Letter from Teaching Staff
Why Arcana Emphasizes the Full Moon Rhythm
Religion is the invocative appeal of humanity and
the evocative response of the greater Life to that cry.
REAPPEARANCE OF THE CHRIST, Pages: 137-159
STORY OF THE THREE LINKED FESTIVALS
WRITTEN WORK TO BE COMPLETED
1.) Please write out seven specific ways of improving human
relations in your particular environment.
2.) In 1943 Wendell Willkie pointed to the goal of ONE WORLD. At
that time his ideas met with mixed reactions. Now, many years later, what indications do
you see that humanity is moving in the direction of One World?
3.) How can an individual of clear thought and pure heart influence
public opinion? It is very important that the thinking of all of us on this question be
practical and to the point.
Dear Fellow Student:
Have you realized that when you meditate you are entering the world
of the soul? The world of ideas is the world of the soul. Spiritual ideas reach man
through the mind, for the mind is the instrument of the soul, and meditation is the method
of contacting the soul. The seed thought used in meditation is an idea planted in the mind
where it germinates and becomes rooted before the effect of its influence can be seen in
the outer life expression.
Once the life of the soul is recognized as being real, then the
person is interiorly pointed toward soul unfoldment regardless of how erratic his
personality expression may be, or regardless of what is going on around him.
The outer effects of meditation are not immediately noticeable. The
growth of an idea is similar to the process of the growth of a seed that is planted in the
soil of the earth. Ideas also require the interval of hidden development under the
surface. A seed expands and breaks its outer shell, it develops roots to anchor the new
growth in the soil before it reaches in the opposite direction to continue growing above
the surface where it can be seen and identified.
How do we recognize the reality of the life of the soul? The
indications vary. One aspirant is torn by conflicting attitudes; he knows that his actions
do not always express his better qualities; he is dissatisfied because his actions are
following the old habits of his personality views, which are resisting the decision of the
soul and the impulses flowing from the new viewpoint; so a conflict arises in the
Another person may think that nothing has changed since he started
meditating because his life continues along the same old pattern of outer activities.
Perhaps he is looking for change in the wrong place and therefore fails to notice the
change in his attitude toward the conditions around him, for inner change and inner growth
always precede any change in outer conditions. The old pattern of activity was
satisfactory while his attention remained focussed on personal aims, and when his
responsibilities were limited to the welfare of his small circle: i.e. his particular
family, school, church and social group.
The spiritual impulse of a new idea of wider scope than personal
affairs disturbs this self-centered attitude, and then the person becomes aware of the
thoughts and aspirations of groups beyond his circle of acquaintances, and his field of
consciousness expands beyond that which personally concerns him. As the response to
impressions from the soul becomes steady he begins to recognize inner relationships and
the universal experiences common to all men, where once he saw only the outer differences.
He now sees that the welfare of his particular group depends upon right relationship with
other groups, and he begins to assume responsibility for the welfare of a larger circle of
relations without neglecting his responsibilities to his family.
Like any natural process of growth, an idea develops gradually
through various stages of unfoldment; it develops evenly under the right conditions and
with faith in the process. We have faith that the seeds planted in a field will grow and
produce fruit or flowers when the conditions are suitable. The proper conditions include a
field, or garden, that is protected from extremes, from too much or too little sunlight;
and given sufficient air and water, and well cultivated soil.
ARCANA selects a meditation outline to protect the aspirant from
extreme conditions while unfolding his consciousness. Alternating periods of
over-enthusiasm and periods of discouragement are the extremes to be avoided to insure
even development and a steady rhythm of alignment with the soul. During the daily period
of meditation the seed thought is exposed to the light of the soul, aired by the mind, and
watered by aspiration. This provides the right conditions for the growth of the new idea
in the consciousness of the meditator, also the right condition for the meditator's growth
in spiritual stature. The soil for spiritual growth is self-forgetfulness. The only way to
cultivate this is to love others more than oneself, and to help them recognize their
Spiritual life has a continuity and path of its own leading in an
opposite direction from the aims of the personality; hence the conflict in the life of the
disciple. He is obliged to live and serve in an outer environment that reflects his inner
life as it had been in the past. His present circumstances are essentially the effects of
the past and the working out of previous causes. All the while the soul is influencing the
person to change his habits. Persistent meditation eventually develops the ability to keep
the inner focus upon the souls intent, while fully discharging the obligations of
life in the outer world.
Each new state of consciousness, each new step upon the spiritual
path, has a vibratory rhythm that is different from the rhythm which was established in
the past; therefore as a man changes interiorly he will be out of step with conditions
caused in the past. That is, a person who is growing spiritually and whose consciousness
is expanding, is quite likely to be out of tune and out of step with his immediate
environment. On the other hand, being in full accord with our environment merely
reinforces the status quo; this does not contribute to progress.
The high calling of the meditator in training is to channel into his
environment, from Hierarchy through the soul and out into some form of appropriate
expression, the new ideas that will eventually build a new civilization. Such is the
effort to which ARCANA is dedicated. This is what esoteric work is all about. So by the
light of the group soul and the strength of each other's persistence, let us together
proceed with learning to meditate effectively.
Your loving companions,
The Staff of ARCANA
WHY ARCANA EMPHASIZES THE FULL MOON RHYTHM
Ideas come from somewhere. Inspiration comes from somewhere.
Spiritual guidance comes from somewhere.
We locate that "somewhere", not in space, but in time and
in certain relationships. We hold that the cyclic recurrence of the full moon marks a
rhythmic beat which facilitates conscious interplay between the light and seekers after
enlightenment, between the world of ideas and the human mind, between the true executives
of the planet and the rank and file of workers for the common good.
In the mythology of the sun, moon and planets we are taught that the
head of our planet, the Lord of Shamballa, regularly intensifies His meditation at the
time of each full moon. Just as we have our daily meditation, He establishes contact at
regular intervals with the earth's source of light and heat and life (the sun). At these
times of contact, all dedicated work on the mental plane is facilitated and meditation is
It is good workmanship, then, to take advantage of this rhythm.
Meditating groups who plan and regulate their work so as to intensify their meditation
from the new moon until the full moon, and then energize their service activities from the
full moon until the new moon, are part of a dynamic movement to mobilize and coordinate
the meditative strength of the world.
This has nothing to do with overall conformity of method, or
standardization of form, or promotion of any sort of super-organization It is simply a
sensible preparatory step towards the realization of a new universal religion. It is
simply acting upon a legend as old as creation and as new as tomorrow: the legend of the
sun in its journey through the heavens, blazing a trail for the soul of humanity and
charting both the direction and the tempo of man's evolutionary progress:
"In legend is expressed the sense of creative energy. And in a
short formula is defined the hope and the achievement. It is a mistake to believe that
legend pertains to fantastic antiquity. The impartial mind will discern the legend spun
through all days of the Universe. Each achievement of the people, each leader, each
discovery, each cataclysm, is veiled in winged legend. Therefore, let us not disdain the
legends of truth, but let us discern keenly and cherish the words of reality. In legend is
robed the will of the people and we cannot cite one legend which was false." AGNI
YOGA, p. 18
All parts of the world do not use the same calendar. By the clock,
high noon in London is an hour or more before dawn in San Francisco. But the evening of
the full moon is one time to every man and sets a dependable universal time.
Uniform worldwide timing in man's invocative approach to God, and
God's responsive approach to man, embraces in one broad cyclic experience:
One Humanity, and
The long chain of graded lives in between.
Into this unified experience can be fitted, comfortably and
importantly. the whole gamut of different doctrinal beliefs and different forms of
worship, the different tonal inflections and different local atmospheres that man in his
individual diversity seems to require.
This is essential oneness including essential diversity. It is a
cooperative whole that holds no threat to its many parts.
Three common denominators -- one time, one God, one humanity -
afford a simple workable formula for a vast vertical alignment of spiritual interest
between different levels of consciousness, and horizontal coordination of meditative
service all around the world. Thus, when the meditator deliberately uses the full moon
time to draw closer to his own spiritual guide and at the same time strengthens his
relation with those in his environment who are likely to benefit from the good energies he
has dedicated himself to channel, he is participating significantly in the spiritual life
of the world.
The validity of this teaching is subject to experiment and proof: if
it works, it can be considered true. A fair and reasonable experiment would be faithful
attention to every full moon occasion within an appropriate group affiliation for several
years. ( Obviously, if your full moon observance is irregular, you are not adhering to the
rhythm.) If it works, the individual participant in a participating group will quicken his
awareness of forces and influences that are moving together for GOOD. He will find his
place of maximum usefulness among those forces and influences. He will discover and
develop his special contribution therein.