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A Time for Contemplation

Glenda Christian Young
September 2007

In the book by A.A. Bailey, Esoteric Astrology, we've been told that Libra can be spoken of in terms of the meditation process. This is an illuminating thought. Let's take a brief look at the stages of meditation in another Bailey book, From Intellect to Intuition, and see how Libran energy might function in meditation.

The meditation process is divided into five stages:

  1. Concentration
  2. Meditation
  3. Contemplation
  4. Illumination
  5. Inspiration

In the stage of concentration our active personality is slowly stilled, as our breathing becomes quiet and regular. Our physical body, emotions and lower mind settle into a state of peace and tranquility. Yet, the mind is alert and focused in the head, as we proceed into the meditation phase.

During meditation, we take into our mind a "seed thought" - a word, idea or phrase - that will carry our mental processes deeper and deeper into higher levels of mind and meaning. Our mind and brain are both active, but only in a specific direction: that of the intended "seed thought" and the mental concepts related to it.

This type of meditative focus is only possible if we've learned to "still the flitting tendency of the mind." Not an easy task, but it can be accomplished with effort. At the point where we can go no further with our seed thought, which has led us into the higher reaches of mind, our mind and brain automatically stills, and we become aware of the all-encompassing presence of the Divine Soul. Divine presence is palpable- all there is at this juncture. There is nothing to do but wait in the silence, with the mind held steady, yet alert, at its highest attainable point.

It is this "quiet" state of contemplation or equilibrium - that reminds one of Libra. It is the midway point of the five stages of meditation. The life of the soul and the life of the personality -the great dualities in our life- are in a state of balance. There is a "lull between two activities", that of active meditation and the reception of impression or illumination. This balanced state of silence, reminds us of a scale, the symbol of Libra, with neither end dominant. The scale does not tip up or down, but remains still and unmoved. What transpires during this period?

In the contemplative state, as the personality waits expectantly within the light, we're told that the Soul "organizes itself for battle." This implies that the Soul intends to energetically impress and inspire the waiting mind and brain of its personality with that which is needed to fuel the Soul's victory through the trials of Scorpio, the sun sign which follows Libra. The Word for Scorpio is: "Warrior am I and from the battle I emerge triumphant."

Interestingly, from a certain point of view, it is the Soul that is the warrior, the one that does battle, and the personality is the instrument through which the Soul fights, in order to subdue the lower impulses and desires of the personality, thwarting the Soul's intentions or goals.

Libra has also been called "the place of judgment". Its energy tends to weigh and consider the meaning and essence of things. In the meditative interlude of Libra, as the Soul organizes for battle, it is the personality that stands before the Soul in judgment. Will the personality be able to hold its alignment with the Soul, through the ups and downs of life? Will it hold the meditative rhythm that keeps the Soul in power?

For the disciple, the scales have already been tipped somewhat, in favor of Soul life. But there is so much more to be accomplished before the disciple can stand freely in the light, knowing that he is the Divine Soul and that its series of personalities have been fleeting vehicles for the attainment of spiritual objectives.

During this period of the year, when the energies of Libra are active, and especially at the time of the full moon, when solar energy is at its peak, it is time to take a deep breath to meditate, contemplate, and receive impression and illumination from the Soul. Afterwards, let us weigh and consider where we and all world servers are on the path of life. Are we moving ahead on course? What have we attained so far? What needs to be corrected? What is to be accomplished? Do we realize that the Soul knows the way we must go and that we can be guided? After deep meditative reflection, decisions are made and the "die is cast" for a cycle. Get ready for the "battles in Scorpio". And remember that throughout the ensuing months of strenuous activity, the Soul will energize our service work and bring us closer to the Kingdom of Souls.