Points of Revelation
It might here be noted by you, as we consider this entire subject of revelation from the angle of the initiate, that (in the initiatory process where the disciple is concerned) revelation is simply one way of expressing the constantly recurring effects of pressure forward and of vision. Throughout the entire evolutionary process there is essentially nothing but a growing revelation. The two terms, Evolution and Revelation, go together. Any distinction lies within the field of revelation or – to word it otherwise – within the various planes of consciousness, and particularly that in which the revelation is taking place. Earlier I said that “the next sequential revelation will be that of creativity, of the world of thoughtforms which humanity as a whole has created and the setting in motion – by humanity and in relation to its own destiny – of the Law of Cause and Effect or Karma. This will take its back into the very night of time and demonstrate the hope of the present era.”
Revelation is both formless and also within form, and the closer to realization, the more subtle and devoid of form will be the revelation. This is, of course, a platitude of which you are well aware but it needs renewed recognition. Again, there is necessarily, in revelation, always the concept of Light and that which it reveals. Light on the physical plane produces the organ of vision, the eye through which revelation of physical areas of consciousness becomes possible; the same theme of light runs through the analogous process by means of synchronizing instruments upon all planes; nevertheless the physical concept of instrument falls increasingly into the background, and other words take its place as we deal with higher areas of consciousness: Recognizing Perception. Interpreting Perception. Spiritual Perception. Decisive Perception. These terms will suffice to convey to the disciple the nature of the recognitions which he renders to the revelation that unfolds before him, once he is an initiate within the Ashram and is changing his apparatus of perception from the tangible one of the three worlds (tangible because within the world of forms) to the higher correspondences which he must use in the future.
It is at the sixth Initiation of Decision that Perception and Recognition of the revelation reach their heights for the initiate. After this, the subtler correspondences to the tangible senses of taste and smell begin definitely to demonstrate, but with them we shall not deal, for they are effects of revelation so far removed from the possible achievement of the majority of the Masters that they concern us not; they are more properly related to the unfolding consciousness of those who function in the Council Chamber of Shamballa. Human evolution or the human evolutionary process is entirely concentrated around the sense of sight, with its consequent effects and results of vision, recognition and perception – all of them constituting what we mean when we speak of revelation.
This revelation can be – as I said – either in form or formless; it can be a pictorial symbol or a subtle demonstration; it can be expressed only in words, or it can take the form of wordless recognition; it can be a goal or a future sensed possibility, but it can also be an incentive and the dynamic impulse of the initiate’s life because it is not distant but is a real aspect of his divine equipment – I know not how else to express these possibilities to you, my brothers. It is with these aspects of revelation that we are here dealing, because they are strictly aspirational developments and are available as a result of ashramic training and of hierarchical initiation.
I would remind you that in all that I am giving you in this series of instructions I am dealing with hierarchical initiations and not with those advanced stages of unfoldment which are referred to when the subject of the Christ arises or of those times when he is spoken of as the Teacher of the Angels. Let us keep our thinking and its resultant aspiration in the realm of human possibilities. I would have you note the distinction that can be made between the aspiration which precedes thought and which presupposes an emotional orientation to light and revelation, and that which is the consequence of thought and which is the seed of an oriented perception of that which lies permanently within the consciousness of the Hierarchy.
As we consider these revelations, I would like to take them up with you from a somewhat new angle; I would ask you to remember that the concept of Light must always be established by you mentally, alongside that of the revelation itself. I would ask you also to remember that I am dealing with revelations which are no longer true revelations, because they have been formulated by the initiates of today and made visible in words. Revelation is therefore, as far as you are concerned, of two kinds:
Those that have been recognized and perceived in the past and (consequently) have been “reduced to words” – using the phrase in its occult and limiting significance.
Those that are as yet unrevealed to any except those who have taken the fourth initiation. The three points of revelation (indicated by me) can usefully be related by you to the first three initiations, though they necessarily have an interpretation appropriate to all the initiations.
Let me express for you here – in their briefest form – the four points of Revelation already indicated, and then “in the Light” let us consider them as suggested earlier.
1. Energy follows thought and the eye directs the energy.
Involves the physical plane.
Relates to the first initiation.
Concerns the ajna center and the so-called third eye.
2. The will is an expression of the Law of Sacrifice.
Involves the astral plane.
Relates to the second initiation.
Concerns the heart center, the “advancing point of Light.”
3. The Monad is to the planetary Logos what the third eye is to man.
Involves the mental plane.
Relates to the third initiation.
Concerns the head center, the light of Purpose.
4. Purpose itself is only an energy, released within the confines of the Council Chamber. There it must take shape.
Involves the buddhic or intuitional plane.
Relates to the fourth initiation.
Concerns the throat center. Light upon the Path.
There follows next the fifth revelation, which is as follows:
When the light of the seven Rays is blended with that of the seventh Ray, then light supernal can be known.
5. Involves the atmic plane.
Relates to the fifth and sixth initiations.
Concerns the alta major center. Extra-planetary light.
You will see therefore, brother of mine, how very abstruse these apparently simple statements anent revelation can be. As I have formulated them above, they indicate the revelation in its primary and initiatory individual recognition; the meaning is, however, far greater than appears, and is in reality related to the unfolding purpose of the planetary Logos, involving the planetary Council. All that I have here given you in connection with the seven centers (if brought into relation with all that I have given you in A Treatise on Cosmic Fire will afford you some general idea of the various planetary significances. This I have personally no time to do, even if it were desirable, but it will be obvious that what I have indicated along the line of correspondences must be true, for the ancient truism “as above, so below” holds eternally good, and it is the task of the Hierarchy to demonstrate this. The relation of the microcosm to the macrocosm can never be broken, and that relationship is deeply involved in these five points of revelation.
It has been occultly stated that:
“The five points of the five-pointed star are pyramids of ascension and, at the summit of each point – hidden within the emanating rays – lies a point of revelation, off-setting the radiation but preserving the deeply seated magnetism. Thus is there symbolized the going forth, the coming back and the point of peace, surrounded by activity.”
I will endeavour (as we consider these points of revelation) to express as far as may be this relationship of the smaller to the great, of the part to the whole, and of the five points of spiritual contact upon the physical plane (outlets for the energy generated in the planetary centers) with the sumtotal of the means of expression. These centers are brought into expression – as far as the points of revelation are concerned – at their respective initiations:
1. The ajna center.
2. The heart center.
3. The head center.
4. The throat center.
5. The alta major center.
I say not that these five exits for planetary energy are the planetary centers, for they are not; I say that they are the points through which the energy of a planetary center is directed in the service of humanity at this particular time. The centers of the planetary Logos are necessarily directed in their inflow and outflow from Shamballa, they are expressions of the Purpose underlying the creative evolutionary process. The five corresponding exits are those which, in this cycle, disperse the energy – generated by the Hierarchy, under the inspiration of the divine Purpose and directed towards the carrying out of the Plan.
It is wise to remember that the Plan is as much of the divine Purpose as can be brought into expression upon the planet – under the Law of Evolution and the tension of this planetary crisis through which we are passing at this time – or at any one time or particular epoch in time and space.