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Discipleship in the New Age I - Personal Instructions to Disciples - B.S.D.
June 1935


I seek today to make a somewhat careful analysis of the condition of your psychic centers - from the solar plexus upwards. You are passing through a dual process of psychic detachment and, at the same time, of psychic unfoldment. You need to remember that the phases of detachment are many and varied. Some of them imply a detachment from the world of outer sensuous attachment or they may imply (as in your own case) a temporary and relative detachment from the world of intellectual contacts. This is a detachment based on an inner [111] attitude and not on any outer condition or state of affairs. This is taking place in order to round out and enrich your psychic and emotional life. There is a real danger to the earnest student in the widespread attitude of mind which regards the world of the emotions and of sensitive response to subtle psychic phenomena as necessarily retrogressive in effect. It can (and often does) mark a pathway fraught with psychic disaster. At the same time, it can indicate a newly awakening response and sensitive awareness to other aspects of the divine life which are - in their place and rightful use - as divine and as needed and as expressive of divinity as any of the aspirational objectives of the devotee.

The psychic life of a disciple is a definite part of his spiritual expression. It is only when it is uncontrolled, over-emphasized and over-estimated that it is undesirable. It is a hindrance when it is misused or regarded as a substitute for other forms of divine expression. Then it produces that which is undesirable and immerses the disciple in the world of glamor and illusion. The psychic powers are valuable aids to service when rightly developed and sanely used; they can be unfolded safely by the man who is mentally polarized and rightly oriented towards service.

You are no doubt surprised that you are the first that I have chosen out of this particular group of disciples to be prepared for psychic work. My reason is that under your outer reserve and your strong mental polarization there exists a powerful psychic body at a relatively high state of development. This you have never used in this life but it was brought to its present stage of unfoldment in earlier lives. So strong have been your psychic tendencies that your soul chose in this life to balance and round out your personality by placing the emphasis upon the mind aspect. It was, however, your past psychic links which led you into the organization whose work you have aided for some years - an organization whose work is predominantly carried out on psychic and astral levels. This should be proof to you of the accuracy of my diagnosis.

Psychic unfoldment, when not originating in the solar plexus must be brought about by right control of the ajna, throat, heart and solar plexus centers by the spiritual man, [112] seated in the head. The ajna center is, in your case, very little awakened. It is quiescent and revolving slowly. The pituitary body is, therefore, somewhat subnormal. The solar plexus center is awakened but you have paid little attention to it as a means of contact and only during the past two years have you begun to bring it into submission to the head center and this through the cultivation of compassion. The throat center is lethargic in its movement but could be easily aroused into activity and the heart center is rapidly awakening. Therefore, brother of old, we have the following situation to consider; this I will try to picture to you in a tabulation:

The Head Center 40% awakened
The Ajna Center 15% awakened
The Throat Center 60% awakened
The Heart Center 50% awakened
The Solar Plexus Center 75% awakened

You see, therefore, that for the present the ajna center is the one which should receive immediate attention. Our problem is to awaken it and set its two major activities into motion. These are, in your case:

  1. Its power to project thought-forms.
  2. Its capacity to act as an organ of clairvoyance.

I will ask you to do the following breathing exercise every day prior to doing your meditation work... You can do this exercise twice a day but no more because it is very powerful. It will soon bring into greater vibratory activity the quiescent ajna center. Should headache or tension supervene, stop the work for a day or two and then resume. Preserve ever the attitude of the onlooker and watch not for results. They will be there but at first only I will be in a position to note them.

My brother, the next two years hold in them for you much of inner testing and the achievement of the subtle sensitivity to the voice of the Teacher which will enable you to work with greater ease on the subjective side of life. I have proved your sincerity of purpose and for many years you have diligently set your face towards the light. But, brother of old, you have walked the Path with rigidity and not with that supple ease [113] which negates fatigue and which is the hallmark of the trained athlete - for that is what the disciple should be. You have seen the need to serve and have realized the field of service which is for you the rightful place of effort, but you have rendered that service in set and crystallized fashion and have been too often unduly objective and not sufficiently moved by opportunity. You have served from a rigid sense of duty but you must now learn to serve with the loving spontaneity which carries all before it. The fluidity of the true disciple must be your goal and that outgoing spirit which produces the magnetic server. Your magnetism and your radiation need enhancing; that will take place as you transit out of the effort to unfold and to manifest divinity into that more advanced condition which is expressed by the words to "stand in spiritual Being." There may also come into your life (as it does into the life of all true servers) an interlude or cycle of experience which may temporarily negate your present cycle of influence but this should only be preparatory to a greater power in service.

As to your meditation, my brother, after you have finished the breathing exercise, proceed then to meditation, beginning your work at as high a point as possible. Choose for yourself a seed thought each month, keeping a record of those chosen... Think deeply upon the embodied idea and carry your thoughts forward and onward and upward (choose whichever word conveys to you the deepest meaning) until you reach as abstract a point as you can achieve. When you can go no further and have entered the world of abstraction, then stay poised in thought and hold the mind steady in the light for as long a period as you can. Watch your thought processes as you do this and note anything new or especially intuitive which you may register during this time of waiting. Keep a strict record of the ideas which may come into your mind and note them down each day for your spiritual diary. In closing this instruction, brother of mine, will you remember that the lonely way is also the lighted way. Loneliness is an illusion which seeks to thwart the efforts of the server; it is a glamor which can seriously impair true vision. That you may walk the Way in peace and light and that power in service may be yours is the desire of my heart for you. [114]

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