Dear Friends. I thought it would be nice to spend 15 minutes at the beginning of our class this week to share some of my thoughts, feelings and experiences about the Geneva and Umbria (Italy) trip with you. This is the part I found missing from our Italian Night celebration. So, if there is a consensus to do this, the first fifteen-twenty minutes of class will be a sharing of those experiences. During the balance of the remaining class time we will continue on with last week's class blog of Chapter 51.
In earlier studies we learned that the Lotus is built primarily by the substance of the Solar Angel. It is located in the second and third subplanes of the mental plane. And later, when an Initiate reaches the Fourth Initiation, she goes through a crucifixion experience (Renunciation) and the human soul departs from the Chalice. At this point the soul centers himself in the Spiritual Triad. The Initiate's Chalice is now her Head Center, also known as the Thousand Petaled Lotus.
Chapter 51 goes into further detail about how the Lotus is constructed, saying its formation is created with the cooperation of the Solar Angel, the lunar pitris and the man. [The Lunar Pitris create or build the form of man on the three lower levels. They also build the planetary body and its astral and mental forms under human and logoic impulse. They live in our etheric, astral and lower mental planes, and….collectively form the Dweller on the Threshold. … When you desire something, the Lunar Lords build the form of your desire. After it is built, you have new elements in your aura which sometimes turn into hindrances and obstacles when you try to progress. Lunar of course means belonging to the moon, while Pitris is a Sanskrit word meaning Fathers.]
"As the human being expands his consciousness, he begins to coordinate the three permanent atoms [physical perm. atom, emotional perm atom and mental perm atom] located at the base of the Lotus and builds communication lines with the physical plane.
The Chapter explains that the Chalice has four major component parts: a) The Jewel b) the bud petals c) the petals of the three tiers and d) the Solar Angel.
THE BUD: "The three waves of the Solar Angels offered Their substance to form three petals of the bud to create with Their pressure the Jewel [Diamond] as a compressed Space – bringing it into existence as the first step of Individuality…" (p. 304)
THE THREE TIERS: The tiers of petals are built of deva substance.
THE JEWEL: The Jewel is the Monad, the Spark, the electrical fire, or the will energy. The substance of the bud id offered by the Solar Angel. The unfoldment of the Chalice is due to the Jewel, to the release of the Jewel, which makes the petals open according to the unfoldment of the Jewel and eventually destroy the whole Chalice when it is fully open.
HUMAN SOUL CONCEIVED: It is the Spark, the human soul, "conceived" in the Chalice that eventually is "born again" at the Fourth Initiation. Such souls are called Arhats. This is the true "second birth."
THE CHALICE IS: "the womb and the body of the Solar Angel Who uses the Chalice to create a human soul out of the Monad.
THE MONAD: "is the essence in the womb of the Chalice that is in the process of metamorphosis – to turn into a human soul. It is in the Chalice that the Monad develops intelligence, love, and willpower and eventually is born as an emancipate human soul." p. 305
LOTUSES-GROUP: "The Tibetan Master speaks about Lotuses which form groups. There are seven such groups corresponding to the Seven Rays." (ibid) "Group Lotuses, which in their aggregate form a center in the body of the Planetary Logos, are cyclically stimulated, as the Planetary Logos takes Initiation or in certain times uses a given center. All Lotuses in that center are highly affected and stimulated." (ibid) "Through all these processes, we see how each individual Lotus develops group consciousness and slowly fuses its will to the will of the group Lotus." (p. 306)
PLANETARY LOGOS: "…these groups, as they develop, form the seven centers of the Planetary Logos. As time passes, these seven groups are synthesized into three groups in the head, ajna, and heart centers of the Logos and later are eventually (and again) synthesized in the head center of the Planetary Logos." (p. 305) "Each progress of the Lotus is sensed by the Planetary Logos as each labor unfolds and manifests as group consciousness, group cooperation, and group will."
"Civilizations and cultures are responses of group Lotuses to the impulses coming from the Core of the Planetary Logos." "The destruction, degeneration, and corruption in the world are the reaction to these groups to the same impulses of the Planetary Logos."
HUMAN SOUL—MATURITY: "When the human soul reaches a certain degree of maturity in the Lotus, he begins to be aware of the petals of the Lotus – which are in essence the radiation of the threefold Monadic Life. It is in this stage that the human soul begins to cooperate consciously with the lunar pitris." (p. 307) [In a general sense Lunar Pitris means all entities which originally came from the Moon-chain to the Earth-chain. The Earth-chain including our own globe was populated from the Moon-chain, because all entities now on Earth, whatever their grade in evolution, came from the chain of the Moon.]
PERMANENT ATOMS: "When the outer petals develop, there is a certain degree of vibratory power. This radiation reaches the three permanent atoms and vivifies the three lower spirals of the three permanent atoms..The fourth spiral is not yet vivified but affected to a certain degree." (p. 307) The fire of the human soul organizes the permanent atoms and unfolds the spirals. Then the human soul consciously begins to develop the petals of the Lotus and beings to focus his interest on his Monadic Essence instead of his three bodies of activity. This shifting from permanent atoms to petals takes a long time during which the first of the human soul gets stronger and stronger." (p. 308)
INDIVIDUALIZATION: The Tibetan Master said that individualization occurred at the time between the Third and Fourth Race. "The human beings who were individualized in former Chains, for example the fourth globe of the second or third Chain are still with us. Their permanent atoms are active now in their fifth spiral and they are leading human beings in all fields of human endeavor." (ibid)
PETALS: "The Tibetan says "that the petals are like 'vibrant and scintillating lights.' After the bud was formed, a triangle of energy appeared and circulated between the Mental P.A., the center of the bud, and the mental unit. This triangle was formed "of pure electrical manasic fire" (says the Tibetan in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p. 709) From this point on begins man's great labor to build a bridge between these three points…with his own labor, sacrifice, and service to win….his individuality. " (p. 309)
TRIANGLE; "This fiery triangle is used as an electrical line to transmit intuitional light to the center of the Lotus, creating the three body petals "which close in on the central flame." This Lotus is the womb in which the human soul is in gestation.
"The fire in the Lotus is the fire of the spirit which will substantiate as a human soul and take birth through the fire at the Fourth Initiation. (p. 309)
SPIRIT IN THE LOTUS: "The focus of Spirit in the Lotus is the Jewel, the future human soul and individualized Self…" (p. 309-310)
CHEMISTRY IN THE BODIES: "The unfoldment of the Lotus is responsible for the change in the chemistry of our body. Even the genes and DNA are changed by the unfolding Lotus. The immediate effect…is upon the mental, astral and etheric centers and upon our thoughts, emotions, and action." (p. 310)
OUR PAST: The recordings of the genes are the summary of the recordings of our permanent . atoms – which are permanent recorders of our life in the three worlds. Certain thoughts, certain emotions, and certain actions are related to certain chemicals in our body…chemicals which you produce through using your mental, emotional and etheric substances. (p. 310) "It is their psychic chemistry that affects our physical chemistry through changing the composition of our genes." (p. 311)
SOLAR ANGEL: "One of the greatest responsibilities of the Solar Angel is to impart impressions about the Purpose and the Plan to the baby Jewel in the womb of the Lotus. It s carried on in this way: The Solar Angel takes a tiny part of that Purpose and impressed the human soul with just the dosage that he can understand, assimilate, and use in his life condition. The Solar Angel transmits first a part fo the Plan, and as the person's sensitivity expands more, the Solar Angel begins to transmit a tiny part of the Purpose. " "For many years…or incarnations…the human soul unconsciously follows the Plan and the Purpose, though with many faltering, hesitations, and complications, until one cay he consciously sees the Plan and then sees the Purpose behind the Plan." (p. 311)
The Chapter opens with a statement about the plane of intuition, saying that it is through meditation we eventually come in contact with the plane of Intuition and that this contact is a major event in our life. This statement gives us insight as to when a we have developed "intuition" in the truest sense of the meaning of the word.
To have intuition means that you are now a soul. It means that for the first time "in your life, you can pass beyond the etheric web of the physical plane. It also means that, as a result of regular and persistent meditation, you are now able to penetrate into the sixth level of the Intuitional Plane and thus able to pass beyond your astral body."
We should all be grateful to Torkom's "no-nonsense" way of hitting the "bulls eye" of understanding regarding right meditation and intuition.
Today, in the esoteric community, there are some members who say, "I just had an intuitive thought." Or, the person says, "I am becoming more and more intuitive." Or, "My intuition tells me." Such thinking leads to glamor and illusion and can stagnate one's striving. First, a disciple who has reached this level of enlightenment will not make such claims; they will personally, however, take responsibility for the inspired ideas and thoughts, manifesting them in a form of service.
You may be sensitive to the feelings of others, you may have insights given to you from your Solar Angel in dreams, during your meditation, or at other certain times where an idea will be given to you, but to say "I am intuitive" means you have penetrated into the fifth sub-plane of the Intuitional Plane using your Mental Permanent Atom. To determine if this is so, you can ask yourself the following questions:
And finally, the Chapter tells us that it is in the Fourth Initiation that the human consciousness finally functions in the Intuitional Plane and thus destroys the etheric barrier existing on the fourth level of his mental plane.
This information is valuable to your spiritual striving, to expansion of consciousness and to your humility and sanity. It serves you as a vision of what your future service can be if you are willing to sacrifice for such a future.
Are you able to consciously leave your body? Sometimes people violate spiritual law in this regard and through abuse of drugs, including the taking of hallucinogenic drugs, abuse of alcohol and excessive sex; engaging in wrong meditation practices, engaging in kundalini exercises and chanting; living an imbalanced life such people will suddenly and without control leave their body, putting their sanity in danger.
If you read the book The Science of Meditation it will tell you about the dangers of meditation. I am reminded of one young woman who began to meditate on her own, using her own approach and engaging in meditation all without the guidance of a Teacher. The woman over stimulated her brain and centers, and to this day she remains psychologically dysfunctional. Another young woman whose husband was a medical doctor spent so much time in meditation (mystical) that she opened up centers, which destroyed the protective webs, putting her in contact with the dead and in this case, with a person who had died in her house. She began having conversations, pleasant and delightful conversations with an earth-bound entity. She would meet with the entity daily, in the afternoon between 3 – 4 pm. Then other entities began to visit her, bypassing the "nice" entity who was trying to protect her, but these entities were harmful and began to take control over her. I was finally called in to help.
In another situation where a person was engaged in meditation practices without the guidance of a Teacher, the person became a megalomaniac. The hours spent in meditation over stimulated the solar plexus and the person became very difficult to deal with.
Here is another story: A married woman with three beautiful daughters began mystical (emotional) meditation practices. Up until the time she lost her mental balance, we spent time together where we each served as chaperones for senior high school students, students who, due to their musical talents, were invited to participate in various musical competitions around the state. During one of these outings she began talking to me about her meditations. She would meditate several hours during the day, when her husband was at work and her children in school. This occurred on a daily basis, for many hours each day. Then one day an entity told her to get a pencil and pad and to begin writing, to take dictation from him. This woman, as a result, abandoned her beautiful husband and children to warn the world of their sinful ways. We were eventually able to find her and placed her in a institution.
Another woman who engaged in prolonged meditation believed that she had become a "channel" for Annie Besant. But she was being "used" by an imposter.
Yes, what I am saying is that there are dangers to meditation, but there is no danger if you follow the rules. If you still do not know the rules of meditation, study the book The Science of Meditation by Torkom and follow the instructions with perfect obedience.
The Chapter says the "Chalice is not really rooted only in the higher mind. It can function outside of man; it is free in Space. When man escapes from the etheric and astral ring-pass-nots, he functions in the Chalice and reaches a relative state of freedom.
"At the Third Initiation, man breaks the mental ring-pass-not, and at the Fourth Initiation the mental body is conquered and the human soul is ready now to leave the Chalice, transport its treasures into the Spiritual Triad and head center, and locate himself within the Intuitional Plane." (p. 280)
Remember the "Chalice is the anchorage point of the Solar Angel. In the Chalice, the conception and development of the human soul takes place." (ibid)
Remember….the "Monad is not the human soul." "Man essentially is a Monad, a ray projected out of the Central Spiritual Sun. … It is in the Chalice that out of this ray a human soul is conceived which then develops mind, love, and will power within an identity or individuality." (p. 280)
"This ray, the monad, connecting itself with the physical, emotional, and mental planes, eventually acts as a controlling and guiding center for these lives by which the three bodies are built. Gradually the Monad develops sentience and then thinking and acts as if It were a separate entity." (p. 281)
"The human soul is created individually in the Lotus out of this "Boundless Ray." (ibid)
"The millions of personalities that are created throughout the incarnations of this individuality are like pearl beads on the thread – the ray of the Monad.
"Through meditation we slowly dispel our identification with matter and gain freedom from the Cosmic Physical Plane at the time of our Seventh Initiation. … The journey is long." (ibid)
"Until we build our human soul, we are an unconscious human Monad around which our past deeds, emotions, and thoughts will build a new personality in each incarnation without having continuity of consciousness from life to life." (p. 281-282)
June 30, 2010 Chapter 44: "The Chalice and Centers"
We have spent the last three weeks essentially focusing on the formation of the Chalice, how the petals of the Chalice open, the relationship of the permanent atoms and the Chalice, and the centers and the Chalice. We have been given several beautiful and intricate diagrams; all forming a treasure house of knowledge for us to resource. And we have started each class with fifteen minutes of meditation, carrying our consciousness into the light of the Higher Mind. You are receiving information that is deep and profound about yourself and ultimately about the universe and galaxy (galaxies). Please, do not take it for granted and please, try not to puff up with pride that you have such knowledge. Why? With knowledge comes responsibility.
What kind of responsibility? Responsibility for our choices. Each choice we make must take us closer to the jewel in the lotus. Our choices either take us closer or push us further away. If we are pushed further away, our darkness increases; if we move closer, our illumination increases. Which will it be; darkness or illumination? Of course we are going to choose illumination. But too often our choices lead us deep into darkness and we know not why, blaming everyone for our situations and thus demonstrating a lack of responsibility.
When we are on the path of discipleship – the path the leads us into the heart of Hierarchy – we can no longer give others the responsibility of our choices unless we are children. Simplistically stated and voiced by one of my sons when he was very young: "Mom, I know that what goes around comes around." This means, then, that the final responsibility of one's actions, emotions, and thoughts, lies with that one; the decision to do this or that. The Teaching is filled with instructions on how to do this or that; how to make right choices. But if you have not assimilated the Teaching, if you have not applied the Teaching; applied your studies to life, then it is more likely than not that your choices will lead you further away from the Chalice. To be led further away from the Chalice means your choices are preventing your spiritual progress. Remember, we are not arm chair philosophers; we are "doers." What does it mean to be a "doer?" It means we are engaged in daily, rhythmic meditation, study, discipline and service. This is the path of the disciple.
Before we move into the Chapter I think we must realize that "sometimes the unfoldment of the petals of the Chalice, because of striving, aspiration, meditation, and devotion, creates certain problems in the corresponding centers and related organs due to the blocked conditions existing in the centers. This is why we are always advised to purify our three lower bodies so that the energy released from the petals does not create friction in the corresponding centers." (p. 277)
This is no small matter. This is the other side of the coin, the other side that applies to those who are living the Teaching and living a life that is taking them closer to the jewel in the Lotus; living a life that is building lighted houses and mansions in their consciousness. If we are fortunate to have a trained Teacher and there is trust between the Teacher and disciple, the Teacher will give you warnings and sometimes direct knowledge about your situation, inspiring you to re-evaluate your situation and return to the process of purification. But you must have the ears to hear and the humility to take action. Without the ears to hear and humility, the Teacher will remain silent and life will teach you.
Once that final purification takes place, and the Teacher see that you are ready, as a disciple, to take certain risks, it is then the Teacher "will give you specific meditations which will help you integrate and align your centers, unfold your petals and allow the threefold fire to circulate in your bodies.
Chapter 44 opens with a conversation about the spleen. "Real healing power develops in man when the higher correspondence of the splenic center in the head begins to be action."
“The splenic center has its higher correspondence in the head, as all centers do. The etheric splenic center is the reservoir of prana, which passes it to the blood and regenerates the entire person. … This higher splenic center brings in a tremendous amount of energy from Space…” (p. 269)
1. The twelve-petaled head center – is related to the three knowledge petals
2. The twelve-petaled heart center is related to the three love petals of the Chalice
3. The thousand-petaled Lotus is related to the sacrificial petals of the Chalice
“As the psychic energy streams down from the Core of the Chalice, it unfolds the petals of the centers and the Chalice and relates them to each other.”
4. The fourth tier of petals – the bud – unfolds only when total harmony and relationship is established between the petals of the head center, the higher head center, the heart and the petals of the Chalice. (The thousand-petaled Lotus is the “higher head center.”) When this is happening, the individual disciple is entering the Fourth Initiation.
“Many people wait many incarnations to be able to be a part of a group and demonstrate selfless and sacrificial relationships and labor. It is the group’s fire that helps the individual unfold his third circle of petals. This is why group work is very important. It is in group labor that our true character comes out and passes through critical tests.” (p. 271)
“…This is why group integration is a supreme goal for each group member. Those who take advantage of group members or who are engaged in slander and treason are soon aborted by the group, and their evolution is delayed for many, many incarnations.” It is important, in my mind, to consider what slander and treason means; how it is demonstrated, for fear of falling into such traps. Let us discuss these things in tonight’s class. Bring some examples with you as to how a member can slander the Teacher or a co-worker. What is treason? How does one take advantage of group members? How does one engage in treason against the group? What are the signs that a member might “are soon going to be aborted by the group?”
Knowledge Petals– “We must remember that the knowledge petals carry within them the knowledge offered in the past solar system. This was the gift of the Third Ray.” (p. 272) “All knowledge is gained through thinking, remembering, or through Intuition. This is why meditation is an effort and labor to remember, to discover the knowledge of the past given for the physical, astral, and mental planes. This is the knowledge that can be contacted through the unfolding of the three knowledge petals of the Chalice.” (p. 272)
Love Petals – “…is the gift of this solar system, and our supreme goald is to understand this energy in all its manifestations and forms… This is why if we have everything, but not love, we fail in this solar system. Those who replace love with knowledge are the failures of this solar system. “ (ibid)
Sacrifice Petals – “The energy of sacrifice is offered to individuals through the sacrifice petals of the Chalice. This energy is the energy of the future, and those who have this energy are the real futurists. They live in the future visions and pave the way for humanity to see the future.” (ibid)
Sacrifice means the outer manifestation of inner divinity. …The manifestation of divinity is always accompanied by sacrificial action, sacrificial emotions, sacrificial thought. Thus sacrificial acts are inspired by the idea that we are all part of One Reality, and the more we help others, the more help we receive form the One Reality.
Sacrifice is a way of living in the One Reality, for the One Reality.
Thus, mental sacrifice, emotional sacrifice, and physical sacrifice are the result of the manifestation of your inner divinity through all your mental, emotional, and physical activities until you become one with that inner divinity.
The energy of sacrifice is related to the petals of sacrifice, numbers 7, 8, and 9. They deal with group work…
As the sacrifice petals open, the petals of the bud, which synthesize knowledge, love, and sacrifice, slowly release the central electrical Spark, the human soul which, through his fiery essence, destroys not only the Lotus but also the three permanent atoms and releases himself into higher spheres. (ibid)
(p. 531 Treatise on Cosmic Fire – A.A.Bailey) 4. Summary
"Before proceeding further, however, it might be well to sum up some of the facts anent the spirillae and the atom, and then we can take up the subject of the causal body and man, the individual. 
Lewis shared his graphic arts talent with us for this class giving us the colors of the Petals. I asked Lewis to create this chart for us because of last week's Blog from Chapter 40. Thank you Lewis. Please do not share this diagram with the whole world because the diagram itself is copyrighted by us.
We will use these two diagrams as we discuss Chapter 40 "How the Petals Open" this evening.
When you refer to the petals there is a sequence which should always be followed:
Our Chalice has twelve potential petals:
These petals penetrate into each body of the personality. For example, we then have
One knowledge-knowledge petal
One knowledge-love petal
One knowledge-sacrifice petal
One love-knowledge petal
One love-love petal
One love-sacrifice petal
One sacrifice-knowledge petal
One sacrifice-love petal
One sacrifice-sacrifice petal
Each petal is an electric tube which has many functions as it unfolds. As the petals unfold they bring forth the energy and wisdom of the Solar Angel. They bring into your bodies the treasures of the Chalice. And they bring the electric power of your inner essence. Each petal is destined to put the Jewel in the Lotus in contact with one of the constellations of the Zodiac. The petals also key themselves in with the greater petals of greater Chalices and bring high-level electrical or fiery nourishment to the person.
What is so beautiful to me is to recognize that as the Chalice unfolds, Space is filled with the fragrance of the Chalice which is used as food for many kinds of devas and as a source of inspiration for other living human beings. Thus, the Chalice pulls the consciousness of others up to itself. The petals will protect you and nourish you.
Remember, that once a Chalice unfolds and thereby catches the attention of Great Ones, They watch it with special care and sometimes They drop a few jewels in it. Sometimes They let a few jewels go to the brain of the person to be used in a time of need. Sometimes They measure the petals and their colors to see in what way and what degree they are unfolding. Each unfolding Lotus becomes a flower in Their garden that is well tended.
DIAGRAMS: (copyright 2010 WMEA. All rights reserved)
We will not be studying Chapter 39 & 40 in class this summer Man as Monad, and as such I felt it important that we review the information in our studies at home. Here it is:
Some key points to remember within this chapter:
*Jewel: "The Jewel is the Monad, the Spark, the electrical fire, or the will energy. Remember that 'man is the Monad.' The substance of the bud is offered by the Solar Angel. The petals are built of deva substance, but the unfoldment of the Chalice is due to the Jewel, to the release of the Jewel, which makes the petals open according to the unfoldment of the Jewel and eventually destroy the whole Chalice when it is fully open. It is the Spark, the human soul, "conceived" in the Chalice that eventually is "born again" at the Fourth Initiation. Such souls are called Arhats. This is the true "second birth." (p. 304)
Each petal is an electric tube which has many functions as it unfolds:
THE CHALICE PULLS THE CONSCIOUSNESS OF MAN UP TO ITSELF. When the man and his consciousness are in the Chalice, the petals protect and nourish him (p. 246-247)
M.M. speaks about His garden and flowers. His garden is in the higher mental and Intuitional Planes where He notices the appearance of lotuses, lilies, or roses - the Chalices - as they grow and unfold.(p. 247) To be a flower in Their garden is a great achievement.
Brothers never separate in the physical world, nor if they enter the astral world or the mental world. The line of contact created in them transcends the worlds, and they are always impressed by each other's condition and striving.
This is why Brotherhood is not only a source of joy, protection, support, and success, but also it is an imperative step leading to the Higher Worlds, discipline, trust, cooperation and labor.
The formation of real Brotherhood brings each human soul closer to his own Chalice and makes him a cell in the group Chalice. (p. 247-248)
Some additional thoughts to consider with this chapter:
From this weeks chapter it lists from 1-4 the twelve potential petals and names them. This all refers to individuals. As individuals have their Chalices, so too nations and humanity as a whole have their Chalices. Although these petals have different names, esoterically they are the same.
The three knowledge petals are called:
The three love petals are called:
The three sacrifice petals are called:
"Some groups of nations represent certain petals, and as the petals unfold, we see the increase of integration and unity of nations."
The Sun - source of life: Law of the Solar Light, Love of the Solar Heart, Life of the Central Spiritual Sun
"The Sun represents the source of life in our solar system. This life increases its flow into humanity as the first three knowledge petals begin to unfold. It is during this process that the Law of the Solar Light permeates into the human aura. When the next three, or the love petals, open, the Love of the Solar Heart penetrates into humanity. When the next three petals, the sacrifice petals, unfold, the Life of the Central Sun reaches into the human soul and man literally becomes a child of the Sun." (p. 253)
Consciousness vs. unconscious:
"A conscious person is one who is concerned about the divinity within him and the divinity in others. He is conscious that the divinity in him and in others is one with the divinity in the Cosmic Whole." (p. 252)
"An unconscious person, no matter how cleverly he acts, no matter how much knowledge or position he holds, is ignorant, and all that he does eventually will fall upon his head. You can see this all over the world in individuals as well as in small or large nations, governments, and even empires. Unconsciousness is self-destructive and builds heavy karma."(Ibid)
What a most interesting and sobering Chapter. I wonder how many decisions we have made in our life during unconscious moments. I think especially the "I am going to leave you" decision, that causes so many marriages to end in divorce. Or, when the student becomes blinded with the fires of his ego and vanity, turning against the Teacher and his/group, making the decision to leave, obeying the elements of his subconscious mind. "Be careful in making any important decisions when you are not 100% conscious because, once you have made the decision, you will be forced by your subconscious mind to obey and actualize your own decision." (p. 121)
"Months or even years pass, but if such a decision in your subconsciousness is restimulated, you feel the tendency to leave… . " And when the stimulation reaches it highest degree, you have no choice but to obey your decision." (p. 121-122)
"Once you lose your sanity in difficult conditions, not only do you hypnotize yourself, but you also take wrong actions. No right action is possible under conditions in which you are not 100% awake.
"The astral plane and the subconscious mind must be bypassed if we want to make healthy decisions, ones that for a long time will be a source of happiness, success, prosperity, and expansion of consciousness." (ibid) Remember, the astral plane is only a reflection of our own imaginative creations. The astral world is a kind of cloud formation upon an emotional energy around our bodies which has a certain range of vibration that attracts and retains the waves of desire and glamor; figments of our imagination, based upon our cravings and negative emotional reactions to people.
"Most of the decisions people make are forced on them by their fear, anger, hatred, and self-interest. These elements are mostly related to the subconscious mind and the lower astral plane." (p. 122)
"Decisions must be the conclusions of the mind plus the Intuition." "The Intuition will see the decision in the long-range plan, in the light of higher events and available energies." (p. 122)
"Most of the pain, suffering, and destruction are the result of wrong decisions, decisions not based on co-measurement." (p. 123)
Co-measurement "The power of co-measurement is the gift of psychic energy which helps a person to consider all possible viewpoints and approaches to any object or problem, then reach a conclusion that synthesizes the best answer." (Commentary On Psychic Energy, p. 65)
Critical point: "The critical point is: "the boiling point when the past fights against concepts related to future transformation." "This critical point is often so strong that many souls become lost and cannot stand in the whirlpools of inner conflict. Ego, vanity, selfishness, separatism, and greed exercise a tremendous pressure upon the victim, and, in the meantime, his soul cries out for help from his vision."
How does one get through this critical point?
"The most decisive factor is a person's karma. Those who have lived a life of selfless service, pure motives, inclusive love, and purity of mind have accumulated a good result in their karma and can usually cross the other shore in a relatively easy way. But those who were involved in selfish, manipulative activities with greed, slander, and self-interest fall into the tides of the bad results of karma and disappear. The Teaching says that pain and suffering follow their steps to prepare them for another chance in future lives." (p. 123)
The part the Teacher plays in this critical point: "When such crises come into our life, we must firmly establish ourselves in our faith and principles. We must get closer to our Teacher and ask for [her] direction based on [her] wisdom and experience." (p. 124)
TWO MOST CRITICAL POINTS: While the soul is in the birth process. The first one is the moment when all is ready for the birth in the cave of the brain as a new human soul. The next is the point when the developing human soul begins to cross into the higher mind and tries to locate himself within the Spiritual Triad.
Pictures which represent the "cave of the brain":
The subject of forgiveness is an action that almost everyone in the entire world has engaged in at some point in his or her life. However the motive underlying the action of forgiveness is usually not totally understood, and thus, rarely heals the person who is doing the forgiving and the person who is being forgiven. Forgiveness must occur with right timing, right understanding, and right motive.
The Chapter says, "Forgiveness prevents things from going into the subconscious mind and sinking there. Before painful events become a part of the subconsciousness, forgiveness eliminates them.
"In the New Testament there is a very interesting story about a servant who owed many debts to his rich master. The rich man's other servants brought him the servant who owed him 10,000 talents. As he could not pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all that he had, so that he could pay. The servant then fell down, worshipped the rich master, and said, My Lord, have patience with me and I will pay you everything."
"The master of the servant had pity, so he released him and cancelled his debt. But the servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him 100 pennies, and he seized him and tried to choke him, saying to him, "Give me what you owe me."
"His fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me and I will pay you.' But he would not wait and he had the fellow servant put into prison until he could pay him what he owed him.
"When the other servants saw what happened, they were sorry and came and informed their master of everything that had happened.
"Then the master called the servant and said to him, 'O wicked servant, I cancelled all your debts, because you begged me to. Was it not right for you to have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?'
"His master was angry and he delivered the servant to the scourgers until he pain everything that he owed…"(See Matthew XVIII:24-34)
In Challenge for Discipleship the story is explained in this way: "It is very interesting to note that the rich man did not foresee the future action of his servant when he forgave him, but karma caught the servant later. The mast did wrong in forgiving the servant without educating and disciplining him. One may also wonder why the master allowed the servant to accumulate such a huge debt. There was some weakness in the master, but he corrected himself by giving the servant over to the karmic scourgers.
"Here we see that forgiveness, punishment, and karma are related to each other. " (p. 463)
"Forgiveness has no intention of encouraging people to continue hurting others… The forgiving one must know intuitively that the debtor will not continue his former actions." (Ibid p. 464)
From experience, I finally learned this "truism." For three years I continued to forgive a member of the group who consistently engaged in inappropriate behaviors that led to inappropriate actions toward her co-workers. Each time she would come to me and ask for my forgiveness. Each time I forgave her. Finally, one day, after she took a most rotten action toward one of her co-workers in the group and like clockwork she came to me asking forgiveness, I told her, "No. I cannot no longer forgive you of your actions for you are not changing yourself. Your actions continue to harm your co-workers and your group. You must prove to me you are sincere in your forgiveness before I can forgive you this time." She left the group.
This Chapter is bringing us deeper insight into the law of forgiveness. It is telling us how important it is to forgive before the painful event becomes part of the subconsciousness. "That is why Christ said, 'Before sunset, make peace with your enemies.'"
"When people do not solve their problems before sleep, they take them into the Subtle World and involve many people with their problems. Also, since they did not solve their problems before sleep, the problems sink into the subconscious mind…' (The Subconscious Mind and the Chalice, p. 112)
"Like an iceberg, only the visible part of each problem stands in the conscious mind. This is also a problem because many other elements in the subconscious mind can come in contact with the conscious mind through the visible part of the iceberg. When you discover the problem and dissolve it, the iceberg comes to the surface and melts away. But if the problem is left for months, the iceberg increases in size and power.
"There is a method that you can use so that eventually you get rid of the iceberg. Let us say that the iceberg is connected or related to a man who seems ugly and criminal to you. Using your creative imagination, you change the image of that man in a gradient scale to an image of a man whom you can respect, relate to, love, and even adore.
"Your subconscious mind cannot guess what you are doing, and the ugly image changes in the subconscious mind which then accepts such a change and cooperates with you. When you are able to change the ugly image of the man into a grad image through our creative imagination, the corresponding ugly image dissolves." (p. 112)
"In another example, let us suppose that you have been afraid every night that someone will enter through the door and hurt you. This is an image in your subconscious mind. Try for a week to imagine yourself going to the door and finding an angel there instead of a thief. When you make this image strong enough, the computer of the subconscious mind will change the imagery and slowly dissolve it, and you will no longer fear that a thief will enter your room." (p. 113)
Your physical, emotional, and mental automatic reactions can be controlled through creative imagination. Creative imagination stops the leakage on the astral plane , which as you learned in last week's class: "The subconscious elements in our lower mental body affect our astral body as a whole through the etheric body. This is why most of the subconscious elements first appear in our emotional moods or emotional states before they are formulated into thought. If we closely follow the changes, fluctuations, stimulation, and excitement of our emotional body, we can have a fair idea about the contents of our subconscious mind.
"Our emotions reveal the secret of our subconscious mind, but we do not pay attention to them. The emotional body often acts as a safety valve to relax the pressure accumulating in the subconscious mind." (pp 89-90)
"But whatever you create through your creative imagination, decide to use the result for the service of others. When you are using your creative imagination, always build images with the elements of Beauty, Goodness, Righteousness, Joy, Freedom, gratitude, and service. If your creative imagination is based on these elements, you will never build subconscious glamors. (p. 113)
"Some people, instead of building beautiful images in their mind, do the contrary. They gossip, slander, and complicate the situation. Before you condemn and criticize, it will be helpful for you to discover why you are doing it. Most probably you are condemning, criticizing, and slandering people because you feel that it is the only way to feel secure, free, and pure. [We will also include in our discussion paragraph four on page 113.]
"Such a feeling is based on a wrong foundation because the more you criticize others, the more miserable you become; the more you condemn and slander others, the more fuel you add to your subconscious elements.
"The quickest way to lose yourself is to attack others because of your subconscious commands." (p. 114)
"The subconsciousness has a very close relation with our astral body. The etheric body is controlled by our lower mental plane, namely by the seventh, sixth, fifth, and fourth levels of the mind (please see diagram on page 32 of our textbook.), but our etheric body also has a close relation with the astral body through the seven centers in the astral body." (p. 89)
"The subconscious elements in our lower mental body affect our astral body as a whole through the etheric body. This is why most of the subconscious elements first appear in our emotional moods or emotional states before they are formulated into thought. "If we closely follow the changes, fluctuations, stimulation, and excitement of our emotional body, we can have a fair idea about the contents of our subconscious mind.
"Our emotions reveal the secret of our subconscious mind, but we do not pay attention to them. The emotional body often acts as a safety valve to relax the pressure accumulating in the subconscious mind." (pp89-90) "In the Fifth Race, the Aryan Race, our consciousness is focused now in the fourth level of the mind, and the fifth, sixth, and seventh levels act as the subconscious mind. "
"As disciples and initiates advance, they enter into the third level or the abstract level of the mind, and, in the meantime, clean the fifth level of the mind and make it part of the fourth level of the mind, the conscious mind." See diagram on page 77. (p. 90-91) Please continue to read the balance of p. 91.
CHAPTER 14 (P. 93)
The Chapter lists ages during which time the subconscious mind releases itself, in some degree. Please make a mental note of your own age in relation to the age cycle listed on p. 93. Do you fall into this age-cycle?
Note the pattern. The first cycle 14-18 lasts 4 years. Then there is a 9 year rest.
The second cycle: 27-35 lasts 8 years followed by a seven year "rest."
The third cycle 42-49 lasts 7 years followed by a four year rest.
The fourth cycle 53-62 lasts 9 years followed by a three year rest.
The fifth cycle 65-70 lasts five years followed by a two year rest.
The sixth cycle 72-80 lasts 8 years.
"During these years you feel a subconscious surge and are challenged to take action in order to control it. If you do not control it by age 49, as you get older, especially after age 62, your subconscious mind may release itself in your dreams, and awaken you at 2:00 or 3:00 a.m. and release so much fear and ugliness from your past life that you are bathed in sweat." (p. 94)
"The subconscious mind can travel with you in the Subtle Worlds and create many difficulties on your journey. Then it burns away in the Fiery World.
"Age seven." Upon your next incarnation, the subconscious mind begins to "rebuild" itself from the three permanent atoms once again." (p. 94)
"The difficulty of knowing when you are acting under the subconscious mind is magnified when you are identified with your subconscious mind in a large percentage. That is where its strength lies. Once you are identified, you think that whatever you are thinking, saying, or doing is done by you. [But] is you hesitate to do what you want to do, or after you do it you hate yourself….we say that there is hope for you…" But if you cannot make a breakthrough, you fall under the dominance of th subconscious mind even more than you did before. Realization makes you have power over it, and with the help of the Teacher you can conquer it." (p. 95)
Glamors and Illusions. "There is a layer in the subconscious mind that collects many kinds of philosophies, religions, and traditions that were given to the person when he was not ready to understand them, or when he was in some degree unconscious or sick or desperate. This is the origin of what are called glamor and illusion.(p. 96)
"Many, many lives are ruined by planting in them such glamors. This is why in some esoteric schools you can attend a class only if you are really awake so that the Teaching does not become part of your subconscious mind." (ibid)
"The subconscious mind has thousands of cards to play with and win. We call them rationalizations, justifications, and legalities. (p. 98)
Chalice. "The more you unfold your Chalice, the less subconsciousness you have, and eventually you become 50% conscious and 50% subconscious. Which one is going to grow and wins? That decision will come from your karma. (ibid)
"Acting under the subconscious mind perpetuates your karma and results in a vicious circle. Someone must stop it and act under the conscious mind to break this vicious circle." This is one of the reasons that having an earthly Teacher is your gift.