The 3 Great Approaches
Two major approaches of the divine toward humanity lie in the distant past. The Approach of Individuation brought the appearance of the human soul, and humanity emerged on the scene ~ adding a fourth kingdom to the three already existing of animal, plant, and mineral.
The second great Approach took place when the Spiritual Hierarchy of our planet drew nearer to humanity, thus opening the spiritual Way to God for those who could consciously set foot in this higher Way, demonstrate the Christ Spirit within, and who earnestly sought enlightenment. Christ's words, "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free," (1) provided the urge of the truly seeking disciple to move forward into greater light and service through the gate of initiation.
It was at the time of this second Approach that the fact of the existence of the Spiritual Hierarchy, of the open door to initiation, and of the Way of Sacrifice ~ of personality self interest, self orientation, and self service ~ first dawned on the human consciousness. From that event on, individuals and groups have found the Way and have moved out of the human kingdom (the fourth) into the spiritual (fifth) kingdom. They have transformed their human consciousness into spiritual awareness. They have found their place within the Hierarchy. The kingdom of humanity and the kingdom of God have been brought into closer relationship.
The third great Approach became possible after the end of the second world war. Through the experiences of the war, humanity had (at the end of the war and during the period preceding it) been prepared to participate in this Approach. This process continues today in the events of the present time.
The Buddha presented the method of approach: Detachment, Dispassion, Discrimination. The Christ presents the result: Individuation, Initiation, Identification. A third triad finds its place in these approaches: Penetration, Polarization, Precipitation.
Through Avatars, God, the Emanator, Originator, Creator ~ whatever term we may choose in order to identify that great Source of all that exists ~ periodically makes this dramatic Approach to humanity.
Humanity invokes the divine approaches in two ways: by means of the unorganized, voiceless appeal ~ the "invocative cry" of the unawakened members of humanity ~ and by the conscious, planned, aware invocative appeal of the spiritually-oriented aspirants ~ the intelligently convinced worker, the disciple and initiate ~ by all who form the New Group of World Servers.
As humanity participates in this next Approach we now come to accept certain premises:
A very difficult interlude is taking place in today's world. Humanity as a whole is undergoing a process similar to that which takes place in the life of the individual. Aware of turmoil and difficult conditions, but also aware of moments of high contact and spiritual revelation and of "divine impulsations," the World Soul is preparing to taking hold of the world situation. Such interludes occur frequently in the life of individuals.
Energies of Aquarius, as well as from the stars Sirius and Betelgeuse, are pouring in ~ affecting the consciousness of humanity and the planet. Venusian energies of great potency are currently impacting the planet as well. Disciples in the ranks of the New Group of World Servers are responding. This produces a reaction in the heart and head centers.
A secondary effect is said to fall on the mineral kingdom and therefore onto gold and on to that concretized energy ~ money ~ engrossing the world consciousness today.
The united Hierarchy has also made another of its great Approaches to the physical plane (in 2000, we are told). This has stimulated the higher centers of all those who have made contact with their own souls. The creative energies of all disciples and people of goodwill, working in the outer world, who register both the crisis of world need and the approaching energies which can help meet that need, are necessary if the two are to meet and fuse.
Throughout these great Approaches the interplay between the Life energy of Monadic Being and the expression of that energy as force, through the initiates, disciples, aspirants, and people of goodwill, is very evident. It is the pull from above of that Source of all life and expression, together with the urge from below of the increasingly soul-infused personalities of men and women in human form that make all approaches ~ vertical, horizontal, and oblique ~ so vital to the Path toward Oneness, Wholeness, and Synthesis.
As in all the Principles and Laws, it is that living Life Force that impels the Law of Spiritual Approach into expression. This Law governs all approaches between humanity and Hierarchy, between Hierarchy and Shamballa, and between Shamballa and higher centers of even greater light and power. Humanity is drawn closer to Hierarchy and Hierarchy nearer to Shamballa, thus strengthening the current of Light and Energy which links all three centers in a vital cooperative effort for the Good-of-the-Whole.
Related articles of interest ~
by Alice A. Bailey are from her books published
Principles and Laws Defined
Psychology, Volume II,
Alice A. Bailey