Meditation begins with concentration, focus, mindful attention. How we begin a meditation is of critical importance. We have to prepare the mind, get it settled and make it ready for its approach to the higher mind. We have to learn through experience how best to employ the imagination so that it will take us into the places of the Real.
Different types of mind, different ray energies, will tend to establish their initial alignment in different ways. There is a wonderful section in the book The Seven Rays of Life where different ray techniques for meditation and for building the antahkarana are brought together from a number of the books by Alice Bailey and it can be a useful exercise for any meditator to go back to these passages on a fairly regular basis just to check in with technique and to review one's own private, inherently secret way of bridging between the thinking of the personal self, the thinking of the soul and the thinking of the Spiritual Triad.
In the meditation outline Letting in the Light the work begins with a stage of Group Fusion and we need to be able to enter this stage within our own temple. When we are at a meditation meeting the talk given will usually aim to prepare the ground mentally for entrance into this initial, very important first stage of Group Fusion. From this point of identity as a meditating group the outline leads us into the visualization of an alignment with the Spiritual Hierarchy projecting a line of lighted energy stretching from the meditating group.
In the initial, beginning stage of the meditation we can think of entering a mental space, a room of group fusion and integration within the heart centre of the new group of world servers, mediating between Hierarchy and humanity. In simple terms we can summarize some of the different ways of doing this. A first ray approach will tend to take the mind directly, dynamically into this space of group fusion and be present in the space. Through focused intention the mind becomes integrated within the heart centre of the New Group of World Servers. The second ray approach visualizes the Greater Light of the heart center of the New Group of World Servers and becomes absorbed within that greater light. The Third ray meditator often has difficulty quieting the mind in preparation for visualization and it is important to begin by achieving an intense mental silence knowing that this will open the door into the space of group fusion and will set the stage for the entire meditation, ensuring that the One who is thinking is the Soul and not the intelligent personality. Other ray energies will tend to work though some mixture of these three basic initial alignment techniques.
So, let us together now enter in to the space of group fusion a field of mind and heart where all world servers find their place: from all cultures, from different ideologies, different religions, secularist humanists, mystics, occultists, artists and scientists. It is in this space, the heart centre of the New Group of World Servers that we take our stand. Above us, overshadowing and focused we recognize the Hierarchy of Illumined Minds Great Potencies of consciousness Who have themselves been human beings and, through initiations over successive life-times have become Custodians of Wisdom, Colleagues of the Christ and Outposts of the Buddha. In this space of group fusion we are entering into the realm of mind where the Great Principles of Goodness, Beauty and Truth are impacting, shaping and directing the service network within humanity.
With a focused mind we can be sensitive to the light that shines through this place of fusion. We can be present to the group encounter where principles are being forged into human possibilities, and where the Divine and the human are charting the way forwards into Aquarius.
I am one with my group brothers, and all that I have is theirs.
May the love which is in my soul pour forth to them.
May the strength which is in me lift and aid them.
May the thoughts which my soul creates reach and encourage them.
Consider this world group from a human perspective think about the different qualities of thinking and doing, about the compassion and the wisdom, the persistence and one-pointed focus, the creative experimenting, the dialogue and thinking that takes place ceaselessly in the community of human beings whose sense of purpose and meaning is defined by their response to the needs and demands of our time. And also from the human perspective think about the courage and vision that is needed by these servers as they respond to their own sense of uncertainty, of vulnerability in response to opposition, of the apparent inadequacy of their own minds and hearts as well as the minds and hearts of their co-workers. Think about the discipline, the persistent will that enables our group brothers to keep on keeping on in spite of challenges. Above all consider the Spirit of Fiery Hope that is so needed by World Servers at this time if they are to resist the countless voices of despair and negativity in thinking about the future.
It is in this field of mind and heart generated by world servers some we know through our daily lives and millions who we do not know personally that the Lords of Compassion are to be found. The Initiators, and the ones preparing for initiation meet in this dynamic, rich, creative space. It is here that the Plan is working out. It is here, through countless initiatives in service at local, national and global levels, in every field of activity, every profession, every art form, every approach to healing that we human beings are, in partnership with the Great Ones on the Inner Side of Life, creating what will become the New Aquarian Civilization. It is through this partnership that the Spirit of Intelligent Fiery Hope is taking shape in the thinking and vision of world servers.
And so, centered within this space of group fusion, let us consider some of the opportunities brought to us by the constellation Leo, aligned so closely with all three aspects of the Sun: the physical sun, the Heart of the Sun and the Central Spiritual Sun; aligned with Neptune and Uranus; and ultimately in the Presence of the Dog Star, the place of mystery, Sirius.
Leo leads us to consider the role personal, individual identity plays on the spiritual path and on the Way of Service. In order to know others, and to know The Other Inner Realms of Light, we must know ourselves. For the server and for the one who is treading the spiritual path knowing the self is all about sensitivities to the multiple dimensions of self. The personal, incarnated self needs to be known and to be witnessed from a place of detached mindfulness. This is the only way that it can be ruled and directed with a measure of wise loving detachment. And this can only happen when there is some sense of the higher eternal Self, the soul. Leo makes us consider sensitivity to the Soul both the sensitivity of the personal self, looking upwards or inwards to the Soul and beginning to respond to impressions from the Soul; and sensitivity to the Being of the Soul on its own plane.
Leo is a perfect time to consider in the intimacy of our private, secret thinking, the Soul as a real living point of being and of consciousness with its own potencies of light, love and power; with its own purposes, vision and sense of the Plan; with its inherently group outlook and identity. The soul we are told is naturally group conscious. This soul the causal centre of our personal incarnation will remain after we have died. It is a centre of purpose the energetic core of service and of radiation and we need to pay attention to its reality and its world. Consider the Soul, on its own plane perhaps as an Angel a Solar Angel which lies at the core of our being and which has caused our identity. Our sense of personal self is the work of the Soul it is the Souls Great Work to enter into the realms of attachment, passion, illusion, selfishness, separateness, and materialism. The Soul creates this shadow of itself, the one we think of as 'I' so that through the time and space of life after life this 'I ' will become sensitive to the environment of the Soul and begin to reshape its identity around a fusion of mother and father a fusion of higher and lower mind a fusion of soul and personality. The Work of the soul is redemptive not because the worlds of matter and body are somehow 'unredeemed' or not, on their own account, good, beautiful and true. But the Soul's work is to bring together spirit and body, the two poles of divinity. It is consciousness, within matter, that is in need of redemption in need of responding to its task of providing a conscious bridge between inner and outer, higher and lower, spirit and form. Hatred and fear of the body needs to be redeemed, just as hatred and fear of the unknown worlds of the Soul is in need of redemption.
Leo's grand task is to lead the server through crises of fire where obstructions to a clear, soul directed mind and heart are burnt away. As this proceeds Leo prepares the way for the emergence of its polar opposite Aquarius. The Lion of self-assertion becomes the Light of the Soul. As the Fires of Leo pour through the person on the spiritual path they lead to an intensification of light and as light intensifies it produces revelation.
Water purifies, softly, gently and over long periods of time. Imagine how the rough surface of a stone in a river or stream is polished and rounded over time through the action of water. Imagine how water washes away surface dirt, cleansing. Fire is different. While it is true that purification by water can be traumatic and intense (think of the impact that serious floods have on communities), fire is always intense, burning away everything that hides the real. Some forests have a natural cycle where fire is necessary to clear out old trees and make way for seeds to sprout and for a new forest to emerge. The soul sees the fires of Leo in this light - never applying more than is needed - and always with the thought of the new that will emerge. It takes fire to be able to say, not just as a belief, but with full knowledge, that in fact 'I' am That and That am I .