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The Seventh LIGHT and Angel of Libra
Libra —The Light that moves to rest. This is the light that oscillates until a point of balance is achieved. It is the light which is distinguished by a moving up and down. EA, 330
Keyword from the Soul: “I choose the way which leads between the two great lines of force.” [EA, 251]
“This constellation…connotes the point of balance in the long relationship and interplay between the pairs of opposites. It indicates the will-to-express—in perfected proportion and harmony—both the life of the spirit and the potency of matter.” EA, 632
For the Disciple/Initiate: “Balance [is] attained, divine love, and understanding.” EA, 333 When the powers of the Libran petal are fully unfolding, there follows deep balance, divine love and understanding.
In the attainment of the high Initiates (the Chohans), the door is opened to the “Peaceful, Silent Will” of Shambhala—the Center where the Will of God is Known—where the King of Kings presides, our God, the Lord of the World. Shambhala is the true Place of Peace.
The sign Libra “might be regarded as the sign in which the first real vision of the Path appears and of the goal” — achieving full Soul Consciousness “towards which the disciple must ultimately direct his steps. This Path is the narrow razor—edged Path which runs between the pairs of opposites and which—if it is to be safely trodden—requires the development of a sense of values and the power to utilize rightly the balancing, analytical faculty of the mind. It is also the sign of intuitive perception…” [intuition suggests the buddhic plane—the intuitional plane, the plane of Air]. EA, 226
2. Virgo—Meditation—Soul life, as sensed in man, the gestation period. The stage of the hidden Christ. Intelligent man. Personality, as hiding the Christ life.
3. Libra—Contemplation—Life of soul and form is balanced. Neither dominates. Equilibrium. An interlude wherein the soul organises itself for battle [in Scorpio] and the personality waits. This is the probationary path. Duality known.
There is "the activity wherein the personality grows and develops, and yet at the same time it veils and hides the hidden "man of the heart," which is the Christ, within each human form. You have then the interlude wherein the point of balance is reached between these two and neither is dominant. The "scales tip back and forth" in either direction or—as it is sometimes expressed—man swings between the pairs of opposites. Hence the importance of this sign in the life expression of the man and hence also its peculiar difficulty; it provides the curious see-saw experience which proves so distressingly bewildering first to the man who seeks to be entirely human but finds within himself impediments and urges which drive him on to something which is higher than the human and, secondly, to the aspirant or the disciple. His focus of interest and his aim is soul life, yet he finds within himself that which seeks ever to draw him back to the old ways, the old habits and the old desires. (EA, 229)
“This sign is sometimes called "the place of judgment" for it is here that the decision is made and the die is cast which separate the "sheep from the goats." (EA, 229) This refers to the slow path of evolution vs. the accelerated path of Initiation. Sheep choose to follow the normal and slow course of evolution, where the see-saw sways between moving forward and upward and indulging old ways, old habits and old comforts and desires. Goats choose to accelerate their spiritual development through a conscious, steady upward climb. This occurs between the pairs of opposite.
“In this sign …—at the point of balance—opportunity comes and a situation is staged which makes a choice and a determination inevitable. It is a choice which has to be made intelligently and upon the physical plane, in the waking brain consciousness. It is only now that the full purpose [can be reached]…for humanity can reach a point of group usefulness, for it is only now that humanity has reached a point of general and widespread intelligence which can make any choice a definite conscious act, entailing responsibility. Prior to the present time, only a few pioneering disciples and a handful of intelligent people could be regarded as freely choosing at the "point of balance" the way that they intend "to tip the scales”. Today, there are countless numbers…because humanity itself now stands upon the probationary path. This, Libra governs and controls, therefore the path of choices, of deliberately applied purificatory measures and the turning point to tread the path of discipleship, can properly play its part.” (EA, 249/50)
Libra admits the soul into the world centre which we call Shamballa, for it is the polar opposite of Aries which is the place of beginnings. Libra demonstrates the perfect balance of spirit and matter which first came together in Aries. This balance and this relation of the great opposites, spirit and matter, is symbolised for us in the personality situation of balancing the pairs of opposites on the astral plane, and finding between them the "narrow razor-edged path" which leads the man into the kingdom of the soul. (Esoteric Astrology, 168)
"Upon the Probationary Path there comes the swing, consciously registered, between the pairs of opposites until the middle way is sighted and emerges. This activity produces the glamour of the pairs of opposites,… Release from the world of feeling and the polarizing of the disciple in the world of the illumined mind will dissipate this glamour which is part of the great heresy of separateness. The secret of world glamour lies hid in the thought that this triple differentiation veils the secret of creation. God Himself produced the pairs of opposites—spirit and matter—and also produced the middle way which is that of the consciousness aspect or the soul aspect. Ponder deeply on this thought." (Glamour A World Problem, 79)
“The triplicity of the pairs of opposites and of the narrow way of balance between them, the noble middle path, is the reflection on the astral plane of the activity of spirit, soul and body; of life, consciousness and form, the three aspects of divinity—all of them equally divine.” (Glamour, A World Problem, 79/80)
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THROUGH THE PORTAL OF LIBRA
DIAMOND SOUL PRACTICES
LIBRA’s power, quality, and expressions are powerfully present during this month. Let us consciously attune with Libra’s energy. You may want to visualize the glyph of Libra in your mind’s eye and pass through and beyond the symbol into the Reality that is ever present behind the symbol. Or, you may just as effectively turn your heart-mind toward this vast Presence that is beaming in on us now through the Sun (continuing on through the planetary transmitters Saturn, Uranus and Venus) and on to our earth, to the planetary Centers and the centers of the Great Lord, finally vibrationally washing through our Soul-infusing personality and the ground of our daily living.
Each of the 12 Signs corresponds with an energy, a Petal, vibrating within the 12-Petaled "Heart in the Head" Center of the Thousand-Petaled Lotus of the Crown Center above the Head. As we consciously attune with and access these energies within ourselves, they will gradually stimulate and energize our own Soul Powers (siddhis), hence our "gifts". The Diamond Soul Practices facilitate this process. As we come to know the energies of the universe at play all around and within us, rhythmically moving and changing through creation, as we attune to them and apply them, we eventually make them our own to 'use at will' in all the ways we live and serve. Spiritual Practices such as those that follow pave the way for the inner God Man, the Christ, to come into fuller expression, “to appear” and in due process become Master – a Master of Love-Wisdom made and 'born' over eons of concerted effort, soul-directed living and soul choices and Decisions.
In this month, we are learning to master choice and decision from the great altitude of the Soul (on higher turns of the spiral), we are strengthening our ability to walk the razor-edged path of the Noble Middle Way of the Soul, we are learning to work with the Laws of Saturn for the greater "Good", we are learning what it means to be authentic - what is yours to Be and do and what is not yours to Be and do, we are learning to love-attract-magnify as the Soul does, and on a higher turn of the spiral we are integrating spirit, matter and consciousness as the Triune Soul, the true Soul-SELF ... leading finally to the Royal Road of Shambhala whereon God-Willed Decisions are made and the path of Higher Evolution is trod.
In this interlude between Pisces and Aquarius, Libra rules. In the energies of this Sign, we can learn to understand the greater issues and decisions facing humanity and cooperate with the plans and Decisions of the Great Ones for the "Good" of all and the earth.
The Heart-Mind of Christ in you confers twelve new powers and facets as the True Soul of the One Self. Throughout this period of Libra, we meet and cooperate with the Angel of Libra who is stimulating the seventh of twelve Christed powers – each a facet in the Glory Body of the One Self.
GROUP ATTUNEMENT FOR CONTEMPLATION ◊ Come into conscious alignment with your Soul, the Christ in you. ◊ As the soul is group conscious, let us send forth a simultaneous ray of lighted love, Soul to Soul, connecting with the Soul Star group as one whole (and if choose, groups with which you are most affiliated). As the Soul Star Group, sensing we are within an even more encompassing Group field, we resonate with "the great potency of the inner groups” (and an Ashram to which we belong - one of the 49 Planned Ashrams of the Christ) ◊ Light a candle, symbol for the living flame of Light in your mind and attune with the 7th Angel (the Angel of Libra) who will stimulate the 7th great petal of light in the center-most 'Heart in the Head' center. Breathe in the quality (of Libra) in your awareness. ◊ In this light, throughout this month, we will work with the following Diamond Soul Practices to further strengthen and unfold the latent Soul powers of this petal. In Contemplation, we will come to know, see, understand, comprehend and cooperate.
◊ In response to every present moment in the flow of time, we can alter direction. We can accelerate movement forward. In response to every situation, thought or feeling, there is always choice in how to respond. The power of Choice, innate for the human, is profoundly significant for bridging into the Kingdom of Souls. When we choose consciously as the Soul chooses, we are actively using the Libran petal. ◊ Is there a decision facing you now that must be made? ◊ Is there a decision you have recently made, that needed to be made, that has redirected your life, or is now redirecting your life. Reflect. When decisions are made, not out of fear but as a Soul, trust this Way of the Soul, Trust the Noble Middle Way. Reflect.
◊ "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda. “You will know (the good from the bad) when you are calm, at peace. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and [good], never for attack.” – Yoda. “Do or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda. “Remember, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force…” – Yoda. "Let the Force Be With You." – Yoda. What will you choose, Oh Lanoo? How will you choose?
◊ It has been said that a Master is made through a million right Decisions, or choices made as the Soul. Every conscious choice is an exercise of the “will to create” – be it great or small, in training to "create as God creates". Reflect.
◊ One of the Angelic powers of the Seventh Petal of Libra is the power to Choose rightly. Streams of Choices lead to Decisions. Reflect. ◊ Considering the Path, we can choose the normal way of evolution or to accelerate our progress upon the Path of Discipleship and Initiation. ◊ Do you recall a time when you made the Decision to take an accelerated Path of conscious evolution? How did your life change? ◊ Or did you choose "not", and are now presented with opportunity to choose again? Every Disciple is a Goat. Reflect.
◊ This petal (of Libran Light) stimulates the power to choose as the Soul chooses. Are there new choices or decisions that should be made now? During this period of Libra, you are supported to make choices as the Soul would choose, in the light and love of the Soul that is ever present. Be strengthened by this thought.
◊ Bring all your choices in line with the light of your Soul. Be conscious - be aware of the choices and decisions you are making - why you made them, or are making them. Re-visit and reflect upon significant choices you have made - were they made in the light of the Soul? Are they based on truth and the higher impulses of the Soul? Or, were they made from fear and the lower impulses of the self, based on personality desires or the pulls of the lower self - the curriculum of the ego? Or, are they based on the energy conditions, pulls and calls of Love and higher Will - the curriculum of the Kingdom of the Soul and Holy Spirit? Reflect.
◊ Reflection 'conditions' learning – how to think, act, and create in the future. Whether we've made right choices or mistaken choices, reflection 'sets them right' in the stream of Consciousness (because Consciousness is of the Soul ... which is of Love ... which is the great transforming agent of the universe). Reflect. ◊ Make a decision to reflect upon all your decisions and choices. Know that you are learning to create as God Creates. This can be as subtle as choosing a thought to think, or conversely 'follow not' a line of thought (occult silence). Register the thoughts you are thinking. Register the decisions you are making through these thoughts. Register if they relate to the Will to move forward upon the Noble Middle Way. Life and love is continuously pouring through all your Centers, hence through your mind and vehicles of expression – of the 7 aspects of the Will – through which a door opens. Reflect.
◊ To walk the narrow razor edged path is to tread the path of opposites captured in the phrase “Be Ye in the world but not of it.” The Dual Life of the Disciple is a term describing how we as Souls live while in the world of form. We walk the Noble Middle Path. Reflect.
◊ Living as a Soul on the planes of earth is to live and be led by spiritual Principles, Truths and Verities, and Values that the great Ones have laid before us. Reflect. Where do these thoughts take you? … Do you see yourself ‘living differently?’
PEACE AND THE SILENT WATCHER
◊ Even the Masters are learning to be “harmless” on their own planes of living, expression and broadened responsibilities. We will serve more truly, and make steadier progress upon the Lighted Way as we gain mastery in "harmlessness". Reflect.
"Let us Do."
◊ Enter into Peace contemplating this seed thought: "Peace will come again on earth, but a Peace unlike aught known before. Then will the will-to-good flower forth as understanding, and understanding blossom as goodwill in men." [ ROC, 14] ◊ Contemplate: Peace flowering on earth unlike aught known before. Vibrationally step into this Peace … resonate Peace.
"Be the Peace you wish to see in the world."
◊ Bring that which must be stilled into an inner ‘Place of Peace’. With the "Breath of Life", come into a deep, abiding Peace .... let this Peace permeate you. Notice the vibrational change. ◊ Breathe into and hold the new ‘point of vibration' also known as a 'point of tension’ ... return to this vibrational Peace again and again ...
◊ Visualize entering the “dome” in the symbol for Libra – it is a ‘Place of Peace’ entered into through the Crown. Let this be a felt experience wherein you choose to enter a known "Place of Peace" deep inside yourself, a deep abiding Peace. It is Real and will become 'real' to you over time.
◊ Equanimity. I choose equanimity this day. I choose equanimity in the moments of this day no matter what arises. Equanimity is 'my Way'. Equanimity is 'my Way of Being' ... this moment, this day, this week, this month. Equanimity brings equipoise to all my vehicles. How? Be the Silent Watcher. "I learn the Way of being equanimous."
"I am the Silent Watcher."
"As the Silent Watcher, I choose the Way which leads between the two great lines of Force." I choose the Way forward.
HIERARCHICAL/GLOBAL DIAMOND SOUL PRACTICES AND CONTEMPLATIONS
◊ Contemplate: “Truth does not vacillate; it is always True”. [ACIM] The path of Truth is “the Way” to Shamballa. The Noble Middle Path is the path that does not vacillate. ◊ Contemplate treading a path that does not vacillate.
◊ “Atonement is the correction of perception”. [ACIM] Atonement is a vibrational state and stage on the 4th sub-plane of the Buddhic plane, the plane where the majority of the Ashrams of the Masters of Wisdom anchor Their Consciousness (and Atma and Abstract Mind). Our inner peace and the renewing inner strength of Christ abides here, arrived at through true perception (free of illusion). Contemplate: Inner Peace arrives through true perception of Reality.
◊ Consider the light in Libra, “distinguished by a moving up and down” – an oscillation between vertical pairs of vibrational opposites. For example, all that exists between ‘high spirit and low matter/etheric’ – between Monad (Spirit) and Soul, between Soul and personality, between the buddhic and the astral planes (all vibrational states within you), between higher and lower kingdoms in nature, e.g., the 5th or Soul Kingdom and the 4th or Human Kingdom … In every case, there are oscillations within which a still point is found – that 'still point' is the ‘razor edged path’ found by living as the Soul on the Noble Middle Way. Consider these as highways of higher and lower frequencies – between the oscillations we can know the steady still point. All eventually leads, in our unfoldment, to the ‘High Way’ of the "Royal Road" upon which the Masters of Wisdom and Chohans walk – leading to Shambhala where the Peaceful Silent Will of God is known, the true ‘Place of Peace’. ◊ Think through (work through) every corresponding oscillation arising in your life coming into balance ... and representing a next step for you in Soul consciousness. These experiments in raising consciousness via oscillation can be subtle. Contemplation invokes them. Contemplation brings them to "mind" in a dynamic way.
For the Disciple/Initiate, oscillations arise through life crises, demanding that “decisions” be made through “Soul Choices”.
What new Soul choices must be made?
What decisions must be made, are being made, from which we cannot, must not, will not vacillate?
For you the person ....
For your group ....
For your Nation (and all Nations) .... E.g., Peace between Nations. Closure of all ivory markets trading in elephant tusks. Animal rights. Sharing of clean water for bordering Nations (Israel and Pakistan). Food, shelter, education, health for all peoples. Gun control/gun elimination, etc.
For the Planet as a whole... E.g., Sustainable, renewable energy sources (solar, wind, free-energy technologies) - stopping oil, coal and other non-renewable sources to which we never return. Stopping for-profit deforestation. Enforcing global clean water, air and land laws.
What decisions must be made, are being made, that are better ways, truer ways, right ways which "do no harm" and benefit the greater whole?
◊ The Law of Supply and Demand on the Noble Middle Way: Saturn says No (stops and limits) in accord with higher Law, Uranus says Yes for new and better conditions in accord with higher law for the greater good, and the affinity of Venus draws together and attracts the resources for those desires chosen by the Soul. 'Now can we create'. Reflect.
◊ Contemplate: Saturn’s laws are 'Heaven' made. The Will of God is Law. Swept into the higher Laws of Love and Will, the Silent Watchers Keep the Way. Karma is undone, the wheel of rebirth is not in play. Freedom is yours.
◊ Contemplate: The Peaceful, Silent Will of Shambhala. The Libran Way becomes “the Royal Road to Shambhala”.
◊ Contemplate: Enter the deep center of the Cross, the depths of Silence ... ◊ After a time, extend this silence… this peace… this equanimity… this poised attitude …to all whom you would contact …in thought…in consciousness…in word…in action ... Sound a silent OM.
◊ Impress your mind with the Light of Libra — "The Light that moves to rest." Keynote: “I choose the way which leads between the two great lines of force.” ◊ Impress your 'self' by associating the above thoughts with the seventh petal. Open yourself to intuitive impression. ◊ Sound a sacred OM sealing in the new vibration and new awareness.
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CLOSING: In gratitude, we extend a Blessing to the Angel of Libra associated with the seventh Petal of the innermost ‘Heart in the Head’ lotus ◊ As we consciously express the 7th petal, allowing it to work in and through us, this group, the NGWS, and the world, we are widening the channel of connection and reception, and are strengthening the livingness of the Christ, extended throughout humanity. Unfolding the Soul powers of this petal, through Conscious Choices/Decisions, we are gaining mastery with every application and true Soul expression. Make conscious Soul decisions within the power point of the Libran Petal. Thus does the White Magician work and grow His Soul powers.
BE Blessed !
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