Please do not attempt any of the techniques hereinafter described without preparing your eye muscles in advance. For a full week, night and morning, exercise your eye muscles by gazing strongly at the extremes of the sockets. The exercise program that follows indicates safe methods.
YOU CAN EXPECT TO: Exercise the eye muscles, and relieve tension in the area. These exercises are a necessary preliminary to turning the eyes inwards and upwards in the stages of the meditation. Only the eyes move; do not move the head. Please let me repeat: Do not attempt any of the techniques hereinafter described without preparing your eye muscles in advance. For a full week, night and morning, exercise your eye muscles by gazing strongly at the extremes of the sockets. Safe methods are indicated diagram matically above at each position
• Perform 10 times clockwise
• Perform 10 times counter-clockwise.
The Finger Exercise
Hold the two forefingers upright and extended. Place them at a comfortable arm’s length away from the eyes. Space them about six inches apart or use thumbs held at right angles to create spacing. Concentrate on the space equidistant between the fingers and draw them together to make ONE finger. Practise this and then see if you can visualise a third finger without the help of the other two. In these exercises, we direct high-quality energy to the region in front of the forehead, following the basic principle that energy follows thought in occult development. The illustration above shows the two fingers held on a level with the eye, about eighteen inches from the forehead. The ‘third finger’ emerges as the eyes turn inwards on concentration.
Later, candles may be substituted for fingers. The candle flame seen as the third image has esoteric implications. It is said that ‘where the blue meets the gold’ the Third Eye may be found. Practicing to see the ‘third’ flame helps in visualizing the similar flamelike structure of the Third Eye. Arrange a colored cube, approximately 10 cm in size, with each face having a different color. The colours should be the classical seven of the rainbow. The six used on the faces should be red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. You can place these randomly. We use the seventh color, indigo, later, and it holds special significance.
The cube faces should be studied separately. Intense concentration on each face should be a preliminary to visualising the colour on the opposite face. Next, place the cube in a way that two sides are visible simultaneously and, later, visualize their opposite two faces. Finally, the three faces of a cube should be studied and then their opposites visualised. The last exercise then should be the visualisation of all the colours at once, seen as an indigo cube. Indigo is the colour of the Solar Logos and synthesises all others.
Gazing at the Sun or Moon
Gaze briefly at the level sun, but never when it is high. Close the eyes and see the retinal image. Try and draw the blue towards you. Endeavour to see your own image in the midst of the blue. (A 100 watt bulb may be used instead, or the full moon.) New Dimensions The ability to think, perceive and to act in new dimensions strengthens the formation of the Third Eye lens. The Third Eye is a four-dimensional organ and therefore flourishes in a situation in which control of time has become a developed capacity. Any sort of slowing down of time will enable activity of the Third Eye to become more facile. The fourth dimension is time—length x breadth x height x time.
A study of the writings of Ouspensky and Rodney Collins will reward the student interested in New Dimensions—A New Model of the Universe, Ouspensky and The Theory of Celestial Influence, Rodney Collins One may live a lifetime of experiences in a few seconds. On the other hand, as we have seen from J. B. Priestley’s experience of the birds on Godshill, time may be speeded up. This is how the real initiations of an aspirant are accomplished. The application of the initiation rod may take only a few seconds or a few minutes, yet within that brief time, one can find the rewards of lifetimes of experience. To seek the Third Eye of others, use the method you’ve been shown. Gaze at the eyes of someone in complete harmony with you.
Try to see a third eye between the two. Using the breath in conjunction with the synchronizing act of focus leads to the swift development of significant power over the one you gaze at. The ability to focus on minute locations in space should enable you to see specks of dust, floating in the air. It was by this method that I first began to see vitality globules. A little later I was able to see them without much need for focus. Crystal Gazing There is a whole science of crystal gazing, but few understand how the process works. The clearest crystal can serve as a concentrating point for building the lens out of AtmaBuddhi-Manas. Perhaps you would better understand this if I related an experience I had soon after starting to wear spectacles for the first time (at about the age of 43).
During self-hypnosis, as I placed my consciousness in the inner vehicles just above the physical and frequently saw the ceiling through my closed eyelids, I began to notice that, despite not wearing spectacles, I could see the lens of the spectacles. In other words, wearing a lens of some sort constantly in front of the eyes, had created a lens in higher material. Thus, persistent gazing at a very pure lens or crystal helps attract material of subtler planes to simulate the same shape, and clarity. Hence the necessity for a very clear and perfectly spherical crystal. You should apply all the exercises described above to crystal gazing and repeat them using a crystal whenever possible.
To redirect Chakra Energy and achieve the spiritual evolution that unfolds the Third Eye, one can undergo a long process involving multiple lives. Alternatively, the chela can significantly shorten it by undertaking esoteric disciplines that lead to the gates of initiation. In this shorter journey of around twelve lives, rapid unfoldment of chakras above the diaphragm occurs. Energy from centers below the diaphragm is directed to their higher alter egos
in the following manner:
- Base of the Spine : Head Chakra
- Sacral Chakra : Throat Chakra
- Solar Plexus Chakra : Heart Chakra
The Spleen Chakra is not active in most Westerners. It was very much so in Lemuria and Atlantis but has become dormant unless brought back into activity by unusual circumstances. There is really a two-way approach to the problem of taking energies from below the diaphragm to higher regions. You can achieve it by stimulating the higher counterpart or by wearing down the energies that enliven the centers below the diaphragm. The key to both is the fact that even though average man has seven chakras, only five of these can be fully functioning at any time. Of these five, the head chakra is always a target for spiritual unfoldment and its lower counterpart, the base of the spine or Muladara is also active in every aspirant.
Now, we have seen that unfoldment of the Third Eye necessitates arousal of at least three chakras above the diaphragm, one of them being the Head Chakra. This really means that no one with three chakras functioning below the diaphragm can unfold the Third Eye. Thus, if someone is functioning through both his solar plexus chakra and his sacral chakra, he cannot safely expect unfoldment of higher faculties like the Third Eye. Lower focal points must be given up. For instance, if you want to keep the sacral chakra functioning, you must allow it to do so through emotional development for spiritual development to continue.
If there is emotional emphasis, then there must be celibacy for spiritual development to proceed. This is a hard, very hard, but painfully true proposition and anyone believing otherwise is due for disappointment in terms of spiritual progress. We have, once we tread the Path, certain implacable demands to meet. We have to tear out by the roots, as H.P. Blavatsky was wont to say, the lower nature, if the gentle flower of the soul is to thrive.
The Solar Plexus Chakra
(Exercise in Attrition)
Get your motivation on to the mental plane. Don’t deal with things at an emotional level. Avoid becoming an emotional wastepaper basket for every passing neighbour. Live in the mental world and polarise yourself to it.