Three-Year, Four-Year, Seven-Year Cycles


“The hierarchy of creative powers is divided into seven (or 4 and 3) esoteric, within the twelve great Orders, recorded in the twelve signs of the Zodiac, the seven of the manifesting scale being connected, moreover, with the seven planets. All this is subdivided into numberless groups of divine Spiritual, semi-Spiritual, and ethereal Beings.

“The Chief Hierarchies among these are hinted at in the great Quaternary, or the ‘four bodies and the three faculties’ of Brahma exoterically. … The highest group is composed of the divine Flames, so-called, also spoken of as the ‘Fiery Lions’. ~H. P. Blavatsky

Beginning of Sentient Life

First, I need to explain the format of the quote. I have stayed with that used in Blavatsky’s own book. The portion in all caps represents her quoting from an ancient Hindu book called the Secret Doctrine. The rest is her commenting on the quote.

The quote says that in the creation of sentient life, the Divine came first, then the spiritual, and on downward through the semi-spiritual, the mostly material and the material. This is the opposite of what material science like to believe. The ancients had it correct. Sentient life didn’t evolve from one-celled animals. It devolved from divine beings. At the present time, man has sunk about as far into matter as possible, while still retaining a dull glimmer of spirit. If we fall another step, we will be pure matter and nonredeemable. The good news is that we can still turn around, and some are doing so. A growing number of us are taking that path less traveled the more difficult path, back to our Divine origins. Hopefully, you are one of those taking the path of redemption, otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this.

Three then Four

There are many interpretations of the significance of the three and four. More than one may be correct. That is the beauty and mystery of spiritual allegory.

Three by itself is one of the most significant. We have the trilogy of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Christianity. Others say, Father, Mother, and Child. This division of the One God into three primary aspects is common. Blavatsky refers to the three and four as a hierarchy of creative powers. It can be that also. Together, they make seven, and we all know that in religious and spiritual writing, that number appears so often that it can’t be ignored. Blavatsky mentions seven planets. To me, that seems like a less important interpretation. They also represent the seven major energy centers (chakras) as taught in most schools, especially the Hindu and Buddhist. Here is a new meaning for most of you.

The sun, as it moves through its annual course above us, has many cycles connected with it. We won’t delve into all of them here. The important ones for this post are the three-year and four-year cycles. These are cycles that to us are those of growth and non-growth. In other words, a three-year period of growth will be followed by a four-year period of non-growth. Or it may be a four-year period of growth, then a three-year one of non-growth. Even if we don’t know when all of these periods start or end, it helps us to know that they exist. If you have been successful in some activity for two years, then have an inexplicable down-turn, it may be that you have entered a period of non-growth. During such periods, growth is nearly impossible. It is usually better to concentrate on holding your ground during those periods until a new growth period starts, then push ahead.

Spiritual Cycles

This applies to spiritual growth as well as material matters. If you felt you were making great progress for a time, then suddenly become stuck, don’t give up. You may simply have entered a three-year non-growth cycle. Continue to practice and don’t worry if you don’t seem to be getting results. It will be to your favor when the next growth cycle happens.

Just as a farmer knows that certain crops should be planted in the spring, and others in the fall, certain spiritual practices should begin at the beginning of a growth cycle if you want good results. If you start during a non-growth period, you will probably not accomplish much. The good news is that if you just finished a four-year cycle of growth, you only have a three-year one of non-growth to get through.


Concentration is Important in Mental and Spiritual Activities

“Every impatient act and thought, no matter how small, costs us an unprofitable outlay of force. If, sometime, when you are tired with walking—that is, walking with your legs, while your brain has been working, wool-gathering, or worrying, planning, and scheming—you will drive all such thought away and put all your mind, attention, and force in your limbs and feet, you may be surprised to find your strength return and your fatigue leave you. Because every physical act costs a thought, and every thought costs a certain outlay of force. Every step you take involves a plan to give that step direction. Plan involves outlay of thought. Thought means outlay of force. If you think of other things while walking, you are expending force in two directions at once.

“Do you think that an acrobat could so readily ascend a rope hand over hand, did he not put his whole mind as well as strength on the act? Or that an orator could thrill an audience were he obliged to turn a grindstone while speaking? Yet in so many of our acts do we not unconsciously burden ourselves by turning that grindstone in thinking and planning one thing while doing, or trying to do, another.” ~Prentice Mulford


I’m not sure how the business world looks at it now, but I remember in the 1980s how multi-tasking became the in thing and the buzz word that everyone was using and practicing. The idea was that on many jobs, there are times when, for one reason or another, you can’t do much of anything on the task assigned to you. Perhaps you are waiting for another person to do their part. Or you are waiting to get an answer to some questions. Whatever the reason, you can’t work constantly on one task. So the solution was to give everyone four or five tasks to work on. The company I worked for became a big proponent of this multi-tasking. But it didn’t take very long for this idea to fade to some degree. It didn’t work for two primary reasons. The first, and most important, is that you don’t do your best work when you can’t concentrate on a single task. The second is that those breaks that occur when you have just one task to work on are needed to give the mind a rest. Your mind needs an occasional rest just as the body does.

Walking and Talking

While Mulford makes a good point of the idea that we need to do one thing at a time, and pay attention mentally to what we are doing, his example of the person walking while thinking of something else is, in my opinion, not a good one. It is certainly true for someone just learning to walk, but not for someone who has been walking for ten years or more.

There are many things that our body can do without concentration. Things like breathing, and heartbeat. These are controlled by the autonomic nervous system which functions well with little or no conscious thought. There are others that do require our attention to do them properly. In between those two are some things that need only limited involvement of the conscious mind. Walking, for most of us, falls into that in between group. You can walk and think at the same time. It is even possible to walk and chew gum at the same time! What most of us really can’t do is work on two mental problems at the same time. Nor can we do something that is physically difficult or challenging and do serious mental tasks simultaneously.

Spiritual Concentration

For those of us who are developing our spiritual side, the need for concentration is even more important. While some benefit is gained from sun-gazing, or other spiritual techniques, while the mind wanders and thinks of many other things, the best results are obtained when we concentrate on thinking about what we are doing. When we are looking toward the sun, we need to concentrate on connecting with the spiritual sun. If we don’t, our sun gazing will probably be limited to connecting with the physical sun. While that isn’t a bad thing, it isn’t what the spiritual aspirant is after.

In Zen schools, they tell you to empty your mind to allow spirit in. This is just another way of saying concentrate on what you are doing. Try to prevent your mind from wandering all over the place. It is especially important to not worry about difficulties in the physical world while engaging in spiritual practices. If you do, then you are feeding energy to the things you are worried about and making them more likely to happen, or get worse. It may even be better to skip your spiritual practices for a day rather than do them when you can’t stop worrying about something. This is why developing mental discipline is an important part of and legitimate spiritual school’s teachings. Concentration rules the nation!

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Spiritual Pioneers are Still Welcome

“The mystics are the pioneers of the spiritual world, and we have no right to deny validity to their discoveries, merely because we lack the opportunity or the courage necessary to those who would prosecute such explorations for themselves. …

“So remote are these matters from our ordinary habits of thought, that their investigation entails, in those who would attempt to understand them, a definite preparation, a purging of the intellect. As with those who came of old to the Mysteries, purification is here the gate of knowledge. We must come to this encounter with minds cleared of prejudices and convention, must deliberately break our inveterate habit of taking the ‘visible world’ for granted; our lazy assumption that somehow science is ‘real’ and metaphysics is not. We must pull down our own card houses … and examine for ourselves the foundations of all possible human experience, before we are in a position to criticize the buildings of the visionaries, the poets, and the saints.” ~Evelyn Underhill

Spiritual Pioneers

The mystics are indeed spiritual pioneers. Whether in the ancient mystery schools, or the modern ones that are largely hidden and continue a serious approach to spiritual development and exploration, they take it seriously. To them, it is something real and important.

I belong to several spiritual groups on social media. When I joined them, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share some of what I know, and perhaps learn a few new things myself. I have now come to the conclusion that for the majority of people in these groups, spirituality is more like a video game or a role-playing game than a serious pursuit. They laugh at the mystics who spend years studying in the ancient mystery schools. Most of them simplify everything down to basic meditation techniques, the first-grade lesson of any serious spiritual school.

The real mystics, the saints, the religious and spiritual leaders and founders were not fools. They were not opportunists looking for a way to make some quick money, unlike many of the popular spiritual gurus of today. These spiritual pioneers, often persecuted, sometimes put to death, make it possible for us to continue working on the Great Plan to save the world today. Without their efforts, by now we would have sunk so far into materialism as to be unable to recover. Continue reading “Spiritual Pioneers are Still Welcome”

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Living By Divine Law is Living in Joy, Peace, and Music

“The life of the person who is in accord with Divine Law is pure poetry, music, and song. That person is brave, resolute, and filled with noble and sublime feelings. Should one part with the law, one will become mistrustful, with concerns about everything: fear for one’s life, fearful that old age is coming and that there are not sufficient resources and so on.

“Pay attention to the least impulse. The small thoughts and feelings that manifest through you – these come from God.

“Where is God? God is in all those places where Love, Wisdom, Truth, Life, Knowledge, and Freedom are present. His presence gives us the most beautiful experience of the Spirit. It refreshes us and uplifts us.” ~Biensa Douno

In Accord With Divine Law

The person who is fully in accord with divine law is a person of peace, love, and joy. As such, being around such a person is like listening to great music or poetry. Balance, harmony, and humility describes such a person.

But Douno also looks at another side of that person .He says such people are “ brave, resolute, and filled with noble and sublime feelings.” That is true. It may seem to contradict the idea of being peaceful and living in harmony with others, but it doesn’t. One can be brave, strong, and resolute without being angry, hateful, and violent. In fact, it often takes greater strength and bravery to keep still rather than lashing out at others in anger or fear.

Parting With the Law

Douno is basically saying that one who parts from that spiritual life will be much like those who were never spiritual to began with. Those who never followed Divine Law. They will live in fear of just about everything—although they will deny it. Some will say, for example, that they are not afraid of immigrants. They just don’t want them coming into the country because they steal jobs, commit crimes, and rape our daughters. Well that is fear! They will worry about money, and paying bills. They may become greedy and start hoarding. Since you can’t be greedy and compassionate towards the less fortunate at the same time, they will gradually lose their compassion. Continue reading “Living By Divine Law is Living in Joy, Peace, and Music”