It is at this stage that the Technique of Fusion can profitably be used, preserving at the same time the realized integrity of the motive which, if correctly apprehended should be:
1. The motive of a realized objective of soul control in response to a living reaction to its sensed pull or call.
2. The motive of service, in response to a sentient realization of humanity's need.
3. The motive of cooperation with the Plan, in response to an intelligent appreciation of its nature and existence.
You will note that we have swung back to our three major themes: Soul control, Service, and the Plan. It is a threefold technique based upon the fact that all souls are eventually divided into three major qualities, those of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd rays. Life, the One Life, manifests through these three major qualities, which condition its sevenfold appearance and which are essentially Will, Love and Intelligence.
This Technique of Fusion evokes these three qualities in relation to the soul, to service and to the Plan. At the same time, it brings illumination to the mind (thus revealing the soul and the kingdom of God). It brings increased imagination to the emotional sentient nature thus revealing relationship and responsibility. It brings inspiration to the physical life, to the physical body, via the brain, revealing the capacity to cooperate intelligently with the Plan. Therefore, we shall have to consider a technique which will do three things:
1. Bring Illumination, through the evocation of the Will of the first aspect of divinity.
2. Bring Imagination, through the evocation of Love, the second aspect or of sentient response to the world soul in all forms.
3. Bring Inspiration through the evocation of the Intelligence, the 3rd aspect.
If we study this triplicity we shall see that the process outlined brings the higher aspect of the personal self, the mind, to the lowest point of contact and into control of the physical body. We shall see that it brings the soul into conscious control of the desire-sentient body, and that it also brings the will aspect into control of mind.
There are two thoughts which we will have in our minds as we study this Technique of Fusion. First, that it is a threefold technique and is colored by and conditioned by the qualities of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd major ray. Secondly, that this technique of whichever of these three natures it may be, will be of such a kind that it will produce illumination through the evocation of the will. It is right here that esotericists will recognize the importance of the teaching in connection with the center at the base of the spine. It is awakened by an act of the will, which really means by the mind functioning forcefully, under the influence of the spiritual man, through the medium of the brain. It infers also that this technique will so stimulate the faculty of the imagination that an ever expanding or an all inclusive love will increasingly be expressed and that the heart center will be forcefully awakened into full activity. It infers also that the spiritual plane life of the disciple, as it expresses itself in his environment will become creative through the conscious use of the intelligence. This in its turn, brings about the rounded activity of the throat center and thus the three major centers, which are aroused into activity upon the Path of Discipleship, are brought to full and controlled activity. Upon the Path of Initiation, the awakening and full-conditioned functioning of the two head centers is completed. This is the result of the use of the Technique of Duality by the initiate. One head center, the thousand-petalled lotus, represent the life aspect. The other, the ajna center, represents matter or the form aspect. Thus the work carried forward upon the paths of evolution, of probation and of discipleship is completed upon the path of initiation. When the rays are understood, you have the possibility of a new system of awakening the centers. But this system concerns only the awakening of the central part of the lotus of force. The teaching given in the oriental books refers primarily to the awakening and right relation of the centers when the aspirant is upon the probationary path. The teaching which I have here given has not before been so explicitly made public. One half of the center, the outer half (therefore one half of the lotus petals) is brought into increased activity upon the probationary path. The other half begins its intensified vibratory activity upon the path of discipleship, but the intensification of the center of the lotus (though the One Life controls both soul and body) only takes place when the two later techniques of fusion and duality are carried successfully forward.
Certain questions arise: 1. What are the techniques, producing fusion upon the 3 major rays. 2. How do these techniques bring about Illumination of the mind; Imaginative capacity of the sentient body and an inspired life?
Another point should here be made: Disciples upon the minor rays likewise employ one or other of these three major techniques. Fourth ray disciples employ the second ray technique, as do sixth ray disciples; Disciples upon the fifth ray employ the first ray technique. Prior to the first initiation, the personalities of all aspirants to this expansion of consciousness will be found upon the third ray, which is—like the solar plexus center—a great clearing house for energies, and a great transmuting station. The first ray technique must do the following things and produce the following results:
1. The divine will must be evoked, of which the mind aspect is the reflection, and the brain (or the phenomenal appearance) the shadow. This brings into functional activity upon the physical plane that which is called Atma, or the first qualified differentiation of the monadic Life. The quality is often called the spiritual will.
2. The evocation of this will produces an illumination of the mind, differing from the illumination achieved through ordinary meditation. This latter illumination is essentially the evocation of the intuition, which brings the illumination of direct knowledge to the mind. The one to which I here refer is, symbolically speaking, related to the state of consciousness of the Creator when He sent forth the phenomena-producing fiat: "Let there be Light."
3. This illumination coming from the highest aspect which man can conceive follows a direct line of approach, or pours down through a direct channel from the level of Atma, or that center of spiritual will which is dynamic but seldom called into play, to the will petals of the egoic lotus. These petals are the reflection in the soul of this particular aspect of energy. From this layer of petals it can come to the mind body. From the mind body it comes to the brain and from the brain, in due time, it comes to the center at the base of the spine, thus arousing the kundalini fire.
It will interest students to note how the first ray disciple, when employing this first ray technique of fusion, ends by producing second ray characteristics of which illumination, producing understanding love and sympathetic cooperation, is the predominant note. The second ray disciple, through rightly applied technique, produces third ray results, of which the use of the creative imagination is the outstanding characteristic. The third ray disciple through the development of the "power to inspire" adds to his innate qualities certain definitely first ray potencies. All are subordinated to the second ray nature of the divine expression in this solar system.
The technique of Fusion, employed by the 2nd ray disciple will produce:
1. Increased sentient response to the world soul and to the environment in which the disciple finds himself, will increasingly be achieved.
2. This is done through the cultivation of the creative imagination. This is one of the great building attributes of deity. In the world of phenomenal appearance, the soul is the creating agent, the constructor of forms, and through the Technique of Fusion, the power to use imaginative thought power in conjunction with the faculty to visualize, is scientifically developed.
3. This creative tension or one-pointed focus of imaginative dreaming swings the astral body into complete subordination to the soul. This fact is hinted at in The Bhagavad Gita where, upon the battle field, Arjuna suddenly sees the form of God wherein all forms constitute the One Form. The soul is in complete control then. No sense of separativeness is again possible.
4. The channel through which this creative energy pours down is as follows: From the Monad to the love petals of the egoic lotus. From these love petals to the astral vehicle, energizing all astral matter. From thence, to the solar plexus center. From that center to the heart center.The duality connected with the astral body thus appears.
The third ray disciple employing the Technique of fusion, finds that:
1. It evokes a full functioning of the divine creative faculty. MOTIVE is very important. It determines the line of activity. It differentiates man's activity into black and white magic.
2. The fiat which initiated this creative activity has been couched in the words: "let the earth bring forth abundantly", thus inaugurating the age of creativity. This creative fecundity has steadily shifted during the past few thousand years into the creation of those effects of which ideas are the cause, producing in man's mind: That which is useful and so contributing to man's present civilization and to that which is beautiful.
3. As a result of the use of this technique, there is an increased vital livingness and a dynamic inflow of spiritual life into the physical plane experience. The disciple becomes "inspired" by the fire of love. This evokes the "service of creation" as an expression of that love.
4. The power which makes him dynamic and creative in his environment comes likewise from the will aspect of the Monad, sweeping the higher mind into activity.
5. The channel of approach is as follows: From the will aspect of the monadic life to that level of consciousness which we call the higher mind. From the higher mind to the knowledge petals of the egoic lotus. From these vortices of force to the concrete mind, to the throat center and from thence immediately to the sacral center. From there it is raised again to the throat center where the creative physical urge is transmuted into artistic or literary creation in some form and later still into organizations which express some thought which emanates from the Mind of God.