LCS:The Soul and it's Instrument/Lesson 1
Most of the individuals who receive this second series of
instructions are those who have become integrated into
a group of “minds” who are dedicated to the work of the
Soul. They have in the first series become acquainted
with the immediate goal insofar as their own development
is concerned and are earnestly working toward that goal.
For the sake of those who may still be on the borderline
between searching and realization, I shall here define
the immediate goal of such groups in a two-fold manner
- 1. Group Responsibility to the World Group and Humanity:
The group as a whole realizes its purpose as service. For
this purpose it has been conceived and born; for this
purpose it continues to grow.
The group realizes that it is not alone in this endeavor,
but that it is really a portion of a larger group whose
experience and consciousness is such that it is actively
engaged in service to the race.
It recognizes that at the head of this World Group
stands the Christ and His senior disciples, those who
constitute the teachers and guides of the race.
The small group, actually in the state of infancy, then
recognizes its responsibility first to the larger group of
which it is a part, and then to humanity. It endeavors to
align itself with the world group and its teachers,
conforms to the higher ideals as represented by the
Christ, and slowly expands the periphery of its con-
sciousness to include the World Group. It then becomes
a channel for the energies pouring down from the Soul
to a needy humanity.
During this same period of expansion the group as a
group is confronted with several different kinds of
choices: its type and method of service activity, its
membership size, its methods of procedure, etc. It must
learn to differentiate between that which is important
and that which is not, as well as how it is best adapted to
Thus the group passes Initiation and becomes an
integral part of the World Group of Servers.
- 2. Individual Responsibility to the Group:
This is the stage in which I now find most of you. You
are just beginning to recognize your responsibility to
your group, which is the development of the instrument
to its highest point of efficiency, and integration with the
other members of the group.
Remember again, the purpose of the group is not your
attainment. It was not created to serve you as an
individual. Its service is to humanity as a whole and
your growth is your own responsibility to the group.
Think on this. It is important.
Most of you are now ready to receive technical in-
structions that will enable you as a group to enter into
more definite service activities. You are aspirants and
probationers on the Path of Discipleship leading to
Others of you may not as yet have entered into outer
group activity. In that case you are studying and
working alone insofar as physical plane awareness is
concerned, and in some ways yours is a more difficult
task than the others.
If this be the case, take time now to realize that you are
probationer). Consider the connotations of this fact and
proceed as though you were a member of a group
meeting regularly on the physical plane. Consider your
responsibility to such a group and rest assured that as
soon as you are ready you will find your co-workers.
I should here like to insert a bit of advice to all of you. Consider your motives. If there are any of you who are members of the group for any reason other than those described in the preceding paragraphs, drop out until such time as you can and do accept the teaching as Truth and until such time as you definitely feel a desire to serve. Those who do not meet with these two require- ments will find the second series very difficult, if not impossible, unless the study proceeds as a scientific in- vestigation with the investigator remaining completely detached and impersonal. My brother, your time will come, and with it the joy of recognition. Until such time, go your way in peace and take with you the love and understanding of your brothers.
To the rest of you, I, on behalf of my brother disciples,
welcome you into the White Lodge. Together we stand
as one, dedicated to the Christ and the work of the Fa-
ther. In the name of the Christ may you receive the
blessings of the Father and in receiving, share those
blessings with all mankind. Peace be with you.
As you have no doubt observed, the second series is
subtitled “ The Soul and Its Instrument ”. I wish to speak
of this before continuing with the technical instructions
covered in this series.
At the end of the first series students are inevitably
confused if asked to explain their identity. “Who and
what are you” serves to bring the student into a state of
bewilderment. This is good in that it forces an issue at
the proper time and students must sooner or later con-
sider their true identity.
They have by this time become aware, at least in part, of
their essential duality. They have for a long time been
aware of themselves as personalities, identified with
form. In studying the first series of instructions, “The
Nature of the Soul” 1 , they have become aware of that
which underlies form, the Soul or consciousness aspect,
and are attempting to identify themselves with that. At
the end of this second series 2 they will have shifted
their polarization and realized that they are the Soul,
independent of the form though utilizing it as an
instrument of contact with this, the physical plane.
Then let us presume, for the purpose of this series, that
we are Souls, my brothers. We are not personalities
aspiring to the Soul, but rather we are Souls aspiring to
the Christ and attempting to control the personality.
In order to better do this, let us clarify what is meant by
the term “personality”. The personality is a reflection of
all past experience into which the Soul has entered
while incarnate in form. In other words, the aggregate
of individual experience is reflected into a more or less
integrated form, that form constituting the personality.
It is a conditional state of existence into which the Soul
projects a part of its consciousness for the purpose of
further experience. It is not a state of consciousness as
is supposed. Therefore, the term “personality conscious-
ness” is, in a sense, a misnomer. What is actually meant
is that the projected consciousness has identified itself
with the personality rather than the Soul and has then
recognized and accepted the limitations of the personal-
ity as its own.
The projected consciousness is the creative aspect of the
Soul. Its many successive lives in form finally bring it to
an understanding of the Law of Cause and Effect. Once
it is no longer identified with the personality, its incarnations
become acts of service to the race. By this time it has
developed its own nature, its inherent characteristics
and its own quality.
I stated previously that this series of instructions is de-
signed to shift the polarization of the student out of the
instrument into the Soul. This is done through a
process of identification and the exertion of a positive
control over the form nature. This, of course, necessitates
At the same time the student is engaged in the evoca-
tion of creative activity. The basic need of all individu-
als, after they have reached a certain stage of develop-
ment, is the need to create. The inability to satisfy that
need is the cause of many of our psychological problems
today. The individuals for whom these instructions are
written fall into this category.
If you have properly analyzed yourselves you have be-
come aware of a great lack within your experience. That
lack, when seen from the right perspective, lies within
yourselves. You may be able to pin it down to a lack
within some part of your equipment; the physical, emo-
tional or mental. This is because there has been no true
alignment of these three, and no one-pointedness of
purpose. The desire nature has often been at war with
the physical or mental aspects or both, and in most
cases this battle is focused primarily between the desire
nature and the mental aspect, with the physical body
taking the place of the battleground. It shows the ef-
fects of this battle in many ways and is often badly
scarred as a result. The desire nature must be domi-
nated and controlled by the consciousness focused in the
mental aspect. It must be made to aid the consciousness
in its creative activity and this is only possible through
What are your habits and in what aspect are they rooted?
Any habit is now undesirable because it holds the con-
sciousness a slave to the form nature. Almost any habit
is rooted in the desire nature. Many so-called physical
habits are rooted here. The desire nature is compensat-
ing for some unfulfilled wish. Just so long as this condi-
tion remains, full Soul consciousness is not possible.
Knowledge of this poses a test for students, does it not,
a test of their sincerity, a test of their strength and a
test of their motives?
I do not order you to discipline yourselves. I merely
offer suggestions that point out the way. I do advise you
to begin now with a process of identification. The “I”
consciousness is an aspect of the Soul. It is not, then, its
physical body, its desire nature or even its mental as-
pect. These are temporary and are discarded often for
newer and better equipment. It is not necessary, how-
ever, to discarnate in order to build better equipment. It
can be done while incarnate and at some time it must
be done during this cycle. That is part of the evolution-
ary process. The aspirant masters the form nature
while inhabiting it and this usually takes many lives.
In the light of this, my brothers, I suggest that you con-
template identification, discipline and application.
Before proceeding with this series, I shall ask you to
quickly review the first series. As an assignment, de-
termine for yourselves the discipline indicated by the
instructions received and the response both your con-
sciousness and your form nature have made to them. Give
this in written form to your teacher before you proceed
with further lessons, and keep a copy for yourselves.
PEACE BE WITH YOU