THOSE who have traveled with us this far and I have faithfully studied the various articles and followed the suggestions given are beginning to perceive that there is a plan and purpose back of everything stated, and that all is tending toward and preparing the earnest and persevering ones for a definite work.
They see that this must be a Spiritual work-from all that has come to them, and that it of necessity must be performed by and in the mind, under the direction of the will of one who has taught the mind to be a perfect and obedient servant.
If we have been persistent in urging aspirants to practice regularly the mental exercises and to observe faithfully the meditation hours, it has been only to help them speedily attain that end. And if those who have been mentally lazy or who have discontinued the practice before gaining complete obedience, yielding to the mind's claim that it is too strenuous or that it cannot see any need of such regularity, they will learn, when asked in the near future to do what will be required of them, why they are unable to help and to accomplish what those who have been faithful are doing easily and with such manifest results.
For in this Work only trained minds and wills will be able to accomplish anything, either for the Master's Cause, to which you have dedicated your hearts and lives, or for yourselves, when the need is upon you. And the practical work we have been giving you has been to enable you to experiment first on and with yourselves and then in helping those nearest you, in order to prepare you for wider and sterner service, when the time arrives that we will be called upon to assist the Master and our Great Brothers in Spirit in Their Work for humanity.
Before you can do that you must learn to work first under the Master's direction in an intimate personal way in your own life. Remember you have not chosen to do this, but He has chosen you, because He needs you to accomplish what He has been especially preparing you for; and if you faithfully listen to and obey Him, you will become more than a servant to Him. He will then call you "Friend," and will endow you with powers that will enable you consciously to co-operate with our Brothers in Spirit in the definite Work for which ALL are now making ready.
After you have truly learned to obey and to wait upon and serve Him, and have given all your own affairs over into His keeping, so that now you always know His voice when He speaks, then you will be ready and able to work with others, and will sooner or later draw to you those who belong with you and who will meet with you for group study and practice of the teachings.
Only a deep yearning to serve will bring this about-a putting of self aside in a desire to be used by the Master in every way possible. This yearning of course is inspired by Him and is your feeling of His desire to use you; and if you yield up self and obey all leadings He gives you, you will soon find He will bring you in touch with one or more earnest students who have the same yearning in their hearts. This must be,
"For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them." - Matt.18:20.
It is He that brings such together for His purpose, which gradually He will unfold to you, as you learn to know His will in group study and service. How to work in a group by losing all consciousness of self and personality, and thereby attaining unto group consciousness, is the next higher stage for those who seek to be brothers in Christ.
From this you will see that groups will form themselves naturally-that is, under the Master's guidance. But all must first learn to know and obey His leading.
A glimpse of the purpose and possibilities of group work is given us in the two verses preceding the above words of the Master, in Matt. 18:18-19.
"Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be dome for them of my Father which is in heaven.
"Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in geaven."
Can you conceive of the vast power at the command of a group of consecrated souls who have learned to know "who they are and of what they are a part;" have learned how to "speak the word" in the service of their Father in Heaven and to loose for Him those who are bound and held in darkness? It is true that each individual can work alone and can accomplish great things; but think of the far, greater power for good where five or ten, or a hundred, or a thousand, or ten or a hundred thousand, are combined in a definite act of mind and will, with their Brothers in Spirit back of, directing and pouring through them the power of Their Divine Wills!
And that is what this Work of the Brotherhood, through us and through other similarly consecrated groups, is preparing its members for-those earnest ones who feel the strong urge from within to do everything possible to make themselves fit and worthy to be used. This does not mean the formation of any outer organization- far from it; for remember, we said that even when small groups are formed it will be "under the Master's guidance," and that "all must first learn to know and obey His leading."
All that we are doing is to help you to find and to know Him, and then to learn to know His voice and to obey His leading. After that gradually He will bring you into the consciousness of "who you are and of what you are a part." If this recalls to you some dim memories of a home far beyond mortal ken, and arouses an eager longing to make yourself worthy and fit, we are glad; and we trust that you will let nothing hereafter interfere with the training that the Master is waiting to give you, so that you will be truly ready when the call to action comes.
All possible help will be furnished those who feel the yearning and urge to work with others and who wish to draw to them or find those who belong with them. But first study and meditate earnestly upon the above, and ask the Loving Master within to bring to you or lead you to your own, and it may not be necessary to call upon outside help. Suggestions for group study and work will be found in the appendix.