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| Charles Halloway  | Something Wicked This Way Comes
An Edgar Casē Study / Degradation
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One may know the Lord through self-abnegation; in contrast, if we yield to self-indulgence the result is degradation and corruption.

  1. Degradation

21. (Q) Can those assisting do anything to prevent the body from indulging in stimulants?
(A) They can pray like the devil!

And this is not a blasphemous statement, as it may appear - to some. For if there is any busier body, with those influences that have to do with the spirit of indulgence of any nature, than that ye call satan or the devil, who is it?

Then it behooves those who have the interest of such a body at heart to not only pray for him but WITH him; and in just as earnest, just as sincere, just as continuous a manner as the spirit of ANY indulgence works upon those who have become subject to such influences either through physical, mental or material conditions!

For the POWER of prayer is NOT met even by satan or the devil himself.

Hence with that attitude of being as persistent as the desire for indulgence, or as persistent as the devil, ye will find ye will bring a strength. But if ye do so doubting, ye are already half lost.

For the DESIRES of the body are to do RIGHT! Then aid those desires in the right direction; for the power of right EXCEEDS - ever and always.

Do that, then.

Like the devil himself - PRAY! (1439-2)

    1. General

34. (Q) How may I help my daughter, [...], to solve her marital problem?
(A) These can best be studied in the light of those suggestions indicated as to the application of self through the various experiences in the earth.

Remember, if the spiritual is put first and foremost, if the purpose of an individual is in the RIGHT direction, the MATERIAL happenings will eventually come right. These may at times appear confusing and as being contradictory, but the law of the Lord is PERFECT.

To enable an individual to find these is the understanding where ALL marital relationships may be best understood.

Individuals do not meet by chance. They ARE necessary in the experiences of others, though they may not always use their opportunities in a spiritual way or manner.

Thus the injunction - study to show thyself approved unto thy ideal, which IS thy God. If ye make thyself god, if ye make thy hopes, thy wants, thy purposes thy god, they become selfish, they become monsters, they become destroying influences.

Teach, give instruction, even as ye did in the Egyptian experience. There ye aided. Now ye may aid; not by material.

And DO NOT condemn anyone! (2751-1)


39. (Q) [295]:
(A) The Lord's ways are not past finding out, if ye will seek them. They that seek for the satisfying, for the gratifying of the MATERIAL forces, know NOT the Lord. Let HIM have His way with thee. (262-86)


18. Thus were there added to those groups such as would be saved. For it is the free gift of the Maker. Only self, then, may separate thee from the love of God. Through selfishness, lust or the like, ye may separate self from the love of the Maker. (3253-2)


40. Self-glory, self-exaltation, self-indulgence becometh those influences that become as abominations to the divinity in each soul; and SEPARATE them from a knowledge of Him. For thou ART persuaded, for thou KNOWEST from thine experience, NOTHING may separate the soul of man from its Maker but desires and lusts! (1293-1)


6. (Q) As given, this entity may, if will's forces are correctly used, have no need of further development on earth's plane. Does this mean that the entity may, if it chooses to so live, enter God's Holy of Holies when it leaves earth's plane, or does this mean that the spiritual entity of [900] is merely preparing for another higher plane of eternity, from which development towards God is to continue?
(A) When the conditions as have been outlined and given are considered, this body, this entity, [900], will see, understand, how the present earth's plane so manifests in his self those conditions that would make it possible for him to develop in earth's plane, and so develop in the spiritual plane that the entity would prepare itself, its soul development, of such as would bring it into the realms of the righteous; will's manifestation in the earthly plane being that barrier, for, as has been given, "The spirit is willing, the flesh is weak."

As has been given, God has not willed that ANY should be lost. Man's undoing, then, [is] within himself, by gratifying the desires, the weaknesses of the flesh.

Then, as the development of the spiritual entity brings those environments, through which the soul and the earthly entity must pass, or may pass by the relative law of attraction, the will manifests in the earthly sphere, the soul reaching its development by and between the earthly sojourn and its spiritual entity's conditions. (900-15)


19. (Q) Please explain more fully the following: [GC: Reading last half of first page in lesson of December 27, 1931, 262-8.]
(A) That is as itself. The confusion that comes to those seeking the expansion of it is the relative relation of the physical body as a unit, yet a portion of the whole. The entity or soul body and its experiences that it may receive, in the clarifying of that which is builded by an entity as it passes from plane to plane. Let's begin with that which was given by Him, "Not that which entereth into a man defileth him, but that which cometh forth. Many are as whitened sepulchres, beautiful without but within full of dead men's bones!" This is referring to the activities of a physical being, but taking into consideration the activities of a physical body, a mental body, AND spiritual body. One that lives to gratify the desires of the fleshly body ALONE may be beautiful without (and often is!), but within is as of those foul, that make for the belittling of the soul - for it must become corruption, and that able to be given out by such an one then is that which brings for that, in its seed, that makes for discord, corruption, disorder. Such an entity, such a soul, passing in - as the tree falls, so must it lie, and the whole shall be paid EVERY WHIT! "My word shall NOT pass away." The soul, the entity, goes to meet that it has builded in that atmosphere, that surrounding, that environ, that vibration it has created or builded for itself; not in the material, but in the spiritual, the universal plane. Then again it enters in the physical plane for the experimenting, or developing, or magnifying, or showing forth that it may build. Just as given in the illustration, that each functioning of the organs of the physical body is dependent one upon another, and - as was given - who finds fault that the hand is not the eye, or the head that it is not the foot, or the comely part that is not the uncomely, and the like? All must be made in attune, in accord, that the WHOLE may be saved, rather than that a portion should suffer through that it may build in this activity through the world. See? This may be clarified most with individuals taking their own EXPERIENCES in the various spheres that brought from one to another position, element, understanding, and meet each as they find in that environ, that surrounding, that which must bring that knowledge of the whole, that "the Father and I ARE one." For the physical body, the mental body, the spiritual body, to rebel, is as for the foot to REBEL that it is not the head, or the hand; or as for the organs to rebel because they have become POISONED by that which UNSEEMINGLY has been fed the body for its sustenance. See? To some the explanation is worse than that first given! But study self in the light of that which is given in knowing self. (262-10)


1. GC: You will have before you the question of sex and sex relations as related to delinquency of the teens and younger ages. You will give such information on this subject as indicated could be given through this channel as a warning at this time. Indicate that which should be used for publication and application by Charles Austin Rice and A. K. Swartz present here. You will answer the questions that may be asked:

2. EC: [After repeating suggestion in an undertone] Yes, we have the question here regarding sex and sex relationships, the influence that is manifested in the lives of the people as a whole in this country; with relationship to delinquency in the teen age.
10. So, then, give ye unto men as this: Train ye the child when he is young, and when he is old he will not depart from the Lord. Train HIM, train HER, train THEM rather in the sacredness of that which has come to them as a privilege, which has come to them as a heritage; from a falling away, to be sure, but through the purifying of the body in thought, in act, in certainty, it may make for a peoples, a state, a nation, that may indeed herald the coming of the Lord. For this is the problem, that ye keep the law and present same as holy to those who seek. Who seeks? EVERY child born into the earth, from the age of 2 1/2 to 3 years begins to find there is something that takes place within its BODY - and that it is DIFFERENT; not as animals, though the ANIMAL instinct is there, of the biological urge, that is a law! For that is the source of man's undoing. But ye who set yourselves as examples in the order of society, education, Christian principles, religious thought, religious ideals, hold rather than to anything else[,] to that LOVE which is UN-sexed! For He hath given that in the heavenly state, in the higher forces, there is neither marriage nor giving in marriage; for they are as ONE! Yet ye say ye are in the earth, ye are born with the urge! The awakening, then, must come from within; here a little, there a little. Each soul, each body, that is preserved unto Him as a channel of blessings has received and does receive that within itself which makes for the greater abilities for awakening within the hearts, minds, souls and bodies of the young who question "what will I do with the biological urge that arises?" PURIFY same in service to Him, in expressions of love; in expressions of the fruits of the spirit, which are: Gentleness, kindness, brotherly love, long-suffering. THESE are the fruits, and these as the urge of sex are in the nature of the association of ideas, conditions or positions as related to the various conditions about the body. Then set the activity in motion and these become either that which takes hold on hell or that which builds to the kingdom within. (5747-3)


12. Those who seek gratification of appetites, gratification of self, gratification for things to change, as it were, their environments, make, dig pits that may become the tortures of the damned. (5149-1)1

    1. Self-gratification makes one 'of the lower vibration' which 'brought about its continual HARDENING'; further, the body is 'made animal' and 'weakened'; by continual degradation, one may render 'themselves beneath the animal kingdom'.

10. (Q) What is meant by "their ability to aid in given direction"?
(A) All force and power as is applied through psychic forces comes from a universal energy, that is directed by individual application. As the entity studies, develops, and seeks, such application may be gained or attained by those forces through which attunement is gained. As is seen in all of the forms of vibration, whether in the mineral, in the vegetable, in the animal, in music, in those of chemics or chemicals, or those of spiritual vibrations. These are of attunement, or are in various FORMS in attunement. As the entity attunes self to the various forms through which the application of the mental abilities of the entity attain or gain access, they pass through these various forces, and may be individual, may be group, may be of higher vibration, or they may be of a lower - if the body is made animal by the excess of the gratification of animal desires, they become of the lower vibration. If that is made of an attunement with the bodies celestial, bodies terrestrial, or of whatever form - these develop through that same vibration; for that as is meted is measured again. To that vibration one attunes self, that response is back. See? (256-2)

14. (Q) Could you give some information on the relation of the sense of smell to the other senses?
(A) These apply as has been indicated in that just given. Study these, not only from the manner in which they affect the body in the various stages of its development but from that they have reflected and do reflect in the activity of that kingdom just below thee - yet so often with the appearance of being far above many of those that have made themselves beneath the animal kingdom! (274-10)


8. The mental vision by its action upon what body is being builded? On the mental body of the individual in a material world, out of Spirit, out of the ability to have all the attributes of the spiritual or unseen forces - but MATERIALIZED forces, as is necessary from the mental body in a material world MENTALLY trained to, or in, certain directions, or given directions, or following the natural bent of its threefold or three-ply body, as is seen in every individual or every entity. As these projected themselves, then we find these DEVELOPMENTS were in this portion of the development in the Atlantean period. How were these used? In much as were from the beginning. Remember there was ever the instruction to those peoples that were to hold to that that would bring for the spiritual forces, rather than the abuses of the abilities - as those with familiar spirits, as those that spoke to or partook of the divinations of those that had passed from the earth's plane, or those that partook of the animal magnetism - that came from the universal consciousness of animal matter as passed into its experience, in its interchange through those periods of integration and disintegration - and the spirit forces possessing those that would lay themselves open to such conditions, for these are as real as physical bodies if the attunements of the entity are such that it may vision them! and they are about you always, sure! These, then, are entities - sure; whether animal or those endowed with the soul - until they pass through those changes - as there ever has been, see? Also there are those that ever make for those channels in the psychic and occult (we are speaking of, through which man - as it reached that stage, or that position that it became farther and farther from its natural sources, through the same CHARACTER of channel may it communicate with that from which it is a portion of, or the Creative Forces), and hence the terminology arose as 'Good Spirits' and 'Bad Spirits'; for there are those that partake of the earth, or of the carnal forces, rather than of those forces that are of the spiritual or CREATIVE. Those that are destruction are of the Earth. Those that are constructive, then, are the good - or the divine and the devilish, bringing for those developments in their various phases. Hence the greater development of that called occult, or psychic forces, during the Atlantean period - and the use of same, and the abuse of same - was during its first thousand years, as we would call light years; not the light of the star, but the sun goes down and the sun goes down - years. That brought about those cycles, or those changes. Hence we have that which has been given through many of the sources of information, or the channels for individuals - and in those, these, the entity - as a voice upon waters, or as the wind that moved among the reeds and harkened, or again as when the morning stars sang together and the sons of God beheld the coming of man into his own, through the various realms as were brought by the magnifying of, or the deteriorating of, the use of those forces and powers as manifested themselves in a MATERIAL area, or those that partook of carnal to the gratification of that that brought about its continual HARDENING and less ability to harken back through that from WHICH it came, and partaking more and more OF that upon which it became an eater of; or, as is seen even in the material forces in the present: We find those that partake of certain elements, unless these become very well balanced WITH all SOURCES - Of what? That of which there were the first causes, or nature, or natural, or God's sources or forces are. Hence ELEMENTS - not rudiments; elements - as are termed in the terminology of the student of the anatomical, physiological, psychological forces within a body - GERMS! Sure they are germs! for each are as atoms of power - From what? That source from which it has drawn its essence upon what it feeds. Is one feeding, then, its soul? or is one feeding its body? or is one feeding that interbetween (its mental body) to its own undoing, or to those foolishnesses of the simple things of life? Being able, then, to partake OF the physical but not a part of same - but more and more feeding upon those sources from which it emanates itself, or of the SPIRITUAL life, so that the physical body, the mental body, are attuned TO its soul forces, or its soul source, its Creator, its Maker, in such a way and manner, as it develops. (364-10)


5. Then, in entering, each soul comes to manifest that it has NOT so well learned in the lessons of hope, patience, tolerance, brotherly love, kindness, gentleness, meekness, and such. These are the fruits of the spirit. And the manifestation of these attributes in the experience of each soul brings, as the Master of Masters has given, that awareness of self of the soul that is the gift of the Creator, that is the birthright of every individual that may be wasted in attempting to gratify those things that are of the earth, or of the carnal forces, and thus become weakened and less aware of its experience or existence in the affairs of man. Yet the soul finds its experience, no matter in what environ; and the ENVIRON is that created by what the soul - the inner self - has done, does do, about the manifestations of Creative Influences in the relationships to its fellow man. (505-4)

    1. Degradation since Atlantis

8. Then what is this that would be given thee today? Here is thy lesson: Hear ye all! Beware lest ye as an individual soul, a son, a daughter of God, fail in thy mission in the earth today; that those ye know, those ye contact shall know the truth of God, not by thy word, bombastic words, but in longsuffering, in patience, in harmony, that ye create in thine own lives, for it must begin with thee. God has shown thee the pattern, even one Jesus, who became the Christ that ye might have an advocate with the Father, for the Father hath said "In the day ye eat or use the knowledge for thine own aggrandizement, ye shall die." But he that had persuaded the spirit, the souls that God had brought into being, to push into matter to gratify desire for self-expression, self-indulgence, self-satisfaction, said "Ye shall not surely die", or what were then the activities of man - for as had been said, "A day is a thousand years, a thousand years as a day."

9. What was the length of life then? Nearly a thousand years. What is your life today? May it not be just as He had given, just as He indicated to those peoples, just as He did to the lawgiver, just as He did to David - first from a thousand years to a hundred and twenty, then to eighty? Why? Why? The sin of man in his desire for self-gratification.

10. What nations of the earth today vibrate to those things that they have and are creating in their own land, their own environment? Look to the nations where the span of life has been extended from sixty to eight-four years. You will judge who is serving God. These are judgements. These are the signs to those who seek to know, who will study the heavens, who will analyze the elements, who will know the heart of man, they that seek to know the will of the Father for themselves answer "Lord, here am I, use me, send me where I am needed." (3976-29)


9. (Q) What was the greatest period of the development of the occult sciences in Atlantis and how did the people use them?
(A) This, as we will find, will require a great deal of an explanation even to bring to the consciousness of an individual, in the present day way of thinking, as to what is meant by occult or mystic science; for the NATURAL trend [see: of occult sciences] - or the NATURAL condition of individuals, or entities - was the USE of these; as it is natural to eat! (364-9)

This is because the third eye has become 'an atrophied organ'2 as a result of the 'sin of man in his desire for self-gratification'.(3976-29)


7. (Q) The fifth problem concerns an explanation of the Life Readings. From a study of these it seems that there is a trend downward, from early incarnations, toward greater earthliness and less mentality. Then there is a swing upward, accompanied by suffering, patience, and understanding. Is this the normal pattern, which results in virtue and oneness with God obtained by free will and mind?
(A) This is correct. It is the pattern as it is set in Him. (5749-14)


  1. (281-16)

25. (Q) Will we be punished by fire and brimstone?
(A) That as builded by self; as those emblematical influences are shown through the experiences of the beloved in that builded, that created. For, each soul is a portion of creation - and builds that in a portion of its experience that it, through its physical-mental or spiritual-mental, has builded for itself. And each entity's heaven or hell must, through SOME experience, be that which it has builded for itself.

Is thy hell one that is filled with fire or brimstone? But know, each and every soul is tried so as by fire; purified, purged; for He, though He were the Son, learned obedience through the things which He suffered. Ye also are known even as ye do, and have done. (281-16)

But in that thou moreover sayest, why do not the Souls which are without God feel Hell in this World? I answer; They bear it about with them in their wicked Consciences, but they know it not; because the World hath put out their Eyes, and its deadly Cup hath cast them likewise into a Sleep, a most fatal Sleep. Notwithstanding which it must be owned that the Wicked do frequently feel Hell within them during the Time of this mortal Life, though they may not apprehend that it is Hell, because of the earthly Vanity which cleaveth unto them from without, and the sensible Pleasures and Amusements wherewith they are intoxicated. And moreover it is to be noted, that the outward Life in every such one hath yet the Light of the outward Nature, which ruleth in that Life; and so the Pain of Hell cannot, so long as that hath Rule, be revealed.

But when the Body dieth or breaketh away, so as the Soul cannot any longer enjoy such temporal Pleasure and Delight, nor the Light of this outward World, which is wholly thereupon extinguished as to it; then the Soul stands in a eternal Hunger and Thirst after such Vanities as it was here in Love withal, but yet can reach nothing but that false Will, which it had impressed in itself while in the Body; and wherein it had abounded to its great Loss. And now whereas it had too much of its Will in this Life, and yet was not contented therewith, it hath after this Separation by Death, as little of it; which createth in it an everlasting Thirst after that which it can henceforth never more obtain, and causeth it to be in a perpetual anxious Lust after Vanity, according to its former Impression, and in a continual Rage of Hunger after those Sorts of Wickedness and Lewdness whereinto it was immersed, while being in the Flesh.

Fain would it do more Evil still, but that it hath not either wherein or wherewith to effect the Same, left to it; and therefore it doth perform this only in itself. All is now internally transacted, as if it were outward; and so the Ungodly Soul is tormented by those Furies which are in his own Mind, and begotten upon himself by himself. For he is verily become his own Devil and Tormentor; and that by which he sinned here, when the Shadow of this World is passed away, abideth still with him in the Impression, and is made his Prison and his Hell. But this hellish Hunger and Thirst cannot be fully manifested in the Soul, till the Body which ministered to the Soul what it lusted after, and with which the Soul was so bewitched, as to dote thereupon, and pursue all its Cravings, be stripped off from it.1


  1. Jacob Boehme, Of the Supersensual Life

  1. H. P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine: The Synthesis Of Science, Religion, And Philosophy. Vol. II Anthropogenesis (London: The Theosophical Publishing Company, Limited., 1888), 295-296.
The allegorical expression of the Hindu mystics when speaking of the "eye of Siva," the Tri-bochana ("three-eyed"), thus receives its justification and raison d'etre -- the transference of the pineal gland (once that "third eye") to the forehead, being an exoteric licence. This throws also a light on the mystery -- incomprehensible to some -- of the connection between abnormal, or Spiritual Seership, and the physiological purity of the Seer. The question is often asked, "Why should celibacy and chastity be a sine qua non rule and condition of regular chelaship, or the development of psychic and occult powers." The answer is contained in the Commentary. When we learn that the "third eye" was once a physiological organ, and that later on, owing to the gradual disappearance of spirituality and increase of materiality (Spiritual nature being extinguished by the physical), it became an atrophied organ, as little understood now by physiologists as the spleen is -- when we learn this, the connection will become clear. During human life the greatest impediment in the way of spiritual development, and especially to the acquirement of Yoga powers, is the activity of our physiological senses. Sexual action being closely connected, by interaction, with the spinal cord and the grey matter of the brain, it is useless to give any longer explanation. Of course, the normal and abnormal state of the brain, and the degree of active work in the medulla oblongata, reacts powerfully on the pineal gland, for, owing to the number of "centres" in that region, which controls by far the greater majority of the physiological actions of the animal economy, and also owing to the close and intimate neighbourhood of the two, there must be exerted a very powerful "inductive" action by the medulla on the pineal gland.

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