A short distance south of Edinburgh, in Scotland, the North Esk river flows through the Pentland Hills singing its melody as it meanders by the ancient ruins of the St. Clair castle and the ever beguiling beauty of the adjacent Rosslyn Chapel by the village of Roslin in the heart of Midlothian. A series of pathways runs through Roslin Glen and by the river below the promontory on which the castle ruins loom majestically. The name Rosslyn is said to mean a promontory overlooking a waterfall, or a stream, and is believed to have originated with previous owners of the estate.
The St. Clair family originated in France when one Wildernus from Norway settled in the area know as St. Clair, thus taking the sir name of St. Clair which in later years has become the Sinclair clan of Scotland. William “the seemly” St. Clair, a younger son, escorted Margaret, the bride-to-be of King Malcolm Canmore, from Hungary to Scotland. They carried religious relics including a piece of the true cross which became known as the Black Rood, or the Holy Rood. The relics were said to have been kept in Holyrood Palace at Edinburgh and then in the St. Clair chapel of Rosslyn on land which had been granted to William.
Sr. William St. Clair, Earl of Rosslyn, third St. Clair Prince of Orkney and owner of Rosslyn castle, decided to construct a church in thanksgiving to God for the blessings he had received in his life. The original church was to be the Collegiate Church of St. Matthew and the plans are believed to be based on King Solomon’s Temple, however, only the section known as the choir was completed. Workmen were brought to the area from Europe, from such countries as Italy, France and Portugal. The village of Roslin was built to house the workmen. It is in the shape of a cross with the chapel a short distance up at the head. The church was to have been constructed in a cruciform configuration with a tower in the centre. It was consecrated in 1446. The chapel was begun in 1450 and took forty years to complete. Thus it has remained, with one small addition at the east door.
The choir, now known as Rosslyn Chapel, is a magnificent display of stone carvings which truly defy description. Entering the churchyard and the building itself is an experience which can only be appreciated at first hand. The interior is a myriad of vines, plants, and figures. The theme of nature entwines the spiritual theme of the life of Jesus Christ, Biblical teachings and religious beliefs, some held to be pagan, yet with a common thread of man and nature under the order of God. A section devoted to the Holy Mother, the Lady Chapel, contains several altars. The St. Clairs had been Catholics until forced to change during the time of the Reformation. The castle was burned and the chapel used as a stable for horses, yet the holiness remains, a sense of awe that one is in a sacred place.
Three pillars separate the Lady Chapel from the main part, with a large carving of Mary looking down on the congregation from the wall above. The main part of the chapel has thirteen pillars joined by twelve arches. The pillars support an elaborately carved roof which contains a keystone pendant in the center. Numerous carvings grace the pillars, many angels playing a variety of instruments and many illustrations and symbols from the Bible.
Aisles at each side of the chapel contain straight arches with carvings of plants and figures. Each window is surrounded by carvings. One series of carvings of maize, or North American corn, supports the belief that Prince Henry Sinclair of Orkney had indeed sailed to what is now Nova Scotia in Canada and to the American coast of Massachusettes where he left an effigy in stone of one of his men who died there.
The carvings extend to the outside wall where one may see the winged serpent, a fox preaching to geese, strange looking gargoyle faces and various figures.
The chapel is complete with its spirits of the past for a number of family members lie in the crypt, buried in their armour as true knights. The tombstone of Sr. William is on display.
There are those who have believed that treasures lie beneath the stone floor. Disappearing jewels and rumoured relics from stories of a secret society add to a sense of intrigue which has prompted unsuccessful searches. There are those who believe that the treasures are esoteric and that the truth lies within ourselves. A legend foretold that the treasure would be found by a lady of the ancient family when the trumpet is heard in the apartment. And the seekers come.
By the grace of God and the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ the mysteries of Rosslyn Chapel are being unveiled. For in truth, nothing is secret. The facts were held in secret only to preserve them for future generations, “for there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; and hid, that shall not be known. What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preacheth ye upon the housetops.” Matthew 10:26-28
Rosslyn, the rose of Sharon, the chapel of the heart, holds the key to the true teachings of Jesus Christ as He taught the inner circle of His disciples. For He told them, and it has been recorded well, that the parables were given unto the multitude but the secrets were revealed to the friends of His heart, and, above all, to His most Beloved twin flame, Magda, Mary Magdalene. Twin flames came out from God together as two parts of a unified soul. “But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Mark 10:6-9 Although twin flames can never be truly separated in spirit, few find each other in this life on earth. Beloved Jesus and Magda experienced a very beautiful love as their hearts came together, for true love and true marriage is of the heart.
Mary represented the soul, the feminine aspect of mankind, which can be lost. The Christ Self, the real self, is not tempted but the soul is tempted and can be lost through error. The soul descended into the material world where it became involved with the lusts of the earth. Degraded and weary, she found her Lord, the Christ, her Beloved.
Jesus represented the love of God as the Christ who forgave the soul for her wanderings. He saw her beauty and the love in her heart. She was as precious to him as the most costly pearl. Together they joined in the marriage of the t’ai chi, the circular Chinese symbol of the male and female, rejoicing in their love for one another.
Forgiveness and compassion are the qualities of the Christ. God the Father does not see sin. He sees only the perfection of the soul. When men had gathered to stone the adulterous woman, the response of Jesus was not to condemn. “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” John 3:17 He quietly said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:7 The crowd melted away in the knowledge that each one had his own sinful past. For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God; each one of us has adulterated divine purpose and lost the contact in consciousness with the light of God. Adultery is a word for sin. It was in the wilderness of Zin that Moses lost his temper and struck the rock to prove God’s power to the people. Numbers 13:21 Isaiah wrote, “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.” Isaiah 6:5 When Jesus called Peter to be His disciple, Peter did not want to go for he knew himself as a sinful man. When we see the glory of God we also see the errors of our ways.
The drama of Jesus and Mary Magdalene was played out as an example of the great love God has for the soul of each man and woman, however great the error. Christ’s teaching is that we must do the same and, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Matthew 7:1 “Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.” Romans 14:13 “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 If we would love our own souls we love and forgive others; only then can we be free to pursue the God in ourselves.
Jesus told the scribes and the Pharisees that the harlots would get to heaven before they would because they had love in their hearts. It is interesting to note that the word harlot is like an acronym for “love in their hearts.” In more than one instance it was a harlot who saved a man of God from murderous pursuers.
Lucifer fell because of his pride, in his illusion that he was too good to need to be obedient to the will of God. Mankind fell because of Luciferian thought, becoming mired in density. Evil, the veil of misqualified energy in thought, feeling and action, separates mankind, in consciousness, from God.
The gargoyles at the entrance of Rosslyn Chapel remind one of the lower nature of mankind and of the evil spirits who taunt and lead one astray. Yet they are used as water spouts, the symbol of cleansing.
God’s judgment is merciful. He gave us a way out of our predicament. He gave us the teaching of the Tree of Life, the Kabbalah, in which we are taught that judgment must be balanced with mercy, lest our thoughts and actions become the misuse of the power of God. Jesus came with the love, compassion and the mercy of God in His sacred heart.
Jesus atoned for our sins in that he showed us the way by publicly being at one with God Himself and assisting to carry our burdens. But the time has come for us to shoulder our own burdens and to walk in His footsteps, for he said, “Take my yoke upon you...for my yoke is easy and my burden is Light.” Matthew 11:29,30 He showed us how to atone, how to be at one with God. In His mercy God forgives us when we petition Him for forgiveness on bended knee, the letting go of pride, but we must make up for every misuse of our energy in thought, word and deed. God does not break His laws.
Jesus admonished us to keep the right company. “Ye shall know them by their fruits...Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.” Matthew 7:16,17 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22,23 It is necessary to learn the difference between judgment and Christ discrimination for we must learn to discriminate between those who pull us down and those who elevate our spirits. We cannot allow ourselves to be destroyed. We come to realise the hurt that is done to others through the misuse of energy, for it is how we qualify our energy that makes the difference.
When Jesus spoke of God the Father he was referring to the first Cause of Life. Our Beloved Saviour desired us to know that each man and woman in truth is a being of light. “So God created man in his own image.” Genesis 1:27 He appeared to the disciples in His own light body, His Causal Body, after the crucifixion, as recorded in Luke 16:14: “Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.”
To Beloved Magda, Jesus gave the keys to the kingdom, the teaching of the Causal Body, the Divine Monad, the Presence of God, within each one. It was recorded in the Gnostic texts that Jesus made Mary male, that is, He assisted her to come into alignment with the Christ.
It was Mary Magdalene who was the first to see Beloved Jesus after His resurrection. He spoke her name with love: “Mary.” John 20:16 She was familiar enough with the Master to try to touch Him, causing Him to say, “Touch me not: for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father, and to my God and your God.” John 20:17 “Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things unto her.” John 20:18 In this vision, she received the gnosis, the knowledge of the teachings of Jesus which she was to share with the disciples
We are manifestations of the thought, or, vision, of God. “Where there is no vision the people perish:” Proverbs 29:18 We need to maintain the vision in order to know ourselves and be reunited with our God. Rosslyn Chapel is an open picture book of that vision of the structure of God and our own true self.
God spoke to the initiates in the Garden of Eden and He still speaks to us; we need only find our way back to His heart through the initiations under the Divine Masters.
The lady has been awakened by the pure kiss of the Christ. The soul awakes to greet the new day, for the blast of the trumpet has given its sound and has been heard in the innermost part of the heart. A stone angel blowing a trumpet heralds the arrival of all who enter Rosslyn Chape by the north door. All who have been asleep are awakened to opportunity in this age of the Holy Spirit. That which has felt apart from God may be reunited in love, to receive the welcome of the prodigal son. This lesson of the prodigal son has been depicted as a carving in the chapel as he served the husks to the swine. We need no longer feed off the husks of a lower existence as victims of our own animal nature. Let us go forth together to discover the truth of being as we gather in unity to ascend into the light of God that never fails.
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:” I Thessalonians 4:16
This pillar is like a pillar of love, one of the three flames of God present in each heart. The flames manifest the qualities of love, wisdom and power - the Holy Trinity of Father (power), Son (wisdom) and Holy Spirit (love), similar to the Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva of the Hindu faith.
The apprentice approached his work with love and he was rewarded with a heavenly vision which few on this earth can imagine in the finite mind. Our Beloved Saint Paul spoke of a man who went up to the third heaven and could not speak of it. Saint Paul himself was lifted up and taught by Jesus Christ. The love of God, which comes forth as beauty, is represented by the flame of pink love. All is light and the physical form is light in manifestation in matter. The apprentice lovingly carved his heavenly view of the love of God which can never be described in words nor understood by the mind. The experience is the all in all, yet he strove to leave the vision as a tangible experience for all to witness.
The apprentice received the gash on the right side of his temple, the intuitive, creative side of the brain where visions occur. When the disciples were not catching fish, not getting results, Jesus cryptically advised them to “Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find.” John 21:6 They cast their net on the right side and pulled in one hundred and fifty-three fish. “Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power.” Exodus 15:6 We need to be on the right side of God, the side of love, with Jesus Christ. “A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.” Ecclesiastes 10:2 When viewed from the main area of the chapel the Apprentice Pillar is on the right.
The Tree of Life carved in this pillar is familiar to students of Kabbalah. It is identified from Norse mythology as a graceful ash tree with its roots in the earth and its boughs reaching into heaven. The word ash is part of one of the sacred names of God, EHYEH ASHER EHYEH, I AM THAT I AM, the presence of God in man. We are given the illustration that God dwells within us, the I AM below as the I AM above, the vision given to Moses as he saw the burning bush, the light of God within himself. Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” John 8:58
“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” Exodus 3:14 Thus the name of God is the vision of our reality, it “is real”. Jacob was renamed Israel, his real self. Abraham whose carved statue was in Rosslyn Chapel, arms upraised, is called the father of all for it was from his seed that the people of Israel came.
The ash tree is also a reminder from God, as recorded in Isaiah, that those who plant an ash tree then worship carved images or fire, the material things, “feedeth on ashes”. Isaiah 44:14-20 The mythological bird, the Phoenix, was consumed by fire and rose up from its ashes into new life.
The branches on the capital of the pillar, like the twelve signs of the zodiac, tell us about the true astrology of God. “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs...” Genesis 1:14 There are twelve pillars of God and in His mercy he has appointed twelve groups of Heavenly beings to watch over us to help us govern ourselves and our activities. They are positioned in a particular way at the moment of our birth in order to show us what we need to learn in this embodiment. For God has given us many chances to move upwards, back to Him after our fall from grace.
These Heavenly beings are represented by the Masters, ones who have been given charge over us to assist us and lead us on our journey home, for they have attained their own mastery over themselves and life and ascended in consciousness back to God. When the people decided to build the tower of Babel, a structure of their own creation outside the will of God, it was recorded: “...the Lord said,...Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language,...” Genesis 11:6,7 The use of the word us is a clear indication that there was more than one Lord, or Master.
The wise men who visited the infant Jesus, were astrologers who knew of His coming Christhood. The star they followed was the light of God within the Saviour which brightened the inner vision of those of high attainment, those who could see. (They were “warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod,” (the hardness of the lower consciousness which seeks to destroy the Christ within) Matthew 2:12 Magi were Zoroastrian priests who followed the mystical teachings of Zarathustra. The three Magi with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh represented the qualities of the Holy Trinity, the triune spiritual flame of love (frankincense), wisdom (gold), and the power of the will of God on earth (myrrh). The shepherds, the true spiritual leaders of the children of God, who could also see, were in awe at His coming, “...and the sheep follow him for they know his voice.” John 10:4 All nature rejoiced.
Jesus said we must be perfect as our Father in Heaven is perfect. He was not referring to human perfection but the willingness to take the path towards attaining the reality of our spiritual perfection. We go through many trials, or initiations, on a long journey. This journey has taken many of us thousands of lifetimes. Our astrological road map in life tells us which of our qualities we need to overcome in order to attain everlasting life.
Jesus spoke of reincarnation as recorded in the book of Mark when his disciples asked him about a man born blind. They asked if his blindness had been a result of his own sin or that of his parents. If it had been a result of his own sin, and he had been born blind, then the sin must have occurred before that embodiment. However, Jesus assured them, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” John 9:3 He took reincarnation for granted as a truth that was known to all. He also referred to reincarnation when the disciples asked about Elijah, wondering when he would come again. Jesus said, “But I say unto you, that Elias is come, already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them. Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.” Matthew 17:12,13
Jesus, Himself, took a number of embodiments to show us what we need to do. Jacob prophesied on his deathbed about his son Joseph, who wore the rainbow radiance of a coat of many colours: “from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel.” Genesis 49:24 Jesus also gave us a set of footprints in His lives as Joshua who fought the battle of Jericho with the power of sound and brought down the walls of human resistance in the circle of the infinite love of God; David who killed the giant Goliath and gave us the wonderful psalms, the songs. Two hands hold a lion’s mouth in a carving in Rosslyn Chapel; in 1 Samuel 17:34,35, David stated that he had delivered a sheep out of a lion’s mouth. Jesus was the disciple Elisha, who received the mantle of the great prophet Elijah.
Isaiah prophesied the coming of Jesus as a tree of life: “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.” Isaiah 11:1 With each succeeding embodiment He manifested more light in the world. That light has lifted all of mankind and has remained as a beacon for all. During Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday His great light caused the people to cry out for joy. He illustrated that when one person rises in the consciousness of light the entire world is lifted up as well for there is no division in the consciousness of God. With the advent of Jesus, Salem (peace, or Jerusalem) became the fulfilment of peace in Jesus which leads us to the New Jerusalem in ourselves. The name Jesus is a universal name, for He represents the All.
Symbols such as snakes and dragons often have dual interpretations, for they may be qualified as power for either good or evil. Dragon-like winged serpents are carved around the base of the Apprentice Pillar.
The serpent has been a symbol for the coil of spiritual light energy which spirals up the spinal column of the human body. Jesus referred to this serpentine upwardly spiralling energy when he said, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.” John 3:14 This spiral is evident in the Apprentice Pillar as an important aspect of our spiritual journey upward in consciousness to the attainment of the true wisdom of God.
Similarities have been noted between the two pillars of strength and wisdom in the Temple of Solomon and the Mason’s Pillar and Apprentice Pillar in Rosslyn Chapel. The two pillars become three pillars in Rosslyn Chapel - Moses brought the teachings of the will, the power and strength of the law; Solomon brought the wisdom; and with the advent of Jesus came the third aspect, that of love. The pillar of Jachin in the Temple of Solomon has been seen as a pillar of wisdom yet the wisdom when combined with the love of the Christ becomes the pink of love and the golden yellow of wisdom, the golden-pink glow ray, the glory of God. Jachin has been translated to mean firmness for it also brings in the firmness of the will of God. The Apprentice Pillar may be seen to involve all of the attributes of the love, wisdom and power of God, yet love predominates for as St. Paul said, without charity we are nothing.
We encounter opposition along the way on our spiritual path, for the dark forces, within and without, ferocious as dragons, seek to destroy us by cunning and by force. The dark forces sought to confuse Adam and Eve.
The word paradise meant garden. A garden also referred to a courtyard adjacent to a building or palace, as in the court of a king. The Garden of Eden was a mystery school which was on this earth many, many years ago, before the fall of man into the degradation of material life which was evident in what we have called the cave men. The mystery school was under Lord Maitreya, the Cosmic Christ, the Master who sponsored Beloved Jesus in His mission. Those who were studying in the mystery school were subject to initiations, or steps of attainment. The purpose of initiations is to test the individuals and their ability to hold increments of divine light in their beings without misqualifying that light in base, or, negative, thought, word or deed.
When Adam, the archetype of man, and Eve partook of the forbidden fruit of the Tree of Knowledge they saw the evil of the fallen ones in the cosmos. They were tempted to know more of the dark forces than what was necessary for their spiritual advancement, therefore, rather than passing their initiations they became enmeshed in the veil of spiritual darkness known as evil. A sleep of forgetfulness of their true origin came over Adam and they began the descent in consciousness to lower levels of thought and feeling which become less spiritual and more material, the path towards the death of the soul. Then they began to know the hardships of having to toil for a living rather that being able to receive freely from God that which they would ever need. They and their offspring would have a long journey back up the ladder of consciousness, reflected in the ladder of Jacob’s dream as recorded in Genesis. We are still attempting to ascend that ladder today. A carving of a ladder beside Jesus on the north isle in the chapel is a reminder of the steps of initiation He demonstrated for us.
Above the capital of the Apprentice Pillar are carvings of Isaac bound and the ram in the thicket. This illustration of a high initiation of Abraham is a test in the willingness to put God above all things. When Abraham showed his obedience in following the will of God in divine order he was rewarded by the appearance of the ram which saved him from his ordeal. In ancient writings the ram means “the exalted one” and refers to the high God. The Lamb is the son of the Ram.
The symbol of the tree represents our individuality, and we need to have our roots in the knowledge of the law of God. Understanding the Tree of Life is the truth that sets us free. Every aspect of God is within us, in our hearts, minds and throughout our entire beings. We have only to dwell on the qualities of God and know that we have the potential to be God in action here on earth.
The danger lies in the human ego which seeks to claim recognition for itself. We need to cut out the roots of the source of evil which have permeated our world. Above the base of the Apprentice Pillar is a carving of a knot. When Alexander the Great was faced with the challenge of undoing the Gordian knot he swiftly cut it. We take our negativities and problems in hand as we seek to overcome anger, murderous intent, fear, depression, conceit, pride, sarcasm, arrogance, envy, narcissism, lust, gossip, slander, ingratitude, revenge, selfishness, craving, condemnation, disobedience to the will of God and all that is anti the living Christ within. When Jesus said, “Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off and cast them from thee:” Matthew 18:8, He was referring to the casting off of negative mental habits. These are our blocks to our own spiritual progress and the progress of the world. One of the greatest blocks is judgment and condemnation of our fellow man which causes a sense of separation where in truth there is none.
When we get into these momenta of energy they carry us along unless we make a concerted effort to let go and get into better, positive thinking, changing old habits for new. These are the snakeskins which need to be shed, as peeling layers off an onion, discarding the outer self until we are able to see and know the God within. In order to deal with the human ego we may say to God, “Thou the all, I the nothing”. Then we may become holy, wholly in the image of God, and are made whole. We then become individual trees of life as the tree of the Apprentice Pillar stands in the glory of the garden carved within Rosslyn Chapel.
Above the capitals of the three pillars angel musicians play a variety of instruments. Atop the Apprentice Pillar one musician who holds a fife and a drum is a reminder that we march to the beat of the rhythm of the heartbeat of God.
We have the potential to be living Christs on earth. Our Lord Jesus Christ became our Saviour by proclaiming his own Christhood. All the world was taxed, under a burden of negative mental energy. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David (in the light of God) a Saviour which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe (the soul) wrapped in swaddling clothes (in the light of the I AM Presence), lying in a manger (in the physical body, in the heart). Luke 2:11,12 “...they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord...And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves...” Luke 2:22-24 Turtledoves have been symbols of love and peace down through the ages, and thus Jesus and His beloved twin flame would sacrifice their lower selves to the will of God in service to mankind. Two lovely birds have been carved in the chapel, one feeding the other, for as Jesus taught, I am my brother’s keeper. This is the key, for when Cain asked, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” in Genesis 4:9 he revealed that he was not of the Sons of God.
The secret teaching is that we have not only the right but the responsibility to claim our own Christhood as well. Jesus said, “Is it not written in your law, I said ye are gods?” John 10: 34 “(As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)” Luke 2:23 Each one has a Holy Christ Self which is the mediator between our I AM Presence of God above and the physical self below. We have a crystal cord which reaches down like a thread, or a plumb line, from our I AM Presence to the threefold flame in our heart in our lower form. This crystal cord is the lifeline which is withdrawn at the moment of physical death. Our goal is to reunite with our Holy Christ Self and our I AM Presence of God. We evaluate ourselves and chart our own course as Prince Henry Sinclair and Christopher Columbus charted their course to the New Jerusalem. America is an anagram for “I AM race”, including all people who embrace the teaching of the I AM.
As the Apprentice Pillar illustrates the spinal column with the spiral of energy, we see that stone pillars, trees, bushes, and staffs, or rods, have been used repeatedly in religious history to illustrate the spinal column of the human body, culminating, as in Aaron’s rod, with the flowering light. The almond is the first tree to awaken and bud in the spring, a symbol of new life. “I see men as trees, walking,” witnessed the blind man who was made to see by Jesus Christ. Mark 8:24 We take care not to become pillars of stone in hardened materiality and pride, or as Lot’s wife who was turned into a pillar of salt through her lack of wisdom, but pillars of living fire, the fire of God’s love.
“To him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” Revelation 3:12
When we follow the law of God, living a life of love and forgiveness, our energy flows upward towards the heavens bringing vitality and joy to our being.
Compasssion, as the love of God, and wisdom are the twin pillars of self-realisation. They are the two virtues to be sought by the aspirant who wishes to know himself.
King Solomon prayed for wisdom, which was the greatest prayer his soul could make. He was rewarded greatly and we may also reap great rewards for nourishing the wisdom flame in our hearts. “Behold I have done according to thy words; lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart.” I Kings 3: 3:12
“Then Solomon said, ‘The Lord has set the sun in the heavens, but has said that he would dwell in thick darkness, I have built thee an exalted house, a place for thee to dwell in forever.’” I Kings 8:12,13
Rosslyn Chapel has been thought to be an attempt by Sir William St. Clair to erect a replica of the Temple of Solomon. There are a number of carvings throughout the chapel which appear to be replicas of temples.
King Solomon recognised the yellow ray of wisdom as coming from the sun and built his temple to the sun. Pagan sun worshippers did not understand God, but the true sons of God knew that the Son of God is reflected in the sun which nourishes us in our state of spiritual and physical darkness and gives us life, for all of the universe is an expression of God. Solomon knew that the same light of God is in us, the true temples of God. All who are wise take wise dominion, wisdom, over their lives. The light of wisdom’s ray is the anointing the head with oil, thus the yellow ray has been observed around the heads of saints. “Thou anointest my head with oil” Psalm 23:5
The web-like design, below the angels on the capital of this pillar, is similar to the antahkarana, the filigree pattern of white light which unites all of creation with the heart of God. This is similar to the ley lines, lines of energy felt by sensitive people, along which stone structures were constructed in Britain.
Like the angels in the book of Revelation, the angel musicians carved upon the pillars play and sing praises to God without ceasing. He who praises God unceasingly has the wisdom of the ages. His treasures in heaven above will become treasures on earth below. Praise be to God.
The will of God is love in action. When the master mason murdered the apprentice he was misusing the power and will of God within himself. When we misuse the energy of God in base and negative ways we surely reap what we sow, if not immediately, then later on when unexpected, possibly in a later embodiment. None can escape this law. Our Father in Heaven is accurate, therefore, Jesus admonished us to judge not lest we be judged. The energy returns to its source. If the master mason had understood the wisdom of God he would not have been so tempted to allow his lower nature to act. The story of Adam and Eve is a story of making a decision in the blue flame will of God to eat of the fruit or not.
Sometimes the greatest tragedies of life are examples to all, carried down through the years, that we might learn the lesson and avoid the same fate.
Death is not real. The apprentice lives on. The carving of the head of the master mason faces his deed as we all must do. The murderer may believe he has won the victory but “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” Galatians 56:7 The blue, yellow and pink light in our hearts is the flame of life which maintains our being. If we act in extreme anger we may extinguish that flame and become as dead beings walking on earth, for Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 23:27, spoke of whitewashed outer appearances filled with dead men’s bones. God, in His mercy, gives us a way to re-ignite that flame and to nourish the flame. We do this by seeking Him and His ways. “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three: but the greatest of these is charity.” I Corinthians 13:13 The flame was reduced from the full size of the body to just a sixteenth of an inch in the heart by the misqualified thought and action during the fall of man. We may raise it up once more by the grace of God, and the two flames of love and wisdom become the golden pink cloven tongues of the Holy Paraclete, resting in the will of God. A carving of what appears to be two leaves over an arch by the south door of the chapel is a reminder of this lovely aspect of the Holy Spirit.
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8
Geometry was given to mankind in order to help us understand the universe. The energy patterns of God not visible to the eye are necessary, nevertheless, for the building of structure, whether visible or invisible, for structure is the true geometry life.
At one time, certain numbers, symbols and words were used by only a few with great reverence, for they were symbols of God. The sacred symbols and numbers were not only used for strength and design in constructing material buildings but they represented the cosmic truths for all to assimilate for spiritual strength and growth.
Circular designs abound in Rosslyn Chapel from lacy filigree patterns to the circular design on the gravestone of Sir William St. Clair. The circle has long been a symbol of eternity, as symbolised by a wedding ring and by a serpent swallowing its tail. It represents the oneness, for all are one in God. In the Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu we are advised to be in the centre of the circle; our prayers anchor us in this circle of oneness. King Arthur and his knights of the round table, the law of the oneness of God (for tables and tablets are for the recording of the law), understood the mystery of the circle and the meaning of community, for they were communing in oneness. Cavaliers had a rallying cry of “All for one and one for all!” A circle with a dot in the centre was a symbol for God, and was also a symbol for the number ten, for energy given out returns tenfold as in the law of the tithe. Hebrews 7:2,3
The circle is symbolised in the wheel which is used to illustrate the rounds of rebirth one lives out again and again until freedom is won and the ascension to higher realms takes place. One of the initiations of the Christ is the test of the ten. This test is the ability to have complete control over one’s emotions and to keep one’s harmony in any situation. This initiation relates to the solar plexus. Jesus gave many lessons on this initiation for it is one of the most important aspects of behaviour we can learn in our quest for peace and happiness. It may be interesting to note that there are five pillars on each side of the choir, balancing each other in harmony as in the test of the ten.
Cones may be seen on the chapel above the buttresses and on an outer spire. A cone illustrates the shape of the coil of positive energy in the human body as it spirals up the spine in tighter and tighter concentric circles culminating in a tight spiral like a point at the top. This is illustrated on the statues of Buddha on which a coil is on the crown of his head. Many years ago, teachers would fashion conical so-called “dunce caps” for hapless students to wear in the hopes of adding positive energy to their brains.
The triangle represents the Holy Trinity. A triangle with one point pointing down represents God reaching down to man or woman. The triangle with one point pointing up represents the man or woman reaching up to God. These two triangles superimposed on one another to form a six pointed star become a symbol of God meeting man. A dot in the centre indicates the place where they meet, which is in the heart. A circle may be drawn around this star to illustrate the oneness and the infinite love of God.
If a line is drawn across the front of the outside of the chapel as the base of a triangle, the upper point may be visualised at the altar. The angles are similar to the angles of the great pyramids. The pyramids with their harmonious proportions are symbols of our true being and of the perfection in the structure of nature. The sacred geometry is a guideline of our ascension process under the Ascended Master Serapis Bey. The angles of the sides of the pyramids are fifty-one degrees and fifty-one minutes. Until recently it was necessary to transmute one hundred per cent of our karma, our negativities, in order to ascend back to God but in recent years the Masters have been able to assist us to remain on the higher levels if we transmute only fifty-one per cent. Such is the mercy of God.
An equilateral triangle with curved corners peeks through leafy borders over the south doorway of the chapel. Three points in this triangle are reminders of the threefold flame in the heart. The almost circular pattern is a reminder that the threefold flame is in the oneness of the eternal God.
The original cruciform plan for the collegiate church, of which Rosslyn Chapel is the choir, was to have had a tower in the centre. The cross is also a symbol of God the Father, (as the vertical bar), meeting man, (as the horizontal bar), in the nexus, which is the place of the heart. There is a cross of light for each of the seven rays of light in the human aura manifesting the qualities of the respective rays. The amethyst Maltese cross of the Ascended Master Saint Germain, also known as the Knights Templar Cross seen on the gravestone of Sir William St. Clair, has an indentation at the end of each bar signifying that the rays of light continue on into infinity. There is no end to the light and mercy of God.
Squares may be observed over the buttresses of the chapel and several doorways are square overhead. Sir William St. Clair’s name, Sinncler, is written around the corner of his grave stone as if squaring the plaque. The square is a structure of strength and is the symbol of the city foursquare; in this Age of Aquarius, we learn that Mother Mary is the fourth aspect to the Holy Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There are four altars in the Lady Chapel. The “four corners of the earth” are described in ancient writings as the cosmic forces symbolised by the lion (the Father), man (the Son), the flying eagle (the Mother), and the calf (the Holy Spirit) which bring initiations of spiritual fire, the water of emotions, the air of mental thought, and earth, the mastery of material life.
Ezekiel described this in his vision: “And I looked, and behold, a whirling came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man....As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion, on the right side: and they four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle.” Ezekiel 1:4,5,10
A magnificent window on the wall above the Lady Chapel illustrates a square within a circle. In the centre of the square is a cross.
When the four forces are placed on a clock or a compass the Father is on the north, the Son is on the east, the Mother is at the south and the Holy Spirit on the west. Adam was expelled from the east gate of the Garden of Eden and this is the place where Jesus, the star in the east, came to redeem the children of God. The Divine Mother is the queen of the south who will rise up as Jesus predicted: “The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, a greater than Solomon is here.” Matthew 12:42 A cherub carved on the south wall of Rosslyn Chapel waves a scroll, perhaps the scroll of the Keeper of the Scrolls, the angel of judgement.
Squared numbers have more power. When two or more gather together to pray, the energy of the power of prayer given is squared by the number of people praying. Twelve times twelve, the number of disciples multiplied by itself, is the mystical number one hundred and forty-four. There are twelve qualities of God manifesting in the human body which are developed by personal discipline; there were twelve tribes of Israel; Jesus was twelve years old when He conversed with the priests in the temple and told His parents He must be about His Father’s business. There are twelve arches in Rosslyn Chapel. There are one hundred and forty-four aspects of God’s love. The one hundred and forty-four thousand chosen to rule the earth are those who are acting in obedience to the power of God, under His guidance. They are the chosen ones for they chose to serve Him. They serve diligently, day by day, to bring the light of love and illumination to dispel the darkness of the earth.
Pyramid-like tops grace the outer spires of the chapel. The pyramid is similar in symbolism to the cone but it is built on the base of a square, the symbol of the city foursquare. When we draw a circle superimposed on the square of the base we have the squaring of the circle, the symbol of the city foursquare in the circle of the eternal oneness of God, and the ascending spirals of God-consciousness in our beings. The strength of the square in the oneness of the circle is the symbol that all our strength is in our union, as Gitche Manitou told the warring tribes in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, The Song of Hiawatha. The naming of the church The Collegiate Church of St. Matthew illustrates a purpose of collegiality and of union among all people and among all faiths, for all desire union with God. The capstone of the pyramid is the highest concentration of spiritual energy as we become reunited with God in the initiation of the ascension under the Master Serapis Bey.
The twelve arches join thirteen pillars in the choir. A perfect arch is not only a strong structural support but it is similar in shape to a dome of a mosque. The softness of curved lines reflects the curve of the feminine womb of matter, a container for creation, and an arch, or an arc, is a curved line. The Ark of the Covenant, although said to be rectangular, was a container for the Holy symbols of God. Adam was the archetype of man and the Christ is the keystone in the arch of being. The keystone pendant in the arch of the roof of Rosslyn Chapel is a reminder that our own Holy Christ Self is the key to our union with our higher God-self, our own I AM Presence of God above. The arc, or arch, of the rainbow, the colours of the I AM Presence and the New Jerusalem, is the sign of the new covenant God made with mankind after the great flood, for we have an arc of contact with our Father-Mother God, an arch of strength in our beings, the ark of the covenant within each heart.
If we look at the chart of the I AM Presence, your real self, we may visualise two circles, one superimposed on the upper part and one on the lower. When these are joined at the level of the Holy Christ self we may see a figure eight. The energy flows from the upper to the lower then back again as our arc of contact, the as above so below. The upper part of the lower circle is curved like an arch or a dome with the peak at the nexus of the Christ, the keystone, where we attain our union with the flow of everlasting life. In this respect, each individual is a church, a temple of God.
A spire rises up as the energy of the spiral light energy column of man rises up and aspires to reach God the Father whose light descends to meet man in the heart.
The number eight in the octagon, and the eight pointed star, symbolises the eight- fold path of the Buddha. Gautama Buddha, the awakened one, was awakened, or enlightened, as to the reasons for suffering and the way out of suffering to reach Nirvana, the state of eternal bliss. He believed that all suffering is a result of craving wrong things in life, for desire, apart from desiring only God, creates the illusion of division and lack. The energy of God is meant to flow through us like a river but inordinate desire blocks energy and causes unhappiness. He set out the eight-fold path as a means of relief from suffering. This relief brings the happiness sought by mankind.
The eight-fold path includes right view, right aspiration, right speech, right behaviour, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right contemplation. The eight-fold path is a series of initiations under the Ascended Masters, the Brotherhood of Light known as the Great White Brotherhood, those who have won their victory over suffering and death and have risen in spirit to be united with the white light of God. We call them “Beloved” for they have attained union with their own I AM Presence, the Beloved, through the mediator of the Holy Christ Self. The hierarchy of Masters becomes like a series of step down transformers for the intense light of God to be received in our human form. When we realise what we need to improve in ourselves we follow the path of the Masters and impart the knowledge to others. The Masters have requested that we not wait until we are perfect ourselves to reveal the truth of God. Mahatma Ghandi saw himself as being imperfect although he was a great spiritual leader. When we are on the path we are acutely aware of our own faults and begin to understand true compassion for others. Then we walk what has been termed the middle way, knowing the truth of the spirit yet working on living in the world in a state of balance and harmony.
There are eight serpents around the base of the Apprentice Pillar. When we follow the eight-fold path,overcoming the dragons of our lower nature, we rise up in spirit as on wings.
When Beloved Gautama Buddha found enlightenment the dark force of doubt attempted to dissuade him from sharing his knowledge with the people. Overcoming the opposition, he declared that some will understand.
The spiritual light-centre of the Christ in man, in the area of the physical heart, is similar in appearance to a delicate, pink, eight-petalled rose. The symbol of a rose in an octagon, reminds us of the teachings of Christ and Buddha, the teachings of right mindfulness and love. Five petals in the rose represent the five places where Jesus was pierced during the crucifixion. “I will put my law (of love) in their inward parts and write it in their hearts.” Jeremiah 32:33
On the tombstone of Sir William St. Clair, which is on view in the chapel, a carving of a Tree of Life shape predominates. The upper section has an eight pointed wheel-like design with a fleur-de-lys at the end of each spoke. A single five-petalled rose graces the centre as the love in the centre of the heart. The eight spokes many be seen as the eightfold path of the Buddha and the fleur-de-lys as a symbol of the threefold flame in each heart. The circle represents the oneness of all in the infinity of God. A long stem rises up from a base which is carved as several steps. These illustrate the steps of initiation we pass as we rise up in consciousness and our energy rises up the spinal column, meeting the Christ in the heart, to our awareness of ourselves in God, in the upper part of the Tree of Life.
Although the Green Man has been seen as emanating from Norse and Celtic mythology and paganism, the twelve tribes of Israel were scattered about Europe. Each group had its stories which were passed down by word of mouth for many years. In many cases stories that have been regarded as mythology have been found to be based on truth. An example of this in the history of the Sinclair family is the saga of Prince Henry Sinclair’s voyage to North America in the fourteenth century. The Micmac Indians of the Nova Scotia area told legendary stories about the great god Glooscap, believed to be none other than Prince Henry. Carvings in the chapel of maize, North American corn, and aloe vera plants attest to William St. Clair’s knowledge of plant lore in the Americas.
God only sees our goodness for we are made in His image. We are made in the image of the I AM, the “I” of the rainbow hues of light which He has shown us as a sign in the rainbow which comes after the storm. This was His promise to bring us the truth which would set us free in the Tree of Life. Each quality of the upper branches of the Tree of Life which is carved in the Apprentice Pillar is a different colour which vibrates on the same level of energy as the thought behind it.
The green ray of light emanating from the Godhead is the healing ray which brings forth truth. Truth conquers all for it is the ultimate religion. King Darius recognised this wisdom as is illustrated in the chapel by a carving on a straight arch over the steps leading down to the sacristy.The story refers to an initiation in the form of a contest for the greatest wisdom. As the green faces reflect the truth in and around us, we understand that God does not see our iniquities. When we have the vision of the eye of God we see only God. “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light: but when thine eye is evil, thy body is also full of darkness.” Luke 11:34 We see ourselves and we judge ourselves accordingly. The great law of God acts according to our use and misuse of energy, through our thoughts, feelings, words and actions. Jesus admonished us “That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” Matthew 12:36
As we call forth the green quality of the Light of God, the light comes out of our mouths and into the world bringing truth and healing to the people. This light is only visible to those who see on the higher vibrating levels of consciousness, yet their effect is found, nevertheless, often in seemingly miraculous healings.
Rosslyn Chapel has been described as a chapel in the woods. The woodlands appear to have moved indoors to permeate the entire chapel with a burst of foliage radiating the exquisite beauty and song of a joyful spring day. The physical manifestation of the green ray may be found in plants. “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed: to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth on earth, wherein there is life, I have given every herb for meat, and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” Genesis 1:29-31
Green plants such as aloes have been used for healing purposes, and many plants for food, down throughout the ages. The sun shines on plants with nourishing light and they release oxygen into the air. The sun and oxygen have been used as healing agents for they contain life for the human body as well. Shut up a plant or a person in a dark, airless place and the results are well known. Such was the evil of the dungeon. Systematic deep breathing for the oxygenation of the body cells has been taught by sages from ancient practices passed down by the wise ones to their followers. This sacred breath is the breath of God, for it feeds the true light body within. The eastern aloe is a tree which becomes aromatic as the sap ages. People took the healing agents aloe and myrrh to the tomb of Jesus.
Some plants and their blossoms have symbolic meanings. A profusion of carved vines entwine themselves throughout the chapel. Beloved Jesus said, “I am the true vine and my father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” John 15:1 He used the vine as a symbol of the connection of the Holy Christ Self with God and as a parable to explain how God purges us from sin to cleanse us spiritually. He was also referred to as the Rose of Sharon spoken of in the Song of Solomon 2:1: “I AM the rose of Sharon and the lily of the valleys.” For the rose is a symbol of the love in the heart, where we have our connection with the Father and the Christ. Palm branches and corn stalks grow tall with feathery tops waving like the plumes of light in the threefold flame in the heart and like the upper part of the Tree of Life. The kernels of corn, or maize, are like the seed of truth within us that may be nurtured for growth. Maize is seen as a symbol of America which has been said to be the New Jerusalem. Jesus said, “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” John 12:24 The pomegranate which was also in the Temple of Solomon may be taken as a symbol of the seeds of life in each one. The profusion of plants in Rosslyn Chapel signifies a bounty which only God can provide.
God is found in nature for all of life follows natural law, order, and the law of cycles. Jesus was said to belong to a religious cult called the Essenes; he taught that God is the pure essence of all life and His miracles were the result of following natural law. The ancient Chinese I Ching demonstrates the order and changes in the course of life.
Often true stories became distorted as mythology until the truth behind them has been lost. The story of the one eyed Cyclops is one unfortunate example. The Elohim (one of the names of God) of the green ray, known as Cyclopea, represents the single eyed vision of God, often called the third eye, and may be called upon in prayer to bring truth and discrimination into any situation, revealing any actions that are not of God. “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight; but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” Hebrews 4:13 There are seven Elohim of God. These are the morning stars that sang together at the beginning of creation, as recorded in Job 38:7. Each of the Elohim represents a ray of God which appears to our eyes as a colour. Each of the seven rays is also represented by an Archangel and a Lord, or Master, who assist us in many ways to assimilate the light on our own level of comprehension and our ability to receive the intensity of the light and power of God in our being. These rays manifest in our world as the seven days of the week. The white light of God was broken into seven rays, like the colours through a crystal prism or the rainbow which manifests through drops of rain.
“But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? Ye observe days, and months, times, and years.” Galatians 4:9,10 We may attain mastery over the qualities of each of the rays rather than having to deal with the overwhelming feat of overcoming all of our negativities at once.
The qualities of the rays are: first, blue - faith; second, yellow- wisdom; third, pink - love; fourth, white - purity; fifth, green - truth, ; sixth, purple - ministry; and seventh, violet. Violet is the colour of the cleansing quality of the Holy Spirit, the “Comforter...(that) will reprove the world of sin.” John 16:7,8
As days of the week, the rays are in a different order. Sunday, the yellow ray, is the day on which we may concentrate on the wisdom of God as He directs us in the true education of the heart and mind, which only God can do by directly infilling us with His divine light. We begin the first day of the week under the Elohim Apollo and his divine complement (his feminine counterpart) Lumina. The Archangels are Jophiel and his divine complement, Christine. The Master, or Chohan, is Beloved Lord Lanto who served in China. We may call to any of these for assistance in our prayers and calls to God.
Monday, the pink ray, is the day we may concentrate on the love of God in ourselves and in others around us. Beauty is an aspect of the love of God, therefore art is a manifestation of this ray. The Elohim of the third ray are Heros and Amora, and the Archangels are Chamuel and Charity. The Master is Beloved Paul the Venetian who was also known as the artist Paolo of Verona.
Tuesday, the day of the blue ray of the will of God and His protection, is under the Elohim Hercules and Amazonia, the Archangels Michael and Faith, and the Master is Beloved El Morya who was also embodied as Abraham.
Wednesday, the day of the green ray of truth and healing, is under the Elohim Cyclopea and Virginia, and the Archangels Raphael and Mother Mary. The Master is Beloved Hilarion who served as Saint Paul.
Thursday, the day of deep purple tinged with gold, is the day of concentration on the ray of ministry. Jesus said that any one who desires to be first should be last, “and servant of all.” Mark 10:35 By serving others, we can erase a multitude of sins. Our Beloved Jesus served as the Lord of this ray during His ministry on earth. He has moved up to higher levels, for as He said, “ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12 The Elohim of the sixth ray are Peace and Aloha. The Archangels are Uriel, the Archangel of judgment, and his Archeia Aurora. The present Lord is the most lovely Lady Master Nada. It is said that when Nada arises, roses waft from her being. This purple ray also contains tiny flecks of ruby red, the colour of the deep love of God within our hearts.
Friday, on the ray of pure white light, is the day we may concentrate on the purity in our hearts for it has been said that the pure in heart will see God. This white light has been symbolised as a pure white stone, a diamond, for the light of God within us has the unyielding strength of the Father, as solid as a rock, the rock Beloved Jesus spoke about when he said to Peter, “Upon this rock will I build my church”. Matthew 16:18 “Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” Ephesians 2:20 The Elohim of the fourth ray are Purity and Astrea. The Archangel is Gabriel, the Archangel of the annunciation who appeared to Zacharias and Mary, and to Muhammad. His Archeia is Hope. “I AM Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God” (In the white fire core of the I AM Presence) Luke 1:19 The Master, Beloved Serapis Bey, assists us to make our ascension back to God through the initiations revealed in the symbols of the pyramids in Egypt and the sacred geometry of God. The first three letters of the word geometry mean “God”; the last three, “try”, indicating what we in our finite selves can do - we can try to be God in action by following His laws. The English language itself is cryptic, as are the many symbols God has given us to assist us on the way home, for this is the meaning of our life on earth. We are going Home.
Beloved Jesus illustrated the initiation of the crucifixion under the Master Serapis Bey when he was crucified on a Friday. The initiate undergoes the transfiguration, and the initiations symbolised by the three days: the crucifixion, the resurrection and the ascension of the soul back to union with the Presence of God. The ladder carved beside Him in Rosslyn Chapel ilustrates His climb, rung by rung, as He left His footprints for all to follow.
Saturday, the day of the violet ray, is the day when we can use the light of the Holy Spirit to cleanse our being, our mind, consciousness and world, to erase our errors and to be free to pursue our ascension in the Light. “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 10:17 The Elohim of the seventh ray are Arcturus and Victoria, and the Archangels are Zadkiel and Holy Amethyst. The Master is Beloved Saint Germain who was embodied as the prophet Samuel and who came to assist Beloved Jesus as his father Joseph. Beloved Saint Germain has given us the gift of the violet flame from His own Causal Body, His I AM Presence of God, for without this assistance, few could ascend back to God. Amethyst means to dream and is associated with the colour of wine. The amethyst Maltese cross of St. Germain is our symbol of the wine of forgiveness, the violet transmuting flame. The Knights Templar who took this cross as one of their symbols which became associated with Rosslyn Chapel were guarding many secrets of the Masters.
When we make calls to the violet flame using the science of the spoken word, this becomes our trial by fire which frees us from our karma. “Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: and he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.” Isaiah 6:6,7 To transmute our karma efficiently we can repeat the following mantra: “I AM a being of violet fire, I AM the purity God desires.” If we repeat such a mantra or a decree for fifteen minutes each day while visualising ourselves engulfed in violet fire we can clear much substance from our bodies and minds which is not of the light. It is called the forgiveness flame for it is only through forgiveness that we know ourselves as one with all.
The recitation of decrees and mantras is not vain repetition for they anchor the light-energy of God in our bodies and in the earth. “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee.” Job 22:28 We must have the faith of a little child in order to reach the Kingdom of Heaven, the highest wisdom of the crown. Great saints and masters have lived in simplicity. Saint Germain’s ability to use the violet flame for the transmutation of flaws in material substance and his ability to bring the true substance of God into manifestation is the gift of alchemy to us, the study begun by Hermes Trismegistus so long ago. A carving of Hermes Trismegistus may be seen on the outer east wall of the chapel.
The seven rays may be seen as concentric rings of light around the head with the white fire core in the centre, surrounded by gold, the golden bough, the true land of milk and honey. Ezekiel described this sight as “the colour of amber out of the midst of the fire.” Ezekiel 1:4 The rays of light may be seen in and around a person manifesting as an aura. The seven spheres of the I AM Presence are the seven levels of attainment, the seven heavens. This is our true body of light, the coat of many colours worn by Joseph, the son of Jacob, Genesis 37, who was thrown into a pit by his jealous brothers, yet rose up in victory (through the rose of his heart) as we may also do by the grace of God. We must also take care lest we throw our brothers and sisters into a pit of despair by condemnation.
The Great Lord, the Maha Chohan, is the Grand Master over the Masters, the Lords of the Seven Rays. He embodies the Holy Spirit and we may call to Him for the initiation of the baptism of the Holy Spirit in order to receive the gifts of wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits and kinds and interpretation of tongues, as St. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 12:7-10. In sacred teachings the Maha Chohan has been depicted as riding on an elephant which may explain why there is a carving of an elephant above the capital of one of the pillars in Rosslyn Chapel. The elephant symbolises the strength and steadiness of the Holy Spirit as we journey on our path towards enlightenment.
There are five secret rays as symbolised by the five pointed star of Jesus. The five places where He was pierced are the five locations where the secret light rays of God enter the body: in the hands, the feet and the spleen, near the heart. The true piercing, not of nails on a wooden cross but of joy in the Lord, comes to seekers of light. When these locations are pierced by light energy, the seeker is more able to hold the Light of the Christ in his or her body. Some of the saints, such as St. Francis, have dramatised this by receiving the stigmata for all the world to see. Those who experience this phenomenon rise into a state of bliss as they receive the holy light. We may hold out our hands as cups to receive the light in these secret ray apertures during services of worship. The five-petalled roses seen in such great profusion throughout the chapel are reminders of the five rays, of which the centre is in the rose chakra of the heart, and the piercing of our Lord.
The secret chamber of the heart is our innermost being where the spiritual flame of life burns and we have our connection with our God. Jesus said, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret;” Matthew 6:6 He made it clear that it is the Father who is in secret. After the crucifixion Jesus appeared to some of the disciples, “And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said to one another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” Luke 24:31,32 When they received spiritual vision their hearts burned with the flame of love.
As roses garnish the chapel, hands and heads hold leaves throughout. These are the symbols of the Great White Brotherhood, the Ascended Masters of the white light of ascension’s ray. Their motto is Heart, Head and Hand for they assist mankind with the love, wisdom and power of the threefold flame of life.
The light rays are solidified on earth as gems, crystals and stones of the same colour. The gems and other material substances are able to hold the vibrations of the light for our assistance in maintaining the qualities of the light. They are described in Revelation 21:19,20 as part of the New Jerusalem, the place of the light on earth and in our I AM Presence.
On the green ray we learn that religion is science, the science of the right use of energy, the true rite, the Right; for the ritual, the right use of the energy of the All, is the true righteousness.
The Tree of Life as seen on the Apprentice Pillar is the representation of the qualities of God as they manifest in the body for, as recorded in Genesis, we are made in the image of God. The teaching which had been reserved for the high priests in the synagogues is now available to all. During the crucifixion of Jesus the veil of the temple was rent, therefore, the veil of energy between our lower selves and our higher selves was removed for we now have the Christ as a mediator and the high teachings are being shouted from the rooftops, from the I AM Presence of God above our heads. As recounted in 1 Samuel 9:25, “Samuel communed with Saul upon the top of the house,” and in Acts 10:9, “Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour.”
During the fall of man, mankind became separated in awareness from the Monad of the higher consciousness, or God-self, or, as we know it, the I AM Presence of God which, in truth, all are or all can be. This sphere of light, radiating the rainbow hues of the seven rays, is at a height above our heads according to our spiritual attainment. Jesus gave the parable of the fig tree as recorded in Mark:13 illustrating the death of an unproductive tree.
A person with high attainment may have his or her I AM Presence only a few feet above the head. Such a person would shine with the glory of God and radiate vibrations of peace. However, it is not necessarily apparent to all, for the soldiers who sought Beloved Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane did not know which man was the living Christ. “Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? they answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he.” John 18:4,5
The Tree of Life indicates the locations in the body where God has a concentration of a particular quality, from the base of the spine up to the top of the head, corresponding with the seven centres of consciousness, or chakras, and the glands. The word chakra is a Sanskrit word meaning wheel. The chakras in the body are centres of spiritual energy which spin clockwise like wheels when activated with positive energy. While spinning, they build up a momentum of energy which brings lightness and joy to the individual. Each chakra is a specific colour corresponding to a colour in the aura, and each has a number of “petals”, like a flower.
Seven major religions, or, teachings, were given to us, corresponding with these seven chakras, for all are one in God. In the teaching of the Kabbalah, each centre has a name and a sacred word for God. When these names are spoken with reverence, we call on the light of God to enter our bodies for the uplifting and healing His spirit brings.
The chakra at the base of the spine, which should be radiating white light, corresponds to the reproductive organs. Hinduism, the religion of the Divine Mother, relates to this level for it is through the Divine Mother that the creation occurred. This chakra has four petals, like the city foursquare and the base of the pyramid; there are four spirals arising from the base of the Apprentice Pillar. If the energy in this area is squandered through excessive sex in thought or deed it cannot rise up the spine to the heart, where it can meet the Alpha energy of God descending in our being. “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:” Galatians 5:16,17 The Hindus refer to this upward serpentine effect of the light rising up the spine from the base chakra as the Kundalini.
The seat of the soul chakra, between the base of the spine and the navel, is the area of the concentration of the violet ray, the quality of forgiveness. This lovely violet hued chakra has six flower-like petals. Taoism is associated with this centre.
The next chakra up the Tree of Life, on the purple ray of ministry and peace, is at the solar plexus. It is a beautiful sun centre of deep purple and gold, like a ten-petalled blossom. This chakra relates to the test of the ten, that of holding one’s peace. Islam corresponds to this chakra.
The heart chakra, where the love of God abides, is related to Christianity. This is the centre of the Tree of Life, the centre of being, where the Love of God unifies all. It is like a large pink rose with twelve petals. Many carved roses garnish Rosslyn Chapel as symbols of love. We ascend to God through the sacred heart of Jesus, for love is the key. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” II Corinthians 4:6
The secret chamber of the heart is associated with Zoroastrianism, the religion of the Persian priest Zarathustra who revered Ahura Mazda, Asha (Purity), the Good and the Right. The secret chamber of the heart is a very sensitive centre, deep within, where we have our union with God. Its colour is peach, the eight-petalled golden pink glow-ray, the glory of the love and wisdom of God. It is here where the eightfold path has been written in our hearts. “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jeremiah 31:33 The Arabic word qalb, similar to the beginning of the Hebrew word Kabbalah, means the inner heart. It is in the innermost heart where the highest wisdom resides, the Sophia, the Sufi, in union with the chakras. The mantra associated with the merciful Kuan Yin, the feminine aspect of the Indian bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, is “Om mani padme hum”, meaning “Hail to the jewel in the centre of the lotus” (of the heart). Reciting this mantra will fill the seeker with the cleansing violet flame light from the heart of Beloved Kuan Yin. The jewel is like a drop in the ocean of God which contains the whole of God. Avalon, the ancient mystical place recorded in the stories of King Arthur, is the highest consciousnness of wisdom sought at the time of rising up into everlasting life. The Bodhisattva forgoes this Nirvana in order to remain with the inhabitants of earth to assist us in our own upward path. All religion meets in the heart for God is the All. What is above, in the I AM, is below, in the heart.
The chakra at the throat is where the blue ray of the will of God manifests. “For by thy words thou shalt be justified and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Matthew 12:37 It shines as a blue flower-like disc with sixteen petals. Judaism relates to this ray. Moses received the ten commandments of the will of God. He is shown in the chapel as he appeared with light rays emanating from his head, like horns, after communing with God.
The centre of the head houses the second highest centre of consciousness, often referred to as the third eye, for it is at the level of the forehead. It manifests as emerald green with ninety-six petals. This chakra is on the green ray of truth and healing. David, the beloved son of Jesse, slew Goliath by hurling one of five smooth stones he had in a shepherd’s bag (for he was the true shepherd) at Goliath’s forehead, the centre of the third eye vision. When Goliath was confronted with the truth of his being he could no longer live in the sight of God. Confucius knew that ignorance is one of the greatest sins, therefore he encouraged people to learn and seek truth. A delightful carving in the sacristy of a wise looking man holding a book and a key reminds one that learning is the key to knowledge. “Get wisdom, get understanding:” Proverbs 4:5 We need the understanding of truth.
The highest centre of consciousness in the body is the crown chakra at the top of the head, the gold light of wisdom and enlightenment. Although it has nine hundred and seventy-two petals, it is known as the thousand-petalled lotus. It is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Buddhism is related to this chakra and the eight-petalled fowers and floriated crosses carved in Rosslyn chapel are reminders of the eightfold path of the Buddha.
When we raise the light of the spiritual fire up the spinal column through each of the chakras, up the back of the neck and around to the top of the head and the forehead, it rises in the shape of a shepherd’s crook, the symbol of the staff of Jesus, the Lamb of God who is our Good Shepherd.
When Beloved Jesus healed Mary Magdalene of seven devils, He assisted her in the clearing of her seven chakras from negative energy, which all must do as a process towards the ascension back to our awareness in God. Elisha instructed Naaman, the king of Israel, to wash in the Jordan seven times, “and thou shalt be clean.” 11 Kings 5:10 Jesus admonished us to forgive each other seventy times seven.
The upper three chakras may be visualized as a triangle pointing down, like God reaching down to man, and the lower three like man reaching up to God. They are superimposed over the heart of Christ within forming the six pointed star of David.
There are said to be seven spheres, or degrees of consciousness, superimposed on this planetary orb, the highest being that of wisdom. “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” Genesis 2:2,3
“And I beheld, and lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. Revelation 5:6
On the north aisle an angel carving holding a seal with the Lamb of God reflects the revelation “Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:” Revelation 5:9, for only the Christ opens the sacred chakras of the spiritual body of man and delivers the true judgement of God.
The Lords, or Masters, of the five secret rays are the five Dhyani Buddhas. The five secret rays are the pure light of God within our beings. Dhyani is a Sanscrit word which means meditation, for we must be able to remain in a peaceful meditative state, in stillness within, in order to master the secret rays and gain control over ourselves. Before David killed Goliath the Philistine with one of the five smooth stones he spoke saying, “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” 1 Samuel 17:45
It has been said that there are nine Buddhas in embodiment in the earth emanating their attainment in this level of being to assist mankind. In the chapel there is a carving of Jesus surrounded by nine figures.
The purity of the seven rays plus the five secret rays are similar to the “twelve manner of fruits” on the Tree of Life as well as the twelve astrological signs represented on the Apprentice Pillar.
The Tree of Life, the light of God manifesting in man from the light of the mighty I AM Presence of God above, is the light on a hill which cannot be hid. It is the mountain of salvation, of self-elevation in the consciousness of God. Beloved Jesus appeared to rise up in consciousness to the level of His I AM Presence before giving the Beatitudes: “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: and he opened his mouth and taught them,” Matthew 5:1,2
Rosslyn Chapel, the chapel on a hill, contains the symbols of our trek up this mountain of attainment to our own mighty I AM Presence of God, shining exceedingly white.
Each chakra, if it could be seen by the human eye, would appear to be like a beautiful flower, each one glowing with the light of that ray - a magnificent garden of God. There are actually one hundred and forty-four chakras in the human body in all.
Trees, and stone pillars have been mentioned many times in religious writings and teachings of the mysteries of God. Moses, witnessing the I AM Presence as a burning bush; a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire in Exodus; the twin pillars of wisdom and of the power of the will of God in the Temple of Solomon, the pillar of salt was left of Lot’s wife; the five pillars of the teaching of Islam; the blind man, healed by Jesus, who saw trees walking; and the pillars of Rosslyn are some of the reminders of our real nature as images of God, our reality. God also places pillars, or rods, of light in the earth to assist in the stabilisation of mankind and the planet.
As the white light of the I AM Presence descends to envelope the aspirant who calls to his or her own higher self, it appears like a bridal veil, or a scintillating waterfall pouring down and around the body. Rosslyn Chapel, like the bodily temple of man who reaches out to God, by the cascading stream , is a symbolic reminder of this lovely light, the seamless garment of Christ.
If we learn the qualities of God and cease to misqualify the Light of God in our beings through wrong thought and action, we may rise in consciousness, as our energy spirals upward like a beautiful tree, or pillar, and attain our victory over misqualified energy. We claim the crown of gold light, the Christos, called Keter in the Kabbalah, the illumination of wisdom’s flame, as King Solomon did, and we can do as well in obedience to the will of God under the guidance and the initiations of the Masters who have attained their victory and ascended into the Light before us. The book of Job is an illustration of one man’s struggle with his karma unto the victory. Jesus said, “hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown,” Revelation 3:11, for the Revelation of Saint John the Divine is a vision of our own personal struggle and our own ultimate victory as well as prophecy for the end of this age. But prophecy is only a warning about the results of karma descending and may be mitigated entirely or in part through the invocations to the violet flame and through service to mankind. Our karma descends in cycles day by day for transmutation, therefore Jesus said, “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:34
“The fruit of the righteous (right use) is a tree of life: and he that winneth souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30
Raphael and Mary are the Archangels of the green ray. As Mary carried Beloved Jesus in her womb she represented the Cosmic Virgin, the purity of God in the feminine aspect of energy, the Ma-ray, which creates and nourishes our souls until our own rebirth in the light. The entire cosmos may be viewed as being shaped like a womb, or a teardrop. We must all be reborn if we want eternal life, and that rebirth is when we truly realise ourselves as great beings of light and become that in action with the qualities of God for our use. As we co-operate in unity we become the unceasing choir of God, a living rainbow of celestial radiance.
Miniature carvings of the nativity of Jesus surround the centre pendant of the roof of the Lady Chapel. This is the keystone pendant of the Lady Chapel and the Christ is the keystone of our being for it is the Christ which is the mediator between our lower self and our I AM Presence of God above.
When Beloved Jesus was on the cross he spoke to His mother calling her “woman”. The word man is the same root as the Latin word manus which refers to the handiwork (the hand) of God. In this sense, all of mankind, male and female, is “man”. But man with a womb becomes woman, womb man, and woman is a part of the creative aspect of God in human form. Thus Jesus was addressing Mary as the Divine Mother.
A lion carving peers out from the east wall of the Lady Chapel. The lion is a symbol of the strength of God.
A carving of a lady with a rosary may be seen in the lower area, the sacristy. Beloved Mary has a tear in one eye for the suffering of the world. Mary begs us to say the rosary daily in order to give her the energy needed for healing the people and conditions on this planet. Since God gave us free will He will not interfere, nor will the Ascended Masters, unless we make the calls and give them the energy from our bodies that is necessary for them to answer our calls for assistance. Mary appeared in Medjugorje to warn the people of the terrible destruction which she foresaw and to remind them of the power of the rosary. When we say the rosary the light which she gives us leaves our fingertips, enters the beads, and they may contain a healing power which some believe can be used to heal the sick. When we say the rosary Mary also gives us the gift of the violet flame from her causal body, her I AM Presence, for the transmutation of our personal as well as planetary karma. Saying the rosary with devotion raises the light up the spine to the third eye as wings of victory, the true winged serpent. Carvings of winged serpents may be seen not only at the base of the Apprentice Pillar but on the exterior of the chapel.
The three pillars separating the Lady Chapel from the main part of the choir may represent the Holy Trinity but the Lady Chapel brings in a fourth aspect, the Divine Mother, and we now have the city foursquare. There are four altars in the Lady Chapel. The city foursquare also refers to the four levels of God-consciousness in ourselves: the etheric (spirit), the mental, the emotional and the physical. We create things by the alchemy of bringing thought from the etheric down through the mental and the emotional levels to manifest in the physical.
On the front of the altar to the left against the east wall is a carving of the engrailed St. Clair cross within a larger engrailed cross. The engrailed design is a reminder of the holy grail sought by many. The grail within a grail is a reminder that man is a microcosm in the macrocosm of God.
The centre altar has a carving of an eight-spoked floriated cross within a circle within a square in the centre of the engrailed cross. Here we have symbols of the eightfold path of the Buddha, the fleur-de-lys of the threefold flame in the heart, and the squaring of the circle, the strength of the oneness in God.
Within an engrailed cross on the altar to the right there is a six-petalled rose-like flower surrounded by a circle with twelve petals around the outside, like a daisy, with the four petals at the corners being larger than the rest. In mystical beliefs the Mother is represented by a rose and by the number six, the six o’clock line of the clock. We see the mystical number twelve with the four corners emphasising the square.To the left, by the window, an angel carving holds crossed plumes over the heart, like the plumes of light within. An angel to the right holds a wreath, the symbol of eternity.
Mary has been symbolised by a rose without thorns. Mankind has yet to learn that our thoughts are actions; they do cause things to happen in the physical realm, for creation is the thought of God which became the Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 The accumulated negative thoughts of the beings on earth do have unfortunate consequences. Repeated negative thoughts, words, feelings and actions have built up momenta of energy which cause cataclysm. All of nature is affected, and, thus, roses have thorns which were never meant to be. Our beloved Mary, in her sinless state, is a rose without thorns. Neither should the rose within our hearts, in the pure quality of God, have thorns.
As the Holy Trinity is depicted as a unified flame in our hearts - blue (Father), yellow (Son) and pink (Holy Spirit), the Mother is a base of white light upon which the three- fold flame burns. This tiny flame of light deep within our hearts, this three in one, is the throne of God.
We have been given material symbols to remind us of the forgotten teaching of the three flames entwined in our hearts. The symbol of France, the fleur-de-lys, in the shape of the lily, has the three plumes resembling the flame which is like lovely feathers, delicately waving in the breeze. The shamrock in Ireland and the three parts of the maple leaf of Canada are like the three parts of the flame. The red, blue and white of the flags of Britain and the United States of America are similar to the pink, blue and white. God is everywhere and He has not left us. He gives us thoughts of Him as a remembrance and we use these God-given symbols in our daily lives.
Solomon, in his wisdom, knew the significance of the symbol of the lily and gave it a place of honour in his temple: “ And upon the top of the pillars was lily work: so was the work of the pillars finished.” 1 Kings 7:22 Designs of the fleur-de-lys, the lily, may be seen throughout Rosslyn Chapel.
Beloved Mother Mary also went through the initiation of the “three days”, the crucifixion, the resurrection and the ascension in the light. The three days may be related respectively to the blue, gold and pink flames in the heart which are on the base of the white light of the Mother - the city foursquare.
A statue of Mary on the outside wall of the Lady Chapel, above the high altar, looks down on the congregation below as she holds the infant Jesus.
Both the sun and the moon have been carved in the west section of the roof. Mary is depicted as having the sun of her I AM Presence over her head and the moon of conquered emotions under her feet. This symbolism had been given to Joshua: “Then spake Joshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.” Joshua 10:12 This illustrates the need to keep the inner eye upon the I AM Presence and work to eliminate the negatives in the valley of the lower self.
The interior of the roof has five sections. The green ray is associated with the number five for it is the fifth ray of the Elohim of God.
The daisies in the first of five sections of the interior of the roof are like the golden light of illumination in the crown of the head of a Christed one, radiating the white light of purity in all directions to mankind. The five pointed star we associate with Jesus at Christmas time shines forth to illuminate mankind with the fire of wisdom’s love in action like a daisy in the sun.
The purity of the lily in the second panel represents the threefold flame in our hearts. As we balance the qualities of love, wisdom and power in our beings the colours mingle in intensity becoming the soft white light of resurrection’s flame, like mother of pearl or new fallen snow which reveals tiny sparkling colours in the light of the sun.
As the seeker of God discovers the cosmic cross of white fire within himself, the symbol of God meeting man in the centre of the heart, the flame of resurrection grows within, lifting up the soul to see the face of God. The lower self is transformed, becomes lighter, as the soul rises up to meet the I AM Presence and become permanent in God.
When the soul of man is joined with the I AM Presence of God through the Holy Christ Self, the mediator, the ritual of the ascension begins. Ascension’s ray is the second ray of God, pure white light.
Each person has a Holy Christ Self, that mediator who is able to reunite the lower with the higher. We have the right to call on our own Holy Christ Selves to act in our world, to direct us, teach us and lead us Home.
Jesus gave us the example by attaining His own Christhood, His resurrection and His ascension while on public display. Representing the Cosmic Christ on earth, He fulfilled His divine mission. It is time for us to fulfil ours.
In the third section, flowers opening to the sun of illumination are like the seekers, basking in the golden pink glow-ray of God, the glory of God, the resurrection hues of the Holy Comforter Jesus promised would come: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. Even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye know him: for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” John 14:16-18 The third ray of God is love. When love and illumination join together, the golden pink light fills the body with the love and light which are precursors of the ascension, the two rings of rainbow hue closest to the white fire core of Purity’s ray.
The roses in the fourth section of the roof represent the love of the Christ in our hearts. The example of Jesus on the cross in an illustration of God meeting man in the centre - in the heart. There the supreme love and glory of the Father, as the vertical beam, unites with the creative aspect of the Mother, the horizontal beam, bringing forth the Son, the Rose of Sharon, in manifestation on earth. The number four represents our ascension in the light after being made perfect on the cosmic cross of white fire.
The fifth section reveals symbols of the end of the journey, the day of fulfilment of prophecy. The sun represents God the Father and the moon represents God as Mother, the materiality of creation. The woman clothed with the sun, our Beloved Mother Mary, archeia of the fifth ray, has the moon under her feet. She has overcome the base emotions of the world, as we must do if we are to follow in the footsteps of our Beloved Jesus and win our ascension in the light. The face of Jesus with His right palm upraised holds back the dark ones for they shall not pass. The Good Shepherd protects His sheep as He blesses them on their way home.
The cornucopia represents the abundance of our loving God, for each child of God, each Son and Daughter of God, has the right to call for all things from the Father without the sense of struggle.
The myriad of stars in this section reflect the stars of the milky that way show us the way home, as the deep blue of Archangel Michael and his legions of protection guard us on our journey. Each star in the firmament represents the victory of a soul. The Holy Spirit watches over all, descending as the pure white dove, carved here in stone, the soft white of ascension’s flame to say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21
Various carvings throughout the chapel illustrate the life and initiations of Jesus - His nativity, His presentation in the temple by Anna the prophetess, an adult working as a carpenter, and the passion of His crucifixion. The communion as the last supper is a crucial part of the story of His passion. The engrailed cross of the St. Clairs is tangible evidence of their interest in the holy grail but the wine is not complete without the bread, for without the body there is no blood. Without the body and the blood there is nothing for the crucifixion.
The body of Christ which is broken for us is His magnificent body of light, His Holy Christ self, under His mighty I AM Presence of God which shines forth as a raiment of pure, white light. It is over this Holy Christ Self that the dove of the Holy Spirit, as carved in the last section of the roof, descends with the message, “This is my Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased”. Matthew 3:17 Becoming a true Son of God is the result of passing an initiation in which a child of God wins a victory over self.
“For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” Hebrews 12:6,8 “And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” Galatians 4:67
In the Old Testament writings the people were admonished to eat unleavened bread: “Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.” Exodus 13:7 When Jesus came He was the bread of heaven, the leavened bread which is the sustaining essence of life. The bread is the Word: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1:1,14 Jesus preached the teaching that would cleanse the chakras and gives us to eat of His own essence, the infilling of God, which assists us to rise and know ourselves as part of the All. “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” I Corinthians 5:6
When Jesus blesses the host during a ritual of communion He energises the host with His divine light energy, and, thus, we may receive the light of His being into our bodies. “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger: and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 “This is the bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.” John 7:58 His light body is broken into the rays of light for our assimilation of the various rays upon which we concentrate day by day, the rainbow rays of the promise of our ultimate unbroken communion with God, our coming in to union with God.
Beloved Mother Mary removed the universal body of Christ from the cross of materialism and condemnation by removing all thought of judgment or retaliation. This has been illustrated in the magnificent statue of the Pieta. Her lesson to us is that we can take others off the cross of condemnation by removing our judgment and replacing it with mercy, compassion and forgiveness. As Beloved Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
In truth, there is only one son of God, only one body of Christ. Jesus came to tell the good news that all are part of the creation of God and all are part of the one son of God, the unity of all souls who, combined, make up the body. “For the body is not one member, but many.” I Corinthians 12:27 As an individual cell in the body of Christ, each person has an important role to play. No other person has that role. If one is lost, like the lost sheep in the parable of Jesus, that loss is felt throughout creation. Our bodies are loaned to us by God. “What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” I Corinthians 6:19 In the play Hamlet, the tragedy was that Hamlet’s father had been killed before his natural life span was up, before he had time to expiate his sins.
When Jesus said, “... ye are gods...” He was teaching the disciples that all are one in God, made in His image. Therefore, He said, “...glorify your Father which is in Heaven...”. Matthew 5:16
The right use of this knowledge is our salvation as we rise up to claim our true birth right rather than trading it, as Esau did, as recorded in Genesis, for a mess of pottage, that is, the pursuit of materialism.
We need to recognise our worth, practise patience and be willing to do whatever it takes to win our victory over self. “For in your patience possess ye your souls.” Luke 21:19
“Jesus said, This is my blood of the new testament.” Mark 14:24 The new testament is the new dispensation, the new covenant, or agreement, God makes with mankind. The pink rose of His spiritual heart contains the ruby red light of the intense love of God, the true blood of the Christ. In the higher state of spirit-wisdom it becomes the golden light of wisdom, for true wisdom comes from love. This is the blood He sheds for us as He extends His light body to us in the ritual of the last supper. It is the essence of His soul, the Royal Blood, the Sang Real, the Shangri-la, Shambhala, God-reality, the spiritual fire of the Father. The wine of His spirit is freely given. It is the sacrifice of the Christ, for He endured the trials of initiation on earth in order to illustrate the divine order, to teach us the meaning of divine love.
God is love. The consciousness of God does not see or feel negativities. When Jesus came as the Christ and walked in our midst He soiled His spiritual garments by mingling with sinners and partaking of their energies. He did have occasions when He felt some of the pain mankind is heir to. He felt some anger when he overturned the tables in the temple, driving out those who had turned it into a market place: “And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.” Matthew 21:13 He did feel some exasperation: “O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you?” Matthew 17:17 He felt some fear before facing crucifixion: “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” Luke 22:42 Through Jesus, God kept in touch with our condition. “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” II Corinthians 5:21 Jesus became our mediator, and through Him we learn about our own Holy Christ Self, our own mediator between our I AM Presence of God and our soul in our lower human self.
But when Jesus said, “The prince of this world cometh and hath nothing in me,” John 14:30, He was stating that He had control over His lower self which could be tempted to react with negativity or shirk His duty in a moment of weakness. He advised us to do the same: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
As we follow in His footsteps, purifying ourselves daily, we may drink in the light by absorbing it into our bodies and by knowing that we have the same light in our own mighty I AM Presence of God. As we become cups to hold the light, like the symbol of the engrailed St. Clair cross, we begin to understand the meaning of the Holy Grail.
“ For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldst not, but a body hast thou prepared for me: In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldst not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.” Hebrews 10:4-10 (He takes away the idea of animal blood sacrifice and establishes the spiritual sacrifice of the lower self to the will of God.)
Abraham learned that he did not have to sacrifice his son on the altar for the true sacrifice is the sacrifice of one’s self for God, the Exalted One.
Jesus, as Master of the Piscean age, a water sign, was represented by symbols of ships and fish. The symbol of the ship appears on the St. Clair shield. Water has been associated with the blood of Christ, particularly in the story of the piercing of His blessed side during the crucifixion. “This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.” I John 5:6 Jesus was taking us from the Piscean Age to the Aquarian Age of the violet flame, the age of the wine colour of the Spirit as the Holy Comforter, for the transmutation of sin. He demonstrated this when he turned the water into wine at the wedding in Cana, thus establishing His mission, for as He said, “...new wine must be put into new bottles.” Mark 2:22 Beloved Gautama Buddha had brought in the Age of Taurus and Moses brought in the Age of Aries, preparing us for the Piscean Age of the coming of the Lord Jesus who in turn prepared us for the coming Aquarian Age under Saint Germain in which we may all know ourselves as the living Christ. The Ages are occurring in a reverse pattern to the usual yearly cycle we study of the astrology of man in accordance with the rotation of the axis of the earth.
“Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” John 3:5,6
John the Baptist came baptizing with water; Jesus submitted Himself to this ritual as an example for all. During a ritual with a Master, the disciple is filled with the essence of the Master’s light and is given divine assistance. The Master assists by taking on a portion of negatively qualified energy from the disciple. In this respect, there is no greater love than that between a disciple and his or her Master.
“There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink...Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, give me to drink; thou wouldst have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water....Whosoever drinketh of this water thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst: but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” John 4:7,9,10,13,14
“And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town: and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands on him, he asked him if he saw ought.” Mark 8:23 Even the watery fluid in the body of Jesus had the healing power of the Holy Spirit.
Pure Spirit is clear and colourless, like water, with the qualities of love and peace. In truth, it is the real body for it is the substance of the creation of matter, Mater, Mother. As we master the seven rays, with the assistance of the Ascended Masters, we become one with the sea of God consciousness, the oneness of the seven seas of the seven spheres. When Jesus admonished us to love our enemies and do to others what we would have them do to us, He knew that whatever we do or think affects all of life, including ourselves, as ripples and waves flow, for all are one in the sea of eternal life. “I and my Father are one.” John 10:30 God is in us and we are in God. This is the highest love, wisdom and power of God that we know. It is Theosophia, God-wisdom. It is peaceful and soft, like the wool of sheep or the petals of a velvety rose. When we attain this level of consciousness and live in it on a daily basis, we are walking on water in the abundance of the Father-Mother God. “But we speak of the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the world unto our glory.” I Corinthians 2:7
Beloved Jesus was seen walking on water while the disciples, in their ship, were experiencing a turbulent sea, “And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.” Matthew 14:25 When Peter attempted to walk in faith with Him he began to sink for fear. “And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Matthew 14:31 When we attain the level of perfect wisdom in the city foursquare, mastering all emotions, energy in motion, we too may walk on the water of peaceful spirit and all things are possible. We are received into the ship, as Jesus was, into the fellowship of the Masters.
Beloved Jesus offered to wash the feet of His disciples before His crucifixion. Through this ritual He not only demonstrated His humility as the servant of all but He gave them the energy momentum from His own Causal Body, His own I AM Presence, to assist them in their own upward spiral to the true initiations of the crucifixion, the resurrection and their ascension in the light, their rebirth in the spirit. When we are ready, the Master appears to wash our feet to begin the spiral of the ascension flame.
In truth, the resurrection of the soul to the heart chakra occurs first, then the crucifixion may take place in the heart as man and God unite for the ritual of the ascension to the Right, the “you are on the right side (of the throne of God) in the All” with Jesus the Christ.
Pilate washed his hands with water when he refused to take responsibility for the physical crucifixion of Jesus. He attempted to make himself clean. We need to cleanse ourselves of the water of the lower self, the human emotions, and become vessels for the wine of the Holy Spirit.
During the crucifixion when a spear was thrust into Jesus’ side, water and blood came forth. “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11:9
“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual Rock that followed them: and that rock was Christ.” I Corinthians 10:1-4
The image resembling the face of Jesus on the Shroud of Turin reminds us that we might see Him and believe and live. In his book Jesus Lived in India Holger Kersten relates a well documented and fascinating explanation of pollen dating which verified the age of the cloth. He continues with an explanation of how the marks were created from a body.
The “Mandylion”, the imprint of the head Christ on a cloth, is a reminder of the initiation on the sixth station of the fourteen stations of the cross. The stations of the cross are initiations all must take on the path to victory over self, and death and hell. On this station Veronica wiped the face of Jesus. This is an initiation of wisdom, wise dominion over energy and self. Veronica extended herself and forgot herself in the love of her Christ. Her willingness to serve was a wise choice in an hour of worldly despair. The fifteenth station of the cross occurs when the initiate rises up in the victory of the ascension yet remains close to earth out of mercy to assist those still on the path.
Beloved John the Baptist had his head cut off as a result of the jealousy of Herodius who did not wish to confront her sin of marrying unlawfully. Matthew 14 1:13 Jesus revealed to His disciples later on that John had been the great prophet Elijah, the Master of Jesus when in His embodiment as Elisha. It has been said that there is no greater love than that between a Master and His disciple and Jesus was no exception. He withdrew in His grief to a desert place when told of the death of John. John knew that Jesus would become greater, therefore he made the statement, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” John 3:30 The servant is not greater than his lord, but eventually the true disciple increases his spiritual momentum and the Master stands back to allow him to rise up.
All of our initiations are given to us by the Masters. It has been said that when the student is ready the Master appears. If we are concerned about being found they assure us that they see our light shining in the darkness as bright as a searchlight in the dead of night. Some Masters remain on the earth rather than taking their ascension, for the assistance they can give to mankind. A Master can envelop the entire planet in his aura, or her aura, for there are numerous Lady Masters too, and they can appear or disappear from our sight at will as Jesus did with the disciples.
Our initiations take place mainly on the higher levels of consciousness. Although we may not be aware of them we can prepare by following the law and the will of God in our daily lives while maintaining the faith in things unseen. One motto of the Ascended Master Saint Germain is, “Keep on keeping on.” Beloved El Morya, our father Abraham, said, “A twinkle of mirth is needed on earth,” for we take our lower selves too seriously. The Masters have made it clear that we need a sense of joyous humour in order to rise up into the ascension spiral, for the spiritual walk is a happy walk. Some have said that Beloved Jesus never laughed; He had to keep His mission in mind and maintain the balance of carrying the burden for the earth but He did know the inner joy of the Spirit.
Christ is the head of the universal church just as His body is the body of the universal church. We refer all things to the Christ and we follow His teachings as He has given them. We need to cultivate the mind of Christ. “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world but also in that which is to come: and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:19-23
When we have cleansed the crown chakra we attain the wisdom of the mind of God and become king, or queen, of our own bodily kingdom, having control and authority over our own thoughts, words and actions, living in the will of God.
The symbol of Lord Maitreya, the Cosmic Christ, is the lion. Jesus served under Lord Maitreya during His Piscean mission. Jesus the Christ has been symbolised as a white horse or sometimes a unicorn, with a ray of light emanating from the forehead. The lion and a horse in the chapel and on shields may be seen as such symbols. Maitreya is seen in the east as the laughing Buddha. Maitreya means “kindness”, for our Lord is truly kind. We are to respond in kind by cultivating right thought and right mindfulness as Beloved Gautama Buddha taught in the eight-fold path.
Jesus became part of a great drama of life in order to leave His footprints for all to follow. And follow in them we must to receive the sacraments of eternal life. The replica of the Holy Rood, the alleged piece of the true cross, and the crown of thorns carved in stone in Rosslyn Chapel are grim reminders of the humiliation and torture of the one who takes the initiation of the crucifixion which must be taken if one is to meet the requirements of the ascension. Yet it is taken with joy in the heart for the spirit is greater than the body.
Jesus said, “This is my body which is given for you.” Luke 22:19 Our loving Father had no wish for Beloved Jesus to suffer a cruel death nailed to a wooden cross and His disciples knew He could call the angels to save Him. When the chief priests and elders approached Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, one of the men with Jesus took a sword and cut off the ear of the chief priest’s servant, but Jesus healed the ear saying, “Put up thy sword into his place: for all that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?” (The angels of the seven rays, the five secret rays, and even more angels we know not of.) Matthew 26:52,53 God allowed the fallen ones to dare approach the Son of God with intent to murder in order for them to bring judgment upon their own heads and thus have their lives removed in the second death, no more to torment the children of God on earth. As their life energy returns to the source for requalification, their followers continue to cause havoc and chaos for mankind. Jesus showed the mercy of God by healing the servant, for mercy is extended until the end for all who choose to receive it and repent, that is, begin to transmute their karma in service to life.
Jesus taught the disciples about the initiation of the crucifixion when he said, “The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.” Luke 9:22
During Jesus’ long vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples fell asleep, leaving Him to face His vigil alone, for, in truth, each of us must face our initiations of the crucifixion, the resurrection and the ascension alone. Gethsemane means a press in which oil is made, for during this trial the initiate is pressed indeed. In that area olives were pressed into oil. Olive oil was used for healing but the pressing had to come first. None can fathom our personal experience, or assist us, just as a woman who gives birth must succumb to the labour. No one can do it for us. Yet, in truth, we are never alone. “And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling to the ground.” Luke 22:42,44 For during the travail, the body perspires and the rush of spiritual energy causes the face to be flushed. Intense spiritual, high vibrating energy can also cause radiation. However, during this ordeal, the one thought of Jesus was to pray for others: “I pray for them: I pray not for the world (the lower consciousness), but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.” John 17:9 “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word.” John 17:20
Jesus was betrayed by a kiss, the anti act of the true kiss of the Christ which raises the soul to God. Yet He knew the drama was to be acted out for all mankind to see. He said to Pilate, “Thou couldst have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.” John 19:11
When the people chose to release Barabbas rather than Jesus Mark 15:15, it may be taken as an illustration that the outer personality is usually chosen over the inner man of the heart who brings discomfort in the shattering of illusions.
The ones who plotted to crucify our Lord planned it to coincide with the Passover, thus Jesus was to be mocked as the firstborn of God, the sacrificial lamb of the Passover feast. He was to be nailed to a wooden cross in mockery of His teaching of the cosmic cross of white fire upon which man is reunited with God at the nexus of the heart. He was stripped of his garments in mockery of the teaching that the soul must be stripped of karma and stand in the beauty of the pure naked light body before God. He was whipped in mockery of the lashes of karma and the blood of His light body; the stripes of the lash mocked His teaching of the striped rainbow rays of light in the I Am Presence. He was spit upon in mockery of the baptism by water. The crown of thorns was a mockery of His teaching of the crown of life, the gold light of the crown chakra. The reed put in His hand was a mockery of the rod of authority. The robe was made to be a mockery of His purple mantle of light which He wore in His office as Lord of the purple ray of ministration. He was mocked as the King of the Jews for His attainment as the King of Salem, the King of Peace. But, as Saint Paul explained, the true sacrifice is sacrificing ourselves, our lower selves, to the will of God, as Jesus demonstrated when He said in the Garden of Gethsemane, “Thy will be done”. Matthew 26:42
Jesus demonstrated His obedience while on the cross by refusing to respond to the taunt of the malefactor who was crucified on His left: “If thou be the Christ, save thyself and us.” Luke 23:39
We open ourselves to the path by faith, as the malefactor who was crucified on the right hand of Jesus asked to be remembered in the kingdom. Jesus replied, “Verily I say unto thee, today thou shalt be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:43 Both Jesus and the man were rewarded for their faith in the will of God and His promise to save all who make the call.
As Peter denied his relationship with the Christ, the cock crowed three times, once after each denial. We have the choice to accept or deny the Christ flame, the three-fold flame in our heart. As we move into the Aquarian Age, we begin to know the three becoming the four, the city foursquare within our being.
Jesus bore His own cross and we must bear ours. Only we can raise up our soul, our solar energy, from the base of the spine to the heart by sinning no more, by giving service to life, by prayer and fasting, and by the use of the science of the spoken word in decrees and mantras. Jesus assisted us through His teaching of the truth. He was also able to assist mankind tremendously with the positive energy momentum of His own attainment and that was His personal gift to us. We, in turn, assist others, for He said, “Feed my sheep.” John 21:16 He taught the great law of forgiveness for at the moment of the crucifixion He said, “Father, forgive them: for they know not what they do.” Luke 23:34
As the body of Jesus was pierced in five places - His hands, His feet and His blessed side, the side of the heart, we must all be pierced by the love of God in our hands, our feet and our hearts in order to receive Him fully in our beings and to be His heart, hands and feet on earth. The piercing is a sweet sorrow, the fulfilment of His promise to us, that as we are made in His image, the image of light, so we become filled with that light in order to return to Him in our true form, unscathed by the lowliness of the stable of mortal life. “And they that are in Christ’s (fruits of the Spirit) have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:25
During the final moment of the crucifixion, when Jesus felt the momentary separation from God, He “gave up the ghost” and the veil between the lower self and the vision of the higher self was torn asunder. “Nevertheless, when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass (a mirror) the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” II Corinthians 3:16-18
Angels rolling away the stone appear in the chapel. Even the One sent required an angel to assist with rolling away the stone of His remaining karma of His physical life. We too can call on the Holy angels and, with a be attitude, use the science of the spoken word by calling on St. Germain’s alchemy of violet flame in decrees and mantras. Then we too can experience the resurrection and the ascension into everlasting life. True alchemy is the knowledge that each part of creation is a part of the All. One who obeys the will of God may become an All chemist, creating good effects from the All. Jesus imparted this knowledge to Mary Magdalene.
In Rosslyn Chapel carvings of the two Marys and John the Baptist face each other across the crucifixion. These were three people Jesus loved the most and who were directly involved with His initiation of the crucifixion.
When John the Baptist had been Elija, the Master of Jesus as Elisha, he was preparing Jesus for His Galilean mission and gave Him his spiritual mantle of light as he ascended. Archangel Gabriel had appeared to Zacharias, the father of John, as well as to Mary. The angel said to Zacharias, about John, “he shall be great in the sight of the Lord...and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost...And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias...to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1:15:17
When Jesus and John the Baptist were still in the womb they recognised each other while their mothers, who were related, had a visit. “And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.” Luke 1:41 Some people wondered if John was the Christ, but John, as the baptiser, said, “I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:” Luke 3:15,16 As John baptized Jesus, “the Holy Ghost descended upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” Luke 3:22
“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene.” John 19:25 (There were three Marys present, the mystical number three times the presence of the Ma-ray. The factor of the multiplication by three contains the power of the Holy Trinity.)
Beloved Mother Mary, representative of the Divine Mother, was His teacher as a young child. She held the immaculate concept for Him during His mission, that is, she held the vision of Him as a Son of God, visualising the light of the Tree of Life, the I AM Presence, in and around Him. Mary holds the immaculate concept for all and that is the greatest thing we can do for others. Holding the vision assists it to manifest, for we were created from the vision of God.
Mary and John the Beloved were present during the crucifixion. “When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.” John 19:26,27 The name John, or Jean, and this name in all languages, means man, the manus of God. Jesus was putting man, the lower self of all mankind, into the hands of the Divine Mother. And the Divine Mother removed Him, and all who seek this attainment, from the cross of the world. We have to work and go through our trial for our own redemption. John the Beloved was the disciple who attained his ascension at the conclusion of that embodiment.
At the final moment of death, the letting go of the selfishness of the lower human ego, the initiate may feel abandoned, for Jesus was reported to have cried out, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Mark 15:34 “And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, he said, “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” Luke 23:46 The final step is that of entering into peace. As the Beloved El Morya has said, the trek up is worth the inconvenience.
Jesus became the cross. As the Son, He called out to the Father and the Mother, and then He gave himself up to the Holy Spirit, rising up from the nexus of the heart.
Jesus overcame the world, for the veil had been torn asunder, (the energy veil of misqualified energy, called evil, that comes between the lower self and the vision of the higher self) and the time had come for all seekers of light to view their own mighty I AM Presence of God within.
Jesus did not die; He “Who his own self bare our sins (helped to carry our misqualified energy, our karma) in his own (light) body on the tree (the Tree of Life), that we, being dead to sins (transmuted our negative energy into positive energy), should live unto righteousness (the right use of energy): by whose stripes (rainbow rays) ye are healed.” I Peter 2:24, giving an example of what we must do in order to let the human ego die in order to be reborn into the experience of living as the true ego, the Holy Christ Self, in our bodies of rainbow light.
When at a crossroad, making a decision, we let go of our own human will and say to God, “Thy will be done.” The Holy Spirit assists us through a sense of doing the right thing, and then our decisions will be right and we will be on the right hand of God, “Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” II Corinthians 4:10 That is our free will offering. God gave us free will which entails choosing to either follow God or not follow God. When we have followed the Shepherd all the way home, we too can say, “It is finished.” John 19:30
In reality there is no death. The dance of death is an illustration of life in the astral level, the lower level of human thought and emotion descending into the depths of hell.
There are thirty-three spirals of lower consciousness descending into the pit of darkness and despair. The way down is through jealousy, hatred, pride, lust - the deadly sins which have been termed the “Seven Deadly Sins”. We gather momenta of energy with every repetition of thought, word and deed. As negative energy spirals downward from the mid-section of the body it is wide like a dark kettle drum, or a cauldron. It is a heavy energy. Jesus said that a house divided against itself cannot stand, therefore, we cannot sustain both higher and lower energy. One will eventually win out. This lower momentum becomes tighter and tighter as the spiral narrows with intense energy and can become so strong that it can carry the man, or woman, like a victim, spiraling down to the dark, bottomless pit known as death and hell. One only need to read the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for an illustration of the lower self taking its own power. But, like Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ famous story A Christmas Carol, the situation may be reversed at will through charity, the love of the heart. “He that is of God heareth God’s words:” John 9:47 Saint Paul, who had been persecuting the followers of Christ when he was known as Saul of Tarsus, is an example of a dramatic conversion from murderous works to hearing God’s words and becoming a true disciple of Christ.
We are convicted by our own conscience. We are saved by repentance. As Hamlet said, “To be or not to be, that is the question.” The choice is ours.
Lucifer has been depicted in the chapel, upside down and bound, as a carving in the Lady Chapel.
Jesus admonished us to not be afraid of death but to fear the second death. The greatest sin has been said to be ignorance of our origin in the oneness of God for it breeds jealousy. Jealousy and envy come from a consciousness which believes in separateness and inequality in God. It denies the All, the loving quality of First Cause. Pilate “knew that the chief priests had delivered him (Jesus) for envy.” Mark 15:10 When those on the left hand path face God they are not able to stand the concentrated higher vibration of pure love, for they have created great momenta of negativity in their beings. The chapel contains carved angels holding scrolls for our every thought, word and act is recorded in living light on the record of our lifestream.
God in His mercy has given all a chance to bend the knee, which is to say, let go of their pride, and return to Him. Various carvings in and around the chapel depict angels with bent knees. An ugly character on an outside wall has his knees bent around a stick as if he is forced into that position and cannot move. Those who still wish to shake their fists at our loving Father when their time is up are bound. Unable to absorb the pure love of God they are dissolved into a mass of energy which returns to the Godhead. This is the second death and all fear the loss of identity which this entails.
The fallen ones created a dark counterfeit hierarchy, for they were blind to the light of God. They are called the brothers of the shadow because they have a dark counterpart to each of the names and qualities of God. This dark creation became interwoven with the creation of the ruby red love of God even within ourselves, thus Jesus taught that the poisonous tares would be allowed to grow with the wheat until the day of their judgment, lest the innocent ones (the ones with inner sense, innocence) be taken as well. Matthew 13:24-30 When our time is up, we are accountable for the use of our time. Jesus told several parables to illustrate this truth. He told about the use of a certain number of talents given to each man and how each was accountable; He gave the parable of the wise virgins who kept their lamps trimmed; He told about the man who was plotting to attain wealth but the Lord had need of him that night and he died.
At the end of each age, of a little more than two thousand years, there is a concentration of assistance from the Masters for the clearing of karma before a new age begins. We see cataclysm, famine, and all the terrors of prophecy as the karma begun by the Luciferian ones descends for transmutation, thus the need for individual repentance and the use of the violet flame calls to God to mitigate as much as the great law will allow. The fallen ones are bound and we can move on to a higher level of consciousness in a new age of enlightenment.
Lucifer was bound by his own karma and by the angels who surrounded him and prevented him from doing more evil. He then went headlong downward into the death spiral to meet the second death.
“And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim....And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of the spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies.” Judges 2:11, 14 Those who follow the anti-Christ mind are called the spoilers for they spoil the chances of the children of God to make their ascension. Therefore we have been cautioned to use our Christ discrimination and to “try the spirits”, John 4:1, using our intuitive sense of right and wrong in deciding who to follow.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Revelation 9:27 Jesus gave the people of Israel, the souls who know the reality of their being, comfort from fear of judgment, for He said, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” John 4:4
Along the north wall of the chapel are stone figues of a couple turning away from the character known as the devil who is in a state of wrath for they are facing a carving of an angel carrying a cross.
Archangel Michael has been commissioned to bind the fallen angels and to cast them into the lake of sacred fire, the pure Light of God.
The end of the world is the end of darkness, of returning negative karma and our own negative momenta, when we become happy in the spirit.
“For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” Revelation 7:17 By the grace of God the grail of accumulated pure white energy holds the Light of God in our beings. “My cup runneth over” Psalm 23:5 Thus sin becomes the sine wave of the ascension spiral; the grail becomes our state of grace in which we become cups to hold the light of God and we are made whole.
We can overcome death and live in paradise on earth, and this is our reason for being. We are to attain our victory here on earth, in physical embodiment, where we made our karma. We do not need to die in order to find heaven.
When Moses and his people were being guided to the promised land they were led “by day in a pillar of cloud,...and by night a pillar of fire, to give them light.” Exodus 13:21 The light of the grail presence appears as a white cloud in the light of day and is seen as a pillar of white fire surrounding the aspirant during the dark hours of the night.
When Beloved Jesus said, “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” Matthew 4:17, He was telling the people to leave the lower spirals of negative thinking, break the clay vessels and turn themselves towards the upward spirals of good thought which becomes our inheritance, the Christ within, the Kingdom of Heaven in our beings. He did not produce guilt or condemnation, for those are tactics of the fallen ones who seek to discourage the children of God and put their energy down. We confess our errors to God, then turn to a better way of being, as a scientist would find a better solution to a problem.
Beloved Jesus taught us by His own example. He built up such a momentum of pure light in His being that it carried His spirit upward in joyous love. “For unto every one that hath shall be given and he shall have abundance.” Matthew 25:29 The increasing momentum of high vibrating energy, the flame of resurrection, has a higher quality which, as it increases in velocity, eventually vibrates at the speed of light. When this occurs, the person can no longer be held by the bonds of earthly thought and feeling. Then the ritual of the ascension takes place. This is the ultimate in overcoming time and space. When we pass our initiations we are raised by degrees up the spiral of life.
“Verily I say unto you that there be some of them that stand here, which shall not taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power.” Mark 9:1 The soul rises to meet her Christ to be united with her own I AM Presence of God. When one has ascended there is such peace and joy that there is no awareness of time. Once this takes place the soul is permanently united with God and is saved. Until then the soul can be lost, therefore, the climb up the mountain of attainment is worth the effort. Souls have been lost at the last moment, prompting Jesus to teach us to stand fast and hold on to that which we have won. “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” Revelation 3:11
All are one, “But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree:” Micah 4:4 The path is an individual one as each person learns to be under his or her own mighty I AM Presence of God and to balance the love, wisdom and power in the threefold flame in his heart where the higher joins with the lower through the Christ, the mediator. As each person finds the love within himself or herself, all may stand together in unity in the circle of the one - many grail presences the world around.
Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” Matthew 11:28, for He gives us the stability of being in alignment with Him and the struggles cease. “...ask and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” John 16:24
The lesson of the apprentice and the master mason should remind us that we are privy to the beauties of Heaven but the path is filled with stumbling blocks. The clay vessel of the lower self must be broken. We make our decisions for right or wrong for God gave us free will in order to allow us the freedom to move back to Him exercising our own power of decision. We have free will to either follow the will of God or to choose not to follow His law, which is love. We reap the consequences of every thought, word and deed.
The lesson has been repeated as the teaching of an eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth, the teaching of casting our bread upon the waters and what we give out will return, and in the ancient law of karma - all references to the law of return. However, what returns to us gathers momentum and returns multiplied by the power of ten. This is the law of the tithe: “And Melchizedeck King of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God...and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.” Genesis 14:18-20 Abraham knew that when we give the first tenth of our earnings to God we open a matrix for a return multiplied by ten. Jesus was the first fruit of God and therefore He was offered as a ransom for the many. We must first give of whatever we wish for in order for it to return to us multiplied in the circle of life. Our returning good thoughts and actions are our reward in Heaven. God sees and knows the innermost part of our hearts for in Truth we are all one with Him.
We also have our dharma which is our personal work we are to do in this life, our life purpose. We must fulfil our dharma as well as our karma. By listening to our inner selves we should know if our mission is being fulfilled and we are on the upward spiral.
Beloved Jesus reminded the people, “For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother” Mark 7:10, as a requirement for eternal life. He seemed to contradict that commandment when He said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26 He clearly distinguishes the horizontal line between the upward spiral towards the Heavenly Mother and Father whom we are to honour, and the downward spiral of the lower consciousness which we should avoid. A horizontal vine in the chapel is a reminder of the line between the upward and downward spirals. This is the true circumcision. As we cut off our lower nature, we are able to rise up to the heart with the Holy Christ Self. “Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and be no more stiff necked.” (with unbending pride) Deuteronomy 10:16
The knights of old were like human replicas of angelic bands, sworn to protect the manifestation of God on earth, true to their king, courteous to women and guardians of the children of God. The sword appears on the tombstone of Sir William St. Clair, guarding the Tree of Life, the Holy Grail within each one.
Saint Paul admonished us to gird ourselves in the armour of the Lord “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:16,17 We do this by calling on and visualising the light of God, particularly the blue flame light of Archangel Michael, archangel of faith and our defender. As it has been said, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18 It is necessary to visualise the light of the Tree of Life within and around us surrounded by the blue light of protection, and to see and know that we are manifestations of God on earth.
We may also wield a sword of blue flame as we call on the will of God in the name I AM THAT I AM and the Holy Christ Self to cut us free from all misqualified energy, to bind the fallen ones, and for the will of God to take place in our lives and on the entire planetary body. Jesus spoke of Satan, another fallen one whom He had seen thrust down: “I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.” Luke 10:18
“For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
The sacred word, the use of the science of the spoken word in decrees, is the sword that divides the real from the unreal. This division, this divinity, is the cutting action of the Divine. “...and his name is called The Word of God. ...And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations.” Revelation 19:13,15 The book of Revelation is the prophesied account of our initiations at this time, individually and for the entire planet.
Joshua fought the battle of Jericho by circling the city seven times blowing trumpets. In mystical teachings the trumpet has been associated with the throat chakra and the power of sound. In 1 Samuel 2:1, “...Hannah ...said...mine horn is exalted in the Lord: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies.” As we say dynamic decrees, calling for the action of God, we cleanse the seven chakras and the walls of our karmic electronic belt come tumbling down and we may defeat our adversaries. As Mary has been depicted as having the moon at her feet, that is, having conquered emotions, energy in motion, the conquering of Jericho also refers to the stilling of emotions for it means the moon. When Joshua conquered each “city” he “smote it with the edge of the sword” Joshua 10:28,32,35,37,39; 11:11,12,14; and, also, did Judah. Judges 1:8
These stories, passed down year after year, describe the action of the sacred word, the sword, used in decrees and mantras, which cuts us free from negative momenta and leaves the city on a hill, the I AM Presence, victorious on the mount of salvation.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds:” II Corinthians 10:4 We may call to Archangel Michael to cut us free from whatever has a strong hold on us, from within or without.
We can simply call, “Archangel Michael! Help me! Help me! Help me!” If we build up a momentum of blue light in our bodies giving decrees to Archangel Michael we have his assistance ready at hand. Decrees are given in threes and multiples of threes for the action of the Holy Trinity in the self of Father, Son and Holy Spirit to work in the level of matter (Mater, the Divine Mother).
“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” Job 22:28 The light of God never fails.
Jesus said, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” John 10:9 The I AM is the door, the doer, the one who does. The light of God which passes from the I AM Presence through the Holy Christ Self is the power that cannot fail, the true husband of every living soul. “For thy maker is thine husband.” Isaac 54:5
As a bachelor enters to greet his bride, Jesus referred to the Christ as the bridegroom and the soul as the bride adorned for her husband when enveloped with the white veil of light from her I AM Presence. The church, as the bride of Christ, is the unified consciousness of all, for the body is the temple of God. As we strive to purify ourselves in our lower consciousness we become acceptable in the eyes of the Christ, the higher aspect of our own nature, which is our personal mediator between us and God. When our soul rises from our lower spine to the level of the heart, the seat of the Christ, and is finally united in marriage with our own Holy Christ Self, we attain our ascension in the Light and we are alive forever more.
“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in. Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.” Matthew 23:13,14
Jesus used the term fox to denote a fallen one:
“The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.
And he said unto them, Go ye and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.” Luke 13:31,32
Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” Mark 10:15 The innocent qualities of the soul have been likened unto children, and the messengers of God, in their simplicity, have been ignored or mocked by many.
Prophets and messengers have piped for us - they have given the message.
The piper carved in the Mason’s Pillar pipes the music for those who have ears to hear but the master mason did not follow God’s will. He chose to take the law into his own hands and the music of the piper becomes a lament for the dead.
The sound of the pipes vibrates through the body as the piper leads the way, piping the will of God.
Music is healing. The notes of the musical scale fall under the vibrational qualities of the seven rays and are related to the seven centres of consciousness, or chakras, in the human body. The angel musician on the Apprentice Pillar who holds the fife and drum is also a reminder of the beautiful vibrations of God as they vibrate through the chakras. If we allow the Holy Spirit to flow through us we become like the hollow pipes filled not with matter but with the light and the sound of God which flows with life everlasting. For God is light and sound of creation.
The rhythm of true music is aligned with the rhythm of the heartbeat of God. The heartbeat of God is felt throughout the universal sea and is felt by every soul, just as an unborn child in the water of the womb feels the heartbeat of his or her mother. The music which reflects this is the three-quarter time of waltz music. This aids the soul in rising up the spinal column to the level of the heart. When the light rising up the spinal altar meets the light descending, in the altar of the heart, we become altered; we become new creatures in Christ. We are then reborn in the Light. The descending and ascending spirals become the caduceus. The blossoming of the rod, the pink and green of the flowering buds and blossoms, is a bringing together of the pink and green rays of love and healing. Waltzes aid in raising the soul to a place of healing, peace, and love which becomes the white flowering of the ascension.
Great composers such as Mozart, Beethoven and Bach were influenced by the Masters in bringing music to the world which would assist the listeners in raising up the spiritual light energy for the ascension of the soul. Rosslyn Chapel has been described as a visual symphony and one can almost hear the music of the spheres within those hallowed walls. It is a gift and a legacy beyond compare.
The rhythm of marches also raises the soul and lines us up with the power and will of God. The hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers” is a call to all souls of light to return to God.
Inharmonious sounds and off-beat rhythms cause the chakras to spin in a counterclockwise direction which gives a rush of excitement but spills the spiritual light out of the chakras; that light energy which should be raising the soul up to the level of the heart is then lost.
God speaks to us in song and we, in return, sing to Him, as St. Paul encouraged, “...but be filled with the Spirit, Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord:” Ephesians 5:18,19 We sing praise, we sing love songs and we sing out our desire to fight the battle for good on earth to prevail, for Good means God. Jesus taught us this when He said, “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God:” Matthew 19:17
Poetry in song or in spoken language has been said to be the language of God. Poets have the ability to feel the rhythm of the heart of God, for true poetry reflects the rhythm of God as the pulse of his heart permeates the universe in the unification of energy encompassing all of creation. The inspiring songs David sang as he played on his harp have left us a with a precious gift from his heart. As we praise God we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, to lift us up and to receive the love and joy we seek.
“I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart: I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most high.” Psalm 9:1,2
The harmony of music is the harmony of God, the harmony of the soul. Listening to harmonious music is healing for the body and the soul for it aligns us with the order and flow of God in our beings. This is the music we associate with angels as shown by the carvings on the three pillars. When we say they sing and play harps we are recognising the harmony of all vibrations which can be heard by the inner ear, the intuitive ear, which listens for the still, small voice of God and hears the celestial choir.
It has been believed that a treasure resides somewhere in the crypt of Rosslyn Chapel which has yet to be discovered. The legend is that the treasure will be revealed when the lady awakes, a lady of the great family of St. Clair.
The most precious treasure of Rosslyn lies deep in our hearts, and the lady, the soul, sleeps until awakened by her Beloved, her Holy Christ Self. The blood of the Christ, the dark red rose, rests within until pierced by love. The ruby ray of light, Divine Love in its sacred, concentrated form, is sealed away in the vault, covered by layers and layers of hardness of heart, of anger, fear, anxiety - all of the manifestations of the uninitiated human thought and feeling. Yet there is hope. As we follow the Christ through the initiations of the fourteen stations of the cross, there is joy and the dawning of a new day. When the action of the Holy Spirit has cleansed the heart with the love and the mercy of the violet, transmuting flame, then the way is open for the Beloved, the Christ, to kiss His bride and be reunited with His own true soul and the love of His heart.
“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21 To quote the St. Clair motto, “Commit thy work to God” and all else shall follow.
Carvings on the south wall of a man on horseback with a woman passenger carrying a cross may be an illustration of the journey of William and Margaret from Europe with the relic of the holy cross.
The wood cross itself was a physical aberration of the teachings of Jesus about the crosses of light which mankind becomes in the hour of victory over death, the possible death of the soul. It became Holy when touched by the saviour as our bodies become Holy when we are filled with the light of the Christ. Beloved Jesus voluntarily walked the initiations of the fourteen stations of the cross in order to give us a clear picture of what path we must follow on our way Home. The death that Jesus illustrated for us is the death of the misqualified energies of the human ego, the carnal mind which sees only materialism as the purpose of life. As we “die daily”, 1 Corinthians 15:31 to quote St. Paul, we are letting go of our negative thoughts, feelings, and actions to have them replaced in our beings by the Light and Love of God. “My grace is sufficient for thee: my strength is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9 Our one desire in Life is to know God. Our true ego, our own Holy Christ Self, is then able to take command of the ship, hoist our sails and take us on our journey to higher consciousness, the consciousness of knowing that we are God in action. I AM above as I AM below.
The true cross will be found when we thoroughly dissolve the layers of accumulated hardness around our hearts, “and a little child shall lead them.” “Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” Mark 10:15 “Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.” Luke 9:48
What you are seeking lies within your heart.
True healing takes place when the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual energies are in alignment with the true energy patterns of God, the order of Divine Love.
“And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28-31
May the peace of Christ be with you. Amen
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