The Yoga of Synthesis ~
Identification with the Whole


It sounds like a redundancy to speak of union through synthesis, but it is not so. It is union through identification with the wholeónot union through realisation or through vision. Mark well this distinction, for it holds the secret of the next step for the personalities of the race. ... the key or the secret of identification ... lies in the custody of a few in this integrating group of mystics and knowers and will be brought out into manifestation in the furnace of their individual experience and thus given to the world. (1)
                                  - Alice A. Bailey


We can wonder if this is the right time for the Yoga of Synthesis to enter our planetary life. Is Humanity's identification with the Whole a necessary prerequisite for the next stage of our planetary evolution to occur? As we begin to enter the Aquarian Age, which brings with it Universal Consciousness and the great Seventh Ray relating Spirit and Matter, we must be ready to cooperate with these new incoming energies.

Each Yoga established on Earth comes at just the right time in accord with the integrating Purpose and Plan of Shamballa, and when enough disciples are present on Earth to be able to learn to use and share the new energy.

The energy of Shamballa is simplicity itself. As we explore group use of this Shamballa force, we know it has to do with Divine Purpose. Shamballa knows that this planet and all that is on it is part of the form manifestation of a great Cosmic Life. (3) Before it can be the recipient of that LIFE, the planetary substance ~ including humanity ~ must be redeemed and purified to eventually become both recipient and distributor of that energy throughout the solar system and beyond.

We might surmise that the Earth's purpose is eventual Union with that which lies above (first the Sun~Solar Logos, then later the Cosmic Logos), so that eventually the LIFE* of All that IS ~ or, the Living Presence of Divinity ~ can pour through all three Logoi and synthesize the Three in One and One in Three: Monad, Soul and Personality ~ or Spirit, Consciousness and Form. "As above, so below." All are engaged in the same process.

*The term LIFE is here used as H. P. Blavatsky used it, as that which synthesises spirit, soul and body: "It is in reality that fourth something which hovers behind all manifestation and behind all objects, all qualified expressions of divinity and which is hinted at in the Bhagavad Gita in the words: 'Having pervaded this whole universe with a fragment of Myself, I remain.'" (5) It is the Living Presence of Divinity containing all within it ~ space, self and substance.

So the question for all of us who wish to cooperate with the evolutionary process might be: Just what is it that this Life wants us to do? How are we in a practical way to cooperate with this larger Purpose?

We know that even an exalted Life, such as the One About Whom Naught May Be Said or the Cosmic Logos, our solar system and planet are connected with, is a center within this Fourth Something, so it matters not whether we call it the Living Presence, or God, or LIFE, as long as we know we are talking about the same thing.


Our Cosmic Origins and Earthly Destiny
Humanity's Lineage in the Cosmos


Language can act as a barrier to truth. For example, the term God might mean different things to different people. For some it means a personal God, for others it refers to our Planetary Logos, or the Solar Logos, and for some the Cosmic Parabrahman, and finally some of us might mean THAT which lies behind it All. But our different terms act as no barrier as long as we all know we are talking about the same thing, only calling it by different names. Adaption of a universal language in the Aquarian Age, we are told, will greatly help us all to do our part in creating a synthetic expression that all of humanity will understand.

And pondering our part in the Whole brings us a fascinating meditation to wonder if not just our Planetary Logos but also the Solar Logos and Cosmic Logos are waiting on us to help prepare the form or personality nature of that Cosmic Logos.


More on Cosmic Identification
The Synthesis of Life Itself


The Cosmic Monad and Shamballa as Holders of the Vision

We are told that Sanat Kumara is the sole repository of what might be called the personality of this great Cosmic Life and further that the vehicle of manifestation of Sanat Kumara includes Shamballa, Hierarchy and Humanity, we are therefore part of the vehicle of manifestation of Sanat Kumara, the One who is the sole repository of the personality (mind, emotions and form) of this Cosmic Logos, and thus certainly part of at least the densest aspect of the form of the Cosmic Logos. This is why we are a vital component of the planetary life and how we can be used to "develop a station of light serving not only the planet and our solar system, but the seven systems of which ours is one." (4)

This Cosmic Monad ~ the One About Whom Naught May Be Said ~ is working through His Heart Centre (or some part of His Heart Center) and our Sun, and through Sanat Kumara the Lord of the World and His body of manifestation ~ which includes us ~ to express part of His cosmic nature, all the way down into the densest form.

Perhaps this sheds greater light on the statement: "When it is realised that our planetary purpose is mysteriously related to the revelation of love upon our little planet, the Earth, through the process of creation, the concept emerges that there is the probability that our planet has a unique relation to the Heart of the Sun." (6)

Shamballa is the holder of the Vision for the redemption of substance on Earth. But indeed, Shamballa needs the planetary constitution to bring this vision to fruition. Even though it takes ages for that vision to bear fruit and is subject to much distortion as it filters downward, without the filters stepping down the energy from on high into the lower worlds, planetary life could not evolve.

The filters, of course, are not just on our planet, but are all the Great Lives that act as conduits in the Chain of Existences that stem all the way throughout the One Life down into and through vast cosmic lives, our solar system, Shamballa, Hierarchy, and Humanity, thence down into each of the lower Kingdoms of Nature on Earth. The Whole of Creation will eventually become imbued with Living Light.


To Fulfill the Purpose of Shamballa Is the Intent of All Ashrams

The intention to fulfill the Purpose of Shamballa is the intent of all Ashrams, and is implemented in some degree or other, consciously or unconsciously, by groups of disciples connected with those Ashrams ~ none of whom are on exactly the same step of the path all at the same time. At the Third Initiation we are told the initiate (although having touched into monadic consciousness) "walks in the Glory of creative undertakings." (7) We can remind ourselves that even Masters who are in charge of Ashrams are involved in the great activity of the lower three worlds. In other words, service in the three worlds continues for a very long time.

So, although pure monadic energy or consciousness ~ Spirit ~ works ever behind the scenes, it also acts as a holder of the vision and stimulates the vision in others. There may be those in any group who perform such a function, at least in part. There are also almost certainly those who will appropriate that vision and begin to implement it through their various projects and thereby manifest it out into the world.

All are needed, and all who are conscious of what they are doing and why they are doing it are to some extent working with the Life aspect or Living Presence of Divinity.

Whatever our individual duties may be, in whatever field, it might be beneficial to include and emphasize the Synthesis of Being. It would so adjust the thinking on every level in present time that eventually it would be built into the mental and astral substance as building blocks of existence ~ well before the higher experiences of identification take place.

When we begin to realize that the Universe is a Living Being, and that each form it has created, including ourselves, is a part of that Living Being and has a purpose in being here, we also begin to realize that each form is in process of recognizing and Becoming that which it essentially IS.


More on Becoming ~ Being
Consciousness and the One Life


Synthesis Encourages Cooperation Among Nations

Synthesis of Being allows us to learn how to use the energy of Spirit to at-one the pairs of opposites and helps bring this skill and at-one-ment more fully into the world.

As the vision of the REAL ~ of the essential unity underlying all creation ~ is held before all who can recognize it, we can then share this truth among humanity. This sharing of the REAL would include that which helps to usher in the new civilization, helping to dissipate the Great Illusion of manmade thoughts (8) and to assist the mass consciousness of humanity toward greater recognition of our cosmic connections ~ knowledge that the evolutionary process is one of both form and consciousness, and an explanation of the different stages along the way. This might go a long way to assist in the understanding that the Kinship of Humanity, in all its fascinating diversities, is already a fact, based on our place and function within the larger cosmic, essential unity.


Synthetic thinking can exist on many levels, and is not to be confused with one's Identification. Depending on where an individual is focused, thought on behalf of the Whole could have an effect on higher and lower mental and astral levels as it becomes part of the evolutionary mind of the new civilization. What is required is to build the Yoga of Synthesis into our ordinary thoughts so that mass psychology is changed, as the reality of the Whole and the part that each individual plays in it becomes built into our culture.

We could remind ourselves how long it has taken the bulk of humanity to realize the reality of the global community, which effectively encourages cooperation among nations. It has not yet fully manifested, though the thoughtform of a global community exists. We can do the same by implanting the idea of our Cosmic Connections in this, the emerging New Age. Those who feel called to this task are actively practicing the Yoga of Synthesis and thus help humanity to become identified with the Whole.

After all, without an enlightened humanity, the Earth cannot fulfill our Divine Destiny. We are a vital conduit in the vast hierarchy of Being, and humanity itself is destined to become the World Saviour on behalf of our little, yet so significant, planet.

Perhaps this Yoga of Synthesis is what will bring about worldwide recognition of the One Humanity in the conscious minds and hearts of all. If identifying with the Whole brings a realisation of the essential unity or synthesis underlying all creation and our part in that creation ~ and illustrates how vitally humanity's cooperation is needed ~ this may help us understand the reason we were created in God's image, in the first place!


The keynote of the new yoga will be synthesis; its objective will be conscious development of the intuitive faculty. This development will fall into two categories: first, the development of the intuition and of true spiritual perception, and secondly, the trained utilisation of the mind as an interpreting agent.
                    - Alice A. Bailey (1)



- Nancy Connally


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