Esoteric Lent - Part III will begin this week. In the meantime, let us be continuously renewed in our review of these Contemplations and Diamond Soul-Self Practices.
ESOTERIC LENT – PART II
Let us stay with this first Lenten Practice for three days. As we "practice" let us work within the larger sphere of the Soul Star Group in service of Humanity, the Christ and the Spiritual Hierarchy.
Let us be reminded these days:
"I call you to prayer and to meditation"
"I call you to discipline ... and to the constant effort to live at the highest possible point"
"This work," Christ said, "goeth not forth save by prayer and fasting." I call you to prayer and to meditation for both are needed today, fusing as they do the emotional and mental bodies into one aspiring whole. I call you to discipline, for that is the meaning of fasting and to the constant effort to live at the highest possible point all the time; this is so often a dream but not often a fact. Today, in the hour of the world's need, aspirants and disciples who are willing to make at least consistent, persistent effort are needed by humanity and the Hierarchy.” (EOH, 353)
There is in truth only one Divine Mind – Universal Mind that permeates all life. As we consciously lift our thoughts into Soul and unto Spirit, we build the bridge to Unity Consciousness nestled within Universal Mind infused by the Love of God.
Fasting to abstain from thought whose home is the worldly planes of illusion is a goal worthy of the Soul. As we raise our consciousness, fastening our thoughts upon spiritual realities, “the most sacred ethers respond to our realization” releasing their divine energy to and through the form – as above, so below.
◊ Day by day we expand Soul consciousness through the inner altar of Love for the Divine. ◊ Day by day we establish the living Truth born in heart and mind. ◊ Day by day we attempt to live these Truths pouring through us as temples of the living Soul and its centers. ◊ Day by day we build in substance the Truths established in our consciousness. ◊ Day by day we become a stronger channel of communication for “the silent forces” of Being flowing through the Soul. ◊Day by day we become unwavering torches, holding steady the One Light, One Love, One Life of Spirit.
We then become “spheres of radiation” fulfilling the conditions of “right living, high thinking and loving activity”. (Esoteric Lent - Part I).
We are laboring in the holy fires of Love led by Spirit. Let this be our prayer affirmation for these "days".
“Let the fire of divinity burn out all dross.
Let the pure gold emerge.
Give me the gold of living Love
to shower upon the sons of men.”
For the next Three Days
We are gaining a broader understanding of Renunciation and relinquishment through the disciplines of Soul and Spirit, and no longer work at the level of the Personality though the effects will surely be seen and experienced there.
To "save" and lift the "lives" for which we are responsible, the myriads of little devic lives manifesting as substance within our very cells, the divine purpose for which we were born (for which we came into incarnation), takes on new meaning and awakened responsibility.
Let us bring into the Group Soul Field the grand story underlying the divine purpose for human incarnation. By doing so, we fine-tune our inner alignment with Reality to a 1,000th of a degree of vibrational potency. And something happens. As we bring into mind the deeper Truths of our Monadic (Spirit) purpose and destiny during this time of Esoteric Lent (in the energies of Pisces), we bring both - our process and the Living Being of our Soul and Monad - into relationship. We are stimulating the Truth of our Being here and now, and we bring it into the Group Field, consciously and together, where more is made possible. When Divine Purpose is brought onto the physical plane, the result is spiritual Power. This Power is what we sense when we come into contact with Spirit, with Essence, with the Monadic Truth of our Being pouring through our forms in manifestation.
Let us Pray, Meditate and Contemplate together in this Field through the means of a great Truth:
"In the first cycle of experience upon the wheel, the soul itself is in captivity to substance; it has come down into the prison house of matter and linked itself to form. Hence the symbol of Pisces, of the two fishes linked together by a band. One fish stands for the soul and the other for the personality or form nature, and between them is to be found the "thread or sutratma," the silver cord which keeps them bound to each other throughout the cycle of manifested life. Later on, upon the reversed wheel, the personality is brought into captivity by the soul, but for long aeons the situation is reversed and the soul is the prisoner of the personality. This dual bondage is brought to an end by what is called the final death, when the complete release of the life aspect from the life of form takes place [toward the end of our long series of lives leading to final liberation]. It should be borne in mind also that the soul itself is of the nature of form from the standpoint of the Monad, though it is a form far subtler than any that we know in the three worlds of human evolution. There is also a dual renunciation referred to in these key words, for first of all the soul renounces the life and light of the Monad, its source (symbolized by the words "the Father's home"), and descends into the ocean of matter; then, reversing itself, the soul renounces the life of form, the personality centre. The soul detaches itself (in consciousness) from the Monad, the One, and functions from its own centre, making its own new and material attachments. Then, upon the reversal of the wheel, it proceeds to detach itself from the personality and re-attach itself in consciousness to the One Who sent it forth. Such is the climaxing story of Pisces. The Lords of Will and Sacrifice come down into manifestation, sacrificing their high position and opportunities upon the higher planes of manifestation in order to redeem matter and raise the lives by which it is informed (the lower Creative Hierarchies) to the status of Themselves in so far as They constitute the fourth Creative Hierarchy. This is the subjective purpose, underlying the sacrifice of these divine Lives Who are ourselves essentially, Who are qualified by knowledge, love and will, and animated by ceaseless persevering devotion. They seek to bring about the death of the form in its occult significance and the consequent release of the indwelling lives into a higher state of consciousness. Of this process, all the world Saviours—past, present and to come—are the manifested symbols and the eternal guarantees. It is in such recognitions as these that the mainspring to the life of service must be sought. ... It is for this reason that the life of service and the directed intention to serve constitute a scientific mode of achieving release. In Aquarius, the sign of world service, the lesson is finally learned which produces the world Saviour in Pisces. Hence my constant emphasis upon service." (Esoteric Astrology, 116/7)
DIAMOND SOUL PRACTICE, CONTEMPLATIONS AND REFLECTIONS
◊ Affirm you are on the reversed wheel of incarnations traveling round the Zodiac - true of all Souls actively bringing the personality into greater and greater "captivity" ... bending its instrument towards its aims, designs, magnetic power and higher purpose. Now notice the effect this affirmation has on you.
◊ Let us confirm our vision and knowledge of What and Who we are to deepen our understanding : "Lords of Will and Sacrifice [having] come down into manifestation, sacrificing [our] high position and opportunities upon the higher planes of manifestation in order to redeem matter and raise the lives by which it is informed to the status of Themselves ... divine Lives Who are ourselves essentially .... qualified by knowledge, love and will, and animated by ceaseless persevering devotion." Take some moments now in time, and outside of time, to take this in ... to breathe into the profound Truth of Who and What we are, and our subjective purpose.
As we "spend time in this recognition", we strengthen our high Identity and divine purpose for incarnation.
We become whole with these recognitions and therefore, healed.
◊ Notice now what has happened (or is happening) 'below' (in your personality vehicles). Is there a sense of "firming up" after being affirmed in these Truths. ◊ Do you sense something confirmed? Do you sense something lined up, or more firmly attuned? Shored up? Lightened? Enlightened? Do clearer lines of thought emerge? Are any lines of thought belonging to lesser lives and states, weakened? Has anything been dispelled? Or "cleaned out"? Do your vehicles as a whole brim somewhat more radiantly by this affirming recognition ... with some new vestige of light, or love or higher will? Remain attuned and notice. ◊ If you answer yes to any of these questions, know that you as the Soul have gripped the personality instrument just a little more luminously, dispensing the non-essentials, purging the dross where needed, and clarifying the way forward as releases of redeeming, renewing, Loving Light pour from Spirit through the Soul, into the "instrument" ... clarifying and strengthening your Path of service. ◊ Anything more?
Before the Presence we take our place
and there firmly stand
March 19, 2018
"The Monad is dynamic will or purpose, but remains unrevealed until after the third initiation. The Monad is Life, the sustaining force, a Lord of persevering and ceaseless devotion to the pursuit of a seen and determined objective. The soul is a Lord of love and wisdom, whilst the personality is a Lord of knowledge and of intelligent activity. This use of [these] terms involves [portrays] the realisation of an achieved goal. It is not true of the present stage as regards expression, for this is the intermediate stage. None are as yet working with full intelligent activity, though some day each will do so. None are as yet manifesting Lords of love, but they sense the ideal and are striving towards its expression. None are as yet Lords of ceaseless will and none realise as yet the plan of the Monad nor the true goal towards which all are striving. Some day all will. But potentially every human unit is all these three, and some day the appearances which were called personalities, that mask or veil reality, will fully reveal the qualities of Deity. When that time comes, the purpose for which all creation waits will burst upon the awakened vision, and we shall know the true meaning of bliss, and why the morning stars sang together. Joy is the strong basic note of our particular solar system." (Esoteric Psychology-I, 48/9)
◊ In the above excerpt, we see our destiny — what is planned and written upon the divine blueprint. Accepting the words of the Master that we "sense the ideal and are striving towards its expression", let us consciously CONTEMPLATE this ideal, placing upon the altars of our minds a mantle blueprint — which when lived with fuller awareness, refined intimacy and greater spiritual intensity than heretofore, we are moved and often swept forward apace toward the achieved goal.
Take the first three lines in the above excerpt into your heart-mind ... and end by affirming, 'I am This — I am each Identity — 'Three In One' synthesized by 'Life that pervades them All'.
These potent re-cognitions affirm the divine blueprint upon the altar of the Heart (above and below) releasing refining vibrations into the expectant One.
The Loving Will of God Moves the World
Within the circle of the Will and Purpose of God we take our stand and implement that will by Love
As this week of Esoteric Lent comes to a close, we shall now begin (March 19) another week, Part III preceding Palm Sunday — after which begins Esoteric Easter Holy Week. During this coming week, we shall bring our focus and energy system into the theme of the Transfiguration — the Third Initiation (3rd Degree). This is a turning-point 'Sirian (Sirius) initiation' that still lies ahead for most Disciples, yet even now we are building "initiate consciousness" which shall make possible passing through the potency of that electric door.
All in due time. Properly prepared we must be.
The week that follows this one is Esoteric Easter - Easter Holy Week. We are loosely moving through Christ's initiatory Episodes that concludes on Easter Day—Resurrection Sunday that esoterically is the Revelation. Easter Sunday is the day after the Solar Full Moon Day of Aries on Saturday, March 31 at 5:38 AM PDT, 8:38 AM EDT and 1:38 PM BST/GMT. The 7-Day FM Group Ritual Approach to Divinity for Aries will begin three days before the Full Moon and will continue three days after; for those following the Esoteric Easter process, we will weave these in as seamlessly as possible.
Throughout Easter Holy Week, we shall be entering into the energy condition of relinquishment and Renunciation — the Fourth Initiation (4th Degree) as an underlying theme that Jesus exemplified for us, and when Christ concurrently underwent higher Initiations (the 6th degree and now the 7th) — through which all the Spiritual Hierarchy and Humanity has been beneficiary.
This week, March 20, the Sun moves into Aries at 9:17 AM PDT, 12:17 PM EDT and 4:17 PM GMT.
Esoteric Lent - Part III will begin this week.
In the meantime, let us be continuously renewed in our review of these Contemplations and Diamond Soul-Self Practices.
[Small edits were made to the above: 3-18-18, 10:38 AM PDT and on 3-19-18, 8:47 AM PDT and 9:48 AM PDT] [3/20/18 Corrected times to reflect Daylight Savings Time - sorry about the errors and thank you to the watchful mind of Jane W!]