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Esoteric Psychology II - Chapter II - The Ray of Personality - Some Problems of Psychology
Because he has achieved integration and is able to function in the mind nature; because his orientation is good and right; because he is on the Path of Probation; and because he knows himself to be an aspirant and even a disciple, that which the [474] lights reveals upon the astral plane, for instance, is naturally of a very high order. It is, consequently, most deceptive in its effects. Vast cosmic schemes which have emerged from the minds of thinkers in the past and which have succeeded in reaching the astral plane; the ancient forms embodying the "wish life" and the imaginary conceptions of the race and which are of such potency that they have persisted in the desire life of many; the symbolic forms employed down the ages in the attempt to materialize certain realities; the tentative and experimental forms of great and good endeavors which have been or are at this time being worked out, plus the life activity of the astral plane itself, the dream world of the planet - all this tends to preoccupy him and to lead him into danger and error. It retards his progress on the way and sidetracks his energies and attention.

It should be remembered that this constitutes the line of least resistance for the man because of the potency of the astral body in this world period. The result of all this is that the powers and faculties of the mind become over developed and what are called the "lower siddhis" (the lower psychic powers) begin to assert control. The man is, in reality, reverting to states of awareness and to conditions of functioning which were normal and right in Atlantean times, but undesirable and unnecessary in our day. He is recovering - through stimulation - ancient habits of psychic awareness which should lie normally below the threshold of consciousness.

The light has revealed this world of phenomena to him; he deems it desirable and interprets its activities as a wonderful spiritual development within himself. This stimulation by the mind (itself stimulated in meditation) as it turns downward on to the astral plane, evokes the renewed and the reawakened active reaction from the lower powers. It is as [475] definitely a recovery and as definitely undesirable as are some of the Hatha-yoga practices in India which enable the yogin to recover the conscious control of his bodily functions. This conscious control was a distinguishing mark of the early Lemurian races but for ages the activity of the body-organs has lain, most desirably and safely, below the threshold of consciousness, and the body performs its functions automatically and unconsciously, except in the case of disease or maladjustment of some kind. It is not intended that the race (when the work of this present cycle is accomplished) should function consciously in forgotten areas of awareness, as did the Lemurian or the Atlantean races. It is intended that men should function as Caucasians, though no really satisfactory term has yet been coined to distinguish the race which is developing under the impact of our occidental civilization. I am referring to states of consciousness and realms of awareness which are the prerogative of all races and peoples at certain stages of development, and I only use the three, scientific, racial nomenclatures as symbols of these stages:

  • The Lemurian consciousness - physical.
  • The Atlantean consciousness - astral, emotional, sensuous.
  • The Caucasian or Aryan - mental or intellectual.

This must never be forgotten.

The man who is suffering from the revelations of light in the three worlds (particularly in the astral world) is, therefore, really doing two things:

  1. He is remaining in a relatively static condition, as far as his higher progress is concerned; he is looking on at the bewildering kaleidoscope of the astral plane with interest and attention. He may not be active on the plane himself or consciously identify himself with it, but, mentally and emotionally, it is satisfying temporarily his [476] interest, holding his attention and arousing his curiosity, even if he remains, at the same time, critical. He is, therefore, wasting time and surrounding himself continuously with new layers of thought forms - the result of his thought about what he is seeing or hearing. This is dangerous and should be brought to an end. Intelligent interest in the world of glamor and illusion is required of all wise aspirants and disciples so that they may release themselves from its thralldom, for otherwise it will never be understood and controlled. But a prolonged application to its life and complete engrossment in its phenomena is dangerous and imprisoning.
  2. The interest evoked in these undesirable cases is such that the man
    1. Becomes completely glamored by it.
    2. Descends (speaking symbolically) to its level.
    3. Reacts sensitively to its phenomena, and often with pleasure and delight.
    4. Evokes the ancient faculties of clairvoyance and clairaudience
    5. Becomes a lower psychic and accepts all that the lower psychic powers reveal.
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