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Esoteric Psychology II - Chapter II - The Ray of Personality - Some Problems of Psychology
It will be apparent to you, therefore, how wide is our subject and of what real importance. It will be obvious to you also that much of our nervous disease, our inhibitions, suppressions, submissions, or their reverse aspects, are tied up with this whole process of successive syntheses or fusions.

Two points should be touched upon here: First, that in any consideration of the human being - whether we regard him simply as a man or as a spiritual entity - we are in reality dealing with a most complex aggregate of differentiated energies, through which or among which the consciousness plays. This consciousness is, in the early stages, nothing more than a vague diffused awareness, undefined, unidentified and free from any definite focus of attention. Later, it becomes more awake and aware and the focus becomes centered in the realm of selfish desire, and its satisfaction and assuagement. To this condition we can give the general name of the "wish life" with its objective, personal happiness, leading eventually to consummated desire, but a consummated desire postponed till after death and to which we have given the name "heaven". Later (again as the mind nature integrates with the other more developed aspects), we have the emergence of a definitely self-conscious entity, and a strictly human being, characterized by intelligence, comes into active expression. The focus of attention is still the satisfaction of desire, but it is the desire to know, the will to understand through investigation, discrimination and analysis.

Finally comes the period of personality integration wherein [412] there is the will-to-power, with self-consciousness directed to the domination of the lower nature, and with the objective of the domination of the environment, of other human beings in small or large numbers, and of circumstance. When this has been grasped and understood, the focus of attention shifts into the realm of the higher energies, and the soul factor becomes increasingly active and prominent, dominating and disciplining the personality, interpreting its environment in new terms, and producing a synthesis, hitherto unrecognized, between the two kingdoms of nature - the human and the spiritual.

Throughout all these processes we see the bringing together of many types of energy, all of them distinguished by quality of some kind or another, which - when brought into relation with each other - produce first of all a period of chaos, of anarchy and of difficulty. Later ensues a period of synthesis, of organized activity and of a fuller expression of divinity. But there remains for a long time the need for recognition of energy and its right use.

The second point I seek to make is that these inner energies make their contact through the medium of the vital or etheric body, which is composed of energy streams; these work through seven focal points or centers of force in the etheric body. These centers of energy are found in close proximity to, or in relation to, the seven sets of major glands:

  1. The pineal gland.
  2. The pituitary body.
  3. The thyroid and parathyroid glands.
  4. The thymus gland.
  5. The pancreas.
  6. The adrenals.
  7. The gonads. [413]

These centers are:

  1. The head center.
  2. The center between the eyebrows.
  3. The throat center.
  4. The heart center.
  5. The solar plexus center.
  6. The center at the base of the spine.
  7. The sacral center.
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