A Myth of Creation: Third Outpouring: Individualisation … by the Theosophists

Revised and reposted from 1 December 2013

Dear Ones,

This is the fourth in a four-part series representing a Myth of Creation from the Theosophical school of thought, as stated in “The Causal Body and the Ego,” by Arthur E. Powell. (1)

I love the analogy to the waterspout near the end of this long passage. It looked like the preceding info was needed to understand the waterspout, but maybe you could intuit it without reading anything but the bolded text.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars


“We have now arrived at the stage where a change of vast importance to the evolving life is about to take place—viz., the individualisation of the animal the formation of the causal body, the entry into the human kingdom.

“In order to understand the whole phenomenon, and to recognise its full significance, let us briefly recapitulate the stages already passed. We saw first that the Monads, which derive their being from the First Logos, come forth and dwell on the Anupadaka Plane during all ages over which we have glanced. With the help of Devas, each Monad has appropriated to himself the three permanent atoms which represent him as a Jivatma on the planes of Atma,Buddhi and Manas, these three forming the Higher Triad. In addition, to each Higher Triad has been attached also a Lower Triad, consisting of a Mental Unit, and an Astral and a Physical Permanent Atom.

“The Lower Triad has been plunged successively into the earlier kingdoms of life, shielded and nourished by its Group-Soul. By repeated subdivision, brought about by differentiation of experience, each Lower Triad has now become possessed of an envelope or sac to itself, derived from the original Group-Soul. After a succession of experiences in a series of single animal forms, the Lower Triad is at length sufficiently awakened to warrant a further step being taken in the evolutionary scheme, a step which will bring to it a further installment, if we may use such an expression, or aspect, of the Divine Life.

“Just as the human foetus is nourished by the mother in her womb until such time as the child is strong – enough to live its own independent existence in the outer world, so is the Triad, shielded and nourished by the Group-Soul, the medium by which the Second, Logos protects and nourishes His infant children, until the Triad is strong, enough to be launched into the outer world as a self-contained unit of life, pursuing its own independent evolution.

“Thus is reached the term of ante-natal life of the Jivatma (the Higher Triad of Atma, Buddhi, Manas) enclosing the life of the Monad, the time being now ripe, for his birth into the lower world. The mother-life of the Second Logos has built for him the bodies in which he can live as a separate entity in the world of forms, and he has to come into direct possession of those bodies and take up his human evolution.

“Up to this point, all communication of the Monad with the lower planes has been brought through the Sutratma or thread-self, on which the permanent, atoms are strung…. But now the time has come for a fuller communication than is represented by this delicate thread in its original form. The Sutratma accordingly widens out …, the Ray from the Monad glows and increases, assuming more the form of a funnel: “the thread between the Silent Watcher —and his shadow becomes more strong and radiant” (The Secret Doctrine, Vo. 1, p 285).

“This downflow of monadic life is accompanied by much increased flow, between the buddhic and manasic permanent atoms….

“The manasic permanent atom awakens, sending out thrills in every direction. Other manasic atoms and molecules gather round it …, and a whirling vortex is formed on the three upper sub-planes of the mental plane. A similar whirling motion takes place in the cloudy mass surrounding the mental unit which, as we have seen, is enveloped in the Group-Soul.

The wall of the Group Soul is then torn asunder, and caught up into the vortex, above…. Here it is disintegrated, being resolved into matter of the third mental subplane, and, as the whirlpool subsides, it is formed into a delicate, filmy envelope, this being the causal body….

In describing this process, the illustration usually given in the East is that of a waterspout. There we have a great cloud hovering above the sea, on the surface of which waves are constantly forming and moving. Presently from the cloud is extended an inverted cone of violently, whirling vapour, like a great finger.

“Underneath this, a vortex is rapidly formed in the ocean; but instead of being, a depression in its surface, as in an ordinary whirlpool, it is a whirling cone rising above that surface.

“Steadily the two draw closer and closer together, until they come so near that the power of attraction is strong enough to overleap the intervening space, and suddenly a great column of mingled water and vapour is formed where nothing of the kind existed before.

“In just the same way, the animal Group-Souls are constantly throwing parts of themselves into incarnation, like the temporary waves on the surface of the sea. At last, after the process of differentiation has continued to the maximum possible, a time comes when one of the waves rises high enough to enable the hovering cloud to effect junction with it. Then it is drawn up into a new existence, neither in the cloud nor in the sea, but between the two, and partaking, of the nature of both. Thus it is separated from the Group-Soul, of which hitherto it has formed a part, and falls back again into the sea no more. Technically expressed, the life of the animal, working in lower mental matter, is whirled up to meet the downpouring life of the Monad, expressed through higher mental or causal matter….

“The downflow of life, resulting in the formation of the causal body, is known as the Third Life Wave, or Third Outpouring, and derives from the First Logos, the eternal all-loving Father – from Whom came also, as we have seen, the Monads themselves in the first instance.” –from “The Causal Body and the Ego,” by Arthur E. Powell, “Ch XIII. Individualisation: Its Mechanism and Purpose” (1)


(1) from “The Causal Body and the Ego,” by Arthur E. Powell, “Ch XIII. Individualisation: Its Mechanism and Purpose,” public domain, available from www.lulu.com and www.amazon.com. Also at: http://www.hermetics.org/pdf/theosophy/Arthur_E_Powell_-_The_Causal_Body___The_Ego.pdf ..

[bolding and paragraphing are mine. –Alice]


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