For the last two weeks I have been increasing my attempt to “see” the third eye.
Various realisations have come to me through practical experience assisted by higher guidance.
The guidelines we have been given by Dr. King are impeccable and we are extremely fortunate to have them. They provide a sure course for us to steer through the testing waters of kundalini-attainment.
However, I do realise that there is a big difference between the path he took to mastery and the one we are now taking through service.
Whereas he achieved a forced rise of kundalini by his advanced and highly disciplined practice of Kundalini Yoga and other exercises, ours is a slower, unforced path which is much safer for ordinary terrestrial people.
He was an avatar with no karma on Earth other than the karma he took upon himself for our benefit. He also had to gain certain abilities quickly at a young age in order to perform his mission to Earth.
The average person, even if they tried this path, would have failed to achieve this level, possibly with dire consequences to their mental health. And anyway, since the New Age teachings were delivered it would not work beyond a certain point.
So this means that some of the experiences he had could be very different from those of us following a very advanced path of service through The Aetherius Society, otherwise known as King Yoga.
The big difference is that this path leads to an unforced rise of kundalini.
Specifically Dr. King stated that when he first experienced a rise of kundalini from the base centre it was excruciatingly painful and he attributed this to burning up his karma. That would be whatever karma he had taken upon himself or garnered in his childhood and youth on Earth.
We are in an entirely different situation with lives of a negative karma to transmute. But on this path of service we are burning it up in a different way and over a longer period – in my case, over 50 years as a Member and over 47 years as a Staff Member and also many years, decades as a Task Force Member.
My experience indicates that although there can be a degree of pain in “breaking the knots” as some Sanskrit writings depict it and piercing the base chakra to bring about a rise. It may not be the excruciating pain experienced by Dr. King when he forced kundalini because some of those “knots”, which are mento-psychic blockages in the nadic system, may have been transmuted to some degree already through service.
Another experience Dr. King singles out in his commentary on the First Freedom is the terrible aloneness experienced when first the aspirant looks through the christ centre – a sense of being alone in the universe.
Again, there is no doubt that this loneliness, which is a test and comes from the lower self, will be experienced just as Dr. King described but, from my experience, not necessarily “all in one go” as it were.
The reason for this is that the truly advanced path of service offered through The Aetherius Society, if followed to a very full extent, brings with it tests of loneliness along the way and, indeed, others too.
Dr. King attributes his experience of loneliness when he first looked through the christ centre to the negative accumulation of fear in his commentary. Whether his sense of loneliness in the universe had something to do with being from another world, which he didn’t know then, and whether a terrestrial person would have such a cosmic sense of being alone, is interesting to ponder. The loneliness which tests an average terrestrial could relate to more worldly things such as family, having a partner, social interaction, etc.
I’ve noticed other tests of fear come to the fore as the kundalini starts to rise such as “am I going mad?”, “have I lost contact with reality?”, etc. In fact there’s a resistance to moving into a super-conscious state with a fear that it is a loss of consciousness, stability and control.
I’ve also noticed, as I start to awaken, albeit in a relatively limited manner, doubt entering my consciousness in such a nebulous form that it carries no particular thoughts and is purely an energy.
It is not a series of doubting questions as you might get from a sceptical interrogator, but just an energy which seems to be seeking out a line of doubt and finding no mental substance in which to frame it.
Again, through serving in the world with a belief system, which is dismissed or ridiculed by many, including sometimes close family members and friends, the aspirant has already been tested on their belief and faith to a certain degree but not until now at this level.
I realised also that through service you can get blissful states, from time to time, along the way. In my case I have already experienced a state of peace so deep that I was strangely worried, while bathed in it, that it would never stop and that I wouldn’t be able to function as normal. Of course, after some hours it did pass and I could.
But this also means that the aspirant doesn’t necessarily require the same degree of peaceful and blissful experience as depicted in yogic writings in association with higher consciousness caused by a rise of kundalini. It could be a more technical, controlled manifestation of that which already exists, although obviously it must move to much higher degrees of oneness and inner awareness. It is though from a quick attainment through forcing a rise of kundalini and bringing on the resultant extremes of mento-psychic and psycho-spiritual reactions whether those be fearful, blissful or any other.
During this period I have received very helpful guidance from two particular sources. The first is an extract from a transmission by the Master Aetherius on January 12th, 1957, which explains that the light one sees in the head when looking inwards just above the centre of the eyebrows, is the physical manifestation of the third eye, that the centre is really situated in the aura. That is the spot one should look at.
This acted as quite a key for me in that one has to look upwards first to make a connection with the physical manifestation but the spot one should really look towards is in the aura. If one just looks to that one spot without first raising the consciousness towards the christ centre, one might be looking at a reflection of a lower centre and not the third eye even though it may appear to be that.
Dr. King has alluded to the fact that when we first see what we believe to be the third eye it could in fact be a reflection of the solar plexus centre.
The other guidance I’ve received is from an individual from a higher realm whom I believe to be Erasmus and who was sent to help me by a very elevated intelligence. This is not mainly for my personal benefit but because it is deemed that there needs to be a demonstration by someone that this path through The Aetherius Society leads to enlightenment and beyond.
If it is Erasmus, it is because he lived in the West and practised a life of working for God through teaching and service, rather than the Eastern saddhu for example. Whether it is known by historians or not, he would have attained a samadhic condition in that life even though he would not have called it such, or have been aware of kundalini and the psychic centres, per se.
Having said that his oft-quoted statement that in the kingdom of the blind the one-eyed man is king, is a result of realisation – the one eye being the third eye – even though few, if any, recognise it as such.
The guidance I received from Erasmus was to first purify the channels before attempting to see the third eye, purifying the channels each time. This can be done simply through the visualisation of white light and/or the violet flame practice and doesn’t need to be linked to any breathing exercise or visualisation.
His second piece of advice to me was to visualise a rise of kundalini to the christ centre before attempting to see it. Again, this does not have to be linked to any breathing exercise or visualisation.
Two simple pieces of advice which make perfect sense and which I have tried.
A couple of days ago, I had a very good, vivid vision of the third eye, not in symbolic form but as it is. I’ve seen this for very short periods of time before but not nearly as vividly as this and, on this occasion, it was deliberately sought rather than, as it were, just happening during my practices.
It was a colour somewhere between violet and purple in what appeared to be a small circular disc, perhaps half an inch in diameter.
It was bright, alive with internal movement, swirling a bit, though along the lines our Master has described of a vortex like water leaving the plughole of a sink or bath, though not as definite as that.
I’ve tried, based on the Nine Freedoms and prior to this experience, to see yellow as well as purple because those are the colours Mars Sector 6 specifies for this centre – the three faces being purple and yellow and purple.
The colours I’ve seen and I’m trying to do this has been more orange than yellow, though on one occasion it was lighter than that, maybe golden. But these experiences were not clear or vivid like my description above.
I am working on the assumption, at the moment, that the three faces are not positioned adjacent to each other, but within each other. There is a small purple face laid inside a yellow face which is itself laid inside a larger purple face.
I’ve seen a suggestion of that arrangement without those colours being clearly depicted.
It’s quite possible, though I don’t yet know, that one could focus on one of these faces at a time without being aware at that moment of the others. In other words, one could see the larger purple face on its own without seeing the other two, or the yellow face on its own without seeing the smaller purple face positioned within its circumference.
These are things of which I am not yet sure, but I’ve more than an inkling about.