|I dealt with the subject of death in A Treatise on White
Magic, focusing therein primarily upon the physical processes of dying and doing so
from the point of view of the onlooker or observer. I sought there to indicate what the
attitude of the onlooker should be. Here I would like to present a somewhat different
picture, indicating what is known by the departing soul. If this involves repetition of
what you already know, there are however certain basic repetitions and statements I wish
to make. Let me tabulate them with brevity. Will you regard them as foundational and
grade, but nevertheless individualized human beings and with the average emotional type of
person, the following triplicity must be noted:
- The time for the departure of an incarnating soul has come. The soul has in the past:
- Appropriated a physical body of a certain caliber, adequate to the requirements and age
of that soul.
- Energized that physical body through the medium of the etheric body, thus galvanizing it
into life activity for the duration of the soul's set term of physical enterprise.
- Two major streams of energy enter the physical body and produce its activity, its
quality and type of expression, plus the impression it makes upon its environment.
- The stream of dynamic life. This is anchored in the heart. This stream of dynamic
energy enters the body, via the head, and passes down to the heart, where it is focused
during the life cycle. A smaller stream of the universal energy or prana, distinctive from
the individualized life force, enters the physical body, via the spleen. It then rises to
the heart to  join the larger and more important life stream. The life stream
energizes and holds in coherency the integrated physical body. The stream of pranic energy
vitalizes the individual atoms and cells of which that body is composed.
- The stream of individual consciousness. This is anchored in the head, is an
aspect of the soul, reveals the type of consciousness which is, in its turn, indicative of
the point attained in evolution. This stream of energy likewise functions in connection
with a stream of personality force; and this force is characterized by desire (emotional
or astral sentiency) and enters into the physical body, via the solar plexus center. This
relates the man to the entire astral plane, and therefore to the world of glamor. With
undeveloped people and with the average type of man, the solar plexus is the focus of
consciousness and the energy is registered by the focal point of consciousness in the head
without any recognition whatsoever. It is for this reason that (at the time of death) the
soul leaves the body, via the solar plexus and not via the head. In the case of the
developed man, the mental type of individual, the aspirant, disciple or initiate, the
thread of consciousness will withdraw from the body via the head.
- The group soul of all forms in the animal kingdom - under the Law of Attraction -
withdraws the life principle from any specific physical form via the solar plexus, which
is the brain of the average animal. Highly developed and domesticated animals are
beginning to utilize the brain to a greater or to a less degree, but the life principle
and the sentient aspect, or animal consciousness, is still withdrawn via the solar plexus.
You have,  therefore, in all stages of the evolutionary process, certain interesting
triangles of energy.
- In the case of the animals and of those human beings who are little more than animals,
of imbeciles and certain men who appear to be born with no centralized point of individual
consciousness, the following triplicity is of importance:
The group soul
The solar plexus
The spleen or pranic center.
The head center
The solar plexus.
developed people and for those upon the Path of Discipleship you have the following
triangle active at the time of death:
The head center
The ajna center.
connection with all these triplicities there exists a dual relationship to the life
- The heart, in which is focused the life of the soul in form.
- The spleen through which passes constantly and rhythmically the universal life essence
The whole subject is of course most obscure, and for those on strictly human levels, as
yet unverifiable. However, an acceptance of the above three points, hypothetical today,
 will help to clarify your minds concerning this entire theme of restitution with
which we are occupied.
- The next
point needs no proving, for it is generally accepted. It is that desire governs the
process of death, as it also governs the processes of life experience. We say constantly
that when the will-to-live is lacking, death is the inevitable result. This will-to-live,
whether it is the tenacity of the physical body, functioning as an elemental being or as
the directed intention of the soul, is an aspect of desire, or rather, it is a reaction of
the spiritual will upon the physical plane. There is therefore an interlocking relation
- The soul on its own plane.
- The astral body.
- The solar plexus center.
relationship has hitherto received little attention in connection with the Art of Dying.
Nevertheless it warrants careful thought.