- Its dense
physical externalization is the thymus gland. Of this gland little is known at present,
though much will be learned as investigators accept and experiment with the hypotheses
which the occult sciences present, and as the heart center develops and the thymus gland
is returned to adult functioning activity. This is not as yet the case. The nature of its
secretion is not yet established, and the effects of this gland are better known from
their psychological angle than from the physical. Modern psychology, when allied to
medicine, recognizes that this gland when over-active will produce the irresponsible and
amoral person. As the race of men learns the nature of responsibility we shall have 
the first indications of soul alignment, of personality decentralization and of group
awareness, and then - paralleling this development - we shall find the thymus gland
becoming correctly active. At present, the general imbalance of the endocrine system
militates against the safe and full functioning of the thymus gland in the adult. There is
as yet an unrecognized relation existing between the pineal gland and the thymus gland, as
well as between both of these and the center at the base of the spine. As the Spiritual
Triad becomes active through the medium of the personality, these three centers and their
three externalizations will work in synthesis, governing and directing the whole man. As
the pineal gland is returned to full adult functioning (as is not the case with adult man)
the divine will-to-good will make itself felt and divine purpose be achieved; when the
thymus gland similarly becomes active in the adult, goodwill will become apparent and the
divine plan will begin to work out. This is the first step towards love, right human
relations and peace. This goodwill is already making its presence felt in the world today,
indicating the coming into activity of the heart center, and proving that the heart center
in the head is beginning to unfold as a result of the growing activity of the heart center
up the spine.
- It is the
organ of fusion, just as the head center is the organ of synthesis. As the heart center
becomes active, the individual aspirant is slowly drawn into an increasingly closer
relation to his soul, and then two expansions of consciousness take place which are
interpreted by him as events or happenings: 
- He is drawn
into the Ashram of one of the Masters, according to his soul ray, and becomes an accepted
disciple in the technical sense. The Master is Himself the heart center of the Ashram and
He can now reach His disciple, via the soul, because that disciple, through alignment and
contact, has put his heart into close rapport with the soul. He then becomes responsive to
the heart of all things which, as far as humanity is at present concerned, is the
- He is drawn
into close service relationship with humanity. His growing sense of responsibility, due to
heart activity, leads him to serve and work. Eventually he too becomes the heart of a
group or of an organization - small at first but becoming worldwide as his spiritual power
develops and he thinks in terms of the group and of humanity. These two relationships on
his part are reciprocal. Thus the love aspect of divinity becomes active in the three
worlds, and love is anchored on earth and takes the place of emotion, of desire and of the
material aspects of feeling. Note that phrase.
- In the early
stages of unfoldment, of both the individual and the race, the inverted heart lotus with
its twelve petals reaches downwards towards the solar plexus center. This last center,
since Atlantean days, has been reversed, and its petals are now reaching upwards towards
the next center up the spine, the heart center, owing to the slowly mounting energies from
the solar plexus center which are seeking to escape from the "prison of the lower
regions" through a process of transmutation. 
As a result
the heart center is beginning slowly to unfold and also to reverse itself. The reversal of
the "lotus centers" is always brought about as the result of a dual action - the
pushing from below and the pull from above.
The reversal of the heart lotus and its upward unfolding is due to the following
- The growing potency of the hierarchical approach.
- A rapidly establishing soul contact.
- The response of the unfolding heart lotus to the pull of the Master's Ashram.
- The surging upwards of the transmuted energies from below the diaphragm, via the solar
plexus, in response to spiritual "pull".
- The growing understanding by man as to the nature of love.
There are other factors but these are the ones you will most easily understand if you
will regard them as symbolic and not too literally. Until the year, 1400 A.D., the
relation of the solar plexus center to the heart center might be pictorially expressed as
indicated in the diagram on page 715.
Eventually, at the close of the next root race, you will have the full expression of
love and the lotuses up the spine will appear - all five of them - differing only in the
number of petals found in each.
Finally at the close of the great world cycle when all the lotuses have reversed
themselves, all will be opening and presenting free channels for the inflow and the
transmission of the three major divine energies and the four lesser forces.
To this constant movement of the centers and to the constant inflow of energies we can
trace much of the discomfort of humanity in its various bodies; it is the inability of the
centers to respond or to unfold which in many cases produces disease and difficulty; it is
the unbalanced unfoldment of the centers, their arrested development and their lack of
response which creates problems in other cases; it is their premature unfoldment and their
over-activity which in other cases brings about danger; it is the failure of the physical
mechanism to measure up to the inner unfoldment which causes so much trouble. Thus again
you can see the complexity of the subject. The stage of theory is a simple one,
except in so far as it sets forces in motion which eventually lead to difficulty. The stage
of reaction to response and of adjustment to the theory also institutes a cycle of
intense difficulty and complexity, because it leads to a cycle of experiment and
experience during which the disciple learns much and suffers much. Then as experience is
gained, the stage of spiritual expression supervenes and freedom from danger and
emancipation from difficulty and liberation from disease takes place. Simplicity is