(1) One of the primary conditions that a disciple has to cultivate, in order to sense the plan and be used by the Master, is solitude. In solitude the rose of the soul flourishes; in solitude the divine self can speak; in solitude the faculties and graces of the higher self can take root and blossom in the [Page 376] personality. In solitude also the Master can approach and impress upon the quiescent soul the knowledge that He seeks to impart, the lesson that must
be learnt, the method and plan for work that the disciple must grasp. In solitude the sound is heard. The Great Ones have to work through human instruments and the plan and the vision are much handicapped by failure on the part of these instruments.

(2) There comes always to the striver after the Mysteries and the manipulator of the law, a period of aloneness, and of sorrow when no man stands by and isolation is his lot . . . But this is only temporary.

(3) The lonely way is also the lighted way. Loneliness is an illusion which seeks to thwart the efforts of the server; it is glamour which can seriously impair true vision.

(4) Loneliness grows as the aspirant detaches himself from the world of souls. There comes ever an interlude wherein the disciple senses an intense seeming isolation, but it is only an illusion. You know that you are not alone.

(5) The first ray disciple loves isolation. It is for him the line of least resistance. He is, as you know, normally the one who stands alone. This is his strength and it is also his weakness. He glories in detachment.

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