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The Science of Meditation and Initiation

The power to act as transmitters of that spiritual energy we call
love is the promised reward of the triumphant solar Angels and the
prized goal of the meditation work.

A Treatise on White Magic by Alice Bailey

As the esoteric wisdom is increasingly understood and applied, it will be realized that what is commonly known and taught about the human being is limited indeed. It is an esoteric axiom that all grades of matter meet in the human being and all states of consciousness are possible to the human being.

As we move forward within the Aquarian Age, the subjective forces impacting and influencing the daily life will be more fully appreciated and greater numbers of us will study and explore the science of meditation1 as an inherent aspect of the "Science of the Self." It is anticipated that just as the once esoteric sciences of matter such as chemistry and physics found their way into the public schools, so too will the subjective sciences such as the nature of the soul and meditation form part of the required basic curriculum.

Each of the past ages has had one predominant form of yoga2 that helped the humanity of those periods to break into new realms of consciousness. During our transition period between the passing Piscean and the incoming Aquarian Age, the emphasized form of yoga is one of "one-pointed intent, of directed purpose, of a constant practice of the Presence of God, and of ordered regular meditation carried forward systematically and steadily over years of effort."3 In other words, it is the fifth plane of mind (the purveyor of purpose) that is the focus of our current time and it is the practice of meditation-the wise and skillful use of the mind-that governs the evolution of consciousness. In the same way that a plant turns its leaves and flowers towards the radiant physical sun, which evokes its growth, so does meditation allow the individual and the group to tune to the silent but powerful emanations of the subjective inner realms.

Herein lies the connection between meditation and initiation. When successfully accomplished, meditation opens the door into the world of Reality. If we can hold the mind steady in the light, then our thoughts vibrate temporarily to the measure of the concept upon which we are focusing. Over an extended period of time, the vibration becomes permanent and thus the personal self is eventually brought into a condition of receptivity and vibratory response. When the personal self and the Soul are vibrating to the same frequency, and the interplay is rhythmic, then awareness of the inner subjective realms is possible and over time, the Soul can express itself through its form.

However, true and sustained meditation does not come easily. Called for are strict discipline, ceaseless effort, initiative and striving as well as a one-pointed dedication to self-mastery-all for the good of the whole.

Thus, an obvious correlate to the meditation process is the careful and painstaking purification of the physical, emotional and mental bodies of the personal self. For the "voice of the silence," which is the voice of the Soul, cannot be heard when one is obsessed with one's own needs, actions, and interests, and unconscious of the good of the whole. As H.P. Blavatsky indicates in her now classic booklet on Practical Occultism, "How shall the 'still small voice' make itself heard in a soul entirely occupied with its own privileged tenants? [The person] who would profit by the wisdom of the universal mind, has to reach it through the whole of Humanity without distinction of race, complexion, religion or social status. It is altruism, not ego-ism even in its most legal and noble conception, that can lead the unit to merge its little Self in the Universal Selves."

No discussion on meditation is complete without a warning of the dangers and negative consequences for the over-zealous and personally ambitious practitioner. Just as the fertilizing of a garden full of weeds will strengthen and multiply the weeds, crushing out the weak and tiny flowers, so will meditation with wrong motive bring disaster to the unwary by stimulating the undesirable aspects of the life.

However, when selflessly and effectively pursued through all of its many stages, meditation transforms the personal self and produces "unimpeded awareness." The solar Angel can then manifest and spread its healing grace upon our planet.

1Many treatises have been written on the subject of meditation. What is offered within this short article is but an infinitesimal fragment meant to inspire further exploration, practice and study. The reader is referred to the following books by Alice Bailey: Letters on Occult Meditation, Discipleship in the New Age and The Light of the Soul.
2"Yoga" is a Sanskrit term meaning "union."
3The Externalisation of the Hierarchy by Alice Bailey.

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