OF THE GOLDEN DAWN
INTRODUCTORY LESSON VII
the course of our independent quests, I am sure that at sometime, you have come
in contact with other forms and other ideas of individuals, or perhaps other
races of people, in which the physical body was, more or less, disregarded in
their quest for God, and that the individual sought only through the mind for
of the Holy Order of Mans may fully discharge his responsibilities and
obligations to God, or man, by permitting his body to become emaciated or
must eat well, sleep well, and work well!
Then you will have a New Age God-loving being.
you noticed that I said God-loving, not God-fearing.
We do not need to fear God because we know already, what the judgment is,
which comes through the Law, and we are seeking to know God truly, the self.
true New Age being should be healthy, strong, radiant, and ever ready for
action, the same as our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ.
He not only was a well-developed man, but He had a well-developed brain
and a magnificently divine, emanating, strong, spiritual power, for he was one
with the Father.
are obligations, as lay brothers of the Holy Order of Mans, or as ministers,
teachers or whatever the case may be.
There can be no half-way measures.
We were created in the likeness of God; created with perfect bodies and, therefore, must maintain them in the reverence and respect of our teacher.
fact, in the reverence and respect of ourselves, because this body was not
attained for use through sporadic acceptance or a gift, but was developed over
many lifetimes of use.
not listen to any teacher who disregards the physical body and its use and
beauty. All are essential in attaining God-realization.
a balanced life, as a starting pattern.
When you have found the self,
you will then be perfectly capable of working and directing your own path and
are going to learn the art of concentration.
Concentration is an art which gives us control of mind.
The mind which is the Lamb of God spoken of in the Bible, which we learn
to hold, in alliance, in order to listen to the self.
concentration, which is a tool of man, is the means of communication with the
cosmic mind. I
could go on with all kinds of descriptions, but will simply say this.
is not complicated.
It can be learned by anyone who really desires to find illumination and
Concentration is a method, a tool, by which you will bring the physical
body peace. Because
through it, you will then be able to reach meditation and a great deal of
harmony and peace will exist within and around you.
you will get rid of many of the interrupting and disturbing things in your life.
you concentrate, concentrate on one subject, one object, preferably an apple,
orange, or candle, -- something which has life and energy apparent in it.
first procedure is to decide on what you are going to concentrate -- say an
set the orange on a table or desk, put yourself in a comfortable position and
start to think about the orange only.
think about the skin, its color; the white layer of fiber underneath the skin,
what it looks like; the meat of the orange, the color and texture of the juice;
how it came from the sun.
think about the segments of the orange; how they are build with the skin around
each segment, the seed in each segment; the very core of the orange which is
where the stem of the orange was fastened; how it grew out of a bud and became
the germ of the fruit which was fed from the branch out of the tree, that drew
part of its energy from the sun, the Life Force; how some of the substances came
up through the branch from the trunk of the tree, out of the roots from the
earth; how roots are supplied from the rain and minerals of the earth.
you can follow this objectís life development back through, its creative life
span to the source of creation of its supply, without any other thought creeping
into your mind, accepting just what you are concentrating on, you have learned
the first real concentration.
you have repeated this exercise for a span of seven days successfully, at night
and in the morning, then remove the orange, eat the orange, and see the orange
in front of your eyes in the same place it was before.
the same procedure as previously when you had the orange in front of you.
When this is accomplished for seven days, then you have learned to start
Another material will be supplied.
procedure may be followed with any object or any subject.
Do not try to violate the Law of Creation.
Concentration is not a method in which to acquire things, but a method of
conditioning our minds so that we have control of ourselves and the mind.
you will learn to heal and to work through the Law of Prayer for things that you
need for changes in your life.