Research Author and writer Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div, OHPM, ROMC
A Treatise on White Magic
The key to the resolution of the apparent duality which continually surrounds us is found in the statement given above, ‘There is nothing but soul’. It is an esoteric truth that one cannot register any vibration from without unless there is a correspondence within himself to that particular type of vibration.
An inner conflict is caused therefore when the aspirant registers within himself the vibrations of the lower desires, of selfish grasping and materiality from the environment with which he is surrounded. He is disturbed by these impulses and is apt to attribute them to his own lack of spiritual development, while the truth is that it is spiritual development which is pulling him away from the ‘husks of the world’ with which he was once completely at home. Yet the memory of these things remains and causes a correspondence to be set up in the personality vehicles to the impulses, mostly astral, which emanate from the environment.
A Positive Harmlessness
Much of the distress caused by the registration of astral vibration from environing associates could be eliminated if the aspirant would follow the simple but difficult procedure of raising his consciousness to the soul whenever necessary and focusing his attention upon the higher mental plane, where the lower vibrations cannot reach. Such an activity, however, if one is to follow the occult law, must be accompanied by the practice of a positive harmlessness, a mental attitude which seeks to transmit practical love or goodwill to others and thus not to resist evil but to overcome evil with good.
There is of course no easy formula for practicing discipleship in the world today. It is all much easier said than done, as any sincere esoteric worker can testify. Yet the goal of discipleship is set before us, and all disciples must learn to overcome and to the necessary extent control environing conditions in order to carry forward effectively the work for which they have assumed responsibility.
One may live in an environment where racial prejudice is predominant, yet he must keep himself free from such prejudice, at whatever cost to himself may be found necessary in the circumstances. Likewise, most of us live in an environment where the making of money appears to be the supreme objective and everything else is subordinated to that one materialistic goal, while the inner spiritual realities are subordinated to that one materialistic goal, while the inner spiritual realities are disregarded. Here again the work of flesh and blood alone will surely fail, and the disciple must, like the proverbial Daniel in the lion’s den, stand alone on his own spiritual footing, realizing that money is but the concretisation of substance and that in the last analysis, ‘The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein’.
In is said that in the aspirant’s personal attitude towards money is found the test for his fitness to tread the path of discipleship. Every disciple is called upon to assume personal responsibility for the proper handling of the money which comes into his hands and to co-operate with his group in attracting the vast sums which are needed if the Hierarchical Plan is to be carried on to completion, if the Kingdom of God is to manifest on the earth and the reappearance of the Christ become an actually.
Besides those mentioned above, the disciple will detect other undesirable influences in his surroundings. If he is honest, he will recognize all of them as influences by which he himself was once dominated and which he is even now still in the process of overcoming hence the duality and the struggle. And then at length the aspirant or disciple finds that in overcoming the inertia and resistance of his environment he is in effect overcoming his own past, consisting of the present life and the lives which have gone before, according to the laws of rebirth and of karma.
In this inner subjective life, could the disciple but realize it fully, there is really no duality. He, the personal self, and the soul, are essentially one, constituting ‘a son of God in manifestation whose nature is light’. But to achieve that point of light in consciousness which knows no duality or separation, the disciple must first overcome the triple pull of the three worlds, the maya of the physical, the glamour, and the illusion of the mental, the three of which combined comprise the Dweller on the Threshold.
For the encouragement of those who so strive towards the light, it is written in the Book of Revelation:
‘To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life.’