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|Discipleship in the New Age II - Personal Instructions to Disciples - L.F.U.|
In my last instruction to you there occurs one sentence which could convey to you the key whereby you can unlock the door of the future. It is a sentence which has probably escaped your notice; I doubt if it ever registered itself adequately in your mind. I now recall it to you. I said: "If your decisions are made esoterically within my Ashram, all will be well."
Life, as you know theoretically, is one long series of presented opportunities - opportunities to make decisions. As a disciple is drawn closer into the focal point of his Master's  sphere of influence, the Ashram, and as experience proceeds, these decisions become increasingly drastic, constantly more frequent and more crucial it) their general trend; they lead, when made, to more eventful results. With a disciple at your stage of development, the lines of choice become clearer and better defined. The questions with which you are faced are simpler and yet more important: Is this presented activity the way my soul would have me go? Will such or such a ?decision lead to the fulfilment of my personality trends and bias? Herein lies much clarification plus increasing difficulty, because the decisions made are apt to affect many others besides yourself. Watch for the proof of the correctness of this last statement of mine. In all times of decision enumerate to yourself the number of lives apt to be affected by what you do, and remember that (as you travel the Way of the Disciple) your sphere of influence and the number of those affected by you steadily increases. With the average person who is kind, well-meaning and endowed with a normal sense of responsibility, decisions are made upon the basis of the effects which are liable to work out in the family, in the business office or within the radius of a relatively small circle of friends. In the case of a probationary disciple, decisions have oft a somewhat larger result. Where an accepted disciple is concerned, such choices affect many, for those related by united service are included with the other groups, and these can oft be unknown or include people who react to the aura of a disciple, plus his group of co-workers.
This whole question of spheres of influence is one upon which you need to ponder. It is closely related to the problem of the aura and its esoteric circumference; it concerns the "sound" of a disciple's life and the nature and quality of the radiations which emanate from the "place where he stands." It is tied to the whole theme of orientation and of spiritual location and to the magnetic effects of the at-one-ing of soul and personality. The problem of radiation and of magnetic influence is apt to be viewed from the one-sided point of view of the disciple who considers the results of his radiation and of his magnetism upon those he contacts. There is however another point of view; these qualities - inevitable  and inescapable - lie behind the entire theme of karma. They draw to the disciple that which can hinder him as well as aid him; his aura - which is a combination of radiations, energies and arranged forces - can repel the good or attract the bad, and vice versa; it can determine - through the contacts made and the relationships set up - the trend of the disciple's life. It is one of the main factors in the presentation of choices, and I would have you think on this.
As I write this instruction I would call your attention to the subject of karma. There comes ever in the life of a disciple and in the soul's experience some one particular life wherein the Law of Cause and Effect assumes importance in the consciousness. From that life and that moment, the disciple begins to deal with karma, consciously and definitely. He learns to recognize it when events and happenings come which require understanding and which evoke questioning; he begins to study the quality of his radiation as a karmic agent, and therefore he becomes the maker and constructor, in a new and important sense, of his own destiny and future. His reactions to life and circumstances cease to be simply emotional in nature and become deliberately dictated by conscious observation; they then have in them a significant quality of preparation which is, absent from the life of the average man. For the remainder of this life, therefore, I would ask you to carry the theme of karmic decision and of preparation for the future ever in your consciousness; I would ask you always to take action with as full an understanding of the probable following effects as you can manage to achieve, and to make a real effort to study the Law of Consequence and Compensation.
You are perhaps wondering at this time why I am thus emphasizing a somewhat cold and difficult consideration. My reason is as follows: During your past life you have five times made certain definite decisions. By means of these decisions you have directed your energies in some one specific direction. You have thereby short-circuited these energies in another direction and you have brought by your action other lives than your own within your range of influence. I am going to suggest that you take each of these five points of crisis,  if I may call them so, and (for your own aiding and help) analyze them, define accurately to yourself the conditioning motives which impelled you to action, measure the nature of the consequent results as they worked out in your life, and gauge these results in such a manner that you come to a realization as to whether they were good enough to warrant the choice you made. I would ask you to see where causes for encouragement or regret may lie and thus, my brother, arrive at a clear comprehension of yourself as a directing agent.
I believe that it is essentially necessary that you discover - alone and by yourself - whether these five choices were made as a conscious result of soul or personality decision, and that you should understand the reasons why you think so. You have reached a point in your present incarnation where it is also essential that you undertake the summing up of the various conditioning factors in your life. If you can do this, you will be enabled to bring this particular incarnation to a finish on a high note of intelligent and useful living. When the time comes, therefore, for you to pass over to the other side, you will find that you can do so with a full realization of what should be the theme of your next earthly experience. I would have you realize that this is no morbid or unwholesome line of thought. I would like to indicate to you the fact that in your next incarnation you will find that the theme of "conditioning motives and assumed responsibility" will be incessantly present with you from the moment of your birth.
In this life, your theme has been largely that of expediency and of expression to meet the expediency; these motives are in no sense basically wrong; they have enabled you to be soundly motivated; carefully implemented, these themes should carry you far. You have, however, definitely over-emphasized creativity; you have made it a motive for your life, but you have forgotten that the expression of the creative faculty is radiation and magnetism. These bring to its possessor the material for creation and a magnetic capacity which arranges in due form and beauty that which radiation has evoked. Creativity is a consequence of a particular state of mind and a specific state of being; it signifies a point in  evolution wherein the disciple is definitely radioactive. He can no more help creating in some form or another than he can help living. After all, my brother - returning to the original comments in this instruction - karma is ever the source of physical plane creation, happenings and events; it is the instrument of the soul in producing a personality.
We come now to the recognition that (where you are concerned) three words are of major importance, if you are to take what is for you your next spiritual step forward, karmically considered. These three words are: Karma, Radiation, Creation. For the remainder of this life you must earnestly aim at a closer relation to me and to my Ashram, for that is your karma. Fundamentally, nothing can interfere with this karma except the time equation, and you can therefore make this closer contact either with rapidity or slowness. It is the time factor which lies within the scope of your decision and it is in relation to time that you must do some careful thinking. That which will impel you to make a closer contact with your ashramic group will be an intensification of your radiation. A disciple is not drawn into a close rapport with the Ashram by the magnetic, radiatory power of the Ashram alone. Disciples need to grasp the fact that they, themselves, have to draw the Ashram to them, symbolically speaking, by the potency of their own magnetic radiation. It is necessary, therefore, that you intensify your radiation and that you carefully bear in mind that, as your karma carries you towards hierarchical contact, and as your radiation produces its individual effect upon the ashramic group, the consequent display of creativity must and will lie along the line of personality fulfilment and the meeting of deep seated desire. Therefore, search your motives and the nature of your desires.
For years, my brother, I have sought to help you. You are in my Ashram, though you are not as yet in the inner circle you belong to a group of brothers who - along with you - are struggling, earnestly for spiritual fulfilment and who have been clearly told that their karma has brought them into the ranks of accepted discipleship and who are preparing for the next step ahead of them - the taking of an initiation. Each  of you, in his own place, is facing this initiatory process. I might add that every member of the Hierarchy, from Christ down to the disciple who is preparing for the second initiation, is standing in the knowledge that initiation in some degree must be taken and may not be ignored or denied. Will you understand me, my brother, if I say to you: Take this consciousness into your thinking and let this idea or knowledge condition all your activities. Say to yourself each morning before you go forth to the duties of the day: A am preparing to move forward upon the Path of Initiation." Let this affirmed realization show itself forth in the quality of your daily activities.
Love more, my brother. You only deeply love two or three people; let that limited love be the seed which will produce the flowering forth of a loving spirit. Disciples need to remember that love brings all earthly karma to an end. Love induces that radiation which invokes and evokes not only the heart of God but the heart of humanity also. Love is the cause of all creation and the sustaining factor in all living.
Make your remaining years expressive of radiating love, which is not at all easy for you. Remember ever that my Ashram enfolds you, without cessation, in its radiation. Work steadily in cooperation with your group brothers. Even though the personality instructions come to an end, the group instructions will give you all the help you will need. But you must act upon these instructions and hold with steadfastness your relation to the life of the group. This is all I have to say to you, but if you measure up to these instructions, you will go far. My constant blessing rests upon you.
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