|3. The Throat Center. This center is to be found at the
back of the neck, reaching up into the medulla oblongata, thus involving the carotid
gland, and down towards the shoulder blades. It is an exceedingly powerful and well
developed center where average humanity is concerned. It is interesting to note in this
- The throat center is ruled by Saturn just as the two head centers are ruled respectively
by Uranus (ruling the head center) and Mercury (ruling the ajna center). This is only
where the disciple is concerned; the rulership changes after the third initiation or
before the first. These three planets constitute a most interesting triangle of forces and
in the following triplicities and their inevitable interrelations you have - again only in
the case of disciples - a most amazing picture story or symbol of the ninefold of
- The head center
The ajna center
The throat center
- The third eye
The right eye
The left eye
- The pineal gland
The pituitary body
The carotid gland
presenting the mechanism through which the Spiritual Triad, the soul and the personality
work.  The key to a right understanding of process lies in the relation of the three
planets: Uranus, Mercury and Saturn, as they pour their energies through these nine
"points of spiritual contact" upon the physical plane into the "grounded
sphere of light and power which is the man in time and space."
- This center
is related to the first initiation and develops great activity when that point in
experience is achieved, as it has been achieved by the vast majority of men who are at
this time the aspirants and the probationary disciples of the world. (Forget not that,
technically speaking, the first major initiation from the hierarchical angle is the third.
The first initiation is regarded by the Masters as signifying admission to the Path. It is
called an initiation, by humanity, because in Lemurian days, it was then the first
initiation, signifying entrance into complete physical control). It is the organ for the
distribution of creative energy, of the energy of the third aspect by souls at the above
point of evolution. There are three centers in the human being which are related to and
the major expression of the third ray or aspect at certain differing stages of development
upon the path:
- The sacral
center for the undeveloped and the average man.
- The throat
center for the aspirant and probationary disciple.
- The ajna
center for disciples and initiates.
you have a great triplicity of energies, containing great potencies today, owing to the
fact that the expression of the third aspect of active intelligence  has reached such
heights through human development and consciousness.
- It is
related to the personality by the creative thread, to the soul by the thread of
consciousness, and to the monad by the sutratma or life thread. It is not related to any
of the divine aspects by the antahkarana because that thread which links monad and
personality directly (and finally independently of the soul) simply anchors the monadic
expression of life in the head, at the head center. Then direct consciousness is
established between the monad and the personality, and a great duality comes into being.
Life, consciousness and form are then all focused creatively and actively in the head,
and their activity is directed from the head via the two head centers. The ajna center
only comes into creative activity when the antahkarana has been built. In the earlier
stages it is the throat center which is the creative agent, and in the earliest period of
all the sacral center is active. You have, however, one interesting thing to remember. The
building of the antahkarana only becomes genuinely possible when the creative life of the
aspirant shifts from the sacral center into the throat and is becoming factual and
expressive. Of this connecting "bridge," the neck itself is the symbol, as it
relates the head - alone and isolated - to the dual torso, consisting of that which lies
above the diaphragm and that which lies below - the symbol of the soul and the personality
united, fused and blended into one. The head is the symbol of what Patanjali describes as
the state of "isolated unity."
- It is the
center through which the intelligence aspect of humanity focuses creatively. It is
therefore the  center through which the creative energy of that great planetary
center called Humanity flows. The three major planetary centers are Shamballa, Hierarchy
and Humanity. When perfection has been achieved, the Shamballa energy of will, power and
purpose will pour freely through the head center, the love-wisdom energies of the
Hierarchy will flow through the heart center, and the energy of humanity will focus
through the throat center, with the ajna center acting as the agent of all three. Then
will take place a new activity on the part of mankind. It is the task of relating the
three superhuman kingdoms to the three subhuman kingdoms, and thus establishing the new
heavens and the new earth. Then humanity will have reached the summit of its evolutionary
goal on this Earth.
- The throat
center is the organ specifically of the creative WORD. It registers the intention or
creative purpose of the soul, transmitted to it by the inflow of energy from the ajna
center; the fusion of the two energies, thus brought about, will lead to some type of
creative activity. This is the higher correspondence to the creativity of the sacral
center. In that center the negative and the positive creative energies are embodied in the
separate male and female organisms and are brought into relation in an act of creation,
consciously undertaken, though as yet without much definite purpose.
- The dense
physical externalization of this center is the thyroid gland. This gland is regarded as of
supreme importance in the well-being of the average human being of today. Its purpose is
to guard health, to balance the bodily equilibrium in certain important aspects of the
physical nature, and it symbolizes  the third aspect of intelligence and of substance
impregnated with mind. It is in reality connected with the Holy Ghost, or the third divine
aspect in manifestation, "over-shadowing" (as the Bible expresses it), the
Mother, the Virgin Mary. The para-thyroids are symbolic of Mary and Joseph and the
relation they hold to the over-shadowing Holy Ghost. It will eventually be determined that
there is a close physiological relation existing between the thyroid gland and the pineal
gland, and between the para-thyroids and the two lobes of the pituitary body, thus
bringing into one related system the entire area of the throat and of the head.
- Just as the
head symbolizes the essentially dualistic nature of the manifested God, so the throat
center symbolizes the triple nature of the divine expression. The dualistic nature appears
fused and blended in the head in the relation between the two centers and their two dense
physical reflections. The three great energies which are brought into play during the
divine creative activity are unified in activity by the full expression of the energy
flowing through the throat center, through the apparatus of speech and the two lungs. You
have in this relation: Life or Breath, the Word or the Soul, and the throat center of
Substance in activity.
- This lotus
of the throat is inverted in the early stages of evolution, and its petals reach out
towards the shoulders and include the two lungs or parts of them. During the life cycle of
the soul, it slowly reverses itself, and its petals then reach out towards the two ears
and include the medulla oblongata and the carotid gland. This gland is more closely
related  to the thyroid gland than it is to the two other glands in the head.
will be apparent to you how whole areas of the physical organism can be brought into
active and correct functioning, can be vitalized and kept in good and true condition by
the activity in some form or another of the center nearest to the area of the body under
consideration. It will also be apparent to you that deficiency and disease can result from
the inactivity of a center.