The Age of Aquarius will see the Soul flower forth in all its resplendent glory, transforming the consciousness of humanity and life as we now know it. The fundamental struggle of our times is the attainment of that freedom “whereby the Soul and its powers can unfold and all men [can] be free because of an individually attained freedom.”1
Think of initiation as a more inclusive, expanded and transformed consciousness from the angle of liberation, teaches the Tibetan Master. Look upon it, he says, as an arduous struggle resulting in strenuously attained freedoms.
Is it not this process that is now playing itself out within the human family? Is not the whole of humanity involved in this fundamental struggle to attain the freedoms towards which they individually and collectively aspire?
The esoteric wisdom delineates three stages of freedoms born out of the first three initiations or expansions of consciousness for which many within the human family are now consciously or unconsciously preparing: freedom from the control of the physical body and its appetites (the first initiation of “Birth”); freedom from the control of the emotional nature and the selfish sensitivity of the lower self (the second initiation of Baptism or Transformation); and, freedom from the ancient authority of the threefold personality, marking a climaxing moment in the history of all initiates (the third initiation of Transfiguration).2
It is interesting that “transformative” has become such a popularly embraced concept and that many of the activities and programs recently undertaken at the United Nations are designated as “transformative”. For example, the seventeen sustainable development goals that are considered a victory of global solidarity and a crowning accomplishment of the UN’s 70th anniversary activities are presented as “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.”
This process of Transformation, has long been recognized in the esoteric spiritual tradition as one of spiritual unfoldment resulting in a changed quality of life.
Technically defined by this esoteric wisdom (The Rays and the Initiations), transformation is “the evolutionary process which is carried on upon the Path of Discipleship, in which the disciple transforms his lower threefold ‘appearance’ or personality and begins to display divine ‘quality’. His physical body becomes obedient to the dictates of his mind, which is becoming responsive to the higher mind through the medium of the soul; his emotional nature becomes the receptacle of buddhi or of the intuition. (p. 278)
The role of the mind and its relationship to the emotional or desire body is central in the process of Transformation. This relationship is detailed and explained within the ancient and ageless Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Herein, we find a telling and familiar description of the kurukshetra, or the crisis point wherein the soul and personality are at war—when the battle for reorientation between these two opposing forces is at its highest, and when the great choice is made:
One of the basic laws in occult development and in spiritual unfoldment is given in the words 'As a man thinketh, so is he,' and to it one can link the oriental truism, 'Energy follows thought' as an explanation. As a man changes his desires, so he changes himself; as he shifts his consciousness from one objective to another, so he alters himself, and this is true in all realms and states, higher or lower.
The effect of the transference of our conscious thinking state from a low objective to a high one produces a flow of energy of a vibratory quality equivalent to the higher objective. This produces a change or a mutation in the vestures of the thinking entity, and they become transmuted and brought to a condition where they are adequate to the thought or desire of the man. Carried to their conclusion, a transformation is produced, and the words of St. Paul become therefore clear: 'Be ye therefore transformed by the renewing of your mind.'
Change your line of thought and you will change your nature. Desire that which is true and right, pure and holy, and your consciousness of these things will create out of the old a new vehicle or new man, an 'instrument meet for use.'3
One Master of the Wisdom juxtaposes the behaviors of a life that is not transformed against one that is: “[On the one hand, there is] fear, self-love, greediness, suspicion, demeaning self-pity, …treason in deed and thought [and on the other hand, there is]…giving, compassion for others, daring, fearlessness, devotion, firmness, vigilance…righteousness of understanding, exaltation of the good.” (Illumination, II:VI:18, Agni Yoga Society, NY)
May we each strive to bring the nature of the Soul into the daily life so that we can contribute to a planetary transformation of consciousness!