During concentration, one must make oneself as positive as possible to spooks and all
astral lower influences, but as negative as possible to the influence of . Concentrate on the idea of the Higher Self,
say for half an hour at first. Permit no other thought. By degrees you will be able to
unite your consciousness with the Higher Self. The Higher Self is always to be sought for
within, to look outside is a fatal mistake. The effort to be made is to reach the highest
self of which you are capable, and to hold yourself there. The registration of
consciousness on this higher plane takes place at the last moment of the passage back to
the physical. And this, together with the fact that "the Double" is often
active, often produces a state of double consciousness, a source of error.
In acquiring the power of concentration the first step is one of blankness; then
follows, by degrees, consciousness; and finally the passage between the two states becomes
so rapid and easy as to be almost unnoticed. During the moment of concentration the body
is in a brown study, and retains a sort of dream-perception (this of course applies only
to chelas). The Higher Self is shapeless, sexless, formless; it is a state of
consciousness, a breath.
The great difficulty to be overcome is the registration of the knowledge of the Higher
Self on the physical planes. To accomplish this the physical brain must be made an entire
blank to all but the higher consciousness; and the double (or astral body) must be
paralyzed or error will result. In the first place, try to put yourself in such a state as
not to feel anything that happens to the physical body, in fact to separate yourself from
your body. If in this attempt you feel anything, any foreign influence coming into you
from outside, break up the concentration at once.
The idea of the Master will prove the best safeguard against spooks, etc. The effort is
far more dangerous for psychics than for others, because their bodies are more sensitive,
and attract more various other powers of Nature. A sense of freedom is one of the marked
characteristics of the higher consciousness and the will effort needed to silence the body
is the same as that needed to forget pain. No two men pass through the same experience in
effecting the union with the Higher Self. The true Higher Self is "the Warrior"
referred to in Light on the Path, it never acts on this plane, where the real actor
is the Manas. This union with the Higher Self is the best means of killing out the sense
of separateness, and therefore man must become the slave of his Higher Self.
Masters are those who are born with a Nirmanakaya in them. Every one of you create for
yourselves a Master. Give him birth and objective being before you in the Astral Light. If
it is a real Master he will send his voice - if not a real Master then the voice will be
that of the Higher Self. Everyone will receive according to his own inner deserts, merits
Yellow is the color of the equilibrated Astral Light, called "Gold" and used
by Alchemists. Yellow is the male, pure; the red is the woman, the
The inborn psychic faculty being more sensitive comes in contact with more forces in
nature. The difference between a man born a psychic and one who is made is that the former
is a rough unpolished jewel, reflecting light superficially, (and usually they do not wish
to learn) while the other has a perfect polish all around, reflecting equally on all
sides. Each man must polish himself.
Have solidarity among yourselves as the finger of a hand: if one were cut all
would feel it; each must feel so towards the others. Judge the action, not the person,
because you never know the motive. Never judge human nature on its lowest level.
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