The Aspirant (3)

Happiness truly begins where self-concern ends.  This old adage speaks an eternal truth and is no less applicable to modern times.  The advanced Aspirant is oriented towards communal service.  He is recognised as someone who can be depended upon.  People will instinctively turn to him for advice and assistance and his frequency spectrum is such that he becomes attractive to others.  He is ever ready to lend an ear and is a good listener.  In particular he directs his energies towards the advancement of his group.  He does this through communicating contacts, socializing; through the pen, the spoken word and the art.  In one way or another he is able to pierce people’s shells.

With development comes an increase in the vitalizing life force and this presents the Aspirant with added challenges and difficult situations.  This influx of life-force can effect changes in the Aspirant’s immediate environment, which can lead to strange results.  It also acts as an inducement and stimulant to both, Good and Evil, and this, too, presents problems for the Aspirant who has to be continually on guard, continually alert. 

Setbacks and disappointments should be regarded as what they are, more challenges to be met.  Being well along the soulpath does not preclude disaster, and many who have reached an advanced state may be afflicted with a downfall which has to be overcome.  It should be understood that when such difficulties arise the lower self has probably played a significant role, so renewed effort is needed here, more self-analysis and self-discovery.  Every bit of psychological or emotional rubbish that is discarded leaves room for a greater degree of spirituality.

Although the Aspirant on the Path is prudent with money, he will not be miserly with it and will utilise it in the service of Good.  He will appreciate its place in the greater scheme of things.  Money put to proper use can serve well and foster the furthering of the Divine Plan.  The metaphysical significance of money is little appreciated, yet one of the great tests for Aspirants relates to his attitude towards and handling of, that which most men seek to gratify their self-centered desires.

The soulpath is an arduous road to tread and those who win through are victors of many hard fought fights.  Yet they make little of their achievements.  Although they are individuals of moral influence, wielders of spiritual power, embodiers of ideals and diligent workers for the Good of humanity, the irony is that in spite of all this, and the shining example they set, they are seldom understood by their contemporaries.  They are frequently the butt of people’s tongues and are inevitably misrepresented and their motives misinterpreted. 

The Aspirant is led, by a series of steps, to a fuller realisation of Truth.  As he draws closer his faith is justified and hope and belief merge in self-ascertainable facts.  Things previously unseen are known.  No longer can there be any doubt; he who was once a believer becomes a knower and this entirely through his own efforts. 

Spirituality is the way and Mastership the goal, but before the end is reached much will have been learned which lifts the Aspirant out of the mire of mediocrity and above averageness.  In nearing the goal his oneness with all human kind is established and he realises the nature of the indissoluble link which binds him to his fellow-beings.  The spiritual brotherhood of man is no longer a theory but a proven fact.  With the approach to Mastership the immortality of the Soulspirit and the reality of the unseen worlds are also proven.  As a neophyte on the soulpath his belief in immortality was based on fleeting visions and on an inner conviction which could not be explained and which grew from a gradually unfolding intuition, but now this has been superseded.  There is a greater awareness based on direct knowledge and experience and the conviction is beyond all disproving. 

Having surmounted his personal inclinations and struggled resolutely towards harmonisation with others, the Aspirant will have learned some valuable lessons regarding relationships.  He will have developed the ability to work with others in a group situation and will understand that as he subordinates himself to the good of the group, so must the good of the group be subordinated to the good of a grouping of groups.  This has to be the pattern of the future, a pattern only now emerging, and only the more advanced on the path can perceive its purpose.  Early in the Quest he understands that there is a karmic requirement for him to work within a group.  Later he is given an insight into the specific collective purpose of his own group and how it relates to other groups and to the overall Great Plan.

He also becomes acquainted with the particular role he has to play in the Grand Design, a role at first relatively minor but which grows in importance as he progresses.  He recognises that while he is only one small piece in the great jigsaw puzzle, without that piece the picture would be incomplete.  Thus he realises at once his own insignificance and his own importance.  He will have learned a lesson which will demonstrate, in his own life, the benefits which accrue to those able to work wisely with diverse types of individuals and to co-operate in the furtherance of greater plans, thereby wielding wide influence.  As this consolidation of group relationships proceeds it produces on the physical plane, that concerted action and wise unity of intent which result in the materialisation of the higher aspirations and ideals of humankind.  When this has advanced to a certain stage the individuals forming the affiliated groups will be able to exercise stimulating influences on one another.  This in turn will lead to a further expansion of knowledge resulting in a greater capacity for helping humankind.

We cannot stress enough the importance of working harmoniously in a group situation, of widening the perimeter of one’s concern.  True enlightenment starts at the point where the Aspirant’s conscious awareness has been expanded and his centre of consciousness consolidated.  It is then that he will be able to serve his wider circle of concern, through guidance from the resources within himself.  First of all he has to recognise and effectively overcome the inadequacies which may inhibit his harmonious integration into a group situation; and if his efforts are earnest he will surely receive help from above. 

If he has been wise in the selection of a compatible group held in coherence by a common philosophy, he will have placed himself in the company of self-motivated people, achievers.  A group such as this has great potential for service and advancement.  Of course the chances are that the Aspirant will not use the right guidelines and be less discriminating than is desirable.  Therefore he may join some mediocre but more attractive group.  Unfortunately this is one challenge which many fail to meet wisely.  Discrimination with regard to associates can best be learned through an understanding of the laws of frequency, affinity, correspondence or resonance. 

All who tread the soulpath towards true spirituality have to know one simple fact:  that is that there are lesser and greater people, the inferior ones and the superior ones.  We are, of course, talking within a particular context and readers should not jump to wrong conclusions.  The lesser people become enthusiastic only over things which serve their interest, from which they derive personal gain or divertissement.  The greater people have learned to balance this with an equal enthusiasm for things which will benefit others in their community and serve the greater Good. 

Evolution itself initiated the original stimulating process which ultimately resulted in group endeavours wherein self-concern was subordinated to the collective wellbeing.  It is taught, in some Mystery Schools, that the human being is a cell in the body of a greater Heavenly Being, and therein lies wisdom.  When cells of the human body rebel and refuse to co-operate with the whole, they become the building blocks of maladies which could ultimately destroy the body wherein they were destined to play an appointed role in accord with other cells.  To retreat into self-centered individuality is just as detrimental to the wellbeing of a group or community as is the opting out of the rogue cells in the human body.  Self-centered individuals are the most vulnerable to various physical maladies, because non-co-operative attitudes can actually induce a corresponding state in the naturally harmoniously balanced bodily machine.

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