Our Spiritual Heritage. The World Beyond (20) Building a Temple
There is a vast spiritual inheritance and heritage supporting us which we could not consciously bring into this world with us on the earth plane, but it is what we return to after this life is over.. Then once again we will begin to remember who we really are, and find our place in that other world. Our contact with the world of spirit through this type of communication helps us become aware again of our true home Beyond. We can investigate for ourselves, or consult a good medium, to find out more personal information. At the same time, the records of communications that other people have had in the past will help us to build a wider and clearer picture of the continuity of life within the physical universe and the connections with the infinitely greater spiritual universe beyond. Astronomy, quantum physics, genetics, biology and other life sciences tell us much about life on this planet and beyond in outer space. A study of psychic science, in constrast, will indicate what lies beyond, in the universe of the higher frequencies of the eternal mind and spirit. This series will continue to offer readings taken from communications from the spirits of former teachers, priests, researchers, scientists and other folk from all walks of life, each of whom has something original to say to enlighten us and broaden our knowledge. All of them no doubt had more personal things to say of an evidential nature to their close relatives and friends. There are plenty of recorded conversations between husband and wife, or parent with child, or between former colleagues. But here we are selecting knowledge of a more general nature, but certainly not discounting the value of more intimate contact with the spirit world to provide solace in bereavement, and a change of heart for healing.
Now here once again is the Eighteen Century teacher from Warwick, this time talking about how construction of a building takes place on the Other Side. The account bears comparison with that of Babaji constructing a palace for his student Lahari Mahasaya.
"We ask you to give us your mind, in order that we may tell you of an incident which lately happened in the sphere where we often take our stand in order [to communicate with you]. It is the erection of a temple-like building, the purpose of which when completed will be the coordination of energies to the end that those in earth-life may receive the more readily our thoughts than heretofore. This building has been slowly coming into being for some time past and is near completion. We will describe first the material of which this structure is builded, and later, the use to which it will be impressed.
The material is of various colours and of various density. It is not put together in bricks nor blocks as of stone on earth, but grows together piece by piece into one thought-form.. When we had settled on the design of it, we went to the place already chosen where it should stand. That place was a plateau between the lower and higher lands of Sphere Five, as we call it. [Others adopt other forms of labeling]. We find our system of gradation more convenient than some others, which are often rather complicated, or else too general.
We assembled, therefore, and, after a silence by way of harmonizing our personalities into one endeavour, we concentrated our minds creatively on the foundations, and, gradually and very slowly, raised the stream of our will power from the ground upward and higher until we came to the dome-like roof, and there we stayed while our leader [a more advanced soul from a higher plane] gathered the whole of our energies into his own, and gently rounded off our endeavours by diverting the will power stream into space, while we began to stabilize the current pulsing from each one of us.
This may sound strange, but the reason of it was this: we as a company are well trained, and for long have exercised to act in concord. Nevertheless, in the finishing of the first stage of that fragile structure, it needed that a far more powerful personality control the forces we had set in operation, or the building would have been either marred in shape or wrecked in structure, and our efforts would have been for naught. So the first stage was the outer building in completeness, but faint in outline and of transient duration. So, resting a space, we set once again to our task, and starting at the foundations as afore, we strengthened each pillar and gate and tower and turret as we ascended slowly, until the dome again was reached. This we did many times, and then left the structure standing, the outer shell alone, but still completed in form. What was lacking was, in principal, depth of colouring, rounding off of the finer ornamentation, and, when this should be done, then the solidifying of the whole, until it should be so strong as to endure many ages.
We went on for a long time, and most delightful and blissful was the work of beauty. For the Temple was of much majesty, in proportion, size and design – ever growing more beautiful as we gave each of our own to its generation. Such buildings as these are also more responsive to the aspirations of those who come after as workers within them, for they have a certain life, not perhaps completely conscious, but most certainly endowed with sensation. While such a house as this shall last, its function is to us, its creators, as the human body is to the spirit who uses it, both waking and sleeping. We are always in touch with the work therein proceeding through its sensitiveness. And in whatsoever spheres, at any future time, the company who created it be dispersed, they always have in that building a focus of communion [and communication], real and vivid, and the joy of it all is only such as you will know when you attain to creatorship in these spheres.
Now, when the outer part was done and confirmed, there remained the work of greater detail within: the fashioning of the chambers, halls and shrines; the setting of the pillars in colonnades; the waters of the fountains to bring forth in perpetual flow, and many other matters of detail. First we stood outside and concentrated on the supporting pillars and walls of partition, and when these were places, we went within and viewed our handiwork, as you would say, but our hands did not [do] much – our heads and hearts were the builders.
So we took up our abode within, and, as you would speak it, daily went about from chamber to chamber, hall and corridor, and fashioned each, little by little, after the original plan and scheme, till all was done and finished off by beautifying the whole. Then our Great Director descended to view the work, and to approve our endeavours. He corrected many little details, mostly by the exercise of his own creative will. But some he bade us finish and remodel for our own training.
And then came the day when all was ready, and he returned with another whose status was higher than his own. The process he came to enact was what you would name sanctification, or consecration. It is what links a building in any sphere – earth or other – to those who dwell in some higher realm, for protection, and also for the mediumship of grace and power for those who use the place hereafter. On earth your temples, [mosques and cathedrals] are but a very faint model of these in our realms. But they are, in essence, of the same purpose and use. But here it is much more powerful in effect and more visible in operation, and very beautiful and fraught with much blessing to those who are climbing the steps of the Heavenly Highlands from sphere to sphere.
The Temple is now beginning to be used for the storage of energy into which those will be baptized who come from the different parts of Sphere Five, and also from those spheres below, from time to time. They are immersed in its vibrations of colour, washed in the streams and fountains of water withed which are within, or enraptured with the music, their natures responding until they are strengthened in the parts where strength is lacking, or enlightened in those other parts where intellect is dimmed. But it is not only a mere sanatorium, it is of higher quality than that. Its use will be both for body and for personality, to fit the spirit for the journey onward, not alone in bodily strength, but also in intellectual clarity, by which a soul may more readily and the more greatly profit by the knowledge acquired, and also become attuned to those whose love and life are focussed on that Glorious Temple, and who await the pilgrims coming to their own higher places.
The Temple is still new, and we have yet to find how it will serve, and doubtless, as experiment continues, modifications in detail will be made.
But some there are who come and look round them and find nothing for them here, to learn or to compose within themselves. These quiet, strong ones pass onward and the way they take is brighter for their passing; and those who are at hand are gladdened and take courage from the sight of them. It might be otherwise on earth. But those who come so far aloft as to Sphere Five are of no mean grace. The Fifth is a critical sphere where attunement has to be made in a soul’s various traits and all unharmony done away. A difficult sphere for many to pass, and where many delays are constantly to be found. It is for this reason that we raised the Temple, for the need was great.. To such souls, the beauty of a spirit more beautiful and strong than they adds grace to their grace, and certifies to them the reality of the Brotherhood of All."
Reviewed from "Ministry of Heaven." by the Rev. G. Vale Owen. The Greater World Association Trust. 1922.
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