One of the teachers who visits us here at Homestead, Joseph, is a specialist in aspects of mind. Recently he sat with a student who has been practising meditation for some time. This student asked for positive ways of managing repetitive, fearful and critical thoughts while endeavouring to build a stronger sense of unity with others.
Many of us experience this uncomfortable situation where our aspirations are not yet reflected in our daily experience. In this session we heard many practical suggestions. We share some excerpts here and hope that you find them useful.
Joseph’s terminology may be unfamiliar to some readers. ‘Form’ lives here are lives of matter, elemental in nature, who provide the dense structures of all we see and touch with our physical eyes, and more besides. Our body is considered a community of these conscious lives, alert and aware. The patterns of their activity are according to the beliefs of the indwelling entity.
This indwelling entity is referred to as a soul aspect, being a member of a community of soul aspects forming collectively a soul group.
The mental coordinator is one the key elemental lives coordinating the expression manifesting as ‘a person’ and part of the ‘management team’ sometimes referred to colloquially as ‘the personality’.
Joseph suggests how useful envisioning may be in bringing about the conditions we aspire to:
The mechanism of moving from everyday consciousness to that finer vibration of mental matter is practised every day in a meditational approach. This is one of the key reasons for learning that practice, but it has more applications to an aligned student than reaching the passive receptivity of the meditational stance.
One may use that stance to invoke from life a set of envisioned conditions as easily as one may use the stance to invoke guidance from your soul group. Really you are contacting the same energies. You are, if you like, operating in the same spheres but you are utilising the sounds and vibratory qualities in different ways.
By the creation of image pictures – in other words by the construction of sound and vibration into image- you are utilising your electrical nature. You are shaping and moulding the lives of form into a nascent structure. By invoking the presence of your soul group teachers as you do so they are able to supply the magnetic qualities required. The process of thought form creation is thus enhanced and the living-ness and resonance of that constructed form is thus insured.
May we make recommendation for an exercise to be done playfully without force or effort?
Let us invite in particular the Mental Coordinator, and his associated elemental lives, to assist in an intended and formally conducted move to the higher aspect of mind, to the finer vibration of mind, to what is termed a ‘lifting’- to the centre which hovers above the fontanelle on the head. Let us make a deliberate connection now to that centre between the eyebrows and to the heart completing a triangle of force. From there envision, lightly and playfully, the expression of the life as it would be when connected, when perceiving comfortably the group connection.
…These exercises are to be done playfully, without forcing. They may be repeated often to good effect. A dour or serious attitude is unlikely to solicit the assistance of any elemental life. It is of little use in any case, serving only to ‘lower’ the rate. Life is a light, loving and vibrant business, despite any beliefs to the contrary.
For your daily life… the stance of connecting the solar plexus with the heart and with the centre of the head is one we would consider as essential to your well being as the brushing of teeth or the eating of a sound breakfast… your elemental community, particularly those concerned with the mental planes of your being, are, as planned and intended, strong energetic lives well suited to their purpose. We must ensure their role is grounded and centred in the present moment of your activity in the time/space framework. Connection in this way eliminates a great deal of the management issues concerning the seeking forwards and backwards through time as apparent memory or foresight.
On becoming aware of self-criticism
…be aware that regardless of what polarisation is manifest by any life the whole is present and inferred. The tendency of the Western mind to judge and criticise certain life presentations as ideal or otherwise is to be avoided by all seeking full expression. Life simply is and That is That.
This assertion may be swiftly followed by the mantra ‘I Am That I Am’- cementing again your celestial unity.
Joseph was asked to explain this famous mantra. He suggested:
The mantra is said from the centre of the head.
‘I Am’ signifies an awareness of one’s individualised life as a divine aspect.
‘I Am That’ signifies one’s full comprehension and immersion in group life, realising we are One with all seen and unseen life as divinity.
‘I Am That I Am’ resounds the sacred phrase of recognition that in one’s individualised aspect one is in fact the Great Life.
…the endeavour to lift, to be consciously utilising our mental fields at their highest possible rate is always advised. If in the course of the day our rate ‘slips’ and the mental chatter begins again we may be assured that the attention has been drawn into ‘slower’ rates of energy on that plane.
…So the good management of the in-dweller, realising that hygiene is of the essence in any plane of being, looks to the care of the astral and mental fields in the same way one would look to the care of the etheric/physical fields.
We make sure all is clean, tidy and in order so that we may express in comfort. The assistance of the in-dweller is required to encourage other ‘residents’ of the form community to set these good habits of tidiness and orderliness in their environment also. This is something you may wish to consider.
…Consider also that we all dwell in a mental environment as potent in its effects as the physical/etheric environment you perceive with your eyes. We may take our attention away from those mental patterns we perceive undesirable. There are more choice points than most individuals are aware of. Consideration of one’s associates, entertainments and so forth may be of value here. One may enquire: does this activity, this way of being, draw us into closer alignment with our envisioned reality?
Having created our vision we may hold to it as our chosen pattern of activity -as an aligned life. From there we may leap into the stream with great alacrity, understanding that All is an expression of life, love and life force. Thus we may sit more comfortably with our individuality, understanding it is a collective expression of life, unfurling gradually, inherently equipped with all required for value fulfilment. Free of criticism of self or other, alert and aligned with our soul group, we grow naturally and by degrees into our envisioned flowering.