We will divide the problems of psychology into the following groupings:
1. The Problems of Cleavage, leading to the many ways of escape, which constitute the bulk of the modern complexes.
2. The Problems of Integration, which produce many of the difficulties of the more advanced people.
3. The Problems due to Inheritance, racial, family, etc., involving the problems of inherited diseases, with consequent crippling of the individual.
The future integrations are between the personality and the soul. There are higher integrations. They are reached through the processes of initiation and of service. The emergence on a wide scale is of three kinds of people: those conscious of cleavage; Those achieving integration with much pain and difficulty. And Personalities, or integrated and therefore dominant people.
Humanity provides a cultural field for all types, i.e.. for those who are today expressions of past integrations and those who are in process of becoming thinking human beings. The two earliest integrations, between the vital body and the physical form, and between these two and the desire nature, are no longer represented. The only field in which they can be studied is in those processes of recapitulatory history of infancy. The same thing can also be noticed in infant and savage races. But the third stage of integration, that of mental development, is proceeding apace and can be carefully studied. Today, modern education is occupied almost exclusively with this stage and when educators cease to train the brain cells or to deal with the evocation of memory, and when they cease to regard the brain and mind as one, then great strides forward will be made. When the child receives training in MIND CONTROL and when that mind is taught to direct the desire nature and the brain, producing direction of the physical vehicle from the mental level, then we shall see these three integrations carried forward with rapidity. Attention will then be given to the integration of the personality, so that all three aspects shall function as one unit. We have therefore:
1. The CHILD state, in which the three first integrations are brought about and the objective of the educational procedure will be to effect this with the minimum of difficulty.
2. The HUMAN state dealing with the integration of all the aspects into one functioning self-conscious, self-directed personality.
3. The SPIRITUAL state, dealing with the integration of the personality and the soul, thus evoking the consciousness of the Whole. When this is accomplished, group consciousness is added to self-consciousness and this is the second great step on the way to God consciousness.
The difficulty today is that we have people at all different stages in the integrative process; all of them in a “state of crisis”. The problems may be divided into 3 groupings:
a. THE PROBLEMS OF CLEAVAGE. These in their turn are of two kinds:
1. The problems of integration.
2. Those arising out of a sense of duality. This sense of duality ranges all the way from the “split personality” difficulties of so many people to those of the mystic with his emphasis upon the lover and the loved, the seeker and the sought, upon God and His child.
b. THE PROBLEMS OF INTEGRATION, which produce many of the difficulties of the more advanced people
c. THE PROBLEMS OF STIMULATION. These arise as a result of an achieved synthesis, producing an inflow of unaccustomed energy. This inflow may express itself as a high voltage ambition, as a sense of power, as desire for personality influence or as true spiritual power and force. In every case, comprehension of the resultant phenomena is required, and most careful handling.
Arising from these problems we find also:
1. MENTAL PROBLEMS. Certain definite complexes occur when the integration of the mind with the three lower aspects has been brought about. Some clear thought about them will be useful.
2. THE DISEASES of MYSTICS. These are concerned with those attitudes of mind, those complexities of idea and those “spiritual enterprises” which affect the mystically inclined or those who are aware of the spiritual dualism. (We know what is good but don’t do it. We do what is wrong. Also, we may seek the Christ outside of ourselves. We have prejudices and criticize. mdb)
It will be obvious that much of our nervous disease, our inhibitions, suppressions, submissions or their reverse aspects, are tied up with this whole process of successive syntheses or fusions.
The second point is that these inner energies make their contact through the medium of the vital or etheric body, which is composed of energy streams. These work through seven focal points or centers of force in the etheric body. They are found in close proximity to, or in relation to the seven sets of major glands. These centers are closely concerned with the endocrine system, which they determine and condition according to the quality and source of the energy which flows through them. (either astral, mental or soul energy.mdb) Only when modern psychologists add to the knowledge they have of the lower man, an occidental interpretation of the oriental teaching about the centers of force through which the subjective aspects of man –lower, personal and divine—are to be expressed, will they solve the human problem and arrive at an understanding of the technique of integration which will lead to a wise solution and a correct interpretation of the peculiarities with which they are so frequently confronted. When to this acceptance can be added a study of the seven major types, the science of psychology will be brought another step nearer in its usefulness as an instrument in the technique of human perfecting. They will be greatly helped also by a study of astrology from the angle of energy contacts, of the lines of least resistance and as one of the determining influences of the type under consideration. I refer not to the casting of a horoscope with the objective of discovering the future or of some action. I refer to the recognition of the astrological types, of their characteristics and qualities and tendencies.
The changes brought about in a human being are the result of the steady shift of the consciousness. It becomes increasingly inclusive. (All of humanity is our loving family.mdb) We are not dealing here with the form aspect as much as with the conscious realization of the dweller in the body. From the angle of the omniscient soul, the consciousness is self-centered, distorted, erratic and in the early stages, deceived. It is only when the processes of development have been carried forward to a relatively high point and the awareness of duality is beginning to emerge, that the real problems are encountered and the man becomes aware of his situation. Before that time, the difficulties are of a different nature and revolve largely around the physical equipment, are concerned with the low grade desires of the animal nature and with the slowness of the vital reactions. The human being is at that stage, largely an animal. The conscious man is deeply imprisoned. It is the life principle and urge which dominate and the instinctual nature which controls. The solar plexus is the seat of the consciousness and the head and brain are inactive.
PROBLEMS of CLEAVAGE
These cleavages seem basic and produce the division we find between race and race and between religion and religion. They can be traced back to the fundamental condition of manifestation which we call the relationship of positive and negative. The mystery of sex itself is bound up with the re-establishment of the sense of unity and of wholeness. In its higher human aspect this sexual differentiation is only the symbol or lowest expression of the cleavage or separativeness of which the mystic is aware and which makes him seek at-one-ment with divinity. In between this physical cleavage and this spiritual recognition of divinity, lie a large number of lesser cleavages of which man becomes aware.
There is still a more fundamental cleavage: that between the human kingdom and the kingdom of souls. It is a cleavage in consciousness more than in fact. The cleavage between the animal and the human kingdom has been resolved through the recognition of the physical identity of the animal nature and the uniformity in expression of the instinctual nature. Within the human family, the various cleavages of which man is aware will be ended when the mind is trained to dominate within the realm of the personality and is correctly used as an analytical, integrating factor instead of as a critical, discriminating, separative factor. The right use of the intellect is essential to the healing of the personality cleavages. The cleavage between personality and the soul is resolved by the right use of:
1. The instinctual sense of divinity which leads to reorientation in the right direction. This leads to:
2. The intelligent use of the mind so that it becomes consciously aware of the soul and of the laws which govern soul unfoldment.
3. The intuitive recognition of reality, which resolves the differentiated parts into a unit, producing illumination.
4. This illumination reveals the essential oneness which exists on the inner side of life and negates the outer appearance of separativeness.
Thus it will be apparent to you that the cleavages are “healed” by a right and intelligent use of the quality aspect of the form nature: Instinct, intelligence and intuition. From these three major points the soul governs eventually the personality.