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Discipleship in the New Age II - Teachings on Initiation - Part VIII
The First Point of Revelation:
Energy follows thought and the eye directs the energy.

We are not dealing here with the simple statement that thought power is an energy and that the process of thinking generates automatically an energy which produces objective forms, induces related action, and is the source therefore of all that appears or manifests. That is a platitude today, and humanity is increasingly aware of the subjective power of thought and of its consequences - objective realization. We are to concern ourselves with that which lies behind the mental perception of the ordinary man and with the revelation which comes to the initiate disciple as he stands within the ashram and perceives - as a result of the initiatory process - the nature of the divine Plan, as it can be seen working out on various planes of our planetary existence. There are three things which the initiate notes as the new panorama unfolds in flashing light before him:

  1. The point of tension which precedes revelation. There is much to be considered in relation to tension as the forerunner of initiation and its subsequent revelation.
  2. The stillness by which the revealing vision is surrounded, if I may so inadequately express the idea. The revelation is given to the initiate as if there was nothing in all the world but himself (a point of tension) and a vortex of force which takes form before his eyes, revealing to him an inevitable but future activity.
  3. The level upon which the revelation (apprehended at the highest possible point of consciousness for the initiate) must eventually be materialized or brought into being.

Initiation is always taken on levels of consciousness higher [373] than the mental, and the initiate must not only realize the significance of the revelation but must also know the sphere of activity of which it will be the inspiration. I would have you ponder on the wording of this last sentence.

Each of the five points of revelation indicates to the initiate: procedure, location and objective. Each is therefore susceptible of many and varied interpretations; these are dependent upon the initiatory status of the disciple. With these we cannot deal, because it would entail the writing of another complete treatise and this would also be largely incomprehensible to the uninitiated reader. I can, however, give you some ideas anent the five points of revelation which I have indicated, leaving your intuition to wrestle with their import - or leaving it to your imagination if the intuition is not yet creatively active; it must always be remembered that the imagination is the seed of the intuition, because that which is not existent somewhere within our apparently complex planetary system cannot be imagined.

In connection with the aphorism that energy follows thought, I would have you relate this concept to the Science of Impression, bearing ever in mind that the Masters of the Wisdom work in three ways as they endeavor to implement the divine Plan:

  1. They formulate, deliberately and in line with their fixed intention, those thought-forms which must be "impressed" upon the substance of the level of consciousness desired.
  2. These living forms of thought are then occultly energized and become centers of energy or reservoirs of energy, with the original thought-form as the creative source at the center. These thought-forms and this generated energy are held steady within the aura of the Master or of a group of Masters.
  3. The energy is then projected on to a particular plane or into the mind consciousness of those disciples who are en rapport with the Master, or of those groups of disciples or aspirants who are working in close association with some hierarchical group. If I say to you that the initiated disciple uses the ajna center, I am only stating a partial [374] truth; many of the Masters work through no physical or etheric mechanism whatsoever, but utilize what might be termed "a point of projection" within the ashram; this is a point of sevenfold contact, available at all times for the use of all those initiates who have taken the third initiation. They work consequently from that high place within the Hierarchy and do not need to employ the ajna center or any other center within the etheric body. Writing as I am, for disciples and initiates who have not yet taken the third initiation and who are still "confined" within physical vehicles, the information that the "eye directs the energy" is sure and far more easily understood.

From the angle of our studies, the revelation accorded to the initiate relates to the carrying forward of the divine Plan upon the physical plane and to the implementation of the will of Shamballa, through the medium of disciples and aspirants and of advanced humanity, working - consciously or unconsciously - in our modern world.

Down upon the level of daily living, disciples are today learning three things: the Technique of Impression, the generating of energy, and the use of the ajna center. Many are responsive to impression, but fail to recognize or use the energy of which the impression is simply the forerunner; others respond to the energy, but fail to register the Plan which it is intended to implement, and the energy then leads to great but fruitless activity. Still others are learning, to use the center between the eyebrows, standing as silent and poised recipients controlling the third eye, the directing agent of the received energy. It must be carefully borne in mind that the energy to be used is not the energy which the disciple himself generates or his own life force, but is something different, something which he has received from the Hierarchy and of which he is simply the agent or channel. He has therefore to learn to distinguish between the various energies he contacts. The initiate has to master the techniques of differentiating between:

  1. His own energy or energies, which have been generated [375] as the result of his life experiences down the ages or centuries.
  2. His ray energy which, rightly used, conditions his work with and for the Hierarchy.
  3. The energy of the ashram of which he may avail himself in the process of carrying out activities - initiated by impression. In the early stages he calls this the energy of his Master, but learns later that it is - in reality - the energy generated by his Master's group, the ashram.
  4. Hierarchical energy or the energy of certain associated ashrams or of the entire group of Ashrams, the Hierarchy itself. The use of this highly qualified and most potent energy can only be employed when the disciple has earned the right to certain privileges and can be trusted to use the potencies correctly.
  5. The energy of the Head of the Hierarchy, or the Christ force, as it is sometimes called. This force imports into the usually available energies certain conditioning qualities which emanate from Shamballa, and are therefore related to the Will aspect. This type of force has not hitherto been available to working disciples but is now available, having been released at the Wesak Festival of this year (1948). Even now it can be used only by highly trusted disciples, and usually by those only whose rays are the first Ray of Power or Will or the second Ray of Love-Wisdom. These will be the rays of one or other of the two major vehicles - that of the soul and that of the personality. There are naturally exceptions to this rule, and these exceptions will be increasingly numerous as time speeds by; but in the present time, first and second ray vehicles provide the line of least resistance.

The first Point of Revelation has necessarily an unique relation to the physical plane, to the hierarchical workers in physical bodies, and to those who consciously use the ajna center. The number of those who can work with the energy of thought is now very great, because so many hundreds of thousands have taken the first initiation. This becomes clear when you realize the untold numbers of those who are definitely [376] oriented towards the light, who are spiritually motivated and are consciously trying to tread the Path or - to express the idea in Christian phraseology - to follow the footsteps of Christ. They may know nothing of the occult teaching or of esoteric techniques, but the discipline of their lives and their realized fixed intention and service bring them inevitably, eventually, on to the occult way. They are learning to think; they earnestly seek to know the right way for humanity, and desire to ascertain the will of God; they are therefore building thought-forms and are developing the power to be impressed. At present, they appear to be putting the cart before the horse, and they need to learn to think after impression; but this the spread of the various meditative processes will eventually correct. Later, the directing potency of the ajna center (the center between the eyebrows) will attract their attention and the triple process of impression, thought-form construction, and energy direction will be mastered by them, and the first point of revelation will no longer be a revelation; they will be committed to an intelligent implementing of the Plan upon the physical plane.

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