Instructions on Meditation for the Guild of the Master Jesus
The development of mental impressions by means of “Ideal Construction”
“Heaven is a field into which the imagination of man throws the seeds”. (Paracelsus)
“There is a physical world in which we live and move and have our being. There are also the mental and the spiritual worlds. In them, while still in the flesh, we can also live and move and have our being – consciously”.
In the outer court you were taught the power of the human mind and its effect upon man`s life and destiny. You learned that “as a man thinks, so he becomes”. The future is moulded by the thoughts of the present.
In the Guild of the Master Jesus you must learn how to use the technique taught in the outer court. Man is an expression of that Divine Power which is ever pressing out into fuller manifestation. Divine Power can be drawn upon consciously by the trained mind. It is sympathy that completes the circuit of power which starts with the Unmanifested God of God, Light of Light, and which ends, or rather “earths” in the trained member of the Guild.
Clear visualisation by itself is not enough; sympathy by itself is not enough; the two must be combined, until by constant daily practice, adoration is the result. In adoration, subject and object become one. In this identity of the worshipper and the worshipped is that bliss which is often called Nirvana – here and now. It cannot be explained, it can only be experienced.
Trained minds – in and out of incarnation – have built up in the Sanctuary of the Master Jesus a reservoir of spiritual power for the use of all who are able to turn it on consciously, and who have created the vessel which shall contain it.
Adoration turns on this force; the trained and prepared subconscious mind of the worshipper receives and stores up for daily use this divine power. Constant daily use ensures a steady flow from this reservoir into the subconscious mind, and keeps the latter clean and sweet. Unused spiritual power – like water in a cistern with no exit – soon grows stale and profitless.
Remember the mxim: “Do ut des” – “I give that thou mayest give”. You have got to create an out-flow in order to get some more.
1st Meditation. Building the Astral Sanctuary. [1 weeks work]
Seated in front of your shrine, with the “central symbol” exposed to your gaze, concentrate upon the sanctuary at H.Q. and build up in your mind`s eye a clear picture of it. In your imagination link your symbol to the altar of the sanctuary with a thread of golden light. Hold the two pictures steady and then draw the influence of the Master Jesus into your sanctuary and then into yourself. This will make your private sanctuary a centre of power.
At least a week should be spent on this exercise. It is the foundation of all the work that comes after. The student is advised to return to it again and again at intervals. A sound plan would be to use this meditation every Monday morning in order to strengthen the link forged by the Sunday service and by the Communion.
2nd Meditation. Invoking the Divine Master of Love and Compassion into this sanctuary. [1 weeks work]
Visualise the sanctuary at H.Q. but this time see the Risen Christ standing behind and above the altar. Build the figure life-size. Formulate this so clearly that the eyes come to life and look into your eyes. Meditate upon the ideas of: The joy of the Risen One. Life`s labours well finished. Well done, thou good and faithful servant. The Master hath need of thee.
Notes on Meditations 1 and 2.
Meditation 2 should take at least 7 days.
Next, for one week, use Meditations 1 and 2 on alternate days.
Then, for a week, combine 1 and 2, so that you have not only built the Divine Master and His Shrine, but also the Shrine filled with the power of the Master Jesus.
Meditation 3. Building the Image of the High Priest of the Sanctuary. [2 weeks work]
Read all you can about Melchizedek the King of Salem.
Visualise as clearly as you can the country he lived in, his dress etc., and what we know of his work.
Visualise the Priest of the Most High God. Seek for that of which he is the symbol.
Visualise him as the High-priest of your shrine.
Invoke him into it and venerate him as the prototype of our great High-priest – eternal in the heavens.
Visualise yourself as the priest or priestess serving under him.
Relate him to the Master Jesus through Psalm 110, and Hebrews, chapters 5, 6, 7.
Meditation 4. [1 weeks work]
Study the Book of Daniel with the object of seeing Daniel as a great ruler and teacher.
Then visualise him and the surroundings in which he lived, in the same way as that given in Meditation 3. Meditate on how the story of the training of Daniel the teacher might influence you.
Meditation 5. [1 weeks work]
Same exercise, but see this great teacher as standing in the room beside your shrine. See yourself sitting at his feet receiving instruction. Work on the lines of Meditation 3.
Meditation 6. [2 weeks work]
Visualise the Archangel Gabriel who was Daniel`s teacher. Then meditate upon the fact that he will accept you as a pupil if you are prepared to work for him. Consider his functions. How often is he mentioned in the Bible? Where has this idea come from?
Meditation 7. [2 weeks work]
Visualise the Archangel Michael who was Daniel`s protector. Consider his functions, and read all that you can find out about him.
Meditation 8. The Revelation. [1 months work]
Take the first chapter of the Revelation of St John the Divine as a whole, and build up a mental picture of the happenings described in this chapter. Relate the symbolism to that of the Gospel of St John, and use it to throw light on the functions of the Risen and Living Christ.
Meditation 9. The Revelation, continued.
Take each symbol given in this chapter, build it up clearly, and see what meaning you can draw from it as esoteric symbolism. [1 weeks work]
Take these symbols of the Risen Christ and relate them to the work and teaching of Jesus as given in the three Epistles of St John. [3 weeks work]
Meditation 10. [about 2 months work]
Revise the nine meditations which have been given you. Spend not less than four days on each. Your object should be to see what progress you have made in the art of Mystical Meditation.
Finish with three weeks meditation on the “Elder Brethren” and seek to discover how each of us can serve them.
SKELETON FORM FOR ESSAY ON COURSE 1 OF THE GUILD SYSTEM OF MEDITATION
Part 1. General Considerations.
State the reasons why you have joined the Guild of the Master Jesus, and undertaken its system of training.
What effect do you consider its methods of training should have on: 1. The outer life that is led among one`s fellow men? 2. On that inner and concealed life that finds it expression in the sanctuary in your home?
What do you know of the Masters behind the Guild?
Part 2. It has been said:
“There is nothing which approaches in sympathy the Divine, though in the smallest degree, to which the Divine is not immediately present and united.”
“Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
“The mind touches that which it thinks about.”
What bearing have these sayings on the system of religious meditation you have been taught, and on the use of ritual and meditation in the Guild services?
If we examine the writings of the great religious mystics, we can sum up the essence of what they have to tell us concerning the religious life as follows: In religious mysticism, as a practical system of training the soul, the chief task is the realisation of the Presence of God, without – in the world, within – in the soul of man: the Presence of God Imminent and God Transcendent. How has the system you have been taught helped you in “the Practice of the Presence of God?”
Explain what the phrase: “The Practice of the Presence of God” conveys to you. How do you actualise this ancient mystical teaching?
Personal. What has this course meant to you?
This essay is not an examination in knowledge; its object is to discover if you are ready spiritually for the more advanced teaching which is given in Course 2.
Do not hurry over its composition, but meditate carefully on each point before you write about it.
Each part is well worth a week`s steady meditation before you begin to write about it – in the form of notes. Your answers should be built up from your notes.
The length of the essay should be not less than 2000 and not more than 4000 words.
Be tidy in your writing and phrasing.
MEDITATION INSTRUCTIONS FOR MEMBERS. PART 2.
In Part 1 you were taught how to combine visualisation and sympathy in order to induce that frame of mind which is called “Adoration”, and which is designed to enable the trained mind to become receptive to spiritual power.
In Part 2 you will be taught how to use “the Composition of Place”, in order that you may touch for yourself that Divine Power which gives life to the Guild and to its Ministrants and Members.
Composition of Place should be developed in the following manner:-
Select your subject and then read about it until you can form a clear mental picture.
Having got your central event carefully memorised, elaborate the happenings. Get pictures such as those in illustrated Bibles. Examine the faces and then build them into your picture. See them standing there as in a picture.
Now see the characters in your picture move, walk and talk, and watch them doing this until the characters become alive to you – as the spectator.
Take one of the characters. See yourself playing that part.
Be the character instead of playing it. Live it.
This is an extremely potent system of mystical training, and it is not desirable that you should choose unhappy subjects, or ones that deal with evil things. The story of Hagar and the Angel (Gen. 16 and again 21) is a simple one with a deep meaning. So also is Moses and the Burning Bush (Ex. 3). These are suitable for the early stages of training.
The same scene should be built up day after day until you can absorb into your own soul, as a revelation, the spiritual experience that the story in question conceals.
Meditation 1. The Messengers.
Take your Bible (Old Testament only), look up the stories of the appearances of God`s Messengers (i.e. the Angels and Archangels). Select eight of the stories that appeal to you most strongly. Then visualise each selected story for one week. On the last two days of each week, see yourself taking the leading part in that story, and hear yourself talking (in whispers) to that angelic Messenger.
The object of this exercise is to get you to live yourself into these stories, and by so doing, to get personal contact with that Entity. [2 months work]
Meditation 2. [2 months work]
Taking Chapter 1 of the Book of Ezekiel, read it aloud carefully until the general picture is clear. Then use the composition of place until the picture comes up clearly as a whole to you – as a spectator. [3 weeks work]
Build the individual symbols in their correct colouring until they live and glow before your eyes. [3 weeks work]
Imagine yourself to be Ezekiel and try to see the vision as he saw it, and to feel the emotion that he must have felt. [2 weeks work]
Meditation 3. The Children of the Heavenly Hierarchies. [2 months work]
Get the Apocrypha, and turn to “The Song of the Three Holy Children”. Analyse the component parts of the heavenly hierarchies mentioned therein, and meditate on their significance. Use the Tor at Glastonbury and the Sanctuary at Chalice Orchard for the background of your composition of place. You will find that the phenomena mentioned can be grouped under the presidency of the Four Archangels.
Meditation 4. [2 months work]
Take the life of the Master Jesus from the Annunciation to the discourse with Nicodemus, and pick out the four events that appeal most to you. Use the composition of place for meditating upon them. Spend two weeks upon each subject.
Meditation 5. [4 months work]
Spend one month on the revision of each of the previous meditations. Be thorough in this revision, for in it lies the key to success. At the end of this period you will be tested practically to see if you have reached the standard required.