Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2018 No. 2
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Inclusive Social Action*


This period of transition from the Piscean Age (with its emphasis on materialism, paternalism and hierarchy, and growth through suffering) to the Aquarian Age (with its emphasis on spirituality and collaboration, and joyous growth) brings with it conflict and deepening separatism. Any change of this magnitude always involves the breakdown of old forms in order to make way for new ways of being. Unfortunately, such upheaval precipitates backlash, accompanied by violence as people resist the changes.

In this growing instability and incivility, right action can be difficult to determine. Those of us committed to a spiritual path recognize that meditation is essential in several ways. First, it helps us become centered so that we are able to hear the “still small voice” of Soul guidance. Second, it trains us to access and channel the energy of the One Life without distortion. Third, it provides us with a methodology for taking action on the inner planes, to focus energy for the common good, to transmute negative thoughtforms and cleanse our shared energy field of glamours and illusions. This action on the inner planes is absolutely critical, but is it enough?

Action on the inner planes needs to prepare us for action in the outer world. The Tibetan has been highly critical of those who do not engage actively in confronting evil and destructive cleavages.  “I tell you that your prayers and your wishes are unavailing when divorced from right and potent action.”i He reminds us that “the Spiritual Hierarchy is not neutral. It is one with the right element in every nation and set against all separative, isolationist and materialistic attitudes.”ii “Esoteric knowledge is not intended to drive [our] spiritual life into greater and increasing subjectivity….. Exactly the reverse is intended; all that the disciple essentially is upon the inner planes has to become objective; thus spiritual livingness becomes an everyday affair.”iii

So how are we to oppose separatism and harmfulness in all its forms without in turn adding to existing divisiveness? Simply thinking kind thoughts and projecting loving energy is not enough and can actually be unhelpful since sending energy that can be transmuted into destructive force usually invites further and more intense conflict. Hence the necessity for being extremely intentional and mindful in the invocation of energy.

In the broadest sense, our spiritual mandate is to remember and live out the reality that we are all part of the One Life, interconnected and interdependent components of the life of the Soul. We are related to the rest of humanity, whether we agree with the philosophies or actions of others, or not. We are called on to evoke goodwill in order to engender right relations and end the heresy of separativeness.

The same energetic Life pours through the planetary centers, into and through the three periodical vehicles of the incarnated Monad, and finally into and through the three centers in the human etheric body that correspond to the three major centers of the Planetary Logos. There is, therefore, nowhere to be found any basis for separation or any possible point of separation or of essential division.…Unity is attainable because unity exists and the sense of separateness is simply the Great Illusion.iv

In living as part of the Soul that encompasses us all, there are three qualities that we are to express: (a) harmlessness, including the active refraining from those acts and that speech that might hurt or cause any misunderstanding; (b) a willingness to let others serve as seems best to them; and (c) joyfulness rather than criticism.v  Most particularly, we are to be non-partisan and non-divisive so as not to contribute to partisan divides.

But let us be clear. We are also called to “seal the door where evil dwells” rather than to send loving energy to that evil. We face the challenging task of condemning hateful and harmful actions while administering “tough love” to the perpetrators. We cannot distance ourselves from those perpetrators because they are, in a very real sense, a part of us. But we can shield others from the effects of their thoughts and actions, and we can exercise our skill with directing energy in order to contain their disparagement and destruction so that they do no further damage. The harmlessness to which we are called “is not negative, or sweet or kindly activity, as so many believe; it is a state of mind and one that in no way negates firm or even drastic action. It concerns motive and involves the determination that the motive behind all activity is goodwill. That motive might lead to positive and sometimes disagreeable action or speech, but as harmlessness and goodwill condition the mental approach, nothing can eventuate but good.”vi  

* Excerpted with kind permission from White Paper No. 1, by School for Esoteric Studies (SES) Board of Directors. To read the entirety of the Paper, please request it as an Occasional Paper via the Diamond Light Reply Slip, or visit the SES Website at the following URL address: http://www.esotericstudies.net/white-papers.html.

i Alice A. Bailey, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy (New York: Lucis Publishing, 1957), 233.
ii Alice A. Bailey, The Destiny of the Nations (New York: Lucis Publishing, 1949), 65.
iii Alice A. Bailey, Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. 2 (New York: Lucis Publishing, 1955), 185.
iv Alice A. Bailey, Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle (New York: Lucis Publishing, 1950), 137-138.
v Taken from Alice A. Bailey, Esoteric Psychology, Vol. 2 (New York: Lucis Publishing, 1942), 131-133.
vi Alice A. Bailey, Esoteric Healing (New York: Lucis Publishing, 1953), 670.