"'I seek to bring the two together. The plan is in my hands. How shall I work? Where lay the emphasis? In the far distance stands the One Who Is. Here at my hand is form, activity, substance and desire. Can I relate these and fashion thus a form for God? Where shall I send my thought, my power the word that I can speak? 'I, at the center, stand, the worker in the field of magic. I know some rules, some magical controls, some Words of Power, some forces which I can direct. What shall I do? Danger there is. The task that I have undertaken is not easy of accomplishment, yet I love power. I love to see the forms emerge, created by my mind and do their work, fulfill the plan and disappear. I can create. The rituals of the Temple of the Lord are known to me. How shall I work? "Love not the work. Let love of God's eternal plan control your life, your mind, your hand, your eye. Work towards the unity of plan and purpose which must find its lasting place on earth. Work with the Plan; focus upon your share in that great work.'
The word goes forth from soul to form: 'Stand in the center of the pentagram, drawn upon that high place in the East within the light which ever shines. From that illumined center work. Leave not the pentagram. Stand steady in the midst. Then draw a line from that which is without to that which is within and see the Plan take form.'"
This great and powerful ray is now coming into manifestation. It brings new energies to man of so potent a nature that the disciples of today must move and work with care. They are literally handling fire. It is the children who are now coming into incarnation who will eventually work more correctly with these new potencies. It is as the disciple realizes the task to be carried out by the 7th ray worker, and appreciates the fact that it is the magical work of producing those forms on earth which will embody the spirit of God each 7th ray disciple will see himself as a relating agent attending to his portion of the task. This, if really grasped will have the effect of producing alignment. The moment that this alignment is achieved, then let the disciple remember that it will mean a tremendous inflow of power of energy from both the aligned points, from both directions converging upon him as he stands in the midway place. It is this fact which always evokes a 7th ray crisis. If the man concerned is materially minded, selfishly ambitious and unloving, the inpouring energy will stimulate the personality nature and he will immediately be warring furiously with all that we mean by the instinctual, psychic, intellectual nature. When all these three are stimulated, the disciple is often for a time swung off the center into a maelstrom of magical work of the lower kind—sex magic and many forms of black magic. He is glamoured by the beauty of his motive and deceived y the acquired potency of his personality.
If, however, he is warned of the danger he will stand steady at the center within the mystical pentagram, and there suffer until the light in the East rises upon his darkness, discovering him still at the midway point. Then comes the revelation of the Plan, for this has ever to be the motivating power of the 7th ray disciple. He works in collaboration with the 2nd and 6th ray disciples. In the field of government he labors, building those forms which will enable the first ray activity to be expressed. In the field of business, he cooperates with the 3rd ray energies and the executives of the Plan. In the field of science, he aids and assists the 5th ray workers. He is the expression of the builder, the creator, bringing into outer manifestation God's Plan. He begins, however, with himself and seeks to bring into expression the plan of his soul in his own setting and worldly situation. It is occultly said that the pentagram is open and a place of danger when the disciple knows not order within his own life and when the ritual of the soul is not imposed and its rhythm not obeyed. The pentagram is closed when order is restored and the ritual of the Master is imposed. The writing goes on to say that "if the disciple enters through the open pentagram, he dies. If he passes over into the closed pentagram, he lives. If he transmutes the pentagram into a ring of fire, he serves the Plan."
THE TECHNIQUES of FUSION and DUALITY
The point which we are to study is the Technique of Fusion, leading, to the emergence (into controlling prominence) of the Ray of the Personality. After a brief study of this we will refer to the Technique of Duality. A study of the Technique of Duality would serve to elucidate the relationship which should exist between the two rays of manifesting energy, which constitute that phenomenal being we call man. Therefore, it will be apparent to you how necessary it will be to deal with these abstruse subjects in the simplest way. Our study of the Techniques of Integration was couched in language quite symbolic. We were there dealing with the relationship of five rays: Those of the personality, of the ego or soul, and of the rays of the three personality vehicles, prior to their integration into a functioning whole. The three words: Integration, fusion and Duality when dealt with in connection with the final stages of the Path of Evolution, are significantly different. For one thing, it might be said that:
1. The Technique of Integration, a sevenfold technique, is applied upon the Path of Probation. The Technique of Fusion is applied upon the Path of Discipleship.
2. The Technique of Duality is applied upon the Path of Initiation.
I am using these terms only in relation to the Aryan Race or Aryan consciousness. That consciousness demonstrates in a two-fold manner as mental power and personality force. It is found at a certain stage in every human being and in every race. The Aryan state of consciousness is one into which all men eventually pass. Integration here refers to the bringing into one field of resultant magnetic activity of five differing types of energy:
1. Physical and emotional sentient energy (2 energies) are brought together and eventually form one expressive force.
2. Physical, emotional-sentient and mental energy (3) are also brought into relationship; one potent vortex of force is then set up which eventually becomes so systematized and integrated that we call its aggregated expression Personality, (4) and in time this aggregate becomes a realized potency and thus completes the four-fold lower man.
3. These four types of energy are then brought into relationship with the ego or soul. This brings then, into play another and higher type of energy expression, and thus the five energies integrate, blend and fuse.
These 5 energies when rightly related to each other, produce one active force center, through which the Monad can work, using the word Monad to express the first differentiation of the One Life, if such a paradoxical phrase can be employed. Its use is only permissible from the standpoint of the personal self, still limited and imprisoned in the "I" consciousness. The Technique of Fusion deals with the production of a close interplay of the five above enumerated aspects of energy which have been, in due time, integrated into a unity. It is really a fusion of the four forces and the one energy. This fusion produces:
1. A demonstration of personality activity when, in response to the Technique of Integration, there is response and interplay between the threefold lower man; a gradual emergence of the dominant note of the lower man which will, in time, indicate the nature of the personality ray; the quality of the personality ray, in its higher aspects, emerges into living expression. Great beauty of character or great forcefulness will then appear.
2. Gradually, the qualities of the personality energy are transmuted into those of the soul and the fusion of the two energies: soul and body, is then complete.
This technique of fusion might be better understood if it were called the Technique of Transmutation, but it must be remembered that the transmutation referred to is not that of bad qualities into good or of bad characteristics into good ones (for this should take place quite definitely upon the Path of Probation) but the transmutation of the higher aspects of the personality ray into those of the soul. When this has been to a great extent carried forward satisfactorily, then the Technique of Duality comes into play—a duality differing greatly from that to which we refer when we speak of the higher and lower selves. It is a duality which is utilized upon the Path of initiation by Those Who Know no sense of separativeness and signifies one wherein the transmuted and purified personality qualities are used by the initiate in the three worlds for the furthering of the Plan. The egoic energies are only brought into play when needed for group benefit and within the confines of the Kingdom of God. We are dealing here with relatively advanced stages of human development. What I have now to say will veil, under simplified phrases, truths which will be apparent to two groups of aspirants:
1. Accepted disciples, who will comprehend the significances of the Technique of fusion.
2. Initiates, who will work with the Technique of Duality.
We are here dealing with the primordial duality of spirit and matter and not with the secondary duality of soul and body. This point is of deep importance. The man who will seek to use the Technique of Fusion is the disciple who is conscious of personality power, owing to the fact that his mind is beginning to dominate his sentient emotional nature, much in the same way as his emotional-sentient nature has, for ages, controlled his physical body. The use of the mind is becoming "second nature" to certain advanced types of men and it is called into play, when they reach this stage, almost automatically. The result is that the integration of the three energies is proceeding fast. The man is definitely oriented to soul contact and knowledge and frequently the mind is itself brought suddenly under the control of the soul. This accounts for the intense difficulty of the life of every disciple at this stage. Several processes are simultaneously going on:
1. The mind factor is steadily becoming more dominant, increasingly clarified and usable.
2. The three aspects of the lower nature are working in closer unity all the time, each growing at the same time in individual potency.
3. The personality ray is making its presence felt and the expressed power of the man is equally increasing.
4. The soul ray is, at times, projecting itself and this produces in the early stages those difficult upsets and turmoils which are usually of a distressing kind.