In dealing with these situations certain general premises should eventually be accepted by the man who constitutes the problem case. These same rules can be considered by the man who, without the aid of a trained psychologist, manages to train himself and to bridge his realized cleavages. These basic premises are:
1. That any psychological difficulty is universal and not unique. It is the sense of uniqueness—with its separative tendency and its realized loneliness-which is often the all-engrossing factor. It makes the personality too important. This should be definitely negated.
2. That the crisis faced indicates progress and opportunity. It does not indicate failure. It must be realized by the patient that the race has progressed to its present point in evolution by just such crises. So does the individual human unit progress. In the last analysis, psychological crises are indicative of progressive steps upon the Way, bringing with them the need for effort and at the same time a sense of gain and of freedom when surmounted, and solved.
3. The power to produce the needed integration and to end a cycle of sensed duality lies within the man himself because: His discomfort, pain and distress are symptoms of aspiration, unrealized perhaps but none the less there. They are the reaction of the integrated aspects to that aspect which is seeking integration. The aspect to be integrated is essentially more powerful than the lower waiting aspects, for they are negative or receptive whilst that which should be accepted is positive. Hence the sensed discomfort.
4. That the capacity, innate in that imaginative creature, man, to act “as if”, holds the solution to the problem. By the use of the creative imagination, the bridge between the lower aspect and the higher can be built and constructed. “As a man thinketh, hopeth and willeth” so is he. This is a statement of an immutable fact.
When modern psychologists comprehend the creative purpose of humanity and seek to develop the creative imagination more constructively, and also to train the directional will, much will be accomplished. The development of the sense of fantasy and the training of children to make choices to the end that ordered purpose may emerge in their lives, will be two of the governing ideals of the new education. The sense of fantasy calls into play the imagination, perception of beauty, and the concept of the subjective worlds; the power of choice, with its implications of why and to what end will do much for the race .
These are the basic premises which should emerge in the new techniques which psychology will use when it has reached the point of accepting the above ideas. The process is always the same:
2. A recognition of duality, either subjectively or in the waking consciousness.
3. A period of wild unrest, of frustration leading sometimes to disaster, to forms of nervous or mental breakdown.
4. An intelligently applied bridging process gradually carried forward once the point of cleavage is determined.
5. The achievement of periods of recognized fusion, integration or true normality. A process of analysis would here be useful. Psycho-analysis will come into its real usefulness when it comes to the aid of a man in explaining his achievement. There is no real disaster. There is only an unrecognized point of crisis, a moment of unrealized fulfillment. The disaster comes when this point of crisis is not utilized and understood, for it then serves to increase the cleavage instead of being recognized as a moment of opportunity.
6. The establishment of a definite rhythm composed of the creative imagination, of discriminating choice, of the value of the relation of the part to the whole, and of the acceptance of group purpose. This rhythm, when duly established in a life or in a series of lives, leads eventually to INTEGRATION.
The great Law of Rebirth must be accepted. It will then be found to be, in itself, a major releasing agent in any psychological problem case. When this great law is understood, then man will shoulder the responsibility of living with a daily recognition of the past, an understanding of the purpose of the present and with an eye to the future. This will lessen the growing tendency towards suicide which humanity is showing.
The psychologist of the future should arrive at an admittance of the inner structure of the human being: of his emotional vehicle, his mind body and their close inter-relation through the medium of the vital or etheric body which serves ever as the linking web between the dense physical body and the other bodies. The soul and its triplicity of energies work through the seven major centers, whilst the mind body and the astral body work through many other centers, through possession also within themselves seven centers which are the transmitting counterparts of those found in the etheric body. The integrations which evolution eventually effects are carried out through the medium of all these centers. Each man is within himself, a hierarchy, a reflection of a great chain of being—the Being which the universe expresses.
Practically all the teaching given about reincarnation has emphasized the material phenomenal side. The true nature of the unfolding awarenesses in the inner consciousness of the true man have been little noted. The gain of each life in added grasp of the mechanism of contact, and the result of increased sensitivity to the environment are seldom stressed. In considering the inner structure of man, psychologists will have to study the following subjects:
1. The outer response apparatus, acting under impulses received from the outer environment and the inner subjective realms. These come via
a. The brain, from whence certain aspects of the nervous system are controlled, first by mental influence and then by conscious soul direction.
b. The endocrine system, acting under impulses entering the physical body via the seven centers in the etheric body. Of these centers, the glandular system is the externalization or physical counterpart. The glands condition the man though the blood stream, being in their turn conditioned by the centers.
c. The solar plexus, controlling certain aspects of the nervous system, and which is in large part the instinctual or animal brain.
d. The heart, the center of life.
2. The etheric body. This is the major energizing factor. It is an exact replica of the outer form, being the true intermediary between the inner worlds and the outer man. The nadis underlie every nerve in the human body and the centers which they form at certain points of juncture are the background or motivating agency of every ganglion. Certain of these centers, major and minor, are of unique evolutionary importance: The head center is the seat of soul energy; The heart center is the seat of life. The solar plexus center is the seat of the instinctual life of the animal soul, and of the highly developed emotional nature. The center at the base of the spine is the major integrating center and comes into functioning activity when two major fusions have been effected: that of the fusions of the 3 bodies into one coordinated personality, and when soul and body are at-oned.
3. The emotional or sentient body, called the astral body. From this vehicle emanate the desires, impulses, aspirations and those conflicts of duality which so oft hinder the disciple. It is the seat also of the creative life of man. It also possesses centers of force which are counterparts of those found in the etheric body, but for the majority of people, it is energized mainly from the world of illusion and from the astral plane. It is from this plane of illusory awareness, that the advanced man has to learn to withdraw himself.
4. The mind nature, which works through four centers and only four.
5. The soul itself, the true spiritual man, the self in manifestation, working through or seeking to work through, its phenomenal appearance, the fourfold lower man.
The cleavages which exist in man are cleavages in certain basic relations:
1. Found within the man himself, in one or other of various focal points of awareness:
a. Unrecognized by the man himself or by those around him. When this is the case, the man is unevolved and the gaps in his consciousness do no real harm relatively. They simply indicate lack of development.
b. When recognized, they produce distress and the man becomes in need of sound psychological help. Correct information along the lines here laid down can be given in those cases where the intellectual type is involved. The psychologist is then dealing with people who should be willing to help themselves.
c. When the man has effected the necessary unification, he then becomes a unified personality. Then the mystic can emerge. He has achieved the point wherein the higher bridging between the integrated personality and the soul becomes possible. Finally, a Master of the Wisdom, Who is an exponent of the Christ consciousness. The at-oning of the higher and the lower nature will produce results which will be determined in their field of expression by a man’s ray. These ray conditions will result in a man’s finding his right field of expression.
2. Found between a man and his environment. The effect of this may mean that he is an anti-social human being, or unpopular, full of fear of life, or expressing, in many other forms, his inability to tune in on his surroundings. Lack of understanding, and inability to blend the inner and the outer forms of the life structure, will be evidenced. The cause of the cleavage is usually found within the astral body.
3. Found between a man and his life task, or the life activity to which fate ordains him. The difficulty here lies in a definite failure of continuity between the mind nature, determining purpose and the astral nature, governing impulse.
4. Found between a man & his overshadowing (and slowly dominating) soul. This leads to much realized unhappiness and the eventual & symbolic “death of the personality.”