This process of unfoldment is itself brought about by five crises of awakening, so that we have a threefold process and a fivefold movement.
1. The centers below the diaphragm are the controlling factor. The stage of dense materiality, of lower desire and of physical urge is in full expression. This was carried to its higher point of development in Lemurian times. The sacral center was the controlling factor.
2. The centers below the diaphragm become fully active, with the major emphasis in the solar plexus center. This center eventually becomes the great clearing house for all the lower forces and marks the period of the shift into a higher body, the astral body. This was characteristic of Atlantean racial development.
3. The awakening of the throat center and the shift of much of the lower energy into the throat activity. The ajna center also begins to become active, producing integrated and creative personalities. This stage is characteristic of the present Aryan race.
4. The awakening of the heart center and the shift of the solar plexus energy into that center, thus producing groups and the entrance of a new and fuller sense of spiritual energy. The shift of emphasis is then into those states of awareness which revel the kingdom of God. The fifth kingdom in nature becomes creatively active on earth. This will be characteristic of the consciousness of the next great race.
5. The awakening of the head center, with the consequent arousing of the kundalini fire at the base of the spine. This leads to the final integration of soul and body, and the appearance of a perfected humanity upon earth. This will express the nature of the final race.
There are at all times those who are characteristically expressing one or another of all of these various states of consciousness. There are but a few who are capable of expressing as low a state of relative development at the Lemurian consciousness. There are a few at the extreme end of the Way who are expressing divine perfection. In between these two extremes are all possible grades of unfoldment. From the angle of force expression, man is a mass of conflicting energies and an active center of moving forces with a shift of emphasis constantly going on, and with the aggregation of the numerous streams of energy presenting a confusing kaleidoscope of active inter-relations, interpenetration, internecine warfare, and interdependence until such time as the personality forces are brought into line by the dominant soul. That is what we really mean by the use of the word "alignment". This alignment results from:
1. The control of the personality by the soul.
2. The downpouring of soul energy, via the mental and the emotional bodies, into the brain, thus producing the subjugation of the lower nature, the awakening of the brain consciousness to soul awareness, and a new alignment of the bodies.
3. The right arrangement, according to ray type, of the energies which are motivating and dynamically arousing the centers into activity. This leads eventually to a direct alignment of the centers upon the spine, so that soul energy can pass up and down through the centers from the directing center in the head. Whilst this process of soul control is being perfected (and the time consumed is, from the angle of the limiting personality consciousness, of vast duration), the ray types of the vehicles steadily emerge, the ray of the personality begins to control the life, and finally the soul ray begins to dominate the personality ray and subdue its activity.
Eventually the monadic ray takes control, absorbing into itself the rays of the personality and of the soul (at the 3rd and 5th initiations. Thus duality is definitely overcome and "only the One Who Is remains."
The Coordination of the Personality
We will confine our studies to the task of the aspirant as he reorients himself upon the probationary path and becomes increasingly aware of the world of higher values. On this path he senses his duality in an almost distressing manner and begins to aspire towards unity. So widespread is the desire for this reorientation that it has produced the present world upheaval. It is the spiritual source of the specific cause of the ideological conflicts now going on in every country. Many modern psychological problems are founded upon:
1. The process of reorientation with its consequences of personality upheaval and disorders.
2. The process of integration which is going on within the lower nature of intelligent humanity, leading inevitably to duality and conflict.
3. The fusion of the personality and the soul in consciousness, with its physiological and personality effects, producing the problems and psychological dilemmas of the highly developed aspirant and disciple. In this stage, the so-called "diseases of mystics" become pronounced.
The initiate as a functioning soul and body, united, aligned and used, becomes gradually aware of a still higher synthesis. After the third initiation, he enters upon a renewed effort to produce a more inclusive fusion and integration. This time, with the monad or life aspect. About this later stage, little can be profitably said. None of this higher teaching is given through the medium of words, either spoken or written.
SEVEN TECHNIQUES of INTEGRATION
Let us now proceed to a consideration of the seven techniques of integration, bearing in mind that we shall here be dealing with the integration of the threefold lower nature into an active, conscious personality, prior to its fusion into a unity with the soul. We must remember that we are dealing with the consciousness aspect of manifestation. We are so apt always to think in terms of form. This truth when grasped, brings into direct conflict the will of the personality (the separative individual, governed by the analytical mind) and the will of the soul, which is the will of the Hierarchy of Souls, or of the Kingdom of God. In the 4th kingdom, the human, the controlling factor is that of desire, ending in aspiration. In the 5th kingdom, the spiritual, the controlling factor is that of divine purpose or the will of God. This purpose is actuated by love, expressed through devotion and service, wrought out into full expression upon the physical plane.
As may be naturally surmised, there is a technique for each of the seven rays. It is the ray of the soul, slumbering in the early stages within the form, which occultly applies these modes of integration. The soul is essentially the integrative factor, and this shows in the early and unconscious stages as the coherent power of the life principle to hold the forms together in incarnation. In the later and conscious states, it shows its power by applying these methods of control and unification to the personality. They are not applied, nor can the man avail himself of them, until such time as he is an integrated personality. This has often been forgotten and men have claimed the rights of discipleship and the powers of initiation before they have even become integrated persons. This has led to disaster and the falling into disrepute of the whole problem of discipleship and initiation.
It is difficult to make comprehensible the purpose and nature of these techniques. All that it is possible to do is to indicate the seven ray techniques as they are applied to the rapidly aligning bodies of the lower man. We will divide our theme into two parts. The first one is that in which the first ray aspect of the technique is applied to the form nature, producing destruction through crystallization. This brings about the "death of the form" in order that it may again arise and life. The other is the second ray aspect of the technique, wherein the rebuilding, reabsorption and recognition of the form takes place in the light which is thrown around, over and upon the personality. In that light, the man sees Light, and thus becomes eventually a light-bearer.
What I have to say concerning each ray and its work with the individuals upon it in integrating the personalities, will be conveyed by means of a formula of integration. This will itself be divided into two parts, dealing with those processes in time and space which bring about the integration of the personality.
The words, covering the process in every case, are Alignment, Crisis, Light, Revelation, Integration. Under the heading of each ray, we shall have: The formula of integration; Its dual application of destruction and rebuilding, with a brief indication of the process and the result; the final stage of the process wherein the man brings the three bodies into alignment; passes through a crisis of evocation, thus, as the Bhagavad Gita says, becoming "manifest through the magical power of the soul"; Enters into a phase of light, wherein the man sees clearly the next step to be taken; receives the revelation of the Plan and of what he has to do in connection with it; Integrates the three bodies into one synthetic whole, and is therefore ready for the Technique of Fusion, which is suited to his ray type. This will bring us to our second point which concerns the Technique of Fusion and the emergence into activity of the personality ray.
Just what do we mean by Integration? We regard the physical body as a functioning aggregate of physical organs. These when acting in unison, we regard as constituting a living organism. The many parts form one whole, working under the direction of the soul. At the same time, this conscious form is slowly arriving at a point where integration into the larger whole becomes desirable and is finally achieved—again in the waking consciousness. This process is carried forward by the gradual integration of the part into the family unit, the nation, the social order, the current civilization, the world of nations and finally into humanity itself. This integration is both physical in nature and an attitude of mind. The consciousness of man is gradually aroused so that it recognizes this relation of the part to the whole, with the implied inter-relation of all parts within the whole.