The Arcane School was established by Mrs. Alice A. Bailey in 1923 to help meet an obvious and growing demand for further teaching and training in the science of the soul. The School is one of many activities of the Lucis Trust (see Chapter 42 for more information).
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 of the spiritual hierarchy 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.
A disciple is one who, above all else, is pledged to do three things:
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 man 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 himself to a training process through a systematized and applied discipline, producing a more rapid unfoldment of the power and the life of the soul.
The training given in the Arcane School is based on three fundamental requirements -- occult meditation, study, and service to humanity. The Arcane School is a place for hard work. The presentation of the teaching adapted to the rapidly emerging new civilisation includes the training of disciples in group formation and 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 with one of three headquarters.
The Arcane School is non-sectarian, and respects the right of each student to hold his own view and beliefs. It does not rely upon an authoritarian presentation of any one line of thought or code of ethics. The knowledge, insight 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 materialize the Plan of God and to aid in solving the problems of humanity.
-- compiled by the Editor from materials provided by Lucis Trust
"In every race and nation, in every climate and part of the world, and throughout the endless reaches of time itself, back into the limitless past, men have found the Path to God; they have trodden it and accepted its conditions, endured its disciplines, rested back in confidence upon its realities, received its rewards and found their goal. Arrived there, they have `entered into the joy of the Lord,' participated in the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, dwelt in the glory of the divine Presence, and then returned to the ways of men, to serve. The testimony to the existence of this Path is the priceless treasure of all the great religions and its witnesses are those who have transcended all forms and all theologies, and have penetrated into the world of meaning which all symbols veil."
-- Alice A. Bailey, "The Externalization of the Hierarchy," p. 405
The Great Invocation is a world prayer translated into over fifty languages and dialects. It expresses certain central truths which all men innately and normally accept:
From the point of Light within the Mind of God
From the point of Love within the Heart of God
From the center where the Will of God is known
From the center which we call the race of men
Let Light and Love and Power