Issues of INTEGRATION
One of the first things which happens when a man has succeeded in healing certain cleavages is the recognition of an immediate sense of well-being and of demand for expression. This in its turn, brings its own problems among which are these:
A sense of power, which makes the man, temporarily at least, selfish, dominant, sure of himself and full of arrogance. He is aware of himself as facing a larger world. This larger sense can bring difficulties. This type of person, is often beautifully motivated, but only succeeds in producing inharmony in his surroundings. These tendencies, when allowed to rule unchecked, can lead to a state of ego-mania, for egomania is outstandingly a problem of integration. All these difficulties can be offset if the man can realize himself as an integral part of a much greater whole. His sense of values will then be adjusted.
A tendency to over-emphasis may also show itself, turning the man into a fanatic, at any rate for a time. Again with the best motives he seeks to drive everyone the way that he has come, failing to recognize the difference in the ray type, point in evolution and heredity. He becomes a source of distress. (this is a vice of the 6th ray personality.mdb)
The over-development of the sense of direction or of vocation, though the two are not identical, for the sense of direction is less definite than the recognition of vocation. Certain aspects of the man are now consciously recognized. The higher of these constantly attracts him. When the gap between the astral and the mind has been bridged, and the man discovers the vast field of mental activity which has opened up he may for a long time become materialistically intellectual and will tune out as far as he can all emotional reactions and psychic sensitivity, glamouring himself with the belief that they are non-existent. He will then work intensively on mental levels. This will prove only a passing matter from the point of vision of the soul; but it can cause psychological problems and create in the man’s perception of life, “blind spots.”
Once the fact of the soul is admitted, we shall see an increasing tendency to leave people to the guidance of their own souls, provided that they understand what is happening to them and can discriminate between the upward surging of the subconscious self into the lighted area of consciousness; the play and recognitions of the immediately conscious self and the downflow of the superconscious self, the soul, carrying inspiration, higher knowledges and intuitions.
I use the term subconscious to signify the entire instinctual life of the form nature and all the unformulated wishes which drive a man into activity, plus the unrecognized desires and the unexpressed ideas which are present. The conscious is limited to that which the man knows himself to have in the present. By super-conscious, I mean those potencies which are available but which are as yet uncontacted and unrecognized and therefore of no immediate use. These are the wisdom, love and abstract idealism which are inherent in the nature of the soul but which never have been a part of the equipment available for use. Just as the instinctual nature is today found largely in the realm of the subconscious, so in due time, the intellectual part of man will be relegated to a similar position and will drop below the threshold of consciousness. The intuition will then take its place. For most people, the free use of the intuition is not possible, because it lies in the realm of the super-conscious. All these movements within the realm of consciousness, from the subconscious to the conscious and from thence to the super-conscious, are essentially crises of integration producing temporary situations, which must be handled. When one becomes aware of the higher aspect of himself and is conscious of its nature, he frequently becomes afflicted with an inferiority complex. This is the reaction of the lower, integrated aspects to the higher one. He experiences a sense of futility. Humanity today has made so much progress that two groups of men are thus powerfully affected.
1. The group which has recognized the need for bridging the cleavage between the emotional nature and the mind and has thus, through their integration, reached the level of intelligence.
2. The group that has already bridged this cleavage and is now aware of a major task which is the bridging of the gap between the personality and the soul.
These groups include a very large number of people at this time. The sense of inferiority is very great and causes many types of difficulty. Another real difficulty is to be found in the case of those who have integrated the entire lower nature and have fused the energies of the personality. All the energies involved in this fusion have quality and the combination of these qualities constitute the character of the person. For a long while after integration has been reached there will be much conflict within the realm of character. First one energy and then another will assert itself and battle for the supremacy.
I posited a hypothetical case giving you the ray energies and reminding you that their fusion is the objective. The subject has fused the personality vehicles, but the major fusion of soul and personality has not been made. Here are the major energies:
Egoic energy is RAY 1. Personality energy is RAY 4; Mental energy is RAY 3; Astral energy is RAY 6 and physical energy is RAY 1. He has a first ray physical body, with a brain dominated and controlled by a third ray mind. This means capacity for intellectual achievement of a very varied kind. He has an emotional nature governed by the sixth ray which can be rapidly swung into fanatical orientations and is easily idealistic. The whole problem is further complicated by the rapidly emerging fourth ray energies of the personality. This means that the personality goal is the achievement of harmony, unity and skill in living through an intensity of conflict, waged within the fourfold field of energy which constitutes the lower self.
You will therefore, have a man who is ambitious for power, but with right motive, because he is truly idealistic. He will fight intelligently to achieve it, but will fight fanatically to bring about these ends because his fourth ray personality and sixth ray astral body will force him to do so, and his first ray body and brain will enable him to put up a strong fight. At the same time, his first ray soul energy is seeking to dominate, and will eventually do so through the medium of the third ray mental energy, influencing the first ray brain. The first result of soul influence will be an intensification of everything in the personality. The trouble will be localized in the mental body or in the brain and can range all the way down from idee fixe and mental crystallization to insanity (if the stimulation becomes unduly powerful or the heredity is not good.) He can express arrogant success in his chosen field of work, which will make him a dominant and unpleasant person, or he can express the fluidity of the third ray mind which will make him a scheming manipulator or a fighter for immense schemes which can never really materialize. I have not considered the tendencies evoked in past lives or his heredity and environment. One of the first studies in this new approach will be to discover:
1. Which rays, major and minor, are conditioning and determining the nature of the man and evoking the quality of his daily life.
2. Which of these 5 energies is the most dominant and through which body or vehicle it is focused.
3. Which of these ray energies is struggling against the imposed dominance, mentioned above. These can be either:
a. Varying aspects of the same energy within their own particular field.
b. Higher energies which are endeavoring to control the lower energies and therefore indicating a cleavage in the man’s nature.
c. The energy of the fusion process itself, which unifies the lower energies into one functioning personality.
d. The adjustment of the bridging process between the two major energies. This will result in the at-one-ment of soul and the personality.
How would the esoteric psychologist deal with the man and what would he do? The subject is cooperating with the psychologist. The answers to the following questions will be the goal of the psychologist’s effort.
1. What are your reasons for wanting to be “straightened out”?
2. What brought this need to your attention?
3. Realizing the nature of the inner constitution of man, in which vehicle is there the need for the bridging process? Where is the point of cleavage? Is this difficult a major or a minor crisis?
4. What are the five ray energies conditioning the subject?
5. How far does the man’s life pattern, his life vocation and his innate coherent desires, coincide with the trend set by the soul ray type of energy; with the personality ray type? With disciples most of the difficulty will be found to lie in this area.
6. In what period did the cleavage make its appearance? Or has an achieved integration brought about the situation? Is this problem one of cleavage, requiring a bridging process? Is it one of integration, requiring right understanding of what has happened?
7. Is the man at the point where he should be integrated as a personality; or developed as a mystic and taught to recognize the higher aspect and its relation to the lower, with a view to their unification, or trained as an occultist and brought mentally to such a state of consciousness that the higher and the lower natures begin to function as one? This involves the blending of the forces of the personality and the energy of the soul and fusing them.
8. What, must be done to make “the lighted area” of the consciousness of such a nature that the subconscious can be “lighted at will by the ray of the mind” and the mind itself can become a searchlight, penetrating into the super-consciousness and thus revealing the nature of the soul? It is in fact the problem of the expansions of consciousness.
To esotericists, this whole problem of the at-one-ment is closely connected with the building of the antahkarana. This name is given to the line of living energy, which links the human aspects and the soul.