A new way is opening up wherever the Soul is heard
There is a way between voice and presence
where information flows.
In disciplined silence it opens.
With wandering talk it closes.”
…we are, at heart, part of a great sentience expressing beauty through a myriad of forms
And so the rhythm of the year unfolds, reinvigorated and clarified from the holiday interlude. From a larger perspective, the Tibetan Master points out the significance of those interludes that sustain our service and the rhythmic life of our world.
In all breathing exercises, there are, as you know, the processes of inhalation and of exhalation, with two points intermediate between these two—that of the interludes… you can arrive at a real understanding of the Law of Cycles—in your own life, in the life of any related group, and in the life of humanity itself. They are also closely related… to the rhythm of breathing. It might be regarded in the following way…:
1. Inhalation……….. Focus…………………….. Life centralisation.
2. Interlude……….. Point of Tension……….. Initiation of causes.
3. Exhalation………. Crisis……………………… Production of effects.
4. Interlude……….. Recognition…………….. Prelude to refocussing.
These phases of activity—both positive and negative—can be applied in all aspects of life and in all activities. ….I would enjoin upon you the need to establish this rhythmic, cyclic “breath of consciousness.” …the interludes…are…the growing times; they are essentially the “epochs for storage”…and they are …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… As he inhales the life of the Hierarchy, and increasingly that of the Monad…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. …the points of interlude are not related to form life at all, but to the life of Life itself.” Discipleship in the New Age II, page 451-3
We are part of a mighty universe which is intimately living and breathing through us.
… little understood is the Laboratory of the Universe. The great Inhaling and Exhaling of the Cosmos must be applied to all manifestations. In fact, hardly pondered over is the exchange of forces being projected and returned into the treasury of the Cosmos. Thus, the role of humanity does not consist in borrowing only; there must be included a process of returning the forces with which it has been saturated during communion with the Fire of space. Thus, taking this communion as the Truth, it is possible to reveal why, in fact, there is such a difference between the giving and the returning. The extent of this difference is just the measure of that which on the Cosmic Scales represents the Karma of humanity…” Fiery World III, 268.
Everything around us sings with life.
The cosmic Breath of the Mother of the World is all-pervading. Verily, all is imbued with it. From infinitesimal grains of dust to immeasurable magnitudes, life moves and breathes by this Breath. How then not to cognize the power which moves the Universe! How not to ponder upon the essence of Being! Fathom the rhythm of cosmic energy and understand the rhythm of evolution. The essence of evolution is unalterable and is measured by the manifestation of Infinity…” Infinity I 10.
…harmony and balance emerge through the cyclic expression created by the song of the Mother of the World.
It has been said that a complete understanding of the Law of Cycles would bring man to a high degree of [enlightenment]. This Law of Periodicity underlies all the processes of nature and its study would lead a man out of the world of objective effects into that of subjective causes. It has also been said that time itself is simply a succession of states of consciousness and this is true of an atom, a man or a God.” Light of the Soul, page 362
…expressing the underlying synthesis of Life.
How simply people accept the immutability of the rhythm of day and night! Why do we not apply this same conception toward the foundation of our human cycle? Macrocosm and microcosm reflect one and the same manifestation. Why, then, do people try to convince themselves of an eternal night, when they await so simply the coming day? Let us accept the currents of unceasing motion. The realization of our adaptability will be affirmed as wisely as the pulsation of the Cosmos. …You must accept the true life of the Cosmos for the full contemplation of Infinity.
You accept simply the rotation of the seasons of the year and await the fruit of the rhythm of nature. You prospect ore-beds; you build dams for electricity. Turn instead to the buried treasure of the invisible spheres, and direct yourselves toward a creation manifested beyond the limits of your comprehension. …Therefore, perceive and enter into the rhythm of Infinity.
And where will be the night? Where you seem to perceive its hush the hymns to the Mother of the World begin. Neither day nor night—only Her Radiance!” Infinity I 13
and thy voice pour down in golden streams breaking through the sky.
Then thy words will take wing in songs from every one of my birds’ nests,
and thy melodies will break forth in flowers in all my forest groves.
~ from Patience by Rabindranath Tagore
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