Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2009 No. 3
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The Role of the Sacred Mysteries in the Evolution of Humanity
Stage by stage we slowly make our approach to the goal of conscious and intelligent awareness. Step by step we are mastering matter and making more adequate the mechanism of awareness and of contact. Little by little we (and by that I mean the human family, as a whole) are approaching the "place of recognition," and are preparing to climb the mountain of vision. If aspirants but realised the wonders of that revelation, and if they grasped the magnificence of the reward given to their efforts, we would have less failure, more courage, a greater and steadier achievement, and consequently a more rapidly illumined world.1


It is an axiom that the evolutionary urge is inherent in all life. This evolutionary urge is fundamentally the will to destroy limitation. From the esoteric perspective, this process involves the inevitable and unavoidable struggle between the indwelling divine life and the dense, prison house of form which ever presents a circumscribed limitation. This urge to overcome all obstacles and all challenges, at its primal core, is the will of the indwelling divinity to express itself fully and truly.

Today, there is a re-orientation of people everywhere to things spiritual accompanied by a related interest in planetary welfare and the common good. The perseverance shown in the search for love and light and the longing and desire for right human relations among so many is unprecedented.

As a race, humanity is thus actively engaged in the predestined work of the Ages: the spiritualization of matter or the manifestation of spirit upon the physical plane. This feat of "bringing heaven to earth" and of refining earth to the point that "heaven" may manifest is possible only to the human being because it is the human being who not only can be conscious of both states of being, but who embodies both. Thus, only the human being can choose to manifest the one or the other. Only the human being can create the bridge that will make of the twain but one.

Throughout the ages, the method and manner through which to overcome the limitations obstructing the expression of the divine inner essence has traditionally been the purview of the Sacred Mysteries, usually taught in the Mystery Schools. Referring to such "holy places," Alice Bailey writes in the book, From Bethlehem to Calvary:

"Always there have been temples and mysteries and holy places where the true aspirant could find what he sought, and the needed instruction as to the way he should go. ….It is a way that leads from that which lies without to that which dwells within. It reveals step by step, the hidden life which every form and symbol veils and hides. ….[the aspirant] passes from the stage of inquiry to what the Tibetans call 'straight knowledge.' Upon that path vision and hope give place to realisation….. Those who in the past thus worked, agonised and attained, constitute a long chain, reaching out of the remotest past into the present, for the initiates are still with us and the door still stands wide open."2

The focus in these mystery schools has ever been on the age-old counsel, "Man, know thyself." It was thought then, as it is today, that as the individual (the microcosm) truly knows all there is to be known about his/her full beingness, all would be known about the universe and that Intelligent Energy, we call "God" (the macrocosm). The laws of correspondence and analogy were applied and the truth was taught that "as above, so below" and "as within, so without."

In the publication entitled, The Mystery Schools, Grace F. Knoche refers to such schools as universities of the Soul:

"A Mystery school is a university of the soul, a school for the study of the mysteries of the inner nature of man and of surrounding nature. By understanding these mysteries, the pupil perceives his intimate relationship if not ultimate union with divinity, and strives through discipline, traditionally imposed, to become at one with his inner god."3

All that is good, beautiful and true; all that is noble and grand in human nature and every divine faculty and human aspiration has been cultured through the Sacred Mysteries. As the well-spring for the arts and sciences of countless civilizations and the source for all of the world's religions, the Sacred Mysteries have given us a code of ethics, based on altruism, that has become universal. The curriculum was based on the Ageless Wisdom—that body of inner or esoteric teaching that reappears throughout the ages in a form that is suitable to the period. (Continued.)


1 Esoteric Psychology, Vol. I, Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Trust, © Renewed 1970, pp. 156-157.
3 Alice A. Bailey, Lucis Trust, © Renewed 1965, pp. pp. 21-22
3 Second and Revised Edition ©1996 by Theosophical University Press. Electronic version ISBN 1-55700-114-6