There are many meaningful questions concerning the Three Higher Principles and the four Lower Principles but rather then get too far into details now, I'd rather ask you about what connects them.
I've understood this potential connection as the mature soul of Man. Jacob Needleman describes it in his book "Lost Christianity:
From the point of view of your diagram it seems it would be the astral body which is both attracted to the higher in the form of spirit and to the lower in relation we know of as the body that has this potential to develop further. Does Theosophy assert the soul of man and if it does, is it a conscious "middle" in relation to higher and lower levels of reality?The principal power of the soul, which defines its real nature, is a gathered attention that is directed simultaneously toward the spirit and the body. This is attention of the heart, and this is the principal mediating, harmonizing power of the soul. The mediating attention of the heart is spontaneously activated in the state of profound self-questioning. God can only speak to the soul, Father Sylvan writes, and only when the soul exists. But the soul of man only exists for a moment, as long as it takes for the question to appear and disappear.
I remembered the description of Neo-Platonism from a previous post:
The soul would then become what connects the higher and lower? Does this relate to Theosophy?1. There is a plurality of levels of being, arranged in hierarchical descending order, the last and lowest comprising the physical universe, which exists in time and space and is perceptible to the senses.
2. Each level of being is derived from its superior, a derivation that is not a process in time or space.
3. Each derived being is established in its own reality by turning back toward its superior in a movement of contemplative desire, which is implicit in the original creative impulse of outgoing that it receives from its superior; thus the Neoplatonic universe is characterized by a double movement of outgoing and return.
If someone does a bad thing, then they must either do a comparative amount of good to balance out the previous bad thing, or they must suffer an equal amount of suffering in order to bring the score to zero. Any bad act, no matter how small, throws the universe out of balance. Karma is nature's way of putting the universe back into balance.
Could you elaborate as to how Theosophy determines good and bad? It seems to me that man asleep in Plato's cave is incapable of this distinction so we live by conditioned value systems. Karma then is just lawful reactions connecting happenings and as you say is fair and as lawful, must be fair.
I remember reading once that wars are just groups of sleeping people destroying each other as lawful karmic reactions to external stimuli. Wars would be impossible for conscious humanity since inner morality would be our guide in contrast to external morality and its normal fluctuations that are now our guide.
Does Theosophy assert we are capable of objective morality that our awakened "conscience" would make us aware of by connecting the higher and lower?
Has your awareness of Theosophy helped you awaken at times to a higher quality of morality?
I remember when I first became aware of esoteric ideas, I was fishing in a lake and a small pickerel followed my lure. My immediate reaction was to see if I could get it to attack the lure. It did but was hooked badly so died. All of a sudden I felt intense remorse. I saw that what I did served no purpose nor did it represent me but rather a habit I'd acquired. I left and went home with questions about the nature of the lust that had fixated on this small fish.
Has your growing awareness of Theosophy given you similar experiences and a greater awareness as to our own human condition?