“This process of (telepathic) communication . . . has always been in operation among the adepts, the initiates and the senior disciples who are in physical plane bodies. Now the operation of this process is to be extended and steadily developed by the emerging group of mystics and world servers who constitute, in embryo, the world Saviour.” (Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, p. 6)
“The strong desire to achieve success in telepathic work, and the fear of failure, are the surest ways to offset fruitful effort. In all such work as this, an attitude of non-attachment and a spirit of “don’t care” are of real assistance. Experimenters along this line need to give more time and thought to the recognition of types of force. They need to realise that streams of emanating energy which rebuff or repulse that which seeks to make contact, such as the directed thought of someone seeking rapport. When these streams are adequately strong, they act like a boomerang and return to the emanating centre, being attracted there by the power of the vibration which sent them forth. In this thought lies hid the cause of:
i. The failure on the part of the broadcasting or transmitting agent. Intense desire to make a satisfactory impression will attract the outgoing thought back again to the transmitter.
ii. The failure on the part of the receiving agent, whose own intense desire to be successful sends out such a stream of outgoing energy that the stream of incoming energy is met, blocked and driven back whence it came: or, if the receiver is aware of this and seeks to stem the tide of his desire, he frequently succeeds in surrounding himself with a wall of inhibited desire, through which naught can penetrate.” (Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, p. 10)
“It is not my intention to give here the rules governing telepathic intercourse. Such intercourse is found between man and man, and groups and groups. The relationship is slowly and normally developed and requires no hastening. It is developing as the other senses of man and his apparatus of perception have developed. Humanity is, however, outstripping telepathic development in the rapid responsiveness of entire groups, and of human beings en masse, to group impression and to group impartation of ideas. The sudden response of groups and nations to mass ideologies, has been both unexpected and difficult to handle wisely and constructively. It was not anticipated by either Shamballa or the Hierarchy that mass impression would develop more quickly than that of individual sensitivity, but it has happened that way. The individual within a group and working within a group, is far more correctly sensitive than is the man struggling alone to render himself sensitive to impression.
One of the factors militating against personal telepathic development lies in the fact that the strong, potent and modern ascension of the spirit in man — as a whole — frequently offests personality reactions, and telepathy is a personality matter, depending upon contact between mind and mind. The moment, however, that man tries to be telepathic, he is immediately swept into a vortex of abstract energies which condition him for spiritual awareness far more than they fit him for personal relationships telepathically established.” (Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, p. 84/5)
“The growth of telepathic rapport will bring in an era of universality and synthesis, with its qualities of recognised relationships and responsiveness. This will be, outstandingly, the glory of the Aquarian Age.
As the race achieves increasingly a mental polarisation through the developing attractive power of the mental principle, the use of language for the conveying of thoughts between equals or of communicating with superiors will fall into disuse. It will continue to be used in reaching the masses and those not functioning upon the mental plane. Already voiceless prayer and aspiration and worship are deemed of higher value than the pleadings and proclamations of voiced expression. It is for this stage in the unfoldment of the race for which preparation must be made, and the laws, techniques and process of telepathic communication must be made plain, so that they can be intelligently and theoretically understood.
Disciples must occupy themselves increasingly with right understanding, right designation and right definition of the new science of telepathy. Mental comprehension and mental sympathy will make true interplay possible, and this will bridge between the old way of understanding thought through the medium of the spoken or written work (embodying that thought as the individual thinker seeks to convey it), and the future stage of immediate response to thought, unlimited by speech or other medium of expression. Disciples will endeavour to work in both ways, and the medium of normal human relations and that of super-normal, subjective relations, must be studied by them and expressed by them. In this way the time of bridging and the period of transition can be spanned. It will take about five hundred years for the race to become normally telepathic, and when I say normally, I mean consciously.” (Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, p. 33/4)
Telepathic Sensitivity and Development
“The cultivation of sensitivity to telepathic impression is one of the most potent agencies in developing the coming use of the intuitive faculty.
The truly telepathic man is the man who is responsive to impressions coming to him from all forms of life in the three worlds, but he is also equally responsive to impressions coming to him from the world of souls and the world of the intuition. It is the development of the telepathic instinct which will eventually make a man a master in the three worlds, and also in the five worlds of human and super-human development. By a process of withdrawal (of occult abstraction) and of concentration upon the telepathic cult, the whole science of telepathy (as a seed of a future racial potency) can be developed and understood. This is a process now going forward, and it is going on in two ways: through the medium of telepathic groups and of telepathic people, and through the medium of exoteric scientific investigation.
The building of the thought-form which will accustom the race to the idea of telepathic work, is proceeding apace, and the seed of this development is becoming very vital and powerful, and germinating with real rapidity. It is, in the last analysis, the seed of MASTERHOOD.” (Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, p. 35/6)
“The training given by the Masters in Their Ashrams to Their disciples, has one main objective: to increase, develop and enable them to utilise in service their inherent and innate sensitivity. . . . Our five senses have opened to all people five great realms from which impact comes, and we are so familiar with them all that our response is now automatic and, though registered, is not consciously so, unless there is a planned reason and direction intended. We all respond similarly and as automatically to emotional stimuli, and rapidly (very rapidly) the race is reaching out towards mental telepathy. Some few are beginning to work along the lines of spiritual telepathy. Few do more than register occasionally contacts emanating from a high source, and the result is usually also over-mixed with personality reactions.
Contact, with resultant impact from the soul, is also quite rapidly developing.” (Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, p. 58)
“You will have noticed that I have given no instruction as to the art of developing telepathic sensitivity. The reason is, as I have told you before, that this sensitivity should be, and always is, a normal unfoldment when the disciple is correctly oriented, completely dedicated and learning decentralisation. If it is a forced process, then the senstivity developed is not normal and carries with it much difficulty and future danger. Where the disciple is concerned, release from the constant consideration of personal circumstances and problems, leads inevitably to a clear mental release; this then provides those areas of free mental perception which make the higher sensitivity possible. Gradually, as the disciple acquires true freedom of thought, and the power to be receptive to the impression of the abstract mind, he creates for himself a reservoir of thought which becomes available at need for the helping of other people, and for the necessities of his growing world service. Later, he becomes sensitive to impression from the Hierarchy. This is at first purely ashramic, but is later transformed into total hierarchicial impression by the time the disciple is a Master; the Plan is then the dynamic substance providing the content of the reservoir of thought upon which he can draw. This is a statement of unique and unusual importance. Later still, he becomes sensitive to impression from Shamballa, and the quality of the Will which implements planetary Purpose is added to the content of his available knowledge. The point which I seek to make here, however, is the fact of the existence of a growing reservoir of thought, which the disciple has created in response to the many varying impression to which he is becoming increasingly sensitive; the ideas, concepts and spiritual objectives of which he is becoming aware, are steadily being formulated by him into thoughts with their appropriated thought-forms, and upon these he learns to draw as he seeks to serve his fellowmen. He finds himself in possession of a reservoir or pool of thought-substance which is the result of his own mental activity, of his innate receptivity, and which provides the material for teaching and the “fount of knowledge” upon which he can draw when he seeks to aid other people.” (Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, p. 94/5)
“It is necessary for all those isolated disciples working in every country in the world, to become aware of another, and then to enter into telepathic rapport. This may seem to you to be a wonderful but impractical vision. I assure you this is not so. The work of establishing this rapport may indeed be slow, but it is an inevitable effect of the growing sensitivity of all the souls who are working in the field of the world. The first indication of it is that instinctive recognition of those who constitute part of this group when they meet and contact each other in the ways of world intercourse. There comes to them an immediate flashing forth of the light, an instantaneous electrical interplay, a sudden sensing of a similarity of vision and of objective, or a vital opportunity to aid in and to co-operate with each other in the work in which it is realised that all are interested.” (A Treatise on White Magic, p. 421)
“Some day the true telepathic communication and vision will take the place of speech and of writings.” (A Treatise on White Magic, p. 478)
“All small groups of people, naturally and inevitably, arrive at a telepathic relation between themselves, and between the personnel of similar groups, and this is to be desired and fostered, and should rightly and steadily increase.” (Glamour: A World Problem, p. 19)
“As generally used today, (telepathy) indicates two powers:
1. An instinctual registering of some situation, some call and some impression, which impinges on the solar plexus centre. This power of impression is Not controlled; there is no supervised intentional mental perception of a directed message; there is only a tuning in on a state of mind or on a condition and situation connected with the one who is regarded as sending the message. In nine cases out of ten, this message is one of distress, and goes forward and produces its effect without any capacity on the part of the recipient to induce the reception of the message. An illustration of this would be the recognition by a mother that a loved child is in danger.
2. A form of clairvoyance, which enables the man to see that which is hidden, such as the number of symbols on a playing card which is lying face downwards upon the table.
True telepathy, however, is a direct mental communication from mind to mind, and in its more advanced expression is a communication from soul to soul, using the mind later as a formulator of the communication, as in the case of inspiration. It is interesting to note (and instructive also in view of our subject), that in true telepathic registration, the lesser powers may be raised and used at a high level of awareness. It is well known esoterically that:
a. Some people simply record telepathically in their minds the information coming from another mind. The registration as well as the communication is wordless and formless. The recipient simply knows and the imparted knowledge takes form in the consciousness without any intermediate stages or steps. This is formless telepathy.
b. Other people instantaneously step down into form the knowledge which has been imparted; they will see the message, word or information, appear before their eyes in written or printed form, as if it were posed upon a moving screen, seen within the head.
c. Others will step the information down into form whereby they hear it.
In these latter two cases, the true man is making use of his latent lower powers, raising them to as high a level as possible, and subordinating them to mental or soul uses. The difference between this usage of the power of clairvoyant and clairaudient demonstration, is that in this case there is full mental control and understanding, and in the other cases the lower powers are automatically employed, are uncontrolled, are occupied with matters of no true importance, and are not understood in any way by the one who is employing them.” (Esoteric Psychology, Vol II, p. 565/7)
“One of the characteristics, distinguishing the group of world servers and knowers, is that the outer organisation which holds them integrated, is practically non-existent. They are held together by an inner structure of thought and by a telepathic medium of inter-relation. The Great Ones, Whom we all seek to serve, are thus linked, and can — at the slightest need and with the least expenditure of force — get en rapport with each other. They are all tuned to a particular vibration.” (Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, p. 1)
“The first step then is the fact of recording and of reducing into correct and available concepts, ideas and thought-forms, that, which he has registered. This marks the first stage in his truly occult service, and to this new type of service he will be increasingly dedicated.” (Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, p. 93)
” . . . as the disiciple acquires true freedom of thought and the power to be receptive to the impression of the abstract mind, he creates for himself a reservoir of thought, which becomes available at need for the helping of other people, and for the necessities of his growing world service. Later he becomes sensitive to impression from the Hierarchy. . . . The point which I seek to make here, however, is the fact of the existence of a growing reservoir of thought, which the disiciple has created in response to the many varying impressions to which he is becoming increasingly sensitive; the ideas, concepts and spiritual objectives of which he is becoming aware, are steadily being formulated by him into thoughts with their appropriated thought-forms, and upon these he learns to draw as he seeks to serve his fellowmen. . . .
The essential point to be grasped, is that the sensitivity to impression is a normal and natural enfoldment, paralleling spiritual development. I gave you a clue to the entire process when I said that:
“Sensitivity to impression involves the engendering of a magnetic aura, upon which the highest impressions can play”.
I would have you give the deepest consideration to those words. As the disciple begins to demonstrate soul quality, and the second divine aspect takes possession of him, and controls and colours his entire life, automatically the higher sensitivity is developed; he becomes a magnet for spiritual ideas and concepts; he attracts into his field of consciousness the outline, and later the details, of the hierarchical Plan; he becomes aware eventually of the planetary Purpose; all these impressions are not things which he must seek out and learn laboriously to ascertain, to hold and seize upon. They drop into his field of consciousness because he has created a magnetic aura, which invokes them and brings them “into his mind”. This magnetic aura begins to form itself from the first moment he makes a contact with his soul; it deepens and grows as those contacts increase in frequency, and become eventually an habitual state of consciousness; then, at will and at all times, he is en rapport with his soul, the second divine aspect. It is this aura which is in reality the reservoir of thought-substance upon which he can spiritually rely. . . A disciple is a magnetic center of light and knowledge, just in so far as the magnetic aura is held by him in a state of receptivity.” (Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, p. 94/6)
“The word telepathy has been used primarily to cover the many phases of mental contact and the exchange of thought, without the use of the spoken word, or written word or sign.” (Telepathy and the Etheric Vehicle, p. 109)
“The five senses, where a Master is concerned, exist and are used at need, but the contact established and maintained with disciples and senior aspirants in the world (through whom They primarily work), is largely telepathic; hearing and sight, as you understand their uses, are not involved. The science of impression, with its greatly increased effectiveness over individual contact through the senses, has entirely superseded the more strictly human method. Except in the case of Masters working on the physical plane and in the physical body, the outer physical senses are in abeyance; for the majority of Masters Who still use these senses, the use is strictly limited; Their work is still almost entirely subjective and the mode of telepathic interplay and of impression is practically all the means which They employ to reach Their working agents.” (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p.568/9)
“Telepathic sensitivity . . . How then can you keep your minds free from your own desires and from your own interpretations? . . Are there any specific and brief rules which should be obeyed? The following might be given, but I would remind you that it is what you are that counts in this work more powerfully than anything else. The controlling factor is harmlessness in thought and word; the practice of this, with proper observation, will greatly help all of you. Next comes a refusal to think unkindly or with criticism; this is essential in connection with those whose minds you seek to impress.” (Discipleship in the New Age ,Vol. I, p. 65/6)