Working With Esoteric Psychology

Over twenty years ago someone suggested that I read the works of Alice Bailey and Djwhal Kuhl.

Being a researcher and a trained chemical physicist, I approached them with an able and open mind. I did not discount anything therein a priori. I suspect that many with a similar educational background to me would not be so openminded and might think mention of Atlantis far-fetched. They would probably have difficulty with the way in which the words energy, ray and vibration are used.

I am able to turn off my physical sciences adherence to scientific jargon because I do not believe it to be sacrosanct.

I approached the texts with the notion of the dreamer and the dreamed, a parallel to the Soul and the personality. I also had the concept that there are seven dreaming classes which you might say are seven colours or shades of Soul. I was daily doing a meditation called dreaming practice the purpose of which is allow the dreamer to infuse the dreamed and eventually take over the steering wheel of the lower vehicle. In this practice the skilled practitioner enters the dreaming colour pertaining to the dreaming class of their dreamer.

Because of the fact that I used many different types of lasers I was able to guess the wavelength of visible light to an accuracy of a couple of nanometres. I worked very closely with colour in often dark rooms. I approached the books not with the intention of picking holes but to absorb the material and see what my intuition made of it.

What I found in this opus was well argued, if in slightly dated language and internally consistent. I was in no way able to grasp all of the content on the first read, not by a long shot. It was clear to me the author, purporting to be the Tibetan, has a considerable and far reaching intellect and some comprehensive memory and attention to detail. The works span a scope greater than several dozen Ph.D. theses.

I was drawn to some volumes more than others. I don’t get anything from Astrology, it is not my bag.

I did find the concepts outlined in a Treatise on the Seven Rays, attractive. The nomenclature did not put me off. Able to enter the colour of my dreamer, it made sense to me to say that the Soul is upon a particular ray. I looked at the various tabulations and found that my colour was that of the second ray or love-wisdom. I read all the descriptions / advice pertaining and it all sat well. In some cases, uncannily so. Therefore because of my different approach I knew my Soular ray before my personality ray. Although compassionate I am not lovey-dovey so I guess I err on the wisdom side.

In the late nineties I did a foundation course in shamanics. As a teenager I read every book on Witchcraft I could get my hands on. The librarian thought it odd that I was a boy…{sexist?} My approach has always been synthetic, I tend to look for commonality and similarity and I do not pick holes just for the sake of it. As a working hypothesis it seemed to me that my personality ray was ray 7, synthesis, ceremonial order or magic.

So, I looked up the technique for personality coordination and gave it a go.

Ray Seven

    ” ‘I seek to bring the two together. The plan is in my hands. How shall I work? Where lay the emphasis? In the far distance stands the One Who Is. Here at my hand is form, activity, substance, and desire. Can I relate these and fashion thus a form for God? Where shall I send my thought, my power the word that I can speak?

    ‘I, at the center, stand, the worker in the field of magic. I know some rules, some magical controls, some Words of Power, some forces which I can direct. What shall I do? Danger there is. The task that I have undertaken is not easy of accomplishment, yet I love power. I love to see the forms emerge, created by my mind, and do their work, fulfil the plan and disappear. I can create. The rituals of the Temple of the Lord are known to me. How shall I work?

    ‘Love not the work. Let love of God’s eternal Plan control your life, your mind, your hand, your eye. Work towards the unity of plan and purpose which must find its lasting place on earth. Work with the Plan; focus upon your share in that great work.’

    The word goes forth from soul to form: ‘Stand in the center of the pentagram, drawn upon that high place in the East within the light which ever shines. From that illumined center work. Leave not the pentagram. Stand steady in the midst. Then draw a line from that which is without to that which is within and see the Plan take form.’ “

For an extended period, every night either before or after my science work (physical chemistry lectures and marking) I lit some incense, then lit five candles and placed them on my lounge carpet. I started the construction in the East. In my mind’s eye I drew a pentagram of fire connecting them one at each point. I then entered the pentagram from the East. I lay down on the floor so that my body was entirely inside the pentagram and my head pointing to the top, northern, candle. {Point upwards}

Every time I left the pentagram it was via the East. I would ceremonially undo the pentagram in the exact reverse sequence I made it, taking the utmost care with my actions.

There I did my dreaming practice and intended the integration of my personality. It seemed to work as after a while I seemed to be more together, coordinated.

Whenever I got a bit unbalanced by life events, a bit tetchy, all I had to do was seek out East the place of clarity and sobriety. A short visualisation of a pentagram around me, vertical if I was standing, and bingo calm returned.

Many years later I did a mediation to construct the lower sheaths.

I am not sure what my vital/etheric sheath or astral/emotional sheath are.  I did work it out, but I have forgotten now. It is in one of my lab books. My mental ray is five…

From another meditation I have seen the colour of my Monad.

So, I guess, according to the extensive works on esoteric psychology I am Monad 1, Soul 2, Personality 7 and Mental 5…

It all hangs together nicely for me and makes quite a lot of sense. It took a long, long time…

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