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Esoteric Psychology II - Chapter III - Humanity Today - The Great Approaches
c. Stepping Down of Hierarchical Methods

One of the first things which should be accomplished is the working out upon the physical plane of some of the achievements of the Hierarchy upon the inner side of life. For instance, each department and section of the Hierarchy is working together today as one unit. Though not all of the Masters and Their groups are occupied - as was earlier said - with the immediate problem of the human crisis, yet subjectively, all are engaged with the task of bringing order out of chaos and are working together (each in His own sphere and in the closest mental understanding), so that there are really no divided interests, no separate groups and no difference of opinion - no matter what Their diverse activities may be or Their specific undertakings. This condition must be duplicated, if possible, on the outer plane of physical life also.

Complete unanimity cannot be possible; complete subordination of individual and group interest to the general movement towards world understanding and stabilization cannot as yet be achieved, owing to the selfish ambitions of group leaders, and the separative instincts of the senior workers in any group, who unduly influence the rank and the file of the membership. Yet a definitely closer rapprochement is far more possible today than at any previous time, and some real progress could be made towards mutual understanding if a sufficiently large number of the world aspirants and disciples desired it, if they were willing to participate in such an effort, and made the attempt to organize such a closer coming together and movement towards spiritual understanding. This would entail a restatement of the ideal on the part of each individual aspirant and disciple. It would involve a rededication of each of them to the immediate urgency of the Plan and to the demand coming to their ears of the world distress. [727] It would require the individual formulation of the ideals - sensed dimly or clearly - in terms of sacrifice and the resultant activity. These last few words indicate the attitude requisite and its needed consequences.

Therefore, one of the first things which would be of the next immediate assistance to be rendered, to the Hierarchy of Masters (and this is only another way of saying, to humanity), is a widespread effort to get in touch with every group leader in the various towns, cities, and countries and continents. This refers to all those group leaders who are sensitive to what we might call the "doctrine of good will", and who can vision an ideal of group unity, carried forward without any attempt to disturb the normal outer group activity. This will entail the recognition of a common ideal; and the willingness to submerge (even if only temporarily) the points of difference and to emphasize the points of contact. Many might be willing to do this for the period of the emergency and as an interesting experiment, and thus endeavor to carry forward over a limited and stated time a united endeavor to spread good will and understanding in an effort to bring the hatreds of the world to an end. This will also entail the willingness to cooperate with all groups within a given radius of contact and the temporary relinquishing of personal ambitions and methods in order to meet the serious emergency by which humanity is faced. The basis of the possible success of such an effort consists in the fact that within each group are always to be found members of the New Group of World Servers. Upon this fact we can count, and we can depend upon the strength of the inner integration, produced by these synthesizing "points of contact".

Another reason for the presumption of success lies in the fact that such an effort will only be the normal working out into physical expression of that which the Masters of the [728] Wisdom - distinctive as to Their fields of service, specific as to Their methods, and widely different as to Their ray and background of evolutionary development - have already established. This attempt on the part of all of us will, therefore, be a duplicating or a paralleling expression of an inner subjective fact. One of the facts upon the agenda of the Council was as to how They could more effectively stimulate the New Group of World Servers so that they could in turn see this vision with clarity, work with renewed optimism, and thus produce on earth the counterpart of the inner spiritual organization.

The problem to be met by the disciples and aspirants in the world today is the possibility and right procedure, by means of a more specific and definite "push" or organized activity, to reach the leaders of groups everywhere. It would be well to discuss the ways and means to swing these leaders into a joint activity without interfering with their individual group purposes, loyalties and obligations.

Careful work must be put behind this effort. By this is meant considered mental work, subjective reflection, organized visioning and significant sacrifice. A start in this direction has already been made and the same general idea can be extended elsewhere and carefully developed. Group integrity, loyalties and purpose must be preserved, but the cooperation of the groups must be invoked in the task of spreading the healing energy of good will, which, as has been well and truly remarked, is the active principle of peace. And peace - not inert pacifism - is what is needed today.

Secondly, a plan should also be drawn up of such a nature that the various peace societies could at least temporarily be swung into an allied and paralleling activity. The leaders of the peace organizations could be approached with a definite and temporary program, and their cooperation asked. [729]

This program of unification of the efforts of the more advanced groups in the world will demand sacrifice and satisfactory compromise on both sides, ours and the leaders of such groups, but where there is sincerity of purpose (and there is much) where there is a willingness to recognize the need for change in technique and terminology, then some definite progress can be made and the ranks of the men of good will, as organized under hierarchical impulse, can be greatly increased. It is not necessary for us to discuss in detail the methods which will be needed. Those who respond to this appeal will know the methods they should pursue. It is for those of us who do recognize the validity of this appeal to cooperate and aid, or to know clearly why we will not.

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