Those aspirants who stand in the forefront of humanity and whose task it is to confront the world glamor and forge a way through it, have the task of releasing soul energy and mind potency. Among these pioneering souls you should take your stand, realizing the magnitude of the opportunity and the imminence of the hour of release.
You stand on the verge of accepted discipleship. This means that you will shortly have to add to your battle with glamor that of the battle with illusion. Are you strong enough for this? Forget not, that a disciple who is dealing with the aspiration of his nature and who is also wrestling with the problems that result from mental polarization and awareness, and with the energies which become active through soul contact, is rapidly becoming an integrated personality. His task is not therefore easy and calls for the focused activity of his best self. By that phrase, I mean the soul and the aspirational personality.
Already you are battling somewhat with the illusion of ideas with which I dealt in my last instruction. You are thus beginning to develop that discrimination which will lead to right choice of life themes. In this instruction I seek to cast some light upon the glamor which confronts the disciple as an individual and also consider the aspect of glamor with which he must deal as a world server in training.
Speaking symbolically, I would say that the planetary astral body (viewing it from soul levels) is lost in the depths of a surrounding fog. When at night you look out at some dear sky, you see the stars and suns and planets shining with a clear cold brilliancy and with a twinkling blazing light which penetrates for many millions of miles (or light years as they are called) until the human eye registers them and records the existence of these shining stars. Looking, however, at the astral body of the planet, could you but do so, you would see no such clear shining but simply a murky ball of seeming steam and mist and fog. This fog is of a density and thickness which would indicate not only impenetrability but also those conditions which are unfavorable to life. Yet we pass and come and go, we the Teachers on the inner side; and in that fog – seeing all things misshapen and distorted – labor the sons of men. Some are so habituated to the fog and the density that they remain oblivious of its existence, regarding it as right and good and the unchangeable place of their daily life. Others have caught faint glimpses of a clearer world wherein more perfect forms and shapes can be seen and where the fog hides not a dimly sensed reality – though what that reality may be they know not. Still others, such as yourselves, see before you an open path leading to the clear light of day. You know not yet, however, that as you tread the path you must, on the Path itself, work actively and intelligently with the surrounding glamor, following a trail blazed by those who have liberated themselves from the environing mists and passed on into a world of clear horizons. So much of the time spent by disciples on the Path is a process of almost cyclic immersion in glamor and fog, alternating with hours of clarity and vision.
There are four things which you who seek to work with glamor need to grasp; four basic recognitions which, when understood, will serve to clear and lighten, and therefore straighten your way:
- Each human being stands in an environing world of glamor which is the result of:
- His own past, with its wrong thinking, selfish desires, and misinterpretation of the purposes of life. There is, or has been, no comprehension of the intended life purpose as visioned by the soul and there cannot be until there is some definite organization of the mental body.
- His family “desire life,” both past and present. This becomes increasingly potent as evolution proceeds and the desire life of the family unit becomes marked and emphasized, constituting then inherited and demonstrated psychological tendencies and characteristics.
- National glamor, which is the sumtotal of the desire life, plus the illusions, of any nation. These we term national characteristics and they are so persistent and marked that they are usually recognized as embodying national psychological traits. These are, of course, based on ray tendencies, past history, and world interrelations but constitute in themselves a glamorous condition out of which every nation must work as it marches on towards the realization of (and identification with) reality.
- An extension of the above idea into what we call racial glamor, using the word race to mean the human race. This constitutes a very ancient glamor or almost a series of glamors, of entrenched desires, potent aspirations of some kind and definitely human-made forms which – fluidic, enveloping and pulsating with dynamic life – seek to hold the consciousness of humanity upon the astral plane. Such a glamorous concept is that of money and its materialistic value. This glamorous desire is like a dense widely distributed fog, cutting off the vision of truth, and distorting a very large number of human values.
- This fog, this glamor which envelops humanity at this time must be realized as a definite substantial thing, and must be dealt with as such. The disciple or aspirant who is seeking to dispel glamor, either in his own life or as a service rendered to the world, must recognize that he is working with substance, with the breaking up of the forms which it has assumed, and with the dissipation of a material all-enveloping substance – material in the same sense as thought-forms are substantial things but (and here is a point of importance) of a less substantial nature than the forms of glamor found upon the astral plane. We are quite willing to remember that “thoughts are things” and that they have a form life and a purpose of their own. But they have a more unique and separate existence, and more clearly defined and more definite outlines. The forms of glamor on the astral plane are even more substantial but are less clearly defined. Thought-forms are dynamic, penetrating, clear cut and outlined. Glamors are smothering, vague, and enveloping. In them, a person is immersed as in the ocean or in a “sea of fog.” With thought-forms, he is confronted or faced, but not immersed. It might almost be said that the astral body of a person comes into being as a part of the general world glamor; it is difficult for him to differentiate between his own astral body and the glamors which affect and sway and submerge him. His problem upon the mental plane is more clearly defined, even if it is equally difficult.
- Astral glamor is a form of energy and an energy of great potency, owing to three factors:
- It is of such an ancient rhythm, being inherent in astral substance itself, that it is most difficult for a human being to become aware of it or to understand it; it is the result of the agelong activity of human desire.
- It is a corporate part of a man’s own energy nature, and therefore constitutes for him the line of least resistance; it is part of a great world process and therefore a part of the individual life process also, and is, in itself, not wrong but an aspect of reality. This realization necessarily complicates man’s thought about it.
- It is likewise definitely Atlantean in nature, being brought to a very high point of development in that race. It can therefore only be finally dissipated by the Aryan race using the right technique. The individual who is learning to dissipate glamor has to do two things:
- Stand in spiritual being.
- Keep the mind steady in the light.
From this it will be apparent that the energy of the astral plane as it expresses itself in the sentient desire life of the race, produces the major glamors of humanity, and can only be dissipated, dispersed and dispelled by the bringing in of the higher energy of the mind, motivated by the soul.