New Beginnings in understanding: ‘At-one-ment’, Lucille Schiable


At-one-ment, new beginnings into understanding…

The following course study into the life of the spirit was made accessible by an amazing woman: Lucille Schiable.

May her spirit be with us always!  



“Initiation means a new beginning; in one sense, a birth;

a path or way of least resistance for the birth of the Soul within the conscious awareness of man.”

The purpose of evolution,as far as man’s mind has been able to grasp, is At-one-ment, complete with individuality.

The student who does not consider these things, who is not honest with herself, but continues to seek motivated by the selfish purpose of the little will, only brings upon herself great suffering. The keynote of the earnest student is harmlessness. See to it that you cultivate this quality if you would escape the pitfalls that encompass so many. There are certain rules which, if followed, will aid the student who is honest with herself, and who sincerely desires to learn, for the sake of others.

The basic rules to follow :

1. Flexibility of consciousness . This is more commonly known as an open mind, and it is an attitude of the greatest importance to the aspirant. It is impossible to know all there is to know about any one subject. All truth is relative to a man and his present state of consciousness. Whenever he thinks he has arrived at full and exact knowledge of any one thing, then he has become crystallized in his thinking and there is nothing that can be done for him. Get the feel of a great field of knowledge which man has not even touched lying back of all things considered factual.

2. Accept only that which evokes a response from the very core of your being. Do not try to accept something which you cannot feel as being truth; neither accept a statement as truth merely because it comes from so-called authority. Do not be blind in your acceptance, but accept that which you see with the inner eye, and feel with the heart as truth.

3. Do not look at that which you cannot accept as something false. Remember that for the other it may be the greatest of truth. Simply allow that which you cannot understand and cannot accept to go by. Do not make an issue of it; wait, and later you will see it in the light of your own Soul and recognize it’s place in the scheme of things.

4. Transference of concepts. This is difficult at first, and extremely important. Remember that a word, or a grouping of words is not the concept which it is attempting to convey. It is a door through which the aspirant may pass into greater understanding. The word attempts to convey reality, but it is not reality itself. An abstract concept cannot be contained in a word or a grouping of words. The mind must be free to pass through the door into the fullness of the meaning. Therefore, do not imprison the mind in the description. Attempt to feel the meaning, to sense the depth of that meaning and to grasp a realization of some understanding of it. Then gradually the intuition will be awakened and you will become receptive to the transference of concepts. This will eventually supersede the need for words.

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Lucille Schiable, an American Original


Lucille Cedercrans Schaible, born in rural Canada in 1921, never received more than an eighth grade education. By the late 1960’s, however, she was training graduate students at the University of Michigan’s Institute of Social Research (ISR). In Ann Arbor, she was also a principal with the Educational Change Team, a project within ISR devoted to bringing race and gender equality to K-12 schools.

Lucille was a self-taught and self-realized meditation master. As she began the process of self-realization during her early twenties, she soon realized that the source of the Wisdom she was accessing was from Asia. She thought of it as the Trans-Himalayan Wisdom (Tibet was unknown to her then), and, if required to personally identify her religion, would have considered herself Buddhist, even though she had no formal training in Buddhism at the time.

Recognizing that the spiritual thought forms of North America were largely conditioned by Christianity, she developed meditation training materials, lessons and writings which presented Eastern wisdom and concepts in a form that Western audiences could understand and embrace. One of these, The Nature of the Soul, a 40 lesson series, was widely taught. At the same time, she traveled extensively throughout the United States forming meditation groups.

lucille-photo-300x300In 1965, she temporarily suspended her work as a teacher of meditation. She arranged for others to lead her groups and moved to Ann Arbor to pursue efforts that relied on her skills but had more of a focus on social action. By 1971, however, she again formed a meditation group. In 1973, she was introduced to the Tibetan Buddhist Lamas who were just beginning to arrive in North America. From the first meetings, the Tibetan Lamas recognized her as a meditation master. She formally adopted Tibetan Buddhism and soon began to present the teachings to her former students as well as to new ones.

In 1979 Lucille initiated the Maitreya Puja (monthly offering ceremony) to invoke the presence and energies of Maitreya. Also at this time she presented many new teachings on Maitreya and worked with His energy of Loving-Kindness with her Teacher’s Training group in Colorado. Today those teachings are available to you through the Bridge to Maitreya book, classes and workshops.

Lucille died on June 21, 1984, in Denver, Colorado surrounded by her students. At the moment of her death, on a clear and sunny day, a thunderclap was heard throughout the region signifying the passing of a Bodhisattva.

 Namaste to all the Women of our World working towards ‘At-one-ment’.


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