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2) The whole subject of the centers is dangerous if misunderstood; the
centers constitute a menace when prematurely awakened, or unduly energized, and this entire subject can prove most dangerous to the curiosity-impelled man, and to the ignorant experimenter. The time is not yet ripe for the presentation of this subject in a fully
co-ordinate manner; students are warned against publishing a clear correlated thesis on the subject as a result of their researches in my books. Nevertheless the true aspirant must be given the needed information. (18 - 336/7).
3) Much has been written and discussed anent the centers, and much mystery exists which has aroused the curiosity of the ignorant, and has tempted many to meddle with that which does not concern them. ... I do not in any way intend to take up the subject from such an angle as to convey rules and information that will enable a man to vivify these
centers and bring them into play. I sound here a solemn word of warning. Let a man apply himself to a life of high altruism, to a discipline that will refine and bring his lower vehicles into subjection, and to a strenuous
endeavor to purify and control his sheaths. When he has done this and has both raised and
stabilized his vibration, he will find that the development and functioning of the
centers has pursued a parallel course, and that (apart from this active participation) the work has proceeded along the desired lines. Much danger and dire calamity attends the man who arouses these
centers by unlawful methods, and who experiments with the fires of his body without the needed technical knowledge. He may, by his efforts, succeed in raising the fires and in intensifying the action of the
centers, but he will pay the price of ignorance in the destruction of matter, in the burning of bodily or brain tissue, in the development of insanity, and in opening the door to currents and forces, undesirable and destructive. It is not the part of a coward, in these matters concerning the subjective life, to move with caution and with care; it is the part of discretion. The aspirant, therefore, has three things to do:
4) The centers in the human being deal fundamentally with the FIRE aspect in man, or with his divine spirit. They are definitely connected with the Monad, with the will aspect, with immortality, with existence, with the will to live, and with the inherent powers of the Spirit. (3 - 165).
5) The centers are formed entirely of streams of force, pouring down from the Ego, who transmits it from the Monad. In this we have the secret of the gradual vibratory quickening of the
centers as the Ego first comes into control, or activity, and later (after initiation) the Monad, thus bringing about changes and increased vitality within these spheres of fire or of pure life force.
6) The evolution of the centers is a slow and gradual thing, and proceeds in ordered cycle varying according to the ray of a man's Monad. (3 - 173).
7) The centers in physical matter are recognized as being simply focal points of energy located on the etheric body, and having a definitive use. This use is to act as transmitters of certain forms of energy consciously directed by the Ego or Self, with the intent of driving the physical body (which is not a principle) to fulfill egoic purposes. (3 - 1155).
8) Only one in a thousand aspirants is at the stage where he should begin to work with the energy in the centers, and perhaps even this estimate is too optimistic. Better far that the aspirant serves, and loves, and works, and disciplines himself, leaving his centers to develop and unfold more slowly, and therefore, more safely. Unfold they inevitably will, and the slower and safer method is (in the vast majority of cases), the more rapid. Premature unfoldment involves much loss of time, and carries with it often the seeds of prolonged trouble. (4 - 590).
9) I teach no mode of awakening the centers, because right impulse, steady reaction to higher impulsions, and the practical recognition of the sources of inspiration, will automatically and safely swing the centers into needed and appropriate activity. This is the sound method of development. It is slower, but leads to no premature development, and produces a rounded unfoldment; it enables the aspirant to become truly the Observer and to know with surety what he is doing; it brings the centers, one by one, to a point of spiritual responsiveness, and then establishes the ordered and cyclic rhythm of a controlled lower nature. (10 - 261/2).
10) If the aspirant but seeks spiritual development, if he but aims at sincerity of purposes, and at compassionate altruism, if he, with serene application, concentrates on the subjugation of the emotional body, and the enlargement of the mental, and cultivates the habit of abstract thinking, the desired results upon the centers will be produced from necessity, and danger will be eliminated. (2 - 77).
11) You will therefore observe that the subject (the development of the centers) really becomes more abstruse, the longer it is studied. (2 - 80).
12) I would also beg you to realize five facts:
13) In both the astral and mental sheaths there exist the counterparts of the centers as found in the physical body. (3 - 58).
14) The three major centers in the body of the planetary Logos are:
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