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There are seven approaches to Divinity through meditative work. Four are related to the individual and to consecrating the personality, and the other three are of a group nature.

From the initial focused intention to satisfy the appetite, one ultimately joins in Ashramic meditations. Meditative work performed by the Hierarchy and the New Group of World Servers creates dynamic and evolutionary results in the three worlds of personality expression, namely physical-etheric, astral and mental.

It is through experiments with meditation that we can truly change our lives from darkness into radiant light. We become the cable of ascenion to the Living Loving Heart of God, a channel for the Manifestation of the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth!

These seven steps or grades of focused intention in meditative work include working with ...

1. Desire

The attainment of achieving that which satisfies the lower desires initially drives one towards focusing their will, which begins the process of meditative work. This form of approach is inclusive of all human desires from the beginning of human development up to and the aspiring mystic.

2. Prayer

Prayer is an approach to Divinity invoked by the aspirant, the mystic or the spiritually inclined being that blends personality desire with a desire for soul contact. Through the demonstrated effectiveness of prayer, one observes the subtler powers and the fact of the essential dualism of life, discovering both a lower self and a higher Self.

3. Mental Reflection

Mental reflection or concentrated thinking produces integration and definite personality alignment, which leads eventually to controlled reflection and concentrated thoughts. This type of thinking has produced all the creative wonders of modern civilization and culminates in the concentration achieved in occult meditation. This meditation brings about personality and soul fusion.

4. Straight Meditation

A focused, concentrated mental attitude and fixed reflection that is creative in nature is termed straight meditation. This practice births the "Christ Within," producing the soul-infused personality. The soul-infused personality then reorients the life and environment, and begins consciously to cooperate with the creative work of the Spiritual Hierarchy, the Group Soul.

These four stages of meditative work are responsible for all that is seen and known to exist in the three worlds. These expressions of meditation or focused thought ~ from desires for physical or emotional objectives to the higher aspects of spiritual, focused aspiration ~ definitely create that which is desired.

This is also true of the other three stages of meditation that are group in nature, as they are intelligently and effectively creative. These three stages involve

5. Worship

Worship is the united group recognition and reflection upon Divine Transcendence and Divine Immanence. Worship creates the path of return to the source of Divine Life.

6. Invocation and Evocation

Invocation and evocation is a form of dynamic, spiritual meditation. The New Group of World Servers and people of goodwill worldwide are creatively striving towards the upliftment of humanity, the creation of a new world order and a more spiritually-polarized civilization. To assist in this evolution, The Great Invocation was given to assist in the creation of the new world order and is a cornerstone of the New World Religion. The united use of this prayer is one of the most powerful demonstrations of invocative and evocative meditation.

7. Ashramic Meditation

Ashramic meditation is based upon the evocation of human response to the higher spiritual values and the creation of those conditions which allow the new values to flourish according to the Divine Plan. Ashramic meditation focuses on the immediate aspect of the Path humanity is needing to tread. Its intention is to swing into creative activity the desires, aspirations, reflections and focused meditation of humanity, at whatever their point in evolution, so that a potent, cooperative and invincible movement will be established, resulting in the creation of the new heavens and earth. This is one way of preparing the way for the Kingdom of God on Earth, with a new order and way of expressing life.

 

Credit for information and synthesis:
The collected volumes of writings by Alice A. Bailey,
specific reference here to Discipleship in the New Age, Volume II, p. 215–217
Lucis Publishing Co., 120 Wall St., 24th Floor, New York, NY 10005

 

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