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Letters on Occult Meditation - Letter IV - The Use of the Sacred Word in Meditation
The seven Great Breaths

In sounding forth the Sacred Word in its sevenfold completeness for this solar system, the Logos gathered through inspiration the matter needed for manifestation, and started the evolution of that matter at the first great Breath.

At the second great Breath came differentiation and the instilling of the second aspect logoic.

At the third great Breath the activity aspect wag demonstrated, matter was impregnated with that faculty, and fivefold evolution became a possibility.

At the fourth great Breath certain of the Hierarchies responded, and the great Builders more clearly saw the plan. There is a definite connection between the fourth [55] Breath and the fourth Creative Hierarchy, that of the human Spirits. This fourth note of the Logos has a special significance for the human Spirit, and an unique effect in this earth and in this fourth cycle. The relativity of it is such that it is difficult for you in any way to realize that effect. It demonstrates as far as you can grasp it in the harmonic note of the fourth plane and ray. That note permeates the peoples of the world at this time and ever since the fourth root-race. It shows itself in the struggle of humanity to grasp the ideal of harmony and peace, and in the worldwide aspiration in that direction.

This fourth Breath is especially applicable to human evolution.

You have therefore:

  • Subtone one of the threefold Word gave the first vibratory note and started the movement of the spheres - solar or atomic. It embodies Will.
  • Subtone two of the threefold Word instilled the second aspect and called the cosmic ruler of the synthetic ray into manifestation. It marked duality or reflex love.
  • Subtone three of the threefold Word made our fivefold evolution possible. It is the basic note of the five lower planes. It marked activity or adaptability.
  • Subtone four of the threefold Word is the sound of the Human Hierarchy, and in its entirety might be called the "cry of Man."

Each of the sounds directly called into manifestation one ray, with all that enters in on a ray. Each sound demonstrates particularly on one plane, being the dominant note of that plane.

  • The fifth great Breath has an effect peculiar to itself, for in its reverberation it holds the key to all, - it is the Breath of fire. It created a similar vibration to that of the cosmic mental level, and is closely allied with the [56] first Breath. It is the dominant note (in technical musical terminology) of the solar system, just as the third Breath corresponds to the major third. It is the note of the Logos. Each breath attracts to the Logos for purposes of manifestation, some entity on cosmic levels. The reflection of the method can be seen in the microcosm when the Ego sounds the egoic note in the three worlds. and prepares to manifest or to come into incarnation. The note attracts around the permanent atoms or nuclei adequate matter for the purpose of manifestation, and that matter is itself informed by some vital entity. Similarly, the cosmic Lords of Fire, the great informing Entities of our solar system, respond when this fifth subtone is sounded forth. Again, the Lords of the Flame within the solar system itself responded when the microcosm sounded the fifth subtone of the monadic note, and involved themselves in human evolution.
  • The sixth great Breath drew to itself the Lords of the mysterious Pentacle, the volatile essences of the emotional plane, the desire faculty clothed in matter, the watery aspect of the logoic life.
  • At the sounding of the seventh subtone crystallization occurred and absolute conformity to the law of approach. It resulted in the dense aspect of manifestation, the point of deepest experience. You will note its connection, therefore, with the Ray of Ceremonial Law, one of the great building rays, - a ray which adjusts matter, under set forms, to the desired shapes.

You may ask here: Why have I thus apparently disgressed? It seems to you wide of the mark and beside the question? Let me elucidate. The microcosm has but to repeat the work of the macrocosm. The Spirit or monad on his own plane sounds forth the note (his hierarchial note) and descends into incarnation. It is both [57] the note of attraction and of outbreathing. The personality - the reflection of that monad at the densest point in evolution, - is linked to the monad by the attractive force of the Sacred Word sounded by its monad on its note and on its own subtone.

But the work of outbreathing is already accomplished. It is involution. The work of inbreathing or reabsorption into the source progresses. When the Personality finds for itself (after lives of stress and search) its spiritual note with the right key and subtone, what is the result? It accords with its monadic note, it vibrates to the same measure, it pulsates with the same color, the line of least resistance is at last found, and the indwelling life is liberated and returns to its own plane. But this work of discovery is very slow and the man has to pick out the chord with infinite care and pains. First, be finds out the third of the Personality and sounds that forth, the result being an ordered harmonious life in the three worlds. Then he finds the dominant fifth of the Ego, the keynote of the chord, and sounds that in unison with the Personality note. The result is that a vacuum is formed (if I may so express it) and the liberated man with his informing soul, - the threefold spirit, plus mind and experience - the Three completed by the Quaternary and the Fifth, escapes upward to the Monad. It is the law of attraction demonstrating through sound. Like to like and kind to kind, driven thereto by unity of sound, of color and of rhythm.

This leads to the second factor we are considering, the destructive factor. In emancipation comes the breaking of the chains, in liberation comes the abolition of the old forms, in the domination of matter is seen the liberation of spirit. So, in the sounding of the Sacred Word in its sevenfold sense, comes the escaping from the shattered [58] forms; first in the outbreathing, the attraction of matter, then in the inbreathing, the gradual shattering of the material forms and the leaving of them behind.

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