After   Christian   Rosenkreutz   falls   asleep,   his   good Angel   sends   him   a   vision,   which   completely   explains   his   present situation. In the vision, he appears to be shackled in chains and trapped in a high dungeon. It is pitch dark without the slightest sliver of light. With   him   are   many   others,   also   shackled   in   chains   and   constantly   twisting   and   turning   between   their   fellow prisoners. In   the   darkness,   each   pushes   his   or   her   neighbors   away   as   they attempt   to   rise   above   the   milieu,   but   to   no   avail   as   it   is   impossible for anyone to reach the top of the dungeon. Another   factor   the   prisoners   have   to   contend   with   is   that   because they   are   all   the   same   in   substance,   they   can   only   perceive   each   other through touch and sound. In   “this   dungeon   of   blindness”,   the   great   swarming   mob   of   people squirms together like a bunch of grapes. The    scene    symbolizes    the    souls    of    the    prisoners    struggling    to overcome   the   physical   limitations   of   the   senses.   In   the   midst   is Rosenkreutz,   feeling   cramped   and   distressed   as   his   soul   tries   to   free itself from the experience of the senses. The   forces   of   life   and   growth   however,   although   binding   the   soul   to the body, do not give consciousness. Consciousness   arises   as   man   accepts   the   forces   of   old   age   and   death, which are symbolically portrayed in the story as the “ice-grey man.” Only    he    that    is    aware    of    these    forces–    hidden    behind    age–    can partake in the vision of the spiritual world. It   is   interesting   that   the   prisoners,   who   are   heaving   and   struggling with   one   another   in   the   depth   of   the   dungeon,   are   ready   to   help   those less    fortunate    when    they    have    attained    the    next    higher    state    of consciousness, which is symbolized by their escape. Here Christian Rosenkreutz also represents the present chaotic society of individuals, where everyone is out to attain as high a position as possible, even at the expense of others. It is important to note that without exception, all are equals. There is not the slightest distinction between them. They are all sparks of the Divine Fire chained to their existence in absolute darkness. Even   Rosenkreutz   is   one   of   them. All   the   prisoners   are   miserable   because   they   lack   the   light   of   understanding   that unbeknownst to them, is the cause of their misery. Accordingly, because they recognize the mayhem, but not the cause, there is much conflict between them. As a consequence, they react together in the most violent way, struggling against each other. Moreover, they make the fiercest reproaches condemning each other’s behaviour and actions. This image is of course appropriate. How   many   groups   –   religious,   social,   cultural   or   political   –   feel   that   they   are   the   best   and   deserve   to   take   the highest place? Yet, as they are all equal, all will continue to fight in this symbolical dungeon. What   takes   place   beyond   the   dungeon   is   not   talked   about,   because   they   do   not   know   that   anything   exists   outside   of the walls. Yet,   while   the   shouting   and   squabbling   continues,   the   prisoners   suddenly   hear   the   sounds   of   trumpets   and   drums. Although,   amongst   the   teeming   mass,   nothing   changes   and   all   who   are   in   tribulation   act   the   same   way,   the tribulation creates a certain kind of exhaustion in the struggle. Consequently,   their   passion   decreases   resulting   in   a   bit   more   sensitivity   entering   the   occupants   of   the   dungeon,   and finally creates a sense for the other Life Field. This   change   is   not   because   of   insight,   but   instead   the   result   of   exhaustion   and   sensitivity. An   important   point   here is   that   anyone   interested   in   the   Gnosis   is   only   different   from   others,   because   of   his   or   her   higher   sensitivity,   which arises through the events in their lives. Returning   to   the   text,   we   then   hear   that   the   hatch   or   lid   of   the   dungeon   is   pushed   away,   allowing   for   a   little   light   to shine into the “tower of blindness.” As   the   new   light   is   reflected,   through   either   a   sincere   desire   or   a   strong   bitterness,   there   is   a   much   greater sensitivity.   Everyone   is   trying   once   again   to   climb   up,   including   Christian   Rosenkreutz,   who   is   also   struggling upwards despite his heavy chains. This   is   because   the   blood   can   be   cleaned   in   seven   different   ways,   according   to   the   cultural   direction   from   which one   originates.   Indeed,   Christian   Rosenkreutz   and   all   of   us   in   the   West   belong   to   the   group   that   can   only   be   freed by the sixth pull. These possibilities are symbolized by the lowering of a cord or rope into the dungeon, which is then “pulled” up. Rosenkreutz   pulls   himself   up   on   a   rock   that   was   sticking   out   of   the   wall,   which   symbolically   means   that   the sensitivity to the gnostic light pushes him onwards. This   is   not   necessarily   caused   by   moral   improvement   or   by   individual   character.   Rather,   it   is   simply   through overall   exhaustion   from   the   gruelling   battle   in   the   darkness   of   existence.   We   can   interpret   this   to   mean   that   it   is   not enough   to   make   a   change   in   character   or   moral   development,   which   although   necessary   for   creating   sensitivity, nobody is released through just this. Something   else   is   needed   to   remove   the   chains   they   are   all   still   attached   to.   Even   Christian   Rosenkreutz,   who received   the   sign   in   his   heart,   is   not   elevated   above   the   others.   The   only   thing   that   distinguishes   him   from   the others is his striving, his efforts aimed at the new gnostic life field. The sign that he has previously received is a certificate of admission to the path, not on merit, but out of grace. The   character   of   his   heart   is   the   sign   that   Rosenkreutz   is   using   to   loosen   the   ties   he   has   had   with   the   dialectical world. 3)   Furthermore, based on this orientation the candidate can now begin the great work. This   great   work   may   be   understood   as   the   preparation   of   the   individual   to   be   liberated   from   the   life   of   our   dialectic world   by   the   gnostic   field.   In   addition,   during   regular   periods   those   who   have   attained   a   higher-level   attempt   to reach out to those below who have become sensitive to the higher field of life. Such attempts are regularly made. They often take shape in the form of new spiritual paths. These   new   spiritual   paths   could   for   example   mean   the   following   groups   like   the   Essenes,   the   early   Christians,   the followers of Mithras, the Albigenses or the Cathars, and finally in our times, the true Rosicrucians. There are seven possibilities to be freed from the dungeon. The   cords   being   lowered   by   the   brotherhood   to   help   the   “prisoners”   are   not   lowered   once   into   the   dark   dungeon, but   continually.   Rosenkreutz   can   only   grasp   the   cord   the   sixth   time   it   is   lowered.   As   stated,   it   only   comes   to   him then   because   he   belongs   to   the   sixth   direction,   and   therefore   the   sixth   pull.   However,   more   importantly,   his   release is possible at this time because he has placed himself on a stone protruding from the dungeon wall. For him, this stone represents the solid foundation of his belief in Jesus Christ, or the cornerstone. The first five times that the cord was lowered gave only a slight yield. This   is   because   these   groups   were   bound   to   a   very   natural   life   and   attached   great   value   to   property   and   progress and only improving the material world: very few are open to the new astral field. Their   hands   are   too   weak   and   their   heavy   chains   weigh   too   much,   and   for   those   who   attach   so   much   value   to matter, their hands are torn from their arms. Rosenkreutz   feels   pity,   because   they   deprive   themselves   of   any   possibility   of   liberation.   Nevertheless,   even   these will eventually be offered a chance, because all are given equal opportunities. When   Christian   Rosenkreutz   is   pulled   up   with   the   sixth   rope,   on   the   way   up   he   receives   a   head   injury   from   a   sharp stone in the wall. Yet,   it   is   only   when   he   stands   on   the   top   of   the   dungeon,   helping   to   pull   up   the   seventh   cord   that   he   notices   the drops   of   blood   falling   from   his   head   onto   his   garment.   In   the   story,   the   head   wound   means   that   he   is   released   from the spell of a dialectical or dualistic way of life. The blood that carried his dialectic life is in effect flowing out of him. When   the   seventh   rope   is   retrieved,   the   dungeon   is   once   again   closed   and   all   light   is   absorbed   in   the   total   darkness. From   this,   we   see   that   the   activity   of   saving   humanity   performed   by   the   fraternity   is   not   constant,   but   manifests itself in periods. The aforementioned periods have a beginning and an end. Humanity   must   therefore   seize   the   opportunity   when   one   is   ready   and   not   be   asleep   during   the   spiritual   elevation. Indeed,   in   the   fifth   cultural   epoch   only   a   few   have   managed   to,   metaphorically   grab   the   rope   and   be   retrieved. Rosenkreutz even writes that the fifth rope was pulled up completely empty. Let us remind ourselves that this is our time. 3)     Dialectic   world   is   meant   as   the   totality   of   opposing   forces   that   are   fundamental   to   our   world,   such   as   Love   versus Hatred, Peace versus War, and Individuality versus Conformity etc, etc
Illustration by Johfra Brochard
Reflection on the dream I of Christian Rosenkreutz