The human body is a machine.  It is a machine for the utilization of the energy and life forces that are employed by the personality in the process of spiritual growth.  In the process of its evolution, the Soul Spirit gathers wisdom through the experiences in the physical form.  It is only through death and the dissolution of the atoms of your present form that the Soul is provided an opportunity to build a better one.  Regardless of how perfect, or how beautiful, your present form is, the purpose of the Soul Spirit is to build ever more perfect forms through which to express.  So, like a caterpillar, one must die as a worm in order to emerge as the butterfly.


As I mentioned earlier, we have three seed atoms: the astral seed atom, mental seed atom, and physical seed atom so let us briefly delve into each and see how we might benefit from this knowledge. 


The astral seed atom – is located in the great lobe of the liver we call the solar plexus.  It connects to the Soul Spirit by means of the Astral – Emotional cord.  The cord is just what each person has made of it depending on his emotions and desires, and serves as a pathway of expression for all the emotional energies experienced by the individual.  It has stamped upon it all the qualities on the emotions ever experienced by the individual.  The Astral Seed Atom encapsulates all the inherent weaknesses and strengths of character developed by the individual as far as his desires and emotions are concerned.  This allows the person to influence his own future, or his own destiny.


The second seed atom is the Mental Seed Atom.  It is located in the pineal gland within the brain and connects to the super-conscious mind in the over-soul triangle above the individual’s head by means of the Consciousness Cord. As in the case of the first one, this seed atom also contains a record.  It is the record of all the inherited and innate qualities of the mind of the individual.  Within this seed atom is registered all the mental and mind powers, developed by and through the individual during the ages of his evolutionary progress.  So, in essence, the mental seed atom is also an atom of the present and the future.  This indicates that we can create changes within the mental seed atom immediately, simply by changing our minds, because it enables the person to also influence his own future and his own destiny.  Lastly, it is important to note, that when the Consciousness Cord is fully developed the individual will have a direct “connection” to his super-conscious mind and will become a “Master mind.”  I believe that the saying “Be thee transformed by the renewing of your mind” is basically true.  The Mental Seed Atom is today what you have made it in the past incarnations. Yet, it can be endowed with greater powers now to affect both the immediate present and future of the individual.


The third is the Physical Seed Atom, which is located in the right ventricle of the heart.  It connects to the Divine Spirit through the Life cord.  The Life Cord is the creation of Divinity itself and the individual has nothing to do with its operation.  Life forces pour downward, by way of the Life Cord, into the physical form and are distributed through the heart seed atom into the body by the blood stream.  It is here where we find the perpetual record of a person’s past that ties the individual to his Karmic destiny.  The record includes the physical, emotional, and mental aspects.  The Astral and Mental Seed Atoms record the qualities of the emotions and the mind.  The Heart Seed Atom, on the other hand, records a complete electronic picture record of everything that has ever happened to the individual through out his existence.  So, in essence, the Astral and Mental Seed Atoms release the qualities of the emotions and the mind into the blood stream, while the Physical Seed Atom releases actual atomic picture images of the past.


Just as the process of birth includes more than labor, so the process of death includes more that the mere cessation of the breath and heartbeat. There is an outgoing process in physical death just as there is an incoming process in physical birth.  Involved in the process of physical birth is the passage of the baby’s physical form downwards into the birth canal.  At this time there is a slow and gradual opening of the birth canal to allow the passage of the new form, along with the natural contraction of the physical uterus.  In the process of physical death the physical form becomes that uterus out of which the Soul Spirit must rise.


At this time the chemical substance of the endocrine glands centers on the pineal gland.  The chemicals strive to free the mental seed atom from the brain.  Once free it passes outwards to the crown of the head by the silver cord.  What is very interesting to me is that in every human birth process the sutures of the parietal and occipital bones are open.  This allows for the bones of the skull to overlap allowing the large bony head of the neonate to pass through the birth canal of the mother.  When the baby is born the sutures unite creating a gap we call the anterior and posterior fontanels, or the “soft spots,” of the neonatal head.  During the physical death process the same thing occurs in reverse. Here the anterior and posterior fontanels open allowing the sutures of the parietal and occipital bones of the skull to open, as well. 


The endocrine chemical substance then gathers with a great force and intensity around the heart area.  This begins the struggle to free the physical body.  The actual break, or separation, of the silver cord stimulates the consciousness to recall and relive incidents that need to be experienced again, in order to emphasize the lessons they were intended to teach when that person was on the physical plane.


After the silver cord breaks, the Soul Spirit, enters his astral sheath.  The average process for the average person is to spend the next three and a half days following death in a state of what could be called a deep sleep or a death trance.  During these 84 hours the person should be helped by our blessings.  It helps when our loving thoughts are directed toward the person’s enlightening experiences in his new state of life.  This attitude on our part can free the person for his own Soul progression during the period immediately following transition.


“…. Hebrews 9:27.  states that the journey along the pathway of judgment is not actually in space.  It is all performed in the consciousness and it is the Soul Spirit who relives every incident and episode from the time of his birth.  This journey appears to be taken alone, but in actuality one is always under the ministration of a Master.  For the enlightened the after death experience is a journey into ecstasy and initiation or salvation.  For the so-called, quote, unquote, “sinner” it is an experience called judgment.  In this journey one watches his entire life in review, witnessing it as a panorama of passing events.  The Soul remains in this earth plane while the entire “movie of memories” passes before his consciousness. He not only is viewing the scenes but he is taking part in them.  So in reality we stand aside watching ourselves acting upon the stage of the life that has just passed.  During this time our Soul Spirit is awake on the Plane of Desire and the passing parade of events exposes his personal, frustrated desires.  Therefore the scenery surrounding the person in his own panorama will have a definite symbolical relationship to the problems of his individual Soul Spirit, his status in evolution and his cosmic reaction.  These symbolic images are derived from the experiences of his own history.  In this experience the Soul Spirit looks upon its own image and undergoes a struggle severe in proportion to its deviation from the spiritual standards. 


The Christian measures his Soul Spirit by the Christ and his Teachings. Therefore the panorama of the Christian will differ in many ways from that of the Buddhist, the Moslem, the Hindu or the Jew, just to name a few.  These experiences will depict what might have come to him had he turned towards the light at any fork along his pathway.  Throughout this journey he is shown where he made his mistake and how the choice or choices were always his.  So he experiences his own repentance for he sees not only the things he brought upon himself but the glories that he missed.  The scenes created become involved in the process of forgiveness.  The person either forgives or is forgiven and will be held in this process until he is cleared. 


As in all things, according to the evolutionary status, each Soul Spirit will face a different personal experience in his departure from the physical form and the earth plane.  There are usually three types of reactions to the experiences in the process of death.  The first type is the reaction found in the average person.  This one is a slow, natural detachment of the Soul lasting on the average approximately 84 hours.  The second type is the sudden separation of the Soul Spirit through violence.  I must remind you that violent acts differ and in all violent acts, a sudden withdrawal does not necessarily follow.  The third and last type is the immediate withdrawal with no break in consciousness, lasting on the average approximately 6 minutes.  This is the type that is frequently experienced by those who are spiritually enlightened.  In I Corinthian 15:31, Paul said, “I die daily,” meaning that he was able to depart the physical form at any time, leaving it in a state of “sleep” or suspended animation, while he traveled in full consciousness on the higher plane.  The same is true of the evolved Rosicrucian, he/she will learn how to “die’ daily.


As Max Heindel states in his wittings, “From the occult standpoint, of course it is no matter whether we live or die, as the saying is, for death to us does not mean annihilation but only the shifting of the consciousness to other spheres.  Nevertheless, when we have brought a vehicle through the useless years of childhood, past the hot years of youth, and have come to the time of discretion when we are really beginning to gain experience, then the longer we can prolong the time of experience the more we may gain. For that reason it is of a certain value to prolong the life of the body. (Page 84)


As human beings we are ignorant of how to live in this physical plane.  Thus we have not learned how to prepare for spiritual birth or physical death.  Nor do we yet appreciate or understand the duties and responsibilities that rest upon the individual and his relationship to society and/or to himself.


So how can we live here, now, and beyond with Christ?  


1.     Well, we first have to cultivate sensitivity to value, which enables us to assess by Christ’s absolute standards the undertones of our daily living.  We must discern unerringly that which counts most in God’s eyes and that, which counts most in our own.  This sensitivity to value requires a delicate awareness of our motives and attitudes so that we can recognize our thought habits for exactly what they are. 

2.     Secondly, please remember, that during our transition, during the 84 hours after the silver cord breaks, in the journey along the pathway of judgment we go through, what is being reflected are the individual’s motives.  It is not so much what a man does while on earth but the reason why he did it.  The evil that a man does is not as important as the motive that caused him to do it.  For the motive is in the built-in innate character reflection.  The Soul Spirit cannot ascend in his upwards flight until the clearing has been completed.  In addition, the judge is the Soul Spirit itself, held captive to its own thought forms of evil. 

3.     Thirdly, we have two seed atoms working for our free will and a destiny of our own making and our own choosing.  Let me explain, if, for example, an individual is born with a weakness of violence towards his spouse that weakness can be found recorded in the Emotional Astral Seed Atom as an innate quality of that individual’s character.  In this case we can safely say that this seed atom is the record of that individual’s desires as well as the record of his emotional life.  We can say this because that seed atom pours its atomic particles into the blood stream of the individual, and its influence is carried into the endocrine glandular system.  With this in mind the point I am trying to drive home, in here, is that the astral seed atom is the sum total of that individual’s emotional qualities.  These have been accumulated through the ages of that individual’s past.  If this is true, I’m sure you will all agree with me that the astral seed atom concerns the present and future of man.  Another point to drive home is that it is a seed atom that can be changed in quality at any present moment by the efforts of the individual. 


So . . . . . How can we use this knowledge to live here, now, and beyond with Christ?  Well, lets go back.


First, lets go back and ask ourselves: What is an emotion?  An emotion is just a thought and a thought can be changed.  So going back to the example I gave you earlier, a person with a weakness of violence towards his spouse needs to ask himself the following question: “What are the basic patterns of thought in my consciousness that have created this condition?”  Once he find an answer to this question, and can pinpoint the patterns in his life that have create the condition, he can begin to change those basic innate thoughts


As stated earlier, the heart seed atom contains a record of a person’s past.   This seed atom holds him very tied to his karmic past destiny and his “fate.”  Yes!  We CAN overcome the past within the heart seed atom.  But, it requires spiritual powers beyond the evolution of the common man.  In order to do this one must make the influence of his daily life so powerful for good that it will offset the influence of the physical heart seed atom as it empties its vibratory essences into our blood stream, thereby making null and void its effects upon the glandular system.  The karma of the past must be so overcome by the powerful charges of the record of the present, pouring from the mental- Astral atoms, that it cannot take root in your life, and will lose its power to injure you or cause you distress of any kind.


In particular the learning of truth becomes fuel for your mind, taking you into states of rapture.  The experiences we have in life leave an impression on the unconscious mind.  These impressions become reality here because our minds inflict the measures of our thoughts on us.  If we do not live as we should, the day of death will find us in bondage, bound by shackles of our own making.  The manacles we are accustomed to on earth are not nearly so binding as the one we have after death.  Many tasks will be disagreeable and not to our liking, but they will be the very tasks we will need to performed. 


I hope each one of you follows where the light of spiritual guidance beckons, and do the things you find to do, upon the way.  When you are able to see and know the conditions of the Soul Spirit in the higher spheres, you will understand how important it is for people to be enlightened upon this subject while they are still upon earth.


I hope all of you reach the time when the seed atom in your heart will exude nothing but excellence into the blood stream.  A time when the picture images released into the blood stream, and send from there to influence the glands, will be a constant stream of purified, strongly charged particles of life, love and Divine energy


And now to end this conference of Death and Dying, let me introduce a little bit of fact and also relate to you a story of an African tribe.  In my search for factual information related to this conference, I found that in a recent medical research done by Neurologist Oliver Sacks, M. D. he suggest that sound stimulates the release of various endorphins, and is a tool of great power in many neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease because of its unique capacity to reorganize damaged cerebral function.  This leads me to a story - The Story Of An African Tribe. 


“When a woman in a certain African tribe knows she is pregnant, she goes out into the wilderness with a few friends and together they pray and meditate until they hear the song of the child.  They recognize that every Soul Spirit has its own vibration that expresses its unique flavor and purpose.  When all the women attune to the song, they sing it out loud.  Then they return to the tribe and teach it to everyone else.


When the child is born, the community gathers and sings the child’s song.  Later when the child enters education, the village gathers and chants the child’s song.  When the child passes through the initiation of adulthood, the people again come together and sing.  At the time of marriage, the person hears her or his song.


Finally, when the Soul Spirit is about to pass on from this world, the family and friends gather at the person’s bed, just as they did at their birth, and they sing the person to the next life.


In this African tribe there is only one other occasion upon which the villagers sing to the child.  If at any time during his or her life, the person commits a crime or aberrant social act, the individual is called to the center of the village and the people in the community form a circle around them, then they sing their song to them.


The tribe recognizes that the correction for antisocial behavior is not punishment; it is love and remembrance of identity.  When you recognize your own song, you have no desire or need to do anything that would hurt another.


A friend is someone who knows your song and sings it to you when you have forgotten it.  Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself.  They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.


You may not have grown up in an African tribe that sings your song to you at crucial life transitions, but life is always reminding you when you are in tune with yourself and when you are not.  When you feel good, what you are doing matches your song, and when you feel awful, it doesn’t.  In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well.” anonymous


I hope you can learn today the qualities and habits of reality as well as that your lives expand into other lives.  We get to know them only if we are sufficiently humble to welcome them and sufficiently generous to pay the price repeatedly.  It is accomplished through practical and concrete living.  We should not wait vacantly for something to happen to us by the Grace of God.  But we are to seek the Grace of God by living, thinking, adventuring, and praying in a definite and practical way.  Thus, the light that resides in every man as he comes into this world gradually flares into a flame that guides his life.  When we pass on, our lives on the other planes are not a vague aura of loving kindness but are the focus of all our energies, capacities, thoughts, imagination, and desires.


 “As above, so below.”  We will live in the higher plane as we have lived here on the physical plane.  Our home in the higher planes is the abiding places of our Soul Spirit who gather into it the objects of beauty he loves, and in there our harmonious Soul Spirit comes and goes, as you do in this physical plane or earth life.  These homes are as real there in that spiritual plane as yours are to you here in the physical plane.   The only wealth that a man carries beyond the grave is what he gives away before he reaches the grave.  Please let us be wise.  Let us start to build our new homes in the higher planes by perfecting our way of thinking and by undoing wrong on earth, and also by helping others.  As the story of the African tribe says: “In the end, we shall all recognize our song and sing it well.  You may feel a little warble at the moment, but so have all the great singers.  Just keep singing and you’ll find your way home.”

 - Alexandra Porter

Mount Ecclesia

English Summer School Conference

August 01, August 06, and August 08, 2002 











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