I took the First Hour Service as usual last night and during it had, what seemed to me, was a significant experience.
One of the difficulties in all forms of psychic development is discriminating between physical sensations and psychic ones. For example, spiritual energies can cause a tingling sensation in the physical body, but so can a physical allergic reaction. Giving healing can cause considerable heat in the palms of the hands, but so can a radiator. Silly examples maybe, but you get the point.
When trying to see the third eye you have to make sure you’re not looking at the retention of the physical image of an electrical light or the sun if you’ve been looking at them or, even with your eyes closed, they are visible to you.
For that reason I do my practices wherever possible in a darkened room where this cannot happen. Then I know that the light I see is internal.
However, during the Service, while my eyes were closed at one point and the image of the physical light was still present, so also was the internal light and I could easily distinguish between the two.
The light from the third eye was very small on this occasion, little more than a pinprick, but much brighter and much whiter.
Of course that was not my reason for being there so I did not concentrate on this, but I did observe it as a definite factor.
One of the things I’ve noticed in my attempts to raise kundalini and open the third eye, is the activation, sometimes intensely, of the solar plexus centre. In fact, this has been an obstruction to me and I am having to learn, sometimes with difficulty, to detach from it.
If I think back this is a problem I encountered as a teenager, although I didn’t then know what it was. I very clearly remember strong sensations in what I considered to be my stomach area then.
Although they felt physical I knew even then that they weren’t, but what they were I didn’t know, except they were somehow related to mind and in those days connected them to my creative process as a would-be composer and playwright.
As soon as I see and focus on the light in the head the solar plexus seems to “kick into action” and I have to still myself and detach from that in order to proceed further.
This detachment can be achieved without any force, but for me it doesn’t happen naturally – I have to make it happen. I put it down to lives of nadic flow in a certain direction which has to be re-programmed, as it were, by me.
I suppose it takes time for a tanker to change course on an ocean and that seems to be what is happening here.
Yesterday I realised the blindingly obvious – that the Practice of the Presence is an embryonic state of cosmic consciousness.
Apologies if I’m way behind you on this.
As I see it, the white light is a purifying force, the violet flame coming from the Mother Earth could be connected to kundalini; these are risen to the crown centre in their entirety and the result is divine illumination in the form of the golden light throughout our being.
In his version of the practice on March 16th, 1963, the Master Aetherius talks about this golden light vibrating every cell of the body so that your heart sings with joy, your brain rejoices and you feel the blood singing in your ears a hymn of praise to this nectar of the Gods.
He says that the voice of the internal organs sing in praise as this sweet golden nectar flows through them, that they thrill to it. At its height this would undoubtedly be samadhic bliss, but until then we are given it in embryonic form.
In the version of February 28th, 1960, for example, he talks about the golden flame as being all-knowing and coming right the way down through body and aura – again, at its height, a samadhic state.
Talking about the Practice of the Presence, in the August 19th, 1959 version, the Master Aetherius advises practitioners not to put up any barriers of disbelief while the violet flame is flowing up through their body and aura.
As well as doubting thoughts these barriers can be nadic blockages of residual energy which prevent this upward flow of the violet flame.
When the practitioner is ready to raise kundalini, if these blockages have not been transmuted they would act as barriers, so-called “knots” to impede this rise.
The violet flame comes from the Mother Earth and, ultimately, She too is the source of kundalini.
I realised today that there is a difference between seeing the third eye and looking through the third eye.
It seems to me that to see the third eye one would have to be very sure that it was in fact the christ centre and not the reflected eye of a lower centre as it were.
One could be sure and I have experienced that when I saw the vivid purple eye in front of me, but it would take a big effort and, at a lower level than this, it could just be a manifestation of clairvoyance.
In the Eighth Blessing the Master Jesus gives us a practice which we have not done justice to, I feel. It is as follows.
Face the sun and absorb its radiated power deeply into the third eye.
The heart will thereby be cleansed of impurity which I take to be a transmutation of blockages in the region of the heart chakra by the attraction of kundalini and/or prana upwards towards the third eye.
Also, the third eye can dwell upon this glory which may be the energy from the Sun duly absorbed into this centre and/or the Sun itself.
The motive behind this must only be that of service to others who have not experienced this, and let’s be clear about this, that service will be enhanced by the purification of the heart centre.
The implication is that by dwelling on this glory, you will help the consciousness and karma of humanity as a whole.
And that would be my summary about this practice which can be performed in a sunny clime and should be. It is an easy one for us to miss – and I’ve done so myself – but it has clearly and emphatically been given to us to use.
February 7th, 2022 - I have discovered, of course I should have known, this practice doesn’t require a sunny clime.
That you can do this practice, and I did it today, in a darkened room with the curtains drawn and you can’t even see the Sun, because the Sun is always there of course. Now obviously I think it would be much better if you can do it in the Sun, but in some climates that’s very difficult. You can still, I have found, do this practice and if you can magnetically draw the energy into the third eye all the better.
Because I have also discovered as of February 7th, 2023, that in these things, and in raising the kundalini in particular, you go beyond thought and visualisation to what might be called "will" and it’s a magnetic attraction that draws that kundalini, if you like, activated by will. I’m not trying to sound too fanciful here but it’s something which does start to happen, not all the time, but when you are in a certain state.
Of course in the case of Dr. King he could enter samadhi in two minutes flat and had to many times to gain a transmission. He couldn’t go through long visualisation and thought processes, he just did it through sheer will, I am sure, and of course he had full mastery of the kundalini which someone like me definitely doesn’t have. But I have discovered that it goes beyond just visualisation and thought, and becomes something magnetic.