From Bailey, Alice, Initiation,
Human and Solar
A Disciple described
disciple is one who above all else, is pledged to do three things:
To serve humanity.
To cooperate with the plan of the Great Ones as he
sees it and as best he may.
To develop the powers of the Ego, to expand his
consciousness until he can function on the three planes in the three worlds,
and in the causal body, and to follow the guidance of the higher self and
not the dictates of his threefold lower manifestation.
disciple is one who is beginning to comprehend group work,
and to change his center of activity from himself (as the pivot around which
everything revolves) to the group center.
disciple is one who realizes simultaneously the relative insignificance of each
unit of consciousness, and also its vast importance. His sense of proportion is
adjusted, and he sees things as they are; he sees people as they are; he sees
himself as he inherently is and seeks then to become that which he is.
disciple realizes the life or force side of nature, and to him the form makes
no appeal. He works with force and through force; he recognizes himself as a
force center within a greater force center, and his is the responsibility 
of directing the energy which may pour through him into channels through which
the group can be benefited.
disciple knows himself to be - to a greater or less degree - an outpost of the
Master's consciousness, viewing the Master in a two-fold sense:
As his own egoic
As the center of his group; the force animating the
units of the group and binding them into a homogeneous whole.
disciple is one who is transferring his consciousness out of the personal into
the impersonal, and during the transition stage much of difficulty and of suffering
is necessarily endured. These difficulties arise from various causes:
The disciple's lower self, which rebels at being
A man's immediate group, friends, or family, who
rebel at his growing impersonality. They do not like
to be acknowledged as one with him on the life side, and yet separate from him
where desires and interests lie. Yet the law holds good,
and only in the essential life of the soul can true unity be cognized. In the
discovery as to what is form lies much of sorrow for the
disciple, but the road leads to perfect union eventually.
disciple is one who realizes his responsibility to all units who come under his
influence, - a responsibility of cooperating with the plan of evolution as it
exists for them, and thus to expand their
consciousness and teach them the difference between the real and the unreal,
between life and form. This he does most easily by a demonstration in his own
life as to his goal, his object, and his center of consciousness. 
The Work to be done
disciple, therefore, has several things at which to aim:
- A sensitive response to the
- A practical purity of life;
a purity not merely theoretical.
- A freedom from care. Here
bear in mind that care is based on the personal, and is the result of lack
of dispassion and a too ready response to the vibrations of the lower
- Accomplishment of duty.
This point involves the dispassionate discharge of all obligations and due
attention to karmic debts. Special emphasis should be laid, for all
disciples, on the value of dispassion. Lack of discrimination is not so
often a hindrance to disciples these days, owing to the development of the
mind, but lack of dispassion frequently is. This means the attainment of
that state of consciousness where balance is seen, and neither pleasure
nor pain dominates, for they are superseded by joy and bliss. We may well
ponder on this, for much striving after dispassion is necessary.
- He has also to study the Kama-manasic body (desire-mind body). This is of very
real interest, for it is, in many ways, the most important body in the
solar system, where the human being in the three worlds is concerned. In
the next system the mental vehicle of the self-conscious units will hold
an analogous place, as the physical did in the previous solar system.
- He has also to work
scientifically, if it may be so expressed, at the building of the physical
body. He must so strive that he will produce in each incarnation a body
which will serve better as a vehicle for force.
Hence there is nothing impractical in giving information anent initiation,
as some may think. There is no moment of the  day that that goal may
not be visioned, and the work of preparation
carried on. One of the greatest instruments for practical development
lying in the hands of small and great, is the
instrument of SPEECH. He who guards his words, and who only speaks with
altruistic purpose, in order to carry the energy of Love through the
medium of the tongue, is one who is mastering rapidly the initial steps to
be taken in preparation for initiation. Speech is the most occult
manifestation in existence; it is the means of creation and the vehicle
for force. In the reservation of words, esoterically understood, lies the
conservation of force; in the utilization of words, justly chosen and
spoken, lies the distribution of the love force of the solar system, -
that force which preserves, strengthens, and stimulates. Only he who knows
somewhat of these two aspects of speech can be trusted to stand before the
Initiator and to carry out from that Presence certain sounds and secrets
imparted to him under the pledge of silence.
- The disciple must learn to
be silent in the face of that which is evil. He must learn to be silent
before the sufferings of the world, wasting no time in idle plaints and
sorrowful demonstration, but lifting up the burden of the world; working,
and wasting no energy in talk. Yet withal he should speak where
encouragement is needed, using the tongue for constructive ends; expressing
the love force of the world, as it may flow through him, where it will
serve best to ease a load or lift a burden, remembering that as the race
progresses, the love element between the sexes and its expression will be
translated to a higher plane. Then, through the spoken word, and not
through the physical plane expression as now, will come
the realization of that true love which unites those who are one in
service and in aspiration. Then love between the units of the human family
will take the form of the utilization of  speech for the purpose of
creating on all planes, and the energy which now, in the majority, finds
expression through the lower or generating centers will be translated to
the throat center. This is as yet but a distant ideal, but even now some
can vision that ideal, and seek - through united service, loving
cooperation, and oneness in aspiration, thought, and endeavor, - to give
shape and form to it, even though inadequately.