From Chapter Ten. Deva We Create.
Managing Our Elemental Zones
The zone where your astral/emotional field meets your mental field is where sparks can fly, where an idea triggers excitement or thought stimulates an emotional response. Higher still is the zone where concrete reason is met by abstract mind. Here intuition from the realm of soul or higher self plants inspiration and is received as a subtle realisation or a blinding “Ah hah!”
At each such zone different kinds of deva meet, the higher either stimulating or meeting resistance from the lower but always prompting or seeking a response. The zone is not a quiet place for a complacent elemental. The force of emotions triggers responses in the physical body. The force of mental stimulation evokes responses in the emotional body and the force of the higher mind subtly moulds and changes the rational or lower concrete mind.
So, it goes on, up and up, for our existence does not end at the abstract mind and at each level, deva are involved. At each level of activity, be it as simple as wanting to move a hand, as complicated as baking a cake or as complex as finding the answer to a quantum physics puzzle, our will elicits a response from the deva of each appropriate level.
The zone can also be called the “danger zone.” Humans are creatures of habit. It’s easier to live with habit than reinvent our lives every day. Habits make for comfortable elementals. They can respond the same way each time. That guy Jack, he always riles us, so if our astral (emotional) elementals receive a new command, “We will no longer lose our cool when Jack’s around,” what are they going to do? You know that struggle? Those astral elementals are about to bust out and react to Jack but we have a new ruling from a (slightly) higher Will. The zone becomes a war zone with our thought elementals insisting we keep calm and our astral elementals trying to do what they’ve always done when Jack’s around.
We live in a symphony of energies and forces. The edge zones are where the power of a theme multiplies--like when three straight lines form a triangle or people group together to achieve a goal. The power of edge zones connecting is what evokes the effectiveness of group effort and unity. So, here’s the crunch: the process of unifying in an effort to evolve, calls in a higher order of deva that can coordinate the lower elementals.
When we are able to override those lower astral elementals that want to get even at the sight of Jack, we have achieved a step towards self-mastery. Self-mastery is actually mastery of those elementals. Our Self is not our emotions, that is, it is not our emotional/astral elementals. Our Self is not our physical body or its elementals. Our Self is in part our will but it is more than just our will. It is what occurs when our will and those elementals dance together to produce that magical marriage we call “consciousness.”
So, every “body” or “system” be it the organs of your physical body, or the feelings of your astral body, has an edge zone. The “defining edge” of your thoughts is a zone, so is the edge of your personality, which we define here as the sum total of your physical, emotional and mental bodies.
Every organisation--from the bond between couples to the group that studies together, to a business, a bureaucracy or a nation—each has an edge; a zone that interacts with everything around it that it defines as not it. The devic life, the intelligence that inhabits each of these seemingly separate “things” are coming up against the deva life in the other “thing” and behind them all is a will of one sort or another at one level or another. Everything we do is a song and dance of will and intelligence that creates some kind of consciousness.
The Song Weavers
Deva fill the so-called spaces of the world. When humans understand this, they will realise that even across the apparent vastness of space all things touch each other and all things complete each other. Yet it seems that everything eventually dies--plants sprout from seeds, grow, mature, fruit, and die and all life repeats this cycle of becoming and dying. This perception arises because we cannot see that the creation and cycling of forms is an expression of something that does not come into being and go out of being because it is Being Itself.
What is expressed as Life, is a glorious dance wherein all the ranks of deva respond to some level or other of Will. Deva manipulate matter in response to the force of Will. Like Captain Picard on the Starship Enterprise, Will says “Make it so!” and deva make it so.
When we experience deva as the weavers of Life’s songs, we find ourselves in a sea of colour and light that is constantly moving, creating, building, flowering, changing, breaking down, building up. Movement and deva go together like water and wetness. A healthy land is one where deva radiate, spiral, circle and dance their songs, keeping the currents of life flowing, just as blood flows through the circuitry of our veins.
Deva sparkle the air with prana, spiralling this life energy of light from air into sea, from sky into mountains, across the surface of streams and through the breeze of deserts. Without the movement of deva, the Earth becomes as stagnant as a human body without exercise, prone to obesity and disease. In a healthy Earth, the movement of deva is critical. Nothing is wasted; everything is re-used again and again in different ways, producing different forms in the great experiment of Creation.