OUR HEARTS DID BURN
"My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue." (Psalms 39:3).
"His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forebearing and I could not stay." (Jer. 20:9).
"And their eyes were opened, and they knew Him; and He vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us by the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures? ... And they told what things were done in the way, and how He was known of them in breaking of bread." (Luke 24:31-35).
"I indeed baptize you with water... but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, (for) he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire." (Matt. 3:11,12).
When the word "pyramid" is analyzed from its Greek roots, we find that its meaning is "the fire-in-the-midst." The original pyramid must have been constructed with some awareness of the nature and function of the fire quality in the constitution of man. The first fires known to man in his outer world were started by bolts of lightening from the heavens. Fire, then, is the Heavenly Light as perceived by man in his immediate environment. It is central to our teaching that there is within every man a Fire, a Light, that is lit from on High. "This was the light that lighteth every man that cometh into the world." (John 1:9).
The Greek legend of Prometheus veils the nature of this fire. Prometheus debated with the high gods, pleading with them to allow him to bestow the fire of Mt. Olympus upon man, for he knew that man's development was dependent upon his having access to the gift of fire. The gods denied his request, and only by his valiant, stealthy efforts was the Olympic fire placed within the reach of man. Prometheus means forethought, or thinking before. This suggests that the fire within man has something to do with his capacity for thinking a thing before it happens; possibly even thinking a thing in order to make it happen. Therefore, it relates directly to the creative power of mind. The disciples who were baptized in fire, according to the Book of Acts, were thereby enabled to prophesy. Aspirants under the discipline of Yogic training find that the capacity to know before, or to be prescient, is acquired as the Kundalini fire rises through the chakric centers.
This fire is manifest in our bodies in the function by which food is burned and transformed into energy. This fire is manifest in the sexual passions which in rightful expression, enable man both to perpetuate his kind (to create in his own image), and to enhance his sense of transcendental being by going beyond himself and sacrificing his separateness through surrending his being to the embrace of another. Thus, the use of sex energy provides a rudimentary and embryonic lesson in Cosmic Consciousness.
Collectively, we are utterly dependent upon the action of the Fire Principle. Our massive movements by automobile, airplane, and ocean liner all depend upon combustion. Our reliance upon electricity is a reliance upon fire. The mechanical predictive capacity of our computer complex thus relies upon the Fire Principle. Prometheus (forethought) brings the fire, and the fire brings forethought — the ability to know in advance; thereby to adapt more efficiently and in a more timely manner.
These, the outer uses of fire energy, are but pale foreshadowings of the power latent in the Indwelling Fire in the body of man. According to the Wisdom Tradition, at the base of the spine there is a fire coiled like a serpent. When sufficiently aroused, the serpent begins to ascend the spiritual body parallel to the spinal column until, as it reaches the crown, one is crowned with His authority as a Son of the Sovereign of the universe. At this stage of high unfoldment, he knows what he is; he experiences for himself the creative power of the universe; he knows that he is the former and shaper of his own destiny. The Psalmist, quoted above, experienced what mystics of all ages have experienced. As he sat in meditation, lifted his thoughts to high truth, the serpent-fire began to awaken and he registered it in his body as physical heat. Students of meditation consistently report a similar experience, though not always aware that this fire is both purifying or burning out the physical and mental dross of past error and energizing the higher divine faculties by igniting their potentiality and transforming it into actuality.
Jeremiah called this fire "Thy Word." Jesus taught that the word is the seed, or sperm, thus linking the idea of the generative power of the physical body with the generative, creative power of the thought-word. When you affirm strong words of Truth, the serpent-fire or creative energy coiled in the spinal center begins to arise and link the thought-form of your word with the cosmic Light. The union of your thought-word or seed with the cosmic Light or Divine Womb, allows the impregnation, conception, and birth of invisible ideas into the visible plane of manifestation.
This Fire Principle is the power which enables the soul to demonstrate immortality. And whenever a mortal soul is touched by an immortal, his perception of his own immortality is heightened. This is the inner meaning of the citation from the Gospel of Luke quoted above. The resurrected Master Jesus encountered two forelorn disciples on the Emmaus Road. He began to explain to them from their own scriptures the Resurrection Principle, so as to condition their conscious minds to the spiritual idea that the True Man is imperishable. The fire of his own words awakened the fire that was suppressed in their own bodies. As he continued to speak, the serpent-fire began to awaken and to rise until finally it burst like a beam of sunlight from behind the cloud to fill their hearts with glowing radiance. Physical sensations of heat accompanied the spiritual manifestation. Their report that their hearts burned within them during this discourse is no mere poetic figure of speech.
They did not know that this stranger was their beloved Christ until "the breaking of the bread." The inner meaning of this is exceedingly complex, but suffice it to say that it is equivalent to the biological breaking of the hymen, the loss of innocence, and emergence into the maturity of the female principle. In other words, when the living seed (word) of God actually penetrates the womb of the subconscious mind, we are no longer lonely virgins, but are married to God and begin to bear His Child.
The Christ-era of man's spiritual evolution involves a universal (Aquarian) outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which is the descent of the Fire Principle from on High to meet and mingle with the awakening, rising Fire Principle within to form a permanent and ecstatic union with Cosmic Reality, Thus, the washing away of external error, symbolized by John's baptism, is superseded by the passionate and productive union with God initiated in Jesus' baptism of his followers "with the Holy Ghost and Fire."
The ancient pyramid of the Egyptians was a temple of the Fire Within for the rare soul willing to undergo its initiations. The new temple of the Golden Pyramid is a place where Jesus can baptize the multitude of His followers with that Holy Spirit and Fire which alone can regenerate humanity, and usher in that total awareness which compels mankind to live in peaceful and creative cooperation, manifesting the presence of God in earthly and tangible forms.