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A Treatise on Cosmic Fire - Section Two - Division E - Motion on the Plane of Mind
VI. Effects of Synthetic Motion

1. Introductory Remarks on Alignment

The effects of the synthetic activity of the centers, sheaths and causal body produce:

  • Periodicity of manifestation.
  • The linking of the Triangles.
  • The relation between:
    • The alta major center.
    • The throat center.
    • The centers on the mental plane.

If we summarize the thoughts conveyed here, we will find that it deals with some aspects of that very necessary alignment which must take place prior to full ability to serve in final liberation. We have studied from many angles the component parts of man, the microcosm, and the mode whereby he manifests on earth in order to express that which lies hidden, and to make his energy felt in the group and place where he finds himself. The constitution of the causal body has been seen to consist of a triple form of energy, with a fourth and more dynamic type of force latent at the heart, ready to demonstrate when the other three forms are active, thus utilizing them as a vehicle. We have noted also that there are also three forms of energy which we call the sheaths of the personal self, and which have also to be actively functioning before the triple egoic force can make itself felt through their medium. Added to these factors, must be mentioned the seven centers in etheric matter which find their place in the etheric body, and which awaken and become active as the sheaths swing into rhythmic activity. Of these centers the three major are of the main importance where  [1129] egoic alignment is concerned, and their vital force only begins to make itself felt after the lower four are fully active.

A second factor which works into the general scheme here is the latent triple kundalini fire which is aroused and mounts through the triple spinal channel just as soon as the three major centers (the head, the heart and the throat) form an esoteric triangle, and can thus pass the fiery energy hidden in each center in circulatory fashion. To summarize therefore: we have perfected alignment just as soon as the following factors have been put in touch with each other, or as soon as their motion or activity is synthesized; this is a most important subject for students of meditation, and for those who tread the Path of attainment to consider and practically realize.

  1. The three tiers of petals.
  2. The three sheaths.
  3. The three major centers.
  4. The threefold Kundalini fire.
  5. The threefold spinal channel.
  6. The three head centers, the pineal gland, the pituitary body, the alta major center. 20

Another factor which must be allowed for in advanced stages of development, is the third eye which is to the occultist and true white magician what the fourth energy center (the jewel in the lotus) is to the lotus, or to the three tiers of petals. The correspondence is interesting:

  • The jewel in the lotus is the director of energy from the monad, whilst the third eye directs the energy of the Ego on the physical plane.
  • The jewel in the Lotus is the center of force which links [1130] the buddhic and mental planes. When it is to be seen and felt, the man can function consciously on the buddhic plane. The third eye links the awakened physical plane man with the astral or subjective world, and enables him to function consciously there.
  • The jewel, or diamond concealed by the egoic lotus, is the window of the Monad or Spirit whereby he looks outward into the three worlds. The third eye is the window of the Ego or soul functioning on the physical plane whereby he looks inward into the three worlds.
  • The jewel in the lotus is situated between manas and buddhi whilst the third eye is found between the right and left eyes.

One of the main functions of the Master in this cycle (though not in all cycles) is to teach His pupil how to reconcile all these factors, how to synthesize their various modes of motion or expression, and how to coordinate them all so that the vibration is uniform. When energy from the Ego controls, or imposes its rhythm upon the various sheaths via their respective major centers, when the triple fire is mounting in orderly fashion via the triple channel, and when the three head centers are united in triangular fashion, then we have illumination or the irradiance of the entire personality life, darkness gives place to light, and the Sun of Knowledge arises and dispels the darkness of ignorance. The minor centers are concerned with the internal coordination of the sheath, the major with the group coordination or the interrelation of one sheath to another. The man becomes a burning and a shining light, radiating forth a light which burns from within.

When the next step is accomplished, and the energy of the Monad, focused through the jewel, makes itself felt also on the physical plane, passing through the triple egoic lotus via the channels already utilized by the Ego, [1131] we have a man who is "inspired," who is a spiritual creator, and who is himself "a Sun of Healing Radiance."

These are the objectives before all those who tread the path and the goal ahead for those who follow the necessary discipline of life, and the stages of unfoldment through meditation. There are, needless to say, certain modes of work and mantric formulas known to the Masters which enable Them to hasten the process (when necessary) for Their disciples, but these are secrets scrupulously guarded and not frequently used. The usual method, a lengthy and laborious one, is to let the pupil find out each step of the way for himself, to teach him the constitution of his own body, the nature of the sheaths, and the function and apparatus of energy and so let him gradually become aware of the forces latent in himself. What is meant by the "three periodical vehicles" and the seven principles or qualities of force, is slowly revealed to him, and through experience, experiment, frequent failures, occasional success, mature reflection and introspection, and frequent incarnation, he is brought to the point where he has produced a certain measure of alignment through self-induced and continuous effort. He is then taught how to utilize that alignment, and how to manipulate energy consciously so that he can bring about on the physical plane results in service that for many lives have been probably a dream or an impossible vision. When he is proficient in these two things - stabilization and manipulation - then, and only then, are committed to him the words and secrets which produce the demonstration on the physical plane of spiritual, or monadic, energy by means of the soul or egoic energy, utilizing in its turn the energy of the material forms in the worlds, or what we might call bodily energy. This has been expressed in the following mystical and occult phrase:

"When the jewel sparkles as does the diamond under the influence of the rays of the blazing sun, then the setting likewise [1132] gleams and rays forth light. As the diamond shines with increasing brilliance, the fire is generated which sets on fire that which held and enclosed."


20 The alta major center, which is formed at the point where the spinal channel contacts the skull and is therefore situated in the lowest part of the back of the head is formed of the lowest grade of etheric matter, matter of the fourth ether, whereas the etheric centers of the disciples are composed of matter of the higher ethers.

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