Process, Technique and Formula
(From unpublished works, uncovered
in the archives of the School
for Esoteric Studies)
Before we outline
these meditations, I would like to throw some light upon three
words that are frequently used in connection with meditation and
that have a peculiar significance in these particular meditations.
I desire clarity,
if possible, in order that the work can be effective in conditioning
the consciousness of the race later in this century.
[i.e., the 20th Century, just past.)
these ideas is possible today and some practice given to these
formulas even if the seed thought is withheld for the present.
These three words are: Process, Technique and Formula. Let us
take them in turn.
These meditations will be of no service to the disciple unless
they eventually emerge in your minds as one complete whole, and
unless they present a synthetic series of events in which you
are a participant. They differ from ordinary working rituals.
The effectiveness of ordinary rituals is dependent upon the planned
intelligent thinking that lies behind them while they are being
used. They are intended to be the result of understanding, organized
purpose, potent intent and a stable, poised consciousness. The
thinking that underlies them must precede their use.
“formulas of evocation,” there is no such mental disturbance as
progressive thought. There is simply the attitude of invocation,
a memorized capacity to follow the meditation almost automatically,
plus an unswerving focused intention based upon the Will. The
synthesis of attitudes can and will precipitate the energy invoked
and guide it to the receptive center, earlier determined by ray,
need and capacity.
The process referred
to is that of subjective, conscious preparation that precedes
the meditation work. By this I do not mean any period of set
work done prior to the invocative-evocative activity. I refer
to a constantly cultivated attitude of mind, of continuous thinking
and a steady comprehension of the work to be done. This can take
place at any time as the disciple proceeds about his current duties.
When he begins
the more formal ritualistic process, much of the initial preparation
will have been done. This disciple will have familiarized himself
with the qualities, nature and objectives of his Sun Sign and
appreciates, therefore, the nature of the apparatus and equipment
with which he has been provided by the Soul and has grasped both
the good and bad aspects with which he must deal. He knows the
nature of his present ray in relation to the Sun Sign and has
considered whether this ray dominates his daily life or is conditioned
by the Soul ray. He is aware, therefore, of his life problem,
of his immediate objectives, of his assets as a disciple and of
He has studied
also the nature and attributes of his Rising Sign; he has pondered
upon his Soul objectives and goals and has linked the quality
of his Soul ray to his life work, to his esoteric group and, therefore
to some one of the Masters under Whose instruction he serves.
(Forget not that I told you that only pledged disciples can use
these formulas in their full complete form). He realizes that
he must himself function as a receiving point for the blended
energies of the Sun Sign and the Rising Sign and that –
as a receiving point – he possesses within himself two points
of reception: the head center and one other center, according
to ray, need or desired activity.
He is aware likewise
of the nature of the qualifying energies of the Opposing Sign,
but knows that until he has taken the third initiation and has
received the second half of this meditation formula, that his
perception, powers of appropriation and response must remain largely
theoretical and intellectually perceived and that as yet the ability
to fuse the third energy must remain in the realm of “wishful
thinking” and not in the realm of practical experience.
He knows that
the dynamic will lying behind this meditation is that of applied
will and of consistent, consecutive thought. At present his will
nature is largely embryonic because will is not determination,
persistent intelligent effort or emphasized desire; it is the
scientific application of a peculiar energy whose qualities are
synthesis, power to “detach from limitation,” the
destruction of boundaries or (as it is sometimes called in the
language of esotericism) the ability “to perforate the ring-pass-not
of the blended Soul and form and release the spirit into larger
It is, therefore,
a dynamic scientific application of energy in order to effect
liberation from limitation. It is the will-to-be and is not the
will-to-do or the will-to-see, both of these being aspects of
Soul and form.
I would have you
think this out carefully, for it is essential that some glimmer
of understanding as to the nature of the will is present in our
consciousness when I employ the word in these meditations. It
is necessary for you to grasp the fact that the spiritual will
is not what you have ordinarily supposed, but is a definite type
of energy – the highest present in our planetary life.
To profit by these exercises you must appreciate this fact and
strive for intuitive perception of truth. All the processes undertaken
must precede the use of the meditation formula. Once that is
undertaken, thought must cease and a much higher activity must
A purely automatic
formula will take the place of ordinary meditation, and the disciple
becomes simply a point of evocation; he proceeds with the desired
work; the mental processes end because they have been previously
so effectively carried forward. The disciple has achieved in
A point or focus of illumination –m he
stands in the light.
A position of intense polarization, as a Soul
focused in the head and mind.
An orientation that is undisturbed.
A realization of the nature of the work to be
done that is, for him, his highest point of clarification.
Thought is therefore
arrested, and another type of work takes its place. It might
be said (in my effort to clarify this process in your consciousness)
that these meditations are only carried forward effectively when
the stage of contemplation has been reached and that it is the
Soul, in the last analysis, who employs these meditations. It
is the soul, as anchored in the body, using the mind and affecting
the brain that uses these meditations, and the personality “standing
in the Sun” sees the reality “rising over the horizon.”
Then, facing the imminent possibilities, the soul invokes the
polar opposite (Spirit or Monad, symbolized by the “Sign
of Completion”) and, in the tension of the point of crisis
precipitated, evokes the will that unifies the three. This unification
is the result of the correct use of the formula, preceded by many
hours of quiet process.
This grows out of a clear understanding of the goal, out of
the subjective activity of the preceding mental process and a
theoretical grasp of the formula. Technique applies to the scientific
handling of the equipment, in this case the disciple’s form
nature or inherited apparatus – physical, emotional and
mental – with which His Soul has endowed him in any incarnation.
governed by the Sun Sign, must be made responsive to the energies
emanating from the Rising Sign and the relatively brief cyclic
interplay that has characterized the relation between the Sun
Sign and the Rising Sign. His equipment, through which the energies
emanating from the Rising Sign must be expressed, is fourfold
in manifestation: the mental body, the psychic nature, the etheric
or vital body and the dense physical vehicle. For the handling
of these, the disciple has arrived at his own technique, differing
for each vehicle.
There is an interesting
analogy made clear by the following statements:
The vital body is usually the reservoir of the
lower form energies, particularly those of the emotional nature.
These direct and condition the dense physical body. They correspond
to the function of the Sun Sign as it conditions the disciple
on the physical plane in connection with his apparatus of expression.
The vital body must be brought under mental control,
and when it is so controlled it marks a most important step
forward in the life of the aspirant. This is a correspondence
to the control of the Rising Sign over the Sun Sign.
Later, the vital body becomes the repository
of Soul energy, and the Soul then directs the physical plane
life of the disciple. This is a correspondence to the control
of the Monad and therefore to the fusion of the Opposite Sign
with the Sun Sign, via the Rising Sign.
techniques of control that the disciple uses as he first brings
the personality under the control of the Soul (the Sun Sign under
the influence of the Rising Sign) and later brings these two –
after the third initiation – under the control of the Monad
(the polar opposite) and determined by ray, point in evolution,
yoga practices and temperament. Ponder on this. These techniques
must be self-initiated and self-developed and are in the nature
of subjective determinations, objectively applied.
These formulas are ancient rituals, rhythms, ceremonials,
forms of approach or repositories of Words of Power that are given
to the disciple when he is ready, in order to bring about certain
fusions, needed crisis, or esoteric events. I know not how else
to convey them to you. They are not in any way developed by the
disciple, nor are they the result of his own thinking and planning.
They are the property
of the Great White Lodge, are of most ancient origin, and must
not be changed or modified by the disciple in any respect or they
will lose their potency and spiritual effectiveness.
One of the difficulties
with which we are faced in conveying them from East to West is
that – in the process of translation – quite a little
of their power and significance may appear to be lost. But it
is in the intent and in the one-pointed concentration of their
use that the disciple will prove their potency, and in the hands
of Western disciples they may prove of still greater effectiveness
than the hands of the Eastern worker, owing to the great mental
power of the average Western disciple. They are both potent and
effective. These words do not mean the same thing.
as I am now [1940-50?] attempting to give to the world in these
twelve meditations are ritualistic in intent and dynamic in result.
They are, however, dependent upon the inner preceding thought
processes of the disciple and the wisdom of his self-applied techniques.
When they fail to produce the needed evocation of the will-to-be
or ability to stand in spiritual Being, and required fusion of
energies does not take place, it will be because the disciple’s
subjective processes and his techniques are at fault. This is
his personal problem and also a protection from premature success.
More I may not
say or impart. It is for you to begin the task of instituting
the right processes of thought and the establishing of the right
techniques of discipline. I have for years worked with this group
of aspirants along the lines of technique.
I have sought
ever to emphasize in your consciousness the Technique of Meditation,
the Technique of the Presence and the Technique of Service. According
to your success in your understanding of the above will lie your
ability to profit – as far as may be possible without the
seed thought – by these evocative formulas. You can see
for yourselves that had I given them earlier and prior to the
teaching imparted by me through my books the past years, they
would have been meaningless.
are exceedingly brief; they are not long, thoughtful and reflective
meditations. They are dependent upon Process and Alignment, upon
Experience and Focus, and also upon the ability of the disciple
to function as a Soul. They fall into two main stages:
Stage I: Invocation
and Evocation. Preparatory.
In this stage the twelve seed thoughts are employed
as the invoking agent.
It is the stage of evocation, of approach and
of the sublimation of the aspiration.
The climax of this stage falls into two parts:
The will-to-be is evoked, and when this takes
place the Opposite Sign and the Rising Sign vibrate within
the same magnetic field
The quality of the Rising Sign (supplemented
eventually but gradually by the potency of the Opposite Sign)
is focused by the evoked will and oriented toward the Sun
conscious Soul attention.
Precipitation and Appropriation.
In this stage the symbol is the precipitating
It is the stage of the descent of energy as a
result of invocation, producing evocation, of reception and
of transmission to the particular center below the head center.
The climax of this stage falls into three parts:
The magnetic power of love comes into activity
and draws down the energies evoked and oriented in stage I.
The esoteric planet (whichever it may be),
the highest head center and the center to be stimulated for
a “triangle of reception.”
A definite act of reception and conscious appropriation.
In my conditioning
remarks (pp.5-7) I divided the work into four stages. I am here
simplifying these. The stage of preparation, there called Stage
One, is simply the stage or process with which I have dealt in
this instruction. It also includes the stage of technique.
The stages of
invocation and evocation are here placed by me together under
Stage I, because they are purely subjective, begin at the highest
point of alignment and orientation, and are followed by an intensive
interlude of Soul perception or of sensitive response to the blended
energies of the Opposite Sign (an expression of some phase of
the monadic will) and the Rising Sign (an expression of Soul purpose).
Then follows the
stage of precipitation in which the disciple upon the physical
plane – functioning through his dedicated personality –
appropriates, consciously and with deliberation, the descending
energy and thus blends within himself the energies of the Opposing
sign, the Rising Sign and the Sun Sign. This produces a focus
of energies of enormous potency in the active expression of the
disciple’s Hierarchical service. You can see by the above,
therefore, the need for caution on my part in giving out these
meditations formulas. They are exceedingly potent; they lead
to a great increase of energy where the Rising Sign is accurately
determined and can only be safely employed by the consecrated
and pledged disciple who is dedicated to the service of humanity
and the Hierarchy.
I would also call
you attention to the fact that in any one incarnation the Monad
works through the Opposing Sign, the Soul through the Rising Sign
and the personality through the Sun Sign, and these necessarily
vary from life to life.
After due process
of thought upon the qualities and effects of the three signs and
the nature of the esoteric planet, and having achieved the needed
alignment, orientation and focused attention, the disciple then
ceases to reflect and think and become a dynamic point of activity.
He then proceeds to work.