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A Treatise on White Magic - Rule Ten - The Founding of the Hierarchy
I would again point out that we shall not waste time in planetary intricacies and the interplay of solar energies, but will concern ourselves with the laws of practical spiritual living. I seek but to give a few thoughts which have relation to the coming age, and which will enable man to go forward to that glorious heritage which is his and into which he must inevitably enter under the good Law and through the experience of rebirth. Through rebirth he learns to dominate and utilize form correctly.

All forms, in themselves, are not expressions of a personality. To warrant the term, three types of energy must be present, - three types, fused, blended and coordinated into one functioning organism. A personality is therefore a blend of mental energy, of emotional energy and of vital force, and these three are masked, hidden [392] or revealed (note this terminology) by an outer shell or form of dense physical matter. This outer crust is in itself a form of negative energy. The result of this union of three energies in an objective form is self-consciousness. Their fusion produces that sense of individuality, which justifies the use of the word 'I', and which relates all occurrences to a self. Where this central conscious entity exists, utilizing the mind, reacting sensuously through the emotional body, and energizing the dense physical (via the vital body) then one has a personality. It is self-conscious existence in form. It is awareness of identity in relation to other identities, and this is equally true of God or man. It is a sense of identity, however, which persists only during the creative process, and for as long as the matter aspect and the consciousness aspect present the eternal duality of nature. In our evolutionary development it is not realized in the subhuman forms; it is realized in the human kingdom, and is realized but merged into and negated by the greater forms and consciousnesses which we call the superhuman.

Personality is that state of awareness which has its conditioning factor in the mind stuff, but this can be transcended when that mind stuff no longer controls. As the individual mind stuff is an integral part of the Universal Mind, and as the principle of mind is inherent in all forms, the sense of individuality and of self-awareness is always eternally possible. In the higher states of consciousness, it is however, eventually relegated to a subordinate position. God, for instance, can always and eternally be aware of that reality which constitutes the self, and which governs the integrity of the solar system, and of the solar interplay with other systems, but the consciousness of divinity and the awareness of the solar Deity is not primarily occupied with selfhood. That - as a result of past world periods and experience - lies below the threshold of the divine consciousness, and has [393] become as much a part of the cosmic instinctual nature as are any of the human instinctual attributes. The focus of the Eternal Attention (if I may use so unusual a phrase where words are necessarily almost worthless!) lies in realms of awareness beyond our comprehension. They lie as far beyond our ken as the awareness of a Master of the Wisdom lies beyond the ken of an ant or a mouse. It is therefore fruitless for us to dwell upon it. For us, there is the achieving of personality, or of a full registration or awareness of the indwelling self; there lies then the utilization of that personality, and its sacrifice eventually to group good, with a consequent merging of the self in the one Self and the fusion of the individual soul (consciously and willingly) in the Oversoul.

"I am", - the cry of every human being; "I am That", - the cry of every personality, who realizes his selfhood and uses his personality in order to express the will of the indwelling entity, the true person. "I am that I am" - the cry of the individual soul as it is lost in the whole and realizes its oneness with the soul or self of all.

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