Shamballa School is a field of training for working with the Life principle. But what is the Life principle?
In the Trans-Himalayan teachings, it is understood that we as human beings have three primary aspects to our being: personality, soul and life.
The personality (or form) aspect is composed of the mental, emotional and physical levels of our being and its primary quality is understood to be creative intelligence. Collectively on Earth, the sphere of all personalities is the sphere of humanity.
The soul aspect is described as composed of higher mind (higher manas), intuitive wisdom-intelligence (buddhi), and enlightened spiritual will (atma), and its primary quality is understood to be pure love-wisdom. Collectively on Earth and through the solar system, this is the sphere of what the Trans-Himalayan teachings call Hierarchy, or the community of awakened souls who reside on subtle levels and guide the unfoldment of the Plan on Earth.
The life aspect (also known as spirit, or the monad in the Trans-Himalayan teachings) is as different to the personality and soul aspects as they are to each other. It is the deepest core of our relative being that is an indestructible essence of pure cosmic life-force. It is an awake nucleus of awake, alive, fiery cosmic energy that is innately identified with the divine Will and Purpose of the planetary Logos of the Earth. The primary qualities of the life aspect of our being are divine will, purpose, and power, and collectively on Earth, the Life aspect is held in reservoir and transmitted by Shamballa. Its symbol is lightning.
The Mystery Schools of the past were mainly focussed on radical awakening to Absolute Reality, and initiation into the soul aspect of our being. As the Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, has pointed out though, now there are so many individuals, groups and organisations around the world exploring soul-based forms of living, education, politics, economics, culture, and so on, working with the soul has fast become exoteric. Working with the Life principle is definitely new, and so there are far fewer groups around the world who are doing so. As the new 7th Ray Aquarian Age continues to dawn, however, according to Djwhal Khul it is radical awakening and working with the Life aspect, and planetary purpose, that will be keynote of the modern Mystery Schools.
Experientially, working with the life principle of our being is as different as working with consciousness and personality aspects. Those focussed in the personality aspect are often driven by personal ambition, desire and interest, and with their circles of care and concern extending primarily only to those around them who are important to them.
Those coming under the influence of, or expressing, the soul aspect, often are more oriented towards transpersonal service, love, the working out of the Plan on Earth and the evolution of consciousness. Such beings often work to build bridges in consciousness and lighted energy, between individuals, groups and fields within humanity, and between communities of beings operating on different planes of existence.
Identification with the Life aspect of our being involves participation in the cosmic transmission of Life, cosmic Will, Purpose and Power. While many of those identified as integrated and mature personalities within humanity are serving the evolution of matter in alignment with the planetary personality, and those who are awakened or awakening souls are serving the evolution of consciousness and the planetary soul, those who are awakening as Life are participating in the monadic purpose of Earth.
In Occult Cosmology, the monadic purpose of the Earth is described as related to the insemination the cosmos with Life in a manner that might call other civilizations, presently existing on subtle levels, into the physical. In this, Earth is known as a divine scout that headed out into the most densely material levels of cosmos to open up a space for Life, and as a cosmic reservoir of the Will-to-Live.
This relates to the sheer power of the Earth in the cosmic environment, a deeper entry into its 1st ray monadic nature, and its capacity to already be acting as a transmitter of the electric fire shakti of the 1st ray into the galaxy.
Often, Trans-Himalayan students will think of the monadic purpose of the Earth as something to be realised far in the future, in however many millions of years when the planetary personality and planetary soul have unfolded their own wondrous mysteries. The message of the emerging third phase Life-teachings is clear though: no matter what might be occurring on the surface of the Earth right now, in the past or in the future, the monadic purpose of the Earth – to be a cosmic power station of Life-force – is already active and has been since the Earth’s formation. This means that the monadic purpose of Earth is active right now, and is not dependent on the stage of matter or consciousness evolution on Earth.
It is the clear invitation of Shamballa, and of Shamballa School, for us to drop an exclusive interest in the evolution or matter and consciousness on this planet, and participate Earth’s monadic purpose of cosmic Life transmission. In this, we are invited to let go of our focus on trying to change or make things better, and allow the mysteries of Life to unfold.
The nature of that invitation is this: having made razor-clear demand upon the Life, right at this moment, let your consciousness and body rest. Allow the cosmic lightning-transmission that is pouring into and out of the core of the Earth moment-to-moment, thunder through you. Let the power of the primary thing that Earth has always been doing in the cosmos, reveal itself to you, and open you to Life.