Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2005 No. 2
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The Science of Consciousness and the Age of Aquarius
The development of the human being is but the passing from one state of consciousness to another. It is a succession of expansions, a growth of that faculty of awareness that constitutes the predominant characteristic of the indwelling Thinker. It is the progressing from consciousness polarised in the personality, lower self, or body, to that polarised in the higher self, ego, or soul, thence to a polarisation in the Monad, or Spirit, till the consciousness eventually is Divine.1


Increasingly, humanity is beginning to understand the esoteric underpinnings of cause and effect and increasingly, humanity is beginning to recognize that we live in a sea of energies. These energies impact us constantly and continuously. Emanating from all the various kingdoms in nature, from our fellow human beings and from planetary and cosmic sources, energies play upon us and interact with our own thoughts and feelings. In turn, we respond by continuously emitting our own radiation and whether we are conscious of it or not, for ill or good, we too impact all life around us. The more clear and mindful we become of this truth, the more readily will we apply ourselves and strive to become agents of transformative change in the world.

"Much that is to be seen now of a distressing nature in the world can be directly traced to the wrong manipulation of mental matter by man," writes the Tibetan Master in the book, A Treatise on Cosmic Fire.2 And, in the book, Brotherhood, the Agni Yoga wisdom refers to this same truth, pointing also to solution: "Right now you can observe how nations have identical obtrusive ideas. The more identical the thoughts in space, the more powerfully can vortices of energy be formed."3

The pivotal truth that thoughts reflect a particular stage of consciousness and vibrate to a certain frequency and thus create the world around us is compelling many to recognize the Science of Consciousness—that Science which the esoteric wisdom has long referred to as the science of the Antahkarana, or the science of light manifestation concerned with bridging the gaps between the various aspects of the individual's mental nature: the lower concrete mind, the soul, and the abstract mind; or, the receptive, the individualized and the illuminating higher mind.

The Science of the Antahkarana—one of the three major sciences that is quickly becoming recognized in this evolving Age of Aquarius4 posits three stages of consciousness. The first is the development of self-consciousness. This allows the individual to begin the long process of self-knowledge; it can also be referred to as consciousness of the Immediate. The next evolutionary stage of consciousness is that of group consciousness, which allows the individual to become aware of the greater group of which he/she is a part and to consider life from the needs/perspectives of that greater whole. Group consciousness is also referred to as Soul or Love consciousness. Following group consciousness is the stage of divine or God consciousness—the ability to identify with Life as a whole. The love of self (self-consciousness) leads to love of those around us (group consciousness), which then ultimately leads to love of the whole (God consciousness).

At each stage, the ability to love expands, deepens and grows; at each stage, we are able to recognize and then identify with the ever widening/deepening concentric circles of Life. Throughout this long evolutionary process, the human being learns to ultimately identify with the Essential Love that underlies this second ray Solar System of Love-Wisdom.

The ability to pass from one stage of consciousness to the next may entail several lives and will necessitate much dedicated striving, meditation, disciplining of the personal lower vehicles, service and directed attention.

Writing about a technique that would bring about an expansion of consciousness, thus, enabling one individual to become a transformative agent within the world, the Tibetan Master offered the following words of wisdom to an aspiring disciple: "Upon your understanding response to the collective need will depend the rapidity with which you will be enabled to achieve the next expansion of consciousness or initiation which may be, for you as an individual, possible. You have, therefore, to consider your individual response to the demands of your own soul and your collective response to the collective need. It is the initiate in you, the Christ [the Soul or Love aspect] in you, which is now called to this collective service and the radiation today of the Christ spirit, actively present in the hearts of all disciples is the one thing which can salvage mankind, enable humanity to move forward on to the Path of Discipleship and thus evoke that new spirit which can and will build the new world."5


1 Initiation, Human and Solar, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Publishing Company, pp. 7-8.
2 A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Publishing Company, p. 947.
3 Brotherhood (370), Agni Yoga Society.
4 The other two major sciences are the Science of Meditation and the Science of Service; See, for example, the book, Education in the New Age by Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Publishing Company.
5 Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. II, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Publishing Co., p. 244.