Wonders and Possibilities of the Body
The human race has been asleep, and has dreamed that property and money are the true wealth of a nation, sacrificing men, women and children to the chimerical idea that danced in visionary splendor through their brains. The result of this is to be seen in the uneasiness that prevails everywhere. But humanity is waking up, slowly but surely and beginning to realize that it, itself, is the most precious thing on earth.
It is the legitimate work of man to take the perfect material everywhere present and build, by the perfect law of chemistry and mathematics, the perfected, harmonious human being, and with this material, employ the same law to build up society collectively.
According to the views of students of modern Alchemy, the Bible—both the Old and New Testaments—are symbolical writings, based primarily upon this very process of bodybuilding. The word Alchemy really means Fleshology. It is derived from Chem, an ancient Egyptian word, meaning flesh. The word Egypt also means flesh, or anatomy.
The ancient alchemist studied the process of Nature in her operations from the volatile to the fixed, the fluid to the solid, the essence to the substance, or the abstract to the concrete, all of which may be summed up in the changing of spirit into matter. In reality, the alchemist did not try to do anything. He simply tried to search out nature’s processes in order that he might comprehend her marvelous operations.
To be sure, language was used that to us seems symbolical and often contradictory, but it was not so intended, nor so at all in reality. We speak in symbols. If a man is in delirium, caused by alcohol in his brain cells, we say he has “snakes in his boots.” Of course, no one supposes that the words are to be taken literally. Yet if our civilization should be wiped out, and our literature translated after four or five thousand years, those who read our history might be puzzled to know what was meant by “snakes in his boots.”
Again, it has been believed by most people that the words, “transmutation of base metals into gold,” used by alchemists, referred to making gold. But a careful study of the Hebrew Cosmogony, and the Kabala, will reveal the fact that the alchemist always referred to solar rays when he used the word gold. “Base metals,” simply means matter, or basic. The dissolving, or disintegration of matter, the combustion of wood or coal, seemed as wonderful to these philosophers as the growth of wood or the formation of coal or stone. So, the transmutation of base metals into gold simply meant the process of changing the fixed into the volatile, or the dematerialization of matter, either by heat or chemical process.
It is believed by modern students of Alchemy that the books of the Old and New Testaments are a collection of alchemical and astrological writings, dealing entirely with the wonderful operation of aerial elements (Spirit) in the human body, so Fearfully and wonderfully made. The same authority is given for the statements, “Know ye not that your bodies are the temple of the living God” and “Come unto Me all yet that labor and are heavy laden and I will give ye rest.”
The human body is composed of perfect principles, gases, minerals, molecules, or atoms; but these builders of flesh and bone are not always properly adjusted. The planks or bricks used in building houses may be endlessly diversified in arrangement, and yet be perfect material.
Soloman’s temple is an allegory of man’s temple——the human organism. The house is built (always being built) “without sound of saw or hammer.” The real Ego manifests in a house, beth, church, or temple— i.e., Soul-of-Man’s Temple. The solar (soular) plexus is the great central Sun or dynamo on with the Subconscious Mind (another name for God) operates and causes the concept of individual consciousness.
The brain of man is the Son of God, the mediator (medium) between the central dynamo and the Cosmic Ocean of Space. Thus digestion or combustion of food, circulation of blood, in breathing the breath of life (aerial elements), is carried on by the co-operation of the Holy Trinity; God, the solar plexus; the Son, the brain: and the Holy (whole) Spirit, or air.
No wonder that the seers and alchemist of old declared that “Your bodies are the temple of the living God” and “The Kingdom of Heaven is within you.” But man, blinded by selfishness, searches here and there, scours the heavens with his telescope, digs deep into earth, and dives into ocean’s depths, in a vain search for the Elixir of Life that may be found between the soles of his feet and the crown of his head. Really our human body is a miracle of mechanism. No work of man can compare with it in accuracy of its process and the simplicity of its laws.
At maturity, the human skeleton contains about 165 bones, so delicately and perfectly adjusted that science has despaired of ever imitating it. The muscles are about 500 in number; length of alimentary canal, 32 feet; amount of blood in average adult, 30 pounds, or one-fifth the weight of the body; the heart is six inches in length and four inches in diameter, and beats seventy times per minute, 4200 times per hour, 100,800 per day, 36,720,000 per year. At each beat, two and one-half ounces of blood are thrown out of it, 175 ounces per minute, 656 pounds per hour, or about eight tons per day.
All the blood in the body passes through the heart every three minutes; and during seventy years it lifts 270,000,000 tons of blood. The lungs contain about one gallon of air at their usual degree of inflation. We breathe, on an average, 1200 breaths per hour; inhale 600 gallons of air, or 24,000 gallons daily.
The aggregate surface of air-cells of the lungs exceeds 20,000 square inches, an area nearly equal to that of a room twelve feet square.
The average weight of the brain of an adult is three pounds, eight ounces; the average female brain, two pounds, four ounces. The convolutions of a woman’s brain cells and tissues are finer and more delicate in fibre and mechanism, which evidently accounts for the intuition of women. It would appear that the difference in the convolutions and fineness of tissue in brain matter is responsible for the degrees of consciousness called reason and intuition.
The nerves are all connected with the brain directly, or by the spinal marrow, but nerves receive their sustenance from the blood, and their motive power from the solar plexus dynamo. The nerves, together with the branches and minute ramifications, probably exceed ten millions in numbers. The skin is composed of three layers, and varies from one eighth to one-quarter of an inch in thickness. The average area of skin is estimated to be about 2,000 square inches. The atmospheric pressure, being fourteen pounds to the square inch, a person of medium size is subject to a pressure of 40,000 pounds. Each square inch of skin contains 3500 sweat tubes, or perspiratory pores (each of which may be likened to a little drain tile).
There is not known in all the realms of architecture or mechanics one little device which is not found in the human organism. The pulley, the lever, the inclined plane, the hinge, the “universal joint,” tubes and trap-doors; the scissors, grind-stone, whip, arch, girders, filters, valves, bellow, pump, camera, and Aeolian harp; and irrigation plant, telegraph and telephone systems—all these and a hundred other devices which man thinks he has invented, but which have only been telegraphed to the brain from the Solar Plexus (cosmic center) and crudely copied or manifested on the objectively canvas.
No arch ever made by man is as perfect as the arch performed by the upper ends of the two legs and the pelvis to support the weight of the trunk. No palace or cathedral ever built has been provided with such a perfect system of arches and girders. No waterway on earth is so complete, so commodious, or so populous as that wonderful river of life, the “Stream of Blood.”The violin, the trumpet, the harp, the grand organ, and all the other musical instruments, are mere counterfeits of the human voice.
Man has tried in vain to duplicate the hinges of the knee, elbow, fingers and toes, although they are a part of his own body. Another marvel of the human body is the self-regulation process by which nature keeps the temperature in health at 98 degrees. Whether in India, with the temperature at 130 degrees, or in the arctic regions, where the records show 120 degrees below the freezing point, the temperature of the body remains the same, practically steady at 98 degrees, despite the extreme to which it is subjected.
It was said that “all roads lead to Rome.” Modern science has discovered that all roads of real knowledge lead to the human body. The human body is an epitome of the universe; and when man turns the mighty searching of reason and investigation within that the has so long used without—the New Heaven and Earth will appear.
On the rock (Peter or Petra, meaning stone) of the mineral salts is the human structure built, and the grave, stomach, or hell shall not prevail against it. The minerals in the body do not disintegrate or not in the grave. The sexual functions of man and woman; the holy operation of creative energy manifested in male and female; the formation of life germs in ovum and sex fluids; the Divine Procedure of the “word made flesh” and the mysteries of conception and birth are the despair of science.
“Know ye not that your bodies are the temple of the living God?” for “God breathed into man the breath of life.” The roots of the vagus nerve are in the medulla oblongata, at the base of the small brain or cerebellum, and explains why death follows the severing of the medulla. It controls the heart action, and if a drug such as aconite be administered, even in small doses, its effect upon this nerve is shown in slowing the action of the heart and decreasing the blood pressure. In larger doses it paralyzes the ends of the vagus in the heart, so that the pulse becomes sudden very rapid and at the same time irregular. Branches of the vagus nerve reach the heart, lungs, stomach, liver and kidneys.
Worry brings on kidney disease, but it is the vagus nerve, and especially that branch running to the kidneys which under undue excitement or worry, or strain, brings about the paralysis of the kidneys in the performance of their functions.
The nerves of the human body constitute the “Tree of Life,” with its leaves of healing. The flowing water of the Rivers of Life are the veins and arteries through which sweep the red, magnetic currents of Love— of Spirit made visible.
At last we have seen the “Travail of the Soul and are satisfied.” No more temples of the Magi now, but instead the Temple of the Ego, the glorious human Beth. At least we have found the true church, the human body.
Man must realize, however, that he is the creator or builder of his own Body. When he finds out what he really is, and how much he has always had to do in the making of himself what he is, he will be ready to grasp some idea of the wonderful possibilities of every human soul and body, and will know how completely and entirely is every man his own savior. Just so long as he denies his own powers, and looks outside of himself for salvation from present for future ills, he is indeed a lost creature. If the race is to be redeemed, it must come as the result of thought followed by action. If the race is to think differently than at present, it must have new bodies with new brains. Man must be born again.
The law of life is not a separate agent working independently of mankind and separate from individual life. Man himself is a phase of the great law in operation. When he once fully awakens to the universal cooperation of the attributes and thoughts through which the great dynamic operates or proceeds, he—the Ego—one of the expressions of infinity, will be enabled to free himself from the seeming environments of matter, and thus realizing his power, will assert his dominion over all he has been an agent in creating. And he has indeed assisted in creating—manifesting—all that is. Being a thought, an out breathing of universal spirit, he is co-eternal with it. In material concept, we do not begin to realize the extent of our wisdom. When we are awaken to spirit, consciousness—-knowledge that we are egos that have bodies or temples, and not bodies that have souls, or spirits, we see the object or reason of all symbols or manifestation, and begin to realize our own power over all created things.
And in the Aquarian age, great changes in nature’s laws will be speedily brought to pass, and great changes in the affairs of humanity will result. The laws of vibration will be mastered, and through their operation material manifestations will be shaped and molded to man’s will. It is only a matter of time when all the necessities of life will be produced directly from the elements of the air.
It is well known by chemists that all manner of fruits, grains and vegetables are produced directly from the elements in air, and not from soil. The earth, of course, serves as a negative pole and furnishes the mineral salts of lime, magnesium, iron, potassium, sodium and silica, which act as carriers of water, oil, fibrin, sugar, etc., and thus build up the plant; but oil, sugar, albumin, etc., are formed by a precipitation or condensation of principles in air, and not from soil. This is a fact abundantly proved. Mr. Berthelot, a scientist of France, Tesla, the Australian wizard, and our own Edison have long held that food can be produced by a synthetic process from its element artificially.
Biochemists long ago advanced the theory that animal tissue is formed from the air inhaled, and not from food. The food, of course, serves it purpose; it acts as the negative pole, as does the earth to plan and vegetable life, and also furnishes the inorganic salts, the workers that carry on the chemistry of life, setting free magnetism, heat and electric forces by disintegration and fermentation of the organic portions of the food. But air, in passing through the various avenues and complex structure of the human organism, changes, condenses, solidifies, until it is finally deposited as flesh and bone.
From this established scientific truth, it appears that, by constructing a set of tubes, pumps, etc., resembling the circulatory system, as well as the lung cells of the human mechanism, which is a chemical laboratory, where, the chemistry of spirit is ever at work, changing the one essence of spirit substance to blood, flesh and bone, air may be changed into an albuminous pablum, which may be again changed into the special kind of food required by adding the proper flavor, which may also be produced direct from the air.
There does not seem to be any reason why this substance, the basis of all food or vegetable growth, cannot, by proper process, be made into material for clothing. Wool, cotton, flax, silks, etc., are all produced from the universal elements through the slow, laborious and costly process of animal or vegetable growth. Why not produce them direct?
A realization of this vision, or theory, that will for awhile be called visionary by most people, will mean Eden restored. The Earth will be allowed to return to its natural state. We will cease to eat animals birds and fishes. Many people have wondered why, during the last few years fruit pests have multiplied so alarmingly, and why cows are almost universally diseased and so much attention given to meat, milk and butter products by Boards of Health, etc. A dream you say? I cannot admit that in the fact of the indisputable evidence already produced: but what if it were, at present, but the dream it may be appear to the one who hears of its methods of operation for the first time? Do dreams ever come true? Yea, verily? All concrete facts are materialized dreams.
An Egyptian King dreamed, and the Pyramids of Cheops mass and miracle his vision. The Pyramids are encyclopedic of physical science and astral lore. The science of numbers, weights, measures, geometry, astronomy, astrology, and all the deeper mysteries of the human body and soul are embodied in these comparable monuments. .A dream of an ancient alchemist solidified in stone, and the awful sphinx sat down in Egypt’s sand to gaze into eternity.
Columbus dreamed, and a white-sailed ship turned its prow west and west. On uncharted seas, with an eternity of water ahead, he remembered his dream, and answered “Sail on!” to the discouraged mate, until he landed on the unknown shores of a most wonderful new world. Michael Angelo dreamed a thousand dreams and sleeping marble awoke and smiled. Hudson and Fulton dreamed, and steamboats “run over and under the seas.”
The Pilgrim Fathers dreamed, and America, the “marvel of nations” with banners the skies with the stars and stripes. Marcus Whitman and Lewis and Clarke dreamed long and hard of the bones of oxen.
Vibration of etheric substance,
And when Man is once fully alive to his own heritage, realizing the wonders and possibilities of his own body, and to provide for its needs, he will assert the divine right within him to be an Ego, a soul, in command of its own temple, and the environments of that temple, and will rejoice in the revealed truth of his own divinity that alone can make him free. The alchemists, seers, and astrologians of all ages have wrestled with this problem in their ceaseless endeavors to unravel the great mystery of man’s dominion over flesh.
Whether it be the chemist seeking new compounds, the physiologist searching and testing the fluids of the fearfully and wonderfully made the body of man, or the alchemist probing for the Elixir of Life—the Ichor of the Gods—or the astrologian pulling and adjusting the etheric wires that crisscross the spaces in an earnest desire to make good and sand the statement. “The wise man rules his stars,”—all are seeking to span the awful space that yawns between the neophyte and the Promised Land of immortality in the body, where “in my flesh I shall see God,” and when and where he can truly say with regenerated Job, “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine eye seethe thee.” Man must work out his own salvation.
There are twelve inorganic mineral cell-salts in the human body, and these minerals (stones n the temple) correspond in vibration to the twelve signs of the Zodiac.
Not through quarantine, nor disinfectants, nor boards of health, will man reach the long-sought plane of physical well-being; nor by denials of disease will bodily regeneration be wrought; nor by dieting or fasting or “Fletcherizing” or suggesting, will the Elxir of Life and the Philosopher’s Stone be found. The Mercury of the Sages and the “hidden manna” are not constituents of health foods.
Vitamins of salt baths and massages are bald before their time, and the alcohol, steam and Turkish bath fiends die young. Only when man’s body is made chemically perfect will the mind be able perfectly to express itself.
And the secret of this chemical perfectionment is the sum total of the requirement involved in this zodiacal Bible. The rock – Peter, or Petra – must be perfectly formed before the etheric wires which span the gulf between birth forward to the sidereal point of conception can vibrate in such harmony as to sustain the traveler on this “magic bridge of three piers,” or the three zodiacal signs through which the material body must successfully function before it may hope to lift the veil of Isis.
The Tree of Life, a symbol of physical regenesis, has been exploited in song, drama, and story. Paracelsus, Pythagoras, Lycurgus, Valentin, Wagner, and a long and unbroken line of the Illuminati, from time immemorial have chanted their epics in unison with this “riddle of the Sphinx,” across the scroll of which is written, “Solve me, or die.”