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Cosmic Consciousness

With cosmic knowledge as a foundation you can meet all problems with a clarity of vision to conquer them with intelligent action and decision.

People consider the Golden Rule just an ideal for practice in close family and social relations, but not for business dealings. Jesus said, Love ye one another, and Do ye unto one another as ye would have them do unto you, but few since that day have known what He meant, or have practiced it in their daily lives.

The way to gradually attain cosmic consciousness is to intensify ones conscious awareness by much aloneness and companionship with God while manifesting Him in every moment and in every task of life.

Moment-by-moment companionship with God brings with it so great a realization of Oneness with Him that the transformation into that full realization of unity is apt to take place at any time.

The deterrent to cosmic consciousness is the feeling that God is far away instead of being within, and that we can reach that far away God only through sources outside of ourselves.

(The Dawn of a New Nay in Human Relations, Address by Walter Russell, May 19, 1951)


Since he experienced Illumination during 39 days and nights in May and June of 1921, Walter Russell was very much concerned with the development of a cosmic consciousness of as many people as possible. To this end, he and his wife Lao Russell developed the Home Study Course in Cosmic Consciousness and founded the still existing private University of Science and Philosophy.


The Evil

The first and most conspicuous effect of Illumination into full Cosmic Consciousness is ones awareness of the utter absence of evil, sin, or shame. There is no thought of such an unbalanced condition while in the one ecstatic condition of perfect balance, which the Light of love is.

That which Man calls evil, sin, or shame or any of its attributes, such as anger, jealousy, worry, fear, cruelty, lust, or the greeds which lead to murders and wars are unbalanced conditions created by Man who has not yet learned the law love, which demands equal interchange between all opposite conditions in all human relations.

Man, himself, has manufactured evil, sin, and shame because of the impossibility of keeping himself in balance due to his greeds, which impel him to take what he wants without giving in order to be regiven. There is no such thing in Nature as evil, sin, or shame. Nature is never unbalanced. The heavens give light and rains to earth and earth regives equally of her forests, crops, and vapors that replenish the heavens.

That is Natures manifestation of the law of love, which keeps Nature ever in balance.

(Walter and Lao Russell, Home Study Course in Cosmic Consciousness, Unit 2, Lesson 7)



My ability to prove God as a scientific fact and bring Him within the range of mans comprehension through incontrovertible evidence of His controlling Presence in all creating things is the result of having fully experienced that rarest of all spiritual phenomena known as the Illumination into the Light of Cosmic Consciousness, during a thirty-nine day and night period in May and June of 1921.

I will not describe that phenomenon here, for it will be fully described in the following pages, except to say that the seat of sensation becomes completely severed from its centering conscious Mind for intervals, followed by intervals of complete severance, one becomes wholly Mind, the One Mind of God, in which exists all-knowledge, all-power, and all-presence. Relatively few such experiences of illumination have been recorded throughout world history.

Naturally, the entirety of the secrets of Creation were mine to know as a complete and consistent cosmogony, which knowing enabled me to envision the universe as a whole. Underlying the creative process of the universe was a fundamental principle of such simplicity that I felt that I could gather the great scientists of the world together and give them that entire principle of such simplicity that I felt that I could gather the great scientists of the world together and give them that entire principle in a few minutes, for I had been aware that for decades science has been searching for such an underlying principle, which would apply to all phenomena.

(Walter and Lao Russell, Home Study Course in Cosmic Consciousness, Prelude)

Home Study Course in Cosmic Consciousness

The purpose of these lessons is twofold. First, and paramount, is to prepare the layperson who desires personal power and progress through achievement in personal creative expression to attain that end by full understanding of the Cause of all the Effects he produces in order that he may command those effects to his obedience.

With cosmic knowledge as a foundation upon which he can firmly stand to face every problem of his daily life, whether social, domestic, business, health, family, friendships, professional or otherwise, he can meet all problems with a clarity of vision to conquer them with intelligent action and decision instead of complexing his problems because of his inability to fully comprehend their cause.

The secondary purpose is to so thoroughly define and explain this universal illusion, which seems so real to the human senses, and proves to the satisfaction of the most exacting scientists that the entire electric wave universe is but a cosmic cinema picturing a cosmic idea of cause and effect with cosmic projection cameras called wave fields of light. These imaginary cosmic projection cameras of light wave fields are as describable and definable mechanically as the projection machines of their earthly counterparts are describable and definable.

The cosmic cinema is a glorious manifestation of the imaginary thought processes of Gods Mind, but the projected light images of Gods imagining, which seem to move and have life of being in themselves, are but electrically-sensed thought forms of thought imaginings that but constitute a mirage of the reality which they but simulate. This fact will gradually be clarified as these chapters unfold, as will Gods reason for limiting the senses of men in order that he should believe the simulation to be reality.

The solution of the seemingly unfathomable mystery of Creator and Creation fulfills a prophecy made by Sir Oliver Lodge who said, in effect, that if in the coming centuries the great cosmic secret was ever revealed to man, its discovery would not come from the trained scientific Mind but would be the supreme vision of some poet, painter, philosopher, or saint who could see the universe as a whole.

It is my hope that every reader will so clearly comprehend each part of this whole picture of Gods cosmic plan that he or she will envision and comprehend the many parts as One Whole. Those readers who can so strongly see the Oneness of all the seeming many parts of Gods plan may make of their own lives a divine extension of that One and thus become master Creators of their own creating universe.

(Walter and Lao Russell, Home Study Course in Cosmic Consciousness, Prelude)



Beyond the genius is the mystic.

The mystic is one who has attained cosmic consciousness by a complete severance of the seats of consciousness and sensation. He is then almost totally unaware of his body and is totally aware of the Light of God centering him.


Omniscience comes to him in that timeless blinding flash of light which is characteristic of a complete severance. This experience was described in the illumination of St. Paul. Every timeless flash of intense inspiration which comes to any man is a partial illumination, for inspiration is the manner in which new knowledge comes to man from the cosmos.

Of all mystics, Jesus was the outstanding example of all time. He was the only One in all history to have known complete cosmic-conscious unity with God.

The Bible refers to cosmic-conscious experience as the illumination or being in the Light or in the Spirit.
In all history less than forty cases of partial cosmic consciousness are known, and probably not more that three of these anywhere nearly approached the complete state of illumination experienced by the Nazarene.

Cosmic Consciousness is the ultimate goal of all mankind. All will know it before the long journey of man is finished, but there are many in this new age just dawning who are ready for it in part, if not fully.

Many desire it fully, but it is best that it come bit by bit for the complete severance is very dangerous. The ecstasy of this supreme experience is so great that one does not wish to come back. The power of severance of soul from body is within easy accomplishment, but to step back into the body is very difficult.

(Walter Russell, The Secret of Light, pp 27-28)

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