Q. Why is it so difficult to live in correct relationship?
A. At the moment we do not do this because circumstances largely prevent it - our governments do not act in
correct relationship. We attack each other, we defend ourselves, we put millions of dollars into armaments of all
kinds to threaten each other, we make wars, we have competitive economic structures based on market forces, that
is, based on greed - those with the money get more, those without the money have to do with little.
Those with power can impose their will on others - all that is wrong relationship. If governments do this the
people do it and this creates the quality of the personality of the nation, the day-to-day ambiance in which we
live. Of course everyone is trying to do their best but we cannot because all around is competition, selfishness
and greed. We are caught up in making a living, we think that more money will make life easier and therefore we
strive for more money, and so on. (There are exceptions - I am generalizing.) In this way we are really negating,
ignoring completely, our divine nature. The divine Plan is that humanity should live in harmony - harmony is
God's will for the world, but there is no harmony anywhere. It does not happen by itself. Most people I know who
are devotees - of Sai Baba, Maitreya, Jesus - are devoted to the idea of God. They think that just being a devotee
is enough. They have the notion that because they feel love, harmony, because they like, maybe even love, their
fellow human beings - until they come too close, impinge too much, or want something - they have a general
attitude of goodwill to humanity. That is fine, but it does not change the structures. Maitreya has said very
clearly: "Nothing happens by itself. Man must act and implement his will". *
It is no good just sitting at the lotus feet of the guru, thinking that the guru, the teacher or God will do it
all - God can only work through agencies. You have to become an agent of God and put it into effect in your own
life. When you do that something very definite happens. You find you are a member of a very large group throughout
the world who feel the same way, have the same ideals of harmony, justice, right relationships. When enough people
feel this and act, things change. That is what has happened in the Eastern bloc. Why do you think the Berlin Wall
is no more? Because the people in Germany suddenly responded to the energy which they felt in them to demand
freedom and right relationship; right relationship is freedom. They wanted liberty, freedom, an opportunity to
express that which they are. Therefore, they pulled down the Berlin Wall and united East and West Germany 30 years
before anyone thought it possible. That is action taken by people on their own behalf. The same thing is happening
throughout the Soviet bloc.(* Messages from Maitreya, No. 31, May 1978.)
Q. Would you say that people have hardship in their lives because they are not in correct relation to their
A. The hardship of life is the result of the non-carrying-out of soul purpose. We come into incarnation under
the Law of Rebirth but also in relation to the Law of Cause and Effect, and hardship is a result of previous
misdeeds, personal or racial - we all share in racial karma. Everything we do, every thought, every action we
make, sets into motion a series of causes. The effects stemming from these causes make our lives, for good or ill.
So if we do harm, inevitably, in the course of time, that harm will rebound. We will call it ëhardship' or we
may see it as ëbad luck', but there is no such thing as bad luck. Every painful thing that happens is a result
of wrong action in a previous life or in a previous phase of this life; the result of the karmic working out of
that past - thus freeing us from its cause. There are also lives which are very painful - of the fourth-degree
initiate like Jesus, for example. The life of the fourth-degree initiate is usually very hard indeed, but we
cannot say that it is because he is not in correct relation to the soul - he is the soul; the fourth-degree
initiate is a living soul, the personality is totally soul-infused, but he/she is working out the last knots of
karma before the resurrection experience of the liberated Master.
Q. Is there any way of telling whether suffering is caused by our karma or otherwise?
A. All suffering is the result of the action of the law of cause and effect and therefore karmic. By karmic, I
think the questioner probably means stemming from long past action and this is frequently the case. But most of
our suffering comes from our thoughts, actions and reactions of the present and immediate past. Our hatreds,
fears, jealousies, envy, frustrations and (thwarted) ambitions cause us to suffer, moment to moment. This, too, is
the action of karma. We misuse energy - soul, mental, astral and etheric - and so we suffer, through the law of
cause and effect, by such misuse. The desire principle has us in its grip, and only by controlling the desire
principle - through the mind - can we overcome suffering. Most of our suffering is therefore self-inflicted and
unnecessary. We share, however, in the karmic suffering of humanity as a whole, but that is something else, the
Q. What is etheric vision?
A. If a person has etheric vision it means that he is able to see at least some of the four planes of the
etheric physical - i.e. of the physical planes above the dense physical. There are seven physical planes, four of
them being finer than the gaseous physical. They are of a finer and finer form of matter, which to most people is
invisible. Unless we have etheric vision - it is really a double focus - we don't see it, but in certain
circumstances, for instance in a darkened room, we may see the energy streaming off a person, or we may see a
field of luminous grey-blue light around the person, the etheric body. It is the exact counterpart of the physical
body. In the womb, the etheric body is laid down before the physical baby which is really a precipitation
downwards from it. If we have etheric vision, therefore, we see one or more of these four planes of matter.
Q. Please address the channeling phenomenon in general: its purpose, the process itself, and how distortion
A. Channelling - that much-abused word - has been with us since Atlantean times, and is a result of our
recognition of states of being and knowing above that of the physical body and the concrete mind. Modern interest
in ëchannelling' - at least in the West - stems from the growth of the Spiritualist movement in the 19th
century. Spiritualism, the religion of old Atlantis, revealed the fact of the continuity of conscious, intelligent
life after so-called death and is helping to free humanity from the fear of death. Spiritualists have tended to
divide reality into two worlds: this physical plane and the after-death state, the realm of ëspirit', the
denizens of which are all-wise, all-knowing, all-good - except for some mischievous and misguided entities on the
ëlower astral' planes.
Although, theoretically, various planes or levels of consciousness are known to exist, the average Spiritualist
tends to lump together everything coming through a medium or astral sensitive as guidance from ëSpirit' and
therefore worthy of great respect and consideration. As a great many people have entered the more esoteric field
from the Spiritualist movement (many still use mediums or ëclairvoyants' for guidance and counselling) they
tend to confuse the two activities and accept as bona fide ëchannelling' whatever is brought through from
whatever source: soul-level telepathy from a Master of Wisdom, as through Alice A. Bailey or H.P. Blavatsky; an
astral entity or group as evidenced in the bulk of the channelling prevalent today; or simply from the
subconscious of the ësensitive' in response to his or her aspiration.
The vast majority of the ëteachings' channelled today come from the 5th astral plane (on occasion, at the
highest level, from the 6th astral). These ëteachings' are as valid and as trustworthy as the astral planes -
the planes of illusion - themselves. To my mind, that is, not at all. The majority of people in the world today
are astrally polarized and no doubt get a great deal of satisfaction from these ëteachings'. But that does not
make the information authentic or valuable. Discrimination is, of course, the key to being able to evaluate these
ëofferings' and that can only come from experience, a high degree of mental polarization and/or direct soul
Q. To what extent does psychotherapy help the growth of consciousness? Is there danger in it?
A. Growth of consciousness comes, simply and purely, out of freedom. Nothing else. The given state of life is
freedom. That is what Maitreya has come to teach. Freedom is the natural state of humanity. It is the divine as it
demonstrates in our everyday life. That is what Self-realization is about. It has to be free of all attachment.
Any attachment limits that freedom which begins to manifest, stage by stage, as we free ourselves from these
attachments. The problem with psychotherapy, unless you are so disturbed you really need it, is that it focuses
the attention on the lower self. Growth of consciousness is achieved precisely by losing consciousness of the
separated self. No one enjoys psychotherapy more than the person being treated. They sit or lie down on a couch
and talk about themselves. The result is a total concentration of the person on the couch on his or her self.
I am not talking entirely against psychotherapy. We all know individuals who are, literally, too ill, who are
psychotic or so neurotic and unbalanced in their personality that they do need professional psychotherapeutic
treatment so that they can live in a reasonable state of balance. But apart from these, psychotherapy, in my
estimation, does not do too much good for most people.
You can do that on the psychiatrist's couch, if you like; it will take longer that way. Or you can get
engaged in service and begin to lose the sense of having to yourself that place at the centre of the universe.
You will not have that same desire because you will be so involved in service, in acting with and through and
for other people, and in serving the needs of the world, that you forget about yourself. You can, literally, for
long periods, forget about yourself. It has been shown to be possible. The quickest way, the best way, is through
service. You do not even have to pay for it!
Q. You said group consciousness is the aim of the evolutionary purpose in the Aquarian age. Please explain.
A. Evolutionary progress up to now has been to fashion individuality. That has to be achieved before it can be
overcome. The potent, self-serving, highly integrated individual has to give way, eventually, to the world server.
The essence of Aquarian consciousness is the concept of the group. The energies of Aquarius, streaming to us in
ever-mounting potency with every year that passes, will create, inevitably, the conditions for group
consciousness. The Aquarian energies cannot be sensed, apprehended and utilized except in group formation. It is
not possible to do so on an individual basis. The key to this change in consciousness is love, and through love,
service. As you serve you become more decentralized, until eventually you are totally identified with that which
you serve - humanity, then creation itself. Then you have group consciousness, the consciousness which the Master
Q. How do we know in our own experience the difference between higher psychism and lower psychism?
A. It is a question of experience and discrimination and a knowledge of your own etheric make-up. You have
within yourself a counterpart body to the dense physical, the etheric physical body, made of physical matter of a
subtle kind. You can become sensitively aware of your etheric envelope and the centres themselves, as well as
where the energy for any given experience is coming from and through which centre it is flowing. All lower psychic
types of activity are activated within the astral levels. There are seven astral planes.
These planes are simply states of consciousness, and each has an energy flow. As you become consciously
aware of that level, you can utilize its energy. Because humanity has physical plane consciousness, the physical
plane is a reality for us. Humanity also has astral (emotional) consciousness, so the astral plane and its
energies are available to us, flowing through the solar plexus. When we emote, we are dealing with energy flowing
from the astral plane. All lower psychism comes from the astral plane and flows through the solar plexus. When
that centre is activated, you know which plane the energy is coming from. Spiritual energy flows through the
heart, throat, and head centres, so anything below the heart you know is lower psychism. Making these
distinctions, however, requires a sensitivity to energy and to your own centres, as well as experience,
discernment, and detachment.