ALIGNMENT OF THE EGO WITH THE PERSONALITY.
1—The Aligning of the three lower bodies.2—Aligning with the Causal Body.3—The Method of Alignment.4—Macrocosmic and Microcosmic Alignment.
1&2 Alignment and Vibration.The Chord of the Ego.
It is in the aligning of the three vehicles, the physical, the emotional, and the lower mind body, within the causal periphery, and their stabilising there byan effort of the will, that the real work of the Ego or Higher Self in anyparticular incarnation can be accomplished.
The great thinkers of the race, thetrue exponents of lower mind, are fundamentally those whose three lower bodiesare aligned; that is to say those whose mental body holds the other two incircumspect alignment.
The mental body, then, is in direct communication,unobstructed and free from interference, straight through to the physical brain.When the alignment is fourfold and when the three above-mentioned bodies arealigned with the body of the Higher Self, the causal or egoic body, and heldsteady within its circumference, then the great leaders of the race,—those whoemotionally and intellectually sway mankind, can be seen working; then theinspirational writers and dreamers can bring down their inspirations and dreams;and then the synthetic and abstract thinkers can transfer theirconceptions to the world of form.
It is, right through, a question of anunimpeded channel. Study, therefore, in this connection and when time permits,physical co-ordination; then to physical co-ordination add emotional stability,and you have the two vehicles functioning as one. When the co-ordinationextends to the mental body, the threefold lower man is reaching his apotheosis,and has rung most of the changes in the world of form.Later comes co-ordination perfected with the Higher Self, the channel ofcommunication reaching in line direct,—via an unimpeded funnel, if so I mightexpress it,—to the physical brain consciousness. Heretofore it has only beendirect at rare intervals.
The four lesser brain centres are functioning at highvibration in the man of a highly co-ordinated personality; when the Ego isnearing alignment with the lower bodies, the pineal gland and the pituitary bodyare in process of development; and when they are functioning with correlation(which eventuates by the time the third Initiation is taken), then the third, oralta major centre, intensifies its hitherto gentle vibration.
When the fifthInitiation is taken, the interplay between the three centres is perfected, andthe alignment of the bodies is geometrically rectified; you have then theperfected fivefold superman.For the average man, then, this alignment occurs only at intervals, in momentsof stress, in hours of needed humanitarian effort and in times of intensestaspiration.
Abstraction of a more or less degree has to enter in before the Egotakes continued notice of the personality or lower self. When that abstractioninvolves the emotions, is based in the mentality and contacts the physicalbrain, then alignment is commencing.
Hence the work of meditation, for it tends to abstraction and seeks to awaken toabstract consciousness both the emotions and the mentality.
Alignment and Vibration.
Forget not either that it is largely a question of matter and vibration. Theabstract levels of the mental plane consist of the three higher levels, thefirst being that termed the third subplane.
As I have explained to you before,each subplane has its correlations on the major planes. When, therefore, youhave built into your bodies,—physical, emotional and mental,—matter of the thirdsubplane of each of those planes, then the Higher self commences consciously andever more continuously to function through the aligning Personality. Perhaps wemight reverse the idea and state that it is only when third subplane matter of acertain percentage (which percentage is one of the secrets of Initiation) iscontained in the vehicles, that the Personality as a conscious whole recognisesand obeys that Higher self.
After such a percentage is attained, it is thennecessary to build in matter of the two higher subplanes on the physical andemotional planes; hence the struggle for the aspirant to purify and disciplinethe physical body and to subdue the emotional. Purification and subjugationdescribe the work to be done on the two planes.
This involves the use of lowermind, and the three lower vehicles thus become aligned.The vibrations of the abstract levels can then begin to be felt. You need toremember that they come via the causal body, the vehicle of the Higher Self, andthe average causal body is on the third subplane of the mental plane.
This is apoint not sufficiently recognised. Ponder on it. Real abstract thought becomespossible only when the Personality has, by vibration reciprocal to that of the Ego, aligned itself sufficiently to form a fairly unimpeded channel.Then at intervals, rare at first but of increasing frequency, will abstractideas begin to filter down, to be followed in due time by flashes of realillumination or intuition from the spiritual Triad or the true threefold Egoitself.
The Chord of the Ego.
When I use the term „reciprocal vibration,” what do I mean? I mean theadaptation of the Personality or Lower Self, to the Ego, or Higher Self, thedominating of the Personality ray by the ray of the Ego and the combining oftheir tones.
I mean the blending of the primary colour of the Higher Self withthe secondary hue of the Lower Self until beauty is achieved. At first, thereis dissonance and discord, a clashing of the colours, and a fight between theHigher and the Lower. But as time progresses, and later with the aid of the Master, harmony of colour and tone is produced (a synonymous matter), untileventually you will have the basic note of matter, the major third of thealigned Personality, the dominant fifth of the Ego, followed by the full chordof the Monad or Spirit.It is the dominant we seek at adeptship, and earlier the perfected third of thePersonality.
During our various incarnations we strike and ring the changes onall the intervening notes, and sometimes our lives are major and sometimesminor, but always they tend to flexibility and greater beauty. In due time,each note fits into its chord, the chord of the Spirit; each chord forms part ofa phrase, the phrase or group to which the chord belongs; and the phrase goes tothe completion of one seventh of the whole.
The entire seven sections, then,complete the sonata of this solar system,—a part of the threefold masterpiece ofthe Logos or God, the Master-Musician