There comes a time when individuals on the Path have had the fullness of the teaching, the light, the masters and the love of the community. That fullness is not gauged by years but by the evolution of the lifestream. It may be one year, it may be three years, it may be twenty years, it may be many embodiments. But there comes a point when the individual has full awareness of the Christ in the masters, in the messenger, full awareness of what the darkness is and what the carnal mind is. And he must come to the place of deciding for or against his mighty I AM Presence, the Brotherhood, for or against the false hierarchy. This is known as the “Y”. The Y in the Path is the point of the initiation where one actually becomes Christ or Antichrist.
One may refuse to surrender the dweller-on-the-threshold—to bind it, slay it, and send it to judgment aforehand—i.e., before the soul must give her accounting to the Karmic Board at the conclusion of this life. Jesus taught this law of karma to Paul, who wrote of it to Timothy: “Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.” 
Instead of surrendering it at the Y, the initiate may, instead, embrace the dweller. Instead of eating the flesh and drinking the blood of the Son of God (assimilating the Light of Alpha and Omega in the Body of Christ), he literally drinks the cup of the blasphemy of the fallen angels and eats at their board the infamy of their anti-Word.
By taking the wrong way, the initiate actually puts on, personifies, identifies with and is now become the dweller-on-the-threshold incarnate. The soul and the cancer of the carnal mind have grown together and are no longer separable. Such an individual would then be on the left-handed path. His will, not God’s, is supreme. An adept on the left-handed path is called a black magician.
Now, these events may happen very quickly, even overnight. The opportunity for service to the master during which an individual walks the path of discipleship in grace as a follower of Christ, still enjoying the protection and the sponsorship of the Brotherhood, continues right up until the hour of decision.
One day one sees the chela as a part of the community and in the grace of the masters, enjoying Maitreya’s Mystery School and the opportunity to balance through service, right deeds and decisions, the karma borne during his apprenticeship by the Guru. But the next, the day of decision is upon him. The individual may be confronted at any level of his being, not necessarily by the messenger, although it may be through the messenger. And he may at that moment decide that he will not give in to his Lord and Master. He will not bend the knee; he will not confess the supremacy in his life of his Holy Christ Self. Instead, he considers himself—his untransmuted willful self—to be that Christ.
Confusing the lower self for the Greater Self through his own self-created spiritual blindness, he enthrones the dweller-on-the-threshold in the place of his Holy Christ Self. His personality, his psyche, his stream of consciousness all flow into the not-self. Instead of saying, “I and my Father are One,” he declares, “I and my ego are one,” and it is so. Behold mechanization man! Behold Rudyard Kipling’s “man who would be king” who meets his fate in the abyss of the astral plane. Though he thinks he is in control, the nonentity eventuates in nonexistence.
SourcesMark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet, The Path of Christ or Antichrist, Section Three.
- I Tim. 5:24.
- John 6:54–55.
- John 10:30.
- Rudyard Kipling’s short story “The Man Who Would Be King” tells the tale of two British adventurers who travel to a remote Asian kingdom and succeed in convincing the natives that they are gods, one of them setting himself up as king. They are eventually exposed; the tribesmen turn against them, pursuing them through the surrounding mountains. The former king is forced onto a rope bridge spanning a deep gorge. He falls into the chasm when the ropes holding the bridge are cut. A film version produced in 1975 starred Sean Connery and Michael Caine.