Thoughtline  January 1999

Calendar Notes
LA Heart Project Update
Meditation Seed Thought

The Significance of  Intergroup Work by Gordon Davidson
Ready, Aim, Fire by Alex McKinnon
Holiday Message by Tom Carney

Calendar notes ...

20 December, 1998
Sunday, 2:30-5:30 p.m. p.s.t. L.A. Heart Project Have a Heart Party

21-28 December, 1998
Festival Week of the New Group of World Servers

27 December, 1998
Sunday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. p.s.t. The Externalizing Hierarchy.... Conference at Meditation Mount

31 December, 1998
Thursday, 10:45 p.m. p.s.t. Millennium Meditation Meeting at the zero hour of the new year!

1 January, 1999
Friday, 5:45 p.m. p.s.t. Capricorn CMM exact time meeting

17 January, 1999
Sunday, 2:00 p.m. p.s.t. L.A. Heart Project Public Meditation at Griffith Park Observatory Meet at monument in front.

30 January, 1999
Saturday, 7:45 p.m. p.s.t. Aquarius CMM

14 February, 1999
Sunday, 2:00 p.m. p.s.t. L.A. Heart Project Public Meditation Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine

On-going workshop
... Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Christ in the Aquarian Age

L.A. Heart Project

1999 Public Community Meditations Sundays @ 2:00 pm (1st six months)

January 17 Griffith Park Observatory
Humility signifying your personality attitude

February 14 Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine
Service indicating your soul's preoccupation

March 14 Huntington Library
Sacrifice which is the giving of the heart's blood or life for others

April 18 Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center
Life or expressed activity which is the manifestation of love because it is essential dualism

May 16 Exposition Park- Rose Garden
Wisdom which is the fruit of love and indicates the awakening of the love petals of the egoic lotus

June 13 Getty Museum
Identification with others which is embryonic fusion, carried eventually to synthesis when the head center is developed

The Significance of Intergroup Work for the Externalization of the Hierarchy

The Influence of the Avatar of Synthesis is beginning to influence and condition the mental plane, and for those who have eyes to see, the signs are everywhere. The trend in human thinking and planning towards synthesis and amalgamation, which is in line with the Divine Plan, is accelerating, although it is sometimes expressed in a distorted manner. The development of the European Monetary Union, with a single European currency is one example among the many new free trade regions and gradual unifications that are emerging in Asia, North and South America, and recently proposed for East Africa. Though these trends are often manipulated for material control and dominance, synthesis can still result if there is a change in the underlying purpose. Multi-national corporations, too, are merging and developing "globality"-the new term for the consolidation of companies into global institutions, with vast reach and often unlimited and unaccountable material power. The emergence of United Religions, an effort to end conflict and wars caused by religious differences by creating an organization similar to the United Nations, is another example of the trend towards synthesis. And, as often happens, the forces of darkness are also appropriating this energy, seen in the growing and unprecedented collaboration of crime syndicates from different cultures including Italian, Asian, Russian, Colombian and other mafias now working together to expand their empires.

This descent of the Avatar of Synthesis, increasingly conditioning the mental plane, and aligned closely with the Christ, has vast implications for esoteric groups and the world esoteric work. It is the impetus for a change in how esoteric groups all over the world are seeing their work, how they interact with each other, and how they carry out the world work.

The Spectrum of Esoteric Groups
For the past 100 years, esoteric groups from various traditions all over the world have been formed based on the original inspiration of the founders, or on a revealed or transmitted text, or simply on the initiative of some individual who decided to leave an existing group and found a new one based on his/her ideas and new interpretations of the teaching and how the work should be done. Thus, the world esoteric work has seen a proliferation of a host of diverse groups with a wide variety of lineages, focused on many different levels of consciousness, with varying degrees of clarity, glamour and/or illusion, and, therefore, with varying degrees of usefulness to the work of the Hierarchy and the redemption of humanity. Some of these groups may have become corrupted by power and wealth, and appear to have lost sight of their original vision or reason for being. Others may have exploited and misled sincere seekers, and consequently caused damage to the public perception of esoteric and occult work.

Many groups have made a concerted and valiant effort to avoid these pitfalls of the spiritual path and are selflessly serving the work of planetary redemption, freeing the "prisoners of the planet" and helping humanity understand and fulfill its role in the Divine Plan. They are found in every country, culture and tradition of the world, and can be recognized by their love of humanity and their willingness to serve the enlightenment and redemption of humanity at any personal cost, and often in very innovative ways. They may simply be a small group of three or more, quietly meditating and working in their community, or very large national or international groups that encourage exploring and developing the inner life, an appreciation for the deeper principles that govern our world and lives, with a commitment to inspiring others to make a contribution to the upliftment of humanity, based on an experienced Oneness of Spirit within their group, and with those they serve.

Seeing Other Groups Clearly
However, even with the most enlightened and selfless groups, there is an inevitable tendency, due to the crystallizing effects of form life on consciousness, to become insular, and to stay within the ring-pass-not of their own work. This can happen gradually, due to the separative tendencies of the lower mind, so prevalent in this fifth subrace of the fifth root race, as groups begin to regard the work of other groups through a lens of separation, and see the work of other groups as somehow not quite right, glamoured, or otherwise flawed. Of course, given the history of the distortions and even perversions of the teaching that have occurred down through the ages, a degree of caution is justified in relating to other groups. Yet groups who are deeply aligned with Shamballa and guided by the Plan of the Spiritual Hierarchy will recognize those of a similar resonance, even at different octaves of focus and service. What are the signs of an esoteric group that is working with the Hierarchy in ways that are consistent with the teachings of the Masters?

Universal recognition of the Divine principle in humanity and all of life
Understanding of the process of evolution through reincarnation and karma
Dedication to purpose and principles, not personalities
Members of the group are encouraged to follow their own inner soul direction
Free will is viewed as a sacred principle and coercion and manipulation are absent
Meditation, study and service in some form are keynotes
Decentralization, inclusiveness, group focus and dedication to selfless and sacrificial service are emphasized
A demonstrated love of humanity and the Plan is present

Using these guidelines and our intuitive recognition of the inner vibration of a group, it is possible and practical to determine which esoteric groups are working in some useful way in support of the Plan and the Hierarchy.

Why Intergroup Work?
We might then ask, why is it important to relate to other groups? Why not just let each group go on doing its self-chosen work, knowing that each one is part of the One Work, and all subjectively linked? The Tibetan stated that groups serving other groups and working together would be a major characteristic of the Aquarian Age. Intergroup work is important because: 1) the externalization of the Hierarchy is changing the requirements for discipleship groups; 2) the influence of the seventh ray and the Avatar of Synthesis is conditioning all spiritual work and stimulating changes; 3) there is a need for esoteric groups to reflect the patterns of the inner Ashrams in the world; and 4) the current degree of crisis/opportunity in humanity and its world today demands new approaches.

The Impact of the Externalization
As the Tibetan often reiterates, although the fundamental principles and touchstones of the Path remain constant, the methods, techniques and requirements of discipleship group work are constantly changing, based on the inflow of new energies, changes within the Hierarchy, the expanding consciousness of humanity and the deepening capacities of disciples. This is especially true today, when a major shift in the focus and location of the Hierarchy is underway. The externalization of advanced initiates, senior disciples and, ultimately, the Masters, has been planned for centuries and has been accelerating for decades. Their influence becomes more apparent in all fields of human activity with every passing day. Men and women of high spiritual quality, deep compassion and keen intellect, who are dedicated to serving humanity and are impacting world affairs are emerging everywhere. The Dalai Lama, Oscar Arias, Gro Brundtland, Vaclav Havel, Mary Robinson, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Mikhail Gorbachev, Jimmy Carter, to name a few, are evidence that the Hierarchy's plans for world redemption are unfolding.

There are many others, working behind the scenes, who are influencing and uplifting human affairs, conditioning human thought and raising the kingdoms of nature. They work through organizations that support the United Nations and through movements for the rights of the abused and oppressed everywhere, for the protection and love of the kingdoms of nature, and for the directing of humanity towards building the new, principled civilization. They prepare the way for the recognized emergence of the Hierarchy into the full light of day by raising the level of human thought and expanding human consciousness.

As a result of this accelerating externalization, esoteric groups also are being asked to take a new stance in relation to the world and to each other. Intergroup cooperation, meeting the spiritual needs of humanity, and fulfilling a bridging function between the emerging Hierarchy and the New Group of World Servers are some of the new requirements of esoteric groups today.

The Influence of the Seventh Ray and the Avatar of Synthesis
The second reason intergroup work is significant is that the incoming seventh ray, conditioned by the influence of the Avatar of Synthesis, is requiring that disciples and groups synthesize the world esoteric work, both in the world of subjective, meditative work, and in the world of practical action. The externalization of the Hierarchy requires a fully constructed planetary antahkarana, reaching from Shamballa through the Christ and the Ashrams of the Chohans and Masters, through the initiates and disciples to the New Group of World Servers, to men and women of goodwill who distribute the contacted energies to humanity. Today, the portion of this planetary bridge in consciousness that needs the most development is the linkage between the Hierarchy and the NGWS, which must be built by the esoterically trained meditators of the world, many of whom are disciples associated with esoteric groups. The strengthening of this segment of the planetary antahkarana can be done most effectively in a coordinated, worldwide fashion. Hence, the need for intergroup relationships based on an unshakable Oneness of Spirit, expressed through cooperation and coordinated subjective work that includes many different groups all over the world. When this segment is fully built, the seventh ray keynote, "the highest and the lowest meet" will truly be fulfilled, as the energy of Shamballa can be anchored in the world.

The incoming seventh ray not only brings with it energies that facilitate the linking of Spirit and matter, but it also stimulates the creation of new, synthetic group forms that carry spiritual energies right down on to the physical plane through effective, practical, world transforming activities. The seventh ray essentially reveals God immanent within humanity and within all of God's creation. This can be seen everywhere in the awakening occurring within people to their Divine nature, in the new physics of light and energy, in the spirituality in business movement, and in "energy medicine," as the divine life and light within every atom is beginning to be revealed. And, as this light intensifies, it is causing great upheaval because old forms either resist, wither and die, or adjust to the absorption and radiation of this new energy, giving them new life.

This keynote, creating a new synthesis of forms which reveals the light within, is reflected in the concept of intergroup work. It seems we are being asked to create a new form for the world esoteric work, which honors the purpose, integrity and light of existing groups, but also builds active, cooperative relationships between groups, based on an experience of the One Soul and the universality of the work. This results in a synergized form of esoteric group work that embodies and releases more light. This form allows each group to carry out its unique and essential purpose, while also choosing to unite and work in coordination with other groups when such collaboration enhances their chosen purposes. And, while many groups' purpose is to assist in the externalization and prepare humanity for the reappearance of the Christ, the particular focus and sphere of work for each group is different. But, there can be a great deal of unity and coordination on the universal essentials that everyone agrees upon.

Reflecting the Ashram in the World
One way to see intergroup work is to view it as a way of organizing ourselves as a microcosmic reflection of how the Great Ashram is organized. Remembering that "all Ashrams are found on the antahkarana," the connection to each group is first an inner one, resulting from the building of the inner bridge in consciousness. It is through building this bridge that we contact the One Soul and, ultimately, Monadic Oneness of Spirit. What do we know about how the Great Ashram of Sanat Kumara is organized that can be used as a template for intergroup work?

We know that within the Great Ashram there is an overriding awareness of fundamental, unshakable unity of purpose and method. Many esoteric groups today have an outline of these fundamentals of the Path through the codification of the spiritual Path presented by the Tibetan, and through other teachings such as Agni Yoga, Raja Yoga, esoteric Christianity, Buddhism and others. We also know that in the Ashram there is a ceaseless orientation towards Shamballa and the purpose flowing from the Will of God. Thus, groups become truly "esoteric" when they focus on the use of the will in group formation. And, in the Ashram, there is a group consciousness that embodies a flexibility of approaches and methods, while adhering to fundamental principles. Thus, groups that can adapt to and utilize new tools and techniques that can reach humanity in need, while maintaining a sense of higher principle and purpose, become more useful to the work of the Hierarchy. We also know that there is complete telepathic communication among Masters and senior members of the Ashram-so open and full communication is an essential. And, while some members of esoteric groups today do experience telepathy, many are developing this skill, and we can also utilize modern means such as telephones, the internet, e-mail and faxes to increase purposeful communication between our groups.

We know that the Ashram shares and exchanges personnel based on the needs and demands of the times. Members of one Ashram can be "loaned" to another for a specific project, or even to develop a new ashram. The Tibetan tells us about a new Ashram of Synthesis that was being created when he transmitted the Bailey books, and how members were drawn from different existing Ashrams. Likewise, participants in intergroup work can emerge from many different groups, each offering their skills and expertise based on their ray qualities and ashramic affiliations, each helping to build the intergroup work.

We know that energies flow and circulate unimpeded throughout the Great Ashram, and the seven ray ashramic differentiations are only differences in function and specialization, and not fundamental divisions. They can be seen more as overlapping energy fields, rather than airtight compartments. We can visualize this as being similar to how the rainbow colors of a crystal prism overlap, gradually blending and yet each adding its distinct color and tone. Thus, if we see the serving esoteric groups in the world as overlapping energy fields, each group with a particular ray quality, an ashramic affiliation and a divine idea that it is radiating into the world, yet also part of a unified radiation, we can begin to create a truer reflection of the Hierarchical reality here on earth.

The Great Ashram is composed of 49 Ashrams, some of which are in formation, and each one is a point of synthesis, combining a variety of disciples, senior initiates and a Master or Chohan, as well as energies from a wide variety of dimensions. Likewise, esoteric groups should be functioning as points of synthesis in the world, bringing a range of individuals and groups into contact with each other, promoting unity, cooperation and ultimately, fusion. When these groups come together for intergroup work, they are building a united focus of consciousness that provides an integrated field upon which higher impressions from Hierarchy can play. As the group is impressed by Hierarchy, the larger intergroup begins to move as a unified world body, with a cooperative, coordinated strategy guided by Hierarchy. It then becomes a receiver and distributor of new energies that can inspire and move forward the work of all the participating groups. And it provides Hierarchy with what is needed for the externalization-an integrated, world group vehicle oriented around a higher principle-the universality of the One Work. Once the group has achieved this level of integration, it can then organize itself around projects and programs that all agree to participate in and can benefit from in expanded service.

The Year 2000 Crisis/Opportunity
Disciples today realize that humanity's need and the current crisis/opportunity is so great that world esoteric work must increase its power and effectiveness in order to truly meet the needs of the times, especially as we approach the year 2000 with the impending descent of the Shamballa energy. It is becoming clear that the crisis that humanity currently faces is unprecedented, and that a battle is underway for the soul and future of humanity. The forces of materialism are waging an all-out effort to convince unawakened humanity that self-interest, greed and separateness are logical, acceptable and viable means of organizing our world.

Disciples who understand the inner, spiritual issues, and the deep crisis of decision humanity is facing, sometimes feel their efforts are not enough to meet these overwhelming forces of retrogression. An increase in the voltage of power and effectiveness of esoteric groups around the world is required. In addition to all of us strengthening our connection to the Hierarchy and aligning more deeply with Shamballa, we can enhance the power of the world esoteric work by increasing the power of our subjective efforts through linking our groups' meditative work, both thematically and in focus and timing, thereby synergizing and multiplying the effects of our work.

Pioneering work along these lines has been done by the Los Angeles InterGroup, with several groups working together to co-sponsor the Three Spiritual Festivals. Other groups have organized several international conferences on seed group work. This type of approach is being experimented with today by an emerging intergroup network, which has been steadily growing, called the World Service Intergroup. This group of more than 100 active disciples, representing 45 different esoteric groups from 20 countries, has met in conclave during the past three years for 4-5 days at the time of one of the Spring Full Moon Festivals. These Conclaves were held on Wesak 1996 in Washington, DC; Gemini 1997 in Los Angeles; and Aries 1998 in London; with Wesak 1999 being planned for Geneva. The group is coordinated by a Steering Committee representing esoteric groups from around the world, with an Advisory Board representing many additional groups.

The group has the explicit purpose "to generate a focused, conscious and deliberate intergroup effort to specifically assist the Externalization of the Hierarchy and the Reappearance of the Christ." The Intergroup also aims to develop a practically applied synthetic sense among esoteric groups, so that all recognize together the synthesis that IS. Through soul level face-to-face sharing of ideas and energies, the Intergroup is a developing experiment in right relations among disciples, building a united field of love, which knows and respects the work of each, while emphasizing the common purpose and fusion found in the Will of Shamballa worked out through the applied love radiated by Hierarchy. This purpose is implemented by members using a shared Conclave meditation with their groups at least twice a week; linking up and meditating as an intergroup body at the exact time of each full moon, distributing energy through the five planetary centers; and holding an annual Conclave meeting at one of the Three Spring Festivals. In addition to active cooperation and co-sponsorship of projects, there is a World Service Intergroup website, (which can be accessed at http: // wsi.htm) and a priority alert meditation program to mobilize meditation by the world group when there are specific conditions and situations that need additional inner work. There are sub-groups working to develop a draft Statement of Principles that a wide variety of esoteric groups could sign as a public statement of what esoteric groups stand for, and a set of guidelines for the general public on doing world healing meditations or sending light to troubled areas.

For the Externalization and the Reappearance of the Christ to occur, the Hierarchy must have a world vehicle of trained disciples, that is fused in love, universal in outlook, international in scope, aligned with and actively cooperating with the Hierarchy's unfolding plans. True intergroup work has the purpose of strengthening active intergroup cooperation, building lighted linkages between different esoteric groups and, at the same time, strengthening a recognized inner synthesis. Thus, the world esoteric work is carried forward with increased spiritual power and love, building a lighted pathway down which the Christ can walk, so that He may walk again with humanity. This is the true significance of intergroup work.

Gordon Davidson

Ready, Aim, Fire

I was trying to come up with an idea to hang this speech on, and I was reading this blue book, that blue book, the other blue book over there, and nothing was working. Finally, it occurred to me that a different book I was reading about running-how to train, racing strategies, and the like-had just the expression of the idea for Sagittarius that I wanted.

For years, runners thought that, to get ahead, they had to work harder-harder than they had worked before or harder than the competition had ever worked before. This idea is prevalent in life in general, and we are all familiar with it in one form or another. In running, it leads to a state of affairs where most competitive runners would routinely run until they got hurt or, more accurately, until they hurt themselves.

People associated, and still associate, mastery over their minds with the ability to push their equipment beyond-beyond whatever- beyond what they had done before, beyond what other people they knew had done before. In a confused way, mastery became associated with the ability to push one's self "beyond one's limits"-the ultimate proof of this, of course, is the ability to push one's self so far that one injures one's self.

This book I was reading hit the nail on the head, though. It said that the "single greatest cause of improvement is remaining injury-free." (1) Pushing and achievement are not the same. And we need to focus on achievement. Neither is pushing the same as mastery over one's equipment.

Those runners I was talking about began to find this out after World War II. In the 1940's, an over-weight, middle-aged factory line worker in New Zealand named Arthur Lydiard started making long but, for the time, very slow runs. Basically, he invented jogging. By 1951 Lydiard was a fast enough runner to compete in the Goodwill Games, and other local people started jogging along with him in groups. In 1960, three of these neighborhood people from New Zealand won running medals at the Rome Olympics.

A modernized version of Lydiard's training system involves running days and rest days. The whole idea is expressed by the phrase "stress followed by rest." On a larger time scale, it even involves whole seasons where one is either "stressing" or "resting." It is important to note, however, that "rest" does not mean "watch TV." To these hardcore runners, "rest" means something like "run at 80% effort." This allows one's body to recuperate and regain the reserves that it used up during the "stress" phase.

The key to this "stress followed by rest" theory is really the principle of scheduling. Today's runners still work out as hard as they can. But, rather than running three hard days in a row, then resting-or being injured-for a week, there will be first one hard day, followed by one or two easier days, then another hard day. The order we do things in matters as much as the activities themselves.

In trying to prepare this paper, it occurred to me that there were a lot of parallels between Sagittarius and what this running book was trying to tell me. Now, I know a lot of us may not be interested in tips on improving our running games, but these ideas carry over so nicely to what we all do do, that I wanted to bring them up. The idea of "stress followed by rest" seemed to fit the idea of Scorpio, followed by Sagittarius, to a tee.

In fact, Esoteric Astrology says that:

Scorpio stands midway between two signs of balance or of equilibrium-Sagittarius and Libra. Libra marks an interlude or a notable point of balance before the strenuous testing and trial of Scorpio. Sagittarius marks another point of balance which follows after that testing, for the Archer has to acquire and hold a steady eye, hand and stance prior to firing the arrow which, when rightly directed and correctly followed, will carry him through the portal of initiation.(2)

The first thing I wanted to point out about Sagittarius is that we enter the month with a little more integration than we tend to take with us into a lot of the other months. As a practical matter, one's integration is probably improved by last month's trial-or trials-in Scorpio. I was at a meeting about two weeks ago where there was a collective sigh of relief from people saying, "Whew! I'm sure glad we finally made it out of Scorpio!" Scorpio is a testing month or, as our runners might say, a "stress" month, but it tends to send us into Sagittarius a little more integrated.

Esoterically, there are a lot of signs pointing toward this. One of the first symbols of Sagittarius was the centaur: man and horse fused into one creature.(3)  And centaurs were wise for their day. I'll talk a little more about these symbols in a minute, but my point right here is that we tend to enter Sagittarius in a fairly integrated state. And, we tend to sense these things even if they don't occur to us in an overt, logical manner for us. We sense that the pressure of Scorpio is off of us-at least for the time being-and that we are functioning in an integrated sort of way.

So, here we are: we're integrated; Scorpio has passed, so we have some breathing room. We are in the clear, and we're ready to GO! But, go where? What can we do? Well, if you're anything like me, your first thought is to push-just like those guys in the running book. Push harder than before and we'll get more progress than before, right? Wrong. We'll end up just like those guys in the running book-sidelined. We very much possess the caliber of equipment necessary to both injure ourselves and hamper our own improvement.

Instead, consider thinking of Sagittarius as the "rest" month that follows the "stress" month of Scorpio. But, just as before, "rest" does not mean "watch TV." In fact, if we start off with a wrong point of view, trying to push ourselves, for instance, we have more to do in less time to make up for it. The admonition "not to forget that the Fiery World does not tolerate procrastination" applies, perhaps, especially strongly in Sagittarius.(4)

Sagittarius is also a month where we have the opportunity to assess where we are going. Consider the different symbols that have stood for Sagittarius throughout history. First came the centaur-man and beast fused into one being. Then came the archer riding a white horse. There is still a duality, but they are no longer inseparable from one another. Finally, we have the archer by himself, but still with the bow.

Our goal in Scorpio is to achieve the balance that will allow us to take good aim with our bows. We are even told that, at one point, the server will be marked by "a balanced relationship between the personality and the soul [with the ability to] function as either at any desired moment with equal facility." (5)  That is why Sagittarius is associated with integration and with balance.

Sagittarius is the month where we are shooting out thought arrows-lots of them. And we will have to follow the arrows we shoot this month into the months, and possibly years, ahead. In tracking down these arrows, we must decide whether to walk, or ride the horse. It is an important month because by aiming well we may speed our progression but, if we aim poorly or worse, fail to think ahead at all, we are likely to end up the worse for wear a little later on. Furthermore, some goals cannot be achieved by accident; we can only achieve them with careful aim before hand.

How we "aim our bow" changes as we develop. The aspirant first aims the bow through just that-aspiration. But, we are told that "it is the shaft of the arrow of aspiration that returns to the sender as the arrow of intuition.  "The intuition "comes into activity when the resources of the lower mind have been used, explored, and exhausted." (6)  See how this follows naturally after Scorpio? A lot of people seemed to think that their resources had been explored and exhausted last month.

But, no matter where each of us is in our own development, we can easily enough focus on the right task by focusing on controlling our thoughts. "Thought is power" and "there is no true direction apart from thought." (7)

Aspiration will eventually return as inspiration, and inspiration will eventually lead to the mountain in Capricorn. Sagittarius has also been described as "the experience of the disciple upon the plains," as opposed to the depths of Scorpio-where we just came from-or the heights of Capricorn-for which we are aiming.(8)  Now-this month-is our opportunity to fix in our minds a vision of the top of the mountain. Once we reach the foot of the mountain, we will no longer be able to see the top. Make that vision now and fix it in your mind, so that you can take it with you and recall it when you need it. Now is our chance to do that. Concentrate on doing that this month.

So, to make a few final remarks, this paper had a goal…. There was one particularly good quote in Esoteric Astrology but, like a lot of the particularly good quotes we find, it's also particularly dense and, some might say, a little bit cryptic. My goal was to be able to end with this quote and, hopefully, have you glean my meaning. This is the quote:

Where is the animal, O Lanoo? and where the Man?

Fused into one, O Master of my Life. The two are one. But both have disappeared and naught remains but the deep fire of my desire.

Where is the horse, the white horse of the soul? Where is the rider of that horse, O Lanoo?

Gone towards the gate, O Master of my Life. But something speeds ahead between the pillars of an open door-something that I myself have loosed. And what remains to thee, O wise Lanoo, now that the horses of two kinds have left thee and the rider, unattached, stands free? Now what remains?

Naught but my bow and arrow, O Master of my Life, but they suffice, and, when the right time comes, I, thy Lanoo, will follow fast upon the shaft I sent. The horses I will leave upon this side of the door, for them I have no further need. I enter free, regain the arrow which I sent and speed upon my way, passing from door to door, and each time the arrow speeds ahead.

Alex McKinnon December 1998

1) Galloway, Jeff. Galloway's book on running, 1984, p. 69
2) A Treatise on the Seven rays, Vol. III - Esoteric Astrology, p. 189-190
3) Ibid.
4) Fiery World, Vol I, p. 36, #54
5) A Treatise on the Seven rays, Vol. III - Esoteric Astrology, p. 181
6) Ibid., p. 516
7) Ibid., p. 190
8) Ibid., p. 180-181
9) Ibid., p. 176-177


Seed Thought for Capricorn

The daily seed thought for our Los Angeles group's meditation work during the solar month of Capricorn follows. If you are not otherwise coordinating your meditation with others using a common seed thought and would like to do so, we invite you to join us.

Participating in the L.A. Heart Project, the group will be using the meditation format outlined in DINA II, p. 144-147, effective in Capricorn and for the remainder of 1999. Enclosed is a copy.

Humility signifying your personality attitude

Some key characteristics of the current sign - Capricorn

Kind of Energy:Culminating
Interplay of Opposites
Impulsing Energy (indicated by Sun's position at full moon-Capricorn):mountaintop experience of the few
Effect upon Force Field (indicated by Moon's position at full moon-Cancer):leavens mass consciousness

Exoteric Ruler:Saturn Ray III
Esoteric Ruler:Saturn Ray III
Hierarchical Ruler:Venus Ray V

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Some key characteristics of the sign-Aquarius

Kind of Energy:Synthesizing
Function:Scientific service
Interplay of Opposites
Impulsing Energy (indicated by Sun's position at full moon-Aquarius):sense of universality
Effect upon Force Field (indicated by Moon's position at full moon-Leo):expands selfhood into grouphood Ray(s):V
Exoteric Ruler:Uranus Ray VII
Esoteric Ruler:Jupiter Ray II
Hierarchical Ruler:Moon Ray IV (Uranus Ray VII)

Holiday Message

Dear Friends,

Once more we approach the time of paradox known as Christmas…. It is supposedly the darkest time of the year since the sun is way south but, as I have observed over the years, it is actually that time of the year when the light of love and joy seem most bright. And this little note to you is intended to convey the maximum love and joy possible.

Those with whom I have the honor and pleasure of working, my friends and co-disciples here at Arcana Workshops, renew our pledge to do our part in the Plan of the Great Ones to help bring Light and Love and Joy to the planet in whatever way we can.

As you know, toward that end, we are launching a rather ambitious project-The Los Angeles Heart Project. Many of you have already responded with notes of encouragement, money and pledges of support. We thank you for those and ask that you continue to keep this effort in your hearts and meditation. It is, in truth, a world project to bring love into our lives as only those trained meditators can.

We will be holding our 4th millennium meditation meeting at the zero hour of 1999. We know that many of you are also engaged in this service, and we will be looking for you there and at the full moons of the coming year.

Tons of love and a big hug from all of us at Arcana to all of you as we work together to set ajar the door through which the Hierarchy may emerge and the Christ may come.

Toward the Day,