The goal of information
The Information Society is a key factor in the drive towards synthesis; for through information and communications technology, the collective mind of humanity can be more rapidly synthesised into an invoking agent of the divine. Before this revolutionary goal can be achieved though, humanity’s thinking must be integrated and appropriately directed.
Although mental direction powered by selfish desire is rampant in the world at this time, mental direction powered by love-wisdom and the consecration of thought to the good of the whole is rapidly increasing, even if it is not immediately apparent. A vast realignment with the direction of God’s thought is taking place and as we’re all caught up in the state of flux that this reorientation entails, it’s difficult to hold onto the spiritual vision that instigated it. But as part of the cause of this great planetary shake-up, each of us can also be part of the solution, as we fight our own psychological battles and cast out the inner demons that are obscuring the light. Through meditation, we can transmute the energy of conflict within ourselves into a point of tension above our everyday consciousness, and learn to hold this creative vibration no matter what is happening. In this way we are helping to thin the veils between the inner and outer worlds so that the energy of the spiritual Hierarchy can flow through more freely.
It is through the right use of the fire of mind that human direction is determined, and those who are responsive to the inner vision are urged to lift their eyes above the fires of materialistic pleasure seeking towards the pure fire of soul consciousness. We do this by aiming beyond the intellect towards the intuition – towards the “flame that gleams beyond the mind revealing direction sure” – the mind providing a foundation from which to project.
Right mental direction
Meticulously laid out in the same document were some 67 points describing a common vision of the Information Society. While simplicity and creative vitality rarely characterise these types of documents, nonetheless the detail of principled thinking indicates the tremendous amount of spiritualised mental energy that has gone into them; they form part of a precipitation process, whereby ideas infused with the energy of synthesis slowly emerge into more concrete expression. When there is so much dire need in the world, the process may seem exasperatingly slow, but these potent thought-forms can gather further momentum if they are sufficiently publicised worldwide. The intelligent desire of the masses provides decisive impetus for their precipitation onto the physical plane sooner, rather than later, and we can therefore see what a vital role the media has in this process. Over the last decade, there has been a significant growth in the public’s demand for world news and current affairs, with 24-hour news accessible via radio, television, mobile phone and Internet. This interest in international news demonstrates a shift in identity away from the national and towards a more global state of consciousness.
Intellect serving the intuition
Many of the children of today will play a large role in shaping the direction in which the Information Age ultimately takes us; and their natural aptitude for computers, combined with an education based on social responsibility and the right sharing of ideas, can lead to the spiritualization of the World Wide Web as a tool for integrating the world mind around the highest aspects of human thinking. Concentrated group thinking of this kind generates a field of magnetic tension that is invocative of the Universal Mind and the Ideas that are ready to precipitate from it, and so we can see the potential for revelations of many kinds if all proceeds as it should. The Triangles network3 – an archetypal communications network – has been in place for many decades now performing this kind of function, as it circulates the light, love and power of the Plan. And undoubtedly this is facilitating the externalisation of communication networks in the physical world, as the living essence of the ethers is prepared and organised for future developments in telecommunications.
This preparation of the ethers is also facilitating the next logical stage of communication – telepathy – where the familiar tools are eventually bypassed, and direct communication between minds supervenes. This may be a distant future for most – one reason why it is not more prevalent now is the amount of psychic noise in the planetary aura, with great rushing hither and thither in pursuit of desires, much of which is driving the Internet. There is therefore an increasing need for “restraint of speech through control of thought”, and as many minds fall into this state of silent receptivity, alignment with the direction of God’s thought can take place, and telepathy will rapidly start to hold sway.
First thoughts suggest that these developments could herald a further step towards materialism and increased noise, but it is certainly the case that we are heading towards a more silent age, where the roar of machinery has been replaced by a silent, invisible technology. Provided we are not lured further down the path of materialism, intelligence embedded into matter in the service of humanity has the potential to revolutionise the world. It will free us up to become more creative and delve further into the esoteric nature of light, at a time when the seventh ray of ceremony and order is organising etheric and physical substance into a matrix so that the higher aspects of divine light can penetrate down into the physical plane. The seventh ray provides a "transitory point of synthesis” for blending all the seven rays together into one great energetic Light. Embedding intelligence into the substance of the environment is an initial, unconscious participation in this process through which the light of the planet will be further intensified. Substance is already imbued with active intelligence from the past, and is easily persuaded to take on smart characteristics and capabilities; and the goal is for this substance to take on another quality, that of active love. By introducing order into substance and then radiating the spiritual fire of love throughout all communications and interactions, humanity will eventually participate consciously in this majestic process.
We have to remember that ‘embedded intelligence’ is really the conscious control of matter, for all substance is alive and conscious in its own way. The atom itself demonstrates its own peculiar state of consciousness, and nowhere is dead matter to be found – all is infused with the life of God. This gives an interesting slant on the debate about artificial intelligence and whether there is a point where machines may cross a threshold and become truly conscious; it is, however, a moot point, for like every other form, they already display a rudimentary, if unrecognisable, form of consciousness.
Alice Bailey informs us that science is yet to acknowledge the ‘entified’ nature of substance, and thus account for the life that energizes the substance of the three lower subplanes, and when the scientist begins to work with the consciousness that animates substance (atomic or electronic), and when he brings under his conscious control the forms built of this substance, he will gradually realise that all entities of all grades and of varying constitutions go to the construction of that which is seen. This will not be until science has definitely admitted the existence of etheric matter, and until it has developed the hypothesis that this ether is in differing vibrations. When the etheric counterpart of all that exists is allocated to its rightful place, and known to be of more importance in the scale of being than the dense vehicle, being essentially the body of the life, or vitality, then the role of the scientist and the esoteric investigator will merge.
Grounding the energy of light
1. For more information, see www.wsis.org