|The Seven Major Centers
It would be of
value here if we consider for a moment the nature of the centers themselves, summarizing
somewhat the teaching already given in my other books, and so presenting a clear picture
of the energy body which underlies the dense physical vehicle.
There are many focal points of force within the body, but we shall deal only with the
major seven which control in some degree or other all the remaining. In that way we shall
not be confused. We shall consider the five centers found upon the spinal column and the
two which are found in the head.
1. The Head Center. This is located at the very top of the head. It is
frequently called "the thousand-petalled lotus" or the Brahmarandra. 
corresponds to the central spiritual sun.
- It is
brought into functioning activity after the third initiation and is the organ for the
distribution of monadic energy, of the will aspect of divinity.
which disciples and initiates are in process of constructing and which reaches its full
usefulness only after the destruction of the causal body at the fourth initiation.
- It is the
Shamballa center in the physical body and the agent of the Father or of the first divine
- It registers
purpose, corresponds to the "electric fire" of the solar system, and is dynamic
- Its dense
physical externalization is the pineal gland in the head. This remains active during
infancy and until the will-to-be is sufficiently established so that the incarnating
person is firmly anchored in physical incarnation. In the final stages of divine
expression in man it again comes into activity and usefulness as the agent for the
accomplishment on earth of the will energy of established Being.
- It is the
organ of synthesis because, after the third initiation and prior to the destruction of the
causal body, it gathers into itself the energies of all the three aspects of manifested
life. Where man is concerned, this means the energies of the Spiritual Triad, of the
threefold egoic lotus and of the triple personality, thus again making the nine of
initiation. The energies thus synchronized and focused in, around and above  the
head are of great beauty and extensive radiation, plus dynamic effectiveness. They serve
to relate the initiate to all parts of the planetary life, to the Great Council at
Shamballa, and to the Lord of the World, the final Initiator - via the Buddha and one of
the three Buddhas of Activity. The Buddha, in a most peculiar sense, relates the initiate
to the second aspect of divinity - that of love - and therefore to the Hierarchy; the
Buddhas of Activity relate him to the third aspect of divinity, that of active
intelligence. Thus the energy of will, of consciousness and of creativity meet in him,
providing the synthesis of the divine aspects.
- This is the
only one of the seven centers which at the time of perfected liberation retains the
position of an inverted lotus, with the stem of the lotus (the antahkarana, in reality)
reaching up into "the seventh Heaven," thus linking the initiate with the first
major planetary center, Shamballa. All the other centers start by being inverted, with all
the petals turned downwards towards the base of the spine; all, in the process of
evolution, gradually unfold their petals and then slowly turn upwards "towards the
summit of the rod," as it is called in the Old Commentary. The above
is a piece of information which is of small value, except in so far as it presents a
truth, completes a picture, and gives the student a symbolic idea of that which is
essentially a distributing agent of the will energy of Deity.