In the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, a raven is seen. He looks fixedly towards the corner of the Temple, towards that place where one finds the small Corner Stone, the Master Stone, the Stone of Truth. This stone has a form, yes, terrible, with horns, which horrify: The Devil (terror of many pseudo-esotericists and pseudo-occultists). The medieval Alchemists said: “Burn your books and whiten the brass.”

Why does the black raven look to the Devil? Because we must die within ourselves, because it is necessary to disintegrate the “inhuman elements”  or ego that we carry within our psyche. It is urgent to reduce them to ashes, to cosmic dust. This is how we will be able to “whiten the brass.” This brass or copper is represented in the Morning Star. You already know with complete clarity that one day, not long ago, this Morning Star was “Lucifer,” the “Maker of Light.”

If we succeed then, to cause all that within ourselves which is inhuman to die, we will whiten the brass, whiten the Devil. This Devil is the reflection of the Logos within ourselves, here and now. In the past, he was the most Luminous Archangel, resplendent in infinite space. He, is (we say) the most important part of our Being; it is our own Being, which in the past was luminous, resplendent, marvelous (the most supreme Archangel). Unfortunately, when we fell to the Animal Reproduction, he was cast into the inferno. Now he is black like carbon; due to us he is in a miserable state.

Yes, he weeps because we changed him so like this: we made him black, like carbon, and now we must whiten him. This is only possible by disintegrating the “inhuman elements” which we carry inside, disintegrating our psychological errors, to put an end to the “myself,” dying here and now. But if we continue with our errors, if we continue on the path of fornication, of hatred, of lust, of envy, of hypocrisy, of pride, etc., etc., he will continue in disgrace.

- Samael Aun Weor, “The Fifth Gospel”


(Additional note on this post: There was indeed a cornerstone discovered within the foundations of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris in 1710 with the engraving of Cernunnos or the “horned god” of Celtic teachings.)

In the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, a raven is seen. He looks fixedly towards the corner of the Temple, towards that place where one finds the small Corner Stone, the Master Stone, the Stone of Truth. This stone has a form, yes, terrible, with horns, which horrify: The Devil (terror of many pseudo-esotericists and pseudo-occultists). The medieval Alchemists said: “Burn your books and whiten the brass.”

Why does the black raven look to the Devil? Because we must die within ourselves, because it is necessary to disintegrate the “inhuman elements” or ego that we carry within our psyche. It is urgent to reduce them to ashes, to cosmic dust. This is how we will be able to “whiten the brass.” This brass or copper is represented in the Morning Star. You already know with complete clarity that one day, not long ago, this Morning Star was “Lucifer,” the “Maker of Light.”

If we succeed then, to cause all that within ourselves which is inhuman to die, we will whiten the brass, whiten the Devil. This Devil is the reflection of the Logos within ourselves, here and now. In the past, he was the most Luminous Archangel, resplendent in infinite space. He, is (we say) the most important part of our Being; it is our own Being, which in the past was luminous, resplendent, marvelous (the most supreme Archangel). Unfortunately, when we fell to the Animal Reproduction, he was cast into the inferno. Now he is black like carbon; due to us he is in a miserable state.

Yes, he weeps because we changed him so like this: we made him black, like carbon, and now we must whiten him. This is only possible by disintegrating the “inhuman elements” which we carry inside, disintegrating our psychological errors, to put an end to the “myself,” dying here and now. But if we continue with our errors, if we continue on the path of fornication, of hatred, of lust, of envy, of hypocrisy, of pride, etc., etc., he will continue in disgrace.

- Samael Aun Weor, “The Fifth Gospel”


(Additional note on this post: There was indeed a cornerstone discovered within the foundations of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris in 1710 with the engraving of Cernunnos or the “horned god” of Celtic teachings.)

"Lucifer is the stairs to go down. Lucifer is also the stairs to go up."

Lucifer is only the Shadow of God; the Shadow of the Intimate Logos within ourselves; or better said, our Profound Inner Logos, the Intimate Christ, projects its Shadow within us; and that Shadow is useful, we need it…

The Christ disguises himself as Lucifer in order to serve as stairs for us and to get us out of the Abyss, carrying us to the Light.

Therefore, we must look at Lucifer from a new point of view.

The Lucifer, really, is just the Reflection of the Logos within ourselves, its Shadow, and it is useful: it gives the sexual impulse.

That impulse is rebellious in itself, and is of a luciferic type.

But, if we are capable of controlling that animal impulse, then the Sperm is transmuted into Energy, the Great Work begins, and we win a battle with Lucifer…

Whenever we manage to dominate the animal impulse, we get up a step on the Stairs of Lucifer; and in this way we go up, step by step, until reaching the top, Self-Realized and Perfect…

Consequently, Lucifer is our staircase to go up, and vice-versa, if we want to go down, we have to use the Staircase of Lucifer.

- Samael Aun Weor “The Fifth Gospel”

"Lucifer is the stairs to go down. Lucifer is also the stairs to go up."

Lucifer is only the Shadow of God; the Shadow of the Intimate Logos within ourselves; or better said, our Profound Inner Logos, the Intimate Christ, projects its Shadow within us; and that Shadow is useful, we need it…

The Christ disguises himself as Lucifer in order to serve as stairs for us and to get us out of the Abyss, carrying us to the Light.

Therefore, we must look at Lucifer from a new point of view.

The Lucifer, really, is just the Reflection of the Logos within ourselves, its Shadow, and it is useful: it gives the sexual impulse.

That impulse is rebellious in itself, and is of a luciferic type.

But, if we are capable of controlling that animal impulse, then the Sperm is transmuted into Energy, the Great Work begins, and we win a battle with Lucifer…

Whenever we manage to dominate the animal impulse, we get up a step on the Stairs of Lucifer; and in this way we go up, step by step, until reaching the top, Self-Realized and Perfect…

Consequently, Lucifer is our staircase to go up, and vice-versa, if we want to go down, we have to use the Staircase of Lucifer.

- Samael Aun Weor “The Fifth Gospel”

POSITIVE CHARGES FOR A MONDAY

Positive attitudes create a chain reaction of positive thoughts.

Develop persistence.

Evaluate your current attitudes.

Set aside some time each week to spend with close friends. 

Use the precious hours of each day wisely.

Every adversity carries with it the seeds of a greater benefit.

POSITIVE CHARGES FOR A MONDAY

Positive attitudes create a chain reaction of positive thoughts.

Develop persistence.

Evaluate your current attitudes.

Set aside some time each week to spend with close friends.

Use the precious hours of each day wisely.

Every adversity carries with it the seeds of a greater benefit.

To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.

To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.

Once you start to recognize the deceptive power of moods, it’s easy to begin taking them less personally, you see them for what they are.

Once you start to recognize the deceptive power of moods, it’s easy to begin taking them less personally, you see them for what they are.

The relaxed person is the powerful person.

The relaxed person is the powerful person.

The Zodiac is an ancient map of the heavens that details the Herculean Work, or the path of initiation for the Soul who is like Hercules in all that they do, taking on any and all obstacles with a courageous and unswerving state of mind. The Zodiac charts 12 labors that must be completed by the initiate in their progress on the Path, as they strive to approach their destiny. It would be useful for a would-be Adept to familiarize themselves with this story, keeping in mind that the map of the Zodiac is not the territory itself… Each person’s journey is unique to itSelf. 

- Bret Trismegistus

The Zodiac is an ancient map of the heavens that details the Herculean Work, or the path of initiation for the Soul who is like Hercules in all that they do, taking on any and all obstacles with a courageous and unswerving state of mind. The Zodiac charts 12 labors that must be completed by the initiate in their progress on the Path, as they strive to approach their destiny. It would be useful for a would-be Adept to familiarize themselves with this story, keeping in mind that the map of the Zodiac is not the territory itself… Each person’s journey is unique to itSelf.

- Bret Trismegistus

Every one of us has the potential of the Universe inside. When this Truth is pursued wholeheartedly, one’s Universe/point of view will inevitably go through a process of reflection, contemplation, and purification until what was once dark becomes light. This dark night of the soul remains until the proper amount of love is cultivated, then the chains that have bound the soul are broken, allowing the Spirit to ascend out of the storm onto higher planes. This higher love, once cultivated, is something that cannot be taken away by any methods and serves as a password to access the primordial realm, where creation is the state of becoming.

- Bret Trismegistus

Every one of us has the potential of the Universe inside. When this Truth is pursued wholeheartedly, one’s Universe/point of view will inevitably go through a process of reflection, contemplation, and purification until what was once dark becomes light. This dark night of the soul remains until the proper amount of love is cultivated, then the chains that have bound the soul are broken, allowing the Spirit to ascend out of the storm onto higher planes. This higher love, once cultivated, is something that cannot be taken away by any methods and serves as a password to access the primordial realm, where creation is the state of becoming.

- Bret Trismegistus

The Holy Dove: 
(as defined by John P. Scott in the 1930’s “The Hidden Bible” and “The Esoteric Bible Dictionary”)

The Holy Dove is defined by Purity. The spirit of God descended upon Christ at the baptism “as a dove” or pure Spirit. Always represents purity. When the dove (purity) returns to Noah with an olive branch in its mouth (peace) he knew that he had conquered the flood waters of the lower emotions and could safely leave the ark (body of the initiate) because he rested upon a high state of consciousness (Mt. Ararat). 

When Noah sent forth a raven or “dark bird” (a bird is used to indicate thoughts or spirit) he had not yet accomplished his purpose and could not leave the “Ark” or body as an Initate can do, but finally, when he was able to send out pure, spiritual thoughts, which returned to him with the olive branch which signifies “Peace”. Thus Noah, or some of the early pioneers attained mastery over the lower emotions (flood waters) and became able to leave the “Ark”, or body, at will, as all Initaties or “Master Masons” can do.

The Holy Dove:
(as defined by John P. Scott in the 1930’s “The Hidden Bible” and “The Esoteric Bible Dictionary”)

The Holy Dove is defined by Purity. The spirit of God descended upon Christ at the baptism “as a dove” or pure Spirit. Always represents purity. When the dove (purity) returns to Noah with an olive branch in its mouth (peace) he knew that he had conquered the flood waters of the lower emotions and could safely leave the ark (body of the initiate) because he rested upon a high state of consciousness (Mt. Ararat).

When Noah sent forth a raven or “dark bird” (a bird is used to indicate thoughts or spirit) he had not yet accomplished his purpose and could not leave the “Ark” or body as an Initate can do, but finally, when he was able to send out pure, spiritual thoughts, which returned to him with the olive branch which signifies “Peace”. Thus Noah, or some of the early pioneers attained mastery over the lower emotions (flood waters) and became able to leave the “Ark”, or body, at will, as all Initaties or “Master Masons” can do.

The exoteric teaching that there is only one true religion is also true esoterically. Only by fully accepting an exoteric religion, can we hope to fully enter into the esoteric Truth that is the vehicle of salvation. Each traditional religion is fully adequate for salvation, if we are open to its full meaning.

The exoteric teaching that there is only one true religion is also true esoterically. Only by fully accepting an exoteric religion, can we hope to fully enter into the esoteric Truth that is the vehicle of salvation. Each traditional religion is fully adequate for salvation, if we are open to its full meaning.

The Life of An Egyptian Initiate

5,000 years ago … give or take

There were many degrees of Initiation and many levels of Priesthoods as all things have hierarchies. Some priests were born into families of Priests or Priestesses and assumed the destiny of the family bloodline when their predecessors got close to death. A Priest or Priest could select their successor. As this would not be an easy journey one had to chose carefully.

Secrets were told within the families about the mystery teachings and the Rites of Passages of Initiation. One usually became a Priest or Priestess after a long course of study, fasting, ritual, and a lifetime of dedication. Remember, the life span in ancient Egypt was not long, the souls of many Priests often reincarnating again and again keep the sacred knowledge within certain bloodlines. To this very day, many people still have the ability to access that information as they were there.

Priests would study for many years to achieve the highest level of spiritual accomplishment they were meant to attain. They would forfeit all personal goals and belongings living a life of semi-solitude and worship of the Gods and Goddesses of Egypt. For the most part they were men, but there were High Priestesses.

As with priests today, many initiates did not marry nor have families. Some were said to have mated with the gods during an Initiation, producing offspring with unique abilities.

There were Brotherhoods - most notably the Great White Brotherhood - that some believe exist to this very day.

As the Kingdoms and Dynasties changed, so too did the way initiations were conducted, though religion followed many of the same traditions and patterns for centuries, mirroring many of today’s practices. Many Priests later became alchemists and mathematicians.

To visit a sacred temple in Egypt, and walk in the path of the Initiate in another timeline, is to feel their experience and frequency of knowledge. Some call this the Hall of Records or Akashic Records - a frequency of knowledge and a library of information that tells the story of humanity from beginning to end. Some believe this knowledge remains hidden in a secret chamber beneath the Sphinx, but that is just myth.

Initiates believed in myth and the power of the Gods just as some people do today. To questions the nature of the gods was to be expelled from the priesthoods and brotherhoods. One did not question … one followed and blindly believed.

Lower level Initiates followed ancient rituals hoping to become empowered to serve God and Pharaoh. The goal was to become High Priests or Priestesses a journey filled with many pitfalls, rituals, challenges, quests, and uncertainty. Only the best would achieve their goals and it was competitive.

There was great anticipation as young initiates, most in their teens, began their journeys with only the most basic of training. For those who succeeded, this would be a lifetime commitment. What could be better for a young man or woman than to learn the secrets of the gods and their powers. It was all about “The Calling” and tradition.

The journey was one of study of the ancient mystery school teachings many of which follow through into more modern texts. There were incantations, litanies, rituals, and the learning of scared knowledge only given to those deemed worthy. Not all of the Initiates would remain at the end of the Initiations, only those allegedly chosen by the gods after years of study and sacrifice - those who passed the tests of the gods.

There were times of fasting and prayer during which the initiates would raise their consciousness to attain higher wisdom to guide the Pharaohs when the ceremonies were complete.

Initiations were conducted in sacred temples and monuments to bring the initiate closer to the many gods linked to Egyptian mythology. There were secret passwords and codes one would illicit “from the gods” in meditation and prayer allowing them to gain entrance to temples with higher and higher frequency as there was an order to be followed.

One had to understand the motions of celestial objects, and be attuned with their energies, if they were to become a High Priest or Priestess. There were ceremonies aligned with these events highlighted by a strong connection with Orion and Sirius and the annual Flooding of the Nile which meant their survival.

Mathematics, Geometry, Astronomy, and Astrology were a very important part of their course of study as they told the story of the past, present, and future.

High Priests and Priestesses were allegedly initiated by Ra in the Great Pyramid when the Sun aligned with the capstone by exact degree.

Some recorded the return of Ra in what we would call a spaceship to select those who would best serve the religious needs of the gods, the Pharaohs and the people. Today one has to question if these were gods or aliens/ancient astronauts who were part of humanity’s creation, for indeed they told the Initiates and Priests they would watch over them and return one day. The study of extraterrestrial life was known to them - visitors who came from other places and were part of humanity’s creation.

Priests began their final initiation by disrobing and walking through a rectangular pool of water to the far end. There they were given robes and told to walk forward into the Great Pyramid, to be greeted by the gods who would descend [beam down] from their ship and enter the Great Pyramid through a “portal” welcoming the initiates who followed them to a chamber, or was it another dimension?

Torch carriers lead the way to secret chambers whose lighting has yet to be explained. The walls contained text with symbols not of this world. There were altars, statues, and sarcophagi.

Within the chambers magic would happen along with the appearance of Thoth the record keeper and scribe of this reality. Thoth was indeed a magician and trickster who taught through illusion. Ah … the tricks he showed the Priests that had them laughing as he had quite the sense of humor, and still does.

What had been written on papyrus was brought into physical reality as Initiates and Priests were shown secret rites as if watching a hologram in which they could interact with the gods.

Some say they breathed in strange vapors and essences, or were given some sort of hallucinogens in which reality shifted. Perhaps … but not exactly true.

Amulets, garments laced with jewels/crystals, headdresses, rods, and other items were given to connect with the gods, their magic abilities known only to those chosen. These items were to be used for communication, teleportation, and healing.

How long they remained with the gods is hard to tell as time is part of the illusion.

Today people are initiates once again as they quest for the knowledge of their creation. Were you there? If you have been guided here, you probably were. Close your eyes and join me in one of the initiations below.


(Source: www.crystalinks.com)

The Life of An Egyptian Initiate

5,000 years ago … give or take

There were many degrees of Initiation and many levels of Priesthoods as all things have hierarchies. Some priests were born into families of Priests or Priestesses and assumed the destiny of the family bloodline when their predecessors got close to death. A Priest or Priest could select their successor. As this would not be an easy journey one had to chose carefully.

Secrets were told within the families about the mystery teachings and the Rites of Passages of Initiation. One usually became a Priest or Priestess after a long course of study, fasting, ritual, and a lifetime of dedication. Remember, the life span in ancient Egypt was not long, the souls of many Priests often reincarnating again and again keep the sacred knowledge within certain bloodlines. To this very day, many people still have the ability to access that information as they were there.

Priests would study for many years to achieve the highest level of spiritual accomplishment they were meant to attain. They would forfeit all personal goals and belongings living a life of semi-solitude and worship of the Gods and Goddesses of Egypt. For the most part they were men, but there were High Priestesses.

As with priests today, many initiates did not marry nor have families. Some were said to have mated with the gods during an Initiation, producing offspring with unique abilities.

There were Brotherhoods - most notably the Great White Brotherhood - that some believe exist to this very day.

As the Kingdoms and Dynasties changed, so too did the way initiations were conducted, though religion followed many of the same traditions and patterns for centuries, mirroring many of today’s practices. Many Priests later became alchemists and mathematicians.

To visit a sacred temple in Egypt, and walk in the path of the Initiate in another timeline, is to feel their experience and frequency of knowledge. Some call this the Hall of Records or Akashic Records - a frequency of knowledge and a library of information that tells the story of humanity from beginning to end. Some believe this knowledge remains hidden in a secret chamber beneath the Sphinx, but that is just myth.

Initiates believed in myth and the power of the Gods just as some people do today. To questions the nature of the gods was to be expelled from the priesthoods and brotherhoods. One did not question … one followed and blindly believed.

Lower level Initiates followed ancient rituals hoping to become empowered to serve God and Pharaoh. The goal was to become High Priests or Priestesses a journey filled with many pitfalls, rituals, challenges, quests, and uncertainty. Only the best would achieve their goals and it was competitive.

There was great anticipation as young initiates, most in their teens, began their journeys with only the most basic of training. For those who succeeded, this would be a lifetime commitment. What could be better for a young man or woman than to learn the secrets of the gods and their powers. It was all about “The Calling” and tradition.

The journey was one of study of the ancient mystery school teachings many of which follow through into more modern texts. There were incantations, litanies, rituals, and the learning of scared knowledge only given to those deemed worthy. Not all of the Initiates would remain at the end of the Initiations, only those allegedly chosen by the gods after years of study and sacrifice - those who passed the tests of the gods.

There were times of fasting and prayer during which the initiates would raise their consciousness to attain higher wisdom to guide the Pharaohs when the ceremonies were complete.

Initiations were conducted in sacred temples and monuments to bring the initiate closer to the many gods linked to Egyptian mythology. There were secret passwords and codes one would illicit “from the gods” in meditation and prayer allowing them to gain entrance to temples with higher and higher frequency as there was an order to be followed.

One had to understand the motions of celestial objects, and be attuned with their energies, if they were to become a High Priest or Priestess. There were ceremonies aligned with these events highlighted by a strong connection with Orion and Sirius and the annual Flooding of the Nile which meant their survival.

Mathematics, Geometry, Astronomy, and Astrology were a very important part of their course of study as they told the story of the past, present, and future.

High Priests and Priestesses were allegedly initiated by Ra in the Great Pyramid when the Sun aligned with the capstone by exact degree.

Some recorded the return of Ra in what we would call a spaceship to select those who would best serve the religious needs of the gods, the Pharaohs and the people. Today one has to question if these were gods or aliens/ancient astronauts who were part of humanity’s creation, for indeed they told the Initiates and Priests they would watch over them and return one day. The study of extraterrestrial life was known to them - visitors who came from other places and were part of humanity’s creation.

Priests began their final initiation by disrobing and walking through a rectangular pool of water to the far end. There they were given robes and told to walk forward into the Great Pyramid, to be greeted by the gods who would descend [beam down] from their ship and enter the Great Pyramid through a “portal” welcoming the initiates who followed them to a chamber, or was it another dimension?

Torch carriers lead the way to secret chambers whose lighting has yet to be explained. The walls contained text with symbols not of this world. There were altars, statues, and sarcophagi.

Within the chambers magic would happen along with the appearance of Thoth the record keeper and scribe of this reality. Thoth was indeed a magician and trickster who taught through illusion. Ah … the tricks he showed the Priests that had them laughing as he had quite the sense of humor, and still does.

What had been written on papyrus was brought into physical reality as Initiates and Priests were shown secret rites as if watching a hologram in which they could interact with the gods.

Some say they breathed in strange vapors and essences, or were given some sort of hallucinogens in which reality shifted. Perhaps … but not exactly true.

Amulets, garments laced with jewels/crystals, headdresses, rods, and other items were given to connect with the gods, their magic abilities known only to those chosen. These items were to be used for communication, teleportation, and healing.

How long they remained with the gods is hard to tell as time is part of the illusion.

Today people are initiates once again as they quest for the knowledge of their creation. Were you there? If you have been guided here, you probably were. Close your eyes and join me in one of the initiations below.


(Source: www.crystalinks.com)

The Allegory of Isis, Osiris, and Horus

Isis and Osiris were brother and sister, and as a divine couple, they carried the direction and the regency of the World. 

Suddenly, their brother Typhon, the spirit of evil, appeared and seeking through cunning that which he could not accomplish by force, he got Osiris to enter into a casket and launched it into the sea.

But when Typhon realized that Isis was anxiously searching for the body of Osiris, he found the casket again and made fourteen pieces of the body and distributed them around the World.

Isis, anxious and weeping, again journeyed in search of her brother-husband and then encountering the buried pieces of his body in distinct parts of the world, and she acquired the land to raise a Temple in each one of them.

From the heart of Osiris, Horus was born and, after depriving his mother Isis of the crown from the widowed queen, went on to be lord of the World.

Osiris is the primordial word of light and Isis is nature.

The Masculine and Feminine principles governed the World until the arrival of Typhon, the breath which, in its dizzying blow, gave origin to the separation of both principles, engendering the human word.

Horus is the force or strength of the Logos, the spermatic energy, the synthesis of the Pleroma.

A part of Horus lives and pulsates in the human embryo which, much later, will manifest itself with speech and become the VERB.


- Dr. Arnoldo Krumm-Heller

The Allegory of Isis, Osiris, and Horus

Isis and Osiris were brother and sister, and as a divine couple, they carried the direction and the regency of the World.

Suddenly, their brother Typhon, the spirit of evil, appeared and seeking through cunning that which he could not accomplish by force, he got Osiris to enter into a casket and launched it into the sea.

But when Typhon realized that Isis was anxiously searching for the body of Osiris, he found the casket again and made fourteen pieces of the body and distributed them around the World.

Isis, anxious and weeping, again journeyed in search of her brother-husband and then encountering the buried pieces of his body in distinct parts of the world, and she acquired the land to raise a Temple in each one of them.

From the heart of Osiris, Horus was born and, after depriving his mother Isis of the crown from the widowed queen, went on to be lord of the World.

Osiris is the primordial word of light and Isis is nature.

The Masculine and Feminine principles governed the World until the arrival of Typhon, the breath which, in its dizzying blow, gave origin to the separation of both principles, engendering the human word.

Horus is the force or strength of the Logos, the spermatic energy, the synthesis of the Pleroma.

A part of Horus lives and pulsates in the human embryo which, much later, will manifest itself with speech and become the VERB.


- Dr. Arnoldo Krumm-Heller

For the individual who seeks illumination, consider well if you really desire to develop good-nature, goodwill and wisdom to help the world, and if so, then persevere till you succeed. But if not, if your motives are impure, self-seeking, and anti-social, beware less worse things happen to you. All depends on the motive. As a man sows so must he reap. If he does this work for good ends, he can look for an increase of charity, wisdom, strength and beauty. If the reverse, then the reverse, for the Self is known by its fruits.

The Higher Self of the individual is awakened and called forth from his cruciform grave — and so by degrees you will come to yourself in the realization that you yourself are the immortal one, the (wo)man who was, and is, and will be — for whom the hour never strikes. When you have arrived at this point of view, you will find that the whole of life is transformed for you, for you will know yourself.

The Higher Self of the individual is awakened and called forth from his cruciform grave — and so by degrees you will come to yourself in the realization that you yourself are the immortal one, the (wo)man who was, and is, and will be — for whom the hour never strikes. When you have arrived at this point of view, you will find that the whole of life is transformed for you, for you will know yourself.

Those who would become true Masons and builders of their character should study the hypothesis of reincarnation; the theory of the law of karma or cause and effect running from life to life; and the doctrine of the development of the divine element in man. In time they will learn to comprehend the idea of a Self within them, who goes from birth to birth and from strength to strength, reaping as he sows and developing his powers of charity, wisdom, strength, and beauty, just as the medieval Craftsman went place to place learning, working, and developing till he became a Master Mason.

- A. H. Ward

Those who would become true Masons and builders of their character should study the hypothesis of reincarnation; the theory of the law of karma or cause and effect running from life to life; and the doctrine of the development of the divine element in man. In time they will learn to comprehend the idea of a Self within them, who goes from birth to birth and from strength to strength, reaping as he sows and developing his powers of charity, wisdom, strength, and beauty, just as the medieval Craftsman went place to place learning, working, and developing till he became a Master Mason.

- A. H. Ward