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The Inner Sun

Joann S. Bakula
August, 2014


The meditation in Leo 2014 is at or before the full moon on Sunday, August 10, at 6:10 pm GMT. The seed thought, keynote, or 'sound' suggested in the Bailey books for this meditation is, "I am That and That am I" based on the name of God or the tetragrammaton of the Bible, IHVH or YHVH, often written as 'I am that am' and associated by Kabbalists with the four worlds: Emanation, Creation, Formation, Action, or the world of making, as some call it. In Bailey, the seed thought written as "I am that I am" refers to the human being, the true person and the soul as the self of all. "'I am' — the cry of every human being; 'I am That' — the cry of every personality, who realizes his selfhood and uses his personality in order to express the will of the indwelling entity, the true person. 'I am that I am'— the cry of the individual soul as it is lost in the whole and realizes its oneness with the soul or self of all." Expressed another way Bailey refers to the progression from "personality consciousness" to "egoic consciousness, and the planes of the [Spiritual] Triad", to "monadic consciousness," or personality, soul and spirit each one simpler and less of an aggregate as you ascend the scale.

This hierarchical structure within the human being has been compared to the spectrum of color (the soul) which stems from the three primary colors (the monad) and finally to white light (the synthesis of all the colors). The personality aggregate is many colored having one primary color or characteristic and several minor qualities (mind, emotions and form). This makes the primary threefold nature of monad (spirit), soul, and personality composite, all overshadowed by its original quality of the indigo synthesis of all life. This can also be expressed as life-quality-appearance. The Darwinian theory of the evolution of the species does not consider the evolution of consciousness, quality, and civilization. It does establish the idea of evolution which can be carried forward to include quality as well as form or appearance. In developmental and life-span psychology the progression is sometimes referred to as dependence, independence and interdependence. Louis XIV, the Sun King, is often used as an example of this feeling of independent centrality or egotism gone off rail. It is often recapitulated, in a minor but important way, in the life of late teen and young adult, until the sense of right proportion returns and the truly adult stage of life is entered. Becoming an individual, apart from the herd, is as unique and important a stage as realizing that the individual and the environment are one. Sometimes, as in all experiments, a stage of life can get stalled in overdoing the feeling of centrality and lose sight of its relationships within and without. This can be as true of nations as it is of individuals.

The Sun as Love-Wisdom
When you first realize that the sun is within you, that you are the source of light and the warmth of love, then you are on your way to becoming an independent individual, a sun to those around you. This sol or sun is the source of light at the center of your deepest, highest mind, and the source of love at the center of your innermost heart. It is the inner Soul that radiates with life, the same life at the center of all, the giver of life in body, like the sun in the center of its solar system. As a planet we live in its radius, we move in it and take it for granted long before we are motivated to seek it and to know it. It marks a special moment in the long life of evolution and of increasing awareness when the ability to draw close to your own center of life is at hand. This is the day of glory and marks initiation into greater knowledge and community. This is one of the themes of this meditation in Leo.

The analogy between the micro of our individual experience and the macro in which we all live is particularly applicable, close and accurate when we ponder on this meditation under the constellation of Leo and the energy of the sun. Without the sun we would die and without the inner Sol, Soul or Spirit as the center of life, we also die with or without war. We then realize that we, too, are a planetary system or aggregate of functions as individuals and as nations and peoples: body, emotions, concrete mind, perception, memory, judgment, abstract mind, intuition and will. We are a working system within the environment of our center Sol of life, each one evolving over the ages of evolution. Each part of the mind-body complex is as separate as each organ and has achieved its own independent self-regulating purpose, like heart and lungs.

When you realize that the essence of your mind is light and the nature of your heart is love, then independence is achieved. In childhood we depend upon others not only for food but for love and knowledge. In true maturity we come to know ourselves as the source of love and intelligence. In esotericism the soul alone is able to apply the kind of force that moves the individual on to the next step ahead, unlike competitors who most often want to push another down. Meditation, study and service provide a structured program in which philosophy, ethics, self-realization, experience and expression can grace a life. From here it is not long before you can see and identify with humanity and the planet in the same terms, as being of one system, one life form with life, quality and appearance characterizing the inner, middle and outer of each part in the whole organization. In the higher stages of adulthood the personality begins to recognize what some have called 'the Master in the Heart,' its own soul or spirit, in whose life it lives and gains sustenance. This is the path to enlightenment and liberation.

World Service Meditation and the Problems of Humanity
Considering the pain and confusion of the larger international community is part of world service meditation and in sharp contrast to the brilliant light and love-wisdom of initiate consciousness. The hot wars and growing cold wars between nationalisms, religions, cultures and economic structures naturally lead to the polarized propaganda of opposing forces. It is often said that truth is the first casualty of war — and for those nations who are at perpetual war the truth is seldom heard. Solzhenitsyn wrote of just this relationship of violence and propaganda in the last section of his Noble Acceptance Speech: violence "demands of its subjects only that they pledge allegiance to lies; that they participate in falsehood." And in stronger terms: "Violence cannot conceal itself behind anything except lies, and lies have nothing to maintain them save violence. Anyone who has once proclaimed violence as his method must inexorably choose the lie as his principle." He optimistically concludes that "the simple act of an ordinary brave man is not to participate in lies, not to support false actions….But it is within the power of writers and artists to do much more: to defeat the lie!" (The Solzhenitsyn Reader)

These monthly meditations are open to all regardless of beliefs who seek to ease the suffering of humanity and to achieve right human relations. They offer an opportunity to join together subjectively to ponder on the condition of humanity and its relationship to the web of life in which it lives and draws its sustenance. For this brief period every month we give our time, energy and deepest thought to the whole, seeking to reach the plane of intuition where light, love and the evolutionary plan has always been held in seed form from the beginning. When we begin from this deepest plane our actions are less likely to be misguided, harmful, shallow or superficial. From here we give space to the "7th generation," shifting our thoughts from short term to intermediate term to long term in the best interests of all.

This is, sadly, not the case today at least in the short term. People had assumed that their children would have a better life than they had and that their nation would have the ability to provide a nourishing climate for its people. In recent years this has changed. Polls show that people no longer think that their children will have a better life than they had nor that the present socio-economic climate is as nourishing as it was for them. The middle and lower classes are being hammered. People are suffering from protracted grief over loss of the assumptive world. Hence, many seek nourishment in food and become obese, a sign of hopelessness and despair! A more sustainable arrangement would heal the maladaptive trend and restore the balance necessary for a secure economic future — that's why we form unions and democratic governments: to secure the wellbeing of the people upon whom the one human family rests.

Our work as world service meditators is cut out for us and the need is great all over the world. From military war zones to refugees to laborers unable to keep their children from hunger with rising prices and stagnant wages. The tide is rising and the waters of discontent are surging. Changes are coming and the opportunity for sane voices speaking truth is great.

May the Sun within you shine its radiance into your own environment and in the world, shedding the warmth of love/wisdom and the light of intelligent knowledge as we join together in the sun of world service meditation.

Joann S. Bakula

 
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