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AUTISM – AN ESOTERIC PERSPECTIVE Version 2, 2014 Leoni Hodgson -

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1 AUTISM – AN ESOTERIC PERSPECTIVE Version 2, 2014 Leoni Hodgson - PMAFA, MSE Esoteric Psychology, PhD Philosophy in Esotericism Autism is on the increase, and the world’s medical experts are unable to conclusively point to any particular factor as being the cause. They are baffled. For a period, vaccination was regarded as the villain, then environmental factors; now genetics is under suspicion.

It is the author's contention that the latter - "genetics", will prove more fruitful. An area that will probably not be seriously investigated as a contributing cause for ages, if ever, is the spiritual aspect of man as it interacts with its outer nature on the physical plane. This topic moves us into the realm of Eastern Spirituality or esotericism which deals with those hidden energies and causes that are behind the appearance of a human being on the physical plane. Author Hodgson, who has studied Eastern Spirituality, Esoteric Psychology and Esoteric Astrology, looks at the problem of autism from this angle.

1. Overview of Autism Autism is a serious developmental problem with classic dissociative symptoms. It affects information processing in the brain by altering how nerve cells and their synapses connect and organize. Autism is characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication; and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behaviour. The signs usually develop gradually, but some autistic children first develop more normally and then regress.

Early signs are: the child does not make eye contact, smile when smiled at, respond to the sound of a familiar voice, follow objects visually, use gestures to communicate, make noises to get attention, initiate or respond to cuddling, imitate movements and facial expressions, reach out to be picked up, play with other people, ask for help or make other basic requests. Early behavioural, cognitive, or speech interventions can help autistic children gain self-care, social, and communication skills.

Although there is no known cure, there have been reported cases of children who recovered. But in many cases, the withdrawal seems irreversible, and the mind and its intelligent interaction with and through the brain is severely affected. 2. The Incarnating Soul The spiritual background to this topic is that - man is a spiritual being, a soul, having a physical body experience as he journeys from ignorance to enlightenment. This is achieved across many lives. The soul incarnates through a physical body, grows in wisdom through earthly experience, then the body dies and there is an ingathering of experience before the soul's next incarnation.

But in the case of autism, something is going wrong as the soul enters a new incarnation. It takes from four to seven years for the soul to fully lock into the new incarnation and take full possession of the physical body. Prior to this, from years 0 to 4, the soul overshadows the physical body, gradually pervading it. In this fluid period for one reason or another, the integration of soul and body slows or reverses. Appropriation of the physical sheath.

This takes place between the fourth and seventh year, when the soul, hitherto overshadowing, takes possession of the physical vehicle. 1 This is the critical period then - these four short years. As we know, this is the period when autism appears and why early intervention is vital. This is not to say that after age 4 the situation is hopeless. But it is easier to effect an improvement in these early "fluid" years, and therapists have found this to be so. 2 3. The Primary Cause of Autism? A Soul's Aversion to Physical Life Some incoming souls simply have an aversion to physical plane life and this has an historical basis. The Ageless Wisdom Teachings tell us that in the dawn of human life, a group of souls refused to take possession of their waiting physical vessels: [Responding to the divine plan, emanating from the Mind of God] angels... descended from their sinless and free state of existence in order to develop full divine awareness upon earth, through the medium of material incarnation... [However, there was a group who refused and] chose to stay in their original and high state of being.

To this truth, Christ Himself bore witness in the story of the Prodigal Son and his relationship to his elder brother, who had not left the Father's home. 2 There is a history of aversion, of souls rejecting their physical bodies and refusing to incarnate, dating from that ancient period. On a returning cycle, many of the souls from that period are coming into incarnation now. Is it possible that the problem relates to this group of souls? This would account for the large number of infants (relatively speaking) that are affected. Souls who walked out before and who are doing it again. Bailey said it happens: The withdrawal of the self-conscious aspect of the dweller in the body .. due to that dweller’s great dislike for physical incarnation 3 The actual author of these quotes is the Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul.

He tells us that some soul's have a "great dislike for physical incarnation". How many readers of this article identify with this statement? It is not easy here on Earth and some say this is actually "hell". How many of us wish that we too could avoid the difficulties of physical incarnation? Some kill themselves, but most stay in obedience to that Divine Commandment. Besides, enlightenment – release from the yolk of rebirth, can only occur while we are in incarnation. Toxic Family Atmosphere Hypothetically then, is it possible that a greater number of souls withdraw if born into a household where there is conflict? This does not have to be overt or verbal. Souls are hypersensitive and feel the air and energy currents.

Unexpressed unhappiness or criticisms, babies that are not wanted – all these generate toxins that poison the atmosphere and must be very repellent to sensitive incoming souls. Whether all this is an actual contributing cause to autism or not, providing a loving environment for an incoming soul is an obvious "must". Therapists dealing with autistic children tell us that greater success seems to come with programs using love, play and encouragement. Children respond to such interaction and take steps to engage. If a soul withdraws from its body, what happens on the inner side?

The soul may wander around on the astral plane – not a pleasant place to be, or find a doorway into another world or realm. The physical body remains healthy and strong, but the soul has gone. This leaves the body open for possession by a discarnate entity or multiple entities. This happened with Chris Costner Sizemore of "Three Faced of Eve" fame. However, the "law" has been violated and eventually the Inner Guides will force the soul to incarnate again. 4. Other Contributing Factors - Humanity's Growing Sensitivity and Introversion It is a simple fact, that as the race as a whole moves ever closer to enlightenment, it becomes more sensitive to soul impression, rendering individuals more sensitive generally in everyday life.

This spiritual sensitising of the race picked up a pace when we entered the new millennium with has a base number "2" - the number of sensitivity. “God geometrises”, said Pythagoras. Numbers are a symbol of living energies, the outer forms of creative inner forces that mould and shape all that is found within the universe. For the last thousand years, the number "1" has been the base note, instilling in man its qualities of self-will, independence and individuality. Now man is being instructed to be more sensitive. As a consequence, babies born from 2000 onwards, are highly sensitive little souls, and none more so than those born in this first decade. Their problem is made more acute because of the presence of two zeroes in their birth-year number, indicating even greater sensitivity than normal for their group. 4 They are being born into a world which has been marching to the warlike drumbeat of the Will and Power Ray for a thousand years.

They find themselves surrounded by tough "1's". Being super-sensitive and with an innate urge to go within, the slightest shock or upset in their environment, may cause them to flee in the only way they can in the first years of life – away from physical incarnation and into a private world where they feel safe. In her book Esoteric Psychology, Alice Bailey gave a mystical rendering of psychological problems associated with each number. Below is the quote for the 2nd Ray. The similarity with the experience of the autistic sufferer is astounding. 3 Surrounded.. and sheltered in the world of thought, he burrows like a mole, and finds his way into the darkness.. He dwells within his world in deep content... 5 Introversion Since Carl Jung first popularized the terms introversion and extraversion, the world has accepted and recognised these two personality types. Extroverts are outgoing, while introverts are always looking within, and each group produces it own set of diseases through either over-expression or inhibition. Autism is a disease whose root cause is found in this tendency towards introversion.

Introversion as a pathology increased markedly in the early part of the 20th century, because of the violence of the world wars, causing some to try to escape from the horror of war. This phenomenon is described by esoteric writer Alice Bailey in 1942. “The present world problem, the fear and deep anxiety, and the suffering and pain which are so widespread, are producing a dual result.. the extraversion of the mass consciousness; and a pronounced introversion of the individual.. The effect of this "pull" in two directions is having a serious effect upon sensitive individuals. They are pulled.. outward by the pull of the mass consciousness, and the force of the political, economic and social life of the race; and inwards by the pull of the world of higher values. 6 The momentum of this dual action – one force pushing people outwards and the other drawing them inwards, can cause a psychological problem recognised by esotericists as a “cleavage”. Two parts of the nature are at war with each other.

Most of us suffer from a cleavage-type condition at some stage of our life, usually between the mind which wants to go in one direction and the emotional nature that yearns for something else. Psychological disorders can appear if this tendency becomes extreme, such as: schizophrenia (“split mind”) aka bi-polar, or autism. Devotional and sensitive types are those who are particularly susceptible to diseases arising from introversion. Bailey said: “What is the real nature of a true mystic or introvert? He is one whose soul force.. is too strong for the personality to handle.

The man then finds that the path to the inner worlds of desire-emotion, of mind and of spiritual vision are, for him, the line of least resistance, and the physical plane integration and expression suffer as a consequence.” 7 Mystics of the middle-ages were particularly susceptible, and many died because their yearning for spiritual ascension was stronger than their desire to live in the physical world. Their bodies - deprived of energy nourishment, just wasted away. For spiritual seekers, it is important to maintain balance. In conclusion, the marked tendency of humanity towards greater sensitivity and introversion, is an important factor when considering autism from an esoteric angle, and the soul's desire to avoid reincarnation.

5. Damage to Nerve Activity - the "Vrittis" The following text comes from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, a great Hindu sage who gave us the wonderful spiritual mind-training techniques of Raja Yoga, the kingly science of mind. Patanjali was warning yoga students about an incorrect meditation technique called "passivity", which is really a form of psychological dissociation. It is included here, because it describes what happens in the nervous system when it is not being actively used by the owner of the body. He said this tendency was dangerous because it impaired activities of the mind that relate it to the outer life via the senses.

In Sanskrit, these activities are called “vrittis”. Here are some quotes. Book 1-10: Passivity (sleep) is based upon the quiescent state of the vrittis (or upon the non-perception of the senses). The vrittis are those activities of the mind which eventuate in the conscious relation between the sense employed and that which is sensed,8 those mental perceptions which have relation to the five senses,9 they correlate man with his environment, through the medium of the senses and the mind 10. Some people, by their sheer strength of will.. directly inhibit the processes of the lower mind... (they try) to quiet the mental body by inhibiting or suppressing all movement.. stopping circulation.. This inhibition has a direct effect upon the physical brain. 11 When the mind is stunned into inaction by inhibition or persistent repetitions, [it] is dangerous. 12 This self-imposed quieting (can be) excessively dangerous.. with the sense relations cut off or atrophied.. a man is open to hallucination, to delusion, to wrong impressions and to obsessions.

13 4 From the Oriental perspective, if these vrittis or neural activities are not used they begin to "die off, cutting off its owner from the outside world. If we replace the word vrittis with “electrical impulses”, the definition could come straight from a modern textbook on mind activity, such as below: Our senses depend on the nervous system's use of electrical signalling to convey to the brain what we are seeing, touching, hearing, smelling, and tasting. 14 In short, deliberately inhibiting the processes of the mind mutes the electrical nerve impulses which relay information from the senses to the brain and mind, effectively cutting off its owner from any meaningful interaction with the outer world. The latter part of the previous sentence could be a description for autism, excepting from the esoteric perspective, the cause is the unwillingness of the incarnating soul to engage fully with the brain and nervous system.

We can understand now, why early diagnosis of autism and intervention - within the first four years, is crucial. Untreated, mind and brain activity will atrophy to the point that they are rendered useless. 6. A few suggestions for parents Prevention  Endeavour as far as is possible to provide your child with a stress free birth, and provide a loving and nurturing environment. Try to ensure family routines are ordered and well organised, and the atmosphere is calm. Fill the child’s space with beautiful music and constantly reinforce the positive. Children thrive in such an atmosphere. Remember also that babies and toddlers are more "right-brain" and can read the family atmosphere like a book.  Educate yourself in the symptoms of autism. If you have doubts, see a professional who has skill in the area. Early diagnosis and treatment is vital.

The opinion coming from experts is that autism is treatable if diagnosed and treated early enough.  Contact a good astrologer, and ask if there are indications of severe communication difficulties, in the periods in the first three years in which trauma might be experienced. Then surround the child with love and protection during those periods. If your child is at risk, remove television from the house. Small children cannot differentiate between reality and what they see on screen. Seek out videos which are filled with funny, happy and beautiful images and scenes.  Watch your child from an early stage to see if he or she has a tendency to hold in the breath. Introverts do this when they are anxious, and it slows down energy flow and activity in the mind.

Regularly take the child outside into the sun and do fun play, breathing strongly in and out, mirroring this for the child to see and copy. Endeavour to generally evoke the imagination and fun play. Try to interest the child in hide and seek games - searching and delving stimulates the brain cells. Evoke interest if you can in a variety of (pleasant) smells because this sense is related to mental discrimination. If autism is diagnosed  Join a support group, and find out where resources and information can be found. Put your child into the care of the best trained professionals you can find. Select only those people you like, to work with your precious child – trust your intuition. Contact all surrounding schools, and find out which is best equipped and has the resources to help your child, then do all you can to get your child into that school or centre.

 Join a credible group or organization that deals with the condition.  If the child permits it, give regular very gentle massages, on the top, back and sides of the skull, paying attention to the base of the skull. Align with Soul/ God and send love through the fingertips.  Dress the child in beautiful shades of yellow which is Mercury’s colour. Colour therapists may try playing yellow light upon a child for a few minutes each day.  Meditate regularly and send love to your child. Imagine love is restoring healthy mind and brain function, is stimulating the electrical impulses, visualise thoughtforms moving healthily in the mental ovoid.

If you can organise a spiritual or esoteric healing group, to do this so much the better. See your child as a child of God, a vital and healthy Soul – for this is true in fact, even if the condition exists. Continually send God’s/ Christ’s/ Jesus’/ Allah’s/ Buddha’s (whoever is spiritually inspiring) – blessings to your child. Imagine the child sitting in this sacred person’s lap, being gently held. Be creative.  Sit quietly, and talk to your child non-verbally, by visualising and sending to him or her, beautiful but simple images such as mother kissing the child. Hold the image for a period. Be creative. When your child is asleep, sit quietly beside him / her and non-verbally tell the little one how much he/ she is loved.  Search the web for a list of vitamins which will build up the immune system.  If in spite of your best efforts, the condition does not reverse itself, console yourself with the fact that you tried.

Try to accept that the experience is part of the life-plan of your Soul, the life-plan of your child’s Soul, and a learning experience for all affected - perhaps to demonstrate care and compassion. We are told than often in cases where consciousness is severely impaired, the situation is related far more to the 5 karma of the parents or of carers, than to the patient. 15 In your child’s next life, another opportunity will be offered for a healthy life. In the life of the Soul, no time is wasted, and everything unfolds as it should. This includes this brief paper on autism.

See also a second paper on the Astrology of Autism. The author has a special interest in the subject because her grand-daughter has been diagnosed with the condition. This has enabled the condition - as it affects this child and has unfolded, to be closely observed.

1 Alice Bailey, Esoteric Psychology, vol.2, p52 2 Alice Bailey, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p118-119 3 Alice Bailey, Esoteric Psychology, vol.2, p419-420 4 The circle is a well known symbol of infinitude and of the Divine which once again draws consciousness in and up, rendering this group of souls super-sensitive. LH 5 Esoteric Psychology, vol 1 p167 6 Alice Bailey, Esoteric Psychology, vol.2, p516-7 7 Alice Bailey, Esoteric Psychology, vol.1, p160 8 Sutras of Patanjali, Alice Bailey interpretation, Light of the Soul p21 9 Sutras of Patanjali, Alice Bailey interpretation, Light of the Soul p22 10 Ibid 11 Alice Bailey, Letters on Occult Meditation p95 12 Alice Bailey, From Intellect to Intuition p109 13 Sutras of Patanjali, Alice Bailey interpretation, Light of the Soul p21-2 14 www.lcmedia.com/mind163.htm 15 Alice Bailey, Esoteric Psychology, vol 2, p459


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Shamballa School Glossary

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Dark Night of the Soul – A phrase used by St. John of the Cross to describe a period of spiritual difficulty which can include a sense of despair, diminished hope and faith, loss of connection to Spirit, feelings of spiritual failure, loss of meaning, acute sense of imperfections, and similar challenges. St. John identified two forms of the dark night – the dark night of the senses and of the spirit. Of these he says “The one night or purgation will be sensory, by which the senses are purged and accommodated to the spirit, and the other night or purgation will be spiritual, by which the spirit (inner being) is purged and denuded as well as accommodated and prepared for union with God through love.” The ‘dark night’ is essentially a death preceding a rebirth, and so in some traditions such as Zen has been referred to by such terms as the ‘Great Death’. In the view of the Trans-Himalayan tradition (and various other traditions) these major death and rebirth cycles are several and are related to a being’s passage through the initiations of the soul – the death of identification with the physical body, the emotional self, the mind, the personality as a whole, then the release of the essential monadic being from the intuitive self or soul. Each of these involves a corresponding ‘dark night’, culminating in the initiatory experience itself, which progressively liberates and empowers the essential being. See also St. John of the Cross, Self-realization, Initiation.


Deity – In Trans-Himalayan occultism, a term usually referring to a God or ensouling being of some system of manifestation. The human monad might be described as a deity, for instance, as might a planetary, solar, cosmic, galactic or universal Logos. Such deities typically have specific defining characteristics such as compassion, power or wisdom, according to their primary Ray type. Alternatively, the term can refer to the various facets of God or Divinity in personified terms. Such deities need not have bodies or forms, but do, as described in various traditions, have specific spiritual qualities and powers. Included in the category of ‘Deities’ would be Archangels, Devas, Dhyani-Buddhas and Gods and Goddesses. Examples of various types of Deities include Ishvara, Adi-Buddha, Isis, Kali, Tara, Kuan Yin, Shiva and Vishnu. In some definitions of Deity, not all Deities are enlightened or fully enlightened. Yet in their corresponding traditions, all of the Deities mentioned above are usually considered fully enlightened beings. Some teachings understand Deities as usually being great enlightened Presences who were human at some point in their history, somewhere, and are now a type of higher order master who have progressed in spiritual evolution into having a more universal scope of expression. Some cosmologies view one or more Deities as being ‘Creators’ in the sense of being responsible for the existence of the universe. Non-dual cosmology (such as Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism and third phase Trans-Himalayan occultism) does not see any Deity as an ‘Absolute Creator’, that is, an ultimate source of the universe, but rather recognize various forms of Deities as having relative creativity (such as the various classes of Logoi, or the Archangels of the Elements) or as being more like universal teachers or saviors. See also Deity Yoga, Adi-Buddha, Logos, God, Archangel, Form, Ajata-vada.


Deity Yoga – A form of devotional spiritual practice involving some form of focus on, or worship of, a Deity, which Deity is normally understood to be the embodiment of some spiritual principle of archetype. Used commonly within such traditions as Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism, Deity Yoga typically makes use of sound (as in prayer and mantra) and visualization (such as with mandalas and yantras) to invoke and commune with a Deity. Advanced forms of Deity Yoga concern the process of ‘transforming’ oneself into the Deity, thereby gaining profound enlightenment and the various qualities of the Deity through identification and, therefore, direct transmission. See also Deity, Tibetan Buddhism, Yantra, Mantra, Yoga.


Deva – From the Sanskrit root div, ‘to shine’, Devas are ‘the shining ones’. In Hinduism, the terms deva (masculine) and devi (feminine) are used to describe both the universal enlightened Deities such as Shiva, Tara, Kali and Vishnu, as well as the Nature deities that are essentially the same as some of the orders of the Archangels of the Judeo-Christian tradition. In the Trans-Himalayan tradition, the term ‘deva’ is most often used in a way synonymous with Nature Archangel. Furthermore, the deva kingdom is said to be a line of planetary evolution that runs occultly parallel to the human evolution, with the devas both composing the physical and subtle forms through which the human monadic spirit manifests, and being possible to division into two classes. The first class are those that are pre self-conscious in their evolutionary unfoldment, and these are the countless elemental beings that compose the physical and subtle forms of the physical, astral-emotional and mental realms. The second class are those angelic beings that are post self-consciousness in their evolutionary unfoldment, with these beings embodying the subtle substance and fields of transmission of the higher planes through which cosmic energies pass and holding, alongside those spirits who have achieved liberation through the human line of evolution, some of the most prominent and enlightened positions on the planetary Hierarchy. See also Archangel, Elements, Nature, Hierarchy, Deity.


Dharma – A Sanskrit word with various meanings, used in numerous traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism. One of the ways it is used in Hinduism is in its name. The Hindus did not traditionally called themselves ‘Hindus’, nor their religion ‘Hinduism’, just as the Native Americans did not traditionally call themselves ‘Native Americans’. The Hindu name for their own tradition is the Santana-Dharma, which can be translated as ‘The Ageless Wisdom’ or ‘The Eternal Teachings’. So in both Hinduism and Buddhism, one meaning of the term Dharma (often capitalized) is ‘The Teachings’ or ‘The True Way’. So sometimes when we use the term Dharma, especially when phrased ‘the Dharma’, it means the teachings of the Ageless or Primordial Wisdom Tradition. All authentic spiritual teachings are manifestations of ‘the Dharma’, although some may be more profound or complete than others, while none begin to exhaust vast richness of the Dharma. 
Another meaning of ‘dharma’ (usually not capitalized) is ‘righteousness’ or ‘virtue’. This is related to the first meaning but is limited to its outer significance. Yet another meaning is as someone’s duty or role in life. In this sense, a person’s dharma refers to their nature, their natural place in life, dictated by their karma, their level of evolution and so on. This is related to the notion of having a ‘life purpose’, or a ‘calling’ or ‘mission’. But this ‘dharma’ need not be a special or glamorous role. Everyone’s essential dharma or calling is to pursue the path to Self-realization, which may or may not involve fulfilling a role such as being a teacher, healer, leader, etc.
 See also Divine Will, Dharma Yoga.


Dharma Yoga – A term used in Agni Yoga teachings to refer to the path (or an aspect of a broader approach) which concerns the development of a sense of one’s essential or spiritual purpose or direction, especially regarding the field of action. In this light, dharma yoga may be considered an aspect or form of karma yoga, the path of spiritual action. The word ‘dharma’ is used here with its meaning of one’s role or duty in life, which can be applied to cultivating action in each moment that is in harmony with one’s true nature, and also the sense of having an experience of a general ‘calling’ or life-work, and also to more specific instances of the experience of inspiration arising from a higher or divine will. 
A common element of dharma yoga can therefore involve the experience of the alignment of the individual will with a deeper, more profound source of direction, meaning or purpose – the Divine Will, the Tao, the universal Dharma, one’s divine self, or other sources of transcended guidance, inspiration and empowerment. Dharma yoga is particularly a path concerned with exploring the relationship between one’s individual will and some source of more universal direction or purpose. There are a variety of approaches to dharma yoga, which reflect differences of style, stages of development as well as differing sources of higher will with which one is aligning, cooperating or surrendering. See also Karma Yoga, Dharma, Divine Will.


Divine Power, Will and Purpose – This is understood, in the Trans-Himalayan tradition, as one of the primary qualities of divinity, alongside Divine Love-Wisdom, Divine Creative Intelligence, and Divine Being and Presence, as they expresses on every level of cosmic evolution in the manifest universe. Divine Will and Power are described as primary qualities of the monadic, or 1st aspect of the human being, which could itself be considered as both an embodiment and reservoir of the essential Life energy of the planetary Logos; with Love-Wisdom understood as the primary quality of the soul or consciousness aspect, and creative intelligence (eventually realized as and in divine activity) the primary quality of the personality or form aspect. On a planetary level, the seat of planetary Power, Will and Purpose is known in the Trans-Himalayan teachings as Shamballa – the planetary crown chakra, with Hierarchy, the planetary heart chakra primarily expressing Love-Wisdom and humanity, the planetary throat chakra expressing Creative Intelligent Activity. It is understood that planetary Purpose, which is the silent and still coherence of the essential dynamic Beingness of the planetary Logos of the Earth, is held in reservoir in Shamballa, and that when this energy becomes active it takes the form of divine Will. This process of stepping down planetary Purpose into the Great Plan, is engaged by the liberated Masters and Bodhisattvas of Hierarchy who are able to contact the reality of Shamballa, and it involves their translation of the Great Purpose at the heart of the entire Being of Earth, into however much of that Purpose can be expressed during that particular cycle. This Plan is then stepped down into the various Ray Ashrams of Hierarchy, the planetary heart chakra, where it is engaged into a program of unfoldment through all fields of human and non-human endeavour. Humanity’s evolution and progressive awakening are both the result of this process, and the cause of its continued advancement, as the three planetary chakras, Humanity, Hierarchy and Shamballa, become progressively interrelated. These reservoirs of divine Power and Purpose are found at all levels of the universe, with Uranus playing the same role in the solar system, the Great Bear on a stellar level, and the supermassive black hole at the core of each galaxy on a galactic level.

In other traditions, such as the Indian Tantric tradition, Divine Power and Will are sometimes understood as enlightened Shakti, or the feminine energetic power-expression of the masculine, dynamic, still and silent Source. In Islam and Christianity, Divine Will also plays a central role, though often according to an understanding of more ethnocentric stages of consciousness development.

Contact with divine Power, Purpose and Will occurs through identification with the monadic depth of identity, which is ever identified with the One Life of which it is the expression (planetary, solar, galactic or universal). The result of that identification is both the transference of identity into that single Reality of Being, but also an empowerment to move with power as the One in the service of planetary awakening. This is how the members of Hierarchy are understood to work, as are those beings composing Shamballa, though on much more mysterious and cosmically inclined levels. See also Shamballa, Monad, Hierarchy, Black Hole, Uranus, God, Purpose, Plan, Shakti.


Djwhal Khul, Master – The Tibetan master whose teachings, through and with Helena Blavatsky, Alice Bailey and Bruce Lyon, have constituted the most comprehensive body of transmissions in the Trans-Himalayan tradition. While Blavatsky is understood to have met him in person a number of times, his transmissions to Alice Bailey and Bruce Lyon occurred on subtle levels. Djwhal Khul has described himself as a Tibetan master who resides as the abbot of a Vajrayana lamasery in Northern India, and by Theosophical writers, it is understood that he incarnated previously as the Buddhist sage, Aryasangha. Owing to the body of his teaching having such an extensive basis in the various energies and beings of the cosmos, and because of the similarity in content, a number of Trans-Himalayan scholars have suggested that Djwhal Khul may be a master of the Kalachakra Tantra teachings of Tibetan Buddhism. During his work with Alice Bailey, he is understood to have been a 5th degree initiate, yet he notes in his recent work with Bruce Lyon that he has now passed through the 6th initiation. He is understood to be the most advanced student of the Master Koot Humi, and is now understood to have assumed the position of head of the Second Ray Ashram, and with the masters Morya and Rakozci, he holds a transmission point for the Ashram of Synthesis. See also Alice Bailey, Bruce Lyon, Helena Blavatsky, Trans-Himalayan tradition, Ashram of Synthesis, Trans-Himalayan School, Master, Guru.


Duhkha – Sanskrit word (Pali: dukkha) meaning ‘suffering’ or ‘discontentedness’. A term used in both Hindu and Buddhist teachings to describe an unavoidable characteristic of the experience of being a separate self, and the desires and attachments that arise from that misunderstanding. Duhkha names the fact that suffering is the constant companion of ordinary life, the fact that no matter how much temporary happiness we achieve, it is always tainted by limitation, and will always pass. Profound insight into the truth of duhkha is that deep and profound realization that separative existence is inherently limited, painful, discouraging and disappointing. Insight into the truth of duhkha is the sobering realization that the ego-centric mode of existence that keeps us bound to samsara, and in fact is the very basis of the existence of samsara, is not working and is not what we really want. It is a waking up to realizing we are addicted to a narcotic, one that seems to give us what we want, or at least the hope of achieving it, but that this is an illusion because it can never deliver what it promises. Even when we get what we think we want, we will eventually loose it. And the very mode of seeking happiness through attaining something we perceive as separate from us always carries with it suffering, because unless we transcend the experience of separation permanently, we will continue to suffer, because suffering is intrinsic to the experience of separation. 
Duhkha is the insight into the fact that our addiction to ego and desire is unsatisfactory. The complimentary insight to duhkha is the realization that there is another mode of being beyond samsara, beyond ego, which is in fact our true nature. In order to fully enter this mode of being (nirvana, the Tao, Christ Consciousness) we must become fully disillusioned with samsaric existence. These two insights grow together as we gradually awaken – disillusionment with the old, and emergence into the new. See also Impermanence, Nirvana, Ego, Samsara, Separation, Suffering.


Dhyana – Sanskrit term for deep meditation, which is past the stage of basic concentration, but short of the stage of samadhi. See also Samadhi, Attunement, Meditation.


Dzogchen – A spiritual transmission held within the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism after having been received by Garab Dorje (said to have been transmitted to him from the Adi-Buddha via Vajrasattva), and the Oral Transmission class of teachings in Tibetan Bon via its founding buddha, Tonpa Shenrab. Dzogchen migrated to Tibet from Central Asia where it merged with, and continues to be transmitted by, aspects of both the Bon and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Dzogchen, which means ‘Great Perfection’, is essentially a non-dual transmission emphasizing the awakening of the individual, after appropriate preparation, to rigpa or non-dual Presence by direct transmission from master to student. The heart of Dzogchen takes the form of two primary practices (trekcho and togal) used to ‘cut through’ into direct, non-dual awareness, and then to integrate this awareness into daily life. The practices of Dzogchen tend to emphasise the integration of non-dual realization and vision. Dzogchen is transmitted through both the Nyingmapa Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, and in a virtually identical form through Tibetan Bon, and in both it is coupled with traditional and tantric practices used to prepare one for the advanced non-dual practices that are the essence of Dzogchen. Dzogchen is also characterized by an emphasis on ‘the Great Transfer’ as the culmination and expression of the highest realization or ‘attainment’. The Great Transfer, also known as the ‘Body of Light’, is the experience of culminating one’s incarnation by so fully realizing non-dual presence or enlightenment within one’s physical body that the body and its elements are resolved into their light essence, prior to death, causing the body to disappear from the physical world (leaving only the hair and nails behind). A realization nearly as advanced as the Great Transfer is called the ‘Rainbow Body’, wherein the body is gradually dissolved into light over the course of several days just after death. Garab Dorje, Padmasambhava and many other Dzogchen masters up until our times have achieved these consummating stages of realization, including a North American who apparently achieved the Great Transfer while training in the Himalayas in recent years. See also Rigpa, Non-dualism, Ati Yoga.


Ego – From the Latin meaning ‘I’. In a spiritual context the term ‘ego’ is used to refer to the essential experience of ‘I-ness’, of individual separate existence in the gross realm of personality, though in the Trans-Himalayan teachings, the term is sometimes used to refer to the incarnating spiritual self, or soul. According to the first definition, the sense of ego arises with subject-object dualism, that is, the experience of being an individual looking out at an ‘other’ – that is, other beings and the world at large. Arising from this sense of being a separate self comes a sense of incompleteness, since our true nature is non-dual and intrinsically complete. With the illusion of being a separate self we also feel deep within our experience a sense of loss, of incompleteness, and a desire for ‘something’ to fill that lack. This gives rise to the unfoldment of various conceptions of what will fulfill us, and the various desires that are then formed. Yet the traditions suggest that only the realization of our natural state of underlying wholeness or Buddha Nature, our union with God, or our non-dual Self, will fully eliminate this sense of lack and the feelings of craving, imperfection, loneliness and suffering that must come with it.
 Ego has various levels of expression. There is unconscious ego, normal human ego and spiritual ego. Spiritual ego can take the form of making spirituality a way to prolong the ego rather than transcend it. But there is also a mature form or ‘spiritual ego’ that is the ‘selfhood’ that aspires to enlightenment and self-transcendence or Self-fulfillment. See also Soul, Separation, Personality, Self, Hindrances, Permanent Personality, Self-realization.


Elements – According to some of the esoteric traditions, the elements are fundamental aspects of experience. They are not mental concepts, but rather can be directly perceived by ‘bare attention’ – pure intuitive awareness. Experiences like noticing an airplane overhead, an emotional state like grief, or the choice to buy a loaf of bread – these types of experiences are conditioned by mental concepts. The elements are more fundamental components of experience, and can be directly perceived with intuition, beyond intellect and concepts. The following are the seven primordial elements or building blocks of all experience:

1st Element Self – The Knower, Atman/Purusha

2nd Element Consciousness – Knowing Mind, Essence, Prajna, Intuition

3rd Element Akasha – Space, The Known Prakriti, Root Substance

4th Element Air or Wind – Vibration, Movement, Motion, Vitality

5th Element Fire – Heat and Cold, Light and Color, Radiation,

6th Element Water – Fluidity, Cohesion

7th Element Earth – Hardness, Solidity, Firmness

The Elements may be grouped into two categories – the first three, the essential Trinity, and the other four, the Quaternary. The Buddha referred to the first three elements (which he also called paramattha dharmas or ‘ultimate realities’) as the ‘mind elements or dharmas’, and the last four as ‘material elements or dharmas’, because they have form. The seven principles or rays may be understood as different ways of experiencing these essential elements. Each element also reflects within it all the other elements, so there are also 49 ‘sub-elements’, and so on. All beings, forms and states on every plane of the universe, manifest and unmanifest, are made up of various combinations of these elements. These elements or essences are the building blocks of Relativity. Beyond all seven elements or rays is the unconditioned, non-dual reality – the Absolute. See also Elementals, Principles, Rays.


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