it means to be Ourselves:1
grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to
change those things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.í
this series of articles we are looking at attitudes and practices which,
although they may be adopted with good intention, stand to trap the spirit
of the aspirant, especially those working alone. The usual reasons for
this are that the idea has been taken out of context, that there is an
inadequate sense of perspective, or that the idea is anachronistic. We are
all the time changing and the spiritual slant has to change too if it is
to remain vital. This is becoming increasingly evident
as the Aquarian Age begins to settle in.
line with the DK Foundationís approach we are looking at this matter in
the context of the western, post New Age landscape.
this article and that which follows we are looking at what it means to be
thing I find so perplexing about the P.C. manuals that have been lavished
upon by those who would have me become more self-sufficient in this area,
is that even though they are written for beginners, none seems to start at
a basic enough level by defining crucial words and terms. They presuppose
a conversance with technical terms that I simply do not have, although I
understand just about enough to know that one cannot guess or approximate.
These terms describe specific functions, functions that will do what they
are designed to do and nothing else. Amongst those who understand the
terms there is consensus about the purpose of these functions because
there is no scope for interpretation or improvisation.
is not the case with so many of the terms circulating in spiritual
circles. Here the same words and terms can mean many different things to
many different people. We can usually always attach some meaning to them
even though it may not be that intended in the context with which we meet
it, and we can be quite unaware of this.
so rarely do people define their terms. People working within specific
traditions will talk to others outside the tradition as if their
specialist terminology were universally applicable.
have often pondered why this should be. Is it that they don't want to
think about the terms they are using in any analytical way; either because
they canít be bothered and that they trust that the sound itself will
convey the meaning? Is it rooted in a sense of the self-evident nature of
the truth, in identification, or, in some basic need to reinforce identity
by using certain terms regardless of whether they communicate anything to
anyone else? Is it simply a lack of awareness of the problem?
the reason, it a risky business assuming anything these days. The New Age
has thrown open the doors to a lot of different traditions, creating a
Babel of terms, assumptions and approaches. The most that one can say is
that they are all designed to move us on in some way because this is the
point of spirituality.
the matter of being ourselves. Are
those of us on the path involved in bringing about changing ourselves or
in acquiring acceptance of who and what we are? Is feeling all right about
ourselves a help or a hindrance? How can we be ourselves if we are
striving to control and restrain certain characteristics?
they look at them closely, these matters can be a source of real confusion
to people. Many of my students have admitted this eventually, but most
were trying to avoid thinking about such things at all, hoping that one
day it would become clear. Some have been inclined to call it a paradox.
is not a paradox: it is a matter of angles.
let us look at the nature of change itself.
can come about in one of three ways. It can be said to have three aspects.
we use the terminology of astrology, we can identify these aspects as
Jupiter - involves changing the status quo by adding to it.
Saturn - involves changing the status quo by consciously
eliminating aspects of it.
Vulcan - involves destroying the status quo in order to
release the spirit within the form
is a second ray planet, and so those spiritual traditions
that emphasize bringing about change through expanding and adding,
are usually on the second/sixth ray.
In their dealings with self and other they encourage forgiveness,
acceptance, compassion and inclusiveness, devotionalism is the means of
raising solar plexus (emotional) energy and opening the heart centre.
Their goal is the absorption of the lower (the personality) in the
higher (the soul). As regards moving on, the negative aspect of this angle
on spirituality, which encourages acceptance, is ineffectiveness and
in a third ray planet and the traditions which emphasis struggle,
detection of personality weaknesses, and self-mastery are usually on the
third/seventh ray and their means are mental disciplines to open the
throat and later, the head centres, the development of discernment and the
manipulation of form. The negative aspect of this angle on spirituality,
which encourages a critical perspective, is intellectualism, harshness and
is a first ray planet and the first ray does not lend itself to
consolidation. It works through people and organizations that are usually
short lived, that do their job of challenging existing forms and then
disband. The negative aspect of this angle on spirituality, which
encourages the removal of structures, is unaccountability and loss of
a person working with the second/sixth rays, being oneself means becoming
the divine part of oneself, the soul.
a person working on the third/seventh ray, being oneself means gaining
control over the personality vehicle in order to become useful to the soul
in accordance with the capacities of the personality.
a person working with the first ray, being oneself means maximizing
oneís vitality by eliminating constraints, to serve the purpose of life
of us will change in consciousness in the way that we are designed and
will become ourselves in accordance with the way our ray perceives that
process. This is why people working with the second ray will only make so
much headway with a third ray organizations and vice versa. This
is why we simply waste time if the third ray argues against the
assumptions and perspectives of the second, or the second against the
third. It is time to recognise this state of affairs, and the
analytical third ray aspirant must take the responsibility to show the way
by working with this knowingness.
ray people can work with both second and third ray approaches, and, indeed
some traditions combine elements of both without giving one, precedence
over the other.
a spiritual aspirant, ask yourself in what, primarily, you would place
it in losing your sense of separation and limitation and all the
miseries attendant upon this by becoming more loving, compassionate
it in tasking yourself, getting your personality in order and making
yourself more organised, purposeful and effective?
maybe one does not recommend itself over the other, or you think
that organised spirituality is an irrelevance and find your
inspiration in nature?
answer should help you find the kind of spirituality that will enable you
to become yourself, however you are going to define that.
But be aware that it may take you a long time and direct, personal
experience with different traditions to be able to distinguish between the
voice of the soul and the voice of memory. Your choice of route, if it is
an accurate choice, will be more than comforting; it will be challenging
and will serve you in a practical way in the circumstances of everyday
D.K. Foundation works with on the third ray and so we help people to
become themselves through organising their personalities to become both
effective and soul-aligned. In this task we use the map of the natal
chart. We focus upon making
the Sun the assemblage point of personality consciousness and assess how
best the personality will make its contribution. We encourage challenging
the patterns described by the Moonís placement and use the Saturn
problem to gain mastery and to learn discernment.
course, we are most attractive to those on the third, fourth and seventh
ray who are focused upon soul-personality alignment. In the longer term we
will not offer the kind of emotional nourishment that the second or sixth
ray aspirant needs, but to all people we offer a way of clearing the
ground of the clutter of conditioning so that they can see clearly who
they are, what their development requires, and
how best they may make a return.
is the enemy of authenticity and in the next article, Understanding
Our Personalities; we will examine the matter of clearing the ground
so that the personality, the vehicle of the soul, can show itself.