Chapter 9

The Crucible of Being

1 Breathes there the man, with soul so dead
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native universe!

Part I

2 If I could cite one area of application which the students need to work on more than any other, it is that of the expansion of the universal consciousness within the forcefield of the individual.

3 The greatest need of mankind today and I say this unequivocally, is the development and the nurturing of the sense of the universal as belonging completely to the individual. 4 From thence is drawn the foregone conclusion that the individual must also be sensed as belonging to that universal cosmos so conceived.

5 As the student of alchemy approaches the temple of being, 6 of life, of oneness, 7 he must, if he would correctly apprehend the meaning of existence and derive happiness therefrom, 8 see himself as a diamond of Light’s perfection set in a mounting of perpetual elegance. 9 Acknowledging his origin in those permanent realities which the interpretative mind and heart of being are able to apprehend and hold in the proper focus of prospective progress, 10 man shall once again renew his intelligently guided drift toward sublime Reality.

11 There is no greater deterrent to progress than the isolationism that evolves out of the sense of separation from Life 12 wherein the smallness of the ego, 13 pitted against indeterminate odds, lurks in the shadows of uncertainty.

14 The unforeseeable events of the future, by reason of their opacity, project little comfort into the longing heart which awaits some word from the creative mind of God, 15 some foreknowledge of the depth of that love which God feels for each part of the vast whole of the cosmos in all of its immensity and greatness.

16 From the least to the greatest minds of earth, all need the benefit of lasting attunement with the universal consciousness of God.

17 Mankind, through various religious concepts, have imagined God to be a “creature-creator” simply because they themselves are “creator-creatures.” 18 Using the tremendous outgoing energy of being, men have diligently imagined and imaged forth the nature of God, 19 while only the few have apprehended the truth that God is consciousness, 20 and as consciousness he is life, intelligence, will, and love manifest in a rich variety of dimensions and attributes.

21 Now I tell you, God is a benign Impersonal Personality, a Personal Impersonality, a Personal Personality, and an Impersonal Impersonality comprising the manifold consciousness of being. 22 He gives and gives of his creative Self to the creatures he has made in the hope that they will apprehend his purposes and emulate his consciousness to the fullness with which he has endowed them.

23 As they mature and grow throughout life, people imitate one another, consciously and unconsciously mimicking the personalities that touch their lives. 24 They dwell in such a sense of unreality that they persist in identifying themselves as vile sinners. 25 They accept not only the accusations of the “accuser of our brethren” (Rev 12:10) whose machinations are exposed in the twelfth chapter of the Book of Revelation, 26 but also the burden of mounting waves of mass condemnation which, 27 like a raging sea, threaten to drown the Real Image of the Higher Self in an ocean of emotion.

28 The purpose of thought and feeling is to form the mold of fruitful and progressive experience which in turn endows mankind with the highest aspects of his Divine Self.

29  You see, blessed alchemists, your thoughts and feelings are the collimation lines that adjust and align your energies, 30 focusing them through the lens of consciousness according to your free will for either constructive or destructive designs in the world of form.

31 Mankind, in the mainstream of their influence, have misused the energies of their thoughts and feelings; 32 and, unaware of the consequences of their mental and emotional inconsistencies, irregularities, and incongruities, 33 they have molded Light’s energies descending into their world into asymmetrical forms which, 34 by reason of their nature, could never produce happiness for themselves or any other part of life.

35 The idea of a temperamental, vengeful, or unjust God is abhorrent from the outset. 36 The concept of an arbitrary Deity who would show favoritism is likewise distressing. 37 Hence, according to his awareness of the Deity, 38 man himself becomes the arbiter of his destiny, and, 39 according to his uses of energy, the harbinger of truth or error in his life.

40 The stratification of human consciousness from the aboriginal types unto the erudite twentieth-century man, skilled in philosophy, science, religion, and the higher mechanics of living, persists in its full range to the present day in various parts of the world. 41 Honest individuals will even recognize in themselves these progressive steps of consciousness which, if progress is being made, are constantly in a state of flux.

42 Now, it is true that it may be more comfortable, at least temporarily, for mankind to vegetate neath the sun and the moon in an isolated reverie, remote from the challenges of life, 43 without benefit of the sometimes violent but always disturbing alchemical heat which, 44 as Christic fires, acts to purge mankind of his dross. 45 But I am certain that the soul which desires to climb the hill of attainment to reach the summit peaks will neither find fault with nor reject the necessary chain of experiences that are intended to broaden the mind, sharpen the intellect, 46 exalt the spirit, and test the mettle of a man.

47 While on the subject of the gradations of consciousness, remember that each level represents a phase of the alchemy of transition from the human to the divine. 48 A just sense of the equal opportunity of all to apprentice themselves to the Master Alchemist is a prerequisite to personal freedom.

49 To recognize the potential of a mobile and malleable consciousness is to recognize the soaring of the spirit. 50 To be willing to accept personal responsibility for changing unwanted conditions within the domain of the self is to accept the responsibility of being a son of God. 51 Those who cater to their egos and allow the energy patterns (i.e., vibrations) of personal jealousy to block the doorway to self-mastery as they court the attainment of another lifestream will be hindered in their progress on the Path until they have transmuted this propensity.

52 Jealousy is in fact rooted in the doubt and the fear that Almighty God himself is unable to bestow upon each one every good and necessary talent contributing to the fulfillment of his divine plan. 53 Inasmuch as jealousy and competition between individual expressions of God are among the basic causes of all unhappiness upon earth, I would definitely underscore the students’ need to put them to the flame.

54 The threats to the alchemist’s self-mastery posed by jealousy manifest in many subtle modes--so much so that many honest-hearted people are unaware of the fact that such tainted vibrations do from time to time play upon their feelings. 55 Application made in prayer and supplication or as invocations and affirmations (called decrees) made in the name of God for the freeing of oneself from all conditions of struggle and strife will bear the fruit of an active yet peaceful progress.

56 You see, false identification with family and friends, the acceptance of limitations through heredity and environment, attachment to persons and places, to one’s race, religion, nationality, or ethnic group must also be submitted to the flames of the Refiner’s fire for transmutation. 57 Personal attitudes must be adjusted to impersonal laws, and thought and feeling patterns must be molded after more noble designs if the individual is to make true spiritual progress.

58 I do not say that individuals should not be loyal to those whom they love and in whom they believe. 59 But I do declare that man’s first loyalty should be to his True Self, his own God-identity, and to his Christed being, and then to those of like mind. 60 Above all, the purposes and uses of life must be rightly understood and practiced.

61 To awaken each day to another round of pursuing vain pleasures and the questionable hope of mortal expectation--herein lies a state of flaccid misery in which the soul is scarcely exercised. 62 When the purposes of heaven are truly understood, man will welcome the dawn and receive each new day with joy.

63 In the fullness of life man can hardly fear death. As I wrote in my essay “Of Death” (under the name of Francis Bacon): “It is as natural to die as to be born; and to a little infant, perhaps, the one is as painful as the other!” (Francis Bacon – Essays or counsels, Civil and Moral. (1625).)

9.1.1 The Mortification of the body.

64 Thus we now stand at a point in our alchemical studies where we must understand the meaning of the mortification of the body of untransmuted substance.

65 Through the centuries men have taken great pride in the body: 66 they have glorified it and deified it. 67 Artists have painted it, sculptors have created beautiful statues exhibiting it, and in the end it has fallen into dust and decay.

68 All the while this process of decay has been going on, the spirit of man has supposedly been creating houses of perfection eternal in the heavens (II Cor 5:1).  69 And this is true in part, 70 for every good deed which man does while in the body is recorded to his credit in the great concentric rings of light and electronic substance which comprise his causal body--the body of First Cause which is the dwelling place of the Presence of the Most High God.

71 As each individual man who is a manifestation of God has a causal body, 72 so each individual has an I AM Presence pulsating as the sacred fire in the center of that body. 73 And in the auric forcefield surrounding that Presence are the markings of his achievements for good upon his planetary home. 74 One law, then, would I instill in the hearts of the students of alchemy: God is absolutely just--the universe is absolutely just. 75 All injustice arises either in man’s misinterpretation and misunderstanding of the flow of events or in man’s mishandling of justice. 76 Those who have not apprehended life correctly, those who remain ignorant of the laws of divine as well as human justice, cannot be relied upon to preserve the flame of justice.

77 As I have stated before, every student must be willing to throw off the shackles of the false teachers and their false teachings. 78 Every student must determine to break the chains of error even while he rejects the image of the world as a place where integrity is lacking and the suggestion that individuals are here to take advantage of one another.

79 The well-known and often-quoted entrepreneur P. T. Barnum said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” 80 Of course, people do not like to think that they are being taken advantage of. 81 Therefore, they often try to outdo the other fellow before he outdoes them. 82 This attitude is responsible for a most unhealthy climate in both commerce and society.

83 While it is true that the responsibility rests with the world’s leaders in every field to set an example of integrity, nothing should prevent the world’s followers from manifesting that integrity which their leaders ought to manifest or from exalting virtue as an example before them. 84 There is much in the world’s thought about itself that is accurate, 85 but its inaccuracies have come to be accepted by individuals without question. 86 Such tacit acceptance makes for both a weak civilization and a weak individuality.

87 Therefore, in strengthening the bonds of freedom throughout the world, 88 a new man must emerge from the social milieu: a New Atlantean must step forth clothed with the righteousness of the Sun! 89 A golden man for the golden age! 90 This is the Master Alchemist!

91 If this spiritual man--clothed with the power of the Sun, 92 clothed with the power of spiritual alchemy, 93 clothed with the virtue that he already possesses, 94 but of which he is far too often unaware--is to stand forth today, 95 it must be because he has offered the “body” of his corrupt substances to be thrown into the crucible of the alchemical furnace!

96 The early Christian mystics and writers referred to this experience when they said that a man ought to die with Christ if he expected to live with him (I Cor 15:31). 97 This death of the old man with his deeds (Eph 4:22) is confined to the crucible of the spiritual-alchemical experience; 98 thus it is possible for all unwanted conditions in a man’s life to be changed, 99 that he may pass through a glorious transmutative epic culminating in the putting on of the new man. 100 Free at last of the dross of the human experience, 101 man stands forth in all of the shining glory of the divine experience that is the wholeness of the resurrection.

102 The agonies of Gethsemane may be compared to the spiritual preparation that the individual alchemist must make before knowingly and consciously committing himself to the crucible of life in order that he may emerge in the true glory of his being. 103 This is dying with Christ in the certain hope that he will live again.

104 Beloved ones, bear in mind that those who do not do so willingly and knowingly will still pass through the change called death, 105 even if they persist in following the ways that lead to destruction. 106 But this change, without the prior putting off of the old man, will not lead to the indestructible Christhood that God intends every son to manifest. 107 It is a supreme demonstration of faith when a living soul, forsaking even self-love, offers himself as a living sacrifice in order that Christ-victory be glorified through him. 108 Such is a career son of God!

109 In closing Part I, 110 I advocate that the seeker make any sacrifice necessary to the seeking out of the golden possibilities that gleam through the mists of time and space as spiritual reality--the hope of every man upon earth!

Part II

111 Beloved ones, just as heaven is not lost by a single thought or deed of a lifestream, so heaven is not gained by a single thought or deed. 112 Nevertheless, your life can become a daily round of victories whereby each step taken aright propels you into an expanding awareness of the beauty and glory of the newness of life. 113 This is the resurrection from dead works of carnality into the living exaltation of the Christ consciousness of spirituality, 114 vesting each one so dedicated with the mission of Jesus the Christ-- one of the greatest alchemists of all time.

115 Speaking of resurrection, 116 I am reminded of the words “In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea / 117 With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:/118 As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free, 119 While God is marching on.” (Battle hymn of the Republic).

120 The newly resurrected man-- in whom Christ is born, in whom there is a transfiguring glory—121 is resurrected by the power of change, 122 by the science of divine alchemy. 123 In him the dawn of each new day takes on a spiritual significance never before experienced. 124 He holds each day as a chalice of opportunity to live free and to make all men free.

125 Then all of nature, in sweet communion with the yearning of his lifestream to fan the fires of freedom, 126 extends immortal hands of felicity. 127 The trees, the flowers, the rocks, the earth--all of the variegated expressions of nature--bow to that man who has made himself the instrument of freedom and extend to him the care and consideration of the Master Gardener himself

128 The Father who created the paradise of God referred to in Genesis is now perceived to be in fact the Creator of all loveliness. 129 The sylphs of the air, 130 the undines of the sea, 131 the fiery salamanders of the flame, 132 and the gnomes of the earth are recognized as elemental spirits 133 created to assist that one Father in bringing forth a kingdom of supreme loveliness and beauty.

134 It is recognized by the perceptive alchemist that the carnal nature of man has been outpictured in part by the nature kingdom; 135 for the elementals, from the smallest to the greatest, are great mimics of the human scene. 136 As they have taken on human concepts of duality, thorns and thistles, 137 pain and parting have been brought forth upon the screen of life. 138 Yet with all of the despoiling of the virgin beauty of the earth by mankind’s discord and inharmony, much that is lovely has remained, 139 showing that the power of God is greater than the power of the deification of evil.

140 Through friendship with the servants of God and man in nature, the compassionate alchemist learns to utilize the great spiritual flow of elemental life 141 and finds in the presence of the Holy Spirit a cooperation with nature which formerly he did not even dream existed. 142 Looking upon the blessed earth with the grandeur of its rolling plains, 143 its fertile valleys, and its mountain ranges, 144 gazing upon the crystalline mirrors of its lakes and flowing streams interlacing the terrain and conveying the water element in channels of varying depth, 145 mankind become filled with reverent wonder.

146 The planetary veins and arteries conveying the tireless energy of the Eternal One from place to place upon the spinning globe of the world, 147 the blue dome of the sky with the golden sun disk to warm and revivify mankind, 148 the silent night with the crystal moon and diadems of stars like unto the Pleiades —149 all of these are flooded with a sense of unity which pervades all things. 150 Nowhere is unity felt with greater meaning than in the depths of the heart of the individual who is in complete attunement with God and his own I AM Presence, 151 the individualized identity of the perfection of the Creator himself.

152 That body of historical error composed of myriad carnal events and human misqualifications is changed now by the alchemical fires of spiritual regeneration, 153 and in its place the wholeness of the Real Being of man stands forth. He is no longer a part: he is the all of creation!

154 These valleys and hills, these diadems of stars and far reaches of space are a part of himself. 155 He is all of them and in them all! 156 With this supernal sense of ever-present wonder, 157 man is able, 158 as an integral manifestation of God, 159 to perform the miracles of the Great Alchemist 160 and make his world the wondrous glory of the resurrection! 161 Old senses are passed away; 162 all things are become new (II Cor 5:17).

163 With that I wish to give the students a coup d’oeil into advancements which shall be forthcoming in the world of science. 164 I am interested in offering a preview of man’s greater control of the elements in this Studies in Alchemy, because some of our would-be alchemists can be instrumental in the production of these new techniques or in calling them forth from the Universal.

165 Let us consider for a moment the development of the mind-switch. 166 At present, lights, elevators, doors, and many devices are activated by switches or electronically; 167 and engineers are at work upon a typewriter which will type phonetically sentences spoken directly into it[1]. 168 The mind-switch is even more revolutionary, 169 for it will enable men to direct mechanical apparatus and electrical functions through brain waves by the mastery of the energy currents flowing through the mind.

170 Of course, many amusing situations could be construed in which two individuals might transmit divergent impulses simultaneously. 171 This should pose no problem, for they would but cancel each other out or the stronger would overcome the weaker of the transmitted thought waves.

172 Another development of the coming age will be a camera so sensitized that it will make possible the photographing of the human aura.[2] 173 This will enable physicians to discover the fundamental causes of many physical diseases as well as the solution to psychiatric problems related to the emotions and subconscious records of past experiences, even in previous lives unknown to the patients themselves.

174 The wave patterns caused by criminal tendencies and crimes recorded in the etheric body will also be “photographed,” 175 or recorded by sensitive instruments in graphic form similar to the process now used to record brain waves and impulses of the nervous system. 176 Evidence of guilt or innocence will thereby be afforded those administrators of justice who formerly relied on incomplete knowledge of events in the penalizing of delinquent individuals.

177 With the advent of greater understanding of magnetism, it will be possible to so amplify the power of magnetism as to suspend furniture in midair without any form of visible support. 178 A new optical development is forthcoming which will increase mankind’s exploration of the submicroscopic and atomic worlds.

179 In this field the magnification of images with great clarity will become possible by methods not previously encountered. 180 With this advancement certain methods of transmutation will be made known to the chemists of the world whereby the synthesis of new elements will be achieved as simply as a child plays with blocks.

181 A new form of aeronavigation and transportation will be made possible by utilizing an electronic ray played upon the metal of which the airship itself is composed, 182 negating the gravitational influences upon it and giving it a quality of lightness similar to helium.

183 This will enable it to rise in complete resistance to the power of gravity. 184 The ship can  then be directed by atomic jets in such a manner that a safer form of locomotion will be made available to all. 185 A breakthrough in color television enabling increased clarity in the ranges of color tones and values should come forth before too long.

186 Through the means of orbiting satellites such as those that are currently circling the earth, 187 a new method of studying the weather and of mapping it will cause mankind to realize the need for a central control station for the weather in order to direct its conditions over most of the landed areas of the world. 188 I feel, however, that this could be the subject of much controversy and may eventually be dropped until the time when greater unity and amicability exist between various interest groups and among the family of nations.

189 The work begun many years ago by Luther Burbank--who acted under the direction of the hierarchy in his experiments with nature and the grafting of plants--will be brought to a new degree of perfection as certain influences within the hearts of the seeds themselves are revealed through advanced studies in cytology. 190 Within the heart of the desert cactus is locked a secret whereby the arid areas of the world can indeed be made to blossom as the rose (Isa 35:1) and produce all manner of fruits and vegetables with far less moisture than is presently required. 191 Water shortages may thus be alleviated.

192 The present surge in world population, which seems to have caused many demographers to review and revise the doctrines of Malthus with the aim of extinguishing or limiting human life in complete contradiction to God’s laws, 192 will prove of less concern to future societies as they become aware of marvelous methods of increasing agricultural production, 193 of harvesting the wealth of the sea, and of the unlimited use of atomic energy in advanced city planning as well as in interplanetary colonization.

194 There is a purpose in the plans of God which far transcends the understanding of the human intellect and the memory of history upon earth. 195 The wonders that are to come will soon be dwarfed by still greater wonders, and therefore all life should live in a state of constant expectancy.

196 It is the joy of the mind of God to give richly of his blessing. 197 But above all, may I counsel you now, students of the Light and all mankind: 198 Obtain first from God the Father the wisdom to live peaceably, to deal gently and courteously with one another, to promote the education of mankind the world around, and especially by honest efforts to prevent the increase in number of those indigent individuals who are prone to commit crimes against society.

199 The value of training the young in a proper manner and encouraging them to live lives of useful service and good character cannot be overestimated. 200 Political scandals within the nations of the world and the harshness of police-state methods (as enforced in Communist-dominated countries) must be overridden by the sword of the Prince of Peace.

201 The Prince of Peace is imaged in the compassionate Christ going forth to teach all nations that the way of God is good, that his wonders are intended to be used and possessed by all and exclusively by none. 202 A higher way of life than vain competition must be pursued. 203 Men must become God-spurred and less motivated by status seeking.

204 Teach this truth! 205 The sharing of the grace of heaven is a message of eternal watchfulness from the Great White Brotherhood to all upon earth.

206 Abundance and peace go hand in hand, and this state of felicity is the will of God. 207 Let this planet, by the power of spiritual and natural alchemy, arise to build new homes, new churches, new schools, a new civilization, new concepts, new virtue, new greatness--all in the bonds of eternal confidence which blazes forth from the very heart of God and is anchored within your own physical heart as the expanding flame spark of the Immortal Alchemist himself!

Part III

208 The feeling of aloneness should be transmuted and superseded by the certainty of all-oneness. 209 Man came forth from God as good, and he shall return to that goodness by becoming like it through the dignity of freedom and choice.

210 The power, love, and wisdom of God are never tyrannical but gently bestow upon each individual creature of the creation the blessedness of opportunity to know God without limit. 211 Forgiveness, mercy, justice, peace, achievement, and progress toward ultimate supremacy are the gifts which Life holds for all.

212 Through the process of descent into Matter and form, man, as a part of God destined to become ultimately victorious, is made the conscious master of all he surveys, so long as he is not forgetful of his Source. 213 By identifying with the gross, man becomes almost at once entangled in a web of human creation whose snarls, like the thread of Ariadne weaving through the labyrinthian cave of subterranean Matter, 214 bring him face to face with the Minotaur who dwells in the lower octaves of consciousness waiting to devour the Christ.

215 Escape is freedom. 216 That which descends and is committed to form and density must, in obtaining its freedom, ascend back to that Source from whence it came.

217 To do this prematurely is in error; and therefore the Father, or I AM Presence, knows of each lifestream the day and hour when he is truly ready! 218 Until the fullness of outer circumstance is transcended and transmuted in a manner whereby the lifestream has fulfilled his original purposes for entering the orbit of Earth, he should continue his training and preparation in accordance with the universal plan.

219 Surely thoughtful individuals will quickly recognize that marrying and the giving in marriage, procreation and the perpetuation of present modes of civilization are not of themselves the ultimate purposes of life. 220 All the world as a stage is not the cosmic coliseum; 221 and are the curtain is drawn on the final act, the drama of man’s existence shall be played out in many corners of the universe undreamed of by either early or modern man.

222 Men’s dreams of heaven are but fond glimpses into the imagery of Elysium graciously afforded mankind as encouragement until the time when they are able to expand their own spiritual vision and behold reality in the wonders of the Father in his many cosmic mansions (John 14:2).

223 The supreme purpose of God for every lifestream upon earth is the selfsame victory which beloved Jesus manifested from the hill of Bethany. 224 The accent of Christendom upon the agony of Gethsemane, 225 the crucifixion, and the vigil in the tomb of Joseph of Arimatea has often eclipsed the great significance for every man, woman, and child of the glories of the resurrection and mysteries of the ascension.

226 Misunderstanding of the law of cause and effect and failure to apprehend the at-one-ment of the Universal Christ originated in the human concepts that were introduced in the parable of Eden and continue to the present day, 227 perpetuated by the hoary mists of time and dogma. 228 Unfortunately, the vicarious atonement has been ignorantly accepted and is widely used as an excuse for wrongdoings and their continuation. 229 Thus, surrounded by an aura of godly but needless fear, men have persisted in passing on fallacies from generation to generation in the name of God and Holy Writ.

230 The registering of discord and wrongdoing upon man’s four lower bodies (i.e., the physical, mental, memory, and emotional bodies) is effected by scientific law, cosmically ordained and itself the very instrument of creation. 231 As creators, men have sown the wind and reaped a karmic whirlwind (Hosea 8:7).

232 The victory of the Universal Christ, which beloved Jesus demonstrated, was intended to show to man the way that would conduct him safely back to God’s image. 233 That way was revealed as the Christ, or Divine Light within every man that cometh into the world (John 1:9). 234 It is this wondrous light, then, which is the light and life of the world every man’s individual world. 235 Only by walking in the light as he, the Universal Christ, is in the light (John 8:12) can men return to the Father’s house.

236 The forgiveness of sins is a merciful instrument of the Great Law whereby retribution, 237 or the penalty for wrongdoing, is held in abeyance in order that a lifestream may have the freedom to “go and sin no more”(I John 1:7) 238 and then be given the opportunity for greater spiritual progress. 239 However, forgiveness does not absolve the soul of the requirement to balance the energies misused by the alchemical fires of transmutation. 240 The balancing of wrongs done to every part of life, including the self, must be accomplished in full with cosmic precision; hence every jot and tittle of the law must be fulfilled (John 8:11) either here or hereafter.

241 This process need not be a fearful looking for of judgment (Matt 5:18), but it should preferably be a happy expectation of opportunity for service to life and the freeing of Life’s imprisoned splendor. 242 For by ministering unto life individually and universally and by calling forth the alchemical fires on the altar of being, the individual can undo all of the inharmonies which he has thoughtlessly cast upon its beauteous presence. 243 Truly, those who have been forgiven much can love much (Luke 7:47); 244 for they perceive the need to be everlastingly grateful for the goodness and mercy of God which endure forever! (Ps 136).

245 One of the major causes of recalcitrance, arrogance, willful wrongdoing, disobedience, rebellion, and stubbornness is the vain hope of individual attainment without individual effort or of personal salvation without personal sacrifice. 246 Mankind do not relish the idea of painstakingly withdrawing every thread and snarl they have placed in the garment of life or of attaining heaven by honest application.

247 Yet they must one day face this truth of themselves. 248 Therefore, the present, when truth and justice of opportunity are at hand, 249 is the right and accepted time. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. “

250 The desire to find a scapegoat for one’s sins in a world teacher or saviour is not in keeping with the cosmic principles undergirding the law of the atonement. 251 A master of great light such as Jesus the Christ or Gautama Buddha may hold the balance for millions of souls who are not able to carry the weight of their own sinful sense. 252 This holding action is a staying of the law whereby, through mercy and through the personal sacrifice of one who keeps the flame for all, 253 mankind might find their way back to God and then, in the power of the rebirth and in the presence of the Holy Spirit, 254 return to take up the unfinished business of balancing their debts to life.

255 Christ is the saviour of the world because by his immaculate heart he postpones the day of judgment, 256 affording humanity additional opportunity in time and space to fulfill the requirements of immortality.

257 I cannot, in the holy name of freedom, resist speaking out on these matters. 258 For many have suffered in the astral world after the change called death, 259 and when they came before the Lords of Karma to give an accounting for their lives, 260 they were found wanting. 261 Unfortunately, this may have been only because while on earth they accepted false religious doctrine and, in their misguided state, 262 failed to do well in the time allotted to them. 263 Then came to pass the words God spake to Adam’s son, “Sin lieth at the door” (II Cor 6:2) 264 that is to say, the record of the misuse of God’s energy is at hand: render an accounting.

265 In God’s scheme of world order, the propitiation for sin is permanent and effective; 266 for the violet fire will transmute every unwanted condition and balance all by Light. 267 This Light is the Universal Christ.

268 The precious violet flame, an aspect of the Comforter’s (John 14:16, 26, 15:26)  consciousness, is the friend of every alchemist. 269 It is both the cup and the elixir of Life that cannot fail to produce perfection everywhere when it is called into action. 270 After the violet flame has performed its perfect work, then let all rest in their labors that God may move upon the waters (waves of light) of the creation to produce and sustain the righteousness of his eternal law.

271 The climax or initiation of the ascension can and will come to all, even to little children, when they are ready for it--when at least  51 percent of their karma has been balanced (this means that 51 percent of all the energy ever given to their use has been transmuted and put to constructive purpose) 272 and their hearts are just toward God and man, aspiring to rise into the never-failing light of God’s eternally ascending Presence.

273 When this gift is given to anyone by his own I AM Presence and the Karmic Board, the appearance of age drops from him as swiftly as a smile can raise the lips, 274 and the magnetism and energy of that one becomes the unlimited power of God surging through his being. 275 The dross of the physical, the weariness of the emotional body, tired of hatred and its monstrous creations, 276 the ceaseless rote of the mental body--all drop away and are replaced in perfect ease by their divine counterparts.

277 The feelings become charged by the love of God and the angels. 278 The mind is the diamond-shining mind of God--omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent. 279 The total being is inspired and aspiring!

280 Thus that which once hopefully descended now ascends back into the Light from whence it came. 281 One with the company of angels and the nature and friendship of the Ascended Masters and in fellowship with the august fraternity of the Great White Brotherhood, 282 each such one, by the divine merit within, attains the fullness of all that God would ever bestow upon each son without respect of any man’s person, 283 but in joyful acknowledgment of man’s victory: Thou art my beloved Son; this day have I begotten thee! (Ps 2:7)

Epilogue

284 Religion and spirituality are no shame. 285 These are the implements of the eternally creative arts. 286 These are the friends of the alchemist who would change every base element of human nature and all life into the gold of Christed accomplishment.

287 In this teaching are keys to the highest portal. 288 They must be fitted in the lock to gain entrance to the highest initiation. 289 I AM the door to the progressive unfoldment of ever-ascending planes of consciousness — 290 all within your lovely God Presence, I AM.

291 Blessed ones, you are not limited in alchemy merely to the drawing forth from the universal light of three-dimensional objects. 292 Alchemy can be mastered in order to illumine the mind, to heal any unwanted condition, and to spiritually exalt man’s total nature from its base state to the golden standard where the golden rule is law.

293 With you--as with God--all things are possible. 294 There is no other or higher way. 295 For example, the brilliance of present Soviet science cannot win the universe for the blessed children of Mother Russia. 296 Only God can bring eternal satisfaction to the whole earth. 297 Let the ungodly tremble, for they shall be cut down as grass (Ps 37:1, 2); 298 but the righteous shall shine as the sons of the Great Alchemist, Almighty God!

299 Further studies in alchemy are available to all who would progressively advance in this science of self-dominion. 300 Some of this material I am releasing in the lessons of the Keepers of the Flame Fraternity, some in the weekly Pearls of Wisdom written by the Masters of our Brotherhood, and some I shall bring to you individually in answer to your heart’s calls. 301 But call you must if this cause which is just shall be fulfilled in you!

302 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee,” (Jer 33:3) declares the Most High God. 303 The Father shall reward you openly for each prayerful call you make in secret. (Matt 6:6) 304 Within the inner recesses of your heart, unknown by any man, you may ever silently call. 305 There in your heart is the crucible of the eternal essence, the white stone, the elixir and full potency of Life.

306 Alchemists of the sacred fire, here is the sacred cosmic formula: Theos = God; Rule = Law; You=Being; Theos+Rule+You=God’s law active as Principle within your being (TRY).

I AM in constant attunement with your true being,

Pax vobiscum

Sanctus Germanus

Exercises

9.1. What is the area of application which students need to work on more than any other?
9.2. What is the sense of the Universal?
9.3. What is God? Is God a “creature-creator”?
9.4. Why people accept themselves like ‘vile sinners’? What say Rev 12:10?
9.5. Can the Alchemist adjust and imprint in his words . . . the appropriate meaning and feeling, that can be either constructive or destructive?
9.6. Is God temperamental, vengeful?
9.7. Why Alchemy can be accepted like ‘The Art of God’?
9.8. What means the expression: ‘Put them to the Flame’.
9.9. What Saint Germain comment to ‘Put to the Flame (of the Refiner’s fire) . . . ’?
9.10. To whom Man should be loyal at First?
9.11. What Law Saint Germain instill in the Hearts of students?
9.12. What means to die with Christ? What is a career of the Son of God?
9.13. Can Heaven be lost or gain, by a single thought or deed?

9.14. Is Alchemy the Science that resurrect men?
9.15. What are the four families of the Spirit of Nature?
9.16. What Saint Germain want to give to the would-be alchemists?
9.17. Would be possible to use atomic energy in safe mode, in a close future? In affirmative case, how can it be used?
9.18. What is the supreme purpose of God for every lifestream?
9.19. What is the Universal Christ?
9.20. What Lord Jesus understood when he exclaim: "16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever;"
9.21. What ingredients are necessary for the climax or initiation of the ascension? (Like Our Beloved Jesus did, as well El Moria, who was Abraham and Moses or Saint Germain, who was Joseph as well King Solomon, or Kuthumi, who was Saint Francis did many years ago?
9.22. Is Alchemy limited to three-dimensional objects?
9.23. Please complete the phrase: Let the ungodly tremble, for they shall be cut down as grass.


Biblical References.

1. II Cor. 5:1.
3. I Cor. 15:31.
4. Eph. 4:22-24; Col. 3:9, 10.
5. II Cor. 5:17.
6. Isa. 35:17.
7. John 14:2.
8. Hosea 8:7.
9. John 1:9.
10. Matt. 5:14; John 8:12; 9:5.
11. I John 1:7.
12. John 8:11.
13. Matt. 5:18.
14. Heb. 10:27.
15. Luke 7.-47.
16. Ps. 136.
17. II Cor. 6:2.
18. Gen. 4:7.
19. John 14:16, 26; 15:26.
20. Ps. 2:7.
21. Ps. 37:1, 2.
22. Jer. 33:3.
23. Matt. 6:6.