Pisces may give us a clue to our Cosmic Destiny

While we meditate during the energy of Pisces we can reflect on some of the thoughts given to us by the Tibetan about it:

Pisces—The Light of the World. This is the light, revealing the light of life itself. It ends for ever the darkness of matter.

A study of the above thoughts will reveal the symbolic story of the irradiation of matter, of the growth of the light body within the macrocosm and the microcosm, and finally make clear the purpose of the Logos."
        - Esoteric Astrology, Alice A. Bailey, p. 331

To understand this more fully, the following quote from A Treatise on Cosmic Fire by Alice A. Bailey, pp. 148-149 seem to be confirmation that we are part of the body of the OAWNMBS (some of the spiritual elements mentioned and highlighted in red). It seems this is part of what the Yoga of Synthesis addresses. Knowledge of the ultimate goal of Union with our Cosmic Source does end forever the darkness of matter, because we finally understand why that matter (including us) was created; why the necessity of it being subjected to a purification process; and what the eventual goal will be.

The Mahadeva aspect or the first Logos (who embodies cosmic will) is controlled by the Law of Synthesis, the cosmic law governing the tendency to unification; only in this case, it is not the unification of matter and Spirit, but the unification of the seven into the three, and into the one. These three figures primarily stand for Spirit, for quality, for principle, and not so primarily for matter, although matter, being inspired by spirit, conforms. The Law of Synthesis has a direct connection with One Who is still higher than our Logos, and is the law of control exercised by Him upon the Logos of our system. This is a spiritual relationship that tends to abstraction or to that synthesis of the spiritual elements that will result in their conscious return (the whole point lying in that word "conscious") to their cosmic point of synthesis, or of unification with their source. Their source is the ONE ABOUT WHOM NAUGHT MAY BE SAID, as we have earlier seen.

Therefore, in connection with the first Logos, we can sum up as we did with the other Logoi:

a. His goal is the synthesis of the Spirits who are gaining consciousness through manifestation, and who, by means of experience in matter, are gaining in quality.

b. His function is, by means of will, to hold them in manifestation for the desired period, and later to abstract them, and blend them again with their spiritual source. Hence the necessity of remembering that fundamentally, the first Logos controls the cosmic entities or extra-systemic beings; the second Logos controls the solar entities; the third Logos controls the lunar entities and their correspondences elsewhere in the system.

This rule must not be carried too far in detail as long as man's mind is of its present calibre. The mystery lies in the realisation that all is carried on in a divine co-operation that has its base outside the system. Hence too the fact that the first Logos is called the Destroyer, because He is abstraction, if viewed from below upwards. His work is the synthesis of Spirit with Spirit, their eventual abstraction from matter, and their unification with their cosmic source. Hence also He is the one who brings about pralaya or the disintegration of form,—the form from which the Spirit has been abstracted.

And this, of course, leads us to ponder what happens when the irradiation of matter is completed, and we can remind ourselves of the Divine Destiny of Humanity, outlined in Esoteric Psychology II, Alice A. Bailey, pp. 217-220:

1. The first aim and the primary aim is to establish, through the medium of humanity, an outpost of the Consciousness of God in the solar system. This is a correspondence, macrocosmically understood, of the relationship existing between a Master and His group of disciples. This, if pondered on, may serve as a clue to the significance of our planetary work.

2. To found upon earth (as has already been indicated) a powerhouse of such potency and a focal point of such energy that humanity—as a whole—can be a factor in the solar system, bringing about changes and events of a unique nature in the planetary life and lives (and therefore in the system itself) and inducing an interstellar activity.

3. To develop a station of light, through the medium of the fourth kingdom in nature, which will serve not only the planet, and not only our particular solar system, but the seven systems of which ours is one. This question of light, bound up as it is with the colours of the seven rays, is as yet an embryo science, and it would be useless for us to enlarge upon it here.

4. To set up a magnetic centre in the universe, in which the human kingdom and the kingdom of souls will, united or at-oned, be the point of most intense power, and which will serve the developed Lives within the radius of the radiance of the One About Whom Naught May Be Said.

In these four statements we have sought to express the wider possibility or occasion as the Hierarchy sees it today. Their plans and purposes are destined and oriented to a larger accomplishment than it is as yet possible for normal man to vision. If it were not so, the unfoldment of the soul in man would be a prime objective in the planet. But this is not the case. It may be so from the point of view of man himself, considering him as an essentially separable and identifiable unity in the great cosmic scheme. But it is not so for that greater whole of which humanity is only a part. Those great Sons of God, Who have passed beyond the point of development of those Masters Who work entirely with the human kingdom, have plans of a still vaster and broader sweep, and Their objectives involve humanity only as an item in the Plan of the great Life "in whom we live and move and have our being."

One may ask (and rightly ask) wherein all this information can be of use to us in the midst of a troubled and bewildered world. For obvious reasons, a vision of the Plan, nebulous as it must necessarily be, confers a sense of proportion and also of stability. It leads to a much-needed re-adjustment of values, indicating as it does, that there is purpose and objective behind all the difficult happenings of daily life. It broadens and widens and expands the consciousness, as we study the great volume of the planetary life, embracing as it does the detail and the finished structure, the item man, and the entire life of the planet, with their relation to the greater Whole. This is of far more importance than the minute detail of the human being's individual capacity to grasp his own immediate place within the larger picture. It is easy and natural for man to emphasise those aspects of the hierarchical work which concern himself. The Masters of the Wisdom Who are advanced enough to work upon the larger areas of the spiritual plan are oft amused at the importance which the disciples and aspirants of the world attach to Them, and at the manner in which They are overestimated. Can we not realise that there are members of the Hierarchy Whose grasp of truth and Whose knowledge of the divine Plan is as much in advance of the Masters known to us as They are in advance of the savage and of the undeveloped man? We do well to ponder on this fact.

It is not, however, a profitless task for the disciples and aspirants to catch the dim outline of that structure, that purpose and that destiny which will result from the consummation and fruition of the Plan on earth. It need evoke no sense of futility or of endless striving or of an almost permanent struggle. Given the fact of the finiteness of man and of his life, given the tremendous periphery of the cosmos and the minute nature of our planet, given the vastness of the universe and the realisation that it is but one of countless (literally countless) greater and smaller universes, yet there is present in men and upon our planet a factor and a quality which can enable all these facts to be seen and realised as parts in a whole, and which permits man (escaping, as he can, from his human self-consciousness) to expand his sense of awareness and identity so that the form aspects of life offer no barrier to his all-embracing spirit. It is of use also to write these words and to deal with these ideas, for there are those now coming into incarnation who can and will understand, when present readers are dead and gone. I and you will pass on to other work, but there will be those on earth who can vision the Plan with clarity, and whose vision will be far more inclusive and comprehending than ours. Vision is of the nature of divinity. Expansion is a vital power and prerogative of Deity. Therefore let us struggle to grasp what is possible at our particular stage of development, and leave eternity to reveal its hidden secrets.

  Hi Don: Sorry the

 

Hi Don:
 
Sorry the information wasn't more clear.  The 'Tibetan' referred to is Master Djwhal Khul (also known as DK) who wrote a series of approximately 24 books through Alice A. Bailey over a 30 year period.  The books are published by Lucis Trust Company.  They comprise not only instructions and information for beginners, but information on the entire path of evolution,  books on Cosmology, group work, esoteric astrology and many others.
 
Although DK was a Tibetan and is known by that 'nickname', he did not teach "Buddhist" meditations per se.  Rather his Teachings could be called Esoteric and suitable for every human being no matter what affiliation they might have.   Every human has a Soul and comes from Spirit, and there are techniques that allow us to move into those higher states of awareness.
 
If you are particularly drawn to Buddhism, there are many excellent books that could teach you more about that approach and the techniques that are used.  One that I am familar with is by Robert A.F. Thurman Inside Tibetan Buddhism.  Rituals and Symbols Revealed.
 
Since you asked for some "fundamentals", following is some information from the book, From Intellect to Intuition by Alice A. Bailey, (page numbers are within the text below):  I have excised some sentences just to shorten it, but there is lots of information in this book. 
 
If you are a beginner in meditation, it might be important for you to either find a qualified teacher or group to study with and if that is not possible, then you can certainly trust the information to be found in this set of books, which I have studied for more than 32 years and know the quality to be excellent.  Meditation can be dangerous if one is not properly prepared and there are many perhaps misguided people who teach techniques that can cause trouble.  So be cautious and use only the best sources to gain your information.
 
In Unity,
Nancy
 
"First of all, we shall endeavor to find time early in the morning for our meditation work.  The reason for this is, that after we have participated in the happenings of the day and in the general give and take of life, the mind is in a state of violent vibration; this is not the case if the meditation is performed first thing in the morning.  Then it is relatively quiet, and the mind can be more rapidly attuned to the higher states of consciousness.  Again, if we start the day with the focusing of our attention on spiritual things and on the affairs of the soul, we shall live the day in a different manner.  If this becomes a habit, we shall soon find our reactions to the affairs of life changing and that we are beginning to think the thoughts that the soul thinks.  It then becomes the process of the working of a law, for "as a man thinketh so is he."
 
Next, we shall endeavor to find a place that is really quiet and free from intrusion.  I do not mean quiet in the sense of freedom from noise, for the world is full of sounds and as we grow in sensitiveness we are apt to find it fuller than we thought, but free from personal approach and the calls of other people.  I should like here to point out an attitude which the beginner should assume.  It is the attitude of silence....  Let us say nothing about the way we are seeking to unfold the spiritual consciousness; that is entirely our own affair.  Let us keep silent about what we are doing; let us keep our books and papers shut away from people, and not litter up the family sitting room with a lot of literature in which they are not the least interested.  If it is impossible to get a moment for meditation before the family disperses for the day's work, or before we ourselves betake ourselves to our business, let us find some time for it later on in the day.  There is always a way to be found out of a difficulty, if we want a thing badly enough, and a way that involves no omission of duty or of obligation.  It simply involves organization and silence.
 
Then, having found the time and the place, we shall sit down in a comfortable chair and begin to meditate.  The questions then arise:  How shall we sit?  Is the cross-legged attitude the best, or shall we kneel, or sit, or stand?  The easiest and most normal position is the best always.  The cross-legged attitude [Page 219] has been, and still is, much used in the Orient, and many books have been written upon the postures, of which there are approximately eighty.  But because it has been done in the past, and in the East, is no indication that it is the best for us in the present and in the West.  These postures are the remains of a day when the race was being trained psychologically and emotionally, and much resemble the discipline that we impose upon a child when we set it in a corner and tell it to keep quiet.  Some of the postures have relation also to the nervous body and that inner structure of fine nerves, called by the Hindus, the nadis, which underlie the nervous system as recognized in the West.
 
The trouble with such postures is that they lead to two rather undesirable reactions; they lead a man to concentrate the mind upon the mechanics of the process and not upon the goal, and, secondly, they frequently lead to a delightful sense of superiority, that has its basis in our attempt to do something that the majority is not doing, and which sets us apart as potential knowers.  We become engrossed with the form side of meditation and not with the Originator of the form; we are occupied with the Not-self instead of with the Self.  Let us choose that posture that enables us, the most easily, to forget that we have a physical body.  This is probably for the Westerner the sitting attitude; the main requirements are that we should sit erect, with the spine in a straight line; that we should sit relaxed (without slumping) so that there is no tenseness [Page 220] anywhere in the body, and that we should drop the chin somewhat, so as to release any tension in the back of the neck.  Many people sit, when meditating, gazing at the ceiling with tightly closed eyes, as if the soul was up above somewhere; they look as if they had swallowed the poker, and their teeth are often tightly clenched (perhaps to prevent some inspired utterance escaping them, which must have dropped from the soul).  The whole body is poised and tense and tightly locked.  They are then surprised when nothing occurs, except fatigue and headaches.  The withdrawal of the consciousness from the channels of the senses does not involve the withdrawal of the blood in the body to the head, or the uncontrolled speeding up of the nervous reactions.  Meditation is an interior act, and can only be performed successfully when the body is relaxed, rightly poised and then forgotten.
 
The hands should be folded in the lap, and the feet crossed.  If the western scientist is right when he tells us that the human body is really an electric battery, then perhaps his Oriental brother is also right when he says that in meditation there is a bringing together of negative and positive energy, and that by this means we produce the light in the head.  Therefore, it is wise to close the circuit.
 
Having attained to physical comfort, relaxation, and having withdrawn ourselves from the body consciousness, we next note our breathing and ascertain whether it is quiet, even and rhythmic.  I would like here to sound a note of warning as to the practice of [Page 221] breathing exercises, except by those who have first given years to right meditation and to purification of the body nature.  Where experience and purity are not present, the practice of breathing exercises entails very real dangers.  It is impossible to put this too strongly.  There are many schools giving breathing instruction at this time, and many exponents of breathing as a means to spiritual development.  It has nothing whatever to do with spiritual development.  It has much to do with psychical development, and its practice leads to much difficulty and danger.  It is possible for instance, to become clairaudient or clairvoyant through the practice of certain breathing exercises, but where there is no true understanding of the process or right control by the mind of the "versatile psychic nature", the practicer has only succeeded in forcing entrance into new fields of phenomena.  He has developed faculties he is totally unable to control, and he finds very often that he is unable to shut out sounds and sights which he has learned to register and being helpless to escape from the contacts of both the physical and the psychical, he is torn in two directions, and gets no peace.  Physical sounds and sights are his normal heritage, and naturally make their impacts upon his senses, but when the psychic world — with its own sights and sounds — also makes an impact he is helpless; he cannot shut his eyes and remove himself from undesirable psychic surroundings....
 
In the ancient teachings of the East, the control of the breath was only permitted after the first three "means to union," as they are called, had been somewhat wrought out in the life.  These "means" are:  First, the five commandments.  These are, harmlessness, truth to all beings, abstention from theft, from incontinence, and from avarice.  Second, the five rules, which are internal and external purification, contentment, fiery aspiration, spiritual reading, and devotion.  Third, right poise.  When a person is harmless in thought and word and deed, [Page 223] when he is unselfish and knows the meaning of poise — emotional as well as physical posture — then indeed he may practice breathing exercises, under proper instruction, and practice them with security.  Even then he will only succeed in unifying the vital energies of the body, and in becoming a conscious psychic, but this may have its place and purpose, if he classes himself as a research experimenter.
 
Failure to conform to the necessary preliminary steps has landed many a worthy investigator in trouble.  It is dangerous for an emotional and weak person to take breathing exercises in order to hasten development, and any teacher who seeks to teach these exercises to large groups, as is frequently done, is laying up trouble for himself and his followers.  It is only here and there that, in the ancient days, the teachers picked a man for this form of tuition, and it was added to a training which had produced a certain measure of soul contact, so that the soul could guide the energies evoked by the breath for the furtherance of its objectives and for world service.
 
Therefore, we will do no more than see that our breathing is quiet and regular, and will then withdraw our thoughts from the body altogether and begin the work of concentration.
 
The next step in the practice of meditation is the use of the imagination; we picture to ourselves the threefold lower man, aligned or in direct communication with the soul.  There are many ways in which this can be done.  We call it work in visualization.  It [Page 224] would seem that visualization, imagination and will are three very potent factors in all creative processes.  They are the subjective causes for many of our objective effects.  At the beginning, visualization is mostly a matter of experimental faith.  We know that through the reasoning process, we have arrived at an understanding that, within and beyond all manifested objects, there lies an Ideal Object or Ideal Pattern, which is seeking to become manifest upon the physical plane.  The practice of visualization, imagination and the use of the will are activities that are calculated to hasten the manifestation of this Ideal.
 
When we visualize, we use our highest conception of what that Ideal might be, clothed in some sort of material, usually mental, because we are not yet in a position to be able to conceive of higher forms or types of substance with which to envelop our Images.  When we make a mental picture, the mental substance of our mind sets up a certain rate of vibration, which attracts to itself a corresponding grade of mental substance, in which the mind is immersed.  It is the will which holds this image steady and which gives it life.  This process goes on, whether we are, as yet, able to see it with the mental eye or not.  It does not matter that we are not able to see it, as the creative work is going on just the same.  Perhaps at some time we shall be able to follow and consciously perform that whole process.
 
In connection with this work, at the stage of the [Page 225] beginner, some people picture the three bodies (the three aspects of the form nature) as being linked with a radiant body of light, or they visualize three centres of vibrating energy receiving stimulation from a higher and more powerful centre; others imagine the soul as a triangle of force to which is linked the triangle of the lower nature  —  linked by the "silver cord" mentioned in the Christian Bible, the sutratma or thread soul of the Eastern Scriptures, the "life-line" of other schools of thought.  Still others prefer to preserve the thought of a unified personality, linked to and hiding within itself the indwelling Divinity, Christ in us, the hope of glory.  It is relatively immaterial what imagery we choose, provided that we start with the basic idea of the Self seeking to contact and use the Not-self, its instrument in the worlds of human expression, and vice versa, with the thought of that Not-self being impelled to turn itself towards its source of being.  Thus, through the use of the imagination and visualization, the desire body, the emotional nature, is brought into line with the soul.  When this has been done we can continue with our meditation work.  The physical body and the desire nature, in their turn, sink below the level of consciousness, we become centred in the mind and seek to bend it to our will.
 
It is just here that we find our problem confronting us.  The mind refuses to mould itself into the thoughts which we choose to think, and rushes all [Page 226] over the world in its usual quest for material.  We think of what we are going to do that day, instead of thinking upon our "seed-thought," we remember some one we must manage to see, or some line of action which calls for attention; we begin to think of some one we love, and immediately we drop back into the world of the emotions and have all our work to do over again.  So we re-collect our thoughts and start afresh with much success for half a minute, and then we remember some appointment we have made, or some piece of business which some one is doing for us, and again we are back in the world of mental reactions, and our chosen line of thought is forgotten.  Again we re-collect our scattered ideas and recommence our labor of reducing the wayward mind to submission.
 
...How is this condition of empowering reached?  By following a form or outline in our meditation work which automatically sets a ring-pass-not around the mind, and which says to the mind, "thus far shalt thou go, and no farther."  We deliberately and with intelligent intent set the limits of our mental activity in such a form that we are forced to recognize when we stray beyond those limits.  We know then that we must retire again within the sheltering wall we have defined for ourselves.  This following of a form in meditation is necessary usually for several years, unless one has had previous practice, and usually even those who have arrived at the stage of contemptation test themselves out quite often by the use of a form in order to make sure that they are not dropping back into a negative emotional quiescent state.
 
I have used such forms as the following in working with approximately three thousand students of the meditation technique during the last seven years, [Page 228] and it has proved itself in so many cases that I am including it here.
 
MEDITATION FORM
 
To Develop Concentration
 
Stages
1. The attainment of physical comfort and control.
2. The breathing is noted as rhythmic and regular.
3. Visualization of the threefold lower self (physical, emotional and mental) as
a. In contact with the soul.
b. As a channel for soul energy, through the medium of the mind, direct to the brain.  From thence the physical mechanism can be controlled.
4. Then a definite act of concentration, calling in the will.  This involves an endeavor to keep the mind unmoving upon a certain form of words, so that their meaning is clear in our consciousness, and not the words themselves, or the fact that we are attempting to meditate.
5. Then say, with focussed attention —
"More radiant than the sun, purer than the snow, subtler than the ether is the Self, The spirit within me.  I am that Self.  That Self am I."
6. Concentrate now upon the words:  "Thou God seest me."  The mind is not permitted to falter in its concentration on their significance, meaning, and implications.
7. Then, with deliberation bring the concentration work to a close, and say — again with the mind re-focussed on the underlying ideas — the following concluding statement:
"There is a peace that passeth understanding; it abides in the hearts of those who live in the Eternal.  There is a power that maketh all things new; it lives and moves in those who know the Self as one."
 
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This is definitely a beginner's meditation.  It has several focal points in it where a re-collection process and a re-focussing method is employed.  There are many other meditation outlines which can bring about the same results, and many more that are for advanced workers.  There are meditation outlines which are drawn up to produce certain specific results in particular people, but it is obvious that they cannot be included in such a book as this.  A safe and general meditation form is all that is possible.  In all of them, however, the primary thing to bear in mind is that the mind must be kept actively occupied with ideas and not with the effort to be concentrated.  Behind every word spoken, and every stage followed there must be the will to understand and a mental activity of a one-pointed nature.
 
....This is easily written down, but if the mind is kept actively intent upon the sense and meaning, much hard and focussed thinking will have to be done, and much difficulty will be found to eliminate all thoughts other than those having a bearing upon the subject.  Sometimes I have found it helpful to say to the puzzled beginner, who is discouraged by his inability to think when and as he chooses:  "Imagine you have to give a lecture upon these words to an audience.  Picture yourself as formulating the notes upon which you will later speak.  Carry your mind on from stage to stage and you will find that five minutes [Page 231] will have gone by without your attention wavering, so great will have been your interest."
 
....The sequential method suggested above is a safe way for the neophyte.  There are others that will occur to the mind of the intelligent student.  Whole worlds of thought are open over which the mind can range at will (note those words) provided they have a bearing upon the seed-thought and have a definite relation to the chosen idea upon which we seek to concentrate.  It is obvious that each person will follow the bent of his own mind — artistic, scientific or philosophical — and for them that will be the line of least resistance.  We shall all formulate our own concepts in our own way.  But the "Be still" attitude is not for us.  We inhibit other mental activities by an intense interest, not by a mental stunning of ourselves into silence, or by the adoption of a method which induces trance or utter thoughtlessness.  We are definitely thinking.  Any person who is teaching meditation knows how difficult it is to induce the mystic to renounce his quiescent condition (which is the result of an endeavor to make the emotional nature one-pointed) and force him to begin to use his mind.  How often one hears the complaint:  "I do not like this technique; it is too intellectual and mental and not a bit spiritual."  What they really mean is something like this:  "I am too lazy to use my mind; I suffer from mental inertia; I much prefer emotional rhapsodies, and the imposition of a peaceful state upon my emotional nature.  I feel [Page 233] better.  This way involves too much hard work."  Why should spirituality be confounded with emotions?  Why should not knowledge be just as divine as feeling?  Of course, this way does involve hard work, particularly at first.  But it can be done, if the initial laziness can be overcome, and those who have achieved know of its supreme value.
 
In concluding this attempt to indicate the initial work that the aspirant to this way has to undertake, it should be noted that the key to success lies in constant and unremitting practice.  Often, in our work with students all over the world, we find the brilliant mind coming out second, because it lacks persevering effort, and the more ordinary mind suddenly breaking through into the realm of ascertained knowledge and leaving its more brilliant brother behind, because it possesses the capacity to keep on going on.  Sporadic efforts get the aspirant nowhere; in fact they are definitely harmful, inasmuch as they breed a constant sense of failure.  A little consistent and faithful work done every day, over a long period of time, will bring results infinitely greater than enthusiastic but spasmodic efforts.  A few minutes of concentration or meditation work done with regularity, will carry the aspirant much farther than hours of effort given three or four times a month.  It has been truly said that "meditation to be effective in producing results must not be merely a sporadic effort in which we engage when we feel inclined, but it is a steady unremitting pressure of the will."
 
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Another point to be remembered is that the last person to appreciate the results of his work is the student himself.  The goal he has set himself is so wonderful, that he is more apt to be discouraged than satisfied.  The only wise thing to do is to put all thought of eventual results and their phenomenal effects entirely out of the mind definitely, once and for all, and simply follow the ancient rules.  This must be done without a constant plucking of oneself up by the roots to see how one is growing.  Those around us will know surely and truly what progress we are making by our increased efficiency, self-control, stability and helpfulness.  We have found it wise to gauge the growth of a student in the meditation work by the extension of his field of service and by the things his friends say of him, rather than by his own reports about himself.  Our work is to go steadily forward, doing the demanded task "without attachment" as the Hindu aspirant calls it.
 
If success is to be achieved, there must be a genuine and persistent desire, a clear picture of the value of the results, a realization that the goal can be achieved and definite knowledge of the technique of the method.  This, with the unremitting pressure of the will is all that is needed, and this is possible for every reader of this book.
 
CHAPTER TEN - THE NEED FOR CARE IN MEDITATION
CHAPTER TEN
 
THE NEED FOR CARE IN MEDITATION
 
"A clean life, an open mind, a pure heart, an eager intellect, an unveiled spiritual perception, a brotherliness for one's co-disciple, a readiness to give and receive advice and instruction,...a willing obedience to the behests of Truth,...a courageous endurance of personal injustice, a brave declaration of principles, a valiant defence of those who are unjustly attacked, and a constant eye to the ideal of human progression and perfection which the secret science depicts; these are the golden stairs up the steps of which the learner may climb to the Temple of Divine Wisdom."
H. P. BLAVATSKY
 
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THE meditation work outline in the previous chapter constitutes a good concentration exercise for the beginner and will eventually lead him — if he possesses persistence — to the genuine practice of meditation.  A concentration that lasts one minute is difficult to achieve but is a real step upon the way to meditation, which is the act of prolonged concentration.  The outline will help to produce the condition of active attention.  Many such outlines are available, and can be drawn up, by those who know the rules and who are good psychologists, to suit the needs of differing types of people.  A few such outlines will be found at the close of the book, but it is obvious that in a book of this description the more advanced practices and the more intensive work have no place.  They can be wisely carried forward only when the earlier stages have been mastered.
 
It should be noted that any thought process, followed with undeviating attention, which leads "inward" from the outer form to the energy or life aspect of that form and which enables the thinker to be identified with it, will serve a purpose similar to a technical outline.  Any noun, for instance, when properly understood as the name of a thing and, [Page 238] therefore, of a form, will serve as a seed thought in meditation.  The form will be studied as to its quality and purpose, and all can in time be traced back to an idea, and all true ideas emanate from the realm of the soul.  If the right attitude, therefore is assumed and the processes outlined in Chapter Five are followed, the thinker will find himself led out of the phenomenal world into the world of Divine Realities.  As practice in concentration is gained, the consideration of the outer form, and of its quality and aspect can be omitted, and the act of concentration, having become (through persistence and practice) automatic and instantaneous, the student can start with the purpose aspect, or with the underlying idea which brought the outer form into being.  This entire concept has been expressed for us by Plutarch in these words:
 
"An idea is a Being incorporeal, which has no subsistence of itself, but gives figure and form unto shapeless matter and becomes the cause of the manifestation." (De Placit. Philos.)
 
These are significant words and hold much information for the student of this ancient technique of meditation.
 
The goal of meditation, from the angle of the mind, might therefore, be stated to be the attainment of the world of ideas; from the angle of the soul, it is the identification of the individual soul with the world originator of all ideas.  Through mind control, we become aware of the ideas which lie back of our [Page 239] world evolution, and the manifestation (through matter) of the form that they take.  Through meditation, we contact a part of the Plan; we see the blue prints of the Great Architect of the Universe, and are given opportunity to participate in their emergence into objective being through our contact with, and right interpretation of, the ideas we succeed in contacting in meditation.
 
It will, therefore, be apparent how necessary it is that the aspirant should be possessed of a well trained and well-stocked mind, if he is to interpret with accuracy that which he sees; it is evident that he should be able to formulate with clarity the thoughts with which he seeks to clothe the nebulous ideas, and in turn, through this clear thinking, impress the waiting brain.  It may be true that "God" works out, in many cases, His plans through the agency of human beings, but He needs intelligent agents; He needs men and women who are not more stupid than those chosen by the leaders of the race to participate in their endeavors.  Just to love God is not entirely sufficient.  It is a step in the right direction, but devotion, unbalanced by good sense and brains, leads to much stupid action and much unconsidered effort.  God looks for those who have trained and highly developed minds, and fine brains (to act as sensitive recorders of the higher impressions), so that the work may be carried forward rightly.  Perhaps it might be said that the saints and mystics have revealed to us the nature of the Divine Life, and the quality of the ideas which govern His [Page 240] activities in the world of phenomena, and that the knowers of the world and the intellectuals of the race must, in their turn, reveal to the world the synthetic Plan and the Divine Purpose.  Thus shall we find the thread of gold which will guide us out of the maze of our present chaotic world condition into the light of truth and of understanding.
 
It should be remembered that we live in a world of energies and of forces.  The power of public opinion (emotional as it usually is, and frequently set in motion by some basic ideas, formulated by thinkers, good, bad and indifferent) is well known, and is a form of energy, producing big results.  The devastating effect of uncontrolled emotion, for instance, is equally well known, and is again a demonstration of force.  The expression, so constantly used, "the forces of nature," shows us that since man began to think at all he has known that all is energy.  The scientists tell us that everything is a manifestation of energy.  There is nothing but energy, pouring through us, and working in us, and in it we are immersed.  All forms are built of atoms, we are told, and atoms are units of energy.  Man, therefore, is himself energy, formed of energy units, living in a world similarly constituted and working with energy all the time.
 
The fundamental law governing all meditation work is the ancient one formulated by the seers in India centuries ago, that "energy follows thought."  From the realm of ideas (or of soul knowledge) energy pours through.  The "public opinion" of the [Page 241] soul realm seeps little by little into the dense minds of men, and to it can be traced all the forward movements of the present time, all organization of general welfare and of group betterment; all religious concepts and all outer knowledge of the Causes which produce objectivity.  These ideas assume a mental form, first of all, and some mind grasps them and ponders upon them, or passes them on to some group of thinkers, and the work of "thinking through" goes forward.  Then the quality of desire begins to enter in, and there is an emotional reaction to the thoughts which the ideas have evoked, and the form is gradually built.  Thus the work goes on and the energy of the soul and of the mind and of the desire nature correlate with the energy of matter, and a definite form comes into being."
 

Meditation

Thanks Nancy, for your blog. This is your first sentence:

"While we meditate during the energy of Pisces we can reflect on some of the thoughts given to us by the Tibetan about it:"

Since I know so very little about Buddhist meditation, can you give me a thumb-nail explanation of how one uses Buddhist meditation? In other words, what does this type of meditation involve in terms of one sitting down, and I presume, closing one's eyes and then starting to meditate; I'm not even sure those are the first two steps, but can you help me understand the fundamentals?

Thanks,

Don

The Microcosm + Macrocosm

Thanks Nancy for the excellent synthesis and quotes as helpful insights into the greater Purpose, that we may comprehend and embody.

Even as we've moved into tropical Aries, the Sun is transiting through sidereal Pisces and this quote from Esoteric Astrology adds to our Cosmic perspective ...

In Aries we have the duality which is attached to the bringing together of spirit and matter in the great creative activity of manifestation at the beginning of the evolutionary cycle, whilst in Pisces we have the fusion or blending of soul and form as far as man is concerned, producing the manifestation of the Incarnated Christ, the perfected individual soul, the completed manifestation of the microcosm. Thus the greater and the lesser polar opposites ~ the human being and God, the microcosm and the Macrocosm ~ are brought to their destined expression and manifestation. - Alice A. Bailey, EA p. 115

To the Glory of the One!

Perhaps the information we

Perhaps the information we have been given in these selections and others in many of the teachings, allows us to understand why the helping and enlightenment and eventual Transfiguration of humanity at the end of the Age is so necessary and how it fits into the larger picture, planetary, Solar and Cosmic.