Each of the seven planes from the most subtle to the densest material is said to have its own quality of light. These planes are Vedic in origin, are well known, and have always formed the basic structure of theosophic and esoteric philosophies; they are divided into rupa and arupa or with form and without form. In the Western world, "Let there be light and there was light" marks the beginning of life on earth in the Bible. Light and its mechanism, the eye, allow us to see our outer environment; the inner light of the soul allows us to see a greater environment, and to perceive the outer environment as it is, with a more completed point of view, so "Let light descend on earth"!
The Light of Intuition
In this monthly planetary meditation of the wider global group, the inner light has especial intensity, focus and power to serve. "The intuition is light itself, and when it is functioning, the world is seen as light and the light bodies of all forms become gradually apparent," the Tibetan writes through Alice Bailey in the book with the cryptic title, Glamour: A World Problem, (p. 3), glamour meaning illusion resulting from desire, or the distortion resulting from selfishness through which humans perceive their environment. When the plane of intuition is reached it brings illumination, not from seeing the 'light in the head'-a well known experience of meditators-but illumination as intellect or manas, part of the spiritual triad of atma-buddhi-manas. "It is 'the light of the intellect,' which really means that which illumines the mind and which can reflect itself in that mental apparatus which is held 'steady in the light.' This is the 'Light of the World,' a Reality which is eternally existent, but which can be discovered only when the individual interior light is recognized as such….The intuition is therefore the recognition in oneself, not theoretically but as a fact in one's experience, of one's constituting a part of the great World Life, and of one's participation in the eternal persisting Existence." (GL 3-4)
When in meditation deep we register impressions from the worlds without form and unseen and when we register that energy, we are already serving to see without distortion or selfishness, to clarify the relative reality of the seen world, seen for its own sake, and not our own human one. This is a principal way we have of spontaneously serving humanity, by perceiving the environment without self-referent, without need or want, without the desire to exploit or profit from, but for its own sake alone. Registering impression and energy from spiritual planes has two effects: 1) "It brings into activity the latent seeds of action and of habits (good or bad), thus producing revelation, purification, enrichment and usefulness," and 2. It vitalizes and galvanizes the personality into a right relation to the soul, the environment, and to humanity" (Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, p. 40). As purification applies to all of the planes, the higher one goes the more consequences the impurity has; the more biases affect others, the more serious it is. In terms of the physical environment, of necessity, when we are in the city, we have city vrittis, and when we are in nature, we respond to it. When we are in ideological times of economic uncertainty, we of necessity become more sensitive to what can happen to us and how power affects others. These are some of the ways in which our vision is distorted, preventing us from seeing clearly and seeing the way ahead. In the final analysis, clear perception only follows inclusive well-integrated universal love or intuition.
Clear Sighted Perception
In a section called 'The Dissipation of Group Glamour and World Glamour' the Tibetan helps us to understand the influence that the ray qualities have on our ability to succeed in this major world task of dissipating the distortion that prevents us from seeing clearly. Especially for the rich countries that means seeing with the distortions of class and culture through which we see with prejudice for our own. The dissipation of group and world distortion requires a special ability to see clearly without judgment or aversion toward a group or its faults. To love not as the 6th ray person does with an "isolating devotion" but as the 2nd ray person loves-"with an all round appreciation of humanity, an understanding heart, plus a critical mind, which loves steadily in spite of error seen, with a clear sighted perception of the assets and the debits of an individual or a race." GL 224 Evaluations differ widely, revealing the mind-sets of those who attempt to evaluate, and often their ray qualities (see Gl 221-224 for an analysis of ray effectiveness).
Voices of World Service
Many in the new group of world servers focus their intelligent minds and goodwill with a clear sighted perception of humanity's many new obstacles and age-old problems. Ervin Lazslo from the Club of Budapest has been among them for many years promoting global consciousness, the Global Marshall Plan, and Climate Leadership. His organizations, such as the World Wisdom Council, are known for Anticipatory Thinking and Futurology, and sponsor Prophets Conferences.
Prince Charles is another who has been working for better relationships to nature, agriculture, industry and education. His new book and video Harmony calls for "a new way of looking at our world" and identifies the "crisis of perception that lies at the heart" of our challenges, and that led us to exploit nature without regard for long-term consequences. He perceives the "interconnected character of the world" and advocates a new comprehensive philosophy covering many areas from agriculture and industry to education and spirituality, because "right action follows right thinking." Because of his tireless fight for the rainforests and wetlands, he has been called an Eco-warrior.
Ram Das, the spiritual leader whose early book Be Here Now had an enormous influence on a generation, has written a new book Be Love Now. He, too, addresses the age-old problem of glamours or impurities: "We can't mask impurities for very long. When we suppress or repress them, they gain energy. Eventually we all have to deal with our same old karmic obstacles….lust, anger, confusion, and greed. It's the spectrum of impulses and desires that condition our interior universe and our view of reality….This clearing out opens the door for dharma." (p. 32) Dharma is often defined as truth, truth about who we are when we see with the "clear sighted perception" the Tibetan mentioned. Nor is this easy in a time dominated by opposing ideologies.
Ken Wilber, founder of the integral movement in psychology, engaged in another of the popular dialogues with Andrew Cohen featured in "EnlightenNext", (issue 47, 2011) the "magazine for evolutionaries", pointing out that this is the first time that our philosophy and spirituality have become global, and the necessity of inclusion at all levels for the unfolding of wider love to manifest. This is the evolutionary and integrated view.
As we prepare to meditate at this Sagittarius full moon of 2010, may the light of intuition as universal love pierce through the planes of form and activity to heal the narrow heartedness and increasing divisions of classes and parties, cultures and races that obstruct the new way of integrated perception,
For out of danger and pain heaven-bliss shall come,
Time's unforeseen event, God's secret plan.
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A key turned in a mystic lock of Time,
But where the silence of the gods had passed,
A greater harmony from the stillness born
Surprised with joy and sweetness yearning hearts,
An ecstasy and a laughter and a cry.
A power leaned down, a happiness found its home.
Over wide earth brooded the infinite bliss.
Sri Aurobindo, Savitri, (pp. 819,800)
May the love of the One Self surround you like the light of the inner Sun, brightening your world and radiating your energy to all you contact in this holiday season of light and love. May the love of the Christ be reborn in the world and the birth of universal love come to term in the new global consciousness of humanity, as one world disciple.
Joann S. Bakula