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Discipleship in the New Age I - Personal Instructions to Disciples - O-L.R.D.
To  O-L. R. D.

August 1935


You have for some years been actively and consciously working at your spiritual unfoldment. Prior to this, your life tendency was towards the light, with intervals of forgetfulness and engrossment in the things of every day existence. There was, in these earlier times, but little of steadfast, coordinated purpose. Now your insistence upon making the transition out of the lower into the higher life, and your pledge to your soul that you will recognize no impediment or handicap, has been noted. Assistance, therefore, will be given to you, and I shall be glad, through suggestion and watchful cooperation, to aid you on your way. I would remind you at this point also that, under the laws of the New Age, such assistance is given only to those who have transcended selfish aspiration and have lost sight of their own progress in the desire to serve. The Law of Service, as you know, is the governing law of the future and embodies the new technique. In past ages, it was the service of one's own soul (with the emphasis upon one's own individual salvation) which engrossed the attention of the aspirant. Naught else was considered. Then came the period wherein the service of the Master and also of one's own soul was considered of dominant interest: the Master was served and duty to him emphasized because thereby the salvation of the individual was aided. Now a new note is sounding forth - the note of growth through the service of the race, and through a cultivated self-forgetfulness. [552]

You are in this group of my disciples, as are all the others, in order to study a mode of service for which you are well adapted - the service and art of healing. All that occurs in your life, my brother, and all preparation that you may make for future lives and all that you seek to do should, for the future, be made subservient to that basic idea of service through healing.

The best way in which you can develop the needed understanding and technique is through meditation. To you, the way of meditation is of no profound difficulty. In earlier lives you established the line of approach. You can orient yourself easily upon that way. For you, however, there must come (during the next two years) the mastering of the technique whereby:

  1. You learn to utilize the meditation period in order to bring about an intense focusing upon the subject of healing, its laws and methods.
  2. You master the technique whereby you can project your thought consciously in such a manner that healing can take place where and when needed.

In the one case, you train yourself to be a "point of contact" for the healing forces of the planet. In the other, you train yourself to be a "channel of distribution." Ponder on these two objectives, but expect not yet to be able to reach them. In the work of the disciple, the time element counts not. Growth, deep rooted and established, is the goal, and growth, if sound and good, is slow.

In connection with your own character development, seek to bring about two things:

  1. A decentralization and self-forgetfulness which will offset and negate that spiritual diffidence and dissatisfaction with yourself that does color much of your thought.
  2. A tenderness which will grow out of an increasing capacity to identify yourself with other people and their problems.

Life has held for you much of difficulty during the past three months; many adjustments, inner and outer, have been required. Detachment has been the lesson which you are learning [553] and indicates to you the way of release. Like all disciples, in training on the Path of Accepted Discipleship or preparing to be so trained, much has had to be broken in your life in order to establish the new rhythms. This process is still to be continued and for it you must be prepared. You have, however, adequate light and sufficient strength to enable you to tread the way of the disciple. You can count upon yourself and upon your own divinity.

I commend to you the careful keeping of your spiritual diary. In writing in it, day by day, do so with the recollection that your ability to express spiritual thoughts must be used for the helping of others. "The heart knoweth its own development. The onlooker tastes the fruit thereof." This thought, of ancient import, will mean much to you. Ponder on it.

I suggest the following meditation and breathing exercises.

  • ...It may take a little while to accustom yourself to it but, given time, you should get real benefit therefrom. . .
  • Then, focusing yourself in the head and remembering that you are the soul, do your meditation work with an increased intensity and purity of purpose. Give about fifteen minutes to this work.
  • Then, give fifteen minutes to a close pondering upon the thoughts of healing. You could, if you so choose, pick out certain key thoughts from my words and make them the subject of your close attention. Upon them make and keep notes.
  • Then, give five minutes to some definite work in helping someone to a greater light and freedom, remembering that healing can be on all planes.

I would ask you to go slowly and do all this work most thoughtfully.

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