The Obscure Night

There is not one single Avatar, Messiah, Master, or Prophet who has not alluded to a period of great confusion which, at one time or another during his or her quest, every Seeker must confront and, if possible, overcome. I expressly say “if possible,” for it may happen that the Obscure Night will prevent us […]

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As within, so without

As student of mysticism, we know that the mind within has a profound effect on our circumstances without. Whatever the outward circumstances, the material expression is only a re­flection of some belief or concept that was first within the mind. The kind of body you have, the kind of home you live in, the type […]

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Whispers from One’s Higher Self

We each possess an inherent guidance system made up of gentle impulses from within, such as intuition, an Inner Voice, dream messages and synchronicities. These inner and outer communications are said to originate from one’s Higher Self. The Higher Self is the pure Self at the core of one’s being. It is the true centre […]

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Practical applications of Mysticism

In discussing the subject of mysti­cism, certain questions immediately arise: How do we define mysticism? What is its meaning? How is a mystical philosophy ap­plied in life? Mysticism is simply the awakening of the self to a consciousness of a divine reality. The self for the first time becomes aware of Cosmic beauty in contrast […]

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Changing our Routines

I used to be one of those people who almost unconsciously got locked into routines. I would do my shopping on Tuesday afternoons, my laundry on Friday mornings, and gardening only on Saturdays. I would go to a cinema or restaurant on Friday or Saturday night and I would stay home every other night of […]

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The Art of Listening

Many conversations are just alternating monologues and we could, in most situations, ask ourselves if there is any real listening going on. Many of today’s challenges are caused by people talking and giving their opinions while not listening to what others have to say. Effective communication not only encompasses speaking to others, it also involves […]

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Beginning a Rosicrucian Path

It’s nice to see that more people these days are open and also seeking spiritual and esoteric knowledge. Many of the new members have come across a wide range of materials and information regarding Rosicrucians. Some join because they feel a strong ‘calling’ towards AMORC and others join simply because they’re curious. Regardless of how […]

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Spring Ritual

There was a time when cleaning was an annual ritual in most well-run homes. Each year, the coming of the spring equinox was greeted with a flurry of activity. Beds were stripped, mattresses aired, winter linens cleaned and stored. Mops, brooms, dusters, scrub brushes – all were pressed into service. The dust and grime of […]

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Is struggle necessary?

There are times when the sincere student of mysticism may find themselves making the following remarks: “I am tired of struggling and cannot understand why it is necessary to go through all of this! Haven’t I been through enough?” “Why does humanity have to go through so many struggles in life? What is the purpose […]

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Expanding our Consciousness

Throughout our lifespan, our consciousness expands by the acquisition of knowledge and experience. In this continued growth of human consciousness lies the hope of the world. The parallel in the physical world to this expansion of consciousness is found in the equivalent physical growth of the body. An infant is undeveloped, but it is the […]

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