Working with Tattvas is a little different than when we looked at the “dark cobweb” – as I call the result of activating peripheral vision. Getting started with a Tattva is with your eyes wide open. As in any work with visions, we first relax slightly and breathe rhythmically to cushion ourselves into a different consciousness and produce as many altered states of consciousness as possible, a full trance is not necessary, but we definitely need a great deal of relaxation. After about 10 minutes of relaxation, and that is how long each preliminary introductory practice should last before visions take place, we look at Tattvas against a black background with our eyes wide open. They are usually of bright and vivid colors, watching them disrupts the calm we introduced earlier. Looking at Tattvasdoes not have to be for long – not only would it wake you up from relaxation, but also increase your attention. Our mind understands Tattvas now as a phone call that no one answers which will be enough to set the alarm off – waking us up and causing neurosis. What is needed is to gaze into Tattvas for about half a minute to a maximum of 1 minute. We want the shape of Tattva to be engraved in our field of vision – but only the physical, looking for a short time will prevent the importance and exclusivity of the work from appearing and thus restore daily attentive awareness. After that short time, we abruptly close our eyes, and an extremely interesting thing happens here – in the blackness of our eyelids, we will see quite a clearly drawn shape of Tattva in a complementary color; therefore, if we look at a yellow square, we will see a purple one. Now comes an important moment of this whole operation – we have to focus straight on that purple square with our eyes closed all the time. If we keep looking, that shape will weaken over time – eventually, we will look at an empty area of black eyelids. But we will resort to being cunning – the first few seconds of focusing on a square will contribute to its clear appearance in front of us, and instead of continuing to stare at it, we will now make a move that will confuse our mind a bit – we will shift focus by continuing to look “through” a square, and not directly “at” it. At first, it may be a rather awkward and vague instruction, but here is what it is all about. Place your right index finger in front of you at a distance of about 15 cm while placing your left finger directly behind it at the same distance – which means 30 cm from your eyes. What I want now is to focus your look on your right index finger, and hold that focus for 10 seconds. Now comes the main thing – immediately after those 10 seconds, shift focus and look at your left index finger behind the right one – this way, you will see the front right index finger twice, looking at your left finger “through” it. You have just learned to shift focus at will, and all this is a really excellent thing about working with visions.
Now, I want you to put this ability to use the moment you see Prithivi Tattva in a complementary color with your eyes shut. First, focus your eyes on a shining square, waiting for a few seconds for the vision to intensify, then change the focus and look “through” it. Considerably astonished, you will notice that it has “increased” and continues to increase as you are looking “through” and “behind” it.
At that moment, your consciousness will equally begin to change, because all this now seems stunning to your mind, which will receive the information that something is “approaching.” And it is in our best interest to take full advantage of it. I want you to imagine with your mind now Tattva continuing to grow and yourself going through it, like through a door. This movement of passing through Tattva is a universal mechanism of passing through all the astral planes and through all inner worlds. This passage is only an instinctive command to your mind that will then project the entire experience as you had wished before the entire experiment, that is to say, you have been a conductor of your own dream, like children who watch an evening horror film dream of its sequel – which is usually a much worse version than the film itself. It is exactly the same mechanism that acts upon the Aspirant’s mind. We want all this so badly and put it under the control of our spirit, which is now gaining completely new dimensions of inner experiences. An extremely important element, perhaps the most important, is to look “behind” and move away from the focus that instantly changes consciousness, in the same way as the appearance of a three-dimensional cobweb. In fact, we are on the other side even then; what is missing is only the confirmation, the movement of “passing” the body through an enlarged object in front of us, even though we have already moved to a higher plane.
The Aspirant must accept that any experience he gains after “passing” through a Tattva or any other astral door is as valid and valuable to him. Even if nothing happens, he really has to analyze that “nothing.” What shape was it, why he got nothing instead of something? Did he feel nervous, reluctant, what is the experience of that nothing? He must know that his mind reacts and receives impressions even when thinking none of this is actually happening. The difference between a master who explores the deepest astral plane and a beginner who looks into the blackness of his eyelids waiting for something to happen is only that the beginner is waiting for something that has already been happening behind his back. At the same time, both the master and the student get the same picture, but one of them looks to the side. Everything happens for a reason, every feeling, everything the Aspirant seems to see, or even wishes to see, is the result and projection of the other Plane. A vision does not have to be of the visual type, one should understand that the experience of passing through Tattva or any other astral plane is supersensible, out of perception in the classical sense of the word. The Aspirant must act out and imagine what he would see if the vision started happening right now in front of his eyes. Would he still see nothing? Or maybe he would hear a voice from the side? Let him turn to that voice, what would he see – if he wanted to succeed, would he want to see a person, maybe an animal, or something completely abstract, maybe a color? The cunning trick that introduces mastery here is for the Aspirant to simply pretend and imagine success. It would take an enormous amount of time before he realized that all the time he has really been looking at a vision, which he himself previously only thought he had intentionally constructed; now, it is a vision that had been manipulating him all the time to manifest before his eyes. He must understand that both him, his vision, and his eyes are only a part of one and the same apparatus, and even when he has completely failed, it is precisely the desire of that mechanism to manifest in this way. It is a success that awaits, it is a vision that patiently awaits and teases the Aspirant, there is no failure in obtaining a vision, it is only a vision that has not been successfully interpreted. The white noise does not mean that there is no signal, but that there has been no recorded signal, which is a completely different thing.