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Discipleship in the New Age I - Personal Instructions to Disciples - H.S.D.
July 1937

BROTHER OF MINE:

Let us have a talk today upon the difficulties of the Way and thus seek to discover what are the hindrances and the problems which you have to face. A great deal of the difficulty, incident upon the intense fluidity of your mind, is based on the fact that you are transferring off the sixth ray on to the second; thus, in this egoic shift, there is a transference of energy. You are passing through an interim period. One or two of my other disciples are also occupied with the same task but they have nearly completed that task. The effect upon some of them is largely physical and also upon the heart center. With you, the effect has been felt in the mental body and in the throat center. The physical condition which troubles you has not originated in connection with this shift.

One interesting fact emerges and I would like to call your attention to it. Your affiliation with this group of disciples and, therefore, with myself has been due to the urge of your soul for contact with a powerful second ray vibration, so as to enable you to make the needed change with greater rapidity and ease. It is of a major usefulness to you to bring about this necessary stabilization within a second ray center. Will you ponder upon the implications of this statement and will you endeavor to realize the need and call of your soul for such a stabilization and the urgent demand of your personality for the quiet which streams forth from a second ray group. For you, there is no real achievement in this life unless you learn this mental quiet and that peaceful activity which comes from loving truly as a soul, from a complete refraining from all tortuous questions, from stabilizing yourself for future work, communion and expression within your own group center and from an eradication of all criticism such as your over-active mind presents with constancy.

This mental unrest (if I may call it so, my brother, without unduly hurting you) is frequently intensified by the fact that your mental body, like your personality, is upon the first ray. The implications, attendant upon this fact, will be immediately apparent to you. Let us look at your problem as it is: First, there must be recognized a crisis in the soul life when the energy is shifting out of a minor ray focus into that of a major ray [581] center. Your personality being on the first ray, is normally and dynamically one-pointed and automatically self-centered; this condition is not eased by the fact that the integrated personality force flows through a first ray mental body. This inevitably produces the accompanying characteristics of an intense centralization (I did not say a selfish one, my brother) and an active assurance, a full fledged ambition (often of an entirely right nature, but occasionally not so right) and a power to analyze and oft to criticize others, their personalities and their tasks. The new vibration to which your soul is leading you (that of expansion and inclusiveness, plus the power to synthesize and to understand) is, in some of its phases, over-powerful for you and its reactions are as yet unorganized by you. It leads you to a definite (and often almost uncontrollable) tendency to identify yourself with every imaginable point of view, to see all around a question though seldom to the heart of it, and to touch momentarily this, that and the other attitude of thought and emotion. These reactions do not stay long enough to enable you to understand truly. You contact people on the periphery of their consciousness, but not often at their heart or their life.

Will you accept this diagnosis, my brother and my friend? You know my keen desire to see you stabilized for the remainder of this life, thus losing no time and definitely achieving constructive results within your group and within the center to which your soul has directed you. These constructive results will reach fruition if you focus your forces within a second ray vibratory center, for this will aid the shift of energies with which your soul is at present engaged. This second ray vibratory center may be my group of disciples, with which you are at present related; it may be any other group, organization or school of thought; it may be objective to you now or simply subjective and unrealized. If your soul is to make the needed shift in this life, it is essential that you focus yourself and remain relatively static within your chosen center for a long time. Otherwise your soul will be forced to postpone the needed shift until the next life. It is interesting, is it not, to see the reason for the happenings within the periphery of one's consciousness, to realize the clear light which is sometimes thrown in this way upon mistakes and know what it is that one has to do. [582]

Your mind is ever a questioning mind. It is my duty always to throw you back upon your own questions and see to it that you reply to them yourself. I would ask you to realize the wide scope which your fertile, over-active mind brings to every question, and the wide range of incidental and related questions which it asks. I would not bring this matter to your notice if I did not realize that such an inclusive mind, developed to the point which yours has reached, is a valuable asset, making you both sensitive and inclusive - in the highest sense of those words. Such a mind is a basic requirement for all disciples and for all candidates for the Path of Discipleship. But such a mind needs most definitely controlling, wisely correlating with a stable center and confining within limits.

My brother, let simplicity be your guide and one-pointed love your major objective. Choose a field of service which has its defined limits - for all disciples are limited and cannot cover a planetary range in their thoughts. Then work - mentally and physically - within these limits. The completion of some self-appointed task within the field of karmic limitations and of environment where your destiny has cast you is all that is required of you. What are you accomplishing at this time? There is just a certain span of years ahead of you at the age which you have now reached, and you have a frail body. Let your service lie within the field of contact where you find yourself and reach not out over the entire planet. Is there any greater or more important matter than to fulfil your task and carry it to completion before you pass over to the other side and to do it in the place where you are and with your chosen comrades?

Believe me when I assure you that I am not seeking to evade any questions which you may ask but, if I can awaken you to the realization of the necessity for "spiritual limitation" (as it is esoterically called when defining the career of a disciple within the limits of his task), and bring to your attention the need for achieving the goal you set yourself when you started to work with me, I shall have aided you much. I feel sure that you will grasp the wisdom of these remarks.

Your astral body is upon the sixth ray and here again lies for you a problem. Upon it I need not enlarge, beyond reminding you that a sixth ray astral body (where a disciple is concerned) predicates intense adherence to a line of thought, [583] to an idea, a group, a person or an attitude or to a preconceived notion. These may be right or wrong but the tendency to adherence is powerfully present and can be a great asset or a major hindrance. In any case - again for a disciple - any idée fixe (beyond that of a right spiritual orientation) can be a deterrent to progress, if fanatically motivated.

Your physical body is upon the seventh ray and this makes for integration and for efficiency. Your rays can, therefore, be stated to be:

  1. The soul ray - the second Ray of Love-Wisdom.
  2. The personality ray - the first Ray of Power.
  3. The ray of the mind - the first Ray of Power.
  4. The ray of the astral body - the sixth Ray of Devotion.
  5. The ray of the physical body - the seventh Ray of Ceremonial Order.

You know so much that you will easily see how this forms a very rich combination of energies and aggregation of forces, presenting a definite opportunity and also certain very definite problems.

For you the group meditation is essential; it will serve to aid your soul in its life task and to integrate you into the second ray sphere of influence, which will be of real use. My brother, we travel not alone. For you, again, group love, group understanding, group happiness and group work are essential to progress, real happiness and good physical health. In group work and contact comes relief from inner tension, through the sharing of force. You have a frail body and carry much force. Disperse it among your brothers.

I would beg you to apply yourself to the five days of the Full Moon Contact, making the weeks between each full moon simply preparatory to the work to be done on those five days. Will you also take the Rules of the Road (which you will find attached to this instruction) and study them. They have helped many people.

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