What makes the Rosicrucian Order different from “New Age” groups
There are many so-called “new-age” groups who are doing excellent work in the advancement of humanity and its realisation of ever higher ideals and standards of behaviour. Many of these groups however, focus on relatively narrow areas of study, usually only a single issue or topic. Some concern themselves exclusively with health and physical well-being, others offer one form or another of spiritual or quasi-spiritual attunement, others focus on the development of psychic powers, whilst others are concerned almost exclusively with the augmentation of one’s mental powers for the attainment of personal prosperity. The Rosicrucian teachings balance the material and the spiritual, constantly striving to demonstrate their interconnectedness and the need for a balance to exist between them. A clear understanding of the natural laws that govern all realms – physical, mental, psychic and spiritual – leads to true prosperity and peace of mind. A significant portion of the teachings cannot be found anywhere else and are exclusively Rosicrucian in origin and practice. The Rosicrucian philosophy has been developed over the centuries from the combined efforts of many great minds. Freedom of thought is encouraged, and there is no specific code of belief or conduct that must be followed. Extremes of inner or outer behaviour or thought are discouraged, for the simple reason that nothing of permanent value ever arises from such extremes. The lessons are structured in a sequential system to provide safe, gradual development. Ancient truths are incorporated into practical, time tested techniques which can be applied immediately in everyday life.
What do the terms mysticism and metaphysics mean
The Encyclopaedia Brittanica defines mysticism as: “a spiritual quest for hidden truth or wisdom, the goal of which is union with the divine or sacred (the transcendent realm).” In simple terms, mysticism can be defined as an experience where one personally knows, through direct experience, the Source of all Being. This source has variously been called God, the Cosmic, the Divine, the Sacred, the One, the Unity and many more besides. The Rosicrucian system presupposes that everyone can have immediate, personal union with God. Everyone has this potential connection available to them and simply needs to find out how to use it. The teachings allow the student to explore the connection without the need for any dogma or any religious beliefs. The Encyclopaedia Brittanica defines metaphysics as: “… a philosophical study whose object is to determine the real nature of things.” Quite literally, from the ancient Greek language it is translated as: “what comes after physics.” Metaphysics therefore deals with matters falling beyond our present understanding of science. It also examines things falling outside the scope of the physical senses; things such as intuition, psychic experiences, spiritual healing, astral travel, etc. Specifically, it deals with a detailed enquiry into how these and other processes work, as well as what their ultimate nature and purpose are. The Rosicrucian teachings incorporate both mysticism and metaphysics as part of its regular curriculum, and explains many subtle details not covered elsewhere.