and, essentially, modified our personal beliefs. Thus, if we would only realize it, we actually experienced a positive interaction - not a negative one - where all parties involved grew in their understanding and modified their beliefs accordingly.

Naturally, the initial experience may have been very frustrating and even anger may have been involved. The important point, however, is that the frustration and anger merely served as a catalyst, a tool, which we utilized to either change or reaffirm our beliefs. The real issue, then, is not necessarily the point being deliberated but, rather, the growth and change of our attitudes and the modification of our perspectives which occur when we interact.

Before we can grow and evolve from such an experience, we must eliminate the illusion of good and bad or harmony and disharmony. If we take what we consider to be a disharmonious experience and change our attitude toward it, we can easily find a constructive and useful application of the experience. It all depends upon our attitude and perspective. By analogy, we can easily take the view that disease merely informs us that something is wrong and we should therefore take steps to correct the situation. Or, we may say that an earthquake, even though it may cause destruction to our homes and thus engender pain and anguish, is merely nature's way of correcting a situation. Therefore, a disharmonious experience can likewise be viewed as one that is harmonious and beneficial to us. It all depends upon how we perceive the situation.

With such an attitude in mind, we can more easily understand the mystical axiom that there is no good or evil but that it is all a matter of relative values that we, as individuals, ascribe to a situation. But what does that say about us as individuals? Does that not allow us to actually take the perspective of the Cosmic itself? Is not such an attribute inherent within all of us and is it not merely a matter of choice resulting from realization on our part?

Further, what does such a perspective say about the nature of the Cosmic itself? Can disharmony really exist, or is it just an illusion that is derived from ignorance of a situation or a cosmic principle that is not understood? We must admit that if this point were as simple as it sounds and if we truly understood it as clearly as we thought we did, essentially we would not be here trying to learn these lessons. But since we are here, let us address the question of why it is so difficult for us to realize this seemingly simple point.

Ontologically speaking from a Rosicrucian point of view, only one thing exists. There is only one all-pervading, omnipotent essence that, by its own accord or its own manifestation of its laws, exists as is. Within this structure, there are no distinctions or individual existences. However, if such be the case, why do we, as individuals, perceive distinctions or degrees of separateness?

It is because we ascribe to this Essence a system of order or, in other words, we can distinguish an orderly function of that Essence and thereby perceive a set of consistent laws by which things operate. We perceive such distinctions because we are conscious entities and therefore there appears the illusion of separateness. The study of the laws that govern this illusion of separateness - we call Cosmology. Already we can see that the One becomes two and because it becomes two, it can become a multiplicity. However, such has no actual relevance to the One but for us, as individual expressions of that One, it does matter.

Besides being concerned with the nature of being, we must realize that, for the most part, we are trying to describe that nature not from the perspective of the One, but from the perspective of the many. As a result, we must contend with illusionary aspects and use them as tools to arrive at the truth.

It has previously been brought forward that the potential for perceiving from the perspective of the Cosmic is inherent within all of us principally because we are identical to it. We merely do not realize it as such. Therefore, we may ask the question: Why does this situation exist? The answer to this question perhaps lies in a tenet of modern philosophy with which, unfortunately, 'advanced' civilizations have always had to contend - that is, the notion of individuality.

In today's society we often hear it said that "I am an individual. I am an independent being who has the right to do what I please and my existence is not dependent upon anything or any other person". Our prisons are full of such people. Other people modify that statement a little and say: "I am an individual and may do as I please as long as I do not interfere with another individual's rights or go against the laws of society. Still, I am my own person and am not dependent upon any other". This may be countered by asking: Do you grow your own food? Do you not partake of the benefits of society? The point is, how far can we carry the concept of individuality? Are we not always a result of an interaction with others and only exist through interdependency? A mystic once said that true individuality was the realization of universality. In other words, a true individual is one who perceives from the perspective of the One.

Until we realize this unity, we must contend with the lesser manifestations of the One by way of separateness, good and evil, or, in essence, our own understanding. And if we can realize that the one key to universal understanding starts with our own attitude of how we perceive what appears to be around us, of how we interact with others, then we are truly on the Path. We merely need to realize that which occurs naturally and that we have the potential to creatively adjust our attitudes and perspectives to any situation that should confront us.

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Subtle Deception
by Gary Stewart

We often hear of many people who profess to be the victims of 'black magic'. Interestingly, these claims are not always made by semieducated people from poverty-stricken areas of the world where, more often than not, superstition is an ingrained aspect of their cultural heritage, but by well-educated individuals living in such technologically advanced countries as the United States and Australia.

The appellation 'black magic', a term which refers to the use of 'magic' for the purpose of accomplishing evil, automatically implies a dual nature. That is, if "Black Magic" exists, are we to assume that "White Magic" also exists? Students of mysticism learn quite early in their studies, when reading about the subject of Cosmology, that the ontological Essence, or the Cosmic, manifests by virtue of a dual nature. Positive and negative polarities exist which, according to variations of frequencies, give rise to all things.

The important point to be kept in mind is that when we become aware of a varying rate of vibration, there exists to us a manifested reality. We become conscious of a thing dependent upon those faculties innate within us which allow us to interpret its existence. This object, or thing, becomes real to us and it constitutes what we define as reality. What we learn is that this reality may differ from person to person depending upon how one perceives its existence.

We may also realize that because any given object may be perceived differently by various conscious minds, the true nature of that object can easily elude us. We should always ask ourselves: Is what we see before us truly as it appears? Or, are we being deceived?

Therefore, if we define either white or black magic from the perspective of polarity based upon reality, that is, from purely mechanical grounds, we can easily see that we are merely referring to an impersonal functioning of Cosmological Laws that do not have a value of good or bad. However, to complicate matters, we must also consider that we have varying degrees of consciousness ranging from the objective to the Cosmic. In one sense, our daily actions and thoughts are determined by our perception of those rates of vibration. We are depending upon our perception and awareness, that is, our knowledge and wisdom of the universe. This awareness is the key to our understanding those abilities which enable us to work with those apparent forces.

With increased wisdom and knowledge, we can respond to the more subtle vibrations that do affect us, whether we realize them or not. Once they are realized, we can learn how to direct them. The greater our awareness, the more we understand where consciousness becomes involved, so that values of good or evil, or black and white, are ascribed to a situation.

We must remember that unlike reality - which is our conscious awareness of what exists - the Source or Essence is not dependent upon anything for its existence. It simply is! It is all that exists. It is an Omnipotent, Omnipresent Essence without beginning or end. All manifestations or individual expression, time, space, all things, are merely part of it. Nothing can be separate or distinct from it, but only identical to it. It is only with an incomplete understanding that all things give the illusion of being otherwise.

To briefly summarize what has been written so far, we can assess that: (1) The only 'true' thing that exists is this Essence and (2) Until this Essence is realized by what the Buddhists call "entering the state of Nirvana" or total absorption into the One, or what Rosicrucians conceive as the highest degree of Cosmic Illumination, we must contend with reality which is ever subject to illusion.

One error that many of us make while on the Path of Attainment is the mistaken idea that illusion and reality only hold true on the physical plane of existence and that only our conscious mind, our intellect, is subject to being deceived. It is therefore often assumed that our way to advancement and the key to diminishing illusion is by developing our psychic abilities. It has been said on many occasions that when one has a psychic impression, the Light has been shown and that illusion no longer exists.

The psychic realms differ little in substance from the physical. There may be impressions of varying natures to which we are not normally accustomed. However, the fact remains that those impressions, when realized, are still subject to interpretation by the individual, and we are still open to deception. We must apply the attributes of knowledge and wisdom to the psychic planes of existence, and we must realize the attribute that is innate and deep within us and which is identical to the Essence before we can see clearly.

When we have not applied the attributes of knowledge and wisdom to the psychic realms but have, by various means, nevertheless opened ourselves up to these realms, we may begin to have problems with what can be termed the Black Brotherhood. If the White Brotherhood represents truth, then the Black Brotherhood would represent deception. Therefore, when knowledge and wisdom are not applied, ignorance is allowed, and ignorance in turn makes it possible for us to be deceived. Whether this be on the physical or psychic realms is of no relevance.

When knowledge is sought after and found on the other hand, and sincerely and humbly applied to our lives, we find that we begin a slow ascent on the Path and that we are elevated to what appears to be various planes of existence. At the attainment of each successive plane, our soul personality is evolved that much further. The virtues of love, peace, harmony and all of the others take on new and deeper meaning. Our ability to be deceived is lessened relative to our acquisition of increased knowledge and wisdom, and we find that we begin to direct forces which we had never previously dreamed existed.

Regardless of what our state of soul evolution is, we must always be cognizant that ignorance still exists and that we can still be deceived. We must always search within to find and analyze those aspects of our being which need to grow and evolve. As we grow and evolve, we must also become cognizant that karmically we develop greater responsibilities. If we choose to accept those responsibilities and work with them in a serious and sincere manner, we find that greater opportunities are afforded us and that our lives manifest a more peaceful and harmonious atmosphere that actively assists in the dissemination of Light. If, at any point, we choose not to accept the increased responsibilities that are inherent with growth, we find that confusion often results, and the pangs of conscience intensify with our avoidance of the situation.

Although we realize that esoteric study is difficult, once it is begun, there is no turning back. If we are at a difficult point on the Path we must remind ourselves to overcome the various issues with determination and use our conscience as a guide. If we choose to ignore our conscience and not accept further responsibility, we often find ourselves in a position where confusion creates disharmony and ignorance begins to infiltrate our beings.

Often, if we are in such a state, we attempt to justify our actions by convincing others that we are right. The prior directing of forces now becomes an attempt to control those forces and subsequently others, and we find what appears to be a misuse of Cosmic Laws to arrive at our own personal ends. But, we must remember that appearances are deceiving and that we are still in the realm of reality.

Cosmic Law functions as a unit and only appears to have a distinction or dual polarity at the level of manifestation. If someone attempts to control the ; manifestation of the law, he is merely deluding himself into a false sense of power and control. The Essence is impersonal and functions according to its own laws and cannot be perverted by one who thinks that it can be, although the person so doing may be deceived into thinking that he is succeeding. Little does he realize that he, too, with all of his thoughts of control, is merely manifesting an aspect of reality that is only a part of the Essence and never in contradiction to it.

We can now more fully address the question: Does black magic exist? And, what is the psychological make-up of one who believes in black magic or practices it?

With respect to the above explanations, we may answer the first question in the affirmative. Black Magic or the Black Brotherhood does exist in reality to those people who believe it to be true. Certain people have chosen not to accept responsibility and have deceived themselves into thinking that they have the power to control nature and others, thereby creating an illusion of manifestation which others can easily believe if they allow it. They call it power. We, as Rosicrucians, call it superstition! Psychologically, such people who are insecure within themselves manifest an aura of disharmony and are filled with fear since, inwardly, they realize that they are failing but have not yet admitted it to themselves.

It is apparent that such a person is steeped in ignorance as he does not recognize, and sometimes chooses not to recognize, the Light that is all-pervading. We are never in a position to judge another's attainment on the Path, but we can assume that such a person has much to learn and experience. Yet this person may have a developed degree of intelligence, psychic abilities and charisma. Such attributes are never denied to anyone and in no way are they indicative of high attainments.

We then must ask: Can such a person affect us? The answer is yes. He can affect us as much as anyone else can - but only if we allow it. Let us think of our difficulties and how deceiving they can be. But let us also remind ourselves of how easily we can face and overcome them. We merely must choose to remain sincere in our efforts and humble in our attitude; to look at our life and our world as a part of the One and keep our thoughts and aspirations pure; to keep thoughts of power and control out of our minds and realize that we are not great, but rather, quite small in comparison to all that is Essence.

(NOTE: The term "Black Magic" has no reference to race. It is a term used by some schools of an esoteric nature to imply evil).

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Mystical Vowel Sounds
by Gary Stewart

Vowel sounds, intonations and chants have been employed by many organizations and individuals from diverse backgrounds and cultures for thousands of years.

They are used to affect a change in the vibratory rate of the psychic centres (chakras), physical glands and the human aura. The higher the rate of vibration the more in tune it is with the emanations from the Divine Mind or the Cosmic. Thus, the intonation of certain sounds can assist in raising the vibrations of the body above those of disease and also raising consciousness to a higher level.

The following vowel sounds are presented with permission from Gary Stewart, Imperator of the Confraternity of the Rose Cross (CR+C). Students of CR+C learn about vowel sounds in depth and have the opportunity to participate with other students in group settings.


Dress comfortably and sit with your hands upon your lap, unclasped, palms down and legs uncrossed, feet on the floor or ground. You should find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Sit tall, holding the spine erect and chin tucked in slightly. Breathe with the diaphragm. The sound is produced on the exhalation of breath.

The following descriptions include the note on which the vowel is intoned. You may vary the pitch to suit your own personal nature or needs at the time of the intonation.

You should not attempt to force development by the overuse of the vowel intonations. They should be used periodically to allow the psychic centres to develop normally and naturally.

The Vowels

RA is a royal character of the masculine nature. It affects the sympathetic nervous system, the human aura, and the psychic body. Pronounced like the word raw, it is intoned on A natural above middle C.

MA may be called the companion sound to RA. It is the mothering, feminine sound of a strengthening, protective nature. It affects the parasympathetic nervous system. Pronounced like the word maw, it is also intoned on A natural above middle C.

The vocal sounds RA and MA are used to arouse the pituitary gland, which may be thought of as the centre of consciousness in both the physical and psychic bodies.

KHEI, pronounced kay ee, produces a luminous lilac or lavender colour in the aura. Intoning KHEI aids good health generally and is indicative of lofty spiritual aspirations and higher emotions. It is intoned on E natural above middle C.

THO is an invigorating, arousing sound. It stimulates the thyroid gland, which controls growth and affects learning and energies in both mental and muscle activity. It produces a violet red aura. It is intoned on F# above middle C.

MEH affects the blood stream and the solar plexus. It assists in producing the yellow-green colour in the aura that helps the psychic faculties transmit impressions to the material self. It is intoned on middle C.

ER produces an effect that is positive and stimulating, affecting the pancreas. It makes the predominant colour in the aura brighter. It is intoned on middle C.

EHM, pronounced like the word aim, is a peace producing sound. It affects the thymus gland and quiets the nervous system, alleviating pain and suffering. It is intoned on B above middle C.

THA is a rich, significant sound that affects the sympathetic nervous system, the human aura, and the psychic body. It is intoned on A natural above middle C.

EYE emanates vibrations that are soothing and pleasing and produces a deep red colour in the aura. This signifies compassion and deep sympathy for our fellow man. It is intoned on G natural above middle C.

EH, pronounced like the vowel in the word yet, was found by the ancient mystics to have power over, or an effect upon, the water element in nature. EH is stimulating and effective, especially for those who have some minor illness or blood disorder. It produces a red tinge in the aura. It is intoned on middle C.

OOM should be drawn out allowing the M sound to fade away at the end. The meaning of M is of the maturing, passive power of the feminine nature. The letter O represents the universe, endless space, and the immortality of life without beginning or end. It is intoned on D above middle C.

Gary Stewart is known for his scholarship in the western esoteric tradition. He is the author of 'Awakened Attitude' and is the present Imperator of the Confraternity of the Rose Cross, Knight Commander of the OMCE and Sovereign Grand Master of the British Martinist Order.

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The Lord's Prayer

Translated from Aramaic into English (rather than from Aramaic to Greek to Latin to English)

O Cosmic Birther of all radiance and vibration
soften the ground of our being and carve out a space
within us where Your Presence can abide.
Fill us with your creativity so that we may be empowered
to bear the fruit of Your mission.
Let each of our actions bear fruit in accordance with our desire.
Endow us with the wisdom to produce
and share what each being needs to grow and flourish.

Untie the tangled threads of destiny that bind us,
as we release others from the entanglement of past mistakes.
Do not let us be seduced by that which would divert us from our true
purpose, but illuminate the opportunities of the present moment.

For You are the round and the fruitful vision, the birth power and
fulfillment, as all is gathered and made whole once again.

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The Creed of Peace

I am guilty of war when I proudly exercise my intelligence to the disadvantage of my fellow man.

I am guilty of war when I distort other's opinions which differ from my own.

I am guilty of war when I show disregard for the rights and property of others.

I am guilty of war when I covet what another has honestly acquired.

I am guilty of war when I seek to maintain my superiority of position by depriving others of the opportunity of advancement.

I am guilty of war if I imagine my kin and myself to be privileged people.

I am guilty of war if I believe heritage entitles me to monopolize resources of nature.

I am guilty of war when I believe other people must think and live as I do.

I am guilty of war when I make success in life solely dependent upon power, fame and riches.

I am guilty of war when I think the minds of people should be regulated by force, rather than by reason.

I am guilty of war when I believe the God I conceive is the one others must accept.

I am guilty of war when I think that the land of a man's birth must necessarily be the place of his livelihood.

- Ralph M. Lewis, Imperator 1939-1987

The true articles of peace cannot be legislated , but are drawn up in the personal aspirations and conduct of millions of men and women just like yourself.

When all people frankly perceive their common interdependence, an understanding that transcends the barriers of time and space, creed and race, will emerge.

"The Creed of Peace" explains the individual's responsibilities in creating war and in creating a lasting peace.

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