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A Treatise on Cosmic Fire



  It likewise demonstrates, as yet imperfectly, as the vitalizing factor in the thought forms fabricated by the thinker. As yet but few thought forms, comparatively, can be said to be constructed by the center of consciousness, the thinker, the Ego. Few people as yet are in such close touch with their Higher Self, or Ego, that they can build the matter of the mental plane into a form which can be truly said to be an expression of the thoughts, purpose or desire of their Ego, functioning through the physical brain. Most of the thought forms at present in circulation may be said to be aggregations of matter, built into form with the aid of kama-manas (or of desire faintly tinged with mind producing thus an admixture of astral and mental matter, mostly astral), and largely due to reflex elemental action.  




  When the latent fire of the personality or lower self blends with the fire of mind, that of the Higher Self, and finally merges with the Divine Flame, then the man takes the fifth Initiation in this solar system, and has completed one of his greater cycles.  




  Just as it is not possible upon the physical plane for the physical vehicle fully to express the total point of development of the Ego or Higher Self, so it is not possible even for the Ego fully to sense and express the quality of spirit. Hence the utter impossibility for human consciousness justly to appraise the life of the spirit or Monad.  




  Etheric congestion leads to the thickening of the web to an abnormal extent, and this thickening may prevent, for instance, contact with the Higher Self or principles and its resultants, idiocy and mental unbalance.  




  He may, by the uniting of the two fires of matter and the dual expression of mental fire, succeed in the complete destruction of the physical permanent atom, and thereby sever his connection with the Higher Self for aeons of time. H. P. B. has somewhat touched on this when speaking of "lost souls";  




  During the life cycle of a man, he expresses what is in him at his particular stage, and gradually develops from the stage of the antenatal period wherein the Self over-shadows the matter aspect until the period wherein that Higher Self takes full possession of the prepared form.




  Perhaps some idea may be gained if we remember that, in an occult sense, Venus is to the Earth what the Higher Self is to man.  




  ...from the personality standpoint and not the egoic, the time is fast approaching when the emphasis will be laid in education upon how best the young can be taught to contact their own ego or higher energy; how best they can be led to appropriate the knowledge and ability of their higher self for use on the physical plane; how best they can ascertain their group formation, and thus work along with their group, and in unison with the total energy of that group;  




  Vibrations from that which, within the logoic consciousness, is recognized as the logoic Higher Self, or His emanating source. This brings the solar system within the vibratory radius of certain constellations which have a position of profound importance in the general evolution of the system.  




  Pitris - The ancestors or creators of mankind. They are of seven classes, three of which are incorporeal and four corporeal. These are usually called the Lunar Pitris or Ancestors and must not be confounded with the Solar Pitris or Angels, who give mind to man, and create the relatively permanent body of the ego, or Higher Self.




  This is the occult method. It is the method of studying the constitution of those entities who form the fourfold lower nature, the personality, and a close investigation of those divine Essences Who build the body of the Ego or Higher Self. To this must be added a severe application of the laws of nature to the individual problem.  




  It is perhaps unnecessary to say that the entire process is greatly facilitated if the "shadow," or the man, pursues regular meditation, cultivates the habit of a daily and hourly recollectedness of the Higher Self, and before retiring at night endeavors to "hold the thought" of bringing through at the time of awakening as much as possible of any egoic impress.




  By looking at the egoic lotus, the seer can tell the nature of the:
Higher Self, through the color and arrangement of the central tier of petals. This tier gives the "family" of the solar Angel through the arrangement of atomic lives which form the petals, and the circulation of the streams of forces in those petals.




  It has consequently a vital connection with the human kingdom, and there is an occult significance in the fact that this is the eleventh Law. It is the law which enables a man to unite two of his aspects (the personal self and the Higher Self). It is the law which governs the transition of the human atom into another and a higher kingdom.