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The Rays and the Initiations - Part Two - Section One - The Aspirant and the Mysteries of Initiation
Outline for Reflective Contemplation on Constructing the Antahkarana

I. Points to have in mind.

This work of construction concerns the handling of energy. Students should ponder upon the distinction between energy and force.
It is dependent upon the use of the creative imagination. Students would do well to reflect upon the relationship of the imagination to the intuition and of both to the mind.
The work of building the antahkarana must be done with as much conscious understanding as possible. [512]

II. The six steps or methods of building the Antahkarana.

  1. Intention.
    1. The achieving of right orientation
      Towards the soul
      Towards the Spiritual Triad.
    2. A mental understanding of the work to be done is necessary.
    3. A ring-pass-not of consciously gathered energies must be created and held in a state of tension.
    4. A period of clear thinking anent this process of Intention must be attempted.
    5. Then follows the preservation of a point of tension.
  2. Visualization.
    1. The use of the creative imagination or the picture-making faculty.
    2. Response to intuitional or buddhic impression.
    3. Preoccupation with two energies:
      The energy held at a point of tension within the previously created ring-pass-not.
      The active picture-forming energy brought into action by the mind of the builder.
  3. Projection.
    1. The calling in of the will through the method appropriate to the Ray of the disciple, the soul ray.
    2. The simultaneous preservation of three lines of thought:
      Awareness of the blended personality and soul.
      Awareness of the point of focused tension.
      Awareness of the Ray energy in its will aspect.
    3. The use of one or other of the seven Ray methods of projection, according to the Ray of the disciple.
    4. The use of a Word of Power.
  4. Invocation and Evocation.
    1. The blended soul and personality are now invocative, and their united intention is expressed in the previous three stages.
    2. Then a response comes from the Spiritual Triad, which that intention, propelled by an act of will from a point of tension has evoked.
  5. Stabilization.
    This is brought about by long patient use of the four [513] previous processes and followed by a conscious use of the antahkarana.
  6. Resurrection and Ascension.
    This is the rising up of the consciousness out of soul and personality limitations (from the angle of the Monad) and its passing into that of the Spiritual Triad.

Here I would touch upon one important point connected with all Words of Power. I could give you these words in their ancient Sensa form, but it would not be possible for me to teach, through the medium of writing, their ancient and peculiar pronunciation or the note upon which they should be sounded forth. This used to be regarded of supreme importance. Today, disciples are being taught to work far more upon the inner planes of meaning and not to depend, as heretofore, upon the outer activity of sound. Remember that you are not creating now upon the outer plane. The physical sound or sounds are therefore of relatively no importance. What does matter is the ability of the disciple to feel the meaning of the Word of Power as he silently utters it. It is the quality of his idea which will bring the right effect, and not the way in which he makes a sound with the aid of his vocal cords and his mouth. Students have been taught that the AUM sounded inaudibly and listened for, is of greater potency than when sounded audibly. This was preparatory to the utterance of these Words of Power. They have been learning the significance of the OM, even if they did not realize it. This was all in preparation for the use of the Ray Words. It is the thought behind the form, the registered feeling anent the words, and the understanding of their significance which are of importance; it is the ability to think, to feel and silently to send out the call of quality to quality, of meaning to meaning, of nature to nature, of form to spirit which matters, remembering ever that that which is found upon the physical plane is not a principle. The physical sound is not that which will lead to a successful building of the antahkarana. It is the quality of a particular [514] type of subjective nature (the soul ray as it dominates the personality ray) which makes appeal to that which is still more subjective; that is what in truth accomplishes the work. It should be borne in mind that from the angle of the Spiritual Triad the soul nature is definitely objective. This is a statement of occult fact which will be better understood when the nature of man (as taught in the occult sciences) is admitted by thinkers, scientists and psychologists.

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