Three Training Components
The daily practice of creative meditation, as assigned by the School for Esoteric Studies, is structured around seed thoughts and is part of the Raja Yoga tradition. Some students need to learn concentration as the first step, for a certain degree of mind control must be present before Soul contact can be made via the mind.
Students are expected to read assigned material and prepare written papers to help them integrate and synthesize the material. One of the services provided by the School’s training is the organization of available esoteric literature into a logical sequence of specific topics so that the material is not quite as daunting as it might be reading a single text cover-to-cover. Another service provided by the School is the sequencing of training material so as to guide the student step-by-step in spiritual growth, with review of previous content built in periodically.
While reading and reflecting on the assigned material is important, the short written assignments are also important. “Reading has to do with the clothing of ideas with form – whereas writing is, curiously enough, concerned with the individual’s conscious self-relation to ideas, and the use of words in writing is the measure of the grasp we may have of these universal ideas.” (ENA:15) It is through taking notes that students are able to “register in writing the fleeting ideas, the dimly sensed teaching and the intuitions that are sent to us from the Soul or which surround us as a part of the [School’s] group aura.” (DINA1:476) Taking handwritten notes has been proven to increase one’s ability to remember and incorporate the material. The discipline of writing hones the student’s depth of focus and helps generate new insights.
As part of the initial lesson assignments, students are asked to engage in spiritual experiments to gain practice in the application of spiritual concepts and laws in daily life. Students are also guided in recognizing the service work going on around them in their communities, their nations, and the world at large. As they progress in their studies, students are encouraged to become actively engaged in service work themselves.