SIXTEENTH TALK 3ll encounter its manifestations through new vehicles and in altogether new ways, and the experiences connected with such manifestations will in some cases be distinctly alarming to the unaccustomed lower consciousness. You are used to certain limitations ; and when these limitations suddenly drop away from you, you are quite likely to feel that you have no certain base left to stand upon. You feel yourself outside of time and space. There is a wonderful exhilaration connected with that, but of course there is also the feeling of novelty; there is a lack of all that you have been accustomed to depend upon, and I have known many people to be very seriously alarmed by the success of their efforts. As I told you last tim^, you go on with your various forms of meditation, with the intention that they should produce certain results; and yet many of you are very much surprised and alarmed when the results follow. The most natural thing in the world is that they should follow, but people seem to expect any- thing but that, because for years they have been working away and no very decided result has been produced. They forget that all these efforts are producing a cumulative effect and that it is perfectly natural that quite suddenly one day they should succeed. You must be prepared to face such success with equanimity, and not allow yourselves in any way to be shaken. So courage, ordinary courage, is a requisite.