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A Treatise on Cosmic Fire - Section Two - Division E - Motion on the Plane of Mind

I. Introductory Remarks

We have now concluded our consideration of thought forms, having viewed the whole universe (including man) as an embodied thought, and having dealt with the ability [1028] of man himself to create forms for the clothing of his ideas.

We now return once more to the realm of technicalities, and to the more scientific part of our thesis. I use the word "scientific," for that which will be said concerns that which is proven and known to occultists, and deals with facts. The modern fact of the modern scientist is his approximation of a part, and often an infinitesimal part, of some greater whole, and even then it concerns only the most objective part of manifestation, for that which is the essence is not regarded as a reality at all by them as it is by the real occult knower. That which we see and can touch is but an effect of inner underlying causes. The occultist does not concern himself with effects, but only with their originating cause. The modern scientist, therefore, is not as yet occupying himself with causes, and during the past only approached the realm of these initiatory impulses when he began to comprehend the energy aspect of matter, and to consider the nature of the atom. When he can pass more directly in his thoughts to the discussion and consideration of the etheric substratum which underlies the tangible, then and only then will he be entering the domain of causes, and even in this case, only those physical causes which underlie the grossly objective; he will not really have ascertained the vital impulses which produce Being. Yet a great step will have been made for, under the Law of Analogy, he will then be in a position to comprehend some of the major secrets of solar manifestation; for the planes of our solar system constitute, as we know, and as this Treatise seeks to demonstrate, the seven subplanes of the cosmic physical plane.

It is apparent to all careful students of this Treatise on Fire that in this section we are concerned with:

  • First, that mode of activity which distinguishes the Vishnu aspect of Deity, or the motion of the Divine [1029] Manasaputras. This involves, therefore, a consideration of the effects of this motion:
    1. Within the planetary schemes, Their bodies.
    2. Upon the atoms or "Points" in those bodies, the human and deva Monads.
  • Second, that impulse which is the basis of the Law of Periodicity, and which results in the cyclic incarnation of all Beings. This impulse manifests in three cycles or in three turns of the wheel of Being.
    1. The activity which produces involution, or the submergence in matter of Life or Spirit.
    2. The activity which produces the equilibrium of these two forces, matter and Spirit, or manifestation, or the processes of evolution.
    3. The activity which withdraws the central energy from out of the responsive form and produces obscuration.
  • Third, that activity which causes the interplay - attraction and consequent repulsion - between all atoms, from the great cosmic atom, a solar system, to the tiny atom of the chemist or the physicist. This activity, therefore, may be viewed as:
    1. Inter-cosmic, or affecting constellations.
    2. Interplanetary, or affecting the schemes.
    3. Interchain, or affecting the chains.
    4. Inter-globular, or producing an interchange of force between the globes of the chains.
    5. Inter-sectional, or affecting the transference of force between the five kingdoms of nature.
    6. Inter-human, or relating to the interplay between the various human units.
    7. Inter-atomic, or the passage of force from one atom to another atom.

Students need here to remember that we are concerned with the energy or activity which produces forms, and, [1030] therefore, with the forces which tend to coherence, to concretion, and to the stabilization of the work of the builders. If they but realized it, the key to much that is connected with the production of forms, or of the Son, the second aspect, is contained in the above tabulation, for all nature holds together, and the life of any scheme, globe, kingdom, or atom, becomes in turn the animating principle of another scheme, globe, kingdom, or atom. Everything in the solar system is in a state of flux, as is everything in the universe, and the vital energy circulates, as the blood or the nervous energy of the body circulates, throughout the entire system. This is the basis of the occult fact that all in nature, for instance, will be, is, or has been, through the human kingdom.5 Under this type of solar activity, the ultimate good is attained by the method of interplay, interchange, and in mutual attraction and repulsion.

It would be advisable here if students would study that which was communicated in the early part of this treatise upon motion upon the physical and astral planes. Under the Law of Analogy, much will be noted as necessarily translated on to the higher plane, and to be transmuted into the energy of the form-building impulse. We will consider what we have to say in this section under the following heads:

1. The nature of this motion - spiral cycling.

2. The results of its activity. These results can be viewed as four subsidiary laws or adjuncts to the major law of Attraction, and may be called:

  • The Law of Expansion.
  • The Law of Monadic Return.
  • The Law of Solar Evolution.
  • The Law of Radiation. [1031]

It will, therefore, be apparent that, as we consider these laws, we are dealing with matters that concern:

  • The process of initiation.
  • The life of the divine pilgrims upon the upward arc.
  • The impulse which produces the Son, and which drives Him to gain experience through the medium of the solar system.
  • Magnetism, or Divine Alchemy.

3. The turning of the wheel,

  1. The solar wheel,
  2. The planetary wheel,
  3. The human wheel.

This will involve our taking up the consideration of the orbital paths of these various spheres, their centers, interplay and inter-communication, and of force transference, and will bring out the concept that all spiral-cyclic activity is not the result of the rotary action of matter itself, but of an impulse emanating from without any particular atom, and therefore extraneous to it.

4. Motion, or the form-building impulse latent in:

  1. The mental sheath itself, both cosmically and humanly considered.
  2. The causal body of the macrocosm and the microcosm.
  3. The centers, divine and human.

5. The effects of the united activity of the sheath, the centers, and the causal body as it produces:

  1. Periodic manifestation.
  2. The linking of the triangles.
  3. The relation between the throat center, the alta major center, and the mental center, macrocosmically and microcosmically considered. [1032]

5 S. D., I, 215, 242, 295.

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