When the infinite light of the
Creator flows from the universe to us, I believe it enters at the
feet and encounters the first energy center at the base of the
spine. If that energy center is not blocked by conflicting or
abnormal energy patterns, the Creator’s light continues to move
upward, through all of the energy centers, leaving the body above
the crown of the head and flowing back into the creation. The
concept is an old one as is the concept of energy centers or
“chakras,” both terms being part of the Buddhist tenets of faith.
Green-ray love imposes no conditions and the compassion that it generates is unconditional. Perhaps you remember times when you have sung the old Christmas carol, “The Twelve days of Christmas.” One was never really sure of most of the other gifts that the song’s hapless swain was giving his true love, but one was always sure of the “‘five gold rings.” The heart chakra is much like that; central, as love must be to our experience. Unconditional acceptance is usually something that feels tremendously good to us and we react to its presence by flowering and growing.
It is not easy to awaken that energy within ourselves. Without embarking on that process I encouraged in the last chapter, that of accepting the fact that progress in spiritual evolution involves deciding what manner of person we are, choosing our path, and then learning more and more about how to be faithful to the path and how to express love to others as the fruit of what we are learning on that path, it is almost impossible to accomplish. Meditation is a tremendous help, because the nature of consciousness, left in total balance, is peaceful, serene and joyful.
We seldom experience this because we are filling our minds
up almost all of the time with daily business, which is no bad thing
were we able to retain, in the midst of mundane activity, the
consciousness of love. We seldom do that, however, and so we are
constantly distracting ourselves and thereby removing our attention
from our native disposition, which is a happy one.
Consequently, without analysis and
meditation to feed our wills, it is often very difficult to get
started on activating the green-ray energy center, or, to put it
another way, on opening up the heart chakra. It is this chakra which
must be functioning well in order for the service of channeling to
run smoothly in your life. Centers higher than that can be very
helpful if they are also activated, but it is not necessary for them
to be activated for you to be a productive (and healthy) channel.
Channeling is an activity recommended for those who are stable and who have come to the conclusion that they wish to be of service to the Creator and to humankind. A person who is merely curious, but who, unknown to himself, may possess a highly sensitive psychic nature, may be propelled into opening the green-ray energy center because of all the experiences that begin happening to him while he is satisfying his curiosity. It can happen very quickly. As always, the key seems to me to be balance. One puts one’s foot at the first place, gets a good balance, and then moves on.
By jumping from lessons still not learned in the first three centers to opening the fourth center with the first three still unbalanced, the way is opened for any problems that you do have of a personal nature to be greatly distorted and intensified simply because you are a channel, involved in offering inspiration and light to others, and so attracting the attention of the principle which is antithetical to light, the principle of darkness. As a channel, you’re transmitting on one level, yet as an individual you vibrate at a lower level.
This is inevitable, yet the
distance between the two levels needs to be as little as possible.
For, metaphysically speaking, you are responsible for living at the
highest level of which you’ve been made aware. If you are a new
channel and begin thinking that you have outgrown your mate, that
you must have someone who believes in you, that you “have your
rights,” and so forth, you may be heading down dangerous streets.
This century has been one of fairly rapid social revolutions, beginning with the free love propounded in the 1920s, snapping back into a demi-prudery during the Depression and war years, and gradually opening up into the increasingly measured “free love” and serial relationships of the sixties. By now, men and women seem to have achieved a large measure of sexual equality, with both men and women being far more interested perhaps than they ever have been in the quality of relationships.
A woman’s sexual morality is
measured these days not so much by the number of her partners as by
the quality of relationships that she has developed with those who
are or have been her lovers. Consequently, it seems to me that
people as a whole are doing less blocking of the red-ray energy than
they were used to, letting most energy move directly into orange-ray
The sexual energy as such needs to be seen and appreciated as
part of what keeps us alive. The romantic preoccupation with the
sexual experience of orgasm as a kind of death has so influenced our
culture that it makes us feel negatively about the very energy that
made it possible to be living now—what in the world would we have
done if everyone in the world had decided that sex was not an
acceptable moral expression of our natures!
This is not to say that it is necessary for your spiritual growth to be sexually active. The records of history rather indicate that this is not a relevant consideration and some doughty souls would indeed say that sexuality was just one more distraction. Note that people who say that sex is a distraction from the spiritual life are giving a bad opinion about sex.
Whether or not you have any sexual activity going
or planned, try to wrap your mind around the idea that sex is a
distraction from the spiritual life only for those who have not yet
gotten their sexual energy center clear and unblocked. If the sexual
energy is clear it neither helps nor harms but is its own
expression, its own energy, and the light that gives energy to every
pattern that we have enlivens and blesses that kind of energy and
then moves onward.
Then you have opened the way for honest, two-way communication. Once the talking is done, you may find your sexual energy flowing well once more. This, by the way, is why making up can be such fun, for communication opens the heart chakra, and it feels so good for energy to be moving freely again. Whatever you are gaining by sexual bargaining, you are losing the ability to funnel light through to the heart center, and so are setting yourself up for very unsettling experiences in the context of your spiritual life and especially your channeling.
If you cannot deal with the thought of making love to your mate because there is no love in this moment for you with him or her, then you need to say that, and then move the emphasis from sex to where the trouble really lies. Usually in a situation where you have feigned a headache, the real problem is either that your mate is clinging to you, wanting you to possess him or her, or you feel that your mate is ignoring you and attempting to put separation between him or her and you.
Either distortion causes the same effect—alienation from your mate and a tendency to use sex to express your hurt feelings. There is also the tendency of some people to use sex as a reward. This is used more by women than by men, although both sexes have their proponents of this tactic. This also is an unclear use of sexual energy. Try to ally sex in your physical experience with love so that you either discover how you love the unlovable mate, and give yourself in that spirit, in the interests of prolonging the relationship until you have found a way to fall in love again, or explain carefully that you need to be celibate until you have learned to love again.
Sex is not, in my opinion, in itself an
excuse for the severance of a bad relationship. It is something that
is a symptom of unclear energies between two people, because all sex
is good sex to the red-ray chakra. Thus, if you are having
difficulty with sex and it is not organic, that difficulty is likely
a mismatch of orange-ray energies.
This does not do anything good for your relationship, for you will perceive that you have “grown apart,” that your mate does not any longer understand you and may not even approve of what you are doing. The further and faster that you go, the more obvious this difference becomes. Far too many marriages break up because of the catalyst encountered on the spiritual path. Many bitter words have been said by those who are attempting to become more compassionate. Many words of judgment have been cast at a perplexed and uncomprehending mate who is struggling to understand your new beginnings with his or her old ideas.
spiritual path seems so fresh, new and wonderful—which it is—that
any sacrifice seems little enough to make in order to become more
securely “on the path.” And so many a relationship ends, unfinished,
forever a source of frustration to both parties, who wonder despite
words to others whether the right decision was really made.
At the time of the wedding, presumably, both parties to the contract feel that they will be recompensed by society and by each other, by the fruits of marriage, such as a house and children, if indeed they thought about it at all. However, the actual contract, unless you have made a marriage agreement, is unequivocally a contract of giving with no expectation of return. What else does “for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health and till death do us part” mean? There are no guarantees. The first casualty of a broken marriage is your word.
As I have described in the previous chapter, the deciding of what you think is right, and then being faithful to it, is very important in your preparation of character for the service of channeling. Does breaking your word strike you as something that is “right”? If it is not “right,” why are you doing it? If you are not being abused either physically or emotionally, but are merely finding life uncomfortable because you can no longer talk to your mate, I urge you strongly to consider carefully whether or not you wish to break your word. I have seen people who stayed together for a long time, and actually began making inroads in communicating with each other again.
I have also
seen seemingly hopeless relationships in which both parties stayed
with the marriage because it was the “right” thing to do. It is true
that the two couples that I have in mind are both unhappy in their
personal relationships. However, it is also true that each of the
two has, because they have made peace with the primary relationship,
developed tremendously strong and helpful activities on other
levels, and has become a much more powerful person, a person that
she probably would not have become had she turned away from what she
felt would be the “right” thing to do.
If you can live with being misunderstood, which is not as difficult as it sounds, your problems are at an end, and you can go back to loving your mate as you loved that person in the beginning, without stint. At any rate, for the sake of the opening of the pipe which you are to become in order to be a channel for those concepts of heart and mind which may inspire others, it is very well to choose to relate to people as if they did not threaten you but as if you wished only to be of service to them. Far from being less important the more intimate the relationship, the principle becomes more important the more intimate the relationship is.
How important it is to choose to see someone intimately important to you as positive, to see the relationship as positive! If you experience any difficulty or trouble in the relationship it is well to apprehend that trouble as an opportunity for learning. Judgment does not have any part in a clear expression of unconditional love, although it’s always a good idea to use your usual powers of discrimination in evaluating hurtful words that may be said to you in anger. If they are not true, discount them, but try not to hold a grudge.
Nothing makes energy stop dead faster than
that kind of negative emotion. Try to notice the good times that you
may have even in a bad relationship. It is very easy to
underestimate how valuable your mate’s presence is to you if that
person is getting on your nerves. Let your mate go away, and you
have a lot of opportunity to re-evaluate your judgment, but a
diminished opportunity to save the situation that you have created
by allowing separation to occur.
In order for your energy to be
clear in this situation, you need to settle down, take a deep
breath, and actively, prayerfully love your mate. He/she needs you
right now. It is time for your marriage contract to be reviewed.
Note that there is no small print. This goes for the mates of those
who are drunk, insane, homosexual, drugged or otherwise difficult to
live with. In order to preserve your own sobriety and sanity, you
may have to effect a physical separation.
powerful person can always choose to go the extra mile—exhaustion is
unknown to you if you are strong enough. And if you are strong you
can choose to honor commitments even if that choice seems a Quixotic
gesture. If another wishes to end the relationship, while it is
impossible to generalize, it seems to me that the other person’s
wish is paramount, and the rule of free will is higher than any
other consideration. This is my own idea—I put free will at the top
of the list of ethical considerations. If you think differently,
please do that!
And in dealing with society, the frequent user of yellow-ray energy, it is easy to play games. By the time you begin consciously working on your orange-ray center, you have undoubtedly done a good deal of preliminary unconscious work already. None of us escapes being blocked in orange-ray in one way or another, and we make mistakes in judgment time and time again, blocking ourselves until we perceive the problem, communicate about it and clear it up. If we attempt to work on societal games before we have eliminated personal games, we will find ourselves working on games within games.
The passions people feel for groups are a kind of extension
of the ways that people feel about each other. If you are using
people to get ahead in your job, for instance, you are expressing
your opinion about a societal question: how does one get ahead in
the world? However, if you had unblocked your relationships so that
you did not allow yourself to attempt to use other people, you would
not have been tempted to use that societal game to block the
This realization not only makes it
possible for you to go about the process of forgiving the person who
has functioned as a mirror for you, it also offers you a new
opportunity for contrition, self-forgiveness, amendment of life,
learning and growth, as you hear criticism that you have made of the
mirror of yourself, apply it to yourself and take in the lessons
that you have given yourself.
likely that whatever unfortunate person of this kind you know would
not prefer to be pitied; most would rather arouse anger than truth.
But for you, if not for your negatively emoting friend, pity is by
far the better emotion, as compassion is a far more gentle service
to offer another than anger. If you are using this reasoning for
more than one or two people in your life, you need to polish your
It seems everyone is aware of the fundamentalist Christian groups who solicit contributions and interest door-to-door. Most are polite in telling their stories, but the common experience is that the visits are not welcome, at best. Perhaps many have also had the experience of relatives or friends who attempt to convert you to whatever religion they are purveying. The more usual reaction is a further emotional separation away from whatever bias your friend has attempted to force upon you.
Especially in the free world, we are
not accustomed to being told what to think, even by friends. And
while we are susceptible to hints, advertising, teasing and other
disreputable encroachments on free will, we usually have the sense
to resent others’ attempts to change us when we are not ready for
it, and not asking for it.
But it would be recommended by me that you avoid the practice of channeling during this difficult period in your life. I say this especially strongly where marriage is concerned. It seems that for the most part people who live together without having gone through the marriage ceremony have a fairly realistic idea of the supremacy of the rights of the other person. This is not always true, but there is a tendency for it to be so. The married relationship, on the other hand, largely because of the pressures of many centuries of social distortion of the ideal marriage, is likely to be one in which unity has been broken up into two separate entities, the party of the first part and the party of the second!
Husband and wife treat each other to some extent as adversaries rather than yoke-fellows, and instead of thinking about how to please and serve the other, number all the grievances which the other has committed against the self. As the relationship grows more stale the two mates may not even be communicating any more, although both feel that they have tried their utmost. Perhaps sexual promiscuity is an excess troubling you or your mate; perhaps impotence or frigidity has characterized you or your mate’s experience but not your own.
Perhaps the fights about money have become too painful. Perhaps
pride has been damaged too often. And frequently, the children that
you have produced together are a most confusing responsibility,
having become separate from rather than a part of the original love
you and your mate had for each other. All these considerations are
terribly stormy, and in any of them you will be experiencing
You know that the life led without conscious thought is pretty much a zero: one fairly positive thing done on impulse; one slightly negative thing done carelessly; another negative thing done by omission; another positive thing done because of helpful circumstance, the sum total being no polarization. Channeling while angry will put you into a very untuned situation. Your basic state of mind is positive, but your mind tuning’s less positive, because of the negative emotion.
Therefore, you are far more liable to embrace distortions of more positive thoughts in less positive clothing. In other words, you will be channeling the equivalent of a nonpolarized life—a mixed message. A good example of a mixed message is the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament. Moses was dealing with a very demanding populace who kept asking him for more and more specific information.
He had a good contact, but all this specific
information was very draining. So when his people asked for rules of
life he received, not the positive “do this and do that and your
life will be blessed,” but instead “do not do this and do not do
that, and you shall not be unclean.” Negatives are built into this
basically very positive set of suggestions, which certainly are
I do not recall that argument ever making any sense to me. I railed bitterly against it, in fact, and was much disillusioned when I saw that good advice was not followed by good behavior on my parents’ part. In your own life, when you decide that something is true, and then you do not act on it, you are nullifying that truth within yourself. You are taking the power of the knowledge from yourself and from your consciousness. Your consciousness, your violet-ray summing up of instantaneous self, is your ever-present gift to the Creator.
When you rob your consciousness you are robbing the first fruit of your incarnation. When you are in that situation, and come to realize it, it is time not to think badly of yourself, but to attempt to smooth out the difficulty and pain that you are feeling until your life is once again your God-given creation and not something that happens to you.
Only when your life is once again largely a product of your conscious thinking, should you go after servanthood as a vocal channel. This is just to cut down on the odds of your running into real difficulty in your work and in your life. So get peaceful insofar as it is possible for you. Even if situations are difficult, if you can find peace and serenity within yourself as you look at these situations, you are in good shape.
And so, onward to