The life of the evolving personality might be divided into five divisions.
Oursis, after all, a fivefold evolution, and the life of the man (as a human beingand prior to taking the fifth Initiation) may be considered as a series of fivegradual steps, each step being gauged by the condition of the indwelling Flameof Spirit.
From the standpoint of our occult planetary Hierarchy, as before Ihave told you, we are measured by our light.The first division of progress might be measured from the moment when animal-manbecame a thinking entity, a human being, to that of the consciousfunctioning of the emotional body or to the point where the emotions are verylargely paramount. It corresponds to the period covered by the Lemurian andearly Atlantean days.
During this period, the man is polarised in his physicalbody and is learning to be controlled by his desire body, the body of feeling orof emotion. He has no aspirations save such as pander to the pleasures of thebody; he lives for his physical nature, and has no thought for aught that may behigher. This period parallels that of the child from one to seven years. Atthis time the watching Teachers of the race see the indwelling Flame as a tinypin-point, and the permanent atom of the physical plane holds the polarisation.No attention is called for from the Teachers, for the instinctive force inherentin the Higher Self does the work, and the driving force of evolution carries allon to perfection.
The second period covers a point in development when the polarisation is largelyin the emotional body and when lower mind desire is being developed. LaterAtlantean days hold the analogy hid. The desires are not so purely physical,for mind is beginning to permeate, much as yeast causes a movement and a risingin a mass of dough. The man is conscious of vague pleasures not associated withhis physical body; he is capable of a deep love for teachers and guides wiserthan himself, of a wild unreasoning devotion for his environing associates, andof an equally wild and unreasoning hatred, for the equilibrium that mindachieves, and the balance that is the result of mental action, is wanting in hismake-up. He suffers from extremes.
The polarisation lies now in the emotional permanent atom but, (when this pointof development is reached) a light plays between the two atoms that have known polarisation—the emotional and the physical. What I am seeking tobring out at this stage is that the mental unit has not known the force ofpolarisation, the emotional is holding it, and the result is an integraldifference within the periphery of the atom itself. The electronic combinationsthat compose the atom which has suffered polarisation are grouped in a differentgeometrical form to those which have not yet experienced the process.
It is theeffect of the life of the Ego, playing on the matter of the atom and causingvarious approximations and differentiations unseen in a non-polarised atom. Thematter is abstruse and complex.This period is an analogous one to that in the life of a child from seven tofourteen years, or that period when adolescence is traversed and the child ismaturing.
This maturity is the product of emotional and physical polarisationin alignment. Alignment is now easily achieved between the physical andemotional bodies. The problem is to bring both under alignment with the mentaland later with the egoic bodies.To the watching Guides of the race, the indwelling Flame or Light can be seenslightly more enlarged, but still so small as to be inappreciable. But, if Ican in any way make clear without misleading by the use of words—whereas in thefirst period the physical atom could be seen illuminated, now in the secondperiod the emotional atom is similarly lit up, a signal to the Teachers that thework progresses. All this covers a vast period of time, for progress at thisperiod is inexpressibly slow. My allusion to the Atlantean and Lemurian raceswas but to trace analogy in object, and not analogy in time.
Now, on entering the third period, comes the most vital point in the developmentof the man, that in which mind is developing and the polarising lifeshifts to the mental unit. Speaking in terms of the solar system and viewinghumanity as a unit, all of whose permanent atoms form the molecules in acorresponding cosmic atom, the work has progressed from physical to emotionalpolarisation and remains there. Not till the seventh cycle of the greatercycle, not till the calling of the system into obscuration and out ofmanifestation will the cosmic mental atom in the body of the Logos achievepolarisation.
Here and there individuals are, as units, accomplishing the workand demonstrating therefore the hope for all.This period corresponds to that between the ages fourteen and twenty-eight. Theperiod here is longer for there is much to be done. Two atoms have feltpolarisation, and one is receiving the shifting. It is the middle point. Atthis time the light plays between the three atoms (outlining the personalitytriangle). But the focal point is gradually shifting more and more into themental unit, and the egoic body is becoming gradually more rounded out, andassuming its proportions.The man has control of the physical body and each life he builds a better; hehas a desire body of more refined requirements (note the occult significance ofthat word); he realizes the joys of intellect and strives ever for a mental bodyof greater adequacy; his desires turn upward instead of downward, and becometransmuted into aspiration,—at first aspiration towards the things of mind, andlater towards that which is more abstract and synthetic. The indwelling egoicFlame or Light now radiates from an inner centre to the periphery, lighting thecausal body and giving indication of burning. To the on-looking Hierarchy it isapparent that the divine fire is permeating and warming and radiating throughout the causal body., and that the Ego is becoming ever more conscious onhis own plane, and ever more interested—via the permanent atoms,—in the life ofthe Personality.
The physical brain of the Personality is not yet aware of thedifference between inherent mental capacity and the directed impress of theindwelling Ego, but the time is becoming ripe for a change of some kind, andevolution is moving with rapidity. The fourth period approaches. I would heresound a warning. All this proceeds not in ordered sections, if so I may termit. It proceeds as proceeds the greater system, with constant overlapping. andwith parallelism, due to the inherent ray of the spirit or Monad, to cyclicchanges, to diversity of forces playing astrologically and oft from unknowncosmic centres upon the palpitating life within the atoms….
The fourth period is that within which co-ordination of the Personality iscompleted, and that wherein the man comes to himself (as did the prodigal in thefar country) and says: „I will arise and go to my Father.” This is the resultof the first meditation. The three permanent atoms are functioning and the manis an active, feeling, thinking entity. He reaches the consummation of thepersonality life and he begins to shift consciously his polarisation from thepersonality life to the egoic. He stands upon the Path of Discipleship orProbation, or is close to it. He commences the work of transmutation; helaboriously, painfully and carefully, forces his consciousness higher and toexpand at will; at any cost he determines to dominate and function in fullliberation on the three lower planes; he realises that the Ego must have perfectexpression,—physical, emotional and mental,—and he makes, therefore, at infinitecost, the necessary channel. He attracts the attention of the Teachers. In what way does he do this? The causal body begins to radiate theindwelling Light. It has been constructed to a point where it is fine enough toact as a transparency and, where the contact of the Ego is made with the Triad,a point of Flame appears….The light is no longer under the bushel, butsuddenly flames forth, and catches the eager eye of the Master.
This marks the period between twenty-eight and thirty-five in the life of theadult. It is the period wherein a man finds himself, discovers what his line ofactivity may be, what he can accomplish, and from the worldly standpoint, comesinto his own.During the fifth period the Flame gradually breaks through the periphery of thecausal body, and the „path of the just shineth ever more and more unto theperfect day.” It is in the fourth period that meditation commences,—the mysticmeditation that leads, in the fifth period, to that occult meditation thatbrings about results, being under the law and hence following the line of theray. It is by meditation that the man—as a Personality—feels out the vibrationof the Ego, and seeks to reach up to the Ego and bring the egoic consciousnessever more and more down, so as to include consciously the physical plane. It isby meditation or by retreating within that the man learns the significance ofFire, and applies that fire to all the bodies, till naught is left save the fireitself. It is by meditation, or the reaching from the concrete to the abstract,that the causal consciousness is entered, and man—during this finalperiod—becomes the Higher self and not the Personality.
The polarisation shifts during the fifth period (the period of the Path ofInitiation) entirely from the Personality to the Ego, until, at the close ofthat period, liberation is complete, and the man is set free. Even the [Page29] causal body is known as a limitation and the emancipation is completed. Thepolarisation then shifts higher into the Triad—the shifting beginning at thethird Initiation. The physical permanent atom goes and the polarisation becomeshigher mental; the emotional permanent atom goes and the polarisation becomesintuitional; the mental unit goes and the polarisation becomes spiritual. Theman then becomes a Master of the Wisdom and is of the symbolic age of forty-two,the point of perfected maturity in the solar system.A still later period comes, corresponding to the ages forty-two to forty-nine,wherein the sixth and seventh Initiations may be taken, but this period concernsnot the readers of these letters….
June 9, 1920.The Specific Gravity and Content of the Causal Body.
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