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Esoteric Apprentice – A Twelves Memoir
Steven Chernikeeff’s Esoteric Apprentice is a short memoir of the Twelves Group the author formed in the 1980s and continued for two decades. Women and men came together to form a collective vehicle to act as a conduit for spiritual energy. The inner meditative work members committed themselves to daily and weekly and monthly precipitated various consequences and many rewards.
Building on the Triangles daily meditation practiced by women and men of goodwill as outlined by Djwhal Khul through Alice Bailey, the Twelves group experiment was a rare example of advanced group esoteric work.
There are three phases to the work and we are now initiating the second.
Esoteric Apprentice is an important guide offering an explanation of the Twelves group work, and the motives and ideas behind it.
Robert and Peter
I would like to thank all of those many participants in the Twelves Group who, over the years, believed, experienced and manifested Twelves. Without you, and your sacrifices, it would not have happened. Respect and love.
Particular thanks go to my dear friends and co-workers Robert Adams and Dr. Peter Maslin who represented the core triangle and travelled with me on this glorious and mysterious journey until they were called home.
Thanks, and much appreciation goes to Mindy Burge who has held my hand through the publication process and editing and has become a true friend of Twelves. Additional thanks also go to Heather Olalde for assisting with the editing process. Thanks also goes to Phillip Lindsay, Stephane Chollet, Patrick Chouinard and many others for their reviews and friendship over the years. Comrades in Arms are they.
Thanks to all the co-workers in Twelves who have joined with me to take up the Banner once more.
Thank you to Duane Carpenter for permission to use the beautiful Twelves mandala on the cover.
Respect and loving appreciation to Helena P. Blavatsky, Alice A. Bailey and Helena and Nicholas Roerich, for they lit the fire from which we all warm ourselves.
Last, but not least, my appreciation, love, and respect must go to The Initiate who guided us through the labyrinth of our egos to the synthesis of group work (as far as we could achieve it).
Table of Contents
- Early Days. 1
- Who Are You?. 19
- The Significance of Twelve. 35
- The Group in Action. 57
- Questions from Friends, Enquirers and Coworkers 77
- A Manual for Group Workers (Reproduced for Completion and Written in the 1990s) 103
- Original Afterword. 123
- We Start the Implementation Stage. 131
As I approached the shoreline, I was certain that the journey had taken me far from home. We never remember much, of course, about our life before birth nor the issues or future challenges we bring with us. Nor do we know the complications, experiences, or what is expected of us, here and now. Or do we? Is our current life full of shambles and chaos? Or is our karma engraved into our souls prior to birth our future steps chosen in advance and pre-plotted, often with other opportunities laid out, considered, and planned?
Those of us who have experienced, at least a partial, awakening are part of a huge vista of endeavour that slowly transforms our planet from dullard to genius, from the unreal to the real. There is a vast cosmic turning of the karmic clock as it tick-tocks its way to growth and enlightenment. If we can accept that we are a part of this unveiling and transformation of the greater whole, then this must also be true of our present incarnation, which is indelibly linked to everything around us, circumstances, people, the environment, etc.
Our daily experience as we climb, slowly, the footpath of knowledge before each and every one of us contributes to this larger evolution. We cannot be separate and apart, although we may feel like that sometimes, as however small our contribution, our drop is still part of the ocean.
Right now, collectively, we are a part of what is known as the externalization or, in other words, the unveiling of those at the heart of human evolution (the Masters of the Wisdom–to use the Theosophical term–are people who have achieved enlightenment and have taken the fifth initiation. They work to aid humanity) this will happen when humanity has matured enough to understand and accept the wisdom that the Masters have given humanity down the ages.
Many are involved in this Great Endeavour in all branches of human life. Sciences, Arts, Philosophies, Religions and all those things in-between will be rarefied. There are Masters and Initiates and those working towards self-evolution in all those branches and more.
That is not to say that these great humans recognize they are a part of the externalization—most are oblivious—yet they are integral to it as much as that drop in the Ocean. There are some who have chosen before birth to work directly with those forces of evolution to undertake specific work for this externalisation. This does not make these individuals greater or lesser than the rest of us but a part of the same mix. In one life they might decide to work anonymously unaware, even to themselves, that they are part of this greater whole and in another be a conscious part of the process. This all depends on their individual karma and that incarnation’s purpose.
Thus, we have this collection of souls working at various levels and in various capacities for a united intention. So, now let us leave aside this flow of incarnation slowly traversing through the world’s karma, national karma, family karma and individual karma and focus on what this book is about, where it is going and any lessons that may be learnt for future group active meditative service work.
This book is not fiction. It is a story and a re-telling of events that occurred, but neither is it a claim for anything. It gives one person’s experience, as it happened and is recounted as truthfully as it is possible to do so.
Naturally, no one is perfect, and if I have erred at all from the recounting, then I apologise in advance.
The work continues. This is a personal recount of the experiment that we undertook in group work as sentient aspirants and disciples working consciously with a group of Masters and Initiates on the inner planes. I shall retell the whys, wherefores, and how’s as best as I can so that it might benefit future efforts and I shall not avert my mind to avoid including our failures for it is from those from which we gain the most.
Some of those that travelled with us are still here and some have returned home. It was not an easy task that we had before us but many of us consider it to be the very pinnacle of our esoteric life here together and it rests in our consciousness, nudging us from time to time with its familiar melodic refrain.
So, come with us on our journey, a journey with mistakes, egos, misunderstandings and, yes, successes as we were tried in the fire of the inner ashram. This work was designed to cooperate, consciously, with the forces of reconstruction and change that are sweeping through our planet and to do so in magnified group formation.
I decided early on not to write a thesis on the experience with quotations strewn on every page (even though my academic training would have made this somewhat easier) but rather free flow, although, the majority of everything here written could be supported by the works of the three great esoteric initiates: Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Alice Ann Bailey and Helena Roerich.
I know that the experiences that we had, as a group, were more likened to the intuition and soul contact than any book work and I wanted to avoid justifying the work we did with heavy quotations. It is enough to say that these three great initiates laid the foundations for all of us to follow. I have, then, only made limited quotations, within the text itself, when it was absolutely necessary. Further study of the books by these three initiates is strongly advised.
Suffice it to say that contact was made, and some instructions were given by an Initiate within the ashram (we will call him The Initiate from now on); precise guidelines were laid out for us to follow.
The only promise made was that there was no promise. It was an experiment. The instruction was through soul impression/higher telepathy via the same methodology as Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Alice Ann Bailey and Helena Roerich, as previously mentioned.
I shall start at the very beginning with my younger experiences which will place into context that which follows. Follow us, then, upon this journey of discovery and think there on that here was a group that tried, was tested and laid one of the foundation stones for future group service work.
Importantly, it should be mentioned at the very beginning, this work was physically present, not virtual or absent. This distinguishes it from the vast majority of other group service work that is undertaken as service work to enhance the externalisation process. There was a specific purpose to this early training and laying of foundations.
This book sets out the journey, describes the background and importance of Twelves and working in Groups of Twelve and lays out the process that was undertaken. May it be of use in future years.
“We are all Embers in the Fire of the One.”
The Initiate May 1982
“DO THINGS BEGIN when we are born?” asked the small boy.
“Not at all,” smiled the old man. “Not at all. Long, long before you were born things began and things will unfold like a roll of silk unravelled upon a marbled floor.
A rejected child at 6 weeks old and raised in a Baptist children’s home was scant preparation for what was to come… or so I thought.
It started in an upstairs bedroom of the home. Always a different child who liked to sleep with a long stick under his bed (it was a spear in a previous existence, he would say) the shock of the luminous colour was the first inkling of the destiny to follow. Lying motionless atop the bed then moving to go off on some task elsewhere, the feet were still there, but in a luminous green. This was the first shock, but no one believed it nor cared about a little boy’s ramblings about his feet in shining green on the bed.
It was a Baptist home and such oddities were dismissed as childish fantasy. It was even stranger, the little boy pondered, that people seemed to have colours surrounding them. When he put his hands in front of his face then withdrew them, the hands remained distinctly where they were yet in this haunting, luminous green. But even these oddities did not prepare him for what was to come and the disturbances it would bring as, the problem would reveal itself, only he could see and hear these oddities.
The Bell (or gong) was the strangest thing. When first heard, I assumed it was some sort of a ship, in the far distance, and as I lived beside the sea this assumption was not quite so odd as it first appeared. The strangeness became, well, stranger when others were asked why the Bell kept sounding at about ten seconds intervals. I could hear it in my room and whilst walking the street. Others simply looked at me and said, “What
Bell?” And as was the habit of those that ran the home, they would simply ignore my questions.
And then he came, Charles the TV repair man, that is. Now, Charles would get involved in discussions with my foster mother (although I was never actually fostered, but let’s ignore the technicality as that’s what she called herself) concerning Christianity, saving souls and the like. I would listen in a bit (I was around 15 or 16 years old at the time). Then it happened. The conversation arrived at, “Was it possible or right to seek communication with someone who had died?”
You see, Charles was a Christian Spiritualist and my foster mother was determined to save him (she had probably given up with me). They actually agreed on many things, funnily enough, but not on the fundamental premise that
communication with the dead was possible or, indeed, warranted
One side trying to express the idea that not only was it possible but to be encouraged, mostly to comfort the grieving and bring knowledge, and the other explaining that it was the work of the Devil and so, it can be seen, they had some way to go to reach agreement. After this exchange, which ended comfortably enough with a smile from Charles and an exhaustive sigh from the foster mother I managed to engage Charles, whilst he tried to fix my record player (yes, he fixed those as well), in conversation.
“Charles?” I asked, quizzically, “What is this Christian Spiritualist thing about?” Charles then began to tell me, with a zeal that befits someone telling an open secret–an afterlife does exist. As he did so, I enquired more and more. “What happens then?” I asked, and “What is the purpose?”
Then it was revealed. He talked about the seven planes of existence, and I knew I was receiving something very special.
I asked Charles if I could come to the church (that’s what they called them, but I doubt many churches are overjoyed with such a connection), but he was very concerned about the impact on the foster mother’s zeal.
However, eager was I, and so he invited me to attend the service with him the following Sunday.
It seemed strange to me that the service mimicked, almost, the services I was forced to attend at the local Baptist church. The obvious difference was that there was always someone there who would select people from the audience then relay messages from the dead, mostly innocuous and bland, but that was not the point.
The foundation of going along on Sundays was to set me off for decades to come. Although after a relatively short time I would leave the very nice Christian Spiritualists behind, I have never forgotten they were my entry point, and I am fond of them to this day. And, let’s not forget, there was that ubiquitous Bell.
Bong, silence, Bong, silence, Bong, silence—it would go and then stop for a few hours. Then the sequence would repeat. It was unsettling, to say the least. By that time, I had given up asking people around me if they could hear it. The answer was always, “No, you are imagining it.” All, of course, except those dear old Christian Spiritualists, who, although they could not hear it, tried to give me an explanation that it was the Astral Bell (referred to in A.P. Sinnet’s Occult World), but the Christian Spiritualists explanation was far more mundane.
The Astral Bell, I was informed, was rung upon the astral plane, obviously, but no one knew quite why that was; it seemed it was some sort of homing device. Even this rather simplistic explanation (the Christian Spiritualist’s explanation, not Sinnet’s) was rather better than the, “It doesn’t exist” one proffered by those normal people who live in a very different paradigm.
Then there were the colours, of course, but that was more satisfactorily explained as the human aura (even Christians have their halos and their Saints have a distinctive glow in those old master paintings that might indicate auric presence). The Christian Spiritualists didn’t quite know what to do with this 16-year-old boy who hovered around on Sundays. One even told me to go and concentrate on life and career and come back to pondering life after death questions when I was nearer to it! I thought this strange advice, as we never know when we are near or far from it, I explained–much to the slight discomfort of the very dear and kind old Spiritualist who had invited me to tea after the Sunday service.
I remember that I started to visit the old second-hand bookshops and go straight to the Occult section. I had begun to acquire Spiritualist-inclined books and attend the odd Spiritualist Church. Eventually, as I found the Christian segment a bit too limiting—it seemed to me they wanted to have their cake and eat it too, as they believed in the right to communicate with those who have passed and yet did not quite want to give up their Christian upbringings—I moved on.
I joined the Spiritualist Association of Great Britain (I guess technically I’m still a member as I purchased a lifetime membership, which was available back then), and I travelled to London for several visits, sittings, and Saturday lectures on everything from auras to Egyptian Temple Dancing. From various mediums and presenters came more simplistic explanations of the Bell and colours, which had died down considerably at this stage. To be fair, it did lead me away from the basic and the fundamental, as my focus was far more drawn to the philosophy and meaning of what had gone and what was before us than to any chats with the dead.
I discovered Ursula Roberts’s book Hints on Spiritual Unfoldment, which had a huge impact on me back then, as it introduced to me the heart of the Spiritualist philosophy, which was much more important to me than a message from Uncle Fred that he was ok in the land of the sun. Also, I started to study Silver Birch books and, eventually, White Eagle. All of these tomes were useful, and I devoured stacks of them, but something was still missing.
I knew of the fundamental message of life after death, the simple explanations of what happens after you die. I knew, intuitively and simplistically, that this was true and right; however, there must be MORE. For the first time, I started to feel like I was on the very end of a long rubber band and the invisible hand that held me at one end had let go. I was travelling very fast, but I knew not where.
1975 was my anno excitatio (year of awakening). Seventeen was a young age to be spending considerable time looking around second-hand bookshops (the Bell and colours had all but stopped, thank goodness).
I remember well when I alighted upon an odd, boring looking book, yellow in colour—The Reappearance of the Christ, it said on the cover, but it was in the Occult section. I was intrigued and made my purchase.
This book wasn’t the first Alice A. Bailey book I read, but it sparked my interest, so I bought Initiation, Human and Solar and A Treatise on White Magic in quick succession. I then read Initiation, Human and Solar as my very first Theosophical work. I contacted Jan Nation at Lucis Trust and received a plethora of free material to devour. I had the pleasure of meeting Jan, the first time in 1977 when I was nineteen, then several times later, at the annual Festival for Mind Body Spirit in London. I was very impressed that Jan always remembered me, greeting me by name each year. What a joy she was, and I owe her a debt of gratitude for putting up with my many questions.
In this way, I discovered the esoteric teachings of the Master Djwhal Khul (more commonly referred to as DK) and of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky’s (H.P.B.) work and, later, through my dear friend Robert Adams, the teachings of Nicholas and Helena Roerich and Agni Yoga.
I went along to a market in London (Camden I think) and bought the whole set from a market trader whom, I assume, like most of us, had a double life, but that was where you purchased the Agni Yoga books back in those days.
I would meet every Saturday with Robert, a founder member and core triangle member of the Twelves Work, and discuss esotericism, philosophy, and theosophy, delving through the pages of his extensive bedroom library (of which I was entirely envious, I’m ashamed to say).
I was on a collection spree, replacing my Spiritualist collection with a Theosophical one. I had found, I thought at the time, a higher form than Spiritualism, and I shed my previous fixation step by step.
At this point, though, I would like to pay tribute to the Spiritualist movement, as it brought me, and probably thousands of others, into the esoteric teachings which are the bedrock of the Divine Mysteries. But leave it behind I must, I thought, as I began the intense study and meditation that would lead me later to the experiment.
Robert, who I had met through the local new age grapevine, as we both lived fairly near each other, had a garden shed that he had turned into a meditation studio.
Wallpapered, incense-laden, filled with Buddha statues, we spent many hours in there honing our meditation skills every Saturday, followed by a sumptuous dinner cooked by his lovely parents (adopted parents, I would learn later) who were quite bemused by Robert and I as we spent so many hours in that shed and his bedroom discussing the finer points of Theosophical thinking.
Robert had Hodgkin’s disease and would later pass away before reaching the age of 40, but not before we grew to be great friends and not before our meditation had led us to another pathway, a surprising and some-times shocking pathway, that would lead to us working closely together over many years as the experiment was unveiled to us piece by piece.
This was a difficult process, unnerving too, but we never wavered in our intent to see it through once we knew that we were being asked to participate in a group service meditation experiment. At first, we were incredulous, confused, and almost disbelieving.
At the point of midnight 31st December 1981, a mysterious stranger approached and spoke to me; Robert felt it too, the whole cabin was electrified.
No name was given, just some words and a symbol:
“Find the point within the Triangle Divine – when this has been achieved you will learn more.”
We internally knew that we had something to do but were obviously unsure what, how, or why. We only knew we had made contact, and thus we went through a glamorous stage, as so many do, particularly of a youthful disposition, where we felt we were on a mission and had direct contact with a Master. In fact, we eventually learnt a timely lesson in humility which stayed with us through the years of work we would undertake together and with the many others from all over the world. Masters often, and normally do, work through their Initiates.
Over-identification with a Master’s energy often is attributed, as we did, as direct contact person to person. What I can say, unequivocally now, and that we learnt back in the 80s, was that we had direct contact with an Initiate from the ashram known as the Brotherhood of the Star (an ashramic amalgamation of those who work to bring the Externalisation of the Hierarchy about) and the inner, esoteric core behind Krishnamurti’s work with the Order of the Star. We had learnt the glamour and trap, which we should all avoid, of associating the vast energy of a Master and his ashram with a personal relationship.
As Krishnamurti is here mentioned this is a good pause so that his work, with the Order of the Star, might be explained a little further as it does link-in to the work we undertook later as the Twelves Group. Krishnamurti, as the common legend goes, had an organisation created by Annie Besant, C.W Leadbeater and others to enable him to function as the vehicle of the Christ (an office within the Spiritual Hierarchy rather than an individual) but, as we know, it was disbanded it in 1929 and he declared, “Truth is a pathless land”.
It is my contention that it was the Christ who withdrew His energy from the Krishnamurti experiment (please see Addendum) that led to the Order being disbanded, not the other way around. This is an important difference; however, the outcome was the same. Christ (the office and the being) had decided to Reappear Himself and not through another human vehicle. It is recommended that readers study the books of Alice A. Bailey for more information regarding the Hierarchal externalisation program.
As Robert and I continued our meditation work, we received further instruction and the invitation to undertake work in twelve formation and to act as a conduit for Hierarchical ashramic energy, as an experiment and expansion of the triangles work hither too undertaken by Lucis Trust and others. Also, the latest expansion from the proposed work of ‘organons’, work in groups of nine, as outlined by John R. Sinclair in his book The Other Universe. In fact, John was a personal friend of Robert’s and was kept up to date with our work with the Twelves Group over the years.
To quote John:
“It is suggested that a membership of nine is a particularly useful organic group structure. It is not too large… on the other hand it is large enough to subdivide into three groups of three should special concentration on components of a project be necessary.”
When we first formed our group, it was known as Lodge of the Star, as we had been informed of our lineage to Krishnamurti’s time and we decided to honour that link.
However, as we proceeded over the years, it became obvious that the group had been set up for one purpose only–the experiment, in Groups of Twelve people, that was to have a direct link and connection to the ashram and to act as a conduit and so we decided to change the group’s name to Twelves Group, as that better reflected the groups purpose.
The Master Morya (often referred to simply as M.) in the book Agni Yoga had mentioned working in Groups of Twelve back in 1929 (the year of Krishnamurti’s disbanding of the Order of the Star):
“137. People do not want to understand group work, which multiplies the forces. The dodecahedron is one of the most perfect structures, with a dynamic power that can resist many assaults. A group of twelve, systematically united, truly can master even cosmic events. It must be understood that the enlarging of such a group can weaken it, undermining the dynamic force of its structure.” At the time, we had not stumbled across this passage by M. but it clearly foretells the work we would undertake together. The group slowly attracted to itself members who had felt drawn to its work, mostly through their own meditation. That’s how Dr. Peter Maslin joined us (Peter was a doctor on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland and a great student of Alice Bailey, probably one of the best read I have ever known. His Bailey collection was threadbare with the amount of study he undertook). Peter would grow to become one of the inner triangle that ran the group. Peter brought a real discipline to the group, although most of us could not rise every 4am, as he did, to meditate for hours (normally outside in the garden), but he added much to our group work and was with us for the long haul over many years. Peter moved down South so that he could be physically near our work. Peter was a rock.
It became clearer that getting twelve people together was not the real challenge but finding twelve disciplined disciples became an issue every year and each time we organised Gatherings (Gatherings were where members would attend physically to actually undertake the group formation work). Normally these were held annually and were held in Glastonbury, England, but others were held at Findhorn, Scotland, in London, and in New York.
Each year it was expensive for our European, and especially our American, members to fly over to join us, but a core did so. Sometimes some could come and others could not, and so getting a Twelve (plus one or two spares) who had the qualities needed was a headache for organisers, but we did accomplish this on many occasions (not getting twelve disciples, we never achieved that, but in holding a Twelve).
We slowly gained participants (there was no official membership, we simply gathered details of those with real interest) across the world of a couple hundred, and we produced newsletters, booklets, and leaflets. In those days it was all done by post, and, thankfully, Robert took charge of the group’s organisation and did nearly all the hard work of mail-outs, organising the odd talks and typing stuff up–-how easier it would be now in this age of mass, social communications!
The group was financed by donations. The group worked on and agreed upon a Vision Statement for the activities ahead, which would be at the very front of our ‘Twelves Guidelines: A Manual for Group Workers.’ This document has been added in its entirety later in the book as Chapter 6, as we felt it was important to include it as a whole, as the group had collectively written it.
“Our commitment is to work in formation with groups of twelve people through Geometry of Divinity and by so doing assist those who work for the Light; to undertake Soul-infused energy work for planetary healing and transformation and closely cooperate with the Forces of Spiritual Change. Individual workers contribute within the group through harmonious blending and focussed effort.”
With the Vision Statement in place and a number of publications printed and distributed, we were developing, outwardly, a small organisation that could prepare members for the actual work of Twelves.
We wanted to prepare people as much as we could before physically gathering, as it would save an enormous amount of time once we were physically present.
Yet, despite our best efforts, considerable time was spent each meeting in training and explaining, as there were nearly always new members who would be experiencing a Twelve for the first time, and, as the formation is a disciplined one and the energies we encountered very real, it was essential all participants understood, and had practiced, where they would stand.
In 1983, Robert Pitts, another prominent group member, emerged as the leader of a group of New York esotericists who wanted to work with us on the Twelves work. We agreed with Robert Pitts that formal group membership was unnecessary, as previously mentioned, and that soul quality would be the only important thing, so the Twelves Group never had formal memberships.
Robert helped us for many years bringing people over to London and Glastonbury and organising a Gathering in New York, which was attended by around 50 people, a great success despite the local fundamentalist Christians trying to stop us from using the University hall.
When Robert appeared on local radio, he was asked the question, “Is this the work of the Devil?” He answered, “Well, I don’t have acquaintance with him myself.” This seemed to lighten the moment, and we were allowed to hire the hall as planned and undertake our work.
This was the time, in conjunction with and, in fact leading, the outer work when we initiated our group triangles. We had, of course, many triangles working for many years at the core of the group, but we agreed that to participate in Twelves it was necessary, and compulsory, to join our triangle work prior to undertaking a Twelve.
The vast majority of the teachings given to us for the formation of the experiment were during the years 1982 to 1986. It was explained that there would be very little in addition coming after that, as our purpose was not to spread teachings, in the traditional sense, but that we were receiving them for the specific purpose of experimental Twelves only. We were told that we had all we needed and that the real work was on the inner planes.
During the year 1982, around 90% of the teachings were given. I have decided to only quote sparingly from the teachings, as this is not the focus of this book, and I was always told that it was the practical work that was important. Everything in this book follows closely the instructions as given by The Initiate, paying close heed to what we were told regarding the purpose.
The method of teaching was given through higher telepathy during ashramic meditation. Let’s pause here… whether this is accepted or not is of no consequence. What is of import is was the work useful? And, might it be useful to future groups? I cannot fully answer those questions, but I, and others, believe that this group experiment was useful, and it is important to document this very real attempt to become a conduit for hierarchy through ashramic contact by dedicated disciples over a 20 year period (1980 – 2000) although there was an initial teaching period 1978 to 1980 where seed thoughts were given and recorded in a book published under the title A Pilgrim Inspired.
I have been asked many times if the Twelves Group will restart. I thought it very unlikely but since publication the group has re-formed. Do I think work in Twelve formation will arise again? Yes, it has, and I hope our part in its concept and development will be useful. I am happily working with the group and if we do not achieve
our potential then furthers steps will have been made for future coworkers to take up the challenge.
The Work has restarted and moved from the Preparatory Stage to the Implementory Stage but, of course, we do not know how long this stage will be. Whether we start it now and it is continued by others after we are gone or if The World Teacher is among us post 2025 and we move to the third and last Stage.
“What is time, dear brothers? It is a fraction of space locked between great evolutionary events.”
The Initiate July 1984
Who Are You?
AH, THE ETERNAL QUESTION! But in this case who was he? –this mysterious figure who arrived on the eve of 1981/82 and introduced himself to the two budding disciples who, it must be said, were eager to serve the Hierarchy that they had so recently discovered through a myriad of books? The fact is the contact was not sought nor expected and was a pretty disturbing, mysterious, yet peaceful event. It is important to clarify, for the purpose of this book, what and who he was, as the information he conveyed set those two youthful disciples upon a decade-long quest.
A point worth mentioning here, when we say “he” this is the energy body chosen at that time and in no way suggests that the hidden realms are gender related. The soul is genderless. We all incarnate as female and male to participate in our soul’s growth and development. At this time, masters take male bodies for energy reasons only.
In the early days, as a sin of youthfulness and glamour unfortunately, we both thought that the person instructing us was a Master of the Wisdom In Homine (Koot Hoomi aka K.H.). In later years we were corrected that this person was, in fact, an initiate of the ashram of Koot Hoomi. (Henceforth this book will describe him as The Initiate and K.H. as, well, K.H.)
It is a common failing of those on the pathway to attribute greatness and grandeur; and, in particular, it is a glamour of many esotericists who conflate their importance and the importance of those they make contact with.
We were informed that to dispel this at a very early stage would have created utter confusion, so in early days we referred to The Initiate as ‘K.H.’ and, absurd as this may sound now, we ask forgiveness and understanding from you, dear reader. As stated, this is a common misunderstanding of energy. Ashrams are energy, and, when stepping that down, it is easily misunderstood and, even worse, misapplied. I often use the analogy of a sponge: the water (energy) entering from the Master may be pure, but the sponge of personality of the recipient always dilutes it and this is the important point, taints it with bias, colouring it with preconceived ideas and thoughts. This applies to Blavatsky, Bailey and Roerich too, although much less than myself, of course, as they were senior initiates and I am not.
Knowing this leads to real understanding and forgiveness of those parts of us which are less than perfect. Hence, I pay little attention to the personality defects of those three great initiates and to my fellow disciples treading the pathway as I recognise my own gaping weaknesses and faults. “To Err is human, to forgive is Divine,” and I’d rather you concentrate on the last part if possible.
Blavatsky, Bailey, and Roerich, in part, had direct contact for a specific purpose with a Master, as they were on the teaching line and were required to produce large portions of the Ancient Wisdom as a teaching device for the masses of humanity. This was not what our group was asked to do.
The work was quite different in the sense that we were experimenting with actual, direct contact with the ashram and distribution of energy for specific purposes. Lucis Trust, of course, undertakes distributive work too, but not in the same way, nor for the same purposes, as their main focus is mass teaching, but we are all ONE endeavour.
Back to our theme which will lead, later, to the work we undertook over those two decades. The Initiate, then, connected with us only to impart that information that was useful to the group’s purpose, working in Groups of Twelve (why the number twelve, particularly, is important we will discuss in the next chapter).
The methodology used was the same as with that of Blavatsky, Bailey, and Roerich, that of higher telepathy, which utilises the higher chakras and imparts a purer (not, please note, ‘pure’) connection. Masters often will use this method in many walks of life, not just the esoteric.
Most people will be completely unaware that this connection has taken place, but it can produce great moments in the life of humanity in the sciences, arts etc. For esotericists who are consciously on the pathway, this can be recognised, and, for a few, a conscious knowledge that this has, and will, happen is understood. It is important to note here that this does not, in any way, make those who have this conscious link any more important than those who might receive it unconsciously; it is just that this is their task at this time.
For some reason, I know not why, a few of us were asked to undertake this group work experiment and to draw to us those who could aid this work. The Initiate gave most of the ashramic information we needed during 1982, but there were additions throughout the decade until 1992 when the instructions stopped, with only very occasional contact with The Initiate, as we were told we had what was appropriate for this phase of the work. It appears The Initiate was a good time manager.
In the mid-1980s, I forget exactly when, we were visited physically by a stranger (a Chinaman/Tibetan) who purported to be from the ashram and had found Robert’s house via a light on the inner planes (a star, he said) hovering over the house. I cannot confirm or deny this to be the case. I simply report it here. We dined with him and discussed several group matters, then he left, never to be seen again.
There were several other, but rare, physical manifestations which might be of some interest, but I don’t want to focus on these nor deflect too much from the purpose of this book: to lay out what actually happened when a group of conscious disciples undertook to physically meet and, in group formation, connect with real, ashramic forces for purpose. The Initiate gave many instructions as to the working and set-up of twelves group work and gave several tools, but the most important of these were manifested on the inner planes. When the inner ashramic workers joined us, fully participating, we undertook the physical group formation work. The Initiate was a senior member of K.H.’s ashram, on the Second Ray, and a member of the Brotherhood of the Star.
The Brotherhood of the Star is known under many names and is the inner working body of the New Group of World Servers, the inner group of the New Group of World Servers one might say. It has no particular Ray affiliation and is simply a term to describe those, on the inner levels, who have chosen to work with the externalisation of the Hierarchical process. It is not a Ray ashram and should not be thought of as such. Therefore, masters and initiates are connected to it in one endeavour yet are still members of their particular Ray ashram, as much as members of the New Group of World Servers also belong to different Ray ashrams yet come together for one purpose.
Recently, I read of another term for the same group, but the description is exactly the same. Terms of reference are just that, a way of describing something and some may describe that same thing differently as in language, but it alters not the core of the thing referred.
Back in Krishnamurti’s day of the Order of the Star, this was a conscious attempt to externalise this Brotherhood and create an early version of the New Group of World Servers as we now know it.
The Twelves Group’s work was within this group and fully a part of it, just as there are other subsections of this worldwide group undertaking other work, some consciously, but most unconsciously. The Initiate came to represent two forces, that of the Ashram of K.H. and, more specifically, that of the Brotherhood of the Star (as we knew it).
One of the tools received from The Initiate was an Invocation to be used supplementary to the Great Invocation given to the world by the Master DK in 1945. It was specifically laid out that this invocation was to be used in the Twelves work. In the preparation for the Twelves work, it was widely distributed, in several languages, through cards, bookmarks and posters. Contact with The Initiate was intense and requires great focus and receptivity. He told us, before we received it, that the invocation would take great focus from him and that it would represent a powerful tool for the group. The Disciple’s Invocation” (followed by three OMs) was transmitted, in sections, from July 1982 to Oct 1982. This invocation would be one of the purest forms of the teaching regarding group work that The Initiate gave. “
THE DISCIPLE’S INVOCATION
May the Flame of the One find the crucible of your being
May the Mighty One issue forth from on High
May Love Eternal and Love Inclusive Rule over All
Let the Flame spin upon the Way
Let the Light stand Revealed
Let the Seeker Become the Rose
May the tide of illusion be turned
May the Great Work be completed
May the White Ones issue Their Ultimatum
Let the Ultimatum be heard by those who
have ears to hear
Let them have insight and knowledge
that they may understand
Let them choose aright and with free will
And in so choosing let Peace come to Earth
This invocation was used by group members at our annual Gatherings and during members’ personal meditations. We had set up a very active Triangles network of our members to train everyone in the techniques required and focus us all on cooperative effort. The network worked very well, although there were the occasional requests to change Triangles from participants for varying reasons.
A monthly newsletter was sent out to keep everyone in touch, and annual Gatherings were widely anticipated by all of us. We decided not to hold distant or virtual Twelves, as we were informed that keeping focus for Triangles was difficult enough for the vast majority, so executing a Twelve at a distance was fraught with problems such as lack of focus. We will develop this later.
The Initiate observed from afar and was often felt by members during meditation sessions or, on occasion, through their individual meditation practice at home. As time progressed, the ashram became an ever-real presence in our lives, with many members experiencing personal insights. As I occasionally spoke to members over the past years, post the group’s work, often I have heard them say how the Twelves Group still affected them. For all of us, I think it fair to say, those days are remembered with deep love and affection. We do not know The Initiate’s name, nor do we need to. In the early days, he signed himself K.H. as the whole ashram is embraced with K.H.’s energy. An initiate undertaking work often signs for the ashram and represents the Master of that ashram, as a stepping down process is always needed to enable the energy to be absorbed and distributed. Of course, the more rarefied and advanced the disciple, the closer to the actual source possible. In my life, this was not the case, as it was with Blavatsky, Bailey, or Roerich, who were advanced initiates themselves. Therefore, the channel was clearer and more focussed, as they had to receive huge amounts of information.
When undertaking work, the Hierarchy often just chose the best that was available or those who had incarnated for that specific purpose, interwoven with their disciples’ own personal karma of course, as the two always had to synchronize.
It is open to debate as to whether The Initiate was the same individual throughout the twenty-year cycle. That is to say, was it always the same individual instructing all of the physical Twelves? I honestly don’t know the full answer, but the ashramic energy was constant and, in fact, grew in potency over the years. What I am certain about is that the individual whom I term The Initiate delivered the 1982 collection of instructions which formed the foundations of the group work. This individual stepped down the energies and impressed my consciousness with the higher telepathy techniques, but, more importantly, he took part and guided the physical Twelves, often being felt in the room by participants, some of whom often saw lights etc. There was also the Devic presence at the pinnacle of the funnel created by the Twelve itself, which was the full focus of the work (more on this later).
With all hierarchical work, the energy withdraws and is dissipated, and this has happened to many groups over the years. The Twelves Group was an experiment, and, as such, the full potential of Twelves was never going to be fully realised. With our group, the energy was withdrawn, and I have had no contact or, at least, no conscious contact with The Initiate for over 20 years. In fact, it is fair to say, I have had no ashramic contact, or if I have unconsciously, this has been minor in comparison, over that active time.
To give a little perspective of time, the group began at the beginning of 1982, but the very first physical Twelve did not take place until Wesak Festival 1994, a full 12 years after the group’s commencement. Why is that? The answer can be found in the slow, it seemed to us, unravelling of The Initiate’s work with the group.
We have been told this was due to the varied nature of the group’s members. Some were advanced initiates, some disciples, and some aspirants. On occasion, if we were having problems getting an actual Twelve organised, we took a person who was sympathetic but not actually on the pathway as yet, carrying them as best we could.
This was far from ideal and did lead to some problems of an energetic nature. The ideal, of course, would be twelve disciples, trained and focussed and, maybe, even with the same Ray makeup, but this was an impossible dream; we did what we could with what we had. Often, we would have 8/9 trained and very able disciples who would make up the ‘core’ 6 or 9 in the formation and they would anchor for everyone, including the 3 or 4 who were less advanced. This was quite hard work.
On the inner planes, I cannot give much comment. Did the inner ashram mirror the Twelve? What was the structure they used to channel the energy through us, apart from the funnel? We didn’t have those answers, and all we could do was to be open to that work, secure in the knowledge that the Twelves had a Ring-PassNot, and, once the formation was established, naught that was not of Light could enter. However, it would be quite wrong to suggest we knew what the purpose, in its larger sense, was. Many groups work this way by opening themselves to serve where needed without knowing the detail. The only difference was degree. Our experiment was a little more focussed, with a specific magical number of participants that, in some way, unlocked a greater energy or, it might be better put, facilitated a greater energy from another source (i.e. the ashram). There is no question that group formation, in Triangles, Sixes, Nines and Twelves adds potency to the endeavour: the whole is much greater than the sum of all of the individuals.
We set out in our Twelve Guidelines manual the requirements for participants:
“Each light worker takes on the mantle of the Twelves Group by offering full attention and focus to the specific work of Twelves in a soul-conscious manner. Each light worker agrees to set aside the personality and other kinds of group work and activity throughout the time period of undertaking Twelves work. There is a commitment to be present from beginning to completion of the Work and to focus 100% on the Work in hand.
It is vital to the success of this particular spiritual energetic work that other tools and methods of light work are not allowed to filter into the process of the Star Gatherings. This will provide a ‘quality assurance’ for the energetic resonance of our Work.
We recognise that many Twelves Group light workers may be involved as members and/or leaders of other spiritual groups and activities. We do ask that when you work with the group as a Twelves Group worker you honour and respect the purity of this specific group work.”
We were fortunate to have members who understood the significance of the experimental group work we were undertaking and were willing to suspend their other work whilst engaged in a Twelve. This is easier said than done, as most of our membership had deep involvement in other esoteric groups (Theosophical Society, Lucis Trust, Institute of Planetary Synthesis, University of the Seven Rays, Agni Yoga etc.).
None of the work we undertook, thankfully, challenged any of the core philosophies of any of the other groups; it was just a question of suspension whilst engaged and, in fact, our work complemented the other group work people were doing, as it pushed the boundaries of experience by actually doing. This is aptly demonstrated by Robert’s group file note from September 1983:
“I feel we could now be beginning a new cycle of activity, up to now we have been laying the foundations and have achieved a steady outer work, contacts and inner orientation. The Preparatory Stage could now be complete especially as we both again feel the impulse for fresh research and a new longing to really clarify the work and know where we are placed. This has been building for some while and the content of the newsletter seven shows this development. We have also made interesting new contacts which would indicate an attractive pull.
We still have a small gap to bridge before Implementation can begin. That gap is in energy and once achieved will establish a magnetic center. We need a strong rhythm of ‘Standing Forth’ in the Light, centering within the Triangle Divine and using from this perspective the Disciples Invocation. We must become the Rose and reveal the Light of the Triad, transmuting the dross through the purificatory power of light/fire and during our meetings we should study all the pieces and pay particular attention to the Three Fires, Cosmic Twelves, Planetary Sevens and the Disciples invocation. This way we can prepare ourselves fully for the next stage of the work. Meditation on all the symbols given would also prove productive using the intuition and centering in the Head Center.
The keys to the work now unfolding have been given, this is now the time to really get off to work and know what we will be doing in groups etc. It implies the work of transmuting negative elements into cosmic positive force for good. Raising the mass emotional energy by casting the dross into the great fire and thus purifying and transmuting.
It can be argued that as this applies to action through the Will, Electric Fire and Kundalini we will be forming a connection to Shamballa and no doubt this will be achieved through structures of Twelve as we have been told. We are asked to become alchemists in the Great Work.”
Robert, here in this personal note to me, sets the tone well and gives hints as to the work ahead. As I mentioned previously, Peter Maslin joined us as the third member of the core triangle, and Peter was an Alice Bailey expert of some standing. Peter saw the potential of Twelves, and his steadfastness to hold to the light had to be seen to be believed; most of us were in awe of him, it must be said.
Without these two fundamentally key individuals, the Twelves work was a non-starter. I just could not have done it, and I give them my eternal thanks for accompanying me on that pathway.
Both Robert and Peter passed away within a few years of each other, towards the end of the Twelves work. They were called home to the ashram for further expansive work as their work here, beside me, was completed. I pay tribute to them here.
Giants they were.
Shed no tears of sorrow for the transient nor bear grief for the departed for they are but an hour in the Glorious day.”
The Initiate March 1982
The Significance of Twelve
FROM DISTANT TIMES, and in distant ways, up until modern times, practitioners of the sacred and magical arts have worked in groups within a circle of protection. A circle has no beginning or end; hence, practitioners cast a sacred circle to represent the macrocosm and the microcosm and produce the thought form that exists to protect those working within the circle.
It can be seen as a container, keeping within its ring-pass-not the working energy and blocking without energies and entities that are unwelcome. Our world consists of vibrating sounds, lights and colours and we measure time in cycles with clocks, calendars, zodiacal wheels etc.
A circle, then, has been used for millennia and has the power of certain numbers. For the purposes of undertaking magical and sacred work, combinations of people, in particular formations, the circle has greater protections and ability to work with forces of regeneration and energy than individuals alone or in haphazard numbers. Hence, three, six, nine and the definitive end number twelve have special potency for working with spiritual, sacred energies, and this has been the case since Plato and before.
Twelve is the number of completion. Numbers have always had mystical significance, and a whole science was based around these significances. People believe numbers linked with the alphabet, the stars, and the constellations. The number twelve represented the hours of day and night, the months of the year, and the zodiac. Sumerian priests first divided the year into twelve months of about thirty days each, and their day had twelve units so the number twelve became the unit of dividing time.
China had their twelve animals, Egypt her goddesses linked to the twelve hours of day and night. As above, so below, and the twelves represents the very creation of our universe and what we use in modern times to divide out time, vibrations, and tones.
As an example, the archeometre is an ancient template that forms from a twelve-pointed Star. Marquis Saint-Yves d’Alveydre, the French nineteenth-century magician, said the Archeometre was an instrument for predicting events and coordinating all human knowledge:
“The Archeometre is the instrument used by the Ancients for the formation of the esoteric myths of all religions. It is the canon of ancient Art in its various architectural, musical, poetic, and theogonic manifestations.
It is the Heaven that speaks: every star, every constellation becomes a letter or a phrase, or a divine name lighting the ancient traditions of all peoples with a new day.”
H. P. Blavatsky has stated that the visible universe, “was built on the model of the first DIVINE IDEA,” which has always existed. HPB taught that, just as the soul of the universe is the Central Spiritual Sun, so also the sun is the soul which is built by the One, who constructed it “on the geometrical figure of the dodecahedron.” HPB was referring to Plato who stated:
“The Universe was built by the “First-Born” on the geometrical figure of the Dodecahedron, a figure having twelve sides. This is typified in the twelve signs of the Zodiac.”
The great esotericist Manly P. Hall says this in regard to the number twelve:
“The number twelve frequently occurs among ancient peoples, who in nearly every case had a pantheon consisting of twelve demigods and goddesses presided over by The Invincible One, who was Himself subject to the Incomprehensible All-Father. This use of the number twelve is especially noted in the Jewish and Christian writings.
The twelve prophets, the twelve patriarchs, the twelve tribes, and the twelve Apostles–each group has a certain occult significance, for each refers to the Divine Duodecimo, or Twelvefold Deity, whose emanations are manifested in the tangible created Universe through twelve individualized channels…
…As these 12 (the three substances, salt, sulphur and mercury) existing in the four worlds, as shown in the table, sum up to the number 12. As these 12 are the foundations of The Great Work (alchemical), they are called in revelation the twelve foundation stones of the sacred city.”
Secret Teachings of the Ages
In the 1920s, the magician Frater Achad experimented with 3-D projections of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. He modelled the Tree as emanating from a single point in six directions and found the projections culminated in a dodecahedron.
Plutarch also wrote about this twelve of creation:
“The nature of the dodecahedron, which is comprehensive enough to include the other figures, may well seem to be a model with reference to all corporeal being.”
In the Bible, the number 12 is mentioned 187 times, and the significance is huge as it represents the number for God.
In Revelations alone the number is mentioned 22 times, so the significance can be seen, clearly.
That this magical number represents the entire universe and the sacred going on therein–it is the number of completion, of wholeness, and of unity.
Jesus took 12 disciples who were to become the 12 Apostles. In Revelations, 144,000 would be saved, and the New City of Jerusalem had 12 gates attended by 12 Angels. The walls are 144 cubits high and 12,000 furlongs squared. Twelve precious crystals, or stones, would become the foundation of this New Jerusalem.
Here are some well-known examples from Revelation:
“It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.”
“And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”
“In the middle of its street on either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
Although Revelations is the most oft quoted, there are other significant mentions of twelve:
“And Jesus said to them, ‘truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones.’”
Mark 3: 13-19
“And He went up on the mountain and summoned those whom He Himself wanted, and they came to Him. And He appointed twelve, so that they would be with Him and that He could send them out to preach.”
Luke 6: 12-16
It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. And when day came, He called His disciples to Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles.”
“Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.’”
The Twelve Apostles in the New Testament were chosen by Jesus to be the government that he would leave behind to continue His work. Not just any old number, it was specific and ordained by God.
And so in the Christian tradition, it can clearly be seen the number twelve was crucial and was recognised as THE cosmic number.
But it wasn’t only the Christians who recognised the sacredness of the number twelve: 12 masonic signs of recognition, 12 followers of the Buddha, 12 nights of the Round Tables, 12 followers of Quetzalcoatl, 12 Olympians, 12 labours of Hercules, 12 petals of the Anahata Chakra, and so on.
The Zoroastrians state:
“Twelve Signs of the Zodiac are the Twelve Commanders on the side of Light.”
These commanders, according to Zoroastrians, fought against evil in the battle for the world’s fate, whilst Buddhists state that life is composed of 12 stages, which, as a completion, keep the Wheel of Life turning. Within its grasp, life exists in Samsara until we find enlightenment and break free of the wheel.
The number twelve expanding upon itself to become 144 with twelve groups of Twelve working in harmony would lead to a tremendous unlocking of the forces of nature, we are told, and would lead to the ultimate in group work–the Twelve becoming the New Jerusalem and being the New Jerusalem here on earth (a portion of the New Jerusalem and facilitating its quickening).
The number twelve is the number of the people of God and the magical number that worked in complete harmony with nature, the earth, and the cosmos.
The Twelves Group was instructed to become a Bridge of Light between the ashram and those working for the externalisation of the Hierarchy on our earth. It was an early, basic experimental work with great potential for future group work. It sowed the seed, tilled the earth a little, and watered the seedling.
We cast the circle of protection, we enter the sacred space in right thought and mind and we assemble, firstly in threes, then sixes, then nines, and then ultimately in a Twelve–reflecting our cosmos, God, nature, our very earth as we undertook this ritual 7th Ray training to Cast our Lot into the Chalice of Fire:
I am the Flame and the Rock I affirm!
I am the Light Divine and the Waters quench me not I affirm!
I am the center of my universe and I Stand I affirm!
And in standing thus I resolve to Serve Him
The Initiate, August 1986
Much of the work of Groups of Twelve was in the area of dispelling glamour and thought forms, creating cleavage within those thoughtforms so that entry points might be established for Hierarchy to undertake work (we did not know what this specific work was in detail).
We worked mostly with the cities of London, New York, and Moscow, and we held a Twelve in the first two of these but were unable to get us all to Moscow to physically hold a Twelve there. I did visit Moscow and linked in with the group from Red Square, but we found, over the years, that absent or virtual linkage had a slight connection but was very weak compared to the focussed intent of participants being physically in formation. The Master Djwhal Khul, through Alice Bailey, spoke much about the future work of groups in dispelling glamour:
“Their work will largely be to summarise and make effective the work of those two great Sons of God, the Buddha and the Christ. As you know, One of Them brought illumination to the world and embodied the principle of wisdom, and the Other brought love to the world and embodied in Himself a great cosmic principle—the principle of love. How can the effectiveness of Their work be brought about? The process will follow three lines:
- Individual effort, made by the individual disciple, using the technique of detachment, of dispassion and of discrimination which the Buddha taught.
- Group initiation made possible by the self-initiated effort of individual disciples, following out the injunctions of the Christ and leading to a complete subordination of the personality and of the unit to group interest and group good.
- Group endeavour, carried forward as a group, to love all beings and to apprehend and the true significance of the Aquarian technique of group love and work.”
Alice A. Bailey, Discipleship in the New Age Volume 1
I. The Technique of the Presence, when successfully followed, enables the intuition to flow in and to supersede the activity of the rationalising mind and to dispel illusion, substituting for that illusion divine ideas, formulated into concepts which we call ideals. The Masters, it should be remembered, only use the mind for two activities:
a. To reach the minds of Their disciples and attract aspirants through the medium of an instrument similar to the disciple’s mind.
b. To create thought-forms on concrete levels which can embody these divine ideas. The directing Agent, the Angel of the Presence, produces the power to create in this manner, and this we call the result of the intuition idea or truth, its perception and its reproduction.
II. The Technique of Light is more closely related to the mind and signifies the method whereby the illumination which flows from the soul (whose nature is light) can irradiate not only ideals but life, circumstances and events, revealing the cause and the meaning of the experience.
When the power of the disciple to illumine is grasped, he has taken the first step towards dispelling glamour; and just as the technique of the Presence becomes effective upon the mental plane, so this technique produces powers which can become effective on the astral plane and eventually bring about the dissipation and the disappearance of that plane.
III. The Technique of Indifference renders ineffective or neutralises the hold of substance over the life or spirit, functioning in the three worlds, for soul is the evidence of life.
It will be apparent to you, therefore, that groups working consciously at the service of dissipating glamour will have the following characteristics:
- They will be composed of sixth ray aspirants and disciples, aided by second ray spiritual workers.
- They will be formed of those who:
- Are learning or have learnt to dissipate their own individual glamour’s and can bring understanding to the task.
- Are focussed upon the mental plane and have, therefore, some measure of mental illumination. They are mastering the Technique of Light.
- Are aware of the nature of the glamour’s which they are attempting to dissipate and can use the illumined mind as a searchlight.
3. They will count among their numbers those who (occultly speaking) have the following powers in process of rapid development:
- The power not only to recognise glamour for what it is, but to discriminate between the various and many types of glamour. The power to appropriate the light, absorbing it into themselves and then consciously and scientifically project it into the world of glamour. The Masters, the higher initiates and the world disciples do this alone, if need be, and require not the protection of the group or the aid of the light of the group members.
- The power to use the light not only through absorption and projection but also by a conscious use of the will, carrying energy upon the beam of projected light. To this they add a persistent and steady focus. This beam, thus projected, has a twofold use: It works expulsively and dynamically, much as a strong wind blows away or dissipates a dense fog or as the rays of the sun dry up and absorb the mist.
It acts also as a beam along which that which is new and a part of the divine intention can enter. The new ideas and the desired ideals can come in “on the beam,” just as the beam directs and brings in the airplanes to a desired landing place.”
Alice A. Bailey, Glamour: A World Problem
It is important to note here the sentence:
“They will be composed of sixth ray aspirants and disciples, aided by second ray spiritual workers.”
We had a mix of Second and Sixth Rays in the Twelves Group (although the outer, ritual work was 7th Ray), and it brought with it its own problems that we attempted to work through over the years. The dedicated core of the group were all Second Ray disciples working with, mostly but not all, Sixth Ray participants. This inevitably led to problems of focus, especially in the early days, and ensured that the Work could only unwind slowly over many years.
As can be seen, the Twelves Group was a very early experiment utilising cosmic patterns and forces about which it was learning, slowly, by application. It cannot be overemphasised how difficult this was, as it had never been attempted before and was way ahead of its time. We only glimpsed at the possibilities, and, obviously, we had our own personal lives to attend to as well as this attempt at cosmic reflection. We made many mistakes, I made many mistakes, but the mistakes were never about the foundation of the Work, the cosmology, the linking with the ashram etc. They were always mistakes of the personality, time constraints, and the like, and I hope to go into those a little bit more later on.
A further good summary of the importance of the number Twelve is in J.E. Corlot’s famous work A Dictionary of Symbols:
“Twelve Strictly, of all the numbers, twelve is the broadest in scope, for the Tarot formulas are such that they contain two groups of eleven and four of fourteen, but the components of these numbers have no archetypal significance. Given that the two essential prototypes of quantity are the numbers three and four (signifying respectively dynamism or inner spirituality, and stability or outer activity), it can be argued that their sum and their multiplication give the two numbers which are next in importance: seven and twelve. The latter corresponds to the geometrical dodecagon; but it may also be associated with the circle, since their symbolic meaning is practically identical. For this reason, systems or patterns based upon the circle or the cycle tend to have twelve as the end limit. Even when structures are made up of less than twelve elements at first, they later tend towards the superior number of twelve, as, for example, in music, where the seven-note modal scale has developed into the twelve-note system of the Arnold Schoenberg School.
Other examples are: the twelve hours on the clock-face; the twelve months of the year; the twelve major gods of many mythologies, as a kind of amplification of the seven planets; and the markings of the wind-rose (corresponding to Eurus, Solanus, Notus, Auster, Africus, Euroauster, Zephyrus, Stannus, Ireieus, Boreas, Aquilo, Volturnus). All these examples, then, prove the existence of an order founded upon patterns of twelve, which can be split up either into the ‘inner’ three-part division of the ‘outer’ or circumstantial pattern of four, or else into the ‘outer’ four-part division of the ‘inner’ and actual pattern of three. For the Vedic Indians, the twelve middle days of winter (from Christmas to Epiphany) were an image and a replica of the entire year; and a similar tradition exists in China. In our view, the symbolism of the Zodiac lies at the root of all these systems based upon the number twelve, that is, the idea that the four elements may appear in three different ways (levels or grades), giving twelve divisions. It is for these reasons that SaintYves draws the sociological conclusion that, among groups of human beings in the line of symbolic tradition, ‘the circle which comes highest and nearest to the mysterious center, consists of twelve divisions representing the supreme initiation (the faculties, the virtues and knowledge) and corresponding, among other things, to the Zodiac’. Guenon (who quotes the above) adds that the twelve-formula is to be found in the ‘circular council’ of H.H. the Dalai Lama, and (quite apart from the twelve apostles) in the legendary Knights of the Round Table…”
And in another book of similar title:
“Twelve is the number by which space and time are divided, being the product of the FOUR points of the compass multiplied by the THREE levels of the universe. The vault of Heaven is divided into twelve sections, the twelve signs of the ZODIAC, to which reference has been made from the remotest past. In China, the twelve months of the year were determined by the stance of the emperor at the twelve gates of the Temple of Heaven. Among the Assyrians, Jews and other peoples, twelve split the year into twelve months and among the Chinese and the peoples of central Asia, into their principal periods of time, twelve-year cycles. Multiplying twelve by five provided a sixty-year cycle, at the end of which both solar and lunar cycles coincide. Twelve symbolizes the universe in its cyclical revolution in space and time.
It also symbolizes the inner complexity of the universe.
The group of twelve characteristics of the months of the year and the signs of the Zodiac may also stand for the multiplication of the four elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air by the three alchemical principals of sulphur, salt and mercury; or else the three states of each element at the successive stages or their evolution, culmination and involution.
This number is especially rich in Christian symbolism: By multiplying the four of the world of space with the three of the sacred period of time measuring creation and recreation, we obtain twelve, which is the number of universal fulfilment which is that of the Heavenly Jerusalem with its twelve gates, of the twelve apostles and twelve foundations and so on, as well as being that of liturgical cycle of the year with its twelve months and their cosmic expression as the twelve signs of the Zodiac. In a more mystic sense, three relates to the Trinity and four to the creation, but the symbolism of twelve remains the same-a fulfilment of the earthly and created absorbed into the divine and uncreated.
It is easy to understand the importance of this number. To Biblical writers twelve was the number of the elect, that of God’s Chosen People and of the Church, since Jacob (Israel) had twelve sons who became the ancestors of and gave their names to the twelve tribes of the Israelites (Genesis 35:23ff.). The Tree of Life bore twelve fruits and there were twelve jewels on the High Priest’s breastplate. Thus, when Jesus chose twelve apostles, he openly announced his claim to choose, in God’s name, another People (Matthew 10: 1ff.). The Heavenly Jerusalem has twelve gates on which are written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel and its walls have twelve foundations in the names of the twelve apostles (Revelations 21: 12, 14). The Woman clothed with the Sun (Revelations 12: 1) wore upon her head a crown with twelve stars. At the end of time, the number of the faithful will be 144,000, 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Israel (Revelations 7:4-8; 14:1).
Similarly, this City to come, ‘in fine gold’, rests upon twelve foundations each bearing the name of an apostle and forms a cube with sides 12,000 furlongs long and with walls of jasper 144 cubits high. This symbolic number, 12,000, is the product of one thousand (the symbol of a multitude) multiplied by the number of Israel itself (twelve), and it is that of the old and new Chosen People.
As for the number of the faithful, 144,000 is twelve squared multiplied by one thousand, and symbolizes the multitude of those who believe in Christ, the figure twelve standing for the Church, the Church triumphant after its successive phases of Church militant and persecuted Church.
Twelve may be defined as the number of fulfilment and of the completed cycle. Thus, in the Tarot, the twelfth major arcanum (the Hanging Man) marks the end of an involutionary cycle, the next card (XIII) being Death, which should be understood in the sense of rebirth.”
Jean Chevalier and Alain Gheerbrant: The Penguin Dictionary of Symbols
I hope this chapter conveys the why’s of a Twelve: the cosmic nature of it, the reflection of the universe/God call it what you will. The magical, sacred combining of dedicated disciples to a unified cause that reflects “as above, so below”.
We were dreamers and activists and as we walked together, we learned, stumbled, fell and got up again. We never understood the inner workings of all the whys and how’s we just sought to serve – and we did.
Modern scientists are also recognising the significance of Plato’s dodecahedron and the universal impact of the number twelve:
“An analysis of astronomical data suggests not only that the universe is finite, but also that it has a specific, rather rigid topology (dodecahedral sphere). If confirmed, this is a major discovery about the nature of the universe.”
George F. R. Ellis, “The Shape of the Universe”, Nature Magazine, Vol 425, October 9, 2003
This gives us sure hope that as modern science unfolds the Ancient Wisdom will be further ratified and it will be fully realised that, as in the Cosmo, so upon our earth and the key to regeneration and transmutation is a connection to both: the twelve to the twelve.
To end this part of our discussion the Twelves Group claims no originality as the concept of twelve as a magical number. As can be seen it goes back to the Apostles, Plato and all the rest.
We claim only APPLICATION of known principals and attendance to group experiment.
“Here is your field of service: The World
Here is your surety of success: The Hierarchy
Here is your home: The Soul”
The Initiate Jan 1983
The Group in Action
BEFORE WE PROCEED upon our journey and describe the Twelve Groups work through those years, it is imperative that we mention, yet again, the experimental nature of the thing.
Probably the best way is to quote DK in the book Esoteric Psychology 2 where he lays it out very succinctly and, although the quotation is more lengthy than I would like to include in this book (remembering my promise concerning book quotations) it is such an important piece as far as the Twelves Group is concerned, and of course future group work, that it really is worth noting here:
“I have said that these groups constitute an experiment. This experiment is fourfold in nature and a concise statement about it may clarify conjecture:
I. They are an experiment in founding or starting focal points in the human family through which certain energies can flow out into the entire race of men. These energies are ten in number.
II. They are an experiment in inaugurating certain new techniques in work and in modes of communication… It is to be noted that in these last three words is summed up the whole story. These groups are intended to facilitate interrelation or communication as follows:
- They will be occupied with an endeavour to facilitate communication between individuals so that the rules and methods whereby speech can be transcended may become known and the new way of intercourse be brought about. Eventually communication will be from:
- Soul to soul, on the higher levels of the mental plane. This involves complete alignment, so that soul-mind-brain are completely at-one.
- Mind to mind, on the lower levels of the mental plane. This involves the complete integration of the personality or lower self, so that mind and brain are at-one.
- Students must remember these two distinctive contacts, and bear in mind also that the greater contact need not necessarily include the lesser. Telepathic communication between the different aspects of the human being is entirely possible at varying stages of unfoldment.
2. They will work at the establishment of communication between that plane which is the plane of illumination and pure reason (the buddhic plane) and the plane of illusion which is the astral plane. It should be remembered that our great task is to dispel the world illusion through the pouring in of illumination or of light.
When enough groups have been started that have this for their objective, there will then be found upon the physical plane, those channels of communication which will act as the mediators between the world of light and the world of illusion.
3. Through other groups another type of energy must flow, producing another type of interrelation and communication. These groups will bring about the right healing of the personalities of individuals, in all aspects of their nature. The work intended is the intelligent transmission of energy to various parts of the nature—mental, astral and physical— of the human being, through the right circulation and organisation of force. Healing must eventually be carried forward by groups which act as the intermediaries between the plane of spiritual energy (either soul energy, intuitional energy, or will energy) and the patient or group of patients. This last point is to be noted. The group idea must always be remembered, for this will distinguish the New Age methods from the past; the work will be group work for the group. The members will work as souls and not as individuals. They will learn to communicate healing energy from the reservoir of living force to the patients.
4. Other groups of communicators will act as transmitters of two aspects of divine energy, —knowledge and wisdom. These must be thought of in terms of energy. Their work will concern itself with the education of the masses, as a direct intermediary between the higher mind and the lower mind, and with the building of the antaskarana; and their task is that of linking the three points of interest upon the mental plane,—the higher mind, the soul, and the lower mind—so that there is established a group antaskarana between the kingdom of souls and the world of men.
5. Political work will occupy other groups more specifically than does any other branch of work. These groups communicate the “quality of imposition” and an authority that is lacking in many other branches of this divine group activity. The work is largely first ray work. It embodies the method whereby the divine Will works out in the consciousness of races and nations. Members of this group will have much first ray in their constitution. Their work is to act as channels of communication between the department of the Manu and the race of men. It is a noble thing to be channels of the Will of God. Some groups will be, in a pronounced sense, channels between the activity of the second ray, that of the World Teacher (at the present time, the Christ holds this office) and the world of men.
The energy of the second ray must pour through such groups of students and believers and allied
groups of thinkers and workers, and there will be many of these. This fact is to be noted. There will be many such groups. The platform of the new world religion will be built by them.
A few groups will have an interesting function, but one which will not materialise for a long while, or not until the work of the building forces of the Universe are better understood. This will be coincident with the development of etheric vision. These groups will act as channels of communication or intermediaries between the energies which constitute the forces which construct the forms, the fabricators of the outer garment of God, and human spirits.
The possibility is, therefore, to be noted that the main initial work will be concerned with the problem of reincarnation. That problem deals with the taking of an outer garment or form under the Law of Rebirth. Therefore, when these groups are organised, it will be with that subject that the members will at first work. They will make a deeper and different study than has heretofore been undertaken on the Law of Rebirth. Some groups of energy communicators and transmitters will carry illumination between groups of thinkers. They are illuminators of group thoughts. They transmit energy from one thought center to another. They transmit, above everything else, the energy of ideas. That is their major function. The world of ideas is a world of dynamic force centers. This should not be forgotten. These ideas have to be contacted and noted. Their energy has to be assimilated and transmitted and this is the function of those force centers which will express themselves along these lines of activity.
6. Groups working in another category will have for their specific work the stimulating of the minds of men so that alignment can take place. They act primarily as channels of communication between the soul of man and the soul in any form. They will be the great psychometrical workers, for a psychometrist is one whose soul is sensitive to the soul in other forms of life, —human and non-human. They evoke the soul of the past, primarily, linking it with t the present, and finding it also indicative of the future.
7. Members of other groups will be communicators between the third aspect of Deity as it expresses itself through the creative process and the world of human thought. They will link or blend life and form creatively. Today, unknowingly and without any true understanding, they bring about a concretisation of the energy of desire, which, in its turn, brings about the concretisation of money.
III. This, consequently, necessitates the materialisation of things. They have a most difficult task and that is why it is only during the past one hundred and fifty years that the science of world finance has made its appearance.
They will deal with the divine aspect of money. They will regard money as the means whereby divine purpose can be carried forward. They will handle money as the agency through which the building forces of the universe can carry forward the work needed; and (herein lies the clue) those building forces will be increasingly occupied with the building of the subjective Temple of the Lord rather than with the materialising of that which meets man’s desire. This distinction merits consideration. They are the externalisation of an inner existing condition. It must be realised that these Groups are not a cause but an effect. That they may themselves have an initiatory effect as they work upon the physical plane is no doubt true, but they themselves are the product of inner activity and of subjective aggregations of force which must perforce become objective. The work of the group members is to keep, as a group, in close rapport with the inner groups, which form nevertheless, one large, active group. This central group force will then pour through the groups in so far as the group members, as a group—
- Keep en rapport with the inner sources of power;
- Never lose sight of the group objective, whatever that objective may be;
- Cultivate a dual capacity to apply the laws of the soul to the individual life, and the laws of the group to the group life;
- Use all forces which may flow into the group in service, and learn, therefore, to register that force and use it correctly.
Would the following sequence of statements convey anything to our minds in this connection? It is a statement of fact and is not in the least symbolic in its terminology, except in so far as all words are inadequate symbols of inner truths.
- Each group has its inner counterpart.
- This inner counterpart is a complete whole. The outer result is only partial.
- These inner groups, forming one group, are each of them expressive of, or governed by certain laws, embodying, the controlling factors in group work.
A law is only an expression or manifestation of force, applied under the power of thought by a thinker or group of thinkers.
4. These inner groups, embodying differing types of force, and working synthetically to express certain laws are an effort to bring in new and different conditions, and hence produce a new civilisation. This is the New Age that the Aquarian Age will see consummated.
5, The outer groups are a tentative and experimental effort to see how far humanity is ready for such an endeavour.
IV. They are also an experiment which has for its objective the manifestation of certain types of energy which will produce cohesion, or an atonement, upon earth. The present distraught condition in the world, the international impasse, the religious dissatisfaction, the economic and social upheaval of the past few decades, are all the result of energies that are so potent owing to their immense momentum— that they can only be brought into rhythmic activity by the imposition of stronger and more definitely directed energies. When the groups are functioning adequately and have achieved, not only an internal group unity, but also harmony between the groups themselves, then some peculiar and esoteric work can be done.
Such are some of the plans which the Hierarchy are attempting to carry forward and in which all true disciples and aspirants can have a part. They are brought to our attention in order to evoke our lasting cooperation.”
Alice A. Bailey, Esoteric Psychology 2
As stated beautifully by DK, group work, for the foreseeable future, is experimental and must be viewed as such. It is certainly not a question of, “Did we succeed, or did we fail?” but more of, “What did we do, how did we do it and what is to be learned?”
Star Gatherings were held at least annually, as described, with the first Twelve formation held in 1994. However, there were Gatherings annually from the early 1980s where we meditated, prepared and worked as a group to understand the purpose of us coming together and, of course, to further study The Initiate’s instructions. I have selected, as examples, three of these Gatherings to give you a flavour of the endeavour.
New York 1987
We were honoured to be invited by our American members to present the group’s work in New York, USA. Around half a dozen of us travelled from the UK and other members from Europe. We had a total of around 40/50 people attending (I can’t quite remember exactly but enough to split into three large groups for discussion and reflection on three differing aspects of the group’s future work ahead). There was a certain pressure, naturally, from participants to try a Twelve formation but it was felt the group was just not ready (and The Initiate indicated such) so we spent the week in New York holding the three group sessions (see picture of one of those groups) to discuss the work in progress and to integrate the group consciousness.
At the end of that week we gathered together for meditation practice and to share with each other insights we had gained during the process. This was frustrating for some participants who wanted to get on with it and we lost a few members by the wayside. Mostly, though, participants were patient and we had the group, ashramic meditations to focus on and so our time was well spent.
Peter leading one of the three discussion groups in New York
Robert Adams, Peter lMaslin and myself in New York 1987
As I recall, Robert presented the group’s purpose and intention, Peter presented DK’s work of groups coupled with the Cosmic Alignment and I led the ashramic meditations and chipped in a bit here and there.
Glastonbury and London 1994
Our very first Twelve was held in Glastonbury and was so successful participants requested another, supplementary, meeting in London the same year. Regretfully, I do not have any photos of that first Twelve in 1994, only the London meeting that followed.
We had prepared for our first Twelve over many years (twelve years in fact but this was not significant I believe, just coincidence?). The original format as given by The Initiate changed little as time went on but the energies increased until around the late 1990s. The energies and ashramic connections eventual dissipated after the last Star Gathering in 1999 and the groups, final, closure came in 2002 exactly twenty years after it was founded.
Everyone in Glastonbury was very excited for this first Gathering that would include a Twelve formation as we had announced it would take place. When we arrived, we had all realised prior via the advance schedule that this was the year when we would actually attempt the group formation that we had discussed and meditated upon for so long.
We knew what we had to do and we selected the twelve participants for the first Twelve with others in the supporting role; they would have their chance to participate in the next day’s Twelve, as we would hold two, so that everyone could take part.
The first two days was the usual ashramic group meditations and preparation for the day’s first Twelve. This included mapping out the room with the Cardinal points of the compass represented by coloured pieces of paper and a candle at each point. This takes some time to get right as the twelve-pointed star is measured accurately and the positions where the participants would stand for the formation had to be exact.
Peter, with his scientific training, normally undertook this pedantic task, as we quickly learnt, that too many esotericists spoiled the star most of us, wisely, withdrew and let Peter do his thing (for which he was very grateful).
Peter (kneeling) preparing the sacred space 1994
The points were mapped out exactly
Firstly, we undertook the group meditation and split into the four triangles in separate parts of the room where OMs and group synthesis were practiced in readiness.
Tentatively, the first Triangle took position (the full format of the methodology of Twelves is detailed in Chapter 6) and connection was made. There was a real energy in the room and everyone was very much focussed on the task in hand. Secondly, the six was formed and then the nine and, lastly, the Twelve.
The ritual was undertaken, and a powerful force connected with the room and down the cone creating a vortex of light. Several participants were visibly shaken as we had to Hold the Light steady for a while on a few occasions.
As participants had their eyes closed, the reader might reasonably wonder, “How did we know that some were more affected?”
The group had decided, as mentioned earlier, that if there were enough participants the Focaliser would stand on the outside of the formation and guide and instruct the group. The reason for this was due to the energies being so strong that it takes infinitely more focus and drive to do so from within the Twelve (and I know as I have experienced both).
So, we completed our very first Twelve, and as far as we know, the first ever. We undertook a second Twelve the next day. It is fair to say the participants were exhausted. It took refinement of practice over the years to let it flow. Anyone that ever takes part in a Twelve is deeply affected by it on many levels. It IS a work and service that should not be underestimated.
We learnt over the years to prepare many weeks before a Twelve was to be undertaken. Mentally, physically and spiritually we had to be in shape. There were very rare occasions when we had to shut a Twelve because a participant was feeling overwhelmed, so we developed a protocol for this. * This is another reason why directing the Twelve’s orchestra from the outside was far preferable than inside.
*Basically, the Focaliser would sound an OM and ask the group to slowly, and carefully withdraw the ray of light within their triangle into their heart center. This would be done sequentially, step by step, starting with triangle four. This took approximately 30 minutes, sometimes more. This was, in some ways a fractious process, and was to be avoided if at all possible. To build up the energy, get the protection in place then bring it down again was the last resort in an emergency (someone feeling faint, for example).
The Penultimate Gathering of 1998 (the photos are used in Chapter 6 as we don’t have photos from 1999) was a tour de force on many levels.
As Robert and Peter had left us, I think many of us knew that this phase of the experiment was shifting in that we had set certain etheric, astral and mental thoughtforms and structures which would be utilised and learned from in the future.
It was nearly time to say goodbye and the Gathering in 1999 would be the last although during the Gathering I don’t think anyone expected, apart from me, that this would be the last.
We had come together, we had loved and worked together, and we had grown together. Chapter 5 is a conglomeration of questions which might further add insight as to why the dissipation came. Esoteric work is not easy work as it deals with energies and time commitments whilst we all have other lives. We didn’t have the luxury of simply dedicating ourselves to Twelves. People had families, careers and other activities. While it is romantic to think of the disciple trudging the way, backpack and all, most of us live in the modern world and have responsibilities. I, for one, will hold my hand up and say, Mea Culpa, as I was, on occasion, too preoccupied with my career and passing my degrees so I let slip the focus on occasion (although at each Gathering I was very much present). Also, the loss of my beloved friends and co-workers Robert and Peter was difficult to put aside as they were integral to the Twelves Group and at the very heart of it. When the energy was withdrawn, they were needed elsewhere in the ashram. The experiment had completed Phase One.
I was present with Robert when he passed, lying on the bed in front of me and his parents. It was a blessed release for him and as I recited the Great Invocation over his dying breath, I remembered our times working together and I wished him bon voyage.
Peter’s passing, although I knew he was seriously ill and had several telephone discussions with him, I learnt of from another Twelves Group member as everyone thought I would know. I knew he was gravely ill and had spoken to him on the telephone only a few days earlier, but it was a bit of a shock that he had suddenly gone.
I understand that at least one Twelves Group member was at the funeral but his parents, I understand, were hostile regarding his esoteric work. His soul was pulled back to the ashram and I knew that his work with us was finished, that he had other work to do. I also knew that the group needed to transmute and that the ashramic energy had dimmed. It takes courage to say, “Fare thee well”.
Some members were resentful, and some hurt at the dissolution. It is an illusion as the work lives on, the experiment served its purpose and then the waiting… waiting for the time to come again when others shall raise the standard high and higher.
In the next Stage of Twelves, recently launched, some of those faithful coworkers have re-joined us as we once again take up the mantle of this work.
We also have many new coworkers and we are very fortunate to have many very experienced disciples from various parts of the esoteric genre each bringing a treasure trove of valuable insight.
“These ancient tenets must be restored and lived; retreats must be manifested.”
The Initiate Feb 1982
AND SO IT began and was finished: a neat little esoteric package where brave men and women gallantly stepped onto the group stage to attempt what had never been attempted before–direct, under the guidance, and instructed by, an ashram on the inner planes. They, as much as us, were attempting contact and add further cooperation within that great thrust of the externalisation. A small droplet in that ocean can but be a part of it, nonetheless.
Much has been talked about, written about and discussed between esoteric workers of the times to come, the Aquarian Age, New Age, call it what thou wilt. This time is foreseen by many traditions and hoped for by many a human being. In many ways it is a new Restoration, or maybe a better term is a new renaissance of a time upon our earth when peace and goodwill reign.
It is our birth right and our destiny but to get there humanity has to learn to cooperate more, to work together in synthesis and to bridge that gap between the unseen and the seen for in bridging that gap can continuance of life be known, cooperation between realms understood and the unity in all things be grasped.
It does not take a genius to observe the world as it is now. We lurch between crises, political, social and environmental. Questions constantly arise, “Where shall we go?”. “To whom shall we seek guidance and advice?” “Can we do it alone?”
In many ways’ humanity is an experiment itself. There are no guarantees, no certainties and this makes us all feel the cold shudders of insecurity. We seek the solace in many a thing to help us deal with day to day life which seems to change constantly. When one crisis stops, another unfolds, then another and another.
Humanity has been given the tools to break this cycle and many teachings have been given to us that inform us of our part in invoking change ahead of a chance at redemption for us all. All religions talk of this.
They all talk of a Coming One whether He be called the Christ, the Messiah, Maitreya, Krishna or the Imam Mahdi, it is obvious it is one and the same. The issue is, “Will He just turn up?” and “We don’t have to do anything?” It is a bit like ‘shall we just wait with the certain knowledge that He will come, eventually, knocking upon the world’s door?’.
Theosophy, that great gamut of knowledge that strides science, religion, philosophy and the arts teach us slightly differently. Starting with Helena Blavatsky who laid the foundations with her Magnum Opus The Secret Doctrine through to the following great strands of light that expanded upon the good Madam’s foundation; Alice A. Bailey and Helena Roerich (principally Helena apart from the volume Leaves of Morya’s Garden which was transmitted through her great initiate husband, Nicholas).
These three great initiates carried that torch of the Ancient Wisdom for all of us that were to follow, and they gave us insights and knowledge concerning our future and, specifically, how to influence it. This is the crux of it, the future, like the great law of karma, can be influenced and changed because it is DYNAMIC it is not static nor is it predestined.
There is no set-in stone fate that awaits us, no written down destiny that beckons us from some distant shore that we cannot change, alter or influence. All is flux and the state of the coming generations and of the planet itself is within our own hands.
But how do we proceed? Prayer alone is not enough and in the spirit of “God helps those who help themselves” we must proceed to establish rapport with those forces that might help us.
It has already been outlined that the work of DK is the perfect place to study concerning the New Group of World Servers and the Great Invocation and how, through working in Groups of Three (aka Triangles), great strides have and will be made to ensure a link is established, in broad terms, with the inner forces of light. Through Invocation response can be found and help proffered.
What this book sets out to achieve is that within that great endeavour is it not reasonable to assume that a more focussed, more direct and hence a more powerful connection could be made? I ask you to ponder on the possibility. It may be that you have read the story outlined and you have doubts as to some of the experiences recounted. They are, after all, in many ways, extraordinary and might be considered farfetched by some who are unfamiliar with this paradigm.
Maybe or maybe not, but this is unimportant as those that took part have their own experience and those that read here have theirs, each can decide for themselves, but the larger, expanding point is bearing down upon us like some glacier about to shear. Can direct, sustained and focussed contact be made with the Hierarchy, through the inner ashram, and can this work be enhanced by working in Groups of Twelve?
It’s a simple enough reflection, it is either a yes or no. Even if large parts of the experiment are disregarded as fanciful is the concept viable? Taking into account the history over thousands of years regarding the importance of the number twelve and the known magical basis for group work (including Triangles etc.)
I have sought to outline why working in Twelves reflects cosmic proportions. I have outlined, albeit briefly, the references in every world religion and the supporting evidence from DK I also pointed out the prophecy from the Master Morya regarding Groups of Twelve in the book Agni Yoga and so it can be seen that the evidence, hints and documented structure around Twelves is as broad as it is long. Now…is it time?
I have also sought to give you a flavour of the work we did in the Twelves Group, with no claim for bright successes. I have just recorded what happened, as I, and others, experienced it. The outcome (as far as I could record the outcomes as most of it was inner work and I do not have the skills to record, nor even have great knowledge, of it) is as recorded here. All I can offer is, what happened is what happened.
And what of now? Well, this work was a long time ago and I let it go for a number of years whilst I focussed on my career and weighing myself down with academic study plus, even worse, weighing myself down with material career politics. But like that distant Bell that, once struck, continues its resonance this has never left me nor the vibration ever ceased. Hierarchical work is like that, once touched by the Masters’ ashram it cannot be undone.
What seems to us like years, decades, time etc. is, in fact, relatively the twinkling of an eye. Evolution and karma continue and is dynamic and never stops, shuts down nor fades.
And, so here we are writing what needs to be recorded, a form of closure and, more importantly a form of beginning, a form of solidifying that which was fluid and ephemeral.
I hope I have captured that particular butterfly, that I have been gentle and released it with honesty, integrity and peace.
“Become as a lantern in the midst of time that some may see your friendly light flickering
and may light their own candles from yours”
The Initiate June 1982
We Start the Implementation Stage
IN THE early part of the work we were informed that our Twelves work would be in three stages:
The first stage, as we can see, was from 1980 to 2000 and involved receiving instructions from The Initiate and experimenting, in physical groups. This was partially successful, and it was felt, at the time, that there would be a lengthy gap between the first and second stage that would not involve a cross-over of coworkers. In fact, I had, in the First Edition of this book indicated that I had recorded the history and my part was finished and I laid it before the esoteric movement for others to take up in the future. I was wrong.
I retired to Asia in 2008 with documenting in mind. In fact, there was a substantial gap between settling in Asia and starting to write up the book in 2018. Not long after I started t reestablish my link to the ashram and I was made aware that the world was in crisis and hiding for the rest of my incarnation within Asia’s bosom was my right of free will but not my Master’s choice. With some reluctance I understood that I must work again with this experiment and the connection grew.
As I have stated in ‘2025 and The World Teacher (now largely incorporated in this new edition) I perceive that humanity is lagging far behind what was expected and planned and action and focus is needed urgently.
It might seem odd to the occasional esotericist but numbers, to achieve occult aims, can be relatively small. As little as three “gathered in my name” can have impact and it is my view that the triangle work through, primarily, Lucis Trust has actually saved this world from even greater horrors and continues to provide trained esotericists from which we, and other groups, might reap future focused coworkers.
We have rebooted the Twelves work to respond to this urgency. At this time (July 2019), we have two functional Twelves (24 coworkers) and will seek to expand that when the timing is appropriate. What is meant by that? It is two-fold:
1/ when we have committed, focused and functioning coworkers to can populate a Twelve, and
2/ when we have those coworkers responding to the ashram’s call and need.
Sheer numbers is not what our small group is about. There is no point in having one hundred Twelves that are weak and ineffective. Twelves is an esoteric science and is not for everyone. It takes commitment, focus, clarity of purpose and TIME. We ask for every participant to have read this book, be willing belong to a triangle and undertake linkage with The Great Invocation daily, undertake monthly Full Moon Twelves and occasional (often weekly) Ashram Meditations. All of our coworkers are fully engaged with other esoteric work, that is encouraged, but being ready and ‘in the present’ with our particular work is essential and so we ask all to think very carefully before committing.
The new Twelves manifestation is populated by serious esoteric workers and we are very humbled by the quality. We have members from the Lucis Trust, Agni Yoga Society, University of the Seven Rays, Theosophical Society and many other New Group of World Server organisations.
You are welcome to enquire and invited to browse our new web site: www.twelvestar.org
We have been asked a few times for some clarification regarding Distant (absent, virtual or remote) Twelves and the physical version we undertook over many years.
I fear I have added to the intrigue unintentionally as originally in this book (page 99) I stated:
“Twelves could not be undertaken virtually as it had a specific ritual-based focus. It would be like an orchestra playing a symphony without being able to see the conductor nor hear the other players. It might produce some noise, and some sort of tune, but not quite what the composer had in mind.”
This still holds true in much the same way as experienced Triangle workers can intuit the absence of partners within their Triangle if it has been agreed to meet’ at an exact time. We know that it is not a requirement to undertake Triangles at exact times but the difference if definitely felt if one is undertaking the work correctly. The energy service work is enhanced by proper coordination and timing and it is difficult to deny this or explain it away as unimportant. Three main points:
- Physical Twelves will exponentially be more powerful than Distant Twelves as will Physical Triangles as focus and coordination is easier. We realise that coordinating Triangles at exact times is a challenge and Distant Twelves would prove to even harder (but not impossible). The Formations we build on the inner planes remain and are there to be utilised and do not rely on all coworkers being there at the same time.
- Distant Twelves can have huge impact. We have revaluated the potential of Distant Twelves in this new Implementory Stage and although recognise that physical presence adds to the focus, we now cognize that physical presence was essential to the first phase of preparation and learning but less so now.
- Whilst I was writing the original book, I felt it was the end of my participation in the preparation aspect of The Work and that others would come, at some future date, and take up the Banner once more and implement it. I was wrong. I have been asked to participate, once again, and my commitment is to do this until my dying breath, and I shall do so. We should make it clear that ashramic work is only sponsored if it is useful. Group work is always experimental and there is no guarantee of success. The work we do can have great impact or it can be held-over for others to take up again, once more, at a future time. I was, also, asked to reconsider my stubborn stance on Distant Twelves at the Preparatory Stage as this methodology is applicable, useful and relevant NOW. The work was introduced to us as three stages:
“I must make plain that the first stage is Preparatory, the second Implementory and the third Revelatory.”
The Initiate May 1982
Even though the coworker membership has changed this is not of note. The energy work we undertook set the calibration of our work ahead. This was undertaken successfully, mostly, and the Preparatory stage has been completed. We must now dust down that first stage, restart the motor and begin the Implementory Stage.
One of the first challenges is finding the sleepers, those that are fit for this work, our ashramic friends and coworkers who have come here, just as we have, to help our planet prepare for 2025 and beyond there is NO GREATER task set before us. We must act, and act we will, together onward answering and echoing The Call.
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