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Esoteric Psychology II - Chapter I - The Egoic Ray - Rules for Inducing Soul Control
a. The Tendency to Synthesis

The first of the factors revealing the divine nature and the first of the great psychological aspects of God is the tendency to synthesis. This tendency runs through all nature, all consciousness, and is life itself. The motivating urge of God, His outstanding desire, is towards union and at-one-ment. It was this tendency or quality which Christ sought both to reveal and to dramatize for humanity. As far as the fourth kingdom in nature is concerned, His tremendous utterances, expressed for us in St. John XVII, are the call to synthesis, and urge us towards our goal.

"And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou has given me, that they may be one, as we are...

I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated [232] them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one;

Father, I will that they also, whom thou has given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me; for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world."

Here we have the synthesis of soul with spirit pointed out to us, and the synthesis of soul with matter also emphasized, thus completing the unification and the desired at-one-ment.

But the synthesis of Deity, His tendency to blend and fuse, is far more inclusive and universal than any possible expression in the human kingdom, which is, after all, but a small part of the greater whole. Man is not all that is possible, nor the consummation of God's thought. The sweep of this instinct to synthesis underlies all universes, constellations, solar systems, planets, and kingdoms in nature, as well as the activity aspect and achievement of man, the individual. This instinct is the governing principle of consciousness itself, and consciousness is the psyche or soul, producing psychical life; it is awareness - subhuman, human and divine.

In connection with man, we have the following psychological expressions postulated:

  1. Instinct, lying below the level of consciousness, but protecting and governing most of the habits and life of the organism. Much of the emotional life is thus governed. [233] Instinct controls, via the solar plexus and the lower centers.
  2. Intellect, which is intelligent self-consciousness, guiding and directing the activity of the integrated personality, via the mind and brain, and working through the throat and ajna centers.
  3. Intuition. This is predominantly concerned with group consciousness and will eventually control all our relations with each other, as we function in group units. It works through the heart and the heart center, and is that higher instinct which enables a man to recognize and submit to his soul and to its control and life impression.
  4. Illumination. This is a word which should really be applied to the designation of the superhuman consciousness. This divine instinct enables a man to recognize the whole of which he is a part. It functions via a man's soul, utilizing the head center, and eventually flooding with light or energy all the centers, thus linking a man in consciousness with all the corresponding parts of the divine Whole.

Thus the trend to synthesis is an instinct inherent in the entire universe, and man is today only awakening to its immediacy and potency.

It is this divine attribute in man which makes his physical body an integral part of the physical world; which makes him psychically gregarious and willing to herd (of choice or perforce) with his fellow man. It is this principle, working or functioning through the human consciousness, which has led to the formation of our huge modern cities - symbols of a coming higher civilization which we call the kingdom of God, wherein the relationship between men will be exceedingly [234] close psychically. It is this instinct to unify which underlies all mysticism and all religions, for man seeks ever a closer union with God and naught can arrest his at-one-ment (in consciousness) with Deity. It is this instinct which is the basis of his sense of immortality, and which is his guarantee of union with the opposite pole to the personality - the Soul.

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