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The effort to draw forth the intuition requires directed occult (but not aspirational) meditation. It requires a trained intelligence, so that the line of demarcation between intuitive realisation and the forms of the higher psychism may be clearly seen. It requires a constant disciplining of the mind, so that it can "hold itself steady in the light", and the development of a cultured right interpretation so that the intuitive knowledge which has been achieved may then clothe itself in the right thought forms.

Subservience or obedience to the Plan involves something else than a vague and misty realisation that God has a Plan and that we are included in it. It is more than a hiding of oneself in the shadow of the will of God. It necessitates a wise differentiation between:

a. The general perspective and the large world Plan for the planet.

b. Those immediate stages of the Plan in which intelligent cooperation is, at this time, demanded.

This building of the Antahkarana is most assuredly proceeding in the case of every dedicated aspirant. When the work is carried on intelligently and with full awareness of the desired purpose, and when the aspirant not only recognizes the process, but is alert and active in its fulfillment, then the work proceeds apace and the bridge is built.

One thing only need be added in connection with this building of the Antahkarana, and that is the statement of the significant fact that the more people can achieve this linking of the higher and lower aspects of the human nature, the more rapidly will the task of salvaging the world proceed. The more painstakingly and persistently this work is carried forward, the sooner will the Hierarchy of the planet resume Its ancient task and status in the world, and the sooner will the Mysteries be restored and the world function, therefore, more consciously in line with the Plan. Here and there throughout the world, in every nation and practically every week, men and women are stepping off the Path of Probation on to the Path of Discipleship. In this lies the hope of the world today.


In considering the processes of appropriation, the following phrases should be studied, as they throw a light upon the various stages from different angles:

  1. The stage of concretisation and materialisation. The Soul takes to itself what it needs and desires for

        form building.

  1. The stage of incarnation, taken at this time blindly.

  1. The period wherein satisfaction of the desires is the major goal. These range all the way from physical

        desire and its satisfaction to a general and undefined desire for release.

  1. The processes, in detail, of appropriating:

  1. Immersion in darkness. This was the result of desire. The darkness of ignorance was chosen and man

started, through desire, to work his way from darkness to light, from ignorance to knowledge, from the unreal to the Real. Such is the great symbolic work of Masonry. It is an elucidation of the Way of Relinquishment.

  1. The Path of Outgoing in order to possess.

  1. Selfishness, the major characteristic of the self in relation to, and identified with, the not-self.

  1. Love of possession, the prostitution of Spiritual love.


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