|Pronunciation and Use in Individual Meditation
shall now be very practical. I speak for the man on the Probationary Path, who has
therefore an intellectual grasp of what has to be accomplished. He realizes approximately
his place in evolution and the work to be done if he would some day pass through the
portal of Initiation. In this way what I will say will teach the majority who study these
letters... The man undertakes to meditate and seeks to conform to the necessary rules. Let
me give a few preliminary hints:
- The aspirant seeks daily a quiet spot where he can be free from interference and
interruption. If wise, he will always seek the same spot, for he will there build up a
shell around it that will serve as a protection and make the desired higher contact more
easy. The matter of that spot, the matter of what you might term the surrounding space,
becomes then attuned to a certain vibration (the man's own highest vibration, reached in
consecutive meditations) which makes it easier for him each time to start at his highest
and so eliminate a long preliminary keying up.
- The aspirant composes himself to a position in which he can be unconscious of his
physical body. No hard and fast rules can be laid down as the physical vehicle itself has
here to be considered, - it may be handicapped in some way, stiff or crippled. Ease of
posture is to be aimed at, coupled with alertness and attention. Slothfulness and laxness
lead a man nowhere. The position most suitable for the average is cross-legged upon the
ground, sitting against something that affords support to the spine. In intensest
meditation or when the aspirant is very proficient and the centers rapidly awakening
(perhaps even the inner fire pulsating at the base of the spine)  the back should be
erect without support. The head should not be thrown back as tension is to be avoided, but
it should be held level, or with the chin slightly dropped. When this is done, that
tenseness that is the characteristic of so many will be gone and the lower vehicle will be
relaxed. The eyes should be closed and the hands folded in the lap.
- Then let the aspirant note if his breathing is regular, steady and uniform. Should this
be so, let him then relax his entire person, holding the mind positive and the physical
vehicle supple and responsive.
- Then let him visualize his three bodies, and having decided whether his meditation shall
be in the head or within the heart (I will later take up this point) let him withdraw his
consciousness there and focus himself in one or other of the centers. In so doing let him
deliberately realize that he is a Son of God, returning to the Father; that he is God
Himself, seeking to find the God-consciousness which is His; that he is a creator, seeking
to create; that he is the lower aspect of Deity seeking alignment with the higher.
- Then let him three times intone the Sacred Word, breathing it forth gently the first
time and thereby affecting the mental vehicle; more loudly the second time, thereby
stabilizing the emotional vehicle; and in a still louder tone the final time, acting then
upon the physical vehicle. The effect upon each body will be threefold. If correctly
chanted with the center of consciousness steadily held within whichever center has been
chosen, the effect will be as follows:
On Mental Levels:
- The contacting of the head center, causing it to vibrate. The stilling of the lower
- Linking up with the Ego to a more or less degree, but always to some extent through the
- The driving out of coarse particles and the building in of finer.
On Emotional Levels:
- The definite stabilization of the emotional body through the permanent atom, and the
contacting and setting in motion of the heart center.
- The driving out of coarse matter and the rendering of the emotional or desire body more
colorless, so that it will be a true reflector of the higher.
- It causes a sudden rush of feeling from the atomic levels of the emotional plane to the
intuitional plane, via the atomic channel that exists between the two. It sweeps upward
and clarifies the channel.
On the Physical Planes:
- Here the effect is very similar, but the primary effect is on the etheric body; it
stimulates the divine flow.
- It passes beyond the periphery of the body and creates a shell that serves as a
protection. It drives away discordant factors in the near environment.