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The Rays and the Initiations - Part Two - Section One - The Aspirant and the Mysteries of Initiation
Mental Plane
  1. Lower mental awareness. The development of true mental perception.
  2. Soul awareness or soul perception. This is not the perception of the soul by the personality, but the registering of that which the soul perceives by the soul itself. This is later registered by the lower mind. This soul perception is, therefore, the reversal of the usual attitude of mind.
  3. Higher abstract awareness. The unfoldment of the intuition and the recognition of intuitive process by the lower mind.

Buddhic Plane

  1. Persistent, conscious, spiritual awareness. This is the full consciousness of the buddhic or intuitional level. This is the perceptive consciousness which is the outstanding characteristic of the Hierarchy. The life focus of the man shifts to the buddhic plane. This is the fourth or middle state of consciousness.

Atmic Plane

  1. The consciousness of the spiritual will as it is expressed and experienced upon atmic levels or upon the third plane of divine manifestation. There is little that I can say about this condition of awareness; its state of nirvanic awareness can mean but little to the average disciple.

Monadic Plane

  1. The inclusive awareness of the Monad upon its own plane, the second plane of our planetary and solar life.

Logoic Plane

  1. Divine consciousness. This is the awareness of the whole on the highest plane of our planetary manifestation. This is also an aspect of solar awareness upon the same plane.

As we strive to arrive at some dim comprehension of the nature of the work to be done in building the antahkarana it might be wise, as a preliminary step, to consider the nature [464] of the substance out of which the "bridge of shining mind stuff" has to be built by the conscious aspirant. The oriental term for this "mind stuff" is chitta; it exists in three types of substance, all basically identical but all qualified or conditioned differently. It is a fundamental law in this solar system, and therefore in our planetary life experience, that the substance through which divinity (in time and space) expresses itself is karmically conditioned; it is impregnated by those qualities and aspects which are the product of earlier manifestations of that Being in Whom we live and move and have our being. This is the basic fact lying behind the expression of that Trinity or Triad of Aspects with which all the world religions have made us familiar. This trinity is as follows:

Utilizes the sutratma:
1. The Father Aspect This is the underlying Plan of God
    The Will Aspect The essential Cause of Being
    Purpose Life purpose, motivating evolution
The note of synthetic sound
Utilizes the consciousness thread:
2. The Son Aspect The quality of sensitivity
    The Love Aspect The nature of relationship
    Wisdom. Understanding The method of evolution
    Consciousness. Soul The note of attractive sound
Develops the creative thread:
3. The Mother Aspect The intelligence of substance
    The Intelligence Aspect The nature of form
    The Holy Spirit Response to evolution
The note of Nature
The mental plane which must be bridged is like a great stream of consciousness or of conscious substance, and across this stream the antahkarana must be constructed. This is the concept which lies behind this teaching and behind the symbolism of the Path. Before a man can tread the Path, he must become that Path himself. Out of the substance of his own life he must construct this rainbow bridge, this Lighted Way. He spins it and anchors it as a spider spins a thread [465] along which it can travel. Each of his three divine aspects contributes to that bridge, and the time of this building is indicated when his lower nature is:
  1. Becoming oriented, regulated and creative.
  2. Recognizing and reacting to soul contact and control.
  3. Sensitive to the first impression of the Monad. This sensitivity is indicated where there is:
    1. Submission to the "will of God" or of the greater Whole.
    2. Unfoldment of the inner spiritual will, overcoming all obstacles.
    3. Cooperation with the purpose of the Hierarchy, the interpreting will of God as expressed in love.
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