|Students should remember that there is both an upward and a
downward trend of energy within the entire structure of centers, where the aspirant and
the disciple are concerned:
- The upward trend - producing Transmutation.
- From the sacral center to the throat center.
Physical creation is transmuted into artistic creativity.
- From the solar center to the heart center.
Individual, emotional consciousness is transmuted into group consciousness.
- From the base of the spine to the head center.
Material force is transmuted into spiritual energy.
- From any or all of the five spinal centers to the ajna center.
Uncoordinated living is transmuted into personality integration.
- From the six centers in relationship into the highest head center.
Personality activity is transmuted into spiritual living.
This is a wide generalization, and the process is not carried forward in any sequential
fashion or smoothly and in order as the tabulation above might suggest. The process
involved is spread over many lives of unconscious transmutation in  the earlier
stages, and as a result of bitter experience and of conscious effort in the later stages,
and becomes increasingly dynamic and effective as the various stages upon the Path are
trodden by the aspirant. The five rays with which a disciple has to work (two major
conditioning rays and three subsidiary rays) have a definite active effect; karmic
adjustments provide opportunity or hindrance, and the intricacies of the entire process
(within the relatively limited experience of the disciple) are so confusing whilst in
process that all that he can do is to grasp the general outline as here given and not pay
too much attention to the immediate factual detail.
downward trend - producing Transformation.
head center is awakening and the disciple is consciously active in the work of directing
the energies to the centers and thereby governing his personality life, there is a
scientific undertaking of energizing the centers in a certain ordered rhythm which is
again determined by the rays, by circumstance and by karma; thus all the bodily energies
are swung into correct spiritual activity. With the process involved we cannot here deal,
beyond pointing out that this downward trend can be roughly regarded as falling into three
- The stage of
energizing the creative life, via the throat center, thus bringing:
- The head center and the throat center,
- These two and the sacral center,
- All three, consciously and simultaneously, into conscious relation.
relation, when properly established, will solve the individual problem of sex, and without
recourse to either inhibition or suppression, but by bringing  about right control
and making the disciple, at the same time, creative in a worldly sense, and therefore of
use to his fellowmen.
- The stage of
energizing the conscious life of relationship via the heart center, thus bringing:
- The head center and the heart center,
- These two and the solar plexus center,
- All three, simultaneously and consciously, into close cooperation.
to establish right human relations, right group relations, and right spiritual relations
throughout a man's entire life expression. Just as the stage of regulating the creative
life has a paramount effect upon the physical body, so this stage affects the astral
vehicle with great potency; emotional reactions are transformed into aspiration and
service; selfish individual love is transformed into group love, and then divinity rules
- The stage of
energizing the entire man, via the basic center thus bringing:
- The head center and the basic center,
- These two and the ajna center,
- All the three, simultaneously and consciously, into rhythmic, coordinated expression.
This is a final stage of great importance, and only takes place in its completeness at the
time of the third initiation, that of the Transfiguration.
see, therefore, how three important words convey the purpose of the scientific unfoldment
and the right direction of the centers:
Transmutation - Transformation - Transfiguration.