There is a Way by which men may achieve knowledge and understanding of the light, love and purpose of divinity, and learn to wield these spiritual energies in the service of their fellowmen to speed the progress of human evolution. Many have trodden the Way before us, leaving for our guidance the laws and rules of the Road, graded according to the need and spiritual status of the student and aspirant.
About the Arcane School
The Arcane School was created as a training school for adult men and women in meditation techniques and the development of spiritual potentiality. The School provides sequential courses of study and meditation, and practical training in group service.
The Arcane School is nonsectarian, and respects the right of each student to hold his/her own view and beliefs. It does not rely upon an authoritarian presentation of any one line of thought or code of ethics. Material used in the lesson courses is drawn from a variety of sources. The knowledge, insight and wisdom, and capacity to wield spiritual energy resulting from work and training with the Arcane School should be expressed and applied in daily living service in helping to materialise the Plan of God and to aid in solving the problems of humanity.
The Arcane School is conducted by correspondence through headquarters in New York, London, and Geneva.
The Arcane School is nonpolitical and nonsectarian. All are served. Since 1923 tens of thousands of students have taken advantage of the training.
No charges are made by the School for its services. The work is financed through the Lucis Trust by the voluntary contributions of students and those interested in the work of the School and in the teaching. Each gives according to personal circumstances.
The purpose of the esoteric training given in the Arcane School is to help the student grow spiritually toward acceptance of discipleship responsibility and to serve the Plan by serving humanity. Esotericism is a practical way of life.
The function of the School is to assist those at the end of the probationary path to move forward on to the Path of discipleship, and to assist those already on that path to move on more quickly and to achieve greater effectiveness in service.
The Arcane School Training
The training given in the Arcane School is based on three fundamental requirements -- occult meditation, study and service to humanity. Sincerity of purpose, purity of motive, and persistence in the face of all obstacles and difficulties are required in those who voluntarily undertake this self-training in the esoteric science of the soul expressed through discipleship living. The training offered throughout the School in the different courses of study and meditation is, therefore, eliminative of the unready and of those unwilling to make the needed effort and adjustments. The Arcane School is a place for hard work.
The presentation of the teaching adapted to the rapidly emerging new civilisation stresses the training of disciples in group formation, a technique which will characterise discipleship service in the Aquarian Age. The training given in the Arcane School, therefore, is carried forward in groups.
The Arcane School provides a practical training which will help the aspirant in his self-initiated efforts to know himself and his place of service in relation to those ahead of him in evolution to whom he may look for help, and to those whom he in turn can serve.
Students in different parts of the world, who may never meet or know one another, work together in the service of group meditation and study, helping to precipitate the ideas on which the new civilisation and culture will be founded.
The work of the Arcane School all over the world is carried forward entirely by correspondence in direct relationship between the student and headquarters. There are no lectures, classes or discussion groups organised by the School. Each student is expected to think, meditate, and search out the truth for himself according to his own need and understanding, learning through acquired spiritual independence the significance of interdependence in group work.
Students living in the Americas and parts of the Far East who work in English or Spanish are served through the headquarters in New York; those in Great Britain and the Commonwealth through the London headquarters; and all students working in the different European languages through headquarters in Geneva. Postal library services are available at each headquarters.
The work is financed by the voluntary contributions of students and those interested in the work of the School and in the teaching. Students in the School are expected to share responsibility for its maintenance, and each gives according to personal circumstance.
What is a Disciple?
A disciple is one who, above all else, is pledged to do three things:
1. To serve humanity.
2. To cooperate with the Plan of Hierarchy as he sees it and as best he may.
3. To develop the powers of the soul, to expand his consciousness and to follow the guidance of the higher self and not the dictates of his threefold lower self.
Discipleship is a word in constant use among aspirants in the world, both in the East and in the West. Discipleship could be defined as the final stage of the path of evolution. It is the stage in which a human being knowingly pledges himself to impose the will of the soul (which is essentially the will of God) upon the lower nature. Upon this path he submits the will of God) upon the lower nature. Upon this path he submits himself to a training process through a systematised and applied discipline, producing a more rapid unfoldment of the power and the life of the soul.
Great is the Mystery of Godliness.
The word went forth to all the sons of men, the Sons of God: Shew forth the signature of God. Leave this High Place and, in the outer realm of darkness, toil and serve; bring forth the Real; unveil the hidden depths of light. Reveal divinity.
Thus down the ages have the sons of men, who are the Sons of God, embodied in themselves the Light which shines, the Strength which lifts and serves, the Love that evermore endures. They walked the Way of purity, the Way into the innermost. We follow after. They served their time. We seek to do the same. (The Old Commentary)