Ralph M. Lewis
In practical living Illumination follows both Intuition and Idealism. Our intuition helps us to form a series of steps to climb. Each step in turn is an ideal; each ideal is more advanced, and more satisfying to our highest psychic self. An ideal may start with health, with personal well-being. Then it may advance to a consideration of the welfare of others, the service of society and then gradually broaden with greater understanding. The idealism prepares the consciousness for Illumination. [Ralph M. Lewis]
Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth
"As I revealed to you in Letter 1, during the time I received full illumination in the desert, I was shown that 'matter' was not really solid. I was not given to understand exactly how the electrical particles which I termed the 'shimmer of motes' took on the appearance of visible 'matter'. I only knew that these 'motes' were moving at high frequencies of speed within 'GOD MIND' and 'GOD MIND' was therefore universal.
I perceived that 'GOD MIND' was both the creator - and substance - of all things within creation itself. Of this, I was absolutely certain.
I also 'saw' very clearly that human thought, when fraught with conviction or emotion, radically affected this process of materialisation of visible forms.
Therefore the human mind could - and did - interfere with the true intention of 'GOD MIND'." [Christ Returns - Speaks His Truth, Letter 5, page 6]
Walter Russell’s 1921 Illumination of 39 Days and Nights:
In one timeless flash I “knew all things.” All that I have ever written since then are but three dimensional extensions into a universe of time and space. It DID take time to think them into form and write them down but to KNOW all things was timeless. All of my chemical and astronomical charts were made before I knew the names of the elements or of stellar formations.
Illumination into the Light means just that - for it is the Light of all-knowing, or the Light of love, which is manifested by THINKING God's all-knowing into complexities of patterned form.
I instantly, and timelessly, knew the Still Magnetic Light which is the fulcrum of life and power, also I knew the heartbeat of the electric universe which manifests love, life and power in matter.
I also instantly and timelessly knew that the magnetic Light of the God of love was all that is - and that the sensed electric wave universe of motion which simulates love, life and power, had no reality whatsoever. I knew it for what it was - God's thinking - God's imagining - pure illusion-simulation - self-voiding forms thrown on the screen of space to manifest changeless idea by setting it in motion to produce the effect of change.
Thus knowing the universal heartbeat I knew the electric wave, or universal pulse, to which all moving, creating things were geared. Thus knowing the wave and its octave pulse beat in cyclic rhythms which spelled their rhythms out for me always as Zero - One - Two - Three - Four - Zero - Four - Three - Two - One - Zero.
I then knew all cause and comprehended all effect." [Walter Russell, Home Study Course (Unit 2)]
Walter Russell - The Story of My Illumining:
“The Illumination into Cosmic Consciousness is an entirely spiritual experience and is the ultimate goal of all mankind which completes the unfolding of the man idea on earth. All down through man's unfolding it comes gradually to all people. Every inspiring thought which comes to you is a partial Illumination. The geniuses of the world are those who have had the greatest number of spiritual inspirations. Every such inspiration is also a partial Illumination.” [Walter Russell]
Manly Palmer Hall
Illumination does not cleanse men of the evils of their own natures, but comes only to those who have already cleansed themselves by the disciplines of philosophy. There are thousands of metaphysicians who believe that when they get the mystic formula of peace, power, and plenty, their evil dispositions will be cleansed in the twinkling of an eye. The truth of the matter is that their spiritual extensions of consciousness will never arrive until the life itself has been put in order. As the old philosophers have told us, if we desire the spirit of God to come and dwell with us, we must cleanse the temple of all unworthiness and re-dedicate it to the principles of truth and justice." [Manly Palmer Hall, Words to the Wise]
"The first step in the study of the Ancient Wisdom Teachings is not the quest of knowledge but the preparation of self to receive knowledge. This is where most truth seekers make their first mistake. With their eyes turned towards the heavens, they rush ecstatically towards "illumination", only to stumble, like Thales, into the ditch of their own unpreparedness. We know thousands of people who want to be wise but very few of these people seem capable of understanding that before wisdom must come the capacity for wisdom. Illumination is only possible in an organism that has fitted itself for illumination; nor does one so fit himself by hoping, wishing or listening. As an athlete must train himself in order to excel in bodily prowess, so the student of philosophy must put his thoughts, emotions and actions under specialized discipline if he is to develop philosophical strength." [Manly Palmer Hall]