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The Three Spiritual Festivals

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Background

We are told in the books of Alice Bailey that the religion of the coming age will be centred around the periods of the full moon. This does not mean that the religion of the future will see the end of the great world religions, but that the sense of uniqueness and separation between them will vanish. Cultural and historic differences among people will mean that there will still be a need for a variety of religious approaches, but increasingly the different religious traditions will be seen as the spokes of a wheel, all leading to a single source - to the One at the centre of life, the Creator, God, the Father, Brahman, Allah - the Source and Fount of Life.

The full moon is already the timekeeper for many religious observances, including Easter and Passover, Ramadan and Wesak. The key word in understanding the full moon opportunity is approach: at the time of the full moon, it's as if a door opens between humanity and the Hierarchy, the Kingdom of Souls. At this moment Hierarchy makes an approach to humanity in consciousness, and humanity likewise can approach the Hierarchy through group meditation, interior alignment and the focusing of one's energies through silence and elimination of distractions.

It is important to remember that it is the sun's motion rather than the moon's that provides spiritual direction.The relation of the moon's motion to the motion of the sun indicates the rhythm, the timing, of the ebb and flow of spiritual influences. The sun's passage through the sequence of twelve signs indicates which energy is ebbing or flowing. These energies are referred to as Keynotes and they are listed here: Keynotes.

The full moon meditation is based upon the sun sign.


Brief Overview of the Three Spiritual Festivals

While each full moon period or spiritual festival is a definite time of focussed group invocation, there are three which are of greatest spiritual importance, concentrated in three consecutive months and leading to a prolonged annual spiritual effort which sets the energy for the remainder of the year.

That is not to say that the other nine full moons are not important - they are. Their purpose is to establish the divine attributes in the consciousness of humanity, just as the major festivals establish the three divine aspects, and together the twelve annual festivals constitute a revelation of divinity.

The three Major Spiritual Festivals as follows:

1. The Festival of Easter. This is the festival of the risen living Christ, the Teacher of all men and the Head of the Spiritual Hierarchy. He is the Expression of the Love of God. On this day the spiritual Hierarchy, which He guides and directs, is recognised and the nature of God's Love is emphasised. This festival is determined always by the date of the first full moon of Aries and is the great Western and Christian festival.

2. The Festival of Wesak. This is the festival of the Buddha, the Spiritual Intermediary between the highest spiritual centre, Shamballa, and the Hierarchy. The Buddha is the Expression of the Wisdom of God, the Embodiment of Light and the Indicator of the divine purpose. This festival takes place at the full moon of Taurus. It is the great Eastern Festival.

3. The Festival of Goodwill. This is the festival of the spirit of humanity aspiring towards God, seeking conformity with the Will of God and dedicated to the expression of right human relations. It takes place at the full moon of Gemini. It is a day whereon the spiritual and divine nature of mankind is recognized.

These three festivals are already being kept throughout the world, though they are not as yet related to each other, and are a part of the unified spiritual approach of humanity. The time is coming when all three festivals will be kept throughout the world and by their means a great spiritual unity will be achieved and the effects of the Great Approach, so close to us at this time, will be stabilized by the united invocation of humanity throughout the planet


Meditation Format for the Three Spiritual Festivals

This meditation outline produced by the Lucis Trust is for group use during the time of the higher Interlude of the spiritual year - the full moons of Aries, Taurus and Gemini.

I GROUP FUSION. We affirm the fact of group fusion and integration within the heart centre of the new group of world servers, mediating between Hierarchy and humanity:

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.

II ALIGNMENT. We project a line of lighted energy towards the spiritual Hierarchy of the planet, the planetary heart, the great Ashram of Sanat Kumara; and towards the Christ at the heart of Hierarchy. Extend the line of light towards Shamballa, the centre where the Will of God is known.

III HIGHER INTERLUDE. Hold the contemplative mind open to the extra-planetary energies streaming into Shamballa and radiated through Hierarchy. Using the creative imagination, endeavour to see the three planetary centres-Shamballa, Hierarchy, and Humanity-gradually coming into alignment and interplay.

IV MEDITATION. Reflect on the seed thought:

Let the group reveal the fact of the kingdom of God, the planetary Hierarchy.

V PRECIPITATION. Using the creative imagination, visualise the energies of Light, Love and the Will-to-Good pouring throughout the planet and becoming anchored on Earth in prepared physical plane centres through which the Plan can manifest. (Use the six-fold progression of divine Love as the sequence of energy precipitation:

  • Shamballa
  • Hierarchy
  • the Christ
  • the new group of world servers
  • men and women of goodwill everywhere in the world
  • physical centres of distribution (London, Darjeeling, Tokyo, Geneva, New York

VI LOWER INTERLUDE. Refocus the consciousness, as a group, within the periphery of the great Ashram. Together sound the affirmation:

In the centre of all Love I stand.
From that centre I, the soul, will outward move.
From that centre I, the one who serves, will work.
May the love of the divine Self be shed abroad, in my heart,
through my group, and throughout the world.

Visualise the downpouring spiritual inflow released from Shamballa through the Hierarchy and streaming into humanity through the prepared channel. Consider how these inpouring energies are establishing the "Pathway of Light" for the coming World Teacher, the Christ.

VII DISTRIBUTION. As the Great Invocation is sounded, visualise the outpouring of Light and Love and Power from the spiritual Hierarchy through the five planetary inlets (London, Darjeeling, Tokyo, Geneva, New York) irradiating the consciousness of the whole human race:


THE GREAT INVOCATION

From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.

From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.

From the centre where the will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men -
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.

From the centre which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.

OM OM OM

Wesak Background

Wesak Valley

Wesak Valley


The Legend of Wesak

Weask Valley

Buddha Appearing at Wesak Valley

There is a valley, lying at a rather high altitude in the foothills of the Himalayan-Tibet ranges. It is surrounded by high mountains on all sides except towards the northeast, where there is a narrow opening in the mountain ranges. The valley is bottle-shaped in contour, with the neck of the bottle to the northeast, and it widens very considerably towards the south. Up towards the northern end, close to the neck of the bottle, there a huge flat rock. There are no trees or shrubs in the valley, which is covered with a kind of coarse grass.

Approaching the time of the full moon of Taurus, pilgrims from the surrounding districts begin to gather. The holy men and the lamas find their way into the valley and fill the southern and the middle parts, leaving the northeastern end relatively free. There, so the legend runs, gathers a group of those great Beings Who are the Custodians on Earth of God's Plan for our planet and for humanity.

This group of knowers of divinity are the main participants in The Wesak Festival. They arrange Themselves in the northeastern end of the valley, in concentric circles, and prepare for a great act of service. In front of the rock, looking towards the northeast, stand Those Beings Who are called by Their disciples The Three Great Lords. These are The Christ, Who stands in the center; the Lord of living forms, TheManu, Who stands at His right; and The Lord of Civilisation, who stands to His left. These three face the rock upon which rests a great crystal bowl, full of water.

Behind the grouped Masters, adepts, initiates and senior workers under God's Plan are to be found the world disciples and aspirants in their various grades and groups (either "in the body" or "out of the body"), who at this time constitute the new Group of World Servers. Those present in their physical bodies have found their way there by ordinary means. Others are present in their spiritual bodies, and in the dream state. The "dream," which they later relate, has been uniformly registered by people throughout the world, and bears the testimony to the recollection of an inner spiritual happening.

As the hour of the full moon approaches, a stillness settles down upon the crowd, and all look towards the northeast. Certain ritualistic movements take place, in which the grouped Masters and Their disciples of all ranks take up symbolic positions, and form on the floor of the valley such significant symbols as the five-pointed star, with The Christ standing at the highest point; of a triangle, with The Christ at the apex; or a cross, and other well known formations, all of which have a deep and potent meaning. This is all done to the sound of certain chanted words and esoteric phrases, called mantrams.

The expectancy in the waiting, onlooking crowd becomes very great, and the tension is real and increasing. Through the entire body of people there seems to be felt a stimulation or potent vibration which has the effect of awakening the souls of those present, fusing and blending the group into one united whole, and lifting all into a great act of spiritual demand, readiness, and expectancy. It is the climax of the world's aspiration focussed in this waiting group. These three words - demand, readiness and expectancy - best describe the atmosphere surrounding those present in this secret valley.

The chanting and the rhythmic weaving grows stronger, and all the participants and the watching crowd raise their eyes towards the sky in the direction of the narrow part of the valley. Just a few minutes before the exact time of the full moon, in the far distance, a tiny speck can be seen in the sky. It comes nearer and nearer, and grows in clarity and definiteness of outline, until the form of The Buddha can be seen, seated in the cross-legged Buddha position, clad in his saffron-colored robe, bathed in light and color, and with his hand extended in blessing. When The Buddha arrives at a point exactly over the great rock, hovering there in the air over the heads of The Three Great Lords, a great mantram, used only once a year, at The Festival, is intoned by The Christ, and the entire group of people in the valley fall upon their faces. This Invocation sets up a great vibration or thought current which is of such potency that it reaches up from the group of aspirants, disciples and initiates who employ it, to the Being we know as God. It marks the supreme moment of intensive spiritual effort throughout the entire year, and the spiritual vitalization of humanity and the spiritual effects last throughout the succeeding months.

The effect of this great Invocation is universal or cosmic, and serves to link us up with that cosmic center of spiritual force from which all created beings have come. The blessing is poured forth, and The Christ, as the representative of humanity, receives it in trust, for distribution.

Thus, so the legend runs, The Buddha returns once a year to bless the world, transmitting renewed spiritual life, through The Christ. Slowly then The Buddha recedes into the distance, until again only a faint speck can be seen in the sky, and this eventually disappears. The whole ceremonial blessing, from the time of the first appearance in the distance until the moment The Buddha fades out of view, takes just eight minutes.

The Buddha's annual sacrifice for humanity (for He comes back only at great cost) is over, and He returns again to that high place where He works and waits. Year after year He comes back in blessing; year after year, He and His great brother, The Christ, work in the closest cooperation for the spiritual benefit of humanity. In these two great Sons of God have been focussed two aspects of divine life, and They act together as Custodians of the highest type of spiritual force to which our humanity can respond. Through The Buddha, the wisdom of God is poured forth. Through The Christ, the love of God is manifested in humanity, and it is this wisdom and love which pour forth upon humanity each Wesak full moon.

When The Buddha has again disappeared, the crowd rise to their feet; the water in the bowl is distributed in tiny portions to the Masters, initiates and disciples, and they then go their way to their place of service. The crowd, who have all brought their little cups and vessels of water, drink of them and share with others. In this beautiful "water ceremony of communion" is portrayed the symbol of the new age which is upon us, the Aquarian Age, the age of the Water Carrier.

In this ceremony is perpetuated for us the story of the universality of God's love, the need for our individual purification, and the opportunity to share with each other that which belongs to all. The water, which has been magnetized by the presence of The Buddha and of The Christ, carries certain properties and virtues of a healing and helpful nature.

Thus blessed, the crowd silently disperses.

- From The Wesak Festival booklet by Alice A. Bailey, published by the Lucis Trust

Other Wesak Meditation Formats

Lotus Buddha

Besides the format suggested above the following Wesak meditations written by Lucille Cedrecrans may be helpful.


Meditation in Preparation for the Wesak Festival

Prepare for meditation, please.

Focus the consciousness in the cave and identify as the Conscious Soul Incarnate, pausing to contemplate the meaning of such identification.

Contemplate your relationship as a Conscious Soul Incarnate to your own instrument; your mental body, your astral body, your etheric body, and your physical appearance.

Via the etheric network, which interpenetrates and holds these vehicles in right relationship to one another, flood the whole of the instrument with particles of golden light energy, revitalizing and re-energizing the three-fold instrumentality, renewing throughout the instrument the life process – integrating its many frequencies, its energy, force and substance into a service unit which is responsive to Divine Will Impulse. Contemplate, direct, this action to take place within the instrument so long as it is needed, whenever it is needed, between now and the Wesak Full Moon. Sound the OM.

As the Conscious Soul Incarnate, contemplate your relationship with one another. Flood these relationships (via the etheric network which makes them possible) with golden particles of light energy, transmuting by this energy all negative force within such relationships, lifting the tonal quality of them to as high a frequency as possible and dedicating these relationships as Souls with one another and to the Christ in service to the Divine Plan for humanity. Sound the OM.

Still focused in the cave as the Conscious Soul Incarnate, contemplate your relationship with and within the overall group life, visualizing the network of light which this field of relationships (inter-group relationships) constitutes within the body of humanity. Flood these relationships with golden particles of light energy, again transmuting all negative forces into their positive, higher counterparts, lifting the frequencies of these many relationships to the highest frequency possible and dedicating the entire field of group relationships to the Christ in service to the Divine Plan for humanity. Sound the OM.

Now, contemplate as the Conscious Soul Incarnate focused within the cave in the center of the head, your relationships with and within the body of humanity, your relationship as the Conscious Soul Incarnate, and therefore, your function within the body of humanity. Contemplate as a part of this, the effect of the collective thought life of the group upon the thought life of humanity as a whole, as an influence within the body of humanity, and in the same way, consider the effect of your collective feeling nature, the words you speak, and of the actions you take. Flood these relationships, the whole network of relationships between the group itself and yourself as a Conscious Soul Incarnate, and the whole of humanity, with the golden particles of light energy, transmuting all negative forces within these relationships to their higher, positive counterparts, lifting the frequencies of these relationships to the highest frequency possible and dedicating the entire field of human relations within which you live, move and have your being, to the Christ in service to the Divine Plan for humanity. Sound the OM.

Now, as the Conscious Soul Incarnate, focused within the cave in the center of the head, contemplate your higher alignment via the Head Center, into the Ashram, and your relationship with the Ashramic Group Life and all those who are of higher evolution than are you yourself: your relationship with the Hierarchy, your relationship with the Christ, your relationship with the Planetary Logos, with the Solar Logos, with and within the One Life. And as the Conscious Soul Incarnate, endeavor to tune your total instrument, all of its energies, forces and substance, into a perfect relationship via this alignment, with these higher lives with whom you are individually related, dedicating that relationship to the Christ in service to the Divine Plan for humanity. Sound the OM.

In recognition of the attention directed downward to humanity by the Christ and the Buddha at the actual moment of the Wesak Full Moon, in dedication offer your instrumentality and your consciousness as a channel or an intermediary to be used by these two great lives in their service to humanity. In complete humility, seeking nothing, in an attitude of offering, sound the OM.

Very gradually, relax the attention and return to the normal focus.


Wesak Full Moon Meditation, #1

This particular subject is one about which there is little clarification. There are great cycles of approach, now entered into. In those cycles there are lesser cycles. During any one of these lesser cycles, manifestation is possible, depending on the power of humanity to invoke the appearance. There is choice. That entity has choice. When he has reached the place he will accept the higher concept, he will himself invoke the appearance. We are entering the period in which a lesser cycle such as the Wesak Festival could result in the reappearance of the Christ.

This period has nothing to do with the form aspect; it deals entirely with the consciousness aspect. It is the period where there is a closer affinity in states of consciousness between the Hierarchy and humanity and higher than the Hierarchy.

The reappearance of the Christ will not be during the Wesak Festival. A cause is set into motion and that cause manifests appearance. The factor of time is involved.

Please enter into a period of subjective work. Align with the World Group of disciples, become the focus for aspiration and as humanity, aspire to the Hierarchy.

Become physically relaxed and comfortable, emotionally calm and serene, mentally poised and alert, focus the consciousness in the ajna center and integrate the three-fold persona via the sounding of the OM.

Upon a line of light withdraw the consciousness into the cave in the center of the head and identify as the Soul.

Via a line of light upward through the head center, become receptive to an inflow of energies from Hierarchial levels, projecting these energies outward through the ajna center into the body of humanity as you receive them.

Now lift the consciousness from the cave in the center of the head to the head center and visualize yourself as a sphere of blue-white Christ light. Become receptive to the precipitating energies of the Divine Plan, radiating these energies in an ever widening sphere of light into the body of humanity on mental, astral and etheric levels.

Make the descent into the cave in the center of the head and repeat the following:

As a unit of the One Life, I take my stand with all forces of light to serve the Divine Plan for humanity in this time and place. May Christ return to earth.

Move outward to the ajna center and sound the OM.

For a few moments, as the Soul within the personality, radiate Love to all your Brothers. Relax the attention and return to your normal focus.


Wesak Full Moon Meditation, #2

Reverse the Directional Movement of Meditation From Aspiring to Acting

I am going to ask you now to make an effort to overcome, or to supersede time and space, realizing that on Soul levels, you, within the Ashramic group life, took part in the Wesak ceremonies. You received, according to your point of spiritual development and your relationship within the group, certain basic concepts for which you, with others, take the responsibility of focusing into the body of humanity (that which you received along with these concepts) as well as the energies involved. And you will endeavor to embody them during the coming 12 months.

The major concept projected from the Hierarchial level through the many levels of the Hierarchy, into the consciousness of disciples in the field, at the time (the actual moment) of the Full Moon, was as follows:

Let the meditative life of the Soul become the breath of life within the instrument.

There are three major interpretations of this concept to be considered and embodied; and in that embodiment, focused into the life and affairs of humanity during the coming 12 month cycle.

The first of those interpretations is: Let meditation now take a new direction, and therefore a new form within the life and affairs of the human family. Meditation has heretofore, in its directional aspect, been primarily an aspirational movement upward, from the man in the brain, focused insofar as he was capable as Soul, to the Soul in the Ashram. This aspirational direction of meditation lifted the frequencies of the forces and substances of the body into tune, so to speak, with the overshadowing spiritual Soul. The directional movement of meditation has been upward toward enlightenment of the consciousness, the disciple aspiring to, seeking to know some higher aspect of Truth, some higher element of reality, some greater light.

Now he is requested to reverse the directional movement of his meditation from seeking, so to speak, from aspiring, to doing, to acting. During the past the Hierarchy has poured upon humanity through its disciples in the field, much enlightenment, much Wisdom – more in quantity than any incarnate consciousness could, at this moment, realize or grasp. Now the Hierarchy shall reverse the directional movement of its meditation from humanity to its higher aspect or focus, leaving the disciples in the world, the disciples in the field, with the responsibility of continuing that downward direction of meditation into the life and affairs of humanity. In other words, there will be an interlude within which the Hierarchy will not project concepts into the body of humanity through its disciples – an interlude of apparent inactivity between the Hierarchy and humanity. Disciples are being turned from the Hierarchy (if I may put it in those terms) into the body of humanity, and are being requested specifically, and with intent to focus their meditations downward and outward, rather than inward and upward. Take those truths which you have received through the years, which are now a part – a very vital part – of your incarnate consciousness, and through meditation, via action, give them to humanity. Let them become an objective activity within the life and affairs of humanity. This may be difficult in the beginning, for you are so used to seeking further enlightenment. Certainly maintain your alignment. Certainly endeavor to focus into your awareness consciousness of Soul, consciousness of the One Life; but as such, then, meditate upon a concept of truth which you already know – of which you are already aware – breathing it through your own instrumentality, via action, out into the body of humanity. Become the giver of that gift which you have already received. Let your act in the world of affairs – your every act – become your meditation.

This is the essence of the Wesak message to all disciples in the field. Two other interpretations follow this first one. They have been placed within the Soul consciousness of every disciple in the field, and will make themselves known to the man in the brain according to his grasp and application of this first one.

I give you reassurance the readjustment which you are experiencing can mean only growth. It does not mean retrogression. You are not standing still. But certain basic readjustments within your combined psychologies, and within the Hierarchial/disciple relationship are taking place which are vital to the resurgence of group life which will, in its own time, make itself felt.

In the meantime, let each one grasp the import of what is taking place, first within his own consciousness, within his own mind, his emotions, and finally within his outer life and affairs. Let him recognize the way in which these happenings are re-adjustments, Divine adjustments, to the manifestation of the Divine Plan for humanity, that humanity which he is, so that with the re-adjustments can come now a re-orientation, a recognition and realization of growth, of new abilities, of strength and of purpose.




The Freedom pole in Wesak Valley taken in 2000.


The following meditation was written by Michael Robbins in 2006:

Wesak Meditation

    1. Withdraw your consciousness from the personality and its vehicles and enter deeply into the presence of the soul. Feel yourself established as a soul within the field of light, love and spiritual power.

    2. Merge yourself as a soul into a deep sense of the group soul.

    3. Thus, unite in soul with the spiritually minded people of the world and with the men and women of goodwill.

    4. Visualize the group soul merging into the One Soul of Humanity. Realize that that there is no 'my soul and thy soul'. Deeply realize "Naught is but Me".

    5. Imagine the group antahkarana, colored with all the seven colors, but primarily the deep indigo blue of the second ray, reaching into the realms of the spiritual triad.

    6. Inwardly affirm the great Word of Power-"I see the greatest Light" as you project a line of vivid white light from an established point of tension on the mental plane into triadal realms.

    7. In the presence of this great Light of the spiritual triad, attempt to 'feel' the presence of the Great White Brotherhood, the Lodge of Masters, the Spiritual Hierarchy of our Planet.

    8. Realize that at this time of Wesak, They, the Great Ones, are concentrating their energies in invocation towards Shamballa.

    9. Preserving your attunement to the higher worlds, imaginatively see Them in subtle form within the Wesak Valley on the great rock which serves as a platform for the invocation of the Buddha.

    10. Dwell as a group silently on the periphery yet within Their presence as they prepare for the moment of the Buddha's appearance.

    11. Focusing the invocation of the group soul, imagine the rays of Venus entering all those who are preparing-Venus conveying the beautiful light of the soul, the light of the Solar Angel, conveying a quality of higher manas sensitive to buddhi.

    12. Focusing the invocation of the group soul, imagine the rays and Vulcan entering all those who are preparing-Vulcan conveying adamantine spiritual will which persists in the quest for Light despite all obstacles to Enlightenment.

    13. Stand as a group within the presence of these down-flowing energies, and be imbued with the qualities of Venus and Vulcan.

    14. In the spirit of preparation, attune with the energies of the constellation Taurus-the Mother of Illumination, and, in the stillness, imagine the group with which you are identified and the assembled Masters filled with the "Unfettered Enlightenment of Shamballa" inspired by the Taurean Energy.
    15. In the stillness feel the growing intensity of this Taurean Light, bringing "illumination and the attainment of the vision".

    16. When the group has absorbed and identified with these available planetary and constellational energies, imagine with great reverence the appearance of the Great Lord Maitreya within the midst of the assembled Masters. The group imagines itself upon the periphery of this august body of Adepts.

    17. Attempt to feel the Love of the Christ as He prepares to invoke His great Brother, the Buddha. Let us feel ourselves as a group imbued with this Love. Let it pour through our heart and soul.

    18. In all reverence, and as the time approaches, let us feel ourselves as a group merging in identification with the Christ and His Hierarchy as They prepare for the yearly vibrational descent of the Buddha.

    19. As the sacred moment arrives, maintain an utter group silence which absorbs as fully as possible the presence of the Buddha as, during the eight minutes of His presence, He transmits Shamballic Energy to the Christ and the Hierarchy, blessing the world. Remain in utter receptive stillness throughout the eight minutes..

    20. …….

    21. As the image and Energy of the Buddha recede, let us imagine that, as a group, we are filled with the Buddha's Energy as transmitted by the Christ and the Hierarchy.
    22. We are as an overflowing chalice, prepared to share this energy with anyone we may serve, and, in consecrated thought, with all humanity.

    23. As a group, we spend some moments imbued with this Energy in a attitude of blessing to the world, imagining the Energy-gift of the Buddha pouring forth through us, to all humanity and especially to those in need.

    24. We imagine the illumination of humanity under the reception of this Great Energy. The light content within all human beings in greatly increased, and there is a definite movement towards the Wisdom emanating from the Lord of Light.

    25. We imagine the Forces of Enlightenment pouring into the planetary whole, uplifting it and enlightening it.

    26. We imagine the sacred lighted sphere which Earth will one day become.

    27. Resolved to hold and distribute throughout the coming year the Energy which has come to us at this highest point of the High Interlude of the spiritual year, together we intone the Great Invocation, seeing the Blessing of the Buddha pour forth over all the worlds.


    28. OM OM OM


    After Wesak

    Find an Emotional Disturbance

    Project a Resolution

    Focus on the Soul’s Divine Intent

    We aspire to the highest possible attainment for ourselves and our group so as to benefit the Wesak Festival in the best way possible, to become receptive to the highest frequency that we can attain. This includes purity of motive, positive action, willing the threefold instrument to respond to our intentions, etc. We have achieved the highest point of aspiration in our lives for the full year. Our meditation has been directed inward and upward. Now we turn our meditation downward and outward. We give those truths we have received through the years which are now a very vital part of our own consciousness through meditation, via action, to a waiting humanity. Humanity is our group focus, our group student body. Let this become an objective activity within the life and affairs of humanity. Become the giver of that gift that we have already received. Let our every act become our meditation.

    Now we turn our attention outward, to become the arms of the cross, turning the blessings we have received into outward manifestation in that rhythm of breath that breathes what we know into the lives of humanity, pouring our blessings upon humanity as we have been blessed. We are opening our hearts and minds to the message being received by all disciples in the World Group of Servers. Each one is channeling his own thoughtforms, his own concepts, his own energy into the waiting arms of humanity. Humanity is reaching out to accept this great gift as we have received it.

    We cherish the point in our lives that has brought us here and now; we give our joy and acceptance of this great gift to our benefactors, the man/woman on the street who has not been as fortunate as ourselves. We live in a great and beautiful time in history when the energies are changing from 6th Ray into 7th, bringing spirit into matter, impacting the very life within substance with this great and powerful beauty. This feeling can raise humanity up to the next rung on the ladder, for we are humanity.

    We have the power and responsibility to turn our attention from aspiration (always maintaining our alignments intact) to becoming masters in our own right of projecting what we know in this beautiful relationship we have with the Hierarchy. We turn our attention in meditation to manifestation, to action. The very breath we breathe is the initiator, also our speech, our hands, our eyes. Our very life itself breathes the concepts as we see and live them.

    The Hierarchy makes contact with Shamballa and a relationship is set up between the “bright and living center” and the “radiating and magnetic center” (us). We have been the negative polarity; now we in turn are “a radiant and magnetic center”, the positive pole in alignment with the “quiescent waiting center”, the negative pole (humanity) to whom we manifest in right relationship those concepts that we know to be the good, the true and the beautiful. Let our group radiation expand and include every living thing upon this lovely planet in Divine Law and Order.

    To carry this further into the specific; find an emotional disturbance within your sphere of influence and focus what you know upon that situation. You will be making the connection between your own higher soul consciousness and a specific problem within humanity. Since you have probably already been in the same situation, sometime in the past, your resolution will be utmost in your mind. Project your resolution via telepathy into the problem, which is almost certainly, one of relationships. Relationships are the way in which we work out our karma. Allow the individual to make up his or her own mind as to what to do, but encircle that individual with love and assurance in Divine Law and Order. Do this as an observer, never getting your emotions involved in the problem. To do that is to take on the karma of the one who is involved with the problem. You know that you have been in a like situation, so give your best effort to first define the problem and then allow the individual to create the path he/she will take. You know you are better qualified to handle the problem, but it is not your problem. It is not you who has to take action.

    This is how you carry your wisdom into incarnation. Feel that you have the power and the responsibility to help another without making the actual decision for the type of action to be taken. You work on the inner planes and if asked, of course, take the time and the patience to discuss and show the way, then let it happen. You can control no one, but you can help and observe without being critical.

    In the same way, if you are left out of the making of the decision, give the two participants your wisdom and compassion from afar, pouring love and light into the situation and into yourself as well, for you are concerned. Continue to give assurance, knowing all is well. Education is in progress and the outcome will make right relationship of a bad situation.

    If you are the one involved in an unruly situation, focus on the soul’s Divine Intent, not looking for results, but bringing the power of the soul into manifestation to work it out for you. Give it time, then, to adjust. You are still the observer in the background, letting the soul’s light and love cleanse and purify your being with acceptance of the outcome.

    Every one of your relationships has some type of problem. Play like the angel with the magic wand and tap them gently on the top of the head with the light and the wisdom to carry out the scene on their little stage of life in their little drama.

    - Extract from Wesak booklet by Lucille Cedercrans published by Wisdom Impressions

     


     

    Key Wesak Quotes


    From the books by Alice Bailey (link www.lucistrust.org)

     

    "The Festival of Wesak is the festival of Buddha, the spiritual intermediary between Shamballa and Hierarchy."

    The Externalization of the Hierarchy, 420 - 421

    "At Wesak, the Manu, the Christ, and the Mahachohan invoke the Buddha."

    The Externalization of the Hierarchy, 160

    "Hierarchy meets at Wesak for three purposes:

      - to contact force flowing through the Buddha
      - to hold the main quarterly meeting
      - to admit those ready for initiation."

    Initiation, Human and Solar, 106 - 107

    "At Wesak the Buddha communicates via Christ and Hierarchy with Humanity."

    The Reappearance of the Christ, 96

    "Wesak links east and west, Buddha and Christ, Shamballa and Hierarchy, purpose and love."

    The Externalization of the Hierarchy, 227

    "The Buddha flashes forth into physical manifestation for the fulfillment of Plan at Wesak."

    Esoteric Psychology II, 33

    "The Wesak Ceremony is held by Hierarchy for 4 objectives:

      - to substantiate the existence of the Christ
      - to demonstrate solidarity of east and west
      - to form a meeting place for the faithful
      - to demonstrate the nature of the Christ's work as head of Hierarchy".

    The Reappearance of the Christ, 45

    "The Hierarchical objective at Wesak is to familiarize the West with the Buddha and his work."

    The Externalization of the Hierarchy, 542

    "The Buddha brings spiritual entities from beyond our planet into contact with earth Humanity at Wesak."

    Esoteric Psychology II, 685

    "The Buddha carries the impressing forces of the Buddhas of Activity to Hierarchy at Wesak."

    Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, 44 - 45

    "Once a year at Wesak, the Buddha transmits a dual stream of force - one stream from the Silent Watcher, or higher counterpart of Sanat Kumara, and one stream from Sanat Kumara himself."

    Initiation, Human and Solar, 104 - 105

    "The Buddha, the Christ, and Shamballa are linked to Humanity at Wesak."

    The Externalization of the Hierarchy, 162 - 163

    "At the Wesak Festival, the Masters draw down special forces through "…the use of chanted mantrams and the sacred ceremonial pacing and interweaving of the assembled crowd in the formation of geometrical figures…." "

    Initiation, Human and Solar, 145

    "The channel provided by Hierarchy at the time of Wesak is formed "by the use of sound and rhythm simultaneously employed. By the chanting of a certain mantram, by means of the slow measured movements that accompany that chanting, the funnels is formed that reaches upward to the desired locality. The geometrical figures formed in the matter of the plane higher than the physical…are the result of the geometrical movement of the concourse gathered" at the Wesak ceremony in the Himalayas."

    Letters on Occult Meditation, 198

    "Emphasis upon the Wesak Festival has been undertaken by Hierarchy in order to:

      - bring to public attention the existence of the two avatars, the Buddha and the Christ
      - to inaugurate the theme of the New World Religion".

    The Externalization of the Hierarchy, 347 - 348

    "The final act of service of the Buddha will be to assist in the externalisation of the Hierarchy."

    The Externalization of the Hierarchy, 546

    "Eventually the emphasis upon the Buddha at Wesak will dissipate."

    The Externalization of the Hierarchy, 348

    "Hierarchy aims at four goals each Wesak:

      - stimulation of the spirit of love, community, and good will on Earth
      - telepathic fusion of all persons of good will
      - invocation of certain great and high Beings
      - linkage of Hierarchy, NGWS, and Humanity, which alignment can set up conditions for great spiritual improvements on Earth."

    Esoteric Psychology II, 688 - 691

    "Aspirational appeal to higher forces at the Taurus Full Moon in group formation and with unity of purpose is a key and critical component to the salvaging of Humanity."

    Esoteric Psychology II, 700

    Specifics of Wesak Discipline

    Disciples are asked to undertake "…five days of a most intensive effort in service, leading to the renunciation of all which would hinder our usefulness as channels of spiritual force."

    Esoteric Psychology II, 687

    Specific visualization to be done:

    Triangle with Shamballa at top point, Buddha lower left, Christ lower right, line extending to Hierarchy below the triangle, then a line to Humanity.

    Discipleship in the New Age I, 743

    "At Wesak, disciples should meet and imaginatively participate in the ceremonies held in the Himalayas."

    The Externalization of the Hierarchy, 556

    "As channels, we must be prepared to forget ourselves in the service of touching, containing, and holding force for the rest of Humanity."

    Esoteric Psychology II, 687

    "The Wesak hour is of momentous import."

    Esoteric Psychology II, 686

    "No cost is too great to pay in order to be of use to the Hierarchy at the time of…the Wesak Festival; no price is too high in order to gain the spiritual illumination which can be possible…at that time."

    Discipleship in the New Age I, 629

    "Students should do as does Hierarchy at Wesak and concentrate upon the nature of the coming Avatar, who is to be the Teacher of Love and Unity."

    A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, 754 - 755

    "A four step Wesak discipline:

      - link with Hierarchy

      - eliminate negativity

      - forget personal issues

      - adopt a strict temporary discipline."

    The Externalization of the Hierarchy, 226

    "Ivory door meditation to be done year round or for a few months in preparation for Wesak."

    Discipleship in the New Age II, 26 - 27

    "Group telepathic synthesis and fusion are facilitated at the Wesak Full Moon."

    Discipleship in the New Age II, 27 - 28

    "The clue to one's next step toward the door of initiation may be revealed at the Full Moon during the sign of Taurus."

    Discipleship in the New Age II, 21

    "A contact with one's Master may come at the Full Moon during the sign of Taurus."

    A Treatise on White Magic, 172


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