Keynote talk —
Transmission: A Meditation for the New Age
The following article is an edited version of a talk given by Benjamin Creme for a Transmission Meditation workshop at Cecil Sharp House, London, 26 January 2008.
The question may have arisen in your mind as to why people meditate at all. Why meditation? What is so good, so interesting, so effective, that millions of people all over the world, and in vastly increasing numbers, are taking up, or continuing, meditation? Why do they do it?
From the point of view of Those in charge of our evolutionary advancement on planet Earth, the reason is that meditation is the means, par excellence, of bringing the individual into contact with his or her soul. That is why we meditate. Whatever else we are looking for, whatever a particular meditation might give one, the fundamental reason for doing meditation at all is to come into contact with our soul.
Whether we know it or not, we are all souls in incarnation. It is the soul that incarnates, not this personality that we think of as one’s self, with a physical body. The soul is a great spiritual entity, an individualised fragment of one great force called the Human Kingdom. As the soul incarnates again and again, it makes an evolutionary journey through a series of vehicles, the man or woman on the physical plane, each with its personal look, vision, thoughts and so on. The vehicle is made up of a physical body, an astral/emotional body and a mental body, which together provide the vehicle for the soul to see and experience life at this level of being. This level is only one, and the lowest, aspect of all the possible levels of life that we can experience as we raise our consciousness and awareness to higher and higher planes.
Most people believe that when they look in the mirror they are seeing themselves: seeing if they look nice, a bit pale, not very well and so on. They are looking only at the outer appearance of the vehicle of the soul. And the soul uses this vehicle to experience what life is like at this level. If we, as a vehicle, experience ‘life’ correctly, so too does the soul. But, if, as is usual, people are seeing only the illusions of the physical, emotional and mental planes, then the soul also perceives in an illusory manner. (Illusion on the physical plane is called ‘maya’, on the emotional plane, ‘glamour’, and on the mental plane, ‘illusion’.)
Out of incarnation the soul is a perfect divine being, with the full range of divinity that we can experience at our level on planet Earth. But if we are presenting through illusion aspects of ‘life’ on the physical, emotional or mental plane – aspects of life which are incorrect through our seeing blindly through the fog of illusion – then the soul too shares the illusion.
The majority of humanity at this time in incarnation, and also out of incarnation, is living in illusion to a greater or lesser degree. Essentially, the soul is not in illusion, but if we present illusory experience to it, it shares that illusion. It can only see what we see. If we are blinded by glamour, illusion, then that is what we present as the nature of life to the soul.
The journey of evolution
The aim and purpose of life, of the soul in incarnation, is the development of a vehicle more and more pure in its response to the nature of reality. And the more pure, the more exact that response is, the more correct is the soul’s vision of reality at this level.
We go through thousands of lives in this evolutionary journey: reincarnation is a fact of life. But it is not we – you and I, with a name – but our soul which makes this journey of perfectionment. Itself perfect, the soul makes a journey of perfectionment on the physical plane through a succession of physical vehicles equipped with astral/emotional responses and with mental vision and thought. The more evolved the vehicle, the more perfect the soul is in its incarnational journey. That journey takes thousands of lifetimes but at some point in that journey the soul, at its level, realises that its vehicle, the man or woman in that particular incarnation, is beginning to respond somewhat to its energy and light. Up until that time, the vehicle, on a tenuous thread from the soul, is carrying out only its own purpose: eating, thinking what to eat next, how to get that food, how to earn its living, and so on.
But a point arises when the soul sees that its vehicle is beginning to respond to the soul’s energy and purpose. When the soul sees this happening, it directs the man or woman towards meditation of some kind. The soul then lights its centre at the right hand side of the body. This is the centre of the soul, not in the dense physical, but in the etheric finer body. The Christian Bible says that the wise man’s heart is at the right side, the foolish man’s heart at the left. This means that the wise man, who knows he is really a soul, knows that the soul centre, not the physical heart, is the centre of our being. When this centre is lit by the soul, the evolution of the soul in incarnation begins. The energy and the light of the soul begin to glow, and the soul brings its reflection, the man or woman, into meditation of some kind: meditation is the lever which brings together the soul and its vehicle. At first, the person might try a number of meditations and decide not to continue, but eventually a life comes along where some meditation holds the attention, and considerable time and energy is given to the practice of that meditation.
In this way the link between the soul and its vehicle becomes stronger and stronger until eventually the union of the two is established. Yoga means union, and through the yoga of meditation that contact is first made and is cemented life after life.
There are hundreds of meditations presented to the world. There is a large choice for anybody who wants to meditate. The more scientific the meditation, the more efficacious it will be, and the more it will do the necessary work.
The soul never gives up, it is a ‘tryer’, and if in one life the person does not do meditation then the soul nudges it again in the next life and so on until finally the message gets through and the person starts to meditate. It might be very fleeting in the beginning, but then lives come in which the person is very dedicated to meditation.
And then something else begins to happen. When they have been meditating for some time, the individual begins to change under the influence of the soul (although that might not be realised by the person. It depends how much they know about it theoretically). You may see the changes, you may not, but your friends will definitely see them. You are not the person you were, you tend not to have the interests that you had before. You begin to take on other interests. You become less self-interested and more outwardly interested, more concerned with the world as a whole, with people other than yourself. This is a definite stage. We all go through it, and it is not something strange or terrible that is happening, it is just development, soul development.
The soul knows no barriers, it sees not individuals but the world as a whole. It sees its purpose in its entirety, and it sees its vehicle as a transitory state that it can use for a given time in its incarnational journey. It does not see its vehicle as inferior or superior to any other vehicle. It makes the vehicle that it needs. It lays down that vehicle in the womb and brings to adulthood the man or woman through whom the soul experiences life at this level of being.
The soul has no sense of time, only of eternity; it thinks in terms of eternity. It also does not see itself as a separate being. We tend, wrongly, to see ourselves as separate. We have different names, different colours, different religions, we are born in different parts of the world, and all these create separations which we take to be real. From the soul’s point of view they are not real at all: there is no division, no separation. The soul is aware of the whole and it seeks to convey that sense of the whole to its reflection, the man or woman.
This may take thousands of years from our point of view but from the soul’s point of view there is no such thing as time. There is only eternity. In our limited vision, our illusion, we think that time is a reality and we impose that illusion on our lives. Of course, if we have a train to catch, or a ship or a plane to meet, or are making a magazine and have a deadline for getting it to the printers, we must have a time, but that is only a convention, an imaginary division of the day; it is not real. It is something we have manufactured to help us cope with the reality of the physical plane. But we must not be misled into thinking that is ‘life’. It is not life, it is only the convenience of the physical plane. Out of the physical plane, time has no bearing.
Nevertheless, there are periods in which life is experienced in different ways – in a more active or a more receptive way. These are phases in our lives which give us the impression of time. They are out-breathings and in-breathings of the great Universe itself, and we are all part of that.
The soul’s purpose
There is nothing, no atom of matter or energy anywhere in the universe which is separate from any other atom. Just as our body is made up of tiny, closely inter-related cells, so every tiny atom is related to every other atom in the whole of the universe. That is how the soul sees it.
The soul knows the meaning and purpose of what we call life. It knows the purpose of each individual incarnation. Fundamentally the soul incarnates to further the great Plan of evolution and it relates each individual incarnation to that greater purpose. Our bodies are only one body in a long line of such bodies, each one different, each one a little further on, with more of the energy and purpose of the soul in and behind it. And meditation is one of the means of achieving that soul integration.
The soul is in incarnation, above all, to serve the Plan of evolution of the Logos, the Heavenly Man ensouling this planet Earth. The consciousness of that Heavenly Man, the Logos, is related to the greater consciousness of that Heavenly Man Who ensouls not only this planet but the solar system as a whole. Our individual soul comes into incarnation to further the evolutionary purpose of our Planetary Logos, and what is more, its relationship to the greater Plan of the Solar Logos.
We do not know as yet what that purpose is but the soul does know it, and seeks to bring it about through its vehicle, and to bring in its individual purpose, a relationship with the purpose of our Planetary Logos, and therefore also of our Solar Logos. We could go further still and say that the Plan of the Solar Logos is related to the Universal Logos, if I can call Him that, of the great system of this particular universe of which our planet and our sun are a part. There are millions of suns and our sun is at the edge of our particular galaxy. At the centre of the galaxy is a Sun of unbelievable evolution because it is ensouled by a Being of unthinkable and unknowable evolution. He is called ‘The One about Whom Naught May be Said’. What could you say about the Plan of a Being Who could ensoul a galaxy? It is incredible to think of and yet that is the nature of reality. And we are one of the little cells in this whole process. We meditate, in part, to help us to come to this awareness.
The soul tries, in incarnation after incarnation, to bring its consciousness into the life of its vehicle: to bring it down onto the physical plane so that it can create in the end a being who is to all intents and purposes the same as the soul. Can you imagine such a being? Well, they do exist. They are men so perfect in evolution that they have no faults, they have only divine Love, divine Will, divine Purpose and Intelligence flowing through them every minute of the time. There are such people and They are called the Masters of Wisdom.
As the soul makes its journey it gradually changes its vehicle. More and more of the light, which is the energy of the soul, is reflected by its vehicle, the man or woman, through the practice of meditation and service. It is not the individual who desires to serve, but the soul. And when the union of the two through meditation is sufficient, the person finds him or herself wanting to serve: the call to service of the soul becomes too great to resist. The world is seen to need their help, and the person begins to serve in whatever way it is called upon by the soul to do. There is no one who has no way to serve: “I’d like to serve but I don’t know where to be. I don’t know if I am in the right place.” There is a whole world needing to be served and the soul presents it. The thing is to recognize it and relate yourself to the needs of the world.
The Masters of Wisdom
From my point of view, the chief factor in Transmission Meditation is that it is 100 per cent scientific. It works because Those Who have presented it to the world, the Masters of Wisdom, are Masters of the Science. The Masters have made this journey long ago in most cases and have become as perfect as a man or woman can be on planet Earth. They need no further incarnation on this planet, which has nothing more to teach Them. But there is a Path which many of the Masters choose, the Path of Earth Service – luckily for us, because that means that a considerable body of the Masters, having become perfect, choose to remain on the planet, to oversee the evolution of the rest of us. These Masters of Wisdom, as many of you will know, have lived thousands upon thousands of years in the remote mountains and desert areas of the world, like the Himalaya, the Andes, the Rockies, the Cascades, the Urals, the Gobi Desert and various other deserts of the world. From Their retreats in these remote areas They have for thousands of years overseen the evolution of planet Earth, working in the main, because They have been hidden away, through Their disciples, men and women in the world.
If you were to give me the name of any man or woman who has significantly brought the gift of achievement of one kind or another, whether in science, art, music, religion, politics, or any form of human activity, you will have given me the name of a man or woman who was a disciple of one or other of the Masters: people like Shakespeare, Dante, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Madame Curie, Einstein, and so on. These are all men and women who have gone a certain distance along that evolutionary journey, in which they are trying, on the physical plane, to act like the soul, because they cannot do anything else, because that is how they are. That is how they see life. They want to help, they want to be creative and do something worthwhile and beneficial for humanity and the world. These are the disciples, the men and women on the physical plane, who are carrying out the plans of the Masters Who are the Custodians of planet Earth, of the evolutionary journey through which we are all going. It is a scientific path, not an exact science, a cold, hard science, if I can put it that way, but one that is open and responsive to all kinds of input from the soul and changes of course to find a better, quicker way to achieve the goal.
One of the momentous things at this time is that these Masters, in large numbers eventually, are returning to the everyday world. There are 63 Masters concerned with the human evolution, and of these, at the present time, there are 14 Masters living in the world in incarnation, plus the Master of all the Masters Whose personal name is the Lord Maitreya. Maitreya is physically present in the world, and we here in London are graced by His presence. Eventually there will be about 40 Masters in the world.
Maitreya is awaited by Buddhists as Maitreya Buddha, the fifth Buddha, and awaited also by Hindus as Krishna, or Kalki Avatar, by Muslims as the Imam Mahdi, by Jews as the Messiah, by Christians as the Christ. These are all names for the Head and Leader of the Masters of Wisdom, the Elder Brothers of Humanity.
In the New Age of Aquarius, into which we are moving, Transmission Meditation will be found to be the scientific path for all disciples and aspirants to discipleship, to evolve to become a perfected Master. And in this Age, there will be a tremendous speeding up of evolution because so many Masters will be living among us and Their tremendous spiritual energy will be poured out into the world.
Whether we know it or not, that is really why we do Transmission Meditation. Transmission Meditation is a perfect scientific meditation created by the Masters and given to us at this time because it is only now that there are enough aspirants to discipleship, disciples, and initiates in the world, to practise Transmission Meditation on a large scale. We do Transmission Meditation to serve the Plan of evolution. Technically it is not a difficult meditation to do; on the contrary, it is really extremely simple.
Transmission Meditation is still very young. The first group was formed here in London in March 1974, so it is only about 35 years in existence. Only now are there sufficient numbers of people who have reached the point in their own evolution that they are beginning to look for a worthwhile way of service and at the same time a scientific way of meditation. The beauty of this meditation given by the Masters is that it is a perfect way of evolution and a perfect means of serving at the same time. You cannot do Transmission Meditation without serving the Plan of evolution of our Logos, as demonstrated and known by the Masters of Wisdom.
The Masters are Custodians of all the energies entering our planet and Their work is to redistribute those energies scientifically according to the needs of the Plan of evolution of the Logos of the planet. Great Beings like Maitreya, the Buddha, and others, determine which of these energies are beneficial and useful at any given time and which are not and at what potency, and so on. All of that is done according to the Plan; it is a colossal science, known only to the Masters.
The science of Transmission Meditation
Transmission Meditation is the combination of two yogas: Karma Yoga, the Yoga of Service, and Laya Yoga, the Yoga of the Chakras, the energies. These are two very powerful yogas. In combination, as they are in Transmission Meditation, they fulfil all the possible needs at this time for the requirement of meditation and service.
Transmission Meditation is based on the science of triangles, a science known only to the Masters. The Triangles movement was founded by the Masters and given to the world through Alice A.Bailey. Transmission Meditation takes the science of Triangles further and was given by the Masters for this purpose. This extraordinary science of Triangles is what makes Transmission Meditation so powerful.
Each of us can have sent through us a certain amount of energy, but more energy can safely be placed through three people as a triangle than through the same three people as individuals. Three, therefore, is the basic lowest number of a Transmission Meditation group. Any number higher than that makes the group more powerful. The Masters are the Custodians of the energies and They seek to distribute them in the best, most efficient way, without losing power. They have brought into being Transmission Meditation to do this. In a triangle, the Masters energetically join three people together to make the triangle, and so every ounce of energy put through the chakras of these three people is magnetised by the fact of being a triangle.
If there is another person there are four such triangles and they are all joined together. If you have five people you have 10 triangles. If you have 10 people, you have suddenly 120 triangles, and so on, in arithmetical progression. So every added person makes possible a terrific leap in the number of triangles because everybody is linked energetically to everybody else. The science is colossal and because it is in the hands of the Masters it is totally efficient, nothing is lost – if the Transmission is correctly done. If you have 20 people in a group, you have 1,140 triangles, it is amazing. If you have a group of 100 people you have 161,700 triangles.
All those people are linked together by the Masters, and that is the science which makes Transmission Meditation so effective. Each person in a group of 100 brings into the group 4,851 triangles. That is extraordinary. If you are part of 100 people you are worth 4,851 triangles – think of that! You are responsible for all of these triangles, which means that if you were to leave the session you would take out 4,851 triangles and the group therefore is down by that number. So you see the responsibility of doing Transmission Meditation. It is only for people who are serious and responsible, who want to serve and who are sufficiently disinterested in the real sense, not so interested in themselves, but interested in service, in doing some good for the world, so that they want to give up some time to do Transmission Meditation. A little goes a very long way because it is in the hands of the Masters. It is impossible to do Transmission Meditation, even badly, without doing good to the world. You just cannot help it. The science is so effective, purposeful, pure, that you cannot help but be effective and you cannot help being changed as you do it because these energies are pumped through your chakras, the force centres up the spine. As these tremendous potent spiritual energies go through the chakras, they galvanise this activity and so you make very fast evolution.
Again, you do not do it for that purpose, but you cannot help it. You become more and more evolved very quickly. It is like a forcing process, although you do not feel any force, nobody is standing over you, you do it at your own soul’s bidding. It is your soul always telling you, “Do this to aid the world.” And the more you do, the more evolved you become, and the more you want to do, and so on. In one year of correct, sustained Transmission Meditation, you can make the same kind of evolutionary progress as in 10, 15, maybe 20 years of ordinary meditation, just by sitting apparently doing nothing!
How to begin a Transmission Meditation
At the beginning of the meditation the group sounds aloud the Great Invocation which invokes the energies from the Masters. (See The Great Invocation box.)
THE GREAT INVOCATION
From the point of Light within the Mind of God
From the point of Love within the Heart of God
From the center where the Will of God is known
From the center which we call the race of men
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.
Then all you have to do is to keep your attention at the ajna centre between the eyebrows. Not in the middle of the forehead, but between the eyebrows. If you can keep your attention there, you are in the meditation from beginning to end. In the beginning your attention is sure to drop, I can promise you, probably to the solar plexus, where most people keep their attention. Hence the astral polarisation of the vast majority of humanity. Your attention should be at the ajna centre. So how do you do this? You consciously place your attention between the eyebrows, at the ajna centre for as long as you can.
If you become aware that your attention has dropped and you no longer feel the vibration at the ajna centre, think (not say) the mantram ‘OM’. As soon as you do this, your attention will automatically return to the ajna centre. So we start by saying inwardly OM and the attention is immediately raised to the ajna centre and when it drops we think OM again. You use the OM to hold the attention until it drops and then you think it again.
A Transmission Meditation group
The easiest way to do Transmission Meditation is to join an already existing group. If you want to join a group but do not know where they are, you can write to us at Share International and we will inform you of the nearest group to your address. Alternatively, you can form a group; if you can get two other people to join you in doing Transmission Meditation you have the basic group of three. Every other person enlarges the scope of the group, of course. The more you have, the more triangles are created, the more powerful the group is, and the more spiritual energy can be transmitted through the group. But even three, the basic group, can have distributed through it, in this extraordinary science, more energy than you could ever do individually. There is nothing so effective you could do as Transmission Meditation. Whatever other service you do, you could not do better than do even a little Transmission Meditation, it is so potent. Also, it does not work against any other spiritual practice, it is not exclusive. Any other meditation you do currently will be enhanced by doing Transmission Meditation. Of course, you do not do them at the same time.
Transmission Meditation is so potent that there are restrictions on certain people, for instance, somebody who has a heart condition is usually recommended not to do Transmission Meditation, it is too powerful and could be unhelpful to them. Also people who have a known history of mental or emotional illness are warned that Transmission Meditation might not be for them – again because it is so powerful that it could undo the treatment they may be going through, or have had done, for the illness. The other restriction is in age. No child under the age of 12 should be allowed to do Transmission Meditation, or even be in the room in which it is being conducted. The chakras, the force centres, of a child under 12 are not yet sufficiently finalised, but are still growing, and this could be harmful for the child. Even children above 12 should be restricted in the time spent in Transmission Meditation. If you are in reasonable health there are no restrictions. If you are pregnant and the doctor is happy with your condition and you have no bad experiences, it is perfectly possible to do Transmission Meditation up to the ninth month – but only if you are in good health.
That is Transmission Meditation. It is very easy to do, but as I say, there are these restrictions and they should not be ignored. I know fanatics who do it six or seven times a week. I suggest something more balanced, like ideally about three times a week or at least twice a week. Once a week is acceptable but twice is better, and three times is better still. I don’t think, certainly in the beginning, people should overdo it and do 10 hours at a stretch. If they do, say, an hour to start with and gradually work up by a quarter of an hour or so, to two to three hours, they will be doing well.
Transmission Meditation is designed by the Masters and given to humanity scientifically for a given purpose and it should be done in this way. If you do it, you should do it the way the Masters have designed it – They are Masters of the art. There are always some people who think they know better than the Masters and see instructions as an infringement of their free will. It is a gift, and if you are not going to do it the right way, the best thing is not to do it at all. Otherwise you could make a mess of your chakras, and make yourself ill.
During Transmission Meditation do not despair if your attention keeps dropping from the ajna centre. It is like learning to ride a bicycle, you fall off, and fall off, and suddenly you are on your way, you can do it. You practise and you can learn to hold your attention. Transmission Meditation takes a long time to talk about, in its full sense, but time passes quickly when you are actually doing it. You come to the end, and you say, “Have we been sitting here all that time?” It doesn’t feel it is that time, time goes fast.
That then, is Transmission Meditation, simple to do, and unbelievably beneficial to the world. You cannot do it without benefitting the world. Even if you are only aligned for a few minutes these few minutes are more powerful and more valuable to the Earth than any other activity you might do.
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