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Discipleship in the New Age I - Personal Instructions to Disciples - G.S.S.
March 1938

MY BROTHER:

During the next six months we must decide whether you are able to cope with this planned work or not. If at the end of this next period of study it is apparent that you should not do any of the work then - for the sake of group integrity and the purposed undertaking of healing - it will be necessary for you to drop out. Karmatically, you have a relation to me and to this group of aspirants; sensitively you are adequate to the task; aspirationally, you desire to do it. Wherein then lies the difficulty? What causes the over-intensification of the glandular system?

The answer lies in three factors, which I will put frankly before you, leaving you to accept or reject my suggestions as may seem best to you.

First (and above everything else) an intense attitude to life. You live always at a point of tension. Such points of tension come, and should come, to all disciples for it is at such critical moments that the real growth appears and true decisions are made, but you are always at such a point and never know when to relax. Even when amusing yourself, you are tense; when resting, you are tenser still. You could learn relaxation if you so desired, but this you do not really seek to do, and the question is whether you would practice relaxation even if you knew how to do so.

Secondly, you have an inability to eliminate the non-essentials out of your daily life. You do so many things that you need not do and fail to realize that perhaps it does not truly matter whether they are done or no. One of your major requirements, [414] if you are ever to function as a disciple, is the sense of spiritual values. If you can learn this lesson, you will then occupy yourself with the things of lasting moment and not with the ephemeral activities which net you no true results.

Thirdly, you take many things in life far too seriously, such as the work of this group. You think about these things too intently, and you handle the group work, your daily life, and your home problems, plus all your life interests, with too heavy a hand. There are two things which every disciple must some day learn, my brother. One is to cultivate the ability to "sit light in the saddle" (to use an old proverbial injunction) and the other is to develop a sense of humor, a real (not forced) capacity to laugh at oneself and with the world. This is one of the compensations which comes to those who can succeed in working in the light upon the mental plane. When you can do this, the constant tension under which you labor will adjust itself.

How, my brother, does this tension come about in your case? It is based upon an inner inherent ability to touch soul levels and thus to be open to the inflow of soul force. This feeds the various centers with life and energy, and these - in their turn - galvanize the glandular system into activity. When, however, there is not adequate use of spiritual energy, it gets "banked up" in the centers (if I may use such an inadequate expression) and this produces bad results. Your throat center receives the bulk of this energy and the solar plexus, and hence your excessive physical plane activity and nervous energy, and hence also your tendency, via the throat center, to much speech and vivacious talk. The heart center and the center between the eyebrows should receive more of this energy and this would lead to a balancing of the endocrine system and greater freedom in spontaneous service. What aspects of your life, therefore, can be the recipients of spiritual force? Where can you serve spiritually and thus release this banked up spiritual energy? It is definitely energy with which we are dealing, as we live and serve, and this spiritual energy must be used for group betterment and for the meeting of group conditions. I refer not here to this group but to all and any kind of right group activity which may come your way. How can you use this force [415] in service so that it is not accumulated but made to serve a spiritual purpose? That is your problem and a major question with many disciples.

You have oft made the remark that you know so little, that you have been forced ahead too fast, and that you have no background of acquired knowledge. But you have been many years in touch with my work and - in spite of all you may think to the contrary - you have the mental ability and the leisure (if you organized your daily life aright) to read and study. But this is a hard thing for you to do, is it not? But, brother of old, the way of the disciple is never an easy one. The tension from which you suffer could have been very largely offset by a quieter life of reading, gentle thought, organized activities, silence and the refusal to take on non-essentials (those things which other people can do just as well as you can) or the ability to see things not done.

I have written thus in frankness, because I seek to release you from your present condition to fuller service, to better health, and truer happiness. I seek to see you a quiet center of spiritual force. I would like to see you rearrange your life in such a manner that you can demonstrate that leisured calm through which strength can flow from you to those you love and to those you contact. Can you take enough leisure to grasp at least the purpose of these injunctions? Can you endeavor to profit by them?

Another source of your trouble is to be found in your sixth ray astral body (the ray of idealistic, fanatical devotion) for it produces a real lack of balance, an undue attention to details of process, and of devotion to those details from the emotional satisfaction which comes from this attention; this brings about a failure to understand the larger issues and an inability to move gently on the Way. This your first ray mental nature can offset if you will give it a chance and live more in your mind and less in your feelings and emotional reactions. Your third ray physical body inclines you to great physical activity (such as rapid movement and rapid speech) ; it keeps you working at something all the time and often at something quite unproductive of good results, and not proportionate to the labor expended.

Anyway, my brother, let us again endeavor to do some [416] work together, and to preserve, at the same time, emotional equilibrium, which will result in a greater measure of glandular balance. It will come more easily if you live a regular, organized life, move with greater gentleness, talk less and endeavor to polarize yourself in your mind nature.

I would ask you to do some meditation each day regularly with a planned lack of intensity carried almost to the point of lack of interest. Just follow the form and look not for results. They will follow automatically e'en if you realize them not. Study what I say to you and meet the group requirements.

NOTE: G. S. S. has resigned with the full approval of the Tibetan. The tension of the group activity proved too much for her. In a later life she will resume her place.

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