Once a student has completed the School for Esoteric Studies' Integration and Fusion and Bridging courses, the resulting integrated personality is poised to build the Antahkarana, which is essential for expanding its awareness or consciousness beyond its individual ring-pass-not (the causal body) and aligning with the Spiritual Triad in anticipation of linking directly with the Monad. The Antahkarana is the energetic conduit that facilitates the evocation/invocation process of both relating beyond one’s own personal sphere and stepping down spiritual energies for use by others.
The Antahkarana is built out of mental energy, or subtle substance, and is comprised of three threads or "lines of transmittal": the sutratma, the consciousness or Soul thread, and the creative thread. The sutratma is also known as the life thread; it is anchored in the heart and is withdrawn when the physical body dies. The consciousness thread is anchored in the physical brain and provides the flow of consciousness between the Soul and the personality. The creative thread is woven through our responses to life experiences; it is also referred to as "the Path." "The Antahkarana is the product of the united effort of Soul and personality, working together consciously to produce this bridge. When it is completed, there is a perfect rapport between the Monad and Its physical plane expression" (R&I:454-455).
The Antahkarana is developed in two stages. First, an energetic bridge of the intertwined threads is created between the integrated personality and the Soul. This portion of the Antahkarana is held within the ring-pass-not. The second part of the Antahkarana bridges initially from the Soul to the manasic permanent atom in the Spiritual Triad, thus moving beyond the ring-pass-not. Ultimately, the Antahkarana stretches directly between the integrated personality and the Monad, bypassing the Soul which is no longer needed.
The School’s Antahkarana Course is intended to assist students in completing the Antahkarana in at least a preliminary fashion. All of the School’s advanced courses assume completion of the Antahkarana Course or its equivalent.