In that brief pause between the old and the new and before anything occurs
Urusvati knows the significance of the moment that separates sleep from the waking state. This moment is called ‘the diamond of consciousness.’ During this transitory condition of consciousness man belongs simultaneously to both worlds—the physical and the subtle. … No mysterious initiations are needed for the realization of the sacred moment. Everyone is given the opportunity to perceive both worlds …
We intensify and deepen these diamond moments through a clear understanding of their significance. Indeed, they are so brief that no effort is required. Prolonged communication with the Subtle World can be achieved, but simultaneous awareness of the two worlds is momentary. …
…the diamond moment [occurs] between sleep and the waking state, at the moment of the return of the subtle body into the physical one. Each human being has the power to experience this moment that connects the two worlds, but for this one must develop a subtle awareness. All recollections of the Subtle World are extremely useful for human evolution, …the signs of all the three worlds are being manifested, and earthly man can even see the sparks of the Fiery World.” From Supermundane, 120.
Time and space are transcended
In all breathing exercises, there are…the processes of inhalation and of exhalation, with two points intermediate between these two—that of the interludes… disciples… are preoccupied with what is proceeding within their consciousness during the interludes between the fixed inhalations and exhalations. These phases of registered consciousness are in reality points of detachment. They mark the cycles of tension… I would enjoin upon you the need to establish this rhythmic, cyclic “breath of consciousness.”
…The point I seek to emphasise…is the need… for the interludes. These interludes are…the growing times; they are essentially the ‘epochs for storage’ (if I may use such an arresting and unusual phrase), and they are the ‘seed of samadhi.’ What is samadhi…? Simply those interludes in the initiate’s life of service wherein he withdraws all his forces into a ‘well of silence’—a well, full of the water of life. In this state of consciousness two definite activities transpire: Tension and Recognition. Without these interludes of abstraction, his work would slowly weaken as the tension, earlier initiated, weakened; his ability to attract and to hold others true to the vision would likewise slowly disappear, as his power to recognise became myopic. The initiate, therefore, as he works within the Ashram, withdraws at the needed times. As he inhales the life of the [spiritual] Hierarchy, and increasingly that of the Monad (which he gradually learns to do), and as he exhales the living essence into the ‘world of serving lives,’ he becomes steadily more and more dependent upon the ‘interludes’ wherein both these phases of activity cease and he becomes immersed in Being and in Consciousness—the intrinsic parts of the animating Whole. I use this phrase ‘animating Whole’ advisedly to indicate that the points of interlude are not related to form life at all, but to the life of Life itself.” From Discipleship in the New Age II, page 451-453
Such moments have creative power
To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour” From Auguries of Innocence by William Blake
As we expand our perspective
…refrain from expectation—from life, from people and from circumstances—except that expectation which concerns spiritual opportunity …Disciples need to regard the Ashram more definitely as a place of spiritual enveloping, if I may use so peculiar a phrase. They need to regard it as a circle of protection, remembering that if their consciousness can escape into the Ashram, they are in a place of complete security where naught can reach or hurt them. Neither pain nor anxiety can overwhelm the man who dwells in the consciousness of eternity; this sense of the eternal, coupled with the realisation of essential unity, marks all dwellers in an Ashram.
Herein lies your safety in the vicissitudes of your life. I am not speaking idly or symbolically, nor am I referring to the usual platitudes expressed in the injunction ‘dwell in the eternal.’ I refer definitely to the place of a disciple within an Ashram… This place is a reality and not a dream or a figment of wishful thinking; it is a sphere of focussed awareness where the minds, the love, the aspiration and the spiritual consciousness of many meet, and meet in truth.” From Discipleship in the New Age II, page 652
Its creative power will carry us to the shores of a new dimension of being.
…remember that love brings all earthly karma to an end. Love induces that radiation which invokes and evokes not only the heart of God but the heart of humanity also. Love is the cause of all creation and the sustaining factor in all living.” From Discipleship in the New Age II, page 541
May this new year…bring us closer to the realm where love reigns and fear is no more.