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Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle - Telepathic Sensitivity - A Normal Unfoldment
This impression must be a direct descent from mental levels to the brain, avoiding all contact with the astral body; only in so far as this direct descent is attained will the recorded impression be devoid of error. It will not then be tinctured with any emotional complex whatsoever, for it is the astral level of consciousness which is the great distorter of essential truth. Impressions from the Ashram or from the Spiritual Triad (which are the only type of impressions with which I am here concerned) pass through three stages:
  1. The stage of mental recording. The clarity and the accuracy of this recording will be dependent upon the condition of the channel of reception, the antahkarana; in this recording, curiously enough, a certain element of time enters in. It is not time as you know it upon the physical plane, which is but the registration by the brain of passing "events"; it is the higher mental correspondence to time. Into this, I cannot here enter as the theme is too abstruse; for time, in this connection, is related to distance, to descent, to focus, and to the power to record.
  2. The stage of brain reception. The accuracy of this reception will be dependent upon the quality of the physical brain cells, upon the polarization of the thinking man in the head center, and the freedom of the brain cells from all emotional impression. The difficulty lies here, that the receiving aspirant or the focused thinker is always aware emotionally of the descent of the higher impression and of the consequent clarification of the theme of his thought. This must, however, be recorded by a perfectly quiescent astral vehicle, and therefore you will see one of the main objectives of true meditation. [106]
  3. The stage of recognized interpretation. This is an exceedingly difficult phase. Interpretation is dependent upon many factors: the educational background, the point reached in evolution, the mystical or the occult approach of the disciple to the center of truth, his freedom from the lower psychism, his essential humility (which plays a major part in proper understanding), and his personality decentralization. In fact, the character in its entirety is involved in this important matter of correct interpretation.

In this aspect of impression the subject of SYMBOLS must necessarily be involved. All impressions must necessarily be translated and interpreted in symbols, in word forms or in pictorial representations; these the aspirant cannot avoid; and it is in the word forms (which are, needless to point out, in the nature of symbols) that he is apt to go astray. They are the media through which the registered impression is conveyed to the brain consciousness, i.e., to the physical plane awareness of the disciple, thus making possible his useful comprehension of abstract ideas or of those aspects of the Path which it is his duty to understand and teach.

There is no need for me to elaborate this theme. The true disciple is ever aware of the possibility of error, of the intervention of psychic intrusions and distortions; he knows well that true and effective interpretation of the imparted impression is dependent largely upon the purity of the receiving channel and upon the freedom of his nature from all aspects of the lower psychism - a point oft forgotten. A thick veil of concrete thought-forms can also distort the true interpretation, as can astral intervention; the teaching upon the Path and the spiritual impression can be interfered with by glamor from the astral plane or by separate and [107] concrete ideas emanating from mental levels. In this case it can be truly said that "the mind is the slayer of the real." There is a deep occult significance to the words "an open mind"; it is as essential to correct interpretation as is freedom from glamor and the psychic expressions to be found upon the astral plane.

Here again you can grasp the necessity of a factual alignment so that a direct channel is created, along which the impression (directed by some higher source than the personality) can descend into the brain. At first, this channel and alignment must be established between the brain and the soul; this will involve all the three aspects of the personality - the etheric body, the astral vehicle and the mind nature; basically, this aligning process should be started and developed upon the Probationary Path and brought to a relatively high state of effectiveness upon the earlier stages of the Path of Discipleship. Later, as the disciple consciously creates the antahkarana and becomes a functioning part of the Ashram, he learns (whilst practicing alignment) to by-pass - if I may use such a word - two aspects of himself which have hitherto been of major importance: the astral vehicle and the soul body or causal body. The astral body is thus by-passed before the fourth initiation, and the soul body before the fifth; the entire process of "by-passing" takes much time and must be worked at with intensity, first of all with the focus upon the emotional nature through conscious discrimination, and finally upon the soul nature under the inspiration of the Spiritual Triad which is eventually substituted for the soul. All this will take many incarnations. For the registration and the interpretation of the higher impressions is a basic occult science and takes much learning and application to perfect.

As the two processes are slowly developed, the third stage automatically becomes increasingly effective. The [108] received and interpreted impression brings about fundamental changes in the life and the state of consciousness of the aspirant and, above all, in his orientation. He becomes an evocative and invocative center of energy. That which he has received through the medium of his aligning channel becomes a potent factor in invoking a fresh flood of higher impression; it also makes him evocative upon the physical plane, so that the magnetic aura which he has engendered becomes increasingly sensitive to these spiritual inflowing impressions, and also increasingly sensitive to that which he evokes from his surrounding physical environment and from humanity. He becomes a power station en rapport with the Hierarchy and he receives and distributes (in response to the evocative call of humanity and human need) the energy received. He also becomes a "receiver of light" and of spiritual illumination, and a distributor of light in the dark places of the world and into human hearts. He is, therefore, an invocative and evocative center for use by the Hierarchy in the three worlds of human evolution. [109]

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