As you know, it is the heart quality in you which needs intensifying and purifying. Your first ray astral body and mind produce too much of the will nature in all your activities. You need to bear this in mind particularly in connection with the astral body, for it is through that body that the love energy of the soul must pour on its way to the heart centre. It is, therefore, the second ray quality which must—in connection with your first ray astral body—be imposed and that means two things in relation to you:
1. That your soul contact must be intensified.
2. That your life problem today involves primarily three factors:
a. The soul …………….. second ray.
b. The personality…….. sixth ray.
c. The astral body…….. first ray.
This constitutes an interesting and somewhat unbalanced triangle of energy, for the sixth ray personality is quick to respond to soul energy but the effects work out in a fanatically oriented and powerful astral body. The consequent interplay produces much of the glamour which besets you and which it is the task of your first ray mind to dissipate.
You are perhaps surprised at my use of the word “fanatical” in connection with you for you in no way regard yourself as a “fanatical devotee.” Nor do I so regard you. The fanaticism which you display is in respect to your own judgment where other people are concerned and it involves also an almost proud dependence upon the wisdom which you have undoubtedly developed during many lives. This tends to give you a surety of opinion, in relation to others, which conditions and your decision do not always warrant; it produces also a willingness to impose your own ideas and your judgment upon others when, my brother, it may be neither your duty nor your right so to do. This quality (oft found in disciples who are learning the nature of true spiritual humility) is esoterically called “the fanatic opposition of the wise person to the facts.” This statement is most paradoxical but it is one which it would profit you much to consider and study.
Disciples like yourself (and they are fairly numerous and constitute some of the most promising material for training that we possess) are apt to be hard and unyielding—both to themselves and others. They have learnt much and surmounted much in the crucible of suffering and nothing has prevented them from a steadfast pursuit of reality. This capacity leads them to judge with harshness those who do not, apparently, achieve results or possess their own staying power. When such a disciple is naturally upon the teaching line as you are, he then handles opportunity on the basis of his truly enlightened personality but his methods are nevertheless personality ones and when—as in your case—the personality is on the sixth ray, one is apt to have a disciple fanatically identified with his own way of approach and one who expects others to go his way; he will be wedded to his own methods and anxious to impose them upon others. He is convinced that the techniques he employs are the best for all. All disciples have to learn to recognise the many ways, the many methods and the widely differently developed techniques. Their attitude (when they have learnt this lesson) is ever the fostering, the interpreting and the strengthening of the ways and the methods which suit those with whom they are associated and working, or those whom they are endeavouring to help. Remember this, my brother, and aim at decentralisation without diffusion. Think about this statement and seek to understand it and make it practical. If you can learn this lesson, there will open for you a wider field of opportunity. Decentralisation in mind from yourself and identification with the self in all should be your steady and practical objective.
To aid you in this, I suggest the following short meditation exercise which should be done each day at the close of your group practice. Its objective is the increase of the flow of energy to the heart centre, remembering always that the heart centre is a twelve-petalled lotus.
1. Visualisation exercise.
a. Achieve alignment as rapidly as possible.
b. Hold in the mind, imaginatively, the straight line of the spinal column, the head centre, the sutratma and the antahkarana—thus linking the centres in the body with the soul.
c. Then carry the line which your imagination has constructed, from the centre at the base of the spine to the closed lotus bud in the centre of the twelve-petalled egoic lotus.
2. Having done this, recognise your identity with all souls who constitute—in their entirety—the One Soul.
3. Then sound the OM as a soul, as far as in you lies, breathing it out from soul levels with no fixed objective in your mind. Do this six times.
4. Then sound the OM again after a pause (thus making seven in all) sending it out into the ajna centre and from there carry it down to the heart centre and hold it there for later use. Do this as a soul whose nature is love.
5. Then, bearing in mind that the heart centre is the repository of twelve forces or energies, seek to develop them by pondering upon the twelve virtues through which these energies express themselves, taking one each month for a year.
a. Group love, embracing individuals.
b. Humility, signifying your personality attitude.
c. Service, indicating your soul’s preoccupation.
d. Patience, signifying the embryonic immortality and persistence which is a soul characteristic.
e. Life, or expressed activity which is the manifestation of love because it is essential dualism.
f. Tolerance, which is the first expression of buddhic understanding.
g. Identification with others, which is embryonic fusion, carried eventually to synthesis when the head centre is developed.
h. Compassion, which is essentially the right use of the pairs of opposites.
i. Sympathy, which is the consequence of knowledge and of the unfoldment of the knowledge petals. Such energy then is in touch with the heart centre.
j. Wisdom, which is the fruit of love and indicates the awakening of the love petals of the egoic lotus.
k. Sacrifice, which is the giving of the heart’s blood or life for others.
6. After a quiet meditation on one of these qualities of soul expression as they manifest upon thephysical plane, sound the OM three times.
I would remind you that these soul qualities, which express themselves through the heart centre, must be interpreted esoterically and in terms of relation. Bear this in mind and as you meditate, seek ever the inner significance and not just the assembling of thought upon these qualities. Most of the thoughts and ideas which will come to you in this connection will be well known and so purely exoteric. There are, however, secondary meanings which are of real significance to the disciple though almost unknown to the average man. Endeavour to find these.
I would ask you, my brother, as a service to the group, each month to write a short paper on these twelve qualities as expressions of soul energies, thus giving your brothers the fruit of your month’s meditation. Be of good courage and let not physical liability hinder your inner life and joy. Seek closer contact with me, your Master, and look for response.
Bailey, A. (1955) Discipleship in the New Age, Vol II, pp. 658-652. Lucis Trust.