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Discipleship in the New Age II - Personal Instructions to Disciples - R.S.W.
November 1944

MY BROTHER:

Last year my instructions to you were very brief, but they were full of suggestion and potent to bring you release, had you followed them with exactitude. There are certain forms of pride from which every one suffers more or less, though the degree and quality may differ according to ray or type. Yours is a determination, or I might call it predilection, to use your mind at times when the simple acquiescence of a loving heart is what you need. L.F.U. has a form of pride also and makes a fetish of his personal liberty, consequently putting himself in bondage to the concept of freedom; he needs to learn that no one is really free, a disciple least of all. [741] You, my brother and disciple, love the activity of the mind, and you enter - with your eyes open - into situations in order to learn and experience the delight which comes from analysis, reflection and mental activity, followed by some decision.

I am speaking thus frankly to you, my tried and loved disciple, because I see more effective service to be rendered by you if you can master a difficult lesson at this time. You are exceedingly well equipped to serve. Your second ray energy, coupled with your seventh ray force, makes for almost unique and unusual service; however - and here lies a hindrance - your fourth ray mind, constantly presenting fields of conflict which you must conquer, deflects the energy which, pouring through your soul, could lead to a planned and organized activity upon the physical plane. But it does not. The descending soul energy and the ascending personality aspiration meet upon the mental plane, and there both of them are arrested by your over-analytical mind. You need not infer from this that you are not of service to people; but it is an individual here and there that you assist, and there is no rhythm or organization in your service, owing to the constant mental conflict.

From the very first time you were admitted into my Ashram, I have tried to aid you to centralize all your forces upon the physical plane. When a disciple does this, and when he is one-pointed in his activity, there is much that he can do. When to these tendencies of inflow and of concentration there is added a trained and illumined mind, then the disciple becomes a focal point of spiritual attraction. He can reach many, yet ever remain polarized at his own center; his life then has an ordered rhythm, and there is a steadfast adherence to a plan which is carried through at all costs. He takes also his rightful position as a representative of an Ashram.

Forget not that the Masters choose their disciples, not only from karmic relation (if such a relation exists), not only because the disciple demands light and has a powerful aspiration towards spiritual things, but because the disciple is equipped to render some definite service which fits into the ashramic intention of the moment. You are thus well [742] equipped; your health is good, even if you think it not, and will be better still when rhythm enters into your life. You have a free mind and much, very much, intuition. You have (could you but realize it) what many people dream of possessing - time and leisure. You do not believe this, but that is because your daily life is full of the non-essentials - non-essential in view of world emergency. You are magnetic and attractive and can reach people through the expression of your potent love nature. Yet at the close of each year you realize that you have not accomplished very much. You may have helped a person here or there and your general influence is good. But I look for more than that from those in training and in preparation for initiation. You are in your forty-seventh year. By the time a disciple reaches the age of forty-nine his pathway of life service should be clearly defined. Yours is not. You have, however, two years left in which to bring through on to the physical plane all the energies with which you are endowed and to produce that ordered rhythm and arranged living which are required to make a definite impact upon the minds of those around you.

You play around with ideas all the time; you experiment all the time, but that should now be past history. I ask you now, for the sake of a needy world, and because I seek to see you fill your rightful place in my Ashram, to readjust your living conditions in order to serve more adequately. I would call your attention to the words, "your rightful place in my Ashram." Do you know what that place is? I would have you find out.

An Ashram is ever in a state of constant flux and movement. Disciples are passing out of it to form their own Ashrams or to take up a specific place in another Ashram as they meet the requirements of more advanced stages. They are shifting from one degree to another; they are moving forward steadily from the periphery to the center, from the outer ring-pass-not to the lighted dynamic center. As they move forward, preserving ever the close inner unity, place is made for new disciples - to be admitted and trained for service.

Part of the service rendered by members of an Ashram is [743] to make way for new aspirants. This they do by hastening their own progress and moving forward. When disciples take one of the final initiations, or when they are admitted to a higher and more potent Ashram, vacancies occur which are always promptly filled. The occult law which governs all progress in an Ashram is sometimes called the Law of Fulfilment. By this is meant the full compliance of a disciple with the service demands upon the outer plane. When his service is as full and as effective as he can render it, then - under a condition which is in the nature of a group occult paradox - his outer effectiveness produces an inner effectiveness. You have all been taught (though theoretically for the most part) that inner effectiveness produces illumined and potent service. Now learn the reverse side of this truth. I will elucidate no further, for your own thinking should suffice.

You have, my brother, three things to do:

First of all, you must so think, reflect and meditate that your brain will be the recipient of your planned thinking, and not simply a sensitive registering instrument. Through right meditation, the energy from your soul and mind must be focused, via the head center. Speaking in symbols which you easily understand, "the lighted triangle of soul and mind and head will awaken the center between the eyes and bring into activity the eye of direction"; this is at present closed, and only occasionally opened. You have been greatly concerned for years over the direction of your thoughts and the trend of your thinking; shift now your attention to directed service. Undertake a task for me and bring it to accomplishment.

The second thing you have to do is to assess your equipment and ascertain - from within yourself - where lies your field of service - one field, my brother, not many. A disciple of your standing serves a group and not just a person here and there, and frequently persons of no spiritual importance whose destiny can be well left to their own souls or some teacher not of discipleship grade. I do not choose to be more explicit. Your field of service is clear, could you but see it, but of no use to you unless you enter it voluntarily, freely and with understanding. [744]

The final thing which calls for your attention is to grasp in a new and dynamic manner the dual life of discipleship. Your field of service and your field of karmic obligation must never rule each other out, but you must learn to function efficiently in both careers. Your time for learning, technically understood, must now give place to the use of what you have acquired of understanding and wisdom.

I suggest for your helping, the following meditation. You must bear in mind that it is only of service to you if followed steadily and with continuity. It is largely in the nature of a visualization exercise.

  1. Rapid alignment and the sounding of the OM three times.
  2. Focusing the consciousness in the soul with a corresponding concentration in the head at as high a point as possible.
  3. Then sound the OM four times. This is followed by a pause.
  4. The following visualization exercise is carried forward from the point of concentration attained. If your attention wanders, sound the OM again. This is sometimes called the "recalling OM."
    1. See in the mind's eye a sea of light.
    2. Then see yourself standing and awaiting direction upon the physical plane. Hold these two thoughts quietly for a little time or picture them simultaneously.
    3. Then you - the disciple upon the physical plane - sound the OM inaudibly, dynamically and clearly, and as you do so, see a movement or current in the sea of lighted energy, converging towards you.
    4. See it take form as a stream of down-flowing energy - the energy of love, of strength and of understanding.
    5. Imagine next that divine flow sweeping through your mind and your astral body and settling into your etheric vehicle, awaiting a Word of Power.
    6. Then again sound the OM and feel the impact of [745] the tidal wave (if I may so call it) of spiritual energy, entering into your head center, passing from thence to the ajna center, and involving in its flow the center in the medulla oblongata - the alta major center.
    7. Then, at the exact moment of this realized dispersion, say, "This source of power is all I am and have; I send it forth to serve my fellowmen; I thus prepare the way into the Ashram, thus drawing men toward the source of power and strength."
  5. Having completed this exercise, then meditate for ten minutes upon the service you are asked to render; see it motivated and implemented by the energy just received, and let your creative imagination build for you a structure for your service.

I have spoken to you with directness, my brother. I am, as I have told several of your group brothers, ambitious that all of you in my Ashram may become creative and constructive workers within and for the Hierarchy. I am exceedingly anxious also to see you expressing in fuller measure all that you are, and thus end this time of "flighty service" (forgive me for this word, but I speak to arrest your consciousness) and enter into that full demonstration of the will-to-good which brings always joy and effectiveness.

We have walked the path of life in relation to each other for years now. I have held you safe from harm whilst you got your bearings and tested out your strength, but that time should now be past. I stand by you at all times, but you must now come forth into steadfast ordered work, shouldering responsibility and "growing up" spiritually. The time of spiritual adolescence is past for you. Will you realize that and now work?

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