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Letters on Occult Meditation - Letter I - Alignment of the Ego with the Personality

Sunday, May 16, 1920

It is in the aligning of the three vehicles, the physical, the emotional, and the lower mind body, within the causal periphery, and their stabilizing there by an effort of the will, that the real work of the Ego or Higher Self in any particular incarnation can be accomplished. The great thinkers of the race, the true exponents of lower mind, are fundamentally those whose three lower bodies are aligned; that is to say, those whose mental body holds the other two in circumspect alignment. The mental body, then, is in direct communication, unobstructed and free from interference, straight through to the physical brain.

When the alignment is fourfold and when the three above mentioned bodies are aligned with the body of the Higher Self, the causal or egoic body, and held steady within its circumference, then the great leaders of the race, - those who emotionally and intellectually sway mankind, - can be seen working; then the inspirational writers and dreamers can bring down their inspirations and dreams; and then the synthetic and abstract thinkers [2] can transfer their conceptions to the world of form. It is, right through, a question of an unimpeded channel. Study, therefore, in this connection and when time permits, physical coordination; then to physical coordination add emotional stability, and you have the two vehicles functioning as one. When the coordination extends to the mental body, the threefold lower man is reaching his apotheosis, and has rung most of the changes in the world of form.

Later comes coordination perfected with the Higher Self, the channel of communication reaching in line direct, - via an unimpeded funnel, if so I might express it, - to the physical brain consciousness. Heretofore it has only been direct at rare intervals. The four lesser brain centers are functioning at high vibration in the man of a highly coordinated personality; when the Ego is nearing alignment with the lower bodies, the pineal gland and the pituitary body are in process of development; and when they are functioning with correlation (which eventuates by the time the third Initiation is taken), then the third, or alta major center, intensifies its hitherto gentle vibration. When the fifth Initiation is taken, the interplay between the three centers is perfected, and the alignment of the bodies is geometrically rectified; you have then the perfected fivefold superman.

For the average man, then, this alignment occurs only at intervals, - in moments of stress, in hours of needed humanitarian effort and in times of intensest aspiration. Abstraction of a more or less degree has to enter in before the Ego takes continued notice of the personality or lower self. When that abstraction involves the emotions, is based in the mentality and contacts the physical brain, then alignment is commencing. [3]

Hence the work of meditation, for it tends to abstraction and seeks to awaken to abstract consciousness both the emotions and the mentality.

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