The secret of meditation work in its earlier stages is the power to visualise. This is the first stage to be mastered. It leads to the ability to use the creative power of the imagination plus mental energy, as a measure to further the ends of the Hierarchy and to carry out the Divine Plan. Visualisation is the initial step in the demonstration of the occult law that, energy follows thought. One of your first tasks is to achieve factual knowledge of this. Visualisation builds a picture-form on the astral plane and the thought energy of the mind gives life and direction to this form. Thereby a rapport or line of energy is constructed between the mind and the astral vehicle and it becomes a triple line of energy when the Soul of the disciple is utilising this creative process in some planed and definitely constructive manner. It is also with these, self-created forms, embodying spiritual ideas and divine purpose, that the Masters work and Hierarchical purpose takes shape.
The basic objective of occult meditation is to enable an individual to become in outer manifestation what he or she is in inner reality and true occult meditation is practiced as a service to the human race. It is also the single most effective means for transcending the binding, restrictive sense of separateness and isolation which imprison the human consciousness and render it futile. As a planetary service it is practical and effective and is a method of cooperating with the process of planetary evolution and planetary redemption.
Occult meditation is a way, by which the consciousness can be focused, aligned and turned towards the soul. This starts with mental activity, not only that of the lower mind [that analysing, directing faculty], but also the ability to bring the lower mind, through conscious direction, into alignment with the higher mind and the Soul. A thought, or seed idea, contemplated in the light of the Soul, produces new thoughts, or mental illumination, which the lower mind interprets and applies.
Clearly directed thought in meditation, with the mind held steady in the light of the Soul, is a scientific means of contacting those major aspects of the life force we call light and love and power, giving them right interpretation and directing them, in the form of ideas and planning, into specific activity. Through the right use of the mind we can bring the consciousness into alignment with the soul energy and learn how to give right expression in service to the abundant spiritual resources available in the meditation.
Meditation is also concerned with the right use and control of the four personality bodies, the mental, the emotional, the etheric, and the dense physical bodies. Also, their integration into a unified, coordinated whole and finally the fusion of the integrated personality with the soul. This is a means of releasing greater light and love into the world of human affairs. All this takes a long time.
In the long run we can also say that meditation uses the mind to contact the soul and know the will of God. The “Kingdom of God” is within, and the disciplined use of the mind, combined with service to others, is the means for attaining that realisation, the hope of glory, the Christ in you. Meditation is also a major means of spiritualising life on this planet and helping to externalise the Kingdom of God
All this and more is the purpose of meditation.
Based on the works of AAB and DK.
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In the production of alignment during meditation, I will ask you to do the following exercises, in breathing and in focussing. You know well, do you not, my friend and brother, that the more disciples are aligned and coordinated, the greater will be their power in service.
Therefore, attempt the following breathing exercise, paying particular attention to the interlude, and to the line of thought which you carry forward during these interludes. This is, for you, a somewhat difficult task, yet the interlude should be the easiest and most effective part of the meditation work. An interlude, properly held and utilised, is one of the preparatory steps towards that occult phenomenon, called by the oriental teachers, samadhi....
Then meditate deeply during the next six months on the following six phrases, holding the consciousness as high in the head as possible, and attempting to hold the mind steady in the light and aligned with the brain.
1st month—May the light of the soul illumine my mind, and shed a light upon the way of others.
2nd month—May the love of the soul control my lower nature, and guide me in the way of love.
3rd month—May I act as a soul in all my ways, and thus awaken others to a right activity.
4th month—I teach the way to others. I seek to contact souls, not minds.
5th month—As a soul, I serve my fellowmen.
6th month—I place the torch of truth in other hands, and from my torch they light their light.
If you follow these simple suggestions, my brother, you will be surprised at the results which will appear in a year's time. Simplicity is the way of soul growth. Be simple.
Each month, write a simple summation of your thoughts and service as you work with the monthly seed thoughts. Endeavour to make these six papers of real mental value to others, and also see, if possible, that they have a magnetic value [Page 194] and that they breathe out, not only mental understanding, but also an emotional appeal. Attend likewise to the form in which you cast them for that will be the symbol on the physical plane of your inner alignment.
[DISCIPLESHIP IN THE NEW AGE, p193]