Saturday, March 12, 2022

Lesson 150 - Externalization of the Hierarchy - The Period of Transition Part 2

 THE EXTERNALIZATION OF THE HIERARCHY

AND THE REAPPEARANCE OF THE CHRIST

Alice A. Bailey, March 1934

SECTION ONE, INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

THE PERIOD OF TRANSITION, Continued Part 2

(NOTE)  All printing in Black are the writings by the Tibetan through Alice Bailey

All printing in Blue are comments by MMF

In the very last part of lesson I, there were 2 questions that the Master D. K. asked and I am repeating them here because this lesson will explain and answer to two questions from Part I.

Two questions should, I believe, at this time engross the attention of all workers in the field of esotericism and those who are engaged with the training of students and aspirants.

I.  How shall we train our sensitives and psychics so that the dangers can be avoided and men can go safely forward to their new and glorious heritage?     

II.  How can esoteric schools or "disciplines" as they are sometimes called, make right use of the opportunity? pgs. 9-10 

1.The Training of the Psychics

The first thing to be borne in mind is that negative, unintelligent mediumship and psychism reduces its exponent to the level of an automaton; it is dangerous and inadvisable because it deprives man of his free will and his positivity, and militates against his acting as a free intelligent human being. The man is not acting in these cases as a channel for his own soul, but is little better than an instinctual animal, if he is not literally an empty shell, which an obsessing entity can occupy and use. When speaking thus I am dealing with the very lowest type of animal mediumship of which there is far too much these days, and which is the cause and concern to these best minds in all the movements which foster mediumship. A mediumship which is entered into with a fully conscious focused attitude and in which the medium, knowingly and intelligently, vacates his body to an entering entity of whom he is fully aware and who takes possession with his conscious permission in order to serve some spiritual end and help his fellowmen can be right and good.  But how often is this type of mediumship to be seen?  Few mediums know the technique governing the passing in or out of an informing entity, nor do they know how to carry on this work in such a way that never for a  moment are they unaware of what they themselves are doing and the purpose of their activity.  Definitely and with purpose they lend their body temporarily to another soul for service, preserving their own integrity all the time.  The highest expression of this type of activity was the giving of his body by the disciple Jesus for the use of the Christ.  It is in the word service that the whole story lies, and the safeguard.  When this true mediumship is better understood, we shall have the medium passing out of his body in full waking consciousness through the orifice at the top of his head, and not, as is now the case in the majority of instances, through the solar plexus, with no preservation of awareness of the transaction, nor any recollection of what has transpired. pgs. 10-11

The above subject is very complicated and in other writings by the Tibetan, He has warned all of those aspiring towards discipleship to beware of the pitfalls that usually occur during meditation, when we are many times caught unaware of those entities and "smoke and mirrors" presented before our visions - the first thing to remember is that until we reach and pass certain initiations, our centers (especially within the head) are not opened and not consciously connected through the heart center.  It is the wise student who allows these false visions to pass by and on out of his/her awareness until he/she has reached that point along the path, when many of the centers within the body and the head are opened and by the daily practice of connecting with the soul, one can then and only then, allow the loan of his/her body - by that time, the lower mental mind has been consciously held and controlled so that the soul-consciousness can now be residing within his/her consciousness.

Just a further note here, when Master D. K. mentions the disciple Jesus publicly displaying His ability to live and move and act as the Christ, He was literally living, moving and controlled by His Christ Self and/or His Soul.  Not only was He working within His soul; but Lord Maitrya, the Christ of the East was working directly with Him from His Transfiguration to His Resurrection and finally to His Ascension into the Light.   

We shall then have the temporary entrance of a new tenant along the line of a synchronous vibration through the entrance in the head, and the subsequent use of the instrument of the loaned body in service of some kind or another. But this procedure will never be followed in order to satisfy idle curiosity, or an equally idle grief, based on personal loneliness and self-pity. At present many of the lower kind of mediums are exploited by the curious or unhappy public, and those peculiar human beings whose consciousness is centered entirely below the diaphragm and whose solar plexus is indeed their brain (as it is the brain of the animal) are forced to act as mediums to satisfy the love of sensation or desire for comfort of their almost equally unintelligent fellowmen. pg. 11

Master D. K. speaks of the "temporary entrance of a new tenant along the line of a synchronous vibration through the entrance in the head, and the subsequent use of the instrument of the loaned body in SERVICE of some kind or other." This is very important information to the student as I stated earlier. These centers must be open by making a daily connection with the Solar Angel(AKA Holy Christ Self or Our Soul); Then and only then will we feel the tenant at the door to our Crown Chakra and all 7 centers within the head. We can only arrive at this rung on the ladder of attainment, through daily meditation, prayer and especially "service of some kind or other". Today, our service is greatly needed throughout the planet, not only for helping mankind to move up the ladder towards their ascension, but for the animal and elemental kingdoms who are suffering from mankind's misuse of them. The need of the hour is to pray for our planet, its 4 kingdoms and for the Externalization of the Hierarchy and the Reappearance of the Christ. It is our great honor to all be part of God's Divine Plan through our Planetary Logos, Beloved Sanat Kumara, the Avatar of Synthesis, all those connected to Shambalah, and all of Hierarchy working twenty four hours a day towards meeting all of the goals set by our Divine Parents.

Also, bear in mind Master D. K.'s warning of allowing the animal intuition to manifest, as this is a quick and open road downward into the dangerous path of being controlled by astral entities.

At the same time there are mediums of a very much higher order whose lives are offered in service to advanced souls on the other side of the veil and who give themselves so that their fellowmen may learn of them; thus, on both sides of the veil of separation, are souls aided and given opportunity to hear or serve. But those, too, would profit by a more intelligent training and by a more accurate understanding of the technique of their work and the organization of  their bodies. They would then be better channels and more dependable intermediaries. pg. 11

Many of us have met with these mediums, in fact, there is one young man, who is on television, who works with those behind the veil in helping many people realize that there is "life after death" and that these beings on the other side, are speaking through his mediumship to them, mostly it's advice and support from all those on the other side. There's another medium that I'm aware of who many times works directly with family and friends who have passed and he will act as a conduit to bring information to those who need their advice and support; yet this young man is not highly trained through an arcane school and therefore truly has problems and admits that he just can't bring forth any information from time to time. Again, this is because the apparatus that he is working with is not equipped to deal with every situation and he sometimes gets headaches and/or is blocked from receiving messages from the other side of the veil.

Above all, let the psychics in the world today grasp the necessity of controlling and of not being controlled; let them realize that all that they do can be done by any trained disciple of the Ageless Wisdom should the occasion warrant it, and circumstances justify such an expenditure of force. Psychics are easily deceived. For example, it is of course obvious that on the astral plane there is a thoughtform of myself, your Tibetan brother.  All who have received the disciples' degree monthly instructions, all who read the books which I have sent out into the world with the aid of A. A. B., also all who are working in my personal group of disciples have naturally and automatically aided in the construction of this astral thoughtform. It is not me, nor is it linked to me, nor do I use it. I have definitely disassociated myself from it and do not employ it as a means of contacting those I teach, for I work from choice entirely on mental levels thereby undoubtedly limiting my range of contacts but increasing the effectiveness of my work. This astral thoughtform is a distortion of me and my work, needless to say, and resembles an animated and galvanized shell. pgs. 11-12

 Remember well what Master D. K. says in the above paragraph:  "grasp the necessity of controlling and not being controlled;" further, he declares that any disciple of the Ageless Wisdom can do the same, "SHOULD THE OCCASION WARRANT IT AND CIRCUMSTANCES  JUSTIFY SUCH AN EXPENDITURE OF FORCE!!" In other words, intuition should only be used when "the occasion warrant(s) it, and circumstances justify" all that expenditure of your energy.  He goes on then to explain to us that He has an astral double that He completely ignores and never employs - Why?  Because He works from CHOICE ENTIRELY ON MENTAL LEVELS (There is no working from the lower chakras - i.e. the Solar Plexus etc.) He claims that the astral thought-form is a distortion of Him and His work and resembles an animated and galvanized shell. Because He is a World Teacher and trained under the Master M and the Master K. H., He is able to ignore this astral entity and work from the highest Jiva of the Mind bringing forth His work from the Highest Level of Being. 

Because there is in this form much emotional substance and also a certain amount of mental substance, it can make a wide appeal and its validity is such that like all shells, for instance, which are contacted in the seance room, it masquerades as myself and where the intuition is unawakened the illusion is complete and real.  Devotees can therefore tune in with great facility on this illusory form and be completely deceived. Its vibration is of a relatively high order.  Its mental effect is like a beautiful parody of myself and serves to place the deluded devotees in touch with the scroll of the astral light, which is the reflection of the akashic records. These latter are the eternal scroll whereon the plan for our world is inscribed and from which those of us who teach gather our data and much of our information. This, the astral light distorts and steps down. Because this is a distorted image and functions in the three worlds of form and has no source of validity higher than those of form, it has in it the seeds of separativeness and of disaster. Forms of flattery are sent out from it, ideas of separateness, those thoughts that feed ambition and which foster love of power, and those germs of desire and personal longing (which divide groups) emerge from contact with it.  The results to those who are deceived thereby are sad. pg. 12

When the Master D. K. speaks of these so-called shells who are made up of both the emotional as well as the mental substance being easily available to anyone seeking to become a psychic - He has one of these thought-forms that has completely distorted the information that is to be given out through D. K. from the akashic records*(these records are actually scrolls upon which the divine plan for our world is written); and that certain highly trained disciples like the Master D.K. and others bring forth the teaching in order to raise our consciousness. So, while D. K. is working from the Soul-level of His being, the astral thought-form is also bringing forth information that is false, with ideas of separateness, while at the same time feeding to the unwary devotees praise so that he can "get in touch very easily" with these thoughtforms because they only reside in the three worlds. Once the thoughtform has got the student's attention then it begins to feed ambition, love of power and those germs of desire and personal longing (which is the cause of division within groups) leading the devotee astray and down the rabbit hole.

I would like to point out also that trance mediumship, as it is called, must inevitably be superseded by that mediumship which is offered by the man or woman who is clairvoyant or clairaudient on the astral plane, and who therefore in full waking consciousness and with the physical brain alert and active can offer himself as an intermediary between men in physical plane bodies (and therefore blind and deaf on the subtler levels) and those who, having discarded their bodies, are cut off from physical communication.  This type of psychic can communicate with both groups and their value and their usefulness as mediums is beyond computation when they are single-minded, unselfish, pure and dedicated to service.  But in the training to which they subject themselves they must avoid the present negative methods, and instead of "sitting for development" in a blank and waiting silence, they should endeavor to work positively as souls, remaining in conscious and intelligent possession of the lower mechanism of their bodies; they must know which center in that body they use whilst working psychically, and they must learn to look out, as souls, upon the world of illusion in which they are undertaking to work; from their high and pure position let them see clearly, hear truly and report accurately, and so serve their age and generation, and make the astral plane a familiar and well-known place of activity, accustoming mankind to a state of existence wherein are found their fellowmen, experiencing, living and following the Path. pgs. 12-13

Master D. K. gives us all information on those true aspirants who are Clairvoyant and/or Clairaudient - He makes it very clear that even these gifted souls must follow the cosmic laws of being  single-minded, unselfish, pure and dedicated to service and they should be working positively as souls, remaining in conscious and intelligent possession of the lower mechanism of their bodies and also know which center in their body they are using while working psychically- then and only then they will see clearly and hear truly while at the same time reporting accurately - thus they are of great value in serving their generation and age - thus acquainting mankind with the astral plane and all of its activities. He warns us about the "Trance Mediums" who are open to entities as they have no training on how to protect themselves and avoid these astral thought-forms. He also warns about those who work with negative methods and "sitting for development" in a blank and waiting silence. Again, He reminds us that we must work at the Soul level of being, in order to be a pure channel working between the two worlds.

I cannot here write concerning the technique of that training. The subject is too vast for a brief article. I do say, with emphasis, that a more careful and wise training is needed and a more intelligent use of the knowledge which is available, if sought after. I appeal to all who are interested in the growth of psychic knowledge to study, and think and experiment, and teach, and learn until such time as the entire level of psychic phenomena has been lifted out of its present ignorant, speculative and negative position to one of  potent assurance, proved technique, and spiritual expression. I appeal to such movements as the Psychical Research Societies in the world and the vast Spiritualistic Movement to lay the emphasis on divine expression and not so much on phenomena; let them approach the subject from the angle of service and carry their researches into the realm of energy, and cease to pander so much to the public. The opportunity offered them is great and the need of their work is vital. The service rendered has been real and essential, but if these movements are to avail themselves of the coming inflow of spiritual energy, they must shift their attention into the realm true values. The training of the intellect and the presenting to the world of a group of intelligent psychics should be a main objective, and the astral plane will then be, for them, only a stage on the way to that world wherein all the spiritual Guides and Masters are found, and from whence all souls go forth to incarnation and all souls return from the place of experience and of experiment. pgs. 13-14

As we enter the Aquarian Age, we have grown familiar with such organizations as the Psychical Research Society, and many Spiritualistic Movements as well as Mind Training like SRI and Mind Dynamics to name a few. For the student who is working with the Ageless Wisdom, meditation with 639H and the AUM is a wonderful way of connecting and establishing a relationship with the Soul - while at the same time, the vibration of this meditation is pure LOVE and brings JOY and HEALING if done on a daily basis.   

It might be asked what ground this training should cover. I would suggest that teaching should be given as to the nature of man and the purpose and objectives of the soul; training can be offered as to the technique of expression, and careful instruction also given as to the use of the centers in the etheric body and in the development of the ability to preserve inviolate the attitude of the positive onlooker, who is always the directing, controlling factor. There will have to be careful analysis of the type and character of the psychic, and then the application of differentiated and suitable methods so that he may progress with the least hindrance. Training schools and classes which seek to develop the student must be graded according to his point in evolution, and his passing into a group, optimistically hoping that something will happen in him whilst in it, will have to cease. pg. 14

Here again, the Master D.K. spells it out for all of us when He explains what this training should cover - "the teaching should be given as to the nature of man and the purpose and objectives of the soul;" Plus He stresses that "training can be offered as to technique of expression, and careful instruction also given as to the use of the centers in the etheric body and in the development of the ability to preserve inviolate the attitude of the positive onlooker, who is always the directing, controlling factor." This seems to me to indicate that a qualified high disciple and/or initiate would have to be the trainer as most of us are not that far along the path that we'd feel qualified to take on this type of training and technique. I am not a psychic and would never feel qualified to take on this awesome responsibility; but I can positively add here that if one is diligent and continually works in service, moving along the path of attainment, while at the same time making daily contact with his soul - at some point his soul will then make contact with him; and there lies the true path to opening all of the centers within the etheric body as well as the seven centers within the head. The reason I do not feel qualified as I am not at a point where I could measure the nature of any man and whether he is truly working with purpose and objectives of the soul. As to opening the centers within the etheric body, this again would fall under the jurisdiction of those high initiates who are working within the Ashrams and Retreats and can remember their attending these retreats and what they have learned within these sacred halls of learning on inner levels. Again, I would not know the first thing about grading an individual, and further, knowing where he is on his evolutionary path.  But then, this is something that I look forward to investigating and experimenting but only after my Soul has contacted me.

The goal for the low-grade negative psychic should be the training of the mind and the closing of the solar plexus until such time as he can function as a true mediator; if this involves the temporary cessation of his mediumistic powers (and consequently of his commercial exploitation), then so much the better for him, viewing him as an immortal soul, with a spiritual destiny and usefulness.

The instruction given to the intelligent medium and psychic should lead him to a full understanding of himself and of his powers; it should develop those powers without risk and with care, and he should be stabilized in the position of the positive controlling factor.  His clairvoyant and clairaudient powers should gradually be perfected, and the right interpretation of what he sees and contacts on the plane of illusion, the astral plane, should be cultivated.

Thus we shall gradually find emerging in the world a large body of trained psychics whose powers are understood and who function on the astral plane with as much intelligence as they function on the physical plane, and who are preparing themselves for the expression of the higher psychic powers - spiritual perception and telepathy. These people will constitute eventually a body of linking souls, mediating between those who cannot see and hear on the astral plane because they are the prisoners of the physical body and those who are equally the prisoners of the astral plane, lacking the physical response apparatus.

The great need, therefore, is not that we should cease to consult and train our psychics and mediums, but that we should train them rightly and guard them intelligently and so link, through their means, the two worlds of the physical and the astral. pgs. 14-15

As the Externalization of the Hierarchy was written in 1934, we can now look back over the past 88 years and realize that in this year of 2022 we have come a long way along the path and we've been given great gifts from Hierarchy, including cutting our karma by 51%, which has freed many of us up to answer the call to World Service. At the same time, we are now on the threshold of major changes coming to our planet through the Seven Sacred Rays, the increase in vibration, the rending of the veils between the physical and astral plane, the transition period between Pisces Age and the Aquarian Age, the commitment to group service and most important factor is that many, many souls are now seeking Self Realization and letting go of the old patterns while making certain changes within their diets, their lifestyles and their relationships.  As we draw ever closer to the year 2025 and the Great Council, we hear the calls of our brethren around the world, demanding Equality, Liberty and Fraternity - that all men are created and have equal opportunity to find their own path to their Ascension. This is our goal as the New Group of World Servers, to pray not only for mankind but for all the kingdoms of the earth, for the Coming One and the Externalization of Hierarchy and their Retreats once again on Earth.

End of Lesson 2..... 


 

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