Written Work to be Completed
Letter from Teaching Staff
Initiation and Integration
Departments of the Hierarchy; The Lodge of Masters
"The Ray of Christ is Just as scientific as the ray of the
INITIATION, HUMAN AND SOLAR, Pages 37 62
Excerpts from the Tibetan's instructions to a group in training:
In the past and in order to get the idea of initiation into the
minds of the people, the Hierarchy chose the mode (now obsolete) of holding out the
prospect of initiation before the earnest disciple; upon this They placed an early
emphasis of its peculiarity, its rewarding nature, its ritual and ceremonies and its place
in the scale of evolution. Since the fact of initiation has been grasped by many and
achieved by some, it has become possible today to reveal what has always been implied,
that initiation is a group event. If clear thinking had taken the place of a selfish
individual aspiration, the fact of group initiation would have been obvious, and, for the
following reasons, inherent and implied in the whole situation:
1.The Soul -- in its own nature -- is group conscious and has no
individual interests or individual ambitions and is not at all interested in the aims of
its personality. Initiation is a process whereby the spiritual man within the personality
becomes aware of himself as the soul, with soul powers, soul relationships, and soul
purpose. The moment a man realizes this, even a small measure, it is the group of which he
2.Only the man whose sense of identity is beginning to expand and
become inclusive can "take initiation" (as it is erroneously termed). If the
initiation was a purely personal achievement, it would throw the man back into the
separative consciousness, out of which he is endeavoring to escape.
3.Initiation admits the aspirant into membership in the Hierarchy.
This involves, speaking esoterically, the relinquishing of all separative personality
reactions in a series of progressive renunciations.
It dawns on the initiate, as he proceeds from one initiation to
another, that each time he moves forward on the path or penetrates into the heart of the
Mysteries in company with those who are as he is, who share with him the same point in
evolution and are working with him towards the same goal, that he is not alone; it is a
joint effort that is being made. This is in fact the keynote of an Ashram, conditioning
its formation. It is composed of disciples and initiates at various stages of
initiate-unfoldment who have arrived at their point of ashramic consciousness together and
who will proceed together until they arrive at that complete liberation which comes when
the cosmic physical plane drops below the threshold of consciousness and no longer holds
any point of interest.
This is one of the new factors in hierarchical methods and
techniques which I have had the responsibility of bringing to public attention and so
correcting the erroneous teaching of those trained under orthodox (so called) schools of
occultism. One of the prime pre-requisites for initiation is a clear and concise
recognition of one's own group, not through a process of wishful thinking but
Through factual cooperation and work upon the physical plane. I said
Group, my brother, and not organization, for they are two different things.
Have carefully in mind, therefore, the fact of group initiation and
forego the process of considered thought anent your preparation for initiation.
Group initiation cannot be achieved by a group in training until the
members, as a group, have developed their particular "spiritual enterprise." It
is the law of the spirit that the disciple must appear before the Initiator empty-handed,
but that, in group formation, the group members unitedly contribute something to the
enrichment of the Ashram. This may take the form of some considered project in line with
the Plan, whereby they testify to their comprehension of that Plan and demonstrate to the
initiate-company in which they find themselves and those senior disciples to whose contact
they are to be admitted that they have already proven their fitness for acceptance and
have proven it along the line of service. It has to be a group enterprise, a group service
and a group contribution. The specific contribution of the individual does not appear.
WRITTEN WORK TO BE COMPLETED
In the light of the above teaching from the Tibetan, and keeping in
mind that the whole group which is Arcana is preparing itself for the next step upon the
initiatory way, will you please (in the manner of the Evening Review) write out as
clearly, simply, and helpfully as you can, your answers to the following questions:
1. As a result of your work on the COMING ONE Series, what did you
gain in real spiritual understanding through group meditation, group study, and your
written papers which represented your contribution to group thought?
2. Can you see more definitely than when you started this Series,
what is Arcana's "spiritual enterprise" and your part (subjective or objective)
in the unfoldment of this enterprise? If so, please explain.
3. What do you see as the immediate next step forward for
Dear Group Brother,
Before opening the door to our next series of study sets let us
pause for an appreciative evaluation of the ground covered thus far. You have been exposed
to a strong, new forward thrust of energy, a bit unsettling at times, perhaps; but the
very fact that you have persevered thus far in your study, meditation, and service
indicates that you have taken hold of your own growth. The service-motivated soul is not
content to be carried forward on the tide of evolution. The soul's intent is to aid and
further evolution. The serving soul requires control of its equipment. The effort to find
the center, the soul, within the form aspect through meditation, led you to your group in
ARCANA; for souls are group oriented, whereas personalities work independently. Meditation
is always a group affair; initiation is always a group affair.
As meditation increases the light of consciousness, we are able to
open our minds to the light of Hierarchy, to Purpose, to Plan. The soul is ever inclusive,
desirous of invoking that which will benefit surrounding lives. (We cannot stress this
often enough.) As you already know, the approach to the planetary Hierarchy is facilitated
at the time of the full moon each month; and at that time we, the group, make of ourselves
a ready instrument for an act of group service upon the plane of mind.
The soul's dedicated use of the lower vehicles (the physical,
emotional and mental bodies) in full moon meditation and the daily disciplines, aids in
the cleansing and purification of the threefold form; and aids also in the unfoldment of
consciousness -- in turn giving greater focus to the total effort, leading to greater
depth and expansion of understanding.
Your dally use of the spiritual journal aids in the grounding of
ideas received through meditation. These ideas work out through service; for service, the
Tibetan teacher tells us, is the spontaneous result of soul contact.
In short, the study work, meditation and service which we mentioned
above may be considered a triangle -- a very important triangle, which points ever upward
into greater light. This triple effort will aid the task of the New Croup of World Servers
which is to convey to the minds of men the new ideas and ideals seeking manifestation in
the form of a more brotherly world society.
The work goes on. One series of study sets leads into the next
series. Complete your evaluation and move on. Evaluation is used at the end of each cycle
by the person who is consciously evolving, whether it be at the end of a day as the
evening review, at the completion of a series of study sets, as now, or at the end of a
lifetime at death.
After the evaluation, the soul (which is group conscious) enters
upon a new phase of group effort or group experience on a higher turn of the spiral. With
each successive study set the Teaching deepens and meditation work is intensified, opening
up new levels of consciousness and new areas of service -- just as your present awareness
is greater than it was before your work on the study series you are now completing.
Increasing soul awareness will lead us to increasingly effective
service. The Christ, Head of the Hierarchy, needs workers who are skilled and spiritually
effective as well as willing and loving.
As we draw closer to the Christ it is almost as if He were holding
us in the hollow of His hand. And who is to say it is not so? For the Christ is to
humanity what the soul is to the personality. And as we in our great need cry out for
help, the Christ hears and responds.
As we advance upon the way of group progress (which is the Aquarian
way of spiritual unfoldment) we bring ever closer the reappearance of the Christ.
With joy in our hearts we send you the words of an old Gaelic
May the roads rise with you,
And the wind be always at your back;
And may the Lord hold you
In the hollow of His hand.
The Staff of ARCANA
INITIATION AND INTEGRATION
Initiation might be defined in two ways.
First, it is the entering into a new and wider dimensional world by
the expansion of a man's consciousness so that he can include and encompass that which he
now excludes, and from which he normally separates himself in his thinking and acts.
Secondly, it is the entering into the world of those energies which
are distinctive of the soul and of the soul alone, -- the forces of intelligent love and
of spiritual will. These are dynamic energies, and they actuate all who are liberated
souls. This process of entering into and of being entered into should be a simultaneous
and synthetic process, an event of the first importance. Where it is sequential or
alternating, it indicates an uneven unfoldment and an unbalanced condition.
There is frequently the theory of unfoldment, and a mental grasp
anent the facts of the initiatory process before they are practiced experimentally in the
daily life and thus psychologically integrated into the practical expression of the living
process on the physical plane. Herein lies much danger and difficulty, and also much loss
of time. The mental grasp of the individual is oft much greater than his power to express
the knowledge, and we haste consequently those outstanding failures and those difficult
situations which have brought the whole question of initiation into disrepute. Many people
are regarded as initiates who are only endeavoring to be initiate. They are not, however,
real initiates. They are those well meaning people whose mental understanding outruns the
pointer of their personalities to practice. They are those who are in touch with forces
which they are not yet able to handle and control. They have done a great deal of the
needed work of inner contact, but have not yet whipped the lower nature into shape.
They are, therefore, unable to express that which they inwardly
understand and somewhat realize. They are those disciples who talk too much and too soon
and too self-centeredly, and who present to the world an ideal toward which they are
indeed working, but which they are as yet unable to materialize, owing to the inadequacy
of their equipment. They affirm their belief in terms of accomplished fact and cause much
stumbling among the little ones. But at the same time, they are working towards the goal.
They are mentally in touch with the ideal and with the Plan. They are aware of forces and
energies utterly unknown to the majority. Their only mistake is in the realm of time, for
they affirm prematurely that which some day they will be.
When initiation becomes possible, it indicates that two great groups
of energies (these of the triple integrated personality and those of the soul or solar
angel) are beginning to fuse and blend. The energy of the soul is beginning to dominate
and to control the lower types of force, and -- according to the ray of the soul -- so
will be the body in which that control will begin to make its presence felt. It should be
remembered that very little egoic control need be evidenced when the first initiation is
taken. That initiation indicates simply that the germ of soul life has vitalized and
brought into functioning existence the inner spiritual body, the sheath of the inner
spiritual man, which will eventually enable the man at the third initiation to manifest
forth as "a full-grown man in Christ", and present at that time the opportunity
to the Monad
for full expression
As the three rays which govern the lower triplicity blend and
synthesize and produce the vital personality, and as they in their turn dominate the ray
of the dense physical body, the lower man enters into a prolonged condition of conflict.
Gradually and increasingly, the soul ray begins to become more active; in the brain of the
man who is a developed personality, an increased awareness of vibration is set up. There
are many degrees and stages in this experience, and they cover many lives. The personality
ray and the egoic ray at first seem to clash, and then later a steady warfare is set up
with the disciple as the onlooker -- and dramatic participator. Arjuna emerges into the
arena of the battlefield. Midway between the two forces he stands, a conscious tiny point
of sentient awareness and of light. Around hum and in him and through him the energies of
the two rays pour and conflict. Gradually, as the battle continues to rage, he becomes a
more active factor, and drops the attitude of the detached and uninterested onlooker. When
he is definitely aware of the issues involved, and definitely throws weight of his
influence, desires, and mind on to the side of the soul, he can take the first initiation.
then the ray of the soul focuses itself fully through him, and all his centers are
controlled by that focused soul ray, then he becomes the transfigured Initiate, and takes
the third initiation. The ray Of the personality is occultly "extinguished" or
absorbed by the ray of the soul, and all the potencies and attributes of the lower rays
become subsidiary to and colored by the soul ray. The disciple becomes a "men of
God", a person whose powers are controlled by the dominant vibration of the soul ray
and whose inner, sensitive mechanism is vibrating to the measure of that soul ray which --
in its turn -- is being itself reoriented to, and controlled by, the monadic ray.
Initiation carried to its consummation, as far as humanity is
concerned, produces the liberated Master of the Wisdom, free from the limitations of the
individual, garnering the fruits of the individualization process and functioning
increasingly as the solar angel, because focussed primarily in the inner spiritual body.
Just what do we mean by Integration? It has to be regarded as an
essential step, prior to passing (in full waking consciousness) into the fifth, or
spiritual kingdom. We regard the physical body as a functioning aggregate of physical
organs, each with its own duties and purposes. These, when combined and acting in unison,
we regard as constituting a living organism.
The many parts form one whole, working under the direction of the
intelligent, conscious Thinker, the soul, as far as man is concerned. At the same time,
this conscious form is slowly arriving at a point where integration into the larger whole
becomes desirable and is finally achieved -- again in the waking consciousness. This
process of conscious assimilation is carried forward progressively by the gradual
integration of the part into the family unit, the nation, the social order, the current
civilization. the world of nations, and finally into humanity itself. This integration is,
therefore, both physical in nature, and an attitude of mind.
[Re: seven ray techniques] It is the ray of the ego or soul,
slumbering in the early stages within the form, which occultly applies these modes of
integration. The soul is essentially the integrative factor, and this shows in the early
and unconscious stages as the coherent power of the life principle to hold the forms
together in incarnation. In the later and conscious stages, it shows its power by applying
these methods of control and unification to the personality. They are not applied, nor can
the man avail himself of them, until such time as he is an integrated personality. This
has often been forgotten, and men have claimed the rights of discipleship and the powers
of initiation before they have even become integrated persons. This has led to disaster,
and the falling into disrepute of the whole problem of discipleship and initiation.
The man who has awakened to full consciousness in the various
aspects of his nature -- emotional, mental and egoic -- realizes himself first of all as a
personality. He integrates his various bodies with their different states of consciousness
into one active reality. He then
has passed a major milestone on the Path of Return.
Inevitably, the evolutionary process must bring to pass this phenomenal occurrence in the
case of every human being, but it can be produced... by a planned mental application to
the task, and an intelligent consideration of the relation of the part to the whole.
It will be found that the purely selfish, material personality will
eventually arrive at the condition wherein the man will be conscious of integrated
activity and power, because he
1. Has developed and integrated his own separative "parts"
into one whole.
2. Has studied and used his environment, or the whole of which his
personality is but a part, in such a war that it contributes to his desire, his success,
and his emergence into prominence. In doing this, he necessarily has had to make some
living contribution to the whole, in order to evoke its integrating power. His motive,
however, being purely selfish and material in objective, can only carry him a certain
distance along the path of the higher integration.
The unselfish, spiritually oriented man also integrates the various
aspects of himself into one functioning whole, but the focus of his activity is
contribution, not acquisition, and, by the working of the higher law, the Law of Service,
he becomes integrated, not only as a human being within the radius of the prevalent
civilization, but also into that wider and more inclusive world of conscious activity
which we call the Kingdom of God.
However, the integration with which we shall primarily deal is that
of the personality as it integrates into the whole of which it is a part, through service
to the race and to the Plan.
Adapted from SEVEN RAYS, Vol. II, 12-18, 346-351