2014 Conference Theme
Living as Radiant Temples of Life:
Sing the Body Electric
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27th Annual International Conference
Envisioning an Ideal World Spirituality:
Resurrecting the Soul of Humanity
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27th Annual International Conference
of the Seven Ray Institute and
The University of the Seven Rays
Envisioning an Ideal World Spirituality:
Resurrecting the Soul of Humanity
April 3 to April 14, 2013
Envisioning an Ideal World Spirituality
Resurrecting the Soul of Humanity
Down the ages humanity has sensed a Vision. The mystic and the enlightened have both testified to this Vision, and after much struggle and effort, have seen it and merged with it. The world of nature and of thought also bears it witness in all that is beautiful and in all that inspires the heart and mind to open to ever greater Truth, Beauty and Goodness. But what is it, really? And how do we define it?
The quality and nature of the highest of Visions – as God visions, dreams and thinks – “has held a steady Purpose throughout the aeons and has motivated our creative processes.” Great Sons (Suns) of God have come and gone calling us to follow the light, to seek the Vision of Reality, to open our eyes and to see Truth as it is in our clearest perception and experience of Reality.
In the Middle Ages, it was the churches and schools of philosophy which provided the major avenues of activity to awaken the Soul and foster spiritual unfoldment. “A problem of religion today is based upon the fact that religion has been largely superseded by creed, and doctrine has taken the place of living experience. It is this living experience which is the keynote of the new universal religion”, embraced by all who have “consecrated their lives to the living expression of the qualities and powers of the True Soul.”
As importantly, we are told by the Master DK “the churches and organized religions would do well to remember” that they are but one among many “teaching avenues” for spirituality. “All possible channels whereby the consciousness of man may be enlarged and right orientation may be brought about” will be creatively used. “All that enlightens the minds of men, all information that tends to bring about right human relations, all modes of acquiring real knowledge, all methods of transmuting knowledge into wisdom and understanding, all that expands the consciousness of humanity and the subhuman states of awareness and sensitivity, and all that dispels glamour and illusion and that disrupts crystallization and static conditions” are considered spiritual.
“Much is heard today of the New Age, of the coming revelation, of the imminent leap forward into an intuitive recognition of that which has been sensed by the mystics, the seers, the inspired poets, and the intuitive scientists… But one thing is too often forgotten in this great expectancy. That which is to be revealed lies all around us, and within us.”
Dense materialism, fear of the new world that is rapidly emerging, reactionary thinking with attempts to return to the past, resistance to the new... all occlude this revelation from our awareness. “Divinity is initially veiled and hidden in the multiplicity of forms and their infinite detail, but the simplicity of forms will be eventually seen, arriving at a newer and truer Beauty, a greater sense of Truth, and the revelation of God’s meaning and purpose in all that was accomplished from age to age.”
“Only two things will enable man to penetrate into the inner realm of causes and revelation. First, a constant effort to create forms which express an inner sense of Truth. Through this effort of cultivating a focused interest in the inner world of meaning, the emphasis will shift from the outer world of phenomena and will produce a pronounced and stable effect upon the spiritual seeker himself, eventually revealing that the world of meaning is the sole world of Reality for humanity.
“Secondly, the constant effort to render oneself sensitive to the inner world of significant Reality, and to produce those forms on the outer plane which run true to the inner impulse, is brought about by cultivating the creative imagination.” EP-II, 246/7
The theme of our conference: Envisioning an Ideal World Spirituality – Resurrecting the Soul of Humanity will provide a rare opportunity to cultivate the creative imagination as a group toward this Ideal. Together we can serve to strengthen the Soul of Humanity, its flowering and movement toward fulfilling its true function on earth.
It becomes the responsibility of the more enlightened members of our humanity to hold compass points for unawakened humanity still ensconced in darkness engendered by fearful human minds, to serve as beacons of radiant light until the light breaks through!
Most notably today, and beginning to emerge at the start of the 20th century, the laws and living principles which govern soul unfoldment are working out in the life and activity of groups, and between groups, building group Soul consciousness based on the greater Will to Good for all. World Servers (known earlier as the New Group of World Servers (NGWS)) have emerged in group formation in service of the Plan to unify and heal the wounds in the human family and to bring solution to humanity’s most entrenched problems. In effect, they are actively building the new world.
“The true Church is the Kingdom of God on earth” and “mankind is the world-church.” Its members are those “who live by the Light within, and who think in terms of humanity as a whole rather than by individual, national, racial or religious divides. The love for God is worked out through the love we feel for all those around us, and is a living demonstration of every aspect of our nature” expressed in our daily living. In the action of living as One mind, heart, body – collectively we will resurrect the Soul of Humanity.
Join us for our 27th annual international conference where kindred spirits meet and gather, new and old, in the unified and timeless dimension of a Soul field. Together as a group, we serve to build a fiery Field of Love. Within this Field, we will explore the sacred, increase our vistas of understanding, expand our awareness of Truth and Compassion and rejoice in the Well-Being that arises from identification with the great Heart of Being. As we meet in the unfolding Presence of each other, we “see more”, and through this vision we can creatively imagine the way forward for a struggling humanity and new earth rising. Let us gather to bring to light the living principles of an ideal world spirituality for the resurrection of the Soul of Humanity!
(Above excerpts were mined from the writings of the Master DK with Alice A. Bailey: Esoteric Psychology – Vol. II (EP-II), Rays and Initiations (RI), Esoteric Healing (EH), Externalization of the Hierarchy (EOH).)
Facing Humanity’s Major Problem: The Religious Problem
The major problem which humanity now faces is a “religious” one; students of the Ageless Wisdom would call it a “spiritual” problem. Given the great number of humanity’s dire and pressing problems, it could be asked why the religious/spiritual problem can, with justification, be considered the greatest in importance. Here is what Master DK says on the subject: “The world problem is essentially a religious problem and behind all strife in every department of world thought today is to be found the religious element.” (The Destiny of the Nations, 35)
It is simply this: humanity, en masse, has lost any true connection to the higher worlds of reality, and for thousands of years has substituted for real spiritual orientation and knowledge many glamorous, illusory and misleading ‘desires-turned-creeds’ to explain its longed-for relation with the Divine. The millions (even billions) of spiritually unsophisticated human beings then attach their dedication and devotion to these fanciful, wish-fulfilling formulations, these separative creeds, and the result is becoming increasingly disastrous for wholesome human progress.
Because of religious differences (in fact, religious hatreds), exacerbated by ignorance of man’s true nature and by political and economic injustices, millions of human beings are “at each other throats”, claiming that their ‘religion’ is the only ‘true’ religion. The adherents of ‘other’ religions are to be marginalized and degraded at best, and persecuted (even killed) at worst. In an age of atomic weaponry of extraordinary destructive power, such attitudes are a recipe for disaster.
The human race, according to the Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul, is actually in danger of annihilation if these religious tensions are not solved—solved especially through right education, fairer economic distribution, and forms of government which offer true guidance in spiritual values. Time is short in which this solution can be achieved.
As horrifying as the thought may be, we have been warned that the next world war, if it occurs, will be focused in the Field of Religion and that Shamballa, for the first time in planetary history, will be involved in such a war. Needless to say the potential for horrific destruction is very real—as Master DK puts it, “the foundation of a possibility which can be clearly visioned”.
If, currently, the major problem of humanity is in the Field of Religion, then the solution to this problem (while not ignoring the necessary work in related fields of human expression) must focus precisely in the Field of Religion. What is needed is a true and shared world spirituality which respects diverse cultural values and yet, which leads inevitably towards a true and Universal World Religion—the New World Religion (at once scientific and sane) which is in line with the emerging Aquarian and seventh ray values.
So many ideals embraced by human beings separate them, one from another, and lead to the kind of warfare in which less enlightened sixth ray individuals and groups so often engage. What is needed is a far broader ideal in the Field of Religion and Spirituality—an ideal which unites rather than divides, and which aligns with the principle of religious freedom—one of the Four Freedoms enunciated by the great first ray disciple Franklin Roosevelt.
It will take time to evolve such an ideal world spirituality. The irrational Piscean prejudices are still very strong (though bound to weaken as the twenty first century elapses). The sixth ray is experiencing a final and virulent recrudescence before its cycle faces out in the early part of the twenty second century. There is still much danger that the emergence of the higher Aquarian values may be delayed, distorted and even prevented for centuries (and in the worst case, millennia).
Those of us who are well-trained in the Ageless Wisdom and understand something of the broader picture concerning the emergent New World Religion, have a great educational responsibility to raise and broaden the ideals surrounding the subject of religion and spirituality. There is still time for an inclusive and enlightened view of humanity’s relation to the Divine to prevail. Nothing short of a courageous presentation of the tenets of the New World Religion will suffice to force the raging conflict between sectarian beliefs to subside. It is necessary for adherents of the world’s faiths to understand that each great world religion comes, ultimately, from One Source which The Secret Doctrine reveals. The essence of all such world faiths is the same and is based upon the fact of God Transcendent, the often unsuspected fact of “God Immanent” and upon the often repudiated “Continuity of Revelation”—no religion has the last and final work concerning the relation of God and man.
Understanding of this relationship is forever evolving and new revelations not only are possible but are cyclically presented throughout the millions of years of human evolution—both past and to come. Exclusivism in the Field of Religion is a great fallacy, a great glamour, and its ‘spell’ must be dispelled! Add to this the necessity of understanding the factual and benevolent work of reincarnation and we will have some of the fundamentals which will bring raging religious conflicts into a condition of peace—the peace which is expected as a result of the Reappearance of the Christ.
Introducing and explaining these few points to the unenlightened millions is a huge work and it will be resisted strenuously by the fanatical adherents of various faiths—and all faiths have their fanatics! But the day of the fanatics has its term and is destined to fade away. It is up to those who understand something of humanity’s spiritual future to render the transition of fanaticism into enlightened spiritual reason a less dangerous and destructive process than it might otherwise be.
Then, when a deeper understanding of true religious/spiritual values is grasped by humanity, we will see not only the elevation but the resurrection of the human soul into a place of enlightened understanding and inclusive soul-love. For the moment, in so many places and among so many millions, that soul is enshrouded by maya, glamour and illusion and fettered by ignorance. This slavery of the soul cannot be allowed to persist; the consequences would be far too dangerous for the survival of the human race.
Those who understand the spirituality presented in the Ageless Wisdom have a tremendous responsibility to help humanity through the most important spiritual transition it may ever have experienced—the transition from the fourth into the fifth kingdom of nature (for those who are equal to it, and there are millions). For those who may have a time to wait before such a transition is possible, they may at least be guided into a truer, safer approach to religion/spirituality than the ones they now pursue. This is crucial, though promoting the transition will be fraught with danger and conflict.
The Great Lord Maitreya, the Christ, the Head of the Spiritual Hierarchy is “on His way”. His intention is to reappear when a measure of economic sharing prevails, when a measure of peace has been restored, and when the “Church cleans house”. This last point relates directly to the creation of a more ideal world spirituality and the abandonment of those separative approaches which have brought humanity nothing but abundant trouble and grief.
It is upon an ideal world spirituality (and its impending embodiment-the New World Religion) that we will focus and the upcoming 27th International Conference of the Seven Ray Institute and University of the Seven Rays. The pre-Conference begins on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013, and lasts for a week, including workshops in Ceremonial Magic, Esoteric Astrology and a Seven Ray Seminar. The Conference proper begins on the evening of Wednesday, April 10th and lasts through midday of Sunday April 14th.
We heartily invite you to attend our 27th Conference dedicated to such an important subject in today’s troubled world. The “Problem of the Churches” as Master DK called it, simply must be solved before it precipitates the dark cloud hanging over the so-called “Holy Land” and many other areas of the Earth. Humanity cannot afford a Third World War (a “Religious War” as Master DK has called it), and already the warning signs can be seen by those who know something of the energies and forces of the times, and of the great transition through which we must pass.
Together, at Conference, and in meditation (available also to our World Group of Meditators who cannot attend Conference in person) we can do something of value both to understand and subjectively ameliorate the dangerous situation. We can create thoughtforms of solution and project them into the consciousness of humanity where they can express their beneficent potency.
We do hope you will make special arrangements this year, saving enough so you have the resources to join your Brothers and Sisters in person, in Phoenix/Mesa Arizona for a period of deep spiritual learning and meditative work.
There is an urgency surrounding this year’s Conference Theme: “Envisioning an Ideal World Spirituality: Resurrecting the Soul of Humanity". Let us realize this, accept our responsibility and together work towards the lessening of world religious tensions, through the propagation of a more ideal world spirituality which will lead to the eventual growth and resurrection of the soul of humanity!
April 3rd, 4th, 5th 2013
"Mantrams and Words of Power - The Sacred Utterance of God"
This workshop will focus on one of the most protected area in the occult teaching: the study of Mantrams as Words of Power. In ceremonial work one will always be required to focus on the results of thought when manifested through speech. Speech is of tremendous power when guided by true occult knowledge of the divine creative process. Mantric speech can create and destroy worlds, hence, it must be scrupulously guarded from the ignorant, the unwary and those who are wrongly motivated.
The modern disciple is not readily given the Words of Power that are stored in the Archives of the Masters. He must earn the right to receive them. In a planetary sense, humanity expresses the third chakra, the throat chakra, and that is why speech and word (which are “thought made flesh”) are a major focus for the entire human race. We must one day master the correct method of using the inner power of mantric speech and, thus, become true co-workers with the “Hand of God”.
The Great One, the immortal Spirit in the form of Vishnu, sings the Seven Worlds into existence. In our workshop, we will follow the descent of that Sacred Musical Utterance and try to find the deepest connection with our ‘Inmost Center’ where the ‘Sound of Silence’ resounds. Creating our “own” Words of Power, to help us in the process of sacred building in cooperation with the devas of Light and with the devas of the Path of the Heart, is of supreme importance to the disciple advancing in the esoteric arts and sciences.
Together and as a group we will carefully step into the field of vigilantly guarded practical occultism. We respectfully invite your participation in this important esoteric process.
April 6th, 7th, and 8th 2013
"Vision and Idealism: Channels for Spiritual Fire"
The quality of *idealism* does not belong to the personality alone; it is rooted in the soul and even in the Monad. The nature of *vision* does not pertain only to that which the personal consciousness sees and understands; it, too, belongs more properly to the soul and even, more essentially, to the Monad. All of us, as disciples-in-training, are necessarily motivated by the *vision* and *idealism* which inspire us. The great Sixth Ray of Devotion and Idealism will be in incarnation, after all, in the larger cycle for another 21,000 years! So the sixth ray has many gifts yet to confer upon humanity and the planet. How can we more successfully understand, receive and distribute those gifts?
The planets Neptune and Mars are strong carriers of the sixth ray and, in a still higher sense, monadically, we have Venus (usually associated with the fifth ray) . By examining our astrological charts for the placement and activity of these planets (and of signs which carry the sixth ray—Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) perhaps we can discover how to purify and strengthen our vision and both expand and exalt our spiritual idealism—empowering ourselves with the *fire of aspiration* so that still greater acts of service may be accomplished in our present incarnation.
The Path of Occultism is the ‘Path of Fire’. Spiritual vision and spiritual idealism are open conduits for the descent of the spiritual fire needed to speed sincere disciples and sincere discipleship-groups upon their chosen path. The coming Esoteric Astrology Pre-Conference Workshop,
entitled *Vision and Idealism: Channels for Spiritual Fire* will help you approach these fiery energies, opening the door to the Vision and Idealism of the Soul which should be a principal motivating force in your life. By exploring the placement and aspects of Mars and Neptune in your chart (and by consulting Venus for hints concerning the Vision and Idealism of the Soul) we will seek to unveil methods which will expand and deepen your *vision* which (in the eyes of the soul) will lead to the fulfillment of *its* spiritual ideal for the present (and perhaps future) incarnation. Discovering the soul’s * vision* and its *ideal* is the responsibility of every sincere aspirant and disciple. Greater still are the vision and idealism of Hierarchy, in which we may participate once we know more about our own!
Please join our International Team of accomplished esoteric astrologers, for our 13th Esoteric Astrology Pre-Conference Workshop, held at the Dobson Ranch Inn, Mesa Arizona, on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, April 6th, 7th, and 8th 2013. During this workshop we are journeying on a quest for *ascending and descending spiritual fire.* Our distinguished astrological team is ready to deliver a broad perspective on your chart and its Potentials. We look forward to your attendance at *Vision and Idealism: Channels for Spiritual Fire.*
SEVEN RAY SEMINAR - PART TWO
"How to See the Rays in Your Face and Form.
Finding the Focus of Your Soul and Personality Rays in Your Three Personality Vehicles"
Evening of April 8, Full day April 9, through mid-afternoon April 10, 2013
This seminar expands on the information offered at last year's pre-Conference Seven Ray Workshop. It is structured to accommodate students just starting their inquiry into the Rays while those who have spent time studying the subject will find in this new seminar much to explore and learn about how the Rays are symbolized in and focused through the human form.
The Synthesis Foundation is again generously underwriting the Seven Ray Seminar. This opportunity to learn more about the Energies that move us is offered free of charge. Lunches for April 9 and 10 will be provided at a cost of $30. Paying for lunch will serve as your registration for the Seven Ray Seminar, Part Two. Space is limited. Please register soon. If you have questions or wish to register by phone: 201.798.7777.
The Personal Identity Profile (PIP II) is an important tool in helping to identify the Ray Energies flowing through your particular constitution. If you have not taken the PIP II, we would appreciate you doing so by April 1, 2013: pipiionline.com
Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering at the Conference