Book Review - The Sanctuary of Self - September 30, 2022 - Virutal Event

September 30, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Location: Online 4:00 pm PDT
Website or Map: https://rosicrucian.org/

Online 4:00 pm PDT

Event Description

You are cordially invited to join us in reading and discussing one of our foundational Rosicrucian texts, The Sanctuary of Self by Ralph M. Lewis. 

This evening we will be continuing our journey into the wisdom of Part Two: The Technique as we discuss Chapter Twelve: The Nature of Prayer.

Here are the questions: 

  1. Author Ralph M. Lewis begins the chapter by describing the nature of prayer as a “petition.” Describe what he means by this term—for instance, why might the prayer be voiced out loud rather than silently? Also, he suggests that we often seek to petition to “something or someone” outside of ourselves. Explain.
  2. In cultures that accept a plurality of gods or the notion of a “power vaster than” oneself, what might the petitioner do aside from prayer to make sure the request is heard or answered? What does the author claim is often notpart of the consideration of the petitioner in attempting to please such a deity?
  3. What is meant by the term “anthropomorphic” as a description of the Divine?
  4. The author also refers to a rather primitive type of competition among priests or persons who style themselves as being skilled at best invoking the favor of a deity. Do you think that such a competition still exists among various religions today?
  5. Another type of prayer that the author describes as doomed to failure involves asking for something that the petitioner feels is “morally good or right” but contrary to natural law or Cosmic order. The author gives the example of asking “God to stop a war.” Explain why such a petition is likely doomed to fail and the thinking behind it. What further examples does the author offer that may lead to atheism?
  6. The author contrasts the mystic’s conception of prayer. How does it differ in terms of results and also in method?
  7. Why do mystics not ask for special blessings to be conferred upon themselves? 
  8. What is a more likely request or petition if the mystic discovers that certain desires are limited, unworthy, or improper due to self-evaluation and knowing one’s own objective limitations?
  9. A fundamental point made in this chapter concerns the mystical realization that we direct our prayers inwardly rather than outwardly. Describe what takes place, according to the author, and why such “Cosmic Attunement” is the sure-wise method of receiving an answer?
  10. Why do mystics feel that prayer is satisfying rather than disappointing if the petition is unfulfilled? What then is a primary character trait that mystics should aim to cultivate?
  11. The author describes three types of prayers: confession, intercession, and gratitude.  How do these three differ and which of the three is most commonly used by the practicing mystic?
  12. The author offers a petition at the end of the chapter that embodies all aspects of mystical prayer. It is a variation on the invocation that we use to enter the Celestial Sanctum. Have you ever thought of this invocation as a prayer? Can you offer any further examples of prayers or petitions that you find particularly helpful as a student of mysticism?

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