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If there are obstacles, not 'the infinite

If you can count, not the stars

If you tremble or shake, and not 'a mountain

If increases or decreases, is not 'an ocean

If it passes over the bridges, not 'a river

If you can 'grasp, and not' the rainbow

Here are the parables of the six external perceptions

Milarepa



ON INSPIRED WRITINGS...

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ON INSPIRED WRITINGS..

 

The crisis is so grave and the need of the world so great, that those who can contact the inner side of life, who can even in a small way sense the vibrations of the senior disciples and the Elder Brothers of the race, and who can bring down the ideals, as known on the higher planes, are being very carefully, forcefully, yet strenuously trained.  It is necessary that they should be enabled to act accurately and adequately as transmitters and interpreters

TOWM 175

 

 On the various egroup forums we share ideas with each other utilizing the group mind to penetrate further into the mysteries of cosmology and using the writings of DK and others as both a springboard for our speculations and also as a yardstick by which to measure and test them by. We attempt to educate ourselves and each other on the teachings and expand upon the edges of them.

 

We understand that inspiration is a part of this process and that there is an alchemical reaction between the teachings as an outer repository of wisdom, our innate soul wisdom and the capacity we have to reach into higher spheres directly.

 

For the purposes of clarity we make distinctions between quotes from DK and our own speculations and impressions. We are also informed in the teachings that there is a third phase to run which will be revealed this century and so we attempt to fully understand and assimilate what has been given to be ready for it. For example we are told that that immense volume - A Treatise on Cosmic Fire - will serve students until 2025.

 

When someone purports to be receiving transmissions of new information ( as I have done myself )  we are naturally cautious and want to compare the quality of that which is received with  the immense contribution DK has offered to date. We would rightfully want to be cautious in accepting anything new - when what has been given has not been fully assimilated and is seen to be of a greater quality. We would want to avoid the glamours of   "new presentations" and at the same time avoid the glamours of adherence to the old.

 

This was the situation that many members of the TS found themselves in when the Bailey material was presented. The 'Back to Blavatsky' types would say that all subsequent material ( including Bailey ) was derivative and appealed to those unable and undisciplined enough to really get into the Secret Doctrine. Others would have been upset that her  claims of relationship to the Masters would upset the political structure of the Society. Over time as groups responded to the new note, assimilated it with the existing teachings  and  tested out the value in service then a bridge is formed. Within all esoteric groups there are those who are attached to the form of the teachings they work with and those resonant to the spirit or life behind the form.

 

We are now at an intermediate phase between the second phase of the teachings and the third . We are applyng what has been given and simultaneously reaching towards that which will soon be precipitating. How are we best to negotiate this transition? Those who are astrally polarized will ever go with their emotional interests and with allegiance to personalities - of teachers and teachings, but it is those whose minds are alive and responsive to the living currents of Hierarchy that will have to make the necessary discriminations between different expressions and levels of teachings within an overall field of synthesis. Individuals are at many different levels and have different ray affiliations and therefore all teaching that has at least some current from higher sources will find its place.

 

Further, the seventh ray age will have as its emphasis the inflow of Hierarchical energies - 'the waves of sound and colour break upon the shores'. Everywhere people will be asserting their relationship with sources of inspiration and so how are we to discriminate?

 

I think we can take a leaf from the book of the  fifth ray scientific ashram ( and is not esoteric psychology the higher expression of the fifth ray? ) .

New information is bought to a group of peers in the scientific community for assessment. Further it is tested through experimentation and then those experiments are performed by others to see if they get the same results. Eventually what begins as hypothesis and speculation becomes accepted fact with a spectrum of  ideas between fringe and mainstream science.

 

Part of the difficulty in the esoteric sciences comes from the very thing that they have to offer - the assertion of higher sources of intelligence. In exoteric science it might be assumed that there is such a thing as the 'mind of God' but it is not normally accepted that this Mind works through different levels of disincarnate entities that step it down into human consciousness. Mention of contact with these intermediaries causes several types of problem.

  1. The claiming of a higher authority to bolster or lend weight to proposed ideas.
  2. The glamours of special connection or relationship
  3. Attachment to ideas as the 'revealed word of God'

 

Such were the problems that Blavatsky even mentioned,  on one occasion that she was sorry she even mentioned the Masters at all or something to that effect. In India they still have a clear discrimination between texts that are the parts of the Vedas that are the 'revealed word of God ' and the interpreted ' word of God'.

Much of the religious conflict in the world comes back to point three above and indeed most of these problems are caused by astrality and concrete mind while abstract mind by definition is able to deal with ideas without being overly concerned with their source.

 

Not mentioning the higher sources of inspiration can also have its problems - witness the paper wall Assagioli set up between the Masters and the psychosynthesis work. Many of those groups had major power issues to deal with because the power behind the teachings is not allocated a higher origin and is more likely to be confused with the personalities of the teachers themselves.

 

One of the principles of science is that you quote your sources. This allows others coming in contact with your ideas to trace the stream of thought back to its origin.

Those that have no prior source are deemed to be 'original' and therefore somehow derived out of the mind of the thinker. With esotericism this 'quoting of sources' becomes more problematic. When the sources are claimed to be 'Masters' one cannot go to a library and look them up to confirm the claim. One must be capable of verifying that directly through access to the inner library. Keeping quiet about one's sources also has problems in exoteric and esoteric science.

 

We are told to discriminate between the self and the not-self and to distinguish between currents originating within one's own personality, from the soul, from the ashram and from the Master. How do we assess this correctly and do we openly reveal our perceptions of the various sources? I would suggest we develop the capacity through experimentation - trial and error.

 

Part of the difficulty is that consciousness operates in a dual fashion. I am not talking here about the larger duality between receiving and transmitting but a duality within the reception process itself. The human consciousness,  freed from lower mind can lift itself into the heights - which Morya might call 'striving'

 

Or it can open and receive a downflow which might be called 'surrender'

One way penetrates. The other way opens. One takes the kingdom of heaven by storm with the abstract mind, the other allows heaven to enter into the abstract mind  and plant a thought essence. One is the sword the other the chalice.

 

The adventuring intuitive explores the unknown - he leaves his home ( causal body ) and goes to the heights.- goes into uncharted territory and brings back strange new creatures of thought and scribbled maps of unseen lands.

 

The receptive intuitive stays at home and allows the adventure to come to her - she makes of herself a chalice into which the wonders of the heights are poured. Overflowing through her into her immediate surroundings.

Both ways form part of a balanced whole - the divine hermaphrodite

 

We might say the first way is masculine and the second feminine which is probably why so many of the inspired higher mediums have been women - AAB, HPB, HR to name just those in this tradition. And so many of the inspired 'adventurers' have been men - Einstein, Hawkings,  and so on

 

When one is used to one approach or the other, the opposite can appear like an anathema. To a strong willed mind, the idea of opening to another's thoughts no matter how inspired can be difficult. To a receptively inclined  mind the idea of gathering ones mental energy together to form a honed blade of penetration can also be difficult.

 

I would like to offer some insights into this dual process from my own experience.

The first polarity is to me an expression of Agni Yoga ( see the Technique of the A Presence in GAWP ) I used it to write my book on Agni and to a lesser extent when I study the teachings and try to speculate on them. It involves making 'demand' upon the "raincloud of knowable things" and can be summed up as follows.

 

Preliminaries: Become aware of and identify with Humnaity's desire to reach Hierarchy. Choose a particular area that demands revelation upon which to focus.

Equip the mind with as much known information as possible. Brood upon it.

  1. Enter or find oneself in more or less permanent meditation as a result of the brooding  and  align with higher sources of being.
  2. Focus the soul/mind on the question until the intensity of a 'demand' is reached. This requires a conscious act of the will
  3. Releasing identification with the causal field and ascending on the power of the demand - penetrating into higher levels of energy and purpose
  4. Returning to the causal field and converting the fire contacted into abstract thoughts and writing them down.
  5. Acting on what is received - following through and releasing the energy creatively into the three worlds.

 

 

In his commentary on the Technique DK calls souls who penetrate the heights

'adventuring intuitives' or 'intruding agents of light'

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. The "intruding agent of light" (as the Old Commentary calls these adventuring intuitives) is recognised as one to whom can be entrusted some revelation, some new impartation of truth, some significant expansion from a seed of truth already given to the race. He then sees a vision, hears a voice, registers a message, or-highest form of all-he becomes a channel of power and light to the world, a conscious Embodiment of divinity, or a Custodian of a divine principle Glamour 182

 

There is no doubt that what is learned from these excursions, even though they concern revelation from higher sources, is generated by the inquiring disciple. The revelation is 'appropriated' and therefore rightly 'belongs' to the appropriating consciousness in a sense.

 

On the other hand many of you know I have been receiving what I call the Mercury transmissions. This is a receptive process that entails a totally different discipline. Here the mind is emptied of all thought and dedicated to the 'initiative' of a higher entity. The process goes as follows:

 

Preliminaries. Become aware of and identify with Hierarchy's will to reach Humanity.

Offering ones equipment for that purpose.

 

  1. Reaching a stage of meditation that is soul centred and making contact with
 

Keynote of Libra:

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Libra
Full Moon Meditation Meeting
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Keynote of Libra:

I choose the way which leads between the two great lines of force.

Libra governs the legal profession and holds the balances between so-called right and wrong, between negative and positive.  Libra has been the "sponsor of the law".  The law must become the custodian of a positive righteousness and not simply the instrument of enforcement.  Just as we are attempting to eliminate force out of our national relationships, and just as it is obvious today that the process of drastic penalties has not succeeded in preventing crime or in deterring people from violent selfishness (for that is what all crime is), and just as the social attitude (in contradistinction to the anti-social position of all law-breakers) is being regarded as desirable and taught in our schools, so it is beginning to dawn upon the public consciousness that the inculcation of right relations and the spread of self-control and the growth of unselfishness (and these surely are the goal, subjective and oft unrealised, of all legal procedure) are the needed approach to the young.  The key for growth is the cultivation of harmlessness.  Harmlessness is not negativity or inaction; it is a condition of "perfect poise, a completed point of view and divine understanding".

At the time of each full moon Festival, energy qualified by the constellation influencing the period flows into the range of human awareness, establishing the divine attributes in the consciousness of humanity.  This spiritual inflow can be channeled in meditation into the minds and hearts of all people. The technique of meditation governs all expansions of consciousness, all registration of Plan or Purpose and the entire process of evolutionary unfoldment.

The monthly full moon work is providing the seed of the coming new world religion.  In the future all people of spiritual inclination and intention everywhere will keep the same holy days.  This unanimity of effort will bring about a pooling of spiritual resources and a united spiritual effort.  Individuals involved in this invocation work will increasingly be able to act as mediating points, bringing in great spiritual energies and stepping them down for the benefiting and stimulation of the masses and the three lower kingdoms.
 
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September 23, 2010
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    International Unity

    International Unity

    UNIFICATION

    The sons of men are one and I am one with them.
    I seek to love, not hate;
    I seek to serve and not exact due service;
    I seek to heal, not hurt.

    Let pain bring due reward of light and love.
    Let the soul control the outer form,
    And life, and all events,
    And bring to light the Love
    That underlies the happenings of the time.

    Let vision come and insight.
    Let the future stand revealed.
    Let inner union demonstrate and outer cleavages be gone.
    Let love prevail.
    Let all men love.

    The Challenge of International Unity

    "Unity and right human relations--individual, communal, national and international--can be brought about by the united action of the men and women of goodwill in every country."

    The key to humanity's trouble has been to take and not to give, to accept and not share, to grasp and not to distribute. This is contrary to all accepted standards of behaviour in an increasingly interdependent world.

    We have repeatedly been shown where the true values lie, but humanity has never lived up to the teaching given it. Spiritual impression, constantly conveyed by the great spiritual leaders through the ages, has not been adequately expressed in the lives of the people. They do not practice what they know; they fail to apply their information; they short circuit the light; they do not discipline themselves; greedy desire and unlawful ambition control, and not the inner knowledge. To put it scientifically and from the esoteric angle: spiritual impression has been interrupted, and there has been interference with the divine circulatory flow. It is the task of world servers to restore this flow and to stop this interference.

    The immediate problem with which all nations are faced is that of gradually offsetting hate and distrust and initiating the new techniques of trained, imaginative, creative and practical goodwill.

    Goodwill is the individual's first attempt to express the love of God. One person sincerely practising goodwill in a family can completely change its attitudes. It is so simple and practical that people fail to appreciate its potency or its scientific and dynamic effect. Goodwill really practised among groups in any part of the world, by political and religious parties in any nation, and among the nations of the world, can revolutionise the world and lead to right and peaceful human relationships.


    World Perspective

    People think today in planetary terms. They are aware of events in far distant countries; they are no longer the slaves of blind instinct, nor are they impelled to action by the momentary reactions of the physical body. They are capable of foresight, of careful and intelligent planning, and of organised cooperation. They have the needed psychological insight which will benefit their plans and purposes, and which will involve extended relationships with others, both within the immediate social and economic group and with those upon the other side of the world.
    The early, simple civilisations have been succeeded by the intricate and highly organised social, economic and political civilisation of modern time. The culture of the ages, the arts, literature, the music and the philosophy of all time is today at the disposal of the average citizen.
    History portrays the fierce determination of every nation to preserve its boundaries at any cost, to keep its culture and civilisation intact, to add to them when possible and to share nothing with any other nation except for commercial profit, for which international legislation is provided. More recently international aid of various kinds is available, which again is largely determined by the interests of the contributor except where an impersonal agency, such as the United Nations, is used. This wrong attitude has not only fostered the sense of separateness but has led to the exploitation of the weaker groups by the stronger and frequently the wrecking of the economic life of the masses by a mere handful of powerful groups. Yet all the time humanity is one, and the products of the earth belong to all.

    National selfishness and a fixed determination to preserve national status--interpreted often in terms of boundaries and the expansion of trade--must gradually fade out. Nations can and should demonstrate the practicalities of one world and one humanity, and come to the point where they regard their national cultures, their national resources and their ability to serve as the contributions which they make to the good of the whole. Humanity is capable of a world sense of responsibility, of ability to handle its problems in terms of the larger whole.


    The Economic Problem

    In considering the preservation of peace, it becomes immediately apparent that peace, security and world stability are primarily tied up with world economic factors. Where there is uneven distribution of the world's riches and where there is a situation in which some nations have, or take, everything and other nations lack even the necessities of life, it is obvious that here is a trouble-breeding factor which demands attention. The whole problem is aggravated by the post-war "population explosion," which needs special control measures. When there is freedom from want, one of the major causes of war will disappear. World unity and peace, therefore, should be primarily considered from the economic angle.
    With the cessation of fighting (1945) came the opportunity to inaugurate a new and better way of life, and to establish that security and peace for which all people long. Three negative groups immediately appeared in the world:

    1. The powerful, reactionary, conservative groups, desirous of retaining as much of the past as possible, having great power and no vision.
    2. The fanatical ideologists in every country--communistic, democratic and socialistic.
    3. The inert masses of the people in every land, ignorant or uncaring for the most part, desiring only peace after storm and security in the place of economic disaster.

    All these groups are still making their presence felt; the reactionary groups, because they have power through money or high place in their governments; the ideologists because they are meeting the need of differing types of mind who see the necessity for change and look for an imposed ideology to bring it about; and the inchoate masses, through the increasing momentum of their recognised need and their gradual awakening to things as they are. All these factors produce the present disorders, and condition the deliberations of the United Nations. Though there is no major war, there is no peace, no security, and no immediate hope of either so long as the development of nuclear weapons continues.

    It is essential for the future happiness and progress of humanity that new ways of handling political, religious and economic affairs should be found. The perpetuation of intolerable conditions has brought humanity to its present state of almost cataclysmic disaster. These conditions are the result of religious faiths which have not moved forward in their thinking for hundreds of years; of economic systems which lay the emphasis upon the accumulation of riches and material possessions and which leave all the power and the produce of the earth in the hands of a relatively few, whilst the rest of humanity struggles for a bare subsistence; and of political regimes run by the corrupt, the totalitarian-minded, the grafters, and those who love place and power more than they love their fellowmen.


    Spiritual Welfare

    The reason for the corrupt politics and the selfish, ambitious planning of so many who wield power in positions of responsibility can be found in the fact that spiritually minded men and women have not assumed--as their spiritual duty and responsibility--the leadership of the people. They have left the power in the wrong hands and permitted the selfish and the undesirable to lead.
    The word "spiritual" does not belong to the churches or to the world religions. The churches are themselves in some cases great capitalistic systems and sometimes show little evidence of "the mind that was in Christ." Now, under cyclic law, political ideologies and national and international planning are occupying the attention of the people, and everywhere efforts are being made to bring about better human relations. This, in the eyes of the spiritually minded and of the enlightened worker for humanity, is a sign of progress and a clear indication of the innate divinity of the human being. That is truly spiritual which properly relates us one to another and to God, and which demonstrates in a better world and the expression of the "Four Freedoms" throughout the planet:
    Freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the world.
    Freedom of every person to worship God in his own way -- everywhere in the world.
    Freedom from want -- which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants -- everywhere in the world.
    Freedom from fear -- which, translated into world terms, means a worldwide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbour -- anywhere in the world.

    That is spiritual which has for motive the establishing of the Kingdom of God on Earth; that cannot take place until much has been changed in human affairs and living. It is no longer possible to separate human affairs from spiritual reality and selfless living. The changing of the old order, the awakening of humanity to new possibilities and the purification of the political and economic arena, are today the factors of the greatest spiritual value.


    Humanity's Awakening

    In the present outcry against world conditions, everything is being dragged out into the light of day; abuses are being "shouted from the housetops," as the Christ prophesied they would be. As people awaken to the facts and begin to think and plan for the future, they are aware of undischarged responsibilities. Their consciences trouble them; they are conscious of inequality of opportunity, of grave abuses, of the entrenched distinctions between individuals and the factor of racial and national discriminations; they question their own individual goals as well as national planning.
    People in every land are beginning to realise that they are largely responsible for what is wrong, and that their inertness and lack of right action and thinking has led to the present unhappy state of affairs.
    The awakening of the masses, arousing the determination of the reactionary forces and of monied interests to preserve the old and fight the new are largely responsible for the immediate crisis. The battle between the old, entrenched forces and the emerging, new idealism constitutes the problem today; other factors -- though important, individually or nationally -- are from the true spiritual standpoint relatively incidental.
    The unity, peace and security of the nations, great and small, are not to be attained by following the guidance of the capitalist or the ambitious in any nation, and yet, in many situations, that guidance is being accepted; they are not to be gained by the blind acceptance of any ideology, no matter how good it may seem to those conditioned by it; yet there are those who are seeking to impose their particular ideology on the world -- this does not apply solely to Russia; they will not be reached by sitting back and leaving the changing of conditions to God or the evolutionary process. Yet there are those who make no move to help, even whilst knowing well the conditions with which the United Nations has to deal.
    Unity, peace and security will come through the recognition -- intelligently assessed -- of the evils which have led to the present world situation, and then through the taking of those wise, compassionate and understanding steps which will lead to the establishing of right human relations, to the substitution of cooperation for the present competitive system, and by the education of the masses in every land as to the nature of true goodwill and its hitherto unused potency. This will mean the deflecting of untold millions of money into right educational systems, instead of its use by the forces of war and their conversion into armies, navies and armaments.

    The steps that humanity takes today will condition the new age and determine our destiny. Will it be a destiny of annihilation, of a planetary war, of worldwide famine and pestilence, of nation rising against nation and of the complete collapse of all that makes life worth living?

    On the other hand we can have a period of adjustment, of concession and of relinquishment. We can have a period of right recognition of shared opportunity, of a united effort to bring about right relations, and of an educational process which will train the youth of all nations to function as world citizens and not as nationalistic propagandists.


    Sharing of Resources

    Today men and women everywhere -- in high places and in low, in every nation, community and group -- are presenting a vision of right human relations which must constitute the standard for the future of humanity. In politics, there are statesmen who are endeavouring to guide their people wisely but have as yet too much with which to contend.
    There are enlightened educators, writers and lecturers in every land who are seeking to show the people how practical is the ideal, how available the goodwill in humanity, and how easily applied are these ideals when there are enough men and women of goodwill in the world to force the issue. There are also scientists, physicians and agriculturists who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of human living; there are people of all the faiths who follow sincerely the footsteps of the Christ and who repudiate the materialism which has ruined the churches; there are ordinary men and women in their untold millions who see truly, think clearly and work hard in their communities to establish right human relations.
    Until, however, the great powers, in collaboration with the little nations, have solved the economic problem and have realised that the resources of the earth belong to no one nation but to humanity as a whole, there will be no peace. These resources belong to all people everywhere because they are essential to everyday living.
    The problem of the United Nations is a twofold one: it involves the right distribution of the world's resources so that there may be freedom from want, and it involves also the bringing about of a true equality of opportunity and of education for all men and women everywhere. The nations which have a wealth of resources are custodians of the world's riches and hold them in trust for their fellowmen. The time will inevitably come when -- in the interest of peace and security -- the capitalists in the various nations will be forced to realise this and will also be forced to adopt the principle of sharing.
    There was a time -- a hundred years or more ago -- when a just distribution of the world's wealth would have been impossible. That is not true today. Statistics exist; computations have been made; investigation has penetrated into every field of the earth's resources and these investigations, computations and statistics have been published and are available to the public.
    Those in power in every nation know well exactly what natural resources and other necessities are available for worldwide use upon just and equitable lines. But these commodities are too often reserved by the nations involved as "talking and bargaining points." The problem of distribution is not difficult once the food of the world is freed from politics and from capitalism; it must also be remembered that the means of distribution by sea, rail and air are adequate.

    None of this will, however, take place until the nations begin to talk in terms of humanity as a whole and not in terms of boundaries, of technical objectives and fears; in terms of the bargaining value of oil or coal, or in the language of mistrust and suspicion.

    Guide Lines for Action

    There is no counsel of perfection to give the world, or any solution which will carry immediate relief. It can, however, be said that to the spiritual leaders of the race certain lines of action seem right and to guarantee constructive attitudes:

    1. The United Nations, through the General Assembly, specialised agencies, and its various councils, commissions and committees, must be supported; there is, as yet, no other organisation to which we can hopefully look. Therefore we must support the United Nations but, at the same time, let this group of world leaders know what is needed.
    2. The general public in every nation must be educated in right human relations. Above all else, the children and the youth of the world must be taught goodwill to all people everywhere, irrespective of race or creed.
    3. Time must be given for the needed adjustments; humanity must learn to be intelligently patient and to face with courage and optimism the slow process of building the new civilisation.
    4. An intelligent and cooperative public opinion must be developed in every land and this constitutes a major spiritual duty. If the men and women of goodwill and the spiritually inclined people of the world will become genuinely active, it can be done in a comparatively short time.
    5. The world's economic councils must set the resources of the earth free for the use of humanity. This will be a lengthy task but it will be possible when world need is better appreciated. An enlightened public opinion will make the decisions of the economic councils practical and possible. Sharing and cooperation must be taught instead of competition and self-interest.
    6. There should be freedom to travel everywhere, in any direction and in any country. By means of this free intercourse, members and branches of the human family may get to know each other and to appreciate each other. All that is needed is personal identity cards which all can have as a matter of right.
    7. The men and women of goodwill everywhere should be mobilised and set to work; it is upon their efforts that the future of humanity depends; they exist in their millions everywhere and -- when mobilised -- represent a vast section of the thinking public.

    The Work of the Men and Women of Goodwill

    It is through the steady, consistent and organised work of the men and women of goodwill throughout the world that world unity is being brought about. At present, such people are in process of organising and are apt to feel that the work to be done is so stupendous and the forces arrayed against them are so great that their efforts are useless to break down the barriers of greed and hate with which they are confronted. They realise that there is, as yet. an inadequately sustained use of the principle of goodwill -- which holds the solution to the world problem. They have, as vet, no idea of the numerical strength of those who are thinking as they do. They ask themselves the same questions which are agitating the minds of people everywhere: How can order be restored? How can there be a fair distribution of the world's resources? How can true religion be resurrected and the ways of true spiritual living govern the hearts of men and women? How can a prosperity be established which will be the result of unity, peace and plenty?
    Men and women of goodwill form a world group, standing for right human relations and educating the public in the nature and power of goodwill. They will thus create a world public opinion which will be so potent and so outspoken on the side of human welfare that leaders, statesmen. politicians, businessmen and church leaders will be forced to listen and comply. Steadily and regularly the public should be taught an internationalism and a world unity which is based on simple goodwill and on cooperative interdependence.
    This is not an impractical programme; it emphasises the new politics; based upon the principle of bringing about right human relations. Between the exploited and the exploiting, the warmongers and the pacifists, the masses and the rulers, this group of men and women of goodwill will stand in their organised millions, taking no side, demonstrating no partisan spirit, fomenting no political or religious disturbance and feeding no hatreds. They will not be a negative body but a positive group, interpreting the meaning of right human relations, standing for the oneness of humanity and for practical brotherhood. The propagation of these ideas by all available means and the spread of the principle of goodwill will create a powerful organised international group. Eventually, in numerical strength the men and women of goodwill in the world will be so great that they will influence world events.

    How to use the weight of that goodwill and how to employ the will to establish right human relations will grow gradually out of the work accomplished and meet the need of the world situation. The trained use of power on the side of goodwill and on behalf of right human relations will be demonstrated as possible, and the present unhappy state of world affairs can be changed. This will be done, not through the usual warlike measures of the past or the enforced will of some aggressive or wealthy group, but through the weight of a trained public opinion -- an opinion which will be based on goodwill, on an intelligent understanding of the needs of humanity, on a determination to bring about right human relations and on the recognition that the problems with which humanity is today confronted can be solved through goodwill. (Adapted from Problems of Humanity by Alice A. Bailey).


     

    Cycle of Conferences - Project

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    project comes from The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, by Alice Bailey. The allied forces had won the world war and a powerful first ray activity—the activity of will or purpose—was swinging into action. The Christ, as the Leader of the Forces of Light, empowered the Ashrams of the Masters upon this Ray to strengthen the hands of all disciples in government and politics to enlighten the various national legislatures. If effective, the ‘Cycle of Conferences and of Councils,’ which was being initiated by the statesmen of the world, would thereby be brought under the direct guidance of Those in the Council Chamber at Shamballa Who know the Will of God.

    Since that time there have been two direct impacts of first ray energy upon humanity from the Centre where the Will of God is known—the first in 1975 and the second in 2000. The Divine Will is now at large in the world, breaking down selfish and materialistic patterns of thinking and causing much destruction where resistance is found. The synthesising aspect of the will is simultaneously active, as witnessed by the thousands of non-governmental organisations and charities that have sprung up in answer to the cry of human need. Likewise, the number of conferences taking place has dramatically expanded to include not only the political field, but all departments of human thinking, from philosophy, psychology and economics, to art, culture, science, religion and so forth. These conferences are not only tackling the immediate world crises of poverty, famine and disease, but are also addressing the crisis of vision that is confronting humanity by promoting and working towards a spiritually prosperous future based on sharing, equality, freedom and social responsibility.

    The subjective empowerment of this work through the invocation and direction of the will is a vital service that can be given at this time and is summed up in a passage from The Rays and the Initiations: “It is absolutely essential that the will-to-good be unfolded by the disciples of the world so that goodwill can be expressed by the rank and file of mankind. The will-to-good of the world knowers is the magnetic seed of the future. The will-to-good is the Father aspect, whilst goodwill is the Mother aspect, and from the relation of these two the new civilisation, based on sound spiritual lines, can be founded…. Two aspects of spiritual work must be nurtured in the immediate future, for on them the more distant hope of happiness and of world peace depends. The New Group of World Servers must be reached and the will-to-good developed in them, and the masses simultaneously must be reached with the message of goodwill.”

    Students in the Arcane School have been working increasingly at the invocation of the Will aspect, particularly in relation to the three spiritual festivals and the annual school conferences. An extension of this work is now being implemented and an invitation is extended to all who are interested in participating in the Cycle of Conferences project.

    Outline of the work

    This service initiative involves group invocation of the divine will and its direction as the will-to-good in the build up to a selected conference, preparing in advance the right spiritual atmosphere in which it can take place. The group imaginatively projects a lighted seed of ‘will energy’ and develops it into a pulsating heart centre radiating the light, love and power of the Great Invocation throughout the event and its participants. Through visualisation, this preparatory nucleus of light can frequently be brought under the gaze of the mind’s eye and its inner fire fed with ideas resulting from meditation upon the topic that the conference is focusing. Many people doing this in preparation for the event creates streams of living ‘will energy’ that connect to the thoughtform, its inner light being fanned into the flame of synthesis by the group gaze. In this way, a large and potent group thoughtform is built, wielding a powerful influence. This kind of subjective gazing is a dynamic service that precedes the conscious use of the opened third eye, the Eye of Shiva, with which the trained initiate works in service of the Plan.

    Prior to the conference, the visualisation and preparatory thoughts for pondering will be circulated. Once memorised, the visualisation can be brought to the front of the mind and energised at any time. It can also be used for a lengthier period as a traditional meditation whenever deemed appropriate, but would be of most benefit either before or after a period of reflection, research, or discussion on the subject of the conference. It is well to remember that an effective thoughtform has to be built on all levels of consciousness and these activities provide a strong mental foundation that attracts the pertinent abstract and intuitional energies for effective work. It also provides the needed density of thought, which, coupled with right desire, can externalise the thoughtform on etheric levels where it can perform effective work.

    An increasingly important aspect of spiritual work in the new age is to help develop the right use of the rapid communications network for spiritual purposes. Communication networks circumscribe the globe – a powerful symbol of the etheric lines of communication that underlie all human and planetary relationships, and evolution. Through the immediacy of electronic communication, the group mind can be synchronised and collectively tuned into related aspects of the subject matter concerned, promoting the growth of points of resonance around which group consciousness and group telepathy can develop.

    For Units of Service and those who hold full moon meetings, this work may become a natural extension of current service activities. Study and discussion on the topic of the conference might be held around the time of the new moon. This is when we traditionally work to “strengthen the hands of the new group of world servers” by distributing the energies contacted during the higher interlude of the month. For such meetings, the Cycle of Conferences meditation could be used for five or ten minutes at the start and the new moon meditation outline at the close.

    Type of conference to be focused

    The type of conferences that the group focuses on will vary; some may be sponsored by the United Nations, others by various Non-Governmental Organisations. Conferences of policy-making bodies may be chosen or gatherings of world leaders. They may be political or cultural. Whatever the nature of the event though, it is important to focus on the process of constructive and diverse thinking without attempting to determine specific results. While it is true that many conferences fall far short of public expectations, they nevertheless provide a platform for the voice and vision of the future to reach other members of the new group of world servers and interested sections of the world community. With the growing power of enlightened public opinion adding to the process, conferences are more likely to produce constructive and effective outer results even though they may seem to take a long time to manifest. Some participants, no doubt, will continue to break pledges and renege on their commitments, but the growing insistence of humanity will eventually overcome even these obstructions.

    We hope that this group service will be of interest to you as a means of empowering the trend towards group consciousness. It is also a way for each of us to learn more about the Problems of Humanity in the modern world and contribute to the thoughtform of their solution. Despite the new problems that face us all, fundamentally, they all share the same roots of separativeness, materialism, desire and greed that have plagued humanity down the ages. Through the pain engendered by this wrong orientation, humanity is now collectively turning round to face the spiritual kingdoms of nature and tentatively taking the first steps on the path of light that leads towards them. The present cycle of conferences provides the opportunity to spiritually empower this process.

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    Project: THE INSPIRATION FOR THE CYCLE OF CONFERENCES

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     Project:  THE INSPIRATION FOR THE CYCLE OF CONFERENCES comes from The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, by Alice Bailey. The allied forces had won the world war and a powerful first ray activity—the activity of will or purpose—was swinging into action. The Christ, as the Leader of the Forces of Light, empowered the Ashrams of the Masters upon this Ray to strengthen the hands of all disciples in government and politics to enlighten the various national legislatures. If effective, the ‘Cycle of Conferences and of Councils,’ which was being initiated by the statesmen of the world, would thereby be brought under the direct guidance of Those in the Council Chamber at Shamballa Who know the Will of God.

    Since that time there have been two direct impacts of first ray energy upon humanity from the Centre where the Will of God is known—the first in 1975 and the second in 2000. The Divine Will is now at large in the world, breaking down selfish and materialistic patterns of thinking and causing much destruction where resistance is found. The synthesising aspect of the will is simultaneously active, as witnessed by the thousands of non-governmental organisations and charities that have sprung up in answer to the cry of human need. Likewise, the number of conferences taking place has dramatically expanded to include not only the political field, but all departments of human thinking, from philosophy, psychology and economics, to art, culture, science, religion and so forth. These conferences are not only tackling the immediate world crises of poverty, famine and disease, but are also addressing the crisis of vision that is confronting humanity by promoting and working towards a spiritually prosperous future based on sharing, equality, freedom and social responsibility.

    The subjective empowerment of this work through the invocation and direction of the will is a vital service that can be given at this time and is summed up in a passage from The Rays and the Initiations: “It is absolutely essential that the will-to-good be unfolded by the disciples of the world so that goodwill can be expressed by the rank and file of mankind. The will-to-good of the world knowers is the magnetic seed of the future. The will-to-good is the Father aspect, whilst goodwill is the Mother aspect, and from the relation of these two the new civilisation, based on sound spiritual lines, can be founded…. Two aspects of spiritual work must be nurtured in the immediate future, for on them the more distant hope of happiness and of world peace depends. The New Group of World Servers must be reached and the will-to-good developed in them, and the masses simultaneously must be reached with the message of goodwill.”

    Students in the Arcane School have been working increasingly at the invocation of the Will aspect, particularly in relation to the three spiritual festivals and the annual school conferences. An extension of this work is now being implemented and an invitation is extended to all who are interested in participating in the Cycle of Conferences project.

    Outline of the work

    This service initiative involves group invocation of the divine will and its direction as the will-to-good in the build up to a selected conference, preparing in advance the right spiritual atmosphere in which it can take place. The group imaginatively projects a lighted seed of ‘will energy’ and develops it into a pulsating heart centre radiating the light, love and power of the Great Invocation throughout the event and its participants. Through visualisation, this preparatory nucleus of light can frequently be brought under the gaze of the mind’s eye and its inner fire fed with ideas resulting from meditation upon the topic that the conference is focusing. Many people doing this in preparation for the event creates streams of living ‘will energy’ that connect to the thoughtform, its inner light being fanned into the flame of synthesis by the group gaze. In this way, a large and potent group thoughtform is built, wielding a powerful influence. This kind of subjective gazing is a dynamic service that precedes the conscious use of the opened third eye, the Eye of Shiva, with which the trained initiate works in service of the Plan.

    Prior to the conference, the visualisation and preparatory thoughts for pondering will be circulated. Once memorised, the visualisation can be brought to the front of the mind and energised at any time. It can also be used for a lengthier period as a traditional meditation whenever deemed appropriate, but would be of most benefit either before or after a period of reflection, research, or discussion on the subject of the conference. It is well to remember that an effective thoughtform has to be built on all levels of consciousness and these activities provide a strong mental foundation that attracts the pertinent abstract and intuitional energies for effective work. It also provides the needed density of thought, which, coupled with right desire, can externalise the thoughtform on etheric levels where it can perform effective work.

    An increasingly important aspect of spiritual work in the new age is to help develop the right use of the rapid communications network for spiritual purposes. Communication networks circumscribe the globe – a powerful symbol of the etheric lines of communication that underlie all human and planetary relationships, and evolution. Through the immediacy of electronic communication, the group mind can be synchronised and collectively tuned into related aspects of the subject matter concerned, promoting the growth of points of resonance around which group consciousness and group telepathy can develop.

    For Units of Service and those who hold full moon meetings, this work may become a natural extension of current service activities. Study and discussion on the topic of the conference might be held around the time of the new moon. This is when we traditionally work to “strengthen the hands of the new group of world servers” by distributing the energies contacted during the higher interlude of the month. For such meetings, the Cycle of Conferences meditation could be used for five or ten minutes at the start and the new moon meditation outline at the close.

    Type of conference to be focused

    The type of conferences that the group focuses on will vary; some may be sponsored by the United Nations, others by various Non-Governmental Organisations. Conferences of policy-making bodies may be chosen or gatherings of world leaders. They may be political or cultural. Whatever the nature of the event though, it is important to focus on the process of constructive and diverse thinking without attempting to determine specific results. While it is true that many conferences fall far short of public expectations, they nevertheless provide a platform for the voice and vision of the future to reach other members of the new group of world servers and interested sections of the world community. With the growing power of enlightened public opinion adding to the process, conferences are more likely to produce constructive and effective outer results even though they may seem to take a long time to manifest. Some participants, no doubt, will continue to break pledges and renege on their commitments, but the growing insistence of humanity will eventually overcome even these obstructions.

    We hope that this group service will be of interest to you as a means of empowering the trend towards group consciousness. It is also a way for each of us to learn more about the Problems of Humanity in the modern world and contribute to the thoughtform of their solution. Despite the new problems that face us all, fundamentally, they all share the same roots of separativeness, materialism, desire and greed that have plagued humanity down the ages. Through the pain engendered by this wrong orientation, humanity is now collectively turning round to face the spiritual kingdoms of nature and tentatively taking the first steps on the path of light that leads towards them. The present cycle of conferences provides the opportunity to spiritually empower this process.

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