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A Treatise on Cosmic Fire - Section Two - Division D - Thought Elementals and Fire Elementals
2. Thought Form Building in the Three Worlds

I have a few more words to say anent this subject of man as a Creator in mental matter. The words are addressed to all those students who - through their ability to concentrate - have developed a certain measure of thought control, and who desire to understand the process of creation with greater scientific accuracy. We will, therefore, consider two factors in the process of thought-form. building:

  1. That of aligning with the Ego. 88
  2. The process of impressing the egoic will, on the physical brain, or (to word it otherwise) the initial utilization of egoic energy. [959]

Let us take them one by one:

a. Alignment with the Ego

This, as we know, is only possible to the man who has reached the Probationary Path, or a certain very definite point in evolution. Through knowledge and practice, the power has been acquired of automatically and scientifically utilizing the sutratma (or channel) as a means of contact. When to this ability is added that of utilizing with equal ease the antahkarana (or bridge between the Triad and the personality) then we have a powerful agent of the Hierarchy on the earth. We might generalize in the following manner as to the stages of growth and consequent ability to become the agent of ever increasing powers, tapping the resources of dynamic energy in the three worlds.

  • Lower types of humanity use the sutratma as it passes through the etheric body.
  • Average men utilize almost entirely that part of the sutratma which passes through the astral plane. Their reactions are largely based on desire, and are emotional.
  • Intellectual men utilize the sutratma as it passes through the lower levels of the mental plane, down through the astral to the physical in its two sections. Their activities are energized by mind and not by desire, as in the earlier cases.
  • Aspirants on the physical plane use the sutratma as it passes through the two lower subplanes of the abstract levels of the mental plane, and are beginning gradually to build the antahkarana, or the bridge between the Triad and the Personality. The power of the Ego can begin to make itself felt.
  • Applicants for initiation and initiates up to the third initiation use both the sutratma and the antahkarana, employing them as a unit. The power of the Triad begins to pour through, thus energizing all human [960] activities upon the physical plane, and vitalizing in ever increasing degree the man's thought forms. The key to the formation of the Mayavirupa is found in the right comprehension of the process.

If students will study carefully the above differentiations, much light will be thrown upon the quality of the energy employed in thought-form building.

In the early stages of alignment, it has to be concisely and carefully brought about through concentration and meditation. Later, when the right rhythm has been set up in the bodies, and the purification of the sheaths has been rigidly pursued, the dual activity will become practically instantaneous, and the student can then turn his attention to the work of conscious building and vitalization; his point of concentration will not then be given to the attainment of alignment.

Accurate alignment entails,

  • Mental quiescence, or stable vibration,
  • Emotional stability, resulting in limpid reflection,
  • Etheric poise, producing a condition in the head center which would permit of the direct application of force to the physical brain via the center.

88 Alignment: See Letters on Occult Meditation, pp. 1-7.

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