The Revelation of the Vision
Having brought the iniate face to face with the One with whom for countless ages he has had to do, and having awakened in him an unshakable realisation of the oneness of the fundamental life as it manifests through all lesser lives, the next momentous revelation is that of the Vision. The first revelation has concerned that which is undefinable, illimitable, and (to the infinite mind), infinite in its abstractness and absoluteness. The second revelation concerns time and space, and involves the recognition by the initiate-through the newly aroused sense of occult sight-of part he has played and has to play in the plan, and later of the plan itself in so far it concerns:-
His Ego-His egoic group-His ray group-His Planetary Logos
In the fourtold apprehension you have portrayed the gradual realisation that is his during the process of the four initiations preceding final liberation. At the first initiation he becomes aware definitely of the part, realatively inconspicuous, that he has to play in his personal life during the period ensuing between the moment of revelation and the taking of the second initiation. This may involve one more life or several. He knows the trend they should take, he realises somewhat his share in the service of the race;he sees the paln ad a whole where he himself is concerned, a tiny mosaic within the general pattern; he becomes conscious of how he-with his particular type of mind, aggregate of gifts, mental and otherwise, and his varying capacities-can serve, and what must be accomplished by him before he can gain stand in the Presence, and receive an extended revelation.
At the second initiation the part his egotic group plays in the general schemd is shown to him. He becomes more aware of the different group units with whom he is intrinsically associated; he realises who they are in their personalities, if in incarnation, and he sees somewhat what are the karmic relations between groups, units and himself; he is given an insight into the specific group purpose, and its relation to other groups. He can now work with added assurance, and his intercourse with people on the physical plane becomes more certain. He can both aid them and himself in the adjusting of Karma, and therefore bring about a more rapid approach to the final liberation.
Group relations are consolidated, and the plans and purposes can be furthered more intelligently. As this consolidation of group relations proceeds, it produces on the physical plane that concerted action and that wise unity in purpose which results in the materialisation of the higher ideals, and the adapation of force in the wise furthering of the ends of evolutions. When this has reached a certain stage, the units forming the groups have learned to work together, and have thus stimulated each other; they can now proceed to a further expansion of knwoledge, resulting in a further capacity to help.
Having learnt somewhat group relations, and having developes the ability to work with units in group formation, the iniatiate now learns the secret of group subordination, to the good of the aggregate of the groups. This will demonstrate on the physical plane as an ability to work wisely, intelligently and harmoniously with many diverse types, and to co-operate in large plans and wield wide influence.
A part of the plans of the planetary Logos becomes revealed to him, and vision includes the revelation of the plan and purpose as it concerns the planet, though as yet the vision is obscured in the connection with those plans in their planetary relationship. This brings the initiate through a series of graded relaisations to the portals of the fourth initation. Through the entire loosing of the initiate from all trammels in the three worlds and the breaking of all bonds of limiting karma, the vision this time is greatly extended, and it might be said that for the first time he becomes aware of the extent of planetary purpose and karma within the scheme.
His own personal unimportant karmabeing not adjusted, he can give his attention to the working off of planetary karma, and the far reaching plans for all evolutions upon his own planetary scheme, the earth, but also there swings into the radius of his apprehension the planetary scheme which is our earth's complement or polar opposite.
Reference:Initiation Human & Solar: Alice A Bailey