ON A FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLE
No particular ceremony is anticipated today in the Celestial Sanctum. I have participated in the period dedicated to prayer, and I have fulfilled the duties which are my daily responsibility at the level of the Celestial Sanctum. After my usual activities on the objective plane, I return for a period of contact and, this ended, I feel the need to retire for some moments into my private sanctuary (in the Cosmic). On the way I notice that some of the twelve sanctuaries of 'my' aisle are occupied and that those who are there are meditating or working. I sit down immediately at my desk and, abandoning myself to reverie, I contemplate, through the little window, in the distance, the highest Mountain of Illumination where the greatest of all the Masters reside. A little lower, in the compact mass of this unique spiritual mountain, I perceive other summits; here is the permanent retreat of the 'Brothers in White'; there, a little farther on, the Akasha Mountain. Farther yet, toward infinity, my thought flies from one valley to another, recognizing truth and unity in the many paths climbed by an innumerable throng of people who do not know that the goal is near and that it will be 'one' stage. Nor do they understand how those who they think are mistaken will attain, by different paths, summits as high, and that all will be reunited in the final path leading to the crowning height.... Then my glance comes back toward the Mountain of Illumination where the Sublime Ones work. My heart intones AUM, filled with hope that the particular Master, he who gives aid, will recognize it and respond to the particular need of my soul.
In the Celestial Sanctum, which for me is the cathedral which I have described, the call is always
heard, and, as a result, in a more powerful AUM which reverberates throughout space, striking
the stained glass window near me with its extraordinary vibrations, and enveloping me in an
elating perfume of the purest incense, the Master enters my private sanctuary. After making a
benediction with his hand and accompanying it with a look of his dark eyes, he sits down before
me. I know immediately that I must take my pen and prepare before me the fresh pages of my
memory. I am going to write these notes under the dictation of the Mater. I
am ready, and he speaks::
Contrary to appearances, they are never complete and are radically different even if, in the end, a similar result seems to have been attained. Consequently the first step toward effectiveness in the initiatory life and, I repeat, today I am considering this in the practical phase exclusively is the careful and definitive choice of a specific technique. Thus will be avoided the danger which I have just stressed that of dissipation. How many people are there yet who err in psychic matters! They are not able to free themselves from the matrix of their dreams. The emotions which they seek are imprinted with vague sentimentality and they take pleasure in a paralyzing sentimentality. What they call 'knowledge' is made up of the fantasies of an intellectual or emotional satisfaction in which all sorts of obscure sentiments are mixed in their ignorance. And in an illusion which they believe to be truth, they search for similar illusions, sometimes from disciples whom they would make pontiffs, the veneration of whom will easily fill the consciousness submerged in false wisdom. Alas! How many disciples having passed an important stage, are pushed by some childish nostalgia to return to this stage of illusion, and how serious is their responsibility when the knowledge acquired and misunderstood gives a false glow to the way supposedly traversed, and catches unawares the guilelessness of an imprudent soul! In all this are found illusion and the ineffectiveness of dissipation. Visualization, on the contrary, assumes that a choice is made and a technique definitely adopted.
If this is done, then the power of visualization will develop with each step accomplished on
the chosen way, and the results will be obtained with increasing ease. However, from the first
attempts, if the method is well followed, a success, even partial, will reward the effort made
and will be a great encouragement. The Master that we are in contact
within "KNOWS" and shows to the seeker which particular
visualizations and techniques are best suited for him. Subconsciously All
thought-forms in the seeker become conditioned by this voluntary adherence to a
particular initiative way, and the deep reactions of the seeker follow a precise direction toward a goal at first uncertain, then more and more
"defined' and distinct in proportion as progress is made. This 'inner
created atmosphere' may be further extended by the method of visualization adopted
and this, from certain basic elements, notably observation and creative imagination, can be
progressively developed in a personal technique having as a framework the inherent
characteristics of the individual.