We shall attempt to discover the diseases and difficulties incident to the energy stimulation or the lack of stimulation of the centers and so arrive at some of the effects which this energy inflow and conflict with forces will produce.
3. The Throat Center. This center is found at the back of the neck, reaching up into the medulla oblongata, thus involving the carotid gland, and down towards the shoulder blades. It is an exceedingly powerful and well developed center where average humanity is concerned. It is interesting to note in this connection that
a. The throat center is ruled by Saturn just as the two head centers are ruled respectively by Uranus (ruling the Head center) and Mercury (ruling the AJNA center). This is only where the disciple is concerned. The rulership changes after the third initiation or before the first. These three planets constitute a most interesting triangle of forces and in the following triplicities and their inevitable inter-relations you have—again only in the case of disciples—a most amazing picture story or symbol of the ninefold of initiation:
1. The head center
The ajna center
The throat center
2. The third eye
The right eye
The left eye
3. The pineal gland
The Pituitary body
The carotid gland
Thus presenting the mechanism through which the Spiritual Triad, the soul and the personality work.(you will notice that the energies always express through TRIANGLES. Mdb)
Page 152 b. This center is related to the first initiation. It has been achieved by the vast majority of men who are at this time the aspirants and the probationary disciples of the world. (Technically speaking, the first major initiation from the hierarchical angle is the third. The first initiation is regarded by the Masters as signifying admission to the Path. It is called an initiation by humanity, because in Lemurian days, it was then the first initiation, signifying entrance into complete physical control) It is the organ for the distribution of creative energy, of the energy of the third aspect by souls at the above point of evolution. There are three centers which are the major expression of the third ray or aspect at certain differing stages of development:
1. The sacral center for the undeveloped and the average man.
2. The throat center for the aspirant and probationary disciple.
3. The ajna center for disciples and initiates.
Here again you have a great triplicity of energies containing great potencies today, owing to the fact that the expression of the third aspect of active intelligence has reached such heights through human development and consciousness.
Pg. 153. c. It is related to the personality by the creative thread, to the soul by the thread of consciousness, and to the monad, by the LIFE thread or SUTRATMA. It is not related to any of the divine aspects by the antaskarana because that thread which links monad and personality directly (and finally independent of the soul) simply anchors the monadic expression of life in the head, at the head center. Life, consciousness and form (These are the 3 aspects of divinity, 1st, 2nd and 3rd .or Father, Son, Holy Spirit manifesting in every atom, human or god. The antaskarana is the bridge between lower mind and higher mind. Mdb) The AJNA center only comes into creative activity when the antaskarana has been built. The BUILDING of the antaskarana ONLY becomes possible when the creative life of the aspirant shifts from the sacral (sex) center into the throat center and is becoming factual and expressive.
d. It is the center through which the INTELLIGENCE ASPECT of humanity focuses creatively. It is therefore the center through which the creative energy of that great planetary center called Humanity flows. The three major planetary centers are Shamballa, Hierarchy and Humanity. (It represents the head, heart & throat centers. mdb).
Pgs.154-155 e. The THROAT center is the organ specifically of the creative WORD. It registers the intention or creative purpose of the soul, transmitted to it by the inflow of energy from the ajna center. The fusion of the two energies will lead to some type of creative activity. This is the HIGHER correspondence to the creativity of the SACRAL center. In that center the negative and positive creative energies are embodied in the separate male and female organisms and are brought into relation in an act of creation.
f. The dense physical externalization of the throat center is the THYROID gland. This gland is of supreme importance in the well being of the average human being. Its purpose is to guard health, to balance the bodily equilibrium in certain important aspects of the physical nature. It symbolizes the THIRD aspect of intelligence and of substance impregnated with mind. It is in reality connected with the Holy Ghost, or the third divine aspect in manifestation, "overshadowing" the Mother, the Virgin Mary. The parathyroids are symbolic of Mary and Joseph and the relation they hold to the overshadowing Holy Ghost. It will be eventually determined that there is a close physiological relation existing between the thyroid and the pineal glands and between the parathyroids and the two lobes of the pituitary body,thus bringing into one related system the entire area of the throat and of the head.
g. Just as the HEAD symbolizes the essentially DUALISTIC NATURE of the manifested God, so the throat center symbolizes the TRIPLE nature of the divine expression. The three great energies which are brought into play during the divine creative activity are unified in activity by the full expression of the energy flowing through the throat center, through the apparatus of speech and the two lungs. You have in this relation: LIFE or Breath, the Word or the SOUL, and the throat center of SUBSTANCE in activity.
h. This lotus of the throat is inverted in the early stages of evolution. Its petals reach out towards the shoulders and include the two lungs or parts of them. During the life cycle of the soul, it slowly reverses itself, and its petals then reach out towards the two ears and include the medulla oblongata and the carotid gland. This gland is more related to the thyroid gland than it is to the two other glands in the head. (chakras have the appearance of a lotus with petals. Mdb)
Pg. 156 Thus it will be apparent how whole areas of the physical organism can be brought into correct functioning, can be vitalized and kept in good condition by the activity of the center nearest to the area of the body under consideration. It will also be apparent to you that deficiency and disease can result from the INACTIVITY of a center.
4. The Heart Center. This is located between the shoulder blades and is receiving the most attention from Those Who are responsible for the unfoldment of the human consciousness. It might be truly said, brother of mine, that the rapid unfoldment of this lotus is one of the reasons why the world war could not be avoided. In one sense, it was a necessary happening (given the blind SELFISHNESS of the bulk of humanity) because it had become necessary to do away with all the old forms of government, of religion and of the crystallized social order. Humanity has now reached a point of group awareness of GROUP interplay of a deeply spiritual kind, and new forms were required through which this new spirit could function more adequately.
a. The heart center corresponds to the "heart of the Sun", and therefore to the spiritual source of light and love.
b. It is brought into functioning activity after the second initiation. That initiation marks the completion of the process whereby the emotional nature with its outstanding quality of desire, is brought under soul control, and the desire of the personal self has been transmuted into love. It is the organ for the distribution of hierarchical energy, poured out via the soul into the heart center of all aspirants, disciples and initiates. In this way this energy is made available and brings about two results:
PG. 157 1. The regeneration of humanity through love.
2. The relationship, between a rapidly developing humanity and Hierarchy. In this way, two great planetary centers: the Hierarchy & Humanity, are brought into a close relationship.
Upon the unfoldment of the heart center, and on an intelligent relation of mankind to the Hierarchy, all disciples are asked at this time (the book was written around 1947.Mdb) to ponder for as a "man thinketh in his heart, so is he." Thinking in the heart becomes truly possible only when the mental faculties have been adequately developed and have reached a fairly high stage of unfoldment. Feeling in the heart is often confused with thinking. The ability to THINK IN THE HEART is the result of the process of TRANSMUTING DESIRE into LOVE during the task of elevating the forces of the solar plexus into the heart center. Heart thinking is also one of the indications that the higher aspects of the heart center, the 12 petalled lotus found at the very center of the thousand-petalled lotus, has reached a point of real activity. It gives us the first faint indications, likewise, of the state of being which is characteristic of the monad and which cannot be called consciousness—as we understand the term.
c. The heart center becomes essentially related to the personality when the process of ALIGNMENT with the soul is being mastered. It is that procedure distinguished by right orientation, concentration and meditation, which relates the personality to the soul, and thus to the Hierarchy. Relationship to the Hierarchy automatically takes place as this alignment goes forward and direct soul contact is thereby established. Personality consciousness is superseded by GROUP consciousness, and the inflow of hierarchical energy follows as a natural consequence. It is this established relationship that brings about the final destruction of the SOUL body or CAUSAL body as the relationship reaches its highest point of intensified recognition. (this is at the 4th initiation. mdb)
d. It is that center through the medium of which the Hierarchy works. It is also the agent of the soul. When I here use the word "SOUL" I refer not only to the individual soul of man but to the soul also of the planetary Logos, both of which are the result of the union of spirit and matter, of the Father aspect and the Mother aspect. This is a great mystery which only initiation can reveal.
e. The heart center registers the energy of love. When the antaskarana has been finally constructed, the three aspects of the Spiritual TRIAD will each find a point of contact within the etheric mechanism of the initiate. The initiate is now a fusion of soul and personality through which the full life of the monad can be poured.