A personality is a blend of mental energy, of emotional energy and of vital force [concentrated in the etheric body], and these three are masked, hidden or revealed by an outer shell or form of dense physical matter, itself a form of negative energy. The result of this union of three energies in an objective form is self-consciousness. Their fusion produces that sense of individuality which justifies the word, “I”, and which relates all occurrences to a self. Where this central conscious entity exists, utilising the mind, reacting sensuously through the emotional body, and energising the dense physical [via the vital body] then one has a personality. It is selfconsciousness in form. It is a sense of identity, however, which persists only during the creative process, and for as long as the matter aspect and the consciousness aspect present the eternal duality of nature. [The redemption of matter by spirit.]
Thus, personality, is that state of awareness which has its conditioning factor in the lower mind [influenced by negative energy of body-matter], but this can be transcended when the lower mind [mind stuff] no longer controls.
By alignment is ment the alignment of the Higher Self with the personality, or in more detail, the alignment of the three vehicles of the personality, the physical body or etheric body, the emotional body, and the lower mind body, within the causal body of the Soul, or Higher Self. The mental body must be stable, strongly positive in reception from above, whilst negative to lower vibrations. The astral body must be clear, uncoloured and still. The physical body must have steady nerves and stable rhythm. This only happens by the time the third initiation is taken when the pineal gland and the pituitary body are functioning with correlation. When the fifth initiation is taken the interplay between these two centres and the third, or alta major centre, is perfected. Only then do we have perfect alignment. As you can see this is a long process that takes a long time and lots of meditation.
We can also say that it is largely a question of matter and vibration. When you have built into your physical, emotional and mental bodies, matter of the third subplane of each of those planes, then the Higher Self begins to consciously function through the aligning personality, because each subplane has its correlation on the major planes by which oscillation is achieved.
As the results of alignment there is a downflow of force via the Sutratma, or magnetic cord, from the Soul to the brain via the mind body. The light first throws into relief and brings into the foreground of consciousness those thought-forms and entities which depict the lower life, the Dweller on the Threshold. Only now can the real work of the Higher Self in any particular incarnation really begin and be accomplished. Relationships to the Hierarchy automatically takes place and the aspirant becomes a leader amongst men and can now be used by the Hierarchy. Real abstract thoughts become possible because the personality is dominated by the Higher Self and the dominating ray of the Ego blends with the personality ray to combine their tones. This is later followed by the full chord of the monad.
We are told in the esoteric teaching that all three aspects of Divinity are themselves triple, and hence we can divide the energy of mind as far as humanity is concerned into three aspects also. We have therefore:
 The lower concrete mind. This he uses in everyday life to function normally as a human being with limited capabilities.
 The abstract mind, or that aspect of the mind which is related to the world of ideas. This the developed men use to go beyond the material world and to become the leaders of men.
 The intuition or pure reason which is for man the highest aspect of the mentality. This he uses after he has made contact with his Soul.
Through meditation the mind can contact the Ego and the three lower bodies can be aligned. Through the use of the lower mind the aspirant must purify and discipline the physical body and subdue the emotions to build in matter of the third subplanes for reciprocal vibration. The mind is the instrument of the lower mental body by which it holds the physical and the emotional body in alignment. The mental body is then in direct communication, free from interference, straight through to the physical brain.
Working disciples, when they are part of a group, need to advice with each other as to where cooperation and supplementary endeavour may be possible. This interrelation between the units in a group is dependent on the matter of perfecting the mechanism of the brain so that it can rightly register and correctly transmit the soul impressions and the group purposes and recognitions. This involves the following:
1. The awakening into conscious activity of the centre between the eyebrows, the ajna centre. [The third Eye.]
2. The subordination then of this centre to that of the head centre, so that the two vibrate in unison. This produces the establishment of two things:
[a] Direct conscious alignment between soul-mind-brain.
[b] The appearance of a magnetic field which embraces both the head centres and so definitely affects the pineal gland and the pituitary body.
[c] The recognition of this field of dual activity in two ways: as of a light in the head, an Interior radiant sun, or as a dynamic centre of energy through which the will or purpose of the soul can make itself felt.
3. The developing of a facility which will enable a man to:
[a] Use the mind in any direction he chooses, turning it externally towards the world of phenomena, or internally to the world of spiritual being.
[b] Produce consciously and at will a corresponding responsiveness in the physical brain, so that it can register any information coming from the physical world, and the emotional world.
[c] Discriminate intelligently between all these spheres of sentient activity.
This requirement is the capacity to preserve a constant and sequential recollection of both the inner and the outer life. We call it continuity of consciousness, and by this is ment the power to be fully aware of all happenings in all spheres and department of man’s being during the entire twenty –four hours of the day.
This is the immediate future development of the individual disciple. For the group there is a preliminary period of emergence into the public consciousness, through the steady communication of the new ideals and the constant emphasis laid upon the essential oneness of all humanity. The growth of the group and of its ideas will be slow but sure.
There are six rules that concern itself with the work of the magician on the mental plane, with his manipulation of solar energy, and his ability to sweep the Builders into co-operation with his purposes. It deals with the work of the Solar Angel, who is the active agent in all true magical work of any kind. How He constructs a thought form upon the mental plane, or that germ body which will [through accretion and vibratory sound], take to itself other forms.
RULE 1: The magician is ever one who, through conscious alignment with his Ego, is receptive to his plans and purposes, and therefore capable of receiving the higher impressions, his dreams and aspirations through the Sutratma.
RULE 2: The main function of meditation is to bring the lower instrument or personality into such a condition of receptivity and vibratory response that the Ego can use it, and can use specific results. When the meditation of the Ego and the meditation of the personality are attuned, and the interplay is rhythmic, then the two meditations proceed synchronously, and the work of magic and of creation can proceed unimpeded. The man becomes a conscious creator.
RULE 3: The magician, having formed a focal point of energy upon the mental plane, increases the vibration through strenuous concentration; he visualise in detail the form he is seeking to build; he sees “before his mind’s eye” the consummated product of the egoic meditation as he has succeeded in bringing it through. The intended form begins to be apparent, and tiny life after tiny life takes its place in its construction while the inner light becomes veiled.
RULE 4: Man manage to send forth this thought forms to reach their objectives by an unconscious recollection of methods and formulas known and used in Atlantean days and through the thoughts and ideas of the man fitting in with the plans and purposes of those who do know, either the path of white or black magic. The magic words are only communicated under the seal of secrecy, to men working under the Brotherhood of Light, to initiates, and to pledged chelas, owing to the great danger involved.
RULE 5: One of the things the magician has to see to is that this form which he has constructed, and which he holds linked to him by a fine thread of animated substance shall neither die for lack of vital sustenance nor return to him with its mission unfulfilled, because then it can become a menace to the magician and he becomes the pray of that which he has created. He, therefore, sees to it that the motive or desire lying back of the “idea”, now clothed with its first sheath, retains its pristine purity; that no trace of selfish intent, no perversion of the initial purpose of the Solar Angel has been permitted to bring in an unworthy vibration. Protective formulas are sounded forth by the thinker, in conjunction with the Solar Angel, and sets up a circulatory stream of energy around him which automatically repulses the devas who might menace his peace.
When the third eye is used, force streams forth, direction is assured, fulfilment is certain, and the planes proceed under law.
RULE 6: The egoic energy, transmitted via the physical brain, is directed now to the work of sending forth the form, so that it may clothe itself in astral matter. The eye of the Thinker opens, and repulsing vitality streams forth.
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