When the psychologist of the future employs all the available sciences at his disposal and, at the same time, lays the emphasis upon those sciences which deal with the subjective man and not so predominantly with the objective man (though that should NOT be omitted) we shall then have a fundamental change in the handling of the human problem. The psychologist will then employ:
1. The modern exoteric science of psychology, with its emphasis upon the equipment, upon the glands and their effects, upon dreams and their occasional effect, upon instinctual behavior (which is largely a reaction of the physical body) and upon all the latest conclusions of the investigating material scientists the world over.
2. Esoteric psychology, such as is embodied in this Treatise on the Seven Rays. This indicates the types of energy and the forces which govern, control and determine the varying aspects of the average man's equipment, and condition his consciousness.
3. Astrology, with its indications (little realized as yet) of a man's place "in the sun", and in the general scheme of things. These relate him to the planetary whole and give much information anent the time factors, which govern every individual, little as he may think it.
The astrology with which we are here concerned does not deal with the expression of the personality. It is the planetary and racial astrology which Those who work on the inner side, know to be of deep significance. It is the astrology of discipleship and the relation of the stars to the activities of the soul which They regard of importance. It is the astrology of initiation with which They are most profoundly concerned. Though the time is not yet, we shall some day be able to cast the horoscope of the soul, and make more clear to the awakening human being the way that he should go. Of this more anon.
As the relationships of the different aspects of a man's manifested life appear, his seven centers are related to the seven qualities which embody a man's essential divinity. The following is therefore of interest:
1. The head center Monad. Life. First aspect.
2. The heart center Soul. Consciousness. Second aspect.
3. The ajna center Personality. Substance. Third aspect.
These are the three major centers for the advanced man.
4. The throat center Mind. The mental aspect and energy.
5. The solar plexus center Emotion. The astral aspect & energy center.
6. The sacral center Physical.
7. The center at the base of the
spine Life itself. Monadic center.
The latter center is only awakened in its true and final sense at the third initiation. As was earlier stated, the etheric body is related to the monad and is the exteriorization of the life aspect. It is the etheric body, with all its seven centers, which is swept into activity when the basic center is awakened and the kundalini fire is aroused. Frequently when a student is under the impression that the kundalini fire has been aroused in him, all that has really happened is that the energy of the sacral center is being transmuted and raised to the throat, or that the energy of the solar plexus center is being raised to the heart. Aspirants love to play with the idea that they have succeeded in arousing the kundalini fire. Many advanced occultists have mistaken the raising of the sacral fire or of the solar plexus force to a position above the diaphragm for the "lifting of the kundalini" and have therefore regarded themselves or others as initiates. Their sincerity has been real and their mistake an easy one to make. C.W. Leadbeater frequently made this mistake, yet of his sincerity and of his point of attainment there is no question.
I wonder if the students have any idea how the ideals I seek to bring to their attention could illumine their lives if they took them into their "brooding consciousness" for the space even of a month. This aspect of consciousness is the correspondence in the soul body to the mother aspect, as it broods over guards and eventually brings to the birth the Christ aspect. Lives are changed primarily by reflection. Qualities are developed by directed conscious thought; characteristics are unfolded by brooding consideration.
Two important stages in the life of the man take place during the evolutionary process: First: The stage wherein there comes the first great fusion or "assertion of control" by the soul. At this time the ajna center comes alive. This stage precedes a man's passing on to the Probationary Path and is the stage which distinguishes the average man and woman at this time in the world.
Second: The stage wherein there comes a more definite spiritual awakening. At this time the center at the base of the spine comes into rapport—through its circulating life—with all the centers in the etheric body. This step precedes what is called initiation and signalizes the arousing into activity of the central focus of power at the heart of each of the chakras or etheric lotuses. In all the previous stages, it has been the petals of the various lotuses, chakras or vortices of force which have come into increased motion. At this later stage, the "hub" of the wheel, the "point in the center" or the "heart of the lotus" comes into dynamic action and the whole inner force-body becomes related in all its parts and begins to function harmoniously.
This is of value to remember and upon this the teaching of esoteric psychology is based. We have therefore, three stages of activity spread over a long evolutionary cycle and differing according to ray and to the karmic conditions engendered.
1. The stage of being alive. This is the earliest stage wherein the man functions as an elementary human being. During this period all the centers are necessarily active in a slow and rhythmic way. All have a light in them, but it is feeble. All have the three petals (not more) functioning and this the clairvoyant can see. As time goes on all the petals in the centers below the diaphragm become active, but they are not dynamic in the essential sense, nor are they brilliant focal points of light.
2. The stage of the first fusion as related above. Then all the centers have their petals vibrant. They are, at the same time, conditioned by the fact as to whether the drive of the life is above or below the diaphragm; the nature of the particular ray energy; the stage already reached upon the evolutionary way; the type of physical mechanism, which is itself conditioned by the karma of the person and the field of service chosen in any one life; the quality of the aspiration and many other factors.
3. The stage of the second fusion, in which the initiate expresses himself through all the centers and in which both the group of petals, and the central point of energy are fully and dynamically alive.
Christ symbolically expressed these three stages for us at the Birth experience, the Transfiguration enlightenment, and the Ascension liberation. In summarizing, it might be said: 1. At the stage of individualization
a. The centers throughout the body awaken and begin to function faintly.
b. The centers below the diaphragm receive the major impact and effect of the incoming life.
c. Three of the petals in all centers are "awake" and demonstrate activity, quality and light.
At the stage of intellection wherein a man is a self-conscious, self-directed being, and a definite personality:
a. All the petals in all the centers are awake, but the central focal point of each center is quiescent. It glows with a faint light, but there is no true activity.
b. The centers above the diaphragm, with the exception of the ajna and head centers, are receptive to impact and inflow of life.
At the stage of discipleship, when the individuality and the personality are beginning to merge,
a. The two head centers are becoming increasingly active.
b. The petals are all vibrant and the dynamic life of the soul is beginning to sweep the center of the lotus into activity.
c. The light of the petals in the centers below the diaphragm is beginning to dim, but the center of the lotus is becoming more and more brilliant.
All the above process takes much time, and it includes the Path of Probation or Purification and the Path of Discipleship.
At the stage of initiation when complete at-one-ment is established.
a. The four centers above the diaphragm become dominantly active.
b. The center at the base of the spine comes into awakened activity and the three fires of the matter aspect, of the soul, and of the spirit merge and blend.
c. All the centers in the body of the initiate can be intensified electrically at will and used simultaneously or one at a time, according to the demand and the need which must be met by the initiate.
All the above takes place progressively upon the Path of Initiation. This same truth can also be expressed in terms of the rays:
At the stage of Individualization, the rays governing the physical and emotional bodies are dominant. The soul ray is scarcely felt and only flickers with a dim light at the heart of each lotus.
At the stage of Intellection, the ray of the mental body comes into activity. This second process is itself divided into two stages:
1. That in which the lower concrete mind is developing.
2. That in which the man becomes an integrated, coordinated person.
At each of these latter two stages, the rays of the lower nature become increasingly powerful. Self-consciousness is developed. The personality becomes clearer and clearer. The 3 elementals of the lower nature, the force of the "three lunar Lords" come steadily under the control of the ray of the personality.