Sagittarius Festival Talk
The text which follows was an address given by a member of the Headquarters staff of Lucis Trust at one of our public meetings. The purpose of these brief talks is to prepare and seed the group mind for the real work to be done--group meditation. This talk can be used by individuals and groups who wish to cooperate with this service.
Good afternoon everyone and Welcome to the Festival of Sagittarius; a warm welcome also to the many friends and co-workers who are listening in on the internet via our website.
The keynote for Sagittarius is: I see the goal. I reach that goal and then I see another.
The astrological sign for Sagittarius is depicted in various ways. The traditional sign is one of a Centaur, half man and half horse, as an Archer. We are told that this symbol relates to the Atlantean period where the objective of evolution and development was based around human concerns, with a focus on material form, desire and aspiration. The true Aryan symbol is of an Archer on a white horse and signifies both aspiration and direction, aspiration being a personality goal and direction soul related. The man moves around the zodiac from the self-interested Leo to the one-pointedness of Sagittarius, a one-pointedness that is necessary to bring about the initiation that comes in Capricorn.1 It is interesting to note that the modern day symbol for Sagittarius contains only the arrow with a fragment of the bow depicted, the Archer, as has the Centaur, have dropped out of the picture completely.This is largely due to the move within humanity towards the inner life and away from the objective life. Increasingly humanity is focused on their inner life of emotions or the mental activity of the lower mind. The ‘monkey mind’ is a term commonly used today and represents this emphasis on the constant immersion in thoughts, how the awareness flits from one thought to another often to the extent that the outer world is no longer experienced in its true beauty and fullness. This inner activity varies depending on the level of consciousness of the individual and ranges from emotional and material ambition to spiritual aspiration or, in terms of the mind; it is used to bring about selfish interests or at the other extreme can be directed towards illumination through soul contact.
There is recognition today of this inner preoccupation, people are becoming increasingly aware that they are missing out by not fully experiencing life, that they are seemingly sleepwalking through it. By concentrating on the thought-life people are directing energy toward those thoughts and as such they become increasingly potent and illusory and often a source of unhappiness and stress. Stress is considered one of the biggest problems of the modern age and is the cause of many health issues from sleep deprivation, to diabetes and heart disease, to mention but a few. It is this that the many positive thinking programs and the mindfulness movement seek to address. For example, positive thinking programs deal with stress by encouraging the attitude of the observer to recognize those attitudes and repetitive thought processes that create stress. Mindfulness meditation concentrates on training people to focus on the objective world, to fully experience sensation, beauty, movement and sound, with the aim eventually of recognizing the subjective causes at the source of that objective world. These programs aim to redirect the mind away from its constant ruminations and back to engaging with life moment by moment. This encourages the mind to concentrate fully on that which is being experienced, which allows freedom from the machinations of the mind and not only does it relieve stress but brings about one-pointed focus.
Sagittarius is the sign of the mind and of one-pointedness - the arrow depicting the one-pointed focus needed to reach the goal. The disciple has mastered to a certain extent the emotional nature in Scorpio, is aware of the soul and apparent duality, and recognizes what is needed to achieve initiation in Capricorn. The fluid, restless mind has to be controlled and directed to tap the intuitional planes, to express love wisdom and to understand God’s Plan and the part the disciple has to play in that Plan.
Let us now re-center our consciousness as a group by sounding the affirmation of the disciple:
I am a point of light within a greater Light.
I am a way by which men may achieve.
And standing thus, revolve
Humanity is slowly coming to the realization that the thought-life directly impacts how life manifests. There is recognition that the ‘monkey mind’ causes suffering and there is a growing awareness of the importance of positive thinking. Bookstores are full of titles offering the chance of a better, more successful, richer life through the use of positive thinking. Perhaps one of the best known books on the subject is The Secreta self-help book published in 2006 by Rhonda Byrne. It is based on the law of attraction and claims thatpositive thinking can create life-changing results such as increased wealth, health, and happiness. The book has sold more than 19 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 46 languages,but it has attracted a great deal of controversy, as well as being parodied in several TV programs.
The Secretposits that the law of attractionis anatural law which determines the complete order of the universe and of our personal lives through the process of "like attracts like". The author claims that as we think and feel, a corresponding frequency is sent out into the universe that attracts back to us events and circumstances on that same frequency. For example, if you think angry thoughts and feel angry, it is claimed that you will attract back events and circumstances that cause you to feel more anger. Conversely, if you think and feel positively, you will attract back positive events and circumstances. Proponents of the law claim that desirable outcomes such as health, wealth, and happiness can be attracted simply by changing one's thoughts and feelings.
As esotercists we recognise the hints of truth that lie at the heart of this book and all others that teach the art of positive thinking. For, as we know, it is the power of thought that both limits and releases. The limiting nature of thought is perhaps a consequence of a natural laziness of the mind which tends towards the line of least resistance. The mental world of the average individual consists of beliefs which have been accepted without much questioning and to which there is considerable attachment. Any new ideas which are inconsistent with any of these established beliefs would require a rearrangement of the mind, a process that is protracted and requires considerable brain power that uses up energy. It is therefore easier and more agreeable to stick to the entrenched beliefs and as such they become crystallised. Fear then enters the mix because that, which has been crystallised and believed to be the foundations of society, for example, is then jeopardized by any new ideas that could lead to alterations to this accepted structure. The average man’s viewpoint is further reinforced by certain powerful sections of the community, such as business leaders, governments, class systems or religious traditions, whose interests are bound up with the maintenance of the established order and the ideas on which it rests.2
This tendency within humanity to concretise thought is symbolised in the manifested universe. For, the physical universe is the product of a thought that originated in the mind of God. The material manifestation of that thought, that is, the planets, stars, suns and the detailed life that exists within them, are the crystallisation of that thought. This crystallisation has come about due to imperfections in the desire nature which originate on the Cosmic Astral Plane where our planetary logos is currently polarised. We are told in Cosmic Fire that in due course of time, as the Logos achieves liberation from the trammels of physical matter, the whole objective system will come to be regarded as an idea or concept, clothed in a veil or sheath of subtler matter than the physical, and the logoic body will be viewed as the product of will and desire, and physical matter in any of its grades will not enter into its composition; it will therefore simply be a desire body.3 Crystallisation of God’s thought will no longer exist and therefore dense manifestation will also no longer exist.
The liberation of the Logos is in the hands of the human monads, it is through their concentrated and creative thought, free from concretisation and crystallisation, that there will come the redemption of the material realms. It is through ‘right thought’ that there will come liberation. The human monads, being sparks from the divine mind, are subject to the same astral influences, for ‘The thinker on the astral plane, the plane of desire and necessity, stands to the physical body as the Logos on the cosmic astral plane stands to His system’.4 Those in advanced humanity make manifest that which has been intuited but it is though attachment to that which is manifest by them and others, whether it is an ideal or a form, that crystallisation occurs. The desire nature is an important part of bringing the idea into manifestation, however once manifest the desire for its continuation causes it to crystallise. The Tibetan talks of the Forces of Darkness as powerful energies that are pre-eminently the forces of crystallisation, of form preservation, of the attractiveness of matter, and of the lure of that which is existent in the form life of the three worlds.5
Socrates the philosopher was very aware of this inherent laziness of the mind and its tendency toward crystallisation and he sought to counter this through encouraging debate wherever he went. He taught those with whom he conversed to bring all popular beliefs before the bar of reason, to approach every inquiry with an open mind, and not to judge by the opinion of the majority or the dictates of authority. He encouraged people to seek truth rather than accept an opinion just because it is held by a great many people. He encouraged debate by urging people to break down a problem into a series of questions, where the answers to these questions bring about greater understanding of the problem - the Socratic Method as it is known today. He also taught that wrongdoing was a consequence of ignorance, for in essence, ignorance is the crystallisation of thought, and therefore, those who did wrong knew no better because they were limited by their own thought-forms. Debate provides a forum for the dismantling of concrete thought, reducing ignorance and encouraging a pursuit of wisdom.
The mind therefore, is not only restless and fluid but it is resistant to new ideas and those ideas to which it is attached, therefore limit. It is the disciple in Sagittarius who through one-pointed focus raises his conscious to beyond the restless lower mind and brings the personality into right relation with the soul. From this perspective, that is, a soul perspective, the disciple contacts the subjective truth that lies behind all ideas, situations and forms, and is therefore no longer limited by them. He recognises their relation to the overall Plan and realises the creative part he has to play in bringing that Plan about.
While the law of attraction as outlined in The Secret identifies a truth, which is that each individual creates their own life through the quality of their thought, for, as we know, energy follows thought. The disciple, however, recognises that the desire based nature of those thoughts leads only to eventual crystallisation which traps the thinker deeper within the material. The key to redemption, to aiding the Logos in freeing Himself from material expression, comes from the ability to identify all soul and personality activity with God’s Plan, that is, identification with God’s Will. For, as the Tibetan tells us “there is no true direction apart from thought” and that thought is power. There will be no real comprehension of the direction of God’s Plan unless disciples work to subject their own lives to mental direction. The mind must be directed towards and eventually polarised in the soul so that the disciple can then expresses love-wisdom in all that he thinks and does. This he does through continually re-directing his mind to that, which is harmless and selfless, that which is for the good of the whole, and not for the satisfaction of the individual. He learns therefore to put group need before his own.
In order to achieve harmlessness and selflessness in all thought and action the disciple must be continually conscious, continually the observer, or in other words, fully aware in the moment and this requires Sagittarian one-pointedness. The inherent laziness of the mind is not permitted there has to be constant vigilance with regard to intention.
Additionally, it is necessary to maintain detachment from the thoughts that are observed and that which have been created. It is easier to understand attachment in terms of the material and the emotional, however, the disciple also has to maintain indifference to the thoughts that he creates, for, as we know, attachment to thought leads to crystallisation and further imprisonment. Freedom from attachment is brought about when the fires of desire are overcome, the desire to hold on to the perceived truth of an idea or ideal. For, as we know truth constantly changes in relation to consciousness. All perceived truths are in reality partial truths and as one aspect of truth is grasped there is yet a greater understanding and a greater truth to be revealed. As the Sagittarius keynote tells us, once a goal is reached another appears on the horizon, as a truth is revealed a greater truth stands tantalizingly in the distance.
Through transcending attachment to forms on all the three planes, that is, physical, astral and mental the form nature is no longer stimulated because energy is not directed towards it and consciousness being occupied on the higher intuitive plane therefore brings liberation from matter.
It is from the plane of the intuition that there comes a true understanding of the Plan and the disciple is then in a position to aid in this creative purpose. This brings us back to the idea of positive thinking, for change in the world comes about through change in the individual. The disciple therefore, through his belief in his own powers of transformation, creates vehicles of expression that reflect the true nature of the soul. Through positive thinking, or the ‘As If’ technique as we call it, he creates a redemptive thought-form that he then becomes. He then learns through various crises and lessons that attachment to that thought-form also has to go, for thought limits, for mind slays the real, and eventually intuition must take its place.
It is through contact with the Plan that there comes a sense of direction, as the disciple becomes increasingly aware of the Plan there comes an effort to identify all soul and personality activity with it. In reality the disciple’s thought follows the direction of God’s thought, or in other words, he becomes identified with God’s Will. He then through the power of his thought creates thought-forms that aid in the bringing about of the Plan. For, in order to carry out positive action there must firstly be positive vision, the vision is created at the esoteric heart of the New Group of World Servers and is brought into being through their action. The disciple therefore creates in a higher and spiritual sense; through the power to visualise and through the use of the creative imagination he creates Life itself. It is through these creative thought-forms that the Hierarchy works, they vitalise, stimulate and magnetise them, increasing their potency and through this work they bring about the Plan on earth. The Tibetan tells us that the planetary Hierarchy, working under the inspiration of the Divine Vision as it is embodied in the Plan, seeks to evoke a response to that Plan in every human heart, and by fostering and fanning that response, to evoke not only a mental understanding but also an aspirational desire.6
Perhaps, positive thinking and its effects are best summed up by Confucius - The more man meditates upon good thoughts the better will be his world and the world at large. It is to this that the Full Moon Meditation contributes, so let us utilise our creative imaginations and through the power of our united thought let us create a more lighted and loving world.
The keynote is:
I see the goal. I reach that goal and then I see another.