"The basic approach for all who endeavor to grasp esotericism, or to teach esoteric students, is to lay the emphasis upon the world of energies and to recognise that behind all happenings in the world of phenomena (and by that I mean the three worlds of human evolution), exists the world of energies; these are of the greatest diversity and complexity, but all of them move and work under the Law of Cause and Effect . . .
The first task of the esotericist is to comprehend the nature of these energies which are seeking to condition him, and which work out into expression on the physical plane through the medium of his equipment, or his vehicle of manifestation. The esoteric student has, therefore, to grasp that:
1. He is an aggregation of forces, inherited and conditioned by what he has been, plus a great antagonistic force which is not a principle, and which we call the physical body.
2. He is sensitive to and should be increasingly aware of certain energies, at present unknown and of no use to him; of these he must eventually become aware, if he is to move deeper into the world of hidden forces. They may be energies which, for him, would be evil were he to work with them, and these must be distinguished and discarded; there are others which he must learn to use, for they would prove beneficial and would increase his knowledge, and should be regarded as good. Bear in mind, however, that energies per se are neither bad nor good. The Great White Lodge, our spiritual Heirarchy, and the Black Lodge employ the same universal energies, but with different motives and objectives; both groups are groups of trained esotericists.
The esotericist in training has, therefore :
1. To become aware of the nature of the forces which constitute his personality equipment, and which he himself magnetically brought into expression in the three worlds . . .
2. To become sensitive to the impelling energies of the soul, emanating from the higher mental levels. These seek to control the forces of the threefold man when a definite point in evolution is reached.
3. To recognise the conditioning energies in his enviroment, seeing them not as events or circumstances but as energy in action; by this means he learns to find his way behind the scene of outer happenings into the world of energies, seeking contact, and qualifying for the bringing about of certain activities. He thus aquires entrance into the world of meaning. Events, circumstances, happenings and phenomena of every kind, are simply symbols of what is occuring in the inner worlds, and it is into these worlds that the esotericist must enter as his perception permits; he will sequentially discover worlds which will call for his scientific penetration.
4. For the majority of aspirants, the Hierarchy itself remains an esoteric realm which demands discovery, and which will accept penetration. I am choosing my words with care in order to evoke an esoteric response.
. . . The task is to train students in the recognition of energy and force; to discriminate between the various types of energy, both in relation to themselves and to world affairs, and to begin to relate that which is seen and experienced to that which is unseen, conditioning and determining. This is the esoteric task." (Education in the New Age, p. 60/62)
"Esotericism is the art of 'bringing down to earth' those energies which emanate from the highest sources and there 'grounding them' or anchoring them." (Education in the New Age, p.67)
"I would ask all esotericists to live redemptive lives, to unfold their innate mental sensitivity, and to work continuously with the meaning which is to be found behind all individual, community, national and world affairs. If this is done, then the light will suddenly and increasingly shine upon your ways. You can become light-bearers, knowing then that 'in the light you will see Light' -- and so will your fellowmen." (Education in the New Age, p.68)
Energy and Force
"The life of the occult student is consciously lived in the world of energies. Those energies have always been present, for the whole of existence in all the kingdoms of nature, is manifested energy, but men are not aware of this. They are not conscious, for instance, when they succumb to irritation, and finding themselves voicing that irritation in loud words or in angry thought that they are taking astral energy and using it. The use of this energy admits them with ease to a level of astral living which is not suitable for them; continual use of this energy brings about what the Master Moyra has called 'habits of residence which imperil the resident'. It is when the aspirant recognises that he himself is composed of energy units -- held in coherent expression by a still stronger energy, that of integration -- that he begins consciously to work in a world of forces similarly composed; he then begins to use energy of a certain kind, and selectively, and takes one of the initial steps to becoming a true occultist. This world of energy in which he lives and moves, and has his being, is the living, organised vehicle of manifestation of the planetary Logos. Through it energies are circulating all the time, and are in constant movement, being directed and controlled by the head centre of the planetary logos; they create great vortices of force; or major points of tension throughout His body of manifestation. The spiritual Heirarchy of our planet is such a vortex; Humanity itself is another, and one which is today in a condition of almost violent activity, owing to its becoming a focus of divine attention." (The Rays and the Initiations, p.549/50)
"The work of the occultist and of the aspirant is to arrive at an understanding of these forces, and so learn their nature and their use, their potentcy and vibratory rate. He has also to learn to recognise their source and be able to differentiate between forces, energies and rays. For the beginner a clear distinction can be made between forces and energies by appreciating the fact that personalities affect us through the forces emanating from their form aspect, but that these same personalities, purified and aligned, can be transmitters of the energies of the soul." (A Treatise on White Magic, p.291)
"Aspirants must learn that they are working with, and in, forces, and that right and wrong activity on the physical plane is due simply to a right or wrong direction of the force currents, and not to anything inherently wrong or right in the energies themselves." (A Treatise on White Magic, p.297)
"All that is occuring is an evidence of energy and is expressive of force. That is the factor never to be forgotten. It is essential that you recognize them as existing. There is little that you, as individuals or groups, can do about them beyond seeing to it that there is nothing in you which could make you -- unimportant as you may be -- a focal point of hate, separation, fear, pride and other characteristics, which feed the fires which threaten to bring disaster to the world. Each of you can aid more than you can guess, through the regulation of thoughts and ideas, through the cultivation of a loving spirit, and through the general use of the Great Invocation, whereby these forces and energies -- so sorely needed -- can be invoked." (The Destiny of Nations, p. 26)
"The disciple learns eventually to know himself to be, above everything else (whilst in incarnation) the director of forces; these he directs from the altitude of the divine Observer, and through the attainment of detachment. . . . These truths are, for you, the platitudes of occultism, and yet, if you could but grasp the full significance of detachment, and stand serene as the observing Director, there would be no more waste motion, no more mistaken moves, and no more false interpretations, no wandering down bypaths of daily living, no seeing others through distorted and prejudiced vision, and -- above all -- no more misuse of force.
Again and again, down the ages, the Masters have told Their disciples (as I have told you) that the occultist works in the world of forces. All human beings live and move and express themselves in and through that same world of ever-moving, ever-impacting, outgoing and incoming energies. The occultist, however, works there; he becomes a conscious directing agent; he creates upon the physical plane that which he desires, and that which he desires is the pattern of things, and the design laid down upon the trestle board of the spiritual consciousness by the great divine Architect." (Glamour: A World Problem, p.243/4)
"Man moves . . . in a whirlpool of forces of all types and qualities. He is composed of energies in every part of his manifested and unmanifested expression; he is, therefore, related to all other energies." (Glamour: A World Problem, p.246)
"Energies and forces are pouring upon our system and our planetary lives ceaselessly, potently, and cyclically. Yet they are only regarded today as existing when definite response is invoked. They come from all kinds of sources, extraneous to our system and planetary schemes, but until man responds and registers them, both scientists and astrologers, fail to recognise them, and they are as if they were not. This is a point to bear in mind as I continue to teach you, for I may indicate some sources of active energy, which may as yet be unknown to you as playing upon our system and its contents. The difficulty will not be because of my inaccuracies, but will be owing to the lack of sensitivity in the mechanism of response which mankind and disciples are at present utilising." (Esoteric Astrology, p. 198)
"All diseases -- except those due to accidents, wounds resulting in infections, and epidemics -- can in the last analysis can be traced to some condition of the centres, and therefore to energy running wild, to energy overactive and misdirected, or insufficient and lacking altogether, or retained instead of used and transmitted into a higher corresponding centre of energy." (Esoteric Healing, p.240/1)
"The energy and the forces constitute the sum total of all that is. This is another basic truism or platitude upon which the science of occultism is built, and which the healing art must recognise. There is, in manifestation, nothing else of any kind whatsoever. Disease itself is a form of active energy, demonstrating in forces which destroy or produce death. Therefore, if our basic premise is correct, disease is also a form of divine expression, for what we know to be evil is also the reverse side of that which we call good. Shall we belittle the subject or cause a false impression if we regard evil (at least as far as disease is concerned) as misplaced or maladjusted good? Will you misunderstand if I say that disease is energy which is not functioning as desired or according to plan? Inpouring energies are brought into relation with forces, and good health, strong and adequate forms and vital activity result; the same inpouring energies can, however, be brought in relation with the same forces, and a point of friction be set up, producing a diseased area, pain, suffering, and perhaps death. The energies and the forces remain of the same essentially divine nature, but the relationship established has produced the problem. If this sentence is studied it will be obvious that a definition such as that can be used to cover all forms of difficulty, and that the ultimate producer of the situation (either good or evil), is the relationship aspect. This statement is of major importance in all your thinking." (Esoteric Healing, p.587/8)
"It must increasingly be borne in mind that there is nothing in the created world but energy in motion, and that every thought directs some aspects of that energy, though always within the sphere of influence of some greater thinking, directing energy." (Esoteric Healing, p.631)
"We are on the verge of entering a new era in scientific unfoldment, owing to the discovery of how to release the energy of the atom. Not even the scientists responsible for the discovery have the faintest idea of the far reaching effects of this momentous happening. From the angle of our subject and the theme of this volume, an entirely new language related to energy and force is already in the making; the use of the discovery in the handling of disease will, in almost the immediate future (from the occult angle) be regarded as little short of miraculous." (Esoteric Healing, p.713)
"The effect of the impact of energy is dependent upon the nature of the vehicle of response. According to his equipment and the nature of his bodies, so will man react to the inflowing energies." (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p. 85)
"Due to the effort of countless thousands of men and women everywhere, energies hitherto unable to penetrate deeper in to substance than the hierarchical substance, and the levels of the higher mental plane can now , for the first time, be successfully anchored on dense physical levels, or at least upon etheric levels. This is a fact, and far more important than you are perhaps able to appreciate." (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p.659)
Energy in the Universe
"Students would do well to remember that the twelve constellations which constitute our particular zodiac, are themselves the recipients of many streams of energy coming to them from many sources. These blend and fuse with the energy of any particular constellation and -- transmuted and 'occultly refined' -- eventually find their way into our solar system.
. . . The following is a list -- incomplete but adequate for our purposes -- of the major influences which find their way from distant Sources into our planetary life, and produce definite effects upon individual man and humanity as a whole.
I. 1. The constellation of the Great Bear.
2. The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades.
3. Sirius, the Dog Star.
II. 1. The seven solar systems, of which ours is one.
2. The seven sacred planets, of which ours is not one.
3. The five non-sacred planets or 'hidden' planets.
III. 1. The seven planetary centres.
2. The seven centres of force in the human etheric body.
IV. 1. The twelve zodiacal constellations.
We thus have a ninefold energy impact. This is a major chart, but it should be remembered that there are other impacts of relative insignificance.
To these would be added other streams of energy, which definitely play upon and affect our planetary life, such as those coming from that great star, Betelgeuse, or from Antares and other stupendous suns and solar systems, which are related to the constellations of the zodiac, and whose force reaches us through these constellations and not directly.
Besides these, it should be remembered that technically we should also add the radiatory influence which comes direct to us from the planet, the Earth, upon which we live. Then, and only then, can you have a fairly complete analysis and picture of the energies to which the etheric body of man (conditioning the physical body which is pre-eminently automatic and negative in its reactions) must and does ever respond. An understanding of that response, and the conscious intelligent control of individual reactions are supremely necessary to man, but only becomes possible at a fairly advanced stage of development, and as he nears the Path, (technically understood)." (Esoteric Astrology, p.13/5)
"The zodiacal, the systemic and planetary energies, act either as hindering or as stimulating forces, according to the type of vehicle or body upon which they play; the nature of these vehicles and their capacity to attract, to respond, to reject, to absorb, and to transmute, is entirely dependent upon the point in evolution attained, and also upon the general planetary condition and psychology to be found in the human family at any given time." (Esoteric Astrology, p.19)
"All the energies -- zodiacal, systemic, and planetary -- have a definite effect upon all lives, in all forms, in all kingdoms of nature. Nothing can escape these radiatory and magnetic influences. The goal of evolution for humanity, is to become consciously and livingly aware of the nature of these energies, and begin to know them and to use them. This is the field of occultism." (Esoteric Astrology, p.22/3)
"I am not writing a treatise on astrology, but upon the seven rays and their equivalent and corresponding energies, upon the effects of ray energy, and the interplay of these enrgies with, and their effect upon, the various planetary forces, particularly those of the Earth." (Esoteric Astrology, p.27)
"We have perhaps emphasised almost to the point of bewilderment, the vast aggregation of impelling energies which play throughout our cosmos; individual man may well be stunned by a sense of his helplessness and his unique futility. But this is only due to the relatively undeveloped state of his 'receiving apparatus'. When thus bewildered, let him remember that potentially he possesses the creative ability to build, and gradually to develop a better mechanism of reception, which will enable him finally to be responsive to all impacts, and every type of divine energy. This capacity is indestructible, and is itself a divine focus of energy, which must and will without fail, carry forward the good undertaken under the inspiration of the Great Architect of the Universe." (Esoteric Astrology, p.403/4)
"Keep in mind some words out of the ancient Archives, which are as follows:
'Energy is all there is, O Chela in the Light, but is not known. It is the cause of knowledge and its application, and its comprehension lead to expanded understanding.'
'Through energy the worlds were made, and through that energy they make progression; through energy the forms unfold and die; through energy the kingdoms manifest and disappear below the threshold of the world which ever is, and which will be forever.'
'Through energy the Cross is mounted, and from the vortex of the four uniting forces, the initiate passes through the door, and is propelled into the Light -- a light which grows from cycle unto cycle, and is known as supernal Energy Itself.' " (The Rays and the Initiations, p.556)
"The keynotes upon which the occult philosophy is built, are:
1. There is naught in manifestation except organized energy.
2. Energy follows or conforms itself to thought.
3. The occultist works in energy and with energies." (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p. 674)
"The physical plane areas or localities which constitute the present modern exits of energies, through which directed energies can pass to carry out the creative process, are five in number: New York, London, Geneva, Darjeeling and Tokyo. These five form a five-pointed star of interlocking energies, symbolic of the major divisions of our modern civilisation. . . . At each one of these five centres one of the Masters will be found present, with His Ashram, and a vortex of spiritual forces will there be organised to hasten and materialise the plans of the Christ for the new and coming world cycle." (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p.675)
"Exoteric science is slowly, yet steadily, finding out the nature of phenomena, and discovering for itself the character of electrical manifestation. In their slowness of discovery lies safety. It is not wise nor right yet for the true nature of these different forces and powers to be fully known." (A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, p.641)
"In the manipulation of electricity lies hid much that concerns the vivification of the bodies, especially just now of the etheric. The principal use of the sun is electrical force adapted to the need of the great average majority, in all the kingdoms of nature. As progress is made, an intensification of this force will be possible in individual cases. Herein lies one of the secrets of initiation." (Letters on Occult Meditation, p.336)
"The electricity of the solar system is threefold: There is fire by friction, solar fire, and electric fire -- fire of body, of soul, and of spirit. Fire by friction is coming to be somewhat understood by the scientists of the world, and we are harnessing to our needs the fire which heats, which gives light, and which produces motion. This is in the physical sense of the words. One of the imminent discoveries will be the integrating power of electricty, as it produces cohesion within all forms, and sustains all form life during the cycle of manifested existence. It produces also the coming together of atoms, and of the organisms within forms, so constructing that which is needed to express the life principle." (Esoteric Psychology, Vol. I, p.373/4)
"As yet the mystery of electricity, and the true nature of electrical phenomena (than which there is naught else) is at this time an unrevealed secret, even to the most advanced of the modern scientists. . . . That there is such a thing as electricity, that it probably accounts for all that can be seen, sensed and known, and that the entire universe is a manifestation of electric power -- all this may be stated and is, today, coming to be recognised. But when that has been said, the mystery remains, and will not be revealed, even in partial measure, until the middle of the next century. Then revelation may be possible, as there will be more initiates in the world, and inner vision and inner hearing will be more generally recognised and present. When man arrives at a better understanding of the etheric body and its seven force centres . . . then some further light can intelligently be thrown upon the nature of the seven types of electrical phenomena, which we call the seven rays." (Esoteric Psychology, Vol. II, p.82/3)
"Electricity, in relation to human ills, is as yet an infant science, but it has in it the germs of the new techniques and methods of healing." (Esoteric Healing, p.48)
"Towards the close of this century, and when the world situation has clarified, and the period of reconstruction is drawing to a close, discoveries will be made which will reveal some hitherto unrealised electrical potencies. I know not what other word to use for these electrical rays, which will make their presence felt, and lead to possibilities beyond the dreams of investigators today. The coming science of electricity will be as different next century, as the modern usage of electricity differ from the understanding of the Victorian scientist." (Esoteric Healing, p.376)
"People frequently are so preoccupied with the tangible instrument on this side of the veil, that they neglect the factor of what must be contributed from the other side, by those who have passed over.
The work will be done from there, with the material aid which as yet has not been provided in the outer scientific field.
To bring this about, collaboration of a conscious medium (not a trance medium, but someone who is consciously clairavoyant and clairaudient) will be required. There are many such growing up among the children of today, and the next generation after them, will provide still more. The separating veil will disappear through the testimony of the thousands of those who can see the phenomena, and hear sounds which lie outside the range of the tangible.
. . . Everything in Nature is electrical in nature; life itself is electricity, but all we have contacted and used today, is that which is only physical, and related to and inherent in, the physical and etheric matter of all forms." (Esoteric Healing, p.377)
"As regards to the use of a radio as means of communication with the 'spirit world', the present electrical instuments are too slow in vibratory activity (if I may use such an unscientific term) to do the work; if astrally clothed 'spirits' approach them, they are apt to have a shattering effect. Yet the first demonstration of existence after death, in such a way that it could be registered on the physical plane, will come via the radio, because sound always precedes vision. Think on this. However, no radio exists which is sufficiently sensitive to carry sound waves from the astral plane.
Future scientific discoveries, therefore, hold the secret. This is no evasion on my part, but a simple statement of fact. Electrical discovery is only in the initial stage, and all that we have is simply a prelude to to the real discovery. The magic of radio would be completely unbelievable to the man of the eighteenth century. The discoveries and developments lying ahead in the twenty-first century, will be eqully unbelievable to the man of this century. . . . February 1944." (Esoteric Healing, p.378)