We explained that in order to create the Superior Bodies (the Solar Astral, Mental and Causal Bodies), that we have to use the sexual energy (the creative energy of God in us) which is esoterically called Hydrogen SI-12 in Gnosis. Now we are going to explain how the Human Machine develops the Hydrogen SI-12 within our organism (which is related to the Law of Octaves) and how to take advantage of working of the Human Machine in order to extract more energy from it.

Energy and Doing

In the previous class we mentioned that “Magic is Doing” and that right now we are unable ‘to do’ because of all the influences which push us and pull us in different directions. So now lets look at how it is that this happens in the human machine with our Energy.

“We want to ‘do’, but in everything we do we are tied and limited by the amount of energy produced by our organism. Every function, every state, every action, every thought, every emotion, requires a certain definite energy, a certain definite substance.

We have come to the conclusion that we must ‘remember ourselves’. But we can ‘remember ourselves’ only if we have in us the energy for ‘self-remembering’.

We can study something, understand or feel something, only if we have the energy for understanding, feeling, or studying.

What then is a person to do when they begin to realize that they do not have enough energy to attain the aims they have set before themselves?

The answer to this is that every normal person has quite enough energy to begin work on themselves.

It is only necessary to learn how to save the greater part of the energy we possess for useful work instead of wasting it unproductively…”

-Paraphrase from Ch. 9 of In Search of the Miraculous

Energy and the Human Machine

“The human organism represents a chemical factory planned for the possibility of a very large output.

But in the ordinary conditions of life the output of this factory never reaches the full production possible, because only a small part of the machinery is used which produces only that quantity of material necessary to maintain its own existence.

Factory work of this kind is obviously highly wasteful and completely uneconomical.

The factory actually produces nothing —all its machinery, all its elaborate equipment, actually serve no purpose at all, in that it only maintains its own existence with difficulty.

The work of the factory consists in transforming one kind of matter into another, namely, the coarser matters, in the cosmic sense, into finer ones.

The factory receives, as raw material from the outer world, a number of coarse ‘hydrogens’ and transforms them into finer hydrogens by means of a whole series of complicated alchemical processes.

But in the ordinary conditions of life the production by the human factory of the finer ‘hydrogens’, is insufficient and they are all wasted on the existence of the factory itself.

We are particularly interested in these finer ‘hydrogens’ because of their direct relationship to the possibility of higher states of consciousness and the work of the higher centers.

If we could succeed in bringing the production up to its possible maximum we should then begin to save the fine ‘hydrogens’.

Then the whole of the body, all the tissues, all the cells, would become saturated with these fine ‘hydrogens’ which would gradually settle in them, crystallizing in a special way.

This crystallization of the fine ‘hydrogens’ would gradually bring the whole organism onto a higher level, onto a higher plane of being.

This, however, cannot happen in the ordinary conditions of life, because the ‘factory’ expends all that it produces.

‘Learn to separate the fine from the coarse’ this principle from the ‘Emerald Tablets of Hermes Trismegistus’ refers to the work of the human factory, and if a person learns to ‘separate the fine from the coarse’, that is, if they bring the production of the fine ‘hydrogens’ to its possible maximum, then they will (by this very fact) create for themselves the possibility of an inner growth which can be brought about by no other means.

Inner growth, the growth of the inner bodies of the human being, the astral, the mental, and so on, is a material process completely analogous to the growth of the physical body.

In order to grow, a child must have good food, their organism must be in a healthy condition in order to prepare (from this food) the material necessary for the growth of the tissues.

The same thing is necessary for the growth of the ‘astral body’; out of the various kinds of food entering it, the organism must produce the substances necessary for the growth of the ‘astral body’.

Moreover, the ‘astral body’ requires (for its growth) the same substances as those necessary to maintain the physical body, only in much greater quantities.

If the physical organism begins to produce a sufficient quantity of these fine substances and the ‘astral body’ within it becomes formed, then this astral organism will require less of these substances for its maintenance than it required during its growth.

The surplus from these substances can then be used for the formation and growth of the ‘mental body’ which will grow with the help of the same substances that feed the ‘astral body’, but of course the growth of the ‘mental body’ will require more of these substances than the growth and feeding of the ‘astral body’.

The surplus of the substances left over from the feeding of the ‘mental body’ will go to the growth of the causal body.

But in all cases the surplus will have to be very large.

All the fine substances necessary for the growth and feeding of the higher bodies must be produced within the physical organism, and the physical organism is able to produce them provided the human factory is working properly and economically.

All the substances necessary for the maintenance of the life of the organism, for psychic work, for the higher functions of consciousness and the growth of the higher bodies, are produced by the organism from the food which enters it from outside.”

-Paraphrase from Ch. 9 of In Search of the Miraculous

The Nourishment of the Human Machine and the 3 Types of Foods

“The human organism receives three kinds of food:

1. The ordinary food we eat
2. The air we breathe
3. Our impressions

It is not difficult to agree that air is a kind of food for the organism.

But in what way impressions can be food may appear at first difficult to understand.

We must however remember that, with every external impression, whether it takes the form of sound, or vision, or smell, we receive from outside a certain amount of energy, a certain number of vibrations, and this is energy which enters the organism from the outside is kind of food.

Moreover, as has been said before, energy cannot be transmitted without matter.

If an external impression brings external energy with it into the organism it means that external matter also enters which feeds the organism (in the full meaning of the term).

For its normal existence the organism must receive all three kinds of food, that is, physical food, air, and impressions

The organism cannot exist on one or even on two kinds of food, all three are required.

But the relation of these foods to one another and their significance for the organism is not the same.

The organism can exist for a comparatively long time without a supply of fresh physical food.

Cases of starvation are known lasting for over sixty days, when the organism lost none of its vitality and recovered very quickly as soon as it began to take food

Of course starvation of this kind cannot be considered as complete, since in all cases of such artificial starvation people have taken water

Nevertheless, even without water a person can live without food for several days.

Without air they can exist only for a few minutes, not more than two or three, as a rule a person dies after being four minutes without air

Without impressions a person cannot live a single moment.

If the flow of impressions were to be stopped in some way or if the organism were deprived of its capacity for receiving impressions, it would immediately die.

The flow of impressions coming to us from outside is like a driving belt communicating motion to us.

The principal motor for us is nature, the surrounding world.

Nature transmits to us (through our impressions) the energy by which we live and move and have our being

If the inflow of this energy is arrested, our machine will immediately stop working

Thus, of the three kinds of food the most important for us is impressions, although it stands to reason that a human being cannot exist for long on impressions alone

Impressions and air enable a human being to exist a little longer

Impressions, air, and physical food enable the organism to live to the end of its normal term of life and to produce the substances necessary not only for the maintenance of life, but also for the creation and growth of higher bodies.

The process of transforming the substances which enter the organism into finer ones is governed by the law of octaves…”

-Paraphrase from Ch. 9 of In Search of the Miraculous

The Process of Transforming Substances in the Human Factory

“Let us take the human organism in the form of a three-story factory [see Fig.25].

The upper floor of this factory consists of a person’s head; the middle floor, of the chest; and the lower, of the stomach, back, and the lower part of the body.

“Physical food is H 768, or LA, SOL, FA of the third cosmic octave of radiations.

This ‘hydrogen’ enters the lower story of the organism as ‘oxygen’ DO-768.

‘Oxygen’ 768 meets with ‘carbon’ 192 which is present in the organism.

From the union of O 768 and C 192, N 384 is obtained.

N 384 is the next note RE.

‘RE-384 which becomes ‘oxygen’ in the next triad meets with ‘carbon’ 96 in the organism and together with it produces a new ‘nitrogen’ 192 which is the note MI-192.

As it is known from the law of octaves MI cannot pass independently into FA in an ascending octave; an ‘additional shock’ is necessary.

If an ‘additional shock’ is not received the substance MI-192 cannot by itself pass into the full note FA.

At the given place in the organism where MI-192 ought, apparently, to come to a stop there enters the ‘second food’—air, in the form of DO-192, that is, MI, RE, DO of the second cosmic octave of radiations.

The note DO possesses all the necessary semitones, that is, all the energy necessary for the transition to the next note, and it gives as it were a part of its energy to the note MI which has the same density as itself.

The energy of DO gives MI-192 force enough, while uniting with ‘carbon’ 48 already in the organism, to pass into ‘nitrogen’ 96.

‘Nitrogen’ 96 will be the note FA.

FA-96 by uniting with ‘carbon’ 24 present in the organism passes into ‘nitrogen’ 48 —the note SOL.

The note SOL-48 by uniting with ‘carbon’ 12 present in the organism passes into ‘nitrogen’ 24 — LA-24.

LA-24 unites with ‘carbon’ 6 present in the organism and is transformed into ‘nitrogen’ 12, or SI-12.

SI-12 is the highest substance produced in the organism from physical food with the help of the ‘additional shock’ obtained from the air.

DO-192 (air) entering the middle story of the factory in the character of ‘oxygen’ and giving part of its energy to MI-192 unites in its turn at a certain place with ‘carbon’ 48 present in the organism and passes into RE-96.

RE-96 passes into MI-48 with the help of ‘carbon’ 24 and with this the development of the second octave comes to a stop.

For the transition of MI into FA, an ‘additional shock’ is necessary, but at this point nature has not prepared any ‘additional shock’ and the second octave, that is, the air octave, cannot develop further and in the ordinary conditions of life it does not develop further.

The third octave begins with DO-48.

Impressions enter the organism in the form of ‘oxygen’ 48, that is, LA, SOL, FA of the second cosmic octave Sun-Earth.

DO-48 has sufficient energy to pass into the following note but at that place in the organism where DO-48 enters, the ‘carbon’ 12 necessary for this is not present.

At the same time DO-48 does not come into contact with MI-48 so that it can neither itself pass into the next note nor give part of its energy to MI-48.

Under normal conditions, that is, the conditions of normal existence, the production of the fine matters by the factory at this point comes to a stop and the third octave sounds as DO only.”

-Paraphrase from Ch. 9 of In Search of the Miraculous

Self-Remembering and the Transformation of Impressions

The highest substance produced by the factory is SI-12 and for all its higher functions the factory is able to use only this higher matter.

There is, however, a possibility of increasing the output, that is, of enabling the air octave and the impression octave to develop further.

For this purpose it is necessary to create a special kind of ‘artificial shock’ at the point where the beginning of the third octave is arrested.

This means that the ‘artificial shock’ must be applied to the note DO-48.

But what is meant by an ‘artificial shock’? It is connected with the moment of the reception of an impression.

The note DO-48 designates the moment when an impression enters our consciousness.

An ‘artificial shock’ at this point means a certain kind of effort made at the moment of receiving an impression.

It has been explained before that in ordinary conditions of life we do not remember ourselves; we do not remember, that is, we do not feel ourselves, we are not aware of ourselves at the moment of a perception, of an emotion, of a thought or of an action.

If a person understands this and tries to remember themselves, then every impression they receive while remembering themselves will be, so to speak, be doubled.

In an ordinary psychic state we simply look at a street.

But if we remember ourselves, then we do not simply look at the street; we feel that we are looking, as though saying to ourselves: ‘I am looking’.

Instead of one impression of the street there are two impressions,
1. one of the street
2. and another of ourselves looking at it.

This second impression, produced by the fact of our remembering ourselves, is the ‘additional shock’.

[Learn more about the Transformation of Impressions.]

Moreover, it very often happens that the additional sensation connected with self-remembering brings with it an element of emotion, that is, the work of the machine attracts a certain amount of ‘carbon’ 12 to the place in question.

Efforts to remember oneself, observation of oneself at the moment of receiving an impression, observation of one’s impressions at the moment of receiving them, registering, so to speak, the reception of impressions and the simultaneous defining of the impressions received, all this taken together doubles the intensity of the impressions and carries DO-48 to RE-24.

At the same time the effort connected with the transition of one note to another and the passage of 48 itself to 24 enables DO-48 of the third octave to come into contact with MI-48 of the second octave and to give this note the requisite amount of energy necessary for the transition of MI to FA.

In this way the ‘shock’ given to DO 48 extends also to MI 48 and enables the second octave to develop.

MI-48 passes to FA-24; FA-24 passes to SOL-12; SOL-12 passes to LA-6.

LA 6 is the highest matter produced by the organism from air, that is, from the second kind of food.

This however is obtained only by making a conscious effort at the moment an impression is received. (See Fig. 37.) It is necessary to understand what this means.

We all breathe the same air. Apart from the elements known to our science the air contains a great number of substances unknown to science, indefinable for it and inaccessible to its observation. But exact analysis is possible both of the air inhaled and of the air exhaled. This exact analysis shows that although the air inhaled by different people is exactly the same, the air exhaled is quite different.

Let us suppose that the air we breathe is composed of twenty different elements unknown to our science. A certain number of these elements are absorbed by every person when they breathe. Let us suppose that five of these elements are always absorbed. Consequently the air exhaled by every person is composed of fifteen elements; five of them have gone to feeding the organism.

But some people exhale not fifteen but only ten elements, that is to say, they absorb five elements more. These five elements are higher ‘hydrogens’. These higher ‘hydrogens’ are present in every small particle of air ‘we inhale.

By inhaling air we introduce these higher ‘hydrogens’ into ourselves, but if our organism does not know how to extract them out of the particles of air, and retain them, they are exhaled back into the air. If the organism is able to extract and retain them, they remain in it. In this way we all breathe the same air but we extract different substances from it.

Some extract more, others less. In order to extract more, it is necessary to have in our organism a certain quantity of corresponding fine substances. Then the fine substances contained in the organism act like a magnet on the fine substances contained in the inhaled air.

We come again to the old alchemical law: ‘In order to make gold, it is first of all necessary to have a certain quantity of real gold’. ‘If no gold whatever is possessed, there is no means whatever of making it’.

The whole of alchemy is nothing but an allegorical description of the human factory and its work of transforming base metals (coarse substances) into precious ones (fine substances).

We have followed the development of two octaves.

The third octave, that is, the octave of impressions, begins through a conscious effort. DO 48 passes to RE 24; RE 24 passes to MI-12. At this point the development of the octave comes to a stop. (See Fig. 38.)

Now if we examine the result of the development of these three octaves, we shall see that the first octave has reached SI-12, the second la 6, and the third MI-12.

Thus the first and third octaves stop at notes which are unable to pass to the following notes. For the two octaves to develop further, a second conscious shock is needed at a certain point in the machine, a new conscious effort is necessary which will enable the two octaves to continue their development. The nature of this effort demands special study.

From the point of view of the general work of the machine it can be said in general that this effort is connected with the emotional life, that it is a special kind of influence over one’s emotions. But what this kind of influence really is, and how it has to be produced, can be explained only in connection with a general description of the work of the human factory or the human machine.

The practice of not expressing unpleasant emotions, of not ‘identifying’, of not ‘considering inwardly’, is the preparation for the second effort. If we now take the work of the human factory as a whole, we shall be able to see at the moments when the production of fine substances is arrested by what means we can increase the productivity of the factory.

We see that, under ordinary conditions and working with one mechanical ‘shock’ the factory produces a very small quantity of the fine substances, in fact only SI-12. Working with one mechanical and one conscious ‘shock’ the factory now produces a much greater quantity of the fine substances.

Working with two conscious ‘shocks’ the factory will produce a quantity of the fine substances such as, in the course of time, will completely change the character of the factory itself.”

-Paraphrase from Ch. 9 of In Search of the Miraculous

Shocks and the Human Factory

“The three-story factory represents the universe in miniature and is constructed according to the same laws and on the same plan as the whole universe.

In order to understand the analogy between the human organism and the universe, let us take the world as we did before in the form of three octaves from the Absolute to the sun, from the sun to the earth, and from the earth to the moon.

Each of these three octaves lacks a semitone between fa and mi and in each octave the place of this missing semitone is taken by a certain kind of ‘shock’ which is created artificially at the given point.

If we now begin to look for an analogy between the three-story factory and the three octaves of the universe, we ought to realize that the three ‘additional shocks’ in the three octaves of the universe correspond to the three kinds of food entering the human organism.

The ‘shock’ in the lower octave corresponds to physical food; this ‘shock’ is DO-768 of the cosmic three-story factory.

The ‘shock’ in the middle octave corresponds to air. It is DO-192 of the cosmic factory.

The ‘shock’ in the upper octave corresponds to impressions; it is DO-48 of the cosmic factory.

In the inner work of this cosmic three-story factory all three kinds of food undergo the same transformation as in the human factory, on the same plan and in accordance with the same laws.

A further study of the analogy between the human being and the universe is possible only after an exact study of the human machine and after the respective ‘places’ of each of the ‘hydrogens’ in our organism has been established exactly.

This means that to proceed with any further study we must find the exact purpose of each ‘hydrogen,’ that is to say, each ‘hydrogen’ must be defined chemically, psychologically, physiologically, and anatomically, in other words, its functions, its place in the human organism, and, if possible, the peculiar sensations connected with it must be defined.

The study of the work of the human organism as a chemical factory shows us three stages in the evolution of the human machine.

The first stage refers to the work of the human organism as it has been created by nature, that is to say, to the life and functions of human being number one, number two, and number three.

The first octave, that is, the octave of food, develops in a normal way to MI-192. At this point it automatically receives a ‘shock’ from the beginning of the second octave, and its development goes on consecutively to SI-12.

The second octave, that is, the air octave, begins with DO-192 and develops to MI-48 where it stops.

The third octave, that is, the octave of impressions, begins with DO-48 and stops there.

Thus seven notes of the first octave, three notes of the second, and one note of the third octave represent a complete picture of the work of the ‘human factory’ in its first or natural stage.

Nature has provided only one ‘shock’, that is, the ‘shock’ received from the entrance of the second octave which helps MI of the first octave to pass to FA.

But nature did not foresee and did not provide for the second ‘shock’, that is, the ‘shock’ that would help the development of the third octave and thereby enable MI of the second octave to pass to FA.

A person must create this ‘shock’ by his own personal efforts if he desires to increase the output of the fine hydrogens in his organism.

The second stage refers to the work of the human organism when a person creates a conscious volitional ‘shock’ at the point DO-48.

In the first place this volitional ‘shock’ is transmitted to the second octave which develops as far as SOL-12, or even further up to LA-6 and so on, if the work of the organism is sufficiently intense.

The same ‘shock’ also enables the third octave to develop, that is, the octave of impressions which in this event reaches MI-12.

Thus in the second stage of the work of the human organism, we see the full development of the second octave and three notes of the third octave.

The first octave has stopped at the note SI-12, the third at the note MI-12. Neither of these octaves can proceed any further without a fresh ‘shock’.

The nature of this second ‘shock’ cannot be so easily described as the nature of the first volitional ‘shock’ at DO-48. In order to understand the nature of this ‘shock’ it is necessary to understand the meaning of SI-12 and MI-12.

The effort which creates this ‘shock’ must consist in work on the emotions, in the transformation and transmutation of the emotions. This transmutation of the emotions will then help the transmutation of SI-12 in the human organism.”

-Paraphrase from Ch. 9 of In Search of the Miraculous

Serious Growth and the Right Working of the Centers

“No serious growth, that is, no growth of higher bodies within the organism, is possible without this transmutation of the emotions.

The idea of this transmutation was known to many ancient teachings as well as to some comparatively recent ones, such as the alchemy of the Middle Ages. But the alchemists spoke of this transmutation in the allegorical forms of the transformation of base metals into precious ones.

In reality, however, they meant the transformation of coarse ‘hydrogens’ into finer ones in the human organism, chiefly of the transformation of MI-12. If this transformation is attained, a person can be said to have ‘achieved what he was striving for, and it can also be said that, until this transformation is attained, all results attained by a person can be lost because they are not fixed in him in any way; moreover, they are attained only in the spheres of thought and emotion.

Real, objective results can be obtained only after the transmutation of MI-12 has begun. Alchemists who spoke of this transmutation began directly with it. They knew nothing, or at least they said nothing, about the nature of the first volitional ‘shock’. It is upon this, however, that the whole thing depends.

The second volitional ‘shock’ and transmutation become physically possible only after long practice on the first volitional ‘shock’, which consists in self-remembering, and in observing the impressions received.

On the way of the monk and on the way of the fakir work on the second ‘shock’ begins before work on the first ‘shock’, but as MI-12 is created only as a result of the first ‘shock’, work, in the absence of other material, has of necessity to be concentrated on SI-12, and it very often gives quite wrong results.

Right development on the fourth way must begin with the first volitional ‘shock’ and then pass on to the second ‘shock’ at MI-12.

The third stage in the work of the human organism begins when person creates in himself a conscious second volitional ‘shock’ at the point MI-12, when the transformation or transmutation of these ‘hydrogens’ into higher ‘hydrogens’ begins in him.

The second stage and the beginning of the third stage refer to the life and functions of human being number four.

A fairly considerable period of transmutation and crystallization is needed for the transition of human being number four to the level of human being number five.

When the ‘table of hydrogens’ has been sufficiently understood, it shows immediately many new features in the work of the human machine, establishing clearly before anything else the reasons for the differences between the centers and their respective functions.

The centers of the human machine work with different ‘hydrogens’. This constitutes their chief difference.

The center working with a coarser, heavier, denser ‘hydrogen’ works the slower. The center working with light, more mobile ‘hydrogen’ works the quicker.

The thinking or intellectual center is the slowest of all the three centers we have examined up to now. It works with ‘hydrogen’ 48 (according to the third scale of the ‘table of hydrogens’).

The moving center works with ‘hydrogen’ 24. ‘Hydrogen’ 24 is many times quicker and more mobile than ‘hydrogen’ 48. The intellectual center is never able to follow the work of the moving center. We are unable to follow either our own movements or other people’s movements unless they are artificially slowed down.

Still less are we able to follow the work of the inner, the instinctive functions of our organism, the work of the instinctive mind which constitutes, as it were, one side of the moving center.

The emotional center can work with ‘hydrogen’ 12. In reality, however, it very seldom works with this fine ‘hydrogen’. And in the majority of cases its work differs little in intensity and speed from the work of the moving center or the instinctive center.

In order to understand the work of the human machine and its possibilities, one must know that, apart from these three centers and those connected with them, we have two more centers, fully developed and properly functioning, but they are not connected with our usual life nor with the three centers in which we are aware of ourselves.

The existence of these higher centers in us is a greater riddle than the hidden treasure which men who believe in the existence of the mysterious and the miraculous have sought since the remotest times.

All mystical and occult systems recognize the existence of higher forces and capacities in human beings although, in many cases, they admit the existence of these forces and capacities only in the form of possibilities, and speak of the necessity for developing the hidden forces in the human being.”

-Paraphrase from Ch. 9 of In Search of the Miraculous

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