The matter is complex because the components of the Third Eye are of the same material with which we must search for it. This statement is more real than apparent. Finding the Third Eye involves much the same problem as a man seeking for his spectacles when he is short-sighted. He needs the spectacles to find them! Fortunately, we have the teaching of those adepts who have fought their way into the Light to show us the way. We can safely use their hints and heed their admonitions so long as we have a thorough knowledge of the real structure of man. Thus, we find that the Third Eye is not an endocrine gland, not the pineal or the pituitary. It is Third Eye a chakra or force centre as this term implies it. The Third Eye is a vortex of energy, both positive and negative, receptive or donative, formed out of the joint interplay of the radiant energies produced through the simultaneous arousal of the thousand petalled lotus, the brow centre, and the alta major centre. It is wise, during the perusal and application of the techniques outlined next, to reexamine this definition of the Third Eye. The methods given here are safe because they are those taught by the Masters traditionally in ancient classical wisdom. But they should be adhered to strictly. In themselves they are simple enough but the difficulty arises in that all five processes outlined must be undertaken simultaneously. The techniques, in fact, require a vast change of one’s way of life. But they are for the Westerner and have been practised by the author without hazard and with many rewards for over twenty years. Do not look for results. They will come of their own accord. Judging by results is a weakness of the materialist, he who is spiritually sick. Motivation should be along the lines of equipping yourself to become a more efficient instrument in the hands of the Masters, they who direct the inner government of the world.
The neophyte must undergo a personality change.
There must be a building of a channel or antakarana for the more efficient inflow of energy from the higher Self, which is, in itself a unit of energy.
The direction of all energies of the lower vehicles and of the higher Self into the head region.
The reconstruction of the Aura.
The signposts of spiritual unfoldment must be recognised and dealt with as the Third Eye opens.
Man is a composite being. His gross physical body is but one of the numerous facets of his self-expression. He possesses other inner vehicles which together make up something of a ‘spectrum’ reflecting his true nature. It is, as it were, as if two great streams of energy had been brought together in the formation of man. One great electrode carries the energy of material manifestation; the other brings that of the world of spirit. These negative and positive forces are brought into apposition at rebirth and there is a flash of form: Man’s personality results. The personality of man is a composite of three vehicles, which as they integrate form a fourth; the Lower Triad out of which the Personality is synthesised. The Higher Self uses the Personality as a means for contacting the lower planes of the Physical, Mental and Astral worlds.
At first, this process of induction is started by giving occult attention to certain centres or chakras. (The occultist works with the unseen forces of nature.) The chakras at first concerned are the heart, the throat and the head centres. Co-ordination of these leads to integration of the personality—a very necessary and very safe step before even considering the actual process of forming the Third Eye. The process of release of energy through the antakarana into the lower triad requires many disciplines, not the least of which is that of orientation towards the higher Self When a personality has three of his chakras functioning below the diaphragm, he cannot be orientated to the higher triad. This is seen in some examples here given diagrammatically. Example of a Personality not yet in a state of integration:
description of the heart chakra given below indicates something of its qualities. In our meditations we must visualise the flow of energies from the solar-plexus to the heart region. Thereafter, the energies of the heart are taken to their alter ego, the chakra in the brow, called Ajna.
HEART CHAKRA—AJNA (Through study)—FOCUS THROAT CHAKRA—ALTA MAJOR (Service to man)—BREATHbHEAD CHAKRA—HEAD CHAKRA (visualisation)—MEDITATION It is through the medium of three tracts in etheric substance that the energies are transferred from chakra to chakra. These tracts are called Ida, Sushumna and Pingala in the East. In the West, their significance is symbolised by the Caduceus of Hermes.